Melee at Roswell 2009

Pennsic may be over, but there is still plenty of summer fun left! Join us for this weekend of camping at a beautiful site just northeast of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Melee at Roswell has classes, merchants, archery, rapier and armoured combat, thrown weapons, and our famous “potluck picnic” on Saturday night.

Enjoy the archery Woods Walk or armor up for the Woods Quest Battle. The Melee Market Place & Bazaar features merchants as well as special hours on Saturday August 22 for you to sell, barter, or trade your own goods.

When not shopping, shooting, fighting, or attending class, you can relax and share Turkish coffee and bardic performances (yours and others') at the Magic Carpet Kavehane, hosted by the Gorsedd bardic community.

Where and When

August 21-23, 2009
B&A Primitive Weapons Club, Roswell OH

Site opens at 2:00 p.m. Friday and closes at noon on Sunday. To allow our guests a peaceful night's rest before Saturday's busy activities, there will be no camp setup allowed after 11:00 p.m. Friday night..

The site is wet, and pets are allowed if on leash. Shower stalls are available on site, but bring your own water bag. Water on site is tanked in and is non-potable, so bring your own for cooking and drinking. Free firewood is available on site.

Event Fees

There is no need to pre-register for this event, as space is not limited.

Potluck Picnic

In lieu of a traditional feast, Alderford will be hosting an informal Baronial Cookout/Potluck. Hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and toppings will be provided. We ask all those gentles interested in joining us, please bring a dish to pass that serves 8-10. Please use the following chart based on your modern last name:

Q-ZSide Dish

We will try to accommodate any dietary restrictions if possible. Questions or concerns may be sent to the cookout coordinator.

Event Schedule

This schedule is subject to change, as always.

Friday2:00 p.m.Site opens
11:00 p.m.No later camp setup allowed
Saturday9:30 a.m.All lists open
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Rapier woods battles
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.Heavy weapons field battles and authorizations
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Heavy weapons woods battles
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Open Bardic at the Magic Carpet Kavehane
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Rapier field battles
2:00 p.m.Archery Woods Walk
2:00 p.m.Rapier/Heavy pickup fighting
3:00 p.m.Peasant Revolt (main battlefield)
5:00 p.m.Baronial Court
30 minutes after CourtPotluck Picnic
After darkBardic circle, near archery range
Sunday12:00 p.m.Site closes

Melee at Roswell 2009 -- Map and Directions


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(Note that the address shows as "New Philadelphia", but the closest town is actually Roswell.)


Take your best route to I-77, to exit 81 (25 minutes south of Canton); exit onto SR 39 EAST. Proceed on 39 into New Philiadelphia. 39 veers to the LEFT at Y in the road. After the Y, proceed 5 miles to Roswell, Ohio. Turn LEFT on Tusc. Co. Rd 65 to Days Lane (1/10 mile); turn LEFT again. Road dead ends at the site. Signs will be posted

Melee at Roswell 2009 -- Bardic

Northern Oaken's community of bards, Gorsedd, will be flying the Magic Carpet Kavehane to the Melee in Roswell this year!

The bardic Celtistani coffee house will be open from late morning to late afternoon on Saturday, August 22, and will host two classes: Bardic Boot Camp, and Turkish Coffee.

The other hours will be filled with song and story, music, dance and firebreathing, provided by you, our customers. We'll provide the coffee and sweets.

Juliane Bechaumpe, Barista Vente
Llywelyn Glyndwr, Barista Grande

Melee at Roswell 2009 -- Classes

Following are the confirmed classes for Melee at Roswell 2009. Additional classes are being planned, but are not listed here pending confirmation.

Bardic Boot Camp
by Llywelyn Glyndwr
10:00 a.m., at the Magic Carpet Kavehane

Soldiers go to boot camp to learn disciplines like marching and shooting straight, but too often Bards skip the step of knowing their essential tools. By contrasting passages from Shakespeare, Beowulf and the Ballad of Gilligan’s Island, we’ll explore some Bardic Basics- the use of rhythm, sound patterns, and imagery- and how they influence meaning.
Weeds Walk
by Lady Catriona Fionnaghal nic Elphinstone
10:00 a.m., meet at the Clubhouse

