TimeClassroom 1Classroom 2Classroom 3
11:00Intro to BoneworkingThe Mary Rose: Ship and ShipwreckYou Are What You Eat: The Tacuinum Sanitatus
12:00“Back off Billy!”: Elizabethan Theatre Beyond the BardRedacting and Adapting Period Recipes.
1:00Really Basic BlackworkA Gentile’s Intro to HebrewWire-wrapped Rings
2:00Knitting 101Risqué Pompeii: Art Under the VolcanoBasic Viking Wire Weaving


  • A Gentile’s Intro to Hebrew. A brief survey of the history of the Hebrew language, and gives a curt introduction to the alef-bet, with recommendations provided for further study of the language. [Instructor: Rav Ezra ha-Yona]
  • “Back off Billy!”: Elizabethan Theatre Beyond the Bard. A closer look at the 16th century English theatre, with a focus on NOT Shakespeare. [Instructor: Lady Katherine Coscombe]
  • Basic Norse Clothing. The class gives an overview of basic Norse garb for both men and women with attention to archeological finds and source country of these finds. [Instructor: Meistara Thorhalla Carlsdottir af Broberg]
  • Introduction to the Daring Art of Crochet. [Instructors: Meistara Thorhalla Carlsdottir af Broberg and Chiay Leah bat David]
  • Basic Viking Wire Weaving. Wire and equipment will be available for practice pieces. Class kits with instructions are available for $5, full kits with tools and drawplates are $25. Please feel free to bring your own needle nose/cone nose pliers and wire cutters. [Instructor: Lady Katherin verch Rhys]
  • Introduction to Boneworking. [Instructor: Lady Finna Jomarsdottir]
  • Knitting 101. Please bring 1 skein #4 yarn, 1 pair US9 (5.5mm) knitting needles (preferably wood or bamboo). [Instructor: Lord Etienne Perdreau]
  • The Mary Rose: Ship and Shipwreck. In 1545, King Henry VIII of England’s ship The Mary Rose sank, and the wreck remained largely undisturbed until its rediscovery in the 1970s. This class will introduce you to the ship, its wreck, and their significance for Tudor history and archeology. [Instructor: Dame Elizabethe Alles]
  • Really Basic Blackwork. [Instructor: Lady Nadyezhda the Simple]
  • Redacting and Adapting Period Recipes. [Instructor: Mistress Angharad ferch Tangwystl]
  • Risqué Pompeii: Art Under the Volcano. Upon the discovery of Pompeii, and its neighbor Herculaneum, Victorian explorers were both surprised and horrified by what they found. The sexually explicit artwork they uncovered would forever change their view of Ancient Rome and eventually lead to our modern concept of pornography. Come have a look at the artwork that caused such an uproar that it was hidden .away for nearly two centuries. Ages 18+. [Instructor: Lady Rosie Dubroc]
  • Wire-wrapped Rings. Learn how to make beautiful wire-wrapped rings using a quick and easy-to-learn method. Keep them for yourself or give them away as tokens. Wire, beads, and a limited number of ring mandrels will be provided. Bring your own ring mandrel if you have one. Suitable for ages 12 and up. $2 fee to cover materials and handout. [Instructor: TH Lady Jolicia atte Northclyfe]
  • You Are What You Eat: The Tacuinum Sanitatus, Health and Humors of the 14th Century. [Instructor: Mistress Judith of Kirkland]

Baroness’s Bocce Tournament

The Baroness’s Bocce Tournament takes place Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM on the Bocce Green near the Main Pavilion. All are welcome to enter, although we request that participants be at least 10 years old. There will be a youth bocce tournament at 11:00 AM for all those interested in joining in before lunch. The NOWM Bocce Green is 10′ wide by 40′ long. In order to make the tournament more challenging, all natural landscape irregularities have been kept in place. (Seriously, have you TRIED manicuring a campground?) The winner of the Baroness’s Bocce Tournament will become the guardian of the coveted Brass Elephant on a Bocce Ball until the next tournament.

As bocce is a game that has evolved over time, we have created our own variation of modern bocce rules to simplify the game and make it more enjoyable for all contestants:

  1. The Baroness throws out the pallino (target ball) for all rounds. The pallino must pass the mid-point of the bocce court (20′). If the landed baroness is either unavailable or competing in a current round, all efforts will be made to acquire a stand-in baroness for that round.
  2. Rounds will consist of sets of four contestants. Each contestant will have two bocce balls of the same color. Balls will be thrown alphabetically by color in two phases. Contestants may throw their bocce balls from any position within the court up to the 5 ‘marker stake.
  3. The contestant whose ball is closest to the pallino will receive 1 point. If the second ball of the same color is the next closest to the pallino, the contestant will receive two points. Points are awarded only to the individual whose bocce ball is closest.
  4. If two (or more) bocce balls if differing colors are equidistant from the pallino, those contestants will re-throw 1 ball each to break the tie. The pallino remains in its original location during the tie-breaker.
  5. The tournament will consist of five (5) rounds. The contestant with the most points after five rounds will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, one additional round will be played of two balls each to break the tie.
Previous Winners
  • Lady Cebelia de Namaria – NOWM XV, XVI
  • Sir Lorimer MacAltin of the Garioch – NOWM XVII
  • Lord Sergei the Jester – NOWM XVIII
  • Lord Hákon Hrafnsson – NOWM XIX
  • Baroness Constanza de Mendoza – NOWM XX
  • Lady Lynette la Rousse – NOWM XXI
  • Lord Ladislas Vulcu – NOWM XXII
  • Lord Miguel de Servesas – NOWM XXIII
  • … You? – NOWM XXIV

Northern Oaken Bardic Lagnieppe of Excellence (NOBLE) Competition

Each Barony and/or shire in North Oaken is invited to send a single champion to compete for the cup. These are: the Baronies of Brendoken, Red Spears, Middle Marches, and the Cleftlands; and the Falcon’s Quarry and Rivenvale.

The champion may be a single individual or an ensemble (two or more individuals performing as a unit on both entries.) An individual champion may have an accompanist on either or both entries. Other Baronies or Shires outside North Oaken may compete for bragging rights, but the cup itself will be awarded to the highest-placing champion from a North Oaken Barony or Shire.

The name of the champion must be presented by the Shire Seneschal or Baronage to the NOBLE Coordinator not less than one week before the event. Questions about the competition may be addressed to her as well.

(Note: Each territory may also appoint an alternate to be on standby in case of emergency.)

Each champion must present two pieces in any performance category. Each must be five minutes or less in length – entries exceeding the limit will not count in the judging. Performance categories include (but are not limited to):

  • Song
  • Instrumental Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Other Physical Performance
  • Storytelling
  • Poetry

Essentially, anything intended for performance in front of an audience may be used.

BOTH entries together will be judged on:

  • Technique/skill
  • Presentation Style (emotional projection; appropriateness to material)
  • Complexity/Difficulty
  • Overall impression
  • Audience Appeal
  • Scope and contrast between the two entries
  • Authenticity or Appropriateness to the SCA context
  • Originality