Blackstone Raid 26 will be hosted at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley hosted by the Barony of Blackstone Mountain from Thursday April 27th starting at 5pm to Sunday April 30th till noon. It is a the largest Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA) event in WV. They will have marshal activities (combat), Arts & Sciences, a Merchants Row, bards, and just general hanging out with people and sharing interests.
For combat they will have open field on Thursday. Friday night will be AE500 and Torch Light Tourney. Saturday’s Battlefield schedule includes a Gage Meet-n-Beat, Field Battles with Combat Archery, Bridge Battles, Bannered Gates, and a Scholars tournament for fencing.
Arts & Sciences will be held in the Crafthouse beside the Merchant’s Area. The annual A&S competition will be on Saturday 10am to 4pm. All entries are welcome. Judging will be done by populous vote. They will have classes on Saturday about various ways people were punished, poisoners, and calligraphy.
Merchants will have various items for sell; wood stuffs, leather works, food, armory, jewelry, clothes, pottery, and more items.
Paladin’s Pantry Food Drive will be collecting unopened foodstuffs or non-alcoholic beverages you bring to drop off or have left over from the event at the Main Lodge and taking them to local food banks. They will also be collecting tents, sleeping bags, cots, rain gear, and the like for the homeless and victims of disasters.
Registration on site is $25 for SCA members and $30 for non-members. Children 7 to 17 are $10 and those younger are free. There is still bunk space available. Camping is free. A hotel is also on site.
If you are interested in the SCA or activities of a Renaissance Faire with a more hands on approach, you should try to come down to hang out and enjoy.