March Crown in the West
I managed to run out to the Yolo County Fairgrounds and spend part of
Saturday at the West's March Crown Tourney. Some impressions; I'll
leave it to others to fill in the details.
The weather was terribly threatening, but turned out pretty decent.
Jakob and I saw a funnel cloud on our way up; we kept wondering if
the Tourney would be called due to tornado. Fortunately, it never got
to the point of being a tornado, but it was really awesome to watch.
Other than that, there were a couple of very brief showers, but
mostly the sun playing hide-and-seek with the clouds. Temperatures
were in the low 50s, so it gave everybody a chance to wear their wool
clothes for a change.
The mud was wretched, and made me very glad we decided to day-trip,
rather than camp. The ground is clay, and in spite of the grass, it
quickly turned into a bog. However, it did have one up side--I was
able to wheedle a promise from Jakob for a pair of pattens for future
Encampments seemed to run the gamut from nylon pop-up tents to period
pavilions; clothes seemed to do the same. I watched a little of the
fighting, and was struck by how odd it sounds to hear "thunk" rather
than "clank" when a blow connects; unfortunately, as I am neither a
fighter nor familiar with people's arms, I really couldn't tell you
anything about the fighting.
Had a chance to attend the West Needlework Guild meeting. Good
turnout and, according to Sabrina de la Bere (Robin Berry), the Guild
is developing a very good reputation, both inside and outside the
SCA; the Guild is beginning to be noted in serious research papers
and connected to needlework history sites by major organizations.
We didn't stick around for the finals, but from what I discovered
this morning, Duke Jade of Starfall (aka "The Once and Future King")
won for Mistress Megan nic Alister (I apologize if I've misspelled
it). They will be "stepping up" at Beltane, May 4th.
I'm sure other people will be able to fill in more details; I've got
some pictures, and I'll try to get them uploaded before the end of