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Out-of-kingdom event: Autocrats’ Colloquium

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-29 18:35

by Eleazar ha-Levi

Do you have a great idea for an event, but you don’t have the vaguest idea how to do it?

Are you a novice autocrat who wants to learn more of the techniques of running an event?

On May 13, the East Kingdom Shire of Blak Rose (Harrisburg, PA) will be running a one-day Autocrats’ Colloquium for people like you.

Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, we must have at least 15 more registered attendees on Monday, May 1, 2017, or we may have to cancel this event.

This event will be a series of classes — so you don’t have to come in garb – covered topics include:

  • Real World and SCA Laws – What you need to know as an autocrat about dealing with SCA and real world laws.  Mistress Katherine Barr is a former Kingdom Seneschal and currently works as an intellectual property paralegal with a background in contract work.
  • Food:  Options and Considerations – What an autocrat needs to know about dayboards and feasts at events.  Meister Dietrich Schwelgengräber is a veteran of many feasts, a Laurel for cooking and a professionally trained chef.
  • Guide to Jewish Holidays – Which Jewish holidays is it important to avoid? Reb Eleazar ha-Levi, author of Compleat Anachronist 110, “An SCA Guide to Jewish Persona”, does an overview of the Jewish holidays for those who don’t understand them.  “If you don’t know what Goyim means, it means you.”
  • Publicizing Events – Today an autocrat has a wide variety of powerful tools available to publicize your event.  A roundtable discussion on how to make sure you are choosing the right tools to get the word out, and that you are sending out the messages that you intend to send.
  • Making New People Welcome – Recruitment and retention are key to the health of the SCA.  How can an autocrat make new people feel more welcome? Lady Dara von Halstern has autocrated over 100 in her thirty years in the Society
  • Special Needs – Accessibility issues and food allergies are two needs that an autocrat needs to consider.  How can and should you take these into account when planning?  Mistress Alayne Alexandra Nyvern Nightwatcher is East Kingdom Accessibility Porter.
  • Budgeting – How to develop the budget for your event, projecting attendance, considering expenses.  Lady Tuathflaith ingen huí Chleirigh has done budgeting for a variety of events, activities, and programs conducted by a number of different groups, including, among others, the SCA, the Mid-State Swim League, and the Girl Scouts.
  • Camping Events – Camping events create their own set of challenges in both mechanical infrastructure and staffing.  To run a successful event an autocrat needs to be aware of these challenges and have strategies for overcoming them. Mistress Linette de Gallardon has been autocrat for a number of camping events including Southern Regional War Practice.
  • Children at Events – How and what to plan for the youngest members of the Society.  The class will use a presentation prepared by Mistress Leonete D’Angely, East Kingdom Chancellor of Minors, who is herself unable to attend.


Registration Fees

Cost is $20, with a $5 discount for members.  This includes a do-it-yourself lunch board.  Deadline is May 6, 2017. Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. — Shire of Blak Rose.

Contact Information

Event Steward Reb Eleazar ha-Levi (mka Lew Wolkoff), 2118 Penn Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Email.

Send reservations to: Lady Alana O’Keeve (mka Rachel Wright), 4809 Brian Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Email.

For more information, including directions to the site, go to the entry for the Autocrats’ Colloquium in the East Kingdom Calendar.

The Google Map at the event announcement includes links to several hotels adjacent to the event site for those who might want to stay overnight.

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Spring Crown Tourney: Food, Heralds, Dayshades, Beds!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-29 18:08
Spring Crown is just mere weeks away now (May 12) and we are busy with the finalizing details. The following are the menus for the meals: Travelers Repast (Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.)
  • Sloppy Joes (aka steamers)
  • Vegetable soup
  • Chili
  • Cheese
  • Bread
  • Veggie straws
  • Crackers
  • Assorted fruits
  • Assorted veggies
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Lemonade
Breakfast (Saturday, 7 to 9 a.m.)
  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Bread
  • Margarine
  • Assorted fruit
  • Cheese
  • Assorted jams and jellies
  • Honey
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Lemonade

Dayboard (Saturday, beginning around 10:30 a.m.)

Our head cook, Lady Arianna del Vallone, has come up with a fantastic progressive menu that will start with brunch-like items and end with more dinner type offerings. Dietary  concerns should be directed to her. The dayboard will be revolving through the day from brunch style items to more dinner like items later in the day. GF denotes gluten-free items, V denotes vegetarian (some of these items would be considered vegan but not most) All-Day items
  • Assorted fresh fruits-GF,V
  • Assorted fresh veggies with dip-GF,V
  • Assorted breads, including a lovely rosemary bread -V
  • butter and honey butter-GF,V
  • Assorted cheeses-GF,V
  • Assorted crackers or alternative breads- GF,V
  • Hummus-GF, V
Brunch items (coming out around 10-10:30 a.m.)
  • Crustless cheese mini tortes-GF
  • Sweet Brie cheese toast- GF (this will be labeled as some will have wheat)
  • Bacon-wrapped almond-stuffed dates-GF
  • Fighter breakfast biscuits (sausage and cheese biscuits)

Lunch items (coming out between 12-1 p.m.)

