Planning Meeting: Yule – 11/12/2017

For those who are interested, there will be a Planning Meeting this Sunday, November 12, for detailed planning discussions about Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule (scheduled for December 9, event announcement). The Planning Meeting is scheduled to start promptly at 1 PM.

  • Location: Starbucks, 12430 Seal Beach Blvd #G, Seal Beach, CA 90740

There are many food establishments nearby where you can pick up lunch. Please do so early, so that we can start the Planning Meeting on time. The plan is to meet outside if the weather is good.

For additional questions or comments, please contact the Seneschal – – or the Event Stewards for Yule – .

For more information about Yule, see

Cooking Guild: Nov, Dec, and Jan

Cooking Guild meetings and get-togethers are held at Baroness Eva’s home in West Garden Grove usually on the third Sunday of the month starting at 1 PM.

Please RSVP – – to let them know how many are attending and to get directions to the meeting.

Upcoming Topics and Meeting Dates

  • Sunday, November 19November 26, 2017 – Braising, Stews, and Such
  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 – Annual Holiday Cookie Exchange Party
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 – The Tudor Raised Crust

Cooking Guild – 10/22


This months cooking guild meeting is set for
Sunday, October 22nd. We thought we would do something seasonally fun so…

The Topic is:
Spooky Subtleties using Period Recipes
At Baroness Eva’s home in West Garden Grove

For those of you who may not know, a subtlety is a special illusion food or charade type of dish. Food that is made to look like something else. Or to entertain. One that you might think of today is a cake that is shaped as a dragon or marzipan fruits. Medievally, you might recall hearing about four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie. Or maybe the Cocktrice? A dish which was made for a feast, that combined a pig and a capon to look like a mythical creature. Let’s see what spooky creation you can come up with!

Please RSVP –

Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule – 12/9

Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule

December 9, 2017


In the year 1453, the Turks captured the great metropolis and the last bastion of Christianity in the Middle East, Constantinople. We fear what we do not understand, and the Islamic Turks were definitely a force to cause fear. With their cunning use of music during the Siege of Constantinople, many were left terrified of the cacophony and loudness that was the Turks. Still, the Turks were no evil people; they did not force their newly conquered lands to convert to Islam. They allowed the Christians to continue their practices without threat, because, if there was one thing they knew from the Qur’an, it was this: Love is always the answer. “…Had God willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So, compete with each other in doing good…” (Surat al-Ma’ida, 48).

Let us celebrate love and caring this Holiday Season with random acts of Giving.

  • When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Time: 1 PM-9 PM
  • Where: El Segundo Masonic Lodge No 421, 520 Main St. El Segundo, CA 90245 (Parking is limited so we highly recommend carpooling)
  • Stewards: Batu Sechen Tsagaan, Baroness Eva filia Edeneweyn, and Lady Isabella Ruan de Aragon –

Greetings Caid! We welcome you to join Lyondemere and Gyldenholt in our annual, joint Yule Celebration. The activities and entertainment for this day will include a feast (see Feast Menu below), bardic performances, games, kids’ crafts and a basket raffle. We will be having a themed table decorating contest and a populace potluck dessert revel. (Please bring with you a complete list of ingredients for any potluck selections, to assist those with food allergies.)

The traditional gift exchange will happen and we will also be having a canned/nonperishable food drive for the needy. All participants in the food drive will receive a raffle ticket where you may win a prize. Additional announcements will be posted on this website as well as in the Lyondemere Facebook page for more details and updates on the day’s activities.

Site Fees (event entrance):

  • $13 for adults
  • $10 for children between ages 5 and 12
  • There will be a $5.00 discount with SCA membership
  • Children under the age of 5 will be guests of the baronies.
  • Please make checks payable to “SCA Inc./Barony of Lyondemere”

Feast Fees (separate from the site fee):

  • Feast reservations are $12 for adults
  • Feast reservations are is $8 for children between ages 5 and 12.
  • Limited off-board seating reservations (you get a seat at the feast, bring your own food and drink) will be available for of $2.
  • All feast reservations paid in advance will come with two free basket raffle tickets.
  • Please make your reservations early. We will take reservations for the feast until November 22 or until we are full.
  • Please make checks payable to “SCA Inc./Barony of Lyondemere”

Raffle Tickets

  • Tickets for the raffle will be $1 each or six for $5
  • Please make checks payable to “SCA Inc./Barony of Lyondemere”

Schedule of the Day (subject to Their Excellencies pleasure):

  • Gate opens: 1 PM
  • Court starts: 3 PM
  • Feast starts: 5:30 PM
  • Event closes: 9 PM

All guests are welcome to stay at the site, even if you are not eating at the feast or eating off-board. There are also restaurants nearby, if guests would like to step out for food and return. After the feast, there is a Populace Dessert Revel, the gift exchange, additional Bardic performances, and the Raffle drawing.

