Bhakail Yule Revel XL

Hosted by Barony of Bhakail - Philadelphia, PA

Event date: December 8th, 2018

Event Last Modified: December 4th, 2018

Event details

The Barony of Bhakail invites one and all to grace our hearth and find warm welcome as we all begin to settle in for the long winter nights ahead, and celebrate the fruits of a bountiful harvest.  This is Bhakail’s “40th” Yule Revel, marking the 40th year since the Barony held its first Yule Revel in December 1979.

This convivial annual event has become the Barony's time to roll up our collective sleeves and show our hospitality at its finest, in order to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for everyone.  A variety of activities are held throughout the day, from music jam sessions, to period gaming, to more structured activities like our two Baronial Champion's competitions.  Please, come and join us!

Some quick site rules:
The SCA does not serve alcohol.  However, the site is wet:  attendees are permitted to responsibly share the fruits of their study of brewing with others.

Table lamps and candles which are contained in votives taller than the flame are permitted.

There will be childrens’ activities during the day.  Children under the age of 12 are required to be accompanied by a parent, responsible adult, or responsible teenager.

The site is almost completely ADA accessible, and has an ADA accessible rest room.  The only rooms which are not accessible are the upstairs kitchen (2 steps), the Directors Room (off the main hall, 3 steps) and the Baronial Room (up one flight of stairs behind the Directors Room).

If you need to access the elevator to enter the building, please contact the Autocrat (contact info listed below).

**UPDATED Event Information Revised 12/04/2018**

His Excellency, Rowen Cloteworthy, esteemed Baron of Bhakail will be overseeing the annual feast table decorating contest, details below:

Yule Table Decoration Competition

It is always a joy to see revelers adorn the feast tables with rich wares.  The Baron of Bhakail challenges 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.  His Excellency will chose the most impressive feast setting from among those sitting table at feast and will present them with a gift.

Here is a detailed schedule of the day’s activities:

Site Opens at 10am

10am - Children’s Activities - Main Hall

12pm - Dayboard - Main Hall
Narrowworker’s Guild - Main Hall

1pm - Sock Exchange - Balcony
Thrown Weapons Meet-Up - Library
Court of Love - Library
Brewing Competition Judging - Tavern

2pm - Athena’s Thimble Panel - Director’s Room
A&S Competition Judging - Director's Room
Drop-In Carol Sing/Jam - Balcony

3pm - Children’s Activities End - Main Hall
Flip Main Hall for Court - Main Hall

4:30pm - Afternoon Court - Main Hall

6pm - Feast - Main Hall

Site Closes at 10pm

All-Day Gatherings

A&S Display - Director’s Room
Athena’s Guild Meet-Up - Director’s Room
Brewing Exhibition - Tavern

FOOD!  [REVISED 11/29/2018]
Come sail away along the newly-traveled spice route and enjoy stops in various ports of call, and travel deep along the long-established roots of the Silk Road as kitcheners from Bhakail and beyond seek to thrill your taste buds and provide all with a true culinary adventure.

Dayboard brings us the scents, spices, and splendor of Arabic & Persian hospitality under the skilled eye of by Baron Jibril ibn Ammar al-Sayyid al-Fayyad.  Being served:

Chicken with Mint, Garlic, and Lemon
Lamb Meatballs in Pomegranate Juice
Orange and Date Salad
Dried Fruit Compote
Flat Breads
A Selection of Dried Fruits (Dates, Apricots, Figs)
A Selection of Cured Olives (Green, Black, Kalamata)
Crumbled Feta Cheese
A Variety of Pickled Vegetables
An Assortment of Cheeses
An Assortment of Fresh Fruit (Apples, Clementine Oranges)

Feast is limited to the first 120 individuals to register, who will be transported even further East to the Khan's Empire on the Great Steppes alongside dishes fit for a Chinese Emperor, all before returning back to our westerly ports of origin in the Mediterranean for our final course in this great culinary repast orchestrated by THL John Marshall atte Forde.  Being served:

1st Course:
Yellow Soup - a Rice dish with Lamb, chickpeas, tsaoko, cardamom, tumeric, ginger, coriander, salt, and vinegar.

Chinese Red Cooked Beef - served with white rice

Water Dragons - Pork Meatballs in broth.

2nd Course:
Corzetti in the Roman Style - hand-stamped pasta with Pecorino-Romano cheese, nutmeg, and black pepper.

Cheese Fritters - Fresh and aged cheese, battered with flour, egg whites, and coated with sugar.

