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Event Details
May Faire Event date: May 10th, 2014
Hosted by Barony of Beyond the Mountain - New Britain, CT
Event Last Modified: April 30th, 2014
Event details
Greetings from the good gentles of the Barony Beyond the Mountain.  As the weather warms, young men's and women's fancies turn to thoughts of...  Bows, great weapons and medieval life, of course!  Come join us for a day full of learning and competition.  Our archers have set forth a challenge to all comers, our warriors are teaching the finer points of great weapons, and our artisans are giving classes on daily life in medieval times.

In 2012, the King's Archery Champion was from BBM.  In 2013, both the King's and Queen's Archery Champions were from BBM.  Clearly, BBM has the best archers in the Kingdom.  Not only do we believe that we have the best individual archers, but BBM has the best archers as a whole, and we are willing to prove it, with a contest on 10 May.  Barons, Baronesses, and Seneschals of the East Kingdom, send your archers.  Let them test their skills against the BEST ARCHERS IN THE KINGDOM!

With K&Q Championship only a couple weeks away, this will not be for individual best.  It will be a team competition.  This will not be with fixed/designated teams, where someone might have a bad day and drag the team score down.  Rather, it will be a contest where ALL archers present, will compete, and the best scores from each barony or shire, will be totaled, to determine which Barony/Shire has the best archers.

This means, don't send only your Grand Master and Master bowmen, but your Bowmen, Marksmen, and Archers too.  You never know who will have a good day, and who will not, other than, of course, BBM archers having a better day than whoever else dares to challenge.  See our web site for more details:  http://www.bbm.eastkingdom.org/mayfaire.htm
If you have additional questions about the archery activities, please contact Gwilym of Fflint, the BBM Web Minister.  (Contact Information Below)

The very best great weapon warriors and teachers that the Knowne World has to offer are right here, and now is the perfect opportunity to come and learn from them.  Mayfaire will feature a variety of classes in polearm, greatsword, spear, axe, etc.  with an emphasis on hands-on learning.  This is an incredible opportunity to either pick up a new weapons style, or refine your existing form with truly expert advice.

Following the Great Weapon Schola will be a bear-pit great weapon tourney based Tarl's Little Polearm Tourney from Pennsic. 
If you are interested in teaching, marshalling or otherwise assisting with the tourney, please contact Sir Arnwulf Athelreding (Contact Information Below)

There will be plenty of time and opportunity for free sparring to practice your new knowledge.

List 1
12:00 Duke Branos Style Spear Sir Thomas of Ravenhill
12:30 Duke Branos Style Spear Sir Thomas of Ravenhill
1:00 Great Sword Thrusts and binds Master Llewellyn
1:30 Hand changes and close fighting Sir Culann Mac Cianain
2:00 Bear Pit
2:30 Bear Pit
3:00 Bear Pit
3:30 Pole vs Shield Sir Arnwulf Aethelreding
4:00 Pole vs Shield Sir Arnwulf Aethelreding
4:30 Pole as Spear Support Sir Ivar Volosatsoi
5:00 Round table All Instructors
5:30 Round table All Instructors

12:00 Beginner pole Sir Arnwulf Aethelreding
12:30 Fighting as a language Master Frydherik Eysenkopf
1:00 Triad Spear Baron Valerian
1:30 Melee Pole Duke Balfar
2:00 Bear Pit
2:30 Bear Pit
3:00 Bear Pit
3:30 Small person pole arm Master Padraig
4:00 Short pole inside Sir Osgkar
4:30 Long Sword / Great Sword Duke Edward

List 3
12:00 Maire pole arm Duke Vissevald Selkirkson
1230 Maire pole arm Duke Vissevald Selkirkson
1:00 Maire for SCA Lord William Ravenhair
1:30 Maire for SCA Lord William Ravenhair
2:00 Bear Pit
2:30 Bear Pit
3:00 Bear Pit
3:30 Maire pole arm Duke Vissevald Selkirkson
4:00 Maire pole arm Duke Vissevald Selkirkson
4:30 Bayonet style pole Duke Balfar

Don Nathanial Wyatt will run a fencing tournament.

For those inclined towards the Arts and Sciences, there will be a "Day in the Life" Schola.  Class schedule to be announced.  If you have any questions, or would like to teach a class, please contact Mesterinna Ana Ilevna, the BBM Minister of Arts and Sciences.  (See contact information below)

Outside Classes will be held in the Cafeteria if it rains.

