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Gyldenholt-Lyondemere Yule – December 2, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018 (1:00-8:30 PM)

Yule on the Dnieper: Circa 931 CE.

If you are Viking or Rus, or have recently been kidnapped by one or want to be, join us for Gyldenholt/Lyondemere Yule.

We will have a Viking/Rus themed bardic competition to be run throughout the day as available, face friendly snowballs, event-themed table decorations contest, a scribal table, games and kindercraft, not to mention the traditional White Elephant gift exchange.

For those who desire to have gifts handed out to their children, please provide said gift labeled with the child’s name. Hand it to Their Excellencies (of Gyldenholt) Ilia and Vitasha upon your arrival.

Feast will be provided by The Right Noble Upper Crust and will be event-themed. They are already hard at work testing many yummy treats.

We would like to invite the populace to participate in providing Viking/Rus themed potluck desserts. Please ensure a list of ingredients is also provided.

We will take feast reservations until November 18, 2018, or until we are full. Please send your reservation request to

Location: Huntington Beach Masonic Temple, 601 Palm Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Registration Information

  • $13 for adults
  • $8 for adult SCA members
  • Children under 13 are guests of the Barony
    • In addition, the Feast cost is $12 for adults
    • In addition, the Feast cost is $8 for children ages 5 through 12
    • There will be limited off-board seating reservations for $3
  • Please make checks payable to: SCA, Inc./Barony of Gyldenholt.

Schedule of the Day

  • 1 PM – Gate opens
  • 3 PM – Court at Their Excellencies’ pleasure
  • 5 PM – Feast commences
  • 7 PM – Populace Provided Potluck Dessert
  • 8:30 PM – Site closes for everyone except clean up crew. Anyone is welcome (encouraged) to assist.

Thank you for a great day!


Find your favorite transportation and head to the Huntington Beach Masonic Temple, 601 Palm Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92648. Parking on site is limited but there is plenty of surrounding street parking

Event Stewards

Jens inn Draumspaki, godi, O.P. and Ida Haroldsdottir, astkona, O.P. – Email:

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Overwhelming Appreciation: Thank You!

calligraphy by Countess Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Drachenwald – © 2009, Sara L. Uckelman

Greetings Lyondemere

The SCA has had some difficult times on the social media front lately. It seems every time we go online another negative post pops up. Seraphina and I want to tell you of an amazingly positive social media experience the Barony recently had and the wonderful people responsible for it.

As you know, last week our baronial trailer was stolen. In the trailer were our thrones, pavilion, tables, banners, signs and other items we use for tournaments and wars. While these things are physically replaceable, the thrones and banners were handmade and the emotional loss is tremendous. There is video of the trailer being taken and a report has been filed with the LAPD. All we can do now is move forward. Our hope is for the safe return of our baronial property but we must plan for their replacement.

Within seconds of us posting our loss on Facebook, a tidal wave of support came in. Not just from Lyondemere. Not just from Caid. From all over the Known World offers of help came flooding in. Offers to build new thrones, help with the purchase of a new pavilion, to organize fundraisers… As word spread of our situation, Seraphina and I were absolutely humbled by the sheer volume of people wanting to do something, anything to help. People we’ve never met, people who have never heard of Lyondemere, offering to do whatever they can to help simply because help is needed. I commented to Seraphina “THIS is what the SCA is all about!” People helping people.

So often we only here about the negative things happening around us. While the theft of our baronial property was definitely negative, the resulting outpouring of heartfelt desire to help was overwhelmingly positive. Seraphina and I want to say thank you to everyone who has offered to come to our rescue. YOU are what the SCA is all about!!!

Gratefully yours,

Conchobhar & Seraphina

Image at the top © 2009, Sara L. Uckelman – from

Great Western War Food Plan

Greetings! If you would like to join the food plan for GWW, see the details below. We are going to share some wonderful food and company. I’m looking forward to cooking for you all.

