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An Tir 12th Night

January 09, 2015 to January 11, 2015

Eugene, OR

Autocrat: Yseult of Broceliande device100OP

Come, join us for the coronation of the heirs to the Lion Thrones of An Tir!
This event will be at the wonderful Valley River Inn in Eugene January 9-11th 2015. We have lots of fun things planned for the event; visit the event website for more info.

Site Fees
$20 for SCA member adults (+$5 for non-members), 17 and under are free

Meeting Space
Do you have a meeting planned for 12th Night that you need space for? Your autocrats would love to hear from you! Please contact Marian at mch AT efn DOT org.

We have a draft of the schedule that can be seen here. If you have something that needs to be on the schedule, but you don't see it, please contact the autocrats.

Hotel Info

All the rooms at Valley River Inn have now been reserved and the rooms for Royals, their retinue and vigils have been assigned.

Valley River Inn has requested that, as of Dec. 15, Mistress Yseult handle any room cancellations. If you have a reservation at the event hotel that you cannot use, please contact her immediately. Use the Autocrat button at the top of this page We are still short a room for retinue and there is the hotel’s waiting list of folks, so your room is desperately needed.

You can still attend 12th Night. See the event web site at Scroll down the Lodgings page for alternate hotels within 5-10 minutes drive time. There is unlimited, free, street level parking around the hotel, and we will have a cloak room for folks to leave things in during the day.

A preview of some of the fabulous things planned for 12th Night this year:

Friday Festivities

Visiting manuscripts in the Burgess Collection at the University of Oregon
We will gather in the main lobby at Valley River Inn (VRI) no later than 3:45 pm on Friday, Jan. 9, and car pool to the UO. You must be ready to leave from the lobby. We will quickly assign folks to ride with those of you with vans or larger cars. The Valley River Inn shuttle will also be available to us. I will have maps and directions available for each driver and designated navigator (ideally someone familiar with Eugene!)

We are to arrive at the Collection in the Knight Library by 4:15 so that we can enter before they close to the public at 4:30. People arriving after 4:30 will not be able to enter. The visit will probably last an hour or so, and then we will carpool back to 12th Night in time for dinner.

We are allowed to take photograph within reason . . . it will be an overload if everyone wants a picture of every manuscript, so please only take photos that you will actually use for research/manuscript production. Since there may be as many as 30 of us, the curator has asked that we not handle the mss. He or an assistant will do the page turning. He is both delighted to have such interest in the mss. and apprehensive about having so many people around them all at once! Below are the rules that he sent. The first 4 are crucial – the rest are moot as we won’t be handling the pages.

Your group leader is HL Antonia Crivelli (Martha Sherwood), Adiantum’s Scribe, painter of charters and maker of period pigments. She will be painting portraits and tending the scribal display in the Arts & Sciences Hall at 12th Night.

Please EMAIL (not FB message) me at pam@bobwhitman dot com and let me know the following ASAP so that I can do some pre-organizing of our carpool:

-- If you are driving a vehicle we can carpool in, how many (including you, the driver) does it hold? Drivers should be fully insured.
-- Do you need a ride?
– Whether rider or driver, are you familiar with the route between VRI and the UO campus?

See you at 12th Night!

Mistress Yseult of Broceliande | | 541-344-0896

Rules for the Burgess Collection:
1. Turn off your cell phone.
2. No pens, food, or drink are allowed in the Paulson Reading Room.
3. Backpacks, briefcases, computer cases/covers are not allowed in the Paulson Reading Room, but laptops are allowed.
4. To display, exhibit, publish, or download any SCUA materials to the web, you must obtain our permission.
5. All materials must be used in the Paulson Reading Room.
6. Respect the fragile nature of the collections by handling the materials with care.
7. Certain materials, such as photographs and codices, require special handling.
8. Handling materials: Please respect the fragile nature of the materials and handle them with care. Please do not mark in or on them in any way. Please be careful not to exert pressure on any material. All bound items must be placed on foam supports for viewing.
9. Handling of manuscripts and archival material: Do not rest an arm on a document or write notes on paper or cards placed on top of a document.
10. Handling of rare books: Rare books should be handled with extreme care. Please do not place stress on the binding by opening the book a full 180o. Bound materials must be placed on foam supports for viewing.

