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Ponte Alto 20 Year Celebration
February 25, 2012

Come one, come all, to the Barony of Ponte Alto's 20th Birthday Celebration! A host of activities are planned for this event including A&S displays, a palio race, competitions for the Baronial Artisan and our Baronial Bard, dancing, music, shopping, a lavish Italian feast, shopping, and more...!

Please see the schedule for details.


Arts & Sciences Activities:

A full schedule of A&S activities and competitions are scheduled and will be posted on the website. There will be dancing, dancing and more dancing, with instruction and live music. Artifacts such as the original Baronial charter and documentation detailing the history of the Barony, and banners showcasing our history will be on display for all to wonder at.

Arts & Sciences Competitions:

Baron Drogo Rainulf de Dragonera and Baroness Adina von der Heide will be selecting two Champions at our 20 Year Celebration: Baronial Artisan and Baronial Bard.

The Baronial Bardic Competition will have an Italian theme. Competitors may perform a 15th or 16th Century period Italian piece, or a piece based upon period Italian construction.

Baronial Artisan Competition: Members of the barony will bring a display (documentation strongly encouraged) to be considered for the position of Baronial Artisan. There is no specific theme, simply bring your best!

In addition, to further celebrate the day, we will have two Artisan activities open to all attendees:

Rich History: It\92s time to celebrate two decades as a barony. Our name, Ponte Alto, means \93High Bridge\94 in Italian. What do you think of when you see our heraldry or hear our name? What are we known for? Use your creativity to link your display to our baronial celebration in your documentation. This will be a token cup competition - each attendee will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry.

New Beginnings! Have you recently (within the past 12 months) begun a new Art or Science? We\92d love to see what you\92re working on! In-progress projects welcome, participants are encouraged to spend some time with their displays to receive live feedback and encouragement.

The Races:

The Barony ran palio races when we were a new Barony and we have had races through the years with the last one held in A.S. XXXIX. Our 20th Birthday event is hosting a palio - and you can't have a palio without horses! Hobby horses that is! Bring your best steed and try your luck. Be creative. Favorite colors are sable, Or, azure and argent. Mistress Aislynn of Jarrow is our own palio controller. There will be two sets of races during the day - one division for adults and one for youth - and there will be a prize for each division.


  Day-Trip Feast*
Adult, Member $12.00 $10.00
Adult, Non-Member $17.00 $10.00
Child (6-17) $5.00 $10.00
Child (0-5)** FREE $10.00

Cost Notes:

Reservations are available by mail and through ACCEPS ( until February 11, 2012.
*You must pre-register for feast
** Children under 6 are guests of the Barony to attend the event, and share parents' meals. Please pre-register meals for children under 6 if you wish them to have their own serving. Refund restrictions and information will be available on the event website.

Make Checks Payable To:

SCA Inc., Barony of Ponte Alto


Kena Shrine, 9001 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031
Site opens Saturday 9 AM, closes Saturday 10 PM.

Site Restrictions:

No pets. This is a wet site! No original containers. No glassware or glass bottles.

Feast Information:

A lavish Italian Feast will be prepared by Lady Elizabeth of Hadley Hall, and will be available on a pre-reg only basis.

Feast Seating:

A seating chart for feast will be made available on the day of the event.

Off-Board Seating:

Off-board seating for 45 people.

Merchanting Information:

Contact Lady Caitilin Irruis inghean ui Riada (Christine Menton) for Merchant space! chatelaine AT

Autocrat's Information:

Master Tirloch of Tallaght (Tom Bilodeau) 13456 Cobra Ct, Oak Hill, VA 20171, Phone: (703) 437-6271, E-mail: pontealto20year AT


Baroness Celia of Rosedale (Tamara Brown), 3714 Sudley Ford Ct, Fairfax, VA 22033, (703) 378-2441, celia AT


Kena Shrine is located approximately 2 miles south of the DC Capital Beltway (495). Take Exit 50 A South to Arlington Blvd/Fairfax. Turn left at the traffic signal onto Barkley Drive. Take the immediate right turn onto the service road. The Kena Shrine will be on the left side of the street.

From Washington, D.C. area
From I-66 West, take DC Capital Beltway (495) Outer Loop toward Richmond. Take Exit 50 A South to Arlington Blvd/Fairfax. The Kena Shrine is located approximately 2 miles south of the DC Capital Beltway (495). Turn left at the traffic signal onto Barkley Drive. Take the immediate right turn onto the service road. The Kena Shrine will be on the left side of the street.

Using Third Party "Map" Software
If you wish to use third party mapping software or web-based applications such as Google Maps, MapQuest or Yahoo Maps please use the following address:
Kena Shrine
9001 Arlington Blvd
Fairfax, VA 22031


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