Category: Previous Events

Birthday Bash

Date: Saturday Sept. 25, 11-5 (cleaned up and off site by 6, it’ll be dark by 6:30.)

Location: Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington’s Intervale – OUTSIDE in the large and well-equipped picnic shelter. (Note that we may use the grounds, but we may not enter the building we used last time for Fool’s Feast.) We are allowed to erect pop-up tents as long as the stakes are less than 6 inches long.

Food provided: Pot-luck dayboard; please bring whatever you like. No kitchen is available, but there are some electrical outlets for crockpots. There is a water fountain and tap, but it is not feasible to wash dishes – please bring a plastic bag for your dirty feast gear.

Championships: We traditionally select some of our Shire Champions at this event, but the heavy-listers have decided to postpone, and I believe the others have as well.

Cost: By donation. There will be a sign-in table, and the donation jar will be on it.

Site rules: No glass containers, no kegs, dogs must be on leashes, carpool if you can because parking is limited. Max capacity 65 in the picnic shelter. Please bring home any trash you might generate (sorry, the park won’t deal with our leavings!) Current SCA rules require that masks be worn by all.

Parking: Follow signs to the site. You may drop things off near the picnic shelter and then park. The access road makes a “loop” by the picnic shelter and parking inside the loop is allowed, but we’d like to reserve that for people who have trouble walking longer distances. Most parking will be alongside the access road, nose-to-tail style. If that fills, there’s overflow parking near the entrance to the Homestead. Please don’t park in the lot directly in front of the museum, since that is reserved for regular park visitors.

Autocrat – Yours truly, Marieke (with the assistance of a multitude of cheerful volunteers, as always!)

Yule Feast/Twelfth Night

The shires of Mountain Freehold and Panther Vale held their joint Yule Feast/Twelfth Night as a series of virtual events (via Zoom and other platforms), running from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, 2021. Our Autocrat was Dafydd. Here’s what remains:


Enjoy a Bardic set from the Woadwomen and Family, recorded as part of the Mountain Freehold / Panther Vale  12th Night Festivities! Featuring an old favorite, some older old favorites, a newer favorite, and a request. Search Youtube for “Woadwomen and Family Twelfth Night” – or see if this link gets you there: Woadwomen and Family – Twelfth Night Performance – YouTube


Gawain and the Green Knight, as read by Dafydd and Marieke. This is a seasonally appropriate tale from the late 14th Century. This version was translated from Middle English into quaintly modern English by JRR Tolkien himself. The version we are reading has been slightly edited for brevity.  We have recorded it in four Zoom sessions – each is accessible by clicking the links below. I don’t think you will need the passcode but it’s included just in case.  The links will expire on Feb. 12.

Classes at Mimir’s Well

BLOCK ONE (10-11)

Shout, shout, let it all out!

Anne de Basillon
How to use your voice for battlefield command and voice Heraldry (without killing your voice). Attendees are encouraged to bring cough drops and water.
All ages welcome.

Cooking with Columella and Clovis

Corotica merkka Senebelenae (Clovis)
In this class we will be making 2 recipes from Roman agriculture writer Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella’s De Re Rustica: a mixture of herbs and cheese, and a mixture of herbs and walnuts. Tasty, easy to make, and impresses friends, Romans, and countrymen! We regret we cannot accommodate dietary restrictions.
All ages welcome.

The Birsay Box – Woodcarving history and techniques

Peregrine the Illuminator
Attendees will learn about historical woodcarving styles, and specifically the Birsay Box, a wooden box with Celtic carved designs from 8th-10th century Scotland. Peregrine will discuss how he carved a modern craft box with similar designs. Peregrine will demonstrate carving techniques, and attendees will be able to practice the techniques with chip-carving knives, and take their carved piece home with them.
Class limit of 6 active carving participants, observers welcome to attend. Attendees who wish to purchase their carving knife after the class may do so for $20.
Open to ages 13 and up. Ages 13-18 require parental permission (but not supervision) if they are going to be active carving participants.
Supervision required for anyone who has not yet learned how to behave safely around sharp knives.

Seed Casting

Hlafdige Arastorm
This is an old Norse divination technique where seeds that would be available in the home would be cast on a cloth and interpreted. After this, the seeds could frugally be then put into the stew-pot and eaten. There will be a demonstration, then people can try it themselves, with advice from the Soothsayer’s Guildmistress.
All ages welcome.

Calligraphy Corner – Beginner’s Guide to European Calligraphy

Sage Élan de Janvier
Fancy some fancy writing? Join Sage for a beginners class on European calligraphy! Try your hand at some medieval hands. Feather quills, dip pens, fountain pens, and calligraphy markers are provided with paper. No prior experience necessary!
Youth class, all ages welcome.

