Celebration of Yule
December 14 2019 (10 AM - 3 PM )
Barony of Ponte Alto
As the shortest days of the year arrive, winds blow cold, times are hectic, and the days are dark. In the Barony of Ponte Alto, there is light, beauty, and warmth at the center of this storm. With good tidings to all, we rejoice in the glow of Yule, share mirth with all, as we celebrate the twelve inaugural days of the season. Hearken thee, then, to the center of Yule, where we regale each other with warmth, joy, mirth, and goodwill. Warm yourself in the company of friends, raise cups of hot drinks, and join us for a day of fun, fellowship, and festivity.
The Barony of Ponte Alto invites all to join us for a cozy, jovial celebration of Yule. The theme will be warmth and the magic Yuletide number of twelve. Come dressed in your holiday finery for a day of gaming, music, arts, dancing, and merrymaking.
Arts & Sciences Activities:
Dancing: There will be dancing, led by our famed dance master, Lord Randall, including basic instruction for those who are feeling a bit rusty, or those who seek instruction the terpsichorean arts for the first time.
Music will also rule the day, with a bardic competition and time for bards of all types to share their art with revelers. Bring your instruments, bring your voices, bring your stories, bring your jokes. Join us for a great wassail!
Cookie Bake-Off: As tradition deems, the famed cookie competition will be held. Bring two dozen of your best creations for the coveted title of yuletide cookie bake-off victor. Who will win the crown of antlers? The age-old rules of 12 for this contest are at https://bit.ly/2WttYPW
General A&S Competition: Create your best work, reflecting the warmth that Yule brings to the darkest of days. Documentation should be provided, EZ-docs accepted. In addition, there will be an area available for open display.
Largesse Dirty Dozen: Celebrate the twelve days of Yule with twelve pieces of largesse. One piece of each dozen will go to the victor, the remaining donated for barony use.
Selfie Contest: Our event will feature a selfie station with props for creative social media posting. Our Baron and Baroness will select the best selfie posted on Instagram with the hashtags #PonteAltoYule and #MySCA (both must be used).
Gaming tables will be set up—please bring your own games to share.
Site: Green Acres Community Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
Site is fully accessible. Site opens at 9 AM, troll opens at 10 AM and the site closes at 3 PM
Make Checks Payable To: SCA, Inc., Barony of Ponte Alto
Site Restrictions: No alcohol, no tobacco, no pets.
Feast Information: This will be a potluck and many great dishes are planned—we hope all comers will also bring a dish to share. Our potluck coordinator is cunningly coordinating an online registry of dishes—post your most creative contribution here: https://bit.ly/331e020 Since cookies will be covered by the cookie bake off, please don’t bring cookies to the table. Additionally, lists of ingredients will be greatly appreciated by fellow celebrants with dietary restrictions. Potluck Coordinator: Lady Kim of Wolfshaven (Kim Toyofuku), Phone: (443) 924-8426 E-mail: YulePotluck@pontealto.atlantia.sca.org
Autocrat's Information: Lady Maria Chiara Datini (Mary Dotson), Phone: (703) 593-3818, E-mail: YuleAutocrat@pontealto.atlantia.sca.org
Reservations: Mail your check for advanced registration to Lady Astrid of Ponte Alto (Katie Bischoff), 25829 Turlough Terrace, Chantilly, VA 20152, Phone: () , E-mail: exchequer AT pontealto.atlantia.sca.org. Early registration accepted through 12/11/19.
From Richmond: Take I-95 North to I-495 W to in Virginia. Take I-66 West to exit 60 (VA-123 South/Chain Bridge Road). Continue on that Route 123 through Fairfax City for 2.3 miles and take a left on Armstrong Road and right two blocks later on Sideburn Road. Drive to the end of Sideburn Road (about 1/2 mile) to the school, at the end.
From Baltimore: Take I-95 S to I-495 W to in Virginia. Take I-66 West to exit 60 (VA-123 South/Chain Bridge Road). Continue on that Route 123 through Fairfax City for 2.3 miles and take a left on Armstrong Road and right two blocks later on Sideburn Road. Drive to the end of Sideburn Road (about 1/2 mile) to the school,at the end.