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Æthelmearc Signs the Treaty of the Golden Lance

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2015-01-25 11:30

On the 27th day of July Anno Societatis XLVIII, Æthelmearc joined with the Kingdoms of Ansteorra, Caid, Trimaris and Atlantia in recognizing equestrians within their kingdoms with a Grant level award by signing the Treaty of the Golden Lance.

During the reign of Count Isenwulf Thorolfssone and Countess Rosalinda of Castile, it was decided that The Order of the White Horn would no longer be used to recognize all those martial disciplines other than Heavy fighting (Rattan). This Order would be designated for those skilled in Thrown Weapons alone and that other Orders would be designated for Combat Archery, Siege, and Equestrian. At that time, it was decided that Æthelmearc would join other Kingdoms in the use of the Order of the Golden Lance in order to recognize its equestrians. After determining the procedures necessary, this original plan came to fruition during the reign of Duke Maynard von dem Steine and Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh. Through their efforts, the Treaty was signed at Pennsic in 2013.

Shishido Tora (Gozen), the current Kingdom Equestrian Officer, contacted the appropriate people to determine the process which needed to be fulfilled in order that Æthelmearc could enter into the Treaty with the other Kingdoms. This involved creating a document which would be signed, coordinating with the other Royalty members to ensure their attendance at Pennsic along with their Principal Heralds, and setting a date and place for the Treaty to be signed. Under the direction of the Crown, these details were “ironed out” and it was determined that the Treaty would be signed immediately after Opening Ceremony during the Known World Party.

After the Opening Ceremonies were completed, the members of the Royalty retired to the East Kingdom’s pavilion on the field, where the Known World Party was set to begin. Initially the Treaty was laid upon the tables designated for the use of Æthelmearc so that they could share their food and wine with the attendees. Due to the congestion in this area, the Treaty was later moved to a central area away from any liquids which could endanger the paper upon which the Treaty was drawn. After a short time, all the parties had signed the Treaty.

With the signing of the Treaty and inclusion of the Order in Kingdom Law, equestrians of the Kingdom can now be recognized by this Order for their skills in the equestrian arts as well as service to the equestrian community. Companions of the Order are entitled to wear a badge of the Order and/or a ribbon “Sable edged Or charged with a lance Or” worn on either the calf or above the elbow, or as a pennon bearing the badge of the Order on their Tournament lance. Additionally, when traveling throughout the Known World, they are recognized by these other Kingdoms for their rank which is retained if they relocate.

The pictures below show the Royalty and Principal Heralds of the Kingdoms of Ansteorra, Caid, Trimaris, Atlantia and Æthelmearc signing the Treaty. (Note that titles are not included, as the persons are identified by their offices at the time of signing. ) The Treaty, which was created by Shishido Tora, is also shown below after signing.  Note that the descriptions appear above the relative photograph.

The first to sign the Treaty was the King of Trimaris, Kurn O’Farrell of Ulster. The second picture shows the Triskele Herald, Posadnik Sasha Gregor’evich Vilanov, signing the Treaty. (My apologies as I was unable to capture the image of Queen Eridani Aureus signing the Treaty.)

 

The Queen of Ansteorra, Gwen verch Cynwrig de Ynys Mon signed for both herself and her King (Lochlan Dunn).  Avery Shaw, Proxy to the Star Principal Herald, Andrewe Baldwyn, signing the Treaty.

The King and Queen of Atlantia, Amos and Ysabella.  (My apologies as I was unable to capture the image of the Queen actually signing the Treaty.) 

 The Triton Herald, Gisela vom Kreuzbach, signing the Treaty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The King of Caid, Sven Örfhendur and Quuen Cassandra Zoë Paganel, sign the Treaty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Crescent Principal Herald, Cormac Mor signs as the King of Æthelmearc looks on.

 

The Queens of Æthelmearc and Caid confer at the Treaty signing prior to Æthelmearc signing.  The King of Æthelmearc, Maynard von dem Steine signs the Treaty for Æthelmearc.

 

 

 

The Queen of Æthelmearc, Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh, signing the Treaty.

 

Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, signing the Treaty.

 

Signed Treaty of the Golden Lance and the artist and author of this article, Mistress Shishido Tora (Gozen). The original is maintained by Æthelmearc and the four signing Kingdoms each received a copy of the Treaty.

