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Greetings from Brigantia Principal Herald

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-05-31 08:10

Greetings from Ryan, Brigantia Principal Herald,

At the Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium on May 2nd, the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, the chief herald of the Society, announced that due to the increase in costs incurred by the College of Arms the fee paid by Kingdoms to the Society for each submission would be increased by $1.

At this time the College of Heralds of the East collects $8 per submission, $8CDN for submissions from the Tir Mara Region. Unlike some kingdoms where the College of Heralds is funded, in whole or in part, out of the general kingdom budget, the Eastern College is funded entirely from submissions fees. Therefore, this increase in price by to the Society would directly impact the operating budget of the College. After discussion with the senior staff of the College of Heralds of the East it has been decided that in order to continue to provide the level of service to which the East is accustomed to, we must pass on the cost increase, which will make the new cost per submission $9/$9CDN. This change will go into effect at Pennsic. Submissions received and paid for before July 31 st will be submitted at the current fee. For submissions received after that date, and all submissions received at Pennsic, the higher fee will be in effect.

On another topic, my time as Brigantia Herald is drawing to a close. My fourth, and final, year in this office will conclude at 12th Night, 2017. At this time I will be requesting, for the last time, letters of intent to serve the Kingdom as the 18 th Brigantia Principal Herald. Formal Letters of Intent should be sent to me, at, and to their Highnesses Brion and Anna. Letters must be received no later than July 15th to be considered.

-Ryan Brigantia


Translation by Lord Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle

Salutation de Ryan, Brigantia Principal Herald

Lors du “Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium”; qui fut tenu le deux mai, le Laurel Sovereign of Arms, héraut en chef de la SCA, a annoncé que dû à l’augmentation des coût encouru par le College of Arms chaque soumission provenant des royaumes seront augmentées de 1$.

À cette instant le Collège des Hérauts de l’Est collecte 8$ par soumission, 8$cdn pour les soumission dans Tir Mara. En différence avec certain royaume où le collège des hérauts est financé en partie ou en entièreté par le budget du royaume, le collège des hérauts de l'Est est financé entièrement par les soumissions. Par concéquant, le montant exigé par la SCA influe directement sur le budget d’opération du collège. Après discussion avec les officiers séniors du collèges des hérauts, il fut décidé que pour maintenir le niveau de service que la population est accoutumée à recevoir, l’augmentation des coûts doit être transférer aux soumissions. Le nouveau coût pour les soumissions sera donc de 9$/9$cdn. Cette mesure prendra effet à Pennsic. Les soumissions reçu et payé avant le 31 juillet seront aux cours actuel. Pour les soumissions reçu après cette date ou à Pennsic le nouveau cours sera en effet.

Sur un autre sujet, mon mandat comme Brigantia arrive à terme. Ma quatrième et dernière années à ce poste ce conclura à 12th Night 2017. À cette instant, pour la dernière fois, je demande des lettre d’intention pour servir comme 18ieme Brigantia Principal Herald. Les lettres d’intention formel doivent m’être envoyer à ainsi qu’à leurs Altesses Brion et Anna. Les lettres doivent être reçu avant le 15 juillet pour être considéré.


Filed under: Announcements, Heraldry Tagged: brigantia, heraldry

On Target: Range Safety

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-05-29 21:31

In this month’s column, THLord Deryk Archer discusses the basics of archery range safety.

After the marshal has called “bows down, you may retrieve,” you place your bow on the ground and walk, don’t run, towards the target. Not running is very important with small children – they’re very eager to run down range and see what they hit. Shots that land in the ground are a tripping hazard. A running child could trip on the arrow, or “dead wood” as we call it. The arrow could break and impale the running child.

When you come across a dead arrow, you don’t lift it straight up out of the ground, you pull it backwards the way it went in so you do not break the arrow. If the arrow is not yours, take it by the point and stick it back in the ground straight up so the owner can find it.

When you get to the target butt, only one person removes their arrows at a time. This person is said to be in the” batter’s box.” The batter must look over his shoulder to see if anyone is too close before he worries out his arrows. Note in the left-hand picture, you see the back of the archer’s head. The archer must look back over her shoulder and look at the other “players in the field” as shown in the right-hand picture.

As you can see in the next picture, if the archer pulls the arrow out of the butt too soon, this could cause an eye injury if the people “in the field” are too close.

Always remember, you could still get hurt on an archery range even if the arrows are not flying.

This month’s safety tip: establish eye to eye contact with other archers when you’re walking on an open range.

Yours in Service,

THL Deryk

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Midrealm Crown Tourney Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2016-05-29 17:31

From the Midrealm GazetteThe new Heirs to the Dragon Throne are Duke Edmund and Duchess Kateryn. Duke Edmund defeated Count Cellach.   The original post can be found here.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Crown Tournament, Midrealm

A Call for Classes for Great Northeastern War

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-05-28 22:17

On behalf of Mistress Astryda Borowska, GNEW Class Coordinator:

Do you have a passion, knowledge you’d love to share, a skill you’d love to see spread far and wide? Come teach at the 30th GNEW — and maybe even win a war point for Malagentia or Tir Mara. Teacher forms are available at the GNEW website. The deadline is June 30. As this year’s university coordinator, I look forward to seeing what the East has to offer!

Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences, Events

More on Northshield’s First Same-Sex Heirs

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-05-27 12:53

The Æthelmearc Gazette posted an article earlier this week with more information on Northshield’s new heirs and how they will be approaching their reign.  The article can be found here.

