Iron and Ink is offered as a weekend retreat for the Artisans of the Inland's Region of Central AnTir. However, anyone and everyone who desires to join in and take part are most welcome.
Members of the Most Ancient and Noble Order of the Laurel who reside in the Inlands Region are expressly invited to attend and teach their preferred art and to encourage their apprentices in the same. We would like to request Members of the Order of the Jambe de Lion and other Inlands Area Artisans also to please consider teaching a favorite art form at this event.
Dame Tamlyn is handling the arrangement of class scheduling and those wishing to offer a class should contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Site opens at noon on Friday, June 16th - but you can make arrangements with the Autocrat if you really want to come earlier than that. Friday will mainly consist of site set-up and preparation and individual camp set-up. The Site closes sometime in the afternoon or evening on Sunday, June 18th - after everyone has comfortably packed up and departed - but you can make arrangements with the Autocrat if you really want to stay longer than that.
Saturday morning, breakfast snacks, coffee, tea and juice will be provided to get things fired up and classes should begin around 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
Classes in a wide range of interests are currently being planned, as well as opportunities to meet one-on-one for mentoring in many areas.
Modern clothing is acceptable in all classes and for some may be preferable. Expect some classes to require lab fees to cover costs and come prepared bringing change (small bills).
A Potluck Feast is planned for Saturday evening. If you wish to attend the feast, please plan to come to the table dressed in Period Attire. The main meat dish will be provided by Ambergard's Culinary Guild. As it is "potluck," you will need to please also bring a dish to feed 8 - 10 adults. Saturday Morning, breakfast snacks and drinks will be provided. Other meals are your own responsibility. The drive-in restaurant next door is not open on the weekends, but there are a number of others in town who are i.e., Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Maker and DK's and we also have a Safeway and a Mini Wal-Mart Super Center for purchasing groceries and/or fresh produce. We have a pretty large barbeque if you need to use it.
Site Information and Accomodations
The event will be held at Elgar and Bronwen's private residence in the Shire of Ambergard. The property is in the town of Ephrata and a bit less than an acre in size. Approximately 40% of the property is a shaded and manicured lawn and the rest mostly graveled with a small portion of asphalt driveway. Extra parking is available at the drive-in Restaurant next door (by permission of the owner) and during the day, on the street frontage. There are two outbuildings; one set up as a woodworking shop, the other is a large three-car garage with concrete floor that can be used by the metalworkers. Scribal classes and activities will be held inside the residence, which is air-conditioned and has two large and two small lesson and work areas. There are three bathrooms with showers inside. One or more portable handicap toilets will be set up outside. Camping Space is limited but definitely available. We would appreciate that you RSVP your pavilion size - if you plan on "over-nighting" - as good planning will help to ensure that all are able to find a resting-place in the shade. There is a public swimming venue in town. Directions to get there will be provided in the site handout. Bring your suits and towels (and sunscreen) if you would like to take advantage of it. Portable fire-pits are okay (please do not dig fire-pits into the lawn). The outbuildings are lit for possible night-time work. We have limited outdoor lighting but I expect that we will all prefer the light of portable torches - so bring them if you like. There are a number of water spigots available on the property with water coming from the city well. We will try to keep hose attached to some for fire safety and others open for drawing water.
Site Fees: The Non-Member Surcharge is in effect for this event. The site fee for Iron and Ink for Blue Card Carrying SCA Members is $4.00 and your Potluck contribution (if you are staying for dinner). Please add another $3.00 to that fee if you are not a card-carrying member of the SCA. Remember that some classes may require lab fees to cover the cost of materials.
Bronwyn and Elgar's Keep
701 Basin NW,
Ephrata, WA 98823
Directions to Site:
If you are coming East on I-90:Take Hwy 283 (Exit 151) and drive almost all the way through Ephrata - it's about 22 miles. First, Hwy 283 becomes Hwy 28 at Naylordale Junction then it becomes Basin Street (once you are in Ephrata). Turn left on 6th Ave NW, and then make an almost immediate right turn into the alley-way behind Barb and Ed's Drive-In. Drive through the gate at the end of the alley into our backyard parking lot. If you are coming West on I-90: Take Hwy 17 (Exit 179) and do not turn off this road until you hit "Basin Street" in Ephrata (Please note: about 5 miles before you hit Ephrata, Hwy 17 becomes Hwy 282. You want to be on Hwy 282 because Hwy 17 actually veers off to the right at the Y - towards Soap Lake - DON'T GO THAT WAY.) Anyway, when you hit Basin Street in Ephrata, you will be at a streetlight where you must make either a right or left turn. Please turn right onto Basin Street. Drive almost all the way through town (heading North) and make a left turn on 6th Ave NW and then make an almost immediate right turn into the alley-way behind Barb and Ed's Drive-In. Drive through the gate at the end of the alley into our backyard parking lot. If you are coming West out of Spokane on Hwy 2: You need to turn onto Hwy 28 at Davenport. Highway 28 becomes Basin Street as you enter Ephrata. Once in Ephrata, turn right on 6th AVE NW, immediately after Barb and Ed's Drive-In. Then, make an almost immediate right turn into the alley-way behind Barb and Ed's Drive-In. Drive through the gate at the end of the alley into our backyard parking lot.
If you are coming South on Hwy 17: Turn right onto Hwy 28 right after you get through Soap Lake (it's like an on-ramp) and follow the directions listed above for Hwy 28.
Lord Lucz Cromer (mka: Elton Johnson)
Shire of Ambergard (Ephrata, Washington)