May-Be (I'll Try Something New)

Hosted by Barony of Iron Bog - Moorestown, NJ

Event date: May 9th, 2015

Event Last Modified: May 8th, 2015

Event details

Last year the their Excellencies Collin and Marion, Baron and Baroness of Iron Bog, called for a day when all who gathered could try something new whether it be on the field, at the flame or with the finer arts.  Many gentles came saying “May-Be I will trying something new” and left declaring “Now I want more”.  Their Excellencies were so inspired by the excitement of the day that they have decreed that another day be set so that all may try something else new or try something they enjoyed again. 

It is hoped that all those attending will take the opportunity to sample all the new experiences the day has to offer.  Planned is a full range of A&S activities and classes such as glass bead making, spinning and weaving, jewelry making, scribal arts, sewing, toasting the Crown and the bardic arts, as well as, a variety of martial activities with plenty of loaner gear available.  For questions regarding the martial activities please contact the Martial Liasion, Lord Declan Gobha at  If you are interested in teaching a class or demonstrating an activity in an artisans row type setting, please contact the A&S Liaison, Lissa Underhill at

Children will be welcome to participate in many of the activities with parental supervision and approval of those sharing their skills.  There will also be an area set-up for families to gather and play.  The site offers a wonderful playground for use with parental supervision.  For questions regarding youth participation please contact the Autocrat/ event youth coordinator and Chancellor of Youth, Lady Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin at

In addition, the Barony will be holding both Fencing and Rattan Tournaments to decide the next Iron Bog Fencing and Rattan Champions.  The champions must live in Iron Bog or a landed group that touches its borders (i.e., Bhakail, Carillion, Barren Sands, Caer Adamant and Buckland Cross).  If you do not reside in one of these groups you can still enter the tournament and make sure the new champion deserves the honor.

A nourishing and bountiful dayboard will be provided by Lady Genevra d’Angouleme.  For allergies, food restrictions or general questions about the dayboard, please contact Lady Genevra d'Angouleme at (856) 848-7810 or

May-Be Event
Day’s Schedule

10:00 Site/Gate opens
11:00 Artisan’s Row and Classes Begin (see lists below for details)
11:00-1:00 Baronial Fencing and Rattan Champions
11:00 Archery and Thrown Weapons areas open to all participants
12:00-1:30 Dayboard
1:00 Fencing and Rattan areas open to all participants
4:00 Snacks/Tea and Commedia Performance.  End of martial and A&S activities
5:00 Court Begins

Many of the activities below are youth friendly.  Please see the descriptions below for age recommendations.

--with Artisans’ breaks for lunch

Glass Bead Making:  Lady Elysabeth Underhill (Lissa)
Several times throughout the day Lissa will be available to demonstrate the art of glass bead making, and to discuss historic glass beads and how glass beads were made in period.  Interested in making a bead yourself? Attendees will also have the opportunity to make their own glass bead.  Teenagers may make a bead with parental permission/ supervision.  Younger children are welcome to watch with supervision, and can have a bead made for them to take home.

Sand Casting:  THL Muin Downie
Thrill to the joy that is CASTING HOT METALS!  IN SAND!  We will be doing brooches, pendants and rings!  Minors under the age of 15 years old must be accompanied by a Parent.

“From Milk to Meal”-Cooking with Charcoal:  Lord John Marshall atte Forde
Join John in making butter by hand, make cheese over an open fire, and make pasta dough from whole wheat flour.  After all of that, we will assemble ravioles and cook them over the fire.  This is an all day class, feel free to join John for all or part of the day.  An approximate schedule will be posted at the tent on the day of the event.  There will be audience participation and tasting."

Woodworking with hand tools:  THL Kai SaerPren
A demonstration of modern best practices for safe hand tool use for making period reproductions.  Starting with trees and ending with furniture.

Traveling Scriptorium:  Lady Caitriona inghean Sheamuis
Many are the hands involved in the creation of award documents - colloquially called 'scrolls' - in the East Kingdom.  If you have been to a Royal Court or Baronial Court, you will notice that most of the recognitions going out in court include the giving of some beautiful artwork with an historic flair to both record and personalize the occasion to each recipient.  The gentles who do this work are known as Scribes.