This article was originally published in the newsletter for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, the Æstel.

 

 

 


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Chirurgeons at Rowany Festival

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-01-24 20:20

As Rowany Festival soon approaches, we are once more in need of dedicated helpers to cover our first aid requirements at the event.

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Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2015

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2015-01-24 16:24

THLord Stefan li Rous provdes updates for Stefan's Florilegium for January 2015.

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Regional A&S Gatherings: The Hael Storm Model

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2015-01-24 12:24

Submitted by Ysabeau Tiercelin.

Enjoying the fruits of our labors!

For a couple of years, we’ve been hosting monthly A&S gatherings at our home in Hamburg; they’ve become known as Hael Storms, because, well, Rhydderich Hael. But with so many groups within an hour’s radius, our goal this year is to make these truly regional A&S gathers. We are hosting the next one on Sunday the 1st, from noonish until whenever (although those of you here after 9 p.m. are watching Downton Abbey with us). Highlights this month include a cheese gnocchi class to demo the dish that was a hit at our recent Masked Ball, and dying wool in a bath over a fire to make period fishing lures.

What exactly is a Hael Storm?
Quite simply, it’s an informal A&S gathering, open to any interested participant.

Learning to make flatbread.

Our Cook’s Guild hosts the cooking portion – sometimes we just try new recipes, sometimes we have theme days where everyone brings ingredients for recipes from a specific time or culture, sometimes we do a medieval version of Chopped (mystery baskets – tongue or sardines anyone?). This month will be a bring-your-own-recipe version, so bring a recipe and the ingredients to make your dish. We have a pot luck at around 6 pm to enjoy the literal fruits of our labors. Cooking not your thing?  Bring drinks or something to share. We just ask that no-one come empty-handed.

Garb help.

The Textile Guild helps people with sewing issues, including guiding newcomers through their first garb. We embroider, knit, draft patterns, do garb research and anything else sewing related. Sewing machines and ironing boards provided! Lots of costuming books!

We have a functional scriptorium with tables, class space (we have done a raised gilding class, among others), light boards, many books with scribal inspiration, and a copy machine.

We’ve had musicians (we have a harpsichord in good tune for anyone interested) playing, a sushi demonstration, and fencing outside in good weather.

In short, if it’s A&S, you can do it at a Hael Storm. You can also just come and enjoy the fellowship!

Regional Reach

Stripping woad leaves in preparation for making woad balls.

The Kingdom is having great success with the regional martial musters, with rattan fighters and rapier fighters coming out in droves to fight and learn.

As our Region 4 A&S Minister, I’d like to encourage the same thing on the A&S side in Western New York. Carpool with a people from your group and join us for a relaxing day. These A&S days also serve as perfect newcomer gatherings, so they can meet people before jumping into garbed events.

Hosting Your Own Regional?
What do you need to host your own regional A&S gather? Not much – just someone willing to act as host in their home, an announcement in whatever media will reach the most people in your area, and participants ready to have a fun day of learning, chatting and being with friends. Go for it!

For address and directions for the Hael Storm, email Tiercelin at tiercelin@endlesshills.net.


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Equestrian Events for Autocrats and Event Organizers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:12

By Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen.

This article is specifically tailored towards those persons interested in adding equestrian activities to their event, focusing on the important steps that should be followed.

CONTACT EQUESTRIAN MARSHALLATE STAFF:

  • Plan on contacting the Equestrian Marshal staff at least 6 months before the event.
  • An Equestrian Marshal must be present when horses are on site.
  • Marshal staff will advise you if an Æthelmearc Equestrian Marshal is available for your event.
  • Marshal staff will advise you regarding equestrian insurance, and other requirements and assist with meeting these requirements.

SITE ISSUES

Prior to adding equestrian activities to your event, several questions must be answered. These include:

  • Is this potential site suitable for equestrians? An Equestrian Marshal will determine this by inspecting the site.
  • The inspection will evaluate specific issues relative to horses such as footing for the horses, water availability, and other safety concerns.
  • Permission for equestrian activities must be verified with the site owner. Marshals can answer specific questions raised by the property owner regarding horses.
  • Space for horse camping, availability of stalls and trailer parking must be determined.
  • Information regarding these issues will be disseminated to equestrian participants prior to the event by the Equestrian Marshal.

