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25th Anniversary Whiteshield - March 10,2012

posted Jan 20, 2012, 1:12 PM by Tim Converse

Location: Monterey County Sheriff's Posse Grounds 395 Old Natividad Rd. Salinas, CA 93902
Autocrat: Francisco de Salamanca
Site Information: Site open 9:00 a.m. to Dusk
Site fee: $8 for members, $13 for Non-Members. Children under 12 will be free. The Feast will be an additional $12; Children wishing to stay for the feast will be $6.

For twenty-five years the White Shield Tournament has taken place. And many great fighters have fought and been victorious on its tournament field. It is time to join us in celebrating this joyous occasion as we mark a quarter century of excellence. Gather with us to witness the next champions of Darkwood. Test your skill against the best fighters of the Kingdom, both heavy and rapier. Hear the tales of tournaments past as we hold the Bard of the Oaks Tournament. The Darkwood Silent Auction also returns to this event this year.

After you have had your fill of combat, the cooks of Darkwood wish you to stay and feast with us.

From North of Salinas Make your way to Hwy 101 S. **Take the Boronda Road Exit, turn left. Turn Left onto Natividad Road, then turn right onto Old Natividad. Entrance will be on the Left.
From South of Salinas, Make your best way to 101 N. Follow from **

MdR Prize Tourney - 2/11/2012

posted Jan 20, 2012, 1:10 PM by Tim Converse

Location: Laguna Grande Park, 1249 Canyon Del Rey Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955
Autocrat: Hræfn fram Lindune
Site Information: Site open 9:00 a.m. to Dusk
Site fee: Free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The tradition continues with MdR's Prize Tourney! There will be prizes (including two wool/cashmere-blend cloaks, one for heavy and one for rapier, and a gaming table), fellowship and two soups: borscht with meat and vegetarian chickpea. So bring your armor, your appetite, and a bowl! Both heavy combat and rapier fighting will be celebrated.

From Hwy 1: Take your best route to Hwy 1, Monterey/Seaside. Take the Canyon Del Rey (Hwy 218) exit in Seaside. Stay on Canyon Del Rey for 5 lights. After the light at Hilby Ave., turn right into the parking lot. It shares the parking lot with St. Seraphim Eastern Orthodox Church. We will be in the Eucalyptus site at the East (uphill) end of the park.
From Hwy 68: Take Canyon Del Rey (Hwy 218) through Del Rey Oaks. Cross Fremont and turn left into the parking lot just before Hilby Ave.

MdR Prize Tourney - Feb 12, 2011

posted Jan 24, 2011, 2:16 PM by Tim Converse   [ updated Jan 24, 2011, 2:18 PM ]

Location: Lower Presidio Historic Park, Presidio of Monterey, Corporal Ewing Rd., Monterey , Ca. 93944
Site Information: site opens at 9am and closes at dusk.
Autocrat: Garrett Logan Todhunter

The Tradition Continues with MdR's Prize Tourney ! Prizes, Fellowship and a Soup Kitchen ! So bring your armor and your appetite! This year we are holding the Tournament on the field next to the Army Museum on the lower part of the Presidio of Monterey. We are also a pickup point for the Estrella truck, which will be here around 3:00pm (watch the Page for more information regarding the truck), towards the end of the tourney. So if you are planning on going to Estrella, this is a great opportunity for a little more fun before going to WAR!

Directions: from Hwy. 1 South into Monterey. Take the Del Monte Ave. Pacific Grove, Presidio exit no.402 B. Get on Del Monte Ave. Get into the Left lane. Go about 2 miles.Turn Right onto Pacific St. After the first light, bear left, then turn left into Artillery Street Gate. Turn Right onto Corporal Ewing Road. The site will be on your Left.

White Shield - March 5th, 2011

posted Jan 24, 2011, 2:13 PM by Tim Converse

Location: Bolado Park, San Benito Fairgrounds, 9000 Airline Hwy, Tres Pinos, CA 95075
Autocrat: Na'arah bat Avraham
Head Cook: Francisco Acero
Site Information: site opens at 9am and closes at 11pm.
Site fee: Site fee with feast: $15 members, $20 non-members. Site fee without feast: $5 members, $10 non-members, children 5 and under free. Please make checks payable to SCA, Inc.- Barony of Darkwood.

