Summer will soon be gone and the cool breezes of Autumn will be upon us. Celebrate the time of the harvest at Michaelmas with the Shire of Hunter's Home on September 6th 2008 at Camp Nazareth (339 Pew Road, Mercer, PA 16137). This site is handicap accessible.
Michaelmas was the time for beginning new leases, rendering your accounts and paying your annual dues. The reeve of the land would move among the populous to keep watch over the work and to assure that production was up to expectations. Traditionally this holiday was symbolized with "glofe, gees, and gyngeuer." The glove represented the open-handedness and generosity of the lord of the village, eating goose gave good luck in the coming year, and ginger was believed to provide protection against infection.
Pennsic will have passed and a time of new beginnings will be upon us. Enter something new in our Arts and Science competition (best representation on the theme of Michaelmas using: glove, geese, or ginger). Feeling motivated to learn that skill you have always wanted to try, come participate in fun classes being offered like making shrunken apple heads. Pay your dues on the Fencing field as well as the Heavy weapons field in our Warlord Tourney, or take part in the Wild Goose Hunt on the archery range under the watchful eye of Cetach. Master Kyriell challenges all to try and defeat him in a 9-man Morris tournament. Numerous walking trails are accessible including one to a spectacular waterfall on site. Also available will be tours of the Carpathian Orthodox church on site that is build in the period style of the 1700s. On September 6th, you will have the opportunity to try these things and more.
Site fee: $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Youth 6 to 17 years old, Children 5 years old and under free. Feast is limited to first 64 reservations received. Adult Feast $6, Youth Feast $5. Alcohol is very, very discreetly damp! As per SCA rules, a $3 NMS fee applies to adults without proof of membership at the gate. Last day for mailing in reservations is August 25, 2008 with checks made out to “SCA Inc. Hunters Home”.
Autocrats for this event are THL Sabina of Kilkenny and THL Gabriella d’Asti (firstname.lastname@example.org) Site opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. There are many hotel accommodations local to Mercer or Grove City (15 minutes south of Mercer). Contact the autocrats if you need help finding one.
Directions: Take your best route to Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania. Take Exit 15 (US 19, Mercer) and turn right or left to aim toward Mercer on Rt 19. (You will drive past a McDonalds on your left once off the exit if you're heading in the right direction). Travel approximately 2.5 miles on Rt. 19 then stay to the left and travel on PA-58 (Greenville Road) *this is sort of a Y in the road, stay to the left side of the Y at the light* Travel approximately 5 miles and you will see a sign for Camp Nazareth on the Left. Turn left onto Pew road (this is partially a gravel back road) and travel approximately a mile to the site. Signs will be posted for assistance.
Shire of Hunter's Home (Mercer, Pennsylvania)