On Saturday, October 27th, in the Shire of Endewearde, Edward and Thyra will host a tournament to determine their heirs. In this article, you can find pictures of the site and information to help you plan which includes:
- Site information (parking, changing areas, site rules)
- Event schedule and activities
- Information for those fighting in the Tournament
- Travel and lodging information
About The Site
The site is Camp Jordan, a traditional Maine summer camp owned and operated by the Bangor YMCA. It is located in the woods, near a lake. There will be a moderate amount of walking from the lodge to the list-fields along well-traveled pathways.
Parking areas are spread around the site. When you arrive, parking attendants will direct you and will tuck cars in all sorts of nooks and crannies. Parking spaces can be reserved for those who have mobility issues and others who need access to their vehicles.
Mens’ and womens’ changing will be in cabins. The bathhouse closest to the tournament field will be a unisex bathroom. Gender-specific bathroom facilities are available a short distance away in the King’s Dining Hall.
The lake is off-limit to event attendees. No swimming is allowed. Dogs are allowed on site, but are not allowed inside any of the buildings including the bathhouses or the King’s Dining Hall.
Alchoholic beverages are allowed. All attendees should enjoy those beverages in a responsible way and remember that Maine has one of the strictest drunk driving laws in the nation.
Camp Jordan is a non-smoking facility. Cigarette related litter on the site may result in the local group losing access to this site in the future. People who need to smoke are asked to be respectful of the site policy, smoke discretely and dispose of cigarette butts discretely and safely. There is absolutely no smoking inside any buildings.
There is a saying in Maine: If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. The weather in late October in Northern Maine is variable. It could be 70 degrees and sunny; it could be snowy. Bring garb suitable for a variety of weather conditions and take steps to make sure you have dry feet.
About the Event
The tentative event schedule is as follows:
8:00 am Site/Gate opens
10:30 am All combatants must have signed up at the MOL table
10:45 am Begin line up for Procession
11:00 am Procession begins (Promptly)
Dayboard Opens (closes at the start of the quarterfinals)
12:00 pm First Round of the Tournament begins
Athena’s Thimble Panel in the King Dining Hall
Scribal Largess Competition opens in the Triangle Lodge
Arts & Sciences display starts in the Triangle Lodge
6:00 pm Court (In King Dining Hall – time is approximate)
7:00 pm Reset dining hall for feast (approximate timing)
7:30 pm Feast (approximate timing)
11:00 pm Site closes
Although the primary focus of the event is the tournament, three other activities will also happen.
Scribal Largesse Challenge and Competition in Triangle Lodge
Athena’s Thimble Panel meeting in King Dining Hall
An Arts and Sciences Display is open to all artisans in the Kingdom who would like to display any A&S project they are working on, have just started or completely finished. The items will be on public display from 12:00-3:00 pm in Triangle Lodge. Documentation of any kind is not mandatory but may be displayed along with the item. The populace is asked to bring small tokens to place by the items that are thought to be especially magnificent. This will not be for voting purposes – just let the artist know that the work is admired. Please see Lady Agatha Wanderer in the Triangle Lodge after arriving on site on Saturday morning between 10:30 and 11:00 if you plan to display any work.
Site fees for the event are $10 per adult, $5 Youth 10-17 and Youth under 10 Free. Checks should be made out to SCA INC, Shire of Endewearde. The feast is sold out.
Important Information for those Fighting in the Tournament
Your letter must have been submitted by September 27th to participate. The tournament will begin with eight round-robin pools. The two top finishers from each pool will progress to a 16 man double elimination tournament. Full rules including information about weapons forms can be found on Edward and Thyra’s website.
Each combatant will receive a boxed lunch after checking in at the lists table, but they may also access the day board. Combatants must provide their own heraldic device for display on the tournament tree. Directions for constructing this small shield can be found here.
Travel to Ellsworth, Maine
Camp Jordan is located in Ellsworth, Maine, which is about a 30-40 minute drive East of the city of Bangor, Maine. Bangor is the third largest city in the state and has a full compliment of hotels, restaurants (chain and otherwise) and shops. Bangor is about a two and a half hour drive north of Portland, Maine, and about a four hour drive north of Boston, MA.
For most everyone attending this event by car, you will approach Bangor on I-95 from the north or south. Please see the event announcement on the East Kingdom website for complete directions. It is also possible to fly to Bangor International Airport (BGR) and rent a car. Delta, US Air, and Alleiant airlines all service BGR, and there are four rental car companies at the airport.
There is one hotel within a 15 mile radius of the site, which is the Lucerne Inn (website). Rooms at the Lucerne start at $150 per night. An extensive range of other lodging options are available in Bangor (web link), which is about a 30-40 minute drive from the site. Crash space (staying with local SCA members in private homes) may also be available, please contact the autocrat, Lady Sylvia, directly for details.