Masque of Courtly Love XV: A Winter's Tale

"At its best, fantasy rewards the reader with a sense of wonder about what lies within the heart of the commonplace world. The greatest tales are told over and over, in many ways, through centuries. Fantasy changes with the changing times, and yet it is still the oldest kind of tale in the world, for it began once upon a time, and we haven't heard the end of it yet.'"  -- Patricia McKillip

Please join us for a day of Bardic Arts, Heavy fighting, Rapier, Classes, Shopping, Eating, Mirth and Merry Making! The Marche of Alderford proudly presents Masque of Courtly Love XV: A Winter's Tale.

February 19, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. EST
Grace United Methodist Church
1720 Schneider St. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
[ Map and Directions ]

Doors open to the populace at 9:00 a.m., and site closes at 10:00 p.m. This site is fully wheelchair-accessible.

Site is bone-dry everywhere, and nonsmoking in or near the building.

Weather outlook: Mostly sunny, breezy, high around 38 F. No significant precipitation is predicted, as of Thursday evening.

Event Features

Bardic Arts

This year's Masque of Courtly Love will feature an all-day Bardic Arts schedule, with performances taking place in a lovely, quiet chapel.

Martial Activities

The Masque of Courtly Love will offer both armoured and rapier combat this year, with tournaments for each.

Arts and Sciences

As always, the Masque of Courtly Love will feature an extensive array of classes; see the schedule page for details.


Baroness Francesca de Onorati and Lord Angus MakMartane will present a sumptuous feast in the finest Alderford tradition to delight the palate.

Lunch Tavern

A lunch tavern, offered by the Dead Parrot team, will be available on site for an additional (but reasonable) charge.


Masque of Courtly Love is an outstanding opportunity for your early-season shopping. Browse at your leisure through our extensive Marketplace to find the things you will need for the busy spring event season!

Other activities

Our site also offers a spacious populace lounge where you can relax with friends. In the evening, join us for dancing after feast.


Site Fees:
Pre registered $6.00 adult, minors 11-17 $3.00, children 10 and under free with a paid adult
At the door $8.00 adult, minors 11-17 $4.00, children 10 and under free with a paid adult
Fees do not include adult non-member surcharge of $5.00.

Feast Fees:
Adult $12.00
Child 10 and under $6.00

Feast seating limited to 100 gentles; advance registration is strongly recommended. Advance registration deadline for feast is February 12. For dietary concerns, contact our feast steward no later than February 1, 2011.

Please make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. - Marche of Alderford. Send preregistrations to:

Cynthia David
709 33rd St NE
Canton, OH 44714

Further contact information is on the staff listing page.

Map and Directions

Grace United Methodist Church
1720 Schneider St. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720


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All guests take your best route to Ohio State Rte. 62 that goes through Canton. From the west take the Market Avenue exit. Turn left at the bottom of the exit onto Market Ave** heading north. Travel approximately 3 miles. Turn left onto Schneider Road NW. Site is about 0.5 miles on the left. From the east take the Market Avenue/30th Street Exit towards Martindale Road. Continue past the light at Martindale Rd., straight towards Market Ave. Turn right onto Market Ave and proceed from ** above.

Bardic and Performing Arts

This year's Masque of Courtly Love places a special focus on the performing and bardic arts, with a strong slate of scheduled performers as well as opportunities for informal participation.

Minstrels' Gallery

Ladies and gentlemen, nobles all! For your pleasure, many accomplished tellers of tales and singers of songs will be gathered together.

Beginning at lunchtime, every half hour a different bard will perform in the chapel. Come and cheer on your favorites; wander in and out as you will. Lady Ursula the Widow is your hostess in the hall of enchantment.

Some of the voices raised will belong to

Motley Hour

A special Motley Hour will be set aside for those wishing to perform a single piece. To do so, please sign up in advance with Lady Ursula via (or before the music starts on Masque Day).


Note: The class schedule is subject to change on or before the day of the event, but this is our most current information as of now. For information about classes, or to sign up as an instructor, contact our class coordinator.








11 AM-12 PM


Juggling 101, or The Juggler from Notre Dame (a medieval legend from France)

Lord John of Southkeep

Learn to do the 3-ball cascade.  No experience?  No talent?  No balls?  No problem!




Oil Lamps, or My Lovely Lantern! (A Folktale from Manipur, India)

Lady Ysmay of New Ros

Learn the history behind the oil lamp and make one to take home! The information is based on the class

given by Master Bedwyr at Pennsic.

