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Events — Barony of Tir Ysgithr

Southern Crusades XVII Nov 12-16, 2015!


The Baronies of the South invite one and all to participate in the Reconquest of the Spanish Peninsula. Southern Crusades: The Reconquista will be held at the Western Heritage Arena in Marana AZ with numerous activities planned. We will have Armored Fighting, Rapier, Archery, Equestrian, Art & Sciences classes, etc. There will also be nighttime activities such as Hafla & Torchlight Tourneys.

DATES & TIMES:  Site Opens Thursday Nov 12th at 8 am for those who have pre-registered, 12 pm (noon) for those who did not pre-register. Site Closes Monday Nov 16th at 12 pm (noon).

SITE FEES:  Pre-registratio​n: $25 for Adults, $10 for Youth ages 5-17, $5 Non-Member Surcharge $5, $70 Family Max (2 Adults & 2 Children) At Gate: $30 for Adults, $10 for Youth ages 5-17, $5 Non-Member Surcharge

SITE INFORMATION: Directions to Western Heritage Arena, Marana AZ. On I-10 take exit 236, from the north turn right and from the south turn left (do not cross the railroad tracks). Turn onto the eastbound frontage, just before the Chevron station. Go 1/2 mile east to Postvale Road, turn right and the entrance is immediately on the right

EVENT STEWARD: Roberto Raimondo de los Montana de Trueno (Bobby Truelove) southernsiteste​ward@gmail.com (520)678-4247

PRE-REGISTRATIO​N INFORMATION: Baroness Samara or Lord Domnall will be at all events so you can pre-register, Dragon’s Horde 23 – 25 Nov will the last event you can pre-register at.. If you want to Pre-register at an event, there will be a sign at Gate to let you know who to look for and where they will be located. Pre-registratio​n can also be done by mail until 31 Oct 2015. Mailing information and the pre-registratio​n form will be posted on the Southern Crusades Web site for those that want to pre-register by mail.

Yes, it’s true, this year there will be Equestrian at Southern Crusades. Combat Cookery is alive and well, but the question is – Who will take home the Combat Cookery’s winners banner. If you are thinking of participating in this competition, now is the time to contact the Combat Cookery Steward (listed below) no later than 31 Oct 2015, however the sooner you register the better.

For your shopping pleasure there will be a Merchant’s row. If you are interested in being a Merchant please contact the Merchant Steward (See Web Site for contact information).

Dragon’s Horde on October 24 & 25!

Event: October 24th & 25st, 2015 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Himmel Park 1035 N. Treat Ave., Tucson, Arizona

Feast: October 24 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson Arizona

(Both sites are wet and smoking is allowed outside only, per City of Tucson Law. Pets are also allowed at both sites.)


Dragon’s Horde is approaching! Draconis and his evil minions will once again attempt to despoil the gem of Atenveldt! All are invited by the Barony of Tir Ysgithr to this glorious event. Dragon’s Horde will once again be a two-day event with Feast on Saturday evening! Expect frequent appearances from Draconis’ oh so pleasant ambassador.

Saturday 10/24:

Following opening court, there will be a monster tourney (double elimination), where each team will pit their monster against another team’s monster. Teams must be sponsored by a household and each household can have more than one team. Any weapon style may be used. The winning household will receive a special prize to be displayed until the next Dragon’s Horde event.

After the monster tourney, there will be a Fighting Clinic for hard suit and rapier fighters. All participating fighters will have an opportunity to fight against peers of their order.

Opening court will be at 10:30, closing court will be held at the time of Their Excellencies choosing.

Saturday Night 10/24:

A Medieval Basque Feast for 80 will be offered. Site opens at 6:00 p.m. Feast will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be Period entertainment. Feast will be served family style and the site is wet. Side board and special dietary needs should be discussed directly with the Feastocrat and will be accommodated if possible. More information regarding feast, including menu, will be provided closer to the event.

Court will be held at Their Excellencies discretion.

Feast registration will be through the BTY Seneschal Officers (Mistress Anya and Mistress Tigra) only. Deadline for Feast reservations and payment is 10/10/15. Payment can be made via check or cash. You may register with either of them at Fighter practice, upcoming events, or contact via Seneschal@btysca.org to make other arrangements.

Sunday (10/25):

The White and Red Dragons will attempt to feast upon the bones of our steadfast hardsuit combatants while the Green Dragon snacks on our youth fighters. For our rapier fighters the evil Kraken will attempt to destroy all challengers!

To finish, there will be a Grand Melee. The white dragon and his minions (the winners of the monster tourney) will descend on the villagers (i.e.: the rest of the heavy fighters). Villagers will use torches (single sword) and pitchforks (pole-arm) to defend themselves.