Feast Menu

The Feast Menu will be a combination of the following.

  • Ottoman and Byzantine Cuisine Breads
  • Cheese
  • Chickpea and olive spreads
  • Dolma (stuffed grape leaves)
  • hoshaf (dried fruit in syrup)
  • Kakavia – a seafood soup served with a Byzantine Green Salad
  • Piyaz and Pilav – a Bean dish and seasoned rice
  • Vegetable Moussakae – a type of casserole with a béchamel sauce
  • Lamb and Beef Koftas – meatball dish
  • Chicken Kabab
  • Cacik – yogurt and herbs
  • Assorted Turkish sweets
  • Rose and Mint tea

Gluten-free options can be made available for those who request in advance. NOTE: If you have severe allergies to foods or follow a strict vegetarian diet, please let me know this as well so that I can make an adaption or steer you clear of a particular dish.

Reservations are limited so please reserve early. Off-board is also limited and will require a reservation as well. You can contact us at

Baronial Council on Mon 10/16 – NEW LOCATION

ATTENTION! New Location!
Tonight’s Council Meeting has to be moved to the Round Table Pizza on Redondo Beach Blvd:

4330 Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA

Room is available from 6:30 PM on, so come early if you want to eat!

Please spread the word!

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Heads up: Rather than the typical “Second Monday of the month” Baronial Council schedule for October, please note that it will be held on the third Monday, October 16. This puts the meeting a week after Great Western War.

Please enjoy GWW and remember to come to Baronial Council at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 16.

Sincerely, your Baronial Seneschal, Magistra Claudia

ArtSci Night – Astronomy (at Fighter Practice) on 9/27

Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM

Master Niccolo Gianfigliazzi Genovese will be leading an expedition to the stars on the night of the first quarter moon. Please join us in the ampetheatre and learn about historic astronomy and do as much star gazing as the conditions will allow.

We will meet at seven in the Ampetheatre, downhill from the parking lot. The park can get quite cold, pleae dress warmly. There is some seating, but you might want to bring your own chair for comfort.

Link to event on FB:

Cooking Guild – Saturday 9/23

I’m sorry for the late notice but Lady Aurelia Della Rossa will be hosting a cooking guild meeting this Saturday, September 23, 2017 – in Long Beach. If you would like to attend, please let us know and we will send you the address. Contact:

  • Topic: period pies and tarts
  • Date: Saturday, September 23
  • Time: 11-2 pm

Please bring something to share for a lunch potluck.
Baroness Eva filia Edeneweyn

Rancho Park Archery GRAND OPENING on 9/23

My Lords & Ladies —
It would be Grand if you could attend the Grand Opening Saturday 23 Sept, 10 AM – Noon.
Easton Foundation has poured well over $1m into this lengthy project, and it has been necessary for a number of us to start from scratch to build a member program, with a board, by-laws and rules for safe operation. As we hope to be frequent users, please seriously consider attending in full regalia! There will be on opportunity to hold court, as the time is limited, but it’s vitally important that the powers be understand what communities support — and are served — by the range.
Thank You for Your Attention!
Yours in Service
Robin Greenwood of Arden

Polling Letter for Conchobhar and Serephina (due 10/14)

Unto all good citizens of the Barony of Lyondemere do King Alexander and Queen Tahira send warm and courteous greetings.

Well pleased with the service and representation of your Barony, We have asked your Baron Conchobhar and Baroness Seraphina to extend their time of service to a minimum of 2 years from their investiture as Vicars. A polling of the populace of Lyondemere is required to advise the Crown on the will of the people.

This polling is not a vote as the decision is solely the burden of the Crown of Caid.

The polling will be either in favor of Baron Conchobhar mac Cionaoith and Baroness Seraphina Arlotto serving a full term or not in favor.

This polling is confidential.

Please provide any commentary that you wish.

Please also note that the following information is required.

  • SCA Name:
  • Modern Signature:
  • SCA Membership Number/Expiration:
  • Modern Name:
  • Street:
  • City/state/zip:

Please check one of the following. You may provide commentary below your selection.

