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The East Kingdom Royal Gifts Chest Issues Kingdom-wide Challenge

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-04-14 13:41

The East Kingdom Royal Gifts Chest is issuing a challenge to the Baronies and Shires of The East Kingdom!

Spring is here and the East welcomes a new King and Queen! It is time to fill Our gift coffers with beautiful and functional items, ones that represent the talents of Our Eastern Artists.

The Royal Gifts Chest therefore challenges each Barony and Shire in the East Kingdom to rally their members to make, create, and donate! Items will be collected at events throughout the Spring and Summer and credited to the Barony or Shire it comes from. The Challenge ends on Sunday, August 4, with the winning group being announced at East Kingdom Court at Pennsic. The group with the most points will have bragging rights and a chest full of goodies!

This list is by no means exhaustive, if you have something in mind but do not know what category it fits in, please ask! Points will be awarded as follows:

Clothing Items, 3 points each:
Lengths of trim (2 yards = 3 points), sets of buttons (8 small, or 4 large), gloves (pair), knit socks (pair), coifs/caps, hats, hoods, arming caps, veils

Needlework items, 2 points each:
Needle cases, sets of needles (bone, metal, wood), scissor cases, pin cushions, sewing kits, skeins of handspun yarn, lucets, drop spindles

Feast items, 2 points each:
Plates, mugs, glasses, napkins, candle holders

Cords, 1 point per yard:
Fingerloop braids, kumihimo, lucet cord

Pouches or bags, 2 points each:
Drawstring bags in small/medium/large, belt pouches

Jewelry, 2 points each:
Fibulas, penannular brooches, bracelets, earrings (pair), necklaces, pendants, pewter items, viking wire work, veil pins, paternosters/rosaries, lampwork beads (2 beads), rings

Wooden items, 3 points each:
Small/medium boxes, game boards and pieces, candle holders, wax tablets, small foot stools

Household items, 2 points each:
Soap, beauty/personal care items, candles, period spices and spice mixes, bottle opener, leather mug strap

Items from the Scriptorium, 3 points each:
Period scribal supplies, scroll blanks, illuminated thank you cards and envelopes (set of 4), leather covered journals, small handmade books

Award Medallions, 3 points each:
East Kingdom award and order medallions, extra bonus point if it’s a Middle Kingdom award or order medallion

Fighter’s Repair Kit, 4 points each kit:
Each kit to include – a leather punch, roll of duct tape, roll of strapping tape, lacing, two-piece rivets (quick rivets), blue electrical tape

Large items, 5 points each:
A set of arrows, a quiver, a collapsible bench, small collapsible table, leather or beaded baronial coronets, silk banners

Please include an info card with the donation listing your SCA name and Barony or Shire.  Donations are gladly accepted at all Royal Progress Events.*

If you have any questions, please contact the Royal Gift Coordinator Mistress Saerlaith 

 

*Royal Progress Events
4/5 Coronation
4/19 Balfar’s Challenge
5/10 Whistuntide Fest
5/17 Spring Crown Tourney
5/24 War of the Roses
5/31 King and Queen’s Archery Championship
6/21 King and Queen’s Champions of Arms
6/28 Southern Region War Camp
7/5 Northern Region War Camp
7/12 Great Northeastern War
Pennsic War (deadline of Sunday, August 4th)


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Tidings

Spring Crown List Is Now Available

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-04-14 09:33

His Majesty Brennan has announced the following combatants and consorts in the list of Spring Crown Tourney to be held in the Barony of L’ile du Dragon Dormant (Montreal, QC) on May 17th AS 49

