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Held high in court, the gold leaf glinting, the beautiful portrait evoking the recipient, the elaborate calligraphy catching your eye – an East Kingdom scroll creates a moment. Whether an Award of Arms or a Peerage scroll, each one is unique – designed especially for the recipient – and carefully created by the scribes of the Kingdom.
Unlike the other regalia, medallions, and tokens of some awards, a scroll begins its life at the hands of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet (or Signet, for short). Before that, conception originates with the Royalty. Taking the words of Their people, the consultation of Their Orders, and Their own knowledge of the good works of Their people, Their Majesties choose to give an award. Behind the scenes, the Royalty’s Scheduler (person designated to schedule awards) discreetly works on scheduling the award – contacting those who recommended, a person’s Peer, or a loved one to find out what Royal Progresses they are likely to attend. A date determined, the Scheduler then relays the news to the Signet.
Our Signet coordinates all the scribes. She (or he) knows who is active, who prefers what types of work, what experience they have, what media they work in, what other scribes they like to work with, their typically needed lead time, and all the details necessary to assign the scroll to a person or people who will lovingly create this work of art. The Signet searches the rolls of active scribes to find one who is both available and, when possible, has a personal connection to the recipient (someone who is local to them, a member of their household, or someone who shares a common interest).
At this point, the Signet, in strict confidence, contacts the available scribe they feel is best suited to the assignment. Once a scribe agrees to midwife the assignment, they use the information provided (usually the recipient’s full name, details of the recommendation(s) their Majesties received about the person, and their registered arms) to design a scroll. Many scribes will try to include some personal aspect in the design – an element of the recipient’s heraldry, a small portrait or illuminated items that match their interests, wording that is unique to the person’s deeds, or details that are specific to their period and persona. For armigerous awards, registered arms will also be both illuminated and calligraphed on the scroll. The scroll then comes to life within their hands. Most commonly, these labors unfold over the weeks preceding the event, but sometimes late tidings diminish the gestation to days.
Finally, the scribe or a trusted courier delivers the scroll to Their Majesties or Their Herald, and the moment arrives at Court. The recipient is called, the Herald reads the words, and the scroll is held aloft to greet the Known World. A cascade of “oohs” and “ahs” precedes the final celebration, an uproarious “Vivant”.
This is so cool! How can I become a scribe?
Most importantly, no experience is necessary! We are happy to work with people with no art experience as well as with people who have other art training. You can work on the whole scroll, or just the components that are most interesting to you (calligraphy, illumination, wording). If you focus on only one component, we can match you up with others to complete full scrolls. Those who may wish to work in alternate media (glass, wood, stone, embroidery, etc.) are also encouraged to contact us.
Contact the Signet (email@example.com) or her New Scribes Deputy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let them know. We’ll introduce you to other scribes who are local to you, point you at local scribal workshops or nearby events with scribal classes, and try to coach you via email as best possible. You can also look to a scribe you know to mentor you into the process.
As you practice, we’ll ask you send us a sample of your work. As your skills and confidence evolve, the Signet’s office can assign you backlogs (awards given without a scroll) which have long lead times (12 or more weeks) and “live” award assignments for upcoming courts when you are able to handle a shorter lead time (usually 2-12 weeks at most). New scribes can also work on “blanks” (scrolls that are just illuminated, to be calligraphed at a later date) with no deadline. Blanks are often used when last minute assignments don’t allow for the completion of a full scroll, but an experienced calligrapher can quickly complete the work on something already illuminated. Some Baronies and other groups give award scrolls with their local awards or tournaments, which are typically arranged directly with the Baron/Baroness or other local head, and scribes both within those areas and outside are welcome to offer their services in this way. If you are not interested in completing assignments for the Kingdom, we are still happy to foster your learning in the scribal arts, but forgive us if we do ask you from time to time!
Extensive information, including the East Kingdom Scribes Handbook, is available on our website where you can explore and find resources including our interest questionnaire, which goes directly to the Signet.
So, I’m not sure I want to scribe regularly, but I’d like to help with my friend’s award…
Contact the Signet and let her know your interest. If the scroll is not already assigned, she will ask you for some detail of your prior experience (and possibly images if she is unfamiliar with your work), to help determine how best for you to be involved in the project. If the scroll is already assigned, she will try see if there is a way you can support the already assigned scribe. Please do not be offended if she has to say no. Some scribes prefer to work alone, or the time frame may not allow for collaboration. You are always welcome to give a friend a personal token after Court so that they know of your support and love.
