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Hogamany Scottish-Celtic New Year

January 03, 2015
Myrtle Holt

Grants Pass, OR

Autocrat: Catarine Mitchell

Assistant Autocrat: Jennet MacLachlan of Loch Fyne

Step back in time 500 years with us to the year 1514, and join us for a traditional Scottish New Year Feast.

As has become tradition, the Shire of MyrtlehHolt will be hosting the traditional Scottish new year, and this year in grand style.
This year, we will be celebrating at the Kerby Belt Building, the traditional home of this event from years past.
The daytime activities will include :

Classes: sign up and payment for classes will be at gate. 
1. Incense making class - learn how to make your own cone insence.
2. Outlander Cowl class - there will be both a Knitting version and a Crochet version.  This project can be completed in 2 hours.  Keep warm this winter with an outlander inspired cowl.  Knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn will be available for purchase for this class. You do not need to know how to knit or crochet, we will teach you. (Size 50 knitting needles - $8.00/pair, crochet hook - jumbo $3.00 each and yarn provided will be Wool-Ease "Thick and Quick" by Lion Brand at $6.00 per ball of 6oz.  This is a number 6 super bulky weight yarn.  The knitted project uses 2 to 4 balls depending on what you choose to make, the crochet version uses 1 to 3 balls depending on your project style)
3. Scottish Highland Sword Dance.  A high energy sword dance traditionally done in the Highlands.  Come with ballet or modern dancing shoes if possible. You will spend the time mostly on your toes.  However, this is really fun.
4. Lucette class. Learn how to make your own cording using Lucette.  There will also be kumihimo available for those who cannot master the lucette :-)
5. Period patterning and dress fitting class. Dress making class taught by Her Ladyship Taran mac Tarl'a

Tired of having to wear a bra with your garb? Envious of ladies in stunning fitted dresses? Want a nice, historically accurate dress pattern that is fitted to you? I can help!
I will be leading a workshop on patterning the “Gothic Fitted Dress” (also called a bust-supporting kirtle) at Hogmanay this year!
These dresses, which can be buttoned or laced, make an excellent stand alone gown, or a foundation for surcoats and other outer garments.
In this workshop, you will get a chance to learn the process of fitting a bust-supportive gown and come away with a pattern that is made just for you! 
We will be working in pairs during the fitting stage because you need someone to fit the pattern on you. You don’t have to bring a buddy unless that makes you more comfortable, I will make sure everyone gets a pattern.
I plan to bring as many supplies as I can, but we will have to share some things. If you can bring some of your own supplies it would go a little faster. Each person will need:
Safety pins (good ones; you don’t want them to bend and stab you!)
Markers or colored pencils (3 different colors- I like to have 1 sharpie and 2 contrasting colors)
A pen or pencil
A Blanket or cloak to lay on during the fitting stage
Pattern Paper
Pattern weights
Paper scissors
Tailor’s snips/craft scissors (small fabric scissors to trim excess fabric while draping)
A large manila envelope to store your finished pattern
I have more than enough mock-up fabric, rulers, and measure tapes for everyone, but you can bring your own too.

6. There will be a scribal class - details to be advised.
   10:30 to 4:00 A&S competion for best period youth garb. Extra points will be awarded for Documentation,
youth modeling , and presentation. ( presentation to be done at court)
Half dozen largesse competition: Bring 6 items that you have made that are related in some way.  The winner will get to choose one item from all the entries as their prize.
Heavy and Rapier Fighting:
Myrtleholt's Heavy and Rapier Tournament of men who stare at goats. Rules will be as follows:
On the Eric there will be on oppisite sides an empaled goats head, The fighters will be asked to take their
positions with there helms on the goat heads, at lay on they will have to spin around the goats head 10
times while counting, and then procede to engage thier most honorable (dizzy) oponent, if you reach
your opponent and they are still spinning, death from behind rules will apply. Other than taking a leg, if
the fighter goes to the ground the fight is over. If this isn't fun enough we will be recruiting the help of
our spectators,  they will be asked to bring one farm type annimal of the stuffed variety to throw once
per fight at the combatant of their choosing. At the end of the competition when a victor is announced
they will be given the golden fleece to adorn themselves with.