Duke Ronald Wilmot for Duchess Bronwyn Dawntreader
Duke Randal of the Dark for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Baron Pellandres, dit le frère for Duchess Marieke van de Dal
Tribune Darrius Aurelius Serpentius , Called Omega the Impact for Duchess Roxane Farabi
Duke Konrad Der Lowe Von Ulm for Lady Aibhilin Fhionn
Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven for Countess Þóra Eiríksdóttir
Duke Kenric æt Eastseaxe for Master Krakken Gnashbone
Jarl Valgards Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sir Rhys Ravenscroft for Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
Sir Stephen Grandchamp for Mistress Ellen Du Grandchamp
Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Áine an Neamheaglach
Pan Jan Janowicz Bogdanski for Herrin Rosamund von Schwyz
Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton for Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke for Mistress Vienna de le Mer
Baron Matthew Moreaveous Avdenmork for Mistress Fia Kareman
Master Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus for Lady Katerina Iliovna Vladimirov
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern for Baron William Trout
Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell
Master Angus Kerr for Baroness Katarzyna Gwozdz called Varju
Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson for Mistress Eva Woderose
Syr Marcus Blackaert for Baroness Astrid Sigrun Ulfkellsdottir
Sir Angus McHaley for Mistress Tadea Isabetta di Bruno
Don Luis de Castilla for Lady Berenika
Thane Aethelhafoc Caegfindan for THL Siubhan Wallace
Baron Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Matilde DeCadenet
Lord Mathew MacGyver for Baroness Lillian Stanhope
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn for Baroness Maev ingean ui Cheallaigh
Lord Kenimathor of Lochleven for Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge
Baron Matthias Grunwald for Lady Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Astrid Olfasdatter
Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris the spinner
Lord Richard Crowe for Gabriella Crowe
Lady Cornelia VandeBrugge for Lord Perceval Gower, Esq.
Lord Aiden of Coldwood for Lady Elke Vuponne
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
Lord Wilham de Broc for Lady Isabel Chamberlaine
Lord Robert Gower for Lady Rachel of Ironwolf
Lord Fearghus O Conchobhairof Buckland Cross for Lady Markesa De Carvalhal
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for Maeve O’Clery
Lord Eoghan Bastard mac Lachlainn of Lochleven for Lady Chiara di Marte de Venezia
Lord Eliahu Al-Talhi for Lady Sandrine de Berry
Dominus Spurius Genucius Ruilus for Lady Isolda Fairamay
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi Aravinda
Lord Phelippe du Peiregore for Maeve
Lord Thorvald Olafsson for Lady Melisande De La Mer
Ivarr Rambison for Rose DuBois


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1,500-year-old Christian church unearthed near Tel Aviv

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-04-13 14:48

Construction work for a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma, 30 miles south of Tel Aviv, has unearthed the foundations of a 6th century Byzantine church. The remains of the basilica and its artifacts discovered include "a cistern, a pottery workshop, cooking implements, oil lamps and central halls with a pair of side aisles divided by marble pillars."

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Medieval superpowers of the Swahili Coast

SCAtoday.net - Sun, 2014-04-13 10:26

Great civilizations of the Middle Ages were not located solely in Europe or Asia. Some of the world superpowers grew up along the coasts of Africa. In a feature article for i09, Annalee Newitz takes a look Songo Mnara, a city that thrived from the 10th to 15th centuries. (photos)

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Anglo-Saxon tool papers online

SCAtoday.net - Sat, 2014-04-12 09:45

On its website, Daegrad Tools of Sheffield, England offers an extensive list of papers on Anglo-Saxon tools. The papers are available for free download in PDF format.

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Nurture Our Next Generation

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-04-11 19:38

Pay heed to the words of our new King!

From His Imperial Majesty:

Be it known that the children of the East are Our most precious
subjects. Those members of the Eastern populace that honor children
honor Their Majesties.

These young members are contributing to our Society now, as artists
and archers, pages, heralds and dancers. Chivalry and courtesy demand
that our young members be welcomed and encouraged at every turn just
as we welcome and encourage all of Our subjects who would work for the
betterment of our Kingdom and Society.

We understand that there are times that our young members do not live
up to all the ideals of courtesy and historical accuracy that we
strive for. Very few of us do. Yet it behooves us all, parents, aunts,
uncles, friends, and strangers alike to make our children feel that
their presence is welcome and wanted.

We greatly appreciate the efforts of every Easterner who works to make
a place for families at events and incorporate them into all
appropriate activities.

In Service to the East,
Brennan Augustus

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.


Filed under: Tidings, Youth Activities Tagged: children, families, Youth

Unofficial Court Report from Coronation

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-04-11 17:31

And it came to pass on 5 April 2014, AS XLVIII that Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II did leave the throne in favor of their heirs.

Thus Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta became Emperor and Empress of the Kingdom of the East!

The Greater Officers of state in attendance swore oaths of fealty to Their Majesties, as did the landed Barons and Baronesses, and the Viceroy of Ostgardr.

