I am forwarding this copy as this is a great event for newcomers to attend. It is small and friendly, with lots of oppertunity to chat and socialize with great people.
Shire of Danescombe
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From: de Savage <deSavage@...>
Sent: Monday, June 9, 2008 8:31:17 PM
Subject: [The Yales Head Tavern] Appledore Championship at Midsummer in the Hollow
Greetings good cousins all, from friendly Appledoreshire,
IF you fear the looming war between our grand Principality and our foes to the east ...
IF fuel prices are putting a dent in your purse making longer journeys difficult ...
IF you seek the glory of becoming Appledore's next Champion ...
Then come to Midsummer in the Hollow in Appledore this June 27th, 28th, & 29th at Skunk Hollow in Oliver, BC. (see http://appledore. tirrigh.org/ midsummercopy. html for details)
Appledore's Championship differs from most in that we seek a well-rounded Champion who demonstrates prowess in a variety of contests. This year's theme for the Championship is "The Siege!". Points will be awarded for each category; First place in any category will receive 6 points, Second place 5 points, and so on. The minimum a candidate can receive is 1 point in any category (for armoured or rapier if candidates are not carded they can receive a point simply by armouring up).
The categories are;
Bardic - a song or poem to lift spirits during the Siege, or perhaps to taunt the barbarians at the gate? Extra points will be given for a period piece or one created or performed in a period style.
Science - can you prepare a dish for your Lord from the mean pickings of the almost bare larder? Each candidate with be provided with identical ingredients on the day of this challenge and those ingredients will represent what might be left over in the larder of a castle under siege. Candidates can bring their own spices to add to their dishes. Extra points will be given for period style dishes and cooking over coals instead of a modern stove.
Art - is your dish a feast for the eyes as well as the palate? Again, candidates can use their own spices to garnish and can 'harvest' garnishes from the local EDIBLE flora. Extra points will be given for a period garnish or presentation.
Archery - can you pick off the enemies half hidden in the wood? This will be a timed round of 2 minutes with one candidate shooting at a time at partially hidden silhouettes. Candidates are encouraged to share their arrows so they do not run out of ammunition.
Armoured - how long can you defend the parapet against the barbarians scaling the wall? Candidates will defend a wall walk against enemies scaling the wall. The wall will be the pas d'arms barrier inside the list field. Candidates can choose a main weapon and shield. Attackers will use single sword only because they would have needed their off hand to climb the ladders. Attackers have unlimited lives at a resurrection point. Points will be awarded to the candidates according to how long they defend the wall and survive.
Rapier - how long can you hold the postern passage to keep invaders from the gate house? Similar to the Armoured challenge, candidates in the rapier scenario will be defending a passageway represented by two tables placed in the list field wide enough for two people to stand shoulder to shoulder. Candidates can choose a rapier and an off hand parrying device or dagger. Attackers will have a single sword only. Attackers have unlimited lives at a resurrection point. Points will be awarded to the candidates according to how long they defend the passageway and survive.
This year Midsummer includes three events in one; the Scholars of St. Thomas Aquinas persona challenge; Appledore's Championship, and; the Feast of Fellowship (potluck) on Saturday night.
Yours in service,
HL Keinna de Savage
Autocrat - Midsummer in the Hollow
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