2017 Viking Vintr Vunderland

Thank you all for attending this Viking Vintr Vunderlandt, and please join us again next year!

January 14, 2017
Site opens at 9:00AM and Closes at 8:00PM
Mountain Park Environmental Center (MPEC), 9112 Mountain Park Road,  Beulah CO,  81023,  719-485-4444

    * This site is a city park and is discreetly wet, but there are
       smoking restrictions. Please remember that this site was
       recently endangered by forest fires.

2017 Details 

People to Blame...

 Event Steward 2017: 
 Lady Elizabeth Bakere 

 Feast Steward 2017: 
 Lady Unna Farulfsdottir
 jsudar@gmail.com  (please contact her in advance if you have dietary concerns)

2017 Site Fees and Feast: 
Site: $15 for adults
        $10 for adult members of the SCA 
        $5 for 6-16
        Under 6 are free
Feast: Donation only, no cost (see below for details on lunch and dinner)

Pre-Registration closes January 7th but may still be done with information and payment sent to:  
                Perry Rogers
                4004 Ridge Drive
                Pueblo, Colorado 81008
        *Make Checks payable to ‘SCA, Aarquelle’

Directions (maps at the bottom of the page):
  • From the North: Take exit 101 off I-25 onto Highway 50 and head  west for about 3 miles.  Turn south(left) on Pueblo Blvd.  Go about 5 miles to Northern Ave/CO 78 and turn west(right) onto Highway 78.
  • From the South: Take exit 94 off I-25 onto Pueblo Blvd./CO 45  Head west for about 3 miles to Northern Ave/CO 78,  and turn west(left) onto Highway 78.
  • Then go about 23 miles west on CO 78.  In Beulah, turn left at the fork in the road toward Pueblo Mountain Park.  Go 2.6 miles to the Pueblo Mountain Park entrance.
   Be aware that the actual turn into the site is directly after a strong curve and somewhat hidden. If you pass the main sign for it on the right, you'll have missed the entry. Wildlife, even after this year's fires, are a driving hazard. Bears and mountain lions do live in the area, but tend to avoid us.

Event Schedule:

     We are honored that Our Royal Majesties, King Robert and Queen Magge will be attending Viking.  In the event They wish to rearrange Court(s) the schedule will accommodate Their Wishes. Scroll down to see more about the day's activities.
  • 9:00      Site opens
  • 10:00    Morning Court
  • 11:00    (after court) Challenges and Competitions Open
  • 12:00 -1:30 Soup luncheon & potluck (content labels please) 
  • 1:00      The Big Game
  • 1:00-4:00 Children's and adults games/activities
  • 2:00-3:00 Arts & Sciences
  • 3:00 - 4:00  Viking "V" Derby  (Viking Olympics closes before Evening Court)
  • 4:00   Evening Court
  • 5:00-8:00    Viking Feast and Viking Haiku Bardic; prizes awarded 
  • 8:00      Site Closes (cleanup help is always appreciated)

Note: Beulah is a small town with one small, busy restaurant, and no real store.  Your food choices are: risk the restaurant crowd, travel 20+ miles to Pueblo, bring food, or eat with us.  We are doing a potluck snacks type luncheon during the day.   If you have something you wish to bring, and add, please do so (it would be lovely if you list ingredients for home-made items on a card for us, too)!  This is in addition to the Main Feast in the evening.

Meals / Food / Eating
Provided along with Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, and Lemonade.
This should NOT be confused with the Viking Food Challenge Table - that's separate.

Soup & Potluck Luncheon
We're providing soups for the luncheon - for a soup, meats, breads and cheese style lunch (think Dutch Lunch here). We welcome potluck additions, especially deli meats, but we request a card or label of ingredients accompany your dish, so we know what to tell those with dietary restrictions what's safe to eat. The feast steward requests that potluck follows the Viking theme or adds to the "Dutch Lunch" flair, so if you would like to try something new, the event and feast steward can help you with culturally-appropriate foods and recipes.

Here's the soups for lunch:
  • Lentil soup (vegetarian; lentils, onions, parsnips, turnips, salt, bullion, pepper, celery)
  • Chicken soup
A donation feast will be held  with a wide variety of foods, but featuring viking dishes:

The Viking Feast!

  • Green soup (Spinach, leeks, parsley, cream, bullion, ginger, nutmeg, egg yolks)
  • Pea soup with bacon (peas, bacon, leeks or onions, carrots, bullion, celery, thyme)
  • Rye and barley flat breads (rye, barley, water, butter or fat)
  • Baby greens salad (mixed greens, with cucumber, onions, carrots on the side)
  • Horse Bean salad (Fava beans, onions, mushrooms and apples with honey mustard horseradish vinegar dressing)
  • Venison stew (venison, garlic, cabbage or kale, turnips, parsnips, thyme, salt, olive oil, onions, oats) 
  • Eggs in mustard sauce (hard boiled eggs drizzled with mustard vinegar sauce)
  • Cheeses
  • Apple pork (apples, pork, spices)
  • Baked fish
  • Sausages
  • Root vegetables
  • Green veggie balls. (bread crumbs, eggs, leafy greens & herbs, , salt, olive oil)
  • Plum cake (plums, oat flour, honey, baking powder, eggs, nuts)
  • Roasted nuts (nuts, salt)
  • Roasted apples (apples, honey, cinnamon)
  • Any soups still left from lunch


