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Chalice of the Sun God

October 22, 2016
Barony of Ponte Alto


For the last twelve years teams have come together in Ponte Alto and clashed with mighty feats of arms, beautiful works of art, and incredible skill with Apollo’s own weapon, the bow. But this year the Chalice of the Sun God has disappeared from its owner's sight. This year it rests in the realm of Hades. So gather your teams to compete for the Chalice, before it vanishes to join Hades’ riches deep in the ground. Come and test your skills against those that seek the Chalice, and join the Barony of Ponte Alto in celebrating Chalice of the Sun God XIII.

Website: http://pontealto.atlantia.sca.org/events/chalice.php

Martial Activities: As in days past, you and a few of your closest friends can compete for the glory of the Chalice of the Sun God! We will have competitions in armored, rapier, archery, A&S, and Bardic/Performance. Each competition will use draws inspiration from the theme of the event. Here are a few more details:

Armored, rapier, archery competitions will sport elements of the theme and points will be calculated for each scenario as defined at the beginning of the competitions. Arts & Sciences entries must correlate with the theme. Documentation is highly recommended. Bardic/Performance participants should prepare two pieces; one of which also must correlate with the theme. The winner of each competition will challenge the 2015 Chalice Champion in that discipline. The winners receive bragging rights, and of course, CHOCOLATE!

Arts & Sciences Activities: Attend all ye Artisans and Performers of the fair Kingdom of Atlantia! It is time for a grand farewell. This, the 13th Chalice of the Sun God, will be the last time you will have the honor to compete for the title of Chalice Champion. The theme for this final Chalice will be “Chalice Goes to Hades”. This theme includes all things Hades-related, such as “journey to the Underworld”, Cerberus his three-headed guard dog, Charon the ferryman, memento mori, etc. Everything Is fair game as long as you can tie it back to the main theme. The A&S will be static display only. If you are part of a Chalice team, please let the A&S coordinator know so they can record the scoring appropriately. Documentation is encouraged, but is not required. There will also be an area for open A&S display for those who do not wish to compete for Chalice Champion.

Bardic Performers will be required to present their pieces to a panel of judges, led by Her Excellency Kel. Again, documentation is encouraged, but is not required.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Baronial MoAS, Master Marcellus Capoziello da Napoli, at moas[AT]pontealto.atlantia.sca.org

Cost: 
        Adult, Member Discount:  $13.00 Day-Trip  $10.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
        Adult, Event Registration:       $18.00 Day-Trip  $10.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
        Youth (5-17):      $5.00 Day-Trip  $5.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
        Child (0-4):     $0.00 Day-Trip  $0.00 Feast $0.00 Camping

Make Checks Payable To: SCA, Inc., Barony of Ponte Alto

Site: Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175. Site opens 9am closes 9 pm.

Site Restrictions:  No open flames. Dogs are permitted on the grounds, but must be leashed and supervised at all time. Dogs must also be cleaned up after. No dogs are permitted in the main hall. As per new Society rules, this is a dry site. Alcohol will not be permitted on site.

Feast Information: A wonderful feast will be prepared by our head cook, Lord Ottin Ott, apprentice to Maestra Gracia Esperanca de Sevilla (Casa del Especiero y la Cruz). The menu will be posted here shortly. Space for feast is limited to 60 seats. Off-board space will be available as well. Dietary concerns should be directed to the Autocrat.

Other Information: All can compete in individual disciplines and as part of a team. Teams must field a single participant in 4 of the 5 Chalice disciplines. A team may include up to 3 Youth participants. Each participant shall receive points for participation and performance (extra points are awarded for youth participation!). The team with the highest score will be declared the winner of the Chalice of the Sun God. Please see the “Team Competition Rules” link on the event website for more information about this part of the competition. For the past five years, our neighboring Barony of Stierbach has won the team competition. Will they win the honor the Chalice one last time? Or will some new team come together to break their winning streak? Team Signup will be located at the Troll tent.

Autocrat's Information: Hákon Erfikvæðiskáld (Milton Weatherhead), 8507 newtowne ct, Lorton, VA 22079, Phone: (571) 243-1209, E-mail: milton.weatherhead AT yahoo.com

Reservations: Lady Vadoma (Marlene Martineau), 631 Oak Street, Herndon, VA 20170, Phone: () , E-mail: Marlene.martineau AT gmail.com

Directions:

From Points North, South, and East

Take your best route to the Dulles Toll Road/Greenway (Rt. 267) off of the Washington Beltway (I-495). Go through the toll booth(s) past Dulles Airport. Merge onto VA-7 W via EXIT 1A on the LEFT toward LEESBURG/WARRENTON. Take Route 9 West exit (stay in left lane of exit). At STOP sign at end of exit, turn left and proceed over bridge that crosses Route 7 (stay in the left lane). Proceed to STOP sign and turn left onto Dry Mill Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to Fairgrounds entrance on left.

From Points West of Leesburg

Take Route 7 East (Harry Byrd Hwy) towards Leesburg, VA. Take Route 9 Exit. At STOP sign at end of exit, turn right and immediately get into the left lane. Proceed to STOP sign and turn left onto Dry Mill Rd. Travel approximately 1 mile to Fairgrounds entrance on left.
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