Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany

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Hosted by Barony of Bhakail - Philadelphia, PA

Event date: December 9th, 2017

Event Last Modified: December 8th, 2017

Event details

“Come, let us sing a joyful song, let instruments and lutes also resound. 
Sweetly make music, intended forever to be made,
the drum beats and sings, that all's heard,
help us decorate our feast.”

“Nun fanget an, ein guts Liedlein zu singen”, written by Hans Leo Hassler, in 1598.  Translated by Moisés A.  Bittner.

The Barony of Bhakail invites you to join us in chasing away winter’s gloom with feasting, dancing, music, singing, contests, gaming, and much socializing in a Renaissance German midwinter celebration.

During the day, there will be Renaissance dance instruction and Renaissance German music, gaming in the ratskeller, and Youth Activities. 

Additionally, the Baron and Baroness of Bhakail have called upon Their Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion and Their Baronial Brewing Champion to prepare competitions so that the next Champions may be chosen.

Baronial A&S Champion Competition:

All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Tell of work in much detail.
Projects welcome that have failed.
You must show in word and deed;
Rocks that may, or not impede.
Prove if you've been wise and bold;
Show the work to be extolled.

In every path of learning we come to a point where we fail to continue without trial and error, or the assistance of an outside source.  The challenge for the A&S Championship at Yule this year is to explain what hurdles were jumped to move forward in a specific project or area of study.  Display a final piece where you have conquered a difficult technique, or a project in progress that is moving over the hurdle to the other side of completion.  Research papers are very welcome, and should be submitted by Sunday, December 3rd, to the outgoing Baronial A&S Champion, Lady Shoshana Gryffyth at Ellenshoshana@gmail.com.

Entries will be judged on a 1-5 scale in 6 categories:
Aesthetic qualities

Please send any questions or requests for assistance with documentation to Shoshana Gryffyth at Ellenshoshana@gmail.com.

Baronial Brewing Champion Competition:

Greetings unto the people of the great Barony of Bhakail and all beyond its borders,

I am honored and blessed as last year’s Bhakail Baronial Champion, to present the theme for this year’s Yule Brewing Competition to be held at this year’s Bhakail Yule Revel on December 9, 2017.

Every year as Yule time approaches one of my favorite parts of the season is all the smells associated with it.  Smells of peppermint, pine, cider, cinnamon sticks, figs, apples, and spices.  And that will be this year theme:  The Scents of Yule.

The competition is a 7-point system with a possibility of bonus points.  All Brewers of any experience level are encouraged to participate.  Contestants are expected to be over 21 if entering an alcoholic category.  All ingredients MUST be listed so as to prevent allergic reactions among the judges.  The potable must be created legally, IE:  no distilling, unless you have license to do so.  The potable entered must be made by the person entering; proxy entries will be allowed at the discretion of their Excellencies of Bhakail.  Please try to document your entries.

Point Break down:
Yule-time scent ingredient:  1 point
Taste:  2 points
Documentation:  2 points
Period tools and methods used:  2 points

Bonus points available:
Baron/Baroness allowed to grant 1 point each
Snazzy Label:  1 point
Period bottle:  1 point

In Service Always,
Lady Cassandra Arques
Bhakail Brewing Champion

The SCA does not serve alcohol, however, the site allows BYOB:  attendees are permitted to responsibly share the fruits of their study of brewing with others.

Dayboard Menu:  Inspired primarily by paintings of nearby Flemish market scenes, we are bringing you foods that were traded to Germany in the early 1580s.

We are hoping to offer a variety of cheeses. 

There will be 2 fine salads from Rumpolt - one of field greens & pomegranates (served disassembled to accommodate allergies) and one of lemons.

We'll have vegetables (both pickled and fresh), fruits (fresh, dried, and preserved), and nuts.

For hearty travelers, there will be a hard sausage and mustard.  We hope you enjoy our warm bread and cold butter.  There will be reliable hard boiled eggs (served with parsley and vinegar) and slightly more daring pickled herring. 

We hope to provide sufficient tempting nibbles to sustain you through the many reunions of old friends and the meetings of new ones.

