Bhakail Yule 2016

Posted on September 26, 2016 By

Yule Myth Me is coming in December on the 10th from 10 to 10, at the fabulous site of the German Society of Pennsylvania.  Save the Date!  There will be something for the historians, artists, musicians, and more.  The focus is on late 12th to mid-13th England.

There will be two quests:  one will be for applications entering a University between Oxford and Cambridge; the other is tentatively for which Robin Hood (there are 6) do you think is the best one? Attenders can wear something from their favorite mythological beastie, or what college students wore, or what a specific official might have worn (like a mayor, a shire reeve), what Robin hood might really have worn.  Focus is on English, but we’re open to anything.  Or come as you wanted to be.


The Baron & Baroness of Bhakail have called for competitions to be held to find a new Arts & Sciences Champion and a new Brewing Champion.  Information on the competitions to follow.

The SCA does not serve alcohol.  However, the site allows BYOB:  attendees are permitted to responsibly share the fruits of their study of brewing with others.  There will be a brewing competition held by the current champion.


First Course:
Bread and Butter
Funges – Mushroom and Leek Soup (Forme of Curye, ~1390”)
Sodde Egges – Eggs in Mustard Sauce

Second Course:
Beefy Stewed – Beef in Spiced Gravy (Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books)
Buttered Wortes – Carrots and Parsnips braised in Butter (Harleian MSS 279)
Lumbardy Tart – Beet Quiche (The Good Huswives Handmaid for Cookery, 1588)

Third Course:
Additions unto Sawces – Pork Roast in Orange Sauce (The English Hous-wife)
Pie de Pares (Harleian MS.  279)
Desert Table:
Date Slices with Spiced Wine (Medieval Cookery, page 63/Harleian MS 4016)
Orange and Apple Pie (TTQT, Pg 98)

Dayboard menu to follow.

Bhakail Arts and Sciences Championship 2016
The theme of this year’s Arts and Sciences Championship is Devotion.
“Through devotion, your family cares become more peaceful, mutual love between husband and
wife becomes more sincere, the service we owe to the prince more faithful, and our work, no
matter what it is, becomes more pleasant and agreeable.” Francis de Sales.
Devotion is a popular theme of art throughout history.  For this competition, explore whatever it is
that your persona would be devoted to.
Are you devoted to a territorial lord or lady? How do you show it?
Do you devote yourself to an ideal, such as chivalry, honor, art, or faith?
Does your persona carry items of religious devotion?
Do you write poetry to a paramour? Do you write letters to potential patrons?
Do you practice the art of courtly love?
Your entry may be a single item or a small collection of items that are linked thematically (all items
found in a traveling bag, or a multiple items of clothing compiling a complete outfit).  If your entry is
a research paper, please email it to no later than December 1, 2016
to be judged.
Please provide one to two pages of documentation for your entry.  Include a statement about what
your persona is devoted to, and how your entry represents, reflects, or contributes to the
Each entrant will have five minutes to discuss their entry.
Entries will be judged by a small panel, which will include the Baron and Baroness, and the
current A&S Champion.
One entrant will also be named, “Choice of the Populace,” and will receive a gift from the current
Any questions, contact Lorenzo Gorla at
Beer, Mead, Liqueur, wine, and Raspberry….  Wait, what, Raspberry….

Greeting to you brewers of the known world!  I, the current brewing Champion of the great Barony of Bhakail, bring to you this year’s competition requirements and how it is going to be judged.  As every year, there is generally a theme picked by the champion and this year is no different.  This year’s theme is raspberry!  The competition is a 7-point system with a possibility of bonus points.  Some basic rules first.
1) The potable must be created legally, i.e.  no distilling, unless you have license to do so.
2) The potable entered must be made by the person entering, Proxy entries will be allowed at the discretion of their Excellencies of Bhakial.
3) All ingredients must be listed to enter, due to allergy concerns.
Point Break down:
Raspberry ingredient:  1 point
Taste:  2 points
Documentation:  2 points
Period tools and methods used:  2 points

Bonus points available:
Baron/Baroness allowed to grant 1 point each
Snazzy Label:  1 point
Period bottle:  1 point


Site Opens: 10 AM
Site Closes: 10 PM

Here is our tentative schedule for the day:

10 AM Site opens

10:30/11:00 AM Set up start for A&S and Brewing Comps, close at 2

11:00 AM-12:30 PM  Order meetings

11:00 AM Children’s Corner, ongoing

2:00-4:00 PM Dance

2:00 – 3:00 PM Review of Competitions

12:00-2 PM  Dayboard availability

4:30-5:30 PM – Court

6:00 PM – Feast

Event Location

German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden ST
Philadelphia, PA  19123

Google map.

The site is the beautiful 19th century German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia PA, 19123.  Street parking on the surrounding streets is available.  Metered street parking in the City of Philadelphia is free on Saturdays in December from 11 a.m. onward.  If you arrive before 11 a.m., please feed the meter for the time before 11 a.m.

The site has an elevator to the Ratskeller, Main Hall, Balcony, Dancing Hall (Library), and restrooms, but three small rooms can be reached only via stairs.  The building can be entered from the street via the elevator, but this is unlocked only as needed and there might be a short delay to get access to it when you arrive.  Please contact the event steward 267-934-8112 when you arrive if you need to have the elevator opened from the street.

Candles are permitted during feast as long as they are in votives which are taller than the flames.


Registration Information

Registration: $19 for nonmember adult preregistered;
$14 for member adult preregistered:
$5 for youth aged 7-17 preregistered.

$22 for nonmember adult at-the-door;
$17 for member adult at-the-door;
$8 for youth aged 7-17 at-the-door.

$0 for children aged 6 and under preregistered or at-the-door.

The registration fee include the dayboard lunch.

Feast: $10 for adult preregistered or at-the-door;
$9 youth aged 7-17 preregistered or at-the-door;
$1 for children aged 6 and under preregistered or at-the-door, if a seat at the feast table is needed.  If the child will be seated on a lap during feast, there is no fee for the feast for the child.

The feast is expected to sell out before the event, so preregistration is encouraged.  It is unlikely that feast seats will be available at-the-door. The last day to preregister is December 6th.

The only preregistration is a paid reservation; if you are preregistering with a check drawn on non-US funds, please see the Barony of Bhakail’s policies on Foreign Currency Accommodation and preregistration refunds located here.

Please remember that the feast fee is in addition to the registration fee, if you choose to participate in the dinner feast.  There will be space available in the Ratskeller for those who prefer to provide their own dinner and forego the feast.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA Inc.  – Barony of Bhakail


Contact Information

Event Steward:
Pam Fernsler
Kuria Xanthippe Ouranina

Send Reservations to:
Doña Damiana Almodóvar
Joy Rogers Gómez-Farrow
18 West Felton Avenue
Ridley Park, PA 19078

Please include an e-mail address with your preregistration payment so that a confirmation can be sent to you.  Please include proof of SCA membership if you are preregistering at the discounted adult member rate.

Other Contact Information:
Feast Cook:  Lord John Marshall atte Forde at
Dayboard Cook:  Lord Martyn de Halliwell at
Tea – Mistress Judith the Confused (
Baronial A&S Champion:  Bhakail A&S champion Lord Lorenzo Gorla
Baronial Brewing Champion:  Bhakail Brewing champion Thane Alexander Makcristyne
Youth Activities:  Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar at
Musician Liaison:  Fru Margreþa La Fauvelle
Barkeep/Brewmaster:  Friar William Graham at
Clean-up Crew Chief:  Mistress Philadelphia Brown at


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