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Event Details
Shire Wars VII, Battle of Hastings (Updated 10/13/17) Event date: October 20th, 2017 - October 22nd, 2017
Hosted by Shire of Buckland Cross - Jonestown, PA
Event Last Modified: October 15th, 2017
Event details
Join the Shires of Blak Rose, Buckland Cross, Hartshorn-dale, Montevale, Owlsherst, and Silver Rylle in celebration of the 951st anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on the weekend of October 20, 21, & 22, 2017.

All activities will be divided between the LOWER FIELDS, and the FEAST HALL located up the hill from the Lower Fields.

We ask that all Heavy Fighters and Fencers Troll-in before being inspected, and checking in with the MOL.



HEAVY COMBAT:  MIC Baron Fearghus O’Conchobhair
10AM:  Inspections
Melee Field opens at 11AM.
For Saturday during the day there will be three consecutive 30 min mixed field and woods battles.  Each battle will have three checkpoints with timers.  The team that controls the check points for the longest period wins.
Additional Evening Tourneys are being planned for both Friday and Saturday Evening.  Check with the MIC for additional details

FENCING:  MIC Lord Morwill MacShane
10AM:  Inspections
Fencing List opens at 11AM. 
Double Elimination Tourney in the morning, followed by a field melee in the afternoon.  Check with the MIC for additional details.

MOL in Charge:  Baroness Judith the Confused
MOL Point will be located near the Fencing List

ARCHERY RANGE:  MIC Lady Alana O’Keeve
Novelty Target and Practice Target Ranges opens at 11AM
There will be war point tournaments at 2:15 and 3:15 promptly!  Come out and see what we have for you!
Royal Rounds will be available.
Please have all Bows and Arrows inspected by the Marshal.  If you do not have your own Bow and Arrows, Please ask, there may be loaner equipment available for you to try.

THROWN WEAPONS RANGE:  MIC Thagn Alexander Macristyne
Range opens at 10AM
Royal Rounds will be available.
NEW for this year is a Clout Spear Throw.
Please have all thrown weapons inspected by the Marshal.  If you do not have your own throw weapons, Please ask, there may be loaner equipment available for you to try.

Range opens at 11AM

Coordinator:  Bótfríðr í Eplagarði
Food will be served at the Picnic Pavilion on the Lower Fields, and in the Feast Hall.

Each participant in a marshaled activity will be asked to pick a side (Anglo-Saxon or Noman) upon arrival at the event.  Points will be awarded to the Anglo-Saxons or Normans in Heavy Fighting; Fencing; Archery; and Thrown Weapons. 
Please note that there is a large Restroom and Shower Facility located on the Lower Fields near the Fencing List for changing and/or getting cleaned up. 

If you are a Marshal or MOL and would like to assist at the event, please contact the MIC for your specific activity. 
Heavy Fighting MIC:  Baron Fearghus O'Conchobhair (mka.  Matt Connors) fearghusoconchobhair@gmail.com
Fencing MIC:  Lord Morwill MacShane (mka.  Frank Hetherington) blueknightfjh@yahoo.com
Archery MIC:  Lady Alana O’Keeve (mka.  Rachel Wright) rkwknits@gmail.com
Thrown Weapons MIC:  Thagn Alexander Makcristyne(mka.  George Christian) alexandermakcristyne@gmail.com

For those who wish to stay on site overnight,
There is limited camping space along the tree line on the LOWER FIELDS.  Please note that the Camp Ranger has requested that we not drive on the grass.  There is an access road to the camping area, but you will need to unload at the road, and carry your gear to your chosen campsite. 

There are also a limited number of bunks available in a large Cabin on the LOWER FIELDS.  Pricing for camping and cabin bunks can be found below.

