Fantastic Beasts and Where to Hunt Them (Dun Carraig Baronial Birthday)

November 11, 2017
Durham Parish Church, Nanjemoy, MD

Feast your eyes upon the strange and magical menagerie of animals inspired by Joanna the Mad. Or, if you believe yourself worthy, try your might against creatures from myth and legend.

Martial Activities


For armored fighters, a hunt in the woods. Fighters representing fantastic creatures will be found throughout the woods, and hunters will receive a token for each beast they defeat.


For rapier fighters, a similar hunt will be held, with tokens for each beast defeated.

Beasts of myth and legend are not defeated easily, and may require multiple hits or specific strikes to vanquish them. These rules will be announced by the marshals at the beginning of each hunt.


On the archery field, the following shoots are planned:
Popping pixies: short range targets
Be the bowtruckle: increasing distance targets
Pheather the Phoenix:
Lifting the Midgard Serpent: timed shoot
Dodging the ogre's club: move and shoot/timed
Bobbing basalisk: moving target

Their Excellencies will choose their armored, rapier, and archery champions based on the martial activities.

A&S Contest

Bring us your most fantastical beast, in any form, any medium, any size (if it won’t fit through the door it will have to guard the entrance to the hall). While documentation is not required, it gets extra points, especially if you have a good story to tell about your project. A picture or photo or other presentation of the inspiration for your project should be included. There are prizes in both Youth and Adult categories.

Baronial Bardic Champion Competition: A performance, of any sort, on the theme of fantastic beasts, hunting, and/or veterans. A winner will be chosen by Her Excellency.

Poetry Competition: A poem in any style on the theme of fantastic beasts, hunting, and/or veterans. Note that the poetry and bardic competitions have the same theme, to allow those who wish to perform their poetry to enter both competitions with a single poem.

The poetry competition is sponsored by the Poeta Atlantiae, who will provide a prize, likely either a book or something sparkly.

A variety of period games will be available in the hall for the enjoyment of the populace.

Also, we will be choosing our Baronial A&S Champion, so consider vying for that position. It can be either a separate entry or part of the overall challenge.


Site Fee Feast
Adult, Non-Member: $17.00 $8.00
Adult, Member: $12.00 $8.00
Child (5-17): $ 7.00 $8.00
Child (under 5): Guest of the Barony Guest of the Barony

Make Checks Payable To: SCA-MD Inc., Barony of Dun Carraig

If bringing a minor that is not your child, please ensure you bring a notarized minor medical authorization form so we are not forced to turn them away. Contact the reservationist with any questions about waiver requirements, or view the Kingdom FAQ here.

Feast Information:

Mistress Rose of Black Diamond will provide a fantastic feast, with a few magical surprises. She can be contacted at rosescottage[AT] with dietary concerns or questions.

Merchanting Information:

Merchanting space is somewhat limited. Please contact to reserve a spot.

Accessibility Information:

The site is an old church, and the merchant area and classrooms are down a set of stairs. The main bathrooms are also downstairs, but there is an accessible bathroom on the ground floor. Please feel free to contact the autocrat with any accessibility questions.


Durham Parish Church
8685 Ironsides Road
Nanjemoy, Md 20662

Site Restrictions:

The site does not allow smoking anywhere in the building. If you smoke outside, please smoke away from the tents and list field, as per Kingdom Law, and clean up any cigarette butts. The site is discreetly damp, which means beer and wine only, not in original containers. Site does not allow pets. Service animals are, of course, welcome.


Take the best route to MD-301 then take MD-6 W in La Plata and follow it for about 11.3 miles. Take a left onto MD-425 S/Ironsides Rd. The site is approximately 0.2 miles on the right.

Event Staff:


Alexina Mac Suibhne (Sandy Nickell)
26146 Woody Ct, Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Phone: (240) 925-8001
E-mail: autocrat[AT]


Isolda de Crosthwaite
11778 Big Bear Lane, Lusby, MD 20657
E-mail: JillLeeBn2000[AT]

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