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Gyldenholt-Lyondemere Yule 2020, Sat Dec 5

Gyldenholt-Lyondemere Yule 2020

Saturday, December 5, 2020 – Virtual Event from 5-9 PM (Pacific)

The Barony of Gyldenholt is pleased to host the annual Gyldenholt-Lyondemere Yule 2020. Although our baronies may not meet in the flesh, we have engaged a capable mage who will use their magical Zoom device to allow us to partake in revelry while also attending to the health and safety of all.

Theme: History!
Date: December 5, 2020
Time: 5 PM to 9 PM
Event fee: $0

Schedule of Events

  • 5:00 PMArrive at the Main Zoom-Room. From there you will meet up with friends in a Table Zoom-Room.
  • 5:20 PM – Everyone at the Main Zoom-Room for Opening Court
  • 5:50 PMWassail song (see below for particulars)
  • 6:00 PM – Go back to your Table Zoom-Room to eat and socialize with your group.
  • 7:00 PMActivity Zoom-Rooms open. People can either go directly to one of the activity Zoom-Rooms, or can come back to the Main Zoom-Room to get directions to an activity Zoom-Room they would like to attend.
  • 8:00 PMBardic Competition.

Room Descriptions

Besides the delight of each other’s company, we will have the following.

Main Zoom-Room. Arrival, court, wassail song, directions.

Table Zoom-Rooms. These rooms are primarily for socializing during the dinner hour. Since Zoom allows the room attendees to move at will, these room can be used for small group chats anytime. Switching between tables is not only possible, but encouraged!

Activity Rooms

Castle Tour Zoom-Room. If you have something you’d like to share, this room will be used to provide others a tour of your castle.

Scribal Zoom-Room. THL Valeria Cabrielli will be teaching a scribal class.
Medieval Trivia Zoom-Room will be hosted by Duke John Ap Gwydhaff of Holdingford. And Lady Dyrfinna Valsdottir. Get your game face on!

Code Names Zoom-Room. Still in Beta, but a fun game for two teams.

Jackbox Party Zoom-Room. Lord Thomas Graunt will host. Participants only need a phone or tablet to participate.

Pictionary Zoom-Room. This room will have a host to provide the words. Expect a few medieval words sprinkled into the mix.

Kitchen Zoom-Room. This room is for things pertaining to cooking and recipes.

Bardic Zoom-Room. Lord Silenous from Lyondemere will be hosting.

Because the Table Zoom-Rooms will remain open for the entire evening, please feel free to use them for such things as: children’s meet-up rooms, general chat rooms, etc.

Some particulars: If you would like to add a bit of Historical Holiday Cheer, some of our members have graciously submitted such for your gastronomical enjoyment. You might want to take photos to share during the event.

We will be singing along to the Wassail song. Master Beorn of the Northern Seas has graciously accepted Their Excellences’ invitation to lead the song. Sing along with Master Beorn (on mute to avoid the atrocities of Internet-lag!)

Baroness Asakura no Mashi has found some wonderful coloring pages about the Middle Ages that children (or adults) will enjoy.

For those looking for a bit more of a challenge, Baroness Arwen Baird of Lyondemere has found some holiday patterns.

Space is limited to 100 Zoom participants (with each device/computer, not person, being one participant).

Please RSVP by email to: Let us know how many Zoom participant slots you require.

The Zoom link will be provided in this Facebook event on the day of the event.

Your Event Stewards are: Lady Dyrfinna Valsdottir and Lady Muriel O’Dooley. For questions or comments, email to the above address.

Facebook Event Link:

LyonBard Contest at Arts and Archery – Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Bards are the keepers of our history. Without them our glories would fade faster then they were accomplished. As such all strong baronies need a bard to keep and tell the stories of the land. Lyondemere has the LyonBard, and it is a job that changes every year.

The contest to determine this prized position is held at Arts and Archery – Sun, January 21, 2018.

All bards are welcome to enter, though the winner will be expected to represent Lyondemere in the Bardic Community, perform at Yule and possibly other Lyondemere events, and run the contest to determine your successor.

