Red Mountain Tavern

TENTATIVELY November 13-15, 2020
Shire of Isenfir

Registration is NOT open. Visit again in late summer.

Red Mountain Tavern (formerly Mead Hall) emphasizes the aspects of warmth, coziness, and unhurried socializing that we enjoy so much. We welcome everyone to a relaxing day at the English tavern where there shall be a roaring fire set in a rustic hall. During the day there shall be assorted classes, dancing in the afternoon, and lots of time to catch up with old friends as well as make new friends. A delicious feast shall be served in the evening by candle light. Following feast we shall keep the mead hall fire and candle light lit to enjoy poetry, singing, and music by the fire. All guests are welcome and encouraged to perform!

Evening fire in mead hallRenaissance Dance in the pavilionMusicians for dancingCozy fireplace inside the hallHall decorated with Viking Shields

Martial Activities:

There are no martial activities as this does not fit with the theme of the event. There will be field games such as lawn bowling, Quoits (ring toss), and bean bag toss.

Arts & Sciences Activities:

Activities at Red Mountain Tavern are relaxed and informal, and classes are no exception. Throughout the day, various demos will be taking place. Classes may be held based upon teacher's volunteering to share their knowledge. We will update this page as we learn more!

After lunch and until feast we shall enjoy an afternoon of lively and boisterous dancing (far away from the calm classes in the hall)! The dance master will see to your fun and entertainment, and many dances will be called.


Schedules for activities and demonstrations will be posted on site.
Questions may be directed to szmick at


If you include your email address the reservationist will email you confirmation.
  • Cabin space is included in your camping fee; a bunk is automatically reserved for you when you pay your camping fee. Mattresses are provided but you need to bring your own bedding. There is also space for tent camping if you prefer.
  • Food on Saturday! The day trip cost includes Saturday Lunch! There will be vegetarian options!
  • Food for overnight guests! The overnight camping cost includes a light Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, and Sunday breakfast! There will be vegetarian options! Please let us know if you are staying one night or both so we can purchase the right amount of food!
  • EVEN MORE food! Saturday evening's feast will be beyond belief! The cook is thrilled at the possibilities of high end restaurant ingredients access and the multitude of quality food she can make! Vegetarian options available.
  • Site:

    Camp Albermarle, 1675 4-H Way
    Charlottesville VA 22901

    Camp Albemarle is located along the Moormans River in the lovely forested hills of Atlantia's western frontier. The site opens at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and closes at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

    Site Restrictions:

    Wet site. No firearms. Pets are allowed but you must clean up after them. There is a fireplace in the hall and a fire circle in the field; no other fires are permitted.

    Feast Information:

    Fantastic feast information for 2020 to come!

    We will be feasting by candle light, so please bring candles for your table if possible.

    Feast Menu:
    The cook will be creating the menu to take advantage of the freshest, most delightful ingredients available at the time. While we will not publish a feast menu before the event, each dish will be clearly labeled. Questions / concerns, including allergies or dietary concerns, may be addressed to the cook directly: Cook TBD

    Other Information:

    There is an overnight site limit of 80 persons and a day use limit of 90, so pre-registering is encouraged. We sold out in 2018 so pre-registration may be required.

    Autocrat's Information:

    Lady Malena de Isenfir (Malena Laylin) 6550 Hungrytown Hollow Road, Covesville, VA 22931. Phone: (434) 906-0811 Email: malena AT madjic DOT net. E-mail preferred.


    You can register here, or email your registration info to Lady Nicolosa d'Isenfir (Kendra Schmid), 1850 Browns Gap Turnpike, Charlottesville, VA, 22901, e-mail knschmid AT gmail DOT com.

    Directions & map:

    From anywhere east of the Blue Ridge, take your best route to Charlottesville and Route 29. Exit Route 29 at the Barracks Road interchange and go west on Barracks Road/Garth Road/Route 601 five miles. Turn right onto Free Union Road/Route 601. An SCA sign will be on the right side just past the country store. Go north approximately three miles to 4H Road. Site is on the left. There will be another SCA sign on the left at the entrance.

    From anywhere west of the Blue Ridge, take your best route to I-64 east. Take exit 107 onto Rockfish Gap Turnpike/Rt. 250 east toward Yancy Mills/Crozet for 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Crozet Avenue/Rt. 240 east for 2.4 miles. Just after crossing under the railroad bridge in Crozet go straight across the intersection onto Buck Road/White Hall Road/Rt. 810 for 3.5 miles. At the T intersection, turn right onto Garth Road/Route 614 and continue east for 6.2 miles. Turn left onto Free Union Road/Route 601. An SCA sign will be on the left side just before the country store. Go north approximately three miles to 4H Road. Site is on the left. There will be another SCA sign on the left at the entrance.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: What is the pet policy?
    Dogs are allowed assuming they are not unusually large or aggressive breeds. Owners are expected to clean up after them. They are welcome in the cabins but keep in mind they are communal bunk rooms. They are not allowed in the main hall due to staff allergies. Outside they are expected to be on leash. We do reserve the right to ask that they be removed if there are issues.

    Q: What are the cabins like?
    A: There are four cabins that have 20 twin beds. They are bunk beds (10 top, 10 bottom). They are arranged in pods of 8 on one side, 4 in the middle, 8 on the other side. The cabins are first come, first serve. Typically the cabins do not fill up more than 50% so there should be plenty of room. The bunk beds are beds with mattresses only. You will need to bring your own sheets & blankets. The cabins are not heated and there is only one main electrical outlet. We encourage you to bring cool weather sleeping gear as it can get quite cold.

    Q: Are there bathhouses?
    A: Yes there are two bathhouses, one on each side of the camp. There are flushing toilets and showers.

    Q: May we tent camp?
    A: Absolutely! There is a flat field near the river that is available for tent camping. With archery not happening in 2019 there will be more space to put the tents in the sunny area for morning dryness. Please let us know if you are tent camping when you check in so we can point you to the proper field space.

    Q: May I set up a merchant space at RMMH?
    A: Yes but please check with the autocrat for specifics. Keep in mind the event is capped at 90 people so it is up to you if that makes sense for you.

    Q: What should I do for lunch?
    A: Lunch is included as part of the site fee. We will provide feast gear for lunch so that you can save your main feast gear for dinner. Lunch will be buffet style so you won’t go hungry! There will be vegetarian options.

    Q: What happens when the event sells out?
    A: The registration lead will create a wait list for both the event and feast. If someone cancels she will contact the next person on the list regarding the spot.