Campfires may be built in any established fire ring.  Above ground fire bowls are also permitted, but ashes must be dumped at established fire rings.  Do not move fire rings or build new ones without permission of Camp Ranger.  DO NOT bring in outside firewood.  There is an ample supply of firewood in the surrounding woods.  Any fallen timber may be cut up and utilized as needed.  DO NOT cut down or Damage any live, or standing trees. 



throughout the day featuring
“Whose Crown is it Anyway” from 11AM to 1PM,
Funny Improvisational Scenes inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry. 
Norman vs.  Saxon Pun Tourney from 2PM to 4PM,
“Sing for your Supper” DURING FEAST. 
"Challenge De Chason" (Song of Deeds) AFTER FEAST.
Prizes will be awarded to the winners. 
If you would like to participate in the Bardic Competition, or assist with Bardic Activities, please contact the following Bardic Activities Coordinator. 
Coordinator Lady Violante Valeriano (mka.  Tara Spiecker) taraspiecker@gmail.com
(Please visit the Shire Wars Website for more details)

MUSIC AND DANCING ACTIVITIES:  throughout the day, and after Feast

WEAVING CIRCLE:  throughout the day.
Coordinator:  Lady Sarra atte Brouk

For those needing assistance with creating and submitting an SCA name and device.
Coordinator:  THL Reb Eleazar ha-Levi

Learn the stitch used to create the Bayeux Tapestry.  This is a straightforward stitch that covers a lot of surface area with the minimum of thread.  Pick a small image from the Tapestry, or draw your own.  We'll have a lightbox available to make it easy to transfer your design to the linen.
Complete kits are available for $5.  If you have an embroidery hoop (we recommend a 6" hoop) and just need the wool thread and linen, you can buy a partial kit for $2.
Taught by Duchess Diana Alene of Tregirtsee and Lady Sarah le Payller

History is embroidered by the victors!  An introduction to the story in the Bayeux Tapestry and the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings.  Presented by Lady Sarah le Payller

OTHER ARTS AND SCIENCE ACTIVITIES will be occuring throughout the day.
Music, dancing, singing, and storytelling, along with classes, artistic displays, and contests will celebrate the Hastings anniversary and the Bayeux tapestry that so brilliantly recorded it for us.  Join the many talented members of all six shires in this celebration.  Display your shire's and personal heraldry.  Show your skills with a Hastings themed or Bayeux tapestry inspired item. 
If you would like to teach a class, provide an A&S demonstration, or submit an item for the Arts and Science Display please contact the A&S Activities Coordinator. 
Please Note:  for those who wish to bring an item for the A&S Display, we ask that you include an index card describing the item, and your contact info on the back of the card so that we know who to return the item to.  THANKS!
Arts & Sciences Activities Coordinator:  THL Aurddeilen-ap-Robet (mka.  Ray Becker) rustic_adornments@yahoo.com

Coordinator:  Bótfríðr í Eplagarði
Food will be served at the Picnic Pavilion on the Lower Fields, and in the Feast Hall. 

Mistress Lissa Underhill will be hosting a consultation table for those interested in talking with experienced artisans face-to-face about any Arts and Science projects or ideas they may have.  They will offer advice, guidance, and even more structured feedback for your projects and documentation if you desire.  If you cannot attend during the scheduled event time, but wish feedback, please email Mistress Lissa at laralu@gmail.com, and another time to talk will be arranged.

Coordinator:  Lady Ravenna de Witte

FEAST:  5PM to 7PM
Head Cook:  Baron Mael Eoin mac Echuid
Please note that the event site is DRY, no alcohol permitted.

Coordinator:  Baron Mael Eoin mac Echuid
For those staying overnight, there will a a light breakfast served.

Coordinator:  THL Aurddeilen-ap-Robet
Shire Wars Committee meeting for review and planning.

