December 2016 Edition


From the Baron...


Unto the Populace of Selviergard,

The Barony of Selviergard welcomes the new heirs to the thrones of Eskalya; Mistress Clare Elena de Montfort and Magistra Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor. The Eskalyan Baronial changeover will take place at their group’s Yule—which is a highly anticipated event this month. I look forward to working with the new Baronesses of Eskalya to continue the goodwill and friendship that our two groups have shared with each other over the past many years.

Behold! Now is the time for Yule! A busy season is upon us with lots of things to do, to see, and to partake in. While we are not sure if there will be snow outside to make Snow Saxons or have snowball fights, we can be sure that there are many events this month around the Principality of Oertha to attend. While I am especially looking forward to our Yule it is important to note that there are many more happening this month. Please take the time to visit our Cousins in their lands as Yule is best celebrated with friends and family.

On Tuesday, December 13th, the Barony of Selviergard will be hosting Their Majesties at a “Whack and Snack.” Come meet Their Majesties, attend the fighter practice with the King of the West, and bring a snack to share. More information on this activity will be posted so that you are ready to come out and fight or just snack with amazing people. This is an activity that you won’t want to miss!

With Winter Coronet and Investiture fast approaching, as well as the visit from Their Majesties, I encourage people to bring recommendations of people deserving of awards and recognition to me personally. This way, when asked, I will be able to provide a report of the activities to the King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Oertha. This call out is for all levels of awards…including Baronial. I cannot be everywhere all the time and need your help to ensure that award recommendations are passed on accordingly.

Have a happy and safe season!

In Service,


Protokurios of Selveirgard, Servant of the Crown


Event:  Yule

The Barony of Selviergard cordially invites you to join in our Yuletide celebrations. There will be both heavy and light weapons tournaments, as well as our annual Rock, Paper, Scissors contest to determine this year’s Lord and Lady of Misrule. We will be having make-it & take-it Ornament projects. Please bring paper scissors (preferably kid’s scissors) for use. If you have a favorite song (s) from your tradition that you would like to share, please bring them.

There will be a sponsored potluck feast. Meat and bread will be provided by the Barony. Please bring a potluck dish to share, as follows by mundane first name:

Side dishes: A-H
Veggies: I-P
Desserts: Q-Z

Event Registration: $15, Adult Member Discount Event Registration: $10, Children (Ages 5 to 10): $5, Children (under 5): Free, Family cap $25 (member rate).

Site Information: St. Theresa’s Camp Chalet ( 7180 E Twin Lakes Dr., Wasilla, AK 99654 ).  Site opens at 10AM and closes at 9PM.

Directions to the Site: From the Glenn or Parks Hyws, turn onto Trunk Rd and head toward the Talkeetna Moun-tains. At Bogard Rd., go left at the roundabout, then 1/2 mile to Engstrom (turn RIGHT at the fire station). Approx. 3/4 mile up Engstrom, turn left onto Twin Lakes Dr (watch for St. Therese’s Camp sign).  This hall is the smaller building, ACROSS the open space from the large hall we have used in the past. Watch for signs.

Autocrat:  Aislynn Dennard of Dragon’s Lair (Lynn Phipps)





Event:  Yule

In Celtic tradition, Yule is the time when the Oak King triumphs over the Holly King. The Holly King represents the death and darkness that has ruled since the onset of Samhain. At Winter Solstice, the Oak King brings the opportunity to be reborn and begin new life. The Yule Season raises one's spirit and brings tidings of comfort and joy as the carol goes.  Another version of the Oak/Holly King theme is the ritual hunting and killing of a wren. The wren, little King of the Waning Year, is killed by the Robin Redbreast, King of the Waxing Year. The robin finds the wren hiding in an ivy bush (or as in some parts of Ireland - a holly bush).

Join the Barony of Eskalya as we celebrate these traditions. Bring your Holly; Your Ivy; Your Candles and Cheer! For the warmth will be found with friends and family here.  There will be an Arts and Science Sponsorship Tourney for both Heavy and Rapier, to honor the Kings of Holly/Oak and The Kings Wren/Robin Redbreast!

There will be a Baroness' Tea, a Roshambo Gift Exchange (with a twist!), Dancing taught and led by the wonderful Mis-tress Anna di Caterina Neri, Children’s activities, a Yuletide photo opportunity with mistletoe, and a served Feast.

