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Barons Ball

October 03, 2014 to October 05, 2014

Tri-Cities, WA

Autocrat: Thorkell Palsson device7724OP


Come one, come all – it’s time for Baron’s Ball.

This year is special, as Their Majesties will be passing the Baronial Coronet’s on to their Heirs.  There will  be dancing, fighting, classes, feasting, archery, Arts & Science as well as Bardic Championships.

There will be a potluck feast with a main dish being provided for by the Barony of Wastekeep.  Mundane last name A-G, bring a Side Dishes (i.e., veggies, salads, hot dishes - there are electrical outlets to plug in crock pots and such.)  H-N Bread and Cheeses, O-U Desserts, and V-Z Surprise Us!

Cost is $15 per adult (18+), children and youths are *FREE*.  NMS applies.  RV Campers - please contact me for reservations!



 3:00pm Site opens
 7:30pm Dance warm up. Come learn the dances and look good for the evening!
 8:00pm Dancing (this is a Ball after all)


 8:00am Herald Wake Up
 8:30am Wastekeep Sergeants Meeting - Akornebir DragonWing
 9:00am Morning Baronial Court with YAC armor inspection following, YAC Melee on the eric
 10:00am Drop Spindle and Fleece Prep
 10:00am Basic Heavy Marshalling, followed by a Basic Waterbearing
 10:00am Archery Range Opens
 10:30 Heavy armor inspection
 11:00am Heavy Scenarios
 12:00pm Splendid Six entries due and voting opens
 12:00pm Draping bias-cut hose for men or women
 1:00pm Weavers Clinic
 1:00pm A&S entries due at the Baronial Pavilion
 1:00pm Family Activities - Veggie animals
 2:00pm Event Cooking for Easy Feast Contributions: Pumpes (meatballs), and Inlands Culinary meetup
 3:00pm Senechal's Meeting
 3:00pm Scroll Painting
 4:00pm Queen's Tea and Cookies
 4:00pm Splendid Six voting closes
 4:30pm Champions and Change-over Baronial Court, with A&S Championship presentations following
 5:00pm Inlands Pelican Meeting
 5:30pm Feast contributions to covered area
 6:00pm Potluck Feast with Evening Court following (Barony will be providing meat dishes)
 6:30pm Bardic Competition (during feast)
 Royal Court after Feast


 8:00am Herald Wake Up
 9:30am Armor inspection for rapier tournament on the eric
 9:30am Inlands Laurels Meeting
 10:00am Tournament of the Roses
 Closing court after Tournament
 5:00pm Site closes





Fighting Details:


  • Heavy Scenarios: It's Baron's Ball - which means the Castle Deerhurst comes out.  We will have three different battle locations; Open Field, Castle, and the famous Troll Cave Battle.  Weapon's limitations - a pike may be used for one battle, but for all other scenarios, nothing longer than His Majesty's boar spear, one and quarter famns (7'4"), will be allowed on the field.  We will have a saw if needed!  Smile



  • Tournament of the Roses - Fight for your inspiration and a Baroness.  Fight valiantly, die well, and leave a good looking corpse!



  • Youth Armored Combat: Come one, come all, to Youth Armored Combat, Saturday morning immediately after 9am court. We will fight a number of war scenarios on the field.  Please be sure to have your authorization cards ready for armor inspection. Sword and shield preferred for war fighting.  Castle battles!  Capture the treasure chest, filled with actual loot!  Brutal one-life grand melee! TROLL BATTLE with a special guest troll!!

**We will be looking for very brave heavy fighters to help with some of the scenarios. Please lend a hand and make the day of a future adult fighters.


Championships Details:

  • Arts and Sciences:  Come compete for the honor of following the King as the A&S Champion of the great Barony of Wastekeep. Bring your work to be judged on Saturday. Small oral presentations for the judges will be expected. Bonus points for documentation but documentation is not required. Extra prize for populace choice. For those day-tripping Saturday you will still be able to compete as the winner(s) will be announced at court during the feast. Bring your latest or current project. This is a great chance for getting constructive feedback on your A&S project even if you don't think it's a winner - you may be surprised!  


  • Bardic:  Bardic Competition at Feast.  Calling all Bards and Bardically Inclined! Wastekeep will be determining their next Bardic Champion at this event! Those interested in competing will need to supply 1-2 pages of documentation (tell us about your piece -- what time period is it from, who composed or performed it, what interested you in it, and any other pertinent information about it or the performance of it that you learned along the way) INCLUDING cited sources and be prepared to answer a few questions about their entry, in addition to the performance for the populace. There will be prizes for Populace Choice and Best Documentation.


Class Details:

  • Draping bias-cut hose for men or women - At the end of two hours, students can walk away with a custom-fit, re-usable paper pattern for fabric stockings or chausses.  Limited to 12 spots, cost is $5 per person.  Muslin, paper, hand-outs, and tools provided.