Coordinator:  Fabrisse



All Attendees are invited to participate in the Bead Pilgrimage.
Each activity area, such as Heavy Combat, Fencing, Archery, Thrown Weapons, Atlatl, Bardic, Dancing, and Weaving will have a separate colored bead.  Collect one bead for each activity area you visit and save them on the ribbon you received at troll.  There will also be beads given out for volunteering.  Pilgrimage beads can be exchanged for prizes.
Coordinators:  Duchess Diana Alene of Tregirtsee
Lady Sarah le Payller



This year’s Shire Wars Feast will feature a traditional 11th Century Anglo-Saxon Feast with all the Food, Fun, and Ceremony that was particular to the time period.

A horn blast will signal the beginning of the feast, which will be followed by opening ceremonies.  Each table will be asked to select a champion or “Cup-Bearer” to represent them in the feast festivities.  These Cup-Bearers will gather at the center of the hall for a traditional Anglo-Saxon Hand-Washing and Food Blessing Ceremony.  Afterwards these Cup-Bearers will not only be the honored servers of their tables, but will also be the Table Spokesperson for the ensuing Riddle Game.

Participants in the “Sing for your Supper” competition will also perform during Feast.  (Please visit the Shire Wars Website for more details regarding Bardic Activities)

Head Cook:  Baron Mael Eoin mac Echuid



All Merchants will either be set-up on the Grassy Area in front of the Feast Hall, or the open field on the side of the Feast Hall. 
The following is a list of Merchants confirmed at the date of this announcement.  More may be in attendance on the day of the event.

Miriam's Yarns and Fibers ...  Specializing in all your fiber arts materials...silk floss, cotton floss, linen in 4 thicknesses, cotton, wool, alpaca, cashmere and more.  In addition a wide variety of silk saris and cotton saris for use as is or as raw material for other garb. 
Proprietor:  Lady Miriam

Nina’s Nostalgic Table … offering everything you might want for your feast gear needs; table clothes, napkins, flat wear, some serving wear, steins, ceramics, plates, bowls.  Also a few things you might need along the day; baskets, fans, pouches, a few games, tassels & arrow mops. 
Proprietor:  Nina

Hrymgnar's New + Used Booty …  If you recognize it as yours, we'll sell it back to you cheap.  I carry antique + repro weapons, handcrafted belt + shoulder pouches, feast gear, jewelry and whatever misc.  items I find to please the SCAdian buying public.
Proprietor:  Syr Hrymgnar Longsword


If you would like to volunteer to help with this event in any capacity, we would greatly appreciate it.  It takes a great many people to run these types of events, and we can always use people to assist marshals, serve feast, work gate, be a general runner, or be part of the clean-up crew.  Please contact the Event Steward to sign-up.  THANKS! 


TROLL (Gate) will be located at the far end of the main Parking lot until 1pm on Saturday.  It will then move to the Feast Hall up the hill to the left after 1pm on Saturday.  For those arriving Friday Night, Troll will be briefly open from 5pm to 7pm.  Troll will re-open at 9am on Saturday morning.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE CAMP RANGER HAS REQUESTED THAT ALL VEHICLES REMAIN IN THE SCOUT CAMP PARKING LOT except for loading & unloading.  The ranger has also requested that we do not drive on the grass.

CHANGING AREAS:  There is a large Restroom and Shower Facility located on the Lower Fields for Changing.  There are also smaller Restrooms located in the Feast Hall.

ACCESSIBILITY – Where able, the Bashore Scout Reservation has worked to make sure its facilities are accessible to those with special needs within the limitation imposed by it being an outdoor facility.  However, please be aware that there is a STEEP HILL between the Feast Hall and the Lower Fields, and most of the access roads and trails are NOT paved.  There is limited Handicap Parking available next to the Feast Hall.  Lady Ravenna de Witte will be running an hourly accessibility shuttle between the Feast Hall and Lower Fields.  Shuttles will be departing on the half hour from the parking lot adjacent to the Feast Hall.

PETS - Pets are NOT allowed, except for Service Animals.

