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March 26: Knights & Squires Dinner

My lords and my ladies, masters and mistresses and fellow squires, I invite you all to the first annual knight and squires feast day, hosted by Rathvilly. The event will take place Saturday, March 26, 2016.

We are gathering together for food, for instruction, for merriment and for camaraderie, but first and foremost, this day is devoted to gloating.

The Viscount of Rathvilly, Sir Malyk Corsar, has entreated me, as his lady, to labour with him and present to you a sample of the bounty that the Canton of Rathvilly and our esteemed neighbours, has to offer, and lay it before you for your enjoyment and nourishment.

I will ask that any Squire, and any other member of the populace who wishes to gloat and to receive untold admiration for their handiwork, to please come and see me after opening court so that they can be included in the day’s events and make sure that all the appropriate paperwork is completed. Presentations are currently scheduled for between courses of the feast. They will be laid before your Highness, the knights, and our esteemed judges for adjudication.

Also, as this is a day of enlightenment, there will be two collegiums this day. The first on basic medieval table manners and the second on forms of address within the Adrian empire.

Time and weather permitting, there will be an archery shoot, just to keep those skills sharp.

At 5 bells, the hall will be opened for hand washing and seating.

We will enjoy a 4 course meal, in as period correct recipes as I can muster, for all to enjoy.

We finish the evening with board games, strategy games and games of chance and story telling, songs and musical performances to entertain us. Weather permitting we will be outside with a roaring fire, if not, we shall adjourn to inside the hall.

As this is a rather large undertaking, I will need firm numbers from people attending by the end of February, so that we can accurately purchase and prepare the feast.

We are looking at $20 per person for the feast, for anyone 12 or over, $10 per child 5-11.

For the knights, please follow up with your squires and see how they are proceeding with their projects, and if they are able to attend.

2016 Deep Winter Farewell

January 30, 2015 10:00am

“Rise, land, from slumbering, grass from sleeping!
Let stem grow stems, and stalks grow stalks. Send up shoots by the thousand, spread sprouts by the hundred as a result of my plowing, my sowing, especially of my toil.”

Deep-winter may not be the 10-foot snow drifts or hard times of ancient days, but who can say that their heart is not lightened even just a little by the strengthening sun. Too soon for our locale to think of planting, but planning yes!

Reflect on the year past and the dark winter and wave good bye to those worries and woes, celebrate a fresh new spring to come, make plans, feast, and make merry that once again we come out of the darkness and grow stronger as a community.

This event will have games and crafts inside (perhaps time to finish that crosstitch you started in the fall hey), outside we will have archery and combat event weather providing.

1) Nothing beats the smell of fresh bread – Use the last of that harvest grain to make your best bread, cake, or dumpling – give A&S a try, judges are standing by drooling for something delicious to eat.

2) Shiver me quivers – There will be an archery challenge that only the fiercest (or most stubborn) archers will prevail.

3) Snow Stomp – if you are a combatant can you please let us know what style you would like to participate in during this event so we can schedule your challenges while there is still daylight 🙂

4) Festival of Wealth – have some medieval trinkets, Arch Duke’s coins, gold, or gems there will be a games tournament where the entry fee is something to be entered as a prize item. Please bring any medieval games you might have that can be played indoors.

5) Imperial Challenges for Archery & Combat ($5 Entry fee for each)

LOOK HERE! – Food will be a little different this time as there will be no formal feast – we will feast all day! Please bring snacks and finger foods to share, and a few coins to toss in the well of wishes (donations to help pay for a few extra snacks that will be coming.

Court will be held at 10 Bells – but anyone who comes early can help set up archery and get some practice in, or help set up the hall and earn themselves some wealth to gamble with.

The schedule will be flexible for the rest of the day to accommodate all the challenges.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a guest and show them the hospitality and kinship of Var-Heim.

Upcoming: 2015 Symposium

November 20-22, Var-Heim is hosting our biannual symposium.

At this time, only the location has been determined. Watch this page for event updates!

Instructors needed for this event!


  • The Symposium events shall be informative and interactive classes that broaden our understanding of the Adrian era.
  • Each class a person gives within a twelve-month period must be on a different subject unless it is required for a ministry position.


  • The classes shall provide information to the populace about the arts and sciences during the Adrian era.


  • Each class presentation shall be a minimum of twenty (20) minutes in length, not including questions.


  • Each class shall allow for a question/answer session at the end of the class.


  • Each class shall provide a handout of source material for further information or have sources on- hand for review.