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Huntsman's Harvest
2023

September 23rd, 2023

ENTRY & LOCATION

September 23rd, 2023

Open 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Huntsman's Harvest returns for 2023 at the Germania Club Park Campgrounds! Join us for another year of mead-tasting, archery, thrown weapons, Hungry Barbarian Tournaments, and more!

You must check in with the Gatekeeper (Countess Arlette of the Rozakii) when you arrive. You will also be required to sign a waiver if you are attending as a non-member. Pre-registration is not required.

Attending with Children

SCA events are open to people of all ages, but parents of children will need to sign a waiver at the Event Gate for their children.

However if you are bringing a child for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, you will need to bring:

  1. A complete signed minor waiver or signed blue card

  2. A complete signed minor medical waiver (2 copies)​

Please see Ealdormere's Attending with Children page for more details.

*Cheques must be made out to "SCA - Ben Dunfirth"

Adult

$10 (member)
$15 (non-member)

Youth (under 18)

Free

SITE MAP

Germania Park Campgrounds

4221 Trinity Church Rd, Hamilton

ON L0R 1C0 

Canada

DIRECTIONS

  1. From all points, take highway 403 towards Hamilton.

  2. Exit east onto the Lincoln Alexander Parkway.

  3. Travel the parkway close to the end and exit at Dartnall Road.

  4. From Dartnall Road, turn left onto Rymal Road.

  5. From Rymal Road, turn right onto Trinity Church Road.

  6. Continue on Trinity Church Road.

  7. The Germania Club entrance is on the right, at the end of the long meadow on Trinity Church Road.

LUNCH & FEAST

LUNCH

Lunch tickets may be purchased for $7 per person at the Gate. All lunches come with a choice of one entrée and sides while quantities last. Drinks are free/by donation.

LUNCH MENU

Entrée:

Beef Barley Stew

Stewing beef, Pot barley, Roasted beef, Better than Bouillon (Roasted beef with Concentrated Beef Stock, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sugar, Corn syrup solids, Flavouring, Yeast extract, Dried whey (Milk), Potato flour, Caramel colour, Corn oil, Xanthan gum.), Celery, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions, Canola oil, Butter (for frying), Salt, Pepper, Thyme

Beef No-Barley Stew (GF/soy-free/dairy-free)

Stewing Beef, Roasted beef, Beef broth (water, beef stock), Seasonings (water, natural flavour, salt, carrots, celery, onion, sugar), Salt, Sugars (dextrose), Yeast extract, Sunflower oil, Carnauba wax, Celery, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions, Canola oil, Butter (for frying), Salt, Pepper, Thyme

 

Curried Lentil Stew (GF/vegan)

Onions, Celery, Carrots, Vegetarian "chicken" flavoured bouillon (Sea salt, Palm oil, Sugar, Natural vegetable flavour, Rice flour, Dehydrated onion & parsley, Corn maltodextrin, Extra virgin olive oil, Disodium Inosinate & Guanylate, Spice.) Salt, Pepper, Curry Powder

Sides:

Selection of buns, cheese, hard-boiled egg & fresh vegetables

Drinks:

Coffee, hot chocolate, or pop

FEAST

The traditional potluck of Huntsman’s Harvest has returned! Please bring your favourite potluck dish to share.

If you are bringing a crock pot, please bring an extension cord or a power cord. It may not be needed, but better too many than too few.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you include a clearly marked card with ALL ingredients in your dish, especially any allergens.

SCHEDULE

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FULL SCHEDULE

See below the Full Schedule for break-down and further details.

