German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia

December 13, 2014


Feast has SOLD OUT

Pre-Registration is still open.

The menus are available!

Warmest Greetings to all
the glorious East Kingdom!

"Winter has fallen over all the world. The heaths and woodlands now look so pale, where once many voices enchanted the ear." - Walther von der Vogelweide (13th cen.) Trans. by Tim Chilcott

The Baron & Baroness of Bhakail invite you to join Them in chasing away winter's gloom with feasting, singing, music, learning, contests, gaming, dancing, and much socializing in a medieval German midwinter celebration.

The dayboard and feast will feature dishes from "Ein Buch von Guter Spise" (14th cen.), cooked by the renowned Kitcheners van Wœrden. During the day, there will be workshops/performances or minnesinging (12th-14th cen.) and poetry/music from the 14th cen. Manesse Codex and other medieval German sources, as well as classes on assorted medieval German topics and a table for Children's Activities.

Addtionally, the Baron & Baroness have called for competitions to be held to find a new Arts & Sciences Champion and a new Brewing Champion. Information is located on the tabs above.

The Barony of Bhakail looks forward to seeing you and sharing some medieval German midwinter cheer!


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Directions: Take your best route to the Callowhill Street exit from I-95 or I-676. Turn right onto North 5th Street. Take the second left onto Spring Garden Street and the site will be on your right.

Bhakail’s Yule Revel in Medieval Germany will be held at The German Society of Pennsylvania, a beautiful historical site. Street parking on the surrounding streets is available. We are hoping the City of Philadelphia will have approved free metered parking on Saturdays by then. Please stay tuned for more information.

The SCA does not serve alcohol. However, the site is wet: attendees are permitted to responsibly share the fruits of their study of brewing with other, with a special focus on brews inspired by the drinks of medieval Germany. Brewers should coordinate with the Brotherhood of Brewers via Lord William Graham of Edinburgh at

Medieval board games (plus instruction) will be available in the Ratskeller.

Several tables will be reserved for off-board seating in the main hall, so that guests who choose not to partake of the feast can still enjoy the activities during the feast.

After the feast, the evening will feature Renaissance dancing and soltetie contest of medieval German sweets. The dessert board will be open to all guests.

Candles and table lamps are permitted. The site is also ADA accessible; there is an elevator that connects all of the public-use rooms, outside, and restroom facilities.

Venue Parking

There is a small parking lot attached to the site to be used only by mobility-challenged guests, and by the kitchen and clean-up crews. The main street in front of the site is meter parking, but meter parking is FREE after 11a.m. for all Saturdays in December. There is free street parking on most of the side streets, and there are pay lots on Spring Garden Street. If you choose to use one of the pay lots, please confirm what time the lot closes to make sure that you will be able to easily retrieve your car.

Please note: the Punk Rock Flea Market will be happening 4 blocks away at the same time, so parking will be more difficult. This function happened last year at the same time as last year's Yule Revel, but because the weather is forecasted much better this year than last year, more people are expected.

Event Schedule


The following classes will be offered at Bhakail Yule Revel this year:

A roundtable discussion on Medieval Germany, German Stories & Poems: A Salon, Golliards & Carmina Burana, Renaissance Dances, Medieval German Science: Extracting the Three Principles from a Plant, Medieval German Food, and a panel for Athena's Thimble.

Download the Class Descriptions Here

Reservations via ACCEPS are no longer available, however reservations via Mail-in are still available! Mail in reseverations MUST be received by 12/12/2014.

Reservations can be mailed in with a check or money order
payable to “SCA-PA, Inc. — Barony of Bhakail” and sent to:
Doña Damiana Almodóvar c/o Joy Rogers Gómez-Farrow, 18 West Felton Avenue, Ridley Park, PA 19078


Pre-Registration Prices
  Adult (18+) Teen (13-17) Youth (6-12) Child (<5)
Site Fee $14 $12 $7Free
Feast Fee $7 $6 $2Free
At-the-Door Prices
  Adult (18+) Teen (13-17) Youth (6-12) Child (<5)
Site Fee $19 $17 $7 Free
Feast Fee Same prices, if available; seating is very limited.

The site fee includes the dayboard and the dessert board.

Pre-registration refunds may be requested until Saturday, December 6th, 2014.

Feast seatings are very limited, so early pre-registrations are encouraged.

The Non-member Surcharge of $5 applies to all non-members.
Proof of membership will be required at the Gate.


Menu for Bhakail Yule Revel


Lentil Soup with ham bone

Gourds in pottage (squash soup)



A dish of pears (pears, apples, breadcubes)

Onion and egg pies







Mustard sauce

Pickled Vegetables

Barley dish


A clever dish (Diced chicken,apples,with a bread dough top)

Blancmange Rings

Leek Casserole

Carrot bundles


Cormarye (wine spiced pork)

Red Cabbage/Onions/Currants

Horseradish sauce



*Those with allergies are asked to contact the cook before 12/1/14 , as some substitutions are available on a limited basis. Email Meestress Annetje at no later than December 1st.


Bhakail Arts & Sciences
Champion Competition

The Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion competition challenge is about communicating across cultures.

Consider the cultures your persona would have known about or traded with, and create an item your persona would have owned from that other culture. It can be anything from an article of clothing inspired by a pilgrimage to a sword picked up in battle to a bottle that was purchased from a silk-road trader.

Entries will be judged on workmanship, documentation about the object, relationship of your persona and the culture of the object, and overall creativity. In your documentation, please include information about how you made your entry, including the tools used compared to the tools used during the time that the article would have existed. If you wish to include images, you may include them on separate pages and refer to them in your writings. Just have them attached to the document.

For more information, please contact Bhakail’s A&S Champion, Lord Osazuwa N'Kante (


Bhakail Brewing
Champion Competition

The theme for the Brewing competition is "I've Never Done That Before". All entrants are encouraged to bring in an ale, wine, mead, or cordial of a style or recipe that they had not made before. Experimental alcohol is welcome. The Brewing Champion competition is open to both experienced brewers and those new to the brewing hobby.

Documentation is appreciated, but ingredient lists are required due to the judges' food allergies. For more info, please contact Bhakail's Brewing Champion, Lady Girsell Macleoid (


Volunteer Opportunities

More information coming soon. In the meantime, please contact the autocrats at

Event Staff and Pertinent Contacts

Event Stewards

Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Lady Xanthippe Ouranina
Reservations Clerk & Gatekeeper Doña Damiana Almodóvar
Head Cook Meesteress Annetje van Wœ
Music Coordinator Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant
Class Coordinator Lady Xanthippe Ouranina
Children's Activities Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar
A&S Champion Competition Lord Osazuwa N'Kante
Brewing Champion Competition Lady Girsell MacLeoid
Tavern Keepers Lord William Graham of Edinburgh and The Brotherhood of Brewers
Tavern Gamemaster Master Michel Wolffauer
Dance Teacher Arglwydd Dafydd Cyhoeddwyr
Merchant Liaison Mistress Philadelphia Brown
Clean-up Coordinator Baron Joseph Harcourt
Website DesignLord Reijnier Verplanck