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Mudthaw to be Held at New Location

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2014-12-31 10:00

The Barony of Settmour Swamp’s annual celebration of the Thawing of the Mud will be held on the last weekend of March at Waterloo Village, our new location in Stanhope, NJ. As usual, Mudthaw will include tournaments of armored combat, fencing, and youth fighting. The arts and sciences will also be celebrated through competitions and displays, as well as an artisans row.

Please note that our new location does not allow alcoholic beverages to be brought on site; however, a cash bar will be serving beer and wine for much of the day.

For more information, please see the event announcement at

Filed under: Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Local Groups Tagged: mudthaw

The Ice Dragon is coming!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-30 20:29

The Ice Dragon is coming!

Once again the Rhydderich Hael invites the Known World to join the Barony for a day of food, fighting, pageantry, and fellowship. All set in the castle like setting of the historical Connecticut street armory! Ice Dragon offers a wide variety of activities and there is no excuse to go home unfulfilled.

Fighting: Ice Dragon offers a day full of heavy combat and fencing. The spacious first floor parade hall offers multiple lists for bear pits, pick up fights, and if time allows the odd melee and team events. With well over a hundred fighters expected it should prove a challenging and exciting day!

Salons: Located on the second floor and overlooking the fighting are the personal salons. Each Salon is a unique display of food, drink, and pageantry hosted by a mix of households, local groups, and individuals. People can enjoy relaxing in their private space all while getting a bird’s eye view of the fighting on the first floor. Salon space will book fast so make sure to reserve space as soon as possible.

Arts and Science: For the artisan’s pleasure Ice Dragon will once again host the “Pent”. This sprawling arts and science contest offers a wide selection of categories as well as youth and master work (Laurels Only) categories.  For the brave of heart there is the option of entering multiple categories and winning the coveted title of “Pentathlon Winner”!  Spectators are welcome to wander the hall and look at the entries.

Merchants: Save your pennies because Ice Dragon is also host to a wide selection of merchants selling everything from jewelry to clothing. Last year we had over 30 merchants packed into the first floor! If you are interested please reserve your spots as soon as possible. Prime space will go quickly.

Food and entertainment: All this action might leave a person a bit parched and hungry but fear not! The faithful tavern staff has planned a wonderful selection of food for the day and the tavern will once again host local entertainers for your viewing and listening pleasure. People interested in entertaining should contact the entertainment coordinator to book stage time.

The fine print:

When: March 21st, 2015

Times: Site Opens 0900 – Closes at 2100

Location: Connecticut Street Armory, 184 Connecticut St. Buffalo NY 14213

Costs (in US funds):

Adult pre-registration: 15.00

Adult onsite registration: 17.00

Child pre-registration (9-17): 8.00

Child onsite registrations (9-17): 9.00

Child 8 and under: FREE

Please make checks payable to SCA NY, inc – Barony of the Rhydderich Hael

Per Society, a $5 non-member surcharge will be collected at the event from any adults without proof of current membership.

Pre-reg Closes March 13th 2015.

Please note: We will NOT be using the ACCEPS on line payment system this year.

All visitors at the Armory are required to have Photo ID (except minors with their adult guardian)

Autocrat: Lord Magnus de Lyons (Lance Kazmark), 36 Wayne St. Depew NY 14043, 716-432-0763;

Reservations Clerk/Head Tollner: Send preregistration to: Wanda Spencer, THL Eleanore Godwin, 1396 Eggert Road, Amherst, NY 14226, 716-837-2431. No calls after 9pm,

For more information and staff contact information please visit the Ice Dragon Website:

For up to the minute updates please visit the Ice Dragon Facebook page:

Or contact the autocrat at:


Lord Magnus de Lyons

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Mongol warship found near Japanese island - Tue, 2014-12-30 20:15

Twice in seven years, 1274 and 1281, the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan tried to invade Japan. On one of those missions a ship sank in a typhoon off the island of Takashima. Now arhaeologists hope to learn the secrets of the Mongol warship from the recently-discovered wreck.

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Dracula imprisoned in Turkish castle - Tue, 2014-12-30 19:32

Iconic baddie Vlad the Impaler seems to have slept more places than George Washington. The latest claim comes from Turkey which says that the young prince was held captive in a fortress there. Rachel Nuwer for Smithsonian Magazine online has the story. (photo)

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Ice Dragon Beginnings

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2014-12-30 19:19

The time draws near, and the Ice Dragon stirs. From the annals of yore comes this article from the Fredonia college newspaper in 1977. Replete with the mists of time (and somewhat amusing journalism), we bring you the birth of one of the longest running events in the Known World.

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Gulf Wars XXIV Registration

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-29 17:56

If you intend to Stand With King Edward and Queen Thyra at Gulf Wars, please get your reservations in NOW!

The online ACCEPS registration system is available for this event. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by January 31, 2015. Links and forms are available at the Gulf Wars Registration page.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Gulf Wars

Embroiderers’ Schola in February

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2014-12-29 15:15

The Shire of Quintavia is pleased to once again host the Keepers of Athena’s Thimble at our second Embroiderers’ Schola!  As the wind blows cold and the snow lies deep, come join us by the fire for a day of artistry and learning.

