Half-Century Holiday

(last updated 5/13/2011)


To my most cherished and beloved friends,

I greet you well. I pray you know that my fiftieth summer comes upon me. And whereas such occasions are often marked with celebration I have undertaken to host a day of sundry entertainments and revelry. An it suit your mind and means, I entreat you all most heartily to travel to the fair Barony of Cynnabar to enjoy the day’s festivities as my honoured guests.


Site Fee: None

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church
30650 6 Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152-3499


(Schedule is tentative)

9:30am Site Opens
10:00am-4:30pm A&S Challenges
10:00am-1:00pm Authorizations and Pickup Fighting
11:30am-12:30pm Luncheon Feast
1:00pm-4:30pm Martial Activities
3:00pm-4:00pm Rosebud Reunion Tea
6:00pm Baronial Court and presentation of prizes


$7 reserved
$8 at the door

Please make feast reservation checks payable to Tracy DeGarmo and mail to:

Tracy DeGarmo
103 Village Place Drive
Chelsea, MI 48118

Please include the real name and SCA name for each person in your party.



  • Fresh cheese with herbs and garlic
  • Honey butter
  • Newly baked breads
  • Roasted squash soup (vegetarian)


  • Salat (A green salad made with a variety of lettuces, fennel, and herbs)
  • Saugee (Chicken with a sage and egg sauce, served cold)
  • Savory Onion Tart (vegetarian)


  • Char de Crabb (A baked apple tart)
  • Shortbread fleur di lis
  • Golden Gingerbread

Menu and ingredients are subject to change. Please email Baroness Hannah with any dietary questions. (baroness@cynnabar.org)


Armored Combat Marshal in Charge: Duke Dag Thorgrimsson

Rapier Marshal in Charge: Lady Collette de Valois

Armored Activities

(subject to space and weather)

10:00am - 1:00pm
Authorizations and pick-up fighting
- anyone wishing to authorize must present themselves by 11:00

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Gauntlet Tourney

This is a reverse bear-pit format lasting 60 minutes. There will be five lists. Combatants enter each list in turn, loser stays in the list. Advancing through all five lists will earn the combatant a point.

An additional point may be earned for each of the following:

  • Heraldic display on a surcoat
  • Heraldic display on a shield
  • No visible modern (plastic) armor or clothing
  • Period footwear
  • Performing a poem during Luncheon

The top eight point scorers will be entered in a single elimination Pas de Armes to determine the day's victor.

3:00pm - 4:00pm
5-man Melee Tourney (depending on space)
Round Robin or Single Elimination (depending on numbers)

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Open Lists for pick-up fighting or individual Deeds of Arms
(If you wish to announce a Deed before the day, please contact the Martial-in-Charge to make arrangements, and have it published in the program and on the website.)

Rapier Activities

10:00am - 1:00pm
Authorizations and Pick up Fighting

Le Tournoi de Rapière d'Alouette

This is a Swiss 5, round-robin style tourney. During each round, the combatants must fight five bouts per opponent they face. It does not matter who wins the most of the bouts as points are given for bouts won. Any double kills must be re-fought until a winner is determined. Each round should last no longer than 20 minutes, but timing will depend on the amount of fencers.

The final round will not be a fight to the death; rather, a bout will end when an opponent has been completely disarmed.

1st Round: Single sword only.
2nd Round: Sword and Dagger.
3rd Round: Sword and Rigid Parrying Device.
4th Round: Sword and Non-Rigid Parrying Device.
5th Round: Any form, "To the Pain."

After the Tourney is complete, the list will be open for melee games, Prima Spada bouts, or pick-up fighting.


Fleur de Lis Challenge

Submission must incorporate the use of a fleur de lis in any medium.

  • Populace bean-count vote
  • AnneMarie's Favor

50 Challenge

Submission must somehow depict the number 50 either by representation or quantity.

  • Populace bean-count vote
  • AnneMarie's Favor



Rope Making
by Dove Weretiger

Learn how to twist any yarn or twine into strong and functional cord or rope. It’s quick and easy. Finished products can be used as ties or trim on garb, armor, bag handles, tent ropes, etc. Bring your own yarn or use ours.

Beginning techniques in basketry
by Lady Katherine Hatton Von Rahm

This class will provide the student with the ability to build a rope coil basket. The class will utilize simple everyday supplies to construct a small basket. Participants will be provided enough rope and sisal to create one small basket to take with them. Class size will be determined by supplies available.


Basic Soap Stone Carving
by Dove Weretiger
Learn the basics of soap stone carving. Make a small figure or ornament. Class fee $3, soap stone and carving tool included.

Felt Workshop: Rolling Flat Felt
by Sayida Halima bint al-Rabii’
Learn how to make felt yardage from small to large, thick or thin, plain or fancy with one simple technique. Help me with a larger rug sized project or make one square foot of felt suitable for cutting shoe liners, sewing into a pouch or making a decorative wall hanging. Bring your own wool roving or some available for $3.


Beginning Leather work
by Gillana Weretiger
Make a small pouch, bracelet or pendant. Learn to work with a leather punch and to sew with sinew. Limit 5 at a time. Class fee $2

Luncheon Performances

Limited to approximately 3 minutes and in keeping with the theme of the event (5, 50, L, fleur de lis)


  • Alliterative poem using words that begin with the letter L
  • Five-line verse performed in iambic pentameter
  • Fifty-word song

AnneMarie's Rosebud Reunion Tea

It was a delight to have so many of the lovely young ladies of this kingdom serve as AnneMarie's Rosebuds.

I invite each Rosebud to join me for a reunion in which we shall enjoy a low tea in the afternoon whereby we can become reacquainted over light refreshments and laughter.



Duchess AnneMarie de Garmeaulx

Armored Combat Marshal in Charge

Duke Dag Thorgrimsson

Rapier Marshal in Charge

Lady Collette de Valois

A&S Activities Planner

Sayida Halima bint al-Rabii'

Luncheon Chef

Baroness Hannah Schreiber

Rosebud Reunion Tea Coordinator

Baronessa Giovanna Adimari