BLOCK TWO (11-12)

Fencing A&S: All the stuff they did… that we can’t!

Kenneric Aubrey
For fencing in the SCA, we strive to recreate period methods of fighting as best we can while making sure our game is safe for all combatants. However, there are many period techniques that are impossible for us to use because we don’t actually want to kill each other. Join me for a lively discussion of all the things that safety and common sense say we shouldn’t bring to our rapier practices.
All ages welcome.

How To Weave Chainmaille

Torstein Keyes
Learn how to weave the iconic European 4:1 weave and make a bracelet! Beginning and advanced maillers welcome. (Final piece will be costume grade and made with butted rings.)
$10 materials fee, attendees are encouraged to bring two pairs of medium to small pliers, flat nose without teeth are preferred.
All ages welcome

EKCoP Adhoc Choir

Solveig Bjarnardottir
Come join Solveig learning a brand new, never performed piece composed for their royal highnesses to be performed as they process into court. No skill level required. Just come with a passion to sing. All ages and voice types welcome. You do not need to be able to read music to attend.
All ages welcome.

Felt in SCA period

Baroness Cellach Dhonn inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh
What is Felt? What material did they use? The best material for projects. The difference between felting and fulling. What extant pieces do we find (up to now).
Lecture class with reconstitution pieces.
All ages welcome.

Mountain Freehold Banners

Lady Eleanor Grey
Join us as we make a piece of shire history! We will be painting block printed banners to be displayed at Freehold events for all of time.
Youth class, all ages welcome

Lunch Meetings

  • Athena’s Thimble Panel
  • Foresters Guild Court
  • Soothsayers Guild Meeting


Behind the Awards Veil

Albreda Aylese
There are a lot of misconceptions about how the award system in the SCA works. Chat with a new Laurel and former Freeholder (who never had a Peer of her own) about the things she has discovered about the peerage and awards system that are not at all what they seemed to her before she became a part of them.
All ages welcome

Two Man Spear Clinic

Corotica merkka Senebelenae (Clovis)
In this class we will be discussing basic spear work, and then focus on how 2 spears can work together against an opponent. We will be demonstrating a few offensive and (if there is time) defensive shots for a 2-spear team. Participants will have the opportunity to handle spears and try out these maneuvers.
All ages welcome, only adults can participate hands on.

Storytelling Techniques – From Period Sources to Successful Performances

Peregrine the Illuminator
Peregrine will talk about the journey from pre-1600 story sources through a storyteller’s techniques to engaging performances that entertain audiences. On the way, we will talk about how to find stories, how to evoke different storytelling styles, and how to create a receptive audience.
All ages welcome.

Making Paint From Pigments

Lisabetta Medaglia
Lisabetta will be demonstrating how to make paint from pigment, gum arabic (a binder), and water, mixing them and mulling them. Attendees to this panel can also take turns trying out mulling the paint! At the end of the demonstration, the paint will be placed into containers and anyone who would like some, can take home some homemade paint! While supplies last.
Ages 13 and up, youth attendees require a parent/guardian to check in prior to class due to materials used.

Electrify your lantern with a flame LED

Lord Thomas of Mountain Freehold
Upgrade your camp lanterns with a cool flame effect! I will walk participants through installing a flame LED lightbulb in a lantern, inspired by Adam Savage’s tutorial. The lightbulb will run on two “AA” Batteries, and according to Adam, they will run at least 5 days. I will provide all the materials. I only have a few lanterns, so please bring your own if possible.
Class limit twelve attendees (more if sharing a kit).
Youth class, all ages welcome. Adults should plan to attend with their youth to assist with tools/materials.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Modern Middle Ages

Tiberius Iulius Rufus Primus
This class will be an introduction to the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion as they relate to the modern middle ages, the SCA, and our events. The discussion will include the concepts of bias, implicit bias, assumptions, and access. What can we do to increase equity and access to our events and communities? Where is our diversity? Let’s explore the concepts, generate ideas, and have a healthy, open discussion.
All ages welcome, but younger youth attendees may find some of the concepts challenging.

Period Camping on a Budget: a Foresters Guild Approach

Lord Seamus na Coille Aosda, grand master forester
Learn how you can turn a $23 painter’s canvas drop cloth into a versatile shelter, a $4 flower pot into a small charcoal brazier, and how to make your own wooden tent poles & pegs. We’ll also discuss natural fiber tent lines, ground cloths, mattress ticks/sleeping pad covers, cloth food bags, and more.
All ages welcome.

