[DRA] Informal gathering in Heidelberg

Spring has finally come to Frankmark!  The sun is out, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming.  What better way to celebrate than with a picnic in the gardens of a medieval castle?

Saturday, May 4, 2013, Lord Joel and I will be hosting all comers at a pot-luck picnic in the gardens of Schloss Heidelberg.  The gardens are freely open to the public, and the plan is to gather there around noon and hang out until the evening when the sun sets/park closes. This is intended to be primarily an outing for SCAdians, but since we're in a public park, I'm hoping it can also be used as a bit of a recruitment demo, so bring your banners, your fancy chairs, your hand crafts and musical instruments.  There will also be dancing, organized by Lord Conrad zur Ruben.  I am not sure yet if it would be possible for there also to be fighting, but hope to confirm one way or the other this week.

Travel: See the castle's website for directions.  There is public parking available near the castle, otherwise, there is parking under Karlsplatz by the Rathaus, and from there the castle can be reached either by walking up the hill (by road or by stairs) or by the bergbahn.  More info about traffic in Heidelberg can be found here online. (also available in German).

Location: When you enter the castle gardens, go straight (east) as far as you can; we'll be in the corner by the statues and the two ponds.

Time: Noon until evening.

Cost: Free, except for proviso noted below.

Food: Bring a dish or beverages to share -- medieval(esque) preferable but not required.  If you aren't able to bring something, let me know in advance and I'll buy/bring extra, and then the cost will be 3EUR.

Reservation/registration: Not necessary, except as noted above.

If you'd like to stay the weekend, we have crash space for two people, and there's also plenty of hotels and B&Bs in the Altstadt. In addition to the castle (which itself is lots of fun to see, whether on a guided tour or not), across the river on top of the other mountain are the remains of two 11th C monasteries.  It's a pleasant afternoon's walk to the top, around the monasteries, and back down.

Any other questions?  Feel free to email me or check the FB page at https://www.facebook.com/events/560855307258942/?fref=ts.