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Who's Afraid Beowulf 4: Hrafnafjordr Gone Wild!

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It started as an idea and has grown into a legend. Alas, all good things come to an end. That's right, Oertha has a new prince and princess and as the summer wanes, it's time for "Who's Afraid of Beowulf 4!"

This will be the last installment of our saga. The great Hrafnafjordr Axe of Might has long carried the spirit of The Beast Grendel within it and has corrupted the shire's Champion. Now the call goes out to find a new hero, one who can defeat the old champion, now turned wicked, and lay waste to the spirit of Grendel himself, freeing the Shire from evil, once and for all....In addition to the championship tourney there will be contests aplenty to celebrate the Viking spirit in all of us including miniature Viking boat building (extra points for authenticity and if it is able to float and hold a small amount of weight), Viking booty call (fashion show) and a good old fashioned beserker contest.  As the evening winds down, come over Byfrost to Valhalla, where we will feast with those who died in honorable combat against the monster that day. Bring your own spirits and a good voice to the Bardic fire. This is the LAST BEOWULF!! Be there or be...uh... square! Lord Gunnar's duties call him elsewhere and he has passed the torch on to other shire folk. Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Soldotna, Alaska)

Mists Rapier Tourney and Salon

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Come and join The Divines as we frolic amongst the trees in Scotts Valley on Aug. 12 at the Mists Rapier Tourney and Salon.

For non-fighters we have a theme: Come dressed as a 16th C Courtier masking as a Greek god. Costumes can be pretty simple: wear a chemise (with a bathing suit under it, perhaps, for modesty) and drape yourself with garlands. Use your imagination and have fun with the Location:
Principality of the Mists (Scotts Valley, California)

Scope of skills and responses honors Mistress Siobhán ní hEodhusa

At the Spring Mists Investiture, Siobhan Medhbh O'Roarke of the West Kingdom issued a challenge to a quest of learning, in loving memory of her recently-departed namesake, Mistress Siobhán ní hEodhusa.

Two Knighted in Oertha

Mistress Margaret Anne of Somerset reports that Prince Dietrich and Viscount Cyrus were offered knighthood by Their Majesties of the West at the recent Coronet in the Principality of Oertha.

Fergus MacThomais New Prince of Oertha

Elizabeth has announced that Fergus MacThomais and Margarita de la Calviare are the new Lord and Lady Borealis in the Principality of Oertha (Alaska). Combatchris has posted photos of the Coronet.

Former King of Caid Reclaims Roundtable

Scott Farrell, two time King of Caid, has had some experience in ruling. Recently he put that experience to good use by taking on the role of King Arthur in the American Rose Theatre's production of Camelot. Patricia Morris Buckley of the North County Times (California) reports.

Harvest Captaincy Tourney

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Come one, come all to Winter's Gate Harvest Captaincy Tourney held Labor Day weekend September 2nd and 3rd. Activities will include the Heavy tournament for the Captain of Winter's Gate Militia. This list is open to all interested fighters but either the fighter or the consort must be a member of Winter's Gate Barony.

There will also be a Baroness' Rapier Champion tourney.and a flower tourny for both heavy and light. Location:
Barony of Winter's Gate (Wainwright, Alaska)

Newcomers' Collegium

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The Shire of Windy Meads, in league with the Principality of Cynagua, is hosting a newcomers' collegium on Saturday, August 5, at the Masonic Hall in Esparto. That's about 15 miles West of Woodland.

We have numerous instructors already, but we could use help in a few subjects. We need instructors for cooking, heavy fighting, dancing and "fun in the SCA", an overview of all the different things you Location:
Shire of Windy Meads (Esparto, California)

Selveirgard: For the Fun of It

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An event of Olympic proportion, do you have what it takes to be a top beer maiden in Valhalla? Is your eye-hand coordination lighting fast for combat spud? Come and find out. This one-day event will test your skills with a motto of "for the fun of it".

Selveirgard - for the fun of it
August 25- 27, AS XLI (2006)
Location: 24657 W. Sunnyside Way, Willow AK.

Camping is available on site for those who wish to come out and do so. Location:
Selveirgard (Willow Alaska)

Rowan Marie Born in Oertha

Viscount Fergus MacThomais and Viscountess Margarita de la Calvi of the Principality of Oertha are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Rowan Marie.

Viscount Richard de Camville to be Elevated to Laurel

House Bearhaven and Chateau de Camville have announced that they will host a vigil in honor of Viscount Richard de Camville who will be elevated to the Order of the Laurel July 15, 2006 by Their Majesties of the West.

May Revel Photos

Ragn Solvi reports that photos taken by Adisa at Oertha's May Revel are now available to view online. The event was sponsored by the Barony of Eskalya.

Duke Cariadoc Book Signing

Duke Cariadoc of the Bow (David Friedman) has announced the recent publication of his first novel. Harald is a cross "between a fantasy without magic and a historical novel with invented history and geography."

Cornitos Pas & Feast

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During the day, we will have passes at the barrier, Grande Melees, and honorable challenges to fill the day. Join the Gallery in cheering on the fighters and declaring challenges. After the tournament, there will be a feast in the style of 16th Century Spain to fill our bellies and pass the evening. Join us in feasting upon three courses of delicacies from Libre del Coch! We will have Empanadas, Armored Hen, Pastries of Fine Sugar with Apple Pottage; along with many, many more delectable dishes! Location:
Province of Silver Desert (Sparks, Nevada)

Cynaguan Coronet Photos

Esmeralda of the Lakes has posted a gallery of photos from the recent Cynaguan Coronet in the Kingdom of the West.

