Mace and Greatsword Approaches

The populace of March of Mons Tonitrus will celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Join us for the celebration along with the annual Mace and Great Sword Tourney and an unforgettable Investiture. The event will take place on the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, from September 6 – 8, 2019. The theme of this spectacular event will be Carnevale, a time of celebration with dancing, feasting and music performed by the court bards.

Friday will begin the festivities with the Bardic Championship Competition, to be held around the evening fire. Bring your best song, story, dance to entice our patrons who will determine the winner.

Saturday begins the tourneys which include heavy weapons, a shield-less tourney with weapon forms generally restricted to single mace, mace Florentine, great sword, mace with great sword inverted, and single mace held in the offhand. With the grand prize being a unique, skull crushing mace. The is also a Rapier Longsword tournament. With the grand prize of a Longsword. Saturday evening a feast will be prepared, to celebrate the beginning of our newly invested Baroness and Baroness.

On Sunday, the populace will compete for the honor of being the Baronial Champions in steel combat, archery, armored combat and thrown weapons.

Dates: September 6-8, 2019
Locations: Las Cienegas National Conservation Area. Empire Ranch, Airstrip Group Site. Located seven miles north of Sonoita, AZ

Site Opens: Sept 6, 2019 at 12 PM
Site Closes: September 8, 2019 at 5 PM

Site Fee Weekend: Adult $20 Youth (Under 5) Free (5-15) $15
Day Trip: Adult $15 Youth (Under 5) Free (5-15) $10 ($5 discount for members)

Site Information: Above ground fires (depending on fire conditions); dogs allowed on leash, smoking, site is wet; dry RV camping; the nearest hospital is in Sierra Vista; the roads are unpaved. The main road to the Empire Ranch headquarters is well-maintained and suitable for passenger cars and RV’s; there is drinking water available at the Empire Ranch headquarters. Water is not located at camp site, suggest bringing water for the weekend. Please pack out all trash! Open Range – watch for cattle.

If planning on Camping in RV’s, please let us know. Just so we leave enough room for your camper. (

Feast will include

By THL Johann Wolfgang von Hesse

This feast is drawn from period Italian sources like the “Art of Cooking” (~1474) by Maestro Martino of Como and the “Opera of Bartholomew Scappi” (1570). The interpretations and redactions of the recipes are by THL Johann Wolfgang von Hesse and have been ‘skewed’ to better fit a modern palette, especially in the area of spices, as there was a tendency during this period to “drown” nearly every recipe in sugar and cinnamon! The following menu lists the ingredients but not the quantities or preparation to allow the diners to judge for themselves if they represent a health risk due to allergies or other conditions. 
De Lasanis
An early precursor to Lasagna this redaction is a bridge between two recipes, one from Libre de Coquina and the other is Lassanis Torte. Ingredients: Ground Pork, Pancetta (Bacon), Shallots, Pesto Spices, Mix of 5 Italians cheeses, Lasagna Noodles, Milk, Chicken Bouillon, flour and butter. 
Dry Brocolli
Brocolli florets steamed and oiled. Ingredients: Brocolli, Garlic, Salt, Olive Oil, Orange Juice (optional) 
Rice Lombard Style
A Scappi recipe that forced me to look up what Saveloy was, much to my delight it turned out to be hot-dogs! (frankfurters specifically!) So, I give you rice with pulled chicken and hot dogs! Ingredients: Long grain rice, chicken bouillon, Chicken breast, nitrate-free beef frankfurters, salt and pepper. 
Wheat Loaves (Weck) 
No feast is complete without fine white loaves! Ingredients: Fine white flour, Salt, Yeast.
Cherry Rose Tarts
From the Art of Cooking, a simple elegant desert. Ingredients: Cherries, Sugar, Fresh Cheese (cream cheese), Rose Water, cinnamon, fresh ginger, pie crust. 
Marzipan Treats
A simple comfit for the tables. Ingredients: Almond Paste, Sugar. 
Whipped Cream (neve di latte – Milk Snow!) 
By command of their Excellencies, we will all participate in the creation of this dish with a whipping party! Ingredients: Cream, Sugar, Rose Water, elbow grease.

Directions to Site

Directions from Sierra Vista: Hwy 90 toward Interstate I-10, left onto Hwy 82, Turn right onto State Highway 83. Near milepost 40, turn east onto the Empire Ranch entrance. Follow the sign toc camping at the Airstrip Group Site.

Direction from the North: Las Cienegas is located 45 miles southeast of Tucson. From Tucson, drive southwest on Interstate 10 to Exit 281. Head south on State Highway 83. Near milepost 40, turn east into the Empire Ranch entrance. Camping is at the Airstrip Group Site..
The event stewards are Lady Francheska (Frances Lindquist),,
Master Finnian MacBride (Bob Auten),
Lady Moire Ayres (Pat Auten) for any questions.

This event is sponsored by the Kingdom of Atenveldt, which is part of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. More information can be found on our website at