SCA EQUESTRIAN INSURANCE:

A special insurance rider must be activated in order to have equestrian activities at an event. This includes any equestrian activity, even if the horses are used only for processions.

  • Equestrian Insurance fees are $50.
  • Insurance must be ordered at least 30 days prior to the event.
  • Late fees after this deadline, are $175.
  • Insurance may be ordered by the Autocrat or Equestrian Marshal in Charge.
  • A copy of the insurance will be provided to the Kingdom Equestrian Officer (KEO) at least two weeks prior to the event date.

SIGNAGE AND WAVIERS:

  • The SCA requires the posting of two signs regarding Equine Liability Law at all events where equestrian activities are conducted.
  • This applies to any event where horses are present, even if only for use in processions.
  • Usually the Equestrian Marshal will provide and ensure these signs are posted.
  • Signs are ordinarily posted at Troll and the main equestrian area.
  • Society Rules detail sign requirements.
  • Society Rules require all persons with a high probability of having direct contact with equines to sign an equestrian wavier.
  • Events which limit contact to the equestrians require only equestrians to sign this form. This includes riders, handlers, and grounds-people. The Equestrian Marshal will ensure signatures are obtained and copies are forwarded to the Waiver Clerk.
  • At events where all attendees could have direct contact with equines, all attendees will sign this form, which will ordinarily be placed at Troll. Troll staff or the Equestrian Marshal will ensure copies are forwarded to the Waiver Clerk.

Most of the extra steps required will be completed by the Equestrian Marshal, but the Autocrat needs to be familiar with these requirements, especially those with time limits. Despite the fact equestrian activities require these additional steps, it is worthwhile to consider adding equestrian activities to your event. It adds a special effect and pageantry to the event. The additional activity also promises to add to your attendance numbers. It is my hope that Autocrats and Event Organizers will consider adding this activity to their event schedules.


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Resignation of the Society Chirurgeon

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-23 18:00

At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice.

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Attention unto the Known World: Rejoice!

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2015-01-23 16:41

On LinkedIn, Landinn de Marest (Kristen Fife), reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachornism, Inc. has approved the creation of a new kingdom.

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Come Teach at Three Ravens!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:34

Unto the Good Gentles of Æthelmearc does Lady Kaðlin Sigvaldakona send Greetings!

As Chancellor of Classes for the upcoming College of Three Ravens event in the Industrious Barony of Thescorre, I am humbly requesting for gentles to share their knowledge and skills by signing up to teach a class (or two)! This day of teaching and learning will be on February 21, 2015 at the Western Presbyterian Church, located at 101 E. Main St, Palmyra, NY 14622.

We have the potential for 50 hours worth of classes. 17 hours have been filled already, and the event is one month away. So if you have been undecided about whether you should teach, please sign up and share your knowledge and skills with others.

Please use the following format when supplying information. It will greatly help me in setting the class schedules:

SCA Name: (as you wish it to appear in the class listings)
E-mail address:
Class Name:
Class Description:
Class Format: (lecture, round-table, hands-on, etc)
Length of Class: (one 50 min block or two 50 min blocks)
Handouts provided: (yes/no)
Participant Fees: (if any)
Class Limits/Restrictions: (# of participants, no children, children with supervision, etc.)
Room/equipment requirements: (table space, access to sink, use of projector, etc )
Preferred teaching time: (am, pm, either)

Please send emails to kadlin@thescorre.org with ‘C3R’ in the subject line.  I will send a confirmation email back to you within 48 hours.

Yours in service,
Lady Kaðlin Sigvaldakona
Chancellor of Classes
College of Three Ravens, 2015


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Birka Youth and Family Schedule

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 00:19

Baroness Leonette D’Angely wishes to share the youth and family activities schedule for Birka:

*Youth Service Initiative Forms will be available in the family lounge*
9:30-5:00: Family Lounge open on the mezzanine.
10:00-4:30: Medieval Games open in the lounge area.
1:30-2:00: Children of the East will be guarding the Royal Room
——————- Hawthorne——————
10:00-11:00: Make Your Own Medieval Toys (Ages 4 and up)
11:00-12:00: Intro to Juggling (Ages 8 through adult)
12:00-1:00: Family Meet and Greet and Garb Swap
1:00-1:30: Vikings! (Ages 4-10)
1:30-2:30: All Ages Intro to Embroidery (Any age, must be able to handle yarn needles and scissors)
2:30-3:00: Horses in Medieval Times (Any age)
3:00-4:00: Yarn Dolls (Ages 5 and up)
4:00-5:00: How to design an Equestrian Challenge Course (Any age)


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Unofficial Court Report: 12th Night and Carillion Investiture

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 00:16

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 17 January in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Carillion; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. In the first sitting of Their Majesties’ Court, Their Majesties gave thanks to Kis Mária (called Mika) for her good, faithful and notable service holding the lands as Baroness of Carillion and, as token of her merit and great nobility, created the said Mária a Baroness of their Court, the which deed was confirmed in a document illuminated by Lillian atte Valeye and calligraphed by Jonathan Blaecstan.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Corcrán mac Diarmata as Baron of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Luned Gwyn as Baroness of Carillion, the which deed was confirmed in a document calligraphed by Kateryne of Bakestondone and illuminated by Boudicea Ravenhair.

Item.  Their Majesties gave thanks to Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte for her service as Tyger Clerk of the Signet and bid her take her rest; whereupon they accepted the oath of Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel as the new Tyger Clerk.

Item. Their Majesties thanked Lady Gabriella de Bas Serra for her service as Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences and bid her take her rest; whereupon they and accepted the oath of Mistress Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco as the new Minister of Arts and Sciences.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the oath of Lord Cristoff Gockerhan von Loch as the new Kingdom Chamberlain.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Sabine de Kerbriant and instructed her to go forth to the place prepared for her to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether she would join the Order of the Laurel.

Item. Their Majesties called before them Karl Meerstappa and instructed him to go forth to the place prepared for him to sit vigil and prepare to answer the question whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry.

Whereupon, Their Majesties adjourned their Court until the hour of tierce, at which time such further business was done and caused to be done:

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Baron Corcrán and Baroness Luned for the lands and privileges of Carillion.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Court Laurencia von Heisler, whereupon they inducted the good lass into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties called into their presence Caitilín ingen Donndubáin, whereupon they welcomed the said Caitilín into the Order of the Tyger’s Cub, the which deed was confirmed written in English by Theodora Bryennissa and in Gaelic by Medhbh inghean ui Cheallaigh, and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Their Majesties congratulate newly inducted Pelican, Sir Antonio Patrasso. Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the attendance of Antonio Patrasso and took testimony as to the merits of the said Antonio from Peers of the Realm and a good man of the common people; whereupon they elevated the said Antonio to the Order of the Pelican, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored in English by Alys Mackyntoich, translated into Italian by Martyn de Haliwell, and calligraphed and illuminated by Eva Woderose.

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item.  With leave of their Majesties, Countess Caoilfhionn gave tokens to children who had participated in the Children’s Service Initiative.

Item.  Their Majesties issued a proclamation in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the guild of Athena’s Thimble.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted words and gifts from the Crown of the Middle Kingdom, conveyed by their ambassadress, Mistress Zsof.

Item.  Their Majesties announced the creation of the Kingdom of Avacal from the northern reaches of An Tir.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Master Padraig Dubh MacEanruig as the Warlord for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  His Highness announced the appointment of Don Lottieri Malocchio as the Rapier General for the upcoming Pennsic War.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah, before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her many good works, inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Rowen Cloteworthy and calligraphed and illuminated by Wulfgar Silverbraid.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Vachir Arslajin, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Astrid Feilan.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Tumen Qorchi, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Shoshana Gryffyth.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned before the Tyger Thrones the good lady Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and, praising her skills with pen and brush, inducted her into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed by a document created by Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova.

Item.  Their Majesties further inducted Celebriande of Owlsherst into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document illuminated by Dosalena Sofia della Mirandola and calligraphed by Lada Monguligin.

Master Karl Meerstappa is presented with his hand- carved chivalry “scroll” Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties demanded the presence of Karl Meerstappa to answer the question put before him in the morning, to wit: whether he would join the Order of the Chivalry; whereupon their Majesties heard testimony from worthy Peers of the Realm and did create the said Karl a Master of Arms; and the said deed was memorialized in a runestone carved by Kenric aet Essex, inscribed with the words of Toki Redbeard that had been translated into Old Norse by Fridrikr Tomasson.

