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Police still stumped by murder of West Kingdom man

Ten years ago, father and son Neal and Brendan Abernathy were murdered in their home in Contra Costa, California, but police are no closer to discovering their killer.

West Kingdom March Crown Tournament

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Greetings unto the populace of the West. Their Majesties, Uther and Kara, invite you to witness the tournament to determine Their new Heirs.

The List Table will be opening at 8:30 a.m.

Their Majesties are hosting a party on the Eric Saturday night. It will have a Casbah theme with much fun and games, dancing and general revelry. Games will be themed for the seven deadly sins and for those groups that wish to camp on the Eric, priority will be given to those who are willing to host a game. There will be a siege cooking contest. Location:
Kingdom of the West (Red Bluff, California)

Fool's Revel

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Fools rush in, Fools rush out…but not fast enough it seems! Come join us in the foolish revelry of the coming spring on Saturday April 14th. Help us choose the new reigning Fool of Winter’s Gate; celebrate our fighter’s prowess as they compete for the title of Champion of the College of St. Boniface; eat, drink and be merry!

Activities include a competition for Silliest Garb (use any materials but Location:
Barony of Winter's Gate (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Mists/Cynagua War

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Welcome one and all to the glorious battle between the Mists and Cynagua! This two day camping event will include a joint party and BBQ by the large fire pit on Saturday night! Anne Serre will be roasting a whole pig!

Ed Levin Park, Milpitas, CA

This will be a two day camping event! We strongly encourage everyone who can camp, please do so!

Site Fees: $5 per person

How to Get There Location:
Principality of the Mists (Milpitas, California)

SCA heraldic history found in the West Kingdom

Hirsch reports that Minutes from the Proceedings of the College of Heralds/Arms meeting of February, AS IV (1970) have recently surfaced in the West Kingdom. He believes that the minutes are from the second heralds' meeting of the SCA.

Fantastic Fairytale Fete

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Fantastic Fairytale Fete, sponsored by the Incipient Shire of Pavel Gorod (previously known as Pavlovsk Gavan) Saturday, March 31st at the Buskin River Beach House.

Fees: $15 ages 12 and up ($12 for members), $8 ages 6-11, 5 and under free. Off-island guests will be provided with crash space and transportation. Please confirm arrival/ departure dates and times as well as any classes you plan to teach asap to tamfogle@gci.net Location:
Incipient Shire of Pavel Gorod (Kodiak, Alaska)

Far West Spring Coronet

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It has become widely known within the Barony of the Far West that Palatine Baron Jak is a great patron of the arts. In fact with the advancing of the season from winter to spring he has decided to abdicate so that he may go in search of the one perfect Cherry Blossom. Therefore he wishes to find the greatest philosopher within the barony to replace him.

To find this philosopher he has asked his seneschal to hold a great arts and sciences tournament in which each of the great philosophers and artisans within our barony may enter their best works from five different arts and sciences. The baronial champion of the arts, Bernadette, and the Baron and Baroness will select the very best of the best philosophers by judging this arts and sciences tournament. Location:
Stronghold of Warriors' Gate (South Korea)

Beltane Collegium

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Join the Shire of Hrafnafjörðr (Ravensfjord) as we host our Spring Collegium. Hot beverages will be provided. This is a wet site with drinks that can be bought in the bar through your Autocrat, and her assistant. No one else is allowed in the bar to buy drinks or hangout. No liquor is allowed to be brought from the outside into the building. We will be having a finger food pot luck that will be held through the whole Collegium. We will be ending the evening with a Bardic Practice so, please bring your song books and instruments to join in. Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Kenai, Alaska)

Oertha Summer Coronet

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On July 20-22, Prince Cyrus and Princess Caitríona invite you to journey to the Shire of Hrafnafjordr where we will await the outcome of the Coronet List for the determination of Their Heirs. In honor of His Highness, it will be a Roman-themed Coronet. The chosen site is a secluded lakeside setting with much room for pageantry both large and small. Bring your banners, your Roman 'bling' and your imaginations! Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Kenai, Alaska)