Lyondemere Arts and Archery will be packed with contests: QC Archery, Baronial Arts and Science Champion, and the LyonBard contest! It is the desire of Their Excellencies that bards wishing to serve as LyonBard prepare only one SCA-appropriate piece to perform, so make it your best!

All bardic performances are welcome, songs, stories, poems, instrumental pieces, etc. They should be from or about the current or actual middle-ages and renaissance. Documentation is welcome but not required. Children will be present, so pieces should be family-friendly. (PG-13)

The LyonBard is given a honorary position on the Baronial Retinue and in given entry to Lyondemere events. They are expected to perform at Their Excellencies request, and should have something prepared for Anniversary and Yule. They are also expected to run the contest to determine their successor – traditionally at Arts & Archery.



Potential contestants should contact the current LyonBard (Meala Caimbeul and make her aware of you desire to compete.

Queen’s Champion Archery and Thrown Weapons, Lyondemere Arts and Archery – Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Two Events in One!

Caid Queen’s Champion Archery and Thrown Weapons Tournament

Lyondemere Arts and Archery Competition

When: January 21, 2018
Where: Woodley Park Archery Range, Van Nuys, CA 91436
Facebook Event
Link on Google Maps

Adult Registration – $10.00
Adult Member Registration – $5.00
Make checks payable to SCA Inc./Barony of Lyondemere

The Barony of Lyondemere is pleased to host Queen’s Champion Archery and Thrown Weapons, at which Her Royal Highness (soon to be Majesty), Sigriᵭr will determine her Archery and Thrown Weapon champions as well as Youth Archery and Youth Thrown Weapons champions. The Baronial Archery and Thrown Weapons championships and youth championships will occur the same day. Please note that SCA membership is required for those who wish to compete for the Queen’s Championships, and that onsite consorts are not mandatory in order to compete. Archery finalists will be determined by preliminary shoots for both archery competitions, with finals conducted in the afternoon. Thrown weapons will go through the morning with finals at Her Majesty’s pleasure in the afternoon.

Please Note: Sunset is at 5:12 pm and there are no lights in the park or parking lot. Please plan accordingly!

The Barony of Lyondemere is pleased to announce that it is once again time to choose our new champions for Archery and Arts, plus Thrown Weapons and Bardic! All are welcome to participate for the honor of representing Lyondemere as the Baronial Archery Champion, Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion, or Lyon Bard.


  • 8:00 AM – Site Opens
  • 8:30 AM – Early Bird Archery Competition
  • 11:00 AM – Lyondemere Archery Champion
  • 1:30 PM – Lyondemere Thrown Weapons Champion
  • 1:30 PM – Queen’s Champion (Archery & Thrown)
  • 2:00 PM – Lyondemere A&S Champion
  • TBD – Lyondemere Bardic Champion

All archers must be authorized to compete. Authorizations will occur during the day as time allows.


Event Stewards: Lord Bubba of Wolfhou and Mistress Mary Taran of Glastonbury –

Arts Competitions

There will also be a people’s choice arts competition for those who wish to display their skill but not enter in the championship competition.

The Lyondemere Art and Science Champion is judged on three entries. All entries should be recent, completed in the past year, and are expected to be 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 each entry at List. Please submit a brief description of your entries for arts champion by January 12th, to our minister of arts so she can arrange suitable judges for your work: All bards and performers are encouraged to participate! The Barony of Lyondemere appreciates and encourages all levels of participation, regardless of experience.

Rules for the Lyon Bard competition are below. Please contact The Honorable Lady Meala Caimbeul with any questions. (Contact information below.)

All those who enter the list for the baronial archery championship AND participate in Arts will require double elimination in the championship shoot.

Site Informatoin

There is no need for pavilions for there are many tables and natural shade provided by the park. Everyone is encouraged to bring chairs as seating at the tables is limited. Sorry, no pets. Merchants are allowed with prior arrangement with the event steward.


The Honorable Lady Meala Caimbeul will prepare a pancake breakfast for a small donation and the Lyondemere Cook’s guild will be preparing a light lunch for the populace. Suggested donations are $5. Please bring your feast gear!