  • Amarretti Di Sarrano (almond cookies)- GF
  • Andalusian Stuffed Eggs (period deviled eggs)-GF
  • Meatballs or Skinless sausage (period beef meatballs)-GF
  • Leche lumbarde (date bars)-GF, V
Dinner Items (coming out around 3 p.m.)
  • Bacon-wrapped chicken kabobs-GF (some of these will be made bacon free for those that do not do pork).
  • Beef Kabobs-GF
  • Roasted Veggie Kabobs-GF, V
  • Fine Cakes (Period short Bread)- V
The site will open on Friday, May 12 at 5 p.m. and close on Sunday, May 14 at noon. Whatever leftovers we may have will be offered on Sunday morning. Entrant Heralds!
  • If you are a combatant or a consort and have a herald…
  • If you are a combatant or consort in need of a herald…
  • If you are a herald and wish to assist with heralding combatants or lysts at Crown Tournament…

…Please contact Maighstir Liam MacantSaoir, Sycamore Herald.


The following is the list of combatant dayshade requests received so far. If you have sent in a request, please check this list for accuracy and let dayshade coordinator Lady Margarita De’ Siena know about any changes needed. If you have not sent us a request, please do so by Monday, May 8.

  • Duke Sven Gunnarsson for Duchess Siobhán inghean uíLiatháin – (10×12 with 2 ft for ropes. Note: This one has a back wall)
  • Duke Sir Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn for Viscountess Rosalinde Ashworth (10×20)
  • Duke Marcus Eisenwald for Countess Margerite Eisenwald
  • Duke Sir Titus Scipio Germanicus for Countess Anna Leigh
  • Count Sir Andreas Morgan for Countess Kallista Morgunova – 21×21
  • Earl Sir Thomas Byron of Haverford and Countess Sir Ariella of Thornbury, each for the other – (16×16)
  • Baron Sir Maghnus an Chnoic na n’Iora for Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful (12×12 plus ropes)
  • Sir Angus MacBain for Maîtresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon (16×18 plus ropes)
  • Baron Sir Murdoch Bayne for Baroness Rioghnach niRose
  • Sir Finn Marland O’Shannon for Lady Sigrid Wilhelm –(9×12 not including ropes)
  • Baron Sir Alonzio of the Peacemakers for Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella
  • Sir Gareth Kincaid for Mistress Juliana Delamare
  • THL Rouland of Willowbrooke and Mistress Jenna MacPherson of the Lion’s Tower, each for the other (Ssaring space with Sir Angus & Maîtresse Yvianne)
  • Master Tigernach mac Cathail for Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin
  • Lord Gregory Hillson for Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf (12×15 tent with a 3 ft rope line)
  • Sir Hauoc the Wild for Lady Raven Hildebrand (18×20 with the 18 ft side facing the list) 
  • Sir Arnþorr inn sterki for Lady Ceirech Na Hinsi
  • Sir Marek Viacheldrago for Lady Sybilla Julianna Daetwyller (12×12)
  • Baroness Beatrix Krieger and THL Thorsol Solinauga, each for the other (10×10 wall tent preferably near Hus Faerhaga)
  • THL Lothar Hügelmann for Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth
  • THL Madison Morai for Lady Stasha Sebastian – (12×12)
  • Lord Leo Dietrich for Baroness Aemelia Soteria
  • Lord Arden Scot of Clann Scot for Lady Dierdre Scot of Clann Scot (sharing with Duke Malcolm and Viscountess Rosalinde)
  • Lord Cormacc mac Gilla Bridghe for Lady Elena de la Palma
  • Lord Oliver Sutton for Lady Grainne Shionnach
  • Lord Cheng Tai Ren for Dai Li –(9×9)C
  • id Hiyo for Diana Hiyo
  • Salvidore Moro di Medici for Kaelena Kobor

Noncombatant Dayshades

  • Royal Pavilion – (20x 20 pending confirmation)
  • Arindale – (20 x30 place near Royal)
  • Heralds – (2 spots each 10×10 – 1 for the Heralds dayshade and 1 for the shield tree, near the Royal pavilion
  • MOL – (12×12 pending confirmation. This will be between the Heralds and the tourney tree)
  • Combatant First Aid and Hydration Services Dame Morwenna Trevethan– (12×12 dayshade with 3 feet clearance on the sides)
  • Hospitality Tent Mistress AElfrun Ketta– (20×20 and close to the fighting)
  • Samin – (12×16)
  • Duke Marcus and Countess Margarite – (12×15 plus ropes)


