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SCA Marketplace Sale for Month of May

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-05-05 12:06

Please be advised that the SCA Market Place is conducting a 20% sale through the month of May on back issues certain issues of The Compleat Anachronist and Tournaments Illuminated, as well as The Known World Handbook.

If interested the information can be found through the SCA website here: https://members.sca.org/apps/#Store
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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Google Doc Users: Beware Phishing Scam

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:58

Please note that there is a current phishing scam going around through Google Docs (and hence, email, due to sharing features).

If you are not expecting someone to be sharing a Google Doc with you, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK OPEN ANY LINKS!

If you have clicked a link in an email yesterday, please consider changing your password, as most likely the purpose of this scam is to collect personal account information.

If you clicked a link within the Google emails and granted permission within your account, check your app permissions by following this link —  you can remove authorizations for Google on that screen.

 If you have questions, please contact me. 

Amalie, Æthelmearc Webminister


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An Invitation to Retain!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:47

By Lady Elena de la Palma, Head Retainer to Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle.

Have you ever attended an event with royalty and noticed someone standing behind or beside Them? Perhaps holding a cup, perhaps taking notes? Those people are not there by accident – they are retainers, and Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle invite you to try something new and be one yourself.

Lady Catherine O’Herlihy demonstrates experienced retaining at Ice Dragon, balancing a cup, a snack, a basket, a bag, and the Crown of the East Kingdom. Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.

What is a retainer?

Retaining is an incredibly important part of The Dream. Retainers ensure that Their Majesties (and Their Highnesses) are kept comfortable and supplied with what They need so that They can keep their focus on the populace. The retainer attends to all the details: ensuring that Their Majesties are supplied with food and drink; carrying gifts and other important items; and helping Their Majesties stay on schedule during the day of the event. They may also be called on to seek out gentles with whom Their Majesties would speak, or even to maintain a perimeter of silence should Their Majesties need to have a private conversation.

Retainers wearing baldrics attend Their Highnesses during the procession at Queen’s Rapier Championships. Photo by Hersir Torvaldr.

What do retainers do during Court?

Retaining during Court is a little different from retaining during the day. The basics are the same – you ensure that Their Majesties’ cups are full and take any gifts that might be received – but the way it happens is a little different. Before Court, all of the retainers will gather with the Queen’s Guard, the Kingdom Champions, Their Majesties, and Their Herald, and process into Court with the group. Then, the retainers will take shifts standing by Their Majesties during Court. The Head Retainer coordinates the shifts, switching retainers out at regular intervals so that no one stands for more than a few minutes.

Retaining during Court is a really unique experience. You’re looking out at the populace from behind the royalty and very close to those receiving awards – not a view you usually get every day!

Retainers attending Their Majesties and Their Highnesses at Ice Dragon Court. Photo by That Guy Phil, Unsung Hero of Miscreants and Other Tourists.

But…that doesn’t seem so hard!

These duties may sound simple, and they are – but that’s the beauty of it: anyone can retain! It doesn’t matter whether you are new to the society or have been here for years. I did my first retaining shift at the first event I attended that had royalty present. I barely even knew what a King or a Queen was! I volunteered that morning, and after a few hours and a quick introduction to retaining I found myself watching a tournament with the Queen, her goblet in my hands.

The real skill of retaining comes from learning how to anticipate the needs of Their Majesties before they ask. One can retain perfectly well without this ability, but it’s one that all great retainers master.

Do I need to prepare to retain?

You don’t have to do anything, but it is very important look to your own comfort. Wear comfortable shoes and comfortable clothing that will let you move around, hold goblets, carry gifts, and otherwise move without hindrance. Make sure that you’ve eaten before your retaining shift starts. Make sure that all your own needs are taken care of so that you’re free to focus on attending to the needs of Their Majesties.

Can I try retaining?

Absolutely! Their Majesties love to meet new people, and it’ll be my pleasure to ensure that you’re completely comfortable with your duties as a retainer before your first shift. Just get in touch with me and we’ll get everything set up.

Their Majesties will need retainers at every Royal Progress event during Their Reign, starting with the A&S Faire in Nithgaard this weekend and including Pennsic and Æthelmearc War Practice. It’s very easy to dip a toe in the retaining waters – shifts are usually an hour long and cover either His Majesty or Her Majesty, not both. We’re happy to schedule you around any other commitments you might have at the event – just let us know! Even if you’re busy all day, having another retainer for Court is always lovely.

Everyone is welcome. Whether you’re a brand new retainer or an old hand, Their Majesties welcome your service and thank you for it – and they’d love to meet you!

If you’d like to learn more, contact me or find me at an event. I’d love to talk with you about retaining and answer any questions you have.


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A&S Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney: FAQs and Food

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2017-05-04 16:28
From Master Fridrikr and Mistress Orianna, Kingdom A&S Ministers: Good gentles, Regarding the Æthelmearc A&S Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney this weekend in Nithgaard:
  1. The A&S Display is separate from the Queen’s Prize Tourney.
  2. The A&S Display is open to all. No registration is needed. Just come, set, & display your work. Easy-Peasy!
  3. The Queen’s Prize Tourney is open to all NON-Laurels.
  4. The Queen’s Prize Tourney is by registration only.
  5. 5. For planning purposes, the Registration closes Thursday night (TONIGHT) at midnight.

Please register before 11:59 PM, Thursday, May 4th! Registration forms may be found here.

 

From Lady Elena de la Palma, Event Steward:

I’m excited to share the dayboard menu Lady Magdalena Txoperena has created for the A&S Faire and Queen’s Prize Tourney.

This dayboard explores Aztec cuisine at the time of Spanish arrival in the early 16th century. Recipes are sourced from descriptions of the foodstuffs, cuisine, and recipes provided by the arriving Spanish and Aztec sources, including first-person narratives from Bernal Diaz del Castillo, conquistador alongside Hernan Cortez and later author of The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, and Fray Bernardino de Sahagun, a Spaniard who moved to New Spain in 1529 and continued to study and write extensively about all aspects of Aztec daily life (including food) for the next 50 years. Additional information about the research behind the food will be available at the Faire. ALL DAY
  • Red Popcorn – Red corn, chili powder, salt
  • Blue Popcorn – Blue corn, salt
  • Tortillas and Totopos – Corn masa, some with chiles
  • Vegetable and Fruit Sticks – Carrots, cucumbers, jicama, mango, pineapple
  • Guacamole – Avocadoes, tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, salt
  • Salsas – Assorted peppers, onion, tomato, tomatillo, pepitas, salt, pepper,
  • cocoa powder, honey
  • Alegrías – Popped amaranth, sugar, honey, salt
BEVERAGES
  • Atole – Masa, flavoring, piloncillo
  • Chia Water – Chia, pineapple, sugar
  • Chocolate – Cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cocoa nibs, honey, chile powder, salt
MAIN COURSES
  • Chilaquiles de Huevo (served for breakfast) – Eggs scrambled in sauce of tomato, onion, peppers, salt, pepper
  • Caldo de Pavo (Turkey Broth Soup) – Turkey, carrots, corn, onion, salt, pepper
  • Frijoles de Olla (Beans with Onion) – Black beans, peppers, onion
  • Rabbit Pipián Tamal Balls (Rabbit Tamale Balls) – Rabbit, pepitas, red peppers, salt, onion, masa
  • Pescado en Salsa de Tomate (Fish in Tomato Sauce) – Tilapia/cod, tomato, onion, chiles, salt, pepper

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Pennsic YouthU and TeenU Seek Teachers / L’Université de Pennsic recherche Enseignants jeunesse

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-05-02 20:21

En français

Greetings to the Teachers of the Known World,

We are very excited to announce  the YouthU and TeenU tracks of Pennsic University this year.  We are looking for teachers who are interested in teaching classes to 11-13 year olds or to those gentles who are 14-17. These classes will be taught in the Pennsic University tents.  Please make sure to include a 2nd, unrelated adult in your planning and description for all classes. No youth teaching experience or certification is required

Our youth are looking for a variety of classes, with beginning and intermediate arts classes often requested, hands on activities, classes about certain time periods, and practically everything SCAdians are interested in.

