Canterbury Fayre (Bardic & A&S Defenders)


Hosted by Device of Lions Gate

The Barony of Lions Gate (Vancouver, BC )

Event Summary

Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Jaqueline Lefleur
Date: March 16 , 2013
Site opens at: 12:00 AM on March 16th 2013
Site closes at: 12:00 AM

Event site:
Murrayville Hall
21667 48th Ave Langley, BC V3A 3M8

Medieval Feast Woodcut Illustration

Winter is waning, the game has aged nicely and the pickles have
set. Come break bread in a Welsh hunter’s winter feast with the
Baron and Baroness Lions Gate, Baron James the Just and Baroness
Margaret. Encourage a favorite bard, admire an artist’s handiwork,
be awed by medieval science in action, or add to your own knowledge
and skills-all at Canterbury Fayre and Banquet!

  • Create a new year filled with beauty and amazing works of art
    and science – compete to become the new Arts and Science
    Defender of Lions Gate
  • Regale Their Excellencies with the summer victories in song or
    story – compete to become the new Bardic Defender of Lions
  • Take part in the Dirty Dozen Donation Derby
    and contribute to largesse for Their Majesties An Tir, Their
    Highnesses Tir Righ and Their Excellencies Lions Gate.
  • Have fun making something at the event in the populace
    art competition
  • Gain knowledge and skill in diverse
    classes on thread craft, scribal, soft metal
    working, archery, alchemy, heraldry, games and gain TUTR class
  • Take in the artisan Guild displays and learn
    from those passionate about their craft.
  • Delight in a three remove Welsh feast
    presented by Mistress Cushag an Ellan Vannin.
  • At the end of the day, enjoy a fine ale from the Renaissance
    Party sponsored tavern!


Event Schedule


Site opens

Gate opens

Opening Court

Classes start
Arts & Science competition commences

Classes break for

(bring your own or indulge in Porter’s Bistro three doors away)

Classes resume

Bardic competition commences

Classes end
Afternoon court
Feast time
5 pm     
Hall reset for feast; everyone can help!
Feast gate opens – feast only and offboard gentlefolk may now

6 pm     
Feast begins: First remove served
Tavern opens

Second remove served
Subtlety presented
Dessert remove served

8 pm     
Evening court

Dance; games; roaming bardic

Last call

11 pm     
Pack up begins

         Everything stowed
and cleaned up


Arts and Science Defender of Lions Gate

Greetings All A&S Artisans

Soon comes the time again when Lions Gate must pick a new Arts
& Sciences Defender on March 16/13. This will give all entrants
lots of time to work on their A&S project. A prize will be
awarded for the winner.

To enter the competition for Baronial Lions Gate Defender you
must have:

  • 1 piece completed of your choice
  • Documentation regarding for that piece

For information on presenting and documentation please see

Baron James and Baroness Margaret add that should you be
successful and become Defender you are requested to stand ready in
Court and in War to DEFEND the Barony using all your skill and
creativity. SeaLion War, Baroness’ Inspirational Tourney,
Tournament of Armies, and your successor’s Defender Tourney should
all be included in your calendar.

Your Gate fee for Baronial Level 1 and 2 events are paid for by
the Barony so you can focus on being prepared!

Please submit your intentions to compete to HL Cerridwen
Ravenhawk of Conway March 1/13 as arrangements
must be made for judges. moc.liamg@dgniugirtnI


Bardic Defender of Lions Gate competition

The time draws near. The poets tweak their words. The minstrels
tune their strings. The jugglers learn new tricks. The competition
will be a single entry, cap in hand Tournament.

There is a fine history of bards, minstrels, jesters, and
jugglers who would perform on the streets and in the markets to
earn themselves a few coins. The Cap In Hand Tournament
honours this tradition.  

Each competitor will do a bardic performance for the populace.
After the performances, the bards will go amongst the populace with
their cap in hand, collecting coins. The Bard with the most money
wins the tournament.

