The 20th anniversary of Feast of the Bears

March 5, 2016 9:00 AM - March 5, 2016 8:00 PM

Late February and early March bring depression and loneliness to the lands of Aethelmearc so the Shire of Stormsport has felt it our duty to bring some light and cheer to the winter-weary by celebrating the Bears Event. Come join us on Saturday March 5th to help celebrate our twenty year anniversary! As usual, there will be a great deal of fighting, with both a double elimination tourney and a bear pit, designed so every fighter will have as much fighting as he could possibly want. This year, Her Grace Dorinda will be leading a fencing list.

The shire has not held a silent auction in several years so I expect some choice items when we clean out our closets, including a copy of the Visconti Hours. The funds raised will go to the Equestrians, to help finance their attendance at 50 Year. Lady Maggie Bakestre will teach a fun period card game.

The site is St. Teresa\'s Catholic Church, 9 Third Avenue, Union City, PA 16438, open from 9am to 8pm. The site is wet, but no open flames. Your autocrat for the day is Lady Leah Janette (MKA Janet Davis) 432 W 7th Street Erie, PA 16502, 814-315-0222.

Once again we will be holding a Kids Kitchen for the sideboard. Our head cooks from Stormsport are Lady Evelyn (age 11) and Lady Katherine (age 9), Children ages 4+ and their parent/guardian are invited to help us prepare the sideboard for the day. We will have kitchen prep jobs for all ability levels, with lessons on food safety and basic cooking techniques, all supervised by Ottilige von Rappoltsweiler. Questions and dietary concerns can be directed to her at ottilige@rocketmail.com

There will be a succulent feast featuring some favorites from past Bears events. The price for feast is $10.00 per person and is limited to 48.

Site fees for the event are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 5-12, and children under 5 are free. Students with a valid id are $5.00. This includes a sideboard lunch. An additional $5.00 non-member surcharge will be collected at the door. Please send reservations to Ciar ingen ui Chrotaig (Char Smith, 1007 W. Grandview Blvd, Erie PA 16509,charsmith@verizon.net). Please make checks payable to SCA-PA, Inc. Shire of Stormsport.


DIRECTIONS: From North: Take your best route to I-90 West and take Exit 41 in North East, PA. Turn left onto Route 89 South. After about 13 miles, PA-89 S joins with Route 8. Continue following Route 8 for another 8 miles into Union City. At the first traffic light, turn right onto West High Street. Follow this for two blocks, then turn right onto 2nd Ave. After one block, turn left.

> From the South & West: Take your best route to I-79 North and take Exit 166 for Edinboro, PA. Turn right onto US Route 6N, which becomes US Route 6. Follow this until it intersects with PA Route 8 (approximately 19 miles). Turn left onto PA-8. Go through two stop lights, and at the third light turn left onto West High Street. Follow this for two blocks, and then turn right onto 2nd Ave. After one block, turn left.

> From the East: Take your best route to Route 6 and go west. Follow until you reach the intersection with Route 8 in Union City. Go straight though the stop light, onto West High Street. Follow this for two blocks, and then turn right onto 2nd Ave. After one block, turn left.

AEthelmearc Spring AEcademy

AEthelmearc Spring AEcademy
Saturday, July 4th (9am- 8pm)
Albion Borough Park /Fairgrounds
 Academy Street in Albion PA  16401

Greetings grand citizens of AEthelmearc!  The Shire of Stormsport  would like to extend an invitation to you to join us on Saturday, July 4th, for AEthelmearc Spring AEcademy, which we will be combining with Stormsport’s Annual Army Muster and TRM’s Equestrian Championship Tournament.  There will be classes a-plenty as well as heavy fighting, archery, fencing, thrown weapons, youth combat and equestrian activities.

If you teach a class that is icky, sticky, smelly, noisy, and/or messy, this is the AEcademy for you!  Because classes will be held outdoors under covered picnic pavilions or in rented tents, you can make it loud, make it dirty, make it FUN!  To register your class, please go to http://www.aecademy.net.  The Class Coordinator is Meesterees Odriana van der Brugghe. If you have questions regarding the class spaces or the class schedule, please contact her at .  If you are interested in teaching a martial class through the War College, please contact To Be Determined.

The event will be held in Albion PA at the Albion Borough Park /Fairgrounds (no street address but find it by searching for Academy Street in Albion PA  16401 as the park is at the end of the street).  The site opens at 9 am and closes at 8pm.  The site is handicapped-accessible.  Please remember that this is a public park and it will be open to the public.

Autocrat for the event is Baroness Rynea von Lingen.  Please contact her at or via email at .  Voice mail messages will be returned within 24 hours.

Feastocrat for the day is THL Ottilige Von Rappoltsweter.  Please contact her at with any dietary concerns.  The sideboard for the day will be a Roman summer banquet.

The fees for the day are $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth from 5-17 and babes in arms are free with a family cap of $40.00. (According to the Kingdom Exchequer Handbook, a “family” is one or two adults plus any number of minor children.)  As always there will be a $5.00 non-member surcharge. Preregistration is appreciated and can be mailed to

Ciar ingen ui Chtotaig (mka Char Smith) at 1007 W. Grandview Blvd, Erie, PA  16059.  Please make check out to the Shire of Stormsport SCA Inc. PA.

Directions from PA – I-90:  Take your best route to PA – I-90 exit # 9 (Girard/Platea).  Take PA 18 south.  Stay on 18 until it merges with 6N west, continue to Academy Street and turn left into park.

Directions from I-79:  Take your best route to I-79 exit #166 (Edinboro) – Take Rt 6N West.  Stay on 6N West through Albion until you come to Academy St. then turn left into the park.

Further updates will be announced to the AEthelmearc list as well as posted on our Shire’s webpage at Stormsport.aethelmearc.org.
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