If you are willing to teach a class, please contact us and let us know:

Class Name:
Short Description:
Best for Teens/Youth or Both
2-3 Days that are best for you, and morning or afternoon preference.
You may also register directly with PennsicU as explained above and send us an email so that we can look for your class.

Email leonetedangely@gmail.com and cc youth@pennsicwar.org

We look forward to serving the youth and teens of Pennsic,

Leonete D’Angely
Ardenia ARuadh

En français

Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai

Salutations aux Enseignants du Monde Connu,

Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer les cheminements Université des Jeunes (YouthU) et Université des Adolescents (TeenU) à L’université de Pennsic cette année.

Nous recherchons des enseignants qui sont intéressés à enseigner des classes pour les 11 à 13 ans, ou aux 14 à 17 ans. Ces classes seront enseignées dans les tentes de l’Université de Pennsic. Veuillez vous assurer d’inclure un deuxième adulte avec qui vous n’avez pas de liens familiaux dans la planification et la description de toutes vos classes. Il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir de l’expérience d’enseignement avec les jeunes ou de certification pour enseigner aux mineurs.

Notre Jeunesse recherche une variété de classes, pratiquement tout ce qui intéresse un SCAdien normalement; mais notez que des classes débutantes ou intermédiaires en arts sont souvent demandées, des activités pratiques, ainsi que des classes présentant certaines époques spécifiques.

Si vous désirez enseigner une classe, veuillez nous contacter pour nous laisser savoir: le nom de la classe, une courte description, à quelle catégorie d’âge s’adresse la classe, un choix de dates vous convenant pour donner la classe, ainsi que votre préférence selon le matin ou le soir.

Vous pouvez aussi directement vous enregistrer avec l’Université de Pennsic, et nous envoyer un courriel pour que nous puissions trouver votre classe. Envoyez un courriel à leonetedangely@gmail.com et mettez en copie confirme youth@pennsicwar.org.

Nous avons hâte de servir la jeunesse présente à Pennsic.

Leonete D’Angely & Ardenia ARuadh


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, En français, Pennsic

Pennsic A & S Champions Team Announced

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-05-02 19:35

On behalf of Their Most Glorious and Fierce Imperial Majesties, Ioannes and Honig, I am excited and pleased to announce the Champions for the Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic.

The War Point will be on Thursday of War Week, in the Great Hall, 11:30-5:00. These are the changes from years past: All are welcome to come view and vote on the amazing works of all of the artisans. Artisans are entering a single, new item and are anonymous. Voting is from 12:00-4:00; from 4:00-5:00 the Artisans will return and discuss their work with interested populace members. The war point will be awarded at 5 o’clock.

The Artisans representing the East: Lady Sofya Gianetta di Trieste, Duke Kenric aet Essex, Lord Stefan of Silverforge, Duchess Thyra Eiriksdottir, and Baroness Katheryn Fontayne.

Please come out and support these amazingly talented artisans with your votes!

In service,

Meisterin Agatha Wanderer, Arts and Sciences War Point General


Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Pennsic Tagged: Arts and Sciences, Pennsic

Happy New Year!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-01 17:56

Happy New Year! It is now Anno Societatis LII (AS 52).

From the SCA website:

SCA newsletters and award ceremonies use a special calendar, numbering our years starting with the year the SCA was founded. Years are specified as “Anno Societatis, or A.S. – (Latin for “in the year of the Society”) followed by a number, usually expressed in Roman numerals.

Our “New Year’s Day” is May 1st, the day that the First Tournament was held in 1966.

History of the West Kingdom – The First Year

Information on Society Calendar Dates

Special thanks to Her Excellency Desiderata Drake of Delftwood for inspiring this article. 


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Polling Deadline is Tonight at Midnight

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-05-01 08:12

Responses to the second poll of Their Majesties Ioannes and Honig need to be sent before midnight TONIGHT – Monday, May 1st. The polls close at 11:59 pm, and the polling link will be inactive after that time.

Polls are sent to the members of the Orders of High Merit and the Peerages so that they may provide input to the Crown on future members.  Orders which conduct polls include the Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Defense, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combatant, Sagittarius, Maunche, Golden Rapier, and Golden Lance.

If you are a member of one of the Orders of High Merit or the Peerage and are not currently receiving polling emails, please sign up via the instructions on the East Kingdom Polling Lists page. Please note that the discussion lists and the polling lists must be subscribed separately.


Filed under: Announcements Tagged: polling deadlines, polling orders, pollings, polls

Court Reports: Last Court of Marcus and Margerite, and Coronation of Timothy and Gabrielle

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2017-04-30 10:31

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of the Coronation of Timothy III and Gabrielle III, April 22, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of Thescorre. As recorded by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, and Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

Their Majesties awarded Elizabeth Von Halstern and Isabelle Von Halstern each a Silver Sycamore in absentia. Scrolls by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

The children of Æthelmearc were then invited forward and were given a token by Their Majesties.

Next, Steinervor Hest was invited before the Court. Their Majesties spoke of her diverse service, skills, and arts; from woodworking to brewing, her hospitality, her service and graciousness at demonstrations and events, and her willingness to teach others. Thus, Their Majesties were minded to raise her to the ranks of the nobility and did Award her Arms. Scroll illuminated by THL Elyse la Bref, with calligraphy by Lady Vivienne of Yardley, upon words by THL Padraig O’Branduibh.

Lady Steinervor receives an AoA. Photo by Doña Alessandra Bentivegna da Faenza, called Yasmina.

Effen Lavosch then attend Their Majesties, who spoke of her eagerness to assist at feasts and event, her enthusiasm, and her sharing her joy of the Society with others, and so did create her a Lady of the court by Awarding her Arms. Calligraphy and illumination by Abigail Kelhoge with words by Abigail Kelhoge and Jean Hope.

Lady Effen receives her AoA. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Katherine Restrider was awarded Arms in absentia. Scroll by Fa Ren Zhang Ming Li.

Artemisa de Manorola was awarded Arms in absentia. Scroll by Catherine Wolf and Brynna Barth of Bonn with calligraphy by Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella.

Lady Edana the Red was named a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll forthcoming.

Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmyth was created a companion of the Sycamore in absentia. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Lady Mollie O’Donnell was created a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll forthcoming.

Lord Seamus Morgan was created a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Lady Magdelena Txoperena was created a companion of the Keystone in absentia. Scroll forthcoming.

Lord Padraig Ua Ceileachair was awarded a Cornelian. Scroll by THL Minamoto Roku-I Sakurako, with text and calligraphy by Lady Brigette de Sainte Mere-Eglise.

Lord Padraig receives a Cornelian. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Her Majesty then called for her Rapier Champion, Lord Durante de Caravaggio. She spoke of the quest She placed on him to speak to others and to learn the history of the creation and bearers of the rapier of the Queen’s Champion. She told of Lord Durante’s successful completion of that quest, and his presentation of his findings to Her. However, She went on to explain that not only did he complete the quest, but that he then went further by creating a lineage book of the Queen’s Rapier Champions that will be passed to each successive Champion so that each champion may add their name and the name of the Queen they serve, and may know of the history and lineage of the sword they carry and of their predecessors and the Queens they served. For this act above and beyond what was asked of him, Her Majesty named Lord Durante her Inspiration and did bestow upon him a Golden Escarbuncle.

Lord Durante receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties then called forward the scribes and artisans who contributed works for Their court and presented them with tokens of appreciation.

Their Majesties invited His Highness, Prince Timothy of Æthelmearc, into Their Court. His Highness thanked Their Majesties for Their time on the thrones, during which They stewarded Æthelmearc with boundless love and generosity, but reminded Them that He had been promised the throne on this day. Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns, Kingdom Seneschal, confirmed that there had been a tournament held in accordance with Society and Kingdom law, and that His Highness had been victorious. He then carried words from Master William Parris, Kingdom Earl Marshal, that the tournament had been held in accordance with the laws of the Earl Marshal and that His Highness was the right and honorable champion. Baroness Aemilia Soteria brought words from Baroness Rynea von Ingen, Kingdom Minister of Lists, that the list had been right and true and His Highness had emerged victorious. Kameshima Silver Buccle testified that he had been present that day, and that His Majesty had indeed crowned His Highness as His heir and promised Him the throne.

