Event Information

Tir-y-Don Baronial Birthday
(2023-04-29 - Site opens at 09:30 AM & Closes at 09:00 PM)

In this joyous season of spring, rejuvenation, and rebirth, we ask everyone to please join us in our annual celebration of the formation of the Barony of Tir-y-Don. This will be in a day of competition, comradery and celebration set in 1430s England!

Website:                         http://tirydon.atlantia.sca.org/tyd-baronial-birthday-2023/

FightingThere will be armored and rapier tournaments from which Their Excellences will select champions. Those wishing to be considered for champion must provide their intent to compete to their Excellences (baron@tirydon.atlantia.sca.org or baroness@tirydon.atlantia.sca.org) at least one week prior to the event. Those warriors who are within our barony who are not competing for champion and those outside our lands are highly encouraged to participate in our melees. We wish to give those intent on becoming our champion ample opportunity to demonstrate their prowess on the field of battle. We also ask those who not engage on the field of battle to cheer and give honor to those who do battle before us.

The Archery Championship shoot will be held at Newport News Park Archery Range, on Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 10 am. Those who are interested in being considered for champion should submit a notice of intent to their excellencies at least one week prior to the competition.  All archers, both from Tir-y-Don and outside our lands, are encouraged to participate. In order to utilize the range, each archer must complete and pass the online Newport News Archery Range Safety course at least once a year. Additionally, each archer must purchase either a daily ($3) or annual pass ($30) prior to using the range. Refer to Archery - Newport News Parks & Recreation (nnparksandrec.org) or call 757-886-7912 for specific information about the safety course and the fee.

Arts & Sciences:A competition of the Arts to celebrate Tir-y-Don. The entrant piece can be in the medium of paper, fiber, paint, glass, metal or wood, and employ the colors of Tir-y-Don (blue, green and red) and/or our mascot, Finn (heraldic dolphin). A grand prize will be awarded for best entrant, and a new Baronial Champion chosen from amongst the artists wishing to be considered for the position. Documentation must be provided for those who wish to be considered for the Baronial Champion (ez-doc is acceptable). 1430s Challenge - Provide a A&S project in any medium with documentation (EZ doc okay) in the period of 1430- 1440 from anywhere in the world that demonstrates your research. There will be a display of the Year in Arts and Sciences. And space for individuals to display their work will be provided as well.
We will have a three-course English and French inspired feast prepared by the hands of Lady Anna van Sint Maartemsdyck. (Advanced reservations required).
  • 1st Course: Roasted Beef with Sauces - Roasted beef served with an assortment of sauces, including: cameline, mustard, pink garlic, & black pepper. Manchet (rolls) Spinach tart with pancetta and golden raisins
  • 2nd Course: Golden Apples of Meat - Pork meatballs with a gold glaze, swiss chard torte with garlic cheese sause, and white ravioli with ricotta and herbs  
  • 3rd Course: A Subtley of Cake - Almond cakes, and strawberries and custard


Adult Member Registration$15.00$15.00$0.00
Adult Non-Member Registration$20.00$15.00$0.00
Youth (6-17)$10.00$15.00$0.00
Child (0-5)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Make Checks Payable To:SCA, Inc., Barony of Tir-y-Don
Registration Notes:Pre-registration for feast is required. 
Site Restrictions:No open flame or fire. Service animals only.
Event Steward:Muriel McArtuir (Jennifer M Cooper), 1301 Hornsbyville Road, Yorktown, VA, 23692, Phone: (757) 812-2212, E-mail: MurielMcArtuir@gmail.com
Reservations:Alyna of the Ilex (Holly Cunningham), 88 Colombia Dr., Newport News, VA 23608, Phone: (757) 968-5303, E-mail: ilexhal@gmail.com

From I-64 WB: Follow I-64 W to exit 258B to merge onto US-17 N/J Clyde Morris Blvd toward US-17 N/Yorktown. Turn right onto Old York- Hampton Hwy, turn right onto Wormley Creek Dr, and turn right onto Old Landing Rd. From I-64 EB: Take I-64 E to VA-105 E/Fort Eustis Blvd in Newport News. Merge onto VA-105 E/Fort Eustis Blvd, use the middle lane to turn left onto US-17 N, turn right onto Battle Rd, turn left onto Old York-Hampton Hwy, turn right onto Wormley Creek Dr, turn right onto Old Landing Rd.