Tournament of Love and Beauty
February 23, 2013
Barony of Ponte Alto

In celebrations of the 21st year of the Barony of Ponte Alto a passage of arms will be held that exemplifies chivalric love and beauty, both on and off the field, as can be found in the ballads and tourneys of the 15th century.

Let all knights, barons, lords, squires and men at arms of the baronies of Black Diamond, Bright Hills, Caer Mear, Dun Carraig, Hawkwood and Hidden Mountain, Highland Foorde, Lochmere and Marinus, Nottinghill Coill, Raven's Cove, and Sacred Stone, Stierbach, Storvik, Tir-y-Don and also Windmasters Hill, and all cantons, shires, colleges, and border-marches that are in this most noble kingdom of Atlantia and all other Known World kingdoms, who are friends of our monarchs, Vladimir and Kalisa, know that on the 23rd of February, in the Barony of Ponte Alto, there will be a very great festival of arms and a very noble tourney with weapons of measure and tourney swords, in appropriate armor, with coats of arms of the noble tourneyers, as is the ancient custom.

The winner of the tourney will "crown" their consort with the halo of Love and Beauty.

Moreover, we entreat all such knights, barons, lords, squires and men at arms who intend to participate in the tourney to bring with them their best displays of heraldic achievements, including banners, shields, surcoats and crests.


Martial Activities:  Inspections and authorizations will begin at 10:00 am with Tournament to begin promptly after.  Prior to the start of the tournament there will be a Grand Parade led off by the children of the Barony and the Barony’s Paolo Ponies followed by the procession of combatants.

Arts & Sciences Activities:  A&S Activities will take place in Sykes Hall, the heated building on the site. Please have your items set up by 12:00 and picked up by 4:00 to allow time for set up for Court and Feast. As the Baron and Baroness of Ponte Alto will be seeking to fill the position of Baronial Artisan there will be an A & S competition held to seek out a new champion.  There will also be room for an open display of any items. Their Excellencies of Ponte Alto will also be seeking to fill the position of Baronial Bard, and would delight in hearing all who enter as they make their way through the days activities.

        Adult, Member:          $12.00 Day-Trip $10.00 Feast    $0.00 Camping
        Adult, Non-Member:  $17.00 Day-Trip $10.00 Feast    $0.00 Camping
        Youth (6-17):             $6.00 Day-Trip  $6.00 Feast     $0.00 Camping
        Child (0-5):                $0.00 Day-Trip  $0.00 Feast     $0.00 Camping

Make Checks Payable To:  SCA, Inc., Barony of Ponte Alto

Cost Notes:  **PRICES ARE FOR PRE-REGISTRATIONS ONLY -- SITE FEE'S ARE AN ADDITIONAL $3.00 WHEN PAID ON SITE** Event is Available for Pre-Registration Via Acceps

Site:  Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg VA 20175. Troll opens at 9:00 and closes at 4:00. Site closes at 10:00pm.

Site Restrictions:  No open flames. Service animals only please.  Beer, Mead and Wine will be permitted in Sykes Hall during Feast if you choose to partake.

Feast Information:  Brénainn MacShuibne (Matthew Torsky) will prepare a fabulous feast for 60 for the evening repast. Feast menu will be announced as the event draws nearer. There will be off-board seating for
approximately 30 to 40.

Other Information:  Children's Activities: Ponte Alto’s minister of minors, Lady Annika Slitanen will be hosting a children’s corner from noon to 2:30 PM in Sykes Hall.

Autocrat's Information:  Lady Caitilin Irruis inghean ui Riada (Christine Menton), 9824 Fairfax Sq Apt 376, FAIRFAX, VA 22031,  Phone: (703) 7866739, E-mail:  ladypartypanther[AT]

Reservations:  Mistress Celia of Rosedale (Tamara Brown), 3714 Sudley Ford Ct, Fairfax , VA 22033,  Phone: (703) 378-2441, E-mail:  celia[AT]


From Points North, South, and East: Take your best route to the Dulles Toll Road/Greenway (Rt. 267) off of the Washington Beltway (I-495). Go through the toll booth(s) past Dulles Airport. Merge onto VA-7 W via EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward LEESBURG/WARRENTON. Take Route 9 West exit (stay in left lane of exit). At STOP sign at end of exit, turn left and proceed over bridge that crosses Route 7 (stay in the left lane). Proceed to STOP sign and turn left onto Dry Mill Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to Fairgrounds entrance on left.

From Points West of Leesburg: Take Route 7 East (Harry Byrd Hwy) towards Leesburg, VA. Take Route 9 Exit. At STOP sign at end of exit, turn right and immediately get into the left lane. Proceed to STOP sign and turn left onto Dry Mill Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to Fairgrounds entrance on left.

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