Black Prince's Birthday

description:
The year is 1359, the site is England. In celebration of Edward, the Prince of Wales' upcoming birthday a day of tournament, feast and revelry has been declared. The Barony of Black Diamond calls forth the most Noble of combatants, to bring their weapons of choice, their skill and prowess to this most Honorable field. Heralds declare that this is a day for all Atlantia, to celebrate one of the most historical men in history, and quite possibly of the 14th century. It is a day filled with tournament of martial skills, of Heavy weapons, of Rapier, of Archery. It is a day for the artisans to come forth and bring their finest projects for display and competition. It is a day for the novice, of both the arts and sciences and the martial fields, for you are the future of fair Atlantia, and we celebrate your growing skills as well.

A&S competitions include but are not limited to: Novice A&S, Illumination, best display of heraldry (group or individual), open display, fiber arts, bardic.Please contact the Autocrat with any questions. Also there will be various raffles for swords and other medieval items as well as prizes given to the best display of chivalry, honor and courtesy.

Martial activities:
There will be tournaments for heavy, rapier and target archery throughout the day as well as mounted games. Friday evening will play host to a torchlight tournament for both heavy and rapier. MIC for the event is Baron Achbar ibn Ali.

Feast:
A grand feast will once again be provided by Lady Senga MacBethian (Beth Fox) Please address any dietary concerns to her at lioness828@charter.net

The site is the Bland county fairgrounds in Bland, Va.

Alcohol is permitted in period containers.

There are hotels 10-12 miles away, local amenities include a subway, dairy queen, gas stations and a small grocery store. Hotels and more can be found in Wytheville which is 10 miles from site. The site is located 1 mile off I-77.

Site costs:
Before 4/30/06:
Daytrip: $5.00 Camping: $8.00 Feast: $5.00
After 4/30/06 :
Daytrip: $8.00 Camping: $10.00 Feast: $8.00

Children under 12 are free with exception to feast. If they occupy a space at feast they will be charged. Children 0-17 are half price. This includes early bird and day of. Merchants are welcome but please contact the autocrat prior with tent size. There is no merchant fee but space is limited.

Directions:
From the South: Take I-77 north into VA. Once into VA follow I-77 through Wytheville. I-77 and I-81 will come together for about 10 miles. Take the I-77 turnoff towards Bluefield/Charleston WV. Exit off I 77 at exit 52. Turn right and follow SCA signs.

From points north in VA. Follow I-81 south to I-77 north and exit off I-77 at exit 52. Turn right and follow SCA signs. Location:
Barony of Black Diamond (Bland, Virginia)