Blackstone Raid XIV


AEthelmearc Spring Coronation


April 21st to April 24th 2005


A Coronation at the Raid


   A&S   Staff   Reservations Lodging



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The long sleep of winter is leaving the lands and the drums of war are sounding in the hills. The cycle continues yet again in the humble Barony of Blackstone Mountain, as the Kingdom of the Middle again marches forth across our fair borders in search of the mystical black rocks that are necessary for strong steel.

As the great wheel of time rolls on, it has arrived the season for their Majesties to step down and their Highnesses to take the thrones. Their Highnesses have invited all in the land to come join the festivities of their coronation and defense of glorious AEthelmearc.

The event will take place at:


Camp Virgil Tate

RR 4  Box 141B  Camp Virgil Tate Road

Charleston WV 25312


Site opens Thursday the 21st at noon and closes Sunday the 24th at noon. The site is discretely damp. If special assistance is needed please contact the autocrat.


As usual this year there is ample camping at Blackstone Raid



Artisans of the World come and enter your fineries at our  Arts and Science Competition or The Fourth Annual Arts and Sciences Triathlon on Saturday (All entries must be registered by 9 AM). This year's competition is organized by Baroness Rowan le Beau, Jeanne Cress, 304-722-2200 (Before 10 PM),






I.    Needlework

      a.   Evenweave

      b.   Other Embroidery

      c.   Lace

      d.   Beadwork  


II.  Fiber Arts

      a.  Spinning

      b.  Weaving

      c.   Dying

      d.   Knitting, nalbinding, etc.

III.  Costuming

      a.  Pre 1400

      b.  Post 1400

      c.  Accessories

IV.   Beverages

      a.  Beer & Ale

      b.  Mead

      c.  Wine

      d.  Cordials


V.  Graphic Arts

      a.  Calligraphy

      b.  Illumination

      c.  Drawing & Printing

      d.  Painting

VI.  Metalworking

      a.  Armor

      b.  Weapons

      c.  Jewelry

      d.  Domestics

VII.  Non-Metallic Materials


      a.  Woodworking

      b.  Ceramics & Glass

      c.  Bone & Horn

      d.  Leatherworking

      e.  Other

VIII.  Culinary

        a.  Main Dish

        b.  Side Dish

        c.  Sweets & Subtleties

        d.  Baked Goods


IX.  Herbology

       a.  Culinary

       b.  Non-Culinary

       c.  Perfumery


X.  Children  (anyone <12)

XI.  Teens (anyone 12-17)

XII.  Heraldic Display




1.    An entrant may  choose to enter individual categories or the Triathlon.

2.    Items must be new work, no works previously entered into competition.

3.    Work must be original, no kits.

4.    Novice entries should be marked as such (novice is defined as an individual

who has never placed an  entry into competition before).

5.    Documentation must be included in each entry.

6.    There will be no winner declared in a main category unless there are at least three entries in the category.  Items from categories having less than three  entries may be grouped another subgroup at the discretion of the Triathlon Autocrat.

7.    For participation in the Triathlon you must have an entry in three major (lettered) categories)  

8.    Cross entries are acceptable, but limited to a maximum of three categories per item.


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For those with a more physically active nature, there will be heavy weapons, fencing, thrown weapons and archery shoots throughout the weekend. The week will be filled with a variety of battles and tournaments. Combat archery and siege weaponry will be allowed in many of the battles. The field will be open throughout the event. Friday will be our annual Torch Light Tournament. Saturday will be filled with the Field, Bridge and Castle Battles.



As always Merchants are encouraged to attend. There is no fee but we will ask for a small donation. Cut off date for a table is April 15, 2005. Any needs or concerns about merchanting should be directed to the Merchantacrat, Frederick The Bald (Fred Sayre) at  304-562-0226 (no calls after 9 PM).



For feast inquires please contact the Autocrat.



Please send your reservations as early as possible to Lady Gwyneth Olafsdottir (Rici Tegarden), SCA Barony of Blackstone Mountain, P.O. 11548, Charleston WV. 25339. Full payment must be made at the time of your reservations. If you have any questions feel free to contract Lady Gwyneth at or 304-727-4427 (no calls after 9 pm). All reservations must be postmarked by April 7th 2005. Please include both SCA and mundane names. All  cancellation request must be made by April 7th 2005 to receive full refund. No cash refunds will be given, refunds will be mailed to you.




Site                   $15.00       Adults

                         $  8.00      Children (Under 5 is free)


Feast                $12.00       Adults

                         $  5.00      Children (Under 16,and at children's table only)


                         $80.00       Family cap


Please do not include the NMS fee, this will be collected at Troll


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Lodging At Blackstone Raid XIV

AS of   3-30-05



Lodge       $55.00/night (minimum Friday and Saturday occupancy)

                $150.00  Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

                     All Lodge Rooms Sold Out


Bunks        $3.00 /night


Ross Boner Cottage,        Reserved for Royalty, Honored Guests and Staff


Boone Maxwell Lodge,            Number of rooms left---Sold Out


Pat McGovran Cottage,         Number of bunks left----Sold Out


Mattie Price Cottage,             Number of bunks left-----Sold Out


Mary Cunningham Cottage,     Number of bunks left----Sold Out


Links To Area Motels    Motel 6    Comfort Inn  Sleep Inn


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If you have any special health or mobility concerns please contract the autocrat.



Children's Activities will be hosted by Lady Reah Brecc (Maria Mead). For

additional information concerning children's activities contact Lady Maria at or 304-727-7790 (5pm-10pm)




From the West: Take your best route to I-64 West. Take Exit 47B (Cross Lanes Exit) towards Cross Lanes. This is Route 622 (Goff Mountain Road). Pass straight through the traffic signal in Cross Lanes. Three miles past this traffic light is a second traffic light, at this traffic light turn left following route 622. About four or five miles turn left onto Camp Virgil Tate Road. Follow this road about one mile to the site. Watch for SCA signs after the interstate.


From all other points: Take your best route to I-77. Take Exit 111 (Tuppers  Creek) towards route 21. Turn onto route 21 North towards Sissonville, after about one mile; watch for Sissonville High School on your left. At the light at the corner of the high school turn left onto Route 622, follow Route 622 for 3 ½ miles. Route 622 will make a sharp left at a Dominion Gas Transmission station. Take the left, staying on Route 622. Go for another ½ mile and turn right onto Camp Virgil Tate Road. Follow this road for about one mile to the site. Watch for SCA signs after the interstate.






 Lord Ivan Drykson


 Deputy Autocrat

 Lord Kire MacUrsus


 Troll &Reservations

 Lady Gwyneth Olafsdottir



 Lady Rois Dhubhshlaine



 Fred The Bald





 A & S Triathlon

 Baroness Rowan le Beau


 Marshal In Charge

 Lord Willem MacLear



 Matthias Harlech



 Lady Catherine MacUrsus



 Lady Odette d'Arques



 Lady Asynia Vagensdatter


 Disability Porter

 Lady Asynia Vagensdatter


 Chancellor Minor

 Lady Reah Brecc


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Lord Ivan Darykson

(Ivan D. Hanson)




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