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.
Our next Canton Day will be held on August 19th, from 11am-3pm. Canton Days are a relaxed and fun way of getting involved in the Canton – come along and try archery and enjoy a potluck lunch. Canton Days are garbed events but we have loaner garb available if needed. Just talk to our Hospitaller to arrange something.
Canton Day will be held at a private address, so please contact our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay, for details, by email or calling (03) 6297 1083.
If you’re closer to Hobart, the Barony of Ynys Fawr is holding a similar casual garbed potluck picnic (no archery, but there may be a heavy or rapier tourney, depending on attendance) on August 5th, at Nutgrove Park, Long Beach, Sandy Bay. Contact the office of the Baronial Chatelaine for details.
After a break of a few months, Canton Day resumes in July with a garbed pot luck lunch and archery (weather permitting). The date is Saturday July 8th from 11am -3pm. It will be held at a private address – with a nice warm fire to retreat to after the archery – so please contact our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay, for the address, on firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 6297 1083.
The Canton held its midwinter event, based on the Roman Festival of Saturnalia and stewarded by THL Karl Faustus von Aachen, at Kraken Hall on June 24th. We were pleased to have the company of Baron Gilbert Purchase and Baroness Bethony Gaitskell of Krae Glas and their family for the occasion.
The Gladiatorial Games during the day were greatly entertaining (if chilly). The populace were able to buy a gladiator for the games at the initial auction, held after opening Court, and the first round of the tourney was conducted by owner’s challenge. There was much amusement provided by the audience’s ability to determine whether the victorious fighter should deal a final blow to their defeated opponent to end their suffering, or permit them to continue fighting. After the audience participation round, the tournament was decided by a round robin format, with the victor being Sir Gilbert Purchase, Baron of Krae Glas.
After the fighters had retired from the field, the next generation of Ynys Fawr’s combatants took their places for a boffer tourney, followed by a splendid melee in which a fierce lion (Lord Robert de Bonnay) was vanquished by the sheer number of his opponents – and an unexpected Knight.
The valiant children were later called up in Court and presented Baroness Adelindis filia Gotefridi with a lion skin as a memento of their brave battle. Huzzah! Also at Court, Floki Snorrason received an encouragement token, and Lord Drustin of Skye was made a member of the Order of the Golden Beacon for his excellence as an example of presentation and conduct in persona.
The evening’s feast, catered by Lady Alessandra di Fiore di Piero della Mora in her first (but hopefully not last!) feast in her new Barony of Ynys Fawr, featured a hearty winter’s menu based on the recipes of Apicius. Despite not being a member of the Canton, she certainly lived up to Lightwood’s motto Walk In, Waddle Home. She has kindly provided her redaction for one of her dishes below.
There was also much entertainment and gift giving in the spirit of Saturnalia. The A&S competition for the evening had two categories: a small item suitable to be given as a gift, and a poetic work to be presented to a person of higher rank. These received one entry each, with a beautiful set of wooden feasting gear presented by Lord William de Bonnay to Floki Snorrason, and an impressive poem composed in dactylic hexameter by Master Hrolf Herjolffson, and presented to Baroness Adelindis. While the categories were unable to be judged, both entrants received a token for the quality of their entries. The poetic theme was continued by several, and there were also a number of songs performed throughout the evening.
A rousing good time was had by all who attended on the day, despite the chill. Io Saturnalia!
288 To Cook Pork Shoulder
Ham simply cooked in water with figs is usually dressed on a platter (baking pan) sprinkled with crumbs and reduced wine, or, still better, with spiced wine and is glazed under the open flame, or with a shovel containing red-hot embers.
1 Perna is usually applied to shoulder of pork, fresh, also cured. Coxa is the hind leg, or haunch of pork, or fresh ham. Cf. note 1 to ℞ No.289.
The redaction used for Saturnalia was:
rolled shoulder of pork 3kg
white wine ~1 L
500g of dried figs
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
several fresh bay leaves
fresh sage was also added
Place the pork in a roasting dish, add the wine, figs, sultanas, pepper, salt and bay leaves (sage if using). Place into a preheated oven (160 if fan forced 180 if not). Roast for several hours. Every hour or so roll the pork over and baste with wine and cooking juices. You can then take the skin off and place it under the grill and make crispy.