We have well over 200 beds available at no additional charge for Crown Tourney. You can stay just Friday night or just Saturday night, or for both nights and there is no additional charge. You will need to bring your own bedding, however. Here is the link  for the Camp Frame, The populace will be directed to the Girls Dorm and to a new smaller dorm.  The Girls Dorm has showers and flushies. While the smaller dorm does not have these, it is quite close to the girls dorm. We have a limited amount of tent space available as well for those who might wish to camp. Just contact me ahead of time with your tent size so we can plan where to put it. There are also a number of hotels within a short drive to the site.
  1. Quality Inn Spring Mills, Martinsburg North, 3-star hotel, average price $63/night 1220 T J Jackson Dr, Falling Waters, WV 25419, (304) 274-6100
  2. Motel 6, 2-star hotel, average price $53/night, 5595 Hammonds Mill Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, (304) 274-2181
  3. Super 8 Martinsburg, 2-star hotel, average price $51/night, 2048 Edwin Miller Blvd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, (304) 263-0801
  4. Comfort Inn Aikens Center, 2-star hotel, average price $87/night, 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, (304) 263-6200
  5. Holiday Inn Martinsburg, 3-star hotel, average price $105/night, 301 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401, (304) 267-5500

If you have any general questions about the event, please feel free to contact the autocrat, Dame Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir.

Official event announcement is here.

Facebook event page is here.

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Call for Nominations

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-04-28 17:21

The Board of Directors is seeking nominations from the populace for individuals to serve as members of the following Board Committees:

Finance and Audit Committee

Mission:  to assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor.

Communications Committee

Mission:  to develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society.

Membership Committee

Mission:  grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support.

If you are interested in serving on any of these Committees, please send a letter of interest, together with your SCA and mundane resumes to the following committee chairpersons:

Finance Committee: Richard Sherman (

Communications Committee: Vandy Donelson (

Membership Committee: Chele Martines (

If you would like additional information, or have any questions about the Committees or the nomination process please contact the Committee chairperson or the Corporate Office.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email

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Unofficial Court Report – First Court of Ioannes and Honig

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:39

Their Imperial Majesties Ioannes and Honig opened Their First Court at Their Coronation, held in the Barony of Dragonship Haven on the 1st of April, Anno Societatis LI, also counted as 2017 in the Common Era.

For Their first item of business, they called for Lady Kit de Coldwood and named her Captain of the Queen’s Guard. Lady Kit then called for each Guard to take their place and Empress Honig draped them each with the baldric of their appointment.

Their Majesties invited William and Isolde, Prince and Princess of the Middle Kingdom, to join Them in Court. Their Majesties gave Their Highnesses gifts of embroidered books, made by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse. Their Highnesses gave gifts to Their Majesties in turn.

Next, Their Majesties invited the Baron and Baroness of Dragonship Haven, Joseph of the Red Griffin and Bronwen Rose of Greyling, to join them on the dias. Their Excellencies offered gifts to the Crown with were accepted with appreciation.

The Crown called for Duke Brion Anthony Uriel Tarragon and Duchess Anna Ophelia Holloway Tarragon. Their Majesties gave them bottles of fine spirits and accepted gifts from them in return. Their Graces then swore fealty to the Crown of the East.

Emperor Ioannes and Empress Honig then called for those newcomers attending their first Royal event and gave them tokens of welcome.

Their Majesties called for the children of the East and offered them toys from the Royal toy chest. Jarl Thorvald Halversson called Thorson was given the box and the children ran after him with much exuberance.

Lady Liadin ingen Chineada was summoned and Their Majesties spoke of her skill in the rapier lists and her work building a local rapier practice. For these things, Their Majesties called for the Order of the Silver Rapier and named her a Companion. A scroll will be forthcoming.

Following that, Lady Arabella de Mere was called forward. Their Majesties spoke of her work as a fiber artist and weaver and made her a Companion of the Order of the Silver Brooch. She was given a scroll calligraphed by Baroness Marieta Charay with illumination by Lady Triona MacCaskey.

Emperor Ioannes and Empress Honig then requested the presence of Siona Dunleavy. They spoke of her garb-making, her jewelry-crafting, and her singing. Finding these things worthy of recognition, they Awarded her Arms. She was given a scroll with calligraphy and words by Lord Faolan an Sccreccain and illumination by Lady Lorita de Siena.

Matthias von Würzburg was summoned before the throne. The Crown spoke of his work with the webminstry and help problem solving in that venue. They called for the Order of the Silver Wheel and named him a Companion of that Order. To remember the day, he was given a scroll with words by Baroness Aislinn Chiabach, calligraphy by Master Jonathan Blaecstan, and illumination by Lady Triona MacCasky.

