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Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - Livingston, NJ

Event date: March 22nd, 2014

Event Last Modified: March 11th, 2014

Event details

As winter turns to spring, nature awakens once again.  Their Excellencies, Erec and Jehannine, Baron and Baroness of Settmour Swamp, invite the known world to their annual celebration of the thawing of the mud.

Please join us on March 22 at the Salaam Shrine in Livingston, NJ as we gather to enjoy much that our society has to offer.  There will be tournaments of martial skill in armored combat, rapier fencing, thrown weapons, and youth fighting.  There will be a grand arts and sciences competition and artist's village.  There will be a baking competition and a brewing competition.  There will be shopping with some of the finest merchants from around the known world.  And to cap off the day, we will have a wonderful feast.

The armored combat tournament will be fought in the traditional Mudthaw double elimination format.  The tournament will begin promptly at noon.  There will be tournaments for rapier combat, thrown weapons, and youth fighting.  The fencing tournament will begin at 12:00 PM.  Thrown weapons will begin at 12:00 PM.  Youth combat will begin at 12:30 PM.

For those more inclined to the Arts and Sciences, we will be hosting an artisans row for people to share their knowledge, and a competition to show off your finished product. 


Mudthaw Arts and Sciences Competition:

This Competition is open to any and all who would enter, a separate table will be set for a Youth Competition.  There will be a Competition Winner as well as a Populace Winner.  The site opens at 10:00 am, judging will begin at 1:00. 

The Rules
1 - All entries must have been created within the past 2 years.
2 - All culinary entries must include a full ingredient lists.  Modern sanitary considerations must be taken in their preparation.  Entrants are responsible for keeping cold food cold and hot food hot.
3 - Research Papers need to be sent in before Mudthaw for proper review.  Please also have a print out for presentation amongst the other entrants.  Send Research/Paper entries to Caterina Giaocchini at by March1, 2014 to ensure enough time for review.

Entries will be judged as follows -
Workmanship - construction, attention to detail, presentation.
Creativity - originality, interpretation.
Complexity - intensity of the design, difficulty, research and scope
Authenticity - historical accuracy or interpretation.
Documentation - thoroughness, sources listed, ideas demonstrated.  While not necessary for this competition, more points will come from having documentation.

There will be an A&S Display space laid out for those not wishing to enter the competition but still desiring to display.

Please pick up your entries and displays 1 hour before court.

Those interested in judging please contact Caterina Giaocchini at
Judging sheets will be available on site.


April Fool's Scribal Contest:

There will be a Scribal Contest displayed at Mudthaw, the details for which are listed here

These entries will be judged, and winners will be announced on April 1, 2014 (A populace choice winner will be selected at Mudthaw).  Criteria will include humor, creativity, and overall presentation.  You don’t need to be a scribe in the East Kingdom College of Scribes to participate – all who can pick up a brush and a pencil are welcome to join in this challenge, and create a wonderful conversation piece you’d be proud to hang in your own home.  Entries submitted for display at KWHSS will be available for pickup at specific East Kingdom events afterward, so don’t forget to include your contact information on the back!

Please pick up your entry 1 hour before court.


The East Kingdom Brewers Guild announcement: 
Good gentles one and all.  I Friar William Graham Southern Region Deputy of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild do announce many brewing opportunities at Mud Thaw this year.  First we will have a brewing contest to see who will be the brewing champion.  Make sure you at least provide the name of your product and what the ingredients are for some points in the area of documentation.  Documentation can give you just enough points to win the contest.  The categories are as follows:


Also we are having a panel opportunity for those of you who are interested in becoming members of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild.  Documentation and Medieval Authenticity are very important for ranking in the Guild.  Please check out our requirements and paneling sheet at:

There will be many members of the Guild for you to meet and greet for feed back and questions.  I hope that you will being your potables for all of us to share and learn together.  If you are planning on paneling for the guild please contact me at:

For there are only a few spots available.  I hope to meet some new brewers so we can all share in recipes, techniques and fellowship.  The brewing community is amazing and I hope you will become a part of it.


While man cannot live on beer alone, we will be holding the now annual Mudthaw bread baking competition.  Please include a full ingredient list for all entries and documentation.  Judges will give preference to those entries which could have been made in period.

