Defenders of the Rose

Unto the good peoples of Ansteorra, warm greetings from the Companions of the Order of the Rose in the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Once again, with the approval of Their Majesties and the gracious assistance of the Shire of Emerald Keep and the Shire of Shadowlands, the Companions of the Order of the Rose announce our Defenders of the Rose event! The Defenders of the Rose II is a two-day event, and the Order gently requests that all good folk attending plan to stay through the Rose Court that will end the event on Sunday afternoon.

Tournaments will be held to choose our Defenders for Archery, Chivalric combat, Equestrian, Performance Arts, Rapier combat, and Static Arts. The winner of each of the Lists will become a Member of the Company of Defenders of the Rose, a title of honor only. The title requires no formal duties, except those the Defenders choose to levy upon themselves, and each Defender will receive a medallion of precious metals from the Companions of the Rose there assembled. Come and vie to join our Company of Defenders of the Rose!

The assembled Companions of the Rose will also be granting largesse to those who display great prowess, deeds of chivalry and courtesy, deaths of great drama, artistry of unique talent, stirring renditions of bardcraft, or whatever pleases the Companions throughout the weekend. The theme for the event is (naturally) Roses, and the Order will look kindly upon those who honor it with displays of its symbol.

Defenders of the Rose II will be held on the weekend of November 10-12, 2006, at last year's site in Riesel, Texas, just east of Waco. There is plenty of camping space against a belt of trees, a large feast hall with full kitchen (and modern plumbing!), a covered pavilion and plenty of room for our Defender Tournaments! There are also a number of inns and taverns close by in Bellmeade and Waco. HL Elisabeth de Calais will be preparing a fabulous feast for the first 125 paid.

Please visit the Defenders of the Rose web site for additional information on event activities, inn accommodations, and event staff! You can link to the event web site from the Kingdom Calendar or from the Roses web site at

Directions to site:
From Dallas: Take I-35 South to Exit 339. Take South Hwy-6 / South Loop 340. Stay on South Hwy-6 at the split, and follow it to Riesel.
From Austin, take I-35 North to Exit 330. Take South Hwy-6 / South Loop 340 (Robinson / Marlin), stay on South Hwy-6 as it turns left toward Marlin / Bryan. Follow South Hwy-6 to Riesel.
From Houston, take 290 West towards Austin. Exit onto Hwy-6 North toward Bryan and then toward Marlin / Waco. Follow North Hwy-6 to Riesel.
In the middle of Riesel, at the flashing yellow light, take South FM-1860, East toward Mart. **Ignore any previous signs for FM-1860. Look for the flashing yellow light!** The Lion's Club Fairgrounds is approximately 1 mile up on the right.

In Service to Ansteorra,
The Companions of the Order of the Rose in Ansteorra Location:
Shire of Emerald Keep and the Shire of Shadowlands (Ansteorra)