[Steppes] It's The Great Jack-O-Lantern Shoot!!

Donnel Shaw donnelshaw at aol.com
Fri Oct 23 12:10:42 PDT 2009

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On Oct 23, 2009, at 9:29 AM, William Black Dragon <ironwyrm at sbcglobal.net 
 > wrote:

> It's The Great Jack-O-Lantern Shoot!!
> Saturday 3PM October 31, 2009
> As our days grow short and the shadows longer, there's the hint of  
> chill
> in the blowing wind, dogs howl at the rising moon, grim faced gourds
> with dimly lit features quietly watch & wait from the darkness.  Soon,
> very soon they shall answer Stingy Jack's call!
> The grimacing ugly-faced Jack-O-Lanterns of the season are not some
> thing to be welcome,  but are instead something we should be prepared
> to defend ourselves against!
> The tradition of carving Jack-O-Lanterns dates back to ancient times
> when people believed evil spirits roamed the earth and returned to
> their homes & familiar places with the the onset winter.  An Irish  
> legend
> tells of a rude & abrasive man named jack whom upon his death was
> neither welcomed in heaven nor hell.  "Stingy Jack" had even played
> tricks upon the devil himself!  Not even welcome in Purgatory, Jack  
> was
> destined to haunt the earthly world.  He carried a lantern and came to
> represent the lost souls trying to escape the forthcoming winter.
> At the end of harvest, the Halloween celebration represents the time
> when things began to wither & die with the onset of winter before life
> returns the earth to bloom in spring.  The Jack-O-Lantern is  
> associated
> with those dead whom have returned to haunt the earth through winter
> carrying lanterns.  Local folklore often tells of dark figures holding
> lanterns making their way along highways, railroads and waterways.
> In the legends, the source of the eerie lights can never be found.
> Our Steppes Archers wish to invite our fellow members of the Barony
> of the Steppes and other friends to a gathering in celebration of the
> harvest season and "all things pumpkin" in a pumpkin themed afternoon
> and evening of contests, games and fun defending our lands from
> wandering spirits with a dusk to dark Jack-O-Lantern Shoot.
> You are all invited to Southern Steppes at the home of HL Donnel &
> Lord Alvin at 1361 Vista Ridge, Midlothian, TX 76065, to help defend
> against "Stingy Jack" and his glowing faced minions.  I'm sure a few
> well placed shots can snuff out Jack's lanterns and help to keep him  
> at
> bay for yet another year!
> This is a non-SCA private party, costuming is encouraged (Halloween or
> medieval) but not required.  Also it's a family oriented party so  
> please keep
> that in mind.  We do plan games & contests just for fun prior to our  
> Jack-O
> -Lantern Shoot.  Bring your archery gear should you wish to compete  
> in the
> tournament and we'll start just before dark.  We will enjoy a  
> variety of inventive
> pumpkin themed foods and deserts for our pot luck (pray keep in mind  
> our
> host Lord Alvin's peanut allergy when preparing your dishes or  
> treats).
> And yes the overwhelmingly popular combat missile pinata shoot will be
> included again in this year's list of activities.  As well as a new  
> table top
> marshmallow combat tournament for our little feast crossbow contest  
> this
> year!  If it works well (and it did at "Three Queens") we may  
> incorporate it
> into the annual table top siege & feast crossbow tournament held  
> during
> our 12th Night Celebration.
> RSVP is not strictly necessary but is appreciated so we know  
> approximately
> how many to plan for.  Guests are welcome, we just ask you bring  
> something
> to share with everyone for our pot luck, again pumpkin dishes &  
> treats are
> encouraged as the theme, and whatever you wish to drink.
> Please note - Our hosts request that you do not park in the access  
> driveway
> for the water tower on the west side of the house and don't forget  
> your camp
> chairs & mugs.
> 3 PM  Activities starts with pumpkin carving.
> 4 PM  Mini-crossbow combat competition.
> 5 PM  Combat missile pinata shoot.
> 6 PM  Pot luck dinner.
> 7 PM  Jack-O-Lantern shoot.
> 8 PM  Pumpkin themed deserts
> (times are just estimated, activities might run longer than allotted  
> time to
> complete)
> So pray come join our Steppes Archers for our Halloween celebration
> in Southern Steppes on Saturday Oct. 31st.  Help us drive "Stingy  
> Jack"
> back into the darkness with good spirits, good company, good food and
> an array of stinging feathered missiles to send him on his way!
> Regards,
> HL William Black Dragon, aka Ironwyrm or Willie (duwr)
> Directions - make your way to HWY 67 south,
> - turn left (that's east) on 287,
> - turn right (south) at 9th/663 (between the RR tracks & CVS),
> - follow 663 until it "T's" at 875,
> - turn right (west) onto 875,
> - turn right (north) at Vista View the second right,
> - follow Vista View to Vista Ridge,
> - it's the two-story house you're facing (1361 Vista Ridge)
> - if lost call 972-723-5126
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