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