[MER] Midwinter A&S 2009

Whereas Baron Cathal and Baroness Caroljane and all our subjects of the Barony desire a merry winter celebration of artistic endeavours so do we make bold to present an invitation to you all and sundry to accept the bountiful hospitality of the South Downs beginning on the eve of the feast of St. Jarlath, being 31 January, A.S. XLiii or 2009 in the Gregorian, and there attend the MidWinter Arts & Sciences Faire.

Friday, 30 Jan.
5:00p Site opens to populace
7:00p A&S check-in until midnight (?)
Traveller's Fare service time TBD
Check-in closes at midnight.

Saturday, 31 Jan.
07:00a Check-in table opens

Sunday, 1 Feb.
08:30a Waking call

Feast
Sieur Guillaume des Pyrenees invites 120 guests to dine on Portuguese cuisine taken from the finest traditions of the tip of the Iberian peninsula and its holdings. Recipes from the height of the Portuguese trading empire... New spices... Exotic tastes... Vai ser bom! ("It'll be good!")

Seats at the main feast are only $7 each.

Lodging
You can sleep on site in one of the dorm cabins, in a two-bedroom cottage across the lake inside the state park, or in a hotel on the way to the site.

Dorm Cabins at the Group Camp
The cabins are heated. Two of the dorm cabins have renovated bathrooms!

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience, but sleeping elsewhere on site (including in your vehicle or in a tent) is not allowed. We're allowed to have only 130 people on site overnight, even though there may be more than 130 actual beds.

Cottages across the Lake inside the State Park
Each cottage can sleep up to 8 friendly people and has two bedrooms and one full bathroom. Each bedroom has two double-size beds. Bed and bath linens are provided. Each cabin has a kitchen, heat, and A/C. The living room has a fireplace - but bring your own wood. Check in by 10pm (that's when they lock the gates).

To reserve a cottage, use the web site or call 1-800-864-7275 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm and Sat-Sun 9am-5pm EST). The last time I checked online (27 November) all ten cottages were available.

Prices
Site fee (age 13+) $ 11
Site fee (age 5-12) $ 5
Bed and breakfast $ 7
Main feast $ 7
There is no site fee for children aged 0-4.

Without proof of SCA membership, add $3 to the site fee (age 5+). Family pricing follows kingdom law. Make your cheque or money order payable to: SCA, Inc. / Barony of the South Downs

Reservations
Baroness Bianca the Inquisitive
biancatheinquisitive~at~gmail

With your cheque or money order, please send or include a note listing, for each person for whom you're paying, their SCA name and modern name, and for SCA members, their membership number and membership expiration date. Also include your email address and/or telephone number in case Bianca has a question about your reservation.

Directions
Be smart. Bring a state map of Georgia.
From Atlanta, GA: Take your best route to I-75 south of Atlanta. Take exit #205, go east on GA Hwy 16 for about 9 miles into Jackson. Turn right onto US Hwy 23. After 3 miles, turn right onto GA 42. Go about 1.5 miles and turn right at the light onto Cenie Road. The site is about half a mile straight ahead.

From Macon, GA: Take your best route to I-75 north of Macon. Take exit #188, go north on GA Hwy 42 for at least 13 miles. Turn left at the light onto Cenie Road. The site is about half a mile straight ahead. A mellow route from Athens, GA: Take your best route to US 129/441 and go south to Madison. Take GA 83 south to Monticello. [^] From Monticello, take GA 16 west toward Jackson for about 13 miles. You can either continue into Jackson and follow the slightly longer directions above from Atlanta for going south on US Hwy 23, or... Turn left onto Higgins Road. Go about 3/4 mile and stay on Higgins. Go another mile and cross over US Hwy 23. Turn left onto GA Hwy 42. Go about 1.5 miles and turn right at the light onto Cenie Road. The site is about half a mile straight ahead.

From Opelika, AL: Take your best route to I-85 heading into Georgia. Take exit #41, go north on US Hwy 27. Just ahead, turn right onto GA Hwy 16. Stay on it for 40+ miles going past Sharpsburg, Turin, Senoia, and Griffin. When you reach I-75, use the directions from Atlanta above.

From Augusta, GA: Take your best route to I-20 going west toward Atlanta. As you leave the Augusta area, welcome to Meridies! At exit 130, go south on GA Hwy 44 into Eatonton where it merges into GA Hwy 16. Go about 19 miles west on GA Hwy 16 into Monticello. From Monticello, continue above with the directions from Athens at [^].