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Harvest Feast

September 27, 2014
Dragon's Laire

Kitsap & N Mason Counties, WA

Autocrat: Adelheide Leeawin device6474OP

Harvest Feast 

Barony of Dragon’s Laire 

27 Sept. 2014 


Longbranch Improvement Club

4312 Key Peninsula Highway South 

Longbranch,WA 98351 


Join our new Baron and Baroness, Their Excellencies Conchobar MacEoin and Elidh Keldeleth, as they celebrate the Harvest! Experience a taste of Dragon’s Laire with a 16th century Peasant’s Harvest Feast of locally sourced ingredients; learn English country dancing and traditional wheat weaving; challenge family and friends to games of cabbage ball and bocce; join the harvest scavenger hunt; revel in the awesomeness of our mighty barony!

As we gather to celebrate the harvest and the amazing bounty of talent, dedication, and commitment that is the Barony of Dragon’s Laire let us remember that with great blessings comes the duty to aid and assist those not so blest. As the land begins to cool and the nights lengthen the suffering of the homeless and struggling members of our greater community increase. Our gracious Baroness, HL Eilidh Keldeleth, asks that all attending Dragon’s Laire Harvest Feast bring a donation of any of the following items: canned food with pull-top lids, wet weather camping gear (tarps, ponchos, umbrellas), socks, D and C batteries, small propane bottles, flashlights, or soup cups that just require hot water. A box will be provided for the collection of these items, which will be donated to a local aid for the homeless program. Contact Dame Madrun if you have any questions.

Site fees: $10 Adults ($5 nms applies); Youth and children free

Feast Fee: $5 for adults; youth and children free. There are 80 seats available for the feast. Off-board will be permitted as space allows. Pre-register before 13 Sept. by emailing Lady Jess at with your SCA and modern name, and the number of adults/youth/children you'd like to reserve seats for. Feast fees ONLY should be mailed to Jessica Bennett-Dunn, 5254 Del Tormey Pl SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366 and should include your SCA and modern names so the proper person is credited for paying. Feast fees can be paid in cash, check or money order. Please make all checks and money orders payable to SAC, Inc. Barony of Dragon's Laire. Please note, there is NO NMS for feast.


Feast menu:

Bread with honey butter and herb butter.


First course--

Roasted chicken with herbs

Barley Broth

Soops of Carrots

Bacon and Broad Beans


Second course--

Soused Pig

Boiled Sallet of Leeks

Dish of Turnips


Followed by Applemoyse and Banbury cakes.


The feast menu may change slightly depending on availability of ingredients. If you have any questions, please contact Countess Elisabeth at


Doors at the Longbranch Improvement Club open at 10am. Tables for feast won't be set up until 4pm to allow room for classes and dancing.  


Games and Activities:

Wheat weaving: learn the basics of wheat weaving used to make traditional harvest figures (often called corn dollies) used to honor the spirit of the harvest. If time permits we’ll also decorate a harvest garland decoration for the head table at the feast.

Scavenger Hunt: help find and bring in the harvest.  

Cabbage Ball--This is a game for the energetic and brave! Two teams will face each other with the object of propelling a cabbage past their opponent's goal. The cabbage may not be touched with the hands, but must be propelled with the feet. If it becomes airborne it can be caught and carried in the apron. Body checking is not encouraged but accidents happen, so beware! If the cabbage begins to come apart, the game will continue with the largest fragment until kicked across the goal line, it disintegrates completely or we just get tired. Traditionally this is a game played by ladies, with gentlemen acting as chocolate bearers, but if there is enough interest the gentlemen can have a game too. We will make sure there are enough cabbages.  

Bocci Ball: for the less energetic.

Dance: 'English Country Dancing' is a style of dance which originated in Renaissance England and was very popular throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in parts of Europe, the American colonies and the United States. It progressed in to other styles we might recognize today including square dancing in which you can see many similar patterns and methods. 


The English Country Dance was danced often in celebration, and in daily life, by those in rural England. But could also be seen in the Courts of Europe, especially London, in the late Renaissance. Many of these dances are described in various plays of Shakespeare and spoken of quite frequently in the records of the Courts of Queen Elizabeth and King James her successor.


The origins of English country dance are very obscure, but common features can be seen in other uniquely English dance styles such as morris and sword dancing, which suggests the country origin. However it also incorporated steps and styles resembling the courtly dances of Continental Europe, especially those of Renaissance Italy. It has been suggested that English Country dance is a true synthesis of all these dance forms.


Little is truly documented of English Country Dance before the 17th Century. Published instructions for English country dances first appear in The English Dancing Master of 1651, issued by John Playford of London. 


For your dancing pleasure we present the following dances on our dance card: 

The Carolingian Pavane

Washerwoman Bransle (Branle des Lauandieres)

Horse's Bransle (Branle des Chevaulx)

Maltese Bransle (Branle de Malte)

Black Nag 

Heart's Ease

Hole In The Wall

Jenny Pluck Pears



A number of these come directly from Playford. But a few come from the other 'Bible' of the period, Thoinot Arbeau's 'Orchesography'. Still one or more are almost purely SCA creations based on particularly loved music and movements, such as the Korobushka. But all share stylings of 'English Country Dance'. 


Event Staff

Event steward: Her Ladyship Adelheide Leeuwin (Heidi Schulmeyer); 360 689 5386;

Gate: Lady Jess

Feast: Countess Elisabeth and THL Rycheza

Dance: His Excellency Master Arontius

Activities: Dame Madrun Gwehyddes


Site Info:
Name: Longbranch Improvement Club
5213 Key Peninsula Highway South
Longbranch, WA 98351

Directions to Site:

Last Event's Directions : Directions: Take your best route to Purdy, Washington. Taking the Hwy 302 turn off of Hwy 16 between Port Orchard and Gig Harbor works best. Hwy 302 goes west from the center of town, crossing over Burley Lagoon directly from Purdy. Follow Hwy 302 for approximately 5 miles to Key Center. At Key Center Hwy 302 continues west but turn right onto Key Peninsula Hwy South. Continue on this road for approximately 12 miles. The Longbranch Improvement Club is at 4312 Key Peninsula Hwy South (for you MapQuest fans), directly across from the Longbranch Fire Station.

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