12th Night 2014 – Craftspersons Faire & Laurel Prize Tourney

We are pleased to announce that we will once again have a Craftspersons Display and Laurel Prize Tourney at the Tree-Girt-Sea Twelfth Night, January 18 2014.  Here’s how it works.

Setup starts at 10am

Laurel viewing and judging from 12:00 to 2:00pm

Performances for the Laurel Prize Tourney at 2:00pm in the Music Room

Pick up all Craftspersons’ Faire entries by 4pm

Concert 4:30pm in Church

Craftspersons Faire

How do I enter? Send a message to Mistress Gianetta (address below) before the event, letting her know the kind of display and how much space you need.  If it’s a performance, tell her that too.  We will be happy to have people show up on the day of the event to display as well, but providing advance notice ensures that we’ll have enough space and time for you.

What may I enter? You can bring finished works or works in progress. You can bring one thing, a whole display, or a body of work to show off. You can bring documentation or not.  This is an open-ended faire for you to display the work you’re proud of!

What about performances? Last year we had a challenge finding a good time and space for performances, but we are determined to show off the performers of the Midrealm!  Never fear, we will make sure there is a special concert/performance time for you.  We will have the Music Room available for a concert time.  We will make sure there are special prizes for the performers as well.

Laurel Prize Tourney

Laurels will sponsor specific challenges and award prizes for those who fulfill their challenges.  Laurels may also give prizes for general excellence that they see.  We will also have event-based prizes.  Pending approval of whatever dignitaries are holding court, we will call up the winners to receive their prizes in Court as well, so all can witness your achievements.  The list of challenges and prizes is below.  We will add to it as more challenges arrive.  Laurels – contact Gianetta (address below) if you want to offer a challenge and prize!


Populace Bean Count Winner. Sponsored by Tree-Girt-Sea. Everyone visiting the Faire gets 10 beans to distribute amongst the entries as they wish.  The entry with the most beans will get a prize – probably a basket of goodies!

Best Italian entry. Sponsored by the Event Staff. For this Italian event, bring your best Italian work!  Calligraphy, food, costuming, anything!  Prize will be wonderful, TBD.

Populace Performance Winner. Sponsored by Tree-Girt-Sea. We will find a way to gauge audience reaction to the performances.  The winner will get a prize!

Best late period embroidery (15th to 16th c). Sponsored by Mistress Crespine. The prize will be a hand-made, historically accurate embroidery kit, featuring the works of many fine artisans.  Everybody, get working on your embroidery projects now – this prize is going to be amazing.

Best novice effort at 16th century European Costuming. Sponsored by Mistress Crespine.  Prize TBD.

Best Period performance Challenge. Sponsored by Mistress Zsof. Perform a period piece of any kind.  Documentation preferred, even if it’s just on an index card. Prize TBD.

This Magic Moment Sponsored by Mistress Katherine.  The prize will be given to those persons, who, wittingly or unwittingly, create a moment that magically transports us back in time. It can be a performance, a demonstration of a craft, sitting quietly engrossed in a period activity, or conversing “forsoothly” with a friend.  Anyone of any age can win!  The prize will be a book of hours.

Animal Husbandry sponsored Abbot Johann.  Show off your animal
husbandry!  Prize is two dozen eggs AND dressed carcass of a bird of your
persona’s time period…OR 14th Century…to match HRM!

Best Historical Combat Entry sponsored by Master Patrick.  Special points for choosing an Italian master for this presentation! The prize will be a copy of the newly-printed translation of the recently-discovered Second Book of Niccolo Giganti.

Period Reproduction sponsored by Master Philippe de Lyon. The prize will be given to the best reproduction of a period artifact. Prize TBD

Best 14th Century Entry. Sponsored by King Cellach. Display  or demonstrate something that spreads 14th century culture. Prize TBD.

Educate and Inspire sponsored by Master Philip White. Demonstrate how you are sharing your art in a way that engages people in learning more about your chosen subject. Be educational! This could be through your display, documentation, class notes, and internet presence. Please share everything you are doing to help spread your research! Prizes include a gift card to help you spread your influence (printing too expensive? need display props?). Also included is SEO consulting (Search Engine Optimization) by Baroness Genoveva von Lübeck to help you get the most out of your blog posts. Further, Lady Gianna Vettori is on hand to help you with website consultation in building your first site or improving your current webpage.

Accessories Make The Outfit sponsored by Mistress Sarafina.  Accessories are what helps turn a costume into clothing. To that end, I am sponsoring a prize for the best historically accurate accessory to an outfit. Time period does not matter. Fanciness does not matter. Being documentable (bring references, please) and appropriate to the outfit (either worn or brought) will rule the day! Well-executed accessories MAKE an outfit complete.  Prize will be a basket of accessory-making supplies – linen, silk thread, leather, buckram, etc.

C&I Challenge Sponsored by Mistress Jocelyn.  The challenge will to make a scroll blank or reproduction of a period piece.  An extra prize will be given if the piece is in an Italian style during the 14th to 16th centuries.  Documentation can be as simple as a xerox copy of the original–listing place, time, and name of manuscript, or a label or index card listing the same information.  Prize will be a tote bag containing new scribal supplies.

Best Use of Dairy Products sponsored by Abbess Waldetrudis.  Prize will be a basket with a selection of her cheeses, and cheese making book.

3rd Annual Scribal Sandbox located upstairs in the science room–that means sinks and great tables!  Juice and cookies will be served and everyone is welcome to stop by, work (maybe on the Kingdom scroll challenge…) share your ideas, learn from others, see new books, and did we mention cookies?


Please contact Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza,  aka Jen Small,   jenrsmall AT yahoo DOT com for more information.


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