The Barony of Bjorsborg presents Celebration of Bears!

 
Join us for a weekend filled with a spirit of celebration for the SCA. Their Ursine Excellencies, Ivarr and Christiana, will choose their Archery Champion, Chivalric Champion, and Skaldic Champion. There will also be a Guild Hall for artisans to gather and scheduled activities geared towards children. Details about the various championships and activities can be found in the discussion part of this page.

Bjornsborg Fall Event (October 2022)

Event Steward: HL Rosa de Armanno (Paula Cloud

Email: paulacloud2014@gmail.com

Phone: (361) 726-7260

Date: October 14-16, 2022

Location: Nolte Island – 2220FM 466, Seguin, TX 78155

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Nolte+Island+Recreation+Area/@29.5340166,-97.9344997,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x8bbed39176c800cf!8m2!3d29.5383032!4d-97.9319331

*Directions and site maps at bottom of this webpage

Registration:

  • Adult Event Registration: $25 
  • Adult Member discount registration: $20 
  • Children 17 & Under: Free
  • Family Max $60 plus $5 per non-member adult up to 3
  • LUNCH FEAST: $10

PayPal link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5zZMoPPcBd9UYu5-F4txtyl4Yp2-il8uqYdONn8hAbZXk9w/viewform

Make Checks Payable to SCA Inc. / Barony of Bjornsborg

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They may also attend with a 21-year-old or older adult with a signed and notarized Minor Event Waiver Form from the parents.

Schedule:

The site is open for set up Friday at 5 pm and will close Sunday at 12 noon

The following times are tentative at the time of this posting:

FRIDAY

  • 8 AM: Gate Opens
  • 11 PM: Gate Closes

SATURDAY

  • 8 AM: Gate Opens
  • 9 AM: Morning Court
  • 10 AM – 12 PM: Chivalric Championship
    • 10 AM – 12 PM: Children’s Activities
  • 12 PM – 2 PM: LUNCH FEAST and Skaldic Championship
  • 12 PM: Gate Closes
  • 2 PM – 4 PM: Archery Championship 
  • 4 PM – 5 PM: Jusric Memorial Archery Shoot
  • 6 PM: Evening Court to be at their Royal Majesties discretion.
    Post Royal court a brief recess will occur so that people can move to the lower level to grab a bite to eat and join Baronial Court.

Merchants:

Want to be a merchant at our event? Sell your wares at the Celebration of Bears! We have space up where the action is and electricity should you need it (bring your own extension cord(s)). Merchants will need to be out of the Merchant area on Saturday night due to an adjustment in the use of the site this year.

Contact our Merchant Coordinator, Enda Ui Donncha, via Facebook Messager (@ Robert Dunphy) or at (210) 422-0188. Fill him in on all your detail.

Camping:

There is no need to reserve a space, but the camping area is on a first come/ first choice basis. Due to a change in how the venue was secured, there will be NO camping in the upper area where most activities will be happening on Saturday. Camping will be available in the “lower” area in the vicinity of the smaller pavilion with campers having parking nearby.

There is a bathroom with flushing toilets just up the hill from where the camping area is. You will need to bring your own extension cord for any electrical needs you may have. The electrical outlets are located in the small pavilion, depending how far you camp away from the pavilion, will determine how long of a cord you will need. Do not be surprised if people are gathering in the pavilion late at night, if you prefer quieter camping, may we suggest you distance your set up from the pavilion. 

Animals:
-Well-behaved leashed pets with proper vaccinations and Service Animals welcome
-Site is wet in period containers

Chivalric Championship

Chivalric Championship format to be announced

Archery Championship

Archery Championship format to be announced

Skaldic Championship:

The Skaldic championship will be hosted during the event wide lunch break at their Excellencies’ discretion. Lunch is from 12noon to 2, so sometime after they have had a bite to eat. For clarification, their Ursine Excellencies chose the term Skald for anyone who is a performer, not exclusively for those who offer Norse type performances, thus the term Skaldic Champion. Audience members are welcome to enjoy their lunch during the competition and are asked to show courtesy to the competitors and any other performers by being mindful of not holding conversations while someone is performing, it can be a distraction to everyone else.

The criteria for the Skaldic Championship will be: 

Each person seeking to enter the championship will need to be prepared to enter 3 rounds.

  • Round 1: Showcase your alliteration skills.  This round may be any sort of vocal performance that is in an alliterative style (Alliteration is where the first sound of a word is repeated multiple times – See the first two lines above).
  • Round 2: Fantastical Stories.  Tell your best fantastical story or tall tale.  Keep the subject matter to something period or SCA specific.  This can be about a person (or group of people), a place, or an event.
  • Round 3: Praise Piece.  The subject of this final round will be praise of another person (or group of people).  This round may be any style of performance: vocal, instrumental, expressive, or something else, so long as it is a positive representation of someone(s) else.

Their Ursine Excellencies will choose their newest skald from the entrants based on their preference for whom they believe will best represent the Barony of Bjornsborg.

Arts & Sciences Activities:

To allow the event to have something for those not inclined towards the competitions, a “guild hall” will be set up for artisans to work directly with peers on their craft or show off their craft in general. More details pending


*Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

**THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions. If you are subjected to harassment, bullying, or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, the President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.


Event Staff:

Autocrat: Rosa de Armanno

Autocrat (Backup): Alcina Odessa

Gate Coordinator: Frú Sigrun Í Biarká

Food Coordinator: Genevieve Cozzini

Chivalric Marshal: Amra Shieldsplitter

Archery Coordinator: Hrabia Jan

Archery Marshal: Sarah Ulfeior Gunn

Skaldic Coordinator: Robert Cuthbert

Waterbearing Coordinator: Elizabeth “Stark” Christianasdottir

Scrolls: Diane Mallet

A&S Coordinator: Alex Doyle

Children’s Activities Coordinator: Marjorie Harper

Site Setup and Teardown Coordinator: Bryan Diezman

Merchant Coordinator: Enda Ui Donncha

Privy Coordinator: Marianna Garcia


Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/602054478096236


Directions:

Nolte Island-

From Seguin:

  • If heading NORTH on 123 Bypass, turn RIGHT onto RM466, aka Eastwood Dr., (Look for Hillcrest Assembly of God Church, turn in that direction), after 2 miles turn RIGHT onto GBRA Access Road. Look for SCA signs
  • If heading SOUTH on 123 Bypass, turn LEFT onto FM 466, aka Eastwood Dr., (Look for Hillcrest Assembly of God Church, turn in that direction), after 2 miles turn RIGHT onto GBRA Access Road. Look for SCA signs. 

Google Maps Link:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Nolte+Island+Recreation+Area/@29.5340166,-97.9344997,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x8bbed39176c800cf!8m2!3d29.5383032!4d-97.9319331