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Northshield

Save the Date: Siege of Glengary

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2016-05-25 17:29

Please note the change of dates for this event from September 23-25 to it’s new weekend of September 2-4. Sylvan Glen looks forward to welcoming you all to their industrious shire. You can find the updated event announcement below.



21st Annual Siege of Glengary
Hosted by the Shire of Sylvan Glen
September 2-4, 2016

Unto to the populace of the Sylvan Kingdom does the Shire of Sylvan Glen send greetings! We invite all from near and far to “Go Berserk in the Glen” at the 21st Annual Siege of Glengary. Join us for a Viking invasion.

Go Berserk in the Glen Siege will be held Friday September 2 – Sunday September 4 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds – 1707 Old Leetown Pike Kearneysville, WV 25430.

The site opens Friday September 2nd at 5:00pm and closes at 12:00pm on Sunday September 4th. Those remaining on site will be conscripted for clean up.

Registration for the event are as follows:
Adult Event Registration – $22
Adult Member Discount Event Registration – $17
Child (age 7-17) Registration – $5
Family Cap Event Registration – $54
Family Cap Member Discount Registration – $44

Those who preregister early (Postmarked on or before 8/15/2016) will receive a discounted rate as follows:

Adult Event Preregistration $20
Adult Member Discount Event Preregistration $15
Child Event Preregistration $4
Family Cap Event Preregistration $48
Family Cap Member Discount Preregistration $38

Included in your registration: Camping, Travelers’ Repast (Friday evening), breakfast (Saturday morning), and a delicious dayboard (Saturday) prepared by Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir.

A hearty Viking feast will be prepared by Lady Arianna del Vallone at $12 per person. Preregistration is encouraged as only a small number of seats will be available at troll. A separate child’s feast will be prepared as well by Lady Reina Dulce Dame (Jessica Knill-Lopez for $5 per child (ages 12 and below).

Preregistration is encouraged and can be sent to the the event autocrat, Lady Laurentia Caledonia. Only those preregistrations postmarked on or before 8/15/2016 will be eligible for the discount. Please include the following when sending preregistration for all parties registering: Mundane Name, SCA Name, Age, and Membership Number (if applicable). Those preregistering will need to show proof of membership at troll. Please make checks payable to SCA WV Inc. – Shire of Sylvan Glen and mail to
Brandy Cannon
533 Monticello St. Winchester, VA 22601
(540)323-2208 – no calls after 10pm
Please call or email with questions. We hope to see you there!

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Calling all Pennsic Youth

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2016-05-25 16:30

Hear, Ye! Hear, Ye! Join Baron Tree of the Forest, Pennsic Mayor 46 in his search for cover art for the Pennsic 46 Booklet.
All youth who will be under 18 for Pennsic 46 are invited to submit one work of 2D art to Youth Point between Wednesday of Peace Week – August 3, and Wednesday of War Week – August 10.
These entries will be judged by some very important people. The plan is to announce the winner before the close of Pennsic.
Submission forms will be available at Youth Point.

Filed under: Announcements, Pennsic Tagged: a&s, Youth

Still Four Spots Left for the Visconti Workshop!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-05-23 08:12

Hey, I heard a rumor that Mistress Teircelin bakes scrolls in the oven, that’s right scrolls, not rolls. I wonder if that is what makes her work so amazing?

Join us on June 5, Sunday at her place in Hamberg NY and discover for yourself. There is space and materials for 20 scribes/ 8 teachers and support teaching staff to attend for a very special day of learning and community for Æthelmearc scribes. You must register to attend, how? Send an email to –

There are 4 spots left, preregister soon!

Who: You! Scribe! and 19 other scribes. Space will accommodate 20 scribal students.

What: Visconti Book of Hours Workshop

• Gilding with Mistress Tiercelin
• Blackletter Caligraphy with THL Sophie of Davenport- you’ve seen her in Court heralding, wait until you see her making merry with her pen and ink.
• Intensive brushwork/whitework with Mistress Antoinette who will show you the myriad of other ways you can use this brushwork technique to take your next scroll to another level.
• Visconti painting methods, layering, shading with Mistress Roberta
• Support teaching staff to be on hand that day: Master Morien, Mistress Cori, Mistress Sttiurrim, Mistress Liadhain.

When: Sunday, June 5, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 pm.

Where: Mistress Tiercelin’s home in the Rhydderich Hael, Hamburg, NY

Why:  Scribing is more FUN together, come and share the day with 27 other scribes

Cost: $10.00 for materials- blank scroll (all different/no repeats) on pergamenata, gold leaf, correct nib to caligraph, paint/palette, handouts. No garb, plenty of parking, bring a brown bag lunch (we’ll have drinks here).

Come prepared to learn and paint your tuchas off!
Pre register with Antoinette at

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Æcademy Stipends Available! (and other Æcademy news…)

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-05-22 16:38

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy!

Good Gentles,

If you are contemplating teaching a class at Æcademy but are daunted by the financial investment needed to purchase tools and supplies, I invite you to submit a proposal for one of the two stipends ($100 and $50) offered to help defray teaching costs.

Proposals detailing your expected expenses (see additional details, below) are due by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 29th, 2016.

This money will be used to defray the cost of non-consumable teaching materials for a hands-on class for a minimum of 6 people.

(“Non-consumable teaching materials” are tools and supplies that would be
used multiple times and would remain with the teacher after the class has
ended.  It does *not* include supplies for which students would pay a fee
for or which they would take with them.)

For example:

YES:  Purchase 10 sets of calligraphy nibs with holders and a toolbox to keep them in
NO:    Purchase watercolor paper and a bottle of ink

YES:  Purchase 6 chip carving knives
NO:    Purchase wood for students to carve

YES:  Pay for laminating color copies of visual aids for class
NO:    Pay for copying of class handouts

Items purchased with the money would be the property of the teacher who is awarded the stipend.

In addition to teaching at Spring AEcademy, the teacher who receives the stipend must also teach the class at least once more, in a different region in the Kingdom.

Those wishing to submit a proposal should include the following:

– your name (SCA and modern)
– contact information
– title and description of the hands-on class you are teaching at Academy
– a list of non-consumable supplies needed for the class, including what
each is used for, current price, and where you intend to purchase the items
– when and where you will teach the class again

This offer is open to anyone teaching at Spring Academy, no matter whether this is your first time teaching the class … or your fourteenth. You do not have to have an Arts award to submit a proposal.

I will review all proposals and select one to receive the stipend.  (HINT: The more persuasive your proposal, the better your chance of being selected.) By Wednesday, June 1, I will contact everyone who has submitted a proposal.

If your proposal is selected, at AEcademy you will hand me a receipt for the supplies you purchased for the class, and I will hand you a check for $100.

Please contact me PRIVATELY at ae.aecademy AT aethelmearc DOT org if you have questions.

Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested in submitting a proposal.

Yours, in Service to the Arts,

Æthelmearc Æcademy, hosted on June 11 by the Shire of Ballaclagan (Wheeling, WV), currently offers 42 classes covering more than 15 different fields, ranging from Bardic to Woodworking.

We are confident there will be something of interest to everyone, of all ages.  (For a listing of class titles and descriptions, please visit the website.

Are YOU thinking of joining the ALL-STAR line-up of teachers?  Whether
you’ve never taught a class or you’ve taught at every Æcademy, we have
space for YOU … BUT … registration closes Saturday, May 28 (or whenever
we run out of classroom space).  So please do not wait too long to register
your class!

If you’ve never taught at Æcademy (or if it’s been a while), no problem!
It’s easy to register —  Just go to here and supply the requested information about yourself and your class.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at ae DOT aecademy AT

I look forward to hearing from you … SOON!

Yours, in Service to the Arts,

PSSST!  Only a handful of War College classes have been registered thus far.  Registering your WC class means that anyone with Internet access can see what you’re offering. PLEASE register today!

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More on Northshield’s First Same-Sex Heirs

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sun, 2016-05-22 09:56

There has been a lot of interest in Hrodir and Yehudah, the Heirs of Northshield, who are the first same-sex couple in the SCA to win a Crown Tournament.

Hrodir is a Duke, Knight, and Laurel; this will be his fourth time on the throne of Northshield. Yehudah was Northshield’s first Polaris Kingdom Herald, and is a Court Baron and Master of the Pelican. They are friends, rather than romantic partners. As Heirs, They are using the titles “Hrodir Fyrste” and “Yehudah Tarkhan.” Once crowned, They will be “Hrodir Bek” and “Yehudah Khagan.”

The Heirs have created a website for Their Reign that includes some fascinating information about Their plans, which Yehudah Tarkhan has described as being in many ways an A&S project. They will be basing Their reign on the precedents of the Turkic land of Khazaria, during the time period from 750 to 1050.  Their website describes the ruling structure of Khazaria this way:

Khazaria was ruled under a dual-king system common in Turkic kingdoms, derived from Mongol practice, in which a Khagan was the spiritual and cultural leader while the Bek evolved to be the military and administrative leader. In historical practice, the distinction was somewhat akin to that of the Japanese Emperor and Shogun.

For more information on this innovative approach to SCA monarchy, see Their website, most especially the page on “Information for Heralds and Scribes” which includes a great deal of historical information at the bottom.

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Tidings from Sabina Luttrell, Kingdom MOL, regarding War of the Roses Inspection and Authorization

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-05-20 09:43

To all Rattan and Rapier Combatants that are attending War of the Roses, please pray attend.

There will be “Pennsic like” authorization and inspection points at War of the Roses this year.

The process will work the same as it does for Pennsic. Combatants will have their armor and weapons inspected by the marshals. Once that is done, they proceed directly to the MOL, where their authorization card is checked. They will then receive a sticker for their helm/mask. This will allow the marshals on the field to know who has been authorized and approved, and if there is someone who has not.

Please make sure to bring your authorization card with you to make the process as smooth as possible. The Points will be open during the published authorization and inspection times, and will extend during some fighting times as well. This process is going to help keep the combatants of the East Kingdom safer, and help the marshals do their jobs more effectively.

The Authorization and Inspection Point process is already planned for NRWC as well. We hope to do the same for SRWC, GNEW, and 100 Minutes War.

I look forward to a fun and successful summer. See you at Roses!
Sabina Luttrell, EK MOL

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Artisan Profile: Robert l’Etourdi

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-05-19 08:16

The next in our series of Æthelmearc Artisan Profiles, from Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe: Robert l’Etourdi.

Like most long-time SCAdians, Robert l’Etourdi has dabbled in quite a number of things over the years: Quill pens, iron gall ink, ink research, fencing, working with period pigments, making English long bows, making arrows, teaching, learning how to make/shoot flat bows, learning how to make/shoot laminated recurve bows, making mead and ale, research of Asian calligraphic brushes, and making clothing. What he loves best, though, is making bows and arrows and brewing mead and ale.

“Since I started making meads it became recently very popular and is currently the fastest growing segment of the alcohol market” Robert informed me. “A good mead can take on the same complexity as wine”. When asked what his preferred mead to brew, he said that he prefers strong meads and mellomels (fruit flavored meads). The popularity of meads has made the general population more open to trying them when, in the past, mead was considered to be “strange” or reserved for, well, people who do medieval reproduction or attend Renaissance Faires.

