[EAS] Northern Lights XVIII

Welcome to Northern Lights XVIII, to be held on Saturday, March 21st, 2009 in a small mountain town between the Shire of Mountain Freehold and the Shire of Panthervale. (North-Central Vermont, USA)

The Northern Lights Competition is a chance for gentles to display their wonderful talents in the fields of the Arts and Sciences. Come and share those projects you have been working on during the cold winter months. Gentles can enter into the competition or simply attend to peruse the variety of exhibits, competition entries, talk to old friends, and make a few new ones.

Celebrate the coming of Spring with us as we welcome the artisans and scientists of the East as they compete in Northern Lights! In addition to the Pentathlon, we will be holding a non-competitive exhibition (open to all ages and levels), hosting an all-ages crafts and demo space, and our fighters and fencers may test each other outside weather permitting; Spring in Vermont can mean either snow or mud!

The site is dry, and no open flames are allowed, so the brewing competition will be held off-site at the Golden Lion Inn. To Receive Scores and Comments: Bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the registration table with at least $2 of postage if you enter five or more items to accommodate the cost of mailing all of the score sheets.

Event Fee:
Pre-Registered (checks must be received by March 7th - the only reservation is a paid reservation, our Canadian neighbors excepted): Adults $9, Youth (12-17) $4, Children under 12 Free.

At-the-door: Adults $10, Youth (12-17) $5, Children under 12 Free.
A $3 surcharge will be added for non-members. Make checks payable to: SCA Inc, Shire of Mountain Freehold. Online pre-registration at http://fishslayer.net/northernlights.html You may receive a discount for registering before March 7th (as long as a check is also received by that time), but the pre-registration site will remain open past that date so that those who take advantage of it may hop into the Express Check-In line at Gate, and avoid what could otherwise be a very long line.

Contact Information Reservations: Don Santiago Pescador m northernlights@fishslayer.net

Event Steward: Lady Albreda Aylese AlbredaA@aol.com

Pentathlon Coordinator: Lady Rowan de Beauchamp registration@scanorthernlights.org

Amenities: We have room available should your Guild or group wish to hold a meeting, or should anyone wish to offer a class; teachers, demonstrators and organizers should contact Lady Albreda (AlbredaA@aol.com) by March 1st.

Nap/nursing and play-space will be set aside for our youngest guests, and all-ages arts and crafts projects will be set-up in a common area as well. Parents must provide supervision for their own children at all times; wandering small ones can wreak havoc on hundreds of hours of work entered into the competition in the blink of an eye!

Food: There is no feast, but a delicious and hearty day board. The site is dry (it's an elementary school), and no open flames are allowed. Lady Katharine Whytton and her accomplished staff will be providing an excellent dayboard for all attendants, sure to keep everyones' energy up throughout the day, but please note that food and drink (other than those items entered in the Pentathlon itself) are not permitted outside of the cafeteria.

Did we mention the site is dry? Dry as a bone.

Site and directions:
Essentially, you are headed towards the center of Vermont into the deepest and prettiest mountain vale we could find. Northern Lights will be held in Warren, Vermont, at the elementary school (the same location as Mimir's Well.)

Northbound from Albany and points South and West: take I-87 Northway to Exit 20; go northeast to NY #149 to Route 4 (through Rutland and over the Killington Pass) to Route 100. Follow Route 100 North for 40 miles to Warren. (1hr 15min)

(1) Turn right onto Main Street (if you pass the road for Sugarbush on the left, you've gone too far). (2) After less than a mile, make a slight left onto Brook Road. Shortly after that, make another left onto School Road. Follow School Road to the Warren School.

Northbound directions from New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York City and points South: take I-89 North to Exit 3/Bethel. Take 107 West to 100 North, then follow 100 up through Rochester, Hancock and Granville to Warren. Follow directions from (1) above. Alternatively, you can stay on the highway longer and come around from the north. (the time is the same) Take I-89 to the Waterbury/Route 100 South exit. (58 miles, 1 hr) Follow Route 100 south to Warren (20miles, 42min).

Southbound directions from Burlington and Montreal: take I-89 South to Exit 10/Waterbury. Follow Route 2 South through Waterbury to Route 100 South. Follow 100 South through Waitsfield (20miles, 42min). Shortly after passing the Sugarbush Access Road on the right, make a slight left onto Main Street. Follow directions from (2) above.

From southwestern Vermont: take route 7 to Rutland and then route 4 east over the Killington pass to Route 100 at the base of the ski area. Then Route 100 north to Warren. From southcentral Vermont: follow Route 100. It'll take forever, but you know that you love that road.

From southeastern Vermont: take I-91 to White River, then hop on I-89 and follow the directions above from White River.