A Missive of Red Lantern
Festival of the Red Lanterns Shire of Dregate
February 16, 2013 Okanogan, WA
‘Tis the Year of the Water Snake and the Shire of Dregate again celebrates with the Festival of Red Lanterns. Companion Oso has cornered some of the finest cooks on the steppes, and will be offering you a splendid meal in the nomad tradition.
There will be a bardic competition with a WONDEROUS prize and a silent auction. Please visit www.dregate.com and the Shire Dregate Facebook page for further developments. A pre-registration discount is in effect until January 21. Reservations received after that date and payments at the door will be at the full amount.
Pre-registration: $12 adults ($5 nms applies), $6 youth 7 – 18, 6 and under free. Family cap $36. After January 27 and at the door: $15 adults ($5 nms applies), $7 youth, 6 and under free. Family cap $44. Make checks payable to Shire of Dregate, SCA Inc.
Okanogan County Fair Annex, 175 Rodeo Trail, Okanogan, WA. The site is discreet. Site opens at 9:30a.m. Feast begins at 6:00 p.m. Site closes no later than 11:30pm.
Directions to site: Take your best route to Okanogan, Hwy 97, 2 hours north of Wenatchee; 1 hour south of Osoyoos, B.C. Take the exit marked Okanogan Fairgrounds and at the stop sign turn right on Rodeo Trail Road. Go approximately 1.5 mile, fairgrounds is on the left. Fairgrounds signs are posted on the highway.
Hotel Accommodations in the area:
Okanogan Inn & Suites (closest to site) – 509-422-6431
Omak Inn – 509-826-3822
Best Western Peppertree Omak Inn – 509-422-2088
Rodeway Inn & Suites, Omak – 509-826-0400
From our Chronicler
Greetings all, with thanks to Aelfwynn for taking minutes, here is what was discussed at last sunday’s meeting.
Take note of the next gathering, Dec 2, and put it on your calendars now, so that we may enjoy each others company in larger numbers!
Shire of Dregate
General Meeting Oct. 21, 2012
Present: Conuil, Dubheasa, Dalbach, Aelfwynn, Kit, Nora, Kai
Not enough members and officers present to hold the Hour of Anarchy, but Dalbach mentioned that he very much wanted to be the A&S Minister for the next year. Nora was willing to pass it on to him. Dalbach has ideas to hold a monthly A&S session with projects for those who are interested.
Exchequer report: We have $3910.83 in the bank. Kit will continue as Exchequer for the next year. It was suggested that he have a deputy to train. Nora is interested in that job.
Red Lantern: date of Feb. 23 tentatively set, depending on availability of the chosen site. Nora is checking to see if the Agriplex annex can be had for a decent price. Nora is thinking of perhaps having a class in Bardic presentation during the afternoon before the feast, in hopes of encouraging more folks to participate in bardic during the feast.
Dubheasa asked if there is interest in restarting the Culinary guild. Nora expressed interest.
Dalbach will be teaching 3 classes at the Culinary Symposium next March to be held at the new shire of Dragon’s Mist in Oregon.
There was a lot of general discussion on how we can get more people involved in the Shire. Some suggestions were to reinstate the potlucks and garb at all general meetings and perhaps include classes or other activities at those meetings. It was mentioned that we need to have another Dregate Faire and that perhaps our involvement in Omak’s planned Medieval feast could be used to generate more interest in the Shire. It was also suggested that we be involved in someway with Spamalot, perhaps taking tickets in our garb or some such thing to draw attention to our group.
It was suggested that we postpone the Hour of Anarchy to December 2 at 1:00 in conjunction with a potluck Yule feast and general meeting on that day. We could hold it at Campbell Vila in Crumbacher,.
A Missive of Revel
Dregate welcomes you to our annual revel, commemorating our shire’s first event. The winds of winter are threatening and on the air, are the feast smells that draw us to revel. Come find fellowship, relaxation and acquaint yourself with old friends and new. We will have Heavy fighting, archery, stick horse games, and our famous Dregate Feast and bardic. Feast tickets sold onsite Saturday.
The site has bunk-style beds in communal cabins. Hot showers and bathrooms are on site. Please note there is a lake nearby so be cautious.
The site is somewhat remote, please bring any special dietary items or meds that you require. The site is discreetly wet. Quiet pets, which are leashed and picked up after are welcome.
AUTOCRAT: HL Dalbach MacDara email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SITE ADDRESS: Camp Ortoha- 8 Lost Lake Rd. Tonasket WA 98855 (note this address will not work on GPS or on the net- many signs will be posted)
SITE FEE: Adults $8. 6-16 $6, and under 6 are FREE. Family cap of $36. SCA non member surcharge of $3 will apply. Make Checks payable to: Shire of Dregate SCA.