The thing that Robert likes most about his work is starting with a bunch of materials and at the end of the project, having a real, working thing. “There’s a feeling of accomplishment that comes with building something that you don’t get with other things.” Robert also shared that he keeps his work fresh by choosing to not engage in activities that he doesn’t enjoy. It focuses his work and makes his hobby enjoyable over the long term.

The person who has most inspired Robert along his path as an artisan was the late Edward the Gray, who he calls a “major inspiration” and someone who he seeks to emulate in all that he does. The most fitting description of the kind of person Edward was is contained in Robert’s announcement of Edward’s passing, “[He] shared his knowledge of bow building, fletching and knife making with anyone who wished to learn. His spirit, even in his declining health never faltered. His joy when seeing a student successfully shoot a new bow that he taught him to make never dimmed.”

While Robert’s focus has been on brewing and archery, what he is best known for is his research into and teaching how to make quill pens. When I asked him how he got his start, he said “When [Mistress] Gillian was the head of the scribal guild in the Rydderich Hael she saw what I was doing and began to describe the scroll that I was going to be working on. It became my first assignment and the beginning of my scribal career.” It took two years to perfect the process that he uses for making quill pens, this is the process that he teaches to others. After teaching his quill class one Pennsic, a Sofer (a Jewish scribe who can transcribe religious writings) approached Robert afterwards to inform him that the process that he teaches is the process that the Sofer learned when he was learning to cut quills.

Robert’s dream project is to make a functional composite bow using all period materials. This is the kind of project that takes years and draws upon essentially all of Robert’s experience and skill. It’s the kind of project that takes a great deal of skill and passion, two things that Robert has in abundance. At this time, Robert does not have a website detailing his work, but he frequently teaches at Æcademy and Pennsic, depending on his availability.


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Palfreys & Polearms – Lunch Registration Deadline Approaching!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-05-17 16:03

Palfreys & Polearms: Being The Rhydderich Hael Baronial Championships, Kingdom Equestrian Championships and Langstrand Regional Army Muster

Join us for an incredible weekend in the country with the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael as we host our own Baronial Championships, the Kingdom Equestrian Championships, and a VERY large regional fighting muster! There will be equestrian, heavy fighting (including a polearm tourney), fencing, archery, thrown weapons, A&S, children’s activities and so much more!

We start at 4 pm on Friday, May 27, and end at 11 am on Sunday, May 29. The actual main event activities will take place on Saturday the 28th.

You may download the pre-registration form here. We encourage pre-registration as you will not get a lunch unless you pre-register. DEADLINE for pre-registration is Thursday, May 19, so you need to either pop this in the mail today or email the form to You may certainly pay at the gate on the day, but you will have no lunch, so plan accordingly.

The site is Nash Hill Equestrian, 10999 Persia Rd, Gowanda, NY 14070.

The autocrat is Riobard o’ Suilleabhain (Brother Bobby)(Robert Bajak), 28 W. Hill St, Gowanda, NY 14070, 716-241-7276. Deputy Autocrat is Ysabeau Tiercelin (Phoebe Waller-Sharp), 7132 Taylor Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075, 716-860-1550, Equestrian Marshal in charge is Maeve ni Surtain (

The reservations clerk is Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd (Brandon Baranowski), 60 Rand Ave. #3, Buffalo, NY 14216,

Site fee is $10 for adults, $5 for 7-17, 6 and under free, family cap of $25. NMS fee of $5 applies for all non-members. Make checks payable to SCA NY Inc, Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.

Camping is $10 per tent and $25 for hook-ups, per night. We ask that you let us know if you will be camping, for space planning purposes.

There will be a sack lunch sideboard with pasties and other delights (vegetarian and GF options available). You MUST reserve for the sack lunch, even though it is included in the cost of the event (see above). The site is very discretely damp, and alcohol is allowed for the A&S entries. Under no circumstances may there be any alcohol in the barn; this will be grounds for immediate expulsion from the event. No animals except for service animals and horses.

This is an active equestrian facility, no-one may enter the boarding barn areas without permission; this will be grounds for expulsion from the event. Please do not feed anything to any horse without the permission of the owner. Aside from adhering to the normal youth policies, we ask that parents keep a sharp eye on their children; the fences are electrified, and there are many other normal farm dangers present.

We will be asking all participants to sign the equestrian waiver at check-in. Horses must have negative coggins and rabies for in-state, and also health certs if from out of state.



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Scarlet Apron Competition: A Feast for the Eyes

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-05-16 18:05

Winning entry at a past cooking competition, the Cast Iron Chef in Delftwood. Photo by Baroness Katja

The Scarlet Apron, a new cooking competition, will held for the first time this weekend at Æthelmearc War Practice, May 21. Open to all levels of cooks, the theme is Illusion Food. See the competition guidelines here.


Anyone wishing to participate must create an example of such a food from anywhere in the SCA’s period of study. This could be an interpretation of a subtlety that has been described in a cooking text, or an original creation that can be considered “period-plausible” based on its design, construction, and the materials used to create it.

Competition coordinator Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere shared the following frequently asked questions with The Æthelmearc Gazette, and also talked to Food Editor Baroness Katja (Chris Adler-France) about cooking competitions in Æthelmearc:


1) To whom is the Scarlet Apron open?
Anyone and everyone who has a passion for cooking, or even just for challenging themselves, may enter. This competition is open to gentles of all skill levels, whether you have not yet received a Sycamore, or you have long since been named a Laurel.