  • Drop spindle and fleece prep.  A beginner's (introductory) class on using the drop spindle to spin wool. We will cover some of the history of the spindle, wool & fleece types and their preparation for spinning, as well as good technique for drafting and spinning an even yarn.  No prior experience is necessary, you will walk away from the class knowing more about wool and sheep, and able to spin your first yarn. This class will run about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how many people attend. If time permits, we will also talk about other fibers such as flax (linen), silk, and cotton.  The class is free, informational handouts and all materials are provided for class use.  However if you wish to keep a spindle, a $5 materials fee is requested. Any questions?  Please email Aerngaldra at silverwolffATgmailDOTcom.

  • Event Cooking for Easy Feast Contributions: Pumpes.  Following in the theme of the one at Springfest of easy period feast contributions. We will be making pumpes and might get messy! The Inlands Culinary Group will be having a recipe exchange as well. If you would like to participate in that, bring 10 copies of your favorite medieval recipe to share.

  • Weaver's Clinic.  Have weaving questions?  Want to take it to the next level but just don't know how?  Dame Madrun, current An Tir Arts and Sciences Champion, will be available to help.  Bring your looms and weaving questions and she will assist.  1 to 4 pm, there's no real schedule, drop-ins welcome.

  • Scroll Painting.  At 3pm, under my Pavilion, I will have a session for Scroll Painting. I will have supplies and scrolls for people of any level or experience to paint. This includes no experience at all. I can teach you the basics and get you started if you have thought about trying it. The session will last for at least an hour and maybe longer if there is enough interest. If you wish to finish your artwork later and do not have supplies, you can keep the palette and paint brush for a $2 fee. I look forward to spending a bit of time with other like minded folk.  Mairghread of Wastekeep


"Splendid Six" Largess competiion:

Greetings, noble & good gentles!

I am pleased to announce that this year at Baron's Ball there shall be held a "Splendid Six" (Dirty Half-Dozen) Largesse Contest in the great Barony of Wastekeep! Please help fill the treasure chests of our noble King and Queen so that they may dispense goodly gifts to Their populace. A portion of the largesse will also go to the Barony of Wastekeep, so that our incoming Baron & Baroness will be able to reward noble deeds
as they see fit.

The rules are simple; make at least 6 (and more is perfectly okay!) of the same or similar items, i.e., six hats, six drinking vessels, six belt pouches, etc. Bring them to Baron's Ball with a short written description of the items, as well as your name, and they will be entered into this populace-choice contest. No documentation is necessary! There will be a cup near each entry so that the populace may vote for their favorites; the winner with the highest votes will be given one item from EACH entry as the prize of their victory. In addition, EVERYBODY who enters will receive a spiffy small token of appreciation. That's right, everybody who enters something will walk away with Something Nice!

Please bring your entries to the Arts & Sciences area by noon at the latest; the populace is heartily invited to vote for their choice (information will be posted at the tables) and voting will be concluded by 4 pm. Any questions? Contact Aerngaldra via email at silverwolffATgmailDOTcom.


Family Activities - Veggie Animals.  Hear ye, hear ye! MONSTERS are invading Wastekeep, and they are full of nutrition and fiber (and evil). Use a variety of vegetables and googly eyes to make scary and funny veggie monsters!  The populace will be invited to vote for their favorite monster, with a prize going to the winning critter’s creator.

We look forward to seeing our youth and their families. Anyone who wishes to volunteer their help will be most welcome.



Group camping reservations and merchant space: Please email HL Gudrun with space request


Site Info:
Name: Sacajawea State Park
2503 Sacajawea Park Rd.
Pasco, WA 99301

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Last Event's Directions:

From Spokane: Take your best route to I-90W.Merge onto I-90 W / US-395 S Merge onto US-395 S via EXIT 220 toward PASCO. 74.0 miles Merge onto US-12 E toward WALLA WALLA. 3.7 miles Turn RIGHT onto SACAJAWEA PARK RD. End at 2503 Sacajawea Park

From Seattle: Take your best route to I-90E Merge onto I-90 E via the exit on the LEFT toward BELLEVUE / SPOKANE. Merge onto I-82 E via EXIT 110 toward YAKIMA Merge onto US-12 E via EXIT 102 toward RICHLAND / PASCO Turn RIGHT onto SACAJAWEA PARK RD. End at 2503 Sacajawea Park Rd

From Oregon: Take your best route to I-82W. Merge onto I-82 W via EXIT 179 toward HERMISTON / UMATILLA (Crossing into WASHINGTON). Merge onto US-395 N via EXIT 113 toward I-182 / KENNEWICK / PASCO. Merge onto US-395 N via the exit on the LEFT toward SPOKANE Merge onto US-12 E toward SPOKANE / WALLA WALLA. Turn RIGHT onto SACAJAWEA PARK RD.  End at 2503 Sacajawea Park Rd

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