[ATE] Chocolate Revel

People have been marking and celebrating the Autumnal Equinox for thousands of years.

The Great Sphinx, which was constructed over 4500 years ago on the Giza Plateau in Egypt, faces due east on the Vernal Equinox. The monoliths located at Stonehenge, which are estimated to be over 3000 years old, mark the position of the rising sun on it, as well. In Central America the Ancient Mayan Caracol Tower and Temples of the Sun and Moon also have alignments that coincide with the sun's position during this Equinox.

This year, the College of Brymstonne will be dedicating our annual Chocolate Revel to this celebration!

Logistics

Chocolate Revel will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2010
Site opens at Noon, and closes at 9pm

Adult members - $15.00 for adult members
Youth (5-17 years of age) - $5.00
Children (0-4 years of age) - free
A surcharge of $5.00 will be applied to non-members (See details)

Pre-registration is now being accepted by Lady Kateryn Treningham. Checks or money orders made out to "College of Brymstonne" may be mailed PRIOR to September 10, 2010.

Please ensure the following information is on your check: 1) phone number 2) How many Adult Members (proof of membership), Youth & Children as well as non-members you are paying for. You may include an email address/self addressed envelope to receive confirmation of receipt of your payment.

ALL attendees (pre-registered or not) will need to show proof of membership or will be charged the non-member surcharge. Cash and checks will be accepted at the event. There is no ATM on site.

Directions
Fountain Hills Community Center
13001 North La Montana Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

From the South and East: Take your best route to Highway 87 (Country Club Drive) and go north towards Payson until you get to Shea Blvd. Turn left (west) onto Shea Blvd. Go to Saguaro Blvd (first light) and turn right (north) onto Saguaro. Go about 2.5 miles to El Lago Blvd. Turn left (west) onto El Lago. Go less than half a mile to La Montana Drive and turn right(north). The Community Center is on the right side of La Montana.

From the North and West: Take your best route to Shea Blvd and go east until you get to Saguaro Blvd; if you get to Highway 87, you’ve gone too far. Turn left (north) onto Saguaro. Go about 2.5 miles to El Lago Blvd. Turn left (west) onto El Lago. Go less than half a mile to La Montana Drive and turn right (north). The Community Center is on the right side of La Montana.

City laws do not permit us to place event signs along the roads, but a sign will be placed at the parking lot entrance.

Competitions

The College of Brymstonne will be hosting many competitions. To learn more about each competition, please click the links found below:

Food-Related Competitions

    * Diabetic-Friendly Dessert Competition (NEW)
    * Chocolate Dessert Competition
    * Youth Dessert Competition
    * Themed Dessert Display - Autumn Equinox

A&S Competitions

    * Unfinished A&S Competition
    * Junk Box Competition (NEW)

General Information

Voting for all categories will open at 1pm and will close by 5pm. Receive $1.00 off your site fee when you bring either a Chocolate or Diabetic-Friendly Dessert. Not applicable to all competitions, discount applies to only one entry per person. Cards will be provided for you to list the title of the dessert, your name, and to list any possible allergens (milk, wheat, eggs, etc.).

Here are templates for placards for a given entry.

      EXAMPLE OF GENERAL TEMPLATE:
      Title:
      Created By:
      Short Description: (Example - This is hot chocolate, spiced with cayenne pepper.)
      Possible Allergens: (Example - contains: milk, nuts, eggs, etc.)

      EXAMPLE OF DIABETIC TEMPLATE:
      Title:
      Created By:
      Short Description: (Example - This is a flowerless chocolate cake sweetened with agave nectar.)
      Why is this diabetic friendly?
      List of Ingredients: (if known)
      Possible Allergens:

      Diabetic-Friendly Dessert Competition

This year, the College of Brymstonne will be hosting their first annual Diabetic Friendly Dessert Competition. There are no restrictions on entries (ie. Maximum sugar or minimum fiber, etc.), we simply ask that you use your best judgment when entering a dessert into this competition. For this reason, please bring nutritional information for your entry. See the DIABETIC TEMPLATE for examples.

Chocolate Dessert Competition

Yet again it is time to show off your chocolatier skills! Whether you are showing off your true colors as a gourmand by entering a gastronomic extravaganza, or simply your Great Aunt Winifred’s chocolate silk pie that can’t be beat by fancy rigamarole, it's sure to be a treat for all!

