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      Bhakail Yule Revel XL in Philadelphia

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      December 8, 2018


      611 Spring Garden Street
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

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      Bhakail Yule Revel XL

      The Barony of Bhakail invites one and all to grace our hearth and find warm welcome as we all begin to settle in for the long winter nights ahead, and celebrate the fruits of a bountiful harvest.  This is Bhakail’s “40th” Yule Revel, marking the 40th year since the Barony held its first Yule Revel in December 1979.

      This convivial annual event has become the Barony's time to roll up our collective sleeves and show our hospitality at its finest, in order to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment for everyone.  A variety of activities are held throughout the day, from music jam sessions, to period gaming, to more structured activities like our two Baronial Champion's competitions.  Please, come and join us!

      Some quick site rules:
      The SCA does not serve alcohol.  However, the site is wet:  attendees are permitted to responsibly share the fruits of their study of brewing with others.

      Table lamps and candles which are contained in votives taller than the flame are permitted.

      There will be childrens’ activities during the day.  Children under the age of 12 are required to be accompanied by a parent, responsible adult, or responsible teenager.

      The site is almost completely ADA accessible, and has an ADA accessible rest room.  The only rooms which are not accessible are the upstairs kitchen (2 steps), the Directors Room (off the main hall, 3 steps) and the Baronial Room (up one flight of stairs behind the Directors Room).

      If you need to access the elevator to enter the building, please contact the Autocrat (contact info listed below).

      **UPDATED Event Information Revised 12/04/2018**

      His Excellency, Rowen Cloteworthy, esteemed Baron of Bhakail will be overseeing the annual feast table decorating contest, details below:

      Yule Table Decoration Competition

      It is always a joy to see revelers adorn the feast tables with rich wares.  The Baron of Bhakail challenges every local group, household, or collection of friends to decorate their table at Yule.  Entries will be judged on period-appropriateness, festive appearance, and display of the group's heraldry where applicable.  His Excellency will chose the most impressive feast setting from among those sitting table at feast and will present them with a gift.

      Here is a detailed schedule of the day’s activities:

      Site Opens at 10am

      10am - Children’s Activities - Main Hall

      12pm - Dayboard - Main Hall
      Narrowworker’s Guild - Main Hall

      1pm - Sock Exchange - Balcony
      Thrown Weapons Meet-Up - Library
      Court of Love - Library
      Brewing Competition Judging - Tavern

      2pm - Athena’s Thimble Panel - Director’s Room
      A&S Competition Judging - Director's Room
      Drop-In Carol Sing/Jam - Balcony

      3pm - Children’s Activities End - Main Hall
      Flip Main Hall for Court - Main Hall

      4:30pm - Afternoon Court - Main Hall

      6pm - Feast - Main Hall

      Site Closes at 10pm

      All-Day Gatherings

      A&S Display - Director’s Room
      Athena’s Guild Meet-Up - Director’s Room
      Brewing Exhibition - Tavern

      FOOD!  [REVISED 11/29/2018]
      Come sail away along the newly-traveled spice route and enjoy stops in various ports of call, and travel deep along the long-established roots of the Silk Road as kitcheners from Bhakail and beyond seek to thrill your taste buds and provide all with a true culinary adventure.

      Dayboard brings us the scents, spices, and splendor of Arabic & Persian hospitality under the skilled eye of by Baron Jibril ibn Ammar al-Sayyid al-Fayyad.  Being served:

      Chicken with Mint, Garlic, and Lemon
      Lamb Meatballs in Pomegranate Juice
      Orange and Date Salad
      Dried Fruit Compote
      Flat Breads
      A Selection of Dried Fruits (Dates, Apricots, Figs)
      A Selection of Cured Olives (Green, Black, Kalamata)
      Crumbled Feta Cheese
      A Variety of Pickled Vegetables
      An Assortment of Cheeses
      An Assortment of Fresh Fruit (Apples, Clementine Oranges)

      Feast is limited to the first 120 individuals to register, who will be transported even further East to the Khan's Empire on the Great Steppes alongside dishes fit for a Chinese Emperor, all before returning back to our westerly ports of origin in the Mediterranean for our final course in this great culinary repast orchestrated by THL John Marshall atte Forde.  Being served:

      1st Course:
      Yellow Soup - a Rice dish with Lamb, chickpeas, tsaoko, cardamom, tumeric, ginger, coriander, salt, and vinegar.

      Chinese Red Cooked Beef - served with white rice

      Water Dragons - Pork Meatballs in broth.

      2nd Course:
      Corzetti in the Roman Style - hand-stamped pasta with Pecorino-Romano cheese, nutmeg, and black pepper.

      Cheese Fritters - Fresh and aged cheese, battered with flour, egg whites, and coated with sugar.

      Sausage with Green Sauce - hand-made pork sausage with fennel, salt, and pepper served with a Green Sauce made from chard, garlic, parsley, thyme, mint, pepper, ginger, vinegar, salt, and olive oil.

      3rd Course:
      Italian Cookies
      Ricotta Pie

      Your journey will be crewed by servers organized by Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorne, to ensure a seamless journey for all who are on-board.

      Those with questions about food, and those with allergies and/or dietary concerns, please contact the Head Cook - THL John Marshall atte Forde - via email ASAP at (there was a requested deadline of 11/28, but the kitchen will work to accommodate requests in advance; requests made the day of may be more difficult to accommodate).

      From Master Muin maqq Minain, Bhakail Arts & Sciences Champion:  Ladies, and Jotünmen!

      As the harsh Winter nights grow longer, and the days colder, The Barony Of Bhakail needs your prowess to fend off these elementally dire days!

      Bring us Arts based upon the best Winter stories from cultures far and varied! 

      Bring us Displays of Sciences related to this icy and blustery Season, to Illuminate the People of the Barony and their guests with wonder and hope!

      From Lady Girsell MacLeoid, Bhakail Brewing Champion: 
      Be it Sugars, honeys, fruits or candied sweets, come forth with your creations!  Tickle my sweet tooth and caramelize my liver with meads, wines, cordials, and ales!  Come, my brewers and let us have dessert first!


      Extra points for sweet beverages.

      All entries must include an ingredients list at minimum.

      While knowing that we are in the midst of candy cane season, the Champion requests no mint products due to allergy.

      Please feel free to enter the competition even if you do not wish to serve as a Champion of Bhakail.  Simply label your entry as “exhibition only” and the judges will provide feedback alone.

      Those with questions about the Champion's competitions can send an email to to be put in contact with the respective Champion.
      Site Opens: 10AM
      Site Closes: 10PM

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