Friday Dancing and Fun
Our dance master, Good Old Lord Petronius, has planned for those weary travelers joining us Friday night to have, in his words, “a sedate and elegant ball, with none of that flashy footwork and flourishes so inconceivably loved by the youth.” The great hall will be in process of being set up for the festivities of the next day, and Petronius doesn’t want dancers getting underfoot.

However, rumors from Adiantum have started spreading. Certain… ladies… of An Tir have declared that they know exactly what weary travelers are looking for Friday evening… FUN! To that end they’ve conspired against dear old Petronius, and have plans to send him to bed early whether he wills it or no, as they intend to take over the ball! Join the courtesans of An Tir for a lively evening of getting underfoot. They welcome all − those brave enough to be seen in the company of courtesans and those who would hide their identity behind a mask.

Along with the dancing, our lovely courtesans are hosting a couple of competitions during their ball; one for the best Documentably Trashy Garb, and one designed to be a social mixer during the dancing.

For the costuming contest, bring out your best documentable courtesan (or less noble working profession) clothing, and let our judges know about what folks in the world’s oldest profession were wearing during your period. Yes, documentation is required; it doesn’t need to be a research paper, but consideration will be given to depth of research.

Anyone that wishes to participate in the social competition will be given a dance card at the beginning of the ball. Before each dance there will be a moment to write in the name of your partner for that dance. Whoever has the largest number of different partners during the evening will win!

Saturday Shenanigans

Heraldry Consult Table If you have a name or device or badge to submit or have questions about names and /or armory, please stop by. It's a great way to learn heraldry too!
Prices, number of forms per item, etc can be found here. Depending on interest, the consulting table may be open Sunday as well!
Period Games: A gaming area next to the A&S Hall, also in the Great Hall Friday evening.
Labyrinth: A 30’ candle-lit labyrinth to walk overlooking the river on Friday and Saturday nights.|
Music & Drama: The bards of An Tir are planning musical presentations, and the An Tir Players have promised an entertainment.
Portrait Painting: Adiantum’s Antonia Crivelli paints portraits on the spot using period pigments in the Arts & Sciences Room.
Bar Party: Saturday night, hosted by Baron Durin Oldenmoor. Bring your room party here and turn up the volume while the rest of the hotel sleeps peacefully.

Queen's Rapier Championship
The tournament will start out with a round robin of four pools. The top four fighters in each pool will seed into a 16 person single elimination round, with each bout being fought the best 2 out of 3 kills. The two finalist will face off best 2 out of 3. All bouts will be fought with your best form, but weapons are limited to a combined blade length of 65 inches. We wish to encourage fighters to communicate with each other during the fighting as well as making deaths clear to the spectators. Double deaths will be refought.

The victor will be clothed in the glory of their new station with the cloak of the Queen's Rapier Champion and be tasked with representing the rapier community in all things. As Queen's Rapier Champion you will have the privilege and honor to attend to Her Majesty in Court.

Planning on fighting? Save yourself the hassle of waiting in line and juggling your documents! Pre-register for the Queen's Rapier Championship! It's an easy process - simply send this information to Rose Atherton at or

Those who are pre-registered will still need to check in and confirm that they are present the day of the tournament. Lists will be open on site from 8:30 AM - 10:30AM, and from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm (or as close as possible as allowed by the end of court).

1. Fighting title
2. SCA name
3. Modern name
4. SCA membership number and expiry date
5. If you are a Cadet (and to whom)
6. If you are a champion or gallant.
7. Your SCA Branch
8. The main fight practices you attend, up to 3

The memberships and fighting authorization will be confirmed, and you will receive an email from Lists containing your pre-registration number as confirmation. Pre-registration deadline is Wednesday, January 7th at 8pm. 

Roman Baths at 12th Night!
The Baths of the Two-Tailed Sea Lion will be open for attendance during the next 12th Night! Your event stewards are working feverishly on decorations to transport Valley River Inn's spa back to a Roman Bath complete with mosaics and murals and graffiti!

