Quest for Wit and Wisdom: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Valhalla

Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - Pittstown, NJ

Event date: May 24th, 2019 - May 27th, 2019

Event Last Modified: May 20th, 2019

Event details

Across the world a lone voice cries; from the bustling markets of Sverige to the rocky coasts of Éire, from the chilled plains of Greenland to the temperate grasslands of Iceland it yearns to know; “What happened last night?” Come join the Barony of Settmour Swamp as they retrace the drunken revelry of Leif Erikson.  Put your bravery, camaraderie, and iron stomachs on the line in an effort to recover both his equipment and his wits as you wander the infamous viking settlements across the world in The Quest for Wit and Wisdom XXXV:  A Funny thing Happened on the way to Valhalla.

QUEST is Settmour Swamp's local camping event and includes competitions to determine the Barony’s champions for heavy weapons fighting, rapier combat, thrown weapons and archery.  There is also an Artisan's row (live displays and hands-on demos), a brewing competition, a silent auction, a bardic circle, and of course the Quest.  It is a scavenger hunt and an obstacle course and a mystery to be solved all combined in an adventure!  Come and test your wit, courage and skill at a chance to win the Quest as well as wondrous prizes!

Baron Jonathan Miles and Baroness Teresa Ana Perez, welcome all to join in our weekend-long celebration. 

CHILDREN are most welcome, but please supervise your children at all times.  For minors to attend the event accompanied by an adult who is not their own parent or court-appointed guardian, they must present a minor waiver AND a medical treatment waiver signed by their parent/guardian.  Copies of these forms can be found at and will also be available at the event.  The forms do not need to be notarized. 

WE ASK THAT PEOPLE NOT SET UP THEIR TENTS UNTIL THEY HAVE SIGNED IN AT THE GATE/TROLL in order to avoid any confusion about the layout of the camping areas.  We also request that people not reserve multiple sites for people who have not yet arrived.

PETS are permitted, and must be kept on a leash at all times.  Certain areas will be off limits to pets.

ALCOHOL POLICY:  No alcoholic beverages may be brought on site.  There will be a site-run bar available, and open until 2:00am.  This policy will be strictly enforced by event staff.  Anyone in violation of this policy will be removed from the site.  Rules for the brewing competition will include instructions on how to store these items on site.

Last year's schedule is listed here.  It is likely to be changed slightly this year.

4:00pm Site opens, Gate (Troll) opens
8:00pm Troll closes

10:00am Troll opens
10:00am Thrown Weapons Tournament
12 noon Archery setup
12 noon Armor Inspection
12 noon Kubb Tournament
12:30pm Heavy Weapons Tournament
12:30pm Archery Tournament
1:00pm Artisan's Row starts
1:00pm Dance Lessons/Practice
2:30pm Fencing Tournament
3:00pm Brewing Contest
5:00pm Artisan’s Row closes, Troll closes
6:00pm Feast
8:00pm Bardic Circle

10:00am Troll opens
10:00am Artisan's Row Starts
12 noon Silent Auction opens
1:00pm Artisan's Row closes
1:30pm Quest takes place
3:00pm Troll closes
3:30pm Hurley game (after the QUEST ends)
5:00pm Court of Baron Jonathan and Baroness Teresa
6:30pm Pennsic Swamp Camp Meeting

Clean up
Site Closes at 11:30am

Site Opens: 4 pm.  Friday, May 24
Site Closes: 11:30 am Monday, May 27

Event Location

Clinton Elks
211 Sidney Road
Pittstown, NJ  08867
Google Map


Take your best route to Interstate 78, and follow that to Exit 15.  Turn left at the set of lights at the bottom of the ramp onto 513 South.
Turn left (up the slight hill) onto Sidney Road.
Continue on this road for about 2 miles; the site will be on your left. 

Registration Fees

Adult rates:
$5 Friday "day trip" rate (members $5, no discount)
$20 Saturday "day trip" rate (members $15)
$20 Sunday "day trip" rate (members $15)
$35 Adult Maximum Fee (members $30)

Minor (age 17 and under):  FREE

$5 Merchant fee (members $5, no discount)

Reservations must be postmarked by May 18.
Site fees will be refunded if requested by Friday May 18.

Please include with your reservation:
Mundane and SCA names for each person on the reservation
Member numbers (with expiration date) for each person on the reservation
Weekend or day-trip (specify which days you plan to attend)
Contact information - (phone number and/or e-mail)

$10 (limited to the first 100 gentles)

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lord Emidio Di Aquata
Master Galefridus Peregrinus (Deputy)

Send Reservations to:

Judith bas Rabbi Mendel
c/o Katie Mendelsohn
3 Morris Place
Towaco, NJ 07082

Other Contact Information:

Feast Cook:
Halldora Rolandsdottir; please direct menu inquireis to

Merchant Coordinator:
Aiden an' Bheithir,