Last year's Battle of the Bards was so much fun, let's do it again! While the fighters are fighting, the archers are arching, and the rapier fighters are, er, swishing and poking, we will have a glorious Bardic Free-for-all! EVERYONE is *strongly* *encouraged* to join in!
All activities are welcome - singing, dancing, story-telling, juggling, playing, jumping, drumming, poetry-reciting and well, what else can you do? Smalls are especially encouraged to enter. On a more serious note (pun, pun), Their Excellencies will conduct the competition for the next Baronial Bardic Champion.
Of course we will have Traditional Tourney Events: outrageous archery scenarios, hard whacks and falls for the hardsuit fighters, and Lord Jacques' infamous Wheel of Misfortune which rules the Rapier Fighters, determining in steely random manner what weapon they will use and what part of their opponent's anatomy they will target for a kill.
Later in the day, our Very Own Baron Egan will auction off items of Virtue and Desireability, so bring a full pocketbook and whet your bidding skills. You will want to make room in your home for your new acquisitions, so go ahead, clean out the closet, and bring those extra items to the Auction. Be ye Artisan or Artist? Set an Example and donate an item of Skille to the Auction - a prize is awarded to the Donor of the item which garners the greatest amount for the Cause, and you could be the winner. Each household is encouraged to bring a Dessert or Other Tastie for the Auction. And of course we will also auction off items from the Sheriff's Lost and Found Hoarde. Proceeds from this event support The Thunderbolt, the newsletter of the Barony March of Mons Tonitrus ("All the News that Fits in Print").
For the Victors of the Contests, for the Bardiest Bard, for the most creative Bidder, and for the most valuable Auctioned Item, there will be prizes of small ceramic trays adorned with images of the Sunne in His Splendor, that image which rules our hearts and land.
Speaking of Serving Tradition, Sloppy Joes and buns (included in the site fee) will be available at Noone. Bring your own drinks and side dishes, and some to share, but save the desserts for After the Auction. Water is available through the generous hospitality of Lord Jacques and Lady Francesca, at whose home we always have a good time.
The site is WET, and pets must be on leash.
Site opens: Saturday at 9:00 List opens: 10:00
Court: 10:30 Site closes: Saturday at 7:00 PM
Site Fee: $3 (under 12 free) plus a Dessert or Tastie for the Auction (one dessert per family).
Lord Jacques and Lady Francesca's estate, Chateau d'Aymonet, on the North East Corner of Camino de Mesa and Arthur Ranch Road in Whetstone AZ.
From Sierra Vista: Go north on Hwy 90, 1.2 miles past the Whetstone intersection. Turn left on Camino de Mesa, and go .7 miles, to Arthur Ranch Road. The event is at the North East Corner of Camino de Mesa and Arthur Ranch Road. Please park on Arthur Ranch Road.
From I-10: Take I-10 about 40 miles east of Tucson to Exit 302 (Hwy 90 South/Sierra Vista). Go South on Highway 90 for about 18 miles to Camino de Mesa (just past the Speed Limit 55 sign). Turn right on Camino de Mesa, and go .7 miles, to Arthur Ranch Road. The event is at the North East Corner of Camino de Mesa and Arthur Ranch Road. Please park on Arthur Ranch Road.
Autocrat: Gudrun Oddsdottir, firstname.lastname@example.org