It’s been more than a month since our last youth combat event, due to a series of conferences and family vacations, but suddenly our calendar is just packed, with events nearly every week for the next three months!
(Dates in italics below are events we’re considering attending but have not yet confirmed.)
July 29 – August 12: Pennsic is the definitive event of the year for youth combat, at least in this corner of the known world, with eight days in a row of two and often three opportunities to take the field, facing off with dozens of kids from all many kingdoms.
August 25 – 27 (maybe): Battle of Five Armies has confirmed they’ll have youth combat; driving to Massachusetts would take three hours so we may pass, but this would be a great opportunity to get Alex’s Boston cousins onto the field… (Update: another commitment means that we won’t be able to make it to this event.)
September 1 – 3: River War is in southern New Jersey, two hours from Manhattan. We’ll be driving down and running the youth combat event there.
September 9: Barleycorn is held up in Northpass, an hour north of Manhattan, and is a wonderful event; it’s where Alex fought for the first time two years ago, and where I first got my feet wet as an assistant youth marshal.
September 15 – 17 (maybe): St. Andrews hasn’t yet confirmed that youth combat will be available, but it seems like they have space for it. (Update: no youth combat scheduled.)
September 23 – 24: Queens Farm is a local demo near Little Neck, about an hour’s drive east of us, well attended by local families. We’ll be letting visitors take a whack at the pell, and hopefully a small squad of our youth fighters will put on a show for the onlookers.
October 1: The Cloisters Demo is the largest event held here in Manhattan every year, with tens of thousands of members of the public walking past our pavilions. The king and queen of the East Kingdom will be in attendance, so we’re hoping to make this even bigger and better than usual.
October 14 (maybe): Tournament of the Roses will be held in Dragonship Haven this year, an hour and a half’s drive from us. I don’t yet know if they’ll have youth combat.
October 20 – 22: Goat’s Tavern is held in Northpass, and we’ll be running a youth combat area.
October 28 (maybe): Arrows, Axes and Ales V will be held in An Dubhaigeainn, on Long Island. I don’t think they have youth combat on the schedule, but I’ll need to check.
November 18: 100 Minutes War is an annual event hosted by Rusted Woodlands in New Jersey. They have youth combat every year and we’ll most likely by assisting.
If you’re interested in attending any of these events and getting your children into youth combat, drop me a line!