This event will be a day of classes and good conversation focused on the art of the needle.  Classes will be held on all forms of embroidery and needlework.  All embroiderers are encouraged to bring their work to add to the display of needlework, and to present at the guild panel at the end of the day.

There will be a potluck lunch held mid-day. The event is donation only, no set fee.

Anyone interested in teaching should contact the Guildmistress of Athena’s Thimble:  Mistress Briony of Chatham.  Classes can be 1, 1.5, or 2 hours long. One classroom can easily be made dark enough for slides.

For more information, please see the event announcement.


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: Quintavia, thimble

14th century caravansary open to the public in Jerusalem - Sun, 2014-12-28 23:02

Near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem lies a complex of ancient buildings including Ahar Kotlenu a refurbished 14th century caravansary, an inn for caravans, now open to the public. The site includes a 3,500 square feet (325 square meters) grand hall with cross-vaulted stone roof held aloft by six reinforced pillars.

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12 Things to Do Before Kingdom 12th Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2014-12-28 15:07

Less than 2 weeks to go till Æthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night!

Have you….

• Sent in your reservation?  (Even if you’re off-board, your
pre-registration will save you time/trouble at check-in. Plus, large
groups may request pre-seating so you and your friends can sit together.)

• Posted on the event’s Facebook page that you are planning to attend
and invited all your Facebook friends to come, too?  (No?  Find us here:

• Put the finishing touches on your new finery?

• Found a mask to wear for the masked ball?  (Or are you planning to shop
for one at the event?  For links to the merchants’ websites, click here:

• Practiced your best songs/stories for the Kingdom Bardic Championship
(for those who wish to compete) or the Bardic Showcase (for those wishing
to perform but not compete)?

• Thought about which tasty beverage(s) you want to share at the Brewers’
Guild Roundtable/ Competition and what you’ll donate to the Tasters’ Tavern?

• Created a gift for the Kingdom Gifts Display or a scroll blank for the
Scroll Blank Challenge? (For gift suggestions, go to  Details
for the Challenge may be found at )

• Gathered your feastgear?  (The First Course is included in the site fee
and will be available to all.  YUM!)

• Contacted Lord Silvester Burchardt (doug_shannon AT hotmail DOT com) if
you have mobility issues?

• Contacted Baroness Bronwyn MacFhionghuin (damebronwynacg AT gmail DOT
com) if you have dietary concerns?

• Confirmed your hotel room or crash space accommodations?  (For local
hotels or crash space info, click here:

• Visited the event website for details, including schedule, menu, and
map?  (If not, check it out at

We hope to see you there!

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New file in the PERSONAL CARE section: Hiccups-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Sat, 2014-01-18 19:34
Hiccops-art (6K) 12/28/13 "Medieval oddities: Hiccups" by Lady Catherine Ambrose.

New file in the PERIOD-THOUGHT section: E-Eglsh-Prose-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Sat, 2014-01-18 19:32
E-Eglsh-Prose-art(165K) 12/27/13 "Echoes of Oral Tradition in the Dialogues of Ælfric’s Natale Sancte Agnetis" by Detlef von Marburg. (Master's thesis)

New file in the PERFORMANCE ARTS section: Early-Keybrds-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Wed, 2014-01-15 20:54
Early-Keybrds-art (7K) 12/11/13 "Early Keyboards and Their Music" by Domhnall O'Dochartaigh.

Updated file in the FOOD-MEATS section: horse-recipes-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Wed, 2014-01-15 20:51
horse-recipes-msg (61K) 12/13/13 Period horse recipes. References.

Updated file in the FOOD-DAIRY section: dairy-prod-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:23
dairy-prod-msg (108K) 12/15/13 Dairy products. milk, butter, curds, cream.

New file in the FOOD-DAIRY section: milk-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:22
milk-msg (31K) 12/15/13 Medieval and modern milk.

Updated file in the FOOD section: illusion-fds-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:20
illusion-fds-msg (147K) 12/13/13 Medieval illusion foods. Disguised food.

New file in the CLOTHING section: Gaelic-Dress-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:18
Gaelic-Dress-art (81K) 11/30/13 "Gaelic Dress" by HL Finnacan Dub.

New file in the SCA-CAMPING section: Bear-Safety-art

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:16
Bear-Safety-art (6K) 12/22/13 "Bear Safety in Oertha" by Kurios Halfdan 'Two Bears' Ôzurrson.

Does anyone read this feed? Or should I discontinue it?

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 01:13
Does anyone read this feed? Or should I discontinue it?

It does take a fair amount of effort to keep doing, rather than simply uploading the new and updated files to the site.

If you use it and want it to continue, please email me at: StefanliRous at

Updated file in the Kvass-BEVERAGES section: kvass-msg

Stefan's Florilegium - Tue, 2014-01-07 00:51
kvass-msg (78K) 12/13/13 Russian drink made from bread or grains.