Category Archives: Announcement

Official Poll for New Heirs of Lyondemere



Unto all good citizens of Lyondemere does Baron Guillem and Baroness Arwen of Lyondemere send greetings.

We have announced our intentions in stepping down as your Baron and Baroness at Lyondemere Anniversary, on June 25, 2023. Sir Gareth Somerset and THL Alatiel de Beaumont of Reading-wood have stepped forward and volunteered to serve as your next Baron and Baroness. A polling of the populace is required to advise the Crown on the will of the members of the barony. This polling is not a vote as the decision is solely the burden of the Crown of Caid. This polling is confidential.

You must have an active membership status with the SCA in order to participate and have your residence within the barony’s zip code in order to have your vote counted. Only one vote per member.

As a paying member of the SCA within the Barony of Lyondemere you are entitled to participate in this “vote of confidence.” Please mark “Yea” or “Nay.” You may add any comments you feel relevant to this process.  

This poll will run from February 10, 2023 until closing on March 10, 2023.


Call for Letters of Intent to be Next Baronial Heads

Greetings Lyondemere!

At Yule on December 3, 2022, Baron Guillem and Baroness Arwen announced that they would be looking looking for heirs to be the next Baronial Heads of Lyondemere.

We are now taking letters of intent from candidate couples. The next Baronial Heads of Lyondemere do not need to be any specific gender singly or as a pair. Baron AND/OR Baroness — any pair of two people may send in their Letters of Intent.

Please send in a letter with the following information.

  • Your Modern Names
  • Your SCA Names
  • Your current mailing address
  • Your current membership number and membership expiration
  • A short description of why you would like to step up as Baronage

The only real requirements? You must both be paid members and willing to serve as the Baronial heads of the Barony. Your letters of intent must be sent in by or before Friday, February 3, 2023.

Please send your letters of intent to

Most sincerely, Eilidh (seneschal) and Guillem and Arwen (baronial heads)

Virtual Baronial Council – Wed, July 29

Barony of Lyondemere Council Meeting
July 29, 2020 – 7:00 PM Pacific Time

The Barony of Lyondemere will be having a Baronial Council meeting via Zoom. Zoom details will be shared the day of the meeting. (You can request Zoom details by email –

We will be running this like a normal Baronial Council, so we will be needing officer reports, updated on old projects (Anniversary), current projects, and 2020 events.

All are welcome to attend this business meeting. This is a non-garb event, online. If your computer can’t do Zoom, please feel free to call in on the zoom telephone numbers that will be provided with the links closer to the meeting.

If you can’t make the Zoom meeting and you are an officer, feel free to message the Seneschal with any reports ( Any questions? Let me know.

June and July In-Person Events in Caid

Message from the Kingdom
Posted by Alexander Caidus to the Kingdom of Caid, June 3, 2020

Hope for the best and prepare for the worst. A phrase in which these times demand we live by. In hoping for the best, as We have stated from the very beginning, HRM and I will make decisions for Caid after We have received as much information as possible. Last month We were forced to postpone all SCA events for the month of June and now in June We must postpone all the events for the month of July.

In continuing to hope for the best HRM and I will NOT cancel events in the long term. We will continue to evaluate where We are at the end of each month and determine at that point what course We must take. As everyone should, We keep hope that perhaps a vaccine/cure may be found and hopefully We will be able to reunite with Our chosen family very soon. Still, this does not mean We should be foolish and think that cure will arrive tomorrow. Most likely, it will not.

Thus, We must also prepare for the worst. In evaluating Our situation, and assuming the worst case scenario of a vaccine 18 months out We must prepare ourselves for that eventuality. It is important to Us that everyone understand Our mindset when it comes to Our decisions for the Kingdom. We took an oath to protect each and every member of Our populace and We are not willing to risk a single life. We are well aware that not everyone is as concerned with this pandemic as some. Still, if Our choice is inconveniencing people versus risking even one life, the choice is simple for us to make.

With this said, We have decided to maintain Our continued postponement process to whatever county in Caid has the highest restrictions. You will not be able to travel from Los Angeles to Bakersfield to have an event, if Los Angeles is still locked down. Even if Bakersfield is completely open. The state must be open for us all before We are willing to stop postponing events (assuming California has the highest restrictions as it currently does. We will of course take into consideration HI and NV should their restrictions increase above that of CA). With regard to Our Heirs and coronation, We have spoken with the BOD, other Royalty from other Kingdoms, Our officers and Our Heirs. Her Majesty and I have toiled over this issue for months now and it is time for a decision to be made. We and our Heirs are in full agreement that we do not want a virtual coronation. We shall ask the BOD for a variance to extend our reign (It should be noted that this is happening in several other Kingdoms as well). Each month we shall evaluate if We can safely have a coronation and when that time arrives is when We shall move forward with those plans.

Her Majesty and I fully understand that We cannot rule forever. This reign has already taken a large emotional toll on us both. Still, We are both steadfast and ready to continue to insure the safety of Our Kingdom and to make sure our Heirs are not given a Kingdom in chaos. In conjunction with the wishes of Our Heirs We are in complete agreement, that if we must continue to keep postponing events, at some point it will makes sense to simply continue our reign through one more cycle and allow our Heirs to step up in January.

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

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.

Lyondemere 41st Anniversary & Faire

It was 41 years ago that the Barony of Lyondemere was founded and it’s time to celebrate with a day of tournament, food, and merriment. Join us on Saturday, June 29, 2019, and while we are no longer considered young’ins, we refuse to grow up! It’s time for amusement with various period games, scavenger hunts, games of chance, prizes, and fun. All ages are welcome to participate!

