It is the autumn of 1068 on the island of England and we all know what that means...
King Harold has called all good Saxons and his Welsh allies to come to the defense of his lands from the Norman Pretender, Duke William of Normandy. The fyrd has been called north to Stamford Bridge to push back Harold Hardrada and his Northmen leaving the south coast of England open to invasion from Normandy. So far the weather has been in our favor and storms have kept the crossing impossible. Our luck cannot hold out forever. Already there are spys and Norman raiders ranging across the south. Without the fyrd we are defenseless. Cattle are stolen, women and children are burned out of their houses, prying eyes are stealing our secrets. King Harold sends word to all able-bodies people who hold England dear to their hearts to gather and resist. Can something as simple as an arrow change the course of history?
We have lost Lord Robert and Lady Isabel's castle (most likely due to Norman skulduggery) and have moved to the Northeast to the great forests of Caledonia as a gathering place for resistance and preparations for war. Anyone who can draw a bow is asked to come and sharpen their skills regardless of experience. There will be beginners who have never lifted a bow before up to experienced marksmen willing to teach. Our tasks are to hunt the forests to gather provisions for the fyrd and while we hunt to pick off any spies or raiders we come across. For those without a bow we can offer training and practice in thrown weapons such as knives and axes. Archery tactics will be discussed and practiced. There will be Royal Rounds, a Roving Range (with a clout), a flight shoot, as well as hunting in the surrounding forest for meat for the kettles.
The hunting will take place on paths that are quite steep in places. It will take upwards of 2 hours to complete the woods in order to come across all 17 animals in His Grace's Forest and we will fully exhaust ourselves.
There will be adult and youth shooting postions (youth is under 12).
NOTE: This will require archers to have substantial footwear and to
In addition to Archery, there will be training and competition in ax, spear, and knife throwing.
Children wishing to train as part of the war band may do so, provided their parents or guardian are present. Children traveling with adults who are not their parents or legal guardians MUST present waivers (see bottom of page).
Panther Vale will provide two large pots of hot vittles for the mid-day meal. We have ordered stewards to prepare Duck-a-Leeky soupt along with two fine stews (one with meat and the other without), breads, cheeses, and fruit in season as well as suitable drinks. None go hungry in the forests of Caledonia!
A primitive camp will be established late on the day before the gathering and will disband the morning after the gathering. Archers may request camping for themselves and their families by contacting the Lost Tip Reservations Clerk.
Event reservations are not required but they are highly desirable for planning the dayboard. Just send an email note with Lost Tip in the subject line and indicate who you are and how many will be attending with you to the Lost Tip Reservations Clerk.
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NOTE: There are structures with metal roofs that must be shot over.
Here is a link to The Event Program (suitable for printing).
Here is a link to the Score Card that will be used for RR, Roving Range, and Woods Shoot
Lost Tip Youth Activities
Lost Tip Dayboard
The gathering will be held in the usual autumn sunshine of Vermont (bright and/or liquid).
Parking right on the site is somewhat limited,
Proceed in the most convenient fashion to I-91 to exit 22 (North of St. Johnsbury, VT).
The site opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 8:00 PM.
(Camping opens the evening before and closes the morning after the gathering.)
General Admission Fee:
Children cannot be dropped off to spend the day at "Camp".
Checks are payable to :
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