Thanks to Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann and THLady Rachel Dalicieux for continued photos and commentary on the SCA 50 Year Celebration.

The SCA 50 Year Celebration opened on Sunday with Countess Diana Listmaker, who hosted the first SCA event, telling the tale of the first event.

Diana L with Byron

Countess Diana Listmaker tells the tale of the first tournament. Photo by Viscountess Elashava bas Riva.

Diana Listmaker and Astrid at first tourney

Countess Diana and Astrid at the first event.

Siegfried and Fulk first tourney

Duke Siegfried von Hoflichskeit and Fulk at the first event.

A group of founders joined Countess Diana on the dais. One of them, Duke Master Frederick of Holland (known as Flieg), heralded in the royalty of the Known World, reciting each Kingdom’s lineage in turn.

Founders Fleig reading

Duke Frederick of Holland (Flieg) heralds the Kingdoms in with the lineage of each realm. Other founders sit on the dais. Photo by Viscountess Elashava.

There were then demonstrations of heavy fighting and fencing, as well as a procession of people in clothing from many times and places.

The processional also included the first same-sex couple to rule a Barony, recently retired Barons of the Barony of Gyldenholt in Caid, Master Giles Hill and Master Giuseppe Francesco de Borgia. Musical entertainment was provided by Wolgemut.

Musicians Wolgemut

Wolgemut performing at SCA 50 Year. Photo by Viscountess Elashava.

There was also a demonstration of jousting, using lances with balsa wood ends.

Video by Lena Erickson

On Monday, June 20, the Æthelmearc Pas d’Arms was held. This tournament was jointly sponsored by King Byron and Queen Ariella, with Their Royal Majesties of Ansteorra, Gabriel and Sonja. It was originally the brainchild of Duke Timothy of Arindale, who was unfortunately detained by llamas somewhere near Machu Picchu and could not attend.

Our King and Queen proudly held the field for four hours in the hottest part of the day, challenging the entire Known World to test their mettle against Their steely resolve. 30 fighters, some from as far away as Drachenwald and the West, met together in the list. At last, Thervald, squire to Sir Devon of the Midrealm, emerged victorious.

Our own Lady Cynewyn Æthelweardsdohter received a Token of Inspiration from King Gabriel for her enthusiasm during the combat.

Byron Pas 1

King Byron at the Pas d’Armes. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.

Ariella Pas dArmes

Queen Ariella at the Pas d’Armes. Photo by Viscountess Elashava bas Riva.

A support group from Æthelmearc assisted with organizing the Pas d’Armes.

AE support Pas dArmes

Countess Genevieve, THLady Hara, and Baroness Elizabeth helping run the Pas d’Armes. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann..

The Gode Bakery, run by Master Alastar Scott MacCrummin and Maistres Myfanwy ferch Rhiannon with assistance from Maistir Brandubh o Donnghaile, serves meals to hungry gentles.

Brandubh working bakery

Maistir Brandubh serves customers at the bakery at SCA 50 Year. Photo by Mistress Hilderun.

Other subjects of Æthelmearc have likewise been enjoying themselves despite the heat.

Watch for more SCA 50 Year coverage as the week goes on!