Sicilian’s Revenge 2016: Palio di Sicily

The Shire of Port Oasis of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc of the Society of Anachronism (SCA) is hosting Sicilian’s Revenge Palio di Sicily next Friday September 9th to Sunday September 11th at Camp Mad Anthony Wayne Lodge in Huntington.

The Shire of Port Oasis is excited to host the games of the Palio di Sicily. The rival Contrade of Port Oasis are each out to prove their superiority. In order to prevent these rivalries from becoming outright warfare we have, in the fashion of the Italians, declared a Palio Event comprising of several challenges from which a winning Contrada shall be determined and be awarded the Palio prize. Come horse around with us, join in the games and delightful festivities that shall ensue. But beware! The Sicilian is still out for revenge, so keep a close eye on your horses!

Palio activities include armored combat scenarios include “mounted” combat, a modified bearpit tournament, and flotilla battles; two archery competition, fencing with  a torchlight tourney on Friday, children’s activities, card games, bardic circle, assassination games, prize for best Italian garb, and more.

Everyone is invited to display their Arts & Science projects for competition on Saturday from 10am to 2:30pm, no documentation required.  The winners will be determined by popular vote.  There will also be drawing materials for people to try and learn about renaissance drawing methods, materials, and techniques.

There will be a lunch buffet on Saturday and an evening feast for fifty.  There will also be merchants set up selling wares.

Site Troll will be open 6pm till 11pm on Friday and 8am to 4pm on Saturday.  Adult registration at site is $26 for SCA members and $21 for non-members.  Children 6-15 are $20, $15 for members.  Kids 5 and under get in free.  On-site camping is available.

Another great chance to check out the SCA and what they are all about.

Vandalia-Con 2016

WV’s steampunk convention, Vandalia-Con is returning this Friday May 27th at 5pm through Sunday May 29th at 3pm at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.  All proceeds from this event are donated to Bonnie’s Bus, to ensure that breast cancer screening, resources are available to all WV women who need them.

Guests for the convention are writer Travis Sivart, judge from GSN’s Steampunked! Thomas Willeford, sideshow Karnevil, performance troupe Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, entertainer Professor Bubblemaker, and musical guests electroswing DJ Vourteque, traditional WV folk music artist Spence’s Rye.

Friday is the Pink Block Party which is open to the public for free.  There will be a Health Fair with a women’s health screenings from Bonnie’s Bus mobile mammogram unit with vendors and artists.  A Maker’s Faire from 4pm to 6pm will be held for charity with creators allowed to enter artwork, crafts, stories, costuming, props, or other steampunk inspired projects.  There is requested donation $5 per entry.  There will be entertainment at the party from Professor Bubblemaker, musical performances, and a play by Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit as the kickoff to Vandalia-Con.  Plus a Masquerade Ball.

On Saturday they will have a Nerf Quickdraw competition and a series of “Unusual Races” to participate in, a live recording of the Talk of the Tavern podcast, a Fashion Show (costume contest), and a musical jam session for anyone to join in on.  They will also have classes and panels on steampunk culture and creating, American Folk Music, corsets, Houdini, Victorian archeology, spiritualism, and photography, Ghostbuster Junior training, and several more.  They have a few special ticket events as well.  A Treasure Hunt, a Pirate Show, Tea Dueling Tournament, and Karnevil’s Sideshow.  These events are $10 each.

On Sunday they will have a Society for Creative Anachronism fencing tournament down at Bicentennial Park or ballroom depending on weather.

Single day Saturday or Sunday passes are $20, weekend passes are $50, Silver Passes which gives you a local tour package and Masquerade Ball ticket are $75, and Gold Passes which gives you bigger tour package and entry into all ticket events are $100.  Children 10 and under can get tickets half-off.

Fans of steampunk and other alternative history genres will find something to enjoy here, along with costumers, music and history fans, and a little general geekery.  All for a good cause, if a little on the pricey side.

Vandalia-Con 2015

Vandalia-Con is a steampunk convention with all proceeds going to breast and cervical cancer screening, diagnostic, and treatment resources in WV.  It’s second ye will be once again in Parkersburg at the Historic Blennerhasset Hotel from May 22nd-24th.

