April 24th to 26th, 2020
This page is updated as information becomes available.
A weekend event with camping focused around A&S classes as well as our A&S, Bardic, and shield of the Barony Championship.
This coming spring, Blatha an Oir again combines three events to bring people together from across the Kingdom in their passions and interests. We are hosting Embers and Ambrosia, Celtic Bardic, and Daffodil Archery at the Swiss Sportsmen’s Club the weekend of April 24-26, 2020. This is a wonderful site to kick off the event camping season with a mix of indoor/covered event space and even areas for younger children to burn off energy when parents or siblings are in classes.
We are looking for instructors for A&S classes in all genres and invite any who wish to share their knowledge of the Medieval Arts and Sciences to teach a class, no matter where you reside in the known world. This is our Barony’s main learning event of the year; we encourage all to attend whether a beginner looking to begin a new skill, or a master craftsman, and are looking for a wide range of classes to fill those needs.There will be space to set up if you prefer a demonstration lay-out –blacksmiths, weavers, cooks, glass beads, wire-weaving, martial technique, all are welcome! Spaces will be available both indoors and out, with some area set aside for the Baronial A&S and Bardic Championships. It is our hope that we will have classes geared not only for fibers, food, music, and fire, but also for those looking to add to their fighter’s kit, to learn about becoming a junior marshal, or even for hunting, hawking and more.
If you are interested in teaching
Please email the event steward, HL Maire nic Shiobhan
Please include the following:
Email: (for myself and potential students to contact you)
Preferred daytime you want to teach: (Saturday or Sunday)
Name of Class:
Number of Students you feel comfortable teaching at one time:
Description of your class: (Include any fees or materials that your students need to bring, if this is suitable for youth or teens to attend, and so forth)
Items you may need from the event steward:(tables, electricity, water, etc.)
Swiss Sportsmen’s Club of Tacoma
9205 198th Ave E
Bonney Lake, WA 98391
Site opens for general public at 3 pm on Friday April 26th, Event staff, volunteers willing to help put up classroom pavilions, and merchants are allowed on site at 12 noon.
Gate opens Friday at 3 pm and Saturday morning at 8:00 am closes before evening court.
Site closed Sunday at 1 pm, everyone must be packed up so that event team can have the site cleaned by 3 pm
SCA member discount: TBA
17 and under: Free with legal guardian (remember to bring waivers found on sca.org)
Camping & Site Information
General public: Camping available both Friday and Saturday evening. Please note the per tent fee.
Camping fee: This site has a $10 per tent fee that we must charge, a $15 dry RV camping fee, and a $20 wet RV camping fee. There is no camping fee per person, just PER TENT. Open pavilions do not count towards a tent fee.
This site has bathrooms AND showers. It is discreetly wet,please keep all alcohol within period/period-esque containers. Fires are allowed within fire pits only, and must not be left unattended at any time.Ashes/partially burned wood must be removed from site, there is no dumping area for them. DO NOT PUT ASHES IN TRASH CANS. Please be sure to have a bucket of water and fire extinguisher handy near any open flames. We will be using the Alpenhaus, which has a small kitchen area and electricity with a sink, fridge,and stove/oven. If you wish to use these facilities please talk to the event steward first. You will also be required to clean up after yourself in the kitchen, please don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
NO MARIJUANA IS ALLOWED ON SITE, REGARDLESS OF STATE RULES. ANYONE FOUND USING MARIJUANA WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. THE SITE RULES REQUIRE STRICT ADHERENCE TO THIS RULE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Event Stewart: Maire nic Shiobhan
A&S Competition: TBA
Bardic Competition: TBA
Daffodil Archery Competition: TBA
Merchant Stewart: TBA
Candidates must declare their intent to compete by Blatha an Oir Candlemas. Candidates are encouraged to declare during Candlemas court or send a missive to be read at court, if possible.
Each candidate should have two performance pieces; one piece must be documentable to the SCA time
Documentation is due to the current bardic champion by a date to be announced.
You will have 10 minutes per performance, which includes your time to present oral documentation.
Performances may be song, story, poem, dance, instrumental, puppetry, or any other bardic performance art.
Judges will be looking for:
o Oral documentation offered.
o Time- did the performance stay within the time requirements.
o Mood- did the performance evoke a Medieval/Renaissance ambience?
o Audience interest – did the performance hold the interest of those watching?
o Performance/technical ability- was the piece and performance well written, sung/spoken/danced/recited?
Arts & Sciences Competition
Competitors for the title of Baronial Campion may enter one or two entries. Finished or in progress. Judging will take place on the Kingdom A&S judging sheets. Those can be made available to the competitors ahead of time upon request. Each competitor will be assigned a time during the day to present their work to a panel of 3 judges. A 20 Minute slot of time to be divided however the competitor chooses between presentation, demonstration, questions and answers. A letter of the competitors intent to compete must be presented to the baronial champion and their Excellencies by the end of day on February 15th, BaO Candelmas. If the competitor would like to present their letter at court during the event they will be given the chance to do so. Letters of intent can be a simple or extravagant as the competitor wishes but must include the competitors name and what they intend to enter in the competition.
Children’s Arts and Sciences Age groups 5-9 Age group 10-13 Age Group 14-17 The children must present a finished work with documentation that includes, at minimum, time period and place, what materials they used.
- Ages 5-9 not required to prepare a presentation.
- Ages 10-13 encouraged to prepare a presentation.
- Ages 14-17 required to give brief presentation.
Prizes to be awarded. The Current A&S Champion, Sigriðr Eirikskona, will be available to everyone for any help or guidance.