Event Registration:  $20, Adult Member Discount Registration: $15, Children (6-16): $7, Family Cap: $40.

Site Information:  Anchor Lutheran School ( 8100 Arctic Blvd, Anchorage, Alaska 99518 ). Site opens at NOON and closes at 10PM.

The first day of the event will be located at Anchor Lutheran School, 8100 Arctic Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99518. Doors will open at 11am; and close at 9pm.  The second day of the event will be held at Jewel Lake Parish, 3833 Strawberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502. Doors will open at 2pm and close approximately 6pm.

Autocrat:  Isabella Hawke (Missy Snyder)




Event:  Oerthan Winter Coronet and Investiture

O Januarie, what myghte thee devinaille
To them who to Oertha on shippes saille?
What delices and mirth dust you see
At Oerthes corounet feste and reveli?

Corious pilgrym, herk to my propheci,
Of excellent fode and good compaignie.
At Corounet all this and moore I quidde,
No mervilnes fro thee do I bihidde.

Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
And comen acrois from her fremed strondes,
To halles couthe in sondry sowþrene londes;
And specially, the baronries and shires sende
To Oertha, for Winter Corounet they wende,
Ryghtwis and worthi heires for to seke,
Doughti of dedes, wlonke, and full reke.

Event Registration:  $20.00. Non- Member Adult Registration $25.00, Child Registration $8.00 for children aged 6-16, Children under 6 free.

Feast Registration:  $15.00, Child Feast Registration $10.00.

Site Information: St Therese’s Camp ( 7180 E Twin Lakes Dr, Wasilla, AK ).

Cabin Rental Information: All Beds are $10.00 per night. Cabins may be rented by groups. Please fill out the information provided on the event website to reserve your cabin.

Event Steward:  Faunus de Arden





Hop-tu-Naa Celebrated in Eskalya

Eskalyans celebrated the Isle of Mann’s Celtic festival with many different activities that delighted and amused the assembled populace. Many Oerthans made it out to the Barony’s event to enter in some of the many competitions available, to partake in the marshal activities, or just simply to schmooze.

The event opened with a court from Her Excellency, Baroness Elspeth, who welcomed all and called forward the event Autocrat for her words. After her initial welcome the Autocrat, Mistress Cynehild Cynesigesdohtor listed off the activities that she had planned—all of which were quite exciting. From there, the event officially started.

Baroness Rolynnda of the Azure Stone carves a turnip in celebration of Hop-tu-Naa in the Barony of Eskalya. October 22, 2016. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

Turnip Carving is one of the key activities for any Hop-tu-Naa event. With plenty of root vegetables on hand; the populace was invited to create their own carved turnip lantern. Many people took the opportunity to attack the roots; hollowing them out and carving scary or amusing faces on them. There were other root vegetables as well, including beets and rutabagas, but the turnips seemed the most popular.

Before the fighting took place, there was a three-legged race to celebrate the Isle of Mann, who’s device just happens to be three legs conjoined together, the design and shape of which is also called a triskele. This particular triskele has been associated with the Isle of Mann for centuries, and a three-legged race was a perfect way to participate in at a primarily Isle of Mann themed event. Many people raced down the hall and back again while tethered to another person. It was a joy to watch and there was great laughter and cheer. It was Her Highness, Dagmar the Red, and Lady Sylvia of Thrace that was the determined winner of the race—effectively working together to build up speed by using precise methods in alternating which leg to put forward.

Tiana Brann mac Finnchad and Donna Étaín O’Rowarke fight on the rapier field at the Barony of Eskalya’s Hop-tu-Naa event. October 22, 2016. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

The Barony of Eskalya’s Hop-tu-Naa had two marshal tournaments held at the event. There were three Rapier fighters who took up blades to duel. Donna Étaín O’Rowarke, Lady Angela of Eskalya, and Tiarna Brann mac Finnchad. The fights were close and at the end of the Round Robin tournament and it was determined that there was a three-way tie. The final bout, which was a grand melee, ended up determining the winner of the tournament; Lady Angela of Eskalya. There were only two heavy fighters to take part in the tournament; Lord Sevastian Agafangelovich Golystin and Lord Hraði Kǫttr. Both fighters fought well in a grueling tournament. In the end, it was determined that Lord Sevastian had won the tournament.