Their newly crowned Majesties processed from the hall as the historic Roll of Kings was sung. Soon after they sat in state for a time.

In triumph they came before the populace. His Majesty Brennan marched in with an impressive escort, followed by Her Majesty Caoilfhionn carried upon a litter and accompanied by an equally impressive escort.

Their highnesses of Æthelmearc, Tindal and Etain, as well as Their Majesties Acre, Damien and Tara, were invited to join Their Imperial Majesties in court. His Highness Tindal announced that the Sylvan Kingdom or Æthemearc would ally with the Kingdom of the East at the coming Pennsic War. His Majesty Damien presented, and together with Their Majesties, signed the historic Treaty allying Acre with the Kingdom of the East at the coming Pennsic War once again.

Einarr Njortharson, called Billyfish, was called before Her Majesty. He was thus named Captain of Her Guard, and called forth those who would stand in defense of Her person.

Their Graces Duke Gregor, Duke Edward, Duke Konrad for himself and representing Duke Andreas, and Duchess Kiena representing Duke Brion were invited before Her Majesty. All had been called upon to provide guards for Her reign, and those chosen were presented to Her.

Earl Kenric and Countess Avelina were called before the court. Their Majesties did invest them each as a Duke and Duchess of the Kingdom of the East. Both received Ducal Coronets and Cloaks, and His Grace Kenric a scroll by Eva Woderose. Her Grace Avelina received a scroll featuring illumination by Honig von Somerfeldt and calligraphy by Eva Woderose.

Lu An Hua was called before Their Majesties. She was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Ding Li Ying Nu Shr, with words by Alayne Alexandra Nyvern Nightwatcher and Chinese calligraphy by Shr Ti Fun.

Devra Hanna bat Jacob was next called before Their Majesties. She, too was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA scroll created by Mergriet van Wijenhorst.

Cedric of Armorica was called before the Court. Heralded in by Aneleda Falconbridge, he received leave to speak to the populace in order to issue a challenge in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the same challenge offered prior to requesting the hand of his lady, Annastrina.

Antonio Patrasso was called into court by Her Imperial Majesty. Caoilfhionn Augusta presented him with a Queen’s Order of Courtesy, where he did receive a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine, with words by Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaoláin. His Majesty Brennan Augustus presented Antonio with his own QoC glove, originally received from the hand of Duchess Jana.

Genovefa De Magna Villa was next called before Their Majesties. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Palotzi Marti.

Co-Autocrat for the event, Maerhild of Settmour Swamp, was called before Their Majesties. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll featuring calligraphy by Kayleigh MacWhyte and illumination by Suzanne Nueber de Londres.

Engracia de Madrigal was next called before the Emperor and Empress. The Order of the Silver Rapier companions were called forth, and Engracia was thus awarded the Silver Rapier, receiving a pendant from Owynn Greenwood and a scroll featuring illumination by Camille des Jardins, calligraphy by Alexandre St Pierre, and words by Alys Mackyntoich.

His Majesty demanded the presence the Tyger Clerk of the Signet, Kayleigh McWhyte, in order that he might put an end to her impertinence in correcting Him when He addressed her as “Your Excellency”. She was named a Baroness of the Court, and presented a pair of scrolls. The first, in crayon, stated plainly – “Dudes, She Be a Baroness”. The second, a more formal scroll, was also received. Both were the works of Edward MacGyver dos Scorpius.

Thus closed the first court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!

In service,

Don Malcolm Bowman

Eastern Crown Herald

PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day! Rowen Cloteworthy, Aildreda de Tamworthe, Ryan McWhyte, Thomas De Castellan, and Jehane de Fenwyk

Photos by Lord Hugh Tauerner and Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.

 

 

 

 

 


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Wyoming college hosts Biduum Latinum

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-04-11 16:03

Latin is alive and well at Students at the college are required Wyoming Catholic College where students and professors recently participated in Biduum Latinum, a Latin immersion weekend, where everyone spoke only Latin. KCWY News 13 has the story.

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State Library of Victoria completes digitization project

SCAtoday.net - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:39

The State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia has just completed a project to digitize medieval and renaissance manuscripts from its own collection as well as some from the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. The manuscripts are available to view on the library's website.

