With the coming of the Advent season, the Barony of Delftwood held its annual Christmas season event this past weekend. Once again, this proved to a warm and friendly event. Held at the Rockefeller Memorial UMC in Syracuse, the Friðr Tourney (a name taken from the Old Norse, meaning “peace, tranquility, friendship, love”) featured two Arts & Sciences tourneys, an all-day sideboard, and much conversation and frivolity.
Their Excellencies, Benedict Fergus atte Mede and Helene al-Zarqa’, celebrated the Yule season by naming the A&S and Bardic champions of Delftwood. The new A&S champion is Lady Kalishka Perdeslava, for her stunning glass making. The new bardic champion is Lord Ixac Ben Simone, for a beautiful song and a wonderful poem which he wrote the day of the event.
There was also a tourney for the overall A&S and bardic entries. Lord Ixac also won the Bardic Tourney, with an honorable mention to Lady Genevieve du Chaumont. The Arts & Sciences field was full of lovely and tasty work. An honorable mention went to Illari of Delftwood for her splendid Elizabethan needle and wirework. The tourney winner was Lady Lasairfhiona ingen Aindriasa, for her delicious English feast dishes.
At the court, held in the afternoon in the lovely sanctuary, Their Excellencies named their champions, announced the tourney winners, and inducted several gentles into the Baronial orders. These included Lord Reinaldr Bjórtappr (Order of the Guard of the Mill), Baroness Clarice Roan and Lord Jan Langhe ten Walde (Order of the Capstan), THL Svana in Kyrra (Friend of the Windmill), and Lady Wylde Wysse (Order of the Windmill).
During the day, Baroness Clarice Roan and her dedicated kitchen staff provided the revelers with a delicious season side-board, including several fine meat dishes (venison and bear were both included), seasonal vegetables, quiches, and yummy cookies. The side-board was served throughout the day and sent everyone home well-fed.
All in all, the 70+ attendees enjoyed a wonderful day of fine food, friendship, and celebration of the peaceful arts in the Yule season. Many thanks to Baroness Othindisa Bykona and her staff for an excellent event.
respectfully submitted by Fridrikr Tomasson,