Princess Dagmar attempts to pin the tail on the cat at the Barony of Eskalya’s Hop-tu-Naa event. October 22, 2016. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson.

According a legend from the Isle of Mann; the Manx cat lost its tail when the cats were deciding whether or not to get onto Noah’s Ark. While the cats were trying to decide, the door to the ark closed on their tails. With this amusing story the Autocrat invited all to try to pin the tail on the cat which was a lot of fun to watch. Participants were blindfolded and spun around several times before trying to place the tail in the correct location. In the end, it was Her Highness Dagmar and Lady Angela of Eskalya who tied in this competition, wherein both were sent out under a time limit to break the tie—with Lady Angela of Eskalya winning in the end.

A feast was held afterwards, in which the populace delighted in various foods brought by those in attendance to grace the groaning board. Fine dishes of assorted food items were enjoyed by the populace at beautifully decorated tables.

After the toasts were made there was time for spooky stories to be told during the feast. There was a total of four entrants who wowed and scared the assembled feast-goers. There was a period recount of the walking dead by Mistress Clare Elana de Montfort, a ghostly song by Lady Sylvia of Thrace, and stories told by Lord Rin McCray and Lord Sevastian. It was, in the end, Lord Sevastian who was deemed to have the spookiest story with his Russian tale of terror. However, all the entrants to the scary story did an amazing job and the spookiness of the event was helped along by these bardic inspirations.

Court signaled the close of the day. In court, Baroness Elspeth thanked everybody for attending the event. Mistress Cynehild was brought forward where she gave out prizes for the various winners of activities as well as took the time to thank all those who were able to come out for a fun time in the Barony of Eskalya. Three cheers were given, and with that, the site began to close.

There was time, however, for a “meet and greet” with the two couples in running for the Thrones of the Barony of Eskalya. The activity was well attended with people asking questions on the nominees to help further understand each couple’s plans to further the greatness of the Barony of Eskalya. Both sets of nominees did a wonderful job in expressing their views and ideas in regards to the barony.

With the event officially closed, the celebrants went back to their homes with good memories of a wonderful event.

The Selviergard Associated Press




Oktoberfest Celebrated with German Foods and Treats for All

“Feast is a special time in Selviergard in which the nobles sit at the same table as the workers of the field and enjoy time together.”
From The Chronicles of Selviergard

An Autumn festival, popular in the lands of Germany, was celebrated by Selviergardians towards the end of October. People from all over the Principality of Oertha were invited to share a feast to celebrate Fall with food, friendship, and celebration. The event was a spectacular way to spend time with each other and to enjoy a wonderful array of food.

There was no opening court; since there was a small number of people that early in the day. However, the Autocrat of the event, Lady Delphina de Grenada, opened with announcements on the activities planned for her Oktoberfest.

JoJo enjoys the fruit of her labor at the Barony of Selviergard’s Oktoberfest celebration. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson. October 29, 2016.

Bobbing for apples is a wonderful Fall activity, and one that many of the youth and young at heart enjoyed at this event. The apples gracefully floated in the water waiting to be bobbed; and the Autocrat had a timer out to turn this activity into an exciting competition. Out of all the people participating, it was Jojo who won with little more than one second to bob for her apple—easily the fastest time out of all the other competitors.

Throughout the event there was a game played—and it was quite popular with many of the youth. The site token, a small decorated clip, was the prize for catching anybody saying the word “Halloween.” One misspoken word and you could lose all the tokens that you had collected up to that point—and throughout the progress of the event the stakes were quite high. Many people tried to trick the others into saying this word with varying degrees of success. By the end of the day Viscount Fergus mac Thomais took the prize of a scented candle for playing this game skillfully.

People gathered together in the warm hall to discuss a variety of topics throughout the day. From verisimilitude to fighting in the SCA and many things in between. Tables were shared, or oftentimes groups would just congregate as stories were told, topics were discussed, and ideas were thrown about much to the enjoyment of all.

As the day gave way to evening and the sun began to sink low into the horizon it was time to prepare for a memorable German feast.

Mistress Margarita di Calvi and her daughter prepare a feast for the Barony of Selviergard’s Oktoberfest celebration. Photograph by Halfdan Ozurrson. October 29, 2016.