I’m a scribe for the Kingdom already, and I’d like to help with an award I heard about…
Contact the Signet as soon as possible, and let her know. Again, if the assignment is already given and the other scribe has begun, this may not be possible, but sometimes she can reassign or arrange for you to work with the other scribe. If it doesn’t work out this time, she’ll keep your request on file in case the person receives another award which can be assigned to you. If the award is on the backlog, please contact the Backlog Deputy (email@example.com) about the assignment.
Someone contacted me privately about doing a scroll assignment, but I haven’t heard anything from the Signet about it…
Contact the Signet, and let her know, even if the someone is the Royalty or a member of Their Household. If the assignment is not already given, she can usually just officially confirm the assignment is yours. If the assignment has been given to another scribe, she’ll see if it can be reassigned to you or if you can work with the other scribe. If that isn’t possible, she’ll keep you in mind for future assignments. If the scroll is a backlog, contact the Backlog Deputy.
I received an award, but no scroll…
Contact the Backlog Deputy. Chances are, if it’s relatively recent, he (or she) already knows and is working to assign it. He can confirm if your scroll is on the list or not, and add it if not. Once you are on the list, hopefully, you can expect to get this scroll within a year. If it’s been more than a year, it’s ok to contact him again, as it may have gotten mislaid somewhere along the way. No statute of limitations applies, even if it the award is decades old. You may make arrangements privately with a scribe, but please inform the Backlog Deputy of the details so that they can make note and track it until it is complete.
My scroll was lost or damaged, what do I do…
Contact the Backlog Deputy. He’ll add it to our list of backlog scrolls to assign it. The age of the scroll doesn’t matter, and we always have newer scribes or other scribes who appreciate the relaxed completion schedule. You may also make private arrangements for this, but please keep the Backlog Deputy apprised so that the scribe gets credit for their work.
My arms have passed since I received my Award (Grant, Patent, Augmentation) of Arms…
You are welcome to engage any scribe to fill these in once they are registered. If you don’t know any scribes available to do this, please feel free to contact the Signet, and she can find you someone to work on it. Occasionally we have a drop-in table at events where you can bring your scroll to do this; watch event details for information. Contacting the Signet is not necessary in either of these cases, unless you want to acknowledge someone’s good work for her records.
I don’t live in the East, but am interested in helping with scrolls…
While we do give preference to local scribes, we welcome your interest and will consider you for assignments as well. Donation of scroll blanks is also welcome from any scribe regardless of residence. Please contact the Signet to let her know of your interest.
Mistress Kayleigh McWhyte, Tyger Clerk of the Signet
Filed under: Arts and Sciences
Ken and Mali How (Baron Ceawlin Alreding and Baroness Molly Blythe of Smoking Rocks) are hosting a fencing tournament fundraiser and silent auction on Sunday, April 27, from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Police Athletic League of Fall River, 31 Franklin Street, Fall River to benefit the family of the late Phil Packard (known in the SCA as Philippe Provost). The tournament will be open to SCA and Living History Association fencers and will follow LHA rules. There will be a $10 fee to enter the tournament. The tournament prize is a rapier donated by Master Llewlyn Gododdin or a $140 gift certificate towards a blade made by him. Please use this e-mail for more information about the event. A webpage has also bet set up to receive donations.
Please note that this is not an SCA event. The funds raised will be used to pay for outstanding bills as a result of Philippe’s cancer treatment and funeral expenses. In compliance with state and federal laws for fundraising for specific individuals, the sponsors inform everyone that donations made to the Phil Packard Memorial Fund are NOT tax-deductible and that donations in excess of $13,000 may be subject to taxation.
Filed under: Tidings
The Canton of Northpass would like to announce that they will be holding the annual John Barleycorn Memorial Brewing Competition at their “Barleycorn” event this September 5-7. The competition, which will be run with the assistance of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild, will have five categories: Beer, Wine, Mead, “Other” (any Period-style beverage – cordials, kumiss, etc. – that doesn’t fit into the first three categories), and an “Open” category.For the first four categories, recipes will be required. The judges will need to know what it was you were trying to make. Documentation will be strongly recommended. For the “Open” category, recipes will not be required, nor will documentation be necessary. That bottle of mead that’s been sitting so long in your basement that the label fell off? The grapefruit melomel you tried just to see if you could do it? Enter them in the “Open” category! Other details, such as scoring and prizes, are not available at the time of this writing. The event, “The Funeral Games for John Barleycorn”, will be held at Mountain Lakes Camp in North Salem, NY, on the weekend of Sept. 5 – 7. The event will be based on Book V of The Aeneid, “The Funeral Games for Anchises”. For further information, contact the autocrat, Richard the Poor of Ely (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Filed under: Events Tagged: Brewing
To all of you who came out to help herald the reign of Kenric II and
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry
This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence.. There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period. If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.