Calligraphy – Elisenda - Cafeteria 1 hour
Fitting Garb – John McGuire - Cafeteria
Drop Spinning – Gwennlian - Outside 1 hour

Beginning period embroidery and making a queen’s favor – Gabriella - Cafeteria 2 hours

Making aged cheese and how to make a cheese press – Tristan - Cafeteria All afternoon
Cooking a period feast – Izzy - Kitchen
How to warp a warp weighted loom – Ana Ilevna and assistant - Outside 1 hour
Handsewn seams – Bebhinn – Outside 2 hours

How to make a camp chair – Gruffydd - Outside 2 hours

Beginning drawn-thread embroidery – Gabriella – Outside 2 hours

Oslo Nalbinding - Bebhinn - Outside 2 hours

May Day is traditionally a time to make and eat Bannocks.  Yum!  At the recent BBM meeting Mistress Damiana reported enthusiastically that she would like to do a Bannocks and Ballocks challenge as part of the day board for Mayfaire on May 10th.  Bannocks are Scottish and typically served at Beltaine (May 1st).  Now, there is no relationship between the two words except that they are both British, they rhyme and she thinks they are both fun!  The practical reason for this challenge is that we doubt we will get to make enough Bannocks for the day board since they really should be made the day before and we will be busy prepping other things. 

So if you would like to rise to the Bannocks and Ballocks Challenge and contribute a batch, please let Damiana know at lizjones429@earthlink.net!  You can be a little creative since the Scots seem to have had a Bannock for every and any occasion!  If you do bring a batch, please bring the recipe or ingredient list so we can compare notes.  We will be happy with all entries -none shall be turned away and I think all will be eaten!  If you are extra-inspired you can also compose an Ode to a Bannock or some such frivolity!

For Lots of Lore on Bannocks Galore, see here:  http://www.tairis.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71:festival-bannocks-and-caudle&catid=40:recipes&Itemid=8

Merchants are welcome.  Please contact Lady Gwenllian ferch Llewellyn for further information.  (See contact information below)

Site is damp.  Beer, wine, mead or champagne ONLY.  No spirits or spirit-based cordials are allowed on site.

No smoking on site.  Not even in the parking lot.  You must go outside the fence to smoke.

No animals are allowed on site except Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (guide dogs, signal dogs, or other animals individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability).
Site Opens: 9:00AM
Site Closes: 8:00PM

Event Website: http://www.bbm.eastkingdom.org/mayfaire.htm

Event Location
HSC Community Center
370 Osgood Avenue
New Britain, CT  06053

North, East or West, take your best route to I-84, Exit 36 (Slater Road).

From the exit, continue straight onto Sterling Road.  Sterling ends in a T with a wood straight ahead of you. 

At the woods, turn LEFT onto Corbin Avenue.  The entrance to the site is on your RIGHT.  It's a gate in a chain-link fence just before Osgood Avenue.  If you get to Osgood you've just passed it.

From the South, take I-91 to Exit 22N (Route 9 North).
Merge LEFT to Route 72 WEST towards Bristol.
Take the Corbin Avenue exit.  This is a right-hand exit off of Route 72.
Turn RIGHT onto Corbin Avenue for ~1.3 miles.
The entrance to the site is on your RIGHT.  It's a gate in a chain-link fence just before Osgood Avenue.  If you get to Osgood you've just passed it.

(If you miss the Corbin Avenue exit, then get onto I-84 East-bound and follow the directions above.)

Event Fees
Site : Site fee before May 1st is $10 for adults (18 and above), after is $12.  A $5 nonmember surcharge will be added to either amount for those gentles who are not paid members of the SCA.

Family Cap is $40.

Youth reservation (6 - 17) is $6 before May 1st and $8 after.

Children under 6 are free.

Registration Deadline:  May 1st, 2014.

Site fee includes a simple dayboard.
Make Checks Payable to:  SCA Inc., Barony Beyond the Mountain

Reservation Deadline - May 1, 2014.

Feast: No Feast - Dayboard Only.

Make Checks Payable to: Barony Beyond the Mountain, SCA Inc

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Stevyn de Rouen (Gregory Rothauser)
860) 989-7115

Send Reservations to:
Baroness Eloise of Coulter
(Kris Schlain)
17 Bittersweet Ln.
Burlington, CT 06013

Reservations can also be made online through the SCA ACEPPS system:  http://acceps.ansteorra.org/index.php

PLEASE NOTE we cannot refund site fees paid via ACEPPS.

Other Contact Information:
Contact Mesterinna Anarra Karlsdottir, the BBM Seneschal for information about the hall or facilities.

Contact Gwilym of Fflint, the BBM Web Minister, for questions about the Achery shoot.

Contact Sir Arnwulf Aethelreding, the BBM Minister of the Lists, for questions about the Spear and Pole Arm activities.

Contact Mesterinna Ana Ilevna, the BBM Minister of Arts and Sciences, if you would like to teach a class.

Merchants may contact Lady Gwenllian ferch Llewellyn (LisaKat3@sbcglobal.net) for further information.

All BBM Officer information here:

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