River War

Hosted by Barony of Iron Bog - Williamstown, NJ

Event date: September 23rd, 2016 - September 25th, 2016

Event Last Modified: September 6th, 2016

Event details

As the drums of war come to a lesser beat, some of the warriors find themselves a little restless as stories of the previous battles are told.  The more the mugs are replenished, the larger and longer the stories get.  Before you know it warriors are starting to make up reasons to have a good time.  All they need is a place to play. 

The Baroness Creatura Christi of Oaks, Barony of Iron Bog would like to invite one and all to River War for a weekend full of good times with family and friends. 

As always, we are on a quest to have fun for all.  There shall be marshal activities, archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, A&S- including this year the Metalsmith Symposium,Athena's Thimble and the Baronial A&S competition, camping, shopping/bartering, and of course the food.  The only thing that it is missing is you and your family. 

Friday night please join us for the River War Lounge.  The Lounge will be open with snacks, drinks, games, and music.  Come and enjoy a tavern atmosphere.  Come and share your favorite game, song, story, and enjoy our company.

Marshal activities:

Friday night:  Torch light tourney

Saturday:  We start the day off with four single elimination weapons tourneys.  Followed by melee scenarios:  Beach Breach, Bridge Battle, Field Battle, Town and/or Castle Battle.
Each combat is asked to bring a small item to fill the treasure chest - which will be award to the winning team!

Saturday evening:  The Honors Auction Tourney.  Have you not had enough combat for the day? Good!  Prepare arms for an entertaining charity tournament.  You, the fighter, will be auctioned to fight as some lucky gentle's champion for the evening.  The money raised will go towards helping make a future Iron Bog event free!
Please see the Facebook event page for more details :  https://www.facebook.com/events/459228650928945/

Friday:  Those of you who join us on Friday please enjoy The River War Lounge.  great join us in the evening at the River War Lounge.  The Lounge will be open with snacks, drinks, games, and music.  Come and enjoy a tavern atmosphere.  Come and share your favorite game, song, story, and enjoy our company.

Saturday:  “Early Bird” Rapier Tournament for Saturday morning - the super early time of 11am. 
Dress your best for the Cut and Thrust Tournament happening in the early afternoon.
We are very honored to say that River War is hosting the “Don Edmond the Lame Memorial Two-Hander Tourney” this year (due to the unexpected cancellation of martial activities at Pennsic this past year).  It will be scheduled very shortly after the C&T Tournament.  More news to come later. 
If there is time and interest, we have a melee game prepared:  “ROMEO MUST DIE!” How long can you and your kin keep your cousin alive, when a small army of rabble is out to kill him?

Sunday (yes Sunday):  If there is any interest on Sunday, any remaining rapier fighters are welcome to enjoy an historical-fencing round-table shortly after breakfast, where we can discuss items of interest to the SCA historical swordfighting community.

***There is one important change:  we will not be fencing in our usual area per sa (directly by the pavilions), due to the space necessary for the Metalsmith’s Symposium.  Feel free to bring along any portable shade you have we are working on have ample shade up but you will need chairs.  Any questions, please feel free to contact me at mikewgoodman@gmail.com Lorenzo Gorla- Rapier Marshal in Charge

Archery and Thrown weapons:  marshals will be on hand to bring you interesting and unique targets.  There are no scheduled tournaments at this time but you never know what the marshals will come up with on the spot.

Arts and Sciences:

Iron Bog is honored to host this year’s Metalsmith’s Symposium hosting many artisans demonstrating and teaching their skills.  The awesome Metalsmith’s library will also be here!  The perfect opportunity to peruse information on many subjects relating to metalsmithing.

In addition, we will have our annual Artisan' Row.  Artisans will be available to demonstrate and teach their art as well as have the opportunity to gather and learn from each other.  We will also be working to integrate youth activities with the Artisans' Row depending on the activity and age of the youth.  If you would like to be included as an artisan or if you have questions, please email Lady Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin (Erica Janowitz), Metalsmiths’ Symposium 15 site liaison &Artisans' Row and Youth Coordinator at erislp@gmail.com.

Her Excellency will be holding a competition to find the new Baronial A&S Champion.  The current Baronial Champion, Lady Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin, is calling for gentles in the Barony of Iron Bog or those from lands that border Iron Bog to come and share the art and/or science that inspires them and gives them joy.  All levels of skills are welcome, as are entries from different crafts and time periods.  Entries may be projects in process and do not need to be submitted prior to the event.  Kingdom level documentation is not needed, though documentation that shares the artisans’ knowledge regarding their entry and its place in period is recommended.  Judging by Baroness Creature, available past Barons and Baronesses, and the current champion will commence at 3:00pm Saturday.  Again, please contact Lady Aibhilin with any questions (erislp@gmail.com). 

Athena's Thimble Display and Expert panel will be hosting an embroidery display.  All are welcome to bring items by 12:30.  At 1:00 there will be the presentation of Couched and Laid work embroidery for expert ranking for Athena's Thimble (www.athenasthimble.com).  Observers are welcome during the panel, however the members of the guild making up the panel will have priority for seating and questions.  After the presentation, while the panel is deliberating, the presenter will be happy to answer questions and discuss the form with all interested.  Following the Expert panel, at approximately 2:30, there will be a regular guild paneling.