Discussion and identification of local flora, as well as practical uses.
If You Host It, They Will Come: How to Promote Your Event
by Magistrissa Milica of Varna
10:00 a.m., in the Clubhouse
This class offers tips on how to publicize your event so that people will want to attend. It includes non-software-specific hints on creating a successful website.
Turkish Coffee Tutorial
by Juliane of Magic Carpet Kavehane
11:00 a.m., at the Magic Carpet Kavehane

Join us at the Magic Carpet Kavehane and learn the secrets of brewing a cup of good Turkish Coffee. Along the way, find out why some Medieval Middle Easterners were, in fact, "dying for a cup of coffee," who frequented coffeehouses, what they talked about, the tales that were told and other coffee tidbits.
Basic Sewing 101
by Baroness Maerwynn
11:00 a.m., in the Clubhouse

Basic sewing techniques as well as simple embroidery to embellish almost any piece of garb.
Unsolved Mysteries of the Middle Ages
by Baroness Catriona nic Hugh Mclaey
2:00 p.m., in the Clubhouse

Did Marco Polo actually travel to Cathay? Who is buried at Glastonbury? There was a pregnant Pope? And, just when was the Cerne Abbas Giant carved into the side of a hill? This is a lighthearted look at the hoaxes, conundrums, and mysteries from and about the Middle Ages.
Midrealm Sing-Along
by Lady Ursula the Widow
2:00 p.m., at the Magic Carpet Kavehane

Sing-Along of popular songs of the Midrealm.
Basics of Beekeeping
by Maistor Justinos Tekton called Justin
3:00 p.m., in the Clubhouse

Learn the fundamentals of apiculture (beekeeping), a science that dates back to ancient Egypt. The equipment has changed a little, to allow nondestructive hive inspection, but the bees still dictate most of what we do, as they have throughout history.

Melee at Roswell 2009 -- Martial Activities

It wouldn't be Melee without melee! Enjoy a wonderful weekend of killing your friends, then partying with them afterward.

Armoured Combat

Marshal Morgan deAth will be running a full day of combat fun, including authorizations, melee, and a woods battle in the afternoon. Of course, there will be the usual opportunities for pick-up fighting around our spacious battlefield area.

Rapier Combat

Rapier combat is planned for Melee this year, as usual. Details forthcoming soon.

Target Archery

Melee at Roswell is an archer's paradise! The range opens at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and closes at 4:00 p.m, with a lunch break from (approximately) 11:30 to 12:00. This year Lord Merlin will be teaching an archery equipment class. All the archers are invited to join in the woods walk down shaded trails.

Thrown Weapons

Lord Duncan will be running the Thrown Weapons range this year and will also coordinate the Brendoken Baronial Championship in this category. Bring your sharp-edged and pointy toys and play in the woods!

Melee at Roswell 2009 -- Merchants

Melee at Roswell is proud to announce a robust slate of merchants for your shopping pleasure!


Melee Market Place and Bazaar

This year at Melee at Roswell, not only will we have all the fighting and fun revelry you have come to expect, but also have the first ever Melee Market Place & Bazaar! Hours on Saturday, August 22, will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for you to sell, barter, or trade your own goods. So clean out your garage, unpack your Pennsic trailer, or if you have hand made crafts, goodies or anything worth selling, bartering or trading plan on doing it at Melee Market Place & Bazaar!


Melee at Roswell 2009 -- Staff

For any category not listed here, or if you are unable to reach the appropriate staff member, contact the Event Steward

Event Steward

Baron Einar Blakklar (mka Darby Greene) 330-478-0109


Baroness Francesca de Onorati (mka Norma Storms)
1334 College St SE
North Canton, OH 44720-3347

Merchant Coordinator

Lady Cliodhna of Scoon (mka Katie Nolen)

Class Coordinator

Baroness Maerwynn of Warwick (mka Theresa Greene)

Armoured Marshal

Master Morgan deAth (mka Bret Johnson)

Rapier Marshal

Lord Lorenzo Di Calalbria (Jonathon Nicolazzo)

Archery Marshal

Forester Offria Pinkhand (mka Karen Thewlis)

Thrown Weapons Marshal

Lord Duncan de Vere (mka Kevin Dickson)

Lunch Tavern

Lady Meredydd verch Rhys (mka Danielle Palaski)

Site Liaison

Lord GuyJacques (mka Dan Plott)


Maistor Justinos Tekton called Justin (mka Scott Courtney)