Baronial Birthday 2017

Bright Hills Baronial Birthday, Feb. 18, 2017, “Then and Now”

Come and join us as we celebrate the 23rd Anniversary of the Barony of Bright Hills!

The day will include numerous activities to keep your mind off the chill of Winter while enjoying a warm Hall filled with friends and fun.  Check back often as items are added.

A & S – A competition for best use of the Baronial colors, an open display showing the best example(s) of your works in our Theme, “Then and Now”. This should be examples of your work from the beginning and most current of your crafts.

We will be choosing our A & S Champion. Our Current Champion, Lady Aemilia Rosa, will offer a challenge to select the next Baronial A & S Champion.


A&S Competition to Choose the New A&S Baronial Champion “Medieval to Modern”

As the title suggests, one of your projects must be based on something medieval and then you must have another project based on something used in the modern world.

From brewing to fiber, from scrolls to knitting, this competition could be really interesting!  Documentation strongly encouraged.  EZ docs are fine.

Award of Arms competition ~ sponsored by the Clerk Signet

Why advertise so early?  So there is ample time to create beautiful arts of wonder!

The one scroll, one of the most important scrolls, is an Award of Arms.

I am looking for Award of Arm scroll blanks that are as beautiful as any other award that we give, with or without calligraphy.

This competition is designed for the Signet Office for the Kingdom. Entries, should there be calligraphy, should have names and the date blank, and the blazon in pencil.

Prizes and Categories: there will be small prizes for winners of each category.  Should you not be able to attend, you may mail in your entries.  For information contact signet(at)

Best Illumination & Calligraphy:

Best Illumination:

Best Novice Illumination Only:

Best Novice Illumination & Calligraphy:

King and Queen’s Choice:


We will be choosing our Brewing Champion. Our current Champion, Randver Askmadr, will offer a challenge of his choosing to select the next Baronial Brewing Champion.

The competition will be to present two of your best alcoholic offerings, be they beer, wine, cordials or mead – one an old favorite from your early years of brewing and one you’ve brewed for the very first time.  There will not be a non-alcoholic category. Documentation is not required but will add to the judges knowledge of what you’ve offered. 

Children’s Activities – Of Course!  Led by our own Lady Katarzyna, the children will make memory books and goblets.  Details on this as they come in.

A Bardic Bear Pit – our traditional round of Bardic challenges will return with more wondrous challenges offered by last year’s winner, Mistress Fevronia Murometsa.

A lunch fundraiser will be provided by the Bright Hills Archers. Menu when available. Suggested donation is $5.00

There will be Merchants, our own Sekunjabin Tavern, Archery, Heavy and Youth fighting (* Weather Permitting), A Royal Court followed by a lovely feast presented by the Bright Hills Cook’s Guild.

More details will follow as the activities information reaches the autocrat.  An event schedule is coming soon.

To tempt you further – here is our Menu (still being finalized, so subject to changes) for your consideration.

Questions concerning ingredients, food allergies or dietary restrictions should be directed to the Head Cook, Countess Rowan Berran McDowell at gerkeeper (at) mac (dot)com.

Proposed menu for the feast; 

First Course:
Sausages, cheese, pickled vegetables, gravlox, bread.
Palate Cleanser:
jellied milk and jelly oranges
Second Course:
Stuffed chicken, savory toasted cheese and broccoli, “corn” dish, Dutch carrots, bread
Dessert buffet:
Cakes, rum balls, almond tarts.

Event costs;

Site fee – Adult reservation $15.00, Adult Member registration $10.00

Children 6 – 17 $5.00.

Under 6 are guests of the Barony.

Feast fee is $10.00 for adult or children 6 to 17.

Please make checks payable to SCA – MD, Barony of Bright Hills

** There will be a seating chart at Troll. Kindly sign up for your seats when you check in.  Children under 6 need not be listed but will need an extra chair at the table.

Send reservations to the Autocrat:

Autocrat; Chagan Khulan (Karen Whitlock).  Address is 891 Walker St., Aberdeen, MD 21001 . Phone 443-789-9050 (NLT 9PM).

Please include both modern and SCA names
and membership numbers (if applicable) when sending in

E-mail is chagankhulan (at) Gmail (dot) com.

The autocrat will do her best to answer any
questions or concerns about the event in
general – no calls after 9 PM eastern time.


From East and North – Take your best route to I-695 (Baltimore Beltway and follow this to exit #19 / I-795. Follow I-795 West +/- 9 miles to MD rte 30/Hanover Pike. Turn Left onto Rte 30 and follow it 14 +/- miles to Manchester. In Manchester turn Right onto York Street and follow it several blocks. The site will be on your Right. Look for the curved stone Gateway.

From West and parts of D.C. and No. VA.– Take your best rte to I-70 and exit # 68 / Mt Airy / MD rte 27. Follow MD rte 27 North until it deadends in Manchester, MD. Turn right and go several blocks to the next traffic light and turn Left onto York St. Follow York St. several blocks. The site will be on your Right. Look for the curved stone gateway.

Event opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 10:00 PM. Setup begins at 8:00 AM and Merchants and staff may check in at 9:00 AM.

A note to our merchants; Merchants may check in starting at 9:00 AM to facilitate ease of setting up.

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