Please join the Barony of Stargate as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary with our annual Yule Celebration. The Barony will also be choosing their A&S and Bardic Champions.
The Norse have opened their longhouse and invited Ansteorra to celebrate the day with feasting, friends, and mirth. This year's Yule theme is based on the Myth of Mistletoe.
Site Info & Fees
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
1656 Blalock Road
Houston, Texas 77080-7321
From I-10 take Blalock Rd north. Site is on the right between Long Point and Campbell.
Site opens on Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 am and closes at 11pm.
Site fee: $10 ($5 age 5-12; no charge under 5 yrs); $30 Family max. Feast: $8. Make checks payable to SCA Inc., Barony of Stargate. Site Fee $8 with proof of membership. Non-member fee $3. Children 6-12: $5; 5 and under: free; family max: $24. Feast is $7; children 5 and under: free. Feast is limited, so make reservations with the Feast Steward soon. Make checks payable to: SCA Inc./Barony of Stargate. ACCEPS will be available. Non-members $3 additional surcharge.
Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They may also attend with a 21 year or older adult with a signed and notarized Minor Event Waiver form from the parents. Service animals only. Site is wet in period containers. Merchants are welcome, please contact Lady Elizabeta Maria dei Medici..
A wonderful feast by Mistress Ellisena de Bayonne will be served. The tentative menu is: Soup, Bread and Butter; Meat Pies and Salad, Roast Beef or Chicken and Seasonal Vegetables; and Bread Pudding for dessert. Feast is limited to 100 persons. Please send feast reservation requests to yule AT clancircle.com.
The Bardic competition will be similar to last year's: the first two rounds will be bard's choice in different styles of singing, storytelling or poetry. The final round will be judges' choice from three pieces that the bards provide.
There will be several classes offered during the day: Master Galenus Ockhamnesis will be teaching "Modern Time, Medieval Methods," a class on telling time with period equipment.
- Paraic of Killkenny will be teaching a class on some aspect of Toxophilitic Craftsmanship.
- Baroness Katya will be teaching a class on felting.
- Alisone McCay will be teaching a class on Heraldic Achievements.
- Alwyn Holbrook will be teaching classes on beginner bobbin lacing and how to crotchet a snood.
Lady Brenna MacDonald
jen AT clancircle.com
The Viking Myth of Mistletoe
Viking beliefs of Mistletoe's powers were rooted in the myth of the resurrection of Balder, the god of the summer sun. As the story goes, Balder had a dream in which he dies. The dream alarmed his mother, Frigga, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, for if Balder died, so too would all life on earth. Frigga went to all the elements - air, fire, water and earth - as well as all the animals and plants on earth and asked them to spare her son. Satisfied that she had secured the cooperation of all, Frigga assured Balder that he would live forever.
LokiBut Balder had one enemy, Loki, the evil Trickster God, and Loki found out there was one plant that Frigga had overlooked - Mistletoe. Mistletoe grows neither on the ground or under the ground - rather, it is an aerial parasite that has no roots of its own and attaches itself to the tree it grows on.
Hoder kills BalderLoki made a poisoned arrow tip with the Mistletoe and tricked Balder's blind brother, Hoder, into shooting the arrow and killing Balder. For three days, the earth grew dark and the skies poured rain. Each of the elements in turn, tried to bring Balder back to life, but none were successful save for Frigga, his loving mother.
Legend says that the tears she shed during those terrible three days turned into the white berries on the Mistletoe plant. In her joy at Balder's resurrection, she reversed Mistletoe's poisonous reputation, kissed everyone who passed beneath the tree on which it grew and issued a decree that should one ever pass beneath the Mistletoe, they should have a token kiss and no harm would befall them.
Barony of Stargate (Houston, Texas)