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Announcement Schedule Team Signup Form Team Competition Rules Chalice Champions

Chalice of the Sun God X: Chariot of Apollo
Saturday, October 19, 2013

This year is our 10th Chalice. In the previous nine events, we have honored the gods and goddesses of classical mythology. This year, we shine our attention upon the Sun God himself, Apollo, son of Leto and Zeus and twin of Artemis.

Apollo was tasked with driving his chariot across the sky, bringing light to the world. Therefore, our theme for this anniversary year is "Chariot of Apollo". We honor the Sun God with competitions in armored, rapier, archery, youth combat, A&S, and Bardic/Performance. The winner of each competition will challenge the 2012 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 for more information about this part of the competition. For the past three years, our neighboring Barony of Stierbach has won the team competition. Will they retain the honor or be unseated by another contender?

A&S and Bardic / Performance Competitions

The Barony's MoAS, Lady Beibhinn Mhodartha (Kristin Moran) announces that the A&S competitions will be Bardic and Artifact A&S. The theme for both is anything that relates to Apollo. This includes his chariot, the sun, the bow (he was known as the Archer god), and horses, as well as his other symbols including the laurel tree, tripod, lyre (stringed instrument), dolphin, and a healer. For Bardic, bards and other performers (dancers!) shall compete in a Challenger's Competition for the right to face the Chalice Champion. Each bard or performer should have 2 pieces prepared, one of which shall be in period-style and documented. For the Artifact Chalice Competition, artisans shall compete in a Challenger's Competition for the right to face the Chalice Artisan.

There will be a meet-and-greet for judges and entrants beginning at 3:30 p.m. when A&S items must be picked up. This is a chance to ask questions and get feedback on projects.

Martial Activities

There will be armored, rapier, target archery, and youth combat tournaments. Competitors will fight in a Challenger's tourney for the right to best the current Chalice Champions in each discipline and become this year's Chalice Champion.

Lord Naran Numuchi has announced that during this year's Archery Competition at Chalice, there will prizes for the top three (3) overall scores by archers using a Period Hand-Bow (in addition to the Chalice Champion). Period style recurves and longbows of any material are allowed. Modern style recurves or longbows with full or partial center cut risers are not allowed. There is no weight limit, maximum or minimum.

Period style bows are defined as: Any style of bow that can be documented as used in pre 1600 archery, from Stone age bows to English longbows. Construction materials should be mainly those that were used in period for the making of that style of bow. Modern materials such as synthetic glues, finishes, fibers (strings) or artificial sinew are allowed as long as their use does not give an unfair advantage in performance over period materials.

Fiberglass may be used as a substitute for horn and or sinew in the construction of period style recurve bows such as Arab, Turkish, Mongol, etc., but no modern features such as full or partial center cut handles are allowed. This last is important. Many modern longbows have some center-cut on their handle part (riser in a recurve). If that is the case, the bow is not allowed in the Period division. A protuding shelf resulting from layers of leather on the handle is allowed, however.

The bow must have the appearance of a period laminate bow. Composite longbows (of different woods or backed with sinew or rawhide, etc.) are allowed. Bows do not have to conform to the persona of the archer.

ARROWS: Wood shafts of any wood, cane or bamboo are allowed. Fletching must be of feathers.

RELEASE AIDS: Archers may use any period style release appropriate for their bow, but are not required to do so. For example, an archer may use a glove or tab instead of a thumb ring while shooting an Eastern style bow.

STRINGS: Modern string materials are allowed, as well as period materials. Please exercise caution for a period material string.

ARROW RESTS: Non period arrow rests are not allowed. Built in full or partial windows are not allowed. See fuller description above.

Baron Marcellus has announced that rapier and armored tournaments will be Bedford Points Tournamens (also called a magic tournament). Everyone can get lots of fighting in!

Questions about armored and rapier activities should be directed to the Marshal in Charge, Baron Marcellus Capoziello da Napoli (afpopa AT Questions about archery should be directed to Lord Naran Numuchi (Neacalban1 AT


The Shire of Roxbury Mill is pleased to join with our neighbors in the Barony of Ponte Alto providing hospitality for all nobles vying for the Chalice of the Sun God.

A delicious luncheon of mediterranean style tidbits will be available for sale at the cost of $5.00. The lunches will be packaged for your convenience, so our guests need only a drinking vessel to charge their glasses with honey ginger tea, sekanjabin, or water. Lunch will served from noon until 2pm or while supplies last. If you are unable to separate yourself from the ongoing activities of the day, please consider availing yourself of our lunch delivery service.

