Kings and Queens Arts and Sciences AND Bardic Championships (Updated 2/8/18)

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Hosted by Crown Province of Østgarðr - Mt Kisco, NY

Event date: February 10th, 2018

Event Last Modified: February 8th, 2018

Event details

The Crown Province of Ostgardr is honored to host Their Majesties upon the occasion of selection of the new Arts and Sciences and Bardic Arts Champions.

***King’s and Queen’s A & S Champions 2018 Format***

Those considering entering are advised that this is a high level competition where the focus is on picking the kingdom arts and sciences champions.  The duties of the champions include representing the Crown at events and likely displaying at the Pennsic A&S War Point.  If anyone is not able to make those commitments, or does not wish to serve as champion, we encourage them to instead visit one of the many Kingdom A&S Consultation Tables being held at events throughout the year. 
These tables are available to provide feedback to artisans about their projects in more depth and detail than is typically allowed for at competitions, and to support artisans at all levels in improving their craft.


Entrants may enter a single substantial item (pre-17th-century), or a body of work consisting of related items that are connected to each other in a significant and meaningful way.  A body of work will be judged as a single “item”; individual entries will not be scored.  Items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines.  In either case, entries should seek tell a coherent and cohesive story about an historical people, time, place, etc. 
No item should have won a previous King’s or Queen’s Championship, and each item to be judged should have been completed within three years of the competition.  Absentee entries will not be accepted.
Please note that research papers/projects and performance entries are welcomed as items. 
More details on submissions, judging and more can be found here:


Deadline to register 1/27/2018
registration form:

Research paper submissions due by 1/20/2018
Send to to Mistress Elysabeth Underhill laralu at gmail dot com

***Bardic Competition***
In an effort to encourage the bardic arts, we suggest that attendees bring small tokens to be given to any performer you find particularly pleasing. 

Requirements for competition entry:
You must pre register for the Competition.  All entrants must submit an email to the King’s Bard ( no later than 1 week before the competition indicating their willingness to compete.  Out of courtesy to the autocrat & event staff please ALSO pre register for the event. 

On the day of the competition each performer shall submit a brief "resume" (such as would fit on an index card) listing the performance types and styles (e.g.  songs, stories, jests, musical instruments, poetry, improvisation of diverse kinds, etc.) that the performer is willing to offer upon request, should the performer reach the finals.  Competitors are encouraged to be specific (see below for examples).  Their Majesties will pick for each finalist one of the performance types listed on that performer's resume for the final round.  This gives the performers a chance to display versatility as well as skill, and gives Their Majesties additional information as they "audition" their next bardic champions. 

Competition Format:  The competition will take place over three rounds.  All performance pieces should be period, period-style*, or otherwise SCA-appropriate**.  All performers must perform at least one period or "period style" piece with documentation in either the first or second round.  For this competition, the cutoff date will be considered 1651, so Playford (and everything earlier) counts. 
Excessively bawdy or overtly adult themed offerings are not welcome. 

Round 1:  Pieces may not exceed 4 minutes, and can be period, period-style, or SCA-appropriate. 

Round 2:  Pieces may not exceed 6 minutes.  Competitors in this round must perform a period piece if they chose to do a non-period piece in Round 1.

Round 3:  The assignment for the final round will be determined by Their Majesties, guided by the performer's earlier works, as well as the information obtained from the performer via their resume.  Performers will have a few moments to prepare between the assignment from TRM and the start of performances.

*A period performance is defined as a song, story, or other performance that can be plausibly documented prior to 1651.  Original compositions based on period rules of composition, original stories based on period styles, contrafacta to a period tune, and other such performances can be considered a period-style performance, with the required documentation***.  For example, a performer could sing a period song with lyrics that have been rewritten modernly, tell a story from the Decameron in English, play an original tune in a period style on recorder, or recite a modern English translation of an Old English poem.  Note that original works need not be written by the performer, so long as the style is documentable prior to 1651. 

**An SCA-appropriate performance is any non-period piece of an appropriate nature for an SCA Bardic event, which cannot be documented prior to 1651.  This would include things like SCA folk songs, or traditional pieces or stories that do not break the illusion of the medieval & Renaissance periods.

*** Documentation is required for at least one of your performances in the first two rounds, and can be supplied on an index card.  For all questions concerning documentation, or assistance, please contact one of the current Champions.

Sample resumes:
Romanus Gaius Cantus (SC, OTC, Troubadour) - Roman-style boasts, filk on any topic to the tune of the Maltese Bransle or Greensleeves, good at extemporaneous speaking, can chant war-style marching songs in Latin.  Excellent at theatre-style reading text I have not seen before.

