Autumn Rose…bud

The Shire of Rokeclif is happy to announce the beginning of the rise of the return of Autumn Rose.

Autumn Rose…bud
October 22, 2022
La Crosse Masonic Lodge
118 8th St S, La Crosse, WI 54601
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Think of Autumn Rose…bud as a mini Autumn Rose, which will blossom into a full Autumn Rose in the coming years.
Classes are now listed below.

We also have access to a very large kitchen and a great hall. Site is wet but any alcohol consumption must be done in the building.

Site opens at 9:00am and closes at 6:00pm. Gate closes at 1:00pm.
Registration: $15
Registration with Member Discount: $10
Children 0-17: Free
Lunch: $7, menu below

SILENT AUCTION: We are also having a silent auction as a fundraiser for our shire. Please bring something that would be of interest to SCA folks.
And CASH ONLY for bidding. Thanks!


  • Event Steward: Master Bruno Lachner (Scott Pfitzinger) –, 234-600-6432
  • Teacher Liaison: Domina Umbricia Valeriana (Krissy Kaiser) –
  • Rokeclif Seneschal: Lady Merdyne Thorburn (Laura Springer) –, 608-385-1177
  • Gate Coordinator: Lord Marcel Le Rous, Exchequer (Alan Raven Hockersmith)
  • Lunch Coordinator: AnnaKari Snørresdatter på Grytå (Ann Karen Gronbeck-Peterson)


Teachers, if you are in the La Crosse area, you may drop off your materials Friday evening between 5pm and 8pm. You can also get entry at 8am before Gate officially opens.

Class descriptions and schedule will be included in the handouts at the event.

  • Basic Tunic Make & Take – Lady Joharra
    • Class fees: We charge between $10.00 – $15.00 per kit.
      Kits includes: *2.5 – 4 yards of fabric (assorted varieties, fiber content – prints or solids)
      *Bias tape
      *(sometimes trims)
      *Measurement card,
      *Printed instructions, with diagrams,
      *additional ideas for trims, embellishments.
      *A short synopsis of time periods & cultures who wore tunics of varying styles.
    • We bring sewing machines, ironing boards, irons, extension cords, scissors, tape measures, chalk, etc. to make the most of the class time. Class size is best limited to 10 or less. This allows us to best help everyone.
      As we usually have about 5 sewing machines, additionally, the limited class size allows for students to rotate between the sewing machines & ironing to make sure everyone has the opportunity to learn to use the machines & make real progress/or complete their tunic or coat.
  • Beginning Tablet Weaving – Baroness Moira nicConnell the Strongbow
    • An overview of terms, techniques, and sources for the novice tablet weaver.
  • Bias in Research – Baroness Deirdre Wydeville
  • An Overview of Secular Clothing Embroidery from 700 to mid-1500 – The Honorable Lady Amytis de la Fontaine
    • A discussion/lecture class. The medieval definition of embroidery is anything sewn onto a ground fabric. This includes threads (wool, metal, silk, cotton), pearls, stones, beads, and bezones (which are embossed/stamped metal pieces).
  • Fletching Your Own Arrows – Baroness Moira nicConnell the Strongbow
    • An overview of techniques for making your own arrows.
  • Fundamentals of German Longsword – Konrad Holzwarth
    • Join Konrad for a brief introduction to the history, study, and practice of the fighting arts of Johannes Liechtenauer, better known to the world at large as the German Longsword Tradition. A lecture on the history, context, dissemination, and modern study of this vibrant body of work will be followed by practical demonstration of the core concepts Master Liechtenauer passed on to his students. This is intended for beginners, so no prior knowledge of longsword, or even fencing for that matter, is required to attend.
    • Demonstrations will be outside, weather permitting. Anybody who owns cut and thrust legal longsword gear is free to bring it along, but no equipment is required.
  • Make a Norwegian Iron Age Bucket Pot – The Honorable Lord Farolfus Filius Richardi
    • This class is a hands-on workshop in which participants make and decorate a small ceramic vessel in the style of the distinctive “bucket-shaped” pots found in Norway from c.350-550 CE, using the historical techniques for assembly and decoration. The pots are slab-built around a cylindrical form and decorated using stamped and combed designs. This class is suitable for those with no prior pottery experience, and I provide all tools and materials, including a selection of stamp dies reconstructed from extant examples. Participants will have the option to have their pots fired after the event (there is no class fee, but please make arrangements to have your pot shipped via SCA mail or USPS if you live outside the Twin Cities). The class requires the same level of dexterity and hand-strength typically required to roll out a pie crust; if this poses an accessibility issue for you, I encourage you to talk to me prior to the start of class so that we can work out any needed accommodations beforehand.
    • NOTE: This class is not geared toward children and younger ones will likely be bored, but kids ages 12+ who are able to follow directions and work without physical assistance are welcome to attend as long as a guardian is also present. I am also happy to provide scrap clay to amuse younger children while a parent or guardian attends the class.
  • Perfumery of the Eastern Empire – Dúgū Jìnán
    • We will discuss the fragrant world of the Eastern Empire (Byzantium). By the way, Empress Zoe was known for her young looks and passion for creating her own perfumes. And forcing her courtiers and eunuchs to spend a lot of time grinding and mixing her concoctions…
    • Link to the class notes:
    • Weather permitting, we try the incense blends outside.
  • Processional Dances from the Inns of Court – Master Bruno Lachner
    • We will learn (or review) three easy processional-style dances from the Inns of Court:
      Earl of Essex’s Measure, Lorayne Alman, and Queen’s Alman.
  • Roman Makeup – Dúgū Jìnán
    • A survey of makeup products used by the wealthy women and by the not so affluent. I will also discuss tools and methods used for making the cosmetics and applying the makeup. Plenty of samples to try. List of ingredients will be available.


  • Sandwiches to build:
    • Meats ~ Ham & Turkey
    • Cheeses ~ Cheddar & Swiss
    • Breads ~ Assorted sliced Breads, with Gluten-free options available
    • Spreads ~ Butter, Mustard, Miracle Whip, & Mayo
  • Relishes:
    • Baby Carrots, Celery, Kosher Dill Pickles, Black Olives, Stuffed Green Olives
  • Beverages:
    • Coffee, Milk, Ice Water
  • Desserts:
    • Assortment of: Bars, Cakes, Cookies