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Trial by Fire/Lochmere Arrow

September 04- 06, 2015
Barony of Bright Hills


As Artemis Goddess of the hunt prepares her Bow, Demeter fires up the barbecue, Hera beckons with promises of cheesecake, and Dionysus pulls out a cold brew!  It is not just Trial by Fire but Challenge of the Gods! Come Join Brighthills for an Epic Labor Day Weekend!   Help us celebrate Labor Day weekend, Friday night we will kick the weekend off with a Barbecue feast and, Saturday will be a trifecta of activities first is Trial by Fire:  the traditional Bright Hills cooking competition sponsored by the renowned Bright Hills Cooks’ Guild. The Cooks’ Guild usually cooks as a team, so the Trial By Fire competition allows cooks to showcase their individual talents. All cooks are invited to join us in demonstrating that cooking really is a spectator sport!  The Second this year’s Baron’s Challenge is a double header with the theme of Cheese!!  There will be two categories best made cheese and best dish made with cheese, may the Cheesiest win!  And thirdly since we are on one of the nicest archery ranges we will be hosting this year’s Lochmere Arrow shoot as well as other archery contests.  We will have a Heavy marshal on site so if a heavy bear pit tournament spontaneously erupts in a back field we are ready for it!

Martial Activities:  target archery, and more if we can convince Heavy fighter and Rapiers to attend!

Arts & Sciences Activities:  "What's Cookin'" - Let's do a fun poem about "What's Cookin'" in your SCA fire.  Let's throw caution to the wind and you do not have to document that your style is medieval.  That opens up the world!  You can give them to Lady Katarzyna Witkowska at Trial by Fire or email them to her at Poeta[AT]atlantia.sca.org Children will also have a full day, Lady Katarzyna Witkowska will be preparing spice rubs to take home as part of an "Herbs used in Cooking" class  and we will have a “Spike” pool noodle Jousting competition for stuffed animals as well. There will also be costume contests, with prizes for best Greek garb for adults and for children, and  Contests for singers, storytellers, dancers, poets, musicians and performers of all kinds, with special prizes for performances honoring Hera (from whose Island cheese cake was created) and Apollo, the harper of the gods.

Lady Yseulte invites performers of all kinds, to exercise their skills in honor of the residents of Mount Olympus, in the taverna during the day and around the campfire both Friday and Saturday evenings. She offers prizes for:
1.      the largest number of different period performances about one or more of the Greek Pantheon;
2.      the best original performance in honor of one or more Olympians; and
3.      for performances specifically honoring:
a.  Apollo, the archer of Olympus;
b.  Artemis, his twin sister and Lady of the Hunt;
c.  Arisaios, a son of Apollo, whose name means most excellent, and who is the patron deity of shepherds, cheese- makers, beekeepers, and mead brewers; and
d.  The victory at Marathon, (believed to have taken place on September 12), and which the Greeks credited to the intervention of Apollo and Artemis.

Cost:   
        Adult, Member:          $  7.00 Day-Trip  $5.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
        Adult, Non-Member:  $12.00 Day-Trip  $5.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
        Youth (6-17):             $  3.00 Day-Trip  $5.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
        Child (0-5):                $  0.00 Day-Trip  $0.00 Feast $0.00 Camping

Make Checks Payable To:  SCA-MD, Inc., Barony of Bright Hills

Cost Notes: No family (of parents and children) will pay more in site fees than the cost of two adults and two children, $30, (not counting non-member surcharges.)  Refunds will be given if requested by October 1, 2015.

Site:  Baltimore Bowmen, 10301 Harford Road, Glen Arm, MD 21057.  Site opens Friday 3pm, closes Sunday 2pm

Site Restrictions:  Alcohol is permitted in camp, but forbidden on the archery ranges. Pets are allowed but must be leashed and owners must clean up after them. No smoking in the building or toilets

Feast Information:  Friday night: 5.00 barbecue (meat on the grill), Saturday night: Feast of entries as well as other offerings (please bring enough to serve 8 people)

Merchanting Information:  Merchants are MOST welcome! Contact the autocrat: Lady Livia di Samuele (mka Sherrill Abramson). 7927 Mandan Road, Apt. 104, Greenbelt, MD 20770. (301)807- 5476; abramsonsm[AT]yahoo.com

Autocrat's Information:  Livia di Samuele (Sherrill Abramson), 7927 Mandan Road, #104, Greenbelt, MD 20770,  Phone: (301) 807-5476, E-mail:  abramsonsm[AT]yahoo.com

Reservations:  Cairell MacCormaick  (Carl Jacobson), 7927 Mandan Road, #104, Greenbelt, MD 20770,  Phone: (443) 415-8356, E-mail:  cairellmaccormaic[AT]yahoo.com

Directions: 

From the North: Take I-695 towards Towson, and take Exit 31B Harford Road. Follow Harford Road about 2 miles, through three traffic lights. Once you pass the second light, North Wind Road, you are very close. Follow Harford Road down the hill a ¼  mile and watch for signs on the right. Turn right and go through two gates. You are there!

From the South: Take I-95 north to Baltimore and through the Fort McHenry Tunnel (toll $4). Continue on I-95, getting into the right lane to take Exit 65 onto I-695 towards Towson. Drive about two miles to Exit 31B Harford Road. Follow Harford Road about two miles through 3 traffic lights. Once you pass the second light at North Wind Road, you are very close. Follow Harford Road down the hill a ¼ mile and watch for signs on the right. Turn right and go through two gates. You are there!

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