Master Alesone Gray of Cranlegh is preparing a sumptuous feast of the following dishes, all from "Ein New Kochbuch" (1581):

Suppen 46 (New Cheese Soup)
Weck (Weck bread w/butter)
Hennen (Roast hen w/cherry)
Gestürtzte Eyer (Eggs w/herbs)
Zugemüß 123 (Roasted cheese w/fig)

Ochsen 64 (Meatballs w/almond)
Indianischen Henn (Turkey)
Zugemüß 172 (Fried rice)
Zugemüß 183 (Carrots)

Turten 19 (Cheese tart)
Schweinen 6 (Pork with onion sauce)
Zugemüß 5 (Peas w/bacon)
Erdtepffel (Earth Apples-Potato)

Gebackens 63 (Waffles with peaches)
Confect 12 (Sugared strawberries)
Confect 4 (Pears)

Feast seating is limited, so please preregister early.

It is always a joy to see revelers adorn the feast tables with rich wares.  The Baron and Baroness of Bhakail challenge every local group, household, or collection of friends to decorate their table at Yule.  Entries will be judged on period-appropriateness, festive appearance, and display of the group's heraldry where applicable.  Their Excellencies will chose the most impressive feast setting from among those sitting table at feast and will present them with a gift. 

Candles are permitted during feast as long as they are in votives which are taller than the flames.

The site has an elevator to the Ratskeller, Main Hall, Balcony, Library, and restrooms, but three small rooms can be reached only via stairs.  The main entrance to the building is up a short set of stairs.  The building can also be entered from the street directly via the elevator (bypassing the stairs), but the elevator entrance is unlocked only as needed and there might be a short delay to get access to it when you arrive.  Please contact the co-event steward at 215-387-5825 when you arrive if you need to have the elevator opened from the street.

Site Opens: 9:30 a.m.
Site Closes: 10 p.m.

Event Location

Germany Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA  19123
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From the North:  Make your best way to I-95 South in Philadelphia, take exit 22 (Callowhill Street).  Continue on Callowhill Street.  Take North 5th Street to Spring Garden Street.  Turn left onto Spring Garden Street.

From the South:  Make your best way to I-95 North in Philadelphia.  From I-95 North, take exit 22 (Callowhill Street).  Continue on Callowhill Street.  Take North 5th Street to Spring Garden Street.  Turn left onto Spring Garden Street.

PARKING:  This site is a few blocks from Center City Philadelphia.  There is only one small free parking lot attached to the site which will need to be used by the kitchen staff.  If there are any spots remaining in this lot, please park there only if you have a physical disability.

The good news is that all meter and kiosk parking is free on Saturday, 12/9, from 11 a.m.  to midnight, so if you park on the street before 11 a.m., please feed the meter / pay the parking kiosk for enough time to take you to 11 a.m. 

If you park on a residential side street without meters/kiosks, please follow any posted parking regulations.

There are also several pay parking lots nearby, in case you don't see any street parking near the site or don't want to deal with parallel parking, but please check what time the lot closes; not all pay parking lots stay open until the late evening.

PUBLIC TRANSIT:  This site is very easy to get to via public transportation.  Please check http://www.septa.org for more information.

Registration Fees

PREREGISTERED site fee (includes dayboard)
Adult:  $21
Adult with $5 membership discount:  $16
Youth (6-17):  $3
Child (0-5):  Free

AT-THE-DOOR site fee (includes dayboard)
Adult:  $24
Adult with $5 membership discount:  $19
Youth (6-17):  $5
Child (0-5):  Free

FEAST IS NOW SOLD OUT.  There is space to dine offboard at the site (in the basement Ratskeller), if you wish to bring your own food for dinner.  There are also several restaurants within a few blocks of the site.

To be added to the feast waiting list, please preregister offboard and contact Mistress Gisela at hedsleuth@hotmail.com

Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA Inc.  - Barony of Bhakail

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Mathilde Poussin
Dame Brunissende Dragonette


Jackie Binstead
Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Send Reservations to:

Deborah Miller
2436 Perot Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

The deadline to preregister online via EK PayPal has passed, but you can still preregister by mailing your check to the address above.

Other Contact Information:

Youth Activities:  Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar at youth@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

Gaming:  THL Aurddeilen ap Robet

Dancing:  Duchessa Diana Alene

Crash space organizer:  Lord Cailin Macsalny at bhakailconstable@yahoo.com