Yule Feast/Twelfth Night

Panther Vale and Mountain Freehold’s joint holiday festivity will be held on Sat. Jan. 19, 2019 at the St. James Episcopal Church in Essex Junction, VT. Dafydd and Marieke are the autocrats.

This will be a pot-luck feast, so bring what you can to share. Fear not, there’s always plenty of tasty offerings! Crockpots are welcome. Food need not be authentic, but this is a great time to try out that new recipe you’ve been eyeing. Please bring an ingredient list for complex dishes.

The site allows wine and beer, discreetly. Pets are not allowed. No flames are allowed, but please bring battery-candles to add atmosphere.

For the gift exchange, please bring an unwrapped SCA-related object for the Gift Table. (“Mathoms” in hobbit-speak.) If you bring something, you can leave with something else. We’ll explain the rules…

The site opens at 2 pm and the event ends at 7 pm, with doors locked by 8 pm.

Cost: $15 ($10 for SCA members) for adults. Ages 7-17 are $5, and it’s free for ages 6 and under.

Site address: 4 St. James Place, Essex Junction VT (near the back entrance to the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, off Route 2A.)

Mimir’s Well

Saturday, March 9, 2019, at St James Episcopal Church, 4 St James Place, Essex Jct, VT 05452

We invite you, once again, to sip from the Well of Knowledge! The Shire of the Mountain Freehold would like for you to join us for a day of learning and competition. We will have A&S classes on a variety of topics (schedule will be posted closer to event). We will also have a Panel to display and get feedback on your work. Submissions from any and all Arts and Sciences fields are welcome! People will vote on their favorite submissions in three categories: Early Period, Late Period, and Anachronism.

Our legendary Dayboard will be included in your site fee. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate.

Registrations fees:
$20 Adults, or $15 for SCA members
$5 Youth (6-17)
Free Children under 6

The family cap for this event is $50 for two adults and two+ youth, before SCA member discounts. (So a family whose adults are both members will pay a maximum $40).

Site will open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM. Classes will run from 10 AM to 4PM, with an hour long break at 12 PM for lunch and time to look at the A&S display. At 4PM, there will be a Panel Discussion and the winners of the A&S competitions will be announced.

Keep tuned for more updates and information!

At this time we are looking for those willing to teach at this event. If you have any classes you would be interested in teaching, or would really like to see taught, please contact Kenneric or Eleanor either at fencing@mountainfreehold.eastkingdom.org or chancellorminor@mountainfreehold.eastkingdom.org


About Freehold Events in General

The Shire of the Mountain Freehold holds several events every year.  We also attend a lot of events in the neighboring shires and baronies.  Some events may be Royal Progress events, which means that the King and Queen or the Prince and Princess of the East Kingdom will be there.  Then there’s Pennsic, which is its own kind of event.   Learn more about these events below.  Want to see what other events are going on in the East Kingdom?  Check out the East Kingdom Event Calendar here.

Local / Regional / Kingdom

Our Traditional Freehold Events

Yule/Twelfth Night


We celebrate the passing of the winter with our neighbors at Panther Vale.  We each take responsibility in alternate years. In the afternoon, there are games, music, classes and whatever other fun we can devise.  There is also a gift exchange, where you can bring one SCA related object for the table, unwrapped.  People line up in reverse order of length of time in the SCA, and the newest people get first choice of the items.  The main event, of course, is the Feast, which is sometimes pot-luck and sometimes a sit-down, served feast.

Mimir’s Well


A day full of classes on medieval topics on a variety of subjects and interests, some suitable for children.  There is also an exhibit of our populace’s current Arts and Sciences projects, and an opportunity to compete for renown and glory!

Feast of Fools


The main event is the Feast, but the afternoon has fencing and fighting, some games for adults as well as children, much merry-making, or just celebrating the coming of Spring.  There may be an arts display, and there may be merchants.  After Feast, we might hold an auction or do some dancing, and there’s always the possibility of some Bardic and musical offerings. Guests are encouraged to regale the feast with stories or songs, juggling or other foolish things.

Birthday Bash


A day full of fencing, fighting, feasting, furthering our skills sets, and fun. We have two major tournaments to decide the Champions of the Shire. See fencers and heavy listers attempt to claim the honor. If the site permits, we might also select our Archery Champion, and our Arts and Sciences Champion. We might offer a few classes or workshops throughout the day, as well as a Lunch Board and a Feast.  Relax at the end of the day with a splendid bonfire, if our site permits such festivities, and some great tales from our local bards.

