Mountain Freehold's Birthday Bash

Hosted by Shire of Mountain Freehold - Vergennes, VT

Event date: August 28th, 2022

Event Last Modified: August 11th, 2022

COVID-19 Statement

The East Kingdom and the event staff are committed to making sure that our friends & families stay safe. Kingdom guidelines for COVID safety change often. Masks that conform to CDC standards and worn properly over the nose and mouth are required of all attendees over the age of 2 in all indoor spaces or in public tents or pop-ups with 3 or 4 walls up and may only be lowered briefly for eating or drinking. Masks are optional when outdoors and we encourage frequent handwashing and social distancing. Please take whatever steps you feel are necessary for your own sense of safety beyond the stated mandates.

All persons over the age of 5 are now required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. All persons over the age of 18 must also present government issued photo ID or a valid SCA membership card. Please have these in hand when checking in.

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Event details

Mountain Freehold’s Birthday Bash will be held on *Sunday* Aug.  28, from 11 am-7 pm, in the large picnic pavilion at Button Bay State Park, about 8 miles from Vergennes, VT.  We are marking our Shire's 44th anniversary, so come and help us celebrate.  Former Freeholders, friends, and neighbors are most welcome.

We will hold some of our Shire Championships (still confirming details), and we’ll have a pot-luck afternoon meal starting at 1 pm.  A few electrical outlets are available, and running water is nearby, but there’s no kitchen.  Bring your current Arts and Sciences projects to display.  Bring armor, weapons, and fencing gear so you can play with others!

Merchanting, bartering and giveaways are welcome!  (Please take unclaimed items back home with you when you leave.)

If the weather is warm, there’s a very nice swimming pool near the pavilion, or you can swim in the lake – so bring a swimsuit if you like!  The park also offers some very nice walking trails, suitable for Foresters to explore.

A chair might be handy, but there are plenty of picnic tables available.  If anybody wants to put up a pop-up tent near the pavilion, that is allowed.  There’s a flat grassy area for tourneys and lawn games.

Site rules:  At this park, no pets are allowed in the pavilion area.  No glass bottles.  Alcohol for personal use is OK (no “serving.”)

Site Opens: 11 am
Site Closes: 7 pm

Event Location

Button Bay State Park
5 Button Bay State Park Road
Vergennes, VT  05491
Google Map


Make your way to Vergennes, VT.  Head down the hill (W Main St.), cross the Otter Creek bridge, then go uphill.  Take your third right, onto Panton Road (I think there’s a yellow blinking light.) Go 4.3 miles, to Panton.  Turn right onto Jersey St., and go half a mile.  Make a slight left onto Button Bay Road and go about two miles.  The park entrance will be on your left.  Proceed to the Ranger House and pay your park fee.  Then drive deeper into the park, past the two camping loops on your left.  Eventually you’ll see the large pavilion.  You can stop there briefly to drop things off.  There are two nearby parking areas (the larger one is on your left).  The Park asks us not to drive on the grass.

Registration Fees

Advance Registration is not necessary.

The cost is $5 for adult SCA members, $10 for adult non-members.  It’s $3 for ages 12-17, and free for 11 and younger.

Note that you will *also* need to pay a separate Park Day Use Fee as you enter the State Park.  It's $4 for ages 14 and up, $2 for kids ages 4-13. 

There is no feast fee, but please bring some food or drink to share for the pot-luck lunch.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc.  - Shire of Mountain Freehold

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Duchess Marieke - Christina Krupp - (802) 864-6087, Address:  1436 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403.
Magister Dafydd - David Ovitt - (802) 917-2601, Address:  36 Peterson Terrace, South Burlington, VT 05403

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