10:00 AM - Event gate opens

Their Majesties' Discretion - Opening Court 

Marshal's Discretion - Baronial Champion Tournament (All Martial)

10:00 AM - Archery Range Opens/Inspections Begin

[TBD] - Authorizations (Rapier)

[TBD] - Authorizations (Armoured Combat)

10:30 AM - Baronial Champion Tournament (Armoured)

10:30 AM - Youth Combat Activities

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Scriptorium

12:00 PM - Lunch Table Opens

1:00 PM - Poker Card Tournament (Armoured Combat)

1:00 PM - Yeoman of the Wolf (Archery) 

2:00 PM - Hungry Barbarian Tournament (Armoured Combat)

1:00 PM - 25th Anniversary Map Shoot (Archery)

3:00 PM - Brewer's Competition at The Hall

4:00 PM - Preserves Competition at The Hall

[TBD] - Coin Tournament (Rapier)

[TBD] - Poker Card Tournament (Rapier)

[TBD] - Thrown Weapons Activities

Their Majesties' Discretion - Evening Court

After Evening Court - Potluck Feast

10:00 PM - Event gate closes

MAJOR
EVENTS

10:00 AM - Event gate opens

Their Majesties Discretion - Opening Court 

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Scriptorium

Welcome scribes of all skill levels to share skills and knowledge or to learn! Make use of the provided materials or bring your own project. We'll focus on catching up with some of our newest members who are curious about calligraphy and illumination, or who have picked it up during the plague-time.

Contact Countess Marioun Golightly (Katherine Golightly) if you have questions: kathygolightly1@aim.com 

12:00 PM - Lunch Table Opens

3:00 PM - Brewer's Competition at The Hall

Brewers and Tasters alike are invited to participate* in Ben Dunfirth's annual Brewer's Tasting Contest. Bring your cordials, wines, beers, and spirits!

Brewers are asked to please submit only one beverage. More information will be available closer to the event date. 

(*Must be 19+ to participate)

4:00 PM - Preserves Competition at The Hall

Bring out your jams!

Bring your best jams, jelly, compotes, and ferments for the return on the Preserves Competition at Huntsman's. More information will be available closer to the event date.

Their Majesties Discretion - Evening Court 

Immediately after Court - Potluck Feast

 

10:00 PM - Event gate closes

Hands holding a golden coronet
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MARTIAL
ACTIVITIES

Marshals' Discretion - Baronial Champion Tournament (All)

This Tournament will run for all Martial Activities: Armoured Combat, Rapier Combat, Thrown Weapons, and Archery. It will occur at the respective Marshal's discretion if not listed below and will be announced by the Herald during the event.

See below for more information.

10:30 AM - Baronial Champion Tournament (Armoured)

10:30 AM - Youth Combat Activities

Youth combat will be taking place at Huntsman's Harvest. Activities will be determined by the number of youth combatants present.

[TBD] - Authorizations (Rapier)

Please contact David of Ben Dunfirth if you would like to authorize in rapier: reflexbow@hotmail.com

[TBD] - Authorizations (Armoured Combat)

Please contact Bellatrix Hespeler if you would like to authorize in armoured combat: bdarmouredmarshal@gmail.com

11:00 AM - Baronial Champion Trial Shoot (Archery)

1:00 PM - Poker Card Tournament (Armoured Combat)

Fighters compete in a bearpit-style tournament. Every win against your opponent gets you a playing card. The combatant with the best poker hand at the end of the tournament is named the champion.

1:00 PM - Yeoman of the Wolf (Archery)

[TBD] - Coin Tournament (Rapier)

Stab your friends to get coins! The person with the most coins at the end of the tournament wins.

2:00 PM - Hungry Barbarian Tournament (Armoured Combat)

Have you ever wanted to hit your friends with a Dane axe, Mjolnir, and a bar stool all within an hour? The Hungry Barbarian Tournament has you covered. Bring your weird and wonderful weapon creations (and your full gauntlets) and get ready to do battle with a bar stool.

2:00 PM - 25th Anniversary Map Shoot (Archery)

[TBD] - Poker Card Tournament (Rapier)

Every win against your opponent gets you a playing card. The combatant with the best poker hand at the end of the tournament is named the winner.

[TBD] - Thrown Weapons Activities

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BARONIAL CHAMPION
TOURNAMENT

Greetings to the good gentles of Ben Dunfirth!