Site Opens: OCTOBER 20th at 5PM
Site Closes: OCTOBER 22nd at 3PM

Event Website: http://www.shirewars.eastkingdom.org/

Event Location
Bashore Scout Reservation
160 Moonshine Road
Jonestown, PA  17038
Google Map


From Lancaster:  Take PA Rte.  72 north through Manheim.  Continue north to the split with US 322.  Follow US 322 west to the second traffic light.  Turn right onto PA Rte.  934.  Follow Rte.  934 north through Annville and past Lebanon Valley College.  You will pass under US 22, then pass under I-81.  Continue about 3/4 mile then turn left onto Asher Miner Road (Funck’s Family Restaurant ‘will be on the right opposite Asher Miner Rd.).  Continue about 1 1/2 miles to a stop sign.  Cross the intersection and you’ll now be on PA Rte.  443 East.  Continue about 4 miles.  The entrance to Bashore Scout Reservation will be on the right.

Important Note:  Asher Miner Rd and part of PA Rte.  443 pass through Ft.  Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.  The posted speed limit is 35 mph.  Base police are very strict and will ticket for even 1 mph over the posted speed limit.

From Lebanon:  Take PA Rt.  72 north through Lebanon.  Continue to the intersection with PA Rt.  443 West.  Turn left onto PA Rt.  443.  Continue about two miles.  The entrance to Bashore Scout Reservation will be on the left.

From Turnpike (1-76):  Exit 247 I-283 toward PA-283 Harrisburg/Hershey (Toll); continue onto I-283 N (Partial Toll Road); Merge onto I-83 N; Take exit 51B for I-81 N towards Interstate 78 Hazeltown/Allentown; Merge onto I-81 N; Take exit 85B toward Fort Indiantown Gap; Merge onto PA-934 N.Fisher Ave; Continue to follow Fisher Ave; Turn left onto Asher Miner Rd; Continue onto PA-443 E Moonshine Rd; Camp is on the right.


TROLL (Gate) will be located at the far end of the main Parking lot until 1pm on Saturday.  It will then move to the Feast Hall up the hill to the left after 1pm on Saturday.  For those arriving Friday Night, Troll will be briefly open from 5pm to 7pm.

PLEASE NOTE:  THE CAMP RANGER HAS REQUESTED THAT ALL VEHICLES REMAIN IN THE SCOUT CAMP PARKING LOT except for loading & unloading.  The ranger has also requested that we do not drive on the grass.

A Site Map is available for viewing on the Shire Wars Website.

Registration Fees
Registration: Registration: 
$20 adult ($5 member discount)
$8 children (6-17)
$0 children under 6
(Family cap of $56 minus member discounts)

Camping $5 (adults)
Cabin bunk $20 (bunk reservations due by October 1st)


Feast: Feast:  Saturday Night only
Adults $10
Children (6-17) $5
Children under six free
Feast Cap:  80 people maximum
Feast reservations must be received by October 1st, 2017


Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA Inc.  Shire of Buckland Cross

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Event Steward:
THL Aurddeilen-ap-Robet (mka.  Ray Becker)
Shire of Buckland Cross
(h) 215-953-9839 (c) 215-431-1292
Please note that cell phone reception at the event site is spotty, and it may be difficult to reach the Event Steward on the day of the event.  So if you have questions, it would be best to call or email prior to the event.

Deputy Event Steward:
Mistress Linette de Gallardon (mka Holly Wood)
Shire of Owlsherst

Send Reservations to:
Frank Hetherington III
Exchequer, Shire of Buckland Cross
2785 Stanwood Lane
Bensalem, PA 19020

Reservations must be received by October 1st, 2017.

For each person attending, please include the following information with your reservation check:  SCA Name, Mundane name, Membership Number w/ Exp.  Date. 

We would also greatly appreciate some sort of contact info (i.e.  phone number, address, or email) in case we need to contact you about your reservation

Other Contact Information:
If you would like to be a Merchant at the event, please contact the Event Steward prior to the event to make arrangement for a space.

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