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The Shire of Buckland Cross cordially invites you to the fair lands of Lower Bucks County, Pa, for a day of knowledge and fun at our Mad Medieval Science Fair on November 2, 2013.  

Why "Mad" you ask? Because our Shire plans on shrinking, and devolving a few things purely for the fun of it!  

We will be shrinking full size trebuchets down to a quarter of their size, and then again to table-top size just to see if it's possible.  Once we accomplish this diminishing feat, we will then fire them off in a competition of distance and accuracy.  So what are you waiting for? Get building!  Complete construction and competition rules can be found by clicking on the following link: 

We will also be slowly devolving the modern game of Billiards back to its original 15th century medieval table version, and again to the 14th century lawn version to see how it all began.  Believe it or not, the original version of Billiards involved a spinning hoop and a king pin.  A Tournament in the Lawn version of the game will be on-going throughout the day.

But wait, there's more ...  There will also be Science Classes and Workshops, a Boardgame Tournament, a Brewing and Vintning Competition, a Fencing Tournament, and a Science Demonstration and Display Competition.


If you would like to help us break a few other sciences down to their basic elements like that minature volcano you made in Grade School for the Science Fair.  Well, we will not be accepting those, but we will be welcoming Displays and Demonstrations in the following Sciences:

Astronomy, Animal Husbandry & Accoutrements, Armoring (all forms), Bookbinding, Brewing & Vintning, Ceramics & Pottery, Gaming, Glasswork, Herb-craft (Cosmetic & Culinary), Ironworking & Tool-making, Lapidary, Leatherworking, Metalworking (including cast jewelry), Musical Instrument Manufacture, Papermaking, Printing (Block, or Press), Research, Scientific Instruments, Sculpture & Stone-carving, Siege Engines, Weapon Making (including bowyering & fletching), Wood Construction & Embellishment. 

Populace Awards will be presented for the Best Science Display and Demostration, both Youth and Adult.

Please note that we will be accepting Science Display and Demonstration entries all the way up to the day of the event.  You can pick up an entry form at the Gate on the day of the event, or simply email a detailed description of your entry to the Shire MoAS at Lady Markesa Manuole de Carvalhal.  If you would like to bring a display, but not compete, that is acceptable as well.

Please note that we have limited Display and Demonstration space, so the sooner you get your entry submitted, the more likely you will obtain a spot in the Display and Demonstration Area.  Once the area is full, we will not be accepting any additional entries.


If you would like to teach a class, host a workshop, or volunteer your time to help us out, please contact the event Autocrat via email at  


Vendors are welcome.  Weather permitting, a few outside tent spaces will be available for vendors.  Though there is no extra fee for vendors, the site fees still applies.  Space will be allotted on a "first come/first served" basis via registration.  To reserve a vendor parking spot, and exterior tent space, please contact the Autocrat via email at


Day-Board is included with your paid event site fee.  However, to ensure enough food and drink for all, we encourage all good gentles to pre-register for this event.  As a special incentive,there is an entrance fee discount for pre-registration.  There is no feast planned for this event, however, in case you would like to eat off-site, there are several excellent restaurants located within a short driving distance.


All Fencers must sign-in between 10:30 and 11:00am at the List Tent on the day of the event.  Please be sure to have your Authorization Card with you.  This tournament is scheduled to run from 11am to 5pm, depending on the number of combatants.  There will be a changing room specifically for fencers on the lower level of the event site.  This changing room has direct access to the List Field.  Please ask the good gentles at the Event Gate for directions.  There will also be an equipment tent next to the List Field where fencers may store their gear until the tournamnet is over.  Official Rules for Fencing.


All particpants in the Lawn Billiards Tournamnet must sign-in by 12:30pm at the Tent near the Lawn Billiards Court.  There will be two courts, with twelve 20 minute time-slots per court.  Two players will be assigned to each 20 minute time slot, with a maximum of 16 total players.  The first 3 time slots will be for Free Play and Rules Explanation.  So if you would like to learn and play the game without particiapting in the tournament, you may do so between Noon and 1pm.
This is a single elimination tournament.  Official Rules for Lawn Billiards.  


All participants must sign-in at the Trebuchet Competiton Table located in the List Field Tent.  Entries will be accepted from 11am to Noon.  Official rules for the Trebuchet Competition.

