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TentsThroughout much of the East Kingdom the unofficial start of the camping season is Memorial Day weekend (this year it falls on May 24 – 27th) and the Kingdom Event Calendar boasts two excellent camping events for you to get out of your winter habitation and spend some time “on campaign” with your fellow medievalists. It’s time to unpack your best camping cot and soak up the late spring sunshine, get in the first big melee or woods battle of the season, shop ’til you drop, and get your garb and equipment a fresh infusion of wood smoke as you join in the revelry around the campfire.

PLEASE NOTE: QUEST XXX which is also traditionally held on Memorial Weekend HAS BEEN CANCELED

The War of the Roses XLVIII (Pattersonville, NY)

This annual event sponsored by the Barony of Concordia of the Snows pits the red rose of Lancaster against the white rose of York in a fun and friendly event loosely themed after the English civil wars of 1455 – 1485. Event Stewards Baron Pierre de Tours and Lady Jaquelinne Sauvageon will once more bring you a full slate of the best the SCA has to offer. Of especial note to attendees is the fact that the Mongolian Wok will not be attending the event this year.  Attendees are advised to plan their food rations accordingly.  The reservation deadline for Roses is May 17th and details about how to register in advance can be found on the event website.

Panteria XVIII (Thetford, VT)

This year, the Shire of Panther Vale is pleased that in addition to the usual slate of activities, Panteria will be hosting the King’s and Queen’s Equestrian Championship. The event will once again offer a meal plan, and the (relative) luxury of several cabin and tent-cabin accommodations.  A new event at Panteria this year is the Pelican’s vs. Laurels fundraiser. This humor-infused boffer melee was such a hit last year at the Northern Region War Camp that it’s coming back with new participants as well as some returning combatants from last year. The reservation deadline for Panteria is May 17th and details about how to register can be found on the event website. The Gazette has received reports that reservation numbers are running higher this year than in years past and the wise attendee who wishes a seat on the meal plan or a bunk in a cabin will get their reservation in early.

Arts and Sciences Teachers

Both events are still actively accepting proposals to teach classes.  Those wishing to teach at Panteria are encouraged to contact Lord Dafydd o Llyn Cwellyn, Arts and Sciences coordinator, directly.  Those wishing to teach at Roses should use this handy form to sign up to teach an A&S class.