Event Information

Bright Hills Baronial Birthday
(2022-02-12 - Site opens at 09:00 AM & Closes at 10:00 PM)
Bright Hills

It's time for an adventure like none you have ever witnessed before. As in tales taken from Laurin or Der Rosengarten, choose upon which side of the field you will stand. Neither side is all virtuous nor without sympathies so choose carefully.

Website: http://brighthills.atlantia.sca.org/?page_id=2652

FightingWeather permitting: There will be several themed melee and/or individual tournaments throughout the day. Planned forms are Armored and Rapier.

Rapier Tournament:

Inspired by the poem "Laurin" we will hold a "Rose Garden Tourney" Fighters will be divided into two teams, each with a "King". One will be King Dietrich and the other King Laurin. Each fighter (including kings) will have two roses. The tourney will be fought in a series of one-vs-one fights, with the "kings" secretly selecting who among them will be fighting that round. The winner of each bout brings both of their own and their opponent's rose to the "king" they serve. Thus each fighter will get two fights. The team with the most roses at the end is the winner.

Armored Tournament:

There will be two "kings" selected via grand melee with the winner choosing which King he will represent. (King Laurin or King Dietrich). Combatants for each side will be chosen by each king in alternating turns. The "kings" will alternate putting up fighters to be matched by the opposing king. Each fighter (including the king) will receive two roses. The winner of each round will then take his and his opponent's rose to the king he serves with each fighter getting two fights. The team with the most roses at the end is the winner.

Arts & Sciences: There will be several themed A&S competitions along with Novice and first attempt displays. Their Excellencies will be choosing several new Baronial Champions to include A&S, Brewing and Bardic.

Brew Champion Challenge:

  1. For the over 21 crowd, fruit cordials will be judged on the usual factors with the addition of how well they mix into a PBJ mixed drink
  2. Syrups can be brought by any age, they too will be blended to see fi they can hold up to peanut butter syrup
  3. If you bring an entry, you can sit in on the judging/tasting panel.
Peanut butter flavoring will be supplied by Livia di Samuele

Bardic Champion Challenge:

The theme for the challenge shall be ‘quests'. There will be two pieces required, one needs to be period with documentation (EZ doc ok).

The pieces can be song, story, or poem, but the pieces need to be under five minutes each.

There will be a rubic. More details to follow.

A&S Champion Challenge:

In the Dolmite Alps of South Tyrol, legends tell of the Dwarf King Laurin and his magical Rose Garden, which lay in front of the entranceway to his underground Crystal Castle.

The roses were beautiful and smelled magnificently, but King Laurin guarded his roses and anyone caught stealing would lose a hand or foot! For our Arts and Sciences Competition we ask you to showcase an element of King Laurin and his garden. Entries can be in any medium. Here is one of many links to help you begin your adventure.


A&S Novice Competition:

In a celebration of learning, the Barony of Bright Hills welcomes all beginners to share their accomplishments.

This novice completeition is open to any for whom this will a first, second or third competition, or for any who are attempting an entirely new art form. The theme for the event is King Larusin's Rose Garden. All entries should have a short (no more than one paragraph) explanation of how the piece relates to the theme. You can read more about King Laurin here:


Feast:Will be curated by our very own Cook's Guild and headed by Mistress Jeanne Tenneur de Bec (Becky Ritterhouse) *E-mail: beckyritterhouse@yahoo.com Phone: 443-898-2277 (please leave vm if no answer)

Baronial Birthday Menu

Course the First
Country Pate
Venison Sausage
Soft Pretzels
Pickled mushrooms and onions

Course the Second
Roasted Pork
Roasted Chicken
Apples musse
Carrots & Parsnips

Course the Third
Red Cabbage

German Cookies

Merchanting:Merchants are always encouraged, so please reach out to Lady Livia de Samuele (Sherill Abramson E-mail abramssonsm@yahoo.com for more information.

Other:There will be several fundraisers to help support our archery community.


Adult Member Registration$15.00$10.00$0.00
Adult Non-Member Registration$20.00$10.00$0.00
Youth (4-17)$10.00$10.00$0.00
Child (0-3)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Make Checks Payable To:SCA, Inc., Barony of Bright Hills
Registration Notes:*Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration must be completed, either through SCArs (https://members.sca.org/apps/#MtgList) or by sending a check to the reservationist. No Registrations will be accepted the day of the event Refund Policy-A written request must be submitted to the Exchequer within 4 days after the event. Site fee refunds will be processed once all checks received for the event have been cleared. F east fee refunds will only h appen after all checks received for the event have been cleared and all feast seats were filled at the event.

Site:The site location is: 3297 York St., Manchester, MD 21102. Parking will be on the field (weather and conditions permitting) Handicap parking will remain by the building. The site opens at 8am for Merchant and event setup. Troll to open at 9am and runns thru to 3pm.

Site Restrictions:This is a wet site but we ask that you take containers with you when you leave. No ground fires.

Event Steward:Rebecca von Zweckel (Rebecca Kepple), 765 Waugh Chapel Rd, Odenton, MD 21113, Phone: (443) 254-1205, E-mail: becky.kepple@gmail.com

Reservations:Dame Deirdre O'Bardon (Debbie Eccles), 707 Hammershire Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117, Phone: (410) 455-9444, E-mail: deirdre_obardon@yahoo.com


From the south: Take your best route to the Baltimore Beltway, 695, towards Towson, and exit at 19 for 795 North. Take 795N to end and keep left for Route 30 North towards Manchester. Keep straight at the first light and make a left at the second light on to Route 30 North. Take Route 30 North 8 miles until the first traffic circle. Take the 2nd exit at all three traffic circles to stay on Route 30 North Bypass. After the traffic circles, go straight through 3 lights before turning right on to York Street at the 4th light, in the center of Manchester proper. The fire hall will be on the right just past Locust St.

From the north: Take your best route to PA 94 South. Follow into Maryland, where it becomes MD 30 S. At the 4th light in Maryland, turn left on to York St. Firehouse is 0.3mi down York St on the right, just past Locust St.

*Due to Covid requirements, all attendees will be directed to go past the site to the next block (at Victory St. make a right and then another right onto Maple Ave. Vaccine cards with photo id will be checked prior to parking.