Winter's Gate Irish Revel

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Come one, come all to revel in the splendors of Ireland on our great day of heritage. We invite you all to cast off the cold and dreary white of winter and enjoy the succulent greens of soon-to-arrive spring. The hearth will be warm and fighting will commence before we can all sit down to feast on whatever is left after the table top siege is done. That's right; build and bring your own tabletop (food) siege weapons, decorated either in the style of the Irish defenders or the invading English, Scotts, or Vikings. Remember that the food fight will be held with Location:
Shire of Winter's Gate (North Pole, Alaska)

Orlare L’irruzione

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Come one and all to the aid of Canale! Citizens of our Shire have had their lands stolen and are being held captive by the Barony of Fettburg. Our only honorable option is WAR. Join our ranks to beat back the insidious creep of Fettburg's encroachment or your lands may be next!

Site Fee is by donation.
Site opens at 9AM.
Armor Inspection at 9:30AM.
Fighting Begins at 10AM and ends at sundown. Scenarios will include Heavy weapons and combat archery. Location:
Shire of Canale (Grayson, California)

Celebrating Days of Yore

The Hollister Free Lance reports from a tournament in the Barony of Darkwood.

L' Esercisio della Spada

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The Company of the Martillodores does send word to all that would accept our challenge to once again come to the Field of Honor and fight with Courtesy, Skill, Camaraderie and Style! All who would come to meet us will be prepared to show the assembled Gallery their best display of those aforementioned qualities in both the Arte of Defense with the rapier (which will be conducted in the style of a Pas d' Armes) Location:
Younge's Grove, Turlock, California

Cherry Blossom Viewing

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The arrival of cherry blossoms signals the end of chilly winter and the most anticipated season change. We find our imaginations still intact and undampened. Warriors of the Kamakura Period (late 12th - 14th c.) always considered cherry blossoms the symbol of a life lived fully, no matter how short. So do we at this time of rejoicing and reflection, gather with family and friends to appreciate the passing and coming of seasons. Spread your blanket picnic style and share in revelry, food, fighting (both heavy and rapier), singing, dancing and do as much as we can outdoors. Location:
Barony of Eskalya (Anchorage, Alaska)

Clear Collegium and Newcomers Event

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Come one, come all to Clear's first event! Our numbers are growing, and that means NEW PEOPLE! So many, in fact, that we're having a Collegium / Newcomer's event. There will be classes on basic t-tunics, chainmaille, leatherworking, fighting, and others. The class schedule is in the process of being finalized, and will be posted later today or tomorrow.

We have both adults and children without garb, so if you have any gold key that may be borrowed for the day, please bring some. Location:
Stronghold of Clear (Anderson, Alaska)

Martin of Rivenstar's Estrella photos online

Martin of Rivenstar from the West Kingdom has posted the first of his albums of photos of Estrella XXIII on the smugmug.com website.

Mistress Aja da Varese, OL, OP Passed Away

It breaks my heart to share this news: Mistress Aja da Varese,known to the modern world as Kare Mantegani, slipped away from us late evening on February 14, 2007. Aja passed from this world after a more than two year battle with cancer, a fight that was marked by her indomitable strength of spirit and fierce determination.

Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke celebrates birth of third generation in her household

Dame Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke is thrilled to (finally) announce the birth of her grandson, Jackson Xavier. He was born to her daughter Arlyna of Northwoods on Christmas morning.

Borderwinds Court of Love

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The annual Borderwinds Court of Love has been overrun by wild Amazon warriors from the cold steppes of the north! Come share challenges and feast with the Lady of Love and Beauty Kathryn Blackhart and her thrall, the Lord Protector Achmere ib’ Tamim at the Montana de Oro Horse Camp, outside of Los Osos, Ca.

With the Amazon theme we are trying to recreate an ancient Scythian nomad camp, but other Amazon themed guests and their retinues are Location:
Barony of Tarnmist (Los Osos, California)

War College and Fine Arts photos online

Martin of Rivenstar has posted his photos from two events which took place recently in the West Kingdom: Western War College and the Esfenn Feast of Fine Arts.

Ides of March Feast and Combataive Arts Workshop

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On this excellent V Ides of March we plan to celebrate the coming of the Vernal Equinox. The site opens at 10:00 am and closes at 10:00 pm. The activities planed shall begin at 11:00 with a workshop of all things related to archery given by the Cynaguan Minister of the Bow continuing until 2:00.

