Murder Melee in the Meadow XXXIX

June 6–9th, 2024

Murder Melee has changed Meadows! We are pleased to announce that this year’s Melee will occur at the traditional Huntsman’s Harvest site, the Germania Hunt Club in Binbrook. We are planning activities to take advantage of our buildings and layout provided by this site. Stay tuned!

Entry

Murder Melee in the Meadow returns for 2024 at the Germania Club!

Event Gate (Troll) opens on Thursday, June 6th at 6:00 PM and closes Sunday, June 9th at 12:00 PM. Gate open/close times are broken down in Gate Hours & Location and Major Events. ​If there is no attendant at Troll, please seek out an Event Steward or the Head of Gate to assist you with checking in.

More information regarding parking, camping spaces, and reservations will be available soon.

Attending with Children

SCA events are open to people of all ages, but parents of children will need to sign a waiver at the Event Gate for their children.

However if you are bringing a child for whom you are not the parent, or legal guardian, you will need to bring:

  1. A complete signed minor waiver or signed blue card
  2. A complete signed minor medical waiver (2 copies)​

Please see Ealdormere’s Attending with Children page for more details.

Entry Fees

Adult Camping

$4500Thursday—Sunday
  • $55 for non-members

Adult Camping

$4500Friday—Sunday
  • $55 for non-members

Weekend Camping

$4000Saturday—Sunday
  • $50 for non-members

Day Trip (any single day)

$3000anytime
  • $40 for non-members

Youth (under 18)

Freeanytime
  • Free for non-members

Adult Camping

$4500Thursday—Sunday
  • $55 for non-members

Adult Camping

$4500Friday—Sunday
  • $55 for non-members

Weekend Camping

$4000Saturday—Sunday
  • $50 for non-members

Day Trip (any single day)

$3000anytime
  • $40 for non-members

Youth (under 18)

Freeanytime
  • Free for non-members

*Cheques must be made out to “SCA – Ben Dunfirth”

Location

Germania Park Campground

4221 Trinity Church Rd, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0

Gate Hours

Thursday:

Open 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Friday:

Open 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturday:

Open 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Please note: If there is no attendant at Troll, please seek out an Event Steward or Head of Gate (TBD) to assist you with checking in.

Site Map

Note: Site map is a work in progress and is subject to change.

Map courtesy of Prudence Underwit

Please click map for expanded view

Hand-drawn map of the Murder Melee camp site on a table
Duke Trumbrand throwing a shot at Sir Kellen's helmet

Full Schedule

More information coming soon! Please see below sections for more details on specific events.

Thursday:

6:00 PM – Event gate opens

8:00 PM – Medieval Movie Night (Tavern)

9:00 PM – Event gate closes

Friday:

9:00 AM – Event gate opens

2:30 PM – High Tea (Tavern)

4:00 PM – Mead Social (Tavern)

1:00–4:00 PM – Rapier Pick-Ups

4:00 PM – Rapier Tavern Treasure Tournament

4:00 PM – Sleeve Making & Construction Workshop (Town Hall)

6:00 PM – Armoured Combat Authorizations

6:00 PM – Youth Combat Tournament (Archery Field)

7:30 PM – Armoured Novice Tournament (Archery Field)

9:00 PM – Torchlight Tournament (Archery Field)

3:00 PM – Event gate closes

Saturday:

9:00 AM – Event gate opens

TBD – King’s Coterie of Armoured Combat

9:30 AM – Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer Meeting (Town Hall)

10:00 AM – Rapier Authorizations (Fighting Field)

10:30 AMOrder of the Laurel Meeting (Town Hall)

11:00 AM – Fencing Melees (Fighting Field)

12:30 PM – Armoured 10-Person Melee (Fighting Field)

1:00 PM – Fencing Poker Tournament, followed By Bear Pit Tournament (Fighting Field)

After Melee – Children’s Piñata

After Piñata – Children’s Tug-of-War (*After 10-Person Melee)

9:00 PM – Event gate closes

6:00 PM – Evening Great Court (Fighting Field, by The Lake)

9:00 PMish – Barbarian Un-Court

Sunday:

Tear-down

12:00 PM – Event gate closes

Range availability subject to site teardown timelines – drop by before noon and see if a marshal is present

Youth of Ealdormere pulling on a tug-of-war rope with assistance from Duke Roak in a grassy field at Murder Melee

Major Events

Please note: All activities are currently pending and are subject to change without notice.

Thursday:

6:00 PM – Event gate opens

8:00 PM – Medieval Movie Night (Tavern)

More information coming soon!

9:00 PM – Event gate closes

Friday:

9:00 AM – Event gate opens

9:00 PM – Event gate closes

Saturday:

9:00 AM – Event gate opens

9:30 AM – Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer Meeting (Town Hall)

Their Majesties, King Evander and Queen Marioun will meet with Their Order of Thorbjorn’s Hammer.

10:30 AM – Order of the Laurel Meeting (Town Hall)

Their Majesties will meet with Their Order of the Laurel at Melee.

