Black Rose Ball 44: The Return

TRM will be in attendance

Hosted by Barony of the Bridge - Berlin, MA

Event date: March 30th, 2024

Event Last Modified: March 20th, 2024

Event details

Good friends and those I have yet to meet.  It has been a long four years since the Barony of the Bridge has held a Black Rose Ball.  I invite you to join us once more so that we may dance the night away.  Our neighbors in the Shire of Quintavia have graciously allowed us to host the ball in their lands, and for that I am truly grateful. 

As this is a return after a hiatus, I wish to bring back what I have been told was a tradition at Black Rose Balls of old.  I invite you to bring either a snack/finger food of some kind, or a dessert to share with your fellows.  If you choose to do so, please attempt to include a list of ingredients with your offering. 

A light dayboard will be provided, but there is not a feast scheduled.  There will be a break in the late afternoon/early evening between dance instruction and the ball itself to allow attendees to obtain food at one of many local restaurants. 

Moire of Quintavia has planned an entertaining list of dances that will entice both the most experienced or the novice dancer alike.  There will be dance instruction throughout the day to familiarize attendees with the dances to be performed at the ball.  The amazing Waytes of Carolingia will bring their skill with wind and string to delight the dancers.

Additionally, for anyone looking for spices of any kind, the Pepperer's Guild will be setting up a table with an assortment of spices for your perusal and purchase. 

Tentative Schedule
10 AM:  Site opens
11 AM:  Dance instruction begins
2PM PM:  Court
Post Court:  More dance instruction
4:30 PM:  A break for food
6:30 PM:  Ball begins
9:00 PM:  Ball ends
10:00 PM:  Site closes

Here is the set list for those who may be interested in familiarizing themselves with the dances in advance:

Set I
1.  Pavane and Galliard
2.  Sellinger’s Round
3.  Horses Bransle
4.  Hyde Park
5.  Anello
6.  Contrapasso (in Due)
7.  SCA Maltese Bransle

Set 2
1.  Jenny Pluck Pears
2.  Gathering Peascods
3.  Rostiboli Gioioso
4.  Hearts Ease/Ruffty Tuffty/Hit or Miss
5.  Petit Vriens
6.  Bella Gioiosa
7.  Bransle Suite and Challenge

Set 3
1.  Half Hannigan
2.  Belfiore
3.  Official Bransle
4.  Graca Amorosa
5.  Ly Bens Distonies
6.  Gay Gordons

Site Opens: 10 AM
Site Closes: 10 PM

Event Location

Berlin 1870 Town Hall
12 Woodward Ave
Berlin, MA  01503
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Registration Fees

Site fee - $25 - 18 and up.  ($20 with member discount)
$10 - Youth 13-17
Free - Children 0-12

Members receive a $5 discount, with current membership card

Only one discount will be applied per person

Please include with your reservation:
Mundane and SCA names for each person on the reservation
Member numbers (with expiration date) for each person on the reservation

No Feast

Light Dayboard included in site fee

Make Checks Payable to: SCA-RI, Inc

Contact Information

Event Steward:

David Rubenstein

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3/20/24 is the final date for PayPal preregistration

Checks may be sent to:
Don Spragg
PO Box 1040,
Hope Valley, RI
Checks should be received by 3/23/24