Opening court will be at 10:30, closing court will be held at Their Excellencies discretion.

A&S activities:

Saturday, Lady Quillon will provide materials to make an item during the event. The winner will receive a gift.

Sunday will be a Dragon’s Horde themed competition, bring your dragon themed interpretation in any medium. Winner by populace choice will hold the coveted Jeweled Dragon’s Egg until the next Dragon’s Horde event. Laurel favorite will win a Michael’s gift certificate. All ties will be decided by her Excellency Baroness Magdalene.

Children’s activities (spread over both days) will include a dragon’s egg hunt, balloon dragon making, and face painting.

Fundraiser: There will also be a bake sale to raise money for Children’s supplies.

Site Fees:

$4.00 for the weekend at the park for Members (same price whether attending one or both days)

$9.00 for the weekend at the park for Non-members (same price whether attending one or both days)

$1.00 for the weekend at the park for Youth 5-17 (same price whether attending one or both days)

Free for children under 5

Pre-paid Feast $10.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Youth ages 5 to 17, Free for Youth under 5. Non-members attending Feast only, will be charged the $5.00 non-member surcharge.

Co-autocrats: Dubgal MacCoinnich and Aldontza Nafarra (Dale and Renee Darling)

Feastocrat: Aldontza Nafarra (Renee Darling)


Knight Light Tournament on September 15!

September 15th, 2015                                     Barony of Tir Ysgithr


Location: Reid Park – 900 S Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716

Their Excellencies Sim and Magdalen invite you to the Barony of Tir Ysgithr’s annual Knight Light Tournament. We will be holding a helm auction which includes all fighters in attendance (Heavy, Rapier, and Youth fighters). The event is a fundraiser to help keep the lights on for our Tuesday night practice. The tournament formats will be determined by the number of participants, but it will include weapon of choice. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Most Chivalrous winners and their financers. The festivities will begin at 6pm instead of the usual 7pm. Court will begin at the Crown and Their Excellencies Pleasure. The helm auction will begin around 7pm. We will continue to add fighters as they arrive. Grilled hotdogs, burgers, vege-dogs, and vege-burgers will be available for a small donation. Their Excellencies also encourage all participants to display their heraldry and add to the pageantry of the tournament as best they can. Donations of prizes are greatly desired and side dishes or desserts to round out the table will be gladly accepted, as well assistance in setting up, tearing down, and manning the grills.

Please contact the autocrat, Lord Loys LeFevre, if you would like to help. bp0093@gmail.com (402) 203-3355 Please no calls after 10pm

Knight Light Tourney will take place at the regular Tuesday night fighter practice, at the SW corner of Reid Park, near the NE corner of 22nd and Country Club, west of the Cancer Memorial. No glass containers allowed in the park, and dogs must be on leashes. Parents, please be advised that the playground equipment is not lit at night and youth activities other than youth combat are not planned.

Site Fee: NONE


From the North: Take I-10 East to Tucson’s Speedway Blvd Exit. Head East on Speedway to Country Club, Turn South on Country Club to 22nd Street. Turn East onto 22nd Street. Then follow “Within Tucson” directions below.

Within Tucson: Take your best route to 22nd, east of Country Club. Enter Reid Park from 22nd St. at the Cancer Memorial, turn left into the parking lot and proceed past the playground to the area near the restrooms.

From the South: Take I-10 East to Alvernon, Take Alvernon North to 22nd Street. Turn West on 22nd Street and Take the entrance into the park by the Cancer Memorial.

BTY Boar-onial A&S Competition and Midsummer Night’s Revel on June 20th!

Calling all artificers, craftsmen, bards, and artisans, the Barony of Tir Ysgithr, the Gem of Atenveldt, wants you to come and share your amazing works at Boar-onial Arts and Sciences!

Their Excellencies Sim and Magdalen, noble Baron and Baroness of Tir Ysgithr, invite all artisans to display their creations for the populous to gaze upon in awe and wonder. They also seek a new champion! Lady Quillon, our current champion, will be stepping down from her post and as such, a new champion will be sought. Will you rise to the occasion and represent the splendor that is the Gem of Atenveldt? Besides competing for champion, there will also be a novice field! A youth field! Household champion! All recognized categories of Arts & Sciences are available for entry.

Pre-registration is requested for entry, but not required. All entries must be registered prior to opening court the day of the event. The Office of Arts & Sciences has pre-registration materials and rules available upon request. Further rules can be found in the Tusker Times March Edition at http://www.btysca.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Tusker.March.2015.pdf

Judges are always desired! Seek out Lady Quillon or the Office of Arts & Sciences if you are interested in judging!

