Beltane **UPDATED**

Hosted by Canton of Black Icorndall - Glen Mills, PA

Event date: May 12th, 2006 - May 14th, 2006

Event Last Modified: May 4th, 2006

Event details

Come join us once again to light the Beltane fires and to wake the trees and the fields for spring!  Many have looked forward to the return of Spring and to the return of this event, and we are pleased to host it once again.  As usual, there will be activities for any taste all through the days and into the nights. 

As in previous years, we will have Archery and Thrown Weapons including both competition and open range.  As before we will host Fencing with a new twist this year which will include some role-playing.

This year we are also delighted to host Equestrian activities and Hounds Coursing!  To participate in Equestrian, please contact Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick at  To participate in the Beltane Meet Hounds Coursing, please contact Carol at

It is our privilege to also host the face-off between our parent Barony of Bhakail and the newly-invested Barony of Iron Bog - their champions against ours, toe-to-toe in four disciplines:  Armored Fighting, Fencing,A&S, and Archery.  Following these challenges there will be both field and bridge battles to test the strength of every assembled fighter, whether bonded or mercenary, led by these two baronies.  Siege Weapons and Combat Archery will be participating in these Melees.  See the event web page for complete details.

The Beltane Brewing Champion and the Bhakail Baronial Brewing Champion will each be selected at Beltane by the judges alongside the Brewer's University.  Learn to brew beer, mead, wine, cordials, etc.  Proof of age required for any tasting.

We have Children's Activities, including May Day Races for the fleet of foot and the coordinated and cooperative, puppetry with Fum, Dragon-Slaying, and a Children's Quest.  Some activities will be run by some of our more enterprising urchins.

TWO baronial courts for Their Excellencies Lorcan Dracontius and Scheherazade al-Zahira and their Excellencies Master Lawrence Thornguard and Mistress Katherine Barr of Cumberland will be held at 5pm to award winners and other business.

Merchants are welcome and space is almost unlimited.  Merchants are requested to donate a small prize for the tourneys.

Ample camping space is available both Friday and Saturday nights.  Fire pits will be allowed in camps, but must be attended while lit.  Please bring fire extinguishers if you plan to have a fire in your encampment.

Water is available on site for solar shower bags; be aware that there are no existing structures for this purpose.

This is a traditional Beltane festival being held in a traditional sheep pasture.  (consider this a warning!)

Site Opens: 5pm Friday
Site Closes: 3pm Sunday

Event Location

Arasapha Farms
1833 North Middletown Road
Glen Mills, PA  19342-1907
Google Map


From Philadelphia (and points North and East)
From 476 take Route 1 South for about 5 miles.  **Immediately after the merge with Baltimore Pike get in the right hand lane, and take the ramp just before the bridge onto Route 352 north (toward Penn State Campus).  Go 5 miles (there is some construction, so horse trailers may experience a little bumpiness).  The site will be on the right.

Take Rt 322 west to the Commodore Barry Bridge.  Take I-95 north to Rt 476 north.  Get off at the Media/Swarthmore exit and turn left onto Baltimore Pike.  Go about 5 miles to the merge with Route 1.  Follow directions from ** above.

From Delaware (and points South)
Take Rt 202 north.  ****Take Route 3 East about 3 miles and make a right onto Rt 352 south.  Go 2 miles.  The site will be on the left.

Take the PA Turnpike East to the Downningtown exit.  Take Rt 100 South.  After about 7 miles Route 100 merges into Route 202 South.  Go approximately 2 miles farther, then get off at the Route 3 exit and stay right, onto Route 3 east.  Follow directions from **** above.

Registration Fees

*Includes Dayboard on Saturday

Adult (18+) $13
Teen/Child (2-17) $8

Camping fees: 
Adult (18$) add $5
Teen (13-17) add $2
Child (2-12) add $1

There is a non-member surcharge of $3 per Adult.
There is an at-the-door surcharge of $2 per Adult (pre-register to save money!)

There is no feast.  A list of nearby restaurants will be provided at troll and on the event website.

Dinner will be available for purchase on-site on Saturday night from the Mermaid Inn by pre-arrangement.  Please contact Triona for details:

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc., Barony of Bhakail

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Sayidata (Lady) Jamilia al-Bhakailia al-Suba al-Hadid
610-565-6661 (not after 10pm)

Deputy Autocrat:  Lord William Graham

Send Reservations to:

Lady Damiana Almodóvar
(mka) Joy Rogers Gómez-Farrow
18 West Felton Ave.
Ridley Park, PA 19078
home phone:  610-521-6701 (not after 10 pm)
work fax:  215-898-0488 (use mundane name)

Other Contact Information:

Dayboard:  Lady Shannon Gallowglass

William Fitzwater
(mka William Iserman)
P.O.Box 313,
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Instead of a merchant fee, merchants are requested to make a donation toward prizes for the competitions.

Baronial Challenge:  Baron Lorcan Dracontius

Equestrian:  Mistress Eleanor fitzPatrick

Hounds:  Carol

Mermaid Inn (dinner for purchase):  Triona

Classes:  Lady Eleanora the Tilemaker

Archery and Thrown Weapons:  Lord Deiniol ap Gwyrgwst