al-Hafla - Buckland Cross Bardic Champions

Hosted by Barony of Buckland Cross - Langhorne, PA

Event date: May 20th, 2023

Event Last Modified: March 19th, 2023

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Event details

The theme of the event is “The Wonder of Spring”, but all personas are welcome.  Our Baronial Bardic Champion will be chosen, with the suggested theme of spring, nature, water, paradise, and gardens.  We welcome you serenade our Baroness with your words of nature, as she is a naturist.  Tell her a nature story, one that delves into the beauty of nature, Spring and love.  If competing, please arrive at the event no later than 11:30am for sign-up.  We would like the competition itself to begin at noon or so, depending on final scheduling for the event. 

The beat of a drum, the soulful sound of an oud, the tinkling of hip belts and finger cymbals, tables of food, and warm companionship in the chill before spring…all of these will be there in Barony of Buckland Cross with the return of Al-Hafla, also serving as the day to choose our new Baronial Bardic Champion!  “Hafla” in Arabic means “party,” and this event features all of the things that make a party memorable – friends, games, food, music, and dance.  Bring your carpets, bring your cushions and stools - recline while you drink, dine and revel!  Pavillions and lawn are available to all, and pop-up tents are also welcome.

Musicians will be serenading us throughout the event!  Are you a musician? Do you play Middle Eastern music, or are you interested in learning? Contact the autocrats to get copies of traditional Middle Eastern, Persian, and Turkish songs before the event!  Bring your drums and join the circle! 

Dancers!  There will be open-floor spontaneous dancing throughout the day! 

Games!  Take a seat at the Games Table and try your hand at medieval games of the region! 

Our Souk is small, but will include a fundraiser for the Barony that includes treasures of all kinds, to appeal to each and everyone.
We welcome merchants to sell their wares this day!  Please contact Event Steward for registration. 
There will be Turkish coffee fundraiser, as well, with each cup made fresh to order.  Cost $5 - cash only, please!

Food!  There will be a sumptuous “rolling dayboard” of fantastic dishes of the region to delight your palate!  Please note that this is a DRY SITE - no alcohol permitted!
Please contact the Autocrats with any dietary concerns.

There will be a short Baronial Court, which will include the choosing of our new Baronial Bardic Champion.

Event Schedule:  Pending

Site Opens: 11:00am
Site Closes: 6:00pm

Registration Fees

Registration fee includes event admission and dayboard
Adult (age 18+) non-member:  $20 (members receive $5 discount:  $15)
Children (1-17) non-member:  $15 (members receive $5 discount:  $10)

Walk-ins will be accepted, cash or check only at the door.
Souk and Turkish Coffee purchases are cash only, please!
Merchants:  please contact Event Steward for registration.  No additional fee requested, but donations are welcome.

There is no feast.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA, Inc.  Barony of Buckland Cross

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Event Steward:  Karyn Driscoll
TH Lady Cailleach Dhe ingen Chiarain

Send Reservations to:

Karyn Driscoll
2785 Standwood Lane
Bensalem, PA 19020

Other Contact Information:

Feast Steward:  Violet Gray
Please contact with any allergy information.