Wars of the Roses and EK Archery and Bardic Championships! - Pre-reg Closed - At Gate Open

TRM will be in attendance TRH will be in attendance

Hosted by Barony of Concordia of the Snows - Schaghticoke, NY

Event date: May 27th, 2022 - May 30th, 2022

Event Last Modified: May 26th, 2022

Event details


Same Day Registration at the Gate is Open!

Oyez Oyez Oyez!

The days of Plague have been long and enduring.  After two years of being cooped up together the Roses have gone from annoyance, to squabbling, to all out WAR!  Our tempestuous "discussions" have spread onto the fair lands of Glenn Linn, our neighbors to the North!  Reinforcements must be called!  Lines Drawn!  Battles had!  Until finally a victor is declared and revels begin!

Their Excellencies have declared that Concordia will be holding the competitions for our Heavy, Fencing, and Bardic Championships.  Details will be put forth as they develop, so follow here!

Their Future-Royal Majesties have declared their intent to attend our festivities.  We are greatly honored to host their quest for both Archery and Bardic Champions!

Come, break out your tents, warm up the ovens, air out your garb, de-must your armor bag, see your friends and gather in revels!

Merchants are welcome!

***********Baronial Championship Information***********

Arts and Sciences
From THL Anne de Basillon – current Baronial A&S Champion:

Greetings to all who would seek to be the A&S Champion for the Barony of Concordia,

In a few weeks time, War of the Roses makes a return.  At Roses, Their Excellencies will seek a new champion and it’s my job to set the theme.  I contemplated the possibilities as I kept in mind that A&S encompasses a vast array of skills, mediums and disciplines.  My mind returned over and over to the historic things that we have recently survived and emerged from.  I also thought about the long history of this strong barony.  Much has happened in the decades.  As such, I challenge you to come up with an entry inspired by something tied to the history of the Barony.

In example:  Remake an iconic outfit or regale us with verse of storied heroics or Create a manuscript of a saga told ’round a fire. 

Send me a brief write up (via email 228496@members.eastkingdom.org) regarding the inspiration for your entry at least one week before Roses.  In short, tell me how you came to know of you spark of inspiration and a bit about your journey in making the entry.  I look forward to reading all of these pieces of old and new history.

In Service ~Anne de Basillon Champion of A&S Barony of Concordia

Our current Rapier Champion Matija Potocnik has a missive for all!

Fencers Wanted!

Has it been too long since you’ve matched wits and blades with your fellow fencers? Have you longed to cross swords with your compatriots? Is it your prayer to parry with plastic poultry or do you desire to devise a defense by dint of doll?

Come one come all to the long awaited Concordia of the Snows Baronial Rapier Championship!  It is my fervent hope that many will heed the call to arms and compete in this year’s Round Robin Silly Parry tournament.  Silly parries will be provided but you can bring your own.  If you bring your own it must be approved before being used in the tournament.

All fighters are welcome to compete.  If you finish in the top of the pool and desire the title of Champion you can compete for the accolades and will be awarded a dagger.

In addition to the Champion winning a dagger, there will a dagger awarded to whomever has the best pool record but does NOT own a dagger.  Any questions contact Matija Potocnik (matt.miklacic@gmail.com)

Heavy Armored Combat Champions

The Heavy Armored Combat Championship will comprise of a triple round Robin, with 3 Weapon forms, one form per fight...one point per win.  All Double Kills will be refought to determine a clear winner!  The 4 fighters with the most points after all have fought make up the finals.

Final round is a Roman melee, where combatants bring their preferred form and the last fighter standing is the champion.

War Points
For each fight that is won against an opponent a point is awarded.  For example if F1 wins GS against F2, loses spear against F2, and wins 2S against F2, F1 has 2 points and F2 has 1 point

All ties are refought until a clear winner emerges, or someone is too tired and concedes

***********Baronial Warpoint Competition Information***********

(see Baronial Championship)

From Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir regarding Roses Bardic Competition

Do you pledge yourself to the beautiful and vibrant Red Rose of House Lancaster or will you stand with House York’s pure and elegant White Rose? Your success in being chosen as the Bardic Competition Winner can win the bardic point for the House of your choice!