There will also be games, such as that delightful escapade known as Bells and Pillows, bardic performances, children’s activities, delicious grilled food by THL Fergus (for donation), and, as always with this barony, fellowship and friendship will abound. Site will open at 9am. Morning Court 10am, with Closing Court at 4pm.   Immediately following Boar-onial Arts & Sciences, ( 6pm ) Their Excellencies invite all to join them at A Midsummer Night’s Revel! A delightful evening is planned in the spirit of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Come in your best Greek garb! Come in your best Fairy garb! Come and revel in the soothing night of summer! Scrumptious finger foods will be plentiful, as will Greek mischief. The Fairy Court of Noble Oberon and Wise Titania will meet to hear any grievance and rule upon the terms of trial by champion combat! The merry and mischievous Puck will also be present to liven the gala with his particular brand of shenanigans. Music, song, food, drink, laughter, and merriment will be plentiful this night!

Site: Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 85711

Directions from North of Tucson: Take I-10 East. Exit at 22nd Street heading West. Site is 4831 E 22nd Street, just past Swan Road on the North side of the street.

Directions from South of Tucson: Proceed to I-19 North. Merge to I-10 West Exit at 22nd Street heading West. Site is 4831 E 22nd Street, just past Swan Road on the North side of the street.

Directions from Sierra Vista Proceed to I-10 West Exit at South Alvernon Way heading North. Left at Swan Road Right at 22nd Street Site is 4831 E 22nd Street, just past Swan Road on the North side of the street.

Site Fee (For each event): $5 for Members, $2 for Children 5-17, Children under 5 Free, $5 Non-Member Surcharge added to adult site fee. If you purchase site fee for both events, the cost will be $8 for Members ($5 Non-Member surcharge will still apply), $3 for Children 5-17, and Children under 5 remain Free.

Gawd Awful Grail on Sunday, April 5th!


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Brace yourselves! The time is upon us once again where the Gawd Awful Grail must find a new unfortunate soul to house it’s hideousness! There will be tournaments

for hard suit unbelted fighters, rapier, and youth combat. The “winner” of each fighting style will be “awarded” with keeping the gawd awful vessels for each category, for the next year. The Baronial archery championship will be held on the Saturday before and awarded at Gawd Awful Grail  event on Sunday April 5th. There will be other exciting activities as well!

The Easter Laurel will be making an appearance and hosting an Easter Egg Hunt with the youth. Also Tir Ysgithr will be hosting the Magnificent 7 Largesse derby competition! We are in need of Largesse to bestow to our fellow Baronies, our Highnesses and Majesties and to deserving Lords and Ladies for their good works throughout the year. An admirable trend we have seen throughout the Known World that has been a fun method to gather such largesse has been to sponsor a Largesse Derby. Some have done the “Dirty Dozen Derby” or the “Quick Six Derby” – We have chosen the “MAGNIFICENT SEVEN DERBY” as our Kingdom has 7 Baronies and we thought it would be a manageable number of items to complete. An entrant may certainly present more than 7 items at the end of the day should they wish to donate more, but for the competition, seven items are all that is required.


All entrants must create 7 items (either all the same thing-same color; same thing-different colors; different things – but like size) that are suitable for Largesse in an Early Period/Medieval/Renaissance style for use in the SCA.


7 needlebooks

7 caps or coifs

7 embroidered handkerchiefs

7 leather cup holders suitable to hang from a belt

7 children’s toys

7 pairs of earrings

7 handmade soaps

7 drawstring bags

All entries must be tagged with the name of the person who crafted or donated them and ready to be gifted the day of the competition. We will have tables available for display of the items throughout the event and will announce the winner in closing court. Items DO NOT need to be documentable! This is not an Arts and Sciences competition. Items should not have heraldry on them as they are meant to be able to be given to a broad range of recipients.


The winner will be chosen by Populace Choice. We will have counters/ beads and cups available and whomever gets the most beads will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, Her Excellency Magdalen will settle the decision. TRMs will be attending and rumor has it they will be showing off their best gawd awful garb! So come join us for a fun filled day at Himmel Park and proudly wear your best gawd awful garb! The site is discreetly wet, no glass bottles please, and please dispose of glass bottles off site.

Location: Himmel Park – just south of the library (library address=1035 N Treat Ave)

Site opens at 9am and closes at 5pm

Baronial Archery Tourney on Sat., April 4th!

Baronial Archery Championship

Saturday, April 4th

That time of year is soon approaching for the archers of Tir Ysgithr gather together test their prowess and skill for the chance of becoming the Baronial Archery Champion and to take home the gawd awful deer head  trophy. All populace members from our barony and other baronies across the land are encouraged to attend and participate or just cheer on their favorites. Prior to approaching the line, archers must inform the Marshal-in-Charge whether they intend to declare for Champion, and thereby take up the mantle and responsibilities of this office. Champion must be from the Barony of Tir Tsgithr.

