[ATL] Tournament of Love and Beauty

In celebrations of the 17th year of the Barony of Ponte Alto a passage of arms will be held that exemplifies chivalric love and beauty, both on and off the field, as can be found in the ballads and tourneys of the 15th century.

To add to the pageantry and splendor of the event a decorative banner competition will be held in the arena. Bring any banner old or new to enter, however the barony will be unable to provide material to hang banners. The populace will decide which is the best banner through vote.

Let all knights, barons, lords, squires and men at arms of the baronies of Black Diamond, Bright Hills, Caer Mear, Dun Carraig, Hawkwood and Hidden Mountain, Highland Foorde, Lochmere and Marinus, Nottinghill Coill and Sacred Stone, Stierbach, Storvik, Tir-y-Don and also Windmasters Hill, and all cantons, shires, colleges, and border-marches that are in this most noble kingdom of Atlantia and all other Known World kingdoms, who are friends of our monarchs, Vladimir and Kalisa, know that on the 20th of February, in the Barony of Ponte Alto, there will be a very great festival of arms and a very noble tourney with weapons of measure and tourney swords, in appropriate armor, with coats of arms of the noble tourneyers, as is the ancient custom.

The winner of the tourney will "crown" their consort with the halo of Love and Beauty.

Moreover, we entreat all such knights, barons, lords, squires and men at arms who intend to participate in the tourney to bring with them their best displays of heraldic achievements, including banners, shields, surcoats and crests.

Inspections and authorizations will begin at 10:00 am with Tournament to begin promptly after at 10:30 am.

Arts & Sciences Activities:A&S Activities will take place in Sykes Hall, the heated building on the site. Please have your items set up by 12:00 and picked up by 4:00 to allow time for set up for Court and Feast.

As the Baron and Baroness of Ponte Alto will be seeking to fill the position of Baronial Artisan, there will be a general A&S competition for any items. There will also be room for an open display of any items. Their Excellencies of Ponte Alto will also be seeking to fill the position of Baronial Bard, and would delight in hearing all who enter as they make their way through the days activities.

Luncheon and Feast:A luncheon of soups and accompaniments will be sold for $5.00 a plate and Baroness Graciela and Lord Brénainn will prepare a fabulous feast for 60 for the evening repast. Feast menu will be announced as the event draws nearer.

Children's Activities:Ponte Alto’s minister of minors, Gráinne inghean Dauídh uí Chonchobhair will be hosting a children’s corner from noon to 2:30 PM in Sykes Hall.
Cost:      
      Member     Non-Member
Adult Site Fee     $12.00     $15.00
Adult Feast     $8.00     $8.00
Youth (6 - 17) Site Fee     $8.00     $8.0
Youth (6 - 17) Feast     $5.00     $5.00
Children (0 - 5)     Guests of the Barony

Reservations: Lady Courtney de Houghton
Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc., Barony of Ponte Alto

Merchanting: Merchants are welcome. There is no merchanting fee, but space is limited. Please contact Master Edric the Potter (living.history.rob@gmail.com) to register for space. You will have to provide your own display space (i.e. we are not able to provide tables). The merchant area is located in the heated feast hall where A&S will be displayed, and where lunch will be sold. Merchants will close and pack up 1 hour before court.

Site: Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg VA 20175. Troll opens at 9:00 and closes at 4:00. Site closes at 11:00.

Site Restrictions:No open flames, no alcohol. Dogs not allowed in the main hall. Dogs are welcome in the Barn, but must be leashed and cleaned up after.

Autocrat: Lady Emma West (ewestsca@gmail.com)

Directions: From Points North, South, and East: Take your best route to the Dulles Toll Road/Greenway (Rt. 267) off of the Washington Beltway (I-495). Go through the toll booth(s) past Dulles Airport. Merge onto VA-7 W via EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward LEESBURG/WARRENTON. Take Route 9 West exit (stay in left lane of exit). At STOP sign at end of exit, turn left and proceed over bridge that crosses Route 7 (stay in the left lane). Proceed to STOP sign and turn left onto Dry Mill Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to Fairgrounds entrance on left.

From Points West of Leesburg: Take Route 7 East (Harry Byrd Hwy) towards Leesburg, VA. Take Route 9 Exit. At STOP sign at end of exit, turn right and immediately get into the left lane. Proceed to STOP sign and turn left onto Dry Mill Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to Fairgrounds entrance on left.