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To Bard or Not To Bard

  • Nordlof Center 118 N. Main St Rockford, IL 61101 (map)

Please Join the Shire of Blackhawk as we host a Bardic Day of Storytelling, Singing and Music!

Site Fees - SCA Members $5.00, Non SCA Memebers $ 10.00, Those 14 and under are free!

  • Gates Open at 10:00 AM for Set up

  • First Session Starts at 11:00 AM

  • Lunch Begins at 12:30 PM

  • Second Session Begins at 1:30 PM

  • Third Session Begins at 3:15 PM

  • Site Closes at 5:00 PM

Preregistration - Follow this link to a downloadable form you can print, fill out and send into our event steward.

Food - We apologize, but due to a lack of kitchen facilities, lunch will not be served on site. However, there are several food options nearby, and a staff member will also be available to order food via Grubhub and/or Uber Eats. If you would prefer, feel free to pack your own lunch. Water will be available.

Seating - will be white plastic folding chairs, please feel free to bring your own chair if it would be more comfortable.

Unloading - There is a space to unload a vehicle directly in front of the building. We will have people out front to help you unload between 9:30 and noon.

Parking - There are two large parking lots available across the street. These are free and not timed on the weekends. It is first come, first serve. There are two paid parking garages close by. A map will be posted soon with the rates and locations.

Hotels - We do not have a block of rooms reserved at a hotel. However there are several hotels in the area if you wish to stay overnight.

Merchants - 1-8” table (supplied on site) per merchant $5. Very limited space, first come, first serve. Sorry no weapons for sale, please. Please contact Baron Aelfred of Chester at

This is a bardic only event, please leave weapons at home.