Prince Timothy asserts his claim to the throne. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Knowing that Their time on the thrones was nearing an end, Their Majesties bid His Highness hold for a few moments, that They might properly thank those who assisted in Their reign before departing the thrones.

In recognition of Their gratitude for service rendered throughout Their reign, Their Majesties then called forward the following individuals and presented them with Sigils: THL Aine inghean Riocaird, Lady Aine O’Muirghesan, Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella,Countess Anna Leigh, Lady Beatrice van Cleef, Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede, Dorothea Stark Shultz, Lord Durante de Caravaggio, Lady Edana the Red, Lady Elena de Palma, Mistress Elizabeth Lovelle, Lady Fenna Rioux, Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen, Lord Horatius Cincinnatus, THL Isabel Fleuretan, Duke James Ahearn, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Baroness Kelda Jungensdottir, Lord Laegaire macConaill Meic Shiadail-Vigdisson, Lady Maeve Aislynn Ronan, Mistress Mahin Banu Tibrizi, Lady Meg MacNeil, Sir Olafr Thorvardarson, Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Simon Fjarfell, Sir Tristan Sexwolf, and Lady Venezia of Thescore. Scrolls by Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen; pewter tokens by Lady Edana the Red.

Their Majesties then called forward Mester Meszaros Janos, Baroness Rowena Moore, Don Jacob of Dumore, Duke Christopher Rawlyns, Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, and Mistress Isabeau de l’Isle. Their Majesties spoke high words of praise for these individuals who, throughout Their reign, provided exemplary and invaluable service and assistance. In recognition of this service, Their Majesties presented each with an Award of Excellence and provided a personal gift to each. Scrolls illuminated by Mistress Elizabeth Lovell and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai upon wording by Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi.

Countess Isabeau, Master Tofi, Duke Christopher, Master Janos, Don Jacob, and Baroness Rowena receive Awards of Excellence. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Her Majesty then called for Her Captain of the Guard, Don Jacob of Dunmore, who then called to be attended by the Queen’s Guard. Her Majesty thanked Don Jacob and the Guard for their service to Her and then did release them from their duties, bidding each of them keep their guard’s scarf as token of their service.

Maestro Orlando steps down as Jewel Herald. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties next were attended by their Majordomo Mester Mazaros Janos and Their Head Retainer Baroness Rowena Moore, and upon thanking them for their service, released them from their duties.

Kameshima Silver Buccle then called for Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, divested him of the title and position of Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, and released him from the oaths to which he had been bound, save that of the confidences entrusted to him by Their Majesties.

Their business being concluded, Their Majesties once again called for Their Heir, Prince Timothy. King Marcus thanked his Lady Queen for her companionship, guidance and wisdom through Their reign. Then He removed Her crown and placed it into the trust of Silver Buccle.

As his last act as King, Marcus III placed the Crown upon the head of Timothy III and proclaimed him King of Æthelmearc.

Timothy is crowned King of Æthelmearc. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Thus ends the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc.

Thus begins the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy III and Gabrielle III, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Coronation, April 22, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of Thescorre. As recorded by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, and Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald.

His Majesty called for Her Highness, Princess Gabrielle of Æthelmearc. Hearing Her confirmation that it was indeed Her desire to serve as His Queen once again, His Majesty took the Consort’s Crown from the care of Silver Buccle and crowned Her Highness Gabrielle III, Queen of Æthelmearc.

Timothy crowns Gabrielle Queen of Æthelmearc. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

The lineage of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc was read.

The Kingdom Officers of Æthelmearc swore their fealty unto Their Majesties.

The Kingdom Officers swear their fealty. Photo by Doña Alessandra Bentivegna da Faenza, called Yasmina.

The Barons and Baronesses of the Debatable Lands, Thescorre, Rhydderich Hael, Delftwood, Blackstone Mountain and Endless Hills swore their fealty unto Their Majesties.

Click to view slideshow.

The Landed Barons and Baronesses swear fealty. All photos by Lady Amalie.

Those Royal Peers and members of the Order of Chivalry, the Order of the Laurel, the Order of the Pelican and the Order of Defense as were present pledged their service unto Their Majesties.

Kameshima-kyō Silver Buccle did call Dame Kateryna ty Isaf before him and, upon receiving her oath, did name her Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. Kateryna Jewel of Æthelmearc then swore her service and fealty to Their Majesties.

Dame Kat is invested as Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties called before them Baroness Amelia Soteria, Head of Their Royal Household and received her oaths to keep Their Household and Confidence and accepted her as Their head of household and staff.

Baroness Soteria swears fealty as head of household. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties then invited before them His Excellency, Sir Murdoch Bayne and Her Majesty requested that he act as the Chivalry Advisor to Her Majesty’s Guard.  Sir Murdoch accepted the position and advised that he was ready to instruct and stand as council for Her Guard.

Sir Murdoch accepts the post of Chivalry Advisor. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Her Majesty called forth Lord Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde as Captain of the Queens Guard and the members of Her Guard.  Lord Cormacc swore oaths on behalf of all Her Majesty’s Guardfolk to protect Her person so long as She is the Queen of the Sylvan Lands.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Elena de la Palma and the members of the Royal Retinue.  Lady Elena swore oaths on behalf of the Royal Retainers to serve Their Majesties throughout Their Reign.

Lady Elena swears fealty on behalf of the retainers. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties invited before Them Duke Marcus Eisenwald and Baroness Margerite Eisenwald. His Majesty spoke of the inspiration both the former King and Queen had been during Their time upon the Sylvan Thrones.  His Majesty in particular was moved by Duke Marcus’s artistry and comportment and knowing that His Grace had no Ducal coronet, gifted him with the Second Coronet made by His Majesty’s own hands.  They reaffirmed his rank as Duke and thanked him for his fine stewardship of Æthelmearc.  Their Majesties remarked upon the grace her Excellency had shown during her time as Queen and the inspiration the populace took from her love of the Kingdom.  They conferred upon her the title of Countess and placed her Diadem upon her brow to mark her status while his Grace held her hand.  They then called upon the Orders of the Rose and Garnet to invest Her Excellency as the newest Rose of Æthelmearc. Countess Caryl spoke of the particular duties of being a Queen and how well Margerite had fulfilled those duties and welcomed her on behalf of the full order to take her place among them.  The Roses placed the cloak of the Order upon her shoulders knowing she would bear its weight with diginity. County scroll by Maighstir Kieran MacRae.

Countess Margerite’s scroll by Maighstir Kieran MacRae. Photo by Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf.

Margerite is made a Countess, while Marcus is confirmed in his status as a Duke. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

The Court of Their Majesties was then suspended.

From the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy and Gabrielle, Third of Their name as recorded by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel Herald with the assistance of Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, at Their Coronation in the Barony of Thescorre on April 22, Anno Societatis LI.

The Court of Their Majesties was resumed to read following pieces of business: On April 22, 2017, do We, Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, expel Dan Heyman, known in the Society as Dan of the Debatable Lands, from participation in any SCA Activity. On April 22, 2017, do We, Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, expel Derek Holton, known in the Society as Bluestar, from participation in any SCA Activity. On April 22, 2017, do We, Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Aethelmearc, expel James Henry Schaffer IV, known in the Society as Cadan Buri, from participation in any SCA Activity. The Court of Their Majesties was then suspended. The Court of Their Majesties, Timothy and Gabrielle resumed in the afternoon. The Sylvan Bard, Lady Magge Illfoster performed a piece entitled “The Rose of Arindale” in honor of Her Majesty and written for Their Coronation at the invitation of His Majesty to “surprise Him”.  Their Majesties took a moment to regain composure and His Majesty thanked Lady Magge and the Court for gifting Them with a moment of magic in the Society.  His Majesty accounted it among the most memorable moments of his SCA life.

Lady Magge singing for the Crown. Photo courtesy of Master Tigernach ma Cathail.