The Roman Bath Party will offer a hot soaking tub and the use of saunas to relax and soothe you. Julia Sempronia has offered a class on Roman Bathing Culture, and Ariadne will be teaching how to use Strigulae. Sharon Rose will be taking appointments for massage during the party and if you require, I'll be available to drape togas or arrange hair. We'll be allowed to have food and drink, but please leave your glass vessels in your rooms. We hope to have a Roman Lunch Plate available for purchase from the Inn.

A&S Room - Columbia Ballroom
Come one and all to the Arts & Sciences Hall at 12th Night. We have a great line up of displays planned for Saturday and our Artisans would love to talk with you about their projects. Some of the amazing displays that have already been offered are:

Guild and Group Displays
Apothecary Guild display
Décor Guild of An Tir display
History of the chirurgeonate display
Moneyer’s Guild display and demo
Scribal Displays
Oops Table Display – In addition to the regular A&S display at 12th Night, we are looking at having an area called "To Err is Human." So many people seem to think their work needs to be perfect or it is garbage. To dispel that myth, we'd like people to display a) stuff they really screwed up and then version 2, improved (or plans to improve the next one), and b) stuff they screwed up / are stuck on / need help and advice on. There's no new work or documentation needed, so I think 12th Night is feasible. We will have 2 tables reserved for this display, so please bring your projects and join us!

Individual Displays
Spinning and wool processing
Blackwork (On Saturday at 3 pm there will be a 1/2 hr demonstration of a blackwork sampler for anyone interested)
Rectangular construction
Soap Making
Fibulas, Straight pins and hooks and eyes
Portrait Studio
Roman Tunic
Lace – Punto in Aria, Bobbin Lace
Medieval cooking (including pies!)
Stone Carving (there will be a demonstration until court begins on Saturday)
Garb making of various sorts
Silk Banner Painting


9-11 Norse Tentrad Bending, taught by Algifu (Vandy), Siuslaw Room
class limit 8, cost $35
Come learn to create Norse possament, a Viking wire bending technique using silver tentrad wire. Create interlaced decoration for both men's and women's clothing in Viking or modern styles.The class fee includes 10 meters of silver tentrad wire, written instructions for recreating some known patterns from the finds at Birka and 2 hours hands on instruction with Aelfgifu. 

10 Bathe Like A Classical, taught by Ariadne, class held in the Roman Bath
class limit 12 (auditors welcome), cost $5 ($1 for auditors)
Curious about oil bathing? Want to know how to use a strigial? In this hands-on (clothes off) experimental class we will learn how to use strigilae for classical oil bathing. Join Ariadne for a participatory demonstration of classical oil bathing.
$5 per person to defray the cost of oil and wool flannel will be gladly received (12 person limit). Please bring your own strigil. Auditors are welcome, there will be a $1 cost to cover the handout.

10-12 Punto in Aria, taught by Prudence Goodheart, class will be held in the Arts & Sciences room in the Columbia Ballroom
class limit 10, cost $2
An introductory look at the 16h century needle lace “punto in aria”. This hands-on class will cover basic stitches and set up to create a basic lace edge and small lace insert. Students should bring a small pair of sharp scissors.

12-1 Roman Bathing Culture, taught by Julia Sempronia by the Roman Bath
No class limit, no fee
What really went on in Roman Baths? Ancient Roman public bathing facilities underwent an extreme makeover from Republic to Empire, becoming a major focus for social interaction. Visit our recreation of the Roman Baths for an overview by Julia Sempronia, OL and dive into the secrets of Roman bathing culture!

12-2 Basics of Holbein-style Blackwork, taught by Anja Snihova, class will be held in the Arts & Sciences room in the Columbia Ballroom
class limit 10 people, cost $5 for basic kit
Includes the basic stitch, several patterns in a graded presentation and patterns for further stitching. You will work the basic stitch, a simple line stitch, a simple side-trips stitch and a fill stitch at the very minimum, and learn some tips and tricks. As time permits we will get into more complex patterns, mix-n-match patterns and suggestions for projects. This class also includes the history of the basic stitch, development through Middle Ages into the Renaissance, the difference between this style and the "other" blackwork, plus examples of uses on clothing and household items. The class is in two parts; allowing time to ctually do some stitching in between the sections, which means that the 2nd section will start with answering the questions and checking over pieces for problems. Pre-reg addy:, please include 12th Night Blackwork Class in the subject line or text.