FEAST FEE: $8. Children under 5 are free.
Name: Camp Ortoha
8 Lost Lake Rd.
Name: Camp Ortoha
8 Lost Lake Rd.
Tonasket, WA 98855
Directions to Site:
DIRECTIONS: There will be plenty of SCA signage! From the West, make you way to Tonasket WA. From Tonasket, follow HWY 20 East for 16 miles and turn left at the Bonaparte Lakes Recreation Area.
From the East, Republic side, follow HWY 20 West for 19 miles towards Tonasket and turn right at the Bonaparte Lakes Recreation Area sign.
Follow the winding road for 7 plus miles. STAY ON THE PAVEMENT! Turn Left at the fork on the road towards Lost Lake then Left at the T intersection and Left again at Camp Ortoha.
Note that this address will not work with GPS or mapping programs.
A Missive From Our Chronicler
Greetings good gentles of Dregate
The time for final planning of the Sept Revel is upon us. Our general meeting this sunday August 26, at 5pm in the Tonasket City Park (beyond the empty swimming pool, lots of shade) will help plan this to completion.
Other agenda items will be: Hour of Anarchy, postponed omak medieval event, Red Lantern…and others I am sure.
We’ve been a little fragmented since Crown, lets rally together for our event of fun and frolic.
Since Master Killian will be away, I will run the meeting in his stead. Please contact me if there are other agenda items.
A Missive From Our Seneschal
We will have a meeting/workparty at the Arbuckle Manor Sat March 31 from 10am -3pm. Crown is fast approaching! We really need a push to get things done- especially the erics (hint, hint fighters).
Wall painting, pole painting, possibly portable hole construction. If weather does not co-operate, we can still postpone the wall painting and do the other in their garage.
directions:Arbuckle’s address is 31 Pogue Rd. (Okanogan). From Omak drive west on Cherry, which becomes Kermel road when it leaves town. Stay on this road up the hill about 2 miles until it T’s at Conconully Hiway. Turn left on Conconully Hiway, then right at the next intersection, which is Pogue Rd. Follow Pogue Rd. around the bend and on past the intersection with Douglas Rd. We are the 5th house on the right, 2 story light blue set beck from the road.
From Okanogan, take the Conconully Hiway out of town to Danker Cutoff Rd. Turn left on Danker Cutoff, then right on Pogue Rd. We are the 8th house on the left from this direction.
Kingdom Arts & Sciences and Bardic Championships
March 2 – 4, 2012
Shire of Danescombe
Penticton, BC, Canada
The Shire of Danescombe&nb sp;would like to invite the populace of An Tir to join Their Royal Majesties and witness the competition to choose the new Arts & Sciences and Bardic Champions. The Artisans and Bards of your Kingdom have created great things for you to see and hear, come and be amazed by their skill and dilegance to their crafts! In addition to the competitions for the Championships there will be single entry displays, and a children’s display/presentation area. Their is also space for a fight practice, both heavy and rapier, as long as the weather cooperates.
The event will occur at The Shatford Center located at 760 Main St , Penticton, BC. There is plenty of parking, the site is completely wheelchair accessible and assistance animals are welcome. Within walking distance there is large selection of food and coffee establishments.
There is space for merchants at the event, please contact the autocrat with space requirements.
Site Fee is $15 for adults (NMS will be in effect), $10 for 13yrs – 18yrs, 12yrs and under are free. Mundane family cap of $45.
Smoking areas will be designated outside due to mundane laws.
US Cash will be accepted at gate at par but US Cheques are not accepted because of the processing fees.
The schedule is still pending TRM approval but here are some important times and information for entrants and judges.
7:30am – site opens for merchants and full entrants ONLY (and royals if they really want up that early)
8:00am – site opens for single entrants and judges and minions etc
9:00 am – site opens for everyone AND Judges and entrants meeting
9:30 – Morning court for all entrants (tentative pending TRM approval)
10:00 – Competitions start
The rest of the schedule will be posted as soon as it is approved.
Friday Night there will be a chance for early sign in at the hotel. Keep an eye on the lists for more details on this if you would like to take advantage of this. If you are a competitor or a judge I highly recommend this as it lowers stress greatly in the morning.
A&S Classes – we do have a room available to use for A&S activities during the day. I would love to see a series of try-it classes or tables set up so people can come by and give things a chance. If anyone would like to join in the fun by hosting a table or a time slot please let me know.
Merchants – we have a few confirmed merchants – if you inquired but did not confirm please send me a quick email so I know you are coming for sure. Also if you are able to bring tables for your items that would make my life WAY easier J
Fighting – Because of the site all fighting will be outside so the weather is a factor. The long term forecast is favourable but we all know that can change.