Next there was a presentation of the Venaralia of Venus. Drumming filled the air, flower petals were strew in front of the ladies processing, and much joy was had.

The Crown Province of Ostgardr made a presentation of gifts to the Crown, to fill the largess coffers.

Lord Gaius Claudius Valerianus came before the throne and made a presentation of coins he had minted in the Emperor and Empress’ honor.

His Majesty called for the drummers who had contributed much to the day. Ce’ol  of Glenwood, Aidan of La Familia Gladiatoria, Caius Pontus, and Cassius Pontus were all awarded the Order of the Troubadour for their work that day and at many Pennsic Wars. Each was given a cup as the token of the Order. His Majesty announced that scrolls would be forthcoming.

The event steward, Don Thomas of Effingham, was thanked for his work putting the event together and he, in turn, thanked his staff.

Their Majesties then called for the answer to the question set before Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre at the Last Court of Brion III and Anna III. Various worthies were asked to speak on his behalf. Sir Ivan Ulrickson, with “help” from Sir Ane du Vey and Sir Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus, spoke for the Order of Chivalry. For the Order of the Pelican, Mistress Anastasia Guta spoke the words of Master Christian Wolfe of Edinburgh then spoke briefly on her own behalf. Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova spoke the words of Master Frasier MacLeod for the Order of Defense. The Order of the Rose found its voice with Chatricam Meghanta called Countess Meggie. And for the Order of the Laurel, Mistress Kayleigh Mac Whyte spoke. Finding these words worthy, Their Majesties called for the Order of the Laurel. Alexandre was released from his apprenticeship by his apprentice sister Maitresse Camille desJardins on behalf of his peer, Mistress Carolyne de la Pointe. He was then given the regalia of his peerage – a cloak, a medallion, and a wreath. Now Master Alexandre then gave fealty to the Crown. The event was recorded in a scroll with words by Mistress Anastasia Guta, calligraphed by Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir with ink made by Ian the Green, and illuminated by Maitresse Camille desJardins and Lady Adrienne d’Everus.

There being no further business, the First Court of Their Imperial Majesties Ioannes and Honig was closed.

These are the events as I recall them. My thanks to all those who attended the event and all those who aided the Crown with the day.

Pray know I remain,

For Crown and College,

 – Master Rowen Cloteworthy

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Their Majesties’ Spark Challenge

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-04-28 16:30

Unto Glorious Æthelmearc do Timothy and Gabrielle send greetings,

At Our Coronation this past weekend, We announced Our Spark Challenge: Our way of encouraging folks to discover, or rediscover the magic that Our Kingdom and the Society as a whole offer. Any and all are invited to give pearls, any and all are invited to receive pearls. We distributed about 1,000 at Coronation to the Landed Barons and Baronesses, the Kingdom officers and the Peers we could, but that was just to get the ball rolling.

The idea is simple. Try something out of your usual range of activities. You may find yourself in love with your hobby all over again in ways you never thought possible. The things available to do are quite literally innumerable. Broaden your horizons. Never thrown axes or knives? Go to a thrown weapons practice. Are you comfortable at calligraphy and Illumination but afraid to try gilding? We are sure there is someone willing to teach you. Always curious about fighting heavy, but could never get up the nerve? Give it a shot. There are dozens of folks who would love to show you how it is done. Attend a class or a Curia. Sit through a court. Submit a device. Go to a bardic circle. Volunteer at Troll or in the kitchen. You’ll have fun, and hopefully meet new people and make new friends. At Melee Madness, Timothy will be doing something way, way out of his comfort zone (ask any of the equestrians about Tim and horses).

At any time after Crown Tournament, please come up to Us and show Us your 8 pearls, and better still, tell us a story or two of how much fun you had. We will gladly present you with a token commemorating the completion of your quest, and hopefully, the beginning of a magical new chapter in your SCA career.

In service to Æthelmearc ,
Timothy and Gabrielle

The Spark Challenge FAQ:

• Am I giving pearls out or am I trying to earn them?

Both! The spirit of the challenge is to encourage everyone to try something new and to recognize the effort that others are putting into the Society. If you are teaching a class, running an event, or organizing a marshal activity, TRMs hope that you would present a pearl to those individuals who are new to the activity or coming back after an extended absence.

• Is this for new people or everyone?

Both! New members are encouraged to explore all that the Society has to offer. However, long-time participants are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and try something different.

• What if I’ve already done a lot of things?

There are many different aspects of the Society. Some possible activities include retaining, teaching, taking classes, or participating in different martial activities.

• What do I do with the pearls?

Anything you want! You can add them to garb, make jewelry, give them to a special friend, or recognize someone else doing something new. Just make a point to show your collection to TRMs.

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