Pray attend, good people of Eskalya!
We will be celebrating Samhain on Saturday, October 16th at First Congregational Church in Anchorage. Details are listed below.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*:
10:00 - Gate Opens
11:00 - Opening Court
11:30 - Armor inspection
12:00 - Heavy Fighting Event (Green Knight Tournament)
1:00 - Rapier Fencing Event (Headless Horseman)
1:30 - Bardic
3:00 - Closing Court
4:00 - Cleanup
5:00 - Site closes
*Exact times are flexible and subject to change.
The fighting for this event will be themed for the holiday. The heavy fighting tournament will take inspiration from the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In honor of this tale, bouts will be fought with axes. Two large, two-handed axes will be provided and made available for the fighters. You are welcome to bring your own axe if you prefer. The provided axes will require full gauntlets (not demis) to use as they do not have cup hilt guards. The winner of the tournament will receive one of the axes as a prize.
The rapier event will be inspired by the tale of the Headless Horseman. A pumpkin-head buckler will be provided for the “headless horseman” fighter. The headless horseman is immune to strikes to the head, but must hit their challenger in the head in order to win. The buckler will be given as a prize to the winner.
Exact tournament rules (elimination and ranking) are still being determined and will be posted once they are finalized.
There will be time set aside after the fighting for bardic, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to sing a song or tell a story, preferably themed for the season or the holiday.
ARTS AND SCIENCES
We will unfortunately not be having a formal arts and sciences competition at this event.
Due to covid restrictions, there will not be a feast at this event. As we did for the recent coronet, please keep your food to your own table and share only within your household. There is hot water and coffee on site.
FEES AND REGISTRATION
The fee for this event is $15 for non-members, and $10 for members. There will NOT be pre-registration for Samhain.
Masks are required at all times inside First Congregational Church, except when immediately eating or drinking. Food should NOT be shared between households. There is no requirement to be vaccinated, although we highly encourage it. If you feel sick or have ANY symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, or unusual exhaustion, please stay home.
Take your best route to Northern Lights Blvd;
If you are heading East: follow Northern Lights past Lake Otis, and just past the Wendler Jr. High school, on the right is the Church. Parking is behind, as event room is downstairs.
If you are heading West: follow Northern Lights west past Bragaw, past Goose Lake intersections. The Church will be just past the Goose Lake intersection on the Left. You will have to do a left U turn at Lovejoy Drive to get to the entrance which will then be on the right. Parking is behind, as event room is downstairs.
Signs will be up.