It’s the year 1594 and Elizabeth I, Regina Gloriana, the Virgin Queen, is in the final decade of her long rule. While the defeat of the Spanish Armada has brought new wealth and power to England, troubles at home and abroad continue to trouble this mighty ruler. In search of respite, and in hopes of brokering a peace across Europe, she has decided to host a great Candle Mass and invite allies and friends from courts across the Known World to join her in the Welsh countryside. She has promised dancing, revels, displays of prowess, artisans of great renown, and a feast that would make her late father, Henry VIII, jealous.
|$15||Adult Member Discount Registration|
|$6||Ages 12 - 17|
|Free||Youth 12 and under|
Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They may also attend with a 21 year or older adult with a signed and notarized Minor Event Waiver Form from the parents.
Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. Barony of Bryn Gwlad
No alcohol before 4PM. Flames in containers only.
Bryn Gwlad Hospitaler will be providing Gold Key garb for those in need. Please contact the Bryn Gwlad Hospitaler for more information.
No alcohol before 4PM. Flames in containers only.
The map below shows dedicated parking lots in green to the east and northeast of the site, overflow parking in yellow north of the site and at the US Post Office, and the available fields to the west and south of the site. Please note that the Austin Steam Train Association Hill Country Flyer route will be stopping for a two-hour lunch intermission at the nearby depot. No doubt we will have the opportunity to chat with interested riders!
As there is no camping available at this event, we will gather information about local hotels for your convenience, should you wish to stay in Burnet after a night of festivities.
If you have any questions or have Special needs, feel free to contact the following
Please contact the Head Cook before December 31st, 2018 if you have allergies or concerns. This feast will be made with consideration to allergens. Feast seating reservations will be available. Keep watch for the menu to be posted.
Please contact the class coordinator if you have a skill, an art, or information you would like to teach. Please focus on late-period A&S or general SCA classes. Keep watch for more details.
The Bryn Gwlad Cut and Thrust Championship will be hosted by Don Isaac von Basel, and will be a judged pool tourney, with points awarded for staying true to a period format. Field heralding of the fighters is highly encouraged - if you would like to herald fighters, please contact the Bryn Gwlad Rapier Marshal online or approach Don Isaac or the acting Rapier Marshal, Master John Drake, on the day of.
Armor inspections will begin at 9am. The tournament will begin at 10am, following morning court. The finals will be held in conjunction with the Bardic Championship finals, as is appropriate for Elizabethan entertainment!
Sir Maelgwyn Dda will host the Bryn Gwlad Arts and Science competition.
Bryn Gwlad’s Candlemas celebration will include a competition to display the finest works of our artisans, to give them valuable critiques as they prepare for Kingdom Arts and Sciences, and to allow Their Halberd Excellencies to select an Arts and Sciences champion for the coming year.
This year the competition will include two tracks. Each entrant can choose to compete in one or the other or both. The first track will use the standard Ansteorran judging form. The second track will use a modified version of the form for work that is optimized for practical use within the SCA while maintaining an authentic appearance. Both tracks will reward complete documentation that explains the reasons for any choices made. For example, if you made two carved and painted wooden boxes with quilted padded liners but one was lined with leather over quilted wool roving and the other was lined with washable vinyl over foam insulation to serve as a food cooler for events, the first would receive a better score on the standard track while the second would score better on the practical track.
Set-up for the competition will begin at 9 AM with judging to begin at 11 AM. All entries must be collected between 1 and 2 PM. Judging forms will be provided to all entrants.
The Bryn Gwlad Bardic Championship will be hosted this year by Lady Synriðr of Bryn Gwlad.
The tournament will begin at 1:30pm, and the finals will be held in conjunction with the Cut and Thrust Championship finals, as is appropriate for Elizabethan entertainment!
This year's Bryn Gwlad Brewing Competition will be hosted by Laird Hextilda.
Turning Water into wine
Takes grapes, yeast, and a little time
But what of drinks without potency?
Submit your best and we shall see.
Come take part in the Bryn Gwlad Brewing Competition. This year’s theme is nonalcoholic. Please bring your best alcohol-free brews for judging. Some places to start would be sekanjabin, tinctures, tisanes, infusions, homemade grenadine, rose syrups, apple drinks, etc. Points will be given for historical accuracy in both drink and presentation. Documentation encouraged but not required. Even if you’ve never brewed before, this is your chance to try something new without spending six months on it.
UNDER-21s: That’s right, if you are under 21, you can compete in a separate category! We’ll do a group sampling and co-judging (that is, all the under-21s who compete will collectively decide who wins) and declare a junior winner.
Set-up for the competition will begin at 9 AM with judging to begin at 11 AM. All entries must be collected between 1 and 2 PM.
The Arts and Sciences Championship
Pick up items from A&S Championship and Brewing Competition.
A luncheon for the populous will be provided, perhaps showcasing some delicacies from the New World... Details are forthcoming.
Join us for a feast to delight the senses! Our feast steward, Lord Tuathal O'Sheils, is preparing a menu for all interested revelers to enjoy. We desire to accommodate all comers possible, so please use the form below to notify us of your allergens by December 31st and we will do our best to accommodate.
Please, no alcohol before 4PM. Flames in containers only.
Reserve your feast here. $10 feast fee to be collected at site.
As is tradition for the Bryn Gwlad Candlemas celebration and for a feast of the period, the Grand Ball will be interwoven with Feast. The Feast will be opened with the performance of this year's Candle Dance, a symbolic lighting of the new year. Bring candles in containers to dress your table and we will spread light throughout the hall. Then, each feast course will be followed by a set of dances, outlined below, to entertain between removes.
Charter painting will be available for those who wish to practice or learn the art of illumination. No supplies are required, just bring yourself! See examples from the Bryn Gwlad Scribal Guild here.
Ca' d'Oro Salon will be in attendance:
The great houses of northern Italy have sent their finest emissaries to the winter court of Queen Elizabeth. There shall be visitors from across the Knowne Worlde gathered therein and all are welcome to join the Salon for games, conversation, delectable tastes of foreign lands, and perhaps even a lesson in proper courtly makeup. What intrigue or court gossip has made its way to the hills of Wales?
The Ca' d'Oro Salon is Enchanted Ground, and thus an in-persona area. It is inspired by the intellectual salons of Renaissance Italy, but open to all. Please come join us!
Children's activities are being planned - please stay tuned for details.
Merchants will in be attendance selling their wares both inside and out. Please contact Mistress Gwenneth Bowynne if you would like to join them in purveying your goods.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! (There is still room for your class if you want to teach at Candlemas!)
Candlemas this year has space for 16 regular classes and up to 4 dance classes! These are hour-long classes (with 15 minutes for set up and break down). You may request, however, to teach a 2 hour slot.
Our Class Theme: Things of the 16th Century
Anything from the time period of Elizabeth is greatly encouraged - from jewelry making, to fiber arts, to garb making, to history, we are excited to see options available for our event goers!
Please state if you would prefer a Morning (10), Mid-Morning (11), Afternoon (1), or Teatime (2) slot and specify if you are teaching a 1 hour class or 2 hour class.
Each class will be provided a table and chairs.
If you have any questions, please email the class coordinator, Emma de Davyntre.