Regional Events

A Market Day at Birka


Hosted by the Barony of Stonemarche, Birka is a large indoor market with nearly a hundred merchants, a fashion show, an A&S display, classes, dancing, and martial activities including a heavy list bear pit tourney, fencing and youth combat.  Their Majesties of the East hold Royal Court.  Prior to Royal Court, their Excellencies hold a Baronial Court.  This is a great event to buy garb, gear, and things you don’t even know you want yet.  Birka is an easy day trip, but if you want to stay for the weekend, you need to get a hotel early.  By early, I mean that the hotel the event takes place in usually fills up in a few days after the event is announced.  Other hotels usually fill up soon after that.

Click here for the event website.


Memorial Day Weekend

Hosted by our neighbors, the Shire of Panther Vale, Panteria is held every Memorial Day Weekend.  At a Girl Scout Camp on a lake, you can choose to stay in bunks or bring a tent.  They have everything from fencing to fighting, archery and thrown weapons, A&S classes and competitions, a Merchant’s Row, and a ball.  They have a food plan that will cover your meals for the weekend, or you can choose to feed yourself and maybe partake in only Saturday night’s Feast.

War of the Roses

Memorial Day Weekend

Good gentles of the Knowne World, To ARMS!!  Come join the Barony of Concordia of the Snows as we do battle to determine the rightful claimant to the English throne.  Will you stand with Lancaster, the beautiful and vibrant Red Rose; or will you stand with York, the pure and elegant White Rose? Battles shall be fought on the Heavy and Rapier fields; the Siege, Archery and Thrown Weapons lists; and through the plying of Arts, Sciences, Bardic and Brewing arts.  Come support your house as you may well be the gentle who wins the war point!

Click here for the event website.

Opening of the Inne at Coldwood

(usually in mid-June)

The Opening of the Inne at Coldwood is a casual weekend of camping, highlighted by the Saturday night Feast.  During the day, there is fencing, fighting, archery, and just hanging out and catching up with friends.  After the feast, there is a massive bonfire.  Fire dancers have been known to appear and perform.  The actual Inne is open to those who wish to hang out and enjoy its warmth and hospitality.

Northern Region War Camp

Approximately July 4th Weekend

Once again the time has come to begin to prepare for War.  Come join us at Northern Region War Camp as we fight, fence, shoot, throw, ride, and create in our preparations to show the Knowne World the awesomeness of The East!  There is a Family Fun Day, Archery, Thrown Weapons, Heavy List fighting, Youth Combat, Equestrian events, Fencing, Youth Fencing, Arts and Science classes, heavy list torchlight tourney, charity tourneys (in fencing, heavy list, thrown weapons, and archery as well), shopping and food vendors, possible brewer’s competition, bonfire (weather permitting), possibly more.

Great Northeastern War

Approximately The Weekend After July 4th

For thirty years, war has ravaged Malagentia.  Although in that time we have moved our encampment from the lakes and riverbank, to the ocean shores, and finally into the mountains, the invading armies follow us wheresoever we go.  Perhaps, if we can finally defeat our most ancient enemies, the Canton of Seashire, this interminable war will finally come to an end (although we wouldn’t count on it).  This year’s event will have everything you expect — shopping, fencing, dancing, fighting, learning, revelry, Traditional Malagentian Hospitality — and a few new surprises.

Click here for the event website.

Lost Tip Archer’s Gathering


The Shire of Panther Vale invites the archer’s of the East to join us in a weekend of archery games and activities.  We will be offering royal rounds, a roving range (think Frisbee golf with arrows), our “How Far is Far?” challenge…just how far can an arrow fly anyway?, and our extensive Wood’s shoot course.  We hope to be offering opportunities for people to practice combat archery.

Closing of the Inne at Coldwood

Fall, Usually in October

The Closing of the Inne at Coldwood is a casual weekend of camping, highlighted by the Saturday night Feast.  During the day, there is fencing, fighting, archery, and just hanging out and catching up with friends.  After the feast, there is a massive bonfire.  Fire dancers have been known to appear and perform.  The actual Inne is open to those who wish to hang out and enjoy its warmth and hospitality.


Pennsic is an event like no other.  Two weeks are divided into Peace Week and War Week.  Throughout the event, there are classes, competitions, merchants, and, of course, battles.  This is an event that every SCAdian should go to at least once in their lifetime.

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