The Canton of Lightwood

Medieval Recreation in the Huon Valley

The Feast of St Genesius – 25th August

The Canton will be holding a potluck feast at the Geeveston Community Hall, Brady St, from 6pm on Saturday August 25th.

Saint Genesius is the patron saint of actors, clowns, comedians, comics… and lawyers! Who better to inspire a pot-luck feast in Lightwood? Come along, bring garb and feasting gear plus a dish to share. While you’re at it, why not come up with a suitably medieval joke or riddle in honour of the day: a prize may or may not be given for a particularly impressive example. A paltry $5 will get you in the door (plus the compulsory $5 non-member insurance levy, if applicable). Need help with any of the details? Contact the Steward, Karl Faustus von Aachen.

Are you new and want to know more about how to attend a pot-luck feast? You can read this blog post. Although it refers to a specific event from a few years back and some of the details aren’t relevant to this venue, it will still give you a good overview. If you need to borrow garb for the event, talk to the steward and he will point you in the right direction.

If you can’t make the 25th of August, there is another pot-luck happening on October 6th. More details will be posted closer to the event, but add the date to your diary now!

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Upcoming | Link


The Canton held our second Roman-style midwinter celebration on June 9th at Glen Huon Hall. Steward, once again, was THL Karl Faustus von Aachen, with head cook this year being Óláfr Hafrillugi, in his first (but hopefully not last!) feast for the group.

Head Cook Óláfr Hafrillugi, photo by THL Karl Faustus von Aachen

During the day, there was a bounteous spread of afternoon tea provided by Óláfr, to sustain the early attendees in various activities such as dancing (led by Baroness Jehanne de Finistère), boffer fighting, (hobby)horse racing and kubb.

In the evening, the feast-goers played dice and other tabletop games, and enjoyed the delicious three course menu, based on Apicius.

Photo credits to Eric TF Bat and Liz Williamson

Menu (courtesy of Mechtild Schuynagel and Óláfr Hafrillugi)

Dear revelers of Saturnalia!

Please enjoy your feast prepared and cooked for you by Óláfr Hafrillugi. It is based on the writings of Apicius – a collction of Roman recipes compiled in the first century AD. It was also called De Re Coquinaria in the early prints.
The original recipes have been adjusted for modern food requirements as well as availability and affordability. Sorry folks, but that meant that those recipes with flamingo were out!

Yours in Service
Mechthild Schuynagel

V – Vegan
LS – low sugar
GF – Gluten free

Foccacia and Ciabatta (V, LS)
Pan-roasted lettuce with walnuts (GF, V, LS)
Dormouse in sesame and honey – chicken thighs (no eggs, GF)
Minutal Tarentinum – vegetable soup
Chickpeas with cumin, olive oil and wine (GF, V, LS)
Carrots and parsnips in wine sauce (GF, V, LS)
Porcellum Vitellianum – suckling pig/pork roast
Patina Versatilis – nut custard (GF, contains honey, eggs)
Gustum de Praecoquis – compote of early fruit (GF, V, contains honey)
Left over cheeses and nuts


By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Event write-up | Link

A&S Project Nights are back!

Regular A&S project nights are restarting on Friday this week – 7-9:30pm at Geeveston Community Centre (GeCo), School Road, Geeveston. The current plan is to hold them on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, but depending on interest we could go back to weekly in future. We may have a group project or two in the works soon, but otherwise come along and work on personal projects.

Lady Morwenna learning how to do facings at a basic garb-making workshop

As per previous arrangements, the cost is a $2 donation which goes towards venue hire, plus the compulsory $5 non-member insurance levy (a reminder that if you aren’t a member, these levies can add up quickly – a yearly membership is only $35 so it doesn’t take long to become cost effective).

For more information, please contact our Seneschal, Lady Mariot de Bonnay (Dayle Wilkie-Livingstone).

Making boffer swords for the Canton at a previous project night

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Arts & Sciences | Link

Io Saturnalia!

The Romans used to say IO SATURNALIA, which means something like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” but with less shopping frenzy and more togas*.  So: io Saturnalia to you!