Coins for the competition will be handed out at Gate. In
addition, some coins of higher value will be handed out by judges
looking for special qualities.  Performers, please note that
this is intended to be a street performance directed at the public
not at the judges. We do not need any documentation, written or

The Lists for Bardic Defender will close at the event. There
will be a sign-up sheet near Gate.

Baron James and Baroness Margaret add that should you be
successful and become Defender you are requested to stand ready in
Court and in War to DEFEND the Barony using all your skill and
creativity. SeaLion War, Baroness’ Inspirational Tourney,
Tournament of Armies, and your successor’s Defender Tourney should
all be included in your calendar. Your gate fee for Baronial Level
1 and 2 events are paid for by the Barony so you can focus on being


Dirty Dozen Donation Derby

There will be a Dirty Dozen Donation Derby held at Canterbury
Fayre!  This is a little competition that was created out of
the need for more largesse made by the hands of our very talented

  • All entrants must create 12 items based on a theme that are
    suitable for largesse

    • 12 needlebooks
    • 12 hats from different (or the same) period(s)
    • 12 items suitable for a specific time period
    • 12 childrens toys
    • – 12 socks would not be suitable as that is only 6 pairs
  • All entries must be tagged and ready to be gifted the day of
    the competition
  • items need not be documentable, this is not an Arts and
    Sciences competition
  • items should not have heraldry on them as they are meant to be
    given to other areas

Judging will be a populace vote done by the ‘beans in a cup’
method. Both their Highnesses Tir Righ and Their Excellencies Lions
Gate will also choose a favorite entry. The winner of the populace
vote gets their choice of one item from each of the other entrants.
Their Highnesses’ and Their Excellencies’ favorite entrants will
each receive one item of the entrant’s choice from the entries.


Populace Embellishment Competition

Show off your embellishment skills by making and embellishing a
needle case at the event! Supplies and general instruction on how
to make the needle case will be provided, as well as a variety of
things to embellish with: threads, fine yarn, metal thread and
beads. You can add your own materials, too.


Guild Displays

If you are not quite ready for a class then stop by one of the
guild tables and talk with the guild members about their projects.
The Metal Workers guild, Embellishers guild, Scribal group and
Bookbinders group will all have displays.

Guild Table 1:
Marie de Cheriseye la Foret

Guild Table 2: Armourers and
Aelana Cordovera – Journeyman display
Alexander Phillipe  – Armour display

Guild Table 3:
   Guidobaldo Marco Odo Romeo d’Aguila will be 
doing a demonstration of brocade Inkle weaving

Guild Table 4:
Marie de Cheriseye la Foret


Classes at Canterbury Fayre

There are four tracks of classes, two hours in the morning and
three hours in the afternoon. Choose from classes for artisans and
For the artisans: embellishment, scribal, thread crafts, soft metal
repouseé ,wire-weaving and more.

For the combatants: armour-in the SCA and in history, Target
Archery Marshalling and more.
All classes will have University of Tir Righ credit. Sign up across
from gate. Please pay your instructor directly. Exact change
is always appreciated.

Class Times


Table 1

Table 2

Table 3

Table 4

10:30 am

Basic SCA Heraldry
Caitrina Aindriasa

Wool Applique
Caitrin ni Cingeadh

Basic Alchemy
Dr. Carus

Metal Point
Marjan English

11:30 am


What does this weigh?
Alexander-Phillipe de Bergerac



12:30 pm

— Lunch Break —

1:30 pm

Introduction to Games
Uilliam mac Fearchair mhic Gille Aindrias

Evolution of Armour in Medieval and Renaissance

Alexander Phillipe de Bergerac


Introduction to the SCA
Caitrina Aindriasa

2:30 pm



Norse Wire Weaving
Kenneth of Shaftesbury


3:30 pm


Minimalist Armouring
Alexander Phillipe de

Junior Target Archery Marshaling
(bring the 2013 Book of Target)



Class Descriptions

Morning Classes

Dr Carus – Basic Alchemy
This class is a show-and-tell with little or no Experimental
Class max: 8       Cost: $1 Time: 2