  • I support the full term Baron Conchobhar mac Cionaoith and Baroness Seraphina Arlotto
  • I do not support the full term Baron Conchobhar mac Cionaoith and Baroness Seraphina Arlotto

Additional Comments

Please return by October 14, 2017 via mail, email, or PM to Master Christian de Guerre.

Caid Archery Open 25th Anniversary on 10/15

Sunday, October 15, 2017

An invitation to all archers in the known world: Come celebrate with us the 25th Anniversary of the Caid Archery and Thrown Weapons Tournament. Since 1992, this tournament has given all archers the chance to show both their skill and their endurance. As an Open, all persons in the known world are encouraged to participate no matter their rank, status, or privilege.

For the celebration of this milestone, not one but two tournaments will be provided.

  • 25th Anniversary CAID Archery and Thrown Weapons Open
  • 1st Lyondemere Archery Open and Archery Handicap

Caid Open Archery and Thrown Weapons

Caid Open Archery and Thrown Weapons Tournament will consist of three competitions:

  • Open Bow
  • Period Bow
  • Thrown Weapons

The Open Bow and Period Bow archery competitions are each double-elimination Royal Round tournament-style events. The rules are basic. Each archer is paired like a fighting match. The only scores of concern during each round are between the archer and their opponent. An archer who has two losses is out of the competition. All other archers continue competing until one remains and is declared the CAID Open Champion.

The Open and Period bow competitions will be staggered. This will allow any archer who so wishes to compete in both.

Late arriving archers may still compete as long as they are ready to shoot and are signed in to lists before the second round of the tournament has begun.

The Thrown Weapons competition is a single Royal Round. The competitor with the best score of the day will be declared Champion.

Lyondemere Archery Open

The Lyondemere Archery Open will be shot at the same time as the Caid Open and is a prelude to the Lyondemere Archery Handicap.

  • Archers each shoot four Royal Rounds. No elimination.
  • Awards will be given out for the best cumulative scores in each of the Archery Rankings: Novice, Bowman, Yeoman, Forester, Bowmaster, and Royal Bowmaster. An additional prize will be awarded to the archer who improves their current Ranking by the most points.
  • Archer’s scores from the Caid Open are counted toward this tournament.
  • Only each archer’s first four Royal Rounds from the Caid Open will count. Any archer who is eliminated from the Caid Open before completing four Royal Rounds will be given the opportunity to complete as many rounds as is needed.

Any archer who arrives too late to compete in the Caid Open will still be eligible to compete in the Lyondemere Open and Handicap. Late arrivers will be given the opportunity to shoot four Royal Rounds.

Lyondemere Archery Handicap

This will consist of several mini-competitions. Archers may compete in as many or few of these mini-competitions as they wish. Each archer may compete in each competition as many times as they like but only their best score will count.

Each mini-competition will have one winner, but with a twist. As in golf, each archer will be given a handicap. Lower ranked archers will add points to their scores while higher ranked archers will have points taken away.

For the purpose of the tournament, each archer will have a ranking for the day: Novice, Bowman, Yeoman, Forester, Bowmaster, or Royal Bowmaster

Any archer may compete in the Handicap. Archers who shot four Royal Rounds earlier in the day will be given their rank for the day based on their scores from those rounds. Archers who have not shot in the Royal Round competitions will use their highest rank as shown on the SCA Scores website. Archers who are unranked and who have not shot four Royal Rounds earlier will compete as a Forester.

Handicaps will be different for each mini-competition. For example, the Dragon Hunt competition may have a possible maximum score of 90. For this the handicaps might be as follows.

  • Novice – add 30 points
  • Bowman – add 15 points
  • Yeoman – add 5 points
  • Forester – subtract 5 points
  • Bowmaster – subtract 15 points
  • Royal Bowmaster – subtract 30 points

The Lyondemere Archery Handicap will start after the Caid Open has completed its first four rounds and rankings for the day have been determined. It is anticipated that this will be sometime after noon.

Archers must be authorized in order to compete. Authorizations will be performed from 8-9 AM and as time permits throughout the day.


  • Range Opens for Practice: 8 AM
  • Lists Opens: 8 AM
  • CAID Open Archery Start Time: 9 AM
  • Opening Court: 10:30 AM
  • Lyondemere Archery Handicap: 12 PM
  • Closing Court and Awards Presentations: 4 PM
  • (Times are approximate)

Site Fee: $5 dollars for SCA members, $10 for non-members

Event Site:  Woodley Park Archery Range, Van Nuys, CA 91436 (link to Google maps)

Event Stewards: Lord Miguel de Granada and THLord Paganus Grimlove –

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