Stargate Yule

Join us for an East meets West Ottoman Yule Revel, to be held on Saturday, December 6th at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1656 Blalock, Houston, TX 77080.

Adding to the spirit of the holiday, we will be hosting the Kingdom Middle Eastern Dance Championship, a competition between the finest dancers that the Eastern empires have to offer.

We will also be choosing the Barony's Bardic and Arts & Sciences champions.

Again this year the event will include an Ansteorran Bardic College. Classes are open to all who want to learn more about the bardic arts.

For those interested in European dance, there will be a European ball after Court. Prior experience is not necessary, as the dances for the evening will be taught in the morning. Contact the Middle Eastern Dance Deputy for information on the schedule, formats and themes for all dance activities.

There will be a morning exchange of arms between those who fight Chivalric and those who fight with Rapier. Entry to the list is one toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. Everyone attending is invited to donate new, unwrapped toys and enter a raffle for a prize.

8:30 am Gate Opens
9:00 am European Dance classes begin
Ansteorran Bardic College begins
9:30 am Toys for Tots donations opens
10:00 am MORNING COURT / announcements
A&S Championship - Set up entries
Bardic College: Lord Fionn Ó Diubháin - "Confronting Stage Fright"
Bardic College: HL Don Brian O'hUilliam - "Bardic Documentation"
11:00 am A&S Championship Judging begins
Chivalric & RapierTourneys begin
ME Dance Championship deadline for dancers to register/turn in documentation to Mistress Asiya or HL Behiye
Bardic College: Master Alden Drake - "Introduction to Writing Sonnets"
Bardic College: Lady Rosa de Armanno - "Fun with Filks"
12 noon LUNCH
1:00 pm European Dance classes end
Bardic College ends
2:00 pm Pick up A&S entries
Middle Eastern Dance Championship
Stargate Bardic Championship (Choir Room)
5:00 pm FEAST
Special Middle Eastern Dance performance!
Champions announced
7:00 pm European Dance Ball
8:45 pm Event ends - help the break-down crew!

A&S Championship:

Unto the Amazing Artisans and Skillful Scientists of the Stellar Kingdom of Ansteorra, does Mistress Delphina de Champeaux send a challenge.

I am looking at the end of holding the honor of being the Titled Artisan for Their Sentinel Excellencies; Christyana and Robert. This great and grand barony is now looking for a new artisan for the coming year. I challenge each and every artisan to bring their best work to display for the pleasure of Their Excellencies and the populace of the Barony of Stargate to the Yule Festival on December 6th.

The competition to find my replacement is to display a single piece of your best art work or most miraculous science. Documentation encouraged and there is no theme for the displays. (If you want help with documentation please feel free to contact me.)

Former Stargate Artisans are encouraged to assist Their Sentinel Excellencies in the selection of the next Stargate Artisan. (If you are a former artisan of Stargate and hope to come to this event, please contact me off list.)

There is a special prize for good gentles who are new to A&S displays. This portion of the competition is for or those who have competed in one or less A&S competitions in the last 10 year and are not part of the Order of the Laurels.

I remain in service,
Mistress Delphina de Champeaux
Titled Artisan of the Barony of the Stargate

Bardic Championship:

On behalf of Their Sentinel Excellencies, Robert & Christyana, Baron & Baroness of Stargate, I would like to invite everyone out to Stargate Yule on December 6th as they seek to find their new Titled Bard! I have proudly served as Stargate Bard for nearly a year and it has been a wonderful time!

The format is as follows:

The overall theme of the competition is Hope.
Round 1: Period piece or piece in a period style
Round 2: Bring your best piece to perform at around the fire in a circle. Not your standard "competition piece," but what is a real crowd-pleaser.

Please feel free contact me if you have any questions.

Brian O'hUilliam
Titled Bard of the Barony of the Stargate


There will of course be a wonderful Eastern Feast provided by the renowned Florentine cook, Nicolla di Setti:

First Platter:
Stuffed Apricots
Olives & Pickled Vegetables
Pita Chips
Second Platter:
Roasted Chicken
Lamb Kobideh
Cucumber Yoghurt
Roasted Vegetables
Third Platter:
Ekmek Kadayifi
Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread
Candied Fruits
Fresh Grapes

pita chipsFeast reservations will close November 28 and only a limited number of feast tickets will be available at the door. Please reserve feast as soon as possible.

Ingredients lists will be provided for those with dietary and allergy concerns.



Site Information:

Site Fees: Adults: $10; children 5-12: $5 (under 5 free); Family Max: $30. Non-member surcharge: $5.
Feast Fee: $8.00.
Early ACCEPS: Save 20% on Adult and Child prices!

Please make checks payable to SCA Inc., Barony of the Stargate. Acceps is available!

DIRECTIONS TO SITE: St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 1656 Blalock Rd., Houston, TX 77080 Best route to Interstate 10 heading West toward San Antonio; take Blacklock/Echo Lane exit and head north away from the Kroger. After you go through the light at Longpoint, get in the right lane. The site will be on your right; look for the SCA signs.

Site Rules: Site opens at 9 AM and closes at 8 PM. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or by an adult at least 21 years old with a signed & notarized Minor Event Waiver from the parents. Only service animals allowed. Site is DRY.

Event Steward
HL Biatrichi di Palermo
Jane Bretz
(281) 412-6213

Event Co-Steward/ME Dance
Lady Simha bint Yusuf

Head Cook
HL Nicola di Setti
Holly Frantz


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News from the Barony

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Wordfame from Stargate Yule: Congratulations to Honorable Lady Ceara inghean mhic an Ghabhann as the newest member of the Order of the Sodality of the Sentinels of the Stargate, Honorable Lady Caitilin inghean Ronain ui Cheallaigh on her Star of Merit, and His Excellency Master Robert on his Augmentation of Arms.

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Read the latest message from the Baron and Baroness.

Congratulations to Lady Talia di'Grazia di'Amadore for becoming our newest Seneschal and to Lady Ingrid Bjornsdottir for joining Team Hospitaler

VIVAT to the new Stargate Champions: On December 2 at the 2017 Stargate Yule, Stargate chose two new champions: A&S: Her Excellency Mistress Cristyana Lambrecht andBardic: Master Don Brian O'hullium

Make sure you are included in Stargate's Domesday Book - submission is quick and easy through our online form! More details...

Chivalric and Rapier Combat practice is now being held on Sundays at NOON at Ray Miller Park on Eldridge.. More details...

The UFO (Unfinished Objects) Guild meets Monday evenings unless there's Populace meeting that night. Please contact HE Brenna MacDonald if you are interested. More details...

Scribes Guild meets the 1st, 3rd and sometimes 5th Sundays of the month at the new earlier time of 3-6 pm at the HEB Central Market grocery store on Westheimer at Weslayan. More details

Archery Practice is held once a month, usually at Carter Park in Spring, TX. More details

Have a youth fighter looking for a practice? Check out the Houston/Beaumont area Official Youth Chivalric practice! More details...

Gate's Edge Fighter practice is being held at 10 am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at Meyer Park. More details...

Applications are being accepted for the following offices:

Herald (Sentinal Pursuivant) More details...

Minister of Children More details...