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Feast of St. Eggberts

April 08, 2017
Myrtle Holt

Grants Pass, OR

Autocrat: David De Rosier-Blanc device7002OP

Come help the shire of Myrtleholt celebrate the feast of Saint Eggberts.

The story of St. Eggbert of the chickens:

Eggbert was born, the third son of a fowler at Hennford, England in the year 402 AD.  The local priest taught him letters when he was seven. He bacame a wandering monk preaching to any listener.  He used a hens egg to explain the Trinity and while happily dining on roasted fowl said:  "if thy right wing offend thee then then pluck it off."  Eggbert was a pious but odd man often sleeping in hen houses.  One night, fierce vikings raided the small hold.  Eggbert, half asleep in the coop was beaten to death by a huge Dane wielding a pair of pilfered cocks. 

The Shire of Myrtleholt celebrates St. Eggbert's Feast, because many years ago the Shire was given a mystical sign.  There had been a feast wherein all meats were poultry.  After this feast shire members exhibited red itchy rashes, fevers and swelling of the bodies - all indicative of the Pox of Henne.  Superstitious mutterings causes one Lady to even change her name from "de Poullet" to "de Faucon".  The plague caused people to look to heaven for help.  A story was circulated about the man called Eggbert who seemed a Saint.  A large statue of a rooster was located in a nearby village. Plague victims and survivors made pilgrimage there to beseech Eggbert to end the plague.  They honored him with a feast in the Spring.  The Plague of Henne was gone.

Activities Planned:

Myrtle Holt A&S Championship AS 51

Myrtle Holt welcomes all who wish to compete in our 6th annual A&S Championship.
Please read the words of our current A&S Champion...

Calling all artisans of the Summits. St. Eggbert’s Feast is soon going to be upon us. With that comes the search for the new Arts and Sciences Champion of the Incipient Barony of Myrtle Holt. It has been my honor to hold this position for the past year and I am excited to welcome the new holder of that title. So what is this championship going to be all about, you may ask? Well, it is going to be exciting and creative with a lot of room for imagination.

What I ask is that you enter something that you have created that will enhance your SCA persona. This can be just about anything!  
Did you add a bit of new trim to a piece of clothing?  Excellent!
Did you make a new accessory that brings your garb more appropriately into your time period?  Perfect!
Wrote a song or a poem that was in keeping with entertainments of your persona"  Fabulous!

Documentation doesn't need to be huge or elaborate, just explain a bit about what you're entering, what it is made from (if applicable), 
how it augments your persona, and if you had an inspiration piece, it would be great to include a photo for our judges to see.
BONUS POINTS:  Our current champion is offering up extra credit if you go out to the An Tir Culture Wiki and update your
persona information.   The more detail you add in that fills out details of your persona, the more points.   Consider back-story,
family relations, incorporating in well-known historical figures of your time that you might have been an associate...


  • Winner must be willing to promote the Arts and Sciences as well as be responsible for the next years competition.
  • Entries must be original and not have been entered into any competition in the SCA prior to this one.
  • Entries must be the work of the entrant alone.
  • Entrant must be ready to discuss the methods used as well as any materials used.

Other rules regarding Entrants:

  • Entrant must be a current resident of the Principality of the Summits
  • Entrant must be available in person at event to discuss their entries with judges
  • Entrants must notify me of intention to enter BY NO LATER THAN MARCH 31st as well as a brief description of what their entry(ies) will be at that time.
    (Please include if you have an update in the An Tir Culture Wiki so that it can also be reviewed)
  • Notification should be emailed to   This will allow our MoAS to coordinate Judging resources.

Any questions should be posed to the current champion, L Brynhildr Smidsdottir
(mka Megan Blattel, on Facebook or at for email) 
or to MoAS of Myrtle Holt, HL Monique de Toulon
(mka Laura Dollarhide, on Facebook or at for email)

3rd Annual Cut & Thrust Rapier Championship

Myrtle Holt is very excited to announce our second Cut and Thrust championship. 

Tournament format will be double round robin (unless 10 or more fighters enter the list, then it will be a single round robin)following the warm up round where each combatant must fight the current champion in a non-destructive bout to prove their prowess. Finals will be best of five and combatants are encouraged to display their prowess with multiple weapon styles.

Time permitting there will be pickup fights after the tourney. You do NOT need to be authorized to participate in pick up fights, so if you'd like to give this C&T thing everyone keeps talking about a try, now's your chance! No experience neccessary, just wear closed shoes, long sleeves and pants/skirt/dress/hose capable of covering all the skin on your lower body. Limited loaner gear will be available

We look forward to finding out who will be our next C&T Champion!!!

Heavy Fighting Tournament

This year Myrtle Holt has decided to host a "Defend the Egg"  Tournament for all those interested.
More detailed rules will be provided on the day of the event, but there will be two ways to be killed... the regular
way, by deathly stroke... or if your opponent manages to kill your egg.