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Queen Caoilfhionn’s Kids Service Initiative

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2014-04-11 13:37

Please share widely the following message from our new Queen, and if your group is hosting a Royal Progress event, you are encouraged to include this youth activity!

Unto the fine people of the East Kingdom do I, Caoilfhionn Augusta, send my warmest greetings.

Many times I see our children hard at work learning about crafts and pursuits medieval and ancient. I see them learning about heraldry, life in times gone by, clothing that was worn and why. I see then engaged in youth combat, archery, and fencing. All of these things are good and pleasing. It left me to wonder, though, what do we teach them of OUR society, how the SCA functions and thrives on the backs of the hard working folks who give of themselves their service that we all might live the dream.

Service comes in many forms, great and small, from holding a kingdom office or autocrating an event to washing dishes and moving benches. Every hand makes the work lighter, every link in the chain makes it stronger, and every “thank you” given I earnest makes us a little brighter and happier.

Thus, I created the Kids Service Initiative.

At every Royal Progress event (autocrats willing), we will have something of a service scavenger hunt. Each item has a number of points, from 1 – 4. Any child reaching 10 points by 30 minutes before court is scheduled to begin can turn in their sheet to the Royal Room (All checked items should have adult signature/initials). Their names will be called in court and they will receive a token of a bead from My hand. Every event shall have a different color bead so at the time that our heirs take the thrones, the children can have one or many.

Service items may be any of the following (depending on the availability of activities and autocrat permission at any given event):

4 Points

  • Wash dishes for kitchen for 15 Minutes (1 point each add’l 15 minutes)
  • Retain for Royalty for 30 minutes (1 point each add’l 30 minutes)
  • Organize & run games for younger children (6-12)

3 Points

  • Help Setup Tent/Easy up
  • Be a runner for List (from marshalls to MOL) Older children only (6-12 yrs)
  • Guard Royal Room for 15 Minutes
  • 15 minutes helping at Troll (hand out site tokens or site booklets) (1 point each add’l 15 minute)
  • 15 minutes working in kitchen (any) (1 point each add’l 15 minute)
  • 15 minutes water bearing (1 point each add’l 15 minute)
  • Wipe down tables/sweep hall between activities
  • Help set up hall for Court (move chairs, clean up from day’s activities)

2 Points

  • Help Serve/Put out Dayboard
  • Help Set up Tables for Dayboard (Move tables, Put table clothes on, etc)
  • Run a message (written or oral) from one person to another (troll, merchant, MOL, etc.)
  • Errands for merchants
  • Assemble site tokens

1 Point (Only counts once for each. Multiple times doing same thing is not multiple points but greatly appreciated)

  • Help someone carry something
  • Pick up garbage that is not yours and throw away
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Give up your seat to someone else
  • Help load/unload a vehicle

The above list is by no means exhaustive, and can be added to or built upon as we move along. You are free to write in an act of service if it is not on the event’s check-off sheet.

This program is designed for kids aged 12 and under, as it is our assumption that children over the age of 12 understand the gravity and nature of service already and would not require this type of incentive or game-based education (you find the fun aaaand SNAP! The job’s a game!). We would welcome the assistance of the older kids with this program if they wish to help out. It could be very rewarding for them, and would help the younger kids to be more eager about getting involved.

Lady Gautselin will be helping to coordinate this for me and will be the contact person for event autocrats.

This is a program that I am very excited about and I look forward to the participation of the Children of the East.

In Service to the Dream,
Caoilfhionn Augusta


Filed under: Events, Youth Activities Tagged: children, service, Youth

What does a medieval literature scholar see in 'Game of Thrones?'

Medievalists.net - Fri, 2014-04-11 01:00


From PBS Newshour: Brantley Bryant, associate professor of medieval literature at Sonoma State University, shares what he sees of The Canterbury Tales, the Morte d'Arthur and Beowulf in HBO's "Game of Thrones."
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Coronation of Brennan and Caoilfhionn

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-04-10 13:54

An Irish seeress, Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige, pronounces the doom of King Kenric

On April 5th in the Barony of Settmour Swamp, King Kenric and Queen Avelina received an unexpected visit in the court from an Irish seeress proclaiming the following:

King of the East! I speak your wyrd.
I see it in the flight of birds,
in the rising smoke, in the shifting clouds.

