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Where: Santiago Park Archery Range: 2781 E. Memory Lane, Santa Ana CA
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Council meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at:
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The Barony of Gyldenholt is located in the mundane lands of Orange County, California and is a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit medieval and renaissance reenactment organization. The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Members attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.

Gyldenholt, founded by Duke Armand and Duchess Diana de Savigny in 1979, is one of twelve baronies currently in existence within the Kingdom of Caid in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Our current Barons are Their Excellencies Giles Hill and Giuseppe Francesco da Borgia.

We are located in the Kingdom of Caid in Southern California with the Barony of Angels to the north, Lyondemere to the west, Dreiburgen to the northeast, Califia to the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest. View a map of Caid and Southern California here.

We are pleased to say that the Barony is quite active, both on a Baronial and Kingdom level. We have many activities in various areas of Medieval and Renaissance studies. If you are new to the SCA and/or you would like more information about Gyldenholt and the SCA in general, please visit the Newcomers Page.

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February, 2014

reetings from Their Excellencies,

Safely home from another wonderful, memorable Unbelted Tourney, we look back fondly upon a beautiful sunny day, memorable fighting, a dramatic final (Poor Oz – OUCH!), and welcoming a new Unbelted Champion, Ozurr Conradsson.

Throughout the course of the day, we had the opportunity to meet new friends, and greet friends of long-standing. We were delighted to welcome travelers from as far north as An Tir, in addition to other fine gentles travelling from all over Caid and beyond. But we would be remiss in not praising the superior effort of all the many people who made the event run so smoothly. Sadly, hosting Baronial events in the real world of Orange County has been fraught with more and more challenges in recent years. Between the ever-increasing costs of travel and sites, all of Caid has faced challenge... but here behind the Orange Curtain, we face more and more restrictions from the venues that host our events. New sites, while open to discussion, require many steps to be able to secure a reservation. And to finish the the long list "Things To Do For An Event" requires time, patience, and sometimes the ability to prevent one’s eyes from rolling upon hearing requests that may sound utterly absurd. It takes patience, determination, and problem-solving to produce a successful event, and were it not for the incredible talent and dedication that we see in this Barony, Gyldenholt would not lack much of its luster. For the event staff, and the marshals, and the gate, and the set-up and the clean-up, and the coordinators, and the paperwork signers; you have our respect, our admiration; and above all, our thanks.

Thanks are also due those who gave up some of their free time to organize and winnow the Baronial Storage Unit (and to those who continue to review the old files we found there, some dating back to the late Seventies!).

Looking ahead, the only thing that Gyldenholt does not have on the agenda is rest. In little time, we will celebrate the friendship between our own Barony, and the Barony of Calafia. And not long after that, we will be privileged to host a Known World event in the form of the West Coast Culinary Symposium. But let us not also forget Crown and Kingdom! We have started working with Countessa Lucianna to schedule the first day of work on the new Baronial floorcloth-- but there is still time to contribute to the project (either with money or energy), and see your coat of arms permanently displayed on a great baronial asset. If you want more information, please ask us. In the Fall, Gyldenholt will be hosting Coronation and Queen’s Champion-- and these will require the contributions of us all if they are to be successful. And while they are Kingdom events, we are confident that they will have the stellar quality and sparkle that we have grown accustomed to. Why? Because, we are Gyldenholt – THAT’S why!

Whether we see you at guild meetings, or council, or local events, or kingdom events, or simply as an occasional poke on Facebook; know that you are special to us. We are your Barons because you believe in and trust us to represent you. And for that, we are grateful. In service to the Kingdom and Crown of Caid; and to the ever azure and golden groves of the Barony; we remain

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In Service,
Baron Giles & Baron Giuseppe


Those members of our barony who have been called into service by Their Excellencies appear in the lists of the Gyldenholt Court & Guard.