2) How will the competition be judged?
There will be three categories, each judged differently:

  • The Scarlet Apron Champion title will be awarded based on the assessment of our judges. This is determined by how your work is scored according to a rubric. The judging will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Populace Choice will be awarded to the individual (or small team) who collects the most votes from members of the populace. Each person who comes into the Great Hall to browse the entries will receive a bean, which they may use to vote for their favorite entry. The piece with the most beans at the end of the voting period will win the Populace Choice title. The competition will be open to populace voting from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Youth Champion will be awarded to the entrant entered in the youth category based on the rubric scores give to them by their judges. The youth category will be judged by members of the populace between a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

3) Do I have to choose which category I want to be judged within?
No. All adult entrants are automatically eligible for both the Scarlet Apron Champion and the Populace Choice. Youth entries are automatically eligible for all three categories: the Scarlet Apron Champion, Populace Choice, and Youth Champion.

Duchess Sir Rowan tended the fire for her (winning) team at Cast Iron Chef. Photo by Baroness Katja

4) Can I enter as part of a team?
Yes. You may enter the competition as an individual, or as a small team of two to three people. Please make sure that everyone’s names are included in the registration form, and that each person’s tasks and responsibilities are described in your write-up.

5) I’m not great at writing documentation. Will that affect my ability to
It shouldn’t! We know that writing is not everyone’s strong suit, especially when it comes to academic writing. We will provide a brief questionnaire at the check-in table that will suffice as your documentation for your entry. If you would prefer to print it out and complete it ahead of time, you may email Edelvrouw Lijsbet at to receive a PDF of the questionnaire instead.

All entrants are  encouraged to provide a short photo diary of their piece. Pictures should include any extant pieces that inspired the finished product and/or the production process, as well as any photos of the actual entry piece being made (progress photos). These will be especially helpful for entries that do not include a whole lot of written documentation. Don’t forget to describe what each photo is!

Your other option is to sit with your entry all day so the judges may have an opportunity to ask you questions about your work. You will need to be present from 11:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m., or until all of the judges have reported in.

6) Do I need to be present in order to be judged or be declared a winner?
Absolutely not. Your documentation (written piece/questionnaire and your progress photos) should be selected to anticipate many of the judges’ questions. Likewise, you do not need to be present in order to be declared a winner. If you cannot stay to collect your prize, you will be contacted to arrange a pick-up or delivery.

7) I’m nervous about the rubric. Can I see it ahead of time?
Absolutely! It is only fair to know how you will be assessed ahead of time. To request a copy of the rubric that the Scarlet Apron judges will be using, please email Lijsbet.

Serving the judges at Cast Iron Chef. Photo by JJ Art and Photography

8) Who are the judges?
This year’s judges have been hand selected from the very best of the Kingdom’s cooks and range from Sycamores to Laurels. All of them have a wealth of experience in the SCA kitchen and a wide breadth of knowledge of medieval cooking and presentation methods.

9) Does my illusion food/sotelty need to be sweet or a dessert?
No! Many period sotelties were created out of meats, breads, and other savory dishes. Entrants are encouraged to work in whatever edible medium with which they are comfortable.

10) Will the entries be judged on taste as well as appearance?
We understand that some illusion foods/sotelties in period were meant to be consumed by dinner guests, while others were merely meant to serve as an artistic discussion piece. If your entry would have been consumed in period (for example, a formed pie), then the judges will be assessing the taste. If it was only meant to be an artistic piece, then it will not. Non-edible entries (that is, illusion foods/sotelties that would not have been consumed in period practice) will not experience a penalty in points.

Entrants who provide an edible piece should provide their own napkins, paper plates, plastic cutlery, etc. for the judges to use.

11) When and where should I bring my entry to be judged?
The registration table will be open in the Great Hall beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Beginning then, you may bring your entry piece and begin setting it up on your assigned table space. The Scarlet Apron Champion judging will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day, while the Populace Choice judging may continue until 4:00 p.m.

12) When will I need to collect my entry at the end of the competition?
You may collect your entry beginning at 4:00 p.m.. It must be removed from the Great Hall in time to set up for Court.

13) When will the winners be announced?
All winners will be announced and prizes awarded in Court on Saturday evening.

14) I really want to enter! But I don’t know where to begin! Is there
somewhere online I can go to view examples of illusion food/sotelties?
Yes! Edelvrouw Lijsbet has created a Pinterest board that is full of examples of both modern food art and recreations of medieval sotelties to get your creative juices flowing. The board can be found here:

15) Will I need to prepare my entry on site?
No. The competition is only for your finished product. If you need to prepare your entry close to the judging/presentation period, you may do so in your own encampment or at home. The competition will not be providing space in which you may cook or otherwise prepare your entry. There will be no additional benefit to preparing your entry on site versus bringing it from home.

16) What kind of illusion food/sotelty should I plan to make?
You may make any kind of illusion food/sotelty you wish, as long as it remains within “period plausibility.” That means you do not need to create an exact interpretation of a sotelty described in an extant cooking text (though you are encouraged to do so!), but the image/scene it depicts must be one from within SCA period. You are also encouraged to use period-appropriate materials and construction techniques. Doing so will improve your rubric score.

17) Do I need to pre-register?
No. Currently, there is no registration form available online with which to pre-register for this competition. However, if you are planning on entering, please email Lijsbet
to ensure we have enough table space!

18) How much room will I have to set up my entry?
You will have no less than half of one six-foot-long picnic table. Depending on how many entrants we have on the day of the competition, this may be expanded to allow for a full table space per entrant. Be prepared for at least three feet of table space, and if you are able to expand to six feet, you may be able to do so. You will not be penalized if you have the opportunity to use the full six feet but only use a portion of it.

19) Will I need to dress my table space?
It is not required, but strongly encouraged. Because this is, for all intents and purposes, a show piece, presentation is key to your display. You should plan on providing as much ambience as you can to set the scene for your entry piece. This may include table linens, dishes, floral, or other artistic arrangements, candles, or anything else that may add to the spectacle of your piece.

20) Will any table dressings be available on the day of the competition?
We will have a limited supply of basic, plastic picnic tablecloths available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need one, you may request one when you arrive to register in the morning on the day of the competition. No advance requests will be accepted.

21) I cannot make it to War Practice, but I would still like to submit an
entry. Can someone else bring and set up my piece on my behalf?
Yes! Please just make sure all of the components for judging are included, and that the person bringing your entry puts YOUR name and contact information on the registration sheet.

22) Does my entry need to be period?
Your score will certainly increase if you base your entry on a period sotelty and/or use period materials and construction techniques.

However, the only REQUIREMENT is that your entry be “period-plausible,” dealing with
SCA-period subject matter. In other words, it should depict a medieval scene or subject (like a scene out of a period manuscript, something out of a period story like Le Morte d’Arthur, or even a medieval depiction of an animal or article of clothing). If you cannot use all period materials/construction techniques to create this, explain why in your documentation questionnaire.

Interview with Lijsbet

Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere. Photo by Susan Verberg.

Q: Last fall, you ran the Cast Iron Chef cooking competition at A Shoote in the Wildwood, where four teams cooked period-inspired dishes on site in a couple of hours, much like Chopped and other cooking competition television shows.

The Scarlet Apron, however, is closer to the Wooden Pin and other display competitions where cooks bring an already prepared dish to be judged. How do you choose which kind of competition will work for a given event?

A: A lot of factors were considered when coming up with the format of each of these very different cooking competitions. When I was asked to revive the cooking competition held at previous Æthelmearc War Practices (then called the Wooden Pin) I did consider something similar to Cast Iron Chef, where the contestants cook on site. Ultimately, I decided to make this one closer to the original Wooden Pin format for a few reasons.

First, I was the head cook for Crown Tournament, which was being held in my barony of Delftwood only two weeks before the competition. I knew I would, personally, not be able to maintain enough momentum to promote and run a cooking event that required the kind of time and preparation that Cast Iron Chef has.

Second, I know that Æthelmearc War Practice is an event many people attend for the purpose of attending Order meetings, getting together with their far-away Friends, and spending as much time on the battlefield or taking classes as possible. It’s a really busy time! I recognized that people who may be interested in entering the competition may have other obligations, or just other things they wanted to do, rather than take up a whole day to participate in one activity. At A Shoote in the Wildwood — Delftwood’s archery event that takes place over Labor Day Weekend — we were looking for a large-scale event to encourage people to stay on site for the whole weekend. Usually, most of the major archery competitions were finished on Saturday, and Sunday attendance was significantly lower. By creating an all-day cooking competition on Sunday, we boosted our attendance numbers, while providing something fun for those who are not archers to participate in!

So I guess the TL;DR version is, I try to assess what I think would be fun for people to participate in, what other things are happening at the event, and how much time I am personally able to commit to the planning and execution of the competition in order to decide its format.

Q: You’ve also coordinated some event and cooks guild food challenges in Delftwood, such as asking gentles to bring items made with honey to Mistress Othindisa’s Laurelling (who was inducted for her knowledge of period beekeeping). What advice would you give to local groups to hold their own cooking challenges at their events, social meetings, or cook guild sessions?

A: I’m always looking for ways to stretch my culinary muscle and challenge myself. Sometimes preparing a feast with a limited budget does not allow me to do this, and I’m the kind of person who needs a reason (meaning an event or prescribed activity) to motivate myself. I figured I’m not the only one in the SCA who feels like this, so I began thinking about what I would have fun doing at events that was not necessarily preparing a feast, but still allowed me to interact with other cooks, share knowledge, learn a bunch, and have fun while doing it. The idea of competitions or discussion sessions at which food was the main attraction seemed to be a great solution to the challenge of bringing all of these things together.

In terms of challenges taking place at events – promote, promote, promote! I tend to get a bit zealous when hosting any kind of event or program within an event, so I’m going to take this moment to apologize to anyone on my Facebook friends list who also subscribes to all of the other historical cooking groups and local SCA groups that I do, because I tend to post announcements to them all for the widest reach possible, which means they get about 15 notifications at once all saying the same thing!

When it comes to creating activities for local meetings, I recommend creating specific challenges. When the Delftwood cooks’ guild meets, it is to discuss or present the results of a specific request, usually decided upon at the previous month’s meeting. For example, some of the topics we have covered have included: Vegetarian entree options that are NOT pies; Cook Thine Enemy, for which you must determine which culture or people your persona was fighting against during your chosen period of study, and cook a dish that they would have eaten; Sauces and Condiments; Illusion Food; Seasonal and Regional – food your persona would have eaten at that particular time of year in their particular region; and Outdoor Picnic foods. At each meeting, I usually solicit suggestions for challenges from those who are present, and then we agree on which one we want to use for our next meeting, while the rest are recorded for use at a later date.

