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Seven Laurels, seven pelicans and many silly weapons are ready to take the field but they need your help. The list of peers taking part in the annual Laurels vs. Pelicans boffer challenge is up on the website. These peers face off with boffer weapons to raise money for the Pennsic war chest, which funds Pennsic costs such as the hospitality tent and royalty dinner. The peers and their current totals are listed below.
Laurels Pelicans Mistress Elizabeth Eleanore Lovell
The Bee Keeper
Weapon: Catherine Wheel buckler with bloody tips and a flail of bumble bees
Music: Donor’s Choice! $0.00 Mistress Mercedes de Calafia
La Matadora (The Bull Fighter)
Weapon: Seneschal’s Key of Entirely Appropriate Conduct
Music: Bizet’s Toreador Song $25.00 Mesterno Tyzes “Zsof” Sofia
The Magyar Mangler of the Midrealm
Weapon: The Cameron
Music: TBD $35.00 Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
Her Infernal Splendor, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, Ogress Herald,
Demonon Queen of Fence, Word-wielder, Destroyer of Knees, Crusher of the
Hopes and Dreams of the Weak, Hammer of the Insipid
Weapon: Two Sword
Music: Theme from Jaws $85.00 Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair
The Battling Banfili
Weapon: Ogham covered Standing Stone
Music: O Fortuna $10.00 Sir Tanaka Raiko
Weapon: The Giant Staff of Floppiness
Music: We are the Champions $0.00 Master Alaric MacConnal
Master of Ominous Music
Music: TBD – PAID! $100.00 Baronne Maîtresse Jehannine de Flandres
Weapon: Beer bottle with keg shield
Music: Donor’s Choice $25.00 Master Dietrich Schwelgengräber
Music: Donor’s choice $0.00 Kazumi no Tanaka aka Baroness Mistress Sofia Staritskiia Rhosia
Weapon: Flying Octopus $0.00 Master Grim the Skald
Grim the Scalding
Weapon: Giant Ladle
Music: TBD $0.00 Duchess Kiena Stewart
Duchess of Discord
Weapon: Lance and Hobby Horse
Music: Imperial March from Star Wars $0.00 Mistress Eleanore MacCarthaigh
Weapon: Frying Pan and Spatula $0.00 Mistress Katherine Barr
Music: Donor’s Choice $0.00
What weapons the peers use depends on how much money they raise. Raise $25? They head out with just a dagger. Raise $100? They could head out with a flying octopus or a frying pan and spatula. See www.laurelsvspelicans.com for information on how to donate and the weapons levels.
In addition to the weapons, the peers can have theme music played for their moment of glory. Baroness Sabine de Kerbriant will play entrance music for a peer on her rauschpfeife for a $20 donation. Some peers have listed musical choices. Others are leaving it up to the donor who gives $20 to the Pennsic war chest to make their intro happen.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Laurels vs. Pelicans
Quivers and Quarrels, the SCA archery E-newsletter, is looking for a new Chronicler/editor. The current Chronicler will be leaving due to mundane job requirements.
Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that she has created an album of photos and several videos from the recent Spring 2014 Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield. The photos are available on Flickr, and the videos are on YouTube.
Wendy Martin-Glick, known in the SCA as Lady Maggie MacKeith, discovered the Society in 1987 and has been hooked ever since. The Seneschale of the Shire of the Shadowed Stars in Fort Wayne, Indiana recently spoke with Lynn Altevogt of the Journal Gazette.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Family Names of the United Kingdom Project has completed its first phase with 45,000 surnames, from the 11th to 19th centuries, researched and explained.
Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos from Steppes Warlord 2014 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. The photos are available to view on Flickr.
At Their recent Rowany Festival XXXII, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Lochac, Alfar and Angharat, offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.
Sign-ups are now open for Duke Paul's individual or small group instruction sessions at Pennsic 2014. opics of instruction are the choice of the student.
It was a mostly beautiful day upon which Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta, visited their Barony of Bergental on 31 May 2014, AS XLIX for the competition to choose their Champions of Archery.
There was some fine shooting, nearly eighty archers took the field, including Their Majesties and Their Highnesses. In the end, sixteen stood to compete for the victory, and to be named Queen’s Champion.
