[AET] Spring Thing

Long ago in the Barony of St. Swithin's Bog, upon a section of land once called the Western Border, a tradition began known as Spring Thing at which the Barony and all her family and friends gathered to dispel the winter's cobwebs and celebrate the return of Spring in a day of frivolous fun!

Join us for the 12th Annual Spring Thing Event hosted by the Canton of the Westland Mor!

Spring Thing: Men in Kilts... a Highland Fling
Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Flax Scutching Grounds (Stahlstown, PA)

Scottish Highlanders are known for their hospitality, and their fondess for games, food, drink, bards and men in kilts. Being equally fond of these things, we are orchestrating an event that will bring the finest legs... errr... Highlanders to our land. So, grab your gear and head to the Westland Mor for our Annual Spring Thing Event, Men in Kilts... a Highland Fling.

We'll throw open the gates on Saturday, June 4th, 2011, from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm at our traditional site of the Flax Scutching Grounds (Stahlstown, PA - no street address). Your autocrat shall be Lady Rachel Dalicieux friscokitty@hotmail.com with assistance from THLady Caitil'n n' Mhaolchonaire dragonflykiwi@verizon.net.

We encourage all attendees (men and women alike) to don your favorite kilt (serious or silly) and show off your legs... *cough*... beautiful Scottish attire. The gentle with the finest kilt may be the recipient of a special honor or prize. We hope to see you for a day of fun, frivolity, and most importantly friendship. Sl'inte mhath!

Marshal Activities
Our Marshals are plotting some challenging games. In addition to their normally clever novelty competitions, our Archery and Thrown Weapons Marshals will provide you the opportunity to score Royal Rounds. Fencers! We are happy to announce that the Southern Watch will once again hold a Muster at our event. We have been assured that our Heavy Weapons Fighters shall also have a grand time.

Arts & Sciences
Our event is chock full of activities that will inspire and delight the Artisan in you. We encourage all to bring a favored A&S project (finished or in-progress) to display in what has become our Annual Artisans' Exhibition. This is a pressure-free endeavor to show off the talent that exists within our humble lands. We will also hold our annual Brewing and Bardic Competitions. Highland Dancers: we would dearly love for you to attend and demonstrate your amazing skills! Also the Cattail Choraliers, directed by our dear autocrat, will perform a few Scottish songs for your enjoyment and amusement.

Iron Scribes III
Scribes of the Known World, pay heed! Are you tired of sitting by and watching the stick jocks play? Are you longing to participate in an extreme sport of your own? If you gave a resounding YES to either or both of those questions, then gather your supplies (favorite paints, brushes and books) and step foot... if you dare... into our Illumination Stadium. Here you will be challenged as never before in our 3rd Annual Iron Scribe Competition! Scribes of all skill levels are encouraged to match wits (and flick paint) with each other.

The Food
Let us not forgot the most important part of any event... the food! Once again our Lord Gareth Craig and Lady Elizabeth Rose Thorne thorneskeep@yahoo.com are promising to tantalize our tastebuds with some fine Scottish dishes for both lunch and feast. Feast will include roast beef, salmon, and chicken as well as sauces and sides. For the truly brave, the luncheon sideboard includes a wee bit of Haggis! Please contact them with any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Cost & Pre-Registration Information
The cost for the event will be as follows: Adults (16 and older), on-board $15 and off-board $8; Younger folk (6-15), on-board $8 and off-board $4; Children under age 6 are free. A family cap of $50 shall exist. The $5 non-member surcharge will be collected at check-in for those without proof of current SCA membership (please do not include this in your pre-registration fee). Pre-registration is not required, but it is encouraged as seating is limited to 80 people. Our Reservations Clerk is Lady Cainder ingen Chonchobair cantonexchequer@stswithinsbog.org. Please make checks payable to SCA, Inc. - Westland Mor.

Directions to the site:
>From the West:
Take your best route to Route 30. Take Route 30 east toward Ligonier. At Ligonier, make a right onto Rt. 711 South. Follow 711 south for approximately 6-8 miles. The Flax Scutchin' Grounds will be on your right. Keep an eye out for the SCA signs.

>From the East:
Take your best route to Route 30. Take Rt. 30 west toward Ligonier. At Ligonier, make a left onto Rt. 711 South. Follow 711, south for approximately 6-8 miles. The Flax Scutchin' Grounds will be on your right. Keep an eye out for the SCA signs.

The site is also accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Exit the Turnpike at the Donegal exit. Make a left out of the interchange (onto Rte 31), approximately 1/10 of a mile turn left again and follow the signs for 711 North toward Ligonier. The Flax Scutching Grounds will be on your left, approximately 5-7 miles north of the Turnpike.