Seraglio 2002: In the Hall of the Raj **UPDATED**

Hosted by Barony of Settmour Swamp - East Brunswick, NJ

Event date: December 7th, 2002

Event Last Modified: December 3rd, 2002

Event details

THE FEAST FOR THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT!  THERE ARE 20 OFF-BOARD SPOTS AVAILABLE AT $8.00 PER SPACE.  Come one, come all to the hall of the Raj!  You are invited to visit the royal land of India to indulge in its rich and exotic wonders.

This is an all day event dedicated to Indian culture and cuisine.  There will be classes during the day and an evening of feasting and entertainment.  All are encouraged to bring out their finest Indian attire.  There will be a wonderful Indian feast provided by our esteemed feastcrat, Lady Berlinde at 6:00pm.

As the ongoing theme for the event is Middle-Eastern culture and its surrounding areas we will not be ruling out all that is not Middle-Eastern, but the bulk of the event will focus on Indian culture.

Event Schedule:
10am - 12pm -- Merchant and Hall Set-up
12 Noon -- Troll Opens
12pm - 5pm -- Classes (See class schedule below)
6pm -- Troll Closes
6pm - 9pm -- Feast
9pm - 10pm -- Revel
10pm - 11pm -- Kitchen and Hall Clean-up
11pm -- Site Closes

This year we will be hosting classes during the day beginning at 12:00pm.  Some of the subjects will be:
Mughal Fashion
Henna, Lore and Usage
Sari Wrapping
Middle-Eastern Drumming and Tabla
The Ramayana
and more......

Updated Class List and Schedule:
12pm:  Baile y Canto(Period Flamenco) * Lady Lilya
1pm:  Facial Epression in Indian Dance* Lady Laxmi
2pm:  Sari Wrapping * Lady Katriel
3pm:  Middle Eastern Drumming * Lord Kazuki
4pm:  Bharata Natyam Dance * Lady Laxmi

12pm:  Mughal Fashion *Master Rashid
1pm:  Henna:Lore and Usage *Lady Dima
2pm:  The Ramayana *Lord Jeremiah
3pm:  Survey of Middle Eastern Headgear*Lady Rhianwen
4pm:  Shisha Mirror Embroidery * Lady Lydia

If you would like to teach a class and share your knowledge and experience,please contact Lady Nahla at

There will be a limited number of Merchant spots available for a meager fee of $10.  You will be provided with an 8 foot table.  If you would like to merchant at Seraglio 2002, please send a description of your wares to or call (732) 300-0303.  Merchant spots will be available for reservation until November 20, 2002.  As space is limited we ask that you not bring your own tables for display.  If you would like more space, please let the autocrat know. 

A Library of books on Indian culture and many other topics will be available for perusal during the day until 6:00pm.  There will be a wealth of information at your fingetips on such topics as Mugal Painting, Saris, Embroidery, Costume, the Kama Sutra, the Ramayana, Storytelling, Henna, Jewelry, Cooking, and more... 

If you would like to share any of your books on Indian or Middle-Eastern culture, please feel free to bring them.  We will have a supervised library in the front of the hall.  Please clearly write your mundane name and telephone number or e-mail in the inside, front cover.  You may pick them up at 6:00pm or any time during the day.

Arts and Sciences:
There will be an Arts and Sciences Exhibition during the day for critique only.  This is not a competition.  All who would like feedback on anything that you have done that is Indian or Middle-Eastern in nature are encouraged to display their wares with short and concise documentation.  A panel of qualified judges will be reviewing the display and offering advice, answering questions, and critiquing work.  The time of the adjudicating will soon be announced, stay tuned.

Last year we were able to enjoy some of the finest performers in the East Kingdom.  This year will be no exception.  During the feast we will be entertained by the finest dancers, musicians, poets, and storytellers in the Knowne World.  If you would like to join them and share your talents, come on down!  If you would like to perform, plese send a request for live drumming, CD of your music (burned copy of only the song you would like to perform to, as it may not be returned), or description of your tale, along with your reservation.  Please include an e-mail or telephone number where you can be reached for further information.  Don't be shy, the point of this event is to enjoy yourself and learn something while doing it!

