Mudthaw - Nowruz comes to the Swamp.

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Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - Roseland, NJ

Event date: March 24th, 2018

Event Last Modified: March 19th, 2018

Event details

Aidé shomā mobārak, Happy New Year and Happy Nowruz!!  With the arrival of the vernal equinox, the festival of Nowruz has started.  Their Excellencies Jonathan and Teresa and the populace of Settmour Swamp invite the Known World to help celebrate the annual thawing of the mud this year with a Nowruz theme.

Please join us on March 24th at the Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Roseland, NJ, as we gather to enjoy much that our society has to offer.  There will be tournaments of martial skill; the arts and sciences will be celebrated and demonstrated.  After Kingdom and Baronial court we shall feast!

There will be a sumptuous thirteenth-century Syrian feast.

Our site is once again the Greek Orthodox Church, and they have kindly asked that we be respectful of their facility and beliefs. 

There will be absolutely no martial activities of any sort inside the building. 

We have also been asked not to have any open flames in the building. 

The sites main halls have wood “gym” floors; please do not wear footwear that could damage the floor. 

Please help us continue to build a good and long lasting relationship with this site by respecting their wishes. 

The site is discretely damp.  While alcohol is permitted, please try to use period containers. 

The site is handicapped accessible. 

**Martial Activity details are being added as they become available.**

Please note that the only space we have for any of the tournaments is on asphalt in a section of the parking lot.  Please plan appropriate footwear.  Unfortunately, due to space considerations at our site, we will not be able to have thrown weapons or archery. 

The armored combat tournament will be fought in the traditional Mudthaw double elimination format.  The tournament will begin promptly at 11:30am.  Check in closes at 11:00am.  Inspections close at 11:15am.  If you need an authorization, please get the paperwork from the MoL at check in, and let a marshal know as soon as you can.  Authorizations will not be fought after 11:30am, unless there is time after the tourney has completed.  Please contact Ögurr Aðalbrandarson, who is the Barony's Knight Marshal, at if you have any questions.

A rapier single elimination round-robin tournament will be held run by Morwill MacShane he can be contacted at  Please remember this will be held outside on the blacktop. 

Master Hroudland will be running the youth fighting at Mudthaw this year.  If you have any questions about youth fighting at the event please contact him at

*ARTS AND SCIENCE Competition*
This year’s theme is Nowruz, Persian New Year, Nowruz or "new day" in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature, (unthemed entries are also welcome), and is open to any and all who would enter. 
Entrants to the A&S Competition shall place themselves into one of three groupings based on experience and knowledge:  Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert. 
BEGINNER is a first attempt at something
INTERMEDIATE is something that’s been done for a bit and has some knowledge on the subject
EXPERT has a mastery for this particular craft. 

The Rules
1 - All entries must have been created within the past 2 years.
2 - All culinary entries must include a full ingredient lists.  Modern sanitary considerations must be taken in their preparation.  Entrants are responsible for keeping cold food cold and hot food hot.
3 - Research Papers need to be sent in before Mudthaw for proper review.  Please also have a print out for presentation amongst the other entrants.  Send Research/Paper entries to Caterina Giaocchini at by March1, 2018 to ensure enough time for review.

The competition will be judged on the following criteria:  WORKMANSHIP, CREATIVITY, COMPLEXITY, AUTHENTICITY and DOCUMENTATION. 
There will be a Competition Winner as well as a Populace Winner. 
You are responsible for your entry and/or display.  Please pick up your entries and displays one hour before court. 
Those interested in judging please contact Caterina Giaocchini at
Judging sheets will be available on site.
Contact Caterina Giaocchini with any questions,

*Artisans Village*
For those more inclined to the Arts and Sciences, we are very excited to once again host an Artisans Village.  We hope that many of you will be able to come to the hall and not only participate in the village but walk away with a new skill or craft that you would like to pursue.  In past years participants have been able to sample:  Calligraphy and Illumination, Embroidery, Spinning, Weaving, Lampwork, Wire work, Lucet, Period music and much more. 
** A list of offerings will be posted as teachers are finalized **
Should you have any questions or would like to participate as a teacher in Artisans Village please reach out to Baroness Charitye Dale, at call 862-812-8111 or Mýrún Leifsdóttir at

As in years past, there will NOT be a dayboard at Mudthaw.  We are hoping to once again offer a savory bake sale going on as a fundraiser but that is still in the planning phase.  Check back here for updates. 

There are some restaurants about a mile and a half down the road from the site. 
Please plan accordingly. 


9:00 – Merchant setup
9:30 - Site Opens
9:30 - Merchants Open -- Merchant Row - Side hall
10:30 - A&S Entries Open -- Main hall
10:30 - Morning Royal Court - Main hall
11:30 - Artisans' Village opens -- Main hall
11:30 - Armored Combat Tournament begins – outside /back parking lot
11:30 – Rapier Tournament begins – outside /back parking lot
12noon - Youth Combat & Rapier starts – outside /back parking lot
12:30 - A&S Competition Begins-- Main hall
2:30 - Artisans' Village Closes
2:30 - A&S Judging Closes (please pick up your entries)
3:30 - All Marshal Activities End
3:30 - Main Hall Reset for Court
3:45 - Baronial Court -- Main hall
4:15 - Evening Royal Court-- Main hall
5:00 - Merchants Close
6:30 - Main Hall Reset for Feast
7:00 - Feast-- Main hall
9:00 - Feast Ends
9:30 - Site Closes (Anyone staying afterwards, we thank you for helping with cleaning up.)