The finals came down to Rupert the Unbalanced, and Urho of the Pines. Following a dramatic shoot-off, Rupert emerged the victor, and would be named Queen’s Archery Champion for the 5th time.
At the beginning of court Krakken Gnashbone relinquished his place to Rupert, who was presented the regalia of the Queen’s Archery Champion, and a scroll by Charis Accipiter.
Colin Ursell was thanked for his service, and relieved of his duties as King’s Archery Champion. His Majesty chose Peter the Red, who had displayed incredible prowess to reach the semi-finals, to serve as His champion. Peter received the regalia of the King’s Archery Champion, and a scroll by Charis Accipiter.
The skies began to open, and though a light rain started to come down, court continued onwards.
Godric of Hampton was called into court. There, he presented to Alexander von Heisler the medallion of a Master Bowman. Alexander has achieved a royal-round average greater than 80 points to earn that honor.
Jehannine de Flandres was called to attend the court. She had in her possession old IKAC (Inter-Kingdom Archery Competition) medallions from many years ago. Since all of the recipients were present, she passed them the earned awards for this.
Next was Duchess Avelina called before the court. There, she presented to a recipient of Her Queen’s honor of distinction, Alberic, a token for his work with the state dinner.
The rains abated, much to the delight of those in attendance.
Their Majesties invited before them Mirabet de Gumy. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented an AoA scroll with calligraphy and illumination by Wulfgar Silverbraid, words by Theodora Bryennissa called Treannah.
Her Majesty addressed Her Highness, and invited her into court. She offered her a stuffed blue tyger, as congratulations on her becoming Princess of the East. However, this was a pretense to get Þóra Eiríksdóttir into court, so that the companions of Order of the Silver Crescent may be called forth. She was inducted into said order, presented a medallion as well as a scroll by Nest verch Tangwistel.
Her Majesty next invited the children who had participated in Her service initiative into court. They were presented with beads and cheered. Then were the rest of the children present called before the court, as was Her guard Llewellyn Walsh. Llewelyn took the toy box, and ran into the field, where he served as human piñata for the children to get toys from.
Duke Kenric æt Essex was called before the court. His Majesty did expound upon the many, many, many things Kenric does, and lamented that he leaves nothing for anyone else to do! However, such was his work that it did not go unrecognized, and this day was his rapier prowess in particular noted. The recipients of the Order of the Silver Rapier were called forth. Kenric was inducted to the order, and received a medallion and a scroll by Elisenda de Luna.
Their Majesties called before their court Elisabeth Playledere. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll with calligraphy by þóra Eiríksdóttir, and illumination by Emma Makilmone.
His Majesty addressed Her Excellency Bergantal. He could not help by admire the fine illumination work on the scroll just presented. He invited Emma Makilmone before the court. Noting her contributions to the Arts and Sciences, the companions of the Order of the Maunche were called forth. Emma Makilmone was inducted into the order, and received a medallion, as well as a scroll by Eloise of Coulter.
It was the conclusion of a fine day, and thus closed the court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta was closed. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!
Filed under: Court Tagged: archery, champions, court report
Sir Jon FitzRauf, co-editor of Quivers and Quarrels, reports that material is needed for the summer edition of the SCA wide archery E-newsletter.
Tomorrow, June 7th, a sewing Solarium will be held in the Barony of Settmour Swamp.
The great Pennsic War looms! Is there a seamstress or tailor among us who does not struggle with clothing self and household? Or wrestle with fitting problems, piles of mending, and banners with too darn many laurel leaves? Do you long to hear minstrels strumming and bards singing for your pleasure while you stitch and chat? Come join us in the solar for an afternoon of good company, good food, and good advice for your tailoring issues.
In addition to the solarium, or open area where all may work while being entertained by musicians, bards, and storytellers, there will be two smaller classrooms where we will offer more specific project assistance. We will have teachers on hand to help folks sort out problems with their sewing projects, as well as tables for seamsters to set up sewing machines and an iron, if needed. And, there will be an Athena’s Thimble panel for those working on embroidered pretties.
Do you have fabric, trim, or old clothes taking up space? Bring it to swap or sell! (No other merchanting permitted, sorry.)
