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 email@example.com or 0407 468 244 to book, before the 2nd of June.
* Note: togas are optional!
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.
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!
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.
Member: $5. Non-member: $10
Steward: Morwenna & William de Bonnay
Bookings by Sat 24 Feb, to the stewards on firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!
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.
Due to inclement weather, November’s Canton Day will now be held at a private venue in Castle Forbes Bay. Please contact the Seneschal for address details.
The Canton was well-represented at the recent 9th Great Southern Gathering, held at Orana Scouts and Guides Camp, Roches Beach, from 29 September-2 October. Both Baroness Adelindis and the honourable Lord Karl Faustus von Aachen taught several classes across the weekend, and Nick and Tina of Lightwood and their family enriched the event with their living history encampment. Nick put on a demonstration of campfire cooking throughout the day, ultimately sharing his delicious goose stew and goose pastries (from their own homegrown and processed geese, to make the experience even more authentic) and home-brewed mead with the interested visitors. They also hosted a bardic circle around the fire on Saturday night.
The encampment was a thoroughly atmospheric addition to the collegia and tourneys of the weekend, and was thoroughly appreciated (particularly the bits involving geese and mead) by all its many visitors throughout the event.
All photos supplied by Tina Hale. Click to embiggen.
Alas, the glorious run of luck we’d been having with winter events deserted us this weekend, and the archery component was cancelled for this month’s Canton Day. Instead, we met up for a potluck lunch.
After this month’s date was put back to avoid clashes, Canton Day for September will return to being the first Saturday of the month, so feel free to come and join us on September 2nd for a few hours of archery and fun.