Item.  Their Majesties called before the Court their servant Ari of Hartshorndale and awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in document created by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Gwendolyn verch Gwilliam ap Gwilliam into their presence and awarded her Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a woodblock print created by Naomi bat Avraham with words by Andrew Schickard.

Item.  Their Majesties called David of Hartshorndale before the Tyger Thrones and thereupon awarded Arms unto the said David.

Item.  Their Majesties then summoned Kathryn Perry into their presence and, wishing to honor her talents in dress-making, cooking and dancing, elevated her to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Kolozsvári Árpád and calligraphed and illuminated by Palotzi Marti.

Item.  Their Majesties requested their presence of Samuel di Bianco, whereupon they gave good report of the skills at cookery of the said Samuel, and, do doing, caused him to be added to the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a brass plaque created by Cormac Mór and bearing the words of Martyn de Haliwell.

Item.  Whereupon the good Maitre Lucien de Pontivi begged leave of Their Majesties to honor his lady Aildreda de Tamworthe in song, and led the assembled Court in harmonious praise of the said Dreda, at the conclusion of which, their Majesties summoned the Order of the Laurel and commanded the said Dreda to give answer whether she would join that august company upon the 21st day of February in Dragonship Haven; a Writ thereupon was issued bearing the calligraphy and illumination of Alexandre St. Pierre and the words of Maitre Lucien, translated into Latin by Master Steffan ap Kennydd.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded the presence of Sabine de Kerbriant to answer the question previously put before her; and the said Sabine stating that she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel, their Majesties then took testimony from noble Peers and a good lady of the common people; whereupon they caused the said Sabine to be inducted into the Order aforesaid; in memory whereof the said Sabine was gifted with a portrait created by Reiner Verplanck, a poem by Ysmay de Lynn, and a triptych created by Arden of Icombe.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for the courts.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:

Ryan Mac Whyte
Lucien de Pontivi
Mylisant Grey
Catrin o’r Rhyd For
Judith fitzHenry
Sabine de Kerbriant
Theodora Bryenissa
Martyn de Haliwell
Anastasia da Monte


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Equestrian Meeting Change

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2015-01-23 00:15

From Baroness Doucette du Verdun:

The Equestrian Meeting, held every year at Birka, experienced a schedule
change after the site book went to the printers.

The previous time/location was noon in the Penthouse Room.

Instead, the Equestrians will be holding two meetings at Birka; everyone is
welcome to both.

9 AM: Business Meeting (event planning and scheduling, what we’re doing
this year, how to become a marshal or officiant or crew, etc.)

3 PM: Social (meet and greet, talk about the upcoming year and plans for
events, get to know people and get involved with us, come talk)

The 9 AM and 3 PM meetings will be held in one of the conference rooms near
the fighting – we will be informed by the site that day which room we have,
and we’ll put up signs. Please, come find us. We welcome participation in
whatever capacity you feel capable of.

Please forward to anyone you know who has interest in SCA Equestrian
Activities. Thank you!


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Precious manuscripts threatened by jihadists in Iraq

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-01-22 23:31

The fighting in Iraq continues to threaten, not just the populace, but historical treasures and manuscripts. Recently a Dominican Order of priests, known as the Order of Preachers, managed to rescue a number of these precious documents when Islamic State jihadists advanced into the region. (photos)

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Hartstone Muster Challenges Fighters and Fencers to Up Their Game

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 22:20

Duchess Dorinda Courtenay attended the Hartstone Muster and filed this report.

On Sunday, January 18, over 90 people heeded the call of His Royal Highness, Timothy, and traveled to Hartstone for a regional practice. These good folks started their Pennsic training by hiking up three long flights of stairs to a large area with a wooden floor and a room full of sword brothers and sisters. What followed was six hours of fun.