Tentative, partial Menu (this may change, but give you the gist of what’s in planning)

  • Thursday
    • Breakfast: Sous vide do-it-yourself omelet bar, Turkey and pork bacon (I will have a separate pan for the non-pork version)
    • Lunch: do-it-yourself sandwiches, cold cuts, bread, cheese, etc. will be provided; Fruit and veggies available to go with meals and as snacks
    • Dinner: Smoked chicken with potato leek soup, bread
  • Friday
    • Breakfast: Sous vide do-it-yourself omelet bar, Turkey and pork bacon (I will have a separate pan for the non-pork version)
    • Lunch: do-it-yourself sandwiches, cold cuts, bread, cheese, etc. will be provided; Fruit and veggies available to go with meals and as snacks
    • Dinner: Beef roast with root vegetables, bread; sweet course of some type (fruit pie, cheesecake, etc.); sweet course of some type (fruit pie, cheesecake, etc.)
  • Saturday
    • Breakfast: Pancakes, Turkey and pork bacon (I will have a separate pan for the non-pork version)
    • Lunch: do-it-yourself sandwiches, cold cuts, bread, cheese, etc. will be provided; Fruit and veggies available to go with meals and as snacks
    • Dinner: Smoked duck with jeweled rice, bread; sweet course of some type (fruit pie, cheesecake, etc.)
  • Cost $15 / day

I can accept payment via Paypal or Venmo, or by check if none of those work for you. I would much prefer payment in advance, but if you have to pay in cash at the event, please let me know.

Please contact me by email at to set up payment, let me know if you have any food allergies, and which days you’ll be joining us.

Yours in service,
Lady Arwen McBaird

Missive from the Baron and Baroness

From Their Excellencies Conchobhar and Seraphina

Greetings Lyondemere,

It is the Crown’s decision that, at this time, there is not enough support from the populace for Anabel and Cassandre to continue as Reeves. It was our honor to work with them this past year and we thank them for their service to the Barony.

So what happens now?

We have discussed the Barony’s future with the Crown. In particular, what OUR roll may be. As many of you are aware, Seraphina and I were Invested as Baron and Baroness as an interim solution so our populace could be awarded the recognition they deserve. Circumstances have evolved and now the Crown has asked if we would be willing to continue as Baron and Baroness for a full term. The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!! It has been our honor to serve our barony in this way and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue to do so. We will continue to work with our populace to make Lyondemere the Dream the rest of Caid only wishes they could be. We will continue to do our best to earn your confidence and trust.

But this is a two way street. We need to be able to trust you as well. Trust – that you will be a partner in the future of this Barony. Trust – that we will work together to make this Barony safe, fun and inclusive. Trust – that we will be there for each other.

Being the Baron and Baroness is a BIG job and we need your help!!! Together we can make the Dream a reality for all of Lyondemere. Help us make your Dream come true.

In Service to the Dream,
Conchobhar and Seraphina

November 15 Arts and Sciences: Intro to Scribal Arts

November Lyondemere A&S Intro to Scribal Arts

Thursday, November 15 at 7-9:30 PM

Intro to Scribal Arts

Class will cover basic information for doing Caid award scrolls, calligraphy, and scroll layout. it will  finish with a lesson on painting in a period style with gouache paint. All materials will be provided, but if you have favorite brushes (round size 0, 1, or 2 with a good point and a small detail brush) please bring them.

Tentative location is Aliskye’s condo. Address will be posted prior to the event.

Time 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Please RSVP – Contact

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BBQ Beach Bardic – Sun, Sept 23

BBQ Beach Bardic

Sunday, September 23 2-8 PM

Join us at Dockweiler Beach for a relaxing day of Bardic, potluck, and beach fun! We welcome all to come socialize, share a dish, chat, play in the waves, and enjoy bardic performances.

Hosted by: Sensei Asakura Machime and THLady Avicia de NA Baiona

Location: Dockweiler Beach, 12001 Vista Del Mar, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

October 17 Arts and Sciences: Make and Take Coif

Wednesday, October 17 at 7-9 PM

Class will focus on an Elizabethan style coif, with the option of a slight alteration to make it earlier Tudor. Class limit is ten.

Attendees will want to bring a basic sewing kit: needles, thread, thread/fabric scissors.

Teacher to provide the linen, the patterns, and the instructions. Skills taught will include pattern tracing, how to make a rolled hem, a hem stitch, and basic edge fagoting.

Class will be taught by Hunith Wen at her abode (address to be provided privately before the class, contact

Cast Iron Chef Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Greetings Caid! Once again it’s time for the exciting annual competition, Cast Iron Chef Lyondemere where, at this event, up to four teams will compete to see whose medieval meal reigns supreme and which head chef will win the esteemed title of “Cast Iron Chef 2018.”