Visit the Scriptorium to see the tools and supplies used in period to produce beautiful illumination.  Feeling artistic, come and paint your own scroll.  Take it home or donate it to the Barony.  Come have fun and maybe learn something you never knew about the creation of 'Books'.  Children are welcome.

"Thread Play":  Lady Elizabet Marshall
Come and play with thread.  There will be materials for learning fingerloop braids and applique embroidery as well as some embroidery books to peruse and company if you're just looking for a spot to sit and stitch.  I'm happy to help with existing embroidery projects as well.  Additional materials will be available for individual stitch learning.  Children 10 and over welcome with a parent present.  No fee, limited only by our space.

Instrument Petting Zoo:  Lady Marion Quyn
Come learn about medieval instruments and try your hand at making some noise.  Ad hoc jam sessions for those so inclined.  All ages are welcome.

Spinning:  Lady Katheryne of Krings Keep
I have been spinning for more than 25 years using drop spindles as well as several types of spinning wheels.  I have experimented with spinning many types of fibers, including wool, bamboo, Halloween fake spider web fiber, alpaca, Siberian husky fur, cotton & linen.  I enjoy teaching people how to spin and helping them appreciate the fiber arts. 


11:00-12:00 Youth Puppet Making Class:  Baron Fum
Children will learn how to make their own puppets with Baron Fum.  They can take them home or even do a puppet play with their creations.

11:00-12:00 Byzantine Costuming:  Janet Thomas aka Lady Ansitruda Helgasdottir
I will be doing a brief history of Byzantine fashion and the similarities and differences to Roman styles.  I'll go over the names of the different garments for men and women and give a basic overview of the patterns, fabrics and decorations.  I will be providing a handout with some examples.

1:00-2:00 Jam Session:  Lady Marion Quyn
time subject to change

1:00-2:30 To Toast the Crown:  Baron Duncan Mac na Ceardadh
Baron Duncan will share with the participants the traditions of the East Kingdom regarding the traditional toasts offered at a feast associated with an event sponsored by a branch of the SCA.  The workshop will cover the traditions of the East Kingdom with regard to its Loyal Toasts and the obligatory toasts offered to event staff.  It will also touch upon the circumstances where other toasts might be appropriate in addition to, or instead of, what are commonly regarded as the six mandatory toasts. 

The workshop will also cover:

The timing of the mandatory toasts, and others that might be offered
How a toast might be composed
How a toast ought to be offered
The role of the herald or other designated individual handling protocol in organizing the manner in which toasts shall be offered.
Participants will be tasked with composing mock toasts for a variety of situations.  Time for questions and answers will be included.

1:00-2:00 So you want to tell a story...William the Alchemist
This workshop will give a quick review of available sources and basic techniques.  Participants will then have a chance to work with some short tales. 

2:00-3:00/3:00-4:00 Commedia Workshops:  Writing and Performing:  Baron Fum
The workshop will begin with an introduction/scenario writing session for an hour or so followed by a rehearsal session for an hour or so.  When we're done if the participants wanted to perform their 10-15 minute scenario we could do that.

3:00-4:00 Medieval Recipes:  Lady Valery Fitzgerald
Come learn the different variations of recipes for Medieval favorites Savory Toasted Cheese and Custard Pies.  After class we will invite everyone for an afternoon snack and tea before Court.  Class limit of 20.  Children over 10 are welcome with a parent along and children over 14 without a parent. 

Site Opens: 10:00
Site Closes: 6:00

Event Location

First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown
101 Bridgeboro Road
Moorestown, NJ  08057
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Registration Fees

Adults $11.00
Children 11- 15 $5.00
Children under 11 free

There will be a $5.00 non-member surcharge. 

There will be no feast. 

Make Checks Payable to: SCA NJ Inc.  Barony of Iron Bog

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lady Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin
mka Erica Janowitz
(201) 615-5598

Send Reservations to:

Pre-registration is not necessary but may be sent to:
Lady Molly inghean ui Raighallaigh
mka Jean Bachen
140 Sunset Drive
Mount Royal, NJ 08061