Night on the Town

On an unusually warm and sunny winter afternoon, the Mayor of Smeewick steps up to the podium to deliver his address. "Good people of Smeewick, our town were once a beacon onto the Kingdom. Now, it has been ravaged beyond recognition by pirates and gypsies. We owe it to ourselves and our children to restore Smeewick to its former glory!"

...and so it began. The poor peasants of Smeewick were tasked day and night to rebuild, replant and not to rest until the town met the approval of the nobles. To add insult to injury, the Restorative Tax was levied on the peasant population. After all, they were working hard and earning money but had not the time to spend it, so it seemed the logical choice to the nobles.

...but the reality was a misery that no noble could have imagined. The peasants were exhausted, hungry, and harboring a feverish discontent.

The past few nights a figure was seen in the shadows preaching to an unruly mob. He is a peasant - a charismatic peasant. His voice, fueled by the fury of maltreatment and injustice, boomed over the raucous crowd: "They steal our pittance like cold-hearted thieves! Come spring, we shall take back what is ours - our farms! Our food! Our gold! BY FORCE! WHO IS WITH ME?"

*Night on the Town VIII*, April 14-16, 2006, Shire of Roxbury Mill (in Maryland)

*Martial Activities:* Rapier melees in the town, field and woods with combat archery in specific scenarios and a target archery competition for those with good aim. Authorizations start at 9am. For more information, please contact Lady Constanza de Talavera at: ldycnstza@yahoo.com.

*Arts & Sciences Activities:* Try It First - Ever wanted to try some art but didn't have a clue as to where or how to start? Here's your chance... we hope. We are putting together a series of classes given by specialists in various arts and sciences. As this is being put together somewhat at the last minute we're not sure what we'll have, but we can assure you it will be interesting.

Teachers! If you have something you'd like to teach, please contact me, Corun MacAnndra at: corun@medievalist.org and tell me what you want to do and what you'll need from me to provide a class.

*Cost:*Adult, Member: $10.00 Day-Trip $6.00 Feast $3.00 Camping Adult, Non-Member: $13.00 Day-Trip $6.00 Feast $3.00 Camping Child (6-17): $8.00 Day-Trip $6.00 Feast $1.00 Camping Child (0-5): $0.00 Day-Trip $0.00 Feast $0.00 Camping *Site:* Elks Camp Barrett. 1001 Chesterfield Rd. Annapolis, MD 21401 For those who wish, cabin space is available as well as bathhouses and on site camping space (reservations needed for tent camping). No heaters in cabins, please.

*Site Restrictions:* Site opens 5 pm Friday, April 14th and closes 12 pm Sunday, April 16th. Pets are allowed; fires in designated areas only; and this is a wet site.

*Feast Information:* Feast is being prepared by Duchess Melisande de Belvoir and Michael Oldcastle. Please address dietary concerns to her at: meloleary@aol.com. Musical entertainment provided by Lost Cause.

*Merchants:* Merchants welcome! For more information and to reserve space, contact Mistress Violante de Sant Sebastian at: dona_violante@yahoo.com.

*Other Information:* Try It First Rapier: try it and see what the buzz is about loaner gear and weapons available. Age restrictions apply. Contact Master Robert Beddingfield at: elsworthy@netzero.com

*Autocrats Information:* Alyce Blood (Alice Brierley) alice_brierley@hotmail.com

*Reservations:* Lady Grainne igen Lugdach (Willie Walter), grainneinatlantia@yahoo.com

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*Directions:*
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*From the West (in MD)*: Take the best route to Rt 32 East to I-97 South. From I-97 take Exit 5, Rt 178/Crownsville. At the light off Rt 32, Rt 178 goes straight and also goes to the left. Continue straight on Rt 178 South for approx 1.8 miles. At the light, turn right onto Crownsville Rd. Continue for approx 1 mile and turn right onto Hawkins Rd (there is a sign for Elks Camp Barrett). Continue for approx 1.8 miles. At the bottom of the hill, go thru the stop sign to enter the Camp.

*From the North:* Take best route to I-97 South to Exit 5 and follow directions above for those coming from the West.

*From the South:* From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 19A Rt 50 East to Exit 23 Rt 450/Parole. Take Rt 450 West and turn left at the light in front of Annapolis Mall (this is still Rt. 450). Continue approx 2 miles. Turn right at the light onto Crownsville Rd. After .5 mile there will be a blue sign for Elks Camp Barrett. Take a left onto Chesterfield Rd and go approx 1.4 miles. The site is on your left.