Sausage with Green Sauce - hand-made pork sausage with fennel, salt, and pepper served with a Green Sauce made from chard, garlic, parsley, thyme, mint, pepper, ginger, vinegar, salt, and olive oil.

3rd Course:
Italian Cookies
Ricotta Pie

Your journey will be crewed by servers organized by Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorne, to ensure a seamless journey for all who are on-board.

Those with questions about food, and those with allergies and/or dietary concerns, please contact the Head Cook - THL John Marshall atte Forde - via email ASAP at (there was a requested deadline of 11/28, but the kitchen will work to accommodate requests in advance; requests made the day of may be more difficult to accommodate).

From Master Muin maqq Minain, Bhakail Arts & Sciences Champion:  Ladies, and Jotünmen!

As the harsh Winter nights grow longer, and the days colder, The Barony Of Bhakail needs your prowess to fend off these elementally dire days!

Bring us Arts based upon the best Winter stories from cultures far and varied! 

Bring us Displays of Sciences related to this icy and blustery Season, to Illuminate the People of the Barony and their guests with wonder and hope!

From Lady Girsell MacLeoid, Bhakail Brewing Champion: 
Be it Sugars, honeys, fruits or candied sweets, come forth with your creations!  Tickle my sweet tooth and caramelize my liver with meads, wines, cordials, and ales!  Come, my brewers and let us have dessert first!


Extra points for sweet beverages.

All entries must include an ingredients list at minimum.

While knowing that we are in the midst of candy cane season, the Champion requests no mint products due to allergy.

Please feel free to enter the competition even if you do not wish to serve as a Champion of Bhakail.  Simply label your entry as “exhibition only” and the judges will provide feedback alone.

Those with questions about the Champion's competitions can send an email to to be put in contact with the respective Champion.

Site Opens: 10AM
Site Closes: 10PM

Event Location

German Society of Pennsylvania
611 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA  19123
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***Driving Directions***
Take your best route to the Callowhill St.  Exit from I-95 or I-676.

Turn Right onto N 5th Street.

Take the 2nd Left onto Spring Garden Street and the site will be on your Right.

There is a small drop-off area directly in front of the German Society building, on Spring Garden Street.

On-street metered parking is FREE, beginning at 11am on the day of the event.

If you chose to use one of the pay-to-park lots, please confirm the time the lot closes with the attendant.  While on-street parking is safe, if you would like an escort to/from your car, please contact the Gate staff, or the Autocrat.

Handicap parking is available in the small lot on the eastern side of the German Society building.  Please leave this small lot for staff and those who need Handicap parking, only.

***Public Transit***
The site is accessible via public transit from the Philadelphia Center City Greyhound/Peter Pan/Chinatown buses, from Amtrak, from NJ Transit, and from SEPTA.  Megabus/Boltbus arrive at the same location as Amtrak and are also easily accessible from the site, though not as close as the Greyhound/Peter Pan/Chinatown bus locations.

Take your best route to Center City Philadelphia and use the Trip Planner feature on the SEPTA website. There are several SEPTA buses which stop in front of the site, and the site is only a few blocks from SEPTA's Market-Frankford EL.

Registration Fees

Site Fee (includes day board)
Pre-Registered Rate
Adult:  $23 ($18 with $5 Member Discount)
Youth (7-17):  $3
Child (0-6):  Free

The At-the-Door Rate
Adult:  $25 ($20 with $5 Member Discount)
Youth (7-17):  $5
Child (0-6):  Free

Paypal registration & mail-in registration information is now available below.

Feast is limited to 120 persons this year.
Cost per Seat:  $12.
There is no charge for a child-in-lap.

Those with questions about food, and those with allergies and/or dietary concerns, please contact the Head Cook - THL John Marshall atte Forde - via emailvia email (allergy / dietary accommodations should be submitted by Nov.  28th, please)

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lord Martyn de Halliwell (T.J.  DeLuca)
484-557-8757 (texting is fine)

Send Reservations to:

A reminder for those that registered via PayPal (now closed for new registrations)-
Registration is not completed until you’ve submitted the form and paid the invoice sent to your email.

Checks can still be mailed to but must be received before the event:
Mistress Gisela Szabó
c/o Deborah Miller
2436 Perot St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Those with questions about reservations and Tir Mara residents planning to attend, please send an email to

Other Contact Information:

Deputy Autocrats:
THL Alesia de Maris
Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Meeting space Coordinator:
Lady Chana -

Head Cook:
THL John Marshall atte Forde -

Children's Activities Coordinator:
Lady Roseia Poseia -

Unfortunately, we do not have room for merchants this year.