VFA-in-Exile
Bulletin for the Week of September 21, 2020

1. OUTDOOR CLASSES
If the weather forecast holds for Saturday, it looks like our winning streak will continue! Don't worry if you miss a class, drop in and out as your schedule allows.

This week's schedule will be the same as last week. Next week we will go back to epee first in Charlotte (rotate every 2 weeks).
9:30-11 a.m Char Foil
11-12:30 Char Epee
2-3:30 Midd Epee
3:30-5 Midd Foil

Locations: Charlotte town beach tennis courts, E. Middlebury rec park

As always, I will send an update to the Active Fencer list later this week with confirmation of Saturday's when, where and weather.

2. SIGN UP FOR THE OCTOBER SUPRISE OUTDOOR TOURNAMENT (A.K.A the Monster Mask)!
Date: Target date is October 11, weather permitting. If weather is bad on Oct 10 (causing the VFA Saturday classes to move to Sunday) or Oct 11, we will postpone to Oct 18 or 25. We will just need to be flexible and deal with Mother Nature.

Foil starts at 10:30 a.m, Epee starts at 1:30 p.m

Location: East Middlebury rec park outdoor tennis courts. Located behind the Sarah Partridge Library, near the corner of School House Hill Rd and E. Main St (Route 125).

Early sign up is very very helpful in organizing the tournament, so if you think you might participate (even if not 100% sure yet) go ahead and sign up. You can always withdraw if you can't make it. Remember, this tournament is for everyone, including youth fencers and relative newbies!

Age groups: Fencing age groups are based on your birth year, not your age the day of the tournament. There will be 2 age groups for foil:
Youth (essentially 14-), birth year 2006 or later
Teen/adult (essentially 15+), birth year 2005 or before

There will be 3 age groups for epee
Youth (essentially 14-), birth year 2006 or later
Teen/young adult (essentially 15-39), birth year 1982-2005
Veteran (essentially 40+), birth year 1981 or before

Please make sure to sign up for the right event, according to your birth year.

Entry fee: Instead of entry fees, the VFA will be holding our annual raffle. See below.

All fencing will be electric. VFA members who do not own their own electric equipment should arrange with Viveka in advance to borrow what you need. Equipment will be "yours" for the day, no sharing. Since we can not share masks, the mask bib is optional for novice foil fencers (experienced foilists are expected to bring and use their regulation electric foil masks).

Sign ups for tournament are done using a website called AskFRED (the Fencing Results and Events Database). The first time you use it, you have to create an account. After that FRED remembers you and it's easy to sign up for future events. Using AskFRED for the first time? Instructions are here:
http://www.vtfencingalliance.org/old_posts/HowToUseFRED.htm

Ready to sign up for the October Surprise? Here is the link:
https://askfred.net/Events/whoIsComing.php?tournament_id=46939

3. AT LONG LAST, THE RAFFLE!
Every year, we hold a big raffle at the Middlebury Open. Last March, we were ready to go, with a slew of great prizes and a bunch of tickets already sold. And then the Middlebury Open was cancelled the day before it was supposed to happen. If you bought raffle tickets, don't worry. We have been holding on to them all this time! Any tickets turned in before the Middlebury Open That Wasn't will be entered in the drawing, along with any new tickets sold.

It's not too late to sell tickets to your friends and family! Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5
Tickets can be downloaded and printed here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1863gk7tdm5d9TAZGxQLD8oe3W-CTf0GQ/view?usp=sharing

Tickets will also be on sale at the October Surprise. Buy as many as you can, instead of paying entry fees! Drawing will happen in the middle of the day, ideally before all the foilists leave and before the epeeists start their events.

Grand prize is a pair of nice wireless ear buds. Other prizes include an original Adam Glazer sword-related print, board games from Quarterstaff, fancy soap from Twincraft, and more (will update next week if I have a more complete list). Winners need not be present.