Today’s name is Corwin or Corwyn.
Although popularly believed to be medieval, we have yet to find any evidence of a person with the given name of Corwin or Corwyn. As a given name, it appears to be a purely 20th century invention.
In the medieval and Renaissance eras, Corwin and its variant spellings were surnames, based on either a place name in Wales or an occupational term for “shoemaker.”
So why do some people have the SCA name of Corwin or Corwyn registered? There is a bit of a “rules hack” that allows for the registration of Corwin as a given name in certain limited circumstances.
There is a pattern of using late 16th century English surnames as given names. The most well-known example of this is Guildford Dudley, the husband of Lady Jane Grey, whose first name was based on a family surname. Because this pattern actually existed in period, evidence of Corwin (or any variant spelling) as a 16th century English surname allows it to be registered as if it were a 16th century English given name.
(Note that the surname-as-given name pattern is limited only to 16th century English surnames right now).
 September 2012 Cover Letter (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2012/09/12-09cl.html)
Filed under: Uncategorized
It is with great sadness that the Gazette reports on the death of Master Sheldon the Just. The Gazette learned of his passing on Wednesday, April 16th following a very brief battle with Pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Ruth. Master Sheldon was a pillar of the community in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows and many who have shared remembrances publicly have likened him to a rock for his steadfast support of the Barony.
Master Sheldon received his Award of Arms in 1988 from Their Royal Majesties Randall and Katherine. He was also a member of the Order of the Terpsichore, the Order of the Silver Crescent and the Queen’s Order of Courtesy. He was a member of the Brewer’s Guild in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows and was recognized with their Order of the Sapphire, which is an award for Arts and Sciences, in 1999. He was a well known Archery Captain and also served as the Exchequer for the Central Region of the East Kingdom. He was elevated to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Kenric and Avelina in January of this year for his long and excellent service to the Society and to the Kingdom.
The funeral service will be Thursday April 17th at Temple B’Nai Sholom at 1:00 PM, with a graveside service to follow. The temple is located at 420 Whitehall Avenue, in Albany, NY. The internment will be at the in the B’Nai Shalom section of the Elmwood Hill Cemetery Association, 51 Belle Avenue, Troy NY.
The following message was received Wednesday night:
Below is the schedule for the funeral and shiva for Sheldon Bosin. For those of you not familiar with Jewish traditions, the shiva is similar to calling hours. The family will be at home to receive those wishing to offer their condolences at the times posted.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, April 18
Saturday, April 19
Sunday April 20
Filed under: Tidings Tagged: obituary
In order to encourage and promote the use and equality of Silent Heraldry at all courts and events in which the entire populace attends, and to assist the silent heralds in their dealings with the Crown, the Silent Heraldry Deputy of Laurel Sovereign of Arms coordinates efforts and communication throughout the SCA. Silent Heralds in the Society are heralds who express auditory information into visual and/or tactile information used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
Interested parties should email a resume (SCA and modern if appropriate) as well as a short description of their experience related to this job to the Laurel King of Arms, Meistari Gabriel Kjotvason.
The application period ends on May 15, 2014, with the decision being made immediately thereafter.
Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: accessibility, Laurel Sovereign of Arms, silent heraldry, Silent Heralds, society officers
From the 4/12/14 Board of Directors meeting:
The East Kingdom Rapier Marshal, Don Caine Ramsey, went on to clarify:
“As spears, pikes or pole arms are not legal in the East, this is not a significant change.
However, any review of two-handers may cause some changes down the line. What those changes might be, are yet to be determined. Until such time as we have specifics on what this review entails, and what, if any, changes might be due this review are. It is business as usual for the use of two-handers.
We are waiting for more details from the SRM. As they roll out, I will forward them out to you”
Filed under: Fencing, Official Notices
The East Kingdom Royal Gifts Chest is issuing a challenge to the Baronies and Shires of The East Kingdom!
