At the Sign of the Cat and Dragon

Hosted by Barony of Bhakail - Philadelphia, PA

Event date: January 26th, 2019

Event Last Modified: January 5th, 2019

Event details

** At the Sign of the Cat and Dragon is now SOLD OUT.  If you have any questions, please contact the Autocrat.  **

Come, weary traveler, and rest in the warmth and friendship at The Sign of the Cat and Dragon.  Once again, we will descend upon the Ratskeller at the German Society of Philadelphia for a day of music, games, friendship, and amazing food and drink.  His Excellency, Baron Rowen Cloteworthy, will take the opportunity to choose his new Baronial Gaming and Bardic Champions - anyone in a territory bordering Bhakail is welcome to compete, but all who join us at Tavern are more than welcome to play!

Our head cook Maryna Borowska will offer a hearty Slavic menu to warm and comfort your soul on these cold, bitter days.  This site is wet but the Barony will not provide alcohol.  However, Black Boot Brewers Mael Eoin Mac Echuidh and Osric Feologildsson (with special guest brewer Edgar Refskegg) will be on-hand to share the products of their recent brewing adventures.  If you would like to share your own, there will be space dedicated to do so.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged as the site is limited to 60 guests.  You can pre-register by PayPal or by sending a check to Mistress Philadelphia.

The menu for the Sign of the Cat and Dragon is as follows.  If you have any food allergies or other dietary restrictions, please contact our head cook Maryna at

Cold Snacks - bread, cheese, pickles, apples, hard-boiled eggs
Beer Soup with Cheese
Vegetable Soup
Potato and Cheese Pierogi with Fried Onions
Cucumber Salad
Sauerkraut with Sausage and Bacon
Chicken Baked with Prunes
Rosemary Garlic Potatoes
Court Dish of Baked Fruit

Lord Cailin Macsalny has declared his challenge for the next Baronial Gaming Champion.  You will play for the honor of representing Bhakail throughout the year, as well as in our yearly chess match against the Barony of Flaming Griffin during Pennsic.  Points will be awarded for a win in each game, so come test your skill!

Gentle Juliana Bird will join us to host this year’s Baronial Bardic Challenge.  It will consist of three rounds -
First, make me feel!  (a piece with emotion; happy, sad, angry, have us feel something!).  Second, make me learn!  (a piece that is pre-1650, and give a small blurb about the history).  And last, make me love!  (a favorite piece, show what made you fall in love with bardic and performance).  Prepare your best!

Site Opens:  11am
Site Closes:  11pm

Site Opens: 11am
Site Closes: 11pm

Event Location

The German Society of Philadelphia
611 Spring Garden Street
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 available, as well as some non-metered streets surrounding the building.  Please be mindful of parking signs, as the PPA will be monitoring parking.

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. 

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

* We are now sold out and will not be taking any more pre-registrations*

Pre-registered site fee (adult):  $20 ($15 with member discount)

Pre-registered site fee (ages 6-17):  $10

At-door site fee (adult):  $25 ($20 with member discount)

At-door site fee (ages 6-17):  $12

Children under 6:  Free

Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA - Barony of Bhakail

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Autocrat:  Lady Chana Freidl the Maker
Dayna Tarabar

Head Cook:  Maryna Borowska
Blueberry Keller

Send Reservations to:

Mistress Philadelphia Brown
Jackie Binstead
6300 Drexel Road
Philadelphia PA 19151

PayPal Preregistration:

Please make note - a PayPal invoice will be generated within 24 hours, and that the preregistration is not complete until the invoice has been paid.