Their Excellencies of Gyldenholt, Jens and Ida, and Their Excellencies of Lyondemere, Gareth and Alatiel, invite you to join them at their “hearth” to break bread during a combined Yule celebration Saturday, December 9, 2023 in the Barony of Lyondemere. The festivities will begin at 4:30pm. Feast will be served at 6pm. 

The event is set to take place in Flanders in the early 1500’s and will feature some set tableaus ideal for capturing your perfect medieval moment during the evening. There will be lots of activities for both the young and young at heart alike, including our famous “snowball” fight, various gaming and craft activities, a medieval-themed (white elephant) gift exchange, and a visit from Father Christmas. There are also a number of contests afoot to celebrate our “hearth and home” theme, including a costume contest, bardic competition, table-decorating contest, and best themed dessert. Her Excellency of Lyondemere requests the populace to bring out their visual arts (painting, drawings, scribal, sculpture) for display, including works in progress. Tables will be provided. Their Excellencies of Gyldenholt are sponsoring a toy drive for Toys for Tots. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation. Contact the event stewards if you would like to sponsor a tableau. 

For those who desire to have gifts handed out to their children by Father Christmas, please provide said gift labeled with the child’s name. Pass it to Their Excellencies of Gyldenholt upon your arrival.

Lady Eydis Katla is planning a fabulous feast for our homecoming, to include:
Appetizers/snacks: fruit, nuts, seed, saxon bread, herb butters, and honey.
Dinner: walnut and apple salad with fresh cheese, honey roasted veggies, pickled veggies, garlic mushrooms Mains: Salt dough leg of lamb, chicken skause and a hearty barley and vegetable porridge for our vegetarian guests.

We would like to invite the populace to participate in providing potluck desserts (they may be entered into the contest at your discretion).  As a courtesy to those with food allergies, please ensure a card listing the ingredients of the dessert is also provided for each dessert.

The feast is capped at 50 people. We will take feast reservations until December 1, 2023, or until we are full. Please send your reservation request to

Location: Fellowship Hall at Riviera United Methodist Church, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Registration information: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 discount for adult SCA members. Children under 18 years of age are guests of the Barony. In addition, the feast is $8.00 for adults and youth ages 13 and older, $5.00 for children ages 5 through 12. Children under 5 years of age may attend the feast for free. Off-board seating is available at no charge. Please make checks payable to: SCA, Inc./Barony of Gyldenholt.


Schedule of the day:

4:30 pm – Site opens

6:00 pm – Feast commences

7:00 pm – Populace-provided Potluck Dessert and Bardic Competition

7:30 pm – Court at Their Excellencies’ pleasure

8:30 pm – Site clean-up. Everyone is welcome (encouraged) to assist.

9:00 pm – site closes.

Thank you in advance. We are excited to welcome you home for the holidays! 


Find your favorite transportation and head to Riviera United Methodist Church, located at 375 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Ample handicap-accessible parking is available directly adjacent to the Fellowship Hall. The driveway to get to the parking lot is located on the south side of the property (to the left if you are facing the front of the sanctuary). Go down the hill and turn right to access the parking lot and Fellowship Hall.


Ceridwen Killian and Dryfinna Valsdottir


Published: Nov 3, 2023