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Murder Melee in the Meadow 2023

ENTRY & FEES

Murder Melee in the Meadow returns for 2023 at the Binbrook Conservation Area!

Upon arrival, you must inform the Binbrook Conservation Gatekeepers that you are with the SCA and they should allow you through. After checking in with Binbrook Conservation, you must register at the Event Gate (Troll). 

If you are a non-member, you may also present the Conservation staff with a Non-Member Guest Pass although this is not required.

 

Event Gate (Troll) opens on Thursday, June 15th at 6:00 PM and closes Sunday, June 18th at 12:00 PM. Gate open/close times are broken down in Gate Hours & Location and Major EventsIf there is no attendant at Troll, please seek out an Event Steward or Jørgen Lennertson to assist you with checking in.

For information regarding camping spaces, please contact Event Steward Fischer (fischerofbendunfirth@gmail.com) or Ascelyn (mclaren.michael@queensu.ca) who will forward your query to the Camp Wrangler.

If you are arriving during off-hours, the site gate will no longer have an attendant. You may enter using the code: 1353#

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 Camping

Thursday to Sunday

$45 (member)
$50 (non-member)

Adult Day Trip

Anytime

$30 (member)
$35 (non-member)

Adult Camping

Friday to Sunday

$45 (member)
$50 (non-member)

Youth Under 18

Anytime

Free

Adult Camping

Saturday to Sunday

$40 (member)
$45 (non-member)

Children Under 12

Anytime

Free

Gate Hours & Location

GATE HOURS & LOCATION

Event Gate (Troll) Hours

THURSDAY:

Open 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

FRIDAY:

Open 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

SATURDAY:
Open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please note: If there is no attendant at Troll, please seek out an Event Steward or Baron Jørgen Lennertson to assist you with checking in.

Binbrook Conservation Hours

Binbrook Conservation's gate is attended from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day. 

 

If you are arriving during off-hours, the Binbrook Conservation gate will no longer have an attendant. You may enter using the code: 1353#

Binbrook Conservation Area

5050 Harrison Rd, Binbrook

ON L0R 1C0

Canada

SITE MAP

(Click image for full map)

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Map courtesy of Prudence Underwit — Map subject to change

FULL SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY:

6:00 PM - Event gate opens

9:00 PM - Event gate closes

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM - Event gate opens

1:00 PM - Stash Exchange at The A&S Pavillion

*[TBD] - Opening Court (*at Their Majesties Discretion)

1:00 PM - Archery Range opens

4:00 PM - Baudouin's Mead Social in Ben Dunfirth Encampment

4:00 PM - Throwing Range opens

4:00 PM - Thrown Weapons Tournament

5:00 PM - Archery Range closes

6:00 PM - Armoured Combat Authorizations

7:00 PM - Newcomer's Corner (Entourage & New People) at Gate

7:00 PM - Armoured Novice Tournament 

8:00 PM - Combat Archery Class at The A&S Pavillion

Dusk - Throwing Range closes

9:00 PM - Torchlight Tournament

9:00 PM - Event gate closes

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM - Event gate opens

9:30 AM - Defenders Order Meeting

10:00 AM - Rapier Authorizations

10:00 AM - Rapier Melee

11:00 AM - Throwing Range opens

12:00 PM - Lunch

*1:00 PM - Rapier Poker Tournament (*After lunch)

12:30 PM - 10-Person Melee

1:00 PM - Scriptorium at The A&S Pavillion

2:00 PM -Yeoman of The Wolf (Archery Tournament)

3:00 PM - Event gate closes

After Melee - Children's Piñata

After Piñata - Children's Tug-of-War (*After 10-Person Melee)

*3:00 PM - Combat Archery Authorizations (*After 10-Person Melee)

After Tug-of-War - Thorbjorn's Hammer Meeting

*6:00 PM - Evening Royal Court (*at Their Majesties Discretion)

Dusk - Throwing Range closes

9:15 PM ish - Most Certainly Not Court

*Archery Range opens and closes per Marshal availability 

*Throwing Range opens and closes per Marshal availability

SUNDAY:

Throwing Range availability subject to site teardown timelines - drop by before noon and see if a marshal is present

12:00 PM - Event gate closes

Drop-in - Yeoman of the Wolf Tournament (Thrown)

Drop-in - Royal Round Tournament (Thrown)

Major Events

MAJOR
EVENTS

THURSDAY:

6:00 PM - Event gate opens

9:00 PM - Event gate closes

FRIDAY:

9:00 AM - Event gate opens

*[TBD] - Opening Court (*at Their Majesties Discretion)

7:00 PM - Newcomer's Corner (Entourage & New People) at Gate

9:00 PM - Event gate closes

SATURDAY:

9:00 AM - Event gate opens

12:00 PM - Lunch

3:00 PM - Event gate closes

9:30 AM - Defenders Order Meeting

After Melee - Children's Piñata

After Piñata - Children's Tug-of-War (*After 10-Person Melee)

After Tug-of-War - Thorbjorn's Hammer Meeting

*6:00 PM - Evening Royal Court (*at Their Majesties Discretion)

9:15 PM ish - Most Certainly Not Court

SUNDAY:

12:00 PM - Event gate closes

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Arts & Science Activities
Hand-made clay cups

ARTS & SCIENCE
ACTIVITIES

THURSDAY:

(No planned activities)

FRIDAY:

1:00–4:00 PM - Stash Exchange at The A&S Pavillion

Is your stash threatening to take over your house? Have you been hanging on to a piece of fabric you will never use because it's too nice to throw out? Did you start a hobby during the plague that you ended up hating, but are stuck with all the supplies for? Perhaps it can find a new home at the Stash Exchange!

