Heralds and Textiles – 22 August 2017

French tapestry, hand painted after the original 16th century tapestry, which is held in the Au Mobilier National Paris, the title of which is Les Herauts The Heralds.The Canton will be hosting a Heraldry and Textile project night on August 22, 2017 at the Kingsgate Library (12315 NE 143rd Street, Kirkland WA 98034 ) from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. So, bring your project, your questions and your self and a friend too.

We will plan to wander over to Shari’s Restaurant, after, if we feel the need to continue to be social.

YMCA SCA Demo – 18 July 2017

Carol Edwards Center
17401 133rd Ave NE, Woodinville, Washington 98072
Jul 18 at 10 AM to 3 PM

We will start out with the whole group together in the gym for the fighting demo. We need at least 3 rapier or cut and thrust fighters, and 3 heavy fighters. It would be great if fighters could stay and help out in the small groups after the fighting. Fighter can arrive between 10 am and 10:30 as long as they can be in their armour and ready to fight by 10:45 am. The fighting demo portion will last about 30 minutes.

After the fighting demo and while the kids are eating lunch we will do an intro about our clothing and what our life would be life in medieval times until 11:30 am.

Small group classes will run 30 minutes with the 1st round of classes starting at 11:45 am. There will be 4 rounds of classes with the last class ending at 2:15 pm.
We are looking at teaching a class dance in the gym, a painting or sewing class in the classroom, a chivalry class and games.

We will have 90 kids ranging from 1st to 6th grade. We will be dividing them into 4 groups of about 20 to 25 kids in each group.

Please let me know if you can volunteer and what you would like to demonstrate.

Event page on Facebook.

Saturday in the Park with Sven (10-01-16)

Hear ye! Hear Ye! Please join Sven, the imaginary member of the Canton of Porte de L’Eau and the other real members of the populace and those of our neighbors in the great Barony of Madrone as we present the wonder and glory of our society to the public.


Tournaments for Heavy and Rapier, A&S displays, Bards, music dancing and more! Come out and enjoy a day of fun with your friends to show off your skill and promote our society at the same time.  Best of all there will be NO SITE FEE! If you wish to present/display please contact the event Steward with what you will present/display and the space you require..




Site and Date information:


Saturday, October 1, 2016


Time: set-up 8:00 am Breakdown by dusk or 8:00 pm whichever is first.


Event Site: Marymoor Park
6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE
Redmond, WA 98052

We will be in the field near the velodrome. Follow the signs to the Velodrome parking.


$1.00 parking fee payable to the county when you park.



Event Steward:
Anne Rose Smythe

Site Info:
Name: Park
6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy. NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Directions to Site:


Marymoor Park
6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE
Redmond, WA 98052

Ermine Cross 2012

Ermine Cross

April 28, 2012
Porte de l’Eau

E King County, WA

[Note: this event has already taken place]

From The Madrone Leaf, December 2011 (A.S. XLV) Issue

Ermine Cross Bardic April 28, A.S. 46 (2012), Canton of Porte de l’Eau
Anne Rose Smythe headed up an energetic bardic event with performances both fun and
intense, a delicious bake sale and wonderful Roman feast.

There were five competitors in a round robin tournament for the Ermine Cross Bardic Championship: HL Ismenia Wystan, Sir Heilyn de Highwater, HL Ruadhan O Fearain, Master Owen the Merry, and Lord Ranulf Mirthe. The competition ended in a tie between Owen and Fearain who then proceeded to a best of three final after a rest during which the esteemed judges each performed.

Every performance was engaging and entertaining; the level of competition was high. Owen won with a lively story about a boy and his horse and a knight. Please see the photo gallery later in this issue for pictures from the event.

