The Quest for Wit & Wisdom XXXVIII

Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - Pittstown, NJ

Event date: May 26th, 2023 - May 29th, 2023

Event Last Modified: March 21st, 2023

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Event details

The time has come!  Let Don Quixote’s journey bring you to the Barony of Settmour Swamp on May 26!  The time is late 16th Century Spain.  An eccentric Spanish Lord by the name of Alonso Quijano has become obsessed with the Chivalric Romances of Old and decides to become a knight, sallying forth, to fight for all that is good and true.  He re-names himself Don Quixote de La Mancha and, with the aid of his trusty companion and valet Sancho Panzo, heads out into the world on his adventures.  His first stop on his journey this day is to a local Inn, where he becomes convinced the landlord is a king protecting a mighty castle.  Quixote asks a boon, that the inkeeper to offcially name Don Quioxte a knight.  In an effort to hurry Don Quioxte on his way, the innkeeper tasks the adventurer with discovering the six knightly virtues.  Only then will he be a true knight.  To complicate matters futher, Don Quixote has made off with the barber’s prized shaving basin, believing it to be the famed Helmet of Mambrino, and he will only give it up to those he deems worthy of it’s magnificence.

Thus begins the Quest for the Knightly virtues (And one shaving basin) , in which each team is tasked with discovering the 6 knightly Virtues, those of Courage, Wisdom, Honor, Generosity, Mercy and Humilty.  Once a team proves themselves worthy they will be able to complete their quest by finding and knighting Don Quixote and retrieving the “Helmet of Mambrino” which they can return to the poor barber!  Come prove that your team is the worthiest of all!

Baronial Championships:
This year the Quest for Wit and Wisdom again includes the opportunities to compete in order to represent our wise and witty Baron, Orlando Sforza and his talented and hardworking consort, Baroness Charis d’Accipiter.  The following Baronial Championships will be held on Saturday May 27:

●Heavy Weapons Champion:  Format TBD and the event will be updated once available. 

●Arts & Sciences Champion:  This will be run by Bjarni a’ Bheithir.  This will highlight the learning process behind any successfully made item.  Judging with their Excellencies will be at 4:00pm.

●Rapier Champion:  Format will be dependent upon the number of participants.

●Archery Champion:  Format TBD and the event will be updated once available.

●Thrown Weapons Champion:  Format TBD and the event will be updated once available.

Tentative Weekend schedule:
Fri 5/26: 
4:00pm:  Site opens
Gate Friday:  4-8pm

Sat 5/27:
Gate open Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
10:30am Archery and Thrown Weapons setup
11:00am Archery and Thrown Weapons open
11:00am Shopping opens
11:30am Heavy weapons inspections open
12:00pm Heavy weapons tourney begins
1:00pm Artisans' Row opens
1:00pm Arts & Sciences Competition opens
2:00pm Fencing Champions tourney begins
3:00pm Brewing Competition begins
3:30pm Archery Competition begins
4:00pm Arts & Sciences Champions Judging
4:30pm Thrown Weapons Competition begins
4:30pm Artisans' Row closes down
5:00pm Archery & Thrown Weapons close
6:00pm Shopping closes
6:30pm Feast begins

Sunday 5/28:
Gate 10:00am-3:00pm
8:30-11am Breakfast
11am-4pm Heraldic Consulting open under the pavilion
12:00-4:00pm Don Quixote’s Quest
5:00pm Baronial Court
6:30pm Pennsic Camp Planning meeting

Monday 5/29:
11:00 am Site closes

Site Rules:
● Pets:  Pets are permitted, and must be kept on a leash at all times.  Certain areas will be off limits to pets.
● Alcohol:  No alcoholic beverages may be brought on site.  There will be a site-run bar available, and open until 2:00am.  This policy will be strictly enforced by event staff.  Anyone in violation of this policy will be removed from the site.
● Pond:  There is a pond on site but is NOT for swimming.

Children are most welcome, but please supervise your children at all times.  Anyone under the age of eighteen must be accompanied to the event by a parent or legal guardian.  The SCA youth waiver policy will be enforced.


For those of you who do not camp, there are two near-by hotels in Clinton, New Jersey.
Hampton Inn Clinton (near the Walmart)
16 Frontage Drive
Clinton, NJ 08809
TEL:  +1-908-713-4800
111 West Main Street
Clinton, NJ 08809
A Walmart is approximately 3 miles from the site on Route 513.

Site Opens:  4:00 P.M.  Friday May 26
Site Closes:  11:00 A.M.  Monday May 29

Site Opens: 4:00 P.M.
Site Closes: 11:30 A.M.

Event Location

Clinton Elks Lodge 2434
211 Sidney Rd
Pittstown, NJ  08867
Google Map


Take your best route to Sidney Road in Pittstown.  It is readily accessible from I287, I78 and NJ22 and NJ202.

