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St. Eligius A&S Faire and Competition Event date: November 15th, 2014
Hosted by Barony of Dragonship Haven - Meriden, CT
Event Last Modified: October 8th, 2014
Event details
The day will include St.  Eligius Arts & Sciences Competition, Master Alexander Challenge, day board, and a dessert revel to celebrate the Barony of Dragonship Haven's Birthday.

We are including Martial Activities in our festivities, please come and join our local fencers and fighters in the tourneys of the day.
There will also be a tourney to choose our new Baronial Rattan and Fencing champions.

Rules for 2014:
St.  Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition:  Rules of Engagement

The St.  Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition is designed to be something like a martial tourney. 
Each contestant declares his entry(s) as belonging to one of the following groups:  (Yes, it is possible to have entries in 2 groups.)

Novices have entered a few small competitions (or none) & feel rather inexperienced in A&S contests.  (Analogy:  competes in Rookie's Tourney). 

We will further be dividing novices into new to A&S contests and new to the SCA (>3 years) at the registration table. 

Artisans have entered competitions and have gotten feedback & refined their entry so it shows to best advantage.  (Analogy:  Cadet's/Squire's Tourney)

Experienced competitors have entered several local or Kingdom-wide contests.  This group also includes any Laurel whose entry is anything-BUT-what-they-were-laureled-for.  (Analogy:  competes in King & Queen's Champion Tourney)

Laurels & masters are either members of the Order of the Laurel entering examples of the work(s) for which they received their recognition, or any non-Laurel who chooses to enter in this group, thus they are scored on their their mastery of an art or science.  (Analogy:  competes in Best of the Knowne World Tourney)

1.  Face-to-face scoring is the order of the day so come prepared to talk about your work.  We contend that A&S contest is a form of tourney, so it's an in-person sport.  You must be present to score & be scored.

2.  Since the combatants declare the winner of a martial bout, St.  Eligius entrants will score entries in their contest group:  novices scoring novice entries, artisans scoring artisan entries; Laurels scoring Laurels & masters entries etc.  An orientation to scoring will be available for every entrant and a consultant will be available for each group.  Use them for info, but make up your own mind. 

3.  Not all entries must be in the same group.  Please limit entries to not more than 3 in a group, or 5 total.  (note:  a Laurel is never a novice or an artisan, but may properly enter as Experienced Competitor for new artforms and/or as Laurel/master entering something for which they received their Laurel.)

4.  Performance entries should NOT be longer than 5 minutes for solos, or up to 10 minutes for groups. 

5.  Research papers are limited to 8 pages & must be received in e-format by RoseKeeler at cox dot net 2 weeks before competition (Nov 3rd).  They will be read by non-contestants, but face-to-face scoring will occur. 

6.  All food, beverage and cosmetic entries must have a full ingredients list to avoid foreseeable allergies.

7.  Works too bulky to transport may be entered via photos & write-ups.  Works-in-progress welcome. 

8.  There is no age limit on entries.  Bring your best even if you made it 20+ years ago. 

9.  A St.  Eligius 12 Question sheet should accompany entries in this contest (strongly recommended).  It is OK to say "see documentation"; and provide a more formal write-up.  Any pictures of related items or extant examples should be included to help those scoring your work.  Your documentation from prior competitions/displays can be included for completeness.  Sources should be generally regarded as reputable and applicable to the entry.

10.  Use of smart phones or computers to show images or references or is permitted but not required.  No equipment will be supplied, but you may share or borrow.  NO internet hotspot access is available.

Special competitions are also being held concurrently.
(St.  Eligius 12 question sheet is NOT needed for these competitions. 
Scoring is subjective on a 0 to 100 scale as shown on score sheet.)

Medieval Moment:  In honor of our patron, St.  Eligius, we are asking that entries include a brief description of your experience of a Medieval Moment during the preparation of your project.  Please describe (verbally or in writing) something that brought you closer to the artisan who originated the work you have adapted or used for inspiration.  Descriptions may be written or verbal.  A good story always scores well.  See question # 11 in St.  Eligius 12 Questions. 

Master Alexander Challenge:  In the spirit of Master Alexander the Younger, please enter an example of your work in an art that is new to you within the last year.  New techniques within the art that you already practice do not count (i.e.  glassblowing to enameling of blown glass beakers is an expansion of a skill, not a new-to-you art form.) Scoring will be only on the entry's meeting the criteria of the art being new to you, and not on full documentation or mastery of the art.  Minimal documentation of methods and how this is new to you is required.  The intent is to give a supportive venue for trying new arts without the rigors of open competition.  The prize is will be chosen and presented by Lady Cassandra de Matisse or her representative.

Artisan's Progress:  Display 3-5 examples of your work showing how your skill has progressed over the years.  Works should include something from very early in your career (even if that was last week).  Works may (but need not) be entered for individual scores.  This competition is a chance to show your development as an artisan.  Documentation should be very brief with rough dates of completion. 

SCA Kluge:  non-period items with a medieval flair (e.g.  camp furniture, phone holder, lawn ornament).

Populace Choice:  Vote with beans for your favorite entry.  Most beans wins. 

Baron's Choice:  catch the Baron's eye and gain his praise and a prize.

Prizes will be awarded during court to the gentles achieving the highest single-entry score in each of the 5 groups:  Novice 1 and Novice 2, Artisan, Experienced competitor, Laurels-&-masters. 

Additional prizes will be awarded for highest score in Medieval Moment, Progress, SCA Kluge, Populace Choice, and Baron's Choice entries and by Lady Cassandra de Matisse for the Master Alexander Challenge. 

Not everybody wants to be scored, so non-contestants are warmly encouraged to DISPLAY their works for the delight and amazement of the populace.  Please consider showing your works and let us see what you're up to!  Works-in-progress are welcome.
Site Opens: 10 a.m.
Site Closes: 8 p.m.
Event Location
Immanuel Lutheran Church
164 Hanover St.
Meriden, CT  06451

Take your best route to Interstate 691.  Take exit 5 for CT-71/Chamberlain Hwy toward Kensington.  If you're headed West use exit 6.  Turn right onto CT-71 S/Chamberlain Hwy.  Turn left onto W Main St.  Turn right onto Linsley Ave.  Turn left onto Hanover St.  Destination will be on the right, large brick church at the corner of Cook Ave.  & Hanover St.  Drop off zone in Church parking lot and more parking just across Cook Ave.  There will be blue & white SCA signs and a drop-off area in front of the main entrance. 

Event Fees
Site : Site fee included a hearty dayboard and a dessert revel. 
$12 for members
$17 non-members (includes $5 non-member surcharge)
$7 for youths ages 10 to 17 years old
Free for children under 10

Family CAP $48 (Does not include non-member surcharge)

Feast: Site fee includes a hearty dayboard and a dessert revel.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc.--Barony of Dragonship Haven

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Rose Keeler-Ahern
Rhode Kephalaina

Send Reservations to:
Jo-Anne Giblin (Lady Joan of Coggeshall)
617 Town Colony Dr.
Middletown CT, 06457

Other Contact Information:
Competition Rules and Questions:
Lady Bronwen Rose of Greyling (B'Rose)

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