Coffee - there will be coffee, tea, and hot chocolate on all day at the site – just bring your own drinking vessel. There is also a Blenz Coffee, Starbucks, Tim Hortons and 2 local type coffee houses all between the hotel and the site.
Food & #8211; In the blocks between the house and the site there are MANY eating places. Everything from Chinese Buffett to Indian Buffet to deli’s. There are two sushi places only two blocks off the main road as well as an amazing local burger place who serve every kind you can think of. There is a convinience store right next door to the site and a pizza place across the street. All fast food type food (McDonalds, A&W. Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, etc) is about a 5 minute drive down the road.
Animals – we are on School District grounds and only certified assistance animals are allowed in the building.
Accessibility – The building is FULLY accessible. Please do not panic when you walk in a see all the stairs – just turn right and get into the elevator!
Saturday Night – There is talk of a bardic circle at the site after everything wraps up for the day. There is room for that and I will be happy to stay on site to host anyone who wants a place to hang out and congregate. If you are looking for particular things to do please let me know and I will direct you to the right location.
If you are looking for road conditions please visit www.drivebc.ca and you can view web cams and see full road reports for the mountain passes before you leave.
This week in Dregate
turday May Crown project day
Greetings good gentles of Dregate,
My May Crown report to you is that arrangements for the fairgrounds, permits, insurance requests etc are in motion.
War on the Oasis(March 17th) will be upon us before we know it, so now is the time to get some preliminary projects out of the way for May Crown. Projects will be ongoing, but by starting now we can complete them steadily and avoid last minute crunches.
We are at the first stage of inventorying and repair of existing regalia. A project day will take place:
Saturday, Feb 25th from 10am to 4pm in rm 221 at the Omak College.
I invite you to bring a lunch and stay a few hours. By all means, come for whatever time you can spare, but do come by and see what it takes to put on a Crown event. I and a few conspirators will be bringing projects and tools.
The short list is:
Inventory baldrics, repair minor damage from past use.
Repair one section of wall
Inventory Kingdom banners, tourney field banners, scrunchies, officer tabards. Inspect and repair
Sand and repair long dowel wall supports. freshen paint as needed. (if we can find more dowels locally at a reasonable price by saturday there will be fresh ones to work with)
Equestrian plotting will occur, possible lance making (hope hope)
A few people will be needed to go to the fairgrounds to do some measuring so that a final accurate map can be created, Killian heading that up, and I am fairly sure Cerdic has a hand in it.
Hopefully this will not intimidate you, this and much more will be done before we’re through.
It was suggested at the last meeting we proclaim “Amnesty” for those bringing back misplaced Dregate equipment. Check your shed or trailer for that orphan portable hole, or a stray tabard that found its way to your garb basket and bring them in on Saturday. They will be welcomed gratefully.
I look forward to working with each of you in Dregate’s effort to serve the Crown and the Kingdom.
See you Saturday! Contact me if you have suggestions or questions. Hopefully you’ll not receive a string of corrections to this one, lol.
A Message from the Crown
Unto the Populouss of An Tir do your Sovereigns send word,
By now many of you have heard about the legal settlement announced by the SCA in relation to the sexual abuse of minors by a former member. If you have not, the details can be found on the SCA’s website. Please read the statement and the FAQs posted on the SCA website as they will answer many of the questions you may have.
We have come to the point of reckoning where each must pay his share so that we may move forward from this distasteful business. The SCA must pay a total of $1,050,000. With An Tir’s share of the burden at $125,000 it is necessary that we divide the cost amongst our Branches and Principalities. Our Exchequer has created invoices and Branch Seneschals and Exchequers have been contacted with more specific information on how much they will be required to pay. I trust that these officers will work hard to conclude this process quickly and efficiently.
Though the news we received from the BoD is grave and will undoubtedly have an impact within our game it does not undo what we have toiled long and hard to build. We are currently engaged in a countersuit against our insurer and if successful we will reclaim much/all of the settlement we are currently preparing to pay. As King I will do everything in my power to make sure that Our branches are not crippled by this. To this end branches with limited cash assets have not been required to pay and the Kingdom will bear their burden.
If you still have questions or concerns then please contact myself, the Kingdom Exchequer or the Kingdom Seneschal. We look now to all of you who remain in Service to the Dream to help us progress united through this and on to brighter horizons.
We thank you for you support in this,
Ieuan & Gwyneth, King & Queen An Tir
P.S. We have heard many groups and people are interested in fundraising. We would ask that you hold off on this endeavor for a brief time. We would like to keep fundraising coordinated and organized and will be publishing some guidelines to assist in this.