[MER] Meridian Grand Tournament

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. THL Thomas O’Toole will be will be our Reservations Coordinator and THL Moreg Cochrane, will be the Pavillion/Salon Coordinator. When sending in your reservation, please also contact the Pavillion/Salon Coordinator with the dimensions for your pavilion or day shade in order to reserve field space by the eric. (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. We hope to have several salons set up bu the Laurels where A&S projects any artisans may be displayed and/or taught. 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. The celebration coordinator is Lady Julianna Eileen ingean David, please contact her is you would like to assist.

Entertainment will be provided during the day as the tourneys are being changed out and at the celebration. If you would be interested in entertaining, please contact our Entertainment Coordinator, Baroness Katherine of Iron Mountain.

An on-line tourney registration has been created for fighters planning on entering one or more of the tournaments at Meridian Grand Tournament (MGT).

Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/mgtfighter and complete the information as directed. Questions about the form and tourney registration may be directed to Baroness Bianca the Inquisitive, MGT List Mistress.

This will allow the list mistress to have the cards filled out prior to the event to streamline the process at the List Table on the day of the event.

Just a few things to note:

    1 - this does NOT take the place of registration for the site and/or feast
    2 - you MUST still check in the day of the tourney - however, your card will be already completed and can then be entered into the tourney.
    3 - if you have not signed up for the tourneys on-line, you may still sign up at MGT, and the list mistress will fill your card out at that time.
    4 - pairings for the tourney will still be done on-site - pre-registering will not change that.

The Order of the Velvet Owl will award a prize to the fighter they decide, by concensus, to have the best and most historically accurate appearance ( based on kit, entourage, pavilion, etc) at the end of the day, as judged by the members of the order who are present.

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.

WEEKEND      
Adult: $20
Child (7 to 12): $10
DAYTRIP      
Adult: $7
Child (7 to 12): $4

150 BEDS ARE AVAILABLE ON-SITE
WEEKEND REGISTRATION REQUIRED
SPECIFY CABIN SPACE WHEN REGISTERING

Children under 7 are free.
Non-members add $5 (the board raised this effective July 2010).
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., Shire of Glaedenfeld

Site rules

        * No Pets.
        * No Ground Fires.
        * Dayshades/Field Pavilions are allowed, but tent camping in the Group Camp is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. The State Park has campsites elsewhere in the Park available for private rental, as well as an Inn and Villas/cabins. Please contact the Park directly about alternate arrangements.
        * Alcohol: Within Group Camp 2, the site is discretely wet. However, State Parks in Tennessee are dry, so if you are staying elsewhere in the Park, be aware of this.

Field pavilion reservations will remain open until September 17th.
To reserve pavillion space you MUST be pre-reserved for the event.
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.

Site Address:

    Fall Creek Falls State Park Group Camp 2
    2009 Village Camp Road, Pikeville TN 37367-9803

    Office: 423-881-5298, http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls/

    Inn & Cabin Reservations: 800-250-8610, http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls/lodging/#camping

    Camping Information: 800-250-8611, http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls/pdf/CGMAP.pdf

Directions:

From Nashville take I-40 East to Cookeville (82 miles). Turn right onto 111 South (exit 288). Park entrance is on the left on Highway 284 (40 miles from I-40 to the park).

From Atlanta, take I-75 North to Chattanooga, take I-24 toward Nashville, take Hwy 27 North toward Dayton and follow Highway 111 North to the park entrance on the right.

From Knoxville, take I-40 West to Crossville, Peavine Road, exit 322. Take a left off the exit, onto Hwy 101 South. At the 4-way stop, go straight on Hwy 392, through the first trafic light (at 127). Continue straight to the 2nd traffic light (Lantana Road, Hwy 101). Take a left turn onto Hwy 101 South, and travel approx. 30 minutes to a dead-end. Turn left (still on Hwy 101 South) and go approx. 4 miles to Hwy 30. Turn right on Hwy 30 West. Park entrance is approx. 5 miles on the left (at Hwy 284).