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Dragon's Laire has held events since before it was a Barony. Indeed, we are coming up on the 30th annual June Faire, in 2012. Some of our events, like June Faire, have been run for almost the entire existence of the Barony and former Shire of Dragon's Laire. Other events come and go, and change as needed.
All of our events are run by volunteers. Each event has a manager, we call this position the 'autocrat', or a director in the case of June Faire. The autocrat puts together an event proposal (link takes you to the proposal form in pdf) and bid, assembles a team and oversees the running of the event. Volunteering, in whatever capacity possible, in an important part of being a member of the Barony of Dragon's Laire. Please help us make our events successful and fun by volunteering!
'Stock' events for Dragon's Laire include Candlemas, June Faire, Last Chance and Yule. Candlemas takes place in February, and is a single day event. For many years it featured the Baronial Rapier Championships. Traditionally some sort of feast, or lunch, or both, is held at the Candlemas event. Currently the Arts and Sciences and Bardic Championships of the Barony are held at Candlemas.
June Faire began as public demonstration; a chance to showcase the research and work the populace of Dragon's Laire do to re-enact medieval life. It was also the event at which Dragon's Laire heavy championship was held until the championship was switched to Last Chance in order to provide more tourney and demonstration opportunities at June Faire. As mentioned above, next year will be the 30th year of June Faire. Come join us and help make the 30th June Faire fabulous!
The timing of Last Chance changes from time to time, but it is usually at the end of the camping season. Last Chance traditionally held the Archery and Thrown Weapons Championships, and from time to time the Equestrian Championship, of the Barony. Last Chance now holds all championships with the exception of Arts and Sciences and Bardic. Last Chance is traditionally a two day camping event.
Yule occurs in December. It a one day event, usually featuring a feast. It is a chance to gather and celebrate the holiday season with good friends and Baronial family. At one time Yule held the Arts and Sciences and Bardic Championships.
The Baronial Picnic started as a one day event, held in the middle of summer. The purpose of the picnic was relaxation and fun; a quite summer gathering with friends. Over time the Picnic has changed as needed, and is now a two day camping event, called Summer Madness, featuring Bardic displays, games and fun. Summer Madness will also host Arts and Sciences displays this year. The point is still relaxation, gathering with friends, and fun, but overnight and longer!
Sergeantry Trials sometimes happen at regular events, or sometimes are held at a special, one day event, dedicated to the trials themselves. The current Coronets are working on revising the Baronial Sergeantry program, and the Trials will be very important as those revisions develop.
A and S Days are usually held twice a year, fall and spring. The dates vary. The purpose of the day is to allow people to spend time working on their projects, learning, and teaching.
Do you want to put on an event?
Consult with the Seneschal, THL Magdalena del Albero, to learn how to go about submitting an event proposal and bid.
There are many informational documents and other resources available about running events on the DL documents page. These documents include information about the June Faire board, and more!
What was Dragon's Laire first event?
The first event for the eventual Barony was a Feast held in October of 1981 when Dragon's Laire was still a Shire. You can find out more interesting information about Dragon's Laire's past events on the event timeline pages.
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