Their Majesties called forth Lord Snori skyti Bjarnson and praised him for his extensive work in the archery community.  They inducted him into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll Painted by Anngs de Vaille and calligraphed by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruadh.  They then asked him to remain before Them and called forth his son.

Lord Snori receives a Keystone Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

 Their Majesties inquired as to if the young Snorison had heard of the tradition of the chasing of the toy chest.  When he advised he had not, They called forth all the children present and explained that They had instructed Lady Svava of the Bog to take the chest of toys and run away from the children with a small head start and squires acting as blockers.  Once the host of children descended upon said lady, they were to take one toy each, beginning with the youngest child present and leave her otherwise intact.  A countdown was made and the children chased the toy chest bearer from the court.

Lady Svava gets ready to run with the chest of toys. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties called forth Lord Sebastian Mora advising that he was known to be a consistent hand in helping cooks and autocrats. Further was he known to be a person who helps with the set up and take down of event sites at every location he was present.  Seeing the fine work behind the scenes done by Lord Sebastian, Their Majesties inducted him into the Order of the Keystone with a scroll by Lady Vivienne of Yardley.

Lord Sebastian receives a Keystone. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Lord Sebastian’s Keystone scroll made by Lady Vivienne of Yardley. Photo by Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf.

Their Majesties then invited Baron Tigernach mac Cathail and Lady Margareta Le Sayre to speak of the Spark Challenge.  Baron Tigernach and Lady Margareta explained that Their Majesties,  seeking to enrich the Kingdom, its populace both new and old are charged with a quest to try new things they have never before done or have not done in a great deal of time.  They further charged all gentles of the Kingdom with the task of recognizing such new endeavors by bestowing a pearl or similar token upon the person.  When a noble citizen of Æthelmearc has received 8 such tokens, they may present themselves to Their Majesties to receive a token marking the completion of the quest. Their Majesties invited Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella, Sylvan Signet to present herself to them and agreed that the time had come for her to step down.  They asked if she had a successor and she advised she actually had two.  Their Majesties invited Mistress Antionette de la Croix and Lady Shirin of Susa before Them and taking their oaths of Service, accepted Them as the new Sylvan Signets.

The new Signets and their deputies are appointed. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Among the scribes who bore witness to the oath of the new Sylvan Signets was Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena.  Their Majesties bid her to please kneel before Them.  They called forth the most Noble Order of the Pelican.  Speaking of all her great work where often it is not seen, They advised there were many who saw her and spoke of her worth.  She was commanded to attend Their Majesties at Pax Interuptus to sit vigil and contemplate induction into the Order.  The writ scroll was created by THLady Zofia Kowalewska.

Baroness Juliana receives a Writ for the Pelican. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Baroness Julianna’s Pelican Writ, crafted by THLady Zofia Kowalewska. Photo by Dame Kat.

Their Majesties invited before them the Ambassador of the Mid Realm, Lord Michael of Exeter.  Lord Michael advised he came bearing gifts of friendship from Their Highnesses William and Isolde.  Having accepted the gifts of friendship, Their Majesties advised Lord Exeter to convey that They returned that friendship.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Elska Fjarfell.  They spoke to her of how impressed They were with the works she has created and how They have seen the entries she made for Ice Dragon and knew her handiwork from the level of detail and research that went into each entry.  They called forth the Order of the Fleur d’Aethelmearc and asked that she be welcomed as their newest companion, changing her title to The Honorable Lady Elska Fjarfell.  Scroll created by THL Mairghread ni Stilbheard uu Coinn.

Lady Elska receives a Fleur. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Lady Elska’s Fleur scroll, crafted by THL Mairghread ni Stilbheard uu Coinn. Photo by Dame Kat.

Their Majesties invited before Them Mistress Alicia Langland, Master Robert of Sugargrove and The Honorable Lady Jacqueline de Molieres.  They thanked the three for the creation of the Royal Throne and its beautiful baldequin.  Their Majesties remarked that the Kingdom has benefited from the beauty of the embroidery of THL Jacqueline and They felt there were others who concurred.  Their Majesties called for the most noble Order of the Laurel to attend Them and delivered to THL Jacqueline a Writ of summons to attend Them at Æthelmearc Academy to sit vigil and contemplate induction to said Order.  The scroll was calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix with wording by Mistress Marguerite d’Honfleur.

THL Jacqueline receives a Writ for the Laurel. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

THLady Jacqueline’s Laurel Writ, calligraphed by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix with wording by Mistress Marguerite d’Honfleur. Photo by Dame Kat.

Their Majesties bid Baroness Alexandra dei Campagnella to remain before Them and spoke directly to the Populace.  They thanked Duke Tindal for his service as Kingdom Warlord but noted that with his move to the East Kingdom, They found Themselves in need of a new Warlord for the coming Pennsic War.  They then advised that Mistress Alexandra had agreed to serve her Kingdom as Warlord and advised that in matters marshal for the betterment of the Kingdom War host, she speaks with Their authority.

Mistress Alexandra is named Warlord. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties invited before Them the autocrats of the event Baroness Orianna and Lady Venezia.  They thanked both for the wonderful event and asked that this thanks be passed to the entire staff.  Her Excellency commented that it is a great joy to have a staff that can be entrusted with all tasks great and small and that she would thank them outside of court as well.

The autocrats, Lady Venezia and Mistress Orianna, address the populace. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their Majesties asked that the scribes who contributed to the works of art presented this day to the members of the populace please stand and be acknowledged for their selfless gifts.

Her Majesty then asked that Lady Felice de Thorton come forth.  Her Majesty spoke of the particular difficulties in having a spouse far away when one travels to events.  She advised that She too has felt this burden when the King is called from Her side and that She appreciates and values the effort Lady Felice showed to come to the event and further to be such a joyous presence in the day.  She asked all to recognize Lady Felice as Her Majesties inspiration of the day and bestowed upon her a Golden Escarbuncle.

Lady Felice receives a Golden Escarbuncle. Photo by Doña Alessandra (Yasmina).

Their being no further business this day, Their Majesties court was thus concluded.

As reported by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf, Jewel Herald with assistance from Master Kameshima Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald.
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Song: The Rose of Arindale

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2017-04-29 20:19

Lady Magge singing for the Crown. Photo courtesy of Master Tigernach ma Cathail.

By Lady Magge Illefoster and Lord Gregory Hillson.

These are the lyrics of the song that was performed at the Coronation of Their Majesties Timothy and Gabrielle. So many people asked for the words and if I would please publish them, so those who wished to learn it could. I am humbled and pleased to present them to you now.  ~ Lady Magge

 

The Rose of Arindale

(Sung to the Tune “The Rose of Allendale”)

When’er I travel east or west,
To every knowned land,
The goodness of our own dear Queen
Is known to every man.
With an unassuming dignity
And a backbone made of stone,
The brightest jewel in Æthelmearc,
Gabrielle van Nijenrode.

(chorus)
Our Rose of Arindale,
Sweet Rose of Arindale,
The fairest flower in all the land,
Is the Rose of Arindale!

Her laughter bright, her gaze is clear,
Her countenance is fair
With a temperament that is so mild,
And wise beyond compare.
She listens e’er she speaks her mind
Her words are soft and few
When you see her with our own good King,
You know their love is true.

(chorus)

When a highway man of little wit,
Did try them to waylay,
Our gentle Queen, our quiet Rose,
Did not give into dismay.
Her courage swelled within her heart
To protect both kith and kin,
A thorned Rose she proved to be
A fighter deep within.

(chorus)

Against the vast assorted host,
Upon the Pennsic field,
Her inspiration spurs all on,
That they should never yield.
Be they fencer, archer, artisan
Or fight with sword and shield,
Our courageous Queen reminds us all
So our best should be revealed.

(chorus)

But the one she does inspire most
The very best to be,
Is the one who fought to make her Queen,
Beloved by all and he.
His life had been adrift at sea
With no star to guide his trail
Had fate not linked his love to hers,
His Grace of Arindale.

 


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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.