In addition to these activities, we will, of course, hold our combat championships in Armored and Rapier (a modified Swiss-5 tournament), as well as our Lyon Bard competition. More details for the championships will be shared soon!

We ask that groups (any group, from Barony to Household) each host a period game or activity to encourage fun! Sign-ups for games will be available soon.

Of course, our Anniversary tournament wouldn’t be the same without the infamous Donation Raffle fundraiser. There will be many beautiful items (most hand crafted) available. Tickets for chances to win these items are $1 each or 6 for $5.

The Right and Noble Order of the Upper Crust will be providing a lunch for a small fee. All proceeds go to the West Coast Culinary Symposium which Caid is hosting in 2020. Details on menu and pricing will be forthcoming.

Event Information

Event Site: Syd Kronenthal Park, 3459 McManus Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

Site Fees: $15 per adult (with a $5 SCA-member discount). $3 for children ages 6-12. Please make checks payable to “SCA, Inc. Barony of Lyondemere.”

Event Stewards: Avicia de Na Baiona, Vincenzo di Lyondemere, Caellach mac Uilliam, Sadhbh inghean Duinn, and Asakura Machime



  • 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 – Site Closes

Attendees are highly encouraged to carpool as parking will be limited. Attendees are advised not to park in the residential neighborhood surrounding the park off Reid Avenue, Roberts Avenue, McManus Avenue, or Faye Avenue. Washington Blvd does have parking, which is several blocks away.

Anyone bringing sunshades, tents, or pop ups are required to have Flame Retardant Certification. Most modern sunshades and pop ups have these on the tent as well as some of the manufactured period tents, have this as well. Please email photos of your Flame Retardant Certification to our event stewards as soon as possible, before the event, to be allowed to set up.

Various games and contests will be going on throughout the day.
Raffle drawing will close AFTER finals so all can participate (fundraiser) and we will start selling tickets after court.

Setup Up Raffle Tickets: We need all hands-on deck during set up! Anyone who is not a member of the Barony who shows up to help with setup will receive 10 FREE raffle tickets! See the Seneschal (Magistra Claudia) or the event stewards to receive tickets.

Arts and Archery 2019 – Feb 17

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Barony of Lyondemere is proud to host their annual tournament to choose Their Excellencies’ new champions of Archery and Arts & Sciences at Lyondemere Arts and Archery on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Rancho Park Archery Range. All are welcome to participate in a fine day of archery, competition, and sharing of artistic endeavors.

Because we are a seafaring land, our themed shoots and activities will be centered around what else, the sea! Artists who desire to compete for our championship will be awarded extra points for providing objects related to the theme.

Throughout the day there will also be fun, hands-on arts demos.


Shoot till you drop! (Then shoot a little bit more.)

We’ll have fun with novelty shoots, which you can shoot as much as you want, with only your highest score counting. There will be sic different shoots going throughout the day, including some terrible monsters to shoot, as well as our current champion’s favorite seasonal (can you beat her highest score?). We’ll be using the 10m, 18m, and portable targets for variable distances on the 50m ranges.

There will be a special art shoot starting after lunch. To qualify, either the archer or their consort* must enter an art or science entry in a special art competition (*your consort may be your partner, a friend, sibling, an artist/scientist that you admire, or one you just met and decided to team up with).

Once the tournament ends, DON’T pack up yet! While the final scores are being tallied, come to the 18m range for the return of the beloved balloon melee! Every archer will get a balloon to pin to the target wall, representing their life on the melee field. Try to take out as many other archers balloon until someone gets yours. Who will be the last archer standing?

The finals will be a modified forester round, on a novelty target. The Baron has challenged our current champion to come up with something really difficult, will you be up for the challenge?


We will have a few options for you to show off your newest object d’art (and/or science)!

To enter Baronial Championship you will need one period object (any type, from functional to non, any period medium) and provide written documentation. Please send a brief description of your entries for arts champion, by January 15, to our minister of arts so she can arrange suitable judges for your work to the following email address: This is a great opportunity for those wanting feedback on their projects for Pentathlon to assist in honing your entries.

All ages welcome (there will be a youth category, judged separately). The Lyondemere Art and Science Champion is judged on a recent, completed in the past year (2018-2019) project, and is expected to be fully documented. Because the judging is to be “’blind” please do NOT put names or any other identifying marks on entries or documentation. Entrants will be given a number to identify their entry at List.

Archer/Consort Art championship — anyone vying for the archery baronial championship, and provides an art or science project (either from the archer or their consort), will be placed into a special shoot and their submission will be eligible to win a prize. These entries will be chosen by their Excellencies and all objects need to come in with no identifying marks on the item or documentation (if provided).

There will also be a People’s Choice Arts Competition for those who wish to display their skill, but do not have proper documentation, or do not wish to enter in the championship competition.

A donation breakfast and lunch will be available. Further details to be posted closer to the event.


  • 8 AM – Site opens
  • 9 AM – Lists and Archery Tournament opens
  • 10 AM – Opening Court
  • 12 PM – Lunch break & Final Call for all Arts and Science submissions for all competitions
  • 1 PM – Judging starts of A&S
  • 3:30 PM – (approx) Balloon melee and Finals
  • 4 PM – Closing Court
  • 5 PM – Site Closes


Rancho Park Archery Range 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90064. Carpooling is encouraged as parking is extremely limited.

Come in on the north most parking lot entry, it is marked with the Archery Range sign. Drive past the front lot to the back lot to find the range, but parking there is limited, and the lot by the street much larger.

Special Site Notes

Please note: No canopies are allowed, but we’ll have plenty of shade either under the trees or on the archery range.

Dogs are allowed on leashes.