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Volunteering at GNE

Looking for an opportunity to help out, meet some people and be a part of the history of Great Northeastern War? We have some signup sheets for times and places!

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Battlefield Pavillions

Due to the size of the safety zone needed for Combat Archery to take place without danger to spectators, the space available to set up pavilions or sunshades at the sides of the battlefield is somewhat limited. All persons wishing to erect structures on the battlefield must obtain permission from the Battlefield Coordinator before setting up. Some tents are planned for the battlefield edge for various uses.

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Fire, Firewood, Fireworks, Fire Performances

Great Northeastern War does not allow fireworks because of the danger of fire and personal injury. Use of fireworks at Great Northeastern War will result in your immediate eviction from the event.

Do not dig fire pits. Fires may be built only in the pre-built fire rings provided by the campground, or you may provide your own above-ground fireplace. Pre-built fire rings may not be moved for any reason. Do not dispose of ashes from fires unless they are completely cold. Failure to do so may cause a fire.

State regulations prohibit importing firewood from other states. Please plan to acquire your firewood as close to the site as possible. Do not cut branches from or cut down trees. A private vendor will be selling firewood on site. You may also purchase firewood from a number of stores in the nearby towns of Mechanic Falls, Poland, Oxford, and Lewiston.

Absolutely no tiki torches in the woods, under overhanging branches, or within 30 feet of the wood line.

Due to SCA rules and insurance requirements, we regret that we cannot have live fire performances, such as fire spinning or fire dancing. Performances with electrically lighted substitutes are acceptable and strongly encouraged.

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CPAP and other Electrical Needs

There are a number of electrical outlets located on the site. If you need access to electricity to charge a CPAP, motorized scooter, or other medical device, please contact Gate to get a tag before plugging in. Access to electricity is a separate part of our contract with Hebron Pines and there is a small fee imposed by the campground for access to electrical outlets. We will do our best to accommodate every camper with medical needs. See Gate for your electrical needs.

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Tent Stakes

Please make sure you have all the tent stakes you came with! In the past, the site owners discovered a number of tent stakes in the worst possible way — by driving over them with their lawn tractor. For the continued good will of the site owners, please help us ensure that the site’s equipment is not damaged by double checking to ensure you have taken all your stakes with you!

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Rubbish, Trash Disposal

Participants at Great Northeastern War are responsible for the disposal of their own garbage and cleanup of their campsites. Hebron Pines Campground provides a dumpster for garbage disposal, located at the top of the parking lot. If you need garbage bags, they are available at Information Point. When you are leaving, please check your camping area carefully for any trash or other items left behind. Lost and found items can be left at Information Point. Absolutely no garbage should be placed in grey water barrels, in port-a-potties, or the bath house. Bottles and cans purchased in Maine are subject to a 5-cent deposit, which is refundable when the bottles are returned to any bottle redemption center in the State.

Please do not dispose of anything other than human waste and toilet paper in the portable toilets. Every year, the folks who clean these units find disposable diapers, pet waste bags, feminine hygiene products, and even bottles and cans inside the tanks. These items can damage the equipment used to pump out and clean the toilets. Thank you for doing your part in helping keep the site clean.

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Grey Water Disposal

Hebron Pines campground, like all campgrounds in Maine, is subject to stringent grey water discharge regulations. Grey water (water used in washing dishes, runoff water from showers, and other types of wastewater that contains soap or food remnants) may not be dumped onto the ground. Collect all grey water from cooking and washing and dump it only at the designated grey water dumping stations. Improper disposal of grey water violates state and county health department guidelines, impacts the environmental quality of our land and water resources, and may result in hefty fines for Hebron Pines campground and the SCA, Inc.

Please wash dishes in your campsite and throw away any solids with your trash. The water should be put in the collection barrels next to the porta johns and bathhouse.

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Pets

Due to a change in campground rules, pets are no longer allowed at Great
Northeastern War. Service animals are, of course, still welcome.
Do not dispose of bags of animal waste in the portable toilets. The bags will
damage the equipment used to pump out and clean the toilets. Horses, poultry, or
other livestock are not allowed on site.

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Stonemarche vs. Carolingia

The Story Begins…

To all who would read this missive:

Reports have reached our most excellent ears that a shipment of sheep, sent by ship to our Cousins Endewearde, has gone astray. One of the spring storms blew the ship somewhere off the coast of Carolingia, where upon they were beset by pirates.The crew was already at their wits’ end, from dealing with damage from the storm and sheep (apparently transporting a hundred head of sheep by ship is not recommended) – since they could not put up much of a fight, the dastardly pirates left them alive.

Our Cousins Endewearde have been kind enough to extend us grace during this time, since the sheep were payment in exchange for numerous libations, Moxie, and mead; rather than seek litigation through their Royal Majesties. We do not wish to prevail upon that kindness for any longer than necessary.

Testimony from the beset upon ship’s crew tell us that the pirates spoke with a very distinctive Carolingian accent. Many people also made note of how their Excellencies Carolingia found themselves in possession of two of Stonemarche’s sheep during their Majesties Court during the Aisles of Marche. When confronted, their Excellencies claimed their innocence, that they had been framed!

 We would ask the populace of the kingdom: Who would benefit from framing the Carolingians? 

This is not the first time Carolingians have made off with Stonemarche Sheep. They have coveted our livestock and ample parking for well over a generation and Stonemarche will not stand for it. We put aside past grudges during the Plague, but this dishonorable action will not go unmet!

Unless all hundred head of sheep are returned to us, so that we may pay our Noble Cousins Endewearde back, we will have no choice but to take to the field of battle.

All with information deemed relevant, please come forward.

