Natsu no Tsubasacon 2017

Tsubasacon’s annual summer picnic Natsu no Tsubasacon is this Sunday June 25th at Ritter Park in Huntington from noon to 4pm.  At the older shelter.

The food is being brought potluck style, if you wish to bring something sign-up at Perfect Potluck to let everyone know.

Activities will include lawn games like kubb and bocce, an anime and manga swap, Summer Themed Cosplay Contest, suikawari (watermelon splitting), a Staff vs Attendee Kickball game, and combat demos from  Black Fire Valley (Amtgard), the local SCA chapter showing off heavy weapons, Tri-State Jen’Saarai, and Imperial Legion.  The cosplay contest three categories are Best Summer Design, Original Design, and Best Overall.

You can start your own thing at the picnic as well.  Some other activities that might happen are a Pokémon Go Walk, dance music, card and board gaming, photo shoots or what ever you would like to do.

The event is free but they will be taking donations for the Ronald McDonald House.  They will take non-perishable food, kitchen and cleaning items, gift cards, and more.  You will be able to buy passes for Tsubasacon this October there too.

A fun little friendly community gathering if anyone who might interested.

Blackstone Raid XXVI

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.

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.

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.

12th Night

The Barony of Blackstone Mountain is holding their end of the holding celebration, 12th Night, on January 17th at the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Station Community Hall in Cross Lanes.

The Watery Tars Cooking Guild be cooking the feast, though all are invited to bring a dish to share for luncheon and snacking.  They will have a Dessert Contest with Baron’s and Baroness’ Choice and Populace Choice.  The feast has been capped at 25 people.

For activities they have games of chance from dice throwing to draughts and hnefatafl (what ever those are).  Everyone will be given tokens for betting during the day.  The adult and child with most tokens at the end will win a prize.

The site cost is $7 for adults, $5 for those sixteen and under, and babes get in free.  Pre-registration for the feast is $10 for adult and $8 for sixteen and under.  At door it will be $12 and $10.  The site opens at 9am and closes at 9pm.  Event Stewart is Lady Kathryn MacLuing.

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The Shire of Port Oasis is having their own 12th night event on Sunday January 11th at 4:30pm at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington.

They will have meat provided by the shire and prepared by Andrea Morris.  Games along with Arts & Science will provided for entertainment.  Fellowship with SCA members will be enjoyed too.

Great way to get introduced to the SCA and eat some good food.

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.