[MER] Meridian Grand Tourney 2009

Meridians rally to your Crown, warriors don harness and helm, hoist your banners, put on your best household livery, grab your list tree shield, hold close the honor of your inspiration, and attend. At this illustrious event, we ask all to display their heraldry, banners, and wear their Meridian best to cheer these honored combatants in a full day devoted to heavy combat.

Come contest against the best of the Kingdom in Chivalric Combat! A special, faire-like occasion, a day of good natured, chivalric contests held in a pleasant, period atmosphere, and viewed by a colorful gallery of spectators. Refreshments, both food and drink, will be served to the populous throughout the day.

Meridian Grand Tournament will determine those fighters with the highest prowess, pageantry, and chivalry. This prestigious set of challenges will test the mettle of Meridies’ best in many different styles of fighting sponsored by various Orders. Winners in each style will proceed, with selected others, to meet on the Grand Field to determine the Grand Champion of Meridies. Lady Katerina will be will be our Reservations Coordinator and William Scrivener, will be the Eric Coordinator. When sending in your reservation, please also contact the Eric Coordinator with the dimensions for your pavilion or day shade in order to reserve field space by the eric. Note, field space reservations will be accepted but not guaranteed without an event registration. (Pavilions with a period appearance will be placed on the front row for pageantry).

We encourage participants, consorts, and spectators to bring their best pavilions, banners, and field displays, further we ask that households come bedecked in their finest livery. Recognition will be given for the most period pavilion, best heraldic display, best banners, best garb, and best on-field appearance. We also encourage all to bring displays and projects of artistry and enjoy this day of noble fellowship both on and off the field of battle. A pavilion will be made available for any A&S projects any artisans would like to display or share. An additional pavilion will also be made available for those members of the populace without their own shade. In Chivalric fashion, all fighters are encouraged to bear a token of the gentle that inspires them to great deeds of arms. All Ladies are encouraged to bring a token and present it to a warrior to inspire them for the day. Fighters please bring your list tree shields so that all may know and honor those that contest on this field of valor. (List Tree shield should be in the area of 12x14 and should display your device.)

We invite all members of the populace to join our Celebration at the end of the day. A light buffet will be served for your refreshment. We will also have entertainment including dancing, singing, and games. If you would be interested in providing some of said entertainment, please contact our Entertainment Coordinator, TDB.

Site opens at 5pm on Friday

5:00 pm Site Opens
8:00 pm Traveler's Fare Served
Midnight Troll Closes
Throughout the evening - List tree shield painting, Order of Precedence search for opening procession, and armor inspection

6:00 am Troll Re-opens
6:30 am Breakfast Begins
7:30 am Armor Inspection
8:00 am Opening Processional Setup
8:15 am Opening Ceremonies
8:30 am Breakfast Ends
8:45 am Armatura – hosted by the Legion of the Bear
Bear Pit Tournament - 3 person, random team melee, limited field. Winner will be the individual with the most points at the end of the time.
9:45 am Sabre Tourney – hosted by The Ladies of the Rose
Single Elimination Tournament - Restricted to one single handed sword, no backups, and no shields. Double kills are destructive. No child sponsor required.
11:30 am Open Weapon style – hosted by the Order of the Chalice
Single Elimination Tournament – Open Weapon style
$20 entry fee, ALL proceeds go to a battered women's charity in the winner's geographical area.
Noon Fundraiser Lunch
1:00 pm Troll closes
1:30 pm "William Marshall" Tournament* - hosted by the Sable Sword
Open Weapon style – Open to all authorized fighters.
2:45 pm Great Weapons Tourney – hosted by the Order of the Bough
Single Elimination Tournament restricted to Great weapons (4 - 7.5 ft overall length).
4:15 pm Orders meet to determine chosen champions
4:30 pm Champions’ Procession
4:45 pm Grand Tournament
The winners of the above tournaments will advance to the Grand Tournament, hosted by the Order of Chivalry, along with others, chosen by the Populace. The winner will earn the coveted title of Grand Champion of the Meridian Grand Tournament.
Royal Court with Celebration to follow

7:00 am Wakeup
8:00 am Breakfast Begins
9:00 am Breakfast Ends
10:00 am Site Closes

Sponsorship in not required to participate in the tournaments, all authorized fighters are welcome to participate. The Tournaments are sponsored by the Orders, meaning during the time of their tournament, those Orders are providing staff for their tournament, the prizes and scrolls for their tournament, and refreshments for the populace to be served during their tournament.

Adult: $15
Child (7 to 12): $7
Bed & Breakfast: $7
Parking Pass: $5
Field pavilion reservations will remain open until September 22nd.

Only period pavillions with no back wall will be placed in the front row around the field. Rectangular or oblong pavillions will be placed sideways so the narrow side faces the field.
Children under 7 are free.
Non-members add $3.
Please note that in accordance with Kingdom Law, no family shall pay higher than three adult member prices for admission to an event as long as the children are all under 15 and have memberships.

Make checks payable to: SCA Inc., Barony Bryn Madoc

Beds for 120

Menu: Friday Night Travelers Fare:

Saturday Breakfast: 6:30 8:30

All Day Saturday:
Servers will wander the crowds offering tasty treats and beverages during each tournament.

Fundraiser Lunch:
In order to further the honor and chivalry of all the participants, and to raise additional proceeds for the battered women's shelter chosen by the winner of their tournament, The Order of the Chalice will be providing a fundraiser lunch. All monies will be donated along with the entry fees.

Saturday Night Celebration Buffet:
Tasty treats for meat lovers and veggie lovers alike.

Sunday Breakfast:
Beginning at 8:00 - 9:00

Event Stewards
Lady Flannait inghean ui hEighnigh


Lady Sorcha inghean Ghregoir

Kitchen Steward
Baroness Zofia Wis’niewska

Reservations Coordinator
Lady Katerina filia Jehan de Londres

Erik Coordinator
William Scrivener

Tournament Coordinator
Sir Thomas Blackmore

Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Road
Rutledge , GA 30663

From I-20, take the Newborn Rd. exit (exit no. 105) into Rutledge and take Fairplay Road to the park. Stay on the main road, go to the stables and Camp Rutledge entrance (just across the stone bridge), and turn right. Follow the endless dirt road (beyond the stables) to the camp.