Flametree Ball 2016

The shire of Adora invites you to attend our annual Flametree Ball. Put on your best frock and dance until your feet are sore! Supper will be served throughout the night. The event will also feature a Bardic competition, and a heavy tournament.
  • Date: Saturday 30th of July, 2016
  • Time: 5:30 pm
  • Location: Unanderra Community Centre, 140 Princess Hwy, Unanderra, NSW, 2526
Images of dances and musicians are from Ernest Flammarion's 1935 French publication Danse by Francis de Miomandre

Images of dances and musicians are from Ernest Flammarion's 1935 French publication Danse by Francis de Miomandre

Flametree location

Cost:

    If booked and paid by Friday 22nd July...
  • Adults: $30
  • Children (5-15): $15
  • Children (under 5):free
  • Musicians: $15
    At the door...
  • Adults: $35
  • Children (5-15): $20
  • Children (under 5):free
  • Musicians: $20
    Non members add $5 to each price (including children).
    Bookings can be made by emailing Lady Phaedra de Courcelles at adorabookings@gmail.com. Payment is essential to confirm your booking, and needs to be made by the 22nd July to secure the cheaper rate.

Heavy Tournament

  • Time: Setup/Inspection from 2 pm for a 2:30 pm start.
All authorised fighters are welcome to participate. Spectators are encouraged.

Dance Practice

  • Time: 3:00 pm AEST
Due to time constraints we will be unable to teach the dances during the ball. For those who wish to learn, several of the dances which we will be playing through the night will be taught prior to the ball during the afternoon. We also encourage dancers to attend or organise dance practice in their local group. For details of Adoran dance practice, please email Phaedra at adorabookings@gmail.com

Bardic Competition

Calling all mistrels, bards, poets and performers!!! Please share with us the glow which burns bright inside you. Performances can be of any nature, we only ask that they be kept to no more than 2 minutes in length. There will be a signup sheet at the front desk for those who wish to enter. Performances will be staggered throughout the night.

Dance Sets

Please note this list is subject to change.

Set 1

  • Court Set - Known World four
    • Known World Pavane
    • Known World Galliard
    • Jouyessance Vous Donneray
    • Tourdion
  • Hearts Ease

Set 2

  • Rufty Tufty
  • Gelosia - Lords then Ladies
  • Chestnut
  • Simple Bransle
  • The Wherligig

Set 3

  • Ballo Del Fiore (Il Ballarino)
  • Cutte Bransles
    • Cassandra
    • Pinagay
    • La Guerre
    • Aridan
  • Lorayne Allemande
  • Contentezza d'Amore

Set 4

  • Petit Vriens
  • Picking of Sticks
  • La Castellana
  • Bransle de l'Official (Officers Bransle)
  • Sergeants Bransles (Unofficial Bransle)
  • Upon a Summers Day

Set 5

  • The Merry Merry Milke Maids
  • Horses Bransles (then Sharks)
  • Sharks(Horses Bransles Variation)
  • Korobushka
  • Gathering Peascods

Set 6

  • Ly Bens Distonys
  • Grimstock
  • Saltarello La Regina
  • Millisons Jig
  • Rostiboli Gioioso

Set 7

  • Black Allemande
  • Amoroso
  • Newcastle
  • Goddesses

Set 8

All Requests, including repeat dances until ball closes

Set Intermission

Jenny Plucks Partners at the end of one set

Omnia – Monthly Shire Day

Omnia Cover Latin for 'everything', Omnia is Adora's monthly event where you can do everything! A&S workshops, archery, heavy fighting, rapier, cooking, dancing etc all in the one location. This is a garbed event with a pot luck lunch so please bring a plate to share. Cost: Members $15 Non nembers $20 Kids <16 free (non member children $5) For other prices please enquire Bookings are not necessary. Any enquiries please contact the steward Lady Phaedra de Courcelles (Emily McMahon) at lady_phedre@hotmail.com Location: Kum Ba Yah Girl Guide Camp, Mt Keira Rd, Mt Keira Please note it is NOT the scout camp. It is lower down the mountain, opposite the archery range. Follow the driveway all the way to the end. guide camp map Omnia is held on the last Sunday of the month. Dates for 2015 are Aug 30, Sept 27, Oct 25 and Nov 15 (November date has been brought forward to not clash with another event).