Class fee $1 per kit. There are 25 kits available. Participants 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

1 PM-2 PM


Soap Making 101, or Soap! Soap! Don’t Forget the Soap! (An English/Appalachian Jack Folktale)

Lady Aelfwyn Elswith of the Confraternity of St. Eve

Never put lye to oils and always wanted to see someone else do it first? This is that class for you. I’ll be making a one-pound batch of Castile while we examine some common misconceptions about soap making. We’ll go over what you need to get started, how to make your own recipes and where to go from here. You’ll be sent home with recipes, information on molds and resources, and a small sample.

Handouts available



Middle Eastern Treats, or Scheherazade’s Sweetmeats (1001 Arabian Nights)

Baroness Madelaine Bouvier

This is a Make-it/Take-it, and probably Eat-it, Workshop on creating Middle Eastern confections. Sweetmeats likely began as a way of preserving fruit and/or nuts with sugar.  Find out recipes and actually make the items.

Handouts 50¢

2 PM-3 PM


Art in the Dark, or 

The Boy Who Drew Cats

(A Japanese Fairy Tale)

Baroness Katarina Peregrine

For newcomers or veterans, this class gives you an overview of major art pieces of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and the chance to see the progression of art in the timeframe of the SCA period.

Handouts are available, please pre-reg for it if possible. Class limit 15. Class fee: $5. A parent must accompany children under 16.



Bidding the Bedes, or Helping the Memory: Storyteling Beads

Lady Elizabethe Alles

An Introduction to Paternosters on western European christian prayer beads in the Middle Ages and information on making your own replica.

12 kits are available to make a bone or glass paternoster for supply fee of $5.

3 PM- 4 PM


Mask Making Workshop or How Raccoon Got His Mask (A Seneca Folk Tale)

Baroness Maerwynn of Brendoken

Masks offer an opportunity for creative expression; they can transform your face into something mysterious, terrifying, or humorous. We have an array of items

for you to use. Come and create!

Open to both adults and youngsters. Participants 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.



The Ins and Outs of Fairy Tales, or When Fairies Were Scary: The Story of Tam Lin (A Scottish Fairy Tale)

Baroness Catriona nicHugh Mclaey

Learn the history of the fairy tale and how fairies

started as “surviving echoes of the gods” and

evolved into Disney’s Tinkerbelle.

Handouts available



This list is for general guidelines only and not in serving order.  The Feast Steward reserves the right to change the order and dishes up to the date of the event due to fluctuations in market prices and availability of ingredients.


Pease Porridge (Pea Soup) peas, vegetable stock, parsley, pepper, aniseed, liquid smoke
Roggenbrot (Rye Bread) yeast, water, milk, sugar, salt, molasses, butter, rye flour, wheat flour
Honey Oatmeal Bread water, yeast, honey, butter, all purpose flour, oats, salt, eggs
Honey Butter butter, honey
Raisin Sauce water, sugar, orange juice, raisins, cinnamon, cloves
Mustard mustard seeds, powder forte, red wine and balsamic vinegars, Stout, honey
Taiarin a la Veniciano (Chicken Pasta Alfredo) chicken, commercial pasta, butter, milk, flour, Parmesan & Romano cheeses, cream cheese
Szynka Duzzona z Ogorkami (Ham stewed with Cucumbers) ham, butter, onion, carrots, garlic, parsley, wheat beer, ham stock, bay leaves, zurawina (European cranberry), raisins, cucumber, honey, wine vinegar, pepper, bread crumbs, served with sour cream
Funges (Mushrooms) mushrooms, onions, salt, pepper, vegetable broth
Potato Pie (Baked Apple & Sweet Potato) apples, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, salt, ginger, cider vinegar, butter
Arrosto di Caorte e Pastinache (Roasted Carrots) carrots, parsnips, olive oil, salt, pepper
Salad of Mixed Greens greens, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt
Sambocade (Elderflower cheesecake) elderflower syrup, heavy cream, sugar, ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, commercial pie crust
Gyngerbrede (Gingerbread) honey, cinnamon, white pepper, ginger, saffron, bread crumbs, sandalwood
Hais (Date Candy) dates, bread crumbs, almonds, pistachios, butter, sugar
Lemon Ice lemon juice, lemon peel, sugar, water
Khabis (Coconut candy) coconut, almonds, almond oil, sugar
A variety of Quince Paste Jellies quince, sugar, various spices to be determined


Masque of Courtly Love is traditionally a great place to get an early start on your SCA shopping as we head into the spring event season. This year's merchants include:

For more information, contact our Merchantcrat, Dub Essa.


