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Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule: December 3, 2022

All good gentles of Caid, the Baronies of Lyondemere and Gyldenholt are pleased to invite you to another marvelous Yule Outdoor Holiday Picnic in the Park! We enjoyed ourselves so much last year that we’d like to return again for another fine frolic in the fresh air with food and fun!

Event Registration

There is no registration cost for this event. We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys 4 Tots from anyone who wishes to donate.


Site opens 10 AM
11 AM Court and Day announcements
11:30 Picnic lunch starts
12 PM Games, Arts and Sciences displays and demos
2 PM Gift Exchange / White Elephant (or earlier if games finish early)
3 PM Closing and Clean up

The whole event is focused on friendship, casual fun, and enjoying the company of friends. Bring out your games, bring out your drums, bring out your musical instruments, bring out your dancing shoes!

For your picnic lunches, you may follow your own comfort level for sharing with families, households, or friends. If you are sharing more widely with others, please consider labeling items with ingredients as best as possible.

Gift Exchange

The Gift Exchange / White Elephant is opt-in and not mandatory. All are welcome to participate as follows. Bring one wrapped SCA-related gift with a minimum $10 value. All the gifts are placed in the common pool, and all gift-bringers draw a number. The first number opens a gift from the pool. The following players can either unwrap something new or steal an unwrapped gift from the previous players. Gifts can only be stolen once per turn, and only up to three swaps per round. When all gifts have been opened, the first player can swap their gift for another in play. When no further swaps occur, the game is over.

Arts and Sciences

Bring out your favorite hand-crafts and demos and show us what you’ve been working on this year! Bring tokens or baubles to show your appreciation for each other.

Site Restrictions

The site does not allow stakes, however pop-up shades are acceptable. Please feel free to bring tables for your Arts Displays and Demos. And enjoy the central picnic tables area, the many trees, and the lovely shade. The site is also strictly dry (no alcohol).

Please remember that we will be following all local Covid guidelines as well as our SCA guidelines.

Event Steward

Dame Eilidh Swann

DISCLAIMER: Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Lyondemere Anniversary: June 25, 2022

Since time immemorial, the wanderlust of the bold people of CAID has brought them to seek out that place where the enveloping mist, crashing sea and rugged land meet, a place where boisterous adventurers strive in the spirit of good fellowship: This is Lyondemere, and the time to visit her hath come again!

Please join us on June 25, 2022 in celebration of our proud Barony, and its beloved Baronage Guillem and Arwen. There will, of course, be fighting both heavy and rapier; archery, Arts and Sciences competition; and our traditional Fighter Bard competition. Additionally, there will be a prize activity for non-fighters (details to be disclosed at opening court). There will also be a silent auction to benefit the Barony, and the Right Noble Brewer’s guild will be selling snow cones. The celebration will be at North High in Torrance, with its broad, green fields and ample parking.


8am – Site opens
10am – List and Gate open
11am – Opening Court
15-30 Minutes after Opening Court – Lists close
One hour after Opening court – Snow cones will begin selling
4pm – Closing Court
5pm – Site closes

Site details

North High School, 3620 W. 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
This is a Dry site.


$15 Adult Event Registration. $10 Adult Member Discount Event Registration. Youths 17 and under are guests of the Barony. Checks payable to: SCA, Inc./Barony of Lyondemere.


Event Steward: Sir Halldorr Thorhalsson and Sir Mons Von Goarhausen (Deputy)

Disclaimer: Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Lyondemere Arts and Archery 2022

The Barony of Lyondemere is pleased to host our annual tournament to choose new champions in Arts and Sciences and in Archery. Our grand return to the fields of competition will be Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Woodley Park archery range in Van Nuys. We invite you all to join us for the fun, high skill, and the marvel of being together again outdoors!


Along the theme of “Shoot ‘til You Drop,” competitions will run all day, including early-bird shoots before morning court. There will be novelty shoots, which you can do as many as you like–with only your highest score from each competition counting. Contests are currently planned for 20m, 30m, 40m, and a Clout competition at 100 yards. Top scores from each of the mini competitions will be eligible for the finals.


We are actively recruiting staff and equipment to be able to host both Crossbow and Thrown Weapons. Please check the event listing on our website: — for details as the event approaches.


This is our Premier Arts Competition in Lyondemere! Entrants may enter between one to three categories. The Champion should enter all three.

  • Category 1: “Your Best” arts or sciences endeavor
  • Category 2: “Even More” arts or science, may be similar to category 1
  • Category 3: “Something Completely Different”

Please include your best effort at documentation for your competitive entries. 

All Arts entrants must send in an email by Friday, April 8, 2022 with their intent to compete. Please list what kind of entry or entries you’ll be bringing to competition so that the event staff can have appropriate judges on hand. Send your topic submissions to  

All ages are welcome: If there are youths who enter, they will be judged separately in their own category.

Judging is done blind. Please do NOT include your name or any identifying marks on your entries and/or documentation. Your entries will be given a Number for competition.

There will also be a People’s Choice for Arts. Anyone may bring something for the People’s Choice display, even if they do not wish to compete or provide documentation. People’s Choice entries do not need to have an email sent in advance.


Woodley Park is at 6331 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406 in the Sepulveda Dam Basin Recreation Area, between Burbank Blvd and Victory Blvd. This is a dry site. Extra-long stakes are needed when putting up pavilions or pop-ups.