BOARD GAME TOURNAMENT; Time to be determined.  

All partcipants must sign-in at the Board Game Tournament Table located in the "Event Area" on the upper level of the Event Site.  Official Rules for the Tournament will be posted to the Event Website very soon, so please check back.


All entries must be signed-in by Noon at the Brewing Competition Table located in the "Event Area" on the upper level of the Event Site.  Potables will be judged in 4 categories:  Beer/Ale/Gruit, Mead, Wine, and Other.  There will be awards for each category and one for "Best of Event".  Make sure you bring some documentation because it will be worth up to 10 points out of 100.  Please make sure your bottles are labeled, and always provide the ingredients of your potable.  We look forward to trying many fine potables and learning from each other.  CHEERS!!  

Note for all Brewers; there will be a Special Presentation at 3pm on the "Science of Brewing" in the Upper level Classroom.  


All Classes and Workshps are Scheduled to run from 11am to 4pm, with a one hour clean-up time scheduled until 5pm.  There are two Classrooms available; one on the upper level, and one on the lower level of the Event Site.  The Upper Level classroom is reserved for basic classes and presentation.  The Lower Level classroom is reserved for workshops.  A full listing of Classes and Workshops will be available in the Event Program on the day of the event.

If you would like to teach a class, or host a workshop, please contact the event Autocrat via email at


10:00am - Event Site Opens
10:30am - Opening Ceremonies in Day-Board Seating Area
11:00am - Classes, Workshops, Competitions, and Tournaments Begin
Noon - Day-Board will begin to be served
4:00pm - Classes, Workshops, Competitions, and all except the Fencing Tournament ends.
5:00pm - Fencing Tournament Ends
5:30pm - Closing Ceremonies and Award Presenations in Day-Board seating area.
6:00pm - Event Site Closes 


We are providing a Separate Changing Room for the Ladies, which is located near the Event Gate.  Ladies may store items in the changing room as space permits.  Unfortunately, due to the size of the site, we could not provide a separate changing room for the Lords.  However,the Mens's Restroom located near the Event Gate is fairly large, and does have ample room for changing into garb.  Also, as previously mentioned there will be a separate changing room for the Fencers loacted on the lower level of the Event Site.  The Fencer's Changing Room is also equipped with separate Mens and Womens Restrooms.  Fencers may store thier gear in the Equipment Tent next to the List Field.


A word about parking.  There are exactly 34 parking spaces available on the event site.  You may park on the nearby residential sides streets where permitted by law.  There is also a shopping center adjacent to the event site with a huge parking lot.  However, parking in the shopping center parking lot is at your own risk.  

Site Opens: 10am
Site Closes: 6pm

Event Location
Neshaminy Activity Center
1842 Brownsville Road
Feasterville-Trevose, PA  19053

For directions to the site, please click on the following link:

Neshaminy Activity Center

Event Fees
Pre-Registered:  SCA Members:  $5 with vaild membership card.
All Children under 12 years of age are free.
A $5 non-member surcharge applies to all non-members 18 years of age and older.

At the the door:  SCA Members:$7 with valid membership card.
All Children under 12 years of age are free
A $5 non-member surcharge applies to all non-members 18 years of age and older.

If you are teaching or volunteering at the event, please let the good gentles at the Event Gate know, so that you are only charged the pre-registered fee.

All pre-registrations must be received by October 5th, 2013.  Please be sure to include a list all the persons attending (including children) along with their membership numbers.  

Feast: There is no Feast planned for this event.  However, Dayboard is included with your paid Site Fee.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc.  - Shire of Buckland Cross

Contact Information
Event Steward:
If you have any questions regarding Individual Science Entries, or you would like to volunteer your time to help us out, please contact the event Autocrat, Lady Markesa Manuole de Carvalhal via email at or by phone at (781) 523-9648.

Send Reservations to Lord Fearghus O Conchobhair:

Matt Connors

936 Roelofs Road

Yardley, PA 19067

Please Make Checks Payable to: SCA, Inc. - Shire of Buckland Cross 

Other Contact Information:
To reserve a vendor parking spot, interior table spaces, and/or exterior tent space, please contact the Autocrat, Lady Markesa Manuole de Carvalhal via email at