Bjorn's Ceilidh

Hosted by Barony of Concordia of the Snows - Scotia, NY

Event date: November 11th, 2017

Event Last Modified: November 9th, 2017

Event details

Site is dry!

The days grow shorter and it is time to gather with friends and catch up on the year gone by.  As usual there will be delicious food, games (even some new ones), and plenty of time for comfortable conversation.  There will be dancing throughout the day, and an Athena's Thimble panel in the afternoon.  Musicians, bring your instruments!  There will be space for a medieval jam session.  As has become our tradition, a bardic competition will be held during the day to choose Concordia's new Bardic Champion.  The afternoon will include a silent auction.  Bring along any SCA appropriate items you wish to donate.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit hurricane relief in the US Virgin Islands.
The day will end with Baronial Court and a feast. 

*** Update on Baronial Bardic Champion Competition ***

The competition will be held in three rounds, with the following format:

Round one:  perform the piece with which you are most comfortable.  Show us what you do best. 

Round two:  perform a piece you have never before shared in competition.  Stretch and surprise us. 

Round three:  perform a piece that is documented as having origins in the medieval period.  Documentation should at most be half a page or fill an index card.  The piece can be wholly from period, a contrafact if a period work, or composed in a period form or style. 

To compete, you must either be a resident of Concordia, or willing to give your fealty to the Barony on being chosen.  Please inform the current baronial bard, Drake Oranwood, of your intention to compete either privately or at Ceilidh. 

Competitors should only enter if they are prepared to serve as Baronial bard if selected by their Excellencies, and have no duties or obligations which would prevent them from serving appropriately. 

The responsibilities include:

- Attend the majority of Concordian events and participate in any Baronial Court held at those events.
- Attend the Baron and Baroness at some out of Barony events, including Pennsic if possible.
- Wear the regalia of your position.
- Supervise (or delegate) the Bardic competition and War Point at the Wars of the Roses. 
- Organize next year’s Baronial Champion competition to choose your successor.


Approximate Schedule for the day (may flex a little depending on needs of time for Court)

10:00 Gate Opens - room for Musicians opens
11:00 Practices - Bardic room opens
11:30 Dayboard starts - Silent Auction bidding begins
12:30 Haggis Hurl
1:00 Sheep Toss - Bardic Competition Begins
1:30 Dancing
2:00 Arm Wrestling (Lords/Ladies/vs)
2:30 Table Game Competition
3:00 Dancing
3:30 Non-Silent Auction Begins - Athena's Thimble meeting
5:00 Court
6:30 Feast
8:30 Break Down
9:30 Site Closes

Site Opens: 10:00 am
Site Closes: 9:30 pm

Event Location

Scotia United Methodist Church
201 North Ten Broeck Street
Scotia, NY  12302
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From I-90 (NYS Thruway): 
--Take Exit 25 (Schenectady, I-890). 
--Proceed on I-890 to Exit 4C (Scotia). 
--Continue to traffic light, where you will turn left. 
--Continue over the long bridge and past Route 50. 
--Turn right onto North Ten Broeck Ave.  (Mohawk Tap Room and Stewart's on corner). 
The church is beige on the left at the second intersection (Catherine Street crossing).
Parking lot just beyond church and on street parking as well.

Registration Fees

Site/Day Fee - Advanced Registration
Adult (18+) - $15, with member discount - $10
Minor (8-17) - $8
Child (0-7) - no charge
Family Cap (2 Adults, plus Minors) $46

Site/Day Fee - At the door
Adult (18+) - $18, with member discount - $13
Minor (8-17) - $8
Child (0-7) - no charge
Family Cap (2 Adults, plus Minors) $52

All Adult fees subject to $5 Member discount with proof of membership!

Adults - $8.00
Minors, age 8-17 - $5.00
Child, age 0-7 - no charge

Feast registration must be postmarked by October 28 to guarantee a seat.
Max attendance for feast - 72.  Pre-registration for feast is strongly encouraged.  Seats will be sold at the door only to fill partial tables.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA New York Inc., Barony of Concordia of the Snows

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Karen Nicholson

Send Reservations to:

Lord Richard de Troyes (Richard Nicholson)
478 Morris Street
Albany, NY 12208

Other Contact Information:

Site Coordinator
Stephen Long
Lord Rhys Aiden Bifjord

For Dietary questions/restrictions, please contact
For Feast:  Deirdre at

For Dayboard:  Anna Elisabetta de Valladolid (Sheena Johnson) at