Month: September 2013

Fall Muster

Fall Muster was held on a chilly day, but members and friends of the Company gathered in good spirits, and trained with pikes and shote, and then feasted heartily.

Our head cook hard at work over the fire.

Introduction to the Musket


Firing of hand gonnes


Feasting midday upon the fruits of the cooks’ labors

More pictures are available including the pike drill and the swarming of the peddler’s booth.

1993 Mousehole

Alan dug up this old newspaper article on the Mousehole held in May 1993. See if you can spot young Master Bedingfield, Roguish Master Hamilton, and identify any of the melee fighters. 🙂

Gardiner’s Company Fall Muster

 October 25 – 27, 2013

As Fall descends upon the countryside, the lands around the Cat’s Perch Inn have been plagued by rumors of an evil entity. To make matters worse, Captain Gardiner has ordered a muster of the Company. Skirmishing and drill is the order of the day. Drunken exorcisms are possible in the evening.

 Master Bedingfield has arranged accommodations for the Company at the Cat’s Perch and there will be games, dancing, singing, and any other merriment as can be contrived. Present will be Bandsmen, their friends and families, potential recruits, locals dropping by for entertainment, and such others as have a taste for drill or disport.

 RSVP Required. Cost is $15 (still!) for the event. Send payment to:

Sandy Toscano- treasurer AT

Questions or other information needed, contact:

Bob Mellin- president AT

 Contact us if you want to bring friends, so we can plan food and lodgings.




General site set up and an informal play day for those that arrive early and help set up the site (i.e., if you arrive while we’re playing, we’ll see you at dinner!)


8:00 am WAKE UP (if you’re not already). Breakfast (Oatmeal, bread, fruit, and cheese) will be provided. Get a good breakfast; it will be a while ’til lunch.


Everyone fighting in the skirmishes must attend. Introductions will be made for those new to the muster.

10-noon COMPANY DRILL. Coordinated and supervised manly displays. A chance to brush up on your pike and shot movements in a pacific environment and pose for inspiring photos.

CIVILIAN ACTIVITIES (non-combatants) Handcrafting, socializing; cavorting and frolicking; playing lawn games, etc.

noon-1:30 LUNCH, ACTIVITIES, and PAY.

Members of the Band will be paid what they are worth for drill. Lunch will be the major meal of the day. (provided).

1:30-6:30 SKIRMISHES (See Rules)

Uncoordinated and unsupervised manly displays.

ACTIVITIES. Such as target shooting with musket and bow, individual fencing with baited rapier, pike fencing, sports to include, football, goff, shuttlecock, and lawn games.

6:30-on FESTIVITIES and FEASTING to celebrate the date.

Dinner is bread, fruit and cheese and leftovers from lunch (provided). If you would like to bring a favorite food or drink to share, please do so. Festivities will include dancing, cards, dice, bowls, and singing.

Sunday Meeting and plans for the rest of the year, clean up and go home.


You are responsible for your own safety.

Fire safety is a primary consideration. All fires/flames must be attended at all times.

 Absolutely no cars in the re-creation area on Saturday.