King of the East, I speak your wyrd.
The wolf is coming, cloaked in splendor.
The eagles scream above his footfalls.

King of the East, I speak your wyrd.
The white horse falls from the high place,
driven by the wolf, hard at his heels.

King of the East, your wyrd is spoken.

Lady Mhari Brewbane translates the words of a mysterious Irish seeress – “King of the East! I speak your wyrd.”

This visit was followed by a Roman oracle speaking the same words.  Heeding the warning, King Kenric and Queen Avelina put their affairs in order and stepped off their thrones.  They summoned and crowned their successors, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, who then took the vows and assumed the symbols of the rulers of the East Kingdom.

The following are photos from Coronation.  Our thanks to the photographers, Lord Hugh Tauerner and Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.

 

The seeress Faustina Numera Septima pronounces King Kenric’s doom

King Kenric is shaken by the words of the seeresses and seeks the counsel of His Queen

King Kenric awards Mistress Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell His cypher

Queen Avelina thanks worthy members of Her royal house

Prince Brennan, right and just heir to the Eastern throne, Wolf of Tir Mara, answers the royal summons

Princess Caoilfhionn, nobly attended, answers the Royal summons

King Kenric crowns His successor

Queen Avelina crowns Her right and true successor

Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn swear to protect the Kingdom of the East, sealing their vow on a reliquary containing earth from the First Tournament

Brigantia anoints Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn with water from the Bay of the Mists

The Great Officers of the East Kingdom await the pleasure of their new rulers

The Kingdom Seneschal swears fealty to the newly-crowned Emperor and Empress

The territorial barons swear fealty to the newly-crowned Emperor and Empress

Empress Caoilfhionn, well-protected and wrapped in the luxurious gift given by Her new guard

Lord Martyn de Halliwell leads the assembly in chanting the Roll of Kings – “You rule because we believe!”


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Q&A with Chancellor Minor

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-04-10 13:12

Baroness Leonete D’Angely. Photo by Empress Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain (MKA: Meredith Bailin Hull)

Leonete D’Angely is the Chancellor Minor of the East Kingdom. Her job is to work with families to integrate activities for children and families into events, provide experience for children to learn about the history, culture, and customs of the Society, and work with the youth combat and fencing programs to provided a well-rounded experience for the youth of our Society. Leonete is very familiar with the needs of youth in the Society, having been one of those youths for the first 11 of her 20 years in the SCA.

There seems to be a growing interest in families and children in the Society. Why?
As the demographics of our society and kingdom change, it is important to make sure that events do a good job of reaching all members of the society. Family participation in events and activities has grown considerably over the last decade, and in many local groups, families with children can represent as much as half of the attendance of an event. It is important to remember that many youth are active, engaged members of our society, and deserve the same respect and time as any other demographic in our kingdom.

Who is in charge of activities for families and children?
Officially, any activities for children only must be run by a background checked, warranted youth activities officer. Realistically, many activities that are designed for or are suitable for families or children are run by the same people as the rest of the activities at an event or practice.

While having a warranted and background checked youth activities officer in every local group is a goal we as a kingdom are working towards, the reality is that often, especially in the outer reaches of our kingdom, there might not be such a gentle to run youth activities at an event. It is also true, that time and time again, youth, especially the older youth, let us know that what they really would like to get out of an event is the ability to participate in all activities, just like the adults do.

Do you have ideas for groups that don’t have a Chancellor Minor?
My office has collected a list of suggestions from families, teenagers, and Chancellors Minor, as well as autocrats of successfully family-integrative events. I’ve organized them into categories based on the type of suggestion they are. There are ways to improve your event infrastructure, the activities offered, and the volunteerism needed to run a successful event for families and children. I am always looking for additions to this list. (See list below.  This pdf from a class taught by Leonete contains the list and other information – Making Events Family Friendly)

Baroness Leonete d’Angely in earlier times. Photo by Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzengen

How would you suggest groups implement these ideas?
Choose a few ideas that fit in with your local culture, budget, and site infrastructure. Next time your group runs an event, encourage them to add a few more. Use this list to brainstorm at local meetings, and come up with your own ideas. This is not an exhaustive list of all the ways to include families, nor is it a checklist that you must use every idea from. Ask the teens and parents in your area what they would like to see.

