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Northern Lights Registration
Pre-Registrations for both Entrants
or Non-Entrants should be sent to:

Lord Robert Toxophilus
Robert Goodrich
389 Voghell Road
Randolph, Vermont 05060
Email preferred.

Entrants' Contacts

Research Papers, Reports,
Written Prose or Poetry to:
Pentathalon Coordinator

Lord Tiberius Iulius Rufus
( Jason Di Giulio )
PO Box 471,
Sheffield, VT 05866
Email preferred.

Lord Tiberius
See contact information above,
Lady Allyson Knutcrusher


A Warm Welcome, Gracious Lords and Ladies, and Greetings.

Welcome to the website for Northern Lights XIX, to be held in early Winter in a small mountain town in the Shire of Panthervale. (North-Central Vermont, USA)

The Northern Lights Competition is a chance for gentles to display their wonderful talents in the fields of the Arts and Sciences. Come and share those projects you have been working on during the cold winter months. Gentles can enter into the competition or simply attend to peruse the variety of exhibits, competition entries, talk to old friends, and make a few new ones.

Celebrate the coming of the Solstice with us as we welcome the artisans and scientists of the East as they compete in Northern Lights!

Northern Lights XIX

A Message from The Competition Coordinator
Dominus Tiberius Iulius Rufus

greetings unto the good gentles of the East Kingdom from the Northern Lights XIX (19) Arts and Sciences Competition coordinator, Dominus Tiberius Iulius Rufus. It is my hope that this 19th Annual Northern Lights Competition, and my first as coordinator, will have at least two entries in every category. The Competition has traditionally been a place to showcase the artistic and research skills of our Northern Peaks and Tir Mara regions. Focus is on gentles demonstrating proficiency and ability in crafts, arts and other expressive forms – but especially on those forms that are new (or newer) for the gentle. Novices and experimental/first entry attempts are encouraged!

Time & Location - Northern Lights XIX will be held on 4 December in the Shire of Panther Vale (Vermont). Christ Church, a stone edifice in Vermont’s capital city, Montpelier, will host the event. While some may be concerned about driving in Vermont in the snowy times, the site is adjacent to the highway and easy to find.

Judging/Judges - As always I humbly request judges/gentles who are willing and able to judge contact or the address in the side bar. If I do not approach you personally and you feel you or someone you know might be a good judge for a category(ies), PLEASE contact me. You do not have to be a companion of the Laurel or the Maunche to judge, just have a measure of knowledge of the category to be judged and the ability to make constructive comments.

Competition Format -- Northern Lights XIX will have a modified open arena-judging format, with a note that judges who are not comfortable with this format can approach me individually to allow accommodations. Due to the time consuming nature of this format artisans are limited to a maximum of one entry in costuming categories and two entries in all other categories. In addition, entrants will be required to be with their entries from 12:00 - 2:00 to answer questions (except as needed for performances). The competition will be open to respectful non-participants throughout the judging. Judges, spectators, and participants are encouraged to bring small personal tokens to present to the entrants whose works they most admire.

Award Medallions -- I am looking for proposals to create the tokens to be awarded to the first, second, and/or third place winners of the overall Pentathlon. Contact me before October 8, 2010 to submit a proposal.

It is also our goal to provide handouts, research tools, and links to helpful websites on this page. If you'd like to have a handout or link posted, please feel free to e-mail them to

We hope to see you at Northern Lights XIX !

Yours in Service,

Lord Tiberius (

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Many Fine Artisans show their work at Northern Lights, but a few special artists also donate some of their work. Please view some of the illuminated awards that were donated last year, drawn by Lady Raistlin the Quiet, Mistress Allistrina de Mann and Lord Ouzel Von Schwartz Wolfe.

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Competition Details

The Categories.

Written Works and Papers: November 1st
Performing Arts Registration (Required): November 4th
Pre-Registration (not required, highly recommended): Prior

Send written works to: Lord Tiberius (mailing address below). Registration forms are online at

Schedule for the Day.

  • 9 am - Site Opens and Competition Registration & Performance time sign-up and Exhibition Set-up begin
  • 11 am - Competition Registration (& performance sign-up) closes
  • 11:15 am - Judges gather for instructions and Exhibition opens.
  • 11:30 am - Judging begins and Day Board opens
  • 12:00-2:00 PM - Face-to-Face Judging begins, Entrants required to be with their items
  • 4:00 pm - Judging closes and Exhibition ends
  • 6:00 pm - Awards court
  • 7:00 pm - SIte closes

To Receive Scores and Comments: Bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the registration table with at least $2 of postage if you enter five or more items to accommodate the cost of mailing all of the score sheets.

Follow this link to the page of forms for your Competitors' Entry Form.

Event Fee:
There are no site fees for the event. The Shire of Panther Vale will gladly accept donations at the door to help with event costs, but participants will not be charged a formal gate fee.

Contact Information
Reservations: Lord Robert Toxophilus
Pentathlon Coordinator: Dominus Tiberius.
See information in left sidebar.

Amenities: We have room available should your Guild or group wish to hold a meeting, or should anyone wish to offer a class; teachers, demonstrators and organizers should contact us.

Pentathlon Entrants:
Please see the Entrant Registration form available at the page of forms, but note that this is NOT the same thing as the registration for the event itself! It would also be a wise idea to bring your own card table to display your entry upon, as tables available on site are limited, and many are oddly shaped.

Nap/nursing and play-space will be set aside for our youngest guests, and all-ages arts and crafts projects will be set-up in a common area as well. Parents must provide supervision for their own children at all times; wandering small ones can wreak havoc on hundreds of hours of work entered into the competition in the blink of an eye!

Food: There is no feast, but a delicious and hearty day board.
Participants may purchase a day board token at the gate for $5.00.

Northern Lights Dayboard 2010
The dayboard information has not been finaluized yet.


Venue / Directions to Northern Lights:

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The Northern Lights Arts and Sciences Competition is held every year
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