As is custom in the Barony of Selviergard, there was food for a grand feast for all to enjoy. The menu, which included many if not all traditional German foods, was created by Mistress Margarita di Calvi who slaved away in the kitchen all day to bring a taste of Germany to the tables of those in attendance. The menu consisted of four removes: Pickles and Cheeses with side dishes of different mustards was first brought out for appetizers. After that came the meals themselves; the first remove was bratwurst with potato pancakes and sauerkraut, the second remove was roulade and spaetzli with roasted root vegetables, and the dessert was a apfelkuchen; also known as an apple cake.

In a dinner court Baron Halfdan acknowledged and thanked the Autocrat of the event with a bronze ring which is his custom. The Baron noted that Lady Delphina de Genada has worked several times as a co-autocrat and that he greatly looked forward to more events by her hand. Additionally, Princess Dagmar the Red took the time to thank everybody for a wonderful time adding that she was quite pleased to be part of Oktoberfest.

Although the event was small when viewed against other Selviergardian activities, these types of events are a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. It gives time to enjoy the day, to relax and have fun without having to worry about a crazy and hectic schedule, and gives encouragement for people to get to know their neighbors a bit more.

The Selviergard Associated Press




In Period...History of Yule

Yule or Yuletide ("Yule time") is a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christianized reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide. The earliest references to Yule are by way of indigenous Germanic month names Ærra Jéola (Before Yule) or Jiuli and Æftera Jéola (After Yule). Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Mōdraniht.

Terms with an etymological equivalent to Yule are used in the Nordic countries for Christmas with its religious rites, but also for the holidays of this season. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Present day Christmas customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from the original pagan Yule. A number of Neopagans have introduced their own rites.


Yule is attested early in the history of the Germanic peoples; from the 4th-century Gothic language it appears in the month name fruma jiuleis, and, in the 8th century, the English historian Bede wrote that the Anglo-Saxon calendar included the months geola or giuli corresponding with either modern December or December and January.
While the Old Norse month name ýlir is similarly attested, the Old Norse corpus also contains numerous references to an event by the Old Norse form of the name, jól. In chapter 55 of the Prose Edda book Skáldskaparmál, different names for the gods are given. One of the names provided is "Yule-beings". A work by the skald Eyvindr Skáldaspillir that uses the term is then quoted, which reads "again we have produced Yule-being's feast [mead of poetry], our rulers' eulogy, like a bridge of masonry". In addition, one of the numerous names of Odin is Jólnir, referring to the event.

The Saga of Haakon the Good credits King Haakon I of Norway with the Christianization of Norway as well as rescheduling the date of Yule to coincide with Christian celebrations held at the time. The saga states that when Haakon arrived in Norway he was confirmed a Christian, but since the land was still altogether heathen and the people retained their pagan practices, Haakon hid his Christianity to receive the help of the "great chieftains". In time, Haakon had a law passed establishing that Yule celebrations were to take place at the same time as the Christians celebrated Christmas, "and at that time everyone was to have ale for the celebration with a measure of grain, or else pay fines, and had to keep the holiday while the ale lasted."

Yule had previously been celebrated for three nights from midwinter night, according to the saga. Haakon planned that when he had solidly established himself and held power over the whole country, he would then "have the gospel preached". According to the saga, the result was that his popularity caused many to allow themselves to be baptized, and some people stopped making sacrifices. Haakon spent most of this time in Trondheim, Norway. When Haakon believed that he wielded enough power, he requested a bishop and other priests from England, and they came to Norway. On their arrival, "Haakon made it known that he would have the gospel preached in the whole country." The saga continues, describing the different reactions of various regional things.

A description of pagan Yule practices is provided (notes are Hollander's own):

It was ancient custom that when sacrifice was to be made, all farmers were to come to the heathen temple and bring along with them the food they needed while the feast lasted. At this feast all were to take part of the drinking of ale. Also all kinds of livestock were killed in connection with it, horses also; and all the blood from them was called hlaut [sacrificial blood], and hlautbolli, the vessel holding the blood; and hlautteinar, the sacrificial twigs [aspergills]. These were fashioned like sprinklers, and with them were to be smeared all over with blood the pedestals of the idols and also the walls of the temple within and without; and likewise the men present were to be sprinkled with blood. But the meat of the animals was to be boiled and served as food at the banquet. Fires were to be lighted in the middle of the temple floor, and kettles hung over them. The sacrificial beaker was to be borne around the fire, and he who made the feast and was chieftain, was to bless the beaker as well as all the sacrificial meat.

