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St. Paddy's Day Bloodbath - March 14th, 2020


Ponte Alto and surrounding environs,

After much deliberation regarding the potential impact of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel St. Paddy's Day Bloodbath, March 14, 2020.

Thank you for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Wild Hunt on October 10 and 11, 2020.

Lady Marion (mka Emily) will follow-up with some information about the raffle shortly.

Lady Sofiya of Ponte Alto

The Irish are known for many things, and Ireland for many more, but what does Ireland mean to you? Our theme for those who aspire to become our Barony's new A&S Champion is "Ireland", a topic as open as Ireland is green. Come with your all your arts to show us a side of Ireland that appeals to you, and may the blessings of Saint Patrick be upon your work!

This is the judging form we'll be using for your entries, though the final winner will be chosen by Their Excellencies. ( ) Please include -at the very least- "EZ Doc" documentation. (

It's almost the Feast Day of Saint Patrick, so we celebrate in grand Irish style - we fight! But we also perform! Please bring your best fight song or story and join the challenge to become the next Baronial Champion of Ponte Alto! Extra points will be given for performances that feature Ireland, but the final choice of Champion will rest with Their Excellencies. May the luck of the Irish be with you.

Please note: This is traditionally a *cold* event, so please dress appropriately.

A&S: Choosing the Baronial Champion for A&S and Bardic.

Those aspiring to be the Bardic Baronial Champion will perform before the Noyon and Baroness during the Lunch break.

Fighting: Heavy / Rapier / possibly youth fighting: We will be choosing the Baronial Champions for Heavy and Rapier

  • Event MIC: Lord Ronan Mac Imair
  • Rapier MIC: Master Cailin Blackwood
  • Armored MIC: Lady Allison Oram
  • MOL: Kunigunde von Darmstadt


  • 9:00 am - Troll Opens
  • 10:00 am - Inspections & Authorizations
  • 11:00 am - Modified Bear Pit/Valhalla Melee - A modified free-for-all melee where you can continue to resurrect so long as you have 'blood' gems left in your bucket. You lose gems for dying and gain gems for killing others. Alliances and betrayals are all fair game. The final two will enter sudden death.
  • 11:45 am - Blacksword Tournament A single elimination, bring-your-best tournament where the results are tracked across many events and the resulting scores used by the Warlord to help select Champions for Pennsic! Do your best.
  • 12:30 pm - Included Lunch
  • 1:00 pm - Modified Capture the Flag A capture the flag melee where, if your team is in control, you may not resurrect upon death. You must wait for the opposing team to take the flag back. You may resurrect infinitely if your team is not in control of the flag. Time checks will occur to determine the winning team.
  • 2:00 pm Pick ups/Melee training by Northern Region Commander
  • 2:45 pm Field Closed for 3:00 PM Court
  • 3:00 pm - Court (may be moved up due to weather or back based on stamina)


At the Door:

Adult, Member: $8 Day-Trip
Adult, Non-Member: $13 Day-Trip
Youth (6 - 17): $5 Day-Trip
Child (0 - 5): Guests of the Barony

RESERVATIONS: Send reservations to the autocrat.

Checks should be made payable to "SCA, Inc., Barony of Ponte Alto"

SITE: Nottaway Park, 9601 Courthouse Road, Vienna, VA 22181. Site is dry. Friendly pets are permitted on leashes. Site is open from 9AM until 5PM.

Site Restrictions: This site is DRY. NO ALCOHOL as this is a State Park.

FEAST: Lunch is included in the site fee. A lunch of hearty soups, bread, and nibbles. Any questions, please contact the feastocrat, Lady Kim of Wolfhaven, at

MERCHANTING: As this is a State Park, the hurdles for Merchanting are high and expensive. There will be NO merchanting at this event.

Sofiya of Ponte Alto (H. Decker)
1201 Braddock Place #502, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (239) 738-3008

Meisterin Adina von der Heide (L. CIcirelli)
4214 Maylock Lane, Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: (571) 249-1250

DIRECTIONS: Take your best route to I-66, West of 495 to the Nutley Street exit (Vienna Metro Station). Follow signs to Vienna. Go through three lights and turn left onto Courthouse Road. The park entrance will be about a half mile up on your left. The fighting field is in the front of the park, next to or on the basketball courts along Courthouse Road.

Last Updated: 1/7/2020 by Ronan


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