academie: 12th Night Announcement (fwd from Merry Rose)

Edvard Gayer scavard at
Sat Oct 21 15:14:41 PDT 2000

>From Her Grace, Duchess Luned, indirectly....
Come join us in the Barony of Windmaster's Hill for a day of merriment and 
mystery as we celebrate Twelfth Night in the grand tradition of a Masqued 
Ball.  The theme of the event is Period Costume!  Throughout much of the 
time period, gentles wore "fancy dress", period dress accentuated by costume 
accessories such as masks, paints, furs, headdresses, etc.  Most people did 
not make garb that could only be worn once in a lifetime; instead, they 
focused on the accessories to make their fancy clothes take on the "life" of 
an actual costume.  Later in period, gentles actually did make clothing 
"stylized" to a certain time period, i.e. someone coming as the goddess 
Minerva who actually lived in 1400's France would not make an actual Roman 
toga dress; rather, they would use a dress style of their time period and 
modify it to look more toga-like using Roman elements of style, color and 
pattern. To assist us in creating the right atmosphere, we encourage 
everyone to make some attempt at masquerade, whether it be simple facepaints 
or elaborate headpieces.  Come as animals, elements, seasons, mythic gods, 
goddesses or heroes, literary figures (within the required timeframe, of 
course)...the only limit is your imagination and creativity.

Site is the Agri-Expo Center at the Coliseum Complex in Fayetteville, North 
Carolina.  There will be scheduled children's activities from Noon to 6 PM. 
An unsupervised TV/video room will be available from 6 PM to 11 PM.  There 
will be a static Arts & Sciences Display beginning at 11 AM.  There will be 
roving Arts & Sciences Competitions in the following categories: Best Animal 
Mask, Best Non-Animal Mask/Face Decoration, Best Interpretation of Animal  
Costume, Best Interpretation of Non-Animal Costume.   Part of the fun is  
trying to figure out who is who.  To that end, there will be a "Match the  
Costume with the Peer" contest.  Also a scroll competition, Royal Bard  
competition, kingdom award medallion competition.  These competitions will  
take place during the afternoon.  For those who choose not to dance, games  
of chance and skill will abound.  Merchants are welcome and should  
pre-register at least two weeks in advance.  Tentative schedule is as  
follows: Main Hall Opens 10 AM.  First Court Begins at 1 PM.  Break at 2 PM  
for all gentles to change into costume.  The Ball will be held in two  
segments: 3 PM - 5 PM, and 8 PM - ???.  Second Court Begins at 5:30 PM.  
Feast Begins at 6:30 PM.

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a rate of $45.00 plus tax per 
night at the Ramada Inn, approximately 2 miles from the site.  Hotel  
reservation number is (910) 484-8101.  Mention the SCA when reserving.  
Directions and on-board/off-board price information will be in the December  

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