Huzzah! We will not be charging a site fee for this year’s event. As per usual, for those folks who are not cooking, the day will be filled with activities, games, demos, and the kitchen tours, of course, where you can interact and ask questions of the cooks. We will again have the popular, “Eat with the judge’s raffle,” and so much more fun! The proceeds for this year’s raffle will be donated to charity, to help those affected by Cancer. More details will be released as we get closer to the event. Again, there will be a donation lunch served. More info on this will follow later.


West Grove Park
5372 Cerulean Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92845
Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Cerulean Ave and Casper St
Off of the 405 and 22 Fwys

For you interested in competing, registration is now open (June 27) and will close either when all spots are full or July 27, whichever comes first. Here is our scenario:

It’s the early 1500’s on the Isle of Islay, Scotland. Here is where we find our heroine. A lovely lass with dark hair, a song in her heart, and a feisty tongue. Brave and courageous she is, with talents to match the best of men. Known for her fierceness and loyalty, from a young age, she was a force to be reckoned with. Although she was born the daughter of a nobleman, she strove to have her own way and build the life she wished. As a young lass, she could often be found learning how to fight with a sword from those who would teach her. As she grew, she could drink in the local tavern and gamble with the men, all while earning the respect of the town. By the time that she was past what would be considered “the marrying age,” she was a woman beyond compare. Still, wanting to please her family, she married, after finding a man who would accept her as she was. They were well suited and blessed with each other. While still keeping her manor home, she also runs a inn and gambling parlor. This is where we find her now. A large group of travelers have arrived seeking hospitality and she is happy to oblige. She will cook them a meal like they have never seen and then take them for all they have at the gambling tables after they have stuffed themselves. But wait, she has overheard a few of them whispering in the corner about plans against King James V. She then hears the voice of her beloved seanmathair, telling her from the great beyond, “Wee bairn, dinnae lit dese blengenges gie th’ best ay ye.” She was raised primarily by this strong woman, whose family had originated in Germany. This is where she got her tenacious spirit and her talent for cooking. With the memory of her grandmother in her mind, she vows that she will use all her talents to be sure that these scoundrels will not succeed in their devious plan.

Now will you take up the challenge and be her team of cooks?

Each team can have up to four members, with one named as Head Chef. There is a $20 entry fee per team which goes towards the cost of the food given to you to prepare. There will be a minimum of three dishes but no more than five dishes to be accepted for judging.

If you wish to compete for the title of Cast Iron Chef, please contact us at between June 27 and July 27, or until the team slots are all reserved (maximum of four teams).

DEMO: basic period frytors

This year, one of last years winners will be holding a hands on class/demo on basic period frytors. Yumm, come be a part of it. Thank you to THL Tomaso da Barbiano.

Additional Baubling Competition

We will be adding a new twist to the cooking competition this year. Each team will be able to add an additional person to their team to compete in a baubling game run by Lord Wulfric Forlong Falconhurst. At the end of the game, each team will be able to add a point to the team score with every bauble that they walk away with. Baubles will be provided.

Event Details

  • No Site fee
  • Site opens at 8:00 AM
  • Event starts at 9:00 AM
  • Opening Court at 9:30 AM, with cooks starting immediately following
  • Closing Court at 4:30 PM or at Their Excellency’s pleasure

Your in service,
Your Event Steward: Baroness Eva filia Edeneweyn

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Date Changes: Baronial Council – July 16 and Aug 20

The El Segundo Library room where we usually hold our Council meeting is not available on the second Monday of July or August. Both meetings have been moved to the THIRD Monday of the month, in the regular room in the basement of the El Segundo Library. Please feel free to meet us there.

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:30 PM
  • Monday, August 20, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Baronial Meetings are held monthly and are for anyone interested in attending. Modern clothing is appropriate. Feel free to bring your non-messy art projects with you, or just your regular self. You’ll hear about the latest workshops, fighter practices, upcoming events, meet the officers and populace of the barony, and possibly find opportunities for your own volunteering and involvement.

Location: El Segundo Public Library, 111 W Mariposa Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

Cooking Guild Meeting July 29

Sunday, July 29 at 1 PM, there will be a cooking guild meeting at the home of Geoffrey Brewer. The topic is Brewing and Fermented Foods for entry into the Taste of Great Western (GWW).  If you are interested and can make it, please let Baroness Eva filia Edeneweyn know – Snacks will be provided. (Contact Baroness Eva for address and directions.)

Additional discussion can be found on Facebook in the Lyondemere Cooking Guild –