-2nd half of class will be Sunday at 10 am-

Kumihimo, Alys will also be available to teach/demo Kumihimo out of her booth in the merchant room for anyone interested in learning a new braiding technique. No time, stop by and see if Alys is available at Gold Key in the merchant room.

11 Lute Technique for Guitarists - Rogue 84
Workshop on lute technique targeted for guitarists. Focus on tuning, right hand technique, late 16th century sound, and any other topics of interest. Bring your guitar (or your lute, if you have one!) and let's play! 

Scribal Activities - Scribal activities will be running full force at 12th Night! In addition to the off-site manuscript viewing on Friday afternoon and the Scribal tables in the A&S room, please come to the Scribes Room (on the map) and enjoy some "all scribal, all the time", including:

Iron Scribe Contest - posted on Steps & in the AnTir Scribes group
Sign in and pick up a charter on Friday evening or Saturday morning. You have until Saturday night at 9pm to turn in your completed charter. There will be prizes!
Categories, based on how many charters you've painted, include: Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced.

Scroll Display
Come view some of the original art work completed by your Scribes or bring your completed original works to be displayed. Please bring a support structure so it can stand up by itself (we won't have room for them to be flat on the table). Make sure they are labeled so they get back to you.

Charter Painting
Want to paint? Bring your kit and hang out with us!
Want to learn?? We'll teach you!

Sarra the Brave
Sable Sable

Dirty Dozen Dirby
There will be a Dirty Dozen Dirby Largesse competition at 12th Night this year!

The way it works is that entrants create 12 items based on a theme... the theme is up to the entrant. The primary rule is your items must be tagged and ready to be given out as largess immediately

There have been so many amazing ideas for the entries! Children's crayon rolls, 14th Century silver brooches, children's toys, jewelry, jams, silk painted fans, sets of beads, embroidered needle books, felted bowls... the list just goes on and on. Remember, as this is not an Arts and Sciences competition you do not need to document your items however if you have done a re-creation please include that information on the tag!

People come by, vote on their favorite item by dropping a token in that entry's cup. The winner is the entrant with the most tokens. ...and the prize??!! The winner of the derby gets one item from each of the other competitors!!!”

14th Annual Knight's Auction
Twelfth Night is fast approaching and with it the 14th Annual Knight’s Auction. Since the beginning of this century The Crowns of An Tir have chosen a Worthy Cause to make a charitable donation to. This year's charity is the American Heart Association. All items in the Auction are either crafted by a member of the Chivalry, or sponsored by a member of the Chivalry. Past items have included lamp work beads, a birch shield, custom arrows, Norse wire weaving, and the infamous Liquors made by Sargent Karl der Ermutiguder. What will the Artisans of An Tir donate this year?

All donations must either be by members of the Chivalry, *or* be sponsored by a member of the Chivalry.

Please use the following format when contacting me with your donations.
Approximate Value:

Please contact brynphalan(at) with your donation information. Forms with your information will be printed up and provided on the day of the auction.

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Labyrinth and stained glass windows at 12th Night 2011.

Site Info:
Name: Valley River Inn
1000 Valler River Way
Eugene, OR 97401

Directions to Site:

To map directions from your own home please refer to the events website. From the South or North Take your best route to I-5 north. THEN. . . . From I-5 to exit 194b (I-105 west), then take second exit marked #1 Delta Hwy/Santa Clara - Junction City. Merge to the right lane and take the 1st exit to Valley River Center. Get into the left lane as you are coming over the overpass. At the bottom of the overpass there is a four-way lighted intersection: turn left onto Valley River Way. Follow to the end, on the left. From Airport; Leaving the airport terminal, turn right onto Greenhill road. At the four-way stop turn left onto Airport road.   Follow to the end and turn right onto Highway 99. Go about 1.5 miles to Beltline road east (right hand on-ramp) follow Beltline east to the Delta Highway exit. Exit off of Delta Highway, take the Valley River Center Exit. Take the center lane at the exit. There will be a four- way lighted intersection. Go straight through onto Valley River Way and follow to the end, on the left. Also with today's gas rates a highly feasible option is the train! Check out Amtrak Rates- they may be more reasonable compared to a couple tanks of gas!

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