NEW!!! Rapier Tournament

In the day St. Eggbert, as his fame grew, there became a need for increased protection of eggs, lest they be eaten
before they could be incubated and then hatch and grow into chickens.   It was one of Eggbert's tests of purity of
heart and soul, and steadiness of hand that those who dealt with chickens be tested.   In recognition of the tests
those who subjected to, our rapier tournament is structured as follows.

Each fighter must fight while holding an egg on a spoon. If the egg drops for any reason, the fight is lost.
All other rapier rules would apply, including switching arms if an arm is struck.  The format should be double
round robin hold the field if we have less than 8 fighters and double elimination if we have more than 8 fighters.

Other Activities, for the young and young at heart:

  • Three Media Illumination:  3 different forms of illuminating will be offered based on participants age
    For those under the age of 8 there will be colored wax illumination, for those youths who wish to participate
    there will be color pencils, and for the young at heart... paints
  • Other Egg-centric Activities:  The populace of Myrtle Holt is bringing back some of your favorite
    St. Eggbert related activities from previous years... and perhaps some new offerings for folks of all
    ages to have fun with throughout the day!!!


  • Equestrian Q & A:
    This session will be hosted by HL Rathyen de Bures and will be an informal opportunity for people
    interested in learning more about Equestrian activities in the SCA.   If you'd like to get a chance to
     ask questions and learn more about how to get involved with horses and horse related activities
  • Ribbon Embroidery:
    Taught by HE Dame Jennet MacLachlan of Loch Fyne, students will learn how to do embroidery with
    not just thread but using varying thicknesses of ribbon to create beautiful embelishment of
    flowers or other interesting designs. 
    Class Duration: 1 hour, Maximum attendees:  5    Supply Fee:  $5 or contact instructor for list of materials to bring
  •  Templar Braids:
    Taught by HE Jennet MacLachlan of Loch Fyne
     Details coming shortly!


It continues to be Myrtle Holt's great honor to provide our guests with a sumptuous
feast to end the day.   This year, our feast stewards have decided to honor the fact that St. Eggbert

was really fond of food from foreign lands.   In particular... foreign lands in the distant future!!!

This year's feast will offer:

First Remove:

  • Manicotti
  • Tuscan Zuppa Toscana
  • Caponata

Second Remove:

  • Polpettone (meat roll)
  • Vegetable Risotto
  • Tuscan bean and wheat berry soup


  • Italian Sourdough
  • Rustic wheat


  • Cannoli Bittes
  • Ricotta cheesecake with pinenuts and raisins


  • Lemon Refresher
  • Apple Juice
  • Coffee
  • Teas


Adults $17.00,  or only $12.00 with your active SCA Membership Discount, please
be prepared to display your membership card when signing in at gate.

Youths (8-17 years) $8,

Children (under 8) free,

Family Cap (2 adults plus related children) $45,  Or, if both adults are SCA Members, $35.

Make checks payable to “Myrtle Holt, SCA Inc.”


10:00 AM:            Gate opens for general populous

FAMILY ACTIVITIES:        3 media Illumination

10:30- 11 AM:   

A&S Championship:        Entrants set up their displays

11:00 AM:

CLASSES:                              Equestrian Q&A  – HL Rathyen de Bures of Acton

TOURNAMENTS:              Lists open for Heavy Tournament and Cut & Thrust Championship                                                           

12:00 Noon:       

CLASSES:                         Ribbon Embroidery – HE Dame Jennet MacLachlan, A&S Champion                  

TOURNAMENTS:              Heavy Tournament

FAMILY ACTIVITIES:        3 media Illumination, and other games

FOOD:                                   Pot-Luck Day Board Opens

1:30 PM:

            CLASSES:                         Templar Braids and Hennins – HL Ellenwy of the Rampant Squirrel
CHAMPIONSHIPS:               A & S Championship Judging Commences
                                                    Myrtle Holt’s 3nd C&T Championship Begins                        


2:00 PM

CHAMPIONSHIPS:           Myrtleholt’s 2nd  Cut and Thrust Championship continues

FAMILY ACTIVITIES:        3 media Illumination, and other games

FOOD:                                   Day Board Closes

3:00 PM

CHAMPIONSHIPS:           A & S Championship Judging Finishes

                                    C&T Championship Finishes

FAMILY ACTIVITIES:                                                                        

4:00 PM                Court of their Alpine Highnesses, Tjorkill and Alina

5:30 PM                Italian Feast Begins

7:00 PM                Feast Ends

8:00 PM                Clean-up Commences

Site Info:
Name: Josephine County Fairgrounds Arts and Crafts Building
1451 Fairgrounds Road
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Site Info:
Name: Josephine County Fairgrounds Floral Building
1451 Fairgrounds Road
Grants Pass, OR 97527

Directions to Site:

Last Event's Directions:

Proceed north or south on I-5 to exit 55 "Redwood Highway"

Continue on Grants Pass Parkway until it turns into Redwood Highway

Josephine County Fairgrounds will be on the right with much signage to make itself obvious.

The event will be being held in the Arts and Crafts building which is the third building on the left side
after you enter the fairgrounds.  There is plenty of parking both near the building but also towards
the fairground entrance from the building.

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