Thanks to everyone who helped make Fall Bransle another success. Columbiana worked out great for us.

Fall Bransle IV was held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 11 am to 9 pm

Location: Firestone Park
Herbster St. Pavilion #1
Columbiana, OH 44408
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From the North: Take OH-11S to OH-46S to OH-14E (County Line Rd.).
From the East: Take OH-14W/OH-46N to OH-164-S.
Take Main Street south into Columbiana 0.6 miles.
Turn left on Herbster St. and go 0.3 miles to Pavilion #1.

Site Fee: FREE (donations will be accepted to defray the site rental cost)

Feast: The feast is $6 per person (lap-sitters are free), with pre-registration REQUIRED by Friday, October 28. Please pay at a meeting or send a check to Scott Pfitzinger (contact info below). Make checks payable to SCA, Inc. – Rivenvale.

NOTE: Pre-registration is complete. No more feast seats are available, but you are welcome to bring your own food and join us at table if you like.

We will have plenty of time for relaxing, eating, dancing, crafting, and playing games.


Period garb and feast gear are required, but some loaner garb and gear will be available. The focus of this event is on period leisure activities.

We will have “stations” open throughout the afternoon, where various artisans will display their products and offer instruction about how to make them. Games and other leisure activities will also have stations. You are encouraged to bring any projects or crafts you wish to share or work on.

The goal is a relaxed afternoon and evening full of great conversation and camaraderie. Bocce and Thrown Weapons will be available outside, weather permitting. And don’t forget your dancing shoes!


We will also be conducting an “Artisan’s Auction.” See below for details.

Site opens at 11:00am and is wheelchair accessible.

Event Steward: Lord Hakon Hrafnsson (Scott Pfitzinger)
2906 Sedgewick St. NE
Warren, OH 44483 @
(234) 600-6432
Feast Steward:  The Honourable Lady Genevieve de Saint-Malo (Gwen Brown)
genevieve1385 @
(330) 565-0657


(subject to change — notice will be given if possible)
First Remove:
Fresh Fruits (Apples, Pears, & Grapes)
Local Cheeses
Bread and Honey Butter
Second Remove:
Green Salad lightly dressed (Spinach, Green Leaf Lettuce, Olive Oil, Vinegar, Garlic, Pepper, Salt)
Third Remove:
Chicken with Garlic and Pepper Sauce (Wine Vinegar, Bread Crumbs, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper)
Glazed Root Vegetables (Carrots, Parsnips, Turnips, Butter, Sugar, Salt)
Bulghur Pilaf (Bulghur Wheat, Oil, Garlic, Onions, Mushrooms, Salt, Pepper, Vegetable Broth)
Shrewsbery Cakes (Butter, Sugar, Rosewater, Flour, Nutmeg, Salt)
Shortbread (Butter, Brown Sugar, Flour)
Gingerbread (Honey, Bread Crumbs, Ginger, Cinnamon, White Pepper, Saffron)

Overall Agenda

11:00 am Site opens
12:00 – 4:00 Artisan stations, games, and socializing
1:00 – 4:00 Thrown Weapons (weather permitting)
4:00 – 5:00 Bardic Competition
5:00 – 6:30 Feast
6:30 Artisan’s Auction
7:00 Dancing begins (all dances will be taught)
9:00 Site closes

Artisan’s Auction

6:30 pm – These are all handmade items donated for sale. Please donate something if you can. Items do not need to be made with 100% historically correct materials or methods, but they should be of interest to SCA members. Baked goods are acceptable, but alcohol is not. If you can’t make something, bring money. You can buy tickets that will serve as your votes for the best A&S item ($1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets). At 6:30 we will count the tickets for each item to see which is the winner, and we will have a drawing for each item. The winner of each drawing will take home the item, so please only contribute handmade items that you are willing to part with. This is not the typical A&S competition, but a donation.

Artisan Stations

12:00 pm – Any artisans are welcome to set up a station where they can work on their project or teach a class. Currently, the following artisans are planning on participating:

Lady Áine ingen uí Briain – Illumination
The Honourable Lady Genevieve de Saint-Malo – Spinning
Johannes Drechseldt – Medieval Game Playing
Lady Katerin ferch Gwenllian – Sewing (14th century dress)
Lady Katherine Coscombe – Embroidery

Bardic Competition

4:00 pm – Shire Annual Bardic Competition

The winner will become our shire’s bardic champion and will represent our shire at the Regional Bardic Competition at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers on June 10, 2017.

Participants should prepare two performances that demonstrate different aspects of their abilities. For example: a song and a story; or a serious tale and a funny tune on an instrument; or a set of jokes and a juggling demonstration.

Everyone is welcome to participate/vote, so dust off your stories, poems, songs, and instruments; or just come listen.  Open Bardic will continue afterward until Feast begins.


The evening’s dances will be chosen from the list below:

Black Almain
Black Nag
Bransle of War
Boatswain’s Catch
Cuckolds All a Row
Female Sailor
Gathering Peascods
Heart’s Ease
Horses Bransle
Jenny Pluck Pears
Lorayne Almain
Maltese Bransle
Pease Bransle
Petit Vriens
Rivenvale Bransle
Schiarazula Marazula
Sellenger’s Round
Spring Is Near
Upon a Summer’s Day
Wayward Hound


Thrown Weapons

Axe- and knife-throwing will be available throughout the day, weather permitting. Some casual competitions will likely take place.

Loaner weapons will be available.
Minors must have a parent/guardian with them while throwing weapons.