– Lady Alessandra di Fiore di Piero della Mora
The Canton celebrated our third St Sebastian’s Archery Picnic on February 18th. It was a fun, low-key event, in which the usual high calibre of archery in the Barony was on display. The fiendish mind of the Canton’s Captain of Archers had been hard at work to produce new targets to dismay and confound all comers, as is now traditional.
The place-getters of the archery competition were Lord Anselm da Calabria (first on 146), Thomas Loxley (140) and Lord William de Bonnay (139). Winner of the pairs shoot were Thomas Loxley and Baroness Anna Felice Tavestoche (122). Congratulations to them all on a splendid showing.
In addition to the usual archery activities, this year’s picnic incorporated a new – and exceedingly popular! – Arts and Sciences competition, for medieval pies. While an excellent subject for an A&S competition in itself, the popularity undoubtedly came from the fact that the pies were distributed to the populace after the official judging was complete. The winner – and also second place getter – of the A&S competition was Lady Helewyse de Bonnay, with her spectacular blackberry pie (made from her own blackberries) taking first place, and her Tortes d’Agli (garlic pies) coming in second. Third place getter was Morwenna de Bonnay. Thanks and congratulations to all the entrants, your contributions were greatly appreciated! The trophy for the A&S competition was an ingenious and very appropriate rolling pin, made by Lord William de Bonnay.
Baroness Anna Felice Tavestoche was delighted to welcome wayfarers to the Barony, from the Canton of Burnfield in the Northern Reaches. They are pictured here (on the right) with their friends and hosts, Nicholas and Tina of Lightwood (on the left).
Thanks and congratulations go to the Housse de Bonnay – particularly event steward Lady Morwenna de Bonnay – and their helpers for another delightful event.
Alas, the weather is not co-operating, and Canton Day has been cancelled for November. Check back here for details on our next archery practice.
Welcome to people finding us from the the Blossom Festival display at GeCo today! If you are interested in finding out more about us and what we do, why not come along to our next Canton Day? Held on Saturday 5th November, at Surges Bay oval, we will be getting together for a relaxed day of archery practice, BBQ lunch and socialising. Set up is between 11:30-12pm, and practice usually winds up around 3pm. We will be in garb, but don’t worry if you don’t have anything to wear – our Hospitaller will have something available if you want to get into the spirit of the thing.
Children are welcome to participate in archery from the age of about five (or when they are old enough to hold the bow safely and take direction from our archery Marshals).
To participate in the archery, all non-members, of any age, will need to pay a $5 insurance surcharge, which makes you members for the duration of the event and thus covered by our policy. If you want to come more regularly, a yearly SCA membership is $35 per adult, and any number of children can be added to an adult membership for free. A gold coin donation per adult towards the Canton’s expenses is also appreciated, but not required.
Archery is always subject to the vagaries of the weather, of course, so if it looks doubtful due to wind or rain, the best way to confirm whether or not it will be going ahead for the day is checking the Canton of Lightwood’s Facebook group, where any cancellation will be advised before 11am, or by calling the Captain of Archers.
For more information on archery in the Canton, please contact the Captain of Archers, Lord William de Bonnay (Terry Arnold), on (03) 6297 1083. For more information on the Canton, you can talk to our Hospitaller, Lady Morwenna de Bonnay (Jan Arnold), at email@example.com or (03) 6297 1083. We hope to see you at an event soon!
The Canton kicked off archery practice for the season with a well-attended session at Surges Bay oval today.
Archery practice happens every fortnight (please check the calendar for exact dates) from 11:30 (set-up) to around 3pm. Anyone can come and have a go, you just need to sign an event membership and pay an indemnity for the day so that you are covered by insurance. Children are welcome to participate from the age of about 5, under parental supervision. For more details, see our page on Archery, or contact our Captain of Archers, Lord William de Bonnay, on 6297 1083.
The Canton sent a goodly contingent of members to the Sheffield Medieval Festival this year, to help represent the Barony. The stalwart de Bonnay family also lent their aid to the Loxley Archers group in the running of the archery display. Despite the rain and wind it was a great event, with lots of interested souls braving the weather to come and see what is on offer in the medieval world in Tasmania.
A great photo of Canton Captain of Archers Lord William de Bonnay, captured in action, was also included in the ABC News Online’s excellent story on the Festival (near the end).
We look forward to returning next year to enjoy the hospitality of the Festival’s organisers, the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights Templar Tasmania – OSMTJ.