Woodley Park is bordered by Victory Blvd. on the North and Burbank Blvd. on the South. The site is west of the 405 Fwy.

From the South: 405 Fwy North to Burbank Blvd exit. Go west on Burbank, turn right onto Woodley Ave. Head North, turn right on the road leading to the Japanese Garden. With the Japanese Garden on your left, head past the cricket field on your left. At the small traffic circle, veer to the right and head 3/4 of the way around the circle and exit to the north. The archery range is up the hill.

From the East: 101 Fwy South (which is actually heading west), transition to the 405 Fwy North, then follow the directions above. From the North: 405 Fwy South. Go south to Victory Blvd., turn right (west) onto Victory Blvd., then West to Woodley Ave. Turn left onto Woodley Ave and left at the road leading to the Japanese Garden. Follow the directions above.

LyonBard Competition

Bards are the keepers of our history. Without them our glories would fade faster then they were accomplished. As such all strong baronies need a bard to keep and tell the stories of the land. Lyondemere has the LyonBard, and it is a job that changes every year.

The contest to determine this prized position is held at Arts and Archery – Sun, January 21, 2018.

All bards are welcome to enter, though the winner will be expected to represent Lyondemere in the Bardic Community, perform at Yule and possibly other Lyondemere events, and run the contest to determine your successor.

Those interested in the position should prepare three SCA and family-appropriate (PG-rated) pieces to be performed at Arts and Archery.

  1. Something documentable to pre-1650, or a self-composed piece in a style documentable to pre-1600. Documentation required.
  2. An original composition inspired by or evoking the symbols, people, or lands of Lyondemere. Documentation recommended.
  3. Bard’s Choice – Show us your best. While it should be something plausible for a pre-1600 society, it need not have documentation.
  • Musicians, singers, poets, storytellers, and all manner of bards are invited to compete.
  • Please keep the total time of your three pieces under 15 minutes. Entrants must perform at least one piece them self, solo.
  • Original compositions can be performed by others.
  • One entry of the three can be performed by a group that includes the Entrant. Such performances can include only ONE entrant per piece.

If there are any questions, please contact the current LyonBard, THLady Meala Caimbeul, she is prolific on the Book of Faces and her email is

This event is sponsored by the Kingdom of Caid, which is part of the Society for Creative Anachronism. More information can be found on our website here,

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 – cancelled

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

  • 1 PM – Site opens, Raffle opens, Gaming begins
  • 3 PM – Court
  • Following Court – Gift Exchange
  • Just before feast – Children’s Mummers Parade
  • 5:30 PM – Feast Begins
  • Bardic Performances between removes
  • Before Dessert – Raffle Results
  • After Feast – Dancing
  • 9:30 PM – Event Ends

Any further questions regarding scheduling should be sent via private message to one of the Event Stewards (Eva, Sechen, or Ruan) or email them at

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

Evening Activities

Bring your baubles for the Widow’s Hand will be open for all your gaming wants. Laugh and Lie Down, Scopa, Gwen Wins, Tarot, and many other diversions await your participation. Rules, teachers, even loaner baubles will be available.

Basket Raffle and Food Drive

Greetings Good Gentles, at this years Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule “Season of Love” we are focusing on giving and showing care for our fellow man. In our efforts, we will be holding a food drive and a basket raffle where the proceeds will assist our SCA friends in the Kingdom of the West that have been negatively impacted by the recent wild fires. So, this is what we are doing.

  • Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5
  • If you would like to donate a $10 Grocery Store or Visa Gift Card for, you will receive 15 raffle tickets.
  • Any canned or non perishable food donations will receive 1 ticket per item and donations will be given to a local food bank.

I know we have many generous artisans and giving folks out there. Your help is needed here.

If you are interested in helping by donating an item for the raffle, please contact us at

We are looking for new or gently used items that would make good gifts should the winner wish to do so. Hand-crafted and home-made items are always wanted. Other suggested items could be crafting items, books, or SCA-related items. We could also use experience tickets. I will be donating two tickets to the Disneyland resort.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. —Baroness Eva filia Edeneweyn

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: