Lyondemere Anniversary and Investiture – A Year of Enchantment – June 27, 2020

Once upon a time… In a land bordered by the Sea, a Baron and Baroness stood upon the hillside and looked out over the vastness of the Ocean. She laid her head upon his chest; he rested his cheek upon her head. And there the twain stood for several small moments. “It is time, my Lord,” the Baroness spoke softly, “to lay our heads down and rest. We have worked diligently these past years, and the Crown and populace are pleased.”

“I agree, my Lady,” the Baron stated. “To that end, we must find suitable replacements to fulfill our duties to the Crown and the people.”

And thus, word went throughout the land of Lyondemere that Baron Conchobhar mac Caionaoith and Baroness Seraphina Arlotto sought heirs to their thrones. Several answered the call; Lady Arwen McBaird and William of Lyondemere were chosen.

…and they lived happily ever after…

Please join us in celebration of the longevity of our barony and the investiture of Reeve William and Reevess Arwen as our new Baron and Baroness! We will be holding our combat championships in armored combat (standard double-elim) and rapier combat (modified Swiss 5 tournament) and our LyonBard competition. More details on the competitions will be coming soon. There will be archery, an arts and sciences demos, a revel, and a Feast! Celebrate this Enchanted moment in time at North High School, in Torrance, on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The site opens at 8 AM and is a dry site. Revel will begin immediately following closing court. The Feast, created and executed by Don Avenel Kellough, will be served around 6 PM. If you’re able, please stay to help clean up! The site closes at 10 PM, sharp!

Event Information

Event Site: North High School, 3620 W. 182nd St., Torrance, CA 90504

Site Fees: $15 per adult (with a $5 SCA Member discount). Youth 17 and under are guests of the Barony. Please make checks payable to “SCA, Inc. Barony of Lyondemere.” Feast will be $15 per person. Menu for Feast will be available closer to the event.

Event Stewards: Lady Batu Sechen Tsagaajin at anniversary@lyondemere.org. To ask questions about Feast or to make Feast reservations, please contact Event Co-Steward, Lord Geiri Smiðsson, at feast@lyondemere.org. Telephone: (424) 290-1283

Email: anniversary@lyondemere.org
Also: feast@lyondemere.org

Schedule

  • 8:00 AM – Site opens for set up
  • 9:00 AM – Lists and Gate open
  • 10:00 AM – Opening Court
  • 15-30 minutes after Court – Lists Close
  • 1:00 PM – Populace Lunch
  • 6:00 PM – Tourney site closes and Feast Hall opens
  • 10:00 PM – Feast site closes

More details will be available in the coming weeks!

Heirs Selected

Greetings, Lyondemere

It is our honor to announce that WE HAVE HEIRS! Will and Arwen have been selected as our successors. Seraphina and I want to thank all of the people who sent in their letters of intent. The decision was tremendously difficult as we had four terrific sets of candidates to choose from. Thank you to those who participated in the polling. Your feedback was invaluable. It’s reassuring to know so may people want to both lead and support this barony. We look forward to working with Will and Arwen and are excited to see where they lead us. Mark your calendars and join us for Anniversary/Investiture on June 27, 2020.

Congratulations to Will and Arwen, the next Reeves of Lyondemere.

In Service,
Conchobhar and Seraphina

Baronial Progress in 2020

The following events are on the calendar for the Baron and Baroness to attend in Caid during 2020.


  • Saturday, January 04, 2020 – Coronation/12th Night (Angels / Arcadia)
  • Saturday, January 11 – Queen’s Champion (Carreg Wen / Lompoc)
  • Saturday, January 25 – Gyldenholt Unbelted (Gyldenholt / Orange County TBA)
  • Saturday, February 1 – Festival of the Rose (Calafia / San Diego)
  • Saturday, March 7 – Crown Tournament (Naevehjem / Ridgecrest)
  • Saturday, March 14 – Gyldenholt/Calafia Friendship Tourney (Orange County TBA)
  • Saturday, March 21 – Lyondemere Arts & Archery (Lyondemere, Woodley Park)

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

Site

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

Directions

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, Yule@Lyondemere.org, Contact phone number for this event is 310-987-7244.

November Beach Bardic – Sunday, November 10, 2019

Join us in November for a bonfire and Beach Bardic event! We will gather in the late afternoon and enjoy stories, songs, and snacks as the sun goes down. Bring a dish to share and a song or tale to share as well, although you are not required to perform-you can listen and enjoy as well. 

Location: Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, California 90003

Look for SCA friends gathered around the firepits…. we will have banners or other means to identify us.