Garb For Dummies

Lady Cecily Graham de Inveresk
New to the SCA? Venturing out into SCAdian adulthood? Terrified of a sewing machine? One of the first things to tackle is the T-Tunic and how to look roughly medieval. Whether this is your first event or you have relied on the skills of others to make your garb for you, If you have a sewing machine and fabric that you want to practice with, feel free to bring it along! Suggested supplies: sewing machine, cheap fabric (think bedsheet from Goodwill), thread, scissors, and a tunic and/or pajama pants in your size.
All Ages, teens encouraged

Leather Pattern & Construction Workshop

Lord Dietrich
This is a hands on approach to patterning and making things in leather. There is no master of this class; there are only skilled folk learning from one another how to craft things safely. We will start with cardboard and markers to create small to medium size shapes that may be made useful. If the process continues well and the design is satisfactory to continue towards fabrication, leather shall appear for the purpose and we will test if the pattern is indeed effective.
Attendees may bring supplies or use those provided. Some hardware available for a fee.
All ages welcome, youth attendees require an adult to supervise the safe use of tools if patterning on leather.

Basic felting

Baroness Cellach Dhonn inghean Mhic an Mhadaidh
This is a hands-on class. We will be doing wet felting technique. You will leave with a small useful project. Please consider bringing an apron if you don’t want your garb getting wet.
Class limit of 6 attendees. Donations accepted to cover materials.
All ages welcome


The Book Curse

Alienor Hathaway
We will examine a medieval way of protecting manuscripts and books from thieves, the anathema or book curse. We will examine how these curses came about and examine examples from a wide range of time and cultures. We will discuss the anathema formula.
All ages welcome, parents should be aware curses can be violent in nature.

Pewter Casting on a Budget

Solveig Bjarnardottir
Have you wanted to get into pewter casting but it seems expensive? Do you live in a small domicile that may seem limited for casting? Look no further. Come join Solveig as she de-mistifies the gate way to pewter casting. You will have a chance to cast from a pre made mold. You will be able to walk out with your own cast object. Pre made mold provided.
There is a $3 material fee for those wanting to make and keep their own cast.
All ages welcome, only those 16+ may cast due to risk of burns.

Crafting the Compass Rose: Creating Maps based on pre-1600 Cartography

Peregrine the Illuminator
Attendees will learn about the basic types of maps from Europe prior to 1600, and how to create maps based on historical styles and techniques. Peregrine will show how he created route maps and Portolan Charts of SCA kingdoms, and demonstrate how to use basic geometry to lay out a compass rose.
All ages welcome

Introduction to Viking Weaving

Sile Dhubh
Come and learn the basics of viking weaving.
Class limit of 8 attendees.
All ages welcome.

Cooking a Period Dessert

Lady Cat Spoonbreaker
We will be preparing a period dessert that will be added to the dessert board for all to enjoy during Their Highnesses court. All efforts will be made for the recipe chosen to be allergy friendly for as many participants as possible.
Youth class, all ages welcome

Teacher Signup for Mimir’s Well

Thank you for your interest in teaching at this year’s Mimir’s Well! The form to fill out is below.

Class submissions are open until February 1st. Once submissions close, the autocrats will be putting together a balanced, varied schedule. We have always made it our goal to have this event offer something for anyone who might want to attend, which means not focusing too heavily on any one area. If ten people submit class ideas for Naalbinding, we are going to have to pick and choose (and maybe suggest someone run an event with that as the focus!). Not all those who submit a class are guaranteed a space on the schedule, depending on how many interested teachers we have.

All teachers whose classes have been selected will be contacted by Sunday February 9th, and the class schedule will be posted by February 14th (if not sooner).

Classes are expected to last one hour. If you would like to teach a class that would take more than an hour we can discuss what that might look like, if time and schedule allow.

If you have any questions please reach out to the autocrats – Kenneric and Eleanor

Please Note – this is a strictly dry site and no alcohol may be present.

Fool’s Feast (April 25, 2020)

Feast of Fools!

This year we are embracing CARNIVAL, begun in Venice in the 11th century. You do not have to dress in this particular time period but we are encouraging masks and color! As always, Silly A&S and Kelpie Crest Combat will return, and we have plans for even MORE Foolishness! A Foolish Feast will be included for all.

Lady Corotica merkka Senebelenae (Clovis) will be the Autocrat. Her email is:

$20 Adults; $15 SCA member adults; $5 Youth (6-17); Free for children under 6. Families pay applicable adult fees, plus a maximum of two children’s fees; additional children are free. The Feast/Dayboard is included in the fee.

-Site will open at 10 AM
-Fun stuff throughout the day (Times TBD)
-Feast/Dayboard (Time TBD)
-Site closes at 4:00 PM

-Kelpie Crest Combat
-Silly A&S (won by populace vote)
-14 and under Silly A&S (also won by populace vote)
-New this year! FOOLISH HUMAN TRICKS! Show off your jesters best in a jesters/entertainers competition, winner will be declared by populace vote. You may perform whatever art you prefer, please do not set yourself or anyone else on fire accidentally or otherwise. Foolish Human Tricks will take place towards the end of feast (Time TBD)
– Also New this year! Games will be run throughout the day, and we will have a game competition as well for boasting rights and prizes!