Caitrina Aindriasa – Basic SCA

An informal discussion of Basic Heraldry rules and how they are
used in the SCA.  The benefits and protocols of Heraldic
registration and where to go to get started down the colourful
world of Heraldic display.
Class max: 8       Cost:
Time: 1 hour

Marjan English – Metal Point: The Medieval Lead

In the time of Michaelangelo there was no such thing as a lead
pencil, yet many sketches exist in chalk, charcoal and a technique
known as Metalpoint.  This class will give participants
practice in preparing a suitable “ground” that will enable them to
use a metal to draw. The instructor will discuss the history and
the grounds used by Medieval Artists. And students will practice
drawing with silver on a prepared surface and will prepare another
surface for a further project.

Materials:  Staedtler pen with large expanding tip to
hold a wide lead (instructor will have a limited supply of practice
pens that may be purchased or must be returned at the end of
Class max: 6            Cost: $6
           Time: 2 hours

Alexander Phillipe de Bergerac – What does this

Dispelling myths about metal armour. Learn how much a full kit of
armour really weighed in period. How mobile were knights?
Class max: 8       Cost:
Time: 1 hour

Caitrin ni Cingeadh – Wool on Wool Applique
Class max: 8       Cost:
Time: 1 or 2 hours

Afternoon Classes

Ylas Annasdoter – Bookbinding

Alexander Phillipe de Bergerac – The Evolution of
European Medieval and Renaissance Armour

Learn about the stylistic and functional changes in armour over the
11th to 17th centuries.
Class max: 8       Cost:
Time: 2 hours

Maighstier Uilliam – Introduction to Games
Introduction to medieval games.
Class max: 8       Cost:
Time: Up to 3 hours

Caitrina Aindriasa – Introduction to the

Learn a little about these Current Middle Ages.
Class max: 8       Cost: $1
Time: 2 hours

Alexander Phillipe de Bergerac – Minimalist Armouring:
building armour for less

What tools and equipment are needed to make armour. This probably
costs a lot less than you think!
Class max: 8       Cost:
Time: 1 hour

Kenneth of Shaftsbury – Norse Wire Weaving
Learn how the wealth of the Norse was made into wearable art.
Silver was drawn into wires. Learn how these were woven into ropes
and transformed into jewelry and embellishment pieces.
Class max: 8       Cost: $5 –
$7        Time: l hour

Archos Gareth – Target Archery Marshalling
Learn the book half of Target Archery Marshalling. Practical
testing will take place at the summer Lions Gate events. Please
bring the latest edition of the Book of Target with you to
Class max:8        Cost:
Time: 1 hour

Baronial Banquet Menu

Those items marked with an asterisk (*) are vegetarian-friendly,
but may contain dairy or eggs, as noted.

First Remove

Slit Leek Soup *

Leeks, white wine, vegetable broth, butter, seasonings

Bread, Butter, Cheeses, Pickles *

Cold Fried Ham

Ham, grape juice, red wine vinegar, sage, cinnamon

Mushroom Tartlets *

Pastry, mushrooms, olive oil, cheese

Chicken Pasty Lombardy

Pastry, chicken breast, bacon, egg wash, spices


Ground pork, spices, slivered almonds, currants

Second Remove

Castle Pie

Pastry coffin, shredded braised beef, garlic, onions, dates, dried
apricot, spices, vinegar

Red Wine Sauce

Braising liquid, red wine, seasoning

Frumenty *

Bulgur wheat, vegetable broth, saffron, egg yolk, seasonings

Salat *

Salted almond, currants, raisins, baby spinach, shredded red
cabbage, oranges, lemons, sage-infused olive oil, vinegar,

Bashed Neeps *

Carrots, rutabagas, butter, cinnamon

Tart yn Embre Day *

Pastry, onions, butter, currants, seasonings, eggs



Welsh Cakes *

Flour, butter, sugar, dried fruit

Tinkers’ Cakes *

Flour, butter, sugar, shredded apple

Sugared Grapes *

Fresh grapes, pasteurized egg white, berry sugar

Gingerbread Fairings *

Butter, brown sugar, dark molasses, flour, baking soda, spices,

A Subtlety

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