Japanese Garden Social

Hosted by Barony of Buckland Cross - Churchville, PA

Event date: June 25th, 2022

Event Last Modified: May 18th, 2022

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.

Event details

Konnichiwa!  … The Barony of Buckland Cross invites you to renew your spirit after the long pandemic and join them for a Japanese Themed Garden Social and Picnic in the tranquil Wildflower Gardens of the Churchville Nature Center, a 65-acre nature preserve in lower Bucks County, Pa.

All activities will take place outside in the gardens and will feature:

A Formal Japanese Tea Ceremony in the garden gazebo performed by Baron Aurddeilen-ap-Robet, which will include a history of the Tea Ceremony, a discussion of the various utensils used in the ceremony, and a chance to sample several different Asian Teas and Sweet Treats.

A Discussion led by Lady Arsinoe Dragonette on the differences between Modern and Period Japanese clothing.  Obi (belt sash) tying will be demonstrated for both men and women.  It is not as easy as it sounds, and there are hundreds of ways they can be properly tied.

A Re-Creation of the 8th Century Japanese multi-player Court Game of Kai-awase for all to participate.  This game is uniquely tied to Japanese Culture and is still played today.

A Hands-on Demonstration of the Japanese fiber art of Kumihimo braiding.

The social will conclude with a Saki Ceremony.  Plum wine will also be available if you prefer.  Please note that this is a County Park Facility, and the consumption of alcohol is being permitted during this ceremony only.  A small sample of Saki or Plum wine will be provided to each participant.

As this is intended to be a picnic, we ask that all participants bring their own lunch and feast gear.  Beverages such as Water, Tea, and Coffee will be available on the garden patio. 

To fully immerse yourself in the Japanese experience we encourage you to bring a flat pillow to sit or kneel upon, and for those participating in the Tea Ceremony we suggest bringing your own Asian style ceramic teacup or small bowl.  However, there will be cups available if you do not have one.  Please note that there are many wooden benches spread out through the gardens and there will be additional chairs and tables set up on the garden patio.  The Tea Ceremony will also have benches available for those who prefer not to sit or kneel on the ground.  If you have a Japanese Tatami Mat or Picnic Blanket and would like to bring it to sit upon, please do.

Japanese garb is encouraged, but NOT required.  So please do not let that discourage you from attending.  Any garb from any SCA period is perfectly fine.  There will be indoor areas available for changing into and out of garb

For more information about the Churchville Nature Center, please visit their website:  https://www.churchvillenaturecenter.org

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Important Covid information from East Kingdom

Due to kingdom requirements, attendees must preregister, and this particular event is capped at 24. 
The recent changes to the East Kingdom restrictions mean that as an outdoor event, masks will not be required.  There is an exception for people gathered under a pavilion or pop-up surrounded by three or four walls.  As the number of walls restrict airflow within the structure masks are required. 

Do not attend an in-person activity if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html [cdc.gov] ).  If you develop symptoms after attending an in-person activity, you must notify the person in charge of the activity as soon as possible.

If you have an underlying condition which increases your risk, strongly consider your own health and safety before attending an in-person activity (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html [cdc.gov] ).

The East Kingdom requires that all attendees at all in-person gatherings also show proof of either full vaccination against COVID-19 or a medically supervised negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. 
Proof of vaccination or a negative test shall not be required for children under 12.  Attendees aged 18 or older will have to show government-issued ID matching test results or vaccination proof to gain entry to the event.  Children aged 12-17 will need to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event.

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.

Health Acknowledgement
By attending this event, you are confirming that you (as well as any minors that you are parent or guardian for): 
➢ Are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, including but not limited to: 
• Fever or chills
• Dry cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
• Muscle or body aches
• New loss of sense of taste or smell;
➢ Have not been near someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 within the last 14 days without following CDC guidance for self-quarantine;
➢ Agree to follow all COVID safety restrictions imposed by the SCA, the event site, and/or local, state, provincial, or federal government or health authorities.