Baron Cire and Baroness Elisabeth held court with HL Ismenia acting as herald. Newcomers to the Barony given tokens of welcome included Muirgean of the Highlands, Aoife, and Xavier the Sinister. Anne Rose Smythe, Event Steward, was given a token of appreciation for her work. Master Edward the Stuffy stood and gave a memorial speech regarding Master Donn an Bronach, who had recently passed away and was a founding member of the Barony of Madrone and the Culinary Guild (please see separate article below). The Culinary Guild presented a delicious feast of Roman food including fired dates, a harmless salad, gustum, salacaccabia, seasoned mushrooms, apricot minutial, squash Alexandrine, bread, marinated cucumbers, and must cakes.

Their Excellencies commended the outgoing Bardic Champion of Madrone, Lord Ranulf Mirthe, for his exemplary service during his tenure including organizing and providing live music at every event including providing bardic performance at other groups’ events. Ranulf returned the regalia and was given a token of appreciation and three cheers. Cire and Elisabeth then called on Sir Heilyn of Highwater to step forward and assume the office of Bardic Champion of Madrone and invested him with the regalia: badge of office, cloak and satchel. Heilyn’s pig story was cited as being especially influential in their decision.

Lady Ysolt Tayler of Windhill was invited into court to be recognized with a Sveti Madrone for her excellence in the culinary arts. Baroness Aleksandra Lavrovna received a token of appreciation by Baron Cire and Baroness Elisabeth for many reasons: hard work, attention to detail, and work with people. “Thank you for being Seneschal and, please, don’t stop! Thank you!”

After the event, Bergdis, Culinary Guild head, especially thanked the people who helped with dish-washing and packing at Ermine Cross: Rowenna, Landin, Nidda, Caius Foxcote, Ismenia, Karrel, and Xavier the Sinister.

Autocrat: Anne Rose Smythe

Let it be known that The Canton of Porte de L’Eau invites Bards and those who would witness feats of grand entertainment to attend the Ermine Cross Bardic tournament.  Come those that will, to seek the mantle of victory and test your wits against the talented Bards that would join you in the tournament!  Come those that will, and witness a Bardic tournament to be filled with joyful moments you won’t want to miss!  View last year’s winning performance (Judeo-Spanish Hokie Pokie by Master Leith)


Ermine Cross Bardic Tournament (details below)  
Barony of Madrone Bardic Championship (details below)
Sew What (bring a project to share/work on – throughout the Day)
Bake Sale (details below)    
Evening Dinner (Reservations Required – details below)


  9:30 Gates open
10:30 Competitors Meeting
11:00 Tournament Begins
  1:00 Lunch (Not served – please make plans)
  2:00 Tournament Resumes

  5:30 Court

  6:00 Dinner


Site Fees
Adults $10
Youth (ages 5-16) $7

Children (4 and under) Free

Non-Member $5

Dinner $5


Make Checks payable to: – SCA Inc. – Canton of Porte de L’Eau


Tournament/Championship Format
The Ermine Cross tournament will be elimination style (double eliminations if we have 10 or less contestants).  The Madrone Bardic Champion Competition will be conducted as part of the Ermine Cross Tournament with those who wish to be considered for the honor to serve as Champion announcing their intent before the competinion begins. For questions about tournament format please contact Julian Sinclair at jasongreco63@gmail.com

Pre-Register to compete in Ermine Cross ( e-mail) – Please include your SCA name and Mundane Name

Send a Leter of Intent for the Madrone Baronial Championship to their Excellencies, Cire and Elisabeth, Baron and Baroness of Madrone.

Dinner (Reservations Required)  
A delectable Roman dinner from Apicius will be prepared by the Madrone Culinary Guild.  Send dietary considerations or questions to  HL Genevieve Marie Etiennette de Montagne   (Kitchen Head) 


Apricot Minutial (apricot pork)
Seasoned Mushrooms
A Harmless Salad
Squash Alexandrine
Fried Dates


To make reservations for dinner (deadline – April 22nd):
1. E-Mail the reservation name (SCA and Mundane) and number in your party to Erminecross@purpleandor.org
2. Make Checks payable to: – SCA Inc. – Canton of Porte de L’Eau ($5 per person)
3  Send checks by April 22nd to:
Rebecca Henry
PO Box 665
Duvall, WA 98019

Note: Reservations will not be considered confirmed until payment has been received. Contact Erminecross@purpleandor.org  to confirm your reservation.


