Quest for Wit and Wisdom XXXIII

Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - Pittstown, NJ

Event date: May 26th, 2017 - May 29th, 2017

Event Last Modified: May 16th, 2017

Event details

Quest for Wit and Wisdom XXXIII
May 26, 2014 to May 29, 2017
(Clinton Elks, 211 Sidney Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867)

The Barony of Settmour Swamp will celebrate the Thirty Third Quest for Wit & Wisdom. This year QUEST will have a Spanish theme.  "The QUEST" by Lord Galen, is titled "Man of La Munchkin", featuring Don Quixote.  A delicious Spanish feast will be prepared by Lady Charis.

QUEST is Settmour Swamp's local camping event and includes competitions to determine the Barony’s champions for heavy weapons fighting, rapier combat, thrown weapons, arts and sciences (A&S) and archery.  There is also an Artisan's row (live displays and hands-on demos), a bardic circle and of course "the QUEST".  This year Lord Galen has designed a delightful Quest featuring Don Quixote.

Baron Jonathan Miles and Baroness Teresa Ana Perez, welcome all to join in our weekend-long celebration.  Baroness Teresa and Baron Jonathan were invested as the new Baroness and Baron of Settmour Swamp at Mudthaw, on March 25.

CHILDREN are most welcome, but please supervise your children at all times.  Anyone under the age of eighteen must be accompanied to the event by a parent or legal guardian.  The SCA youth waiver policy will be enforced.

POND:  There is a pond on site, this is not for swimming.

PETS are permitted, and must be kept on a leash at all times.  Certain areas will be off limits to pets.

ALCOHOL POLICY:  No alcoholic beverages may be brought on site.  There will be a site-run bar available, and open until 2:00am.  This policy will be strictly enforced by event staff. Anyone in violation of this policy will be removed from the site.  See below for the Brewing Contest.

RACHEL's KITCHEN:  Rachel will set up her kitchen and be offering hot coffee, breakfast and other items for purchase.

SCHEDULE (Preliminary and subject to change)

QUEST schedule change:
The Thrown Weapons tournament will be at 10am on the "archery" field.  The schedule will probably change again.  Please check here and/or on the EK Calendar announcement for changes.

4:00pm Site opens, Troll opens

10:00am Thrown Weapons Tournament
12 noon Archery setup
12 noon Armor Inspection
12:30pm Heavy Weapons Tournament
12:30pm Archery Tournament
1:00pm Artisan's Row starts
3:00pm Brewing Contest
5:00pm Artisan’s Row closes
6:00pm Feast
8:00pm Bardic Circle

10:00am Artisan's Row Starts
11:00am Fencing Tournament
12 noon Silent Auction opens
1:00pm Artisan's Row closes
1:30pm Quest "Man of La Munchkin" featuring Don Quixote
3:30pm Hurley game (after the QUEST ends)
4:00pm Silent Auction ends
5:00pm Court of Baron Jonathan and Baroness Teresa
6:30pm Pennsic Swamp Camp Meeting

Clean up
Site Closes at 11:30am

ARTISANS ROW:  Offered by Sof'ia Zhirinskaia (
Artisan's Row includes live displays and hands-on demonstrations.  The Artisan’s Row is a particularly wonderful opportunity for Arts and Sciences that are too messy or time-consuming for usual events.  We are especially interested in woodworkers, blacksmiths, dyers, stone carvers, potters and any artisan who would avail themselves of a long weekend out of doors.  Our village-like atmosphere will allow you to demonstrate, teach, and peddle your wares.  Last year we had woodworking, weaving, blacksmithing, cooking and other displays.

ARCHERY TOURNAMENT:  Offered by Lord Ciaran ua Meic Thire (the Barony’s current archery champion). Their Excellencies will be holding a tournament to choose their next Champion.  Ciaran has planned a SECRET competition that aligns with the theme of Don Quixote. 

HEAVY WEAPONS TOURNAMENT:  Offered by Lord Arne Ulrichsson (the Barony’s current heavy weapons champion).  Their Excellencies will be holding a tournament to choose their next Champion. 
(Format subject to change depending on fighter attendance at Quest)
Fighters will participate in a round robin format with each pair fighting a best of 3 series.  Tie breakers will be fought with sword and buckler.
The two fighters with the best records will compete in the finals.  The finals will be be another best of 3 series with the tie breaker also being fought with sword and buckler

THROWN WEAPONS TOURNAMENT:  Offered by Lord Kin Ryu Arashi (the Barony’s current thrown weapons champion).  Their Excellencies will be holding a tournament to choose their next Champion.  Details to follow.

RAPIER TOURNAMENT:  Offered by Lord Brendan Firebow (the Barony’s current Rapier champion).  Their Excellencies will be holding a tournament to choose their next Champion.  Greetings Fencers!  Quest approaches, and mine is to find a new Baronial Champion for Settmour!  Yours, should you choose to accept, is to become that Champion!
To that end, I have devised tournament ideas for the Sunday of Quest...which is used will depend on how many show up.  If we have a large turnout, we will run a simple Round-Robin tourney, it's quick, and everyone gets to fight!  If time and numbers permit, however, we will run a Slippery-slope tourney.  If you've never heard of it, allow me to explain:  you have 3 lives.  Everyone starts with single sword.  Your first death lets you return with a defensive secondary, your second death returns you with an offensive secondary, your third death...returns you to the grave.
Come out and enjoy some fencing with us!

ARTS and SCIENCES COMPETITION CHANGE:  The A&S Competition to select the next Baronial A&S Champion will move to the Ducal Challenge event in the fall of 2017.

