Hosted by Shire of Rusted Woodlands - Newton, NJ

Event date: June 22nd, 2024

Event Last Modified: April 23rd, 2024

Event details

Novice Day is coming.  Come one, come all, come celebrate the accomplishments of our newest members.  There will be a heavy weapons tournament, and a fencing tournament- both showcasing the talents of our novice warriors (within 2 years of their initial authorizations).  The heavy weapons tournament will be proceeded by a procession of the combatants with their consorts/inspirations.  If a contestant doesn't have one, one will be provided.  Fighters and fencers please note:  Combatants will be able to authorize on the day and this will be the last opportunity to do so in order to fight/fence at Pennsic.  There will also be archery, a five station shoot with a heraldry theme.  Throw weapons is TBA.

As the Arts and Sciences are an important and integral part of our Society there will be an A&S competition (held under cover in the Pavilion).  This is open to all gentles who do not hold a Kingdom or Baronial level A&S award, nor have they won a major championship.  We invite those with these awards to serve as judges.

10:00am Site Opens
10:30am Authorizations/Inspections begin
11:00am Classes begin
12:00pm Tournaments start
4:00pm Awards
4:30pm Shortest Court Ever
5:30pm A&S entries must be picked up
6:00pm Site closes

Stay informed, follow the Novice Day Facebook page:
Gold Key (loaner garb) will be available at Troll (check-in).

Since there will not be a dayboard or feast please come prepared.  Bring your own food and drink.  There are numerous eateries in and around Newton, and a list of establishments will be available.

Dogs:  the site is dog friendly.  We are bound by the site's restrictions:  Dogs must be on leashes at all times.  You must clean up after your dog; if it is witnessed that you don't clean up, you will be reminded.  If it happens again or if you refuse to do so you will be asked to leave.  Please have dog collars with dog tags verifying vaccination status physically on the dog.  Ill-behaving dogs (e.g.  showing aggressive behavior, going after other dogs or people, scaring other people or animals on site, or chasing other animals, such as rabbits, squirrels etc.) will not be tolerated and the owner and the dog will be asked to leave site.  Campus safety officers will be easy to identify and their word will be final.

Please note that although we have use of the Pavilion, this event is primarily outdoors.  Bring appropriate sun protection and your own chairs. 
*** Please Note:  NO stakes of any length are permitted to penetrate the ground on the lower field (most of the grassy area available).  ***

Site Opens: 10:00 AM
Site Closes: 6:00 PM

Event Location

Sussex Community College
1 College Hill Rd
Connor Green and Pavilion
Newton, NJ  07860
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From the East, West, South:  take your best route to Interstate Route 80, Exit 25.  Take US 206 north to Newton (11.8 miles, 18 km), stay in left lane to turn slightly right onto onto Spring St.  then go left onto *Mill St.  (rt 519) to Swartswood Rd.  (0.4 miles, 0.6 km).  The first right is College Hill Rd.
From the North:  take your best route to 206/94 into Newton.  Turn right onto Mill St.  and follow from *

Registration Fees

$20 adult member/$30 adult non-member.  No reservations needed.

There will be no feast, and no dayboard is planned. 

Make Checks Payable to: Shire of Rusted Woodlands

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Hank Salvacion, Sir Tanaka Raiko,, 845-545-5274

Send Reservations to:

no reservations required