Dayshades

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)

Accommodations:

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, http://www.campframe.org/facilities. 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, qualityinnmartinsburg.com (304) 274-6100
  2. Motel 6, 2-star hotel, average price $53/night, 5595 Hammonds Mill Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, motel6.com (304) 274-2181
  3. Super 8 Martinsburg, 2-star hotel, average price $51/night, 2048 Edwin Miller Blvd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, super8.com (304) 263-0801
  4. Comfort Inn Aikens Center, 2-star hotel, average price $87/night, 1872 Edwin Miller Blvd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, choicehotels.com (304) 263-6200
  5. Holiday Inn Martinsburg, 3-star hotel, average price $105/night, 301 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401, ihg.com (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 (rsherman@director.sca.org)

Communications Committee: Vandy Donelson (vdonelson@director.sca.org)

Membership Committee: Chele Martines (cmartines@director.sca.org)

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 comments@lists.sca.org.


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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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Court Report – The Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-04-28 10:56

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of The Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon, April 8, Anno Societatis LI, in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael. Accompanied this day by Their Heirs, Timothy and Gabrielle. As recorded by Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, with assistance from Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf, Kameshima-kyo Zentarou Umakai, Silver Buccle Herald, and Baron Fridrikr Tomasson.

In the morning Their Majesties invited Their Imperial Majesties of the East Kingdom, Ioannes and Ro Honig, to join them in Their court. Their Majesties then invited the Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael to join Them.

Their Majesties called forward Baroness Miriel du Lac and, telling of her prowess in fencing, did award unto her a Golden Alce. Scroll by THL Isabel Fleuretan and Kameshima-kyo Zentarou Umakai.

Baroness Miriel receives a Golden Alce.

Their Majesties next were attended by Lord Laegaire Mac Conaill Meic Shiadahail. They told of his prowess upon the rattan field and of the praise They had received on his behalf, and so They were mindful to award him a Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena

Lord Laegaire receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Next, Their Majesties received Lady Sybilla Detwyller and Sir Marek Viacheldrago. Their Majesties praised them both for their nobility and graciousness to the people of not just their local barony, but of the kingdom, and to the Crown, and so Their Majesties created them a Baron and Baroness of the Court. Scroll forthcoming.

Lady Sybilla and Sir Marek receive Court Baronies. Photo by Lady Àine ny Allane.

Duke Mathew Blackleaf was then called before the Throne and answered the writ of summons by proclaiming his desire to join the ranks of the Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties then called for the Order the Pelican to join Them. Next, Baroness Slaine an Einigh and Baron Tadhg Sotal O’Neill spoke as members of the populace and told of Mathew as a quiet servant and that through his efforts has brought others into the joy of service. Viscountess Eria av Attemark spoke of how service comes naturally, and how Mathew sets not only an example for others, but also willingly joins others in service. Duchess Dorinda Courtenay spoke by letter of how, despite his moving around, Mathew served wherever he went doing whatever was needed. Duchess Anna Blackleaf spoke of how his service to the arts and sciences community has caused that community to grow and flourish. His Majesty Marcus spoke of Mathew’s willingness to serve no matter his station, and Duke Sven Gunnarsson stated that Mathew is honorable and displays generosity without bounds. Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaomhanaigh spoke of how Mathew gives of himself for the benefit of other and can simultaneously work and play hard. Having heard these words of Their peers, Their Majesties placed around his neck the medallion of the Order, and commanded a cloak be placed about his shoulders. Then, They received his oath and created Mathew a member of the Order of the Pelican. Scroll by Raven Heraldson.

Duke Matthew swears fealty as a Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Next, Their Majesties called for Baron Robert O’Conner, who stated that, in answer to his writ of summons, it was his desire to sit vigil this day in contemplation of joining the Order of the Pelican. Hearing these words, Their Majesties released Baron Robert into the care of the Order of the Pelican to escort him to vigil.

Baron Robert is sent to vigil for the Pelican. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Duchess Morgen of Rye was then called before the Sylvan Throne, and she did affirm her desire to sit vigil this day in contemplation of joining the ranks of the Order of Chivalry. Hearing these words, Their Majesties released Duchess Morgan into the care of the Order of Chivalry to escort her to vigil.

Duchess Morgen is sent to vigil for the Chivalry. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Court suspended.

In the evening, Their Majesties invited Their Imperial Majesties of the East Kingdom, Ioannes and Ro Honig, to join them in Their court. Their Majesties then invited the Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael to join Them.

Their Majesties were attended by Syeira of the Hael Hounds and spoke of her prowess with a bow, and so did create her a companion of the Silver Alce. Scroll by Mistress Solveig Throndardottir.

Syeira receives a Silver Alce. Photo by Lord Mikus.

The children of Æthelmearc were then invited forward and were given leave to chase after the toy chest.

Next, Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies Rhydderich Hael to hold their baronial court.

Their Majesties Æthelmearc and Their Imperial Majesties of the East then exchanged gift baskets in honor of Their shared friendship and esteem. Their Imperial Majesties also presented a gift basket of toys from the children of the East Kingdom to the children of Æthelmearc.

Lord Wolfgang Starke then presented himself before Their Majesties and transferred leadership of the Æthelmearc Brewer’s Guild from himself to THL Madoc Arundel.

Lord Wolfgang and THLord Madoc. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Mistress Alicia Langland then addressed the populace to announce the next Æthelmearc Æcademy and to request teachers and attendees. She also stated that they are still looking for a bid to host the fall Æthelmearc Æcademy.

Their Majesties invited Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima ​Zentarō Umakai, into Their Court. He invited Master Edmund Tregelles and Maestra Giulietta da Venezia, second and third Silver Buccle Principal Heralds of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, to join them. In keeping with the duty charged to the office of Principal Herald by the Laurel King of Arms in AS XVI, he then raised Master Edmund and Maestra Giulietta to the station of Herald Extraordinary.

Maestra Giulietta and Master Edmund are named Heralds Extraordinary. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, was then invited before Their Majesties, who spoke at length of his service as Herald and counselor during Their reign. In recognition of his voluminous service, They created him a Baron of the Court. Scroll by THL Alianora Bronhulle upon wording by Don Po Silvertop the Rogue.

Maestro Orlando is named a Baron of the Court. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Cvria Epicvrivs was awarded Arms in absentia. Scroll by Baroness Anastasie de Lamoure.

Vrsvs Epicvrivs was awarded a Keystone in absentia. Scroll by Master Caleb Reynolds.

Next, Their Majesties called for Mikus and awarded him Arms for his service and his photography. Scroll by Lady Kadlin Sigvaldakona.

Mikus receives an Award of Arms. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Lord Gawin Hawkseye was invited into court where he was awarded a Golden Alce for his prowess and skill with archery. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Lord Gawin receives a Golden Alce. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Lord Sasson della Sancta Victoria appeared before Their Majesties. They spoke of his ongoing service to the Shire of Port Oasis as an event steward, and did bestow upon him a Keystone in recognition of this service. They also expressed Their regret over his imminent departure from Their kingdom but assured him that he would always have a home here in Æthelmearc. Scroll by THL Astridr Vigaskegg with calligraphy by Kameshima-kyo Zentarou Umakai.

Lord Sasson receives a Keystone. Photo by Lady Àine.

Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin and Lord Jok MacPherson next presented themselves to Their Majesties, who spoke of their enduring courtesy and kindness, and how they emulate qualities that members of the populace can aspire to, and so presented each of them with a Cornelian. Scroll for Mistress Tiercelin by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix, with calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh upon words by Baron Magnus de Lyons. Scroll for Lord Jok limned by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix with illumination and calligraphy by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh upon words by Baron Rhiannon Elandris.

Lord Jok and Mistress Tiercelin receive Cornelians. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Their Majesties then called to be attended by Lady Katerin Starke. Speaking words of praise for her skill in the arts and sciences, Their Majesties were minded to award her with a Sycamore. Scroll by THL Zosia Kowalewska.

Lady Katerin receives a Sycamore. Photo by Baron Steffan.

