Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins:Murder at Carneval

On these cold winter days, one is often left wondering what to do and how to alleviate those winter blues. Never fear; there is more than enough to do at the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins!

  • Rapier Tourneys (for chocolate)
  • Mask Competition (for jewelry and other wonderful prizes)
  • A Murder Mystery (putting the 'deadly' back in Deadly Sins)
  • Æthelmearc A&S Championship (for Kingdom Pride)
  • Scribal arts, Feasting, Dancing, Merchants and more!

Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins: Murder at Carneval

February 4, 2006
Barony of Delftwood (Syracuse, NY)

$15 - Site fee, sideboard and feast
$8 - Site fee and sideboard

The year is 1583, a time of peace and prosperity. No wars, no plague, and an increasingly successful merchant class. From the long nights of winter comes a celebration like no other: Carneval. Come one, come all, to the Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Barony of Delftwood as we take you to the Republic of Venice to join in the revelry of the 421st Carneval! Bring your masks, bring your rapiers, bring your musical instruments, and bring your appetites! But beware, murder is afoot…

The scene is San Marco Square, Venice, 1583. As the revelers prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the victory of the "Repubblica della Serenissima" in the war against Ulrico, Patriarch of Aquileia, in the year 1162, rumors begin to spread of a challenge between 4 great schools of the arte of defense to take place during the festivities for the entertainment of all. The representative chosen by skill with steel will represent their school in the final rounds of competition to attain for their school that most noble of prizes: a 5 kilo bar of Callebeut dark chocolate. There will also be a tournament to determine Delftwood's new fencing champion, and a special tournament using schlager only, with sword and dagger hilts limited to styles documentable via A.V.B. Norman to 1590 or earlier, with metal armor providing protection as worn.

In keeping with the customs of Carneval, bring a mask to wear to the event, for those who wear their masks all day will be eligible for prizes in the categories of: Best Overall Mask, Best Mask for each Seven Deadly Sin, and Funniest Mask.

And, yet, as celebrants hide behind masks, there is murder afoot. Master Body has been slain by one of the Seven Deadly Sins! It is your job to discover which Sin did this terrible deed, where, and with what. During the course of the day, discover clues and solve the mystery for a prize.

To satisfy the Sin of Gluttony, an Italian feast will be provided by Lady Moniczka Elzbietka Poznanska (Martha Powers), and a sideboard from the orient (Korea) will be provided by Lady Yang SuGyong (Lee Hann). Please address dietary concerns to moniczka@twcny.rr.com and lyanna96@yahoo.com. Candles are permitted at feast. The site has the potential to be downright soggy-Two bars, no waiting-but all alcohol consumed on site must be purchased on site. Violations of the policy will result in the end of the event and the loss of the site. If you choose to drink, please do so responsibly and legally. Also, there will be a Cutest/Sexiest dishwasher contest, so come prepared to compete!

And what would be a celebration without dancing? After the feast, there will be dancing led by Mast Don Lyev Davidovich, with live music provided by Ex-Arca.

Merchant space is full, so bring your purses. Children's Activites will be offered, however a parent must be present and attentive. Games of ten-pin will be offered for a nominal fee.

Location: the Polish American Citizen's Club, 526 Teall Ave., Syracuse NY 13206 (The same place it was last year). The smoke free site opens at 9:30 am, closes at 9:00 pm, and is wet (see disclaimer above) - two bars, no waiting! Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

Co-autocratting this event are Captain John Michael Thorpe (Page Steinhardt mof@delftwood.org) and Helene al-Zarqa (Elizabeth Dunn; alZarqa@gmail.com). The fees for this event are $8 for the site fee and sideboard, and an additional $7 for feast. There will be ample space for off-board seating at feast. Children 14 and under will be charged half-price. Children 5 and under may attend free of charge, but please notify us if they will take up a seat at feast. Family rates are available, please contact the autocrats. In addition, a $3 surcharge must be collected at the door from all non-SCA members. Reservations may be sent to our Exchequer, Master Cyneric Drakenheorte (James Lienhart, 2709 Rt. 174, Marietta, NY 13110). Please make checks payable to SCA, Inc. - Barony of Delftwood. The site is unfortunately not handicapped accessible, however limited arrangements may be made, please contact the autocrats for details.

Directions: Take your best route to Syracuse, NY and exit #14 on Rt. 690. From the North or South, that's Rt. 81 and merging to Rt. 690 East. From the West, that's Rt. 90 to exit #39 - Rt. 690 East. From the East, that's Rt. 90 to exit #34A - Rt. 481 South, to exit #4 - Rt. 690 West. From Rt. 690, take the Teall Avenue exit, #14. Turn up the hill onto Teall Ave. (from 690W turn right, from 690E turn left). Cross over Burnett Ave., and the Polish American Citizen's Club will be on your right. The parking lot is just before the site on the right, and will be marked.