At noon we shall start the armored combat workshop continuing until the start of the single elimination tourney. The Kingdom Rapier Marshal will

Cynaguan Investiture photos online

Esmeralda of the Lakes has posted her photos from the recent Investiture in the Principality of Cynaguan (Kingdom of the West).

Principality of the Mists Spring Coronet

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The seasons turn, the Sun warms the land, the fields are planted, and Brion and Ysabella, Prince and Princess of the Mists seek through their demesnes for worthy successors.

Their Highnesses, Brion and Ysabella, invite all who would contend for the Coronets to gather at the Elm Grove Camping Area [ Friday night Their Highnesses will host a Hafla (Middle Eastern dance party) to welcome those who choose to attend. Saturday evening They will also host a party on the List Field to celebrate Their Heirs. So come and camp in the beautiful lands of the Mists! Location:
Principality of the Mists (Milpitas, California)

Heraldic Collegium

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Once again it is time to gear up for the tourney season and we invite any and all of you who have an interest in voice heraldry to come out and join us.

The topics included will cover: Pronouncing Names, Calling fights on the field with Field Practicum, Roundtable on Philosophy/History/Little Things, How to Arrange Court, Timing Court, Basic Faking a Ceremony, Court Practicum. There should be lots here for the beginner all the way to the expert herald. There was a great turnout for the January meeting at 12th Night and we hope to see you all the next day in Berkeley and the monthly meeting as well as at this fun-packed Collegium. Location:
West Kingdom College of Heralds (Suisun City, California)

"Filum Aureum" offers articles on Islamic knitting

The Winter 2006 issue of Filum Aureum, the newsletter for the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild, is devoted to the study of Islamic knitting.

Wake for Rhiannan Lowery (mka Cindy Bonner)

Baron Wylowen of Stuarts Og Dunniwey of the West Kingdom has announced that a wake will be held in celebration of the life of his lady wife, Baroness Rhiannan Lowery, who passed away January 13, 2007. The wake will take place on February 24, 2007 in Cameron Park, California.

Caer Darth Rapier Event

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Caer Darth Rapeir Event, March 9-11, 2007.

Where: Ed Levin Park (Click for Map)
When: March 9th to 11th
Site opens 3pm on the 9th and closes 3pm on Sunday.
Site Fee: $8

Co-Autocrats:
Sheadgha Cameron
Juan Santiago

Scheduled Activities:
Rapier Tourney
Rapier Guild Prizes for:
Sheadgha Cameron - Going for Provost
Staffan Arffruidson - Going for Provost Location:
Canton of Caer Darth (Milpitas, California)

Eskalyan March Madness

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Join us our days grow longer for March Madness! It's time to slake off that cabin fever, toast the longer days and welcome the sun once more to our fair lands. And what could be more welcoming that a Masque Ball complete with masks and fun headwear? This year the Mad Hatter will be roaming through the hall trying to find anyone as mad as she is. She'll be giving out special tokens for the maddest of the mad so everyone will know that yes you too are off your rocker! Location:
Barony of Eskalyan (Anchorage, Alaska)

Reminder: Challenge to Mistress Siobhán ní hEodhusa

Unto all my friends known and unknown in the Knowne Worlde, it's January, and in May it will be a year since I challenged those in the Society to take on a new educational quest in honor of her or Mistress Halima de Lucha.

Son of Fool's Revel

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Look out! It's the Gauls! They are taking over Fool's Revel. Yes, it's all things Gaulish at the Revel this year. Time for a bit of Roman bashing and feasting on wild boar. There'll be the magic potion / super power Tourney for the fighters; a Worst Bard contest during feast; and in the spirit of looking for new Heralds, your Baronial Herald is sponsoring a Contest! Isabel de la Haye will bring a "ceremony" that will read by contestants COLD. Points will be awarded for Best Pronouncement (what you say) – Best Inflection (how you say it) – Best Projection (how well you make it heard) – and how enjoyable you make your spiel! Other contests include: Asterix & Obelix Jeopardy! (Brush up on your Gaulish facts and trivia!) And the A&S competition: best small box (under 12") in any mode. Location:
Selveirgard (Chugiak, Alaska)