Come Gentles All to celebrate the Coronation of Edward and Marguerite! Once again the Eastern Crown passes in peaceful unbroken succession on Saturday, April 10, 2010. The Barony of Bergental is proud to host these glorious festivities in the Tudor style of Henry VII at the charming First Congregational Church of West Springfield, site of the Bergental/BBM Yule.
Our Court venue boasts beautiful stained glass and leaded windows, dark wood panelling and plaster walls, vaulted ceilings with gothic trusses, and ironwork chandeliers. In the Parish Hall, a balcony/musicians' gallery will be put to splendid use during dayboard and the afternoon games. The modern section of the church includes a charming traditional parlor for conversation and small classes, a large lobby, and the Fellowship Hall for merchants and feasting. The colors of the day are black, gold and hunter green, which will festoon the entire site.
The illustrious Last Court of TRM Konrad and Brenwen begins at 10:30 a.m. A simple and elegant dayboard prepared by Lord Severin of BBM will delight all those who choose to partake. Musicians, performers and merchants will ply their trades for your enjoyment throughout the day in several venues. Should the April sun smile upon us, a tournament will be held for the display of martial prowess. [UPDATE 3/29: Use of the town green for the tournament has been denied. Instead, areas of the church lawn are available for heavy weapons and fencing practices. Marshals will be provided.] There will be an A&S display, heraldic consultation, a class or two in our Tudor theme, games and diversions, as well as a fundraising auction for the benefit of the Kingdom. There is a quiet activity room for families. The afternoon closes with the First Court of TRM Edward and Marguerite.
In the evening, a splendid single remove feast of the finest English fare, prepared by Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh and the accomplished cooks of our region, will refresh you. Discreet alcohol and enclosed flame are permitted for the feast. A generous amount of offboard seating will be available. Performances by Concentus and Fracta Modi will delight you. And we will toast our new monarchs, celebrate our good fortune and spend the evening in high style and revelry.
FEES: At the specific wish of our new monarchs, we have prepared a day of elegant celebration at the most modest cost. Separate fees are charged for the site, dayboard, and feast, so that gentles pay only for what they require—we pray you, please reserve in advance for each item as needed. There are restaurants in the neighborhood, and gentles are welcome to bring their own food to dine offboard.
LODGING: Contact Baroness Jovonne, Co-Steward, for local crash space. Riverdale St in West Springfield, just minutes from our site, has multiple hotel options. The Super 8, Red Roof Inn, Hampton Inn, and Clarion Hotel are best bets. Avoid the Quality Inn. Pet-friendly lodgings at Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn, Knights Inn.
Locals will know this site as the red brick church on the way to Osgood Textiles (which is closed on Saturdays, alas).
From Mass Pike: Take Exit 4 for I-91 South and follow the directions below.
From I-91 Southbound: Take Exit 12B for Rte 5/Riverdale St South. Travel through busy commercial area, pass Showcase Cinemas and MacDonald's on right. Just before the road splits, turn Right onto GARDEN St. At Stop sign, turn left onto LATHROP St. After Stop sign, event parking lot is on the right, behind the school. There is no cut-through to site--use sidewalk on Lathrop St. for access. The church is ahead on the right at the corner. There is a drop-off zone outside the Gate.
From I-91 Northbound: Take Exit 9 for Rte 20 West to West Springfield. At the rotary, proceed halfway around to continue on Rte 20 West. The church is on your right. Parking is available along the town common, and at the Senior Center and school next to the church. For additional parking and Gate drop-off, take right at the light onto Elm St, first right onto Southworth St, first right onto Lathrop St.
The event Gate and drop-off is on Lathrop Street.
At-a-Glance Event Information
First Congregational Church of West Springfield
20 Lathrop St
West Springfield, MA 01089
Site Opens: 9:00 a.m.
Site Closes: 10:00 p.m.
Site : Site Fee In Advance: $4 ages 18+, $2 ages 6-17, Free ages 0-5
Advance reservations must be postmarked by April 1, 2010.
Site Fee at the Gate: $6 ages 18+, $2 ages 6-17, Free ages 0-5
Non-member $3 surcharge applies where applicable.
Feast: Dayboard: $3.00 per person. Space limited to 250, Advance reservations strongly recommended.
Feast: $10.00 per person. Space limited to 128, Advance reservations strongly recommended. [UPDATE 3/29: Feast is sold out. Names are being taken on the waiting list.]
Offboard seating will be provided. Information about area restaurants will be available.
Mistress Pagan Graeme mistresspagangraemeATyahooDOTcom
Baroness Jovonne d'Esprit jovanpeltATcomcastDOTnet
Other Contact Information:
Merchants and Performers, please contact Lady Emma nanon58ATyahooDOTcom
A&S Display inquiries, contact Lady Henna Sinclair, email countessinnATverizonDOTcom
Vegetarians or Special Dietary concerns, contact Mistress Eleanore firstname.lastname@example.org
Make Checks Payable to: SCA, Inc./Barony of Bergental