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August 31 – September 3, 2018 A.S. LIII (53)


The Barony of Bright Hills welcomes all to Trial by Fire – ABCs (Archers, Bards and Cooks) featuring the shoot for the Lochmere Arrow.  Try your skill at archery, bardcraft, cooking or poetry.  Archers will vie for the treasured Lochmere Arrow. Bards will entertain around the fire. Cooks will face the flames to create the finest main courses, side dishes, grains and desserts. And yes, there will be a poetry competition sponsored by the Poeta Atlantiae, Lord Ishmael Baleinier! Sunday brings classes for all to enjoy.


Activities –

*****************NEW UPDATE!*********************
Information on the bardic and poetry challenges!!!!

Poetry Competition
Sponsored by the Poeta Atlantiae, Lord Ishmael Baleinier:

Fire That Doesn’t Burn
Fire has as many qualities as it has flickering facets, yet we often only consider its ability to burn us. For this competition, your task is to write one poem based on one example or quality of fire that is NOT it’s potential for destruction. The poem can be of any period style, and should include a short rationale or EZ Doc as documentation explaining your choice of form or content. Be creative! You should be prepared to read your piece aloud at the competition. There will be two winning categories: Best Overall Entry and Best New Poet (for those who have been performing the Bardic Arts in the SCA for less than 2 years). Please email with any questions.

Bardic Competition
Sponsored by Lord Faolán MacRaghnaill
The bardic competition requires that you enter one piece about cooking and one about archery.  The pieces may be any solo vocal performance and you will get extra points for period pieces and documentation.


Martial Activities: Target archery competitions include the shoot for the Lochmere Arrow.

A&S Activities include bardic, cooking, brewing and poetry competitions, as well as Sunday classes. For the full class schedule, click here.

For more information about the Trial by Fire competition, please click here.


Site – Baltimore Bowmen, Graham Memorial Park, 10301 Harford Road, Glen Arm, MD 21057.  Site opens at 5 pm Friday, August 31, and closes 10 a.m. Monday, September 3, 2018.

Sunday morning and afternoon will be classes, followed by much of the breakdown.  Monday, everyone must clear the site by 10 am unless you are working on site–not personal–breakdown, so that the Bowmen can set up for their Monday event.

For the full schedule, please click here.


From the South – Take I-95 to I-695 toward Towson.  In about 2 miles, take exit 31B, Harford Road.  Follow Harford Rd about 2 miles (3 traffic lights). Continue on Harford Road down the hill about 1/4 mile.  Turn right at the sign and follow road thru to the second gate.

From the West (I-70) – Take I-70 to Baltimore, then take the 695 exit towards Towson.  Then follow directions from the South.

From the North – Take I-95 South to I-695 towards Towson. Follow I-695 about 2 miles to exit 31B, Harford Rd.  Follow Harford Rd about 2 ¼ miles. Look for signs on the right.  Turn right and follow road thru to the second gate.

Site restrictions: This event is in a Maryland state park and all rules pertaining to state parks in Maryland apply. No alcohol allowed on range. Dogs must be on a leash. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their dogs. Please remove and take all firewood from field. Park in designated areas. Ground fires are not allowed but fire pits are welcome.

Cost – Site fees are:  Adults – $20; Adult Member discounted fee is $15; Youth (ages 5-17) – $8. Camping and children 5 and under are free.

*Make checks payable to SCA-MD, Inc., Barony of Bright Hills.*

Food – Saturday’s Feast will be potluck supplemented with entries from the Cooking Competition. Although there is no fee for eating feast, you must either provide enough prepared or ready to eat food to serve 8 or enter the Trial by Fire cooking competition.  You can bring something you made or something you purchased.


Autocrat – Deirdre O’Bardon (Debbie Eccles), 707 Hammershire Road, MD 21136, 410-356-0028,

Reservations –Llywelyn Blaidd coch (Jean Redfearn), 707 Hammershire Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117, Phone: (410) 356-0028, E-mail:

Merchants and Sekunjabin Tavern – Livia di Samuele,

MIC – Master Seamus McRae,

Other Information: The Sekunjabin Tavern will be at Trial by Fire courtesy of Lady Livia di Samuele.