Photo by Prince Timothy

The day started with some warm-ups and authorizations as people gathered. The Shire of Heronter had two new fighters join the ranks of the Æthelmearc Rattan Army as both Rachel and Loegaire mac Conaill mhic Siadhhail picked up their initial authorizations along with at least one other fighter. Loegaire came to the Kingdom a few weeks ago from a different organization and immediately fell in love with rattan fighting. This practice gave both of them their first taste of SCA melee fighting, and they loved it. Matthew from Alfred also authorized, and Davus of the Rhydderich Hael successfully completed his rapier authorization in parry item. This practice not only gave people the chance to get their needed authorizations, but it also served as a learning opportunity for the Marshals in Training.

Photo by Lord Simon Peregrine.

The warlords split the floor as the rattan fighters took the floor for thirty minutes while the fencers went downstairs to discuss tactics. Every half hour, the groups exchanged places. This format gave each a chance to spend time actually fighting as well as time discussing what to improve. An afternoon of teaching and practice left both groups exhausted, but better than when they started. None were more exhausted than Prince Timothy and Lord Sittius of Hartstone, who switched back and forth between rattan and rapier all day, although by doing this they did manage to avoid some of the stair climbing!

Photo by Lord Simon

An afternoon of repeatedly climbing three flights of steps and thirty minute segments of fighting would normally leave people in a sorry state, but a marvelous crew from Hartstone provided food and drink for all. In addition to the standard pretzels and pickles, there were delicious meat pies and other foods to keep folks happy and healthy. This group of folks worked all day to take care of the 85 fighters and fencers who traveled in.

Hartstone cooks. Photo by Lord Simon.

Both groups spent time on standard “fight to the last man standing” scenarios as well as resurrection scenarios later in the day. Fencers also worked on “how do we deal with being outnumbered” – a scenario we have been facing on a regular basis on the fencing field. Finally, the day ended with pick up fights for those who hadn’t been able to match up during the melee scenarios.

The following members of the White Scarf were in attendance:

  • Don Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Kingdom Rapier Warlord
  • Don Will Parris
  • Countess Elena d’Artois
  • Duchess Dorinda Courtenay
  • Baron Eric Grenier de Labarre
  • Don Mateo Pesci
  • Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen
  • Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede

Comes Tindal vs. Prince Timothy. Photo by Lord Simon.

The following members of the Chivalry were in attendance:

  • King Titus Scipio Germanicus
  • Prince Timothy of Arindale
  • Duc Henri d’Artois
  • Duke Cygnus the Blissful
  • Duke Marcus Eisenwald
  • Duke Khalek Shurrag Od
  • Comes Magnus Tindal
  • Viscount Syr Bear the Wallsbane
  • Sir Michael of Northwood
  • Master John the Pell
  • Sir Havoc the Wild
  • Sir Wulfstan Huscarl
  • Sir Óláfr Þorvarðarson
  • Sir Stefan Ulfkellson, Kingdom Heavy Weapons Warlord
  • Sir Vladimir Mechnik

The day was a huge success, and can best be summed up by Loegaire’s post after the practice:  “I love Æthelmearc!”


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Proposed Corpora Change Results - 4th Peerage

SCAtoday.net - Thu, 2015-01-22 18:00

At the January 17, 2015 Board of Directors meeting in Milpitas, CA, the Board voted against revising Corpora to establish a rapier peerage.

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Statement from the East Kingdom’s Ombudsman to the Board of Directors

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 16:47

We re-print this from the East Kingdom Gazette (Master David of Caithness is also the Ombudsman for Æthelmearc).

The East Kingdom Gazette asked the Ombudsman for the East to provide a statement as to what the Board is considering it will do moving forward with regards to the Rapier peerage. David Keen kindly and promptly sent us the following reply.

The BoD has been at work towards a solution to the current crisis, including wording some proposed Corpora changes. We are constrained as to how we must operate to release these for commentary. We must open an executive session of the BoD, entertain a motion, second the motion, discuss the motion and finally vote on the motion to release it for commentary. Setting a time and date for an executive session via conference call can be challenging given modern work schedules.

The tone and timbre of the commentary to the BoD has been changing these past 24 hours. Keep your thoughts and comments coming. The input from the membership is vital if the BoD  is to come to the most appropriate solution.

(editor’s note: comments may be sent to comments@lists.sca.org)

w/r,
David W. Keen
Director, SCA Inc.
Ombudsman for: Æthelmearc, Atlantia, East, Middle, YAFA Committee
~David of Caithness, OP


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Statement from the East Kingdom’s Ombudsman to the Board of Directors

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 16:08

The Gazette asked the Ombudsman for the East to provide a statement as to what the Board is considering it will do moving forward with regards to the Rapier peerage.  David Keen kindly and promptly sent us the following reply.

