Metalsmiths' Symposium 5

It rained. It poured. It was cold and soggy. But, we had so much fun last year at our first Frosted Hills Gets Dirty that we just had to do it again. Even with the wettest weather we could imagine, lots of people learned to make lots of neat things and had a blast.

Therefore, we are once again pleased to invite you to come for an exciting weekend of dirty classes that don't fit into a regular schola or EKU format. In addition to hosting the 5th Metalsmiths Symposium, we anticipate having classes in almost any craft, including blacksmithing, casting, silversmithing, lampwork, pottery, woodworking, leatherwork etc. If it's dirty, or involves heat or needs a large space, we plan to have it. There is even a pottery pit firing being scheduled.

As if the thought of really cool classes wasn't enough. we are also celebrating the Shire of Frosted Hills' 30th Birthday with a special feast planned on Saturday night. We invite all current and former residents of Frosted Hills to come and celebrate our 30th birthday with us.

There will be a wonderful feast on Saturday night, a plentiful dayboard most of the day Saturday and some nosh to help our guests break their fast in the mornings. Our guests will be on their own for their Friday meal, though there are a few restaurants that do takeout food in Pleasant Valley nearby. Our usual cook, Oksana Goncharova, is likely to be busy with her first love, pottery. At this time we are unsure who will be our cooks, though we expect Oksana to coordinate the menu and keep a finger (hopefully the clean one) in things.

There is plenty of camping space available and ground fires are fine. We also have several heated cabins with bunk beds available for those who are not interested in tenting. One cabin will be available for the blacksmiths near where the forges will be setup. We will likely be blocking out some bunks near where the pit firing will take place for the potters in attendance. If you would like to reserve bunk space for a group that wishes to stay together, please note that in your paid reservations. Also note if you need a lower bunk for mobility reasons.

There is a large field available for siege activities, though we will need a marshal.

If you are interested in teaching a class, please contact us at We are thakful that Carowyn Silveroak will once again be assisting us with the planning of this event. We plan to setup a web based class submission system again. In addition, you can email our chancelors at with your class proposals and requirements. We have space to have many classes running at the same time, limited only by the generosity of our volunteer teachers.

Class information will be found at:

Take the Taconic State Parkway North or South to the Salt Point, NY 115 exit. Take NY 115 West towards the village of Salt Point (Left for northbound and Right for southbound exits). Before the village of Salt Point, take a sharp left (southeast) onto Hibernia Rd. Then take a right (south) onto Scout Road. The camp will be on your left.

NOTE that commercial vehicles and trailers are prohibited on the Taconic Parkway. Please use local highways to get to NY 115 near the Taconic or contact the autocrat for alternative directions from your location. Event Website: At-a-Glance Event Information

Camp Nooteeming
142 Scout Rd
Salt Point, NY 12578

Site Opens: 4pm Friday
Site Closes: 2pm Sunday

Event Fees:
Site : There is no site fee, however assistance in the form of donations to help us defray our anticipated expenses for the site rental and food will be gratefully appreciated and as always, warmly thanked.

There are approximately 60 bunk beds in three heated cabins available for $5/night. We can only reserve bunk space with a paid reservation. Feast: Saturday night feas:t Adults: $10, Children 12 and younger: $5 Children under 5: Free

Send Reservations to:
Lord Kean Gryffyth
(Keith Dombrowski)

Haraldr Bassi
(Dave Calafrancesco)

Other Contact Information:
Send class proposals and inquiries to the Autocrat:

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc, Shire of Frosted Hills Location:
Shire of Frosted Hills (Salt Point, New York)