Masque of Courtly Love XVI

Marche of Alderford Presents The Masque of Courtly Love XVI
February 18, 2012

Come join Alderford for a reprieve from the harsh winds of winter and cabin fever as we celebrate our Sweet 16th Masque of Courtly Love.   A day of fun, frolicking, fighting and games to be followed by a splendid feast and a Masked Ball. 

Site opens at 9am – Site closes at 9 pm
Grace United Methodist Church
1720 Schneider St NW
North Canton, OH 44720

Site is handicap accessible.

Site Fees    Adult (18+) Pre-reg Event:  $6      Adult day of Event:   $8 
                    Youth (10-18) Pre-reg Event: $3    Youth day of Event: $4
                    Children under 10 Free
Feast Fees    Adult (13+): $10        Child/Youth (5-13): $8

Make Checks payable to SCA Inc. - Marche of Alderford

Pre-registration should be sent by February 10, 2012 to the event steward.



There will be a full schedule of classes at the Masque of Courtly Love XVI beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. Please check the scedule for times and descriptions.

The Needlers Nook

Join the Needlers Nook at the Masque of Courtly Love, Feb. 18, March of Alderford

The Needlers Nook is a space where fiber artists of all kinds can drop by to work on projects, chat, share information and just have fun making stuff.  Bring  your work in progress – weaving, embroidery, spinning, knitting, kumihimo, lucet or anything else that falls under the fiber arts. Take a peek in the  Treasure Chest -- a bin of trim, buttons, notions, yarn, etc., looking for good homes. Bring something to add to the chest, and select something to take.

The Nook will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for the A&S banner.

The Nook is run by Lady Jolicia atte Northclyfe (regional MOAS)  and Lady Nadzeyhda the Simple.

Dance and Ball

Music will be played by real live musicians!! There will be a "Grand Promenade" at the beginning of the Masque of Courtly Love Ball where all the masks brought for the event or made that day can be displayed. The dances will be the oldies, but goodies. If you aren't sure of the steps, there will be a class earlier in the day when the dances will be taught.

  1. Carolingian Pavane  (Belle Pavane) (The Known World Pavane)
  2. Official Bransle (Toss the Duchess) (Toss a Wench) (Bransle de l'Official)
  3. Horse's Bransle (Bransle des Chevaulx)
  4. Maltese Bransle (Bransle de Malte)
  5. Montarde Bransle (Bransle de la Montarde)
  6. Sellinger's Round
  7. Black Nag
  8. Rufty Tufty
  9. Hole in the Wall
  10. Female Sailor
  11. Strip the Willow

Armored Combat Tournament
The tournament will be a timed bear pit. The losers will get one point winners will get 3 and be allowed to stay for 3 fights. The fighter with the most points at the end will be the winner.
Rapier Tournament

Morning Tournament:
Modified Bear Pit
Each player will be given 5 tokens.
Cost to be the bear of a bearless list: 4 tokens into the pot
Challenger pays 1 token into the pot
Bear determines the fighting style
Bear and Challenger fight one pass.
Bear can then elect to split the pot (round up) with challenger (round down)
OR can finish the best of 3 whereby the winner becomes the next bear at no cost, but the pot stays put.
The Challenger that splits the pot with the Bear will be given first option to become the new bear; else next in line can become the new bear if able to pay.

Afternoon Tournament:
The Not-Your-Usual-Dice-Tournament Dice Tournament.
In every dice tournament I've seen the results of the dice determine things about the fight. Not this one. Results of the FIGHTS determine things about the DICE.
Everyone can challenge up to 10 opponents, please do not duplicate opponents.
The more you fight the better your chances.
Bardic Activites
Once again this year, the Masque of Courtly Love will feature the Minstrels' Gallery. In an intimate venue, a variety of performing artists from the region will entertain throughout the afternoon. It's a wonderful place to sit and relax for a few minutes or a few hours.

The show will also include the event challenge from our Kingdom bards, Lady Juliane and Lord Llywelyn. The challenge is open to all; details follow the schedule.

The Minstrels' Gallery performances will run continuously from 11:30 a.m. until roughly 4:30 p.m. Please join us!

Minstrels’ Gallery Order of Play

OPENING: Lord Donalbane of Blakmers, Brendoken Bardic Champion
Lady Kateryn Draper
North Oaken Recorder Ensemble


Lady Ursula the Widow
Harp Strings  [milord Dennis, Lady Ceit and friends]
Lady Brihid Seanchain
THL Brendan O'Corraighe

CLOSING ACT: Kingdom Bardic Co-Champions Lady Juliane Beauchamp and Lord Llywelyn Glyndwr

Interval music: Lady Matilda Harper

The Challenge:
In its sixteenth year, Masque comes to maturity (in the Middle Ages, many young women were already mothers by this age). In this spirit, the Kingdom Bardic Champions present to the populace this challenge: Bring us a song, tale, tune (or any other entertainment) on the glories or grief of growing up, growing wiser, or growing old.

