Black Rose Ball- Through the Looking Glass

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Hosted by Barony of the Bridge - Cranston, RI

Event date: March 12th, 2016

Event Last Modified: February 26th, 2016

Event details

Black Rose Ball - Through the Looking Glass

This event will also be a Royal Progress and an Investiture of our Baronials elect - Ulric & Clothilde von der Insel

As the sheets of ice melt, and the days warm, there is celebration throughout the land.  The reflection in the glassy sheets distorts the reality that is, and all is not what it seems. 

This year the Black Rose Ball celebrates its thirty-ninth year with a trip Through the Looking Glass, where the Noble-born are able to be lowly; the lowly as high-born; the males as females, or the other way round. 

Lord Maurin has planned an entertaining list of dances that will entice the most experienced or novice dancer alike.  There will be dance instruction throughout the day to familiarize attendees with the dances to be performed at the ball.

The Waytes of Carolingia will bring their skill with wind and string to delight the dancers. 

Mistress Fiona O’Maille will lead the culinary talents in the kitchen, and her skilled staff will prepare a repast that is fit for Royalty.  This wonderful feast will fortify the body for the events of the evening. 

For this feast, we will be limiting seating to 100 guests, so reservations will be required. 

This feast will feature the Court of His Excellency, Baron Eloi, which will precede the ball, so don’t be late.

Music and dance, food and drink, good friends and hearty laughter, and all things that may not be what they appear await you in the Barony of the Bridge.  Join us for this most venerable of balls, the longest continuously held dance event in the known world!

The schedule for the day (tentative):
9:00 AM Site opens
9:30 AM Dance instruction begins
12:00 PM Dayboard opens
3:00 PM Dance instruction ends
3:30 PM Last Court of Baron Eloi
4:00 PM Royal Court with Investiture
Once Royal court is over, The first court of Their Excellencies von der Insel
6:00 PM Feast
8:00 PM The Ball begins
12:00 AM The Site closes

Dayboard menu (subject to change)

Cheeses, fruits and veggies
Hard boiled eggs.
Maybe some kind of soup or stew
hummus and or roast chick peas,
Sausage or chicken

For any Day Board questions please contact Lord Vargus Ulfr at 401-419-6767 or email

Feast menu

Meatballs on a bed of rice or barley cabbage
Armored turnips
Stewed apples/sauce
Roast beef
Roasted carrots, parsnips
Spinach and leek tarts

Dessert – populace please bring a dessert to share

For any Feast questions please contact Mistress Fiona O’Maille at

Please contact Lord Maurin if you would like written instructions for the dances in advance of the ball. 

Beer and wine are allowed on site, but please employ discretion and good judgement if you choose to drink.

Event Location:
St.  David’s on the Hill Episcopal Church
200 Mashanticut Valley Parkway
Cranston, RI 02920

Site Opens: 9 am
Site Closes: 12 am

Event Location

St. David's on the Hill Episcopal Church
200 Mashanticut Valley Parkway
Cranston, RI  02920
Google Map


Rt 95 Exit 14 to merge onto RI-37 W toward RI-2/Cranston


Rt 295, Exit 3 to Rt 37 East

On Rt 37 take Exit 2B onto Reservoir Ave (RI-2) going North

Turn left onto Meshanticut Valley Pkwy 0.3 mi
Turn left onto Dean Pkwy/Meshanticut Valley Pkw 82 ft
Turn right onto Meshanticut Valley Pkwy

The Church will be on your Right.
There is limited parking in the front of the Church.  Parking is normally on Greening Lane and the surrounding neighborhood.

Registration Fees

Adults:  $11.00
Youth/Student:  $10.00
Children under 3:  Free
Gentles from Canada:  Free

At the door:
Adults:  $15.00
Youth/Student:  $14.00
Children under 3:  Free
Gentles from Canada:  Free

Non-member Surcharge:  $5

$8 per person.  Babes in Arms:  gratis.  Reservations required due to limited seating. 

Postmark Deadline is February 27, 2016

Make Checks Payable to: SCA-RI Inc

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Andrew DiLeo
Lord Fiónán MacLeóid of Armagh

Secondary Contact
Amy Waggener
Amia Turner

Send Reservations to:

Cælia Blackwolf (Tracie Shepard)
4245 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02818

Other Contact Information:

A&S Challenge:
To all who are masters of creation and deception, here is a challenge for you.  Create an ensemble for the Ball that is not what it appears to be.  The rules are fairly simple, from a distance of 50 ft, the ensemble must appear to be period appropriate.  From a distance of 10 ft, the patterns, design or other camouflage that you have created is revealed.  There will be a prize awarded for the Best of the Ball.  Questions can be sent to Fiónán at