It is important to note that not every event needs to have the same level of family-friendliness, or even be family friendly. A tavern event, by nature, might not be designed for those under 21 to attend. An event based on a performance of Beowulf, or Shakespeare, where the main activity is to sit and watch a two hour play, much like a movie theater, may not be the place parents choose to bring their three year old. A Yule event in a shire with many children, or a kingdom level event that many gentles plan to attend, however, is a great place to use as many of these suggestions as might work for your site and event.

Is there anything else that it is important for people to know about activities for families and children?
Parents/guardians remain responsible for their children at all times while at SCA functions. Whether an activity is designated for youth or for all, this is important to remember, and will help people to be willing to teach and welcome children to their activities.

Society has a background check policy for all persons in leadership and supervisory roles that may require contact with otherwise unchaperoned minors. If anyone is considering running a youth-specific activity (minors only), then they need to be background checked through the society and be on the Kingdom Youth Clerk’s roster. This isn’t required for someone running a family activity or an activity where children might be present as long as three or more adults are participating. Anyone who has questions should contact me. I’m happy to explain this in more detail.

Any other words of advice for people thinking about this topic?
You do not need a warranted youth officer with activities planned from start to close in order to throw an event that parents and children both leave excited about having attended. Children and families can enhance the atmosphere and enjoyment of any event, if a little attention is paid to making them feel welcome. I hope the list of suggestions below are helpful for everyone.

Infrastructure

Set aside an area in the main part of the event for families to hang out. Make sure that there are chairs for adults, and some blankets or other way to mark off the space. Label it clearly both at the space and at gate, as well as on the site map. If you have volunteers in your area who can provide some toys that are not glaringly modern, great, however, just the space is highly sought after by parents.

Work with your local group to put together a toy box that can be brought to events. Ask those who craft to provide wooden toys, felted balls, and cloth dolls to put in it. There is nothing like someone else’s toys to get kids excited at an event. Make sure the box and all the toys are clearly labeled with your local group’s name.

At a camping event, set out and label on your map a family friendly area with quiet hours that are earlier than the rest of site. Both families, and those who would like to stay up late and enjoy themselves will thank you.

If your event has space for it, a quiet room for parents to go for changes, nursing, downtime, or naps is a great resource. Label it a family room, and make sure to be clear that there is no supervision provided. Churches that have an infant room, or schools with lots of classrooms are great for this type of space at an event.

Make sure that your event has a family cap or family price. Even if it is equal to two adults and 3 or 4 children and not taken advantage of by more than a few, just putting the word family in your event announcement signals that you have put time and thought into welcoming families to your event.

Have a children’s rate at your event. Discounted rates for minors are not subject to the Non-Member Surcharge, which saves the average family $10 on the site fee.

Parents are more likely to take their children to an event that clearly has “wiggle room.” If an event is A&S based, and your site does not have space for a family room, expect that families with young children may not choose to attend. Outdoor sites in reasonable weather are much more family-friendly. When you are touring sites, think about the needs of your local group, and whether a slightly more expensive site with better amenities, might gain you more family attendance.

If you are running a fighting specific event, rope off and set aside a family viewing area, where kids and parents can watch the fighting from a safe distance, without tall people in the way.

If, in addition to these suggestions, you are also having formal children’s activities run by a warranted, background checked youth officer, do everything in your power to make sure that these activities are in a central part of the event. Time after time parents and children have made it clear that they would rather no activities than to be segregated from the main part of the event.

Activities

Whenever possible, label classes and activities with recommended ages. If an activity could be youth friendly, but not youth specific, label it in the site or class description as so. For example: Inkle Weaving: Suitable for ages 6-adult, however, those under 12 should bring an adult to help them, or Blacksmithing: Suitable for 14 and up, please bring a parent with you if under 18. This is an easy way to let families know that their children are welcome and will not be turned away. Make sure that you have at least 3 adults present at any class that children attend.

At an Arts and Sciences event, have a children’s choice award. The bead in a cup method of judging works best for this. Give each child a few beads, and have a cup or bowl at each A&S entry. If you want to use less bowls, color the beads. Blue for populace, red for kids, etc.

If your event has dancing, label the first half or full hour “Family Dancing Time” Teach simpler dances earlier, before kids start to tire out.

