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East Kingdom 50 Year Event Bids Sought

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-12-10 18:21

Greetings  unto the populace of this great East Kingdom.

Bids are now being accepted from those that want to run an East Kingdom 50 year event.

The East will hit the 50-year mark in 2018.  This results in a really tight window for bids to be received and reviewed by the Council of the Exchequer.

Had it not been for the desire of several people to run such an event, this momentous occasion could have passed by without any acknowledgment at all.

Considering that this event is unique in its nature it will likely have more detail than the standard East Kingdom event bid form.

Submit all details and costs on the form or in additional attachments.  Include any and all information so that the council has a complete picture of your event and bid.

Your bids are to be sent to the  Kingdom Exchequer and Seneschal as well as Their Majesties and Highnesses. The deadline to receive bids is January 15, 2017.

In Service,

Ignacia,  Kingdom Exchequer

Mercedes, Kingdom Seneschal

Filed under: Announcements, Events, Uncategorized Tagged: EK 50th, Exchequer, seneschal

The Largesse of the Great Heart of Saint Kenric of Blessed Memory

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2016-12-10 00:21

The following was shared with the Gazette by Meister Ulric von der Insel, Baron Bridge.

It is with humility and reverence that we, Ulric and Clothilde, Baron and Baroness Bridge do announce the rediscovery of the Great Patrimony bestowed upon us in days gone by! Much like the noted Donation of Constantine, whereby the Papal States were formed and which in NO WAY at all might be a forgery, Bridge was the recipient of the Largesse of the Great Heart of Saint Kenric of Blessed Memory, which, also, is in NO WAY a forgery at all! The document was rediscovered and read to the delight of all assembled at the barony’s 43rd birthday. Much as with the miracle of saints’ blood still staying wet over the centuries, herein was a miracle of Saint Kenric that the ink even appeared wet upon the scroll! Here it reads verbatim as follows:

Kenric Masculobarbatus Rex Defender of the East & Patron of Prosperity to All to whom these letters come, especially around AS 51, greetings. Know that Our Crown Barony of the Bridge being home of Our Heart & Body We would ensure its future lest it fall into poverty and so it must also prosper as a fit home for My Dearest Avelina in the unfortunate case of my demise by oh, I don’t know – maybe many black arrows in the chest. Thus do We gift forever said Crown Barony with the full income of the Great Kings Highway from one end to the other without gainsay, hindrance, stay or molestation upon pain of censure, forfeiture of estate, dismemberment and disembowelment. This We command upon this 24th day of September AS 46 being the birthday of Our most beloved brother Ulric. So say We Kenric Rex the First of Three or So.


Post Script: This document is in no way a forgery
Signed Kenric’s Scribe’s Notary

This was read by myself – Meister Ulric von der Insel, Baron Bridge – on Sunday December 4 at Bridge Birthday 43. The document was discovered after long laying forgotten in a chest. (Note: It’s a forgery patterned after the famous Donation of Constantine, by which the Papal States were granted to the popes in perpetuity by Emperor Constantine. Really, it’s just for instigation and fun!)


Filed under: History Tagged: Barony of Bridge, Kenric and Avelina

Entertainers Wanted for Kingdom Twelfth Night

AEthelmearc Gazette - Thu, 2016-12-08 19:57

Kingdom Twelfth Night is looking for entertainers!

What’s a Carnivale without jugglers and minstrels? Please share your talents and entertain us! There will be a “town square” space set aside in the main hall for you to show us your best!

For event information click here.

-Mistress Othindisa Bykona
Kingdom 12th Night 2017 Autocrat

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Æthelmearc Fall Photography Contest

AEthelmearc Gazette - Tue, 2016-12-06 19:17

A story by Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, at large reporter

Last Spring I was scrolling through my social media, and I came across a stunning photo from an event in another Kingdom. It was a photo from the feast, and it was gorgeous. Beautiful dishes of food sat on a real trestle table. People with perfect garb smiled as candle light reflected from their eyes. For just a moment, I felt like I had a window into the time we study.

Jennet and Rian by Lady Ginevra Isabetta Del Dolce

“I really appreciate the encouragement and opportunity afforded by this contest to showcase the Period over the Modern. I’m honored that my photograph was chosen among such gorgeous entries. Mistress Jennet & Master Rian are a true embodiment of the ideals of our Society.”