MERCHANTS...  BARTERING and what not ----

This year the merchant area will be “The Iron Bog Flea Market”.  Along with our usual merchants, we will provide a space for all gentles to bring their overstock SCA wares.  If you have anything you would like to sell or trade, feel free to bring it along.  Thanks to several people we will be able to provide a shaded area setting up in the large field between the equestrian and heavy fighting area, not too far from the archery and thrown weapons.  If you would like to participate please send a note to the Merchant coordinator, Lady Marion ferch Llewellyn at ladymarion2@excite.com And if you can please bring tables and chairs.

Family Fun:  The possibilities are endless scavenger hunt, card games, puzzle contest, fairies in a jar….

Equestrian:  If you wish to bring your horse(s) to this event, please contact the equestrian marshal-in-charge prior to the event.  All horses attending the event must have a current Coggins test, and horses traveling from outside New Jersey must have a current 30-day interstate health certificate, per SCA Equestrian regulations.  Equine health paperwork can be transmitted to the marshal-in-charge (chestnutmare@gmail.com - Baroness Doucette de Verdun) in advance via fax or email, or produced at the event prior to unloading the horse from the trailer.  Sorry, no rental horses are currently available for this event.

Dayboard (Lunch 12:30)
chapati (flatbread)
butters (plain, herb)
fresh fruit & veggies
hard-boiled eggs
paneer (cheese)
samosas (meat pastries)
lanvās (stewed beef)
kabáb (skewered chicken)
fried root vegetables
ság (fried spinach)
bhāt with ghee (cooked rice with ghee)
pahit (lentils)
Food Allergies PLEASE contact send an email to genevra_dangouleme@verizon.net as soon as possible (before sept 10th)

FEAST (6:00pm): 
A Period Italian Feast for River Wars with reserved places for above and below the salt

Above the Salt:
Hard Salami
pickled veggies
strawberry jam
Marzipan figures
Ravioli filled with chicken, bacon, ricotta and parmesan cheeses
Stuffed onions (meat day recipe)
Mushroom tourte
Salmon, broiled with lemon
Braised eggplant
Cream Pie
Quince Crostata

Below the Salt
Sliced Ham
pickled veggies
strawberry jam
Ravioli filled with chicken, bacon, ricotta and parmesan cheeses
Stuffed onions (Lent day version
Mushroom tourte (Lent day version)
roasted chestnuts
Roast Beef
Fried eggplant
Cinnamon Tourte
Cooked Apples in Sugar

Menu items are subject to change…if something is unavailable, pomegranates, for example.  (My mouth is watering just typing these words)
*** For food allergies PLEASE contact the head cook at katyagordon@aol.com before September 10th

Site Opens: 3:00 pm Sept 23
Site Closes: 3:00pm Sept 25

Event Location

Tall Pines Day Camp
1349 Sykesville Road
Williamstown, NJ  08094
Google Map


Take the Atlantic City Expressway to Exit 38-Williamstown.  Go South on Rt.  536 to Rt.  322.  "Geets Diner" will be on the right.  Turn left onto Rt.  322 East-Blackhorse Pike.  Go to 3rd light and make a right onto Corkery Lane.  "Wawa" will be on the right.  Cross over Blue Bell Road.  Go 1/8 mile to Sykesville Road.  Turn left onto Sykesville Road and follow it until it ends.

Take Rt.  676 south to Rt.  42.  Follow directions from Philadelphia.

Take A.C.  Expressway to Exit 38-Williamstown.  Follow directions from Philadelphia.

Take Main Road-Rt.  555 to Blue Bell Road.  Follow Blue Bell Road to Corkery Lane.  Turn left onto Corkery Lane, go 1/8 mile to Sykesville Road, and turn left onto Sykesville Road.

Follow Rt.  295 south to Rt.  42.  Follow directions from Philadelphia.  Or follow signs for Rt.  73 south through Berlin Circle.  After light at Jackson Road follow signs for Rt.  536 Spur (Williamstown/Glassboro) - Williamstown-New Freedom Road.  Follow Rt.  536 Spur to Rt.  322.  Make left onto Rt.  322 East (Blackhorse Pike) and follow directions from Philadelphia.

Registration Fees

Day trip: 
Adults 18+ with proof of membership $10.00
*Non-SCA-member $15.00
$5.00 (Youths 6-17)
Adults 18+ with proof of membership $20.00
*Non-SCA-member $25.00
$5.00 (Youth 6-17)
Please note:Camping will include - Friday night mundane Dinner 7pm-9pm, Saturday/Sunday morning a small get you started breakfast 7:30am-9:30am

Day board (lunch) $ 5.00 -- 150 person limit

Feast - Above the salt- $12.00 (Adults 18 +)
$ 6.00 (Youth 6-17)

Below the salt- $ 10.00(Adults 18+)
$ 5.00 (Youth 6-17)

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lord Sterling De La Rosa
856 661 8087

Send Reservations to:

Jean Bachen
140 Sunset Dr
Mount Royal, NJ 08061
Please send Reservations with contact info in the form of an email address
Deadline Sept 10th

Other Contact Information:

Camping Rules:  You know there had to be a few….
No ground fires outside of an approved fire pit.  All fires must be attended and have properly filled fire buckets near the fire pit.  Some Firewood will be available, no cutting of live trees.  No liquid fuel or liquid fuel devices. 
The site is discretely damp.  ALL GLASS CONTAINERS MUST LEAVE WITH YOU.
Motor vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas.  If you have special needs please contact the site autocrat.
No pets are allowed at this event; please leave them at home for the comfort and ease of the horses that will be present.
For those that are mobility challenged, the camp ground is fairly flat but very spacious; there is amble amount of walking.  There are paths for motorized scooters to move around. 
There are Hot shower available