Expect to see the Miner’s Lament Saloon and Red Eye Auction on Friday night, Chari-Tea Dueling Tournament and Airship Regalia on Saturday, and costume contest on Sunday.  Panels and classes on seances, archaeology, costuming, gaming, manners, science lab for kids, writing, sneak peek movie screening of Hollow, Johnny Appleseed reneactor, late night stories with Mr. Cat, and several more.  They have off-site guided tours of the Historic Smoote Theater, the Oil and Gas Museum, two historic Victorian homes on Julia-Ann Square, and a self-guided tour of Blennerhassett Island.

They have music guests Spence’s Rye and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings. Other guests include performer Professor Bubblemaker, performance troupe the Pirate Crew of the Dead Rabbit, Clark Street Carnival, vaudeville sideshow Karnevil, and steampunk artist and author Thomas Wileford aka Lord Featherstone.

There will be vendors of jewelry, clothing, photography, belts, bustles, knitting, and various steampunk artisans.

On Sunday they will be holding their Vandalia-Con Pink Block Party again for free and open to all at Point Park Farmer’s Market.  A parade will be leaving the Blennerhassett Hotel at 1:30pm and will head to the farmer’s market.  Vendors from the con and the market will both be set up to buy from.  There will be musical performances, Professor Bubblemaker’s Bubble Magic and Medicine Show, and a health fair with mammograms screening on site from 10am-4pm.

Weekend passes to the con are $50, Silver Passes are $75, and $100 for a Gold Pass.  Day passes are $20.  Children 12 and under receive a 50% discount with an adult purchase.

If you can not make it out or afford the con, you still donate to the cause on their site.

Blackstone Raid XXIV

Society of Creative Anachronism kingdom Barony of Blackstone Mountain will be hosting Blackstone Raid XXIV this year from Thursday April 2nd through Sunday April 26th at Cedar Lakes in Ripley.

There will be displays of work from artisans and craftspeople.  There will be a general Arts & Science competition and a winner to be chosen by populous vote.  One Friday there will be a Tournament of the Masters for fencing, along with open field for pick-ups and workshops on Saturday.  Thrown Weapons and Archery range will be open.  A Royalty Travel Fundraiser, to fund the travel of SCA royalty to events, where you can buy $1 arrows to shoot at targets representing different peerages that will then be matched by said royal.  Heavy Weapons events include Viking Insult, Grand Melee, 500 tournament, Order of the Gage Meet and Beat, and more.

Merchants selling at the event will have such things as leather works, jewelry, books, tankards, armor, handmade soap, and plenty more for the medieval enthusiast.  Onsite food will be handled by Delights of Cathay.

Pre-registration is $18, those between 7 and 17 it is $9, and kids under six free.  On site is $20, $10 for those 7 to 17, and still free for kids under six.  A family of two adults and two minors can pre-reg for $54 or on site for $60.  A day trip, starting at noon on Saturday, is $10 for adults and $5 for those 7 to 17. A surcharge for non-SCA members will apply.

Camping on site is free or you can stay at the Cedar Lakes hotel.  All cabins have been sold out already.

Autocrat for the event is Willem Mac Lear.

I was here last year for a day and found everyone to be really nice and willing to help out.  Plus there were plenty of parties, sessions, and groups to found and join at night.

Sicilian’s Revenge

The Shire of Port Oasis, of the Kingdom of AEthelearc of the Society of Creative Anachronism, is holding Sicilian’s Revenge on November 14th through the 16th at Camp Mad Anthony Wayne in Huntington.   The site opens on Friday at 4pm and closes Sunday at 10am.

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Sign up for Heavy Weapons, Archery, and Fencing on Saturday from 10am to 11am.  They are holding a Shakespearean Dinner Tournament, you will engage in combat while tied to your seats to determine who pays for dinner.  For fencing there will be Daggers at Dawn (quick draw element), Cloak and Dagger, Stilettos at Sunset (by lanterns), and informal duels.

The Arts & Science Display and Competition categories are Decorative, Useful, Wearable and Tasty.  Voting will be done by populous vote.  You can also display without being part of the judging.

There will a light breakfast, lunch, and Italian pasta fest for dinner served on Saturday morning.  Merchants will also be selling custom-made brick over pizzas throughout the day.  The feast will be at 6pm on Saturday.  The fest is limited to 60 people.

There is a lodge with 28 bunks which are available as first come, first served basis.  There is space for tent camping and four primitive cabins on site, electricity but no heat.  Contact Mistress Anne Greye about getting a cabin.  Several hotels are in the area as well.