The narrative continues that toasts were to be drunk. The first toast was to be drunk to Odin "for victory and power to the king", the second to the gods Njörðr and Freyr "for good harvests and for peace", and thirdly a beaker was to be drunk to the king himself. In addition, toasts were drunk to the memory of departed kinsfolk. These were called "minni [memorial toast]".

History of Wassail

Wassail (Old Norse "Ves Heil", Old English was hál, literally 'be you healthy') is a beverage of hot mulled cider, traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval German drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year. The name comes from the salute 'Waes Hail', first used as a simple greeting. The later Danish-speaking inhabitants of England seem to have turned "was hail", and the reply "drink hail", into a drinking formula adopted widely by the indigenous population of England.

The Beverage

Wassail is a hot, mulled punch often associated with Yuletide drunk from a 'wassailing bowl'. The earliest versions were warmed mead – ale brewed with honey – into which roasted crab apples were dropped and burst to create a drink called 'lamb’s wool' drunk on Lammas day, still known in Shakespeare's time. Later, the drink evolved to become a mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, topped with slices of toast as sops and drunk from a large communal bowl. Modern recipes begin with a base of wine, fruit juice or mulled ale, sometimes with brandy or sherry added, apples or oranges are often added to the mix and some recipes also call for beaten eggs to be tempered into the drink. Great bowls turned from wood, pottery or tin often had many handles for shared drinking and highly decorated lids; antique examples can still be found in traditional pubs. Hence the first stanza of the traditional carol the Gloucestershire Wassail dating back to the Middle Ages.

“Wassail! Wassail! All over the town,
Our toast it is white and our ale it is brown;
Our bowl it is made of the white maple tree;
With the wassailing bowl, we'll drink unto thee.”

At Carhampton, near Minehead, the Apple Orchard Wassailing is held on the old Twelfth Night (17 January) as a ritual to ask God for a good apple harvest. The villagers form a circle around the largest apple tree, hang pieces of toast soaked in cider in the branches for the robins, who represent the 'good spirits' of the tree. A shotgun is fired overhead to scare away evil spirits and the group sings, the following being the last verse,

“Old Apple tree, old apple tree;
We've come to wassail thee;
To bear and to bow apples enow;
Hats full, caps full, three bushel bags full;
Barn floors full and a little heap under the stairs.”

Lamb's wool

Lamb's wool or lamb’s wool is a variety of wassail made from ale, baked apples, sugar and spices.

Next crowne the bowle full of
With gentle Lambs wooll,
Adde sugar, nutmeg, and ginger,
With store of ale too,
And thus ye must doe
To make the Wassaile a swinger”.

Irish antiquarian Charles Vallancey proposed that the name "lambswool" was a corruption of the name of a pagan Irish festival, "Lamas Ubhal", during which a similar drink was had. Alternatively, the name may derive from the drink's similar appearance to the wool of lambs. Ale is occasionally replaced by Ginger ale for children, especially around Halloween and New Year.




In Period...Winter Footwear

One of the most overlooked pieces of clothing we wear is foot coverings, we spend considerable time, money and effort to recreate period clothing for our personas, but it seems like footwear is the last thing we invest in. The people in the SCA have a wide range of skills when making garb and accessories but we seem to be short on Cobblers. Early period shoes are simple and can be made by most who have leatherworking skills, the fancy late period shoes are much more difficult without the specialized tools of a Cobbler. One drawback to winter is inadequate foot wear, cloth shoes or thin leather boots don’t keep our feet warm very well.

One method of keeping your feet warm is to wear a pair of “over boots” You can then keep wearing your indoor shoes when outside and have warm feet to boot. Many early cultures used furs and hides to make a warm insulated boot for outdoor wear. Several years ago I made a set of reindeer hide over boots to wear over my light weight leather boots, these extended up to my knee and kept the feet and lower legs warm and dry even at -30 deg. A good pair of warm boots can be made with just a single reindeer hide and waxed thread or sinew and leather straps to tie them on with. I find that these boots work best when very cold (well below freezing) It is important to keep them dry so take them off when indoors and remove any snow that may be on them, treat the leather with mink oil to increase the water repent nature of the leather like any other boot.