Lately, however, our schedules have gotten a bit busier than usual, and the format of issuing a challenge, then cooking the dish to discuss with the group has gotten a bit stale. In order to give our cooks a bit of a break, and to encourage and welcome the new people who have recently come to Delftwood with an interest to food and cooking, we have initiated a series of classes on Medieval Gastronomy. For these classes, one person volunteers to lead a small team (or some choose to work by themselves) to research the cuisine of a specific culture within the SCA range of study. They create a presentation that discusses the ingredients, flavor qualities, and cooking techniques that are indicative of that culture, and cook samples of dishes that best illustrate these points (because, let’s face it, you can’t really talk about the flavors and qualities of food without tasting it, right?). So we have had small groups of people present their findings on the food culture and flavors from 13th to 15th century England and France, ancient Rome, and medieval Japan.

Our next class is coming up on June 2, at which Meisterin Felicity will be teaching us all about Medieval German gastronomy! I have found these classes to be helpful for our new SCA participants to learn what they should expect from medieval food and SCA feasts. It is also a great way to encourage new people to get their hands dirty in the kitchen (and wash them after!). In fact, one of our newest members cooked her very first medieval recipe, AND presented her very first A&S class through one of these classes, and she has been challenging herself in the kitchen ever since!

Judges at Cast Iron Chef: Master Daniel del Cavallo, THL Svana in kyrra, Baron Benedict Fergus atte Mede, Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina, with Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere. Photo by JJ Art and Photography

So I guess, be open to variety – try to include topics for those who are timidly dipping a toe in the water, as well as for those who are comfortable on the high dive. The future of SCA cooking depends on those of us who have a passion for food encouraging the next generation, and helping them find their footing. These casual meetings are a great way to do it!

Q: What are the logistics/needs for each kind of competition? For example, for the Cast Iron challenge, your barony’s populace donated the food stuffs for the pantry from which the entrants cooked.

A: It really depends on the challenge issued. Like I mentioned earlier, I did originally want to do something similar to Cast Iron Chef at War Practice. That would have required me to begin soliciting food donations and promoting the competition MUCH earlier than I knew I realistically had time for, considering my timeline for Crown Tournament prep (paired with the fact that, mundanely, my husband and I were moving from our apartment of 10 years into our first house exactly one month before Crown). This year’s Scarlet Apron was intentionally planned because I knew that I could not live up to the high standards I have for how I would like to see this competition go off, so I planned accordingly.

In addition, Cast Iron Chef was something special last year, and we in Delftwood would like to see it grow. If both Cast Iron Chef and the Scarlet Apron are to last, they must be in different formats, as not to burn out or bore our cooks, many of whom may take part in both competitions! Variety is the spice of life, after all!

Q; Four teams entered the Cast Iron challenge, which was at a smaller local event and was an on-site cooking challenge. How many entrants do you hope to attract to the Scarlet Apron challenge at War Practice, which is a larger event and requires entrants to bring a finished piece?

A: Well, I am hoping to see both competitions grow! It warms my heart to see people get creative and passionate about food. I have noticed that the art of historical cooking has tended to fall into the lap of whoever is in charge of cooking dayboard or feast for events, but does not usually get a place outside of these job duties at most SCA events. This is my attempt to bring the Culinary Arts into the spotlight, and allow our cooks to really show off what they can do!

With that in mind, I hope to see lots of people entering the Scarlet Apron this year! I am prepared for 20 individual people, which includes those working independently and in small teams. Everyone who participates will receive a token so they can brag that they rose to the challenge issued! Of course, I would be ecstatic to see more than that participate, but I know that the first year of a new activity can be a little tricky to get off the ground sometimes (hence why I inundate social media and mailing lists to promote these types of things).

Still, the idea is to encourage the cooks of the kingdom to join in – each year that the Scarlet Apron is held, there will be a new medallion to collect, similar to how Pennsic medallion art changes every year, and have become collector’s items for some people. It is my hope that we will all be Ooooo-ing and Aaaaaah-ing at the participants’ achievements and shiny new flare items for years to come!

Q: What are your future cooking competition goals?

A: I just want to continue to promote historical, researched cooking as much as I can while having fun! I am hoping that both the Scarlet Apron and Cast Iron Chef become a “thing,” for their respective events, and I have some ideas on how to do that.

Cast Iron Chef, for example, will remain an on-site cooking tournament; however, the format may change from time to time. This year, in order to keep within our archery event theme, we will be asking the cooks to team up with an archer for a special shoot. The archer will have targets of images of food. While all the cooks will have access to a “peasant’s pantry,” of basic staple foods like grains, common spices, and basic garden vegetation, the archers will be trying to acquire the cooks access to more “premium” items like dairy and animal protein. Whatever the archer is able to shoot with his or her arrow is what the cook will be allowed to use for their recipe. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this plays out!

As for the Scarlet Apron, I would love to see this blossom into a well-regarded, kingdom-level activity. War Practice tends to be one of those events attended by a more diverse group of SCAdians. Most of the time, a local group’s event will only attract local, or mostly local people. War Practice gives cooks from all over AEthelmearc to connect, meet, and interact with each other. I am hoping that, over the next few years, cooks of all experience levels see the Scarlet Apron as an opportunity to network and make new friends, and allow this competition to grow in such a way that we all become better – and more fearless – cooks for it.

Q: Anything else you want to add?

A: One of the other things I would love to see happen in the Scarlet Apron is more Youth participation. I am a big fan of SCA children participating in relevant activities alongside the adults when it is appropriate to do so. I love it when I see kids helping in the kitchen – in fact, Meisterin Felicity’s children, Fela (who is nine) and Frytz (who is almost five), were a HUGE help in forming all 200 homemade pretzels that were served at Crown Tournament. I know that if I were a young child in the SCA, I would much prefer to do the stuff the adults were doing, because, to me, that is what the SCA is. (NB: Please understand that I am NOT criticizing the separate kids’ activities hosted at events at all. Many children prefer to do these kinds of crafts or games, and that, too, is awesome!)