Site fees are $10 for adults, $4 for children between 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and under.  Non-members will be charged a $5 surcharge.  Feast fees are $7.50 for adults, $4 for children 6 and over, and free for children 5 and under.  Your reservation clerk is Carrie Uihlein Nilles.

The Autocrats for the event are Mistress Anne Greye and Lady Luca di Cola.

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They are also having a Potluck on Sunday November 9th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Huntington WV Radio Museum.  The are having fencing practice and A&S activities before hand to check out as well.

 

 

 

 

Siege of Glengary XIX

Shire of Sylvan Glen of the Society for Creative Anachronism, is hosting Siege of Glengary XIX on Friday September 26 at 4pm through Sunday September 28 at noon at the Jefferson County WV Fairgrounds in Kearneysville in the eastern panhandle.

Our adversaries to the south and to the north have become restless and threaten to invade our borders on a quest for the coveted Sylver Apple Bucket. We must amass our brave soldiers of sword and shield, our masters of dagger, draw and parry, our loosers of arrow, our throwers of ax as well as our wielders of pen, brush and needle to lay waste to this trespass into our fair kingdom.

This year they are adding a Queens Rapier Championship to be held on Saturday September 27.  Other events will include a Siege Points Competition for the Sylver Apple in various armed and gentle arts; heavy, rapier, thrown, archery, atl atl, and A&S.  It will also be home to the InterKindgom Equestrian Worshop.  Other activities separate and part of the Siege Points are a Torchlight Tandem Tourney on Friday night, four bridge battles, four field battles, pick up fighting, fencing scenarios, novelty shoot, GLENO (like bingo but with arrow), Glow Throw tournament, a novelty throw, arts & science competition, siege engines, and more.

The Traveler’s Repast will be on Friday evening for $12.  Breakfast and Saturday Dayboard are included with site fee.

Site fees for adults for the whole weekend are $14.  An additional $5 fee for non-members.  This is a camping event with no additional fee for camping.  Everyone will need to sign an Equestrian Waiver since there will be horses around.  No fee for those 17 and under.

The Autocrat for the event is Laurentia of Caledonia. Any general questions can be directed to her.

The Shire of Sylvan Glen is a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA.org) located in the panhandle of West Virginia. The SCA is a group of people who are interested in researching and recreating aspects of pre-17th century Europe. Things such as various arts and crafts, activities and even simulating the martial combat of the period.

Blackstone Raid XXIII

The Barony of Blackstone Mountain is hosting Blackstone Raid XXIII from noon on Thursday April 24th through noon on Sunday the 27th at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley.  It is one of the first big camping events for Æthelmearc and is a big inter-kingdom event.

There are several huge martial events (75-120 fighters) on each day to check out: Heavy Weapons tournament, Torchlight Armored Bear Hunt, “Die of Fate” Novelty Fencing, Armored CTF Tournament, AEthelmearc 5000, 7 Pearls Heavy Weapons Championship, Fencing Melee Tactic Drills, Field Battles, Bridge Battles, Bannered Gate Battles, Fencing Melee Scenarios, Thrown and Archery Ranges.

They will have Arts & Science (A&S) Classes in the Assembly Hall on Saturday; these are Basket Weaving, Belly Dancing, Hand Sewing, and Play in the Paint.  Other Saturday events include Paint-A-Blank and Draw-A-Blank Competition, Dirty Dozen Donation Derby, Baron Bardulf’s Photography Studio, Blackstone Mountain Baronial A&S Championship, and Historian’s Point.  Plus check out the merchants that will be there selling weapons, food, leather work, tea, metal work, garb, and more.

You can preregister by check for adults at $18, $9 for those between 7-17, and $54 for a family of two adults and two minors (all other minors of family are free then).  On site registration is adults $20, 7-17 $10, family cap $60, and children under six free.  Day trip prices are $10/$5.  Non-member surcharge of $5 will added to all other fees.  To pre-reg contact Erzebet Fauconneau.

You can bunk at the dorm beds for $15 each or set up camp for free. There are also hotel rooms available at Cedar Lakes.

I am pretty sure I can make it to this for at least a little while on Friday and I would think it would be fun for anyone else to at least watch as well.  Even if I have no idea what some of those events are.