Highlights from Toys for Tots 2017

The main news is, of course, the donations to the USMC Toys for Tots drive to provide toys for children whose families cannot. This year our donations were even more important; in October thieves broke in to the storage locker where donations were being stored and made off with several large boxes.

As usual, Calontir came through. The final count on toys was 2371 toys collected.

 

And once again this year, the local USMC presented the Kingdom with an award, the Coordinator’s Award. Their Royal Majesties and Their Royal Highnesses accepted the award and had Their photos taken with the local Sea Cadets.  The Award was later presented to Halvgrimr Riddari , who has been a driving force behind this…and also brought the most toys, over 300.

 

In addition there was a silent auction to benefit our friends in Ansteorra and Trimaris. The auction raised $434, which will be split between the two kingdoms.

The next big news was the elevation of the three premiers of Calontir’s Order of Defense, Donald Andrew MacDonald, Gawin Kappler and Ravasz Janos. The event was well attended by Masters from other kingdoms, wishing to lend their support.

 

There were two other elevations, those of Conna ingen Ui Chearbhaill to the Order of the Pelican and Severin Svendottir to the Order of the Laurel. We were unable to get photos of these ceremonies. As always, check Master Vilhelm von Lich’s Flickr feedMistress Rhianydd Arbeth’s Flickr feed, and other of the Kingdom’s great photographers for more images.

The Youth Combat, Cut & Thrust and Armored tourneys were well attended and well fought. Several folks stated this was the largest C&T tournament ever in Calontir, and I believe it may well have been.

Credit: Lorraine Devereaux/Lorraine Gehring

Credit: Lorraine Devereaux/Lorraine Gehring

Credit: Jóhann Steinarsson/Jay Reynolds

 

For more details on awards, recognition and elevations, see Dorcas’ Court Summaries

Toys for Tots Tournament Brings Joy to Hundreds of Children, Recieves Commander’s Award

For the 28th year, Calontir brought holiday joy to hundreds of children through donations made at the annual Toys For Tots Tournament in Wyvern Cliffe.

1507 toys were donated, along with $1360 dollars in cash donations. The cash donations alone will provide holiday cheer to 750 needy kids.

Lady Kolfinna Halvgrimsdottir was the individual who brought in the most toys, at 209.

The Barony of Forgotten Sea was the group that provided the most toys, at 297.

In recognition of 28 years of donations to this great cause, Their Royal Majesties accepted the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Commander’s Award. Vivat Calontir!

 

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Photos from Fall Crown Tournament A.S. LI – TRH Ashir and Ashland

Mistress Rhianydd Arberth announces that photos from Fall Crown Tournament A.S. LI, won by TRH Ashir and Ashland are available on her Flickr site:

 

2016-10-08 Crown Tournament Ashir & Ashland

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

 

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US

Bavarian engraving of a medieval tournament from the 1400s. Public domain in the US

Eynon Llangenydd’s Queen’s Prize Pictures Online

Gleaned from Facebook:


THL Eynon Llangenydd announces:

My pictures of most of the QPT projects and some of the artisans have been uploaded to a Flickr album. I might pare the numbers down a bit and post to a Facebook album later. I didn’t get everyone’s projects and some shots were a bit awkward to avoid disturbing judging

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Presentation scene; detail of a miniature from BL Royal MS 15 E vi, f. 2v. 15th C. Public domain in the US

Presentation scene; detail of a miniature from BL Royal MS 15 E vi, f. 2v. 15th C. Public domain in the US

The Battle of the Bridge — Winner of the Skaldic Challenge at Valor XXXVII

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Lady Elaisse de Garrigues

by Lady Elaisse de Garrigues

War was calling. Our enemies were massing far to the east, so our mighty Konung, Duncan Bruce of Logan, mustered our warriors for the long march to that faraway kingdom. Many battles were fought in the great Pennsic War, but this is the tale of one particular battle—a battle for a bridge.

The army of Artemisia had twice our number, nay, tenfold at least, and the only thing holding them back was the churning water of the rain-swollen river. That endless horde, eager to storm across the bridge and slaughter everything in its path, was a chilling sight, but the Calontiri knew no fear. Logan strode to the bridge and hurled a spear toward those shining Artemisian helms with a bellow of “Odin owns you all!”

With a shield-shattering roar, the Calon host charged onto the bridge. The Artemisians could not withstand the Calontiri onslaught. Slowly at first, then with greater speed, the Artemisians fell back as our warriors fought their way across the bridge.

“Arrow!” someone shouted. First one dark missile, then another, arced through the sky then landed harmlessly on upheld Calontiri shields. Logan laughed. “You’ll need more than pointy sticks to send me to Valhalla!” he roared with a deadly swing of his war hammer.

The Artemisians fell back, and back, until the Calon host had nearly reached the far side of the river. “Arrow!” someone called again. This time the sky darkened and the air hissed with dozens of missiles speeding toward the Calontiri. “Shields!” Logan bellowed. Our warriors hunkered beneath as the deadly rain beat against the wood and iron of the Calon shields. That, my friends, is the moment Artemisia charged.

Taken by surprise, the Calontiri fell, one after another joining their dying comrades in the growing river of Calon blood. The survivors retreated, defeat bitter on their tongues. As brave as our warriors are, they might have slunk home in shame, but Logan stood firm. “By Tyr, we will not be beaten!” he shouted. Drawing courage from their Konung’s strength, the Calon host surged forward once again.

As before, the Artemisians staggered under our swords and we forced our way across the bridge. And as before, a flock of fletched missiles darkened the sky. This time we were ready, though. This time, when the Artemisians charged, our warriors met them with deadly steel. This time, the bridge ran slick with Artemisian blood.

And though many Calon warriors found their way to Valhalla, thanks to Logan’s courage, strength and will, no Artemisian crossed that bridge that day.