Musicians and bards who are interested in performing, please contact the Autocrat, Baroness Elizabeth Talbot, at email@example.com.
We ask all attendees to bring an item of any size or type for the potluck. Contact Lady Vika at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate. Alas for our spirits (but good for our handwork) the site is Completely Dry.
We will not take pre-registration for the event, but we’d appreciate an RSVP (to email@example.com or the “Day in the Solar” FB group) so we can plan resources accordingly. The fee is $12.00, and will include soup, bread & fruit, & a wonderful site token.
Schedule of the day:
11am: Site opens
11am-5pm: Main Hall, Solar — open sewing and entertainment
12pm-3pm: Main Hall, Potluck dayboard served
1pm: Classroom 1, “How to fit a bodice”, Mistress Caterina Gioacchini (volunteer from the audience needed: please email autocrat)
Classroom 2, “Simple embroidery stitches to embellish basic garb”, Lady Elizabet Marshall
2pm: Classroom 1, “Get help fitting problem pieces”, Mistress Elizabeth Talbot and Mistress Caterina Gioacchini
Classroom 2, Athena’s Thimble Panel
3pm: Cutting out period garment shapes: Main hall, T-tunic/early gown, Mistress Elizabeth Talbot
Classroom 1, Italian Gamurra, Mistress Kamilla van Anderlecht
Classroom 2, Gothic Fitted Dress, Mistress Caterina Gioacchini and Lady Vika Grigina zPrahy
5-6 pm: Site Cleanup, all are welcome!
Filed under: Events
Duke Cariadoc of the Bow has issued his annual invitation to experience the Enchanted Ground at Pennsic.
Combat Medallions will be producing Northern Army belt placards as a fundraiser to assist Master Feral with his medical expenses. Once costs to produce the placards have been recovered, 100% of the profits will be donated to Master Feral.
When asked how his business started, JP, the proprietor of Combat Medallions, said that people liked what he was making, so he just kept going, and now he is in 10 different kingdoms.
JP has advised that the placards will be ready in mid-July, and will be available either online at www.combatmedallions.com or at events he is attending. For event availability, he may be contacted through https://www.facebook.com/combat.medallions.1?fref=ts&ref=br_tf.
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Fundraising
In his will, Hugh Audley, known as The Great Audley, 16th century philosopher, land owner and money lender - and owner of the land where Buckingham Palace now stands - left 11 mourning rings, designed to be worn by his mourners. Such a ring, linked to him, has been discovered in a south Norfolk field. (photo)
Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-roku-i Zentarou Umakai reports that, at Their Court at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon 22, Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle offered elevation to the Peerage to four of Their subjects.
Scheduling conflicts have resulted in the cancellation (for this year only) of the American Red Cross blood drive that has been held near Pennsic War for the past few years.
On June 7th we will be holding the second annual test between the Crown Province of Ostgardr and the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn. The event will take place at Episcopal Church of St. Margaret located at 1000 Washington Ave Plainview, NY 11803 On this day the champions and the populace of each group will test their skills in all martial activities: heavy weapons, fencing, archery and thrown weapons; as well as Arts and Sciences competition, Bardic and Brewing competitions. Not a resident of the Province or the Barony? Not a problem! You can come and align with either side with a heavy shove from us to make sure the sides are equitable :)
Schedule for the Day:
3-4 pm Pennsic 101 Class – hosted by Jenna Childslayer.
Please check out the event announcement for more details:
We look forward to seeing you all at the event!
Filed under: Events Tagged: An Dubhaigeainn, Ostgardr
A collaboration between the Israel Antiquities Authority and the British Museum will bring the amazing 3rd century Roman floor mosaics from Lod, Israel to Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, Engand for an exhibit from June 5 – November 2, 2014. The mosaics are "one of the oldest surviving complete Roman mosaics" ever discovered. (photos)
Jeff Nicholson, Chair, SCA Ltd. (Australia), reports on changes to the SCA Ltd. Board and the quest for new Board members.
Archaeologists working on an excavation of a portion of Durham Cathedral, destined to become an exhibition space for the relics of St. Cuthbert, have unearthed over 20,000 animal bones and a "massive amount" of food waste. The site was once part of the monastery's 14th century kitchen. (photos)