Saturnalia will be held on Saturday 9 June at Glen Huon Hall, Glen Huon — see the map over there to the right. It will start at 2pm with a pot-luck afternoon tea and many imperial entertainments.  There will be games, for people who want to sit and relax! Dancing, taught by Baroness Jehanne, for people who want to get a bit of energy out! Songs and stories, performed by the various bards, minstrels and ne’er-do-wells of the Barony! The hall is warm and cosy with an open fire, so you’ll be comfortable as well as entertained.

The fully catered feast will start at 6pm, and the head cook, Óláfr Hafrillugi, has many plans to boggle your mind and tantalise your tastebuds. Did you know, for example, that the Romans used to eat dormice? And that dormice taste like chicken? Well… they do if you can’t find a supplier of actual dormice after about 700AD so you substitute chicken into the recipe…

The price for the feast is $25 for adults, $15 for kids aged 12-17, and a discount is available for people willing to become slaves and serve the empire for the evening.

Contact the steward, Karl Faustus von Aachen, on or 0407 468 244 to book, before the 2nd of June.

* Note: togas are optional!

By Karl Faustus von Aachen | Uncategorized | Link

St Sebastian’s is coming!

Only one week remains until Lightwood’s annual archery extravaganza is upon us! Suspenseful shooting, fiendishly difficult targets, and delicious pies, what’s not to love? Book by 24th February to the stewards to make sure you get fed.

To get in some last minute practice before the event, there is archery scheduled tomorrow at Surges Bay Recreation Ground – weather permitting, as ever. If it looks iffy, check the Facebook group or contact the Captain of Archers (6297 1083) to confirm.


By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Uncategorized | Link

Saturnalia: save the date

The Canton of Lightwood will be running our Roman-style celebration of the winter solstice on the 9th of June this year. More details to come closer to the date, but this year will be a cosy indoor event featuring games and merriment – and of course, food!

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Uncategorized | Link

4th St Sebastian’s Archery Picnic

The Canton of Lightwood cordially invites you to join us for the fourth St Sebastians archery tournament and picnic. Enjoy a day of archery, including a couples shoot, and a pot luck lunch.

Following the success of last year’s extremely popular (and delicious) A&S competition, we will be running the same competition this year. Make your favourite pie (or two!), bring it along to be judged, and then let the crowd decide whether they agree with the judges’ vote. Documentation appreciated, but not required.

Last year’s winning entry, by Lady Heloise de Bonnay

Member: $5. Non-member: $10
Steward: Morwenna & William de Bonnay
Bookings by Sat 24 Feb, to the stewards on

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Uncategorized | Link

Canton of Lightwood in the news

The Huon News, that is. The Canton’s contingent were photographed for the Huon News spread on the Geeveston Christmas parade. Huzzah! Thanks to all our participants for putting on a great show for the crowd and supporting our local community.

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Uncategorized | Link

Geeveston Christmas Pageant

UPDATE: Due to poor drainage and construction work in Heritage Park, the route has now changed. Assembly point for participants is at the intersection of School Road and the highway (at the big log), and the parade will follow the usual route but then continue along Arve Road and turn back up School Road, to end at the Fire Station for carols, etc.

Lightwood’s last outing for the year will be our annual contingent in the Geeveston Christmas Pageant. This year we don’t have a float, but will be walking in garb and with banners. Meet at 6pm at the Geeveston Fire Station for a 6:30pm start. After the parade we will be staying for carols in the park, unless the weather is really determined to make us go home early – like last year, the forecast looks like warm and waterproof garb might be advisable!

2015 Christmas parade contingent

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Uncategorized | Link

Lightwood’s Sixth Birthday

Lightwood celebrated our sixth birthday with a lovely, relaxed archery tourney and potluck picnic on November 25th. The weather blessed us with a perfectly-timed break between unpleasantly hot and windy and thunderstorms, which meant that we had just the right conditions for the event and the heavens opened as everyone was leaving site.

The winners of the archery tourney were THL William de Bonnay (first), Lady Jennifer Dragoner de Lille (second) and Lady Morwenna de Bonnay (third). Huzzah!

Photos and more details to come.

By Adelindis filia Gotefridi | Uncategorized | Link