When sizing the over boots wear whatever footwear you will be wearing and then measure your feet and legs to be sure there will be enough room inside the Over Boot. Before I cut the hide I made a boot out of felt to be sure it would work, the felt makes a good pattern for marking the leather, and you don’t want any mistakes with expensive leather. Once your pattern works use it to mark the leather side of the fur on hide, be aware of the direction of the fur, you want it pointing down into the boot. I recommend using a curved needle for this work and use a saddle stitch for greater durability.

For the outer sole take a piece of scrap hide and cut out the shape of the bottom of your foot, make it slightly oversized, cut this so the grain of the fur points backwards towards the heal, this allows you to have traction on snow so you don’t slide backwards. I used Barge Cement to secure the sole and then sewed it on with a small whip stich, you will get a lot of mileage out of this combo. The clo-sures are 72” x3/4” leather straps these just tie on and wrap up the leg to tie it on.

Below is a basic diagram of how these go together.

Basic Pattern shape of over boot. Make a pattern out of felt before cutting fur.




Regular size leather boot next to over boot.


Sole of over boot showing hair on bottom.




Make A Yule Log

The Yule Log is an ancient Tradition that goes back many 100s of years. The Winter Solstice (Yule) it is the darkest time of the year. Yet on this day, the Sun is “re-born” in the sky and begins to grow stronger and stay out longer and longer. The Yule log represents the Light overcoming the Darkness.

Since the celebrating and parties would last for as long as the log burned, people would choose the biggest log they could find. Sometimes the log would be so large that it re-quired a team of horses to drag it home! Then the families would decorate it, pour wine over it and sing songs around it. The Yule log represents Good Luck in the coming year. Decorating the log is so much fun and there are so many ways you can do it!

Tie pine and holly to it with a bright red ribbon. Glue on Pine Cones, berries and even dried flowers. Color and cut out little paper suns and glue them to ribbons that can dangle down. Sprinkle the whole log with glitter from a craft store. Each member of the family can even write little wishes for the coming year on bits of paper then roll the paper up like scrolls and tuck them under the ribbons.

If you don’t have a fireplace you can just "glue" a candle on the top of the log with a bit of melted wax!

Yule Log Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


4 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 can (16 ounces) coconut-pecan frosting
1 can (16 ounces) milk chocolate frosting, divided
Large marshmallows
Baking cocoa


In a bowl, beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla on high until thick and lemon-colored, about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in choc-olate and water until blended. Add flour and baking soda; mix well.

In another bowl, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form. Fold in the chocolate mixture. Spread evenly in a greased and floured 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, sprinkle a kitchen towel with confectioners' sugar. Invert cake onto the towel. Starting from a short end, roll up cake in the towel. Place seam side down on a wire rack to cool completely. Unroll cake; spread coconut-pecan frosting to within 1 in. of edges; roll up cake without the towel. Cut and reserve a narrow diagonal slice from each end of the cake. Reserve 2 tablespoons chocolate frosting for mushrooms. Attach diagonal cake slices with a little of the frosting to opposite sides of cake with remaining frosting. With the tines of a fork, make strokes in the frosting to resemble bark on a tree trunk.

For the mushrooms, half marshmallows widthwise. Flatten half of each marshmallow for cap of mushroom; roll other half between palms of hands for stem. Attach caps to stems with the reserved frosting. Dust tops of mushrooms with cocoa; place around the log.

Yield: 8 servings.



Memories of Yules Past

Selviergard Yule (2013)


Selviergard Yule (2014)


Selviergard Yule (2015)



Baronial Business

Baronial Positions Available

The following officer positions and/or deputy positions are currently open or looking for a replacement within the Barony of Selviergard. Please take a moment to look over the current listings and see if you would like to help our group grow.  For most cases training is available. If you would like to determine what the job entails and how you can help the Barony then please feel free to contact the officer or the baronial Seneschal.

Gold Key

Applicants for these positions are asked to send a Letter of Intent / SCA Resume to the Baronial Seneschal for consideration at: