Waking of the Salamander II

Hosted by Barony of Bhakail - Media, PA

Event date: April 21st, 2023 - April 23rd, 2023

Event Last Modified: March 26th, 2023

Health Acknowledgement

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Event details

Each spring, as the temperatures warm over the ever-lengthening day, the Salamander awakes from its dormancy and emerges from its burrow to bask in the light of the sun and marvel at the fresh and green world!  The Barony of Bhakail too is ready to leave its winter torpor behind and encourages all to wake and enjoy a weekend of cooking over the open flame, basking in the light of the spring sun, and learning new skills to take into the summer months!

The Barony welcomes all to demonstrate their knowledge of and participate in outdoor activities such as fire starting and tending, firing pottery in an open fire, foraging, and more, culminating in the Salamander's Cooking Demonstration and Competition!  Do you have what it takes to be Waking of the Salamander’s Cooking Competition Winner?

Troll opens at 4:00 p.m.  on Friday, April 21 for camping only.  The site will not allow you on-site after dusk, at which time Troll will close for the evening.  Troll will re-open at 9:00 a.m.  on Saturday, April 22 and remain open throughout the day.  Cooking and classes formally begin at 10:00 a.m.  Walk-ups are welcome, but pre-registration is highly encouraged.  Saturday day-only attendees must leave the park by dusk.  Campers must leave by noon on Sunday.

Cooking Demonstration and Competition:
The long and short of it is that competitors are expected to show off their cooking skills, whether over the fire, on a grill, on a camp stove...however you want to hew your meal, we all want to see how you do it and sample some of what you're making!

● Demonstrators and competitors will be providing the rolling day board for the event on Saturday. 
● Most of the dish should be cooked on site and will be asked to explain their cooking techniques and demonstrate to onlookers.
● A full ingredients list is required.
● Cooks will be given a $20 stipend to reimburse them for expenses/supplies (limited to the first 10 cooks to sign up).  Receipts are required!
● Feel free to collaborate or ask to be paired up with another cook.

We will be providing some charcoal and wood.  Please feel free to bring your own supplies if you have them.

There is no requirement that your food be chicken and there is no requirement that your food be period.  We are looking for you to show off your outdoor cooking skills over an open fire, whether than fire be at a fire pit, over a charcoal grill, or otherwise.  Show us your skills and feed us!

Cooks, PLEASE PRE-REGISTER with the event steward, Taichleach Eoganacht, at 258215@members.eastkingdom.org or with Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh at 166054@members.eastkingdom.org.

Pre-10:00 a.m.  - Watch as Lu An-hua, Ysmay de Lynn, and Lissa Underhill demonstrate the start of the pottery firing process.
10:00 a.m-11:00 a.m.  - "Making and Firing Primitive Pottery" - Lu An-hua, Ysmay de Lynn, and Lissa Underhill
-- Learn how early potters found and processed clay, formed pottery by hand, and fired pottery in a pit or bonfire. 
11:15 a.m.  - 12:15 p.m.  - "Understanding How to Start a Fire and the Helps and Hinderances" -- Lord Aiden Underhill
-- Tricks of the trade in building, starting, and maintaining fires.
12:15 p.m.  - 1:15 p.m.  - Break/Lunch (Day board is rolling, so feel free to eat at any time.  We encourage you to tour our cooks' stations)
1:15 p.m.  - 2:15 p.m.  - "Flora and Fauna of Period Embroidery" - Elizabet Marshall
-- Join Elizabet for a quick overview of ways that plants and animals (and bugs, oh my) were used in pre-17th century embroidery.  Not an exhaustive class, but more like some of the highlights.  This is not a hands-on class specifically, but I may have materials available for people to start their own flora or fauna motif.
2:30 p.m.  - 3:45 p.m.  (ish) - "Local Flora and Early Local Wild Edibles" - Lady Alexondra
-- Hello friends!  Does the prospect of green life returning to the landscape fill you with excitement? Are you looking to enjoy a bit of sunshine and take in the freshness and bounty spring has to offer? Please join me on a wild and weedy wander during The Walking of the Salamander to explore the local flora and take a look at the early wild edibles we may encounter during this beginner’s foraging class.  Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring comfortable walking shoes.  Be mindful we may be walking through fields and easy paths of the forest.  Happy Spring, and I hope to see you there!

Classes will be held in Pavilion 11-A, which is just a short walk from the main campground area.

Athena's Thimble Panel (Exact time to be determined)
Join members of Athena's Thimble to look at and talk about embroidery.  Bring a piece you have done either for panel or to share.

Embroidery Solar (10:00 a.m.  - 4::00 p.m.)
Dame Elizabet Marshall will have a tent up for embroidery solar - a place to sit and stitch and chat.  Bring a chair.  Look for the pop up with owls."

Court (4:00 p.m.)

Lady Eleanor De Astlye will be leading dance on Saturday evening around the campfire!

Friday and Saturday night.  The park closes at sundown.  Once sundown comes, you cannot get into or leave the park.  Specific times will be updated.  There will be no feast on Friday night or Saturday night...camp food is encouraged, welcomed, and will be eaten!


Dogs are welcome in the park during daytime hours (not overnight) and on leash at all times.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Site Opens: 4:00 p.m.  on Friday April 21
Site Closes: 12:00 p.m.  on Sunday April 23

Event Location

Ridley Creek State Park
1023 Sycamore Mills Rd
Media, PA  19063
Google Map


https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/RidleyCreekStatePark/Pages/default.aspx .

Unit A, Loop:  Organized Group Tenting #13

The main entrance to Ridley Creek State Park is Sandy Flash Drive South at Gradyville Road.

For GPS, use the following address:  351 Gradyville Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073

The park entrance is across the road from this address.

GPS DD:  Lat.  39.95065 Long.  -75.45175

Registration Fees

INDIVIDUALS NOT CAMPING:  Adult Member $15 Adult Non-Member $20 Youth (7-17) $10 Child (0-6) $0
INDIVIDUALS CAMPING:  Adult Member $20 Adult Non-Member $25 Youth (7-17) $15 Child (0-6) $0
FAMILY NOT CAMPING:  Adult Member $15 Adult Non-Member $20 Youth (7-17) $10 Second Youth (7-17) $5.  Any other youths and any children are free.  FAMILY CAMPING:  Adult Member $20 Adult Non-Member $25 Youth (7-17) $15 Second Youth (7-17) $5.  Any other youths and any children are free.

Paypal Pre-Registration Link:  https://surveys.eastkingdom.org/index.php/846924 .  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.

No feast.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA, Inc.  - Barony of Bhakail

Contact Information

Event Steward:

John Toczydlowski
Taichleach Eoganacht

Send Reservations to:

Jackie Binstead
6300 Drexel Road
Philadelphia, PA 19151

Other Contact Information:

Deputy Event Steward
Margarette la Gantière