 

Artists and amateurs alike are welcome to come browse through the stashes; you do not have to have brought something to take a treasure home. Any unclaimed items must be taken home by their original owner at the end of the event.

Contact Emyr James if you have questions: seneschal.bendunfirth@gmail.com

4:00 PM - Baudouin's Mead Social in Ben Dunfirth Encampment

Gather with other mead enthusiasts in Ben Dunfirth's Encampment (Spot 1 on the map). Bring your own chalice and something to share! Nibbles welcome!

Contact Seigneur Baudouin de Domrémy if you have questions: scott040877@gmail.com

SATURDAY:

11:00 AM - Stone Carving Class at The A&S Pavillion

 

Hosted by Lord Artair. Description coming soon.

1:00–3:00 PM - Scriptorium at The A&S Pavillion

 

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 

SUNDAY:

(No planned activities)

Heavy & Rapier Activities

HEAVY & RAPIER FIGHTING
ACTIVITIES

THURSDAY:

(No planned activities)

FRIDAY:

6:00 PM - Armoured Combat Authorizations

7:30 PM - Armoured Novice Tournament 

(You must be authorized for less than 4 years and must not have won a tournament prior to be eligible for the Novice Tournament)

8:00 PM - Combat Archery Class at The A&S Pavillion

This class includes a discussion of the historical use of archery and crossbow units to support melee battles and the conventions of combat archery in the SCA. We will discuss authorization requirements in Ealdormere, equipment, and ammunition.

Contact THL Alexander Gladstone (photosbyalex@cogeco.ca) or Excellency Sciath ingen Chaennaig (risingwaters@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

9:00 PM - Torchlight Tournament

SATURDAY:

10:00 AM - Rapier Authorizations

10:00–11:00 AM - Rapier Melee

12:30 PM - 10-Person Melee

*1:00 PM - Rapier Poker Tournament (After lunch)

*3:00 PM - Combat Archery Authorizations (*After 10-Person Melee)

SUNDAY:

(No planned activities)

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Archery & Thrown Activities
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ARCHERY & THROWN WEAPON
ACTIVITIES

Drop-in - Yeoman of the Wolf Tournament (Thrown)

Drop-in - Royal Round Tournament (Thrown)

THURSDAY:

(No planned activities)

FRIDAY:

1:00 PM - Archery Range opens

4:00 PM - Throwing Range opens

4:00–6:00 PM - Thrown Weapons Tournament

5:00 PM - Archery Range closes

Dusk - Throwing Range closes

8:00 PM - Combat Archery Class at The A&S Pavillion

SATURDAY:

11:00 AM - Throwing Range opens

2:00 PM - Yeoman of The Wolf (Archery Tournament)

Dusk - Throwing Range closes

*Archery Range opens and closes per Marshal availability 

*Throwing Range opens and closes per Marshal availability

SUNDAY:

Throwing Range availability subject to site teardown timelines - drop by before noon and see if a marshal is present

ACCOMMODATIONS

PARKING

Free overnight parking is available to all attendees.

 

For a map of the Binbrook site and available parking please see here:

SITE MAP

PETS

Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome—please ensure you clean up after your pet.

Note that there are ticks and wild animals on-site. Please plan accordingly to ensure the safety of your pet.

CAMPING

Binbrook Conservation has an area designated for overnight camping. Accessible camping space is also available. Fire rings MUST be used for any campfires. Some rings will be available on-site if you do not have your own.

For information regarding camping spaces, please contact an Event Autocrat who will forward your query to the Camp Wrangler.

TOILETS

Flush toilets are available in the main activity area, as well as 8 additional port‐a‐johns and 2 accessible port-a-johns.

POTABLE WATER

There is one tap available near the main activities area with potable water suitable for drinking.

 

Please bring your own containers to fill and take to your campsite.

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

Dumpsters will be available to properly dispose of your garbage.

Please note that there are wild animals on-site and food should be kept in appropriate containers and disposed of accordingly.

EVENT STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

Event Stewards

Fischer of Ben Dunfirth (Robin McConnell)

fischerofbendunfirth@gmail.com

 

Ascelyn of Ben Dunfirth (Michael McLaren) 

mclaren.michael@queensu.ca

Backup Event Steward/
Thursdautocrat

Countess Marioun Golightly (Katherine Golightly) 

kathygolightly1@aim.com

Countess Arlette of the Rozakii (Rebecca Woodworth) 

woodwor@mcmaster.ca

Heavy Weapons
Marshal

Bellatrix Hespeler (Glenn Shilletto)

bdarmouredmarshall@gmail.com

Fencing Marshal

David of Ben Dunfirth

reflexbow@hotmail.com

Head of
Gate

Thrown Weapons Marshal

Guoillauc filius Brancu

t.d.fassel@gmail.com

Archery Marshal

Don the Duckman (Don Intini)

duckfamily.intini@sympatico.ca

Combat Archery Marshal

Alexander Gladstone (Alex Sears)

photosbyalex@cogeco.ca

Seneschal

Emyr James of Town's End (Emily Townshend)

seneschal.bendunfirth@gmail.com

Royalty Liason

Jocea Valente (Joleen DeMarco-Wettlaufer)

Grandduchyofbendunfirth@gmail.com

Commissariat

La Famiglia Salvazzi

Cesare Ambrogino di Salvazzi & Magnifica Laura Battista

Event Page Manager

Fischer (Robin McConnell)

bendunfirthwebminister@gmail.com

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