[Elfsea] The search for sites Part 1

Beth Zimmerman bethzimm at swbell.net
Tue Apr 4 06:19:27 PDT 2006

Thank you.  This is very informative.  Here is a sight you might also check
out.  http://www.greystonecastle.com/index.htm, it’s probably out of our
range but I always wanted to check it out and see if it’s a real castle or a
mock up.  I pass it every time I go to the Smoke Stack restaurant or to
visit my mom in El Paso.


Lady Afrena u’ Dunlainghe



From: elfsea-bounces+bethzimm=swbell.net at ansteorra.org
[mailto:elfsea-bounces+bethzimm=swbell.net at ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Julie
Sent: Monday, April 03, 2006 5:46 PM
To: elfsea at ansteorra.org; Barony of Steppes - SCA Inc.
Subject: [Elfsea] The search for sites Part 1


Greetings everyone!


Just wanted to fill everyone in our (Geoffrey’s and Katheryn’s) adventures
this weekend, looking for possible SCA Central Regional event sites.   Our
journeys will be posted to lists and will, at some point, be input into a
database for future reference for local event planning.  Again, this is more
of a fact-gathering venture with a smidge of our most humble opinions. We
are specifically looking for an alternative Warlord site, but are keeping an
open mind to all Central Regional events as well as local Baronial or Canton
events.  It is up to the event steward to find out additional information
that we do not offer here.   We will answer questions, just send us an email
or give us a call.


Chapter 1 – The Pines

We journeyed to the location called “The Pines” near Big Sandy, Texas. This
is about 10 miles east of the Hawkins site. The website is

  The site is very lovely with many amenities. There is actually one open
field, which would serve nicely for a list field. Parking is limited at this
site, since buses usually bring children in for camp. Parking would be very
challenging for Warlord or Elfea Defender. They do not allow alcohol on
premises there.  They have great cabins, some with air conditioning and some
without.  They have showers in some of the cabins.  There are also buildings
that have showers and bathrooms, much like Canton.


 There are equestrian and archery areas, however they lack the open spaces
that we need to have a proper SCA equestrian and archery field. The sizes
are small, since they usually cater to children’s camps. There might be
issues with bringing our own horses there, since they have their own.  It
would need to be researched further with the camp director if there is


There is a very nice hall with a huge fireplace. However there is not enough
room in this hall for 12th night.  This might be a nice location for Steppes
fall court or a Midsummers Eve Ball, or maybe some other events where only a
list field and a nice, small hall are needed.


The Pines will not be available to the Steppes on Memorial Day, since they
will be having their staff training.  Pricing for the site also might be a
bit high, but it would be up to the event steward to negotiate.


Maggie is the director we spoke to.  She can be reached at 903-845-5834.  


So that is it for Chapter 1.  Stay tuned for Chapter 2 when we describe a
little jewel in Mineola.


Yours in Service

Lord Geoffrey Sparhauk and Lady Katheryn Cunningghame





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