On Nov. 1-3, 2019,
Axed Root serves up a:
Feast of Fools
Join the Fools of Axed Root, November 1-3, 2019, for a Feast of Foolish Proportions!!!
Site Information and Directions
Site Address: Clover Wood Camp and Retreat Center (1991 Peach Ave, Madrid, IA 50156)
Directions to Site: (Google Map of Site)
From the South, East, or West: Take your best route to I-80/I-35 at Exit 127 in Urbandale/Grimes. Take Exit 127, turning North onto IA-141 towards Grimes. Drive 8.3 miles on IA-141, turn North/Right onto IA-17 toward Madrid. Drive 15 miles North on IA-17. Turn East/Left onto 270th Street. Drive 2.5 miles on 270th Street. Turn South/Left onto Peach Avenue. Continue on Peach Avenue until you arrive at the Camp. Note: The final mile or so will be unpaved.
From the North: Take your best route to US-30 at Exit 137 in near Boone, IA. Take Exit 137, turning South on IA-17 towards Madrid. Drive 5 miles on IA-17. Turn East/Right onto 270th Street. Drive 2.5 miles on 270th Street. Turn South/Left onto Peach Avenue. Continue on Peach Avenue until you arrive at the Camp. Note: The final mile or so will be unpaved.
- Site Opens at 5:00PM on Friday
- Site Closes at Noon on Sunday
- Site is Discreetly Wet
- No animals (except Service Animals)
- Map of Clover Woods (PDF) – We are in the Hickory Lodge and the surrounding cabins on the upper left section of the map.
Anyone staying overnight (either Friday night or Saturday night), will be asked to pay the Overnight Registration. (We are charged this by the site for anyone who stays overnight)
Adult Registration: $15
Adult (Member Discount): $10
Youth Registration (ages 5-17): $5
Child Registration (under 5): Free
Adult Feast: $10 | Youth Feast: $5
Adult Overnight: $25/night
Youth Overnight: $12/night
Child Overnight: Free
Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc. – Canton of Axed Root
Only Accepting Cash or Check at Gate
Pre-Registration via PayPal E-Pay is available now! E-Pay Pre-registration closes Oct. 23, visit https://calontir.org/calontir-e-pay/
Pricing Structure Examples
(The tables below do not include Member Discounts or feast registration)
To use the Tables below, find the correct price to pay for the number Adults in your group and how many nights you will stay on-site. Then add the correct price for the number of Youth in your group and how many nights they will stay on-site. Member Discounts will be applied at time of Registration.
|Adults (18+)||Daytrip Only^||Stay One Night*||Stay Both Nights*|
|Youth (5-17)||Daytrip Only^||Stay One Night*||Stay Both Nights*|
^Event Registration Only (Member Discounts not figured into tables)
*Includes Event Registration and Overnight Registration (Member Discount not figured into tables)
- Archery & Thrown Weapons: Come shoot
atwith our Fools of Axed Root! Practice and Open Shoots and Throws will be available.
- Armada Wars Shoot – 9AM – Teams shoot at medieval shops trying to sink the other team’s ships. Different ships require a different amount of hits to sink.
- Corn Bears and Shite Weasles Shoot – 10:30AM – Inspired by posters seen at Lilies War. Shoot the corn avoid the bears. Shoot the shite avoid the weasles (pun intended).
- Shenanigans Shoot – 1PM – Team Shoot. A card is drawn at the beginning of each shoot to determine the boon or handicap for the round.
- Tic-Tac-Knife/Ax Throw – 9AM – Tic-Tac-Toe with Knives.
- Say your Prayers Spear Throw – 11AM – Send the peasant’s prayers to god(s), but don’t hit the peasants!
- Venn Diagram Spear Throw – 1PM – How good are you at hitting ground targets with spears? Test yourself Venn Diagram style.
- Arts & Sciences: The Fools Guild of Axed Root wants to see all the things!
- Bardic Circle: Multiple campfire circle areas available for all manner of Bardic Inspiration! Sing or skald of your inspiration!