  • 8 AM – Site Opens
  • 10 AM – Opening Court / Announcements
  • 4 PM – Closing Court / Champions Announced
  • 5 PM – Site Closes


Adults $15 entrance, Adult members (discounted rate, with proof of membership) $10. Children 16 and under are guests of the Barony. Children are welcome but must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian. We regret to inform you that the site does not allow pets. Please bring cash or make checks payable to SCA, Inc./Barony of Lyondemere.

Event Steward: Dame Eilidh Swann,  


Take your favorite route to the 405 and Burbank Blvd. From the 405 North: Exit at Burbank Blvd. and turn left toward Woodley. From the 405 South: Exit at Burbank Blvd. and turn right toward Woodley. At Woodley, turn right. Look for a sign that bears the legend “Japanese Gardens.” Turn right towards the gardens. Just before entering the gardens, turn right on the access road that traverses the park picnic grounds. Continue along this road until you reach the traffic circle. The Archery range is on the left, up the hill. Parking is limited near the range, but overflow parking is available alongside the range, behind the paved lot.

Youth Activities: Lyondemere and Gyldenholt Virtual Anniversary June 2021

At-Home Activities

We have a few different types of activities available for our youngest guests. All of the materials can be downloaded at the following Google Drive link. Coloring and Other activities will require a printer to print out the activities. Construction activities may require multiple materials — check out the individual activities to see what you will need.

Coloring Activities

Try coloring one of our many medieval-inspired scenes!

Construction Activities

Try making a wax seal out of clay, a castle out of cardboard, or many more!

Other Activities

Try connecting the dots, or design your own shield!

Lyondemere-Gyldenholt Yule – December 7, 2019

Winter Solstice traditions hold a high place in many cultures across time and distance. Whether you celebrate Yule in Scandinavia, Saturnalia in Rome, Dong in China, Yalda in Persia, or any other festival that marks the Winter Solstice, you are part of centuries-old traditions still celebrated and revered by millions of people across the globe. In keeping with this world-wide view, our theme for the day is Yule Across the Known World. Join Lyondemere and Gyldenholt in a celebration of these traditions on December 7, 2019. We have a wonderful day planned, including a dessert contest, a wonderful feast, merriment, and entertainment.

Events Throughout the Day

  • Arts & Sciences: Krampus! Enter a terrifying mask, win a prize! To be decided by popular vote.
  • We invite the populace to bring a Potluck Dessert, please provide a list of ingredients. The Yule Sweets Champion will be decided by our Guests of Honor.
  • Table Decorations: Vikings and Mongols and Greeks, oh my! You are invited to decorate the table with items representative of your chosen culture’s unique historical celebration. Knockout gorgeous is also highly encouraged. The populace favorite will be awarded a prize.
  • Youth Activity: To be determined, but we promise it will be fun!
  • Feast: Menu is yet to be finalized, please email the event steward for vegetarian or allergen needs.
  • Bardic:We would love to include you in our festivities. Please contact the event steward to arrange a time in the schedule of the day.
  • White Elephant Gift Exchange: If you would like to participate, please bring a gift valued no more than $20


El Segundo Masonic Center
520 Main Street
El Segundo, CA 90245


From the 405 freeway, exit El Segundo Blvd West, right turn on Main Street, the hall is several blocks North of El Segundo Blvd. There is a parking lot that is accessed via the alley behind the property and lots of street parking. Handicap access is easiest from the parking lot.

Note: The Masonic Center is a slightly damp site. You may bring alcoholic beverages to accompany the feast. We remind you to drink responsibly and in moderation. Designated drivers are always encouraged and will receive a special token of appreciation.

Site Fee for the Day

  • Adults – $13; Non-member adults – $18
  • Children ages 13-18 – $8; Non-member children 13-18 – $13
  • Children under 13 are guests of the Barony.

Feast Fee

  • Feast add $13 for adults
  • Feast add $8 for children ages 5-12
  • There will be limited off-board seating reservations
  • To make reservations for the feast, please go to our Reservation page on google docs.

Please make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. Barony of Lyondemere. If you wish to pay in advance by check, we’ll send you the payment address after receiving your reservation.

Tentative Schedule for the Day

  • 1 PM – Gate opens
  • 1-3 PM – A&S, Youth Activity, Table décor set up
  • 3 PM – Court at their Excellencies’ pleasure
  • 5 PM – Last chance to cast populace votes for A&S
  • 5:30 PM – Feast
  • 7 PM – Dessert Pot luck judging, submit populace votes for table decoration
  • 7:30 PM – Presentation of contest awards
  • 7:30-8:30 PM – Dancing, merriment, and visiting
  • 8:30 PM – Site closes for everyone but the cleaning crew. Everyone is welcome to help clean.

Yule Feast Menu

  • Stollen
  • Cheese
  • Sweetened nuts
  • Stuffed dates
  • Wassail
  • Hasenpheffer – Hare stew or alternate Vegetable Pottage
  • Breads and spreads
  • Mincemeat tartlet – vegetarian version possible for those who request ahead
  • Stuffed Fowl with Galantine sauce – alternate crustless vegetarian humble pie for those who request ahead
  • Farced Boars head
  • Lemonwhyt – rice dish
  • Chickpea and mint salat
  • Fungi de Monte
  • Fried Gourds 
  • Nutterbrede – flourless dessert

Event Steward

Lady Arwen NcBaird,, Contact phone number for this event is 310-987-7244.