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Event Details
Yule Revel in Medieval Germany Event date: December 13th, 2014
Hosted by Barony of Bhakail - Philadelphia, PA
Event Last Modified: November 18th, 2014
Event details
"Winter has fallen over all the world.  The heaths and woodlands now look so pale, where once many voices enchanted the ear." - Walther von der Vogelweide (13th c.), trans.  by Tim Chilcott

The Baron and Baroness of Bhakail invite you to join Them in chasing away winter's gloom with feasting, singing, music, learning, contests, gaming, dancing, and much socializing in a medieval German midwinter celebration.

The dayboard and feast will features dishes from Ein Buch von guter spise (14th c.), cooked by the renowned Kitcheners van Woerden.  During the day, there will Children's Activities, Renaissance dance instruction, an Athena's Thimble paneling, plus classes on medieval German embroidery, science, and food, as well as classes/workshops on medieval German music/poetry from the 12th c.  Carmina Burana, from the 14th c.  Codex Manesse (minnesang), and from other medieval German sources.

Additionally, the Baron and Baroness of Bhakail have called on Their Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion and Their Baronial Brewing Champion to prepare competitions so that the next Champions may be chosen.

The Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion competition challenge is about communicating across cultures.  Consider the cultures your persona would have known about or traded with, and create an item your persona would have owned.  It can be anything from an article of clothing inspired by a pilgrimage to a sword picked up in battle to a bottle that was purchased from a silk-road trader.  Entries will be judged on workmanship, documentation about the object, relationship of your persona and the culture of the object, and overall creativity.  In your documentation, please include information about how you made your entry, including the tools used compared to the tools used during the time that the article would have existed.  If you wish to include images, you may include them on separate pages and refer to them in your writings.  Just have them attached to the document.  For more information, please contact Bhakail's A&S Champion, Lord Osazuwa N'Kante (nk2war@yahoo.com).

The theme for the Brewing competition is "I've Never Done That Before".  All entrants are encouraged to bring in an ale, wine, mead, or cordial of a style or recipe that they had not made before.  Experimental alcohol is welcome.  The Brewing Champion competition is open to both experienced brewers and those new to the brewing hobby.  Documentation is appreciated, but ingredient lists are required due to the judges' food allergies.  For more info, please contact Bhakail's Brewing Champion, Lady Girsell Macleoid (trinitycelt@gmail.com).

The SCA does not serve alcohol.  However, the site is wet:  attendees are permitted to responsibly share the fruits of their study of brewing with others, with a special focus on brews inspired by the drinks of medieval Germany.  Brewers should coordinate with the local Brotherhood of Brewers by contacting Lord William Graham (lonecrow72@gmail.com). 

For the first two hours of the event, nonalcoholic hot beverages will be provided, courtesy of House Valodin.  All are welcome to enjoy the midwinter experience of hot beverages on a cold morn.

Medieval board games (plus instruction) will be available in the Ratskeller all day.

Merchants are welcome but merchanting space is limited.  Please contact Mistress Philadelphia at binsteaj@yahoo.com to reserve a table while they last.

As usual, a box for dropping off Toys for Tots donations will be available near the Gate table.  If you would like to participate, please bring a new, unwrapped toy and receive a raffle ticket for each toy donation.  The raffle winner will be drawn at the end of the event.  You do not need to be present to win.  If you have any questions on what toys are most requested, please contact Baroness Mistress Scheherazade (sallena20@yahoo.com).

During the feast, several tables will be reserved for offboard seating in the main hall so that guests who choose not to partake of the feast can still enjoy the feast atmosphere.  Candles which are contained in votives taller than the flame are permitted.

There are several restaurants within a few blocks of the site for anyone who chooses to eat dinner outboard, then return for the evening's dancing and desserts.  A list of local restaurants will be available.

After the feast, the evening will feature Renaissance dancing, a dessert board, and a dessert/soteltie contest.  The only requirement to enter the soteltie competition is to provide an ingredient list due to the judges' food allergies.  Prizes will be awarded for best-tasting dessert or soteltie, best presentation, and most historically accurate.  (The same dessert or soteltie can win more than one prize.) Documentation and/or medieval and/or German-inspired desserts or sotelties are encouraged but not required.  The dessert board and sotelties will be for all guests (onboard, offboard, and outboard).

For the event schedule, the class listing, the feast menu, the list of dances, and additional event information, please go to http://bhakail.east-kingdom.org/yule .

The Barony of Bhakail looks forward to seeing you on 12/13/14 and sharing some medieval German midwinter cheer!