Due to the hazardous nature of this martial activity, the site is dry and pets are restricted. Children are welcomed, but must be closely supervised by an adult. The site opens at 9am and the shoot will begin after range set-up.

The tournament will consist of TWO parts, with the second part to be a surprise!

The tournament will conclude by 1pm. There is limited seating and shade available, but all are encouraged to bring refreshments, seating and shade. There is also a restaurant available inside the Pro-shop for snacks and lunch.

Location: PSE Archery Range, 2727 N. Fairview Ave., Tucson (east of I-10,  between Grant Road & Miracle Mile).

Site fees are for the weekend so if you pay on Saturday bring your site token Sunday and do not pay again.

Adults: $3.00

Children -17:  $1.00

There is a non-member fee of $5.00 added to each adult site fee.

Sable Night on Sunday, March 29!

Oh wonderful populace,

Sable Knight has been successfully rescheduled to March 29th.

Site fee- $5. 

Where? Himmel Park

Site opens at 9AM and closes at 6PM.

Dry site.

We will have a hard suit, rapier, and youth tournaments.

There will also be a novice A&S competition with no category and the format will be populace’s choice.

We also intend to have activities for children (with parental attendance).

Any questions, please contact the autocrat:

M’Lady Hannah Gardner
(602) 653-0483



Great Helm Tourney and Feast on Saturday and Sunday, March 21 & 22!

Great Helm Tourney and Feast

Saturday, March 21 & Sunday, March 22, 2015

Greetings, Atenveldt! The time has come once more for the great Fighters of Tir Ysgithr to prove themselves in combat, one against the other, for the honored position of Captain of the Baronial Guard. Bring yourselves to our fair Barony on Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd and witness as these Warriors enter the tourney field.

The festivities will begin Saturday morning at Himmel Park. Bring your shade pavilions and banners to line the area around the tourney fence. The Champion Tourney will start promptly after opening Court. While all are welcome to enter the Tourney, only a member of the Baronial Populace may stand as Champion. The Tourney will be a traditional sword and shield, double elimination style tourney. Also on Saturday, the brave youth of the barony will compete to become our new youth champion!

In the evening, we will move to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (less than one mile West of Himmel Park) to feast and celebrate our new Champion!

The theme for the feast is 16th century French fare during the time of Lent. There will be dishes for those observing Lent as well as meat dishes for those wishing to indulge themselves. The feast hall will open at 4:30p for set up with the first course being served at 5p or shortly after closing Court.

Throughout the feast, singers and entertainers will delight their Excellencies as they contend to become the next Bard of the Boar! New this year will be a Tantony Bard, which will be open to any contender under the age of 17. Please have two pieces ready to perform if you wish to compete to be Their Excellency’s Bard!

A sampling of the feast’s offerings:

Chicken pie with tidbits

Fish pottage on toast

Fricandeaux (stuffed cutlets)

Poached asparagus with béarnaise sauce

Cheese tarts with berry sauce

Almond pralines

The feast fee is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children aged 6-13. Feast reservations are required and may be made with our Reeve, Lady Aldontza. Seating is limited to 100 seats.

On Sunday, we will return to Himmel Park for a grand day of fighting and entertainment! Following opening court, Rapier fighters will contend for the coveted Captain of the Rapier Guard. As with the Great Helm Tourney, all rapier fighters from around the Kingdom are welcome to join in the fighting, but only a member of the Tir Ysgithr populace may become Captain. The Tourney will consist of a written test, a combat portion (tournament style to be determined based on attendance) and Something Else. Traditional blade restriction of 40 in or less will be enforced, please no case. There will be a prize for the highest scoring non-declarant.

Also on Sunday, the heavy fighters will compete for their place in the baronial guard.

Site fee for the park is $3.00 per day for adults ($6.00 for non-member adults) and $3.00 for the weekend for children aged 5-17. Children under 5 are free.

Saturday day site location: Himmel Park, 1000 S Tucson Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716. Site opens at 9 AM and is discretely damp, no glass bottles please.

Saturday evening feast site location: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1200 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719. Site opens at 5 PM and is dry. Smoking is only allowed in the parking lot.

Sunday site location: Himmel Park, 1000 S Tucson Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85716.

Site opens at 9 AM and is discretely damp, no glass bottles please.

Autocrat: Mistress Golda ferch Deiniol

Feast Steward: Mistress Dairine mor o’ uHigin

Estrella War XXXI on February 24, 2015!

Hail to gentles from far and near, … as Estrella War XXXI approaches, Atenveldt warmly greets you, and bids you welcome!

Go to http://estrellawar.org/ for all the information you need to prepare for War!