Hous Amberherthe

Ancient & Venerable Events


As with many ancient and venerable things, relics get lost through the ages and thus live on only in our memories. As a result, some of these fondly remembered events lack images.


Michaelmas Pie Feast

St Luke's Church Hall
January 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Meisterin Christian Baier)
Cook (Meisterin Christian Baier)

Reannah Fhara's infamous gingerbread castle soteltie

An epic effort with more than 300 (yes, you read that right) pies and the infamous gingerbread Castle soteltie.



Twelfth Night in the Fairy Kingdom

Jelly Park
September 1990

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Meisterin Christian Baier)
Co-cook (Meisterin Christian Baier (with THL Beatrice de Santiago de Compestella))

Twelfth Night Feast with potluck desserts followed by a Fairy quest designed and coordinated by Christian with special guests from the Circus School.



Celtic Games

Olde Leafe Moulde
February 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Sir Vitale Giustiniani)

The rag-doll roman being shown the way out by Sir Tycho

The first outing of the first full-sized rag-doll Roman. In the picture you can see Sir Tycho Julso tossing the Roman over Hadrian's wall.



Caidan Symposium

WEA Centre
April 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Cook (Meisterin Christian Baier)

Caidan Symposium - traditionally the first feast, run by the College of Reannag Fhara, during the academic year.



Turkish Feast

Christchurch School of Music in the Arts Centre
June 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Meisterin Christian Baier)
Cooks (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

The hall was given a tented ceiling, and the low tables were surrounded by cushions. Shoes were left outside: "hoshgeldiniz", "hosh bulduk"



Royal Visit Feast

St Michael's of All Angels Hall
October 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

Visit of Patrick and Adriana, King and Queen of Caid, the feast followed the Boar Hunt in the Port Hills, and was punctuated by the soteltie of Boars Head and Hazlets.



Royal Revel

Olde Leafe Moulde
October 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Sir Vitale Giustiniani & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

King Patrick and Queen Adriana survey their lands

Their Majesties were incredibly gracious in the face of fairly primitive conditions and highly enthusiastic Collegians.



St Jude's Encampment

Rimu Park
November 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Meisterin Christian Baier)
Cooks (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

Eating supper around the camp fire.

The inaugural St Judes, with visiting Rufus the Cat and the first Mongolian Feast with the notorious Mongolian meat cakes.



Battle of Maldon - 1000th Anniversary

Coe's Ford
December 1991

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Sir Vitale Giustiniani, Lady Vildan el Taalabatun, Meisterin Christian Baier & Sir Tycho Julso)

Commemorating the events depicted in the old english poem by simultaneously reading and reenacting the full Battle of Maldon at Coe's Ford. Followed by boffer tourney and simple celebrations.



Roman Twelfth Night

Olde Leafe Moulde
January 1992

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Sir Tycho Julso)
Cooks (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

As students we had no money so the event was held in two motor tents with an old railway tarp slung between them. Everyone got into the spirit of the event, with everyone wearing a toga (even if that wasn't strictly appropriate). As part of the College's new Event Steward Mentoring programme, the household worked with potential steward, Rafael.



May Day Revel

Olde Leafe Moulde
May 1992

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Sir Vitale Giustiniani)

Eating supper around the camp fire.

Maypole dancing and general revelry to celebrate the new SCA year.



Russian Feast

Christchurch School of Music at the Arts Centre
June 1992

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Sir Vitale Giustiniani)
Cooks (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

The mid-winter event where Mistress Roheisa and Sir Philippe came as Cossacks with matching moustaches! Also memorable for the galouskis and the amazing cabbage pie.



Celtic Games

The Arts Centre
August 1992

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Sir Vitale Giustiniani)
Cooks (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

The now traditional College Anniversary event. This is the one with the blue armpits (and how Paint a Pict got its reputation).



Collegium Australis

The WEA Centre
September 1992

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Meisterin Christian Baier)
Cooks ("Finger in the Stew" - Meisterin Christian Baier, Lady Vildan el Taalabatun, & Mistress Madelein Cereis de Toulouse)

An early collegium event with refreshments supplied by the "Finger in the Stew" kitchen team.



Study Week Revel

Olde Leafe Moulde
October 1992

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

What was rapidly becoming the traditional way of avoiding studying for exams, and the final get together before everyone went home for the holidays.



Great Penquin War

Swananoa Lea
December 1992

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Marshall (Sir Tycho Julso)

The Rat and Spoon tavern (Meisterin Christian Baier, Lady Vildan el Taalabatun, Mistress Madelein Cereis de Toulouse) provided lunches and other comestibles throughout the war.



1066 all All That

Riccarton House Scout Den
February 1993

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Meisterin Christian Baier & Sir Tycho Julso)
Cook (Meisterin Christian Baier)

Non combat games followed by 3 scenarios of heavy war fighting and a feast.



Moorish Feast

Christchurch School of Music at the Arts Centre
April 1993

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)
Cooks (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

A delicious exploration of Moorish recipes, eaten at low tables.



Celtic Games

Avon Loop Cottage
August 1993

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Sir Vitale Giustiniani)

The rag-doll roman being shown the way out by Sir Tycho

Mistress Madelein Cereis de Toulouse and Lord Simon introduced the Highland Dance competition to the usual array of Tossing the Roman, great kilt races, and live leek eating.



Royal Visit Revel

Omaka
October 1993

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Sir Tycho Julso & Vitale Giustiniani)

TBA

A supper following the Tournament d'Amore.



Royal Visit Feast

Provincial Chambers
October 1993

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Meisterin Christian Baier)
Cooks (Lady Isabella von Lichterveldt, Lady Safir Gul & Meisterin Christian Baier)

The feast hall

Visit of John and Ceinwen, King and Queen of Caid. Feast of Canterbury followed by dancing and revelry. The entrance of the King and Queen left an indelible image on the minds of everyone who attended.

Her Majesty arrives His Majesty arrives



Study Week Revel

Phyllis Zeff romm at the Arts Centre
November 1993

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Stewards (Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)
Cooks (Meisterin Christian Baier & Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)

Initially planned for Olde Leafe Moulde but ended up being held in the Phyllis Zeff room at the Arts Centre. Timed during the Study Week preceeding University Exams.



St Jude's Encampment

Birch Hill
November 1993

Hous Amberherthe Involvement:
Steward (Lady Vildan el Taalabatun)
Cook (Meisterin Christian Baier)

St Judes of the Rains, where at least one member turned up with no food.




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