An event inspired by Norse and Irish traditions of the Viking Age.
Site Address: Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria, OR 97103
Amenities: Site has water, electricity, permanent bathrooms, large tracts of land for camping, and RV hook-ups. The site is minutes away from downtown Astoria and many amenities including grocery stores, hotels, gas stations, liquor stores, and hardware stores.
Directions and Maps: Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria, OR 97103 (click for a Google Map) We highly recommend that you take a look at a map before you begin your trip to Astoria. Be aware that Google Maps will give you the option to turn onto 16th Ave., which will take you onto Williamsport Rd. that has very steep hills and sharp turns. We do not recommend this route for anyone towing a trailer.
From the South or North on I-5 – Take exit 36, WA-432 W. Keep left, follow signs for WA-432W/WA-4 W/Longview/Long Beach. Take 3rd Ave/WA-411 exit toward Industrial Area/Port of Longview. Turn left onto WA-411 S/3rd Ave. Turn left onto Oregon Way. Continue straight onto WA-433 S/Oregon Way. Turn right onto the US-30 W ramp to Clatskanie/Astoria. When you arrive in Astoria, continue onto Marine Drive, take the second turn out of the roundabout onto W. Marine Dr/SR 202/Hwy 101/Nehalem Hwy, continue onto Olney Ave/SR 202, and continue onto Front Street, then turn left onto Walluski Loop.
Safe travels everyone!
Event Steward: Domina Attia Prima (Amanda Grayson). Mandy.grayson(at)gmail(dot)com
Large group land and RV reservations: HL James Sayer (James Spiering) jamessayer333(at)gmail(dot)com or 503-201-9274 Please, no calls after 9pm
A Grand Viking Village (Arts and Sciences): Meistara Reginleif in harfagra (Karyn Criswell), kcriswell(at)dsl-only(dot)net
Merchant registration: Bud Clark, harlenclark64(at)gmail(dot)com
Heavy armored combat: Sir Kjartan (Matthew Widolf), sirkjartan(at)yahoo(dot)com
Archery and thrown weapons: Refskegg of House Bread (Jed Heimkes), refskegg(at)protonmail(dot)com
Rapier: Crystobel Dagger (Kat Meeke), Bladekat(at)gmail(dot)com
Equestrian: Susan deWinter, Susanhazlewood4(at)gmail(dot)com
Family and children’s activities: Annora of Oak Haven (Alise Myers), acimy12(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone at 360-989-0311
Teen activities: Robin Wright, stromgardchatelaine(at)gmail(dot)com
Gate coordinator: Constance Le Cler (Carmmal Keith), Carmmal.keith(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone/text at 360-907-3462
Feast coordinator: AElfwynn Fiske (Di Anicker), aeilffriend(at)gmail(dot)com
Royal Liaison: Alexander Son Of Gray. Contact by Facebook messenger, ALEXANDER Grayson. or 503-984-7278
All classes will be held in the Grand Viking Village.
9 -10 a.m. Viking Age Hats and Hairstyles with Meistara Kadlin in Storrada Class limit 10 students, class handout $2 payable to instructor and additional supplies available for purchase. Children welcome if accompanied by an adult. Class may go longer if people are still interested.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Beginning Tablet Weaving with HL Drifa in rautha Class limit 6 students, $10 payable to instructor for cards and thread for your first band
11-12 Beginning Lampwork Bead Making with Baroness Maricka Class limit 4 students, $10 materials fee payable to instructor and keep all the beads you make
12 - 1 p.m. Intermediate Viking Age Lampwork Bead Making with Baroness Maricka Class limit 4 students, $10 materials fee payable to instructor and keep all of the beads you make
1-3 p.m. Hand Formed Pottery with HL Muireann ingheann ui Mhuirneachain
1-2 p.m. Viking Age Tattoo Hypotheses with Meistara Kadlin in Storrada Class limit 20 students, handout 25 cents payable to instructor. THIS IS A DEMONSTRATION, no tattooing will occur here. This class is NOT child friendly.