 

Your Baron and Baroness are searching for their Baronial Champions in the martial fields of heavy weapons, fencing, archery and thrown weapons! These honours will be bestowed upon those worthies who compete and triumph in our Baronial Championship tournaments occurring at Huntsman's Harvest this coming Saturday! So come one, come all to our Championship tournament, held at each of the fields of honour at a time determined by the Marshalls.

 

This honour will last for a year, have very few public duties involved (outside of bragging rights), and will include a fetching sash to wear at our evening Court at Huntsman's, our Murder Melee event, and any other events Ben Dunfirth hosts in the year. Qualifications for consideration: you must play for the Barony of Ben Dunfirth, and be of legal age to participate in the martial activity/ies chosen. Best of luck to you all, and we look forward to next weekend's event!

-Their Excellencies Jørgen and Meredyth, Baronials of Ben Dunfirth

FAQ

Q: Can I bring personal presences?
A: Yes! Everyone is welcome to bring their sunshade, chairs, picnic blanket, etc. However please do not bring your tent or your flint & steel. We'll get in trouble if we start a fire.

Q: 
Do I have to pre-register?
A: No pre-registration is required. All you need to bring is your entry fee, membership card (if applicable) and your finest self! 

Q: Is there a site map?
A: 
No. If you stand in the middle field where you park, you can have a friendly Ben Dunfirth person point at the fighting to the right, the thrown weapons and fencing to the right, the kid's playground to the left, the hall in front of you, and we've cleverly hidden the archery behind the hall. We're mostly sure no one will get lost.

Q: Do we have both the hall and the pavillion?

A: Possibly. We're still awaiting confirmation. I will update here as soon as I know.

Q: 
Is there Gold Key/loaner garb?
A: Yes! If you don't have enough garb then we will happily clothe you. We recommend that you bring a belt and a pair of non-denim pants, but if you have neither, denim pants are fine and we can steal someone else's belt when they're not looking.

Q: 
What if I arrive late and there is no one at Gate?
A: Please seek out Countess Arlette who is the Head of Gate. If you aren't sure who that is, feel free to ask any of the Event Staff and we will happily assist you!

EVENT STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Event Stewards

Jocea Valente (Joleen DeMarco-Wettlaufer)

Grandduchyofbendunfirth@gmail.com

Brand Thorwaldson (Blair DeMarco-Wettlaufer)

Grandduchyofbendunfirth@gmail.com

Head of
Gate

Countess Arlette of the Rozakii (Rebecca Woodworth) 

woodwor@mcmaster.ca

Merchantocrat

Brand Thorwaldson (Blair DeMarco-Wettlaufer)

Grandduchyofbendunfirth@gmail.com

Lunch Table (Cooks)

Baroness Meredyth Llwellyn (Alicia York-Bird)

Baronialsofbendunfirth@gmail.com

Ascelyn of Ben Dunfirth (Michael McLaren) 

mclaren.michael@queensu.ca

Lunch Table (Serving)

Jocea Valente (Joleen DeMarco-Wettlaufer)

Grandduchyofbendunfirth@gmail.com

Ascelyn of Ben Dunfirth (Michael McLaren) 

mclaren.michael@queensu.ca

Steward of
The Feast

Mistress Marioun Golightly (Katherine Golightly)

kathygolightly1@aim.com

Fencing Marshal

David of Ben Dunfirth

reflexbow@hotmail.com

Heavy Weapons
Marshal

Bellatrix Hespeler (Glenn Shilletto)

bdarmouredmarshal@gmail.com

Youth Combat
Marshal

Count Evander Maclachlan (Richard Bray)

ealdormere.ym@gmail.com

Thrown Weapons Marshal

Iohn Spooner (Darrell LaRue)

Archery Marshal

Don the Duckman (Don Intini)

duckfamily.intini@sympatico.ca

Seneschal

Emyr James of Town's End (Emily Townshend)

seneschal.bendunfirth@gmail.com

Royalty Liason

Jocea Valente (Joleen DeMarco-Wettlaufer)

Grandduchyofbendunfirth@gmail.com

Event Page Manager

Fischer of Ben Dunfirth (Robin McConnell)

bendunfirthwebminister@gmail.com

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