Bake Sale
(proceeds to benefit the Canton)


The Canton is hosting a bake sale with single serve sweet delights.  To pledge donations to the sale please contact Anne Rose at  annerosesmythe@gmail.com  .  An advance donation pledge is not required but appreciated.  Baroness Bergdis Thorgrimsdotter also offers Heraldic single serve pies (pre-order prior to April 22nd vie e-mail)

Site Info:
Name: Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

Directions to Site:

Take I-405 to Exit 18 in Kirkland (this is two exits north of SR-520).

Follow the ramp for SR-908 East toward Redmond. 

After merging onto SR-908 (NE 85th St), go about 1 mile to the traffic light at 132nd Ave NE.

Turn right onto 132nd Ave NE, and go about 1/2 mile.

The site will be on your right look for the little green ENTER signs.

Ermine Cross 2011

Note: this event has already taken place

Ermine Cross Bardic Invitational
Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 9 AM – 7 PM
Barony of Madrone,
Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98033

Greetings good Ladies and Gentles of Madrone,

It is winter time and what better time then now to rest in doors and hear the great tales of old. This coming February 12th, Madrone will be hosting a bardic competition, Ermine Cross. Great bards from all over the land will be entering into great competition for your entertainment.

Many years ago Ermine Cross was set up to test the wit and metal of our bards. Once again we raise the challenge to test our finest. Join us for entertainment, bardic classes, bardic circles, and a fine lunch put on by the Madrone culinary guild.

9:30 Gates open
10:30 competitors meeting is at
11:00 competition begins
11:00 progressive lunch begins
1:00 lunch
2:00 competition resumes
5:30 court

There will be several classes throughout the day, these will be listed on the site copy at the event.

If you are interested in teaching a class, or joining the competition please email Jullian Sinclare at jasongreco63@gmail.com.

Site fee Feast:
Adults16 and up $13 includes lunch
Children 6-16 $7,
5 and under free
$5 NMS
please make checks out to SCA Inc, Barony of Madrone

Autocrat: Ruadhan O Fearain: Fern42@gmail.com

Sven’s Luau

I recall we went a little nuts getting into the theme of this event, which was a “sequel” to Sven Goes a Viking. Much cheap Hawaiian print fabric was acquired and turned into tabards just for this. Along with other decorations (flowers, tiki stuff), we made quite a sight.

I also recall that the sheep toss event was great fun – flinging sheep into volcanoes. –Michelino di Gino Martini

Date: September 12-14, XXXVIII/2003

Autocrat: Floralyn MacBrian

Site: Marjerle Farm – 17949 W. Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Duvall, WA 98019

Weather: Sunny.


  • Live Chess (Heavy combat)
  • Sheep toss


(Links to event pictures off-site): Michelino di Gino Martini’s pics

Sven Goes a Viking

This viking themed event I believe encouraged a little added dress up, as several folks had add-on horns, braids, and such. It was a fun, small war, with I believe some participation from bystanders and children in the form of thrown “rocks”. I also recall that our archer, Daffydd du Duc, might have killed the king while he was giving an inspirational speech to his side. He was advised to wait a bit before shooting him. Michelino di Gino Martini


Date: September 20-22, 2002 (AS XXXVII)

Autocrat: Aleksandra Lavrovna

Site: Marjerle Farm – 17949 W. Snoqualmie River Rd NE, Duvall, WA 98019

Weather: Sunny.

Activities: (highlights as mentioned in event copy): War

Links to event pictures off-site: Michelino di Gino Martini’s pics