Word comes from the North: The Kingdom of Avacal prepares once again to journey to our northern borders for Whipping Winds XVI. The call goes out to all Artemisia to muster at Whipping Winds to meet and greet our cousins from Avacal, hosted by the Barony of Sentinels’ Keep and the Shire of Stan Wyrm. Fighting, Archery, Thrown Weapons, Dancing and Music, Arts and Classes, and Shopping! All are to be found in abundant supply amongst the trees along the shore of the Marias River. Before we batten down the hatches for the long nights of winter, the Kingdoms of Artemisia and Avacal shall join together on the fields of battle, and around the campfires beneath the stars, to solidify our mutual respect and kinship.
Championships will be awarded for the Whipping Winds Archery and Thrown Weapons Tournaments. Sir Terrell will be hosting his 3rd Annual Booty Prize Tournament for Armored Combatants. There will be Armored and Rapier fighting and tournaments, both Friday and Saturday. We will have two and a half days of classes and youth activities, and a Baroness’ Tea/Artisans Display. Both Friday and Saturday nights, we will be hosting Haflas and Games for all to enjoy and socialize. We are planning to hold a Silent Auction to benefit the Kingdom of Artemisia’s General Fund – the main piece will be a custom-designed Inter-Kingdom Banner – Artemisia/Avacal.
Site: Williamson Park, (72 Williamson Park Road, Shelby MT 59474). Gate opens Thursday at 12:00 noon, August 15th and closes Sunday at 12:00 noon, August 18th. The site is south of Shelby, Montana, in a city park on the Marias River. During the late summer, the Marias is a clean, cool, wonderfully slow-moving river that has room for wading & swimming. Parents are asked to keep a mindful eye on their children. There are shade trees, an area for RV’s, a permanent playground, and a permanent building with toilets & fresh water. Fire restrictions will be dependent on seasonal USFS restrictions, and will be posted at Gate.
Adult Event Registration (age 18 years and older):
Full Event Thursday-Sunday: $30.00 USD;
Arrival afternoon Friday-Sunday: $25;
Day Trip: $15 per day.
Adult Member Discount Event Registration:
Full Event Thursday-Sunday: $25.00 USD;
Arrival after noon on Friday-Sunday: $20;
Day trip: $10 per day.
Make checks payable to: SCA Inc., Barony of Sentinels’ Keep.
Directions: Take your best route on US Interstate-15 to Shelby, Montana. Take Exit 358, and head toward the Frontage Road. Turn Right (south) for one (1) mile to Williamson Park Road, just before you cross the river. Turn left (east) - This will be a dirt road. Stay to the left and follow the road all the way back until you see the campground. Signs will be posted to guide travelers. If you cross the river, you have gone too far. Shelby is 7 miles north of the site and has groceries, gas, hotels and other necessities. GPS: 48 25’ 31.90” N, 111 52’ 33.44” W.