2:00 to 4:30 Highland Games, such as the haggas toss, the hammer toss and back by popular demand the sheaf toss.

6:00 to 10:30 We also welcome entertainments from any who wish to provide music or bardic endeavors.

A light side board will be available through the early afternoon for those who need to curb their appetites.

The feast will take us through to a fully separate feast hall. Therein we will serve traditional Scottish
Hogmanay favorites, along with other great Gaelic dishes, not to mention traditional Haggis.



Soteltie to head table only to open the feast:  An edible “Treasure Chest”

Course One:    Green Salad with blackberry vinaigrette dressing

Vegetable Beef Soup

Nibble Tray:  Cheese, beef summer sausage, Scotch egg wedges and carrot sticks

Vegetarian Veggie soup on request

Jannock Bread and butter

Spiced apple juice/cider or tea to drink throughout the meal

Soteltie to all:  Ground turkey Hedgehogs

Course Two:   Egurdouce (Rabbit in sauce)

Barley-Mushroom casserole (Vegetarian friendly)

Carrots and Parsnips with herbs

Nibble Tray:  Sliced apples, celery stuffed & unstuffed

Russian Bread throughout rest of meal- more Jannock on request

Soteltie to all:  “Jewel Pouches”

Course Three: Chicken in Gravy

Bulgur wheat dressing (Vegetarian friendly)

Stewed sweet potatoes with apples

Nibble Tray:  Sliced oranges and cucumbers

Soteltie to head table only:  “The Dragon’s Head” (A symbol that “Satan” is slain for the New Year!)

Course Four:  Beef with green peppercorn cream sauce

Fried Oats

Millet in almond milk and honey

Green beans with smoked almonds

The Haggis is piped in then the Dessert Banquet begins in the adjoining room:

Apple-pear spiced tartlets Bishops caps

Shortbread cookies Almond caps with custard

Sweet Haggis in wedges Anise cookies

The remains of the “largess” sotelties Non-alcoholic Ypocras

9:00 to 10:00 With our stomachs full, and our hearts filled with joy, it will be time for the women to put on their judging hats,
and send the men to wash their knees!! The famous Bonnie Knees Contest will once again be the highlight of
the evening.

Event Steward:
Katarine of Myrtle Holt, (Assisted by Visc. Jennet MacLachlan of Loch Fyne)
437 Mace Road, Medford OR 97501
Phone: 531 840-5559
Feast Stewards:
HL Felicia of the Truelane and HL Kirstianna Olsdottir.
Site Info:
Kerby Belt Building
24311 Redwood Highway
Kerby, OR 97531
Site opens at 9:00 am Saturday January 3rd, 2014 and closes at 10:30 pm.
Feast will begin at 6:00 pm. This is a wet site, however, please exercise moderation!!!
Site Fee:
Adults: $15.00 (over 17), Children 12-17yrs: $10.00, younger: free
Family Cap: $40.00 Non-SCA-members: add $5.00 for each adult non-member
Nearby Lodging:
For those who are traveling farther than might allow for returning home after
the event comfortably, there are two lodging options very close to the site:
Kerbyville Inn (B&B)
(Located almost directly across the street from the site)
24304 Redwood Highway, Kerby, OR
Rates: Please call for information
Holiday Motel
(Located about 3/10 of a mile from the site)
24810 Redwood Highway, Kerby, OR
Rates: Please call for information

Feast Information
This year's feast will continue our commitment to providing incredible quality and quantity of period foods with an eye
towards modern culinary tastes and dietary considerations to celebrate the New Year. Not only that, but as usual, the Feast
Stewards are attempting to make certain that dietary pathways through the feast are provided for the following requirements:
Gluten intolerance, diabetes, vegetarian, and a small handfull of alergies. If you should have dietary considerations that you'd
like to make the Feast Stewards aware of in advance that might make your feasting more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to let
them know as soon as possible. Likewise, should you have an alergy and wish to know which dishes to feast on, or to avoid,
please ask.

Site Info:
Name: Kerby Belt Building
24311 Redwood Highway
Kerby, OR 97537

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Kerby Belt Building
24311 Redwood Highway
Kerby, OR 97531

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