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Noisemakers is the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust's annual celebration of all things "noisy." One and all are cordially invited to a full day of classes and workshops on topics related to heraldry, music, performance, theater, and other clamorous activities.  This year, we are inspired by Classical Rome -- classes and other activities may (but do not have to be!) connected to Roman themes.

In addition to the usual wide array of classes, this year's Noisemakers will feature a Pelican roadshow, the baronial Bardic Championship competition, a series of open bardic challenges for the entertainment of performers and audience members alike, a commedia dell'arte performance by I Zanni Illuminati, and a dayboard of Roman delights prepared by Lady Livia Petralia (menu below).




Church of St. Kevin

200 West Sproul Road

Springfield, PA  19064


Site Opens: 10am

Site Closes: 6pm


Event steward:

Maîtresse Brunissende de Brocéliande (Mathilde Poussin)



Deputy event steward:

Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant (Wendy Gale)




Pre-registration fees:

Adult members:  $12.00

Children (6-17):  $7.00


At the door:

Adult members:  $15.00

Children (6-17):  $7.00


There will be a non-member surcharge of 5.00.


Make checks payable to: SCA PA Inc. - Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust


Send Reservations to:

Baroness Philadelphia Brown (Jackie Binstead)

525 South 46th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19143-2101


Select "East Kingdom" and then "Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust - Noisemakers Schola 9"




Class schedule may be subject to change


Heraldry/Heraldic Display/Research:

Pelican Meet & Greet/Roadshow - Lady Lillia de Vaux

Intermediate Heraldic Research - Lady Lillia de Vaux

Ask Mistress Alys - Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

How to Use the Family Search Historical Records  - Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

Beginning to Intermediate Court Heraldry - Baron Rowen Cloteworthy

Basics of Roman Name Construction - Mistress Brunissende Dragonette

Scroll Texts: They're Not Just Legal  Texts! - Mistress Brunissende Dragonette

Pennsic Name Consulting - Lady Alana O'Keeve

Using Period Rolls of Arms to Make Good Armoury - Lord Joscelin le Esqurel

Silk Banner Painting - Lord Berrick Grayveson

The Transfer Class - Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill


Performance/Music/Commedia dell'arte:

Commedia Characters  - Baron Fum

Commedia Scenario Writing - Baron Fum

Workshopping a Commedia Show -Baron Fum

Whistles & Bone Flutes - Lady Marion Quyn

Youth Recorder Instruction - Lady Erlan Nordenskald

Improvisation for Melody Instruments - Lady Teleri the Well Prepared

Polyphonic Music in Italy - Mistress Sol la Cantor

Cantigas from Spain, or Roman influence in Spanish Music and Literature - Lady Lianor de Matos

Introduction to Crumhorns - Baroness Sabine de Kerbriant

Jam Session/Instrument Petting Zoo

Stories in the Solar: Introduction to storytelling - Lady Judith Fitzhenry

Singing for Not-Yet-Singers - Mistress Linette de Gallardon

Arranging Period Music for Harp - Mistress Linette de Gallardon

Late Period Pipe Organs & Their Music - Lord Martyn de Halliwell

Healthy Projection and Professional Presentation


Language Studies:

Foreign Language Research - Master Galefridus Peregrinus and Lady Judith bas Rabbi Mendel

IPA as a Tool for the SCA - Lady Katrusha Skomorokha Negodiaeva doch'




Here are the rules for the competition to name the successor to our current Bardic Champion of Bhakail, Lady Lianor de Matos. Please contact her at <lianordematos@yahoo.com> with any questions. The winner of this year's competition will be tasked with organizing entertainment for Bhakail Yule, as well as organizing the competition to find the Bhakail Bardic Champion the following year.

There are two important aspects to any performance:  the performance itself, and the person who inspired it. This year's competition seeks to challenge each performer on both of these aspects with the following requirements:

1.  Choose a person who inspires you*, and seek to gain their favor. You must present a physical token proving that you have received favor from that person. This may be a traditional favor, a letter, or any other token.

2.  Prepare a performance in honor of your chosen inspiration. This performance may be of any type, so long as it is of period style, or SCA compatible style. It does not have to be an original composition.

Participants are encouraged to prepare two performance pieces with the same chosen inspiration as the subject. The panel reserves the right to request the second performance on the day of the competition.

3.  Perform it for the judges at Noisemakers.

*You may choose to perform in honor of someone who is no longer with us.  In this case, something you have from that person, or a story as to why that person was an inspiration to you, will be accepted in lieu of proof of favor.



We are also sponsoring a series of challenges between classes, open to all gentles of any experience. These non-competitive performance opportunities are purely for entertainment and for the chance to try something new in a supportive environment. Each challenge may be interpreted as you see fit, with poem, story, song, theatrical interlude, dance, etc., as long as your piece can be performed in front of an audience. Take up one or all of the challenges at your pleasure!

1. In honor of our theme for the day, offer a piece from, inspired by, or otherwise connected to classical Rome or the medieval/Renaissance world's interpretation thereof.

2. Learn and present a piece appropriate for your persona's time and place. Explanations are appreciated, but not required.

3. This is Noisemakers: Try something NOISY in a way you have not been loud before!

Dayboard Menu

Ova Elixa - Hardboiled eggs dressed in a sauce containing fish sauce, olive oil, sweet wine, pepper, asafoetida (plain hardboiled eggs will also be available)

Pernae Cocturam - Salt-cured ham/pork loin cooked with figs and bay leaves (will be served touching lettuce)

Patina of Small Fishes - Oil-cured fish presented in a simple sauce containing oil, fish sauce, wine, and pepper

Moretum - Cheese spread (2 recipes)

-> Virgil's recipe contains garlic, salt, lovage (might be substituted with celery & parsley), rue*, cilantro, cheese (made from sheep and/or goats milks), vinegar, olive oil

-> Columella's recipe contains lettuce, arugula, savory, mint, cilantro, lovage (might be substituted with celery & parsley), green onion, thyme, cheese (made from sheep and/or goats milks), olive oil

Feta Cheese

Panis Quadratis - (bread recipe still being developed - most likely containing flour, salt, water, olive oil, yeast)

Tractum - Pita bread wedges

Conditurae Olivarum - Celery stuffed with a paste of celery, leeks, olives, mint, rue*, peppered vinegar, honey, olive oil

Cucumeres Rasos - Cucumbers quick pickled in vinegar, honey, sweet wine, fish sauce, pepper

Dulcia Domestica - Dates stuffed with walnuts and rolled in honey, salt, and pepper

Krambe (Cabbage Salad of Cyzicus) - Green cabbage, cilantro, rue, vinegar, honey, asafoetida

Crudite - Vegetables lightly dressed

Fruits and nuts as available

*Please note: Some of these dishes contain rue!

While the herb is delicious, some people have a sensitivity to rue. Because many people have not been exposed to this herb, you may not know how sensitive you are. Please try these dishes with care. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who are trying to become pregnant should not eat.

Ruta graveolens contains: rutine (glycoside), furocoumarins, alkaloids (quinolones), tannin and essential oils. Rue was a fairly commonly used herb in ancient Roman cuisine, but it was also used medicinally (including as an abortifacient). It is reasonable to expect that the amount used for culinary purposes was not excessive..