[DRA] Academia della Danza

The right noble lord Baron and the trusty lady Baroness of the Ancient lands of Knights Crossing have declared that their subjects, noble in their demeanour, should learn the ancient art of dance, that they may better grace their court with knowledge of this gentler art. To this effect, they have hired sundry dance masters from lands far and wide to come and provide instruction.

For one weekend, their holding, the 14th century Rathaus of Miltenberg, shall play host to a school of dance, known in the tongue of more refined courts as an academia della danza. In addition to learning, there shall be terpsichorean revels and a ball as no one has seen in many years. Come one and all to partake!

March 1-3, 2013 - 63897 Miltenberg, Altes Rathaus, Hauptstraße 137, Germany

You do not care to dance? No problem! We need dissolute gamblers, hecklers and drunkards to add that extra level of authenticity to the proceedings.

Classes:
Classes will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday evening. There will be two tracks of classes, to suit all needs and tastes: a beginner track, and an intermediate/advanced track. Classes will cover 15th and 16th c. dances from the (modern-day) regions of Italy, Spain, France, and England. At least one class will be offered specifically for children.

Children's activities:
Parents are encouraged to coordinate with one another to ensure that both children and adults have an enjoyable time. Children are welcome to participate in dance classes if they are mannerly and well-behaved.

Ball/Revel:
Between the courses of the feast Saturday evening, the musicians shall be available for people to practice the dances they have learned (dances can be bought with eggs, which will cost 5 EUR a piece). After feast, there will be a formal ball that will be a reconstruction of one chronicled in Ulm in 1503. After this, there will be a reconstruction of a drunken revel wedding revel from 15th c. Germany, during which further dances can be bought with eggs! Music will be provided by the one and only Gaita, a professional ensemble hailing from Edinburgh.

Site:
Is the gorgeous 14th c. city hall of Miltenberg, which has been restored to its 14th c. look, but with amenities such as central heating and an ultra-professional modern kitchen. The site is 100% handicapped accessible, with elevators, handicapped bathrooms and ramps. For pictures of the town and the site, see: http://www.stadt-miltenberg.de/
Site opens: Friday, March 1 at 15:00
Site closes: Sunday, March 3 at 12:00 (i.e. site is cleaned up by this point)
Site is wet
Altes Rathaus, Hauptstraße 137 63897 Miltenberg

Tavern:
There will be a tavern serving beverages of various types, to keep people hydrated in a manner appropriate to their individual activities. There shall also be games of chance available for those who have coin of the realm to burn.

Food:
There will be a hearty stew provided Friday evening, breakfast, lunch and feast on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Crash space:
There is limited crash space in the halls of the Rathaus (in some areas people will have to clear their bedding away during the day Saturday).
The hostel:
Burgweg 58, 63897 Miltenberg
The hostel, the Rheinhessische Schullandheim, is a neogothic building that perches atop the hill, nearly directly behind (and above) the Alte Rathaus. It takes five minutes to walk (at a normal pace) from the Rathaus to the hostel (involving a long set of outdoor stairs). We have cheap beds available for 28 EUR per bed for the weekend, if you bring your own sheets and pillowcases (or 34 EUR per person if you want to have sheets provided by the hostel). Children seven and younger sleep for free in the hostel.

Other B&B/hotel options:
Otherwise, Miltenberg a charming little medieval town with numerous reasonably priced inns (reasonable = 30-90 EUR for a double room per night), several of which are located on the same street as the Rathaus, such as the Mildenburg Hotel (http://www.hotel-mildenburg.de/) or the Gasthaus zum Anker, http://www.gasthof-anker-miltenberg.de/.

Reservations:
Please reserve via the website. The payment deadline to guarantee a spot on feast is February 25, 2013. After that, you will be placed on a waiting list for food.

Cancellations:
Money will be refunded in full until February 19. Partial refund (site cost) will be possible until February 25. After that, refunds will not be possible.

