Great Northeastern War XX

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Great Northeastern War is an annual event sponsored by The Province of Malagentia, which is the Southern Maine chapter of The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA). It is a recognized SCA event, and all SCA rules apply.

http://www.gnewar.org/

Hebron Pines Campground
400 Buckfield Rd
Hebron, ME 04238

Hebron Pines Campground is site that caters to large weekend events for private groups. The site has a small bath house with flush toilets and showers, as well as a goodly-sized hall (suitable for holding court, or dancing, or what you will), and a limited number of pre-built firepits.

Great Northeastern War is an SCA camping event, which means that the majority of the attendees will be sleeping in tents. Modern camping equipment is acceptable at an SCA event; while all attendees must wear an attempt at pre-17th century clothing, medieval-style tents and camping equipment are not in any way required. If you do not wish to camp, you are also welcome to stay in a local hotel or motel and visit the site on a daily basis. No food is provided as part of your admission fees at Great Northeastern War; guests are responsible for making their own eating arrangements.

Great Northeastern War is primarily a "War Practice" event, which means that one major activity at the event will be a form of combat based on the tournaments of the High Middle Ages. Participants wear replica armor, and use weapons made from rattan. In order to particpate in combat activities at this (or any) SCA event, you and your equipment must be authorized by a Society-approved safety officer. In order to become authorized for combat actvities, you must show a working knowledge of SCA combat rules and regulations, your armor and other protective equipment must meet SCA standards, and you must prove to SCA-approved safety officers that you are not a hazard to yourself or others. You must also be at least 18 years of age. Some training is normally required before participants can meet these authorization standards. Please do not expect to participate in combat activities if this is your first SCA event.

Great Northeastern War provides plenty of other activities besides combat! Classes in topics related to the Middle Ages and our recreation of them will take place throughout the weekend. There will also be an Arts & Sciences competition, where modern artifiacts made in the Medieval style will be exhibited and judged. Classes and competition in Medieval-style archery will take place. There will be a Royal Court, where the King and Queen grant awards to worthy gentlefolk. Saturday evening will feature a Bardic Circle, where Medieval-style songs and stories will be performed. Merchants, selling all types of wares useful to the recreationist, will be open throughout the weekend. Renaissance dance and music will be taught and performed. And, all weekend, you will meet and mingle with others who are interested in learning more about history in a hands-on way, and who are spending a weekend transported from their everyday lives.

Directions:
From Boston, Portsmouth, Portland, and all other points South:
Take your best route to Exit 63 (formerly Exit 11) (Gray - New Gloucester) off the Maine Turnpike (I-95, formerly I-495).

At the T intersection just beyond the tollbooth, turn right towards the town of Gray. You are now about 24 miles from the site.

Follow the signs for Route 26 North, passing through two traffic lights within the next 0.2 mile. At the first light, turn left. You will see the Gray Fire Department on your left. Stay in the left lane. At the second light, turn left again, onto Route 26 North (as you turn, you'll see Dunkin' Donuts on your left).

Follow Route 26 North for 14.6 miles. You will be passing over the Maine Turnpike, past the Shaker settlement of Sabbathday Lake, and through the Town of Poland. Just past Poland Regional High School (on the left), you will come to a yellow blinking light marking the junction of Route 26 and Route 11 (a Mobil Gas Station will be on your right). Turn right onto Route 11 North, heading into the town of Mechanic Falls.

After 2.7 miles, you will arrive at an intersection with a traffic light. Go straight through the light (keeping the Cumberland Farms on your left) onto Route 124 North. Follow Route 124 North into the town of Minot. 4.4 miles from the light you will come to a strange intersection, which is marked as the junction of Routes 124 and 119. A General Store called the Village Trading Post will be on your left, and a white church will be visible a little way off to the right. Turn right at the Yield sign by the store, and then immediately left at the T intersection (heading away from the church), staying on Route 124 North.

Continue a further 2.3 miles on Route 124 North, into the town of Hebron. Hebron Pines Campground is clearly marked, on your left.

From Augusta, Bangor, Aroostook, New Brunswick, Quebec City, and all other points North:

Take your best route to Exit 75 (formerly Exit 12) (Auburn) off the Maine Turnpike (I-95, formerly I-495).

At the T intersection and traffic light just beyond the tollbooth, turn left onto Route 100 North, heading into the city of Auburn. You are now about 21 miles from the site.

After about 3.5 miles, you'll start up a big hill that curves sharply to the left. Slow down; You're going to turn left less than half a mile ahead, and the turn will be difficult to see.

As you approach the top of the hill the road will narrow, and cars will begin to merge with you from your left (you'll see a used car lot on your right). Move to the right as soon as you can.

Immediately after the merge you should be able to see a sign for Roy's All Steak Hamburgers (look for a big blue Pepsi sign) ahead on the left. Take a HARD left around the sign (swinging around the Roy's parking lot). Follow the arrows pointing toward Minot and Gray, and after you turn move quickly into the right-hand lane.

You are now traveling on Routes 11 and 121 South. 1.3 miles from Roy's Hamburgers you will come to a traffic light, which will be followed by a second light 0.3 miles later. Proceed straight through both these lights and continue to travel South on Routes 11 and 121 into the town of Minot. 3.0 miles from the second light, notice the Minot Country Store on your left, followed 0.4 miles later by the Minot Post Office (also on the left, and hard to see in the dark). 0.2 miles after the Post Office you'll see signs for the junction with Route 119. Turn right onto Route 119 North.

After traveling North on Route 119 for 6.0 miles, you will come to an intersection marked as the junction of Routes 124 and 119. There will be a white church on your left, and Route 119 will veer off to the left. Do not turn left. Continue straight (in the direction of E Hebron and Buckfield), on what is now Route 124 North.

Continue a further 2.3 miles on Route 124 North, into the town of Hebron. Hebron Pines Campground is clearly marked, on your left.

From Bethel, Berlin, Montpelier, Burlington, Montreal, and some certain other points West:

Please consult a map to find your best route to pick up Route 26 South west of the towns of Norway and Oxford, Maine. For most folks coming in from Northern New Hampshire and Vermont, you'll want to cross the Maine/NH border on Route 2 and pick up Route 26 South in Bethel, Maine, but there are other possible routes as well, depending on your starting point.

Follow Route 26 South through the Western Maine towns of Bryant Pond, Paris, Norway, and into the town of Oxford. About two miles after you pass through the business district of the town of Oxford, you'll come to traffic lights which mark the entrance to a Wal-Mart (on your right). Pass straight through the lights, continuing South on Route 26. 1.8 miles after the Wal-Mart, you'll pass the Oxford Plains Fun Park on your right, closely followed by Oxford Plains Speedway on your left. About 1.7 miles after the speedway, turn left onto Route 121 North (a Citgo station marks the corner of this intersection, on your left). Follow Route 121 North, into the town of Mechanic Falls. After 4.4 miles, you will arrive at a 4-way intersection with a traffic light.

Turn left at the light (keeping the Cumberland Farms on your left) onto Route 124 North. Follow Route 124 North into the town of Minot. 4.4 miles from the light you will come to a strange intersection, which is marked as the junction of Routes 124 and 119. A General Store called the Village Trading Post will be on your left, and a white church will be visible a little way off to the right. Turn right at the Yield sign by the store, and then immediately left at the T intersection (heading away from the church), staying on Route 124 North.

Continue a further 2.3 miles on Route 124 North, into the town of Hebron. Hebron Pines Campground is clearly marked, on your left. Location:
Province of Malagentia (Hebron, Maine)