Skihald the Viking (King's Bard to John VIII, Troubadour, Order of the Maunche, Order of the Laurel) - Perform and write Norse-styled poetry in English, tell skaldic tales from 4 to 10 minutes in length from hilarious to morose, excellent teller of jokes, intermediate juggler, have several magic tricks I have worked into period settings.

Ysibeau du Provance - Period pieces in French for solo voice or recorder, Latin sacred music of the 12th century, improvisational harp.  Can write small praise poems in French and English with some notice.  Familiar with some music from most SCA periods, and SCA-appropriate songs.  I am good at selecting music for different occasions.

Haven Fortnight (Bard to Baron of the Place) - I know a handful of period pieces, but my strengths are really SCA-appropriate non-period songs composed by others (traditional, folk tradition, SCA-composers) or by myself.  I also play guitar.  I can write pieces on commission with some notice.  I can play and stroll at the same time.  I can write in rhyming verse on short notice on nearly any topic and present it.

There is a parking lot across the street and multiple municipal lots in the vicinity. 

The municipal lots have 2, 4 and 12 hour parking sections.  The fee is $0.25 per 30 minutes. 
If you park in the municipal lot you can pay at the pay booth there are a few throughout the lots) or via the app mPay2Park+.  The app is available on android and iphones.  You will need to set up an account and deposit at least $25 into the app to use it. 

Permitted only for A&S entries.  The site has a bar which we are welcome to support. 

Closest hotel (5 min drive from the site) with the best rate is
Holiday Inn Mt.  Kisco
1 Holiday Inn Dr,
Mt Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 241-2600

The first floor of the event space is fully handicapped accessible.  There is an accessibility entrance from the parking lot, as well as handicapped accessible restroom. 
However the rest of the event space, 2nd floor and lower level, are accessible only by stairs. 
The first floor will have the Bardic competition.  Arts and Sciences will be downstairs.
Day board will be served on both floors.

A fundraiser in aid of the The Royal Travel Fund.  More info can be found here:


Site Opens: 9am
Site Closes: 9pm

Event Location

Mt. Kisco American Legion Hall
1 Legion Way,
Mt Kisco, NY  10549
Google Map


GPS, Google maps, etc should work well and the immediate area has good reception.

Follow I-90 W, I-84 and I-684 S to Saw Mill River Pkwy S in Katonah. 
then follow "ONCE ON SAW MILL RIVER PKWY" below

Follow I-81 S and I-84 E to Saw Mill River Pkwy S in Katonah.  Take exit 5 from I-684 S
then follow "ONCE ON SAW MILL RIVER PKWY" below

Take I-95 N to I-87 N to (Exit 8A) for NY-119/Saw Mill Pkwy N toward Elmsford
Saw Mill Pkwy N/Saw Mill River Pkwy N
Take exit 34 for NY-133 toward Mount Kisco
Continue onto S Croton Ave
Turn right onto W Main St
Turn left onto N Bedford Rd
Turn left onto Jeff Feigel Square (site is on the right)

Take exit 5 from I-684 S
Continue on Saw Mill River Pkwy S.  (signs for Saw Mill Parkway S)
Take exit 37 for Kisco Ave
Turn left onto Kisco Ave
Turn left onto Preston Way
Turn right onto N Bedford Rd
Turn right onto Legion Way

Take the Harlem Line of the Metro North to Mt.  Kisco Station
The site is a 5 min walk from the train.
Exit through the parking lot of the train station onto Kirby Plaza.
turn North East/ Left and walk to Main Street (1 block away)
Turn right on Main Street walk to Jeff Feigel Square (2 blocks)
Turn left on Jeffrey Feigel Square.  The site will be on your left

Registration Fees

Pre-Registration $17
Pre-Registration with membership discount $12
Reservation deadline January 31st, 2018

At the Door $20
At the Door with membership discount $15

Children 6-17:  $8

Children under 6:  Free

PayPal registration is now available:

Reservation deadline January 31st, 2018

There is no feast

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc - Crown Province of Ostgardr

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Yevgeniya Pechenaya
Lada Monguligin
917-544-5212 (no calls after 10pm please)
ladie_lada at yahoo dot com

Send Reservations to:

Angela Ferber
700 Fort Washington Ave Apt 2 L
New York, NY 10040

Other Contact Information:

Dayboard cook:  Lady Arnbiorg Nialsdottir
Please contact her with any dietary restrictions at:  shersgto at gmail dot com

Unfortunately due to space limitations we are unable to host merchants at the event