Endewearde Hunt: The Cattle Raid of Cooley

Friday October 10 – Monday October 13, 2014
Site opens Friday 4:00 pm – Site closes Monday 1:00 pm

General Information

CuinbattleJoin the Barony of Endewearde as we celebrate the beauty that is Autumn with our tradition of the Endewearde Hunt. The Cattle Raid of Cooley ~ Táin Bó Cúailnge (pronunciation: Toyn Boe Cooaln-yeh) will be the theme for this year’s Endewearde Hunt. Various aspects of this ancient Irish legend will be woven through the archery shoots and activities of the weekend.

Archery is our focus for the weekend and a wide variety of shoots are planned for both novices and experts. The two archery highlights are the Woods Walk and the challenge for Endewearde’s First Archer.

A Potables competition will be held, which will include both East Kingdom judging as well as populace judging aspects.

We will have thrown weapons, an Atlatl Cattle Battle, a handful of A&S classes, a Pickle-Fest, an Oatmeal Bar, a Bacon Tasting, Hurley, a Cattle Raid, fencing pickups, and fun activities for the kiddos.

There will be Fun for All Ages!

Merchants are welcome – please contact the event steward, Lady Alys Treeby at alys@endewearde.eastkingdom.org

Good Food & Potluck

There will be many opportunities to eat/drink together!

Saturday morning House Gamol Gat welcomes you to their camp for a potluck Oatmeal Bar. Please bring your feast-gear and a topping to share.

A light day-board will be offered midday on Saturday. Please bring your own feast-gear.

Saturday evening will feature a potluck supper so that we may dine together and celebrate the day’s victories. Please bring your favorite dish, medieval or not, along with your feast gear.

Papa’s Bar at the End of the World will be open at O’Dark-thirty on Saturday night at House Sundorwine – bring along a home brew (wine, mead, beer, spirits, soda,etc.) to share as well as your trusty vessel!

Sunday morning we will eat BACON! Bring a pound of your favorite and SmokHaus will be there to cook it up – who will get the coveted Pig’s Head award this year???

 Site Information

The site offers beautiful primitive camping space. Private above ground campfires are welcome. Dogs are welcome on site but must remain on a leash at all times. Port-a-Castles will be located conveniently throughout the site.

This site is both dry and wet. It is dry in that there is NO running water; plan to carry in whatever water you and yours will need for the weekend. It is wet in that you may bring and enjoy whatever legal libations you choose. The site is fully accessible by ordinary vehicles. In the event of heavy rain, however, we reserve the right to restrict vehicular access to certain areas and some may find it necessary to carry their gear to and/or from the campsites.

Weekend Event Schedule

Updated 10/02/2014

FRIDAY October 10

4:00 PM: Site opens for set up

6:00 PM: SausageFest Archery Fund-Raider – Smokehaus, in conjunction with Papa’s Bar, will be holding a Sausage Bomb Fundraiser to raise money for the purchase of our new archery targets. Come on down to the Bar after you set up camp and buy a sausage bomb and have a drink at the best bar in Endewearde!

SATURDAY October 11

8:00-ish AM Oatmeal Bar – Please bring a topping to share at Baroness Margaret’s Oatmeal Bar. Please bring along your feast gear. GamolGat Encampment.

9:00 AM: Archery, Atlatl, & Thrown Weapons Range Open

9:00 AM: Making Thrown Weapons – On the thrown weapons range, there will be an ongoing discussion/demonstration about the process and materials for making a javelin, a spear, and an atlatl. Find Lord Poplyr, throughout the weekend on the Thrown Weapons Range.

9:00 AM : Open Forge – This hands-on demo at a hot forge will run all day Saturday and, if there’s interest, much of Sunday. Watch blacksmithing work, or try your hand at working on wrought iron to make a simple hook or ground quiver. Caution: parents of small children please be mindful of your kids around this hot forge. Look for Lord William on Bards Hill.

10:00 AM: Thrown Weapons 101 – Would you like to give thrown weapons a try? Please meet up with Lord Ludwig at the Thrown Weapons Range.

10:00 AM to Noon: Hurling History & Basic Skills – Please meet up with Beccán at the field behind dayboard. Knee pads, elbow pads, and head protection recommended. We will meet up again for a game after the Ranges close.

10:00 AM: Fresh Cheese Fit For Your Camp In An Hour! – Lady Anya will be hosting this cheese making demo. If you wish to make own, please bring the following: two large bowls (or non-reactive pots) big enough to hold a gallon of milk, a gallon of milk, a large spoon, and a soup bowl. Class will be held at the Sunderwine encampment.

