Aidé shomā mobārak, Happy New Year and Happy Nowruz!! With the arrival of the vernal equinox, the festival of Nowruz has started. Their Excellencies Jonathan and Teresa and the populace of Settmour Swamp invite the Known World to help celebrate the annual thawing of the mud this year with a Nowruz theme.

Please join us on March 24th at the Ss Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Roseland, NJ, as we gather to enjoy much that our society has to offer.  There will be tournaments of martial skill; the arts and sciences will be celebrated and demonstrated.  After Kingdom and Baronial court we shall feast!


This site measures well against the checklist of the Kingdom Accessibility Porter. For additional concerns, please contact the Event Steward listed to the right.

  • This venue is a church -- please be respectful of their facility and beliefs.
  • There will be absolutely no martial activities of any sort inside the building.
  • No open flames in the building.
  • The sites main halls have wood “gym” floors; please do not wear footwear that could damage the floor.
  • The site is discretely damp.  While alcohol is permitted, please try to use period containers.

Yagyu no Kagetoki will be preparing a sumptuous thirteenth-century Syrian feast.  He can be reached at

The following is a tentative feast menu , this menu is subject to change.

As in years past, there will not be a dayboard at Mudthaw.

Aiden an’ Bheithir will be running a Savory Bake Sale Fundraiser to raise funds for the House Runnymede Dinner that the Swamp will be hosting at Pennsic in 2019.

Sweet Kernelled Apricot
A delightful beverage of sun-dried Apricot, fragrant Lilly Water and Honey; served chilled

Calabash Gourd

Ash-cured; pickled with Mint Vinegar, Saffron, mixed Spices and Poppy seed


Fried with Garlic and finished in a flavorful sauce of Pomegranate-Raisin Vinegar, Honey, Mint, Rue, Ginger, Sesame, Poppy and Hemp seeds


Rings of Semolina sourdough Bread; delicately-spiced with Nigella, Coriander, Sesame and Anise seeds


A collection of intensely-flavored condiments to accompany the meal:

  • House-made Goat’s milk Yoghurt with Garlic
  • Pomegranate, Almond and Walnut with Garlic, Ginger and Pepper
  • Parsley with Mint Vinegar, Garlic and Pepper
  • Pistachio and preserved Lemon with Honey, Vinegar, Mint, Rosehips, Cassia, mixed Spices

Fine-crumbed Bread; lightly glazed with Egg, Poppy seed, Saffron and house-distilled Rosewater

Shaved Carrot and Ginger “sweetmeat”; flavored with Honey, Vinegar, Saffron and mixed Spices

Puree of Chickpeas with Walnut, Sesame, Pistachio, preserved Lemon, Parsley, Mint, Ginger and mixed Spices; Garnished with whole roasted Chickpeas, Olive Oil, Cassia and Rosehips

Sour Orange Stew
Flavorful Awassi Lamb, Carrot, Chard, Onion and Chickpea; scented with Mint and sour Seville Orange
Garnished with Awassi Lamb in the seeming of a fresh Seville Orange

Fava Beans
Finished with house-made Goat’s milk Yoghurt, Olive Oil, Garlic and Thyme

With a seasoned stuffing of Awassi Lamb, Coriander, Cassia, Caraway, Pepper and Parsley

Roasted galantine with Sesame, Onion, Parsley and Mint; served over creamy Rice baked with Saffron

With Onion and Sesame; finished with a sauce of Walnut, Sumac, Garlic, Lemon, Ginger, Parsley and Mint

The armored combat tournament will be fought in the traditional Mudthaw double elimination format.
The tournament will begin promptly at 11:30am. Check in closes at 11:00am. Inspections close at 11:15am.

If you need an authorization, please get the paperwork from the MoL at check in, and let a marshal know as soon as you can. Authorizations will not be fought after 11:30am, unless there is time after the tourney has completed.

Please click here to contact Ögurr Aðalbrandarson, who is the Barony's Knight Marshal, if you have any questions.

A rapier single elimination round-robin tournament will be held run by Morwill MacShane he can be contacted via the staff listing on the right. Please remember this will be held outside on the blacktop.

Master Hroudland will be running the youth fighting at Mudthaw this year. If you have any questions about youth fighting at the event please contact him via the staff listing on the right.

For those more inclined to the Arts and Sciences, we are very excited to once again host an Artisans Village. We hope that many of you will be able to come to the hall and not only participate in the village but walk away with a new skill or craft that you would like to pursue. In past years participants have been able to sample: Calligraphy and Illumination, Embroidery, Spinning, Weaving, Lampwork, Wire work, Lucet, Period music and much more.

A list of offerings will be posted as teachers are finalized
Should you have any questions or would like to participate as a teacher in Artisans Village please reach out to Baroness Charitye Dale or Mýrún Leifsdóttir via the staff listing on the right.

This year’s theme is Nowruz, Persian New Year, Nowruz or "new day" in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature, (unthemed entries are also welcome), and is open to any and all who would enter.
Entrants to the A&S Competition shall place themselves into one of three groupings based on experience and knowledge: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

  • BEGINNER is a first attempt at something
  • INTERMEDIATE is something that’s been done for a bit and has some knowledge on the subject
  • EXPERT has a mastery for this particular craft.

The Rules

  1. All entries must have been created within the past 2 years.
  2. All culinary entries must include a full ingredient lists. Modern sanitary considerations must be taken in their preparation. Entrants are responsible for keeping cold food cold and hot food hot.
  3. Research Papers need to be sent in before Mudthaw for proper review. Please also have a print out for presentation amongst the other entrants. Send Research/Paper entries to Caterina Giaocchini at by March1, 2018 to ensure enough time for review.

The competition will be judged on the following criteria: WORKMANSHIP, CREATIVITY, COMPLEXITY, AUTHENTICITY and DOCUMENTATION.

There will be a Competition Winner as well as a Populace Winner.
You are responsible for your entry and/or display. Please pick up your entries and displays one hour before court.
Those interested in judging please contact Caterina Giaocchini via the staff listing on the right.
Judging sheets will be available on site.
Contact Caterina Giaocchini with any questions via the staff listing on the right.

$5 fee in addition to the appropriate personal registration fee.

Merchant space is limited. There is outdoor space available in a paved covered area as well as very limited indoor space. Merchants must provide their own table. Due to space considerations they are limited to one table each and/or a maximum footprint of 6’wide x 4’ deep.

The site requires that we provided them ahead of time with a list of all merchants with full contact information. If you have not provided that information to the Merchant Coordinator and paid the site fee and your personal registration fee by the pre-registration deadline, you will not be able to merchant.

All parties interested in merchanting should contact Stephanie Macgregor at or text to 908-331-0682.

Please remember that our site is a Greek Orthodox Church. We ask that you respect their religious beliefs when choosing what to display and sell this day.

Preregistration ends on March 13th 2018.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA NJ, Inc., Barony of Settmour Swamp

Send Reservations to:
Sandra LaVinge
1798 Rt 57, Hackettstown nj 07840.