Registration Fees

PayPal Pre-registration:

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

The gate will be as contactless as possible.  Therefore we ask you to MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE and paid either by check or EK PayPal online if at all possible. 
All online Reservations must be received prior to May 16th, 2022. 
WALK INS will be permitted on the days of the event but we request that you pre-register online if at all possible to limit contact and to make gate check in as efficient as possible. 
If you must walk-in then please bring a CHECK for your registration fees as no cash will be accepted.  Make Checks Payable to:  SCA of NJ Inc., Barony of Settmour Swamp

Registration fees:
Adult Member, Friday-Monday:  $35
Adult Non-member, Friday-Monday:  $40
Saturday or Sunday only, Member:  $25
Saturday or Sunday only, Non-member:  $30
Feast Saturday:  $12
Merchants' fee:  $5
Youths 17 and under:  Free

When you enter the site, the Quest staff will be checking for the following:
• Attendees aged 18 and up must also show government issued ID or proof of SCA membership.

You cannot enter the site until you gate in.  If you arrive after gate closes, you will need to wait until gate opens in the morning to enter the site.

Merchant Fee:  $5

Food & Drink:
The Elks Lodge has a full bar on site.  They happily supply beers that are pleasing to our group.  As a result, outside alcohol is prohibited and is in violation of our contract with the site.  Please do not bring your own alcohol!

A tasty and Mediterranean inspired feast will be offered on Saturday evening, May 27.  The purveyor of the feast will be Lady Hallðöra Svidbalki. 

The cost of the feast will be $12.00.  It will be available to 100 gentles. 

Feast (tentative menu):
First Remove:

Marqah Ḥabb al-Rummān wa al-Aruzz al-Maqlū (V)
Aromatic Soup with Pomegranate Seeds and Rice:  This soup will have a long-grained rice base with pomegranate seeds and spices including cumin, ginger, and sesame seeds.

Manti (V)
Little Canoe Dumplings with Spinach and Cheese filling:  These little canoe-shaped pies will be filled with spinach, feta, and onions.

Būrānīyah:  of Būrān
The Caliph’s Wife’s Eggplant and Lamb Stir-Fry:  This dish contains fried eggplant sauteed with chopped lamb, onions, coriander, ginger, and cinnamon.

Tatbīl al-Qanbīṭ (V)
Cauliflower with Tahini-Walnut Sauce:  This dish’s main feature is the sauce, which packs robust flavouring from tahini, walnuts, mustard, mint, and caraway which is then drizzled on the cooked cauliflower.  The star of the sauce though is aṭrāf al-ṭīb which is a 15th-century spice mix containing spikenard, betel leaf, bay leaf, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, cloves, rosebuds, ash tree fruit, long pepper, ginger, and black pepper.

Second Remove:

Dajāj ‘Amrūs
Grilled Chicken in Yogurt:  This dish contains thinly sliced chicken sauteed with
coriander and onion and cooked with a plain yogurt sauce.

‘Ujjah min Ghayr Bayḍ (V)
Spiced Chickpea Patties:  This dish is a perfect vegetarian, protein-packed, crunchy delight.  It contains smashed chickpeas mixed with onion, coriander, and pepper which are then fried.

Couscous (V)
Couscous will be cooked in vegetable stock and mixed with flavourful herbs.  This dish will serve as a base to put the other dishes on.

Tabboole (V)
Tabboole is a salad with a burghol grain base mixed with parsley, mint, and onion with a lemon juice and olive oil dressing.

Assorted Fruit Sherberts (V)

Dairy and vegan fruit sherberts with flavours like orange and lemon.


Sharāb Na′nā′ (V)
Zesty Mint Drink:  This simple drink is made with mint, basil, lemon, and sugar.  It serves as a refreshing mint tea/lemonade-like drink.

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

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Eva Vach Wyltt mka as April Villone.  Email:  This is my preferred method of contact.

Telephone:  201-803-1022 :  If you wish to speak on the phone, please email to arrange a set time to speak.  I work full time and am often in Teams/Zoom meetings and will not be able to pick up the phone.  So it is best to arrange a time so that I am available when you call. 

Send Reservations to:

Reservation checks may be sent to:
Lisa Smith
7 Hillside Ave
Mine Hill NJ 07803

All checks must be made payable to SCA NJ Inc./Barony of Settmour Swamp.  Please include modern name, SCA name and membership numbers, if applicable, and dates participating in the event.

The East Kingdom PayPal link to pay for this event is this:

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.

Other Contact Information:

Volunteers are always welcome! 

The Director of the Quest is Lord Úlfarr Gylðir (  You can contact him at if you wish to assist with the quest.  There will be plenty of objects to build and move.

The Mistress of the feast is Lady Hallðöra Svidbalki.  You may contact her if you wish to assist in the kitchen. 
The Heads of Gate are Lady Aiden an' Bheithir (Jennifer Lenahan-Herdman on Facebook Messenger) and Lady Dyrfinna Hyldabrandsdottir (  You can contact them to volunteer for a gate shift.

The Mistress of Arts & Sciences is Lady Natal’ia Bolotnikova (  You can contact her regarding Artisan’s Row.
The Arts & Sciences competition will be run by Lord Bjarni a’ Bheithir (  You may contact him with any questions you may have. 
Merchants, after registering please contact Eva Vach Wyllt at to coordinate your needs.