For more information on the Artisans' Row, please contact either Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell ( or Lady Naomi bat Avraham (


After court, we invite all to dine on the delicious feast being prepared by Lady Charis Accipiter. 

First Remove
Conys in hogepoche:  Rabbit stew with savory root vegetables in a beer sauce
Mattentaart:  A savory tart with almond/cheese custard
Cappoenen met sausen:  Roast chicken in a sauce of cinnamon and ginger
Eieren die men vult:  Boiled eggs stuffed with yolk, sage, parsley, apple and spiced with pepper
kitchengarden en vogue:  A salad of mixed fresh greens with an herbed butter dressing

Second Remove
Vlees pastey te maecken van iiij ponden:  Wild boar in pastry with raisins, prunes, cloves, chestnuts and spices.
Sluberkens:  Pasties with marrow, sugar, currants and cinnamon
Asperge:  Grilled asparagus with fresh parsley and butter
Ipocras:  White grape juice with ginger, cinnamon and cloves
Eyerwafelen:  Thin wafers made from eggs, flour and cardamom served with cream

Please contact Lady Charis at with any dietary concerns.

** Please note, there will be no dayboard at this event.  ** We encourage you to provide your own food for the day, and are arranging to have food merchants on-site.


Tentative Schedule:
10:00-Site Opens
10:00-Merchants Open-lower hall
10:00-A&S Entry Open-upper hall
10:00-EK Signet Scroll Display-upper hall
11:30-Morning Court-outside
12:00-Artists' Village opens
12:00-Armored Combat Tournament begins
12:00-Rapier Tournament
12:00-Thrown Weapons Tournament
12:30-Youth Fighting - South Lawn
1:00-A&S Competition Begins-upper hall
1:00-Brewing Competition-upper hall
1:00-Baking Competition-upper hall
2:00-Southern Region Chatelaine's Meeting-TBD
3:00-Artists' Village Closes
3:00-A&S Judging Closes (please pick up your entries)-upper hall
3:00-Marshal Activities End-outside
4:00-Baronial Court-upper hall
4:30-Royal Court-upper hall
5:00-Merchants Close-lower hall
7:00-Feast-lower hall
9:00-Feast Ends-lower hall
9:30-Site Closes (anyone staying afterwards, we thank you for helping to clean)

Site Opens: 10 AM
Site Closes: 9:30 PM

Event Location

Salaam Shrine
369 East Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ  07039
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From the Garden State Parkway:  Take exit 145 to Route 280 WEST.  Go 4.3 miles to exit 7 for Pleasant Valley Way toward Millburn/Verona.  Bear left at end of ramp (toward Millburn), turn left at Pleasant Valley Way SOUTH and go 0.4 miles to junction of Route 10/Mount Pleasant Ave.  Turn right onto Route 10/Mount Pleasant Ave.  WEST.  The site is 1.2 miles down the road on the right.

From Route 287:  Take exit 41A for I-80 E toward New York City.  After 2.6 mi take exit 47A to I-280 East toward The Oranges/Newark.  After 6 miles, take exit 6 for Laurel Avenue & Turn right onto Laurel Ave.  After ~1/3 mile bear left onto Shrewsbury Dr.  After a 1/2 mile, turn left onto Mt Pleasant Avenue.  After 0.4 miles, the Salaam Shrine is on your left.

Public Transportation:  N.J.  Transit has Bus service from Newark Penn Station that travels along Route 10 in Livingston and can stop near the site. for updated information on service and schedules.

Registration Fees

Adult Members $12
Adult Non-Members $17
Minors (6-17) $6
Minors (0-5) free
Merchants $25 (includes site fee for one person)

Feast will be $10 per person in addition to the site fee. 

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Don Owynn Greenwood
Phone:  908.447.2979 (no calls after 9:30 PM)

Send Reservations to:

Please send reservations to the autocrat:

c/o Michael Sklower
80 Scott Drive
Watchung, NJ 07069

With your reservation, please list each person's modern and SCA name and the ages of any minors.  Please also list what the payment is for, site fee, feast, etc.  Please also include an e-mail address or phone number where we can reach you if needed.

ACCEPS is now available to take reservations with a credit card:

Other Contact Information:

Merchants, please contact the autocrat.