Not long after this, I came across a somewhat random picture of some fencing. One of my friends asked the poster “Is that from that war practice event they just had”? The answer came back “Nah, it can’t be from Æthelmearc – there aren’t any cars in the picture!”  Ouch! Is that how we were known? Obviously, it can be hard to keep the modern out of pictures taken at events, but I knew we were better than that, and I set out to prove it with the Æthelmearc Fall photography contest!

“Crowning the Queen and King” by Fridrikr Tomasson

“The tradition of simultaneously crowning the king and queen is one I learned in the East many years ago. I was very happy to see it occurring in Æthelmearc. My picture is an attempt to capture the passing of power from one reign to the next, to focus on the hands and the crowns, not the faces.”

Throughout the fall, the photographers of Æthelmearc were invited to submit up to five of their best pictures to the contest. For this first contest, there were few rules and no categories – just the general request that they be family friendly pictures and that attempts be made to keep out the modern elements that creep into our events.  Several dozen pictures were submitted, and given my limited knowledge of the art form, Master Raeve Hella was invited to help judge.

Combat of the Thirty by Lady Zinoviia Ivanova

“I enjoy the challenge of capturing the action of heavy fighting with my photography. However there are times when a shot like this, of the fighters waiting and ready, feels just as powerful to me as a shot of them engaged in battle.”

During the judging phase of the contest, I learned several things. First, it is very difficult to get pictures of martial arts that are devoid of the modern. In general, there are modern pads and braces, hockey helms and fencing masks, sword tips and inspection stickers, and lots and lots of rattan. List ropes are often in pictures, and at outdoor sites, it can be difficult to both get that special moment and keep the modern at bay. This lead to the second lesson – posed pictures are more likely to avoid the pitfalls than candid shots. For this reason, when done again, and it *will* be done again, there will likely be a category for each type of picture.

“Baroness Slaine” by Ian Ashbaugh

“It’s always exciting to get a capture without the mundane lurking in the background.”

When asked about the contest, Master Raeve noted, “One thing I enjoyed about this contest was the opportunity to see how people curate their experience in the SCA. Some documented moments, some constructed scenes, others hunted for the ideal as they saw it. What I had the opportunity to witness was a visual representation of the spirit of Æthelmearc. From that I have high hopes that this contest and similar events will inspire people to record our collective history.”

Recognizing Sir Ian by the lady Karli of Heronter

“I was happy to capture a moment from Sir Ian’s Laurel ceremony, including the solemn grace of Their Majesties and the rapt attention of Sir Ian’s son, Kai, bathed in the light and shadow.”

While choosing from over four dozen amazing photos, it was very difficult to select only a few to honor. Most captured priceless moments, and many showed the best of what we do. However, as that is how a contest works, winners were chosen.

Grand Prize Winner: Master Orlando di Bene del Vinta for the Viking in Winter
Second Place: the lady Karli of Heronter for Recognizing Sir Ian
Third Place (tie): Lady Zinoviia Ivanova for Battle of the Thirty
Third Place (tie): Sir Ian Kennoven for Baroness Slaine
Honorable Mention: Lady Ginevra Isabetta Del Dolce for Jennet and Rian
Honorable Mention: Master Fridikr Tomasson for Crowning the Queen and King

The Viking in Winter by Master Orlando di Bene del Vinta

Grand Prize Winner

“This photo was part of a set that happened spur of the moment. Snow had just started falling and I turned to my roommate at the time and told her to get on some garb because I wanted to do some snow shots. I loved this opportunity because it was a chance to use my very modern hobby to capture the spirit and essence of my medieval hobby.”

Congratulations and thank you to all who took time to share their pictures with us. More of the wonderful pictures can be found on the facebook page “AEthelmearc Fall AS 51 Photography Contest”.

It is my intent to run it again in the spring, so start planning those pictures now!

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East Kingdom Bardic Championship

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2016-12-06 17:03

The East Kingdom Bardic Championship will take place on February 11, 2017 in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows (Scotia, NY)

East Kingdom Bardic Championship

Photograph courtesy of The Honorable Lord Hugh Tauerner

King Brion and Queen Anna will select their Bardic Champions based on a three-round competition.  Competitors will be judged by Their Majesties and the current Champions, along with an advisory committee, on choice of material, artistic impression, audience impact, technical skill, and individual response.

Questions regarding the competition format or requirements should be directed to the current Queen’s Bard, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich.  Mistress Alys is not on Facebook, but Lady Aethelflied Brewbane, the King’s Bard is, and will answer questions arising in that forum.

***For the first time this year, we are asking those intending to compete to pre-register with Mistress Alys, the Queen’s Bard, by sending her an email at  Emails must be received by midnight on February 6, 2017 if you wish to compete.  The email need only contain your name and a statement of intent.***

Responsibilities of the Champions

Before competing for the position of Bardic Champion, please consider the responsibilities of the office.  Bardic Champions are expected to:

Photo by The Honorable Lord Hugh Tauerner

  • Make an effort to attend at minimum the Crown Tournaments and Coronations during their tenure, and Pennsic if at all possible, as well as other Kingdom Events and Royal Progresses as the Champion is able.
  • Be willing/able to perform at courts, feasts, and other functions (and at the whim of Their Royal Majesties).
  • Be willing/able to perform something on the spur of the moment (especially in the event of a delay breaking out).
  • Commemorate the history of The Crowns and the East Kingdom in song and story.
  • Advise and assist the Crown in the organization of the competition to choose their successors.
  • Run the East-Middle Bardic Exposition at Pennsic, featuring performances by representatives of the East, the Middle and their “daughter” Kingdoms.
  • In appropriate years, Champions may be asked to organize or provide performances for State Dinner or Queen’s Tea at Pennsic.
Display Option

Time permitting, those who do not wish to compete for the Championship will be allowed time to display their performance skills between rounds of the competition.  If you think you would like to display, please contact Mistress Alys in advance so that we can try to make sufficient time available for you.

Performer Resume

Each performer is asked to submit, prior to the first round, an index-card-sized summary of types of performances and styles the performer would be willing to perform with little or no prior notice.  This “resume” gives the performers a chance to display versatility as well as skill, and gives Their Majesties additional information as they consider their next bardic champions.  Their Majesties will choose something from this list for the final round, so consider well what you may be called upon to perform!


Name (list relevant SCA info) what you do as a performer, and what you can do on command.

Queen Thyra Inducts Her Bard: William Photo by Cateline la Broderesse

Romanus Gaius Cantus (SC, OTC, Troubadour)  Roman-style boasts, filk on any topic to the tune of the Maltese Bransle or Greensleeves, good at extemporaneous speaking, can chant war-style marching songs in Latin.  Excellent at theatre-style reading text I have not seen before.

Skihald the Viking (King’s Bard to John VIII, Troubadour, Order of the Maunche, Order of the Laurel) Perform and write Norse-styled poetry in English, tell skaldic tales from 4 to 10 minutes in length from hilarious to morose, excellent teller of jokes, intermediate juggler, have several magic tricks I have worked into period settings.

Ysibeau du Provance Period pieces in French for solo voice or recorder, Latin sacred music of the 12th century, improvisational harp.  Can write small praise poems in French and English with some notice.  Familiar with some music from most SCA periods, and SCA-appropriate songs.  I am good at selecting music for different occasions.

Haven Fortnight (Bard to Baron of the Place) I know a handful of period pieces, but my strengths are really SCA-appropriate non-period songs composed by others (traditional, folk tradition, SCA-composers) or by myself.  I also play guitar.  I can write pieces on commission with some notice.  I can play and stroll at the same time.  I can write in rhyming verse on short notice on nearly any topic and present it.

Structure of the Competition

The competition will take place over three rounds with the following parameters.

FIRST ROUND: a documented period piece, a period-style piece OR a piece written on an SCA theme.

SECOND ROUND: a piece of a different type or style than that done in the first round.  For example, if you performed a documented period piece for round one and wish to perform another documented period piece for round two, the two pieces should differ in some other way, such as mood (happy vs. melancholy), type of performance (poetry vs. song, prose vs. instrumental), etc.

THIRD ROUND: Their Majesties’ choice.  Their Majesties will instruct the competitors on what they wish to hear, guided by their earlier performances, the skills which have been listed in their “resume”, and (possibly) a brief interview of the entrant.  Performers will have a few minutes to prepare.

For this competition, a “period piece” is defined as an actual historical piece of poetry, prose or music, with appropriate documentation.  A “period-style piece” is an original or adapted work using documented period forms.  A “piece on an SCA theme” is any work written about SCA persons, events, or culture, and does not require documentation.

