Academy of St. Julian

Saint Julian, the patron saint of minstrels and wandering musicians, was known for offering hospitality to weary travelers. This winter, in the same tradition, the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands welcomes you in from the cold for a day of music and dance!

This event will be a music and dance schola, featuring classes on a variety of musical subjects, as well as dance instruction. In addition, there will be musical performances including an appearance by the barony's own Debatable Choir. The evening will conclude with a ball in the William Pitt Union's beautiful ballroom, with music provided by the Debatable Consort. There will also be a Middle Eastern dance area. And there are rumors that those rascals from I Genesii may even make an appearance for a dance or two!

Delicious food will be available all day from a sideboard presented by the BMDL Cooks' Guild under the supervision of THL Michelina Cenomani da Trento. The site Is dry, so no alcohol please.

The event will be held on February 17, 2007, from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm at the William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh main campus, in the Ballroom, Kurtzman Room, Dining Rooms A & B, and room 511. The address is 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The site fee will be $7.00 (including the all-day sideboard). Children ages 6-12 shall be half price, and children under 5 get in for free. The nonmember surcharge will apply. Due to site policy, there will be no advance reservations taken. All money will be collected at the door. Make checks payable to "SCA Inc. – BMDL".

However, if you plan to attend please let us know, so the cooks will be prepared! Contact Lady Helewys Spynnere (Jill Zofchak, and indicate that you are coming. Any questions should be addressed to the autocrat, Lord Clemente de Warrewyk (Matthew Zofchak;

If you are interested in teaching a class or making a musical performance at the Academy of St. Julian, please contact the class coordinator, THL Brandubh O Donnghaile ( or the autocrat.

There are still many slots open for both music and dance classes, at all levels!

… from the East: Cars traveling from the east via the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 57 to I-376 West. From I-376 (the "Parkway East") take Exit 3B (Oakland) onto Bates Street. Stay on Bates until it ends at Bouquet Street. Turn left onto Bouquet, then right at the first light onto Forbes Avenue. The William Pitt Union will be on the left after one long block. The entrance is on the opposite side of the building, on Fifth Avenue.

... from the West: Cars traveling from the west via the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) should take Exit 28 and follow I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off of I-79.) Follow 279 into Downtown Pittsburgh and take the I-376 (Monroeville) exit. Take exit 2A (Oakland) onto Forbes Avenue, which leads right into the Pitt campus.

... from the North: Take I-79 South to I-279 South. (You exit to the left off I-79.) Follow I-279 into the city, to the I-376 Monroeville Exit. Follow I-376 to Exit 2A (Oakland). Forbes Avenue then leads right into the Pitt campus.

... from the South, including Pittsburgh International Airport: Follow I-79 North to the exit for I-279 North. Take I-279 through the Fort Pitt Tunnels and across the bridge to the I-376 Monroeville Exit (first exit on the right on the far side of the bridge). Follow I-376 to Exit 2A (Oakland). Forbes Avenue leads into the Pitt campus.

Parking is available on the street (please bring quarters for the parking meter!), or in the Soldiers and Sailors parking garage, right across Fifth Avenue from the William Pitt Union. The parking garage is located underground, under the Soldiers and Sailors Hall lawn. The entrance is off of Bigelow Boulevard. Location:
Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)