Baronial Birthday 2019


February 9th, 2019 A.S. LIII (53)


The Barony of Bright Hills invites you to join us as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary as a Barony.  Since the Silver Anniversary is a very special day we shall be celebrating the arts with aspects of Silver in a Mardi Gras themed Anniversary celebration. We hope to see many pieces of garb sporting silver in all forms.

This 25th Anniversary is also a day for celebrating our current Coronets, Baron Kollack von Zweckle and Baroness Rebecca von Zweckle, as they prepare to retire to their private estates and welcome their Heirs to the thrones of Bright Hills. Thus, we will also be graced with a visit from Their Majesties.


ActivitiesCheck the website often as we add more activities and details to the list.

Plan on a day filled with A & S activities, Bardic brilliance, Children’s activities, Courts, a fine feast, merchants, The Sekunjabin Tavern, classes and….weather permitting…. Archery, Heavy Weapons, Youth fighting, Rapier and possibly more.

Currently we are planning competitions to choose our Baronial A & S champion, Baronial Brewing Champion and The Bardic Bearpit Champion as well as other competitions.

There will be a competition for the best table decoration sized ‘float’, complete with its own Krewe. Float must be no larger than 12” wide and 18” long. No height restriction. The float theme should be ‘Mardi Gras’. ‘Floats’ will be presented, parade fashion, during feast and the winner will be selected by the gentles seated at High Table. Prize sponsored by the Autocrat. Contact her for more details.

News on the Baronial Brewing Competition:

Greetings, fellow brewers!!! As the Baronial Brewing Champion for the Barony of Bright Hills, it is my pleasure to announce the upcoming brewing competition at Bright Hills 25th Baronial Birthday, scheduled for February 9, 2019. There will be two competitions at the event:

1) An open competition for anyone to enter with prizes; and
2) The Baronial Brewer competition.

Open Competition: Anyone is welcome to enter into the open competition within the following usual categories: beer/ale, mead/wine, cordials, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Baronial Brewing Champion Competition: Entrants in the Baronial Brewing Champion competition should exhibit a diversity of abilities in brewing. As such, include at least two (2) separate entries in any of the above categories for consideration as Bright Hills next Baronial Brewing Champion.

Please abide by these additional requirements/suggestions for each competition:
1. You MUST mark your bottle – a label or well-attached tag – with your name and a list of ALL the ingredients, or it won’t be considered.
2. Documentation is encouraged and will be rewarded with additional points in the judging of the competitions. I want to know what historical recipe you’re using (including your sources), your redaction (what you actually did; there are always compromises), and what you’d do differently the next time you make it.
3. I will be using the Kingdom of Atlantia Brewers Guild Judging Forms for both competitions. Feel free to review them in advance of the competitions.

Lord Michel von Schönsee, Companion of the Pearl

Baronial A & S Champions competition will involve Calligraphy and Illumination – Details coming soon!

Classes scheduled so far include:

  • A class on constructing beaded jewelry ($6.00 class fee) followed by a supporting class on locating beadwork documentation offered by Lady Sindara. Details coming soon.

Lunch – The Bright Hills Archers are hosting a fundraiser lunch. Suggested donation is $5.00.

Merchants are always welcome!  If you are interested in merchanting please contact Lady Livia di Samuele (Sherrill Abramson) at

Site –  The Manchester VFD Activities Bldg, 3297 York St., Manchester, MD 21102

Site opens at 7 AM for kitchen & hall set up, 8:00 AM for merchants to check in, 9:00 Troll opens to all and 10:00 AM the event begins.  The hall closes at 10:00 PM.

**Troll will be open at 8:00 for staff and merchants to check in.


Event fees

Site fee is $15.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Adult SCA Members, $5.00 for all youth 6-17. Children under 6 are guests of the Barony.

Feast – The fee is $10.00 for 6 to 96 years old. Under 6 will need an extra chair at the table and there is no feast fee for them. Please do not sign up the under 6 youth for feast seats.

**There will be a seating chart sign up at check-in. Please sign up before you leave check-in.

**Please note – If you have dietary restrictions of any sort and are staying for feast, PLEASE contact the Head Cook.  We can address those food issues if we have prior notice.  Kindly contact the Head Cook no later than January 25th to make arrangements.

Head Cook is Rhys of Ravenhill AKA ‘Raven’ (James Wieland). Phone calls preferred between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Phone # 203-948-5369 E-mail is

Please make checks payable to SCA-MD, Barony of Bright Hills. The only good reservation is a paid reservation. We cannot ‘save’ seats at feast.

Autocrat; Chagan Khulan (Karen Whitlock) 891 Walker St., Aberdeen, MD 21001.         E-mail is  Phone is 443-789-9050 (No calls after 9 PM)

Reservations should be sent to the Autocrat. Please include the names of adults and names and ages of children under 18. If SCA members, please include membership numbers.


No smoking in or close to the bldg.  The site is wet. No pets, but service animals are allowed.


Directions –

From the North, due South or East – Take your best route to Baltimore, MD and I-695 (Balto. Beltway). Follow I-695 to Exit # 19 / rte 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. Once 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 DC and No.Va – Take your best route to I-70 and exit # 68/Mt. Airy/MD rte 27 North until it dead ends in Manchester, MD. Turn Right onto Main St/rte 30 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.

For directions from elsewhere, kindly contact the Autocrat.

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