Site Opens: 12:00pm
Site Closes: 11:00pm

Event Location

Unitarian Society of New Brunswick
176 Tices Ln.
East Brunswick, NJ  08816
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From Philadelphia and Points South:
Take the New Jersey Turnpike North to the exit for Route 18 (9), directly after the toll booth stay to the left for Rt 18 South.

** Head South on Route 18 into East Brunswick.  Stay on Rt.  18 South for approximately 1.7 miles.  When you see the Cingular store, get into the RIGHT LANE in order to make the RIGHT HAND TURN onto Tices Lane. 
(The Route 18 Market will be on the left-hand side, Rt.  18 N- opposite Tices Lane).  If you pass the Chi-Chis you have gone too far, and must turn around and follow the directions backwards.  If you PASS the Mid-State Mall (with Borders), you also have gone too far, and must see the previous sentence.  (Take the first available turn-around.  You can even go into the mid-State Mall and go through the parking lot, and make a right onto Tices Lane.  Cross Route 18, and follow from Tices Lane to Unitarian Church.)

*** Once on Tices Lane- it is approximately 1 mile to the Unitarian Church.  You will go through 3 traffic lights, and under an overpass.  There is a construction site on the left, immediately after which is the Unitarian Church.  If you hit Ryders Ln.  you've gone just a bit too far, turn around and it should be right there, on your right of course.

From Shore Points:
Take the Garden State Parkway to the exit for Route 18 North (105).  Head north on Route 18 into East Brunswick (past exit 29).  After you pass the Brunswick Square Mall on your left, start looking for Tices Ln.  You will pass a Boston Market on your right; get into the right-hand lane and take the jughandle in order to turn left onto Tices Lane.
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From New York City:
Take the Holland tunnel to New Jersey.  Follow signs to the New Jersey Turnpike heading south.  You will be on the Turnpike extention.  After you pass exit 14 you will get on the New Jersey Turnpike heading South.  Go to the exit for route 18 South (9).
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From other points North:
Take Interstate 287 south to the Easton Ave.  exit (10).  You will end up on Easton ave.  heading into New Brunswick.  You will pass several strip malls, including one with an IHOP on the right; as well as the Somerset Diner on the left.  As you approach the (5th?) traffic light you will see the Somerset Eye Institute on your right.  At the corner at the traffic light, you will see St.  Sharbel's Lebonese Church.  You must be in the left lane to make a left turn onto Landing Lane (Route 617).  Once on Landing Lane,immediately get into the right lane and make a Right turn at the light and follow signs for Route 18 South.  Do not go over the bridge.  If you do, you can turn into Johnson Park and turn around and re-cross the bridge, making a Right following signs for Route 18 South.  You will end making a seemingly perilous left turn onto Rt.  18 south but have no fear, it is perfectly safe.
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Registration Fees

The fee for this event is $15 per person.  As this is an adult themed event, there will be no discounts for minors.  While you are welcome to bring your children, you are encouraged to leave them at home.

This event is by reservation only as we tend to fill up quickly.  There will be 80 spots available.  Reservations will be taken postmarked no later than November 25, 2002, unless we sell out before hand.  Keep checking the website for more details.

Feast is included in the site fee.  There may be some off-board spots for the day and to enjoy the performances.  These will become available if the feast sells out and there is an interest.  The fees will be anounced at that time.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA INC./ Barony of Settmour Swamp

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lady Ahalya Nahla Lamba Harem Jai
mka Elizabeth R.  Green
1608 West Front St.
Lincroft, NJ 07738
(732) 300-0303

Lady Dima
Robyn Bauman

Send Reservations to:

Please send $15.00, mundane name, address, membership number (if you are not a member, you will need to sign a waiver) and phone number for everyone in your party.  Please also include a preference for a high table (chair seating) or a seraglio style table (floor seating).  If you prefer seraglio style seating, you will need to bring carpets, pillows, or anything you wish to sit upon.
Reservations can be mailed to: 
(***note new address!***)

Seraglio 2002
c/o Elizabeth Green
1608 West Front St.
Lincroft, NJ 07738