Fighting & The Big Game

The Big Game is a V3 tradition dating back nearly 30 years.  It is played on a triangular field with a goal in each of the corners.  There are three teams of fighters.  Each team consists of a goalie (armed with a two-handed sword no longer than 60 inches) and three or more fighters armed with a single handed weapon no longer than 38 inches.  The object of the game: throw the sheep (a 40 pound sack of kitty litter in a sheep costume) through one of the other team's goals.  A team is eliminated when it has three goals scored against it.  At that point, the two remaining teams continue play until one of them i.e. eliminated by having three goals scored against it.

If we have enough rapier fighters, they will play the game as well.

There will be pick-up fighting all day for both heavy and rapier fighters.

Other Activities & the Viking Olympics:
  • Axe throwing
  • Match lighting
  • Viking foods challenge table (this is not part of the feast or luncheon!)
  • Viking Haiku bardic
  • Children's Games (new this year for points and competition) Hunkerhausen, Blind-Man's Chest Bop, and a word puzzle scavenger hunt
  • Viking Kinder Kup Krafting activity
  • Arts and Sciences Competitions---A first Tries for both Adults and Children, plus a Regular for Both (Lord Ivar is the coordinator for this)

Viking Olympic stations--with the exception of the bardic--will be open from 11:30-5:00 ish.  Participation in the haiku challenge will only be available during the designated bardic time (but participants are encouraged to start writing their haikus in advance).  All olympic challenges will have a certain amount of points and rules.  The Viking with the most total points by the end of the day will be our (Viking Champion, Viking Victor, etc.?) Prize? Oh YES!! PRIZES.
"First Tries" Competition and A&S -- "First Tries" competition is exactly that; your first attempt at doing anything A&S. Now this means something you've never done before, not just a new aspect of an A&S skill you already know. Your documentation: tell us what it is, what inspired you to try it / period item you were trying for, what you did to make it and what you learned. There will be a children's category and an adults category. Standard A&S competition is to show off your skills on things you'd like to show off. Documentation: What you crafted, what it's based on in period, what techniques you used/adapted to craft your entry (the creative process).

Viking 5 Largesse Derby

  What to do: Rather than Dirty Dozen, we're asking participants to make 5 items  (Viking...5...get it?) to donate to Kingdom Largesse. Please be sure to include labels for your items, and make sure scented items are carefully wrapped to keep other items from sharing the fragrance. Lady Suzanne is your coordinator, please check in with her if you have any questions. (Pinterest has some fabulous largesse ideas.)

                                            Viking Haiku Competition

Da rulz...er...rules: three lines, syllables 5-7-5. A Viking theme. Write them down on a 3x5 card, bring them to the event, we'll get 'em judged and give out nifty prizes.

Some egregious examples:

Easter bunny here.
Good omen for the mead hall!
Tastes great with dumplings.

Death, violence, pillage
Gore, slaying, drunken mayhem
We say: Life is good

Sword thanes struck at dawn,
Slew helpless peasants all day, 
Now it's Miller time!

Mead, glorious mead,
It's everything a Viking
needs. Except a sword.

And a personal favorite…
Hit by lightning,
But I'm not too Thor, must be 
a struck of Loki

For fun: 

YouTube Video

O Lutefisk

1. O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, how fragrant your aroma,
O Lutefisk, O Lutefisk, you put me in a coma.
You smell so strong, you look like glue,
You taste just like an overshoe,
But lutefisk, come Saturday,
I tink I eat you anyvay

2. O Lutefisk, O lutefisk, I put you in the doorvay.
I wanted you to ripen up just like they do in Norvay.
A dog came by and sprinkled you.
I hit him with my overshoe.
O lutefisk, now I suppose
I'll eat you while I hold my nose.

3. O Lutefisk, O lutefisk, how well I do remember.
On Christmas Eve how we'd receive our big treat of December.
It wasn't turkey or fried ham.
It wasn't even pickled Spam.
My mother knew there was no risk
In serving buttered lutefisk.

4. O Lutefisk, O lutefisk, now everyone discovers
That lutefisk and lefse make Norvegians better lovers.
Now all the world can have a ball.
You're better than that Geritol.
O lutefisk, with brennevin [Norwegian brandy]
You make me feel like Errol Flynn.

5. O Lutefisk, O lutefisk, you have a special flavor.
O Lutefisk, O lutefisk, all good Norvegians savor.
That slimy slab we know so well
Identified by ghastly smell.
O Lutefisk, O lutefisk,
Our loyalty won't waver.

Maps & Directions:


Or follow their directions page below:

Map to the Park