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December 07, 2013

Nanaimo,Campbell River,Courtenay,Port Alberni, BC

Autocrat: Sextus

A Hartwood Yule

Join us for Crafts, Carols, Feasting and Fun


Festive Fashion Contest · Game Tourney · Gifting Tree
Dessert Auction — Proceeds to Tir Righ


4102 Hollywood St, Port Alberni
December 7 ~ 9am - 9pm
$20 Adult · $10 Youth · Children Free · No NMS
Reservations: Cunegonda - 250-898-8781 -
or contact Sextus, Halima or Symonne in person. 



9am - Gate Opens

10am - 11am Intro Game Class

11am - 12pm Kumihimo Class with John MacAndrew ($1)  

11am - 12:30pm Tables Game Tourney begins*

*Feel free to bring your own games as well!

12:30 - 1:30pm Picnic Lunch -- bring your own, and perhaps something to share

1:30 - 4:30pm Games tourney resumes

1:30pm - 2:45pm Masques class with Hawa ($5)

2:45pm - 4pm Pomanders and Sachets with Hawa ($2)

4:00pm Court with their Highnesses

5:00pm Dancing, Festive Fashion contest winner decided by popular vote

6:00pm Dinner served


Winner of the Tables Game Tourney will be announced during dinner. Our own Hawa will be organizing various crafts. Spontaneous Carolling may erupt throughout the day!


Gifting Tree and Auction

The gifting tree is a Hartwood tradition. Bring a small, hand-crafted object to be tied to the tree, and later in the evening pick something that catches your eye to keep.


This year we'll be having a dessert auction, proceeds to go to the Tir Righ Travel Fund. Bring a dessert (if you can) and some cash (definitely bring the cash), and when the time comes band together with your table-mates to bid on something to share.


Festive Fashion

Have that Green and Red doublet in the back of a closet somewhere? A gown with carbuncle embroidery everyone thinks are snowflakes? Or perhaps you simply enjoy holly-themed accessories? It's time to dig out your favourite Yule-tide best, to show off to the world. Though documentation isn't required, we're a curious bunch and would love to know all about your creation. The winner will be by popular choice later in the evening.



Introduction to Medieval Games

10am - 11am

A brief Introduction to dicing, cards and board games including the tafl, chess and tables (read: backgammon) genres.



11am - noon


Introduction to Kumihimo cord-making with John MacAndrew. Supplies will be included.


Masque Making

1:30pm - 2:45pm


Hands-on introductory Masque-making using simple masque shapes made from paper, foam craft board, and/or pre-made masque forms (if any people wish, they are certainly welcome to bring one of their own, purchased from a craft store -- Michaels has a few). A few basic templates will be provided, as well as paper, some coloured construction paper, and some foam board; free-hand forms can also be created.

*Some* basic decorating items will also be provided: craft paint, glitter glue, powder glitter, some sequins, white glue, glue sticks, scissors, chopsticks; one hot glue gun will also be on hand.

Participants are encouraged to bring: your own scissors and glue sticks, craft knives, etc. Decorative items  like: sequins and 'jewels'; lace pieces and trims; ribbons; feathers; craft, fabric, and or/puff paints; cardstock in your chosen colour(s) or pre-made masque form.

A handout with some quick background and history, plus samples and images to study will be available for an additional $1, or it can be emailed to you after the class.


Pomanders and Sachets

2:45pm - 4pm


Intro to (Period) Pomanders and Cloven Fruit

Some quick background and history, plus one sample of each: clove-studded orange and spice-filled sachet. We'll be doing a hands-on creation of a ribbon-wrapped clove-studded orange. Also, for anyone who finishes that in time, grinding fragrant 'sweet' spices (with an electric spice grinder, and mortar and pestle) to fill satin sachets and tie with ribbon.

Oranges, cloves and ribbon will be provided for the pomanders; satchet bag, spices, and ribbon will also be provided, along with puncturing tools (skewers), scissors, and straight pins for anchoring ribbon.



The Tables Tourney will be based on a seven player tables variant known as 'Astronomical Tables'. Competitors will be able to come and go throughout the day, challenging others as they feel like without interrupting their socializing. If 7 players cannot be found, the game can be played simply by skipping sections. (Though 7 players is much more fun!) Scores will be based on number of captured pieces over the day.


If you don't know how to play, don't worry! The rules are simple. Cunegonda will be available to explain the rules at any time, but additionally there will be an hour long 'Introduction to Medieval Games' class at 10am which will touch on it.


Even if you aren't participating in the Tourney itself, there will be plenty of games available for anyone to play -- or bring your own.


Lunch and the Feast

Lunch is a bring-your-own affair, and perhaps a little something to share with others. Access to the kitchen will be limited, unfortunately. As always, Tea, Coffee and lemonade will be available throughout the day.


Dinner will include Coque-au-vin stew, beef roast and winter veggies. Vegitarians will be accomodated! If you have any other food allergies or sensitivities, or need to enquire about off-board tickets, please contact Cunegonda at .

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Name: Kinsmen Hut
4102 Hollywood Street
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4B3

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