The BoD has been at work towards a solution to the current crisis, including wording some proposed Corpora changes. We are constrained as to how we must operate to release these for commentary. We must open an executive session of the BoD, entertain a motion, second the motion, discuss the motion and finally vote on the motion to release it for commentary. Setting a time and date for an executive session via conference call can be challenging given modern work schedules.

The tone and timbre of the commentary to the BoD has been changing these past 24 hours. Keep your thoughts and comments coming. The input from the membership is vital if the BoD  is to come to the most appropriate solution.

w/r,
David W. Keen
Director, SCA Inc.
Ombudsman for: Æthelmearc, Atlantia, East, Middle, YAFA Committee
~David of Caithness, OP


Filed under: Corporate, Fencing

Call for Applicants for Society Chronicler

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 14:40

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is seeking candidates for the position of Society Chronicler. The Interim Society Chronicler’s warrant ends in August 2015. In order to ensure a smooth transition, applications for the position of Society Chronicler are now being accepted.
The Society Chronicler’s duties include the following:
• Supervision of all Kingdom Newsletters to ensure they adhere to Corporate standards and copyright law
• Maintaining, updating, and enforcing the Society Chronicler’s Policies
• Acting as a resource for Kingdom Chroniclers and all Chroniclers throughout the Society
• Administration of the annual Master William Blackfox awards for excellence in SCA publications
• Regular reporting to the Publications Manager and Board of Directors
The successful candidate should have the following skills/competencies:
• Experience managing a newsletter at the SCA Corporate or Kingdom level
• Extensive familiarity with SCA publications
• Basic familiarity with copyright law, both US and international
• Experience working with publishing software and mailing houses and/or postal systems
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Familiarity with SCA Corporate and Kingdom structure
• Familiarity with electronic publications
• Knowledge of Society Chronicler’s policies and issues currently facing SCA Chroniclers
• Excellent communications skills (written, oral, and electronic) and the ability to work with other Corporate and Society officers and deputies
As the bulk of the management of the office is done electronically, a reliable internet connection is also required.

Applications for the office will be accepted through May 15, 2015, and the successful applicant will be notified before the end of July. Please include both an SCA and a modern resume with three references for each including names and e-mail addresses. Send resumes to resumes@sca.org and pubmanager@sca.org.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036
You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


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St. Swithin’s Bog Twelfth Night is This Weekend!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 10:14

The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog wishes to invite all our noble neighbors and friends to enjoy the hospitality of our 12th Night Celebration and Mid-Winter Tourney at our NEW SITE, Ace’s (318 Chestnut Street Johnstown, PA 15906) an immense great hall that will house all of our activities this Saturday, January 24!

Activities will include a tournament for armored combatants, a tournament for fencers, dancing, our annual silent auction, a side board lunch (included in site fee) and feast for 60. We will also be chancing for the opportunity for one of the populace to be “elevated” as Lord or Lady of Misrule for a day of the royal experience. Odds will be heavily in favor of those who are new to the SCA. We will also hold our Baronial Arts & Sciences as well as Bardic Championships on this festive day!

Prizes will be awarded to the victors and to the fighter /fencer deemed most chivalrous by the populace in each of the tournaments. Banners and displays of heraldry are encouraged.

THLord Sionn the Lost has graciously agreed to be our dance master for the day. He will hold classes leading up to a ball after a feast prepared by our own THL Rosheen Rois O’Faye. Please contact her at tzimmerman125@gmail.com with any dietary concerns. The Lord/Lady of Misrule shall of course be seated at high table! The menu for the day is:

Dayboard (included in site fee):
Chicken Rivel Soup, Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, Assorted Cheeses – Cheddar, Swiss and Pepper Jack, Sweet and Hot Sausages,  Assorted Breads,  Assorted Butters,  Fruit Salad

Feast (fees apply):
Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Herbed Chicken with Mustard Sauce, Roast Beef Au Jus, Seasoned Red Skin Potatoes, Green Beans, Pumpernickel Bread, Mini Cherry Escarbuncle Pies, Mini Blueberry Raven Pies

Our site, in the Cambria City neighborhood of Johnstown, will open at 10 AM and close at 9 PM and is dry, but a Cash Bar will be available.