Prices:
Includes all meals (and the cost of a well-preserved medieval site). INCLUDES CRASH SPACE, BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE BED IN HOSTEL.
40 EUR per card-holding SCA member over 17.
50 EUR per non-SCA member over 17.
Saturday only day trip rate: 35 EUR for paid SCA members, 45 EUR for non-paid members.
Teenagers 14-17 (member or non-member): 15 EUR weekend
Teenagers 14-17 (member or non-member): 10 EUR day trip
Children 8-13: 4 EUR for the weekend.
Children 8-13 Saturday only: 3 EUR
Children under 8 are free.
There will be a family cap (for children up to and including 13) of 86 EUR for the weekend for paid SCA members, and of 106 EUR for non-members.
Beds cost an extra 28 EUR per person if you bring your own sheets and pillowcases, or 34 EUR per person if you want to have sheets provided by the hostel.

Event/Reservations/Travel Steward:
Judith de Northumbria
email: (judithsca at aol com)

Reservations:
The only guaranteed reservation is a paid reservation (for people within the Eurozone), or a copy of confirmed travel arrangements. The payment deadline to guarantee a spot on feast is February 25, 2013. After that, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Travel:
The site is reachable by public transportation (train) via Hanau, Aschaffenburg, and Frankfurt Central Stations/Hauptbahnhöfe (destination train station: Miltenberg am Main). The airport of choice is Frankfurt Main International. Lufthansa is running 100 EUR specials from all over Europe to Frankfurt. We can offer a limited number of rides from Frankfurt International. Hahn Airport is about 200 km from the site, and a 3 hour + ride by public transport. For help with making travel arrangements, or for help finding a good travel deal, please contact the event steward, Judith.

Site directions:
The site for the event, the Alte Rathaus, is located in the pedestrian zone of Miltenberg. For this reason, you should not drive directly up to the building (unless you wish to risk paying a 30 EUR fine). There is, however, a narrow lane that leads almost up to the pedestrian zone, putting you within a 30 meter walk of the front doors. We do have a hand cart available in the hall if you have heavy things. Here are the instructions for reaching the site by car:
NOTE: If you are sleeping at the hostel, you might want to proceed there first to drop off items before checking in at the event site and finding parking.

Coming from the east (via Wertheim): Once you enter Miltenberg on Mainstrasse, you will see the primary Main Bridge on your right. About 350 meters past this bridge, you will see on the left a bus stop sign at the mouth of a little lane (big green H - will be marked with an SCA sign). Turn left onto this lane and drive as far up as you can. Park. Walk up the remainder of the lane to the pedestrian zone; the Alte Rathaus will be just to the left, directly on the pedestrian zone (extremely tall pink stone building). Unload your items and carry them up to the Rathaus as speedily as possible so that other people can get into the lane. Deposit them inside the door right there in the lower hall, then go and move your car to a parking spot. See below for parking instructions. Then return to the hall and check in at the gate, which will be in the upper hall at the tavern's bar.

Coming from the North/West (down the B469 from Aschaffenberg): Once you enter Miltenberg on Mainstrasse, you will eventually see the main city church on your right, at the riverside edge of the old town. about 100 meters past this church you will see on the right a bus stop sign at the mouth of a little lane (big green H - will be marked with an SCA sign). Turn right onto this lane and drive as far you can fit your car. Park. Walk up the remainder of the lane to the pedestrian zone; the Alte Rathaus will be just to the left, directly on the pedestrian zone (extremely tall pink stone building). Unload your items and carry them up to the Rathaus as speedily as possible. Deposit them inside the door right there in the lower hall, then go and move your car to a parking spot. See below for parking instructions. Then return to the hall and check in at the gate, which will be in the upper hall at the tavern's bar.

Parking: Free-of-charge parking spots are available on the access ramp to the neogothic Main Bridge (Mainbrücke), as well as on the ridge of the hill near the hostel (Burgweg). Otherwise, there are parking lots right there on the Main that cost 5 EUR per day, from 9:00-19:00 (seven days a week). After 19:00 parking in these lots is free-of-charge. There is also a big lot right across the street from the Church, on the Main, that is normally reserved for buses in tourist season, but is filled with cars in the off-season.