“Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere.”
~ A fairy’s answer to Puck’s question, “whither wander you?” in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
— And an apt description for my first Boar’s Hunt & All Champions event.
Unfortunately, due to the passage of time, I will be writing my recollections in bullet points rather than a full, story-like format.
- As with many events this past year, this Boar’s Hunt carried a number of firsts:
- First time back at this site since “Banner Flood”; I was able to see everything in a much drier format.
- First time entering Baronial Championships.
- First time presenting documented A&S work (of which I was writing until last minute and preparing until 1-2pm on Friday).
- First time attending (and helping with) a vigil.
- By the grace of the Norns, a Pelican invited me to sleep in her tent when I arrived on site.
- In the months prior, I assisted others in preparing a local vigil for a very good friend and baroness. I aimed to help set-up when I got on site…
- …But I found myself not only arriving later than planned, and putting myself together added to that. Thank goodness for Sabina and Raffaella!
- As is fitting for someone focus on the culinary arts, my friend’s vigil had a huge array of food.
- There was also an array of smiling faces and laughter- definitely a positive experience for everyone that came.
- I presented my friend with a necklace string of coral beads (akin to ones seen in one of the depictions of “XXXII. Roses (Roxe) Nature” in the Tacuinum Sanitatis) and a ‘Wicked Laurel’ pin by RedWolf Ltd.
- And I dressed up like a 15th century Luigi for her. Because I like to give giggles, if possible.The Vigil was held on Friday evening.
- Saturday’s Opening Court saw the presentation of many potential champions.
- I really need to learn some grace and quicken my wit or, at least, my response time
- Kudos to the person who jumped in to to take the Presentation of the Champions photos!
- I look so incredibly pale. I’m not sure how I feel about this.
- This court also saw Baronial officer changes.
- We bore witness to the unique heraldic release and installment ceremonies with Toki and Nigel. Her Excellency may have had too much fun pouring water on our new herald.
- The Equestrian Officer was released.
- For A&S Champions this year, competitors had to consider the concept of persona in addition to craftsmanship and research for 2 submissions
- I chose to base my entries on a conceptualized 10th century Norse völva.
- I created a treasure necklace and smoked a beef heart.
- Three others competed to be the barony’s next Arts & Sciences Champion: Jadwiga, Emma, and Halawa.
- With my presentation, I didn’t expect to be so nervous; I really need to practice speaking before I ever do this sort of thing again.
- Now that I have the judging forms, I can also better consider how this things like this are reviewed and other areas I can improve.
- Somehow, I managed to take over 2000 photos at this event; it took me a month to go through them all.
- Saturday Evening Court saw the announcement of the new Champions.
- I was honestly not expecting Emma, but it was great to see. Thus far, Emma has done an amazing job supporting the A&S community in the barony and has helped lead the way with new Ithra opportunities.
- My friend Samira was declared the Bardic Champion for her dance & poetry, while Phydeaux continues reign as the Thrown Weapons Champion
- Toward the end of court, Mastyr robyrt made us all laugh with his very dramatic call for someone to come forth with their winning bid.
- After court, one of our newest Court Barons (who leads our Youth Armored Combat program) received a new coronet from friends.
- After court, we “restarted” the feast for Mastyr Robyrt at hte Inn of the Whirling Swine.
- Last year’s was stormed out at Banner War 2013/Banner Flood.
- First time with an “Inn” style (serve yourself from spread presented).
- A Medieval English menu was presented, including what could be interpreted as ‘period macaroni and cheese’.
- Our current baron quickly jumped in to help take care of cleaning dishes.
- Celebrations across the grounds continued throughout the night, but after such a full day, I conked out.
- At Sunday Morning Court, we witnessed the presentation of the Heavy Champions and YAC Champions.
- All fighting was done in the main field area.
- Both defending Champions retained their titles.
- At Closing Court, we wrapped it all up.
- And I got to swear my first fealty oath as I took up the mantle of Baronial Grete Boke in the ceremonial change over!
Want to see more photos at higher quality? Visit the event’s photo album here!