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

Event Location

Ss. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
80 Laurel Avenue
Roseland, NJ  07068
Google Map


If you are using a GPS and are coming down 280 East, you need to make a LEFT onto Laurel ave at Exit 6.  Some GPS systems tell you to make a right--don’t trust it; you are being deceived. 

Find your best route to New Jersey Route 280.
From RT 280 East, take Exit 6 Laurel Avenue
Make a LEFT onto Laurel Avenue.  The site is less than a mile (0.2 mile) down Laurel Ave. 

From RT 280 West
Take exit 6B Laurel Avenue; make a right onto Laurel Avenue.  The site is less than a mile (0.2 mile) down Laurel Ave. 

Registration Fees

Preregistration ends on March 13th 2018. 

Adult Non-Members $20.00
Adult Members (with Member Discount) $15.00
Minors (6-17 years of age) $5
Minors (0-5 years of age) free

Paypal is now closed. 
As of now we still have feast seats available. 

Feast will be $9 per person in addition to the personal registration fee.
This year Yagyu no Kagetoki will be cooking a 13th century feast. 
He can be reached at

Tentative feast menu , this menu is subject to change. 

A delightful beverage of sun-dried Apricot, fragrant Lilly Water and Honey; served chilled

Ash-cured; pickled with Mint Vinegar, Saffron, mixed Spices and Poppy seed

Fried with Garlic and finished in a flavorful sauce of Pomegranate-Raisin Vinegar, Honey, Mint, Rue, Ginger, Sesame, Poppy and Hemp seeds

Rings of Semolina sourdough Bread; delicately-spiced with Nigella, Coriander, Sesame and Anise seeds

A collection of intensely-flavored condiments to accompany the meal:
- House-made Goat’s milk Yoghurt with Garlic
- Pomegranate, Almond and Walnut with Garlic, Ginger and Pepper
- Parsley with Mint Vinegar, Garlic and Pepper
- Pistachio and preserved Lemon with Honey, Vinegar, Mint, Rosehips, Cassia, mixed Spices

Fine-crumbed Bread; lightly glazed with Egg, Poppy seed, Saffron and house-distilled Rosewater

Shaved Carrot and Ginger “sweetmeat”; flavored with Honey, Vinegar, Saffron and mixed Spices

Puree of Chickpeas with Walnut, Sesame, Pistachio, preserved Lemon, Parsley, Mint, Ginger and mixed Spices; Garnished with whole roasted Chickpeas, Olive Oil, Cassia and Rosehips

Flavorful Awassi Lamb, Carrot, Chard, Onion and Chickpea; scented with Mint and sour Seville Orange
Garnished with Awassi Lamb in the seeming of a fresh Seville Orange

Finished with house-made Goat’s milk Yoghurt, Olive Oil, Garlic and Thyme

With a seasoned stuffing of Awassi Lamb, Coriander, Cassia, Caraway, Pepper and Parsley

Roasted galantine with Sesame, Onion, Parsley and Mint; served over creamy Rice baked with Saffron

With Onion and Sesame; finished with a sauce of Walnut, Sumac, Garlic, Lemon, Ginger, Parsley and Mint

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Natal'ia Bolotnikova (Sarah Saladini)
No calls after 9:30 pm

Master Alexander Macgregor (Dave DeVito)
No calls after 9:30 pm

Both autocrats can be emailed at

Send Reservations to:

PayPal Preregistration is now closed Mail in preregistration should be in the mail by March by March 19.

Reservations can be sent to Charis Accipiter

Sandra LaVinge
1798 Rt 57, Hackettstown nj 07840. 

Please Put Mudthaw in the subject line. 
Phone 908-850-8690

Other Contact Information:

Sorry merchant space is SOLD OUT
Merchants:  $5 fee in addition to the appropriate personal registration fee. 
Merchant space is limited.  Sorry merchant space is SOLD OUT There is outdoor space available in a paved covered area as well as very limited indoor space.  Merchants must provide their own table.  Due to space considerations they are limited to one table each and/or a maximum footprint of 6’wide x 4’ deep. 

The site requires that we provided them ahead of time with a list of all merchants with full contact information.  If you have not provided that information to the Merchant Coordinator and paid the site fee and your personal registration fee by the pre-registration deadline, you will not be able to merchant.
Sorry merchant space is SOLD OUT
All parties interested in merchanting should contact Stephanie Macgregor at or text to 908-331-0682.

Please remember that our site is a Greek Orthodox Church.  We ask that you respect their religious beliefs when choosing what to display and sell this day.