The Barony of Stonemarche invites you to the XVIII annual Market Day at Birka. It will be held this year on January 26-27, 2007 at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH.
With last year's great success on Friday night, we will again open the Gates that evening from 7 – 10pm for check in. There will be shopping and a Pre-Revel then in addition to our usual Saturday schedule of events. Merchants, in the Exposition Center side, are offered the opportunity to open for business. Merchants, Friday is not required. Detailed information for merchants regarding this will be available on the web site ().
An evening pre-revel, in garb, will take place in the set of rooms next to the Exposition Center. The hotel will be providing a cash bar for the pre-revel. This will be a fun, informal way to start off the event. Come; make of it what you will! Make music, dance and play games, have fun. This will run from 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM on Friday.
On Saturday we will have our usual slate of activities. There will be indoor fighting, fencing, and youth combat tournaments, in the same fashion as the previous years.
Merchants, of course, are an important part of our event and we welcome you. You must pre-reserve to merchant. All information will be published on our Website: and via e-mail. If you wish to be considered, please visit the site and sign up for the email list available there ( ). An announcement will be posted there when the information on the web site is updated. If you have no Internet access special arrangements can be made with the merchant autocrat by contacting him: Baron Bilgisayar or you may email him at Baron_Bil@yahoo.com, 603-724-7102. Please call only between 7pm-10pm M-F, 1PM-10pm Sat-Sun. Calls outside these hours will not be returned. Also please wait until after Nov. 1 to call.
Other activates will include a medieval fashion show, children's activates, Bardic entertainment on an ad-hoc basis, Nordic themed A&S display/workshop and an Evening Ball. Late in the afternoon, court, both Baronial and Royal are slated to occur. Feel free to contact the autocrat, Lady Tat'iana Daniliova, at firstname.lastname@example.org In addition to the above listed activities we have a number of meetings and classes that will be taking place.
The site is offering a reduced room rate for event attendees. Reservations must be made with the hotel prior to 1/6/07. Contact the Radission directly at 603-625-1000 and mention the Society for Creative Anachronism/Birka to receive the reduced rate. An event of this size requires a great deal of work, so any gentles interested in helping are encouraged to contact the autocrat in advance or refer to the event web site for additional information. We're in special need of volunteers to work gate and security. Thanks in advance for any offers for help.
Please note that there is no food included with the site fee. The hotel will be running several concessions stands on site and water will be available in several locations around the site, most notably in the ballroom where the Heavy list combat will take place. There is also one restaurant on site and a fair number within walking distance. Please plan accordingly.
Those interested in using public transportation will be pleased to learn that the site is less than one block North of the Manchester Transportation Center, 119 Canal Street, Manchester, NH, (800) 343-9999.
For those driving: Find your way to Route 293 in Manchester NH. Heading North, take Exit 5 and turn right onto Granite Street. Go through two lights and the hotel garage will be on the left. Heading South, take exit 6. The exit will circle around and over the Amoskeag Bridge. Stay right; take first exit (Canal Street). Follow Canal Street for about 1 mile (8 lights) to Granite Street (Bus Terminal is on your left). Turn left onto Granite Street, Hotel Garage is on the left.
The site does provide garage parking for a fee, payable the day of the event. You will need your parking stub validated to get to receive the $1 rate. Validation will be available at the event gate.
Event Website: www.birka.org
At-a-Glance Event Information
Center of NH
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Site Opens: 6:00 PM Friday
Site Closes: 11:00 PM Saturday
Site : The Gate will open for pre registration check in and on site registration from 6:00-9:00 PM Friday and will reopen for check in an onsite registration at 9:00AM on Saturday. Event activities will begin at 7:00 PM Friday and 10:00 AM Saturday.
Note that the pre-registration deadline is January 14, 2007.
Adult (SCA Members) Pre-registration fee: $10, at the door $12. Proof of membership required.
Adult (Non Members) Pre-registration: $13, at the door $15
Children 13-17: $5 pre-registered, At the door $6
Children 12 and under are free. Note: a parent or a guardian must accompany minors. All East Kingdom/SCA Minor Rules will be enforced, including Medical Authorization Forms
The non-member surcharge fee is charged in accordance with society rules. Please remember to bring proof of membership with you to the gate when you register or check in at pre-registration.
Pre-Registration: Please include your legal name and everyone you are paying for in your party. If you are paying by check, please include a phone number on the check. If you wish confirmation of your pre-registration please include an email address.
Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester, New Hampshire)