Axes & Ales VIII

Come to Axes & Ales VIII, hosted by the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle! We will be once again at Camp Sertoma, Johnson Road (no number listed), Kirkwood, NY.

The gates will open at 6 pm on April 28, and anyone staying after noon on April 30, 2006, will be assumed to be helping with the clean-up. The site is Wet, but period containers are requested, and you must remove all empties from site. Open flames are permitted at Feast, but please no campfires except in designated fireplaces. Please be aware that while handicapped accessibility is improving at the site, there are still a great many hills.

Saturday promises a full schedule with something for everyone. For the first time in three years, we should have the return of lobbing of pointy things with a real Thrown Weapons Tournament. The Traditional Axes and Ales Heavy Tourney will be run by THL Wolfgang von dem Schwarzwald, last year's champion. And we will also have a Fencing Tourney. We should also have Royal Rounds available for Archery. There will also be children's activities.

We will have another informal brewing competition again this year run by THL George Anne- please bring anything you wish to enter, and even if you do not compete, you may always volunteer to be a judge. If you wish to teach an alcohol-related class or have something alcohol-related you would like to learn, please contact the autocrat. Following dinner, we will have our traditional brewing slam and roundtable. Feel free to bring a bottle to pass- If the brewing competition is too intimidating, here is a great place to go for more constructive ideas. Proof of age is REQUIRED for all alcohol-related activities. We will be proofing at the door, so please don't be offended. Any violators of mundane law will be asked to leave the site immediately.

Merchants are welcome and encouraged. You must provide your own tables and shelter as the Hall is too small to accommodate everyone.

Cost: Onboard: $14.50 (includes Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Lunch Saturday, and Feast); OffBoard: $7.50 (includes lunch). Minors aged 17 to 13 are $1 off full price. Children 6 to 12 are half price, and those under 6 are free (if they will need a seat in the Feast Hall please let us know). Feast is limited to 80, but this number will shrink if there aren't enough in-advance reservations. The cook will be Laura Littlejohn. Please contact her with all allergies or other concerns directly via

To sleep in a bed in the new cabin, the cost is $2 per night. Do include this on your reservation, as there are limited beds, and your bedspace reservation will be confirmed. These are actual beds dormitory-style but there are no linens provided. Crash space in the main hall with your own bedding is as always free, and there is camping space available for those willing to set up tents at no additional charge.

Directions: Find your best route to NYS Rt. 17 east of the I-81/Rt. 17 split; then make your way to Exit 76 Haskins Road/Foley Road. There will be signs directing you to Johnson Road and SCA signs. From the east, turn left at the top of the ramp, and take the next 2 lefts. From the west (the direction most of you will take), turn right at the top of the ramp and then take your next left onto Johnson Road. The camp is less than a mile down Johnson Road on the right.