Feast of Fools

Join us for the Shire of Mountain Freehold’s Feast of Fools on Saturday, April 13 at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington, VT!
Silly Games and Stuff! The wildly-popular Kelpie Crest Combat! “Court” and a Bardic! Lady Clovis will be the Autocrat with Lady Katherine as the Head Cook. There will be a foolish feast (served *early* in the afternoon to 36 people) but fear not, we will provide an ample dayboard for everybody else.

Registration fees at the door:
$20 Adults
$15 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).

SCHEDULE (open to slight changes):
-Site will open at 11 AM and closes at 6:30 PM.
-A backwards feast will be served around 12:30 PM.
-Children’s Scavenger Hunt 2 PM
-Kelpie Crest Combat 4 PM
-Awards, “Court” and Bardic with light snacks: 5ish – Close
-Silly Arts and Sciences display all day, with final voting ending at 5

The Ethan Allen Homestead will be making their Tavern, Porch and Grounds available.
– No Open Flames – the tavern has lighting but feel free to bring
battery operated candles if you wish
– Handicapped Accessible
– No Pets
– Discreetly Damp! BYO.

We have heard the 12th century trickster Reynard the Fox is lurking around and has mischief in mind.
You can read about Reynard here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynard_the_Fox

We are encouraging silly costumes – dress out of your time period (but still SCA), or in your time period (make it weird) or have a different persona. Bring silly drinks. Bring silly games. Since Reynard’s stories include a number of anthropomorphic animals, feel free to wear animal masques to this event with your garb (but don’t feel you have to). We will have a vote and a prize for the person who has the silliest costume and/or persona.

Please come prepared for a topsy-turvy wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey day where everything gets weird and nothing is as it seems (or is it?) Stay tuned for more details and information on these and other activities!

And as promised, here is more detailed information:

Silly Persona/Day Of Wrong: “They came wearing garb out of their usual time period. What happened next shocked everyone!” Yeah, so, come in different garb that is totally outside of what you usually do – but still SCA period. Come as a different persona. Come as your persona, but play it up. Come as someone else’s persona! The person who does the best job based off absolutely no rubric whatsoever and completely at the arbitrary whims of the populace gets a prize! Or something.

Silly A&S: Fairly Self Explanatory. Enter an A&S. Make it funny. We will vote. Winner gets bragging rights and something nice. Your challenge: Beat Black Finn’s entry of a Stick. “Sticks have been around for decades. They date back to at least the Celtic times. Sticks have multiple uses such as sticking (hence the name), poking (different from sticking), and other things lost to antiquity…”

Children’s Silly A&S!: As above, but for those 17 and under.

Kelpie Crest Combat: Based off of the game Equestrian Crest Combat, this game will involve 2 people, elimination rounds, bear pit style, attempting to knock a crest that is attached (with ye olde ducte tappe) to an SCA legal helm.
While riding a kelpie. A Kelpie named Steve. Or Severine.
This game is open to any person who is authorized, and has an SCA Legal Helm, Heavy or Fencing. We will be using Dagorhir padded swords, so heavies and fencers can play together!
Watch out if you’re riding Steve, though, he’s pretty wild.

Childrens Games!: We will have a few activities for children including a scavenger hunt (it’s a secret!) so everyone hope the weather behaves!

Bardic: After “court” in the evening while people are chilling and having snacks, please feel free to perform a song or a story in keeping with the theme!


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 in Thetford, VT, 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, in Peru NY, (Right across the lake from Burlington VT) 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.

Great Northern Thyng

July 4th Weekend

This gathering is held at the Washington County Fairgrounds, in Greenwich NY, and is sponsored by our good neighbors, the Shire of Glenn Linn. The event site is a large fairgrounds with plenty of space for merchants, camping, and other peaceful activities… but let’s not forget melees and tournaments and all of the other warlike activities to sharpen our skills as we prepare for the Pennsic War! (The event has a Norse theme, but norseness is not a prerequisite for attending.)

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.

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.


Late July, Early August

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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