For period or period-style pieces, please provide a brief executive summary, such as would fit on an index card.  Any additional documentation, such as a paper explaining the period style in which the piece was written or documenting the source of the period piece, will be accepted happily and will be counted in favor of the competitor.

**Competitors will have a total of twelve minutes of performance time split over the all three rounds.  For the third round, Their Majesties may add additional time at their whim.**

The new Bardic Champions will be announced and begin their service at Court this day.


Note: This list will be maintained and updated as new questions arrive on their own web page.

Do I need to pre-register in order to compete?

Yes, for the first time this year, we are asking Bardic competitors to pre-register with the Champions stating their intent to compete.  Those intending to compete must pre-register with Mistress Alys by February 6, 2017.  Note that this is not the same as pre-registering for the event, although we encourage that as well.

What are the judges looking for?

Both the King’s and Queen’s Bard this year prefer documented period pieces and period-style pieces, and encourage performers to try those forms. Their Majesties are looking for pieces that move them emotionally, and enjoy pieces that evoke SCA history and culture.  So, the whole performing arts spectrum will be represented in the judging.

Do I need documentation in order to compete?

ONLY IF you are performing a period or “period style” piece.  The documentation can be as brief as an index card citing the source of your piece.  E.g., “Now Is The Month Of Maying” by Thomas Morley (1595), found in The Oxford Book of English Madrigals (Oxford University Press, 1978).  However, more documentation, particular if the piece is an original one, written in a period style, will be accepted quite happily and will be counted in the competitor’s favor.

Can I compete as an instrumentalist?

Yes, as long as vocal performance is also part of what you do.  At least one of your first two rounds should involve some sort of vocal presentation, whether spoken word or song.

Can I use a group performance for one of the rounds?

Only individuals can compete to be King’s or Queen’s Bard.  However, a group performance such as a choral song, recorder consort, or a brief mumming may be offered as part of an individual’s body of work IF the exact role of the person actually competing is made clear.  For example, when Lady Hextilda offers a group performance of a recorder piece, she states on her index card and documentation that she wrote the piece in a particular period style and is performing the alto recorder part.

What if I don’t want to be a Royal Bard but I want to get feedback?

Schedule permitting, there will be time between rounds for people to display their performances without competing for either Bardic position.  If you think you would like to display, please contact Mistress Alys in advance so that we can try to make sufficient time available for you.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Bardic, champions, Kings and Queens Champions

A Holiday Request From Their Royal Majesties

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2016-12-05 17:07

Citizens of Æthelmearc, good morning.

Our Monarchs Marcus and Margerite will be travelling to foreign lands and would like examples of the bounty and excellence of their people.

They are looking to put together gift baskets for TRMs to take to Market Day at Birka (East) and Gulf Wars (Meridies). Needed are artisans to contribute to these baskets. Needed are items that Their noble cousins can give to their populace as well as supporting their own Reigns. Suggestions include awards of excellence, or personal tokens that can be given out. Their Majesties are also hoping for someone to step forward to coordinate collection of these items over the next two months.

Their Majesties are also looking to commission an artisan or artisans to create personal tokens of their own to hand out while travelling. These would be given to individuals that inspire TRMs as well as thank you gifts for those that perform acts of personal service to Æthelmearc citizens abroad.

If you think you might be interested to add your talent to the pool, or wish to serve the Kingdom with your skills of organization, you are encouraged to contact TRMs’ majordomo Mester Janos. They are looking to have this position filled before the holiday break.

Their Majesties thank you for your continuing support and look forward to seeing many of you at Their 12th Night Celebrations this winter.

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Throwback Thursday – HRM Semjaka

PainBank - Thu, 2016-07-14 04:00

This was our last PainBank episode from 2005-6 timeframe. We interviewed His Royal Majesty (at the time) Semjaka, King of Calontir.

It was enjoyable and we never intended to stop podcasting, but alas we did. Maybe one day we will get going again.

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Throwback Thursday – Duke Felix – aka Scott Frappier

PainBank - Thu, 2016-07-07 04:00

This throwback episode goes back to an interview I did with Duke Felix (Scott Frappier).

It was a great time and our friendship has only flourished since then. In the image though is Duke Edmund and Duchess Katrina.


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