Site Opens: 10 a.m.
Site Closes: 10 p.m.

Event Website: http://bhakail.eastkingdom.org/yule/

Event Location
German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA  19123

Directions:  Take your best route to the Callowhill Street exit from I-95 or I-676.  Turn right onto North 5th Street.  Take the second left onto Spring Garden Street and the site will be on your right.

Parking:  There is a small parking lot attached to the site to be used only by mobility-challenged guests, and by the kitchen and clean-up crews.  The main street in front of the site is metered parking, but the meters have been free on all Saturdays in December for the last few years.  More info to follow on whether the metered parking on the main street will be free again this year.  There is free street parking on most of the side streets, and there are pay lots on the main street.  If you use one of the pay lots, please confirm what time the lot closes to make sure that you will be able to easily retrieve your car.

Public transit:  The site is accessible via public transit from the Philadelphia Center City Greyhound/Peter Pan/Chinatown buses, from Amtrak, from NJ Transit, and from SEPTA.  Take your best route to Center City Philadelphia and use the Trip Planner feature on the SEPTA website.  http://www.septa.org/ There are several SEPTA buses which stop in front of the site, and the site is only a few blocks from SEPTA's Market-Frankford El.  If you have any questions about using SEPTA to get to the site from Center City Philadelphia, please contact Mistress Philadelphia binsteaj@yahoo.com, 215-387-5825.

Event Fees
Site : Prereg:
Feast+site fee (adult):  $21
Feast+site fee (13-17 yrs old):  $18
Feast+site fee (6-12 yrs old):  $9
Feast+site fee (up to 5 yrs old):  $0
Site fee only (adult):  $14
Site fee only (13-17 yrs old):  $12
Site fee only (6-12 yrs old):  $7
Site fee only (up to 5 yrs old):  $0

At the Door:
Feast+site fee (adult):  $26 if avail.
Feast+site fee (13-17 yrs old):  $23 if avail.
Feast+site fee (6-12 yrs old):  $9 if avail.
Feast+site fee (up to 5 yrs old):  $0 if avail.
Site fee only (adult):  $19
Site fee only (13-17 yrs old):  $17
Site fee only (6-12 yrs old):  $7
Site fee only (up to 5 yrs old):  $0

Feast: The dayboard and dessert board are included in the site fee.  The Non-member Surcharge of $5 applies to all adult non-members. 

The feast is expected to sell out before the day of the event, so all guests are encouraged to preregister.  Feast seating is limited in order to provide space in the main hall for offboard tables.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA Inc.  - Barony of Bhakail

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Mistress Philadelphia Brown (binsteaj@yahoo.com) 215-387-5825 & Lady Xanthippe Ouranina (xanouran@comcast.net)

Send Reservations to:
Please preregister via ACCEPS http://acceps.ansteorra.org , or make checks payable to SCA PA Inc.-Barony of Bhakail, and mail to Joy Rogers Gomez-Farrow at 18 W.  Felton St., Ridley Park PA 19078.  ACCEPS will close on Saturday, 11/29, but preregistrations can still be mailed in December.  Refunds may be requested until Saturday, Dec 6, 2014.

Other Contact Information:
For more information, please contact:
*Feast & Dayboard Cooks:  The Kitcheners van Woerden
*Head Cook:  Meesteres Annetje van Woerden (annetjevanwoerden@gmail.com)
*Music Coordinator:  Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant (baronnesabine@gmail.com)
*Dance Teacher:  Arglwydd Dafydd Cyhoeddwyr (John.White@drexel.edu)
*Class Coordinator:  Lady Xanthippe Ouranina (xanouran@comcast.net)
*Children's Activities:  Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar (ladyalesia19018@yahoo.com)
*Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion:  Lord Osazuwa N'Kante (nk2war@yahoo.com)
*Baronial Brewing Champion:  Lady Girsell Macleoid (trinitycelt@gmail.com)
*Tavernkeepers:  Lord William Graham (lonecrow72@gmail.com) & The Brotherhood of Baronial Brewers
*Tavern Gamemaster:  Master Michel Wolffauer (mike@knauer.org)
*Toys for Tots Coordinator:  Baroness Mistress Scheherazade (sallena20@yahoo.com)
*Merchant Liaison:  Mistress Philadelphia Brown (binsteaj@yahoo.com)
*Registration Clerk and Gatekeeper:  Dona Damiana Almodovar (gomezfaj@upenn.edu)
*Clean-up Crew Chief:  Baron Joseph Harcourt (knightmarshal@bhakail.eastkingdom.org)

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