Baronial Birthday 2018

Baronial Birthday 2018

Bright Hills Baronial Birthday, Feb. 10, 2018, “These are the Books of Hours of our lives”

Come and join us as we celebrate the 24rd 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.

Martial – *WEATHER DEPENDANT!* If the weather cooperates there will be Hardsuit, Rapier, Archery, and Thrown Weapon activities on site.

A & S – Have you been inspired by an image from a book of hours? Bring your inspired food, scribal, costume or any item that you have made based on a book of hours, along with the image that inspired it. Documentation is encouraged but never required”

We will be choosing our A & S Champion.

A&S Competition to Choose the New A&S Baronial Champion “Books of Hours”

Sable, a decrescent argent within a laurel wreath Or, a base indented of three points argent. These are the arms of Bright Hills, we always focus on the mountains and the moon but forget the sky. It is a dark sky filled with endless possibilities, dreams, hopes, nightmares and surprises. For the Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion we would like to explore some of those possibilities.

The main focus of the competition will be using the night sky, Sable (black), as your theme for your entries. They may be as diverse as the possibilities in that sky but the primary color must be black. Any period within Society is allowed because the sky is ageless.
Minimum documentation is required.



“Book of Hours” Scroll Competition

The theme for this competition is quite simple but has a lot of room for creativity. You must base your design on a Book of Hours. It can be any Book of Hours. The caveat is, the scroll must be done in miniature. This means that the scroll must be done at a maximum of 5”x7”. There will be two categories:

Baronial: This entry will be for an illumination only. This will then be donated to the Barony of        Bright Hills to be used as a scroll blank.

Kingdom: This entry will be for a backlogged scroll and will be for the illumination and calligraphy. Backlog assignments must be obtained by emailing the Backlog Deputy at

Children’s Activities – Of Course!  Led by our own Lady Katarzyna, will have the children making valentine’s day cards and at least 1 YAFA activity.  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, Faolán Mac Raghnaill


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

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

Schedule of events:

8:00 am – Hall opens for set-up

9:00 am – Troll opens

10:00 am – Morning Court Begins

10:30 am – Silent auction begins

10:30 am – A&S open for entries

11:00 am – Martial activities and MoL check in open

11:30 am – Bardic Bear Pit begins

Noon – $5.00 suggested donation Lunch fundraiser by Baronial Archers

1:00 pm – Children’s activities begin

1:00 pm – Pearls and silk knotting class ($2.00 material cost unless you provide your own)

2:00 pm – Youth Martial Activities Begin

2:30 pm – Bardic Bear Pit ends

2:30 pm – Dressed for the Sultan, a look into Ottoman Garb

2:30 pm – Easy period earring class ($3.00 material cost unless you provide your own)

3:00 pm – Children’s activities end

3:30 pm – A&S Closes, Troll Closes, Silent auction closes

4:30 pm – Court *Please don’t break down or pack up displays during court*

6:00 pm – Set up tables for feast, Merchants can now break down

6:30 pm – Glorious Feast!

Post Feast – Hall Clean up and Breakdown is always loved and greatly appreciated!

10:00 pm – Hall Closes

Feast menu:


Course the First

Sausage with 3 sauces (Juniper Berry, Mustard & Garlic)

Spiced Olives

Spring Sallet


Butter & flavored butters (herb & honey)



Jellied Milk


Course the Second

Stewed Chicken

Roasted root vegetable sallet

Maeve’s Mushrooms (Champignons)

Makeroun (pasta with cheese)



Gelye in Peel


Course the Third

Roast of Pork

Mashed parsnips




Dessert Course

Quince cake

Pear Tart


Seating for for feast is 80. A seating chart for assigning seats will be available at check in. The cooks reserve the right to modify this menu. If you have questions or dietary concerns, please contact  Lord Rhys of Ravenhill aka Raven (James Wieland)


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; Alexander de Burdegala Cell / Text 443-903-5596 / Email / 201 Yorksire way Unit H. Bel Air, MD. 21014

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


The autocrat will do his best to answer any
questions or concerns about the event in
general – no calls before 10am eastern time or after 10 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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