Treachery on the Tokaido

Did you make Japanese garb for last Twelfth Night? Are you wondering when you will ever get to wear it again? The Barony of Bright Hills invites you to dust off your kimono and katana as we join the conflict between the Europeans and Japanese for control of the Japanese trade.

Martial Activities: Heavy weapons scenarios are being coordinated by Baron Temur of the Kerait ( Rapier will be run by Lord Stephen Bridewell ( It will consist of three melee scenarios (ship, town, & field) between the Japanese and the Portugese. Victory or defeat in the preceding scenario will determine advantage or disadvantage in subsequent rounds. Target archery will be run by Lady Reyne Telarius ( Archers will defend the trade caravans from brigands along the Tokaido road. Their Excellencies will be choosing Baronial Heavy, Rapier, and Archery champions.

A&S Activities: Come participate in the serenity of Japan with a traditional tea ceremony. Advance registration with Taira no Akiyo Shichi-i ( is appreciated so that we can have the appropriate amount of materials. There will also be a variety of sponsored competitions including: ?Games and Toys of the Silk Road,? a Garb competition, items made from silk, and origami made from materials other than paper. Their Excellencies will also be choosing Their Baronial A&S and Bardic Champion. We are pleased to announce the 1st ever brewing competition for Baronial Brewer.

Other Activities: If you think there is someone who needs to be ?taken care of? or if you want to lend your services, then join the Assassins Guild for the day. Children?s activities will be offered by Lady Wynne ferch Rhodri ap Hwyell.

Feast: The Bright Hills Cooks Guild will be cooking a marvelous feast featuring items to please both Japanese and European appetites. For any food allergies please contact the head cook, Baroness Cordelia FitzRobert of York ( If you do not tell us about any special dietary needs in advance, we will not be able to do anything for you at the event.

Merchants: Merchants are welcome, but there space is limited. Please contact the autocrat in advance to reserve your spot.

Cost: Adult, Member: $8. Adult, Non-Member: $11. Children 6-17 are half cost; Children under 6 are guests of the Barony; Feast $7; If you take up a seat, you must pay for feast. Lunch on Saturday is included in the site fee.

Site: Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Hall, 1341 N. Main Street, Hampstead, MD 21074. Only service animals are welcome at this site. Alcohol is permitted, but please no original containers.

Autocrat: Lord Michel von Sch?nsee (Michael Holy), or Deputy Autocrat: Taira no Akiyo Shichi-i (Tylar Umeno),

Event Website: For more information about the event, please visit the website at .

Find your best route onto I-795 [Northwest Expy] towards Owings Mills / Reisterstown. At exit 9A, turn LEFT onto Ramp towards MD-30 / MD-140 / Hanover. Take Ramp (LEFT) onto SR-128 [Butler Rd]. Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-30 [Hanover Pike]. Travel approximately 10 miles on SR-30. The event site is on your right.