TBD – King’s Coterie of Armoured Combat

The King’s Coterie takes place at every event. Any novice fighter (under two years authorization) or unauthorized, should seek out his Majesty.

After Melee – Children’s Piñata

A themed piñata created by Her Grace Hyrrokin is raised as a great beacon of joy for the youth of Ealdormere. It is then ceremoniously thrashed until it rains sweet, delicious candy upon its assailants.

After Piñata – Children’s Tug-of-War

Not yet having quenched their thirst for violence, the youth of Ealdormere compete in a grueling tug-of-war against the Barbarian household. So strong are the children of Ealdormere that they once tore the great tug-of-war rope clean in half!

6:00 PM – Evening Great Court (Fighting Field, by The Lake)

Their Majesties will hold a Great Court, inviting all Baronial Nobles of the Kingdom to sit with them and address the populace.

9:00 PM – Event gate closes

Sunday:

No planned activities

12:00 PM – Event gate closes

The Barbarian household's tag embroidered on a bolt of linen

Arts & Science
Activities

More information coming soon!

Thursday:

No planned activities

Friday:

2:30 PM – High Tea at The Tavern

Her Excellency Meredyth at the behest of her majesty, Queen Marioun II, invite all people of the realm old and new. Whether from Europe, The Steppes, Scandinavia, Africa, the Americas, or the East (mid, near, and far); Her Majesty would love to learn from whence you travel.

Come enjoy refreshment at High Tea!

*Sponsored by the Barbarian Household

4:00 PM – Baudouin’s Mead Social at The Tavern

Gather with other mead enthusiasts at The Tavern. Bring your own chalice and something to share! Nibbles welcome!

Contact L’honorable Seigneur Baudouin de Domrémy if you have questions:

4:00 PM – Sleeve Making & Construction Workshop at Town Hall

Students will use supplied materials to draft a basic two-piece fitted sleeve. Once completed the class will explore ways to manipulate the pattern to create various one and two piece sleeve shapes suitable for different periods and regions. The class will also discuss tips and tricks to make the installation of sleeves easier, and to improve the overall look and hang of a sleeve.

Class hosted by Magnifica Laura Battista.

All day – Stash Exchange

Is your stash threatening to take over your house? Have you been hanging on to a piece of fabric you will never use because it’s too nice to throw out? Did you start a hobby during the plague that you ended up hating, but are stuck with all the supplies for? Perhaps it can find a new home at the Stash Exchange!

Artists and amateurs alike are welcome to come browse through the stashes; you do not have to have brought something to take a treasure home. Any items that go unclaimed by Sunday will be donated.

Contact Howell James of Town’s End if you have questions:

Saturday:

All day – Stash Exchange

Sunday:

No planned activities

Duchess Kayla using a pink greatsword throws a shot at THL Katsu.

Armoured & Rapier
Activities

Please note: All activities are currently pending and are subject to change without notice.

Thursday:

(No planned activities)

Friday:

1:00–4:00 PM – Rapier Pick-ups (Run by Cesare Ambrogino di Salvazzi)

4:00 PM – Rapier Tavern Treasure Tournament (Run by Cesare Ambrogino di Salvazzi)

There is treasure in the tavern. Some want to keep it safe, some want it for themselves – but it is the last one standing that will keep it.

6:00 PM – Armoured Combat Authorizations

Armoured fighters who are not yet authorized may undergo the authorization process by fighting another opponent under the marshal’s instruction and review.

6:00 PM – Youth Combat Tournament at The Archery Field (Run by Duke Trumbrand)

More information coming soon.

7:30 PM – Armoured Combat Novice Tournament at The Archery Field

You must be authorized for less than 3 years and must not have won a tournament prior to be eligible for the Novice Tournament

9:00 PM – Armoured Torchlight Tournament at The Archery Field

An armoured combat bear pit tournament fought at night, by torchlight. A combatant holds the field and fights oncoming challengers until they lose. The winner of the bout takes over the field with the loser returning to the challenging line. The Torchlight Tournament is weather permitting.

Saturday:

10:00 AM – Rapier Authorizations at The Fighting Field

Rapier fighters who are not yet authorized may undergo the authorization process by fighting another opponent under the marshal’s instruction and review.

11:00 AM – Rapier Melee at The Fighting Field

A tournament of 10 on 10 rapier combatants participate in a melee battle. Teams of 10 will compete against other teams in a best-of-three battle.

12:30 AM – Armoured 10-Person Melee at The Fighting Field

A tournament of 10 on 10 armoured fighters participate in a melee battle. Teams of 10 will compete against other teams in a best-of-three battle.

1:00 PM – Fencing Poker Tournament, Followed by Bear Pit Tournament at The Fighting Field

More information coming soon!

TBD – King’s Coterie of Armoured Combat

The King’s Coterie takes place at every event. Any novice fighter (under two years authorization) or unauthorized, should seek out his Majesty.

Sunday:

No planned activities

Site Rules & Accommodations

Event Staff & Volunteers