|Summer's End - 2011|
|The Gion Festival|
|(An Ancient Japanese Street Festival)|
|in the Canton of Beau Fleuve|
|St. John de la Salle, 8469 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14304|
celebrate the closing of the glorious season at this year's Summer's
End - Gion Festival - on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 in the Canton
of Beau Fleuve, Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.
The Gion Festival is traditionally a time to revel in sultry Summer days, enjoying rich culinary treats and relishing the sights and sounds of an ancient Japanese street festival once used to curry favor with tempestuous kami. There will be heavy fighting, as well as fencing and thrown weapons. Non-martial activities will include an Arts & Sciences competition, a heraldry consultation table, and opportunities to learn gentler arts, such as dancing.
|Schedule:||Site Opens: 10 am|
A&S Submission : 11 am - 12 pm
Inspections: 11 am - 12 noon
Kumihimo Class: 11 am (with opportunities to braid throughout the day)
First Side-Board Remove: 11 am - 1 pm
Heavy Weapons (Great Weapons Tourney): 12 pm, with Bear Pit to follow
Fencing: to follow Great Weapons Tourney
Dance Class: 1 pm
Thrown Weapons: 12 pm
Second Side-Board Remove: 2 pm - 4 pm
Youth Combat Open Practice: 2 pm
Third Side-Board Remove: 4:30 - 5 pm, continues for an hour after Courts.
Baronial Court: 5 pm
Regency Court: to follow Baronial Court
|Reservations & Troll||The site is
discreetly damp and will open at 10 am and close at 10 pm.
$13.00 for SCA members. (There is a day-long side-board offered in lieu of a feast. The cost has been split between on-board and off-board from last year.)
$6.50 for members 17 years old and younger.
No charge for children 4 years old and younger.
There will be a Non-Member Surcharge of $5.00 added to the fee for those unable to supply proof of SCA membership.
Please make checks payable to "SCA, Inc. - Canton of Beau Fleuve".
Please send reservations and questions to
Pani Zofia Kowalewska & Lady Magdalena Smythie
(mka Melissa Hannon)
53 Koester St
Buffalo, NY 14220.
Email: melblackrose @ gmail.com or
preimann28 @ verizon.net
Phone: 716-867-5550 (no calls after 9pm, please)
NOTE: All food planned has been designed to be
very agreeable to the average scadian palette. What does this mean?
It means that no one is going to make you eat raw fish. If you've
never had Japanese food before, this is a great place to start. In
other words, when your average Samurai Joe was looking for a bit of
familiar, tasty comfort food, he would eat the things below.
Rowena and Sturrhim Caithness will be presenting an all-day sideboard of Japanese and Asian delights this year in lieu of a feast. Foods will be styled after those of a Japanese street fair and served in three 2-hour removes throughout the day.
The Caithness Sisters strive to provide the highest in quality and taste, therefore, this menu is subject to slight changes depending on ingredient availabilty..
|There will be prizes awarded to recipients of the
Baron's Choice, the Baron-Elect & Baroness-Elect's Choice, and
the winner of the populace vote. The competition will be
supervised by the current Arts & Sciences champion, THL Roxanne
de St. Luc.
There will be an additional table for display only, if you do not wish to enter the competition. Please indicate this when you submit your work.
Documentation is optional.
|Heavy Weapons Fighting||Marshall in charge: Sir
Maynard von dem Steine
The main tournament is inspired by the Japanese theme of the event and will be fought with match weapons of katana (great sword), naginata (pole-arm), or yari (spear). Depending on number of entrants it will be a double elimination tourney.
If you have them, please bring weapons and extra gauntlets to share.
Show up early and we will run some weapon qualifications so that all may participate.
An additional bear pit style tournament will also take place which will include all weapon forms.
We will also have melee fighting if time permits.
Inspections begin at 11 am and close at 12 noon. Tournaments begin at noon.
|Fencing||Marshall in charge: Lord Alexander du Lac
Fencing will follow the Great Weapon Tourney.
|Thrown Weapons||Marshall in charge: THL
All day. See the marshall on site.
|Youth Combat||Marshall in charge: Mistress Jenna McPherson|
Mistress MacPherson has graciously offered to hold open practice for youth fighters at the event beginning around 2 pm.
|Heraldry Consultation||Master Otfrid Ammerthaler.
Master Fridrikr inn gamli Tomasson, Garnet Herald, and THL Sugawara Miyuki will be on hand throughout the day to consult on persona names and devices. Bring your ideas and questions.
|Learning the Gentler Arts||"Kumihimo: Japanese Braid-Making" by Lord Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie
"People are always asking, "Kumihimo looks neat, but what do you do
with the braids once you've made them?" The 'shige uchi' braid is
commonly used for sword bindings called 'sageo', as well as hanging
cords for calligraphy scrolls. Learn this handy 9-strand flat braid
on the traditional 'marudai' braiding stand."
"Traditional Japanese Folk Dance" by THL Sugawara Miyuki
Sunshadow Design (http://www.sunshadowdesign.com): Fencing swords, jewelry, and knives.
Mistress Orianna Fridriksona: Sca-interest used books
If you would like to merchant at the event, contact the autocrat, Minamoto Saiaiko, at saiaiko @ yahoo dot com.
honored to continue the tradition of holding Summer's End at St. John
de la Salle, 8469 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14304.
Directions: From The East: Take the I-90 W / NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY W toward BUFFALO (Portions toll), Merge onto I-290 W / YOUNGMANN EXPY via EXIT 50 toward NIAGARA FALLS. Merge onto I-190 N toward NIAGARA FALLS (Portions toll). Merge onto LASALLE EXPY E via EXIT 21A toward TONAWANDAS. Take the RT-384 N ramp. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto BUFFALO AVE / NY-384.
From the South: Merge onto I-90 E via EXIT 178A toward BUFFALO (Portions toll) (Crossing into NEW YORK). Merge onto I-190 N via EXIT 53 toward DOWNTOWN BUFFALO / NIAGARA FALLS (Portions toll). Merge onto LASALLE EXPY E via EXIT 21A toward TONAWANDAS. Take the RT-384 N ramp. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto BUFFALO AVE / NY-384.