3-5:00 p.m. Sunstone and Viking Navigation with Master Alanus of Bunghea and Meistara Jorunn Nalbinder The methods of navigation employed by the Viking navigators are currently unverifiable by archeological evidence. However, the search for answers goes on. This class will present the arguments for at least two methods of direction finding by experts in the field. The published findings of Soren Thirslund from the Danish National Maritime Museum and Leif Karlsen, a retired merchant marine navigator will be presented. Both of these gentlemen’s published findings are internationally recognized and available from the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde Denmark. Hands on demonstrations and primary source documentation of these authors’ navigation theories Class limit 30 students.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Viking Age Turnshoe Making, Master Octar Wolfkiller, OP
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Making Bigger String from Small String (Plaited Cords)with Meistara Kadlin in Storrada. Class limit 20 students, handout and needed samples $5 payable to instructor and additional supplies available for purchase. Children under 10 need to be accompanied by an adult.
1 – 2 p.m. Viking Age Cosmetics Hypotheses with Meistara Kadlin in Storrada Class limit 20 students, class handout and the makeup on your face $2. Kits will be available for purchase. Class is teen-friendly, but no younger children please.
1-3 p.m. Nalbinding with Helga in Loma, OL and Meistara Jorunn Nalbinder
Schedule is tentative and subject to change, Last update 5/10/2017
Watch this space for updates as the event gets closer.
10:00 AM – Gate opens for merchants
12:00 PM – Gate opens for SCA populace
8:00 PM – Teen Social in main hall (2 hrs)
8:00 – Gate opens for SCA populace 9:00 – Jr Archery and Thrown Weapons Marshalling Class (Archery Range)
9:00 – Viking Age Hats and Hairstyles Class (Grand Viking Village)
10:00 – Gate opens for public visitors
10:00 – Opening Baronial Court
10:30 – Heavy armor inspection, followed by melee fighting and finally a Multi-weapons tournament in the afternoon following melee fighting
10:30 – StormRider Tournament (outside covered arena)
10:30 – Archery and thrown weapons – Range open for practice and scoring
11:00-12:00 Beginning Lampwork Bead Making Class (Grand Viking Village)
11:00 – Rapier armor inspection, followed by round robin tournament
11:00 – 1:00 Beginning Tablet Weaving Class (Grand Viking Village)
11:00-12:00 Knighthood, Ladies & Chivalry Class for Youth (main hall)
12:00 – 1:00 Intermediate Viking Age Lampwork Bead Making Class (Grand Viking Village)
12:00 a.m. - Children's Lunch (near Baron Ivon's camp)
12:30-3:30 Family and Children’s hosted activities (main hall)
1:00-3:00 Hand Formed Pottery Class (Grand Viking Village)
1:00-2:00 Viking Age Tattoo Hypotheses Class (Grand Viking Village)
1:00 – Children’s horse swing opens outdoors
3:00-5:00 Sunstone and Viking Navigation Class (Grand Viking Village)
3:00 – Games – Sheaf toss and Kubb for all ages outdoors
3:00 – Archery and Thrown Weapons –Newcomer’s Tournament
4:00 – Staff begins feast set up (please bring your contributions to the feast hall at this time)
Potluck schedule... A - J Main dishes. K - P Side dishes. Q - Z Desserts. (Bread Butter will be provided by Barony.)
5:00 – Event closes for the day for public visitors
5:00 – Feast Hall opens for populace to set up
5:30 – Potluck Feast begins ...
