King's and Queen's Archery Championships--Summer Solstice Shoot

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Hosted by Barony of Beyond the Mountain - New Britain, CT

Event date: June 15th, 2019

Event Last Modified: May 29th, 2019

Event details

Lord Ruin Shi Tian and Master Colin Ursell invite all the Archers in the East Kingdom to the King's and Queen's Archery Championships in the Barony Beyond the Mountain.  The theme this year is the Chinese Zodiac.

A long time ago, before his departure from earth, Buddha decided to have a grand race.  All of the animals in the kingdom were invited, but unfortunately, only 12 animals showed up at the event.  Grateful for their efforts, Buddha rewarded them by naming each year of the Chinese Zodiac calendar after these 12 animals.

The 12 animals that came for the grand race were the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.  These are what we now know as the Chinese zodiac animals.

After hundreds of years of really not much going on, the Pig decided that in his year, 2019, he would gather the other animals once again for another great contest, the East Kingdom Archery Championship.  Each animal was tasked with devising a challenge for our archers to find the most skilled, determined, and focused.  All archers of the East are welcome, but only those who are worthy will be named our champions!


Also, come celebrate the Summer Solstice!  Spend the day in joyous company.  In addition to the Championship Shoots, we will host:
- Outdoor games
- A June Pole (Because we love to dance even if May was last month.)
- Classes
- Heavy Weapons and Rapier
- SCA Yard Sale--Bring SCA-appropriate or adjacent stuff you want out of your house!  Let someone else sit at the table selling it for you!
- Merchanting, both indoor and outdoor spaces are available.

Web site for the event:

The June Pole - come dance and weave the ribbons.

Kubb - A possibly modern game with Scandinavian roots.  All after noon after June Pole Dance

Quiots was prohibited by Edward III and Richard II to encourage archery but today we can do both all afternoon after the June Pole Dance

Il Paleo Racing - we can't afford real horses, but you can participate in this exciting Medieval race on one of our fine stable of racing stick horses - with a few modern twists.  Fun for both Adults and children!

Croquet - Though modern (1850s) in its current form, game of ground ball and stick have been popular in Western Europe since the later Middle Ages.  "Tee off" all afternoon after the June Pole Dance.

Tug of War - dating from Ancient Egypt, Greece and China, tug of war in its present form has change almost none at all to modern times.  Challenge your friends - or foes - to tug of war!

Contact Mesterinna Ana Ilevna at if you have questions regarding the Games.


If the heavy list is your preference, we have a novel tournament planned for the day--the Fortunes of War!  As the season of war looms ahead, equipment fails, servants neglect their duties, and the gods may decide to have some fun.  Will their attention be baleful or weal? As the combatants get ready to enter the list they will pick a fortune cookie to find out.


Rapier activities will begin at 11 am.  We will have inspections and authorizations until Noon.  Tournaments will be run in the following order, but will be subject to change because of their Excellencies availability for the BBM Fencing Championship.

BBM Fencing Championship - Sir Arnwulf Aethelreding is ready to step down as the Fencing Champion of Barony Beyond the Mountain.  He wishes to give their Excellencies as short and fun tournament so we will have a round robin tournament to determine the next champion.  Bring your best and come show their Excellencies why you should be their next champion.

Gambler's Tourney - Are you feeling lucky? Let the roll of the dice determine which form you will bring.  This will be a one and done fight and then we will move onto the next pairing.  The tournament will be a double elimination tournament with opponents also being chosen at random, you may have to fight the same person more than once.

Short but Deadly - It's time to get up close and personal with your fellow combatants.  Max rapier length is 32" single sword.  If you don't have a sword that is that short, you may substitute for a single dagger.  This will be a double elimination tournament.

Bear Pit Tournament - This will be a bring your best endurance test.  How long can you hold the pit? There will be no max length of matches for keeping the pit.  If you can keep it, you earned it.  Wounds retained.  This will be a 45 minute long tournament.


7:00 Staff on site for set up.  Merchants may begin set up.
9:00 Gate opens
9:00 Give your Yard Sale items to Mistress Ciara
9:00 Merchants may begin selling
9:00 Archery warm ups begin
10:00 Morning Court
10:30 King’s and Queen’s Archery Championships competition begins
11:00 Medieval Yard Sale begins
11:00 Fencing list open for sign in and inspections
11:00 Heavy list open for sign in and inspections
11:00 Unarmored drills for fighters - Valgard Stonecleaver
12:00 Dayboard opens
12:00 June Pole Dancing
12:00 Baronial Championship for Fencing competition begins
12:00 Fortunes of War Heavy tourney begins
12:30 From Lawn to Plate:  foraging for food in our local lawns and woods - Ottar the Trader
1:00 Kubb, Quiots, Palio, and Croquet games begin
1:30 Portable pin cushions:  felt, wool, and bottlecaps - Johanna de Glastingburi
2:00 Tug-o-war begins
2:00 Gate closes
2:00 Fencing--Gambler’s Tourney, Short but Deadly, Bear Pit
2:30 Summer Sari:  wearing Indian wrapped garments - Sisuile Butler
3:00 Dayboard closes
3:30 How do I wear that? Indian wrapped garments for men - Sisuile Butler
4:00 Yard sale ends, please pick up any unsold items
4:00 Merchants start packing up.  Those in the gym must be finished packing before court.
5:30 Court
8:00 Site Closes.  If you’re still here, thank you for helping to clean up!

