Candlemas - Festa della Candelora

Georgetown Community Center
445 E Morrow St, Georgetown, TX 78626
February 1, 2020 9AM - 9PM

Event Steward: Katalina Ana de Salamanca (Katrina O'Keefe) or call 512-710-8663
Feast Steward: Safiyya bint Khalid (Kellie Daniel) or call 903-808-1296

“If Candlemas Day is clear and bright, winter will have another bite. If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, / winter is gone and will not come again.”

It is the year 1550 and Florence Italy is celebrating the Feast of the Blessing of Candles. This is the day when we will know what the weather holds for us in the upcoming year and a day we anticipate the coming spring with good food, bright lights, and DANCING!

The plan is to host a grand ball that will start at noon and continue until time for the final procession of lights.Musicians are encouraged and will be flattered extravagantly. Our yearly Candle Dance will end the ball and usher in the delicious selection of dishes prepared by our own HL Safiyya.

There will be a small number of classes during the day, specifically aimed at people who want to start a new hobby. We will also host our A&S competition to choose the next Artisan of Bryn Gwlad, as well as display for those who do not wish to compete but would like to have discussions about their art.

There may be some minor skirmishing outside the walls of our hall, but inside it will remain merry and cozy. Such combat pursuits as Their Excellencies deem fit for the occasion will occur.

One of the major points of interest for this festival is the welcoming of newcomers into our community. There will be an Information Point at the front gate, set aside to both steer people to where they need to go and to provide help for those who have never attended an event. Newcomers will also be paired with experienced site heralds, artisans, and feast servers, to help them find something fun to do. A teen hospitaler liaison will be available to help answer questions for teens, and fun kid’s activities will distract our youngest members.

Site Registration
$20 Adult Event Registration
$15 Adult Member Discount
Free Children 17 and under and Students with Student ID
$12 Adult Feast
$10 Child Feast

Paypal Registration is now open.

Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. Barony of Bryn Gwlad

Pets are not permitted

Feast is limited to 100 participants.

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.

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, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

Event Schedule

Time Description
9:00 AM Gate Opens
10:00 AM Classes start/ A&S starts/ Cut & Thrust starts/ Brewing competition set-up/ Useful Things competition starts/ Heavy Weapons pick-up fights start
12:00 PM Lunch / Sherwood Forest Planning Meeting
1:00 PM Classes restart / Bardic Competition starts/Brewing Competition Judging starts/ Black Blade Tournament to start when Cut & Thrust ends.
3:00 PM Gate Closes
4:00 PM Ball starts/ A&S ends/ Classes end
4:30 PM Hall Transition
5:45 PM Candle Dance
6:00 PM Feast
7:00 PM Court
9:00 PM Clean-up

Candlemas will have two separate A&S competitions! Artisans are encouraged to bring entries on the theme of “Light”, though adherence to the theme is not required. Pre-registration (sending Simona della Luna a message with what you’re bringing, for which competition, and any special requests like electricity or floor space) is not required, but will be greatly appreciated

A&S Championship Details

The competition to select our next A&S champion will be a traditional A&S event, judged with the kingdom judging sheets Note that the quality of your written documentation bears heavily in the scoring. Please email Simona della Luna if you have any questions.

A&S Competition (non-championship) Details

The other A&S event will feature entries that make our game better, but that might not fare well in a traditional A&S competition. Did you make a clever wooden box to cover your ice chest? Engineered flat-pack medieval-ish plywood furniture to take camping? Figured out a hidden ice vest to wear at hot events? Entries do not need to be made with period materials or techniques, but to outside observation they should make an attempt at passing as pre-1600’s items. Written documentation is strongly encouraged, though it does not need to conform to the kingdom judging sheet. Tell your judges about your item, how you made it, and what it has done to make playing in the SCA more enjoyable.