YOUTH FIGHTING:  Offered by TBD.  Details to follow.

BREWING CONTEST:  Offered by Pippin a Bheithir.  All brewing contest entries are to be presented to Troll upon arrival on site and must be kept behind the bar until the contest.  Each bottle needs to be accompanied by the name of the item, the category (beer, wine, mead, cordial) and the name of the maker of said libation. 
Note:  Any unconsumed brewing entries must be removed from the site or they may be discarded after the competition.

BARDIC CIRCLE:  Offered by Karin Jacobsdotter (our current Baronial Bardic champion).  Karin is collecting mildly bawdy tales to share at the circle.
Tell us a tale, about your best SCA experience, or recite medieval verse, or sing songs, or what have you.

HURLEY GAME:  Offered by Lord Donnan Fitzgerald a' Bheithir.
Hurley will happen!  Gather at the central field after the QUEST finishes on Sunday to warm up and form teams.  The Hurley game will begin around 3:30, after the QUEST.

SILENT AUCTION:  Offered by Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d'Alcáçova na' Bheithir
Donated items will be offered for auction.  Please bring items to contribute to the auction.  Donations will go toward replacing lost and damaged kitchen equipment for the Barony kitchen.

THE QUEST:  "Man of La Munchkin" (featuring Don Quixote) by Lord Galen MacByrne
Details to follow.
"The QUEST" is a scavenger hunt and an obstacle course and a mystery to be solved all combined in an adventure!  If you have never participated in "The QUEST", this is the year to try it.  Lord Galen is a wizard at designing and setting up obstacles.

Each team of questers will contain either three adults or three children.  Children’s teams shall be accompanied by a parent.

COURT:  Baron Jonathan and Baroness Teresa, will hold Court and present the winners of the tournaments, contests and the Quest.  Join our new Baron and Baroness at one of their first courts.

Immediately following Court, gather near the Pavilion for the Pennsic Swamp Camp meeting.  Lady Vika and/or Baroness Elizabeth (our much beloved Pennsic camp mommies) will organize this meeting and discuss the preliminary plans for the Settmour Swamp encampment at Pennsic War.

FEAST:  Spanish Feast designed by Lady Charis Accipiter
A taste of Spain – a feast of foods from Spain and the Catalans in two parts
Part the First-
• Bunyols- Fritters of bread and strong cheese
• De Emperador en Graelles – hake (cod) grilled and served in an orange sauce –Tronges Salsero d’Herbes
• Salsa a bolets – Mushrooms in an herb sauce
• De saluiat – an omelet of eggs and savory herbs
Part the Second –
• Capon Armado – roast of chicken “armored” in a batter of eggs, herbs and nuts (pine nuts and almonds)
• Mirrauste of pomada – apple sauce with almonds and spices
• Mundejar treacles – fried bread with cinnamon
• Olives
• Arroz – rice
• Berenjenas Espesas – roast eggplant with onions and cheese

Site Opens:  4:00 pm Friday May 26
Site Closes:  11:30 am Monday May 29

Registration Gate:  opens at 4 pm on Friday
Registration Gate:  opens at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday

The camping area will be open from 4PM Friday until 11:30am Monday. Everyone must be off site by 11:30am or they will be thanked as they are put to work as part of the Clean-up crew.

Merchants are welcome please contact the autocrat for more details.  There is a $5 merchant fee

For those of you who do not camp, there are two near-by hotels in Clinton, New Jersey.

Hampton Inn Clinton (near the Walmart)
16 Frontage Drive, Clinton, New Jersey, 08809
TEL:  +1-908-713-4800

111 West Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809

A Walmart is approximately 3 miles from the site on Route 513.

Site Opens: 4 pm Friday May 26
Site Closes: 11:30 am Monday May 29

Event Location

Clinton Elks
211 Sidney Rd
Pittstown, NJ  08867
Google Map


Clinton Elks Lodge
211 Sidney Rd
Pittstown, NJ 08867

Take your best route to Interstate 78, and follow that to Exit 15Turn right at the set of lights at the bottom of the ramp onto 513 s
Turn right onto Sidney Road.
Site is about 2 miles, on the right.

Registration Fees

SCA Members receive a $5 discount (except on $5 fees)

Adult rates:
$ 5 Friday "day trip" rate (members $5, no discount)
$20 Saturday "day trip" rate (members $15)
$20 Sunday "day trip" rate (members $15)
$35 Adult Maximum Fee (members $30)

Minor (age 6 to 17) rates (no discount):
Free Friday "day trip" rate
$5 Saturday "day trip" rate (members $5)
$5 Sunday "day trip" rate (members $5)
Children under 6 years old are free
$70 Family Maximum site fee (at least one member, family rate $65)

$5 Merchant fee (members $5, no discount)

Reservations must be postmarked by May 11.
Site fees will be refunded if requested by Thursday May 11.

Please include with your reservation:
Mundane and SCA names for each person on the reservation
Member numbers (with expiration date) for each person on the reservation
Weekend or day-trip (specify which days you plan to attend)
Contact information - (phone number and/or e-mail)

Feast:  Feast:  $8.00 (limited to the first 100 gentles)

Reservations must be postmarked by May 11.
Feast fees will be refunded if the space is resold.

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Baroness Ursula of North Woods
Sandra Unger
36 Terry Drive
Morristown, New Jersey

Send Reservations to:

Sandra Unger
36 Terry Drive
Morristown, New Jersey

Please write "QUEST" on the envelope ( lowered left hand corner)