Righteous, Wronged and Awaiting,
Their Excellencies Stonemarche,
Keziah and Deirdre

A Response to the Populace of Carolingia…

Amidst the beautiful spectacle of the Coronation, King Ryouko’jin reminded us that War is coming. In his words, we feel the drumbeat of Pennsic. In the beauty of our Queen Indrakshi we feel the inspiration that will strengthen our resolve. It is pretty heady stuff. It is perhaps because of this that We, Frithuric and Fiore, were surprised to arrive home to allegations of sheep theft rising from the North. These scurrilous allegations must be answered. 

We ask our populace to be patient as we consider our response. Please be vigilant for suspicious activity, I suspect that there are forces trying to frame us. We will not allow this to happen but also ask that you consider well your preparations for the Great Northeastern War. We agree with our Demon King — War is coming. 

I leave you with these sage words from the First Poet of Carolingia, Sugawara no Naeme:

Accusations fly
From Noble Cousins northward
who have lost Their sheep
while our pastures may be green
the wooly beasts are not here

It seems Your sheep have gone astray
Your shepherds can not find them
And so You come to Us to say
we think you may have found them
It’s true our pastures are much greener
than those further north
But Our shepherds are more careful
and lose nothing of such worth
Our flocks have no additions
We’ve counted more than twice
but if Your sheep do wander in
We’ll return them without vice

Al Suo Servizio,
Fiore

Baronessa Fiore Leonetta Bardi
Barony of Carolingia, East Kingdom

And a Final Response from Their Excellencies Carolingia

ALAS, PEOPLE OF THE EAST!

The foibles and quarrels of thy betters have brought you to the brink of
War!

Their Excellencies Stonemarche, Keziah and Deirdre, claim that the Sheep
they sent to Endewearde were beset by Carolingian pirates!  CALUMNY!
Smearing the reputation of one of the oldest and finest Baronies in our
fair Kingdom!  Clearly, Baron Keziah is jealous of the fame and
reputation of her counterpart, Frithuric of Carolingia.  Or perhaps
covering up the truth: she never REALLY sent those Sheep to Endewearde at
all!  More likely, she sold them to a third party to repay her own gambling debts!

At the same time, Their Excellencies Carolingia, Frithuric and Fiore,
make claim that they are victims of a fabrication with evil intent! But
though they deny having said Sheep so forcefully, yet they seem to know
the exact number of Sheep that are missing, and taunt their neighbors to
the North with the words of poets and scoundrels! HUBRIS! When all
know of Baron Frithuric’s history of pirateering, not to mention Fiore’s
taste for mutton!

This state of affairs CAN NOT STAND!

Now only battle will this clash resolve
So prithee, gentles, pledge thy loyalty
Ere one more day should see the Sun revolve
Commit thyself, and choose most carefully!
The Fate of Baron, Baroness, and Sheep
Depend upon thy will and vigilance
Take up thine arms! Be not enmesh'd in sleep!
Or overtaken by ambivalence!
The cause shall be, much like the final score,
Decided at the Great Northeastern War!

With Great Thanks from all for our story to Baron Keziah Planchet, and Rhonwen glyn Conwy, on behalf of i Sebastiani (the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World!), Performing Arts Champions, Carolingia; and Their Excellencies Carolingia, Their Excellencies Stonemarche, and Their Excellencies Endewearde for helping set up our game in Our Fair Province of Malagentia, Last of the Great Independents, and Land of the Bad People who treat sheep very kindly indeed.

Nearest Local Services

This is an uncurated list of various local services. No endorsement or recommendation is expressed or implied, this list is here for convenience of attendees of GNE.

Large Department Store

  • Wal-Mart SuperCenter, 100 Mt Auburn Ave, Auburn, ME 04210
  • Big Lots, 730 Center Street, Auburn, ME 04210
  • Wal-Mart SuperCenter, 1240 Main St, Oxford, ME 04270

Hardware & Lumber

  • Lowe’s, 650 Turner Street, Auburn, ME 04210
  • Home Depot, 149 Mt. Auburn Ave, Auburn, ME 04210

Supermarkets

  • Hannaford, 23 Snell Hill Rd, Turner, ME 04282
  • Food City, 1355 Auburn Rd, Turner, ME 04282
  • Shaw’s, 600 Center St, Auburn, ME 04210

Local Groceries

  • Tilton’s Market, 11 Turner St, Buckfield, ME 04220
  • Future Foods, 5 Depot Square, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256
  • Axis Natural Foods, 120 Center St Ste 300, Auburn, ME 04210

Convenience Stores

  • Minot Country Store – 174 Minot Ave, Auburn
  • Storekeepers, 911 Station Rd, Hebron, ME 04238
  • Polly’s Variety Store, 115 King St, Oxford, ME 04270

Take-Out

  • Storekeepers, 911 Station Rd, Hebron, ME 04238
  • Future Foods, 5 Depot Square, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256
  • Cumberland Farms, 4 N. Main St, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256
  • Buck-it Grill & Pub, 371 Turner St, Buckfield, ME, 04220
  • Village Pizzeria Restaurant and Lounge, 16 Pleasant St, Mechanic Falls 04256
  • Antigoni’s Pizza Turner, 792 Auburn Rd, Turner, ME 04282
  • Lost Gull Fish N’ Chips, 479 Main St, Oxford, ME 04270
  • Polly’s Variety Store, 115 King St, Oxford, ME 04270

Hotels

  • Hilton Garden Inn, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, ME 04210
  • Center Street Value Inn, 170 Center St, Auburn, ME 04210
  • Hampton Inn Oxford, 151 Main St, Oxford, ME 04270

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