THLady Astridr Vigaskegg next appeared before the Court with her protégé sister, THLady Hara Kikumatsu. Their Majesties told of Astridr’s excellent service in the kitchen and as an event steward. They spoke of Hara’s service to her barony in the office of exchequer. They spoke of the service each gives continually to their local groups and to the kingdom. And so, Their Majesties called forward Their Order of the Millrind and did induct Astridr and Hara both into that Order and granted arms to each. Scroll for Lady Astridr by THL Sophie Davenport with words by Baron Fridrikr Tomasson. Scroll for THL Hara forthcoming.

THLady Astridr and THLady Hara receive Millrinds. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Next, Their Majesties called forward THL Renata Rouge. They spoke at length of her skill with thrown weapons, and of her scores upon the range. Seeing that this level of excellence could not go unrewarded, Their Majesties called for the Order of the White Horn and did induct Renata into that Order. Scroll by Baroness Helena Mützhasenin.

THLady Renata receives a White Horn. Photo by Baron Steffan.

Lord Sid Hiyo next entered the Court of Their Majesties. Telling of the prowess he had achieved upon the rattan field, and of the praise Their Majesties had heard in recognition of him, Their Majesties saw fit to call forward the Order of the Gage and induct Sid into their ranks. Scroll by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.

Lord Sid receives a Gage. Photo by Lord Mikus.

THL Thorsol Solinauga was then brought before Their Majesties where His Imperial Majesty of The East Kingdom, Ioannes, presented Thorsol with a personal token of inspiration in recognition of his prowess upon the field this day in the rattan lists.

THLord Thorsol is named the inspiration of King Ioannes of the East. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Baron Robert O’Conner was next received into court. His Excellency stated that he had received good counsel this day and that, after contemplation, it was his desire to join the Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties called to be attended by the Order of the Pelican, and then called for a royal peer to speak on Robert’s behalf. Countess Elena d’Artois told of how Robert has always been there and that he makes things happen; even to the point of his own exhaustion. Count Andreas Morgan told of Robert’s ability to dispense carnage upon the field and of his service to the fighting community. Maestro Orlando di Bene del VInta spoke of Robert’s courage, particularly as a herald, to be willing to stand before crowds of people while in the service of others and lend his talents to be their voice as a herald. The words of Master Erwillian MacFergus, as read by Countess Kallista Morgunova, enumerated many acts of service, and spoke of Robert’s integrity, humility, courtesy, and kindness. By letter, Mistress George Anne told of Robert’s generosity and his ability to get things done, and Countess Caryl Olesdatter told of Robert’s excitement about helping people, and how his joy of service is infectious to others. Countess Kallista Morgunova spoke of Robert’s kindness and generosity, and how he will speak to anyone and make them feel welcome. Having heard these words, Their Majesties were indeed moved to elevate Robert, and so called for a hood, the ancestral medallion, and a personal medallion and then, receiving his oath, did name Baron Robert a Master of the Order of the Pelican. Scroll is a work in progress.

Master Robert swears fealty as a Pelican. Photo by Lord Mikus.

Their Majesties requested the presence of Her Grace, Duchess Morgen of Rye, daimyo of Clan Yama Kaminari, for They had set her a task earlier that day and wished an answer to Their question. Her Grace confirmed that it was indeed her desire to be named a Knight of the Realm. Countess Sir Ariella recalled how Their Graces had welcomed Their Excellencies into the SCA with selflessness and generosity, and spoke of her as a role model and leader. Viscount Sir Haakon, 1st Jewel of Æthelmearc, spoke of a conversation he had had as Prince with Viscount Syr Bear and Viscountess Judith about who to choose as his Jewel, and how Her Grace embodies all the best that the Society should be about. Mistress Katryne of Bakestonden praised Her Grace’s perseverance, as integral to mastery of combat as the arts. Mistress Hilderun Hügelman conveyed the words of Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Zipporah Levi, who testified of Her Grace’s generosity, offering hospitality and her experience to both new and experienced fighters. Mistress Illadore de Bedegrayne simply called Her Grace the greatest inspiration that she knew. Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns presented the words of Ogami-sama Akira, o-daimyo of Yama Kaminari, spoke of watching her grow from a small candle to a raging fire, and the faith and trust he placed in her. Being more than pleased with the good words of Their Peers, Their Majesties refused to make of Her Grace a Knight, but agreed eagerly to recognize her as the Knight she already was. Sir Maghnus de C’noc an’Iora presented her with spurs, Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns presented her with a belt, and Her Majesty presented her with two chains: one from her household, along with the Ancestral Knight’s Chain of the Kingdom, the lineage of which was read by Sir Marek Viacheldrago. Finally, Her Grace was presented with a jinbaori commemorating her new station. Her Grace gave her oath of fealty, and being satisfied with her words, His Majesty, with the assistance of Duke Sir Christopher, dubbed Duchess Sir Morgen a Knight of the Society. His Majesty then presented Her Grace with her last unanswered blow. Scroll illuminated by Mistress Roxanne de St. Luc and calligraphed by Mistress Sthurrim Caithness upon words by Sir Ogami Akira.

Duke Christopher ties a white obi around the waist of his lady, Sir Morgen. Photo by Mistress Arianna.

Her Majesty then awarded Donnan Fitzgerald of the Kingdom of the East a Golden Escarbuncle and name him as her inspiration for the day.

Their Majesties thanked the scribes and artisans who contributed works for Their court.

Their Majesties then gave leave to THL Zosia Kowalewska to read the list of the winners from the Pent.

There being no further business, this court of Marcus and Margerite was closed.

Faithfully submitted,

Maestro Orlando di Bene del Vinta,
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald


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Court Report (past reign) – Heronter 12th Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2017-04-25 17:47

Submitted prior to the end of the reign of Marcus and Margerite. 

Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Marcus & Margerite, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Shire of Heronter 12th Night, January 14, Anno Societatis LI, in the Shire of Heronter. As recorded by Sir Ian Kennovan.

Their Majesties called the children of Aethelmearc to partake in the royal toybox.

The members of the Shire of Heronter presented gifts to Their Majesties.

Their Majesties called Matthias di Lupo Corsi and awarded him arms for his continued service to the shire and courtesy.

Their Majesties forth Meg MacNeil and awarded her arms for service to the shire, to the Kingdom and prowess on the heavy field.

Her Majesty called for THL Lodthin Vikarsson to receive her token of Inspiration of the day, the Golden Escarbuncle. She spoke of his continued dedication to the arts and to the pleasure of seeing his work in decorating a hall in order to make it more medieval.

Their Majesties called forth Matthew Blackleaf and gave him a Writ for the Pelican for his service not only to Aethelmearc but to the Society, specifically Drachenwald. His Majesty spoke of Mathews dedication to the making sure that what needs to be done is done.


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Autocrats’ Colloquium South Event Announcement

East Kingdom Gazette - Mon, 2017-04-24 21:19

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?

Last November, the Barony of Carolingia ran a one-day Autocrats’ Colloquium for people like you, and on May 13, the Shire of Blak Rose (Harrisburg, PA) will be running a similar event for those in the Southern and Western regions of the Kingdom (and for anyone else who couldn’t get Carolingia last fall.

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

Registration: Cost is $20, with a five dollar 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
eleazar_halevi@yahoo.com

Send Reservations to:
Lady Alana O’Keeve
mka Rachel Wright
4809 Brian Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
rkwknits@gmail.com

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

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


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Embroidery Pattern for Queen Gabrielle’s Favors

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-04-24 12:56

Gentles wishing to make favors or other items for Her Majesty Queen Gabrielle to give as gifts during Her reign are invited to use the information below. Note that these are a variation of the favors from Her Majesty’s last reign, so if you already have one of those favors, it can be easily modified for the current reign.

Embroidery Pattern For Her Majesty Gabrielle
Escarbuncle & Crown with Parfume Drop
Designed by THL Jaqueline de Molieres 2017

Use this embroidery design when making items for soon-to-be Queen Gabrielle to officially gift. Place this design on anything you wish: belt favors, pouches, needle cases, pin cushions, drink covers, etc. Use whatever materials you like (linen, silk, wool, cotton), red background with white and gold threads. Reduce or enlarge the design as needed. The pattern is designed to use a chain stitch for escarbuncle and crown, and stem stitch for parfume drop.


