Candlemas 2024

A Most Illustrious Wedding

February 3rd, 2024 at the Georgetown Community Center

The year is 1494 and the wealthiest bride in Europe is about to become the queen of Germany and future Empress of Rome.  Come re-live the wedding of Bianca Maria Sforza of Milan and King Maximilian I of Austria and Germany. An event “all those who were present agreed that they had never seen so magnificent a spectacle, and the Ambassador of Russia, who was numbered amongst them, declared that he had never witnessed such an extraordinary display of pomp. The Nuncio of his Holiness the Pope said the same thing, as well as the Ambassador of France, who declared that, although he had been present at the Coronations of the Pope and of his own King and Queen, he had never seen anything more splendid.” (A letter from Beatrix Sfortia Vicemoes Estensis Duchissa Bri).

Wear your fanciest Italian and German clothing and join us for music, dance, food, and revelry!

Note: Entries that have no SCA Name listed are positions that still need to be filled! Contact the Event Steward to volunteer!

Staff ListSCA Name
Event StewardOrazio d'Assisi
Populace Luncheon CoordinatorMorina O Donnabhain
Feast CoordinatorChristiane Milton
Gate CoordinatorEstienne de bretagne
Site Set Up
Youth ActivitesGiulia di Marco Gonzaga
Games CoordinatorGoldweard St. Golias
Costume Contest CoordinatorDrika Van Sittern
C&T MarshalMartin Malone
Regional Practice Coordinator
A&S CoordinatorMadelena de Orozco
Bardic CoordinatorEdward of the Forest
Brewing Competition CoordinatorElen verch Phelip
Class CoordinatorElizabeth Frasier
Server Supervisor
Head Table Supervisor
Dance/Feast Liasion
Dance CoordinatorMyfanwy Ferch Eifion
Musician CoordinatorSean Tabor
Pit Master Avatar of Catsprey
Clean Up Supervisor

Core Event Info

What:Bryn Gwlad Candlemas
Where:Georgetown Community Center
445 E Morrow St, Georgetown, TX 78626
When:February 3rd 2024
8am to 10pm
(with Regional Fighter Practice on the 4th)
Event Stewards:Maestro Orazio d’ Assisi
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Activities:A&S Classes all day, 15thC Italian Ball, Feast in the evening
Competitions: Costume, Games, A&S, Bardic, Brewing, C&T


According to SCA Policy: “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 from the parents.”

Site Restrictions (Food, Pets, Service Animals, etc)

  • Smoking is not allowed in the building or on the premises (including the Courtyard)
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Animals that are not service animals are prohibited
  • There is not designated parking for the Center. All parking within San Gabriel Park is first come first serve.
  • Alcohol is only allowed when Security is present – Bryn Gwlad will be paying for security and will update here when we confirm the hours of coverage

Site Address:

Georgetown Community Center
445 E Morrow St, Georgetown, TX 78626

Directions from Temple, TX (North of site on I-35):

  • From Temple, TX, head South on I-35
  • Take Exit 264 from I-35 S toward TX-158 Spur/NE Inner Loop
  • Turn left onto Lakeway Dr
  • Turn Right onto N Austin Ave
  • Turn left onto Chamber Way
  • Turn left onto E Morrow Street
  • Follow signs for Community Center, building will be on your left

Directions from Austin, TX (South of site on I-35):

  • From Austin, TX, head North on I-35
  • Take Exit 262 from I-35 N toward FM 2338/Granger/FM971
  • Turn Right onto Forest Street
  • Turn left onto E Morrow Street
  • Follow signs for Community Center, building will be on your left

This year’s Candlemas will feature a full Feast in the evening.
Check back here for more details on the menu.

Dance coordinator: Myfanwy Ferch Eifion

Music Coordinator: HL Sean Tabor

15-16th century Italian focus

  • We plan to lock in the set list by mid Oct. to early Nov. and then send that list to the Ansteorran Musicians and dance guilds
  • We will plan a dance track for teaching the ball set during the day

“The Queen wore a toilette of crimson satin embroidered with stripes of gold and covered with precious stones. Her train was of immense length, as also her hanging sleeves whose shape made them appear like two wings, and these produced a splendid effect.”

Coordinator: Drika van Sitteren

  • This will be an Italian/German costume contest
  • Two prizes
    • Nobles’ choice: best period late 15th century Italian or German (as advised by the laurellate)
    • Populace choice: Most glamorous outfit as determined by popular acclaim

Are you ready to test your luck? Are you ready to try to win it all?
We will be hosting a Games Contest for all! Participants will be given a starting handful of coins that you can bet, trade, play, and good faith shenanigan your way to collecting the most!

Coordinator: Lady Elizabeth Fraser

Check back here for the descriptions and schedule of classes.

Current Champion: HL Madalena de Orozco

Details on the competition will be added soon.

Current Champion: Lord Edward of the Forest

Details on the Bardic competition will be added soon.

Current Champion: Mistress Elen Verch Phelip

Details on the Bardic competition will be added soon.

Current Champion: Master Martin Malone

Details on the C&T Competition will be added soon.

Spend the day on Saturday with music, arts, dance, and food, and then join us Sunday at the Georgetown Community Center for a Regional Rapier, Chivalric, and Cut & Thrust practice!

Schedule and other details will be added soon.