A total of 100 gentles will be served. We will have a limited amount of vegetarian lunches available. For those wishing to ensure that they receive a vegetarian lunch, as well as anyone who wants a guarantee that a lunch will be reserved for them, MUST pre-order no later than October 6th by emailing their names (mundane and SCA), choice of "meat" or "veggie" lunch and "delivery" along with drink preference if required to jen7520 AT We will accommodate late orders only if we have enough lunches remaining. Lunch tokens can be paid for and picked up at Troll and will be redeemed at the lunch pavilion or when lunch is delivered.

If you have specific dietary concerns, please contact Mistress Gwenhwyvar Ywein (jen7520 AT and we may be able to offer an alternative. The sooner your concerns are known, the greater the likelihood we will have the honor of extending our hospitality to you.

All profits will be donated to the Shire to help replenish the Shire's coffers.

Note - vegetarian items are marked with (v).

  1. Barida of Abu Ja’far al-Barmaki (shredded chicken with herbs)
  2. (v) hummus (chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, parsley, mint, caraway, coriander, salt)
  3. (v) pita halves (yeast, water, flour, sugar, salt)
  4. (v) Israeli salad (tomato, cucumber, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper)
  5. (v) hard boiled eggs
  6. (v) seasonal fruit
  7. (v) cubed cheese
  8. (v) Jen cookies (butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oatmeal, rice krispies, chocolate chips)
  9. (v) Fyne cakes (butter. sugar, eggs, cinnamon, mace, flour)
  10. (v) Honey Ginger Tea (honey, ginger, water)
  11. (v) Water
  12. (v) Sekanjabin


Head Cook Lady Alana (Victoria Howell) is pleased to honor the German heritage of our beloved Baroness Adina von der Heide of Ponte Alto at this year's Chalice Feast!

Theme: "Founding of the Hopfbrauhaus" (1598 by Bavarian Duke Maximilan I)


  • Pretzel rolls
  • Beer & cheese soup, garnished with bacon


  • Rinder Roulade with gravy - German meat roulade consisting of bacon, onions, mustard, and pickles wrapped in thinly slice beef, served with a beef gravy
  • Semmelknodel - bread dumplings
  • Apple sauce


  • Selection of Munich sausages served with assorted mustard
  • Käsespätzle
  • Bavarian Sauerkraut


  • Bratäpfel (Baked Apples)

Please direct dietary concerns to the Event Steward at ladycahir96 AT

Feast space is limited to 55. We can also accommodate up to 25 people off-board if you wish to bring your own dinner.


9:00 amTroll opens
Team Sign-Up opens
9:30 amMOL opens
Authorizations begin
10:00 amArmor inspections
Artisans and performers check in
Archery range opens
10:30 amAuthorizations end
11:00 amChalice team signup closes
Heavy and Rapier tournaments begin
Deadline for A&S entries
Performing Arts competition begins
Dame Morwenna's Newcomers Class
NoonFundraiser lunch by Shire of Roxbury Mill, while supplies last.
12:30 pmBreak in heavy and rapier tournaments
Youth combat takes the field
1:00 - 2:30 pmChildren's Activities
1:30 pmHeavy and rapier tournaments resume
2:00 pmDame Morwenna's Newcomers Class (repeat session)
2:30 pmArchery, A&S, and Performance competitions close
Setup for Chalice Champion competitions
3:00 pmChalice Champion competitions on the field
3:30 pmA&S Meet and Greet for entrants / judges; begin picking up A&S entries
4:00 pmA&S entries must be picked up
Begin setting up for Baronial Court
Children's Marshmallow Battle on the list field
4:30 pmCourt
6:00 pmFeast
7:00 pmRevelry and Dancing
9:00 pmSite closes

Baron Bardulf Rauen will be taking photographs upstairs in Sykes Hall (times to be determined).

There will be a Newcomer's Point near the armored and rapier field.

Site Fee

  Member Non-Member Feast
Adult Daytrip (Preregister) $12.00 $17.00 $8.00
Preregister by October 15 and save $3.00 on the site fee for adults.
Adult Daytrip (On-Site) $15.00 $20.00 $8.00
Youth (5 - 17 yrs) $7.00 $7.00 $8.00
Under 5 Guests of the Barony


ACCEPS registration is now available through October 15th. Click here to go to the listing of Atlantia events, and choose "Barony of Ponte Alto - Chalice of the Sun God X" from the list of events.

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

Gwenhwyvar Verch Lewis (Jennie Murphy),
13135 Madonna Ln, Fairfax, VA 22033.

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 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 Theresa O Cahir (Theresa Crean), Lady Theresa O Cahir (Theresa Crean), 7731 Carrleigh Parkway, Springfield, VA 22152, 703-644-2930 (H), ladycahir96 AT


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