[OUT] Fall Day Melees

Greetings, all good gentles, and be of good cheer for the Fourth Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is here! Come relive the Spanish Renaissance on September 17 and 18, 2011, at the historical Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum with grounds, buildings, and history circa the early 1700s!

Fall Day Melees in the SCA Village at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
Sponsoring Group: Shire of Drygestan
Date: September 16-19, 2011
Location: El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Site Times:  Site opens at 12PM on Friday and closes at 12PM on Monday

Site Fee: Free with proof of membership at Fair gate NO FAMILY CAPS!
Site Status: Discreetly Wet (in the SCA encampment); No Dogs Allowed

Event Coordinators: THLady Maimuna and Rowland thlmaimuna@gmail.com

The Shire welcomes Outlanders near and far and thanks the populace for their help in past years. If you have any questions about the Renaissance Fair, the SCA's involvement in it (both in the planning and the participation), or the two non-profits that will be benefiting from the Fair, please seek out THLady Maimuna (e-mail: thlmaimuna @ gmail.com [please remove the spaces]). Without support from the Outlands (and, especially al-Barran), this event would not be a success. The Shire thanks all those groups who have helped in the past and we look forward to ongoing collaborations.

Some of the activities scheduled for the SCA Village include rapier and armored combatant tourneys (coordinated by THLady Elisabeaux and Sir Thomas and Lord Suretai, respectively), a demonstration Medieval Kitchen (with a Saturday evening feast prepared by THLady Theresa and her band of merry chefs), and an A&S tent with in-progress projects and displays of finished works and scribal demonstrations.

Saturday’s tourneys will have a dose of audience participation: each fighter will choose an audience member for whom to fight in honor.

The Shire will be reviving the fighting traditions of May Day Melees, only on a crisp, cool (our hopes that Mother Nature agrees) September day!  On Sunday, bring your team of 3 to fight in a grand melee.  The Unofficial Drygestan Fiber Guild (or, UODFG, which is very similar to the sound one makes when picking up a pile of fabric) is making hoods or fencing cloaks as an entry token.

The presence of the armored combatants is also requested in the afternoon of each day, to do battle with the youth of the Kingdom, in the grand “Fight a Knight” challenge.


This Renaissance Fair is a bit different from other Renaissance Fairs across the country, because it has a Spanish Renaissance theme (instead of Queen Elizabeth, we have Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand).  Also, unlike other Renaissance Fairs (which are for-profit ventures), this Renaissance Fair is a fundraising event for two local non-profits (Open Hands and El Rancho de las Golondrinas), to ensure that there are funds available for their non-profit work of helping the elderly, disabled, and economically disadvantaged in northern New Mexico and of educating the general public about the Spanish colonial history and life in New Mexico. This Renaissance Fair is held in conjunction with the Santa Fe Fiestas (which conclude the weekend prior).


* If you are planning on coming to the Fair during Fair-hours, there is no admission charge at the Golondrinas gate *if* you have a valid blue card (please show it to the gate-keepers).  If you do not have a valid blue card and come to the Fair during Fair-hours, the daily admission fee to the Fair at the gate will be applied.

* The SCA Village will be available for set-up beginning at noon on Friday (9/16). Tear-down needs to be completed by noon on Monday (9/19). All set-up and tear-down needs to be done when the Fair is not open to the public.

* Mundane tents are allowed, but need to be in the second row of tentage (behind the first row of canvas tents).

* SCA merchants are encouraged to sell their wares in the SCA Village; provide your own shade. The Fair asks that if you are selling wares, you have the ability to demonstrate your arts or science (maybe have a shoe in the process, so folks can see how they are put together, or that visitors have the opportunity to make a tassel).

*  Fighters, bring your blue and green cards to present to the list-mistress for entrance into the tourneys.

*  If you are partaking in Drygestan’s culinary hospitality (coordinated by THLady Theresa) at the Saturday evening meal, bring your feast gear. Mistress Berengaria is fixing a breakfast repast on Sunday morning, so clean your feast gear from the night before and partake again!

*  We are sharing this site with the general public, so keep an eye on your valuables while in the SCA Village during the Fair hours.

*  This year, we did not procure equestrian insurance, so do not bring your horses.

*  El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a working farm; do not bring your pets from home.

*  If you are able to help with heralding during tournaments (explaining what happens on the field to the general public) or marshaling a tournament, seek out our combat coordinators, Sir Thomas and Lady Elisabeaux, or Lord Mathom to help.

* This year, in the SCA Village, we will have armored and rapier combat tourneys, arts and sciences demonstrations, a Medieval Kitchen (which will provide us our meal for Saturday night), and other activities.


From Drygestan and points North (on I-25):
Take your best route to the Cerrillos Road exit off of I-25 (exit 276).  Go right off of the exit and continue on the frontage road.  Continue through the stoplight at the intersection of NM 599 (the Santa Fe bypass). Take your first left at the light (onto the west frontage road). Turn right on Los Pinos Road (about a half-mile down the frontage road). The museum will be 3.4 miles down the road, on the left-hand side.  Enter through the main gate.

From the north reaches of Drygestan (Los Alamos, Espanola, Taos):
Take your best route to NM 599 (the Santa Fe bypass).  Continue on NM 599 towards Santa Fe. At the frontage road for I-25, turn right (at the stoplight).  Take your first left at the light (onto the west frontage
road). Turn right on Los Pinos Road (about a half-mile down the frontage road). The museum will be 3.4 miles down the road, on the left-hand side. Enter through the main gate.

From al-Barran and points South:
Take your best route to I-25 northbound and take exit 271 (La Cienega).Turn left on CR-50F. Take a slight right onto CR-54 (Los Pinos Road). The museum will be about 1 mile down the road, on the right-hand side. Enter through the main gate.

Directions to Village:
Drive through the main gate. Proceed to the back of the parking lot and turn right at the last row of parking. Drive through the black gate (into the Maintenance Yard). Drive through the Maintenance Yard. As you clear the Maintenance Yard, you will see our campsite.