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Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - Hackettstown, NJ

Event date: March 25th, 2023

Event Last Modified: January 17th, 2023

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Event details


As winter turns to spring, their Excellencies Orlando and Charis, Baron and Baroness of Settmour Swamp, invite all and sundry to join in celebration of the Thawing of the Mud!

In keeping with the flavor of our new site, our theme will be Viking-era Scandinavian.  Has the ice cleared enough to safely travel the whale-roads? Is the mud thawed enough to plant barley? We hope so, because the site is largely outdoors!  There is a heated hall, but fighting, court, and most activities will be outside, unless the weather is truly dire.  We do encourage you to bring tents, pop-ups, and shelters - there is plenty of space, and we are allowed to stake into the ground.  (No open fires are permitted.)

There will be no feast this year, but there will be a simple, hearty dayboard provided by Lawrence Vaughan (menu forthcoming). 

* Martial Activities *
Armored:  The armored combat tournament will be fought in the traditional Mudthaw double elimination format, outdoors on grass/earth. 
Rapier:  There will also be a double-elimination rapier tournament, outdoors on grass/earth. 
(In case the mud is not just thawed but squishy, list fields will be moved to the outdoor pavilion, which has a cement floor.  )

And, for the first time in a long time, there will be archery!

* A&S Display/Competition *
Calling all artisans!  We invite you to display a collection of 1-3 items relating to your first sea-voyage of spring.  Maybe you're going a-viking, maybe to visit relatives in Jorvik, maybe you'll travel the river-roads all the way to great Miklagard.  The winner will be judged on their tale as much as their artifacts. 

* Youth Activities *
There is an adorable viking-themed playground, weather permitting.  We are also hoping to have youth combat and a scavenger hunt.

Site Opens: 9:30am
Site Closes: 9:00 p.m.

Event Location

Vasa Park
1 Vasa Dr
Hackettstown, NJ  07840
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Vasa Park
1 Vasa Dr.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Google Maps link:  (works best if you use "New Jersey Vasa Home"),-74.7594128,17.29z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x89c39cdd71413639:0xe66080b4d7040f56!2sVasa+Park,+NJ+07840!3b1!8m2!3d40.8546197!4d-74.758207!3m4!1s0x89c39cef5b3440e3:0xdc583dfd332ef4c3!8m2!3d40.8554711!4d-74.7565284

Note:  Parking (other than accessible parking) is in a field.  The venue uses it for this purpose in all weathers, and so far has not had problems; but plan your transport accordingly.

Registration Fees

Adult registration:  $20 ($5 discount for members)
Youth (age 6-17):  $5
Infant (5 and below):  FREE
Merchanting:  $5 add'l fee.

Pre-registrations are not required, but they are highly suggested as the event is capped at 500.

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Baroness Elizabeth Talbot
Elizabeth McMahon
848-391-7393 (text preferred)

Mistress Vika Grigina z Prahy
Victoria Swann

Send Reservations to:

PayPal link:
A PayPal invoice will be generated within 24 hours of the online preregistration information being submitted.  Online preregistration is not complete until the PayPal invoice has been paid.

PayPal pre-registration will close on March 15.
We strongly advise using PayPal to pre-register, as the event is capped at 500 gentles. 

Other Contact Information:

Merchants:  please contact the event stewards if you're interested in vending.
Vigil planners:  ditto.