The monthly roundup for October

By HL Ivo Blackhawk
Deputy Editor

Welcome to the event roundup for October, 2017. The Fall event season will be in full swing with 9 calendar events listed for October. I would like to remind my readers that these summaries are intended to give interested attendees a rough idea of the scope and location of the event, as well as some of the society-centric costs associated with attendance. Anyone interested in attending is strongly encouraged to follow the links off of the kingdom calendar for more detailed information.

Starting off the month, the Barony of Bryn Gwlad would welcome all attendees for their Fall Fair and Baronial Investiture, which will of course have their majesties in attendance. Site opens at 2pm Friday. Events, including fighting will take place Friday afternoon and into the event, all day Saturday, October 1st, and then conclude Sunday morning, with more tournaments. The highlights of the event include the Vespers Tournament and Midnight Meat, both Friday night, “All the things, and then Feast”, the “Iron Artisan” competition, the Landless Party, a Turkish Coffee House, and the Ansteorran Longship Company breakfast on Saturday. Sunday will see the Inaugural Championship tournaments. It should be pointed out that the Barony has a very specific format for most of their competitions, including sponsorship requires for competitors, and a need for heralds. People wishing to attend, and especially first-time attendees are strongly encouraged to look at the baronial event website [ ]  for more details. Site is primitive, with running water but no power. Camping is welcome and encouraged, but please plan for the weather. Site is wet, but period containers are encouraged. The camp is Camp Arrowhead, located on the south edge of Fort Hood, approximately two-and-a-half hours south of Dallas, Texas. Event registration is $20 for adults, $7 for children 7 – 17, and free for children under 7 years old.

The Following weekend, October 6th through the 9th, Namron will host a pirate-themed Protectorate XLI. The event will also see the crown and the royal heirs in attendance. Competitions include Rapier and Chivalric championships, as well as Thrown Weapons, Archery and A&S. In true Namron fashion, the schedule is loaded with activities, competitions, and parties starting Friday night and ending Sunday, including a vigil for Centurion Micolay Haiduk before his elevation to the chivalry. Titles for Rapier, A&S and Chivalric will be decided, and the barony will be hosting multiple tournaments each day. There will be breakfast and lunch taverns as well as feast in the evening. The Evening court will follow and then transition into Bardic, a “Dark Horse Bar,” and a Hafla as well. The site is Camp Graham Ball, in Holiday, Texas, about 2 hours north, north-west of Fort Worth, or two-and-a-half hours south of Oklahoma City. Site opens 4pm Friday, and closes 11am Sunday. Registration is $15 for adults, $5 for children 12-17, and children under 12 are free of charge. Site is wet, but period containers are encouraged. Please see the event webpage [ ] for more details.

October 14th will see the Coronation [ ] of the next king and queen of Ansteorra, an event hosted by the Barony of ElfSea. The Saturday only event will take place at the The Masonic Center of Fort Worth, Texas. The day will include the Kings Champion Tournament, Guardian of the Kings Hope Tournament, and a largesse derby. Your registration also includes a hearty sideboard (included with admission costs). Site opens at 9am and closes as 6pm the same day. Registration is $22, and $10 for children ages 6-15. There is no cost for children under 6 years of age. The event site is dry, and attendees are encouraged to honor this policy.

The following weekend has three events on the calendar.

October 20th through the 22nd will see the Barony of Bjornsborg will be hosting “Chaos in Constantinople featuring Sable Shield II” [ ] at the Graham Ranch in San Antonio, Texas. The event will include Rapier and Chivalric combat tournament and melee formats, as well as an A&S competition, a Sunday morning Omelet breakfast and a feast Saturday night. From the event announcement: “Make your preparations now to join the Barony of Bjornsborg as we proudly host this august tournament to honor those who have served, or are currently serving in the United State Armed Forces. Their Ursine Excellencies will be hosting wounded warriors, active-duty military personnel, and their families as their honored guests, and they ask that one and all join them in welcoming them and showing their appreciation for all of their sacrifices.” Site registration is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-17, and no charge for children 5 and under. Site is wet with period containers only. And there will be a restriction that only period pavilions are allowed immediately around the list field. Please look for the Blackstar ad for this event for details and schedules are not included on the calendar announcement.

October 20th through the 22nd will also see the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann host “Diamond Wars: Home from the Crusades”. [ ] The event is located at Camp Couchdale, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, four-and-a-half hours south-east of Tulsa, Oklahoma, or two hours and forty-five minutes from Fort Smith. Activities include Friday Night Fights, A&S classes, a brand new wilderness melee, and a “Feed the Populace” contest on Saturday Night. Event registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children 6-12, and no charge for children under 6. (Please note, these are adjusted for non-discounted costs, the event flyer shows the discounted cost).

Lastly on the 20th, 21th and 22nd, The Barony of Namron will be sponsoring “Bottles and Bards” [ ]. This event is being run by Oak Spring, with the support of the Barony. It will focus on the brewing and bardic arts and will include classes, challenges, and more. The event will take place at Long Ire Lake, about an hour and twenty minutes south of Oklahoma City. Registration will be $15 for adults, and $5 for children 5-17. Children under 5 are free to enter. Site opens at 5pm Friday, and closes at Noon on Sunday. If you would like to attend, please make sure to review the event website as there are some site specific regulations that SCAers will want to be aware of, including a small cost for additional tents while camping.

Lastly, we have two events listed for the last weekend of the month.

Eldern Hill’s Samhain will host its 30th baronial Anniversary and investiture [ ] October 27th through the 29th, at camp Graham Ball, Holiday Texas. If that sounds familiar, it is. This will be the same site Namron hosted its event at two weeks previously. Once again, the site is about 2 hours north, north-west of Fort Worth, or two-and-a-half hours south of Oklahoma City. Competitions include championships for Chivalric, Rapier, Cut & Thrust, and Thrown Weapons, as well as additional tournaments in each discipline throughout the weekend. There will also be an A&S and Bardic competition, as well as games, activities and other such activities. There will also be a feast in the afternoon Saturday. The crown will be in attendance as well. Site opens at 4pm Friday, and closes at Noon on Sunday. Site Registration is $17 for adults, $6 for children 6-17, and no charge for 5 and under. Please see the Black Star ad for event details.

Finally, rounding out the month, we have Seawinds Defender [ ], also on the 27th through the 29th. The Event will see championships in Chivalric, Rapier, Archery, A&S, Bardic and Gustatory chosen. A hospitality table will be open Friday night, with breakfast and sideboard lunch available Saturday. The Feast will be themed “A Midsummers Night’s Dream”, held on Saturday, and will be followed by a Masque Ball and Dessert Banquet (Gustatory competition). Registration is $20 for adults, $7 for children 6-17, and no charge for children five and under. Site is the Nolte Island Recreation area, Seguin, Texas, about three hours west of Houston. The camp had flush toilets and lots of shade, a large covered, fixed pavilion and plenty of room for camping. Site opens at 5pm Friday afternoon and closes at Noon on Sunday. Site is wet in period containers only.

More information about most of these events can be found on the kingdom calendar, including links to maps, contact information for the stewards, and more detailed breakdown of site registrations, family maximums, and details about membership discounts. Visit the kingdom calendar at, look up the event website, or look in your Black Star.

HL Ivo Blackhawk