Site fee (including lunch!) will be $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-17, and those 5 and under shall be guests of the Barony. Feast will be $9 for adults, $5 for children 6-17 and free for those 5 and under. A $5 non-member surcharge will apply.

Questions about the event may be directed to the autocrat, THLord Guillaume Le Noir (Dave Damron, 704 Chestnut St., Johnstown, PA 15906) 814-421-1188 or lordguydave@aol.com or to his Co-autocrat, THLady Ursula of Rouen (Danielle M. Duvall, PO Box 5083, Morgantown, WV 26507) 540-287-1748 or ursula.of.rouen@gmail.com.
We have a festive day full of fun activities for everyone. We hope to see you there!

10 AM

  • Site opens
  • Armor inspection begins
  • Silent auction begins
  • A&S submissions accepted
  • Sign up for bardic (competition to be held at their Excellencies will)
  • 50/50 to begin
  • Game tables will be set up around this time, too.

11 AM

  • Armored tournament begins (rounds 1& 2 to be completed before lunch break)
  • Rapier tournament begins (rounds 1&2)
  • Dancing
  • Cash bar opens

1 PM

  • Lunch break (dancing and pick up fights for those who do not wish to partake)
  • Lord or Lady of Misrule declared

2 PM

  • Round3 & finals for both tournaments followed by pick up fights
  • Dancing may resume, with a pause for tourney finals

4:30 PM

  • Lists and dance floor to be closed for court set up.
  • Silent auction winners and 50/50 winner declared

5 PM

  • Court

Feast immediately following court.
Dancing, masked ball, resumes after feast
9PM site closes and clean up begins


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A Missive From Their Royal Majesties

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2015-01-22 00:16

Photo courtesy of Cateline la Broderesse

Greetings unto the people of the East,

We have 5 requests of you in the days ahead during the martial peerage discussions, in the wake of Saturday’s BoD meeting.

  1. Please be respectful. Courtesy is the social fabric that makes us the community that we are.
  2. Please assume misunderstanding over malice. We are a very diverse group of people, and we are also people with jobs and families and worries and opinions and stress. None of us is blessed with perfect foresight. All of us are making the best decisions we can as we go along.
  3. Please have a modicum of patience. There are many moving parts to this, and we have watched the dialogue evolve by the hour.  We are doing all that we can to hear the varied parties, understand the facts and develop a plan in conjunction with our Cousins so that we and the BoD can work in concert to quickly resolve this issue.
  4. Please remember courtesy, courtesy, courtesy.
  5. Please share your council with us: via email, phone or in person.  We have announced the following Order Meetings at Birka: Sagittarius 12:30-1:00
    OGR 2:30-3:15
    Chivalry 3:20-4:05
    Chivalry + OGR 4:10-4:40

    We will also be available Friday and Saturday evening at Birka.

We anticipate being able to share a draft plan sometime next week.

Thank you for caring enough to be a part of this discussion. It will help to shape the future of our society.
In Service to the Dream,
Edward & Thyra


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: royal missive

Announcements From the BoD

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2015-01-21 22:54

The Board of Directors of the SCA made the following two announcements today:

Board of Directors – Meeting Schedule

The Board of Directors would like to thank all those who took the time to attend the First Quarter 2015 meeting in Milpitas, California.

They would like to remind the membership that the Second Quarter 2015 will be taking place in the Middle Kingdom on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati – River Center
10 East Rivercenter Boulevard, Covington Kentucky, 41011.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Resignation of the Society Chirurgeon

At the Jan 2015 quarterly board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon, and directed the President to handle the responsibilities of that office until further notice. The chirurgeon@sca.org email address is now forwarded to the President, and the president@sca.org email address has been added to the KC email list.

As of now, the Chirurgeonate structure still exists as it had before the January BoD meeting. The only change effective as of the Jan board meeting is the resignation of the Society Chirurgeon and transfer of responsibilities to the President. The Chirurgeon Committee’s recommendations would require Corpora changes, which have not yet been sent out for commentary by the membership.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

 


Filed under: Corporate Tagged: BoD, sca announcements