Gathering of the Clans

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Ay, tis time once again for the Gathering of the Clans and MY BIRTHDAY! A BALLOON Prize Tourney, a FENCING Prize Tourney, a Chefs of STEEL COOKING Tourney, an ARCHERY Prize Tourney, and if time allows HIGHLAND GAMES TOURNEY, BARDIC till you can't sing any longer!!!

WHEN: July 8 2006, starting at 10:00 AM until the bugs drive us off!

WHERE: at 2252 S. Lodge Dr. Big Lake AK, Rolynnda's and Ardrude's Location:
Barony of Selviergard (Big Lake Alaska)

Baroness' Champion

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Come! It is time once again to gather and make merry in the village of Houston, Alaska! Pitch your pavilion within the Selviergard encampment and partake of good fighting, good food, dancing and fireworks! The Barony's officers have combined their forces, knowledge and skills to make this a most memorable event!

On Saturday the lovely Baroness Katarzina invites one and all to vie by right of heavy weapon combat for the chance to become Her Location:
Barony of Selviergard (Houston, Alaska)

Duke Rolf the Relentless Victorious in West Kingdom Crown Tourney

His Grace Duke Rolf the Relentless, fighting for Lady Rhodry ferch Arianwyn, was the victor of the June 24, 2006 Crown Tournament in the West Kingdom.

"To the West" Captured for Posterity

At the recent Investiture in the Principality of the Mists, Martin of Rivenstar captured a performance of To the West on video and has posted it online.

Catherine Lorraine of Stonegate Manor to be Elevated in the West Kingdom

Mistress Isela di Bari and Mistress Theiadora Groves have announced that Catherine Lorraine of Stonegate Manor will sit vigil before her elevation to the Order of the Pelican at the upcoming West Kingdom June Crown.

West Kingdom Fighter Videos Online

Martin of Rivenstar has posted videos from the finals of the 2006 Spring Mists Investiture in the West Kingdom.

Darkwood A&S Tourney

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Join the Barony of Darkwood for our annual Arts and Sciences Tourney! We will have a full weekend of classes and workshops, a potluck dinner Saturday evening, the Bard of the Oaks Competition, and the first Oaken Chef competition.

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We are at a NEW SITE this year! At Bolado Park in Tres Pinos, we will be camping at the Gate 4 campgrounds. This is across the street from Gate 2, where we usually enter and welcome our Barony population and visitors for our events. Location:
Barony of Darkwood (Tres Pinos, California)

Warlord's Tourney

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Our current Warlord, Geoffrey Scott, assures us there will be a great deal of fighting on this day. The format of the tourney will be determined once the number of participants is known, so come on out and vie for the title of Southern Shores Warlord! There will also be classes in marshalling, youth combat, and dance. There will be a needlework circle and an A&S display as well.

Site Information: The event will be held from 10am to 7pm at John D. Location:
Province of Southern Shores (Campbell, California)

AnTir - West War

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As the sun peaks in strength, so does the restlessness of the An Tirian Warriors. WAR will soon tear at our friendly borders and the West Kingdom does call to arms all heavy fighters, light fighters, rapiers, archers and equestrians alike.

Autocrat: m'lady Ryssza Polander
June 30-July 2, 2006
West / An Tir War
Kingdom of the West (Yreka, CA)

We have established a location friendly to warriors and travelers alike - we Location:
Kingdom of the West (Yreka, California)

Rabbit's Foot Meadery

Rabbit's Foot Meadery produces fine hand-crafted mead, honey wine, cyser and braggots. Their recipes and methods have been perfected over a period of more than fourteen years and combine the latest in fermentation technology with historical recipes to create unique meads in a style that is like no other. All of their mead, ciders and braggots are produced using the finest honey available without the addition of preservatives or other additives and contain no added sulfites.

Duchess War 2006

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Lots of booty for the winning; donations to the booty pile will be appreciated...the more, the merrier. There is no site fee.

Rincon Valley Park  
5108 Badger Road
Santa Rosa, CA

Site opens at 10 AM, Armour inspection at 11 AM, site closes at 5PM.

Minors present without a parent require a signed  Minor Waiver Autocrat: Anne of Whaleshaven; Annette Neal Annettem@sonic.net Location:
(Santa Rosa, California)

Zaid and Louise New Heirs to Cynagua

Elinora O'Connor reports that Zaid was the victor of the recent Coronet in the Principality of Cynagua in the Kingdom of the West. He was inspired by Louise.

Photos from the Principality of the Mists Spring Investiture

Martin of Rivenstar has posted photos from the recent Spring Investiture in the West Kingdom's Principality of the Mists.

L'Esercisio Della Spada

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The August Company of The Martillodores does invite all combatants and witnesses to attend the L'Esercisio Della Spada (The Exercise of the Sword) To be held on the 10th of June, 2006 Mather Regional Park, Sacramento, California.

With the gracious hosting of the and the good Shire of Betony Wood and the Barony of Fettburg, The Company of The Martillodores does send word to all would care to challenge us to once again come to our 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 and The Company of the Martillodores their best display of those said qualities in the Arte of Defense with the rapier. Furthermore, The Company of The Martillodores invites all who would come gather to witness this event to be welcome in our shaded galleries provided for their viewing pleasure, the better to see all of the Martial arts for the day, which will be conducted in the style of a Pas d' Armes. Location:
Shire of Betony Wood & the Barony of Fettburg (Sacramento, California)

Spring Captaincy

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Hark the call of wedding bells, springtime and the clanging of armour in the Northland! Join us at Spring Captaincy in Winter's Gate for feasting, fighting and revelling on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, A.S. XLI as we choose the Captain of the militia and watch the nuptials of Khevron & Merewyn.

Saturday's activities will include the wedding (scheduled for 4:30pm), the tourney to choose the new Location:
Winter's Gate (Fairbanks, Alaska)