Great Northeastern War is primarily a "War Practice" event, which means that one major activity at the event will be a form of combat based on the tournaments of the High Middle Ages. Participants wear replica armor, and use weapons made from rattan.
In order to particpate in combat activities at this (or any) SCA event, you and your equipment must be authorized by a Society-approved safety officer. In order to become authorized for combat actvities, you must show a working knowledge of SCA combat rules and regulations, your armor and other protective equipment must meet SCA standards, and you must prove to SCA-approved safety officers that you are not a hazard to yourself or others. You must also be at least 18 years of age. Some training is normally required before participants can meet these authorization standards. Please do not expect to participate in combat activities if this is your first SCA event.
Great Northeastern War provides plenty of other activities besides combat! Classes in topics related to the Middle Ages and our recreation of them will take place throughout the weekend. There will also be an Arts & Sciences competition, where modern artifiacts made in the Medieval style will be exhibited and judged. Classes and competition in Medieval-style archery will take place. There will be a Royal Court, where the King and Queen grant awards to worthy gentlefolk. Saturday evening will feature a Bardic Circle, where Medieval-style songs and stories will be performed. Merchants, selling all types of wares useful to the recreationist, will be open throughout the weekend. Renaissance dance and music will be taught and performed. And, all weekend, you will meet and mingle with others who are interested in learning more about history in a hands-on way, and who are spending a weekend transported from their everyday lives.
Fees and Reservations
We will not be accepting any prepayment or reservations for Great Northeastern War.
No one under the age of 18 will be allowed on site unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must be present on site with the minor at all times. Parents or guardians may not sign the minor in (or just drop the minor off) and then leave for the weekend. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the autocrat for more information.
About The Site
Hebron Pines Campground is site that caters to large weekend events for private groups. The site has a small bath house with flush toilets and showers, as well as a goodly-sized hall (suitable for holding court, or dancing, or what you will), and a limited number of pre-built firepits.
Hebron Pines Campground
400 Buckfield Rd
Hebron, ME 04238
There is no "land grab" or other mechanism to pre-reserve camping locations at Great Northeastern War. Camping space is first come, first served.
Please note: Due to space and set up concerns ONLY staff and event volunteers (and their immediate family) will be allowed to be on site prior to 8am on Friday, July 8th. All volunteers must be cleared through the autocrats prior to July 6.
Merchants may reserve merchant space by contacting the merchant coordinator
Please note that in the summer of 2004 all exit numbers on the Maine Turnpike were changed to new mileage-based exit numbers, and the highway designation for The Maine Turnpike has been changed from I-495 to I-95. All these changes are clearly marked on the highway and exit signs. Remember, although the highway and exit numbers are now different, the site has not moved - if you've come to Great Northeastern War since our move to the campground, you're still going to the same place.
From all points North and South:
Take your best route to Exit 75 (formerly Exit 12) (Auburn) off the Maine Turnpike (I-95, formerly I-495).
At the T intersection and traffic light just beyond the tollbooth, turn left onto Route 100 North, heading toward the city of Auburn.
After approximately 1/4 mile turn left onto Hardscrabble Road.
Follow Hardscrabble Road for 1 mile, and then turn right onto Hotel Road.
Follow Hotel Road for 1.2 miles and then turn left onto Merrow Road.
Follow Merrow Road until it ends (1.3 miles) and then turn left onto Minot Avenue (Routes 121 & 11).
Follow Minot Avenue/Rt 121/Rt 11 for 2.3 miles, then turn right onto Route 119.
Follow Route 119 for 6.3 miles and then bear right onto Route 124.
Continue 2.3 miles on Route 124. Hebron Pines Campground will be on your left.
From Bethel, Berlin, Montpelier, Burlington, Montreal, and some certain other points West:
Please consult a map to find your best route to pick up Route 26 South west of the towns of Norway and Oxford, Maine. For most folks coming in from Northern New Hampshire and Vermont, you'll want to cross the Maine/NH border on Route 2 and pick up Route 26 South in Bethel, Maine, but there are other possible routes as well, depending on your starting point.
Follow Route 26 South through the Western Maine towns of Bryant Pond, Paris, Norway, and into the town of Oxford. About two miles after you pass through the business district of the town of Oxford, you'll come to traffic lights which mark the entrance to a Wal-Mart (on your right). Pass straight through the lights, continuing South on Route 26. 1.8 miles after the Wal-Mart, you'll pass the Oxford Plains Fun Park on your right, closely followed by Oxford Plains Speedway on your left. About 1.7 miles after the speedway, turn left onto Route 121 North (a Citgo station marks the corner of this intersection, on your left). Follow Route 121 North, into the town of Mechanic Falls. After 4.4 miles, you will arrive at a 4-way intersection with a traffic light.
Turn left at the light (keeping the Cumberland Farms on your left) onto Route 124 North. Follow Route 124 North into the town of Minot. 4.4 miles from the light you will come to a strange intersection, which is marked as the junction of Routes 124 and 119. A General Store called the Village Trading Post will be on your left, and a white church will be visible a little way off to the right. Turn right at the Yield sign by the store, and then immediately left at the T intersection (heading away from the church), staying on Route 124 North.
Continue a further 2.3 miles on Route 124 North, into the town of Hebron. Hebron Pines Campground is clearly marked, on your left.