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Harper's Retreat

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Harper's Retreat
Information
Location: Barony of Stonemarche
Date: Labor Day Weekend

Introduction

The wars of summer are over, and our brave warriors have returned home with tales of glory, and songs of triumph and heartbreak. We will raise a mug to those we have lost, and regale each other with their deeds. In this quiet time before the crops are harvested, wood is stacked and animals slaughtered in preparation for the long winter to come, the Barony of Stonemarche invites one and all to join us around the fire and share the stories and songs of the summer.

Highlights

Harper's Retreat was originally created as a bardic event, where singers, storytellers, musicians, and all other performers could practice and demonstrate their arts. By day, classes on all manner of subjects are held, while individuals and groups practice for the evening's entertainment.

Saturday night holds the annual Bardic Competition, whereat their Excellencies, the Baron and Baronness, select a Baronial Bard from amongst the evening's performers; and from amongst those martially-inclined, their Excellencies also make a point of selecting a Warrior Bard. Sunday evening holds the "Open Mic" Bardic event, normally held outdoors by the fire, where anyone and everyone is encouraged to entertain.

In recent times, the weekend has also played host to tournaments in all manner of martial activities, including archery, thrown weapons, armored combat, and fencing. By tradition, their Excellencies select champions from competitors in each of these endeavors; those selected are then responsible for organizing the following year's competitions.

Past Autocrats

Tessa Martini d'Agostino

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 22, 8/2019 Camp Takoda, Richmond NH
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 21, 9/2018 Camp Takoda, Richmond NH
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 20, 9/2017 Camp Takoda, Richmond NH

Corwin Blackthorn

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 19, 9/2016 Camp Takoda, Richmond NH
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 18, 9/2015 Camp Birch Hill, New Durham NH

Cassandra Hobbes

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 17, 9/2014 Camp Birch Hill, New Durham NH
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 16, 9/2013 Camp Birch Hill, New Durham NH

Seigine Ruadh Friseal

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 15, 9/2012 Temple Mtn Boys Camp, Temple NH
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 14, 9/2011 Lions Camp Pride, New Durham NH
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 13, 9/2010 Bear Brook State Park
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 12, 9/2009 Bear Brook State Park
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 11, 9/2008 Bear Brook State Park

Dimitri Petrovich Chornicov

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 10, 9/2007 Bear Brook State Park

Ariadne Cecilia Caldera

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 9, 9/2006 Bear Brook State Park

Krzyslaw "Kythe" Szubielka

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 8, 8/2005 Bear Brook State Park
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 7, 9/2004 Bear Brook State Park
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 6, 9/2003 Bear Brook State Park

Jocelyn de Vaselais

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 5, 9/2002 Bear Brook State Park
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 4, 9/2001 Bear Brook State Park

Yitzhak ibn Yoshua

  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 3, 9/2000 Bear Brook State Park
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 2, 9/1999 Bear Brook State Park
  • Autocrat, Harpers Retreat 1, 9/1998 Bear Brook State Park

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Events of the East Kingdom
Events: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s

Event Types: Tournament, War, University, Court, Arts & Sciences Competition