Silver Chalice XVII

In Hidden Mountain, we are celebrating! The harvest is in, and it is time to test our skills in the arts of War, and gentler arts as well.

With the fall of the leaves, it is time once again to test the mettle of our fighters and see another novice leave those ranks for the ranks of winners at this 17th anniversary of our Novice Tourney. But there will be fighting for the more experienced fighter, too. Heavy and Light tourneys will challenge your skills throughout the day.

There will be the traditional novice tourney and a tourney for the experienced fighter alike for both heavy and rapier categories. Archery and thrown weapons competitions will also be offered. For the less martially inclined, there will be an open category novice and experienced A&S competition with a theme of the Harvest. Novice A&S will be defined as a field of study practiced less than 1 year.

And what is an event in Hidden Mountain without celebrations? For the young in age, there will be a Mad Alchemist's Tea Party hosted by our own Baroness, Rowen. And for those who arrive on Friday night, there will be a costume party celebrating the coming Halloween. House Drunken Moose has promised a fine repast for our feast to please our palates and celebrate the fall. Please contact the autocrat for any dietary concerns. Space is limited for feast, so please reserve early for the best seats in the house.

The site will be the Harleyville Community Center, 20 Railroad Ave., Harleyville, SC 29448. Limited crash space will be available in the hall, but there is plenty of space for the primitive camper behind the hall. Sorry, no pets or fires allowed. This is a discretely wet site. Site will open at 5 PM on Friday and close at noon on Sunday. Merchants are welcome; please direct any questions about space to the Autocrat. There is a small motel nearby for those who wish to stay in more comfort.

Cost: On Board is $12, day trip is $7. Teens 12-17 will be $11 on board, daytrip $6. Children 6-12 will be half price, under 6 will be the guests of the Barony. Non members please add $3 to this fee. Please let us know how many children are included when you make your reservation. Make all checks out to Barony of Hidden Mountain/SCA, Inc. The only reservation is a paid reservation.

Who is the Autocrat? Why, Mistress Aodh Adendra Marland (Brenda Butler) Adendra@charleston.net will be your host for this glorious weekend!

Directions: Take your best route to I-26 west of Charleston, SC. Take exit 177 (route 453) towards Harleyville. Follow this road until it ends in a T intersection. Turn left onto Highway 178 towards downtown Harleyville. At the flashing yellow light, turn right onto Railroad Ave. The site is approximately 2 blocks ahead on the left. Signs will be posted.