Dreiburgen Beggars Picnic 1975

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Location: Dreiburgen
Redlands, CA
Date: 08/17/1975

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Dreiburgen's BEGGARS PICNIC will be held on Sunday, August 17 starting at 10 AM in Sylvan Park, Redlands. Lunch will be for sale. Contests include:

  • (1) Dirtiest Beggar
  • (2) Most Authentic Medieval Beggar
  • (3) Artful Groveling
  • (4) Most Heartrending Beggars Tale (time limit: 3 minutes)

(Directions were accompanied by a hand-drawn map done by Maestra Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani)

Dreiburgen has a new Seneschale: Rowena de Segovia, who replaces Æoelwig Æoelfwigson. Lady Rowena can be contacted at (deleted) for info on Riverside & environs SCA activities.


  • Dreiburgen Summers are known to be HOT. Early Dreiburgen wasn’t a very large group, and there was some concern that if we didn’t have activities during Summer, people may not keep their interest up. Sir Waldt and his lady Alison, first Baron and Baroness of Dreiburgen were not going to let the Barony waste away. Alison, along with the Dreiburgen Cook’s and Brewers’ Guild, felt that they needed to come up with something. Since it was so hot that you could fry bacon on your helmet, they rejected the common wisdom that all SCA field events had to have a tournament. And, Dreiburgen Summers being HOT, it was decided that a peasant theme would be the most comfortable, thus the Beggars’ Banquet was born. I believe that the Cooks and Brewers provided Soup and bread, and the rest was potluck. The first one was held at Sylvan Park in Redlands, and the next at UCR where games were added. I don’t really remember who was the first autocrat/event steward, but perhaps Robert MacHott / Hrorek Halfdane of Falconwood might remember. As a social event to keep the Barony active, it was a great success.


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