Performers will perform live in front of a fire to bring out the spirit of a bardic while also keeping all spectators warm. 

For performers who wish to compete, please make your interest known.  Entrants are required to send a notice of intent to Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir, NO LATER than 11:59 pm on Saturday, May 20, 2022 (ONE WEEK before the competition).

Documentation of a period piece is recommended, but not required for at least one of your performances in the first two rounds.  Prior to your performance you will introduce your piece with a brief description including author/composer, date, country of origin, and style if appropriate.

A period performance is defined as a song, story, or other performance that can be plausibly documented prior to 1651.  Original compositions based on period rules of composition, original stories based on period styles, contrafacta to a period tune, and other such performances can be considered a period-style performance with the required documentation.  For example, a performer could sing a period song with lyrics that have been rewritten modernly, tell a story from the Decameron in English, play an original tune in a period style on recorder or recite a modern English translation of an Old English poem.  Note that original works need not be written by the performer so long as the style is documentable prior to 1651.


The competition will take place over three rounds.  All performance pieces should be appropriate for an SCA audience, and demonstrate how you, as a bard, would entertain and delight the populace.  Performers’ understanding of what constitutes SCA appropriate material for this venue (which includes families in the audience) will be evaluated as part of their performance. 

Round 1
Pieces may not exceed 4 minutes; and can be period, period-style, or SCA-appropriate.

Round 2 Pieces may not exceed 4 minutes. 
Competitors in this round must perform a period piece if they chose to do a non-period piece in Round 1.

Round 3
The finalists will receive a performance challenge from a competition judge and Viscountess Sefa, guided by the performer's earlier works, as well as the information obtained from the performer via their resume.  Performers will have a brief time to prepare between the assignment and the start of performance.  To keep the preparation time fair, finalists will not be told their order of performance when they are assigned challenges.


There will be time between rounds to fill with either solo or ensemble music.  There may still be time slots to accommodate more entertainment between rounds.  Please contact Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir. 

Thank you!!

Viscountess Sefa Hrafnsdottir, OP

************East Kingdom Championships************


Greetings Bards of the East- All are strongly encouraged to come forth for this.  Indeed, a large first round often shows the breadth of the bardic talent we are blessed with here in the East.  However, should you be in the final round please be reminded that with this honor comes responsibility and duties of a champion.
Date:  Saturday May 28th at War of the Roses
Time:  11-2 Location:  A&S Barn

Letter of intent is NO LONGER required as it has been the past few years.  I strongly implore you to let me know of your intent so that timing, tokens and other logistical issues can be factored.  All the best wishes!
Long live TRM, TRH and the East.
Yours in Service to The Dream,
THL Agnes Marie de Calais agnesmariedecalais@gmail.com

The Challenges set by TRM are as follows- The competition will take place over three rounds with the following theme for the day:  “The Mythology of War.” As Their Majesties undertake preparations for the upcoming Pennsic War, they wish to know that those vying to be their Royal Bards know of both the joy and agony of battle, so performers are asked to perform pieces inspired by the theme “The Mythology of War.” This theme may be approached in a variety of ways:  lamenting a lover gone to war or a tale of surpassing valor, a comedic blunder on the battlefield or a valiant soldier laid low in defeat.

The interpretation of the theme is left entirely up to the artist.  Competitors will be judged by Their Majesties and an advisory committee on choice of material, artistic impression, audience impact, technical skill, and individual response.  Their Majesties would also like to encourage people to present works from a variety of cultures across their performances if they have the ability within their repertoire.

Each performer shall submit, prior to the first round, an index-card-sized summary of types of performances and styles said performer would be willing to perform with little or no prior notice.  This gives the performers a chance to display versatility as well as skill, and gives Their Majesties additional information as they consider their next bardic champions.  Their Majesties will choose something from this list for the final round, so consider well what you may be called upon to perform!

