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Barony of Smoking Rocks 42 Birthday: The answer to Life, the Universe and everything Event date: May 12th, 2018
Hosted by Barony of Smoking Rocks - Raynham, MA
Event Last Modified: May 8th, 2018
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The year is 1571 in England.  After a long cold & raw winter, we have finally emerged into the Merry Month of May.  There are warming breezes to bring us out of our homes, the fields are turning green, the flowers are blooming and the bees buzz around the hives (pointing to good mead to come).  What better time of the year to celebrate the Anniversary of the Barony of Smoking Rocks.
On this day there will be various competitions held:  Heavy List, Fencing, Arts and Sciences, and Bardic.  From among the winners the Barony will chose their new Champions for the year.
So come one and all.  The day will be filled with much to do.  We will end the day with a Baronial Court,to be followed by a fine English Feast.

Troll Opens - 9am
11 am Inspection & Authorization for Heavy List and Fencing
12 Noon Heavy List Competition
Arts & Sciences entries set up
12:30 Fencing Competition
Day Board Opens
2:30 Arts & Science Judging
3:30 Bardic Competition
note:  There will be a sign up sheet at troll for those
wishing to compete
4:00 Baronial Court
5:00 Feast
7:00 Clean Up - All hand on deck
8:00 Site Closes
Note:  all times are based on the standard SCAdian Clock.

A&S and Bardic Championship
Greetings to the great peoples of Smoking Rocks from your current Bardic and A&S champion!
So, our new champions will be chosen at Barony Birthday in May, so that give you time to practice your vocal exercises, memories your stories, and perfect your artistic projects!
Below you'll find guidelines for each of my competitions.  You don't have to be Michelangelo or Maria Callas to enter (although that would totally ROCK :D), but I want to see people step outside their comfort zones.  You won't be criticized or have rotten vegetables thrown at you if your documentation isn't perfect or if you hit a flat note, I promise.  :)
I grew up with bedtime stories and lullabies sung to me by both mom and dad, and my grandmother, so my challenge to you:  sing/play me a lullaby, and tell me a story.  You may choose which to do first.  No piece should be more than 5 minutes long, and pieces can be period or original works in a period style.  If you would like to compete for this honor (and the awesome regalia made by moi), please email me at kareilly23@gmail.com, so I can plan out how much time I'll need for the competition. 
I know we have many talented artisans in this barony, and, taking a page from Mistress Sunnifa, I would love to see the table(s) COVERED in projects (and if I don't, I wasn't the first Lady Protector of the Barony for nothing >;) ).  My challenge to you:  I want to see something "mundane" to your persona.  What do I mean by that? Step one:  I want to see something that your persona would use everyday.  For example, if you were a blacksmith/armorer by trade (like my husband), you made most if not all of your tools.  I want to see those tools.  I want to see your cooking utensils.  I want to see your handmade looms.  I want to see your handmade trim.  Step 2:  I want to know how your project played into your persona's life.  Did it make life easier? How? if it's a garment, why would your persona wear that garment (color, fabric, type of garment, etc)? I WANT TO KNOW ALL THE THINGS!!!
I know that the biggest pain/fear/road block for this type of competition for some people is the documentation.  It's not required, but IS preferred.  I'm not your AP English professor and I won't deduct points if its not 1000 words and in strict MLA/APA/Chicago citation and format style (I went through that hell in high school, and then again college).  However.......  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE cite your sources.  If you use a picture, please caption it with the website/book it came from; same with quotes.  If your didn't publish the work, PLEASE give credit to those who did.  It's the polite thing to do :)
I'm going to post the rules for the A&S champion so you can become familiar with the judging. 
What are you waiting for? Shoo!  Go on!  Go be creative!

Day Board:  Noon to 3pm
Marinated Chicken Kebabs
Hard boiled eggs
Bread and Cheeses
Millet Flour Soup
Apple Jelly candies
A focus on teas and coffee, etc

Feast - 2 Courses of 3 plates each
Bread and seasoned butters on tables
First Course:
Meat pies apples and onions, potage of rice
Second Course:
TurKey and gravy, mixed root vegetables, couscous
Dessert = Chiresye (Cherry Pudding)

Site Opens: 9am
Site Closes: 8pm
Event Location
Rock Church
First Congregational Church
785 So. Main St.
Raynham, MA  02767
Google Map

From Rt.  24 north or south, take Rt.  44 south.  Turn Right onto Rt.  104.  Site is less then 1 mile on right at blinking light (So.  Main St.) Parking is behind church.

Registration Fees
Registration: Site Fee -$13 adults - includes day board ($5 membership discount)
Minors 17 and under free

Feast: Feast - $12 for Adults
Minor 17 and under free
Reservation Deadline - May 5, 2018

Make Checks Payable to: SCA MA Inc, Barony of Smoking Rocks

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe
Elaine Sears-Dennehy

Send Reservations to:
Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe
aka Elaine Sears-Dennehy
22 Cummings St.
Attleboro, MA 02703

Other Contact Information:
contact Autocrat - Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe

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