Feast of Four Winds 2015

The winds of time are blowing a gale. Join us as we celebrate four different cultures from throughout history by recreating a menu and entertainment as might have been enjoyed by the lords and ladies of Rome in the 8th century, the Middle East in the 12th century, France in the 15th century and England in the 16th century. An arts and sciences competition will be run on the night. It will be an open competition (any item) from one of the four time periods above. Date: Sat 14th November 2015 Time: 5:30pm to 10:30 pm The next day will be Adora’s November Omnia event (brought forward from the last Sunday to the third, just for November). Attendees have the option of camping overnight. A simple breakfast (bacon, eggs, toast, porridge) will be cooked for those who stay, and lunch on Sunday will be a sausage sizzle instead of the usual pot luck.
Feast Only

Feast + Omnia (camping)

Feast + Omnia (no camping)
Adult Member $25 $50 $40
Child 5-17 Member $15 $25 $15
Adult Non Member   $30 $60 $50
Child 5-17 Non Member $20 $35 $25
Additional prices (family, hardship etc)  on request (steward’s discretion). Prepayment will be required to confirm booking. Bookings for the feast and camping are essential. Bookings Officer: Lady Phaedra de Courcelles (adorabookings@gmail.com) Please advise any dietary requirements in your booking email. Bookings close midnight Sun 1st Nov. Location: Kum Ba Yah Girl Guide Camp, Mt Keira Rd, Mt Keira NSW 2500 Please note it is NOT the scout camp. It is lower down the mountain, opposite the archery range. Follow the driveway all the way to the end. guide camp map

Newcomer’s feast of Adora

newcomers mapGood day all gentles, we seek to invite all to the feast of Newcomer's feast, hosted by the College of St Malachy, and the Shire of Adora. The day is expected to be one for all those who wish to find out and enjoy what it is to be a Scadian.
Date: Saturday the 21st of March Time: 5:30 pm (Please note the first remove will be served at 6pm) Location: 1st Dapto Scout Hall, 28 Baan St, Dapto. Costs:
  • SCA Member: $20
  • Non-SCA Member: $25
To book please email adorabookings@gmail.com  

Garb Up

Please note if you don't have anything to wear, there will be a tunic making workshop at 10am on the day to find out more please review the flyer here

Costuming Links

General

Elizabethan

(The Elizabethan era was a time associated with Queen Elizabeth I's reign (1558 -1603))

German

Italian

Florentine

Venetian

General Italian

Middle Eastern

Burgundian

Useful resources for your first foray into the SCA!

SCA Newcomers Portal.
An introduction to all aspects of the SCA.
Newcomers Supplement.
A guide for newcomers to the society. It is quite old but still contains relevant information on the SCA, and a basic patterns for a tunic and surcoat.
Getting started with the SCA in the Illawarra.
If you'd like to get involved with the Shire of Adora, please contact our Seneschal for further information.

Feast of the Four Winds 2014

The Feast of the Four Winds for 2014 was held at Thirroul Heritage Hall on Saturday 22 November. I ran the feast as a "tavern", with a simple menu based loosely on foods that might have been served at an English tavern of the fifteenth century. I chose that period because it was the easiest to research - Martha Carlin published a handy article on Tudor eateries in the Huntington Library Quarterly in 2008, and there are plenty of good recipes in A Boke of Gode Cookery and Medieval Cookery. Earlier in the day, Katherne Rischer ran a calligraphy and illumination workshop, and Patri de Buck came down from Rowany to teach fighters how to use a longsword. Brian le Faucheer also took us through some dancing at the end of the evening. Around thirty people visited the tavern, having travelled from Adora, Agaricus, Stowe-on-the-Wowld and Rowany, including Their Excellencies Miles and Ameline, Baron and Baroness of Rowany. I hope everyone enjoyed the tavern and is looking forward to our events in 2015. Ælfred se leof, Steward

Digby’s Excellent Small Cakes

Brian makes these biscuits every year for the Flametree Ball. 3 c flour ¾ c sugar 2 ½ c currants 200 g butter 2 ½ tbsp cream 1 egg yolk ¼ t nutmeg 2 t sack (or sherry) Mix the flour, sugar and currants. Add the butter, cream, egg yolk, nutmeg and sack. Mix well, then put the dough in a dish, place it before a fire, and warm it through. Divide the dough into flat cakes about a hands' breadth across, and prick each cake full of holes. Bake at 180C for about twenty minutes. Source: The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digby Kt. Opened (1669), redaction from Cariadoc's Miscellany.

Meat & Rosemary Pies

I (Ælfred) adapted this recipe for the Flametree Ball 2012. The original recipe is for "game pies", but, for convenience, I used beef and made them in the form of a pasty. 2 sheets shortcrust pastry 400g beef (or other meat) 125 mL red wine 125 mL beef stock 1 large sprig rosemary (about 2 tbsp) ½ tbsp pepper ½ tbsp ginger pinch cloves pinch salt Chop the meat into small pieces, then cook it in the wine and stock. Drain the liquid, then mix the spices into the meat. Put the meat into pasties or pies and bake at 200C for 35 minutes. Makes eight pasties. Source: Sabina Welserin (1553), Recipe #66, redaction by Ælfred se leof.