Once again the chill winds of winter are blowing through the mountains and valleys of Black Diamond and thoughts turn to friends, family, and times gone past. Join us once again for day full of revelry and warmth of company and fighting.
Newport Recreation Center
434 Blue Grass Trail
Newport, VA 24128
Site Restrictions: Dry Site, No Pets, No open flames. Smoking is not allowed in the building itself.
Autocrat: Lord Colin McNab (mka Nick Pachis) - npachis-AT-vt.edu
Armored activities will include the traditional 3-man melee tourney, a novice tourney, and melees.
Rapier activities will include a 5-man melee tourney, with teams randomly determined at the event, and melees.
An archery competition and activities are also planned.
Questions should be directed to the Marshal in Charge, Lord Girard de Bereham (mka Brian Early) - brian.t.early-AT-gmail.com.
Arts & Sciences Activities
The Barony of Black Diamond will also be sponsoring several A&S classes throughout the day, if you have a specific topic you would like to teach at this event please contact: Appollonia Francesca DiCapua, she can be contacted at moas-AT-black-diamond.atlantia.sca.org.
There will be several A&S competitions with specific themes to be provided at a later date.
The Poeta Atlantiae is sponsoring a poetry competition for Ice Castle on January 26th. Poems are to be written in honor of "Winter" and all the lovely (or nasty) conditions that come with it (you chose whether you like it or not). Be nice, remember we want good weather! Your poem should be written in a medieval style. Documentation is requested but not required, except for required brief verbal documentation at performance. Yes! poems are to be performed at a place and time determined by the autocrat. Performance does not need to be memorized. Documentation and performance earn extra points.
There will be a separate competition for children 12 and under. Documentation and performance are not required for children's poems.
Ice Castle is proud to announce that there will be dancing through out the day as well!
Adult Member - $8.00 Day Trip, $7.00 Feast
Adult Non-Member - $13.00 Day Trip, $7.00 Feast
Youth (12-17) - $4.00 Day Trip, $7.00 Feast
Child (0-11) - $0.00 Day Trip, $0.00 Feast
Please note that feast spots will be limited to those that pre-register for feast, either online or by mail. So please consider registering early to guarantee your spot at feast.
Ice Castle is on ACCEPS here, or send checks (made payable to SCA, Inc., Barony of Black Diamond) to:
Maistresse Maaline Renard (Nikki Early)
300 Apperson Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
A block of rooms has been set aside at The Inn at Virginia Tech if you need accommodations, please contact them directly at: 877-200-3360 and ask for the SCA rooms.
A delectable feast will be prepared, with more details to follow. Please contact Dan Boynton, dboynton-AT-vt.edu with any questions or dietary concerns.
Again, please note that feast spots will be limited to those that pre-register for feast, either online or by mail. So please consider registering early to guarantee your spot at feast.
Merchants are absolutely welcome, if you would like to merchant at Ice Castle please contact the autocrat with your information and approximately how much space you might need.
From the North: Take your best route to I-81 South. Take the US-11/US-460 exit, exit 118C-B-A, toward Christiansburg/Blacksburg. Merge onto US-460 W via exit 118-B toward Blacksburg. Drive 17.8 miles. Turn right onto Blue Grass Trail/VA-42. (Blue Grass Trail is 0.2 miles past Forest Ridge Drive.) Drive 0.8 miles. 434 Blue Grass Trail is on the right. If you reach Clover Hollow Road you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.
From the South: Take your best route to I-81 North. Take the US-11/US-460 exit, exit 118A-B-C, toward Christiansburg/Blacksburg. Merge onto US-460 W via exit 118-B toward US-11/Christiansburg/US-460 W/Blacksburg. Drive 17.8 miles. Turn right onto Blue Grass Trail/VA-42. (Blue Grass Trail is 0.2 miles past Forest Ridge Drive.) Drive 0.8 miles. 434 Blue Grass Trail is on the right. If you reach Clover Hollow Road you've gone about 0.1 miles too far.