Quest XXVIII: A Pocket Full of Posies

Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - Neshanic Station, NJ

Event date: May 27th, 2011 - May 30th, 2011

Event Last Modified: May 22nd, 2011

Event details

Welcome to 14th century Florence, where plague is stalking the streets.  Join us as we escape the city to our country retreat and seek to amuse ourselves.

Fighters, bring your armor and weapons.  Fencers, bring your rapiers.  Archers, bring your bows and arrows, and those who practice target throwing, bring your axes and knives.  Artisans, bring your Arts and Sciences projects.  The winners of these tournaments will be our Baronial Champions.  The fighting, archery, and thrown weapons competitions will be held on Saturday.  Fencing competition will be on Sunday.  In addition, a brewing contest will be held on Saturday. 

After a long day of events we will be having a great Italian feast on Saturday evening prepared by Lady Charis.  The feast will be limited to 100 gentles, so we ask you to please register early.  After the feast we challenge you to gather around our fire pit and entertain us with your songs and stories.  The best of all will be named our Bardic Champion.

For those looking to use their wits, we offer you a mighty quest based on Boccaccio’s Decameron.  It promises to be fun and challenging.  The Quest will begin at 1 PM on Sunday.  Children’s teams are welcome, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

We ask that you supervise your children at all times.  Anyone under the age of eighteen who is not with a parent must be accompanied by an adult and must present a consent form signed by the parent listing the parent’s contact information.  If a minor does not have a blue membership card, a minor’s waiver must be signed by the parent/legal guardian and presented at Troll.  Copies of this waiver are available on-line at and will be available at the event. 

The camping area will be open from 4 PM Friday until 11:30 AM Monday.  It is a damp site, which means beer, wine, and mead are permissible, but please no distilled liquor.  Running water is not available on site, so please bring enough bottled water to last the weekend.  Port-a-Johns, dumpsters for garbage, and bins for recyclables will also be provided.  In addition to feast gear, you will need chairs and a table, or a blanket to sit on for the feast.  There will be a large, central fire pit for socializing.  Pets are welcome so long as they are leashed and cleaned up after.

There will be an Inn on site run by Rachel of Gwynedd.  Several fast food establishments are a short distance away.

Feast menu:

White Torte - a sweet crust filled with a variety of cheese and spices

Rice Fritters - risotto rice mixed with parmesan cheese and lightly fried

Baby Onions braised with bay leaves

Sausage with baby cabbage in a light sauce

Coppiette - thinly sliced steak with herbs and pancetta

Chicken Romania - chicken sauteed with onions and stewed in pomegranate juice

Tendril Pie - sweet tart plum pie

Italian Bread with spreads

The ingredient list will be posted.  Please contact Lady Charis Accipiter ( with any concerns or special needs with regard to the feast.

Reservations must include Mundane and SCA names for all persons included in the reservation, in addition to the ages of all the children included in your party.  You will need to provide proof of membership for all members included in the reservation (photocopy of membership card or a copy of the cover of a recent Pikestaff with the member’s name is acceptable).  Also include contact information for the head of your party.  The check or money order should be made out to “SCA Inc., Barony of Settmour Swamp” for the total amount of the reservation. 

Merchants are most welcome, and there is no merchant fee.  We do ask that you bring your own tables and PLEASE pre-register so we can allot you enough space.  All Merchants must contact the Autocrat prior to the event.  With your reservation please include full contact information as well as the name of your merchant booth.

Site Opens: 4 pm Friday
Site Closes: 12 noon Monday

Event Website

3 Morris Place

Event Location

Neshanic Volunteer Fireman's Field
Corner of River Road & Elm Street
Neshanic Station, NJ  08853
Google Map


From 287:  Take Exit 17 and merge onto Route 202/206S.  Stay on 202/206S for 3.7 miles.  Turn left at Chubb Way.  It will turn into S.  Branch Road.  After 3.8 miles turn left at Pleasant Run Road (County Road 567).  It will change its name to River Road.  After almost a mile, turn right onto Elm Street and go over a white girder bridge.  The site is on the right.

From the South:  Use Route 202.  It can be reached from Routes 31 and 29 from the south.  Take Route 202 north.  Turn right onto Pleasant Run Road (County Road 629).  Continue to follow County Road 629.  It becomes County Road 567 (River Road).  About 3 miles from Route 202, you'll see the white girder bridge.  Make a right turn onto the bridge (Elm Street).  You'll see the site on the right. 

From eastern NJ:  Take Rt 287 exit 14B (a left-hand exit) onto Route 22 West for
3 miles.  Take the exit for Routes 206/202 south, then keep to the left to
take Route 202 over the Somerville Circle.  After 5.4 miles, turn left at the
traffic light onto Chubb Way.  Then follow the directions for people coming from the North.

For those with GPS units, you can give the address as 200 Elm St., Neshanic Station, NJ.

Registration Fees

Site Fees:
$6.00 Friday night
$11 Saturday day trip rate adult [18+]
$11 Sunday day trip rate adult [18+]
Monday is free
$25.00 Adult Max site fee
$6 minor [6-17] per day rate
Children under 6 are free
All children must be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult.
$60.00 Family Max site fee
$5.00 Adult Non SCA member surcharge
All reservations must be postmarked by May 18

Make Checks Payable to:  SCA inc, Barony of Settmour Swamp

Credit card payment through ACCEPS is available at

$7.00 Onboard fee for the feast
All reservations must be postmarked by May 18

Reservation Refund policy: 
If, after sending in a reservation, you are unable to attend, please contact one of the autocrats before the event.  Site fees will be refunded after the event.  Feast fees will be refunded if we are able to resell your feast space.  Unclaimed feast reservations will be sold off to a waiting list, if there is one.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc., Barony of Settmour Swamp

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Dom.  Galefridus Peregrinus
[Lon Mendelsohn]
3 Morris Place
Towaco, NJ 07082
(973) 214-4957 before 10pm


Lady Katherine de Staverton
[Katie Mendelsohn]
3 Morris Place
Towaco, NJ 07082
(973) 402-1799 before 10pm

Send Reservations to:

Baroness Rhiannon de Carreg Cennen
c/o B.J.  Altrath
163 Anderson Rd.
Asbury, NJ 08802

Other Contact Information:

All Merchants MUST contact the Autocrat prior to the event.  With your reservation please include full contact information as well as the name of your merchant booth.