For any event that has a competition aspect, hold an adult-child version of the competition. Archery could hold a parent-child tournament with combined scores at the end. You could hold a family A&S competition, or an adult fencer and youth fencer could pair up and combine points in a tourney.

Hold a tourney where each fighter has a consort of a child between certain ages. Have the fighter present their “consort” to the royals or Baron and Baroness, and the winner of the tourney gets a prize for both themself and their “consort.”

Volunteer Opportunities

Actively seek out teens in your local group to help with planning events and day of service. Most 13-17 year olds can participate fully in assisting in cooking or serving feast or dayboard, setting up halls, heralding, list-running, and other needs you may have during the event. Teens can help with gate, but they cannot be in charge. Please check with your local exchequer for specific rules on those under 18 working at gate, as they vary from group to group.

Groom younger members to serve as well. 8-12 year olds can serve at feast with some help/supervision, and are often incredibly excited to be asked to help. Talk to local parents about jobs that their child might be able/willing to do, which could help at the event. The key is to find a job that the child can do, that actually helps out, rather than causing more stress. Some examples could include: running messages across site, stringing site medallions, and providing water for fighters.

Work to find parent-child volunteer opportunities. At Pennsic, Lost and Found has always advertised itself as a great way to introduce your child to service, and often you can walk by and see toddlers “helping” Mom or Dad work. At an arts and sciences event, ask families to volunteer for shifts at the judging table. A 6 or 7 year old can count out voting beads while Mom or Dad explains the rules. An information table or tent can be manned by a family quite easily, and providing water to fighters can be a family task.


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Class Roster for Heavy List University Announced

East Kingdom Gazette - Thu, 2014-04-10 13:11

The Province of Malagentia recently announced the schedule of classes for the Heavy List University event, being held this Saturday, April 12th in Eliot, Maine. Full details (including class times, event directions, lunch information, event location, and cost) can be found in the official East Kingdom announcement, or on the Malagentian website.

Classes include ‘Intermediate Sword and Shield’ (taught by Duke Kenric aet Eastseaxe), ‘Historiacal Polearm techniques’ (taught by Duke Vissevald Selkirkson), ‘Movement, Measure and Power in Armored Combat’ (taught by Duke Lucan von Drakenkalue), ‘Two Sword’ (taught by Master Julien de la Pointe), as well as classes taught by Sir Ankara Lig Niki, Syr Kyppyn Kirkcaldy, Baron Matthew Moraveous Avdenmork, Lord Tiernana, and Lord William Ravenhair. The day will also include a demonstration of historical cut and thrust techniques.

Additional teachers are still welcome. If you would like to teach at the event, or simply have questions, you can contact Mistress Ro Honig Von Somerfeldt or Lord Michael Acrensis.


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Stonehenge bluestones may have been local

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:05

Legend says that the bluestones of Stonehenge were transported from a quarry in Wales to the site on the Salisbury Plain, but a new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows that the stones may actually have come from a site only three kilometres from the structure.

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Walking Acre

SCAtoday.net - Wed, 2014-04-09 08:22

"The Old City incorporates a multitude of forts, synagogues, mosques and churches, as well as a labyrinth of alleyways that date back centuries to the early Ottoman era and before. And there are plenty of the eight-centuries-old remains of an era when the Crusaders ruled this part of the world," writes Barry Davis in a recent touristy article about Isreal's city of Acre for the Jerusalem Post.

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Manx returns to the Isle of Man

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-04-08 21:12

Manx was once the endangered list. Not the cat - the language. But now a new generation of young people, such as singer Ruth Keggin, is doing its best to breathe new life into the speech of the people of the Isle of Man.

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New portraits of Shakespeare revealed

SCAtoday.net - Tue, 2014-04-08 17:00

"I subjected the images to fundamental tests of identity and authenticity, and these revealed that we are dealing with true-to-life portraits of Shakespeare, one from his youth, the second from his old age," said Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel about two recently-discovered portraits of William Shakespeare. (photos)

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Britain's fifth-century cultural revolution

SCAtoday.net - Mon, 2014-04-07 17:31

"Dark Ages" history traditionally considers the transition from Roman to Anglo-Saxon culture in England a time of bloody conquest, but in a new article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggest that the evolution may have been more cultural than brutal.

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