The scheduling information on this page is subject to change, for as we all know "no battle plan ever survived contact with the enemy."


Time Location Activity Description
8:00 a.m.   Merchant entry Site opens for merchant setup only
9:00 a.m.   Event start Site opens to populace
  Main hall Rapier list opens Authorizations and open list
9:30 a.m. Main hall Armoured list opens Authorizations and open list
10:00 a.m. Main hall Rapier tournament  
  Main hall Armoured tournament "Pit of the Bears"
  Classrooms Class session #1 See class listing for details
12:00 p.m. Main hall Rapier lunch break List open for pickup matches if a Marshal is present and willing to supervise
12:30 p.m. Main hall Armoured tournament "Tournament of Pigs"
1:00 p.m. Main hall Rapier bear pit tournament  
  Classrooms Class session #2 See class listing for details
2:00 p.m. Main hall Rapier melee tournament  
  Classrooms Class session #3 See class listing for details
3:00 p.m. Classrooms Class session #4 See class listing for details
4:00 p.m. Main hall Martial activities conclude Please help us prepare for Court by removing your gear promptly from the Main Hall
5:00 p.m. Chapel Baronial Court Baronial Court of Their Excellencies Einar and Maerwyn
After Court Main hall Feast  
10:00 p.m.   Event end Site closes to populace


Site Map

The site map is subject to change if there are last-minute contingencies. Changes will be posted near Troll.

Site Map

Site Rules

Please help us retain the privilege of using this wonderful site in the future, by obeying the following site rules:

  1. This is a bone-dry site by policy of the site owner, and indoors is a smoke-free site by Ohio state law. Smoking is permitted outdoors, well away from the building. Please dispose of any smoking waste properly.
  2. By policy of the site owner, no gambling or mock-gambling is permitted on the site.
  3. As this is a church, please respect the beliefs of the site owner by refraining from acts that would offend their place of worship. We are all welcome to believe as we wish, but we are in someone else's spiritual home and should behave as courteous guests.
  4. Young children must be in the company of a responsible adult at all times. This rule will be enforced on a case-by-case basis depending on the children's behavior, rather than by an arbitrary age restriction. In all situations, however, your children must be able to tell us how to find you in case of a problem or emergency; if they are not old enough to do that, then please keep them near you. Unruly children may be given espresso and a puppy.
  5. A play area is provided for parents and children, but the event staff will not be providing child activities or supervision.
  6. Certain areas, marked with "NO SCA" signs, are completely off-limits to SCA folk because we have not rented those parts of the building. Please respect these areas and the "STAFF ONLY" and similarly-marked restricted areas. The kitchen is limted to staff only, to allow our dedicated cooks to work most efficiently. Wanderers may end up in the stew pot.
  7. Merchants are responsible for knowing and complying with all tax codes and other commercial laws in the locality of the site.
  8. Please keep hallways and the main hall clear of personal day-camps, unless you have permission from the Autocrat or the Department of Public Works. Day-camps are welcome in the Populace Lounge.
  9. Everyone, regardless of their SCA rank or their rush to reach a particular activity, must troll in. No exceptions.
  10. Per SCA policy, everyone attending must wear an attempt at pre-1600 costume and must comport themselves as a Lord or Lady of these Current Middle Ages. Be courteous to those around you, and we will all have a fun day.



Maistor Justinos Tekton called Justin (Scott Courtney)

Gatekeeper (Troll)

Baltik Silverthorn (Aaron Gressel)
Send pre-reg to deputy -- see below

Deputy Gatekeeper (Troll) -- REGISTRATIONS

Mardöll Vilhjálmsdóttir (Cynthia David)
709 33rd St NE
Canton, OH 44714


Baron Einar Blakklar (Darby Greene)

Marshal of Rapier

Seigneur Jean Jacques (Elliott Doza)

Feast Stewards

THL Francesca de Onorati (Norma Storms)

Lord Dirk Edward of Frisia

Class Coordinator

Baroness Catriona nic Hugh Mclaey (Marti Livingstone)

Bardic Coordinator

Lady Ursula the Widow (Michelle Hartz-Coutts)

Merchant Coordinator

Lady Dub Essa (Katie Nolen)


Mistress Milica of Varna (Katherine Courtney)

Department of Public Works (Event Logistics)

Lady Ysmay of Alderford