May-Be (I'll Try Something New)

Hosted by Barony of Iron Bog - Moorestown, NJ

Event date: May 11th, 2019

Event Last Modified: May 10th, 2019

Event details

Oye, Oye!!  Their Excellencies, Baron Declan Gobha and Baroness Aibhilin inghean Ui Phaidin, have declared that they will continue the tradition of inviting all good gentles to the Barony's annual May Day in order to try something new and help select the new Baronial Rattan and Rapier Champions.  And once again, to ease the financial burden on those interested in attending, they have proclaimed that there will be neither a site fee nor a charge for the dayboard.

A variety of Arts & Sciences and Martial activities, with teachers, materials, and loaner gear, will be available for folks to try out.  The A&S activities will include glass bead-making, calligraphy & illumination, dancing, woodworking, metal casting, weaving, and more, while the martial activities will encompass heavy fighting, fencing, archery, thrown weapons, and combat archery.  If you are an artisan who would like to demonstrate and teach as part of this special day, please contact the A&S Coordinator, Baroness Drueta de la Rosa (see below).

The excitement of the day will be further expanded by the Barony's Rapier and Rattan Tournaments being held to decide the next Baronial Champions.  The champions must live in Iron Bog or a landed group that touches its borders (i.e.  Bhakail, Carillion, Barren Sands, Caer Adamant, and Buckland Cross).  If you do not reside in one of these groups, you can still enter the tournament and make sure the new champion deserves the honor.  The fencing tourney will be a slippery slope format, while the heavy tourney will start out with rounds of grand melee to determine the top four, then best of three passes to determine the finalists, then best of either three or five passes to determine the champion.

Children will be welcome to participate in many of the activities with parental supervision and approval of those sharing their skills.  There will also be an area set-up for families to gather and play.  The site offers a wonderful playground for use with parental supervision.  For questions regarding youth participation please contact the Chancellor of Youth, Lady Fiadhnait inghean Chiaragain.

For those who are new to the Society, there will be loaner garb available if needed.  If possible, please contact the Baronial Chatelaine (see below) in advance with your needs so that an appropriate outfit can be put together for you.  Additional loaner garb will be available at the event.

Schedule for the Day:

10:00 Site opens
10:00 – 4:00 Martial lists and A&S tables open
10:00 – 12:00 Introduction to heavy fighting – Q&A
10:30 Tea, coffee, and scones served
10:30 – 12:15 Children’s activities—self-led
10:30 – 12:00 Children’s activities—medieval pouches/bookmarks
10:45 – 11:15 Introduction to SCAdian shopping class
11:00 – 12:00 Baronial rapier champions tourney
11:30 – 12:30 Cordial making class
12:30 – 2:30 Dayboard served
1:00 – 2:00 Baronial heavy fighting champion tourney
1:00 – 2:00 Introduction to research class
1:00 – 2:00 Bardic circle
1:00 – 4:00 Glass bead-making open
1:00 – 4:00 Introduction to rapier combat
1:30 – 2:30 Youth (under 10) scribal class
1:45 – 3:45 Children’s activities—self-led
2:00 – 3:00 Juggling class
2:00 – 4:00 Introduction to heavy fighting – hands-on
2:30 – 3:45 Children’s activities—medieval pinwheels
3:00 – 4:00 Renaissance dance class
4:00 – 5:00 Musical performance by Revelwood
4:30 Tea, coffee, and cake served
5:00 Baronial court
6:00 Site closes

Dayboard Menu:

Chike endored (baked chicken legs)
Zervelat (meatballs)
Brat ruben (glazed carrots)
Riso con funghi (rice with mushrooms and basil)
Tarte of spinage (spinach tart)
Tarte de champignons (mushroom pie)
Savoury tosted cheese
Honey butter, Herb butter, Plain butter
Hard boiled eggs
Cubed cheese
Oranges, Strawberries
Lemonade, Iced tea, Water

Please note that the site is completely dry (absolutely no alcohol on the premises), and no animals other than service dogs are allowed.

Site Opens: 10 AM
Site Closes: 6 PM

Event Location

First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown
101 Bridgeboro Road
Moorestown, NJ  08057
Google Map


From Route 295:

Take Exit 40 onto Route 38 West.  Turn right at the 3rd light onto Mount Laurel Road.  Turn left at the 1st light onto Main Street, and then turn right at the next light onto Chester Avenue.  Turn right at the 2nd light onto Bridgeboro Road, and the church parking lot entrance is ~100 yards on the left.

From Route 130 North:

Pass under Route 73 and turn right at the 4th light onto Riverton Road.  Continue ~3 miles and turn left at the 3rd light onto Bridgeboro Road.  The church parking lot entrance is ~100 yards on the left.

From Route 130 South:

Cross the bridge over Rancocas Creek and take Bridgeboro Road on the right immediately after the bridge.  Continue ~3 miles (passing 3 lights), and the church parking lot entrance is on the right.

From Route 73:

Take the exit for Route 38 East and continue past the Moorestown Mall.  Turn left at the 2nd light onto Pleasant Valley Avenue, and then turn right at the 1st light onto King’s Highway.  Turn left at the 2nd light onto Chester Avenue, and then turn right at the 2nd light onto Bridgeboro Road.  The church parking lot entrance is ~100 yards on the left.

Registration Fees

Site fee:  FREE!!

Donations to offset the cost of the event are appreciated.

There is no feast, but a hearty dayboard is included for all attending.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA NJ, Inc., Barony of Iron Bog

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lady Genevra d'Angouleme
(mka Samantha Fina)

Send Reservations to:

Lady Molly inghean ui Raighallaigh
Jean Bachen
140 Sunset Drive
Mount Royal, NJ 08061

Other Contact Information:

Dayboard:  Please contact the head cook, Lady Pixie of Iron Bog, at for questions or concerns regarding allergies and dietary restrictions.

Artisans:  Please contact the A&S coordinator, Baroness Drueta de la Rosa, at if you are interested in teaching at this event.

Merchants:  Please contact the merchant coordinator, Lady Valery Fitzgerald, at if you are interested in merchanting at this event.

Loaner Garb:  Please contact the chatelaine, Baroness Wentlianna Bengrek, at if you would like to borrow a loaner outfit for the day.