Unfinished A&S Competition

This year will be our 7th Annual unfinished A&S competition! Bring your unfinished projects and the stories behind them. Entries cannot be something that has previously been entered into this category at Chocolate Revel. As usual, if you win this competition and complete your project, next year’s site fee with be FREE!

Junk Box Competition

The Junk Box A&S competition is a new day-of activity that promises lots of creativity and fun! We know the day is already packed with dancing, feasting, a silent auction, a bardic circle, and jousting. However we invite you to take some time in between to rummage through our junk box to create your own wonders and pit your creativity against others in attendance! There will be three categories, Adult, Youth (ages 0-12), and team (up to 4 members to a team).

You or your team will be able to rummage through our giant box of knick-knacks (available beginning at 1pm) and given time to create your own masterpiece. While there will be plenty of duplicate items, it will be first come first serve! All entries must be completed for viewing by 4pm, as voting opens immediately and will close by 5pm.

Contact Lady Selina if you have questions about any of the competitions.

Silent Auction
The College of Brymstonne was greatly honored by the generous and awe-inspiring donations to last year's silent auction. We would be most obliged if our gracious Kingdom would again show us this kind support. The ever so lovely Lady Bébinn ingen Domnaill is currently accepting donations for this years silent auction. If you wish to donate an item or services, please email Lady Bébinn.

The energetic Lady Asha Vahti will be in charge of the madness during the event. PS: Crowd surfing is not allowed...

Jousting

Das Jahresturnier der Pferde!
The 3rd Annual Turnier der Pferde will be commencing at Chocolate Revel this lovely autumnal month of September! The Brymstonne Stables have been hard at work training the horses into the peak of performance - and after the energetic and frenetic competition of last year, the horses and their trainers are looking forward to another great Turnier this year! As the energy of the competitors increases, so does that of the horses, and they look forward with pride to being the fair and noble steeds chosen to be your mount in the jousting competition. The Brymstonne Stables will again be happily supplying the horses and the lances for the Turnier. Both traditional and side-saddle riding will be permitted in the Turnier, but please, do not bop one another on the heads or faces with the lances. It is unseemly, and will result in your disqualification from the event.

The competition will again be held through a bracket-style list, and again this year as with last year, there will be a Youth competition as well as an Adult competition. Should there be enough Young Adults who choose to compete in the Turnier der Pferde, they will have a separate list than the Youth and Adults.

Should you choose to enter this 3rd Annual Turnier der Pferde, I would request that you send your name (whatever you wish to be called for the sake of the Turnier), and whether you will be jousting as a Youth, Young Adult, or Adult (Youth being those children under 12, Young Adult being those children and teens between 12 and 17, and Adult being all those individuals 18 and over) to the Brymstonne Stables, so that they may be able to coordinate the joust list for the day of the Turnier. Please email the Stables with your information to m'Lady James Dawysoun.

Vieles Glück zum Turnier!

Bardic Garden
Themists of a cooler day are not far off. Autumn will soon be upon us. In celebration of the coming season, the College of Brymstonne announces a bardic competition for Chocolate Revel. All those who delight in the warmth of friendship and the chill in the crisp air are invited to attend.

Amongst the red and amber leaves wrought by Nature’s hand, bring forth tales in song and prose of the glorious season!

Any piece that evokes the spirit of Autumn will be considered. Think of what autumn means to you. All that is requested is that you bring tales suitable for young audiences. In addition, the tale or song may only be a maximum of 15 minutes, so that we can allot time for all participants.

Join us for an afternoon of spooky stories, natural wonders, and whatever else may strike our fancy. Apple cider will be provided to cheer the crowd as well as the performers.

If you wish to participate in the contest, please e-mail M'lady Viola verch Howell for details!

Dancing
Dancing will be hosted by the incomparable Mistress Jehanne le feu du Christ. Possible dances include:

          o Sellenger’s Round
          o Jenny Pluck Pears
          o Black Alman
          o Amoroso
          o Heralds in Love
          o Picking of Sticks
          o Hole In The Wall
          o Rufty Tufty
          o Quen Quer Que
          o Rosti Boli Gioso

Just remember, changes do happen and the final list is subject to the will of the Mistress Jehanne and our fine musicians up to the very last minute!

Event Stewards:

Lady Elaria filia Robert
M'lady Rose Ella Duvanovich doch' Sychevna

Feast Steward
Lady Freydis in kyrra Alfarinsdottir