Site Opens: 11am
Site Closes: 5pm

Event Location

Churchville Nature Center
501 Churchville lane
Churchville, PA  18966
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Directions:

Driving Directions

From Lower Bucks County (Bristol / Levittown) Take Route 413 North to Business Route 1.  Continue straight across the intersection onto South Flowersmill Road.  Follow South Flowersmill Road to Route 213/Maple Ave.  Turn left onto Route 213/Maple Ave.  and follow through Langhorne to the traffic light at Old Bristol Road (Landmark-Just For Kids Day Care center on far right corner).  Turn right onto Old Bristol Road and follow to the next traffic light at Buck Road.  Turn right onto Buck Road and follow a very short distance to the next light (landmark – Wawa store on your left and gas station on your right).  Continue straight and you are now on Holland Road.  Follow Holland about 1⁄4 mile to the first left onto Churchville Lane.  Turn left onto Churchville Lane and go about 1/8 mile to the Nature Center on your right

From Eastern Philadelphia & New Jersey South of BurlingtonTake I-95 North to the exit for Route 132/Street Road.  Turn left onto Route 132 West and follow it 6 miles to Bustleton Pike (Landmark-Ford Truck Dealership on the far right corner).  Turn right onto Bustleton Pike and get into the left lane.  At the 2nd traffic light, get into the left turn lane (landmark-LukOil gas station on left corner & Buck Hotel in front of you).  Turn left to continue on Bustleton Pike.  Follow Bustleton Pike 2 miles to the next traffic light at Bristol Road (landmark-Churchville Inn Restaurant is on the near left corner).  Cross over Bristol Road and you are now on Churchville Lane.  Follow Churchville Lane 1 mile to the nature center on your left just after you cross over the reservoir.

From Western Philadelphia & King Of Prussia Take the Schuylkill Expressway/I-76, or the Blue Route/I-476 to the PA Turnpike.  Take the Turnpike East to Exit #351 (Old exit #28).  As you exit the toll booth, stay to the right and follow the sign for the exit ramp to Route 1 South.  At the top of the exit ramp you will see signs for Route 132/Street Road.  Take Route 132/Street Road West and follow it 3 miles to Bustleton Pike (Landmark-Ford Truck Dealership on the far right corner).  Turn right onto Bustleton Pike and get into the left lane.  At the 2nd traffic light, get into the left turn lane (landmark-LukOil gas station on left corner & Buck Hotel in front of you).  Turn left to continue on Bustleton Pike.  Follow Bustleton Pike 2 miles to the next traffic light at Bristol Road (landmark-Churchville Inn Restaurant is on the near left corner).  Cross over Bristol Road and you are now on Churchville Lane.  Follow Churchville Lane 1 mile to the nature center on your left just after you cross over the reservoir.

From Yardley & I-95 North of Newtown (Trenton & Northern Jersey)From Northern New Jersey, go to I-95 and follow South to the exit for Newtown/Yardley/Route 332.  Take Route 332 West towards Newtown, Route 332 will join with the Route 413 Bypass.  Follow the Bypass to where 332 West turns left onto Newtown-Richboro Road.  (landmark-Shir Ami Temple on the near left corner).  Turn left onto Newtown-Richboro Road/332 West and follow towards Richboro to the traffic light at the intersection of Holland Road (Landmark – Fleuhr Funeral Home on the left).  Turn left onto Holland Road and proceed 2.5 miles to Churchville Lane (shortly after the railroad tracks).  Turn right onto Churchville Lane and go approximately1/8 mile to the Nature Center on the right.

Registration Fees

Registration:
This Event is Free
However, due to the intimate garden setting, we will be limiting the number of participants to 24. 
To reserve a spot please contact the Event Autocrat via email (21634@members.eastkingdom.org) by no later than Friday, May 13th, 2022.
When making a reservation, please provide the Society Names, Mundane Names, and Membership Numbers of all those who will be attending.

Feast:
There is no Day-board.  As this is intended to be a picnic, we ask that all participants bring their own lunch and feast gear.  Beverages such as Water, Tea, and Coffee will be available on the garden patio. 

There is no Feast, but for those who would like to join members of the Barony for dinner afterwards, we will be making reservations at a nearby Japanese restaurant.  Space is very limited at the restaurant, so please let us know when you reserve your event spot if you would like to join us for dinner.

Make Checks Payable to: Event is Free

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Baron Aurddeilen-ap-Robet (mka.  Ray Becker)
Address:  741 Cherry Lane, Southampton, PA 18966
Phone:  215-431-1292 (calls will not be accepted before 10am or after 10pm)
Email:  21634@members.eastkingdom.org

Send Reservations to:

Due to the intimate garden setting, we will be limiting the number of participants to 24. 
To reserve a spot please contact the Event Autocrat via email (21634@members.eastkingdom.org) by no later than Friday, June 17th, 2022.
When making a reservation, please provide the Society Names, Mundane Names, and Membership Numbers of all those who will be attending.
You will receive a reply email confirming your reservation.

Other Contact Information:

For more information about the Churchville Nature Center, please visit their website:  https://www.churchvillenaturecenter.org