Stierbach's Baronial Birthday

And in the summer of the year A.S. XXXX, as Colum and Brianna made their yearly progress through their Stierbach lands, stories came to them of bandits hiding in the forests to the south. No traveler had escaped rough treatment at the hands of these rogues, and no cattle were safe. His Excellency called forth his landholders to gather to flush these vermin from his lands. And he sent messages to his neighboring cousins, that they might know of this menace and help him keep the King's highway clear of miscreants.

Site: Miller's Farm, 12101 Orange Plank Road, Locust Grove, VA 22508. Site opens Friday, June 17, at 4 p.m. and closes at noon Sunday. This is a primitive camp site. Bring your own drinking water and solar shower bags. Water available for camp showers bags. Port-a-johns will be provided. Site is Wet, no original containers. Dogs allowed but must be on leashes at all times and have current rabies tags (logged in at troll).

Baronial Champions Selection: Their Excellencies, Colum and Briana, will choose their artisan, bardic champion, and martial champions based on activities throughout the day. Candidates for baronial bard should prepare a period song or a song in a period style to perform for Baroness Briana throughout the day. The baronial artisan will be chosen from barony members displaying in the Arts & Sciences Open Display. Their Excellencies are looking for artisan with varied interests. All works and works in progress are welcome.

Martial Activities: Heavy, Archery and Rapier melees in the woods. We will attempt to use this year's Pennsic Woods Battle combat conventions with shorter time limits to allow for debriefs and lessons learned. Marshall in Charge: Lord Stefan von Kiel (Steve Knerr) steve_knerr@hotmail.com.

Arts & Sciences Competition Theme: Entries should relate to the concept of travel and journeys in the SCA. Documentation encouraged and should explain how the entry relates to the theme. Minister of Arts & Sciences: Marcolo del Marre (Mark Valente) arts@stierbach.org.

Children's Activities and Competitions: Check the website for details.

Merchants welcomed: Contact the Autocrat.

Feast: A feast will be prepared by Kurios Iustinos Ancyrenos and Stierbach's Cook's Guild. Contact Kurios Iustinos Ancyrenos (Ryan Snead) with any allergy concerns at ryan.snead@gd-ais.com

Reservations: Mistress Ilse von Brenner snead.kathryn@epa.gov Advance reservations requested. Reservations for adults received after June 10, add $1 to day-trip and $1 to camping. **Please consider registering early. If we have an idea of how many will be attending, we will know how many porta-johns to order (campers and non-campers).**

Adult, member
$5 site fee
$5 feast

Adult, nonmember
$8 site fee
$5 feast

Child (6-17)
$3 site fee
$5 feast

Camping: Adult: $3 Child (6-17): $1 Children 5 and under are guests of the Barony.

Autocrat: Lady Cairistiona de Coveran (Laurie Clarkston), garadh@erols.com

Website: http://www.stierbach.org/events/birthday2005.html

Directions: From I-95 (North or South) - take exit 130B West (Culpeper, Route 3). Go 9.5 miles on Route 3. Turn left onto Route 621 (Orange Plank Road). Go 5.4 miles and turn right on to Windy Acres Lane.

From Route 15 (North or South) to Hwy 20 (east). Go 8.3 miles and turn right onto Mine Run Road. Go 12.3 miles and turn left onto Windy Acres Lane.