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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.

Schedule:

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.

Registration

$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.

Contact

Event Steward: Sir Halldorr Thorhalsson and Sir Mons Von Goarhausen (Deputy)
Email: sirhalldorr@icloud.com

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!

ARCHERY

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.

CROSSBOW and THROWN WEAPONS

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: lyondemere.org — for details as the event approaches.

ARTS

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 artsnarchery@lyondemere.org  

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.

SITE

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.

SCHEDULE

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

SITE FEE

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, artsnarchery@lyondemere.org  

DIRECTIONS

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.

Lyondemere Arts & Sciences People’s Choice – 2021

Arts & Sciences: Lyondemere is looking for Their champions! Lyondemere will be picking Their champions through all the electronic submissions. There will also be a People’s Choice to be awarded. The guidelines were to share with us any newer (within the last 2 years), completed arts or science project with documentation. Extra points will go towards the submission that follows along with the “Story time” theme.

Scroll through the photos here, or view directly in Google Photos

Entry Documentation

  • Covid Dance Calendar: Snapshots of a Modern Middle Age – documentation here (with photos in the documentation)
  • Rabbit Fur Mittensdocumentation here (photos in the album above)
  • Cross Stitch Trim with Story/Filk (from a 16th century pattern) – documentation here (photos in the album above)
  • Baselard Dagger reproductiondocumentation here (photos in the album above)
  • Hand-stitched 16th Century shirtdocumentation here (photos in the album above)
  • Drawings of Drolleries from illuminated manuscripts – documentation here (photos in the album above)
  • Leather Sheath for a Kitchen Cleaverdocumentation here (photos in the album above)

Lyondemere A&S Champion

Her Ladyship Ciorstan MacAmhlaidh for the Hand-stitched 16th Century shirt

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!

Lyonbard Competition 2021

The first Lyonbard competition was held in 2002 at Lyondemere’s Yule. This position was created to encourage excellence in historical performance arts, and to encourage original compositions done in an historical manner. Now 19 years later, we are looking for our new Lyonbard at Lyondemere and Gyldenholt’s Virtual Anniversary which is coming up Saturday June 26, 2021.

The theme of the day is “Story Time,” and any medium is welcome such as singing, dance, traditional storytelling, puppet performances, or whatever can be performed. We are looking for two submissions, one which can be prepared before the event, and the second, we would be asking for someone to create something that day, during the event. Extra points if they involve Lyondemere’s history and past.

Are you interested in taking on such a challenge? Please check out Lyondemere and Gyldenholt Virtual Anniversary – June 26, 2021

Lyondemere and Gyldenholt Virtual Anniversary – June 26, 2021

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Their Excellencies Lyondemere and Gyldenholt cordially invite you to join them for the Virtual Anniversary of both baronies, June 26, 2021, starting at 1 PM (Pacific). The overall theme of the event is Stories! There will be games, our Lyon Bard competition, virtual Arts & Science competition, and a festive revel!

We will be hosting our event via Zoom and have breakout rooms for the various activities. Links will be posted closer to the event itself.

Various Lists and Competitions

Armored: We will be hosting a bardic battle royal specific to our armored fighters, asking them to tell us an unbelievable story to amuse and awe the listeners! Looking for a “No s*** there I was!” sort of tale. Are you up for the challenge? This is separate from our Lyon Bard competition.

Rapier: Two words: ROBOT FIGHTS! Come to our virtual field to drive one of our rapier robots! From the comfort of your home, pilot a bloodthirsty bot and try to pop your opponent’s balloon. A second device to drive the robot while in the event Zoom meeting is recommended, but not required. Only two combatants at a time, so come early to claim your spot.

Archers: Defend our baronies via dice (d6, six-sided dice, regular dice)!

Arts & Sciences: Lyondemere is looking for Their champions! Lyondemere will be picking Their champions through all the electronic submissions. There will also be a People’s Choice to be awarded. Please share with us any newer (within the last 2 years), completed arts or science project with documentation. Extra points will go towards the submission that follows along with the “Story time” theme. All submissions can be seen here: Lyondemere Arts & Sciences People’s Choice – 2021.

Lyondemere is looking for our Lyon Bard!

  • The theme of the day is “Story Time,” and any medium is welcome such as singing, dance, traditional storytelling, puppet performances, or whatever can be performed.
  • We are looking for two submissions, one which can be prepared before the event, and the second, we would be asking for someone to create something that day, during the event.
  • Extra points if the entries involve Lyondemere’s history and past.

Stay tuned to the official virtual event posting on Facebook and this site for any updates or changes.

Youth Activities

We have curated a set of at-home activities for our youngest anniversary guests. Check them out at the Youth Activities Page.

Event Steward

Please contact the Event Steward: Lady Batu Sechen Tsagaajin at anniversary@lyondemere.org with any questions or issues.

Arts and Sciences Champion of Lyondemere

Lyondemere is looking for Their A&S champions! Lyondemere will be picking Their champions through all the electronic submissions. There will also be a People’s Choice to be awarded.

Please share with us any newer (completed within the last 2 years) finished arts or science project with documentation and clear digital photos (minimum 2 photos, up to 6 photos max). Extra points will go towards the submission that follows along with the “Story time” theme.

All submissions (all age groups encouraged to send in) will be posted on our arts and sciences webpages. You will need to share everything before June 23, 2021.

Please submit your A&S submission, with documentation here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3mvM-Ghf10p0M_95SuAibsptBHy52NoICqzH7cvkz2lKxfQ/viewform


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 – seneschal@lyondemere.org).

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 (seneschal@lyondemere.org). Any questions? Let me know.

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.