Bright Hills Baronial Birthday
February 14, 2015
Barony of Bright Hills
In the month of Adar, the evil Haman, uncle to the Persian King Ahasuerus, planned to have all Jews in the kingdom murdered. Esther, wife of the Persian king, risked her life to save her people by revealing herself as a Jew. Haman and his son were arrested and executed. Esther’s courageous act gave rise to a new festival – Purim. Come celebrate Purim with the Barony of Bright Hills! The tradition of Purim is to wear costumes. As Purim has been celebrated across the centuries, garb and costume from any century within the SCA time period is allowed. If you wish, add some “bling” to your traditional garb: spangles, ribbons, bows, bells, and anything else that makes it silly! Purim is also the only Jewish holiday when men and women can dress as one another…
Martial Activities: As Weather Allows. Marshall-in-Charge: Lord Randver Askmadr (Randy Feltman)
Arts & Sciences Activities: As is tradition, the story of Esther will be told. Our guests are encouraged to become part of the tale by providing sound effects: boos and graggers (noisemakers) when Haman’s name is mentioned, cheers for Esther’s.
2. Costume Contest: Most Outrageous Bling. Bling up your garb with the flashiest stuff you can find!
3. Passion Plays about Purim: Performers are encouraged to develop and perform passion plays about the events and customs related to Purim. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purim
4. Noisemaker Decorating Contest: Children can decorate a gragger (noisemaker)
5.Baronial A & S Champion: Going with the Purim theme, the theme of the A&S competition is "pretending" as Esther "pretended" to not be Jewish in order to become Ahasuerus' wife: a) Something that could be used to pretend to be another thing (ie a costume or mask); b) Something pretending to be something else (ie, like Lady Deidre's tree subtlety made of food).
6.Baronial Brewing Champion: The competition for the Baronial Brewer for Bright Hills will be held at the Baronial Birthday celebration. All entries are welcome, be they of alcoholic variety or non. Each entry will be judged on its own merits. Presentation and documentation will play a small part in the judging. Entries should be presented at the table by 11 of the clock at the hall.
Adult, Member: $8.00 Day-Trip $10.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
Adult, Non-Member: $13.00 Day-Trip $10.00 Feast $0.00 Camping
Youth (6-17): $5.00 Day-Trip $10.00 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) shall pay more than $45 total in site fees. Total refunds will be available if the autocrats receive your request by February 8, 2015. Onsite feast refunds are available ONLY if we are able to resell your seat.
Site: Manchester Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall at York St. and Locust St. 3291York St. Manchester, MD 21102.Site opens at 10am and closes at 10pm.
Site Restrictions: This site is wet. No smoking in any building. Pets must be leashed and cleaned up after. The building is handicapped accessible and has accessible restrooms.
Feast Information: Lunch will be prepared by the Archers or the Cooks’ Guild, and Evening feast will be prepared by The Cooks Guild, both under the direction of Lady Sindara of the Falconshield. Lunch will include dairy and consist of Sephardic Jewish (Spain, Africa, Arabia) fare; Feast will include meat and will reflect Ashkenazic Jewish (North, Central Europe) delights. Complete menu will be available on the event website. Please notify the autocrat of any food allergy issues by February 6th at the latest. Advance reservations for feast are highly recommended as we are planning for feast to feed 80 gentles and would need to know if we need to provide for more than that. Only 10 seats for feast will be available at the door, the only good reservation is a paid reservation, please include your member # and expiration date if you are reserving at the member rate. Registration will be open the day of the event from 10am-4pm.
Merchanting Information: Merchants are welcome, and should contact Lady Nem Inghean Dochartaigh (Nancy Feltman) current merchant listings will be on the event website.
Other Information: Children’s activities: We will have the ever popular “children’s corner” and activities will be available through the day. Children will be decorating their own graggers. Parents must supervise their child while at children’s corner!
Autocrat's Information: Lady Rebekkah Samuel (Victoria Wank), 7936 Belridge Rd., Apt. K, , Baltimore, MD 21236, Phone: (443) 846-2001, E-mail: vwank35[AT]comcast.net
Reservations: Lord Cairell mac Cormiac (Carl Jacobson), 7927 Mandan Road, Apt 104, Greenbelt, MD 20770, Phone: (443) 416-8356, E-mail: cairellmaccormaic[AT]yahoo.com
FROM THE SOUTH: TAKE YOUR BEST ROUTE TO I-795 NORTHWEST OF THE BALTIMORE BELTWAY (I-695) AND CONTINUE TO EXIT 9A TOWARD HANOVER, MERGE ONTO BUTLER RD/MD-128/MD-795, TURN LEFT AT HANOVER RD./MD-30 AND CONTINUE 13.4 MILES THEN TURN RIGHT ON YORK ST. AND GO 0.3 MILES TO DESTINATION ON RIGHT. THE ENTRANCE IS AT THE CORNER OF YORK AND LOCUST STREETS.
FROM THE NORTH: TAKE I-83 SOUTH TO EXIT 8 FOR PA-216 SOUTH TOWARD GLEN ROCK, FOLLOW ONTO PA-216/STICKS SCHOOL RD., TAKE RIGHT AT PA-516/LINEBORO RD., CONTINUE EAST ON MAIN ST./MD-86, MAKE SLIGHT LEFT ON WATER TANK RD., CONTINUE STRAIGHT ONTO MILLERS STATIONS RD., CONTINUE ON YORK ST. TO DESTINATION ON LEFT.