11:00-12 Noon: Norse Runes: Introduction to Norse Runes, a brief history, and how to use them for divination. Make your own set. Supplies provided. Class Fee: Donation Accepted. Look for Murtagh at the Encampment of the Clan of the Celtic Knots.

12:00 PM: Dayboard open, All Ranges Close

1:00 PM: Archery Woods Walk, All Ranges Close

2:30 – 4:30pm: Open Enameling Workshop – Come, create a copper and glass pendant with Lady Alys & Lord Nero. This enameling class will cover technique, tools, and methods. Caution: this class uses open flames and hot materials, children under 12 will need parent supervision throughout class. We have equipment for 6 people at a time, but will have a rolling enrollment.There will be a $7 Supply fee. Sundorwine Encampment.

3:00 PM: Brewing Competition and Round Table – Lord Otto will facilitate this year’s competition on Bards Hill. Brewers (21+) may submit your potables for this competition. Unlike previous years, mead entries MAY have to be limited to one per person. The Populace will have the opportunity to vote later in the evening.

3:00 PM: Welcome to the Current Middle Ages! – This will be a casual welcome for newcomers. A Q&A roundtable will be facilitated by Lady Saruca. We will commence atop Bards Hill on Saturday at 3pm; be prepared to wander.

5:00 PM: Soda Tasting (Bard’s Hill) Bring along your very own creation. Will be co-located with the Potluck Dinner.

5:00 PM: Potluck Dinner – Please bring a dish to share, as well as your feast gear and a drinking vessel!

7:00 PM-ish: Papa’s Bar at the End of the World opens – All are invited! Brewers: Please feel free to showcase your wares at Papa’s Bar – See a bartender for details!

SUNDAY October 12

8:00 AM: Bacon Tasting – Please bring along a pound of your favorite bacon! There will be a prize for the most tasty bacon! Bard’s Hill.

9:00 AM: Archery, Atlatl, & Thrown Weapons Range Open

10:00 AM – 12 NOON: Irish Cattle Raid Game – Come play with us! Fun for all ages. Meet at Bards’ Hill.

10:00 AM: Bow Bending and Linen Backing – This will be a discussion / demonstration on bow bending and backing of a period style bow. See Lord Ragnar at his family’s encampment.

11:00 AM: Pickles at the Hunt! – Bring your pickle project to the pickle tasting and competition. There will be judging for the best period pickle (with documentation) and the best non-period pickle. Look for Lady Admiranda at the dayboard clearing.

12:00 PM: All Ranges Close for First Archer competition set up.

12:00-1:00 PM: There will be NO dayboard served. Please plan bring your own lunch.

1:00 PM: Endewearde’s First Archer Competition – Archery Range

1:00 PM: Spinning and Knitting – For this workshop, you will need your own supplies. Please have some worsted weight yarn and a size 7 or 8 needle. If you wish to work on spinning, you’ll need your own drop spindle. Please note that this workshop is NOT intended for small children as the wool combs that will be used are very sharp and could be dangerous. Look for Lady Ysendra on Bards Hill.

2:00 PM: Archery, Atlatl, & Thrown Weapons Range – Open for all.

2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open Enameling Workshop – Come, create a copper and glass pendant with Lady Alys & Lord Nero. This enameling class will cover technique, tools, and methods. Caution: this class uses open flames and hot materials, children under 12 will need parent supervision throughout class. We have equipment for 6 people at a time, but will have a rolling enrollment. There will be a $7 Supply fee. Sundorwine Encampment.

2:00 PM: Aneleda’s Enchanted Ground – There will be a small Land Tax requested for those entering the land’s borders – one story told “in persona.” Baroness Aneleda will present a small token to all who come prepared and pay the Land Tax.

4:00 PM: All Ranges Close for the Weekend

5:00 PM: Court – Bard’s Hill

There is no formal supper plan. Please plan to bring your own meal.

MONDAY October 13

1:00 PM: Site Closes

Thank you for joining us!

Information for Newcomers to the SCA

If you are new to the SCA or just new to this outdoor site the following information may be helpful to you.

Site Characteristics

  • Porta-potties are the only restroom facility on site. They will be located conveniently around the grounds.
  • Please remember there is no running water available on site. Plan to bring your own water as needed for drinking or washing. 
  •  There is a general parking area where you will leave your vehicle once you have arrived on site and unloaded any camping gear you need.
  • Plan to walk outdoors across gently sloping lawns and through woods paths.