Site is damp.  Beer, wine, mead or champagne ONLY.  NO SPIRITS OR SPIRIT-BASED CORDIALS are allowed on site, not even as gifts.

No smoking or vaping on site.  Not even in the parking lot.  You must go outside the fence to smoke or vape.

No animals are allowed on site except Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (guide dogs, signal dogs, or other animals individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability).
Connecticut laws on assistance animals and guide dogs are summarized here:
(This is a .pdf.  See Section 4, page 25.)

Site is accessible with ADA-complaint bathrooms and a ramp to get into the building.  There is ample designated handicapped parking.  All activities take place either outside (the archery area is accessible through the paved parking lot) or on the ground floor.  Changing areas are on the stage up a short flight of steps, but we also have an accessible changing area with no steps.


!!!  IMPORTANT !!!
The weather in New Britain has been very tick-friendly!  PLEASE CHECK YOURSELF, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR PARTNERS, AND YOUR CHILDREN FOR TICKS.

Site Opens: 09:00 am
Site Closes: 09:00 pm

Event Location

HSC Community Center
370 Osgood Avenue
New Britain, CT  06053
Google Map


North, East or West, take your best route to I-84, Exit 36 (Slater Road).

From the exit, continue straight onto Sterling Road.  Sterling ends in a T with a wood straight ahead of you. 

At the woods, turn LEFT onto Corbin Avenue.  The entrance to the site is on your RIGHT.  It's a gate in a chain-link fence just before Osgood Avenue.  If you get to the traffic light on Osgood you've just passed it.

From the South, take I-91 to Exit 22N (Route 9 North).
Merge LEFT to Route 72 WEST towards Bristol.
Take the Corbin Avenue exit.  This is a right-hand exit off of Route 72.
Turn RIGHT onto Corbin Avenue for ~1.3 miles.
The entrance to the site is on your RIGHT.  It's a gate in a chain-link fence just before Osgood Avenue.  If you get to the traffic light on Osgood you've just passed it.

(If you miss the Corbin Avenue exit, then get onto I-84 East-bound and follow the directions above.)

Registration Fees

The Site fee is $20, with a $5 discount for members of the SCA.  Children 17 and under are free.  This includes Dayboard.

Please make checks payable to: 
SCA Inc.-Barony Beyond the Mountain

You can also prereg with PayPal using this link:

Please note that a PayPal invoice will be generated within 24 hours of submitting the online preregistration and that the preregistration is not complete until the PayPal invoice is paid.

Note the site will be open for set-up from 5:15 pm Friday the 14th to 8:00 pm and from 7:00 am Saturday the 15th.  Tear-down ends at 9:00 pm Saturday (Or, hopefully, MUCH earlier!)

There will be no feast at this event.

Dayboard is included in the site fee.  As is traditional, we will serve Dayboard both inside and bring some to the archery range during the day.

Hard boiled eggs
Ham cubes
Cheese cubes
Raw vegetables
Bread, both glutened and gluten free
Honey butter
Kielbasa or other sausage
Pasties/hand pies--meat and vegetarian options

Make Checks Payable to: Barony Beyond the Mountain, SCA Inc.

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Mesterinde Anarra Karlsdottir, OL
Terry Neill

Send Reservations to:

Ciara McRobbie
Anne Akin
29 Fowler Road
North Stonington, CT 06359

Other Contact Information:

Merchants are welcome!  PLEASE tell us ahead of time that you're coming so we can ensure there is enough space.

Severin Lorenz
(Larry Laudenslager)

Merchants may set up in the Gym, where we will provide one table and two chairs, or outside where you would need to bring all your own set up.  Most activities will be happening outside (weather permitting).

Set up starts at 7:00 Saturday morning.  You may begin selling at 9:00.  Merchants may set up from 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday with PRIOR permission.

Merchants in the Gym must finish packing up before court starts at 5:30.

Those setting up in the gym on Friday can leave their merchandise there overnight.  The building will be locked, but be aware you are still leaving your merchandise at your own risk.  The gate from the street into the site is never closed so we do not recommend setting up outside on Friday.