– We will be using St. James Episcopal Church this year, the much loved site that has also hosted Mimir’s Well in the past. Site address is 4 St. James Place, Essex Jct, VT.
– No Open Flames
– Handicapped Accessible
– No Pets
– Discreetly Damp, Beer and Wine. BYO.
Here’s the event announcement on the East Kingdom Calendar.

Mimir’s Well (March 7, 2020)

Mimir’s Well is a day of classes and hands-on sessions, on medieval topics. There will be classes for youth, as well as for adults. There will be no fighting or fencing per se, but we may offer classes to demonstrate particular techniques or equipment.

The full class list can be seen here.

The dayboard and other food info is here. Note that contributions for the dessert board are welcome (please bring a complete list of ingredients.)

Their Highnesses Magnus Tindal and Alberic will be in attendance, and will hold a Royal Court approximately a half hour after the last class.

There will be a “populace choice” A&S competition.

Location: Browns River Middle School, 20 River Rd, Jericho VT (off Route 15 at the Underhill/Jericho border – about a half hour travel time from Burlington VT)

Fees: Adults $20, or $15 with proof of SCA membership.
Youth 7-17, $5. Children 6 and under are free. Families will pay for the adult(s) and only the first two youth (7-17); additional youth in that family will be admitted free.

Site opens at 9 am, and closes at 6 pm. A dayboard will be served.

No alcohol is permitted on site. The site is handicap-accessible.

Yule Feast (Freehold & PV) – Jan. 4, 2020

Greetings! Here are details on Yule Feast – to be held Jan 4, 2020, in Norwich, VT from 2-9 pm. The site address is: Tracy Hall/ Norwich Congregational Church, 300 S Main St, Norwich, VT 05055

Come, join the Shires of Panther Vale and Mountain Freehold for a festive Yuletide celebration with fencing, fighting, feasting, and dancing! Event schedule is listed below.

For complete details of the Holiday Prize Tourney (Heavy list and Fencing) and the Mathom Gift Exchange, click here

FEAST : No dayboard. Potluck feast for dinner, 5-7 pm at the Norwich Congregational Church. Please feel free to list what you plan to bring here:
In Yule tradition, Feast will be a potluck dinner. Panther Vale will provide a roast; please bring a dish to accompany it. With your dish, please provide an ingredients list for people with dietary restrictions.

This is a dry site.

EVENT STEWARD, Lady Laura Flintbrook (Laura Hamilton), 802-485-8876

REGISTRATION: Adult $15, Adult SCA Member $10, Age 6-17 $5, Age 0-5 free
Make checks payable to SCA, Inc., Shire of Panther Vale
Send reservations to
Or mail to: Yule c/o Judi Tazelaar, 642 West Street, Brookfield VT 05036

Gold Key (loaner garb) will be available at Yule! If you need to borrow any garb, please post in this event listing. It’ll help the Panther Vale chatelaine choose which types and sizes of garb to bring.

This event is held and managed by the Shire of Panther Vale, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and is considered the official presence of this group here. Questions regarding its content should be direct to or Any discrepancies between the electronic version or any information and the printed version that is available from the origination office will be decided in favor of the printed version.


2:00 PM – Site Opens – check in at Tracy Hall
2:45 PM – Armor & Weapon Inspections for Armored & Rapier – Tracy Hall
3:00 – 4:30 PM – Armored & Rapier Holiday Prize Tourney – Tracy Hall
4:30 PM – Armored & Rapier Holiday Tourney Results & Awards – Tracy Hall
5:00 PM – Potluck Feast, Featuring a Roast – Norwich Congregation Church (NCC)
5:30 PM – Mathom Gift Exchange – NCC
7:00 PM – Dancing Taught by Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir – Tracy Hall
9:00 PM – Site Closes

Birthday Bash

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Join us for our annual Birthday Bash celebration.

Come challenge the archers, artisans, fencers, and heavy list combatants of the Shire and help Mountain Freehold choose our new champions! Or enjoy the day board while you watch the spectacle.

Then end the day with a splendid two part Feast, bid on new treasures and services during an auction hosted by Master Tearlach, and relax and be amused within the bardic circle.

Birthday Bash will take place at St. James Episcopal Church
4 St James Pl, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
Site Opens at 10am and closes at 7pm.

Site Fees
Adult $20 ($5 discount for SCA members)
Children $8 ages 6-12
Children 5 and under free
There is a $46 per family cap for site fee.

Daybaord included in site fee.

Feast Fee
$15 per person.

Beer, wine, and mead are welcome at this site. No hard alcohol is allowed.

Contact David with questions about the event, or check out the Facebook page.

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