7:00 – Baronial Court
9:00 – Grand Thing law giving ceremony, followed by Norse Culture Night
10:00 – Norse Trade Blanket at Feast Hall
8:00 AM – Gate opens to SCA populace
10:00 – Gate opens to public visitors
10:00 – 12:00 Viking Age Turnshoe Making Class (Grand Viking Village)
Archery and thrown weapons – Range open for practice and royal rounds
10:30 – Heavy armor combat inspection, followed by melee fighting and Memorial Axe Tournament
11:00-12:00 Making Bigger String from Small String (Plaited Cords) (Grand Viking Village)
11:00 Rapier inspection, followed by pick-up fighting and fencing practice
12:30-3:30 Family and Children’s hosted activities in the feast hall or outdoors, weather permitting
1:00 - Children's Monastery Raid
1:00-2:00 Viking Age Cosmetics Hypotheses (Grand Viking Village)
1:00-3:00 Nalbinding (Grand Viking Village)
3:00 Pallia Race for children and their youth/adult mounts (outdoors, weather permitting)
4:00 – Baronial Prize Court
TBA -- Pig Roast, see copy below.
7:00 – Cut the braid contest
Monday 1:00 pm site closed. Thanks for a great event
11:00 a.m. – Knighthood, Ladies & Chivalry Class and pizza with Earl Ian Anderson (main hall)
12:00 a.m. - Children's Lunch (near Baron Ivon's camp)
3:00 p.m. - Kubb class and game (outdoors)
1:00 - Children's Monastery Raid
3:00 p.m. – Pallia Race for children and their teen/adult mounts (outdoors)
Family and Children’s Activities
Hosted family and children activities will occur indoors from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be indoor board games, play castles, and beading crafts. Weather permitting, medieval outdoor games like Blind Man's Bluff, Jingle, Trundling, Pallia Race and The Game of Graces will occur. There will also be a horse swing for children beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Requirements for minors attending without a parent or legal guardian: The Kingdom of An Tir requires all minors at events to have a Medical Authorization Form and a Minor's Consent Form filled out and signed by a parent/guardian prior to attending the event. These forms must be presented at the entrance gate. If the minors possess an SCA membership blue card, the forms do not need to be filled out. If adults are bringing children that are not legally their own, the legal parent/guardian must fill out the appropriate forms and send two copies to the event with the minor. Failure to present the required forms will result in denied access for the minor. One copy will be left at the gate for the SCA’s records and one should be kept with the minor, especially when attending activities in the Family and Children’s activities area.
• Minor Medical Authorization Form: http://antir.sca.org/Pubs/forms/04_MinorMedical_US.pdf
• Minor Consent to Attend without Parent or Legal Guardian Form: http://anti.sca.org/Pubs/forms/05_Minor_Consent.pdf
Please contact the Family and children’s activities coordinator, Annora of Oak (Alise Myers) with any questions or to volunteer to help with activities at aciby12(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone at 360-989-0311
In the interest of keeping the children of An Tir safe and allowing them to enjoy SCA events, its necessary to have rules in place regarding youth at events. Parents or Guardians who bring minors to an event must ensure their children’s actions are compliant with SCA Laws, Policies, and site rules that require minors 12 and under to be within sight/sound of a responsible parent/guardian at all times.
We are pleased to welcome the following vendors to the Grand Thing. Visit by clicking their link.
Bronzehammer by Torfin
Drifa’s Trim Box (on Facebook)
Grendal Red Troll Forge (or facebook https://www.facebook.com/GrendalGornych)
Nordic Trader (or www.etsy.com/shop/NordicTrader)
Rose City Acupuncture and Massage with Tullia Saturina
Prior years at The Grand Thing
The SCA is built on Volunteers.
Are you coming to the event and want to help out, but you are not sure what to do or who to talk with? Here is a list of tasks that you help with and your contact, send them an email.
Gate: You can be one of the first smiling faces that people see at the event. Contact: Constance Le Clerc (Carmmal Keith) Carmmal.keith(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone/text at 360-907-3462
Feast: Help with set-up, serving, or tear down at the Grand Feast. Contact AElfwynn Fiske (Di Anicker), aeilffriend(at)gmail(dot)com
Family and children’s activities: Help with games and activities for the young ones. Contact Annora of Oak (Alise Myers) at aciby12(at)gmail(dot)com or by phone at 360-989-0311
Teen activities: Help with teen social, games, or knight’s class. Contact Robin Wright at stromgardchatelaine(at)gmail(dot)com
Brute Squad: Help people unload cars and set-up camps.