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Tournament of the Golden Swan
The Tournament of the Golden Swan is the premier female persona development event and has been held annually on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in Appledore since AS XIX (1984). The purpose of Golden Swan is to foster knowledge of the lives of women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  A successful Golden Swan has acquired a level and depth of understanding of what a woman's life was like in a given time period that may be unequalled even in the highest academic circles.

Prospective candidates must enter 12 categories. Eight are mandatory: Persona Development; Skills & Technologies; Costuming; Needlework; Calligraphy; Everyday Life; Courtesy & Etiquette; and Inspirational Behaviour. The candidate must also choose 4 out of 6 of the following: Games and Pastimes; Bardic; Dance; Survival Skills; Habitat; Food.  (Please note that all categories are open to anyone as individual contests.)

For further information on the Tournament of the Golden Swan, please see the event copy or visit the Golden Swan webpages. Also of note is the An Tir Culture Wiki entry for Golden Swan.

Midsummer in Appledore
This event combines two of Appledore's events; Scholars of St. Thomas Aquinas and Appledore's Championship
• Appledore Championship
Appledore seeks a well rounded Champion, one who scores highest in a series of competitions, including but not limited to; Archery; Armoured Combat; Arts; Bardic; Rapier Combat, and; Sciences. The theme and contests for this year's Championship will be The Hunt! and can be found in the event copy for Midsummer in the Hollow
• Scholars of St. Thomas Aquinas
A companion event to the Tournament of the Golden Swan, Scholars of St. Thomas Aquinas is a male persona development event that is held each spring at Midsummer in the Hollow in Appledore. Scholars is open to all male personas from throughout the Known World. Each lord will be tested on his ability to create and project an authentic and logical historically based persona existing between 450 and 1650 A.D.

Prospective candidates must enter 10 categories. Seven are mandatory: Persona Creation; Calligraphy/Correspondence; Costuming; Daily Life/Livelyhood; Handcraft; Skills/Scholarly Pursuits; Courtesy and Etiquette. The candidate must also choose three of the six of the following: Dancing; Games and Pastimes; Bardic/Performance; Food; Habitat; Survival Techniques. (Please note that all categories are open to anyone as individual contests.)

For further information on Scholars of St. Thomas Aquinas, please visit the Scholars webpages maintained by Honourable Lord Sevrin de Savage. Also of note in the An Tir Culture Wiki entry for Scholars.

Twelfth Night
Appledore traditionally holds a local gathering on the feast of the Epiphany, the twelfth night after Christmas, so long as it does not conflict with the Kingdom of An Tir's Twelfth Night.
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