ROUND ONE- All Competitors This piece may be original, written by the competitor or another, or it may be period.  First round pieces may not exceed five minutes.  (Longer works should be performed in excerpt.)

ROUND TWO- Top 8 from Round 1 This round requires a period (historical) piece tied to the theme for the day.  This piece ought to be directly historical or utilizing period styles (tunes, stories, music adapted from a primary source, etc.) Please provide brief documentation for this round, such as would fit upon an index card.  This piece should also differ in some way from the first piece performed, e.g., lively/slow, spoken/sung, wistful/cheerful, etc.  Second round pieces should be no longer than 8 minutes in length.

ROUND THREE- Top 4 from Round 2 This final round will be Their Majesties’ choice, guided by the performer’s earlier works, the skills which have been listed in their performance summary, and a brief interview of the entrant.  Performers will have a few minutes to prepare. 

Championship is being shot on Sunday!
Aleksei, Consort’s Champion Julian, Sovereign’s Champion

Schedule of the Tourney:
9:30 Inspections and Warmup
10:00 Tourney Begins
The first part of the tourney will have 3 distance shoots which will be shot by everyone: 
a clout, a friend/foe, and an multiple targets at unknown distances.
Noon Break for Lunch
12:30 Tourney Resumes with Novelty Shoots (8 stations)
Competitors will break into groups of 6, and will complete each novelty shoot in any order until all are done
3:30 Tourney Preliminaries end, results tallied to determine top 16 finalists
4:00 Finals begin
Pre quarter finals (16 compete)
Quarter finals (8 compete)
Semi finals (4 compete)
Final (2 compete)
5:00-5:30 Finals end

Health Acknowledgement

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events.  By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks.  You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Site Opens: 12:00 am Friday
Site Closes: 12:00 am Monday

Event Location

Schaghticoke Fair Grounds
69 Stillwater Bridge Rd.
Rtes. 67 & 40
Schaghticoke, NY  12154
Google Map


From the South
Take Thruway, Exit 23 to 787 to Troy-Bennington Exit to Hoosick Street Bridge, left at second red light to Route 40 to Fairgrounds.

From the West
Take Thruway, Exit 24, I90, 787 to Troy-Bennington Exit to Hoosick Street Bridge, second red light to Route 40 to Fairgrounds.

From the East
Take Route 67 to Route 40 to the Fairgrounds

From the North
Route 87, Exit 12, 67E.  Schoharie - I-88, Exit 24, I90, 787, Exit Troy-Bennington, Route 40 to Fair.  Pittsfield - Route 66 to Troy.

This year we will be entering the Fairgrounds from the EAST GATE across from the Stewarts Shop on Route 40/67!  Watch for the signs!

Registration Fees


Same Day Registration at the Gate is Open!

Take heed that Paypal and Credit Cards will NOT be accepted at the Gate.  Please, bring check or cash to Gate for same day registration!

All SCA Members will receive $5 discount on site fee

Day Fee
Adult At the Door $40
Child 6-17 At the Door:  $8

Weekend Fees
Adult At the Door:  $55
Child 6-17 At the Door:  $13

Max Family Fee (2 Adult and 2+ Child)
Day At the Door:  $96
Weekend At the Door:  $136

Refunds are available, but must be requested via email or letter postmarked at least 48 hours before the event.

No Feast.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA-NY Inc., Barony of Concordia of the Snows

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Autocrat:  Anna Elisabetta deValladolid


Send Reservations to:

Richard Nicholson
478 Morris Street
Albany, NY 12208


Same Day Registration at the Gate is Open!

Take heed that Paypal and Credit Cards will NOT be accepted at the Gate.  Please, bring check or cash to Gate for same day registration!

Other Contact Information:

For more information on Championship Challenges and other activities, please see the website link for the event!  This will be updated as quickly as information becomes available.

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