Tips:

Before you start, I suggest washing the fabric – red has a tendency to bleed.

Then do some test stitching to determine stitch size, how many strands of floss, etc. I counted stitches, but the number of stitches may change if you reduce or enlarge the pattern.

Do the escarbuncle first; then finagle the placement of the crown and drop if need be.

The completed escarbuncle and crown with parfume drop can be stitched directly onto the fabric for your finished piece, or cut into a rondel and appliquéd onto anything you want.

Escarbuncle:

If you want, you could add a bead or pearl in the center.

Crown:

For the base of the crown, make 2 rows of chains, slightly curved per the pattern, just above the escarbuncle. At each end, there are 3 chains up with a horizontal chain toward the center from the second chain. In the very center there are 3 chains up with 2 horizontal chains from the second chain. Between the end & the center on each side, place just one chain at the halfway point.

Drop:

Surround the escarbuncle and crown with two rows of stem stitch parfume drops, the inner row being gold, a little space, then a second row being white.


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Eastern Results from the February 2017 LoAR

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-04-23 17:24

EASTERN RESULTS FROM THE FEBRUARY 2017 LoAR
The Society College of Arms runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.
An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.
The following results are from the February 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings. The submissions in this letter are from Herald’s Point at Pennsic 2016.

EAST acceptances

Aoife inghean Donnchaidh. Name.

Benjamin le Rat. Name and device. Sable, in pale a hand inverted Or and a rat statant argent.

The submitter requested authenticity for “English.” While both name elements are in English, they do not appear to have overlapped in time. Thus, this name is not authentic, but it is registerable.

Brannoc of Mountain Freehold. Name and device. Sable, a frying pan fesswise argent and issuant from base a demi-sun Or.

Although the name was submitted as Brannoc_ of Mountain Freehold, no documentation was provided in the Letter of Intent for the requested spelling of the given name. Instead, the only documentation was for Brannock as a 16th century English given name. Fortunately, Lillia Pelican Emerita found examples in 16th century English of names that use the endings -oc and -ock interchangeably. Based on this data, Brannoc_ is a valid variant spelling of the attested Brannock and we can register the given name as submitted.

Mountain Freehold is the registered name of an SCA branch.

Brigid nyn Thomas O’Neill. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for “Irish.” The byname and construction are authentic for 16th century Anglicized Irish. Unfortunately, we were unable to document the given name Brigid in 16th century Anglicized Irish; it was documented on the Letter of Intent in English. Given the overlap in naming pools between 16th century English and 16th century Anglicized Irish, is it possible that a woman from an Anglicized family living in Ireland in the 16th century could have been named Brigid, but we cannot say for sure.

Cailin Macsalny. Badge. (Fieldless) Two arrows inverted in saltire argent, overall a boar’s head erased close Or.

The boar’s head was submitted as simply erased, which would place the severed edge closer to where the neck meets the shoulders. Instead, this head has the severed edge right behind the ears, so we reblazoned this as erased close. No difference is granted for this distinction; it is a purely artistic note.

Christopher of Smoking Rocks. Holding name and device (see PENDS for name). Per pale embattled vert and sable, a winged stag and a wolf combattant, in base two trenkets in fess, blades to center Or.

The charges in base were submitted as two leather worker’s knives. We modified the blazon to use the accepted term for this type of knife.

Submitted under the name Úlflundr Járnhauss, that name was pended as Úlfr Járnhauss.

Conchobar mac Óengusa. Name and device. Per bend vert and azure, in sinister chief a wolf salient argent.

Nice 10th and 11th century Gaelic name!

Cristina da Treviso. Name.

Daithi Dubh. Device. Vert, a dragon between three mullets voided and interlaced, each within and conjoined to an annulet argent.

Submitted as Vert, a dragon segreant between three mullets voided and interlaced within and conjoined to annulets argent, the blazon has been modified to remove the unnecessary posture (as segreant is the default for dragons) and to clarify the relative relationships between the mullets and annulets.

As established in the November 2011 precedent, “mullets of five and six points voided and interlaced are found in period armory so that their voiding and interlacing may be considered part of their definition of type allowing them to be used as non-primary charges.”

Artist’s note: Please instruct the submitter to draw the dragon’s wings in better proportion with its body which should lie in the center of the field.

Donnchadh mac Eóin. Name.

Nice Gaelic name for c. 1200 onwards!

East, Kingdom of the. Heraldic title Golden Lyre Herald.

Edmund Forster. Device. Azure, a camel statant contourny Or, on a chief wavy argent three thistle heads purpure.

There is a step from period practice for the use of thistle heads without slips and leaves.

Artist’s note: Some commenters found the thistle heads difficult to recognize, in part due to their internal detailing. In the future, use fewer hatchmarks to make the thistle heads easier to identify.

Edwyn Le Clerc. Badge. Argent, an open book and in chief a feather fesswise quill to dexter within a bordure wavy azure.

Elspeth Scot. Name and device. Vert, a capital letter E and a gore sinister argent.

This name is clear of the registered Elizabeth Scott under PN3C1, by the difference of two syllables in the given name: El-iz-a-beth vs. Els-peth.

Nice Scots name for the 15th century onwards!

There is a step from period practice for the use of a gore with another charge on the field.

Erin inghean Chonchobhair. Name and device. Per saltire purpure and Or, in saltire a mallet and a needle inverted sable.

This name combines an English given name with a Gaelic byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Eyfríðr Einarsdóttir. Name.

Fionnghuala Chláirseóir. Name and device. Azure, four swans naiant two and two argent.

This name was submitted as Fionnghuala Cláirseóir, with a request that the byname be changed to a feminine form if one existed. Applying a strict interpretation of standard Gaelic grammar, because the given name is feminine, the byname should be spelled Chláirseóir with the initial C lenited. As the submitter specifically requested a distinctly feminine form, we have changed the byname to add the lenition.

However, as more and more Gaelic documents become available, it has become clear that lenition was applied idiosyncratically in practice; it is omitted far more frequently than we had previously thought. Therefore, the spelling of the byname without the lenition is registerable as well. If the submitter prefers the spelling Cláirseóir, she may make a request for reconsideration.

Nice device!

Godiva de la Mer. Name and device. Azure, a heart sable irradiated argent.

This name combines an English given name with a French surname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Period examples of irradiation show a pattern of rays having good contrast with the field, regardless of the main charge’s tincture. If more than 2/3 of the edge of the main charge is separated from the field by the rays, the irradiation functions as a form of fimbriation for contrast purposes. Substantial rays such as these also function as a modifier to the main charge, much like adding wings, and add a DC from an unmodified version of the same charge.

Godiva de la Mer. Badge. (Fieldless) Two natural seahorses respectant tails entwined, the dexter azure and the sinister Or.

Gregor the Vigilant. Name and device. Argent, on a bend sable between a brown bull’s head cabossed proper and a cardinal gules, three Maltese crosses palewise argent.

By precedent, the Vigilant is a registerable English byname. [Godfrey the Vigilant, 10/2010 LoAR, A-Æthelmearc].

There is a step from period practice for the use of the cardinal, a New World bird.

Gwenllian ferch Llewellyn ap Henry. Name and device. Purpure, a domestic cat sejant contourny and a chief rayonny Or.

The submitter requested authenticity for Welsh. This name is authentic for Welsh in the 16th century, and possibly earlier as well.

Hallbjorn Tryggvason. Name.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Hallveig Alfarinsdóttir. Name and device. Argent, a reremouse inverted sable maintaining in its feet a spear fesswise and on a chief azure a crescent in sinister Or.

A question was raised in commentary about whether Alfarinsdóttir needed to be Álfarinsdóttir, with an acute accent on the first A. Norse names with the protheme Alf- are recorded both with and without an acute accent on the A. Either form, therefore, is registerable.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Recent precedent states that “there is a step from period practice for the use of a reremouse inverted.” (Emelyn de Chelseye, 3/2010). However, this is at odds with the long-standing and oft-reiterated precedent that states “We do not allow inverted animate charges in SCA heraldry except when in recognized orientation, such as in annulo. (Daibhidh MacRaibert, 2/1999, upheld 6/2016)” To resolve the conflict between precedents, as of September 2017 reremice inverted in any posture will no longer be registerable.

