Photo by Master Alaxandair o Conchobhair.

Oyez! Oyez! The Kingdom of Æthelmearc as well as the rest of the Known World is cordially invited to witness the Coronation of Their Highnesses, Prince Thomas Byron of Haverford and Princess Ariella of Thornbury. This celebration will be hosted by the Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep on April 9th, 2016 with permission in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands.

Æthelmearc will be celebrating new heirs to the Kingdom, and Æthelmearc pride is the theme for the day. Banners, standards, and Æthelmearc colors are all welcomed and encouraged. There will be an arts & sciences competition, a bardic competition, heavy fighting, fencing, and thrown weapons to keep all busy throughout the day.

A sideboard lunch and amazing feast will be prepared by Maestra Tomasia da Collivento that will surely delight all who attend. Lunch is included in the site fee for all attendees, and an evening feast will be provided at a cost of $12.00 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 17, and children 5 and under eat for free. Please contact Maestra Tomasia (Tammy Crawford), maestratomasia at gmail dot com or 412-983-0446, with any dietary concerns. Seating for the feast is limited to 80 individuals so reserve early if you plan to attend. Please remember, the only valid reservation is a paid reservation.

This event will be held at the Unity Community Church, 215 Unity Center Road, Plum Borough, PA 15239 on Saturday April 9, 2016. The site opens at 9:00 am and will close at 9:00 pm. Troll will be open for business from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. To help speed up everyone’s check-in, reservations are strongly encouraged and should be sent ASAP to the Head Troll, Lady Alime bint Yorgi (Barbara Castellion) 408 Murrysville Road, Trafford, PA 15085. Questions on reservations can also call 412-337-5147. Site fees are Adults $8.00, Children (6 to 17) $4.00, and Children under 5 are free. (family cap is $24) A non-member surcharge of $5.00 will be added for non-SCA members. Please make checks payable to SCA-PA, Inc. – Shire of Gryffyn’s Keep.

This is a dry site, no pets are allowed (registered service dogs are permitted with documentation but please let us know you are attending), smoking is permitted in DESIGNATED OUTSIDE AREAS ONLY. Open flames are not permitted. This is a handicapped-accessible site, however any individuals who may need assistance are strongly encouraged to please plan to preregister and inform us at that time of your condition so we may make any necessary arrangements for your comfort.

Contact the autocrat for the day, Lord Thomas Lestrange (Tom Butts) thomas.t.butts at gmail dot com or 412-398-3808, 4655 Marjorie Drive, Murrysville, PA 15668, with any questions.

North and West: Take I-76 E / PA TURNPIKE toward PITTSBURGH. Take EXIT 48 toward PA-28 / NEW KENSINGTON / PITTSBURGH.  Turn right and merge onto FREEPORT RD.  Go 1.4 miles and turn LEFT onto HULTON BRIDGE / YELLOW BELT. Continue to follow YELLOW BELT for 1.8 miles and turn RIGHT at the fork to go on HULTON RD / YELLOW BELT.  Go 2.1 miles and stay STRAIGHT onto MILLTOWN RD.  Go 1.0 mile until MILLTOWN RD becomes LEECHBURG RD.  Go an additional 0.3 mile and turn RIGHT onto UNITY CENTER ROAD.  Go 0.2 miles. Site is on your left

South and East: Take I-76 W / PA TURNPIKE to EXIT 57, toward MONROEVILLE / PITTSBURGH.  Stay straight and merge onto I-376 W / US-22 W toward PITTSBURGH.  Go 3.1 miles and take first exit RODI RD via EXIT 81 toward PENN HILLS.  Go 2.0 miles and turn RIGHT onto PA-380 / FRANKSTOWN RD / YELLOW BELT.  Go 1.5 miles and turn RIGHT onto PA-380 / SALTSBURG RD.  Go 50 yards and turn SLIGHT LEFT onto LEECHBURG RD. Go 1.8 miles and turn RIGHT to stay on LEECHBURG RD.  Go 0.3 miles turn RIGHT onto UNITY CENTER RD.  Go 0.2 miles Site is on your left.