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Chalice of the Sun God XII: The Labors of Hercules
Saturday, October 10, 2015

In this our 12th year, we will celebrate the Labors of Hercules – all 12 of them. When Hercules awoke from his “temporary insanity,” he was shocked to find he had killed his own wife and children. As punishment, he was to serve Eurystheus for 12 years. In those 12 years, Hercules completed 12 Labors, all meant to show the world that Hercules was not truly as great as the Greek thought he was. Despite these odds, and with a little help from some friends, Hercules successfully completed these tasks and rose to become one of Greek’s greatest heroes.

Labors of Hercules

Just like the Labors of Hercules, there are many tasks that seem impossible. Yet with the help of our family and friends, there is no task that cannot be completed. 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 pull inspiration from Hercules’s Labors. 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 2014 Chalice Champion in that discipline.  The winners receive bragging rights, the duty to challenge next year's winners, and of course, CHOCOLATE!

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 four years, our neighboring Barony of Stierbach has won the team competition.  Will they retain the honor or be unseated by another contender?

Labor of Largess

To celebrate the fact that Hercules completed 12 Labors, feats so difficult that they seemed impossible, we set before you a secondary challenge, a feat seemingly impossible, the Labor of Largess. This challenge, should you accept it, requires you to produce 12 pieces of Largess. If this task seems insurmountable to you, you are welcome to channel your inner Hercules and ask for some help! Maybe three of you can do four pieces each, maybe you know someone else who is willing to do six. Reach out to your friends and see who is willing to help!

The winner(s) will be selected by populace choice and will be given the opportunity to choose one piece of largess to keep as their own in appreciation of a job well done. Extra points will be given to any entry that incorporates the theme of the Labors of Hercules. In the case of teams, each team member will be able to choose a piece to keep.

Mini-Royalty Tea

Countess Lynette Semere will be hosting a "Mini-Royalty Tea" for new incoming Mini-Highnesses, Savanna and Noah. Their Mini-Highness would like to invite all children to attend Their "tea" (hot chocolate and snacks) at 1pm in the hall, so that They can introduce Themselves and meet the children of Atlantia. Children may bring any goodies that they would like to share, but it is not necessary - there will have plenty for all to partake in and enjoy.

Children's Activities

Children of Atlantia, take heed!

Just as Hercules was tested, so, too, shall you be! During Children's Activities at Chalice of the Sun God XII, there will be an epic obstacle course representing all 12 Trials of Hercules. Are you ready to test your mettle against fiersome monsters, use your wits to solve puzzles, and stretch your memory to its breaking point remembering the steps required to succeed at your task? According to the strict Eurystheus, who sets these tasks before you, they must be completed alone! Do not fear, however. Your friends will be there to watch and help from the sidelines, and friendly adults will guide younger children (parents are welcome to stay and help the most wee ones complete their tasks).

Come slay the terrifying Lernaen Hydra, purify the filthy Augean Stables, dodge and avoid the man-eating Stymphalian Birds, and collect the Apples of the Hesperides while literally holding the world on your shoulders...and so much more! You can do it, Wee Atlantians...come make your new King and Queen proud! Any and all who are brave enough to attempt this juggernaut of labours should j oin us at 1:30 (until 3:00) and prepare for some lively activity! We will meet at the usual location for children's activities at this site...behind the main building by the picnic tables, though there will be no sitting involved as we head to the mountainside (the hill next to the picnic area) to complete our tasks.

Parents and any willing volunteers are welcome to join us, and adults will be able to try out the obstacle course, if they dare, once the children have all had a chance. We hope to see a wonderful turnout for this test of strength, stamina, will, and wits!

For questions regarding Children's Activities, please contact Lady Annika Siltanen at mom AT


Space is limited to 60, so reserve early! Dietary concerns should be directed to the Autocrat.


  • Mezze Remove (Starters)
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves
  • Hummus
  • Olives
  • Stuffed Grape Leaves
  • Pickles
  • Babaganoush
  • Manchego Cheese
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • First Remove
  • Moorish Chicken
  • Classic Tabouli
  • Couscous
  • Second Remove
  • Braised Lamb
  • Carrots (honeyed or ginger)
  • Minted Peas
  • Rice
  • Veggie platter - celery, carrots, peppers, radishes etc.
  • Dessert Bar
  • Jen Cookies (chocolate chip)
  • Fyne cakes (shortbread style cookies)
  • Brownies
  • Grapes
  • Clementines
  • Other fruit and cookies
  • Drinks
  • Water
  • Tea (Unsweetened)
  • Sekunjamin
  • Fruit Juice

Tentative Schedule

9:00 amTroll opens
Team Sign-Up opens
9:30 amMOL opens
A&S drop-off begins
10:00 amFinal Court of TRM Logan and Esa
11:00 amAuthorizations begin
Armor inspections
Heavy and Rapier tournaments begin
Archery range opens
Deadline for A&S entries
Performance Arts competition begins
Chalice team signup closes
1:00 pmMini-Royalty Tea
1:30 pmChildren's Activities open
3:00 pmAll competitions close
Children's Activities close
Chalice Champion competitions commence
Chalice Champion competitions will be held at the end of each tournament
or close of the field tournaments. Locations to be determined depending on weather.
4:00 pmA&S entries must be picked up
Begin setting up for Court and Feast
5:00 pmCourt
6:00 pmFeast
7:00 pmRevelry / Dancing
9:00 pmSite closes

Site Fee

  Member Non-Member Feast
Adult Daytrip (Preregistered) $12.00 $17.00 $9.00
Adult Daytrip (On-Site) $15.00 $20.00 $9.00
Youth (5 - 17 yrs) $5.00 $5.00 $9.00
Under 5 Guests of the Barony


For mail-in reservations, please make checks payable to "SCA, Inc / Barony of Ponte Alto" and send to:

Lady Agnete Köslin
Sue Schneider
4215 Maylock Ln
Fairfax, VA 22033

You can also e-mail Lady Agnete to secure your reservation at herald AT Remember, the only good reservation is a paid reservation.


Loudoun County Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175

No open flames. Beer and wine are permitted; as always, be careful and do not serve to minors. 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.

Hotel Information

The closest hotels to the event site are:

Days Inn Leesburg
721 East Market St
Leesburg, VA 22075
(703) 777-6622

Springhill Suites by Marriott
20065 Lakeview Center Plaza
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 723-9300

Additionally, hotels near Dulles Airport are approximately 15 - 30 minutes drive-time from the site.


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.


Lady Vadoma (Marlene Martineau), 631 Oak Street, Herndon, VA 20170. 435-232-1387 (H), marlene.martineau AT


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