I am hoping to see some Youth entries, to demonstrate their talent to the kingdom, to let them know that their contributions are worthy of recognition, and to encourage those kids interested in learning about food and cooking to take a leap of faith! Ideally, I would like to have young members of our populace also act as judges for the Youth entries, however I do not yet have many volunteers – I will be reaching out to the kingdom shortly to put feelers out for this. In the meantime, I am hopeful that we will see at least one entry by someone who falls into our Youth category!

Finally, I would like to encourage everyone attending War Practice to come by the Great Hall any time between 11 and 4 to look at the amazingly creative talent of our kingdom’s cooks. And while you are there, please pick up a token from the check-in table to vote for your favorite – whichever entrant receives the most tokens will win a prize for being the Populace’s Choice winner!

I am very excited about the Scarlet Apron’s inaugural year, and hope that everyone has fun creating and viewing the entries that will be on display!

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King’s and Queen’s Armored Champions

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-05-14 19:09

The King’s Champion is Lord Gellyes Joffrey.

The Queen’s Champion is Lord Kenimathor of Lochleven.

The EK Gazette thanks Master Rowen Cloteworthy for reporting today.

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History Made in Northshield

AEthelmearc Gazette - Sat, 2016-05-14 16:47

From the SCA Kingdom of Northshield Facebook page:

Heirs of Northshield! Hrodir Fyrste and Yehudah Tarkhan.

Yehudah Tarkhan and Hrodir Fyrste, Heirs of Northshield.

Northshield has made history! Prince Hrodir and his consort, Prince Yehudah, will be the first same-sex monarchs in the Society.

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UPDATE: Sir Wilhelm’s Hastilude & Demo II / K&Q Champion of Armored Combat

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-05-13 10:27

It is with regret that the EQUESTRIAN Activities at this weekend’s Hastilude Event in the Barony of Dragonship Haven, Bethany, CT are CANCELLED.

Everything else is still a go!


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New Process for Accessing Electronic Newsletters

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2016-05-13 05:27

In response to requests from our membership, there is a new process for accessing the electronic newsletters!!

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Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership.

There is even an option to “remember me on this computer”, so you don’t have to enter in your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in:

At the top of the screen are the membership options.

Click the button for newsletter access on the far right.

This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives.

This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained.

These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any difficulties or questions, please email [ ]( ). 

Include your Legal Name, membership number, and a brief  explanation of the problem you’re experiencing.

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Royal Thanks: Crown Tournament

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-05-12 17:02

Unto the people of Æthelmearc, and especially Our beloved Barony of Delftwood, do Byron and Ariella, King and Queen, send Greetings.

Our journey  to Our home castle gave Us many hours to reflect on the good works of the populace of Æthelmearc, and the glory of Our Crown Tournament.

First and foremost, We extend Our thanks to Lady Amelia and the staff of good gentles who worked throughout the day to make this event a truly memorable experience. The cooks and kitchen staff are to be complimented not only on the quality of the food, but on the clever theme of stadium food.

We thank all of the marshals who kept the fighters safe, and the heralds whose flair kept the populace entertained in the procession and throughout the day. Our thanks also go to Their Excellencies Delftwood and all the populace of that good Barony, for making Us feel so welcome in Our Eastern lands.

And to all the fighters who showed their prowess, and all the artisans who showed their talents, We thank you for enhancing the glory of Our Crown Tournament. We were especially impressed with the works of THL Solveig Throndardottir, as her treatise on Japanese recipes nears completion. We were so pleased to see such a noble display of chivalry from all the combatants. We felt that everyone present was amazed at the quality of this Crown.

Finally, Our congratulations go out to Our Heirs, Marcus and Margerite, Crown Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc. We are much relieved to know that when Our days as Sovereigns come to an end, Æthelmearc will continue in able and trustworthy hands.

In Service to the Dream,

Byron and Ariella, Rex et Regina Æthelmearc

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Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College Needs Teachers

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-05-12 16:05

Medievally speaking, what gets your creative juices flowing?

Is it getting your hands dirty making stuff?

Is it figuring out how things were done?

Delving into the when and where and why of medieval life?

Is it learning something you didn’t know before?

Is it learning more about something that intrigues you?

If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, consider teaching at Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College, hosted by the Shire of Ballachlagan (Wheeling, WV), on June 11.

So far, we have 25 classes (that’s 31 class-hours!) scheduled, on these topics: Bardic, Brewing, Clothing, Dance, Embroidery, Heraldry, History, Metalworking, Research, SCA Life, Scribal, Youth Track, War College — Fencing (for a listing of class titles and descriptions, please visit the Æcademy website).

But sadly, there are NO classes (yet) in Cooking, Equestrian Arts, or Fiber Arts. If you’ve never taught at Æcademy (or if it’s been a while), no problem! It’s easy to register — Just go to the Æcademy registration page and supply the requested information about yourself and your class.

If you’ve never taught a class (or have taught but are still a bit nervous about teaching), I have a solution! On Saturday of Æthelmearc War Practice, from 3 to 4 pm, I’ll be teaching a class called “Documentation to Class,” which will give you ideas to turn what you know into a successful class.

If you have signed up to teach at Pennsic, consider teaching at Æcademy as a “dress rehearsal.” Teaching in June will give you time to fine-tune your class. Plus, the feedback and experience will boost your confidence.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

I look forward to hearing from you!

Yours, in Service to the Arts,

Mistress Alicia Langland


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