Isaac Klingensmith of Æthelmearc. Name (see RETURNS for device).

John fitz Thomas. Name.

This name does not conflict with the registered Johan Fitztomas. Names must be different in both sound and appearance in order to avoid conflict. SENA permits us to analyze the necessary changes in sound in appearance under two different subsections of PN3C: “Names may be different in sound under one standard and appearance under another standard.”

Here, the name is clear under PN3C1 because there are changes in appearance that affect two syllables: John vs. Johan and Fitz_Thomas vs. Fitztomas. The name is clear by sound under PN3C2 because Johan has one more syllable than John. Therefore, this name is registerable.

The submitter requested authenticity for 14th century England. This name meets that request.

Leonora da Ferrara. Name.

This item was pended from the September 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns to discuss whether the name presumes upon the historical Eleanor of Naples, also known as Leonora da Ferrara and Leonora or Eleonora of Aragon, first Duchess of Ferrara.

The fact that she was Duchess of Ferrara (and de facto ruler of Ferrara according to some sources) does not by itself make her important enough to protect. PN4D1 states in relevant part:

Sovereign rulers of significant states are generally important enough to protect. Some historical city-states are not considered significant states. Provinces or regions integrated into larger units like the Holy Roman Empire are not generally considered significant states. Sovereigns of small states that did not give rise directly to modern countries will not be protected under this clause, nor will legendary kings of any state (though these kings may be individually important enough to protect).

Ferrara did not directly give rise to any modern country; it was integrated into modern Italy. Thus, even treating Leonora as a ruler of Ferrara, it is not an entity whose rulers are automatically protected from presumption and Leonara’s significance must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Leonora does not have an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica (not even in the on-line edition). Her Wikipedia article is fairly brief and contains mainly generalizations about her qualities without accompanying citations. Although she patronized artists and authors, she is not linked to any major work that would be familiar to non-specialists. Her portrait is not particularly famous, even among students of Italian Renaissance costuming. She was a member of a famous family and had famous children, but we were presented with no evidence that she herself made any significant historical, artistic, scientific or social contributions. Therefore, Leonora da Ferrara/Eleanor of Naples/Eleonora of Aragon is not significant enough to protect from presumption and this name is registerable.

Molly Blythe. Name change from Maria Alegreza Nicoletti and badge. Sable, a rabbit courant contourny within an annulus of roundels argent.

The submitter’s prior name, Maria Alegreza Nicoletti, is retained as an alternate name.

Submitted as Sable, a rabbit courant to sinister within 13 roundels in annulo argent, the blazon has been modified to remove the number of roundels.

Molly Blythe. Release of name Molle Blythe.

Nivashi Byhari. Name and device. Per pale argent and azure, in pall inverted three peacock feathers conjoined at the quill counterchanged.

Nivashi is the submitter’s legal middle name. As Nivashi is a given name by type, it may be used as the submitter’s registered given name.

Rose Sorin. Name.

Nice French name for c. 1300!

Sabat Ocharra. Name.

Uluric Josepsone. Name.

EAST returns

Alianora la Tesserande. Device change. Purpure, on a pile inverted Or, a peacock feather purpure.

From the May 2015 LoAR, “The SCA has a long-standing precedent that says that piles inverted and per chevron are not entirely interchangeable, but each must be considered for conflict against the other, granting no difference between the two. (Return of badge, Canton of Dragonsfire Tor).”

This device must therefore be returned for conflict with the badge of Emelyn Pacok, (Fieldless) A peacock’s plume palewise purpure. Considering this submission as a feather on a per chevron inverted field, there is one DC for the field, but none for placement.

The submitter is advised to draw the pile inverted in such a way that better fills the shield. While the February 2008 precedent on the length of piles allows for as little as 75% of the overall height of the shield based on a single theoretical example from Legh, it does not explicitly apply to piles inverted; we decline to extend the allowance here, and encourage the submitter to use at least 85% of the length, and 33% of the width, of the shield in future depictions.

Ana Ximenez de Hume. Badge. (Fieldless) On a flame gules a dandelion in seed slipped and leaved argent.

This badge is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states “Elements must be drawn to be identifiable.” Commenters were unanimous in their inability to recognize the tertiary charge as a dandelion in seed. Absent period documentation of a dandelion in seed, the submitter is encouraged to draw individual seeds and tufts, relatively few in number, to assist in recognition of the charge. We decline at this time to comment on whether dandelions in seed are registerable if depicted recognizably.

Andreiko Eferiev. Device. Gules, a cloud sable within a bordure Or.

This device is returned for violation of SENA A.3.B.4.a, which states “Charges must have good contrast with the background on which they are placed.” The submitter attempted to document an Individually Attested Pattern for late-period English heraldry. While sable charges on gules fields were sufficiently documented, and evidence of both bordures and clouds in English heraldry were established, the pattern of a low-contrast complex primary charge and a high-contrast secondary charge was not sufficiently documented by the submitter (who provided only two examples), and subsequent examples were not found in commentary.

Removal of the bordure would bring the submission into alignment with the documented patterns, but would create a conflict with the badge of Mell MacAlpin (Fieldless) A cloud sable.. Given how recently the badge was registered, we encourage the submitter to reach out to the heralds of Calontir to seek permission to conflict from Mell MacAlpin.

Isaac Klingensmith of Æthelmearc. Device. Argent, a raven rising sable maintaining with its beak an annulet gules.

This device is returned for conflict with the badge of Stephen Grimfalcon, Argent, a falcon striking sable within a bordure gules. There is only one DC for change to the type of secondary (annulet vs. bordure). There is no DC for the nearly identical postures of the birds.

EAST pends

Giana di Nicholò da Firenze. Device change. Argent, a bend sinister vert, overall a wyvern erect sable.

Commentary on this submission centered around the potential conflict with Charles the Traveler raised in the LoI: Argent, a bend sinister vert, overall a drakkar sable its sail paly gules and argent. There is most certainly one DC for the change in type of overall charge, but there are conflicting precedents over whether the tincture of a ship’s sail constitutes half the charge, which is necessary for the second DC to clear the conflict.

Current precedents state the following:

1. There is no DC for type of ship (lymphad, drakkar, rowboat, etc.). This is based on period practice, which changed the type of ship depicted on a given set of arms depending on when it was being painted.

2. There is no DC for sails furled vs. unfurled. This is largely based on the previous precedent; if lymphads have sails furled by default, drakkars have sails unfurled by default, and rowboats have no sails at all, there is no way to compare the status of the sails in any sort of meaningful way.

3. There is no DC for the tincture of an unfurled sail as half the charge. Also largely based on the first two precedents, if the sail is not consistently half the charge of a boat (or indeed depicted at all) there is no way to provide consistent difference for its tincture.

We seek further commentary on whether unfurled sails should be considered half of a heraldic charge when considering whether there should be a distinct change for tincture between charges.

This was item 20 on the East letter of November 30, 2016.

Úlfr Járnhauss. Name.

Submitted as Úlflundr Járnhauss, the given name was a hypothetical constructed name based on the Old Norse elements Úlf- and -lundr. PN1B2b of SENA permits name phrases to be constructed from attested period elements. However,”[w]e generally require at least three examples to consider something a pattern, as sometimes a single name phrase can create the appearance of a pattern that does not actually exist.” PN1B2b. Only a single example of –lundr as a second element could be found. Thus, this construction is not registerable.

After the Pelican decision meeting and the close of commentary, the submitter gave permission to change the given name to Úlfr, a male name found at p. 15 of Geirr Bassi’s The Old Norse Name. As we did not have adequate time to do so before the release of this Letter, we have pended this name for conflict-checking and commentary on the form Úlfr Járnhauss.

His device is registered under the holding name Christopher of Smoking Rocks.

This was item 33 on the East letter of November 30, 2016.


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