On The Table
Italian Bread—flour, water, sugar, salt, yeast
Honey OatBread—flour, oats, water, sugar, salt, yeast, honey, butter, eggs
Butter and Honey Butter—Butter, Honey
Cascius Fritas—Cheese,  Breadcrumbs, milk, Italian seasoning, flour
First Course
Pork In Wine Sauce—Pork, garlic, coriander, caraway seed, celery seed, pepper, salt, red wine, breadcrumbs, chicken stock
Taiarin la Veniciano—pasta, cream cheese, parmesan, mozzarella, butter, milk
Cinnamon Carrots—Carrots, honey, butter, cinnamon, lemon juice
Second Course
Capons with Orenges and Lemmons—chicken, lemons, oranges, olive oil, butter, chicken stock, rosewater, white wine, prunes, dates, currants, mace, cloves, salt, pepper

Asparagi Saltati - asparagus, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic and cumin

Third Course
Bukkenade—beef, parsley, sage, hyssop, clove, mace, egg, red wine, lemon juice, ginger, salt, saffron
Biscotti—eggs, sugar, flour, salt, flavoring, baking powder, almond, cinnamon, cloves, pepper
Salad—Mixed Greens
Fourth Course
Quynces or Wardones in Paast—pears, sugar, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, currants, commercially prepared pie crust
Strawberries in Snowe with Wafers—Strawberries ( red wine, cinnamon,  ginger, sugar), Snowe (egg, cream,  sugar, orange flower water, rosewater), Wafers (flour, cream, egg, rosewater, sugar, cinnamon, salt,)
* Vegetarian dishes
The Feast Steward reserves the right to change dishes and make substitutions based on availability of items to be used and costs involved.  Ingredients list will be forthcoming, please check back. Any Dietary Restrictions need to be sent to the Feast Steward by February 4, 2012.
Event Staff

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

                           Einar Blakklar (Darby Greene) (


From north, south, or west:Take your best route to Canton, Ohio, and proceed to I-77. Exit onto US Route 62 east (the "Alliance" exit, number 107B, from I-77). Take US 62 east to the Market Avenue Exit. *Go north on Market Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Schneider, and turn left (west). The church will be on your left after just a block or so.
From the east
If you approach Canton via US Route 62, simply take the Market Avenue exit and (Follow from * above)

Masque of Courtly Love XVI Class Schedule







10-11 AM


Preparing for Performance

Lady Ursula the Widow THL Brendan O Corraidhe

The performance is the total package, and preparation makes the performance. Lady Ursula and Lord Brendan explore techniques for this preparation.




History of the Harp

Lady Juliane Bechaumpe

A history and demonstration of harp playing. Plus a hands-on "Harp Tasting" where folks get an opportunity to actually play




Board Games


Period Bord Games with instructions are available for playing.

Instructions available



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.

COST: $5- one kit to make onebone or glass paternoster . CLASS LIMIT:12 for kits, Auditors welcome

11 AM- 12 PM


Soap Making 101

THL Aelfwyn Elswith of the Confraternity of St. Eve

We will 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.

Handouts available



Coming of Age in the Middle Ages

Baroness Catriona nicHugh Mclaey

Today it is a Sweet 16 Party or the first time you get to legally buy a drink. This class will look at rites of passage into adulthood during the Middle Ages.




Board Games


Period Bord Games with instructions are available for playing.

Instructions available



Hand Finishes for Period Clothing

Lady Sarai Tindall

An overview of simple stitches and seam finishes useful for most of the SCA time period to finish clothing by hand.

Short handout with information about the stitches.

1-2 PM



THL Aelfwyn Elswith

This is the craft of Japanese cord making. The class is hands on, you will be making a cord and taking home a kumihimo frame.

COST: $2



Arrow Repair Skills

Forester Offria Pinkhand

Come learn straightening, fletching, and replacing nocks and points. Bring your repairable arrows and we will get them back into your Quiver. The Champions' Shoot is coming up quickly and archers will need all the arrows they can muster! 


2-3 PM


The Shakespearean Sonnet: Or, How to be a really bad English Renaissance Poet

THLord Edward fitzRanulf

The class is an introduction to the most common used poetical form in 16th and 17th century England, and some tips on how to write a Sonnet.




Masks At The Masque, Part I


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!

This class is for the older members of our group, teenagers and adults. Please, no children under 13 years of age.

1-3 PM


Dance Instruction

Baroness Catriona nicHugh Mclaey

During this 2 hour class, instruction will be given covering the dances to be done at the Masque of Courtly Love later in the evening. Dances to be taught: 1. Carolingian Pavane
2. Official Bransle
3. Horse's Bransle
4. Maltese Bransle
5. Montarde Bransle
6. Sellinger's Round
7. Black Nag
8. Rufty Tufty
9. Hole in the Wall
10. Female Sailor
11. Strip the Willow


3-4 PM


REALLY Basic Blackwork

Lady Nadyezhda the Simple

If you can tell the difference between a vertical, horizontal, and diagonal line, you can do blackwork!  Your package includes an embroidery hoop, DMC floss, a needle, "doodle cloth", and a piece of fabric to do your own blackwork design, along with patterns to follow.

COST: $3. CLASS LIMIT:12 Students Auditors welcomed!



Masks At The Masque, Part II


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.

  C Combat Archery THL Dirk Edward of Frisia The class will cover construction and inspection information and is intended for Marshals in particular, so they can become familiar with the ammunition. However, anyone who would like to see and handle the arrows or learn how to inspect them is welcome to be present. None