Join us as we venture to the enlightened lands of the Iberian Peninsula. A vast array of cultures and religions working closely together, sometimes for and sometimes against one another. Our theme for the day is Alphonse X, Book of Games. There will be a live chess match, games at dinner, and many activities throughout the day. We wish to touch on but a few of the many outstanding dishes and drinks that would have been found in the region from the various backgrounds. An evening of delightful dishes and games for all

The List will open at 9:30am, armor inspection should star at 10:00am with Invocation starting at 10:30am with the melee following. There will be heavy, rapier and children's tournaments.

Check back here for menu information.

Directions: From the North – Go south on Hwy 101 to Hwy 25. Take Hwy 25 to Hwy 156, turn right and follow Hwy 156 to Union Rd. Turn left onto Union Rd. Turn right on Airline Hwy. Go through Tres Pinos to the fairgrounds. Use second entry. From the South – Go North on Hwy 101, exit Hwy 156 – Sa San Juan Bautista/Hollister. Follow hwy 156 to Union Rd, turn right. Turn right on Airline Hwy and follow to the fairground. From the East – From Hwy 5, take Hwy 152 West – Hollister/Monterey exit. Turn left onto Hwy 156 E – Hollister exit. Follow Hwy 156 to Union Rd, turn left. At Airline Hwy, turn right and follow to fairgrounds

Baronesses' Masked Ball - Sept 11th, 2010

posted Sep 2, 2010, 2:05 PM by Tim Converse   [ updated Sep 7, 2010, 6:16 PM ]

The Barony of Darkwood has the privilege of hosting Persephone's going
away party as she joins her husband Hades for the Winter. Persephone
has requested a Ball in her Honor and Hades has insisted on playing
host and opened a hall in the Underworld to accommodate our party.
Persephone has graciously agreed to provide a meat dish, and suggests
all guests bring their side dishes to share to avoid any … unintended
consequences. A mask making class will be held and is strongly
encouraged for those without masks to attend because Hades is fond of
masked Balls. Hades has also remarked that he is a fan of games, so
period games will be offered as entertainment as well. If you have
games, please bring them to add to the festivities. A silent auction
will be held as well. Come and enjoy our warm hospitality as we
celebrate the reunion of Hades and Persephone!

** The Barony accepts no liabilityfor any accidents or contracts
incurred during said Ball, the responsibilities and liabilities rest
solely on the individual. Please, no pomegranates.

Monterey College of Law's 
Community Justice Center 
2620 Col Durham Street 
Seaside, CA 93955

Please note that the Parking Lot at the Community Justice Center is for loading 
& unloading, handicapped, and Royalty Parking. The main parking lot for the 
populace is on Malmedy. Watch for Signs.

Note: If Using a navigation device use the intersection of Colonel Durham & 
Malmedy, due to City of Seaside renumbering addresses, they don't always get you 

From the North (of Marina): Take your best route to Hwy 1 South to 
***Lightfighter Dr (exit 406), go forward through all Lights, at stop sign ( 
which is at Col Durham) turning left will get you to the site the Second 
building up the street to unload. The City of Seaside doesn't number their 
streets coherently. To get to the Event Parking lot, go back to stop sign and 
turn left (Malmedy) (it would have been forward initially) and the parking lot 
is on your right. 

From Monterey: Take Hwy 1 North to ***
Hades has requested certain activities to entertain his guests for the
event. I took his requests into consideration and came up with a modified
list for maximum guest surviv... uh, enjoyment!

There will be dancing, and dance classes will be held earlier in the day for
guest to refresh themselves on the period dances Hades has requested. We
hope to have live musicians for the dance but after the Orpheus incident,
all of our inquiries have, so far, been politely declined.

There will be a mask making class, for those who have never attended a
masked ball or have misplaced their favorite mask.

There will be a silent auction. I have reviewed the parameters with
my assistants and I can assure everyone that the misunderstanding of the
'silent' part has been cleared up and any incidents that may or may not have
happened last time will not repeated at this event.

There will be period games. All guests are encouraged to bring their own
games because Hades's games can be, *cough cough* a bit too intense for

My counterpart Panic should be posting information about the potluck

aka Arneior
at3sparky at gmail dot com

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