St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
1656 Blalock Rd. 
Houston, TX 77080

Join us for our 51st annual Yule revel to be held Saturday, December 2nd at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Houston, TX. Activites will include tournaments, dancing, live music, a German feast (menu below), and a chance to be chosen as the artist and the performer to represent the Barony of the Stargate for the next year. We will also be hosting a dance competition during the ball. For details see below menu.

Additionally, we are proud to be hosting Eisteddfod (also know as Royal Bardic or Royal Entertainer) for the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Please see the Ansteorra and Stargate Facebook pages and events for further details.

Site Registration

  • Adult Registration: $20
  • Adult Member Discount Registration: $15
  • Minors Under 18: Free
  • Feast: $10
  • Make checks payable to SCA Inc – Barony of Stargate
  • 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.

Schedule

  • 8:30am- Gate Opens; A&S set up becomes available
  • 9:00am – morning court
  • 9:30am – Toys for Tots Drive Opens
  • 10:00am-Toys for Tots Tourneys begin; Youth activities begin; Padraic’s vigil begins; Charter painting begins. A&S set up closes
  • 10:30am- Stargate Bardic Baronial Champion competition begins.
  • 11:30am- Lunch Break – Toys for Tots Tourneys conclude; SG Bardic concludes; youth activities recess.
  • 1:00pm- Kingdom Bardic Championship begins; A&S judging begins.
  • 1:30pm-Boat launching activity for youth
  • 2:00pm- Ball and Dance competition begins;
  • 3:00pm-Vigil concludes; Laurel Circle begins.
  • 4:45pm- Set up for Feast and Court
  • 5:00pm-Charter painting Closes;
  • 5:30pm – Evening Court and Toys for Tots Drive Ends
  • 6:30pm- Feast Begins *table decoration competition immediately before the feast.
  • 9pm- site closes to populace; cleaning begins. To be done by 11pm

Facebook Event For Eisteddfod Information see the bottom of the page.

Feast Menu

First Remove

  • Cucumber Salad: cucumbers, onion, dill, parsley, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper (GF/Vegan)
  • Sourdough and German Rye Breads with butter (Vegetarian)
  • Bratwurst and Knockwurst sausage (contains pork, beyond brats are available if requested in advance)
    • Beyond brats (GF/Soy free/vegan)
  • Sauerkraut: Fermented cabbage, potato, onion, salt and pepper, roasted pork (GF/can be made vegan)
  • Assorted Mustards   

Second Remove

  • Sweet and Sour Cabbage: Red cabbage, onion, butter, red wine, apples, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, cloves, bay leaf, salt and pepper (GF/vegetarian/contains alcohol)
  • Beef rouladen with gravy over spaetzle:   Top Round Steak, dijon mustard, onion, dill pickle, pork bacon, salt and pepper (GF)
    • Gravy: beef stock, onions, carrots, leeks, celery, corn starch, salt and pepper (GF)
    • Spaetzle: durum wheat semolina, eggs, water (vegetarian)
  • Vegetarian sausages are offered as an alternative if requested in advance

Third Remove

  • Bread pudding with vanilla sauce: white and whole wheat bread, raisins, milk, butter, white sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla (Vegetarian)
    • Vanilla sauce: Cream, white sugar, brown sugar, butter vanilla, bourbon (alcohol free version available, request in advance) 

Stargate Bardic

STARGATE BARDIC CHAMPIONSHIP
Come by road or by boat, on horse or on cart, from towns near or far, perform in your art!
Stargate’s bardic championship will be TWO rounds of any bardic style, with the theme of travel, exploration, discovery, etc.
Wishing you all safe travels to the event!

  • Cassion Jaskółski
    Outgoing Stargate Bardic Champion


European Dance Ball

The dance ball will consist of the following dances:

  • Queens Alman
  • Pinagat
  • Half Hannikin
  • Hearts Ease
  • Millison’s Jig
  • Whirligig
  • Rusty Tufty
  • Le Bens Distonys
  • Charlotte
  • Hit and Miss
  • Heralds in Love
  • Petit Riens
  • Gathering Peascods
  • Lorayne Alman
  • Merry Merry Milkmaids
  • Fine Companion
  • Parson’s Farewell
  • Picking Up Sticks
  • Amoroso

Dance Competition Format

This year their Excellencies Stargate will host a dance competition during the ball at Stargate Yule. All those who seek to enter should sign-up the day of the event and be prepared to perform the following set of dances: Black Alman, Rostiboli Gioioso, and An Arbeau Bransle Suite of Cassandra, Pinegay, Charlotte, La Guerre, and Aridan. 

Each entrant will be judged on 2/3 dances of their choice (the entire bransle suite being judged collectively) with extra points awarded for attempting all of the dances. Judges will be scoring based on technique, performance, and overall impression of the dancers. The dance competition will take place at the beginning of the ball with the remainder of social dancing to follow. 

All those who need a refresher on certain dances should contact HL Tuathal O’Sheils for assistance the day of the event. He will be setting aside time at Yule to work with any dancers who would like assistance prior to competing. Please send all questions to HL Tuathal in advance of the event for any inquiries regarding the competition.

Ansteorra Eisteddfod Information

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