Comfortable Clothing For A Crisp Autumn Day

  • The SCA body of laws require that attendees make an attempt to dress in “garb” appropriate to the middle ages while at SCA events. Garments do not have to be fancy; a simple t-tunic satisfies this requirement. A simple sleeveless tabard worn over plain clothing also works.
  • Loaner clothing, called “garb”, is available if you contact Lord Finan  (send email to finan@endewearde.eastkingdomorg).
  • Those experienced at attending Fall or Spring outdoor events prepare for cool or cold weather by wearing thermals, wool, fleece under ample size tunics. Often they wear a cloak over other warm clothing for their evening comfort. If you don’t have a cloak perhaps you may want to plan to bring a nice warm blanket to wrap yourself in as you sit and visit with friends (especially once the sun sets). Warm socks, woolen hat and perhaps gloves may contribute to your increased comfort as temperatures drop.

Other Comforts

  • Plan to bring a chair for your comfort. Many SCA participants bring a simple folding chair which they sometimes disguise with a plain cover up.
  • Please plan to bring your own dishware and cutlery, called “feastware”. Many of us bring a mug, bowl, plate and standard fork, spoon & steak knife. You can use a paper plate liner on top of a sturdy plate (or paper bowl inside a regular bowl) and discard the paper liner, thus keeping your feastware a little bit cleaner throughout the day. Plan ahead to bring a plastic bag to contain your used dishware for neat transport home at the end of the day. Don’t forget cloth or paper napkins!
  • Please do bring your camera and enjoy taking pictures. The SCA body of law requires that you do not use your camera’s flash setting in general public gathering areas.
  •  Please be careful walking around the site and look out for markers indicating the boundaries of archery and thrown weapons ranges. If you hear the word “HOLD!”, please stop and look around – this is cry made when something is out of place (which might be you at the moment if you accidentally walk onto an active range).
  • You may wish to bring a flashlight or camping lantern if you plan to wander around the site after the sun sets. A light source is convenient if you are using the porta-potties after sunset.

Bringing Along Guest Children (called “Minors” in the SCA)

  • Paperwork Is Required For Guest Minors: If you are bringing Minors (youth under 18 years old) who are not your own children or for whom you do not have legal guardianship then you MUST have the Minor Consent To Participate And Hold Harmless waiver document signed for each child by their parent/legal guardian and brought with you to present at check-in gate. Please note that this form will be kept by our entrance gate staff as part of our SCA event records: http://www.sca.org/docs/pdf/chldwaiv.pdf
  • Any minor not in the company of their parent or legal guardian at any SCA event must have in their possession the following form, Medical Authorization for Minors, which has been completed by their parents before the event and witnessed by a Notary Public. The person responsible for the Minor that day should also have a Medical Authorization for Minors form in their care for the duration of the SCA event: http://www.sca.org/docs/pdf/treatminor-notary.pdf

Additional Newcomer information is available through the Barony of Endewearde website at

Event Fees

*Adult Weekend: $16.00
*Adult Single Day: $12.00

Child Weekend (ages 3-17 years old):  $11.00
Child Single Day: $7.00
Child (ages 0-2 years): Free

Please note: *a $5 non-SCA member surcharge will be added to Adult non-members

Saturday Evening Feast: There is no fee for Saturday night’s potluck, but please bring a dish to share, feast gear, and a drinking vessel.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA-Maine, Inc. Endewearde

Please mention to the gate staff when you are checking in if you are planning to participate in the Endewearde Sponsorship Program.

Contact Information

Event Steward: Lady Alys Treeby
Email: alys@endewearde.eastkingdom.org

No reservations are required or accepted.

Driving Directions

The Endewearde Hunt is held at a private residence in Newburgh, Maine.

Private residence
2910 Western Avenue
Newburgh, ME 04444

  • Take your best route to I-95, Exit 174.
  • Head toward Newburgh (from the south, turn right at the exit; from the north, turn left at the exit).
  • You’ll go about 1.2 miles on Rt 69, then turn right onto Rt 202/9, heading west.
  • Drive just over 4 miles, and the site will be on your right.
  • You’re looking for a large white building named “Hospital Chaplaincy.” Turn there and follow the drive out into the woods behind the buildings.

Follow Event Updates on Social Media

Last minute updates for the Endewearde Hunt will be posted on facebook under  The Endewearde Hunt – “The Cattle Raid of Cooley”

Update October 2, 2014: As of late September/early October 2014 the East Kingdom website server and event calendar has been experiencing technical difficulties. The most recent updates for the Endewearde Hunt event will be posted to this Barony of Endewearde event webpage with other Question & Answer postings most likely updated on social media facebook pages for Endewearde and “The Endewearde Hunt – The Cattle Raid of Cooley”


The image of Cuinbattle by Joseph Christian Leyendecker (1874 – 1951) was accessed on August 15, 2014 and is available for public use under Wikipedia Commons

This page was last updated: 10/02/2014

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