- Introduction to Stoicism: Join Amon for an introduction to Stoic philosophy
- Lampworking: Join the Axed Root Glassworkers and try your hand at Lampworking
- Reliquary in Any Medium Competition: As the event is so close to All Saint’s Day, and Axed Root claims that it owns pieces of the One True Dumpling of Saint Wolfram of the Iron Constitution**, we will host a Reliquary in Any Medium competition. Documentation is the standard 3×5 card minimum. Bring/make your best embroidered bag, casket, etc.
- Failed Projects: Have you worked on a project that just didn’t end up the way you wanted it to? Did your cake end up being too warm and fell over as you were stacking it?*** Did your newly sewn leather shoes end up being too small? Did you flip your pattern pieces and your bodice is backwards? Please grab your failed projects from the back of the closet and toss them onto our competition table! Documentation for this competition is what it was supposed to be, what went wrong, and whether you fixed it in a future project.
- Fighting: We are looking forward to some combat shenanigans.^ There will be both Armored Combat and Cut & Thrust, so bring both sets of gear if you have them!
- Armored Combat – 10AM – Crest Tourney: As long as you have a crest, you are in the winner’s bracket! Double Elimination
- Cut & Thrust – 2PM – Butcher’s Tourney! Double Elimination.
Disclaimers: *Fun not guaranteed nor provided but highly suggested.
**Ask about it in person. We do love to share the Miracles of Wolfram.
***This writer may have been watching too many baking shows while writing this. Please do not bring old crumbly cake that is not edible – unless it is for the reliquary competition. Edible cake is highly encouraged.
^This fighting stuff is all Zach’s fault! We swear!
Friday, November 1
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Gate Open
??:?? PM – ??:?? AM: Bardic Goodness (part 1)
Saturday, November 2
8:00 AM- 10:00 AM: Morning Inn Open
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Archery/Thrown Weapons Range Open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Gate Open
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Glass Class (Beginners)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Fighting Field Open
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: SCA Iowa Overview
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Arts & Sciences Competitions Open
11:35 AM – 11:38 AM: Axed Root Freak-out Break
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch Inn (graciously provided by the folks of Heraldshill)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Stoicism Hour
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Glass Class (Beginner)
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Nap Time!
??:?? PM: Court at Their Majesties’ Pleasure
??:?? PM: Feast following Court!
??:?? PM – ??:?? AM: Bardic Goodness (part 2)
Sunday, November 3
8:00 AM-ish: Breakfast Leftovers Available
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Gate Open for Stragglers 🙂
12:00PM: Site Closes!
Our Chef has put together a full menu including bread, cheese, olives, a noodle soup, two kinds of hand pies, a pork dish with a side of root veggies, and dessert. Those concerned about allergies may contact the Co-Autocrats for a list of ingredients.
Caitilín inghean Uí Lochlainn (Deb McClure)
Amon Attwood (Amon Bauer)
Feast Steward: Ulfvaldr Folkmarsson
Archery & Thrown Weapons Marshal-in-Charge: Lucia Fletcher
Arts & Sciences Coordinator (): Susanna d’Arbe
Gatekeeper/Site-Liaison (): Giovanni Loredan
Marshal-in-Charge: Zachariah MacDonald
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What’s up with the overnight pricing?
A: The site we’re at is charging us for each person that stays overnight each night, so we made the decision to charge very close to what the site is costing us to keep the price as low as possible for people staying overnight. We will be charged full price for children, but realize that attendees are on a limited budget so we’re helping out by covering half the cost (or the full cost for children under 5). The cost applies whether you stay in the bunks or in a tent.
Q: Are there alternative places to stay?
Sure! There are several hotels in Boone (fairly close) and Ames (just a bit further via highway) Here’s a list of the closest ones, Google can show you more options.
- Ledges State Park: overnight camping as well as RV hookups, very close too!
- Cobblestone Inn, Boone
- Super 9 by Wyndham, Boone
- Wyndham Hotel, Boone
- American Inn, Boone
- Hilton Garden Inn, Ames
- Sleep Inn & Suites Ames near ISU Campus, Ames
Q: What are the cabins like?
A: The cabins have some variability, but in general have sturdy bunk-beds as well as a couple of low-level beds, along with storage space. The cabins have air conditioning and heating. Showers and Restrooms are available in the main lodge.
Q: Is it easy to get around?
A: Not every area is paved, but the paths are well manicured and in general are easy to travel.