Spring is here and the East welcomes a new King and Queen! It is time to fill Our gift coffers with beautiful and functional items, ones that represent the talents of Our Eastern Artists.
The Royal Gifts Chest therefore challenges each Barony and Shire in the East Kingdom to rally their members to make, create, and donate! Items will be collected at events throughout the Spring and Summer and credited to the Barony or Shire it comes from. The Challenge ends on Sunday, August 4, with the winning group being announced at East Kingdom Court at Pennsic. The group with the most points will have bragging rights and a chest full of goodies!
This list is by no means exhaustive, if you have something in mind but do not know what category it fits in, please ask! Points will be awarded as follows:
Clothing Items, 3 points each:
Needlework items, 2 points each:
Feast items, 2 points each:
Cords, 1 point per yard:
Pouches or bags, 2 points each:
Jewelry, 2 points each:
Wooden items, 3 points each:
Household items, 2 points each:
Items from the Scriptorium, 3 points each:
Award Medallions, 3 points each:
Fighter’s Repair Kit, 4 points each kit:
Large items, 5 points each:
Please include an info card with the donation listing your SCA name and Barony or Shire. Donations are gladly accepted at all Royal Progress Events.*
If you have any questions, please contact the Royal Gift Coordinator Mistress Saerlaith
*Royal Progress Events
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Tidings
Duke Ronald Wilmot for Duchess Bronwyn Dawntreader
Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Official Notices, Tidings
Pay heed to the words of our new King!
From His Imperial Majesty:
Be it known that the children of the East are Our most precious
These young members are contributing to our Society now, as artists
We understand that there are times that our young members do not live
We greatly appreciate the efforts of every Easterner who works to make
In Service to the East,
Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.
Filed under: Tidings, Youth Activities Tagged: children, families, Youth
And it came to pass on 5 April 2014, AS XLVIII that Their Majesties Kenric II and Avelina II did leave the throne in favor of their heirs.
Thus Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta became Emperor and Empress of the Kingdom of the East!
The Greater Officers of state in attendance swore oaths of fealty to Their Majesties, as did the landed Barons and Baronesses, and the Viceroy of Ostgardr.
Their newly crowned Majesties processed from the hall as the historic Roll of Kings was sung. Soon after they sat in state for a time.
In triumph they came before the populace. His Majesty Brennan marched in with an impressive escort, followed by Her Majesty Caoilfhionn carried upon a litter and accompanied by an equally impressive escort.
Their highnesses of Æthelmearc, Tindal and Etain, as well as Their Majesties Acre, Damien and Tara, were invited to join Their Imperial Majesties in court. His Highness Tindal announced that the Sylvan Kingdom or Æthemearc would ally with the Kingdom of the East at the coming Pennsic War. His Majesty Damien presented, and together with Their Majesties, signed the historic Treaty allying Acre with the Kingdom of the East at the coming Pennsic War once again.
Einarr Njortharson, called Billyfish, was called before Her Majesty. He was thus named Captain of Her Guard, and called forth those who would stand in defense of Her person.
Their Graces Duke Gregor, Duke Edward, Duke Konrad for himself and representing Duke Andreas, and Duchess Kiena representing Duke Brion were invited before Her Majesty. All had been called upon to provide guards for Her reign, and those chosen were presented to Her.
Earl Kenric and Countess Avelina were called before the court. Their Majesties did invest them each as a Duke and Duchess of the Kingdom of the East. Both received Ducal Coronets and Cloaks, and His Grace Kenric a scroll by Eva Woderose. Her Grace Avelina received a scroll featuring illumination by Honig von Somerfeldt and calligraphy by Eva Woderose.
Lu An Hua was called before Their Majesties. She was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA with a scroll by Ding Li Ying Nu Shr, with words by Alayne Alexandra Nyvern Nightwatcher and Chinese calligraphy by Shr Ti Fun.
Devra Hanna bat Jacob was next called before Their Majesties. She, too was made a Lady of the Court, and received an AoA scroll created by Mergriet van Wijenhorst.
Cedric of Armorica was called before the Court. Heralded in by Aneleda Falconbridge, he received leave to speak to the populace in order to issue a challenge in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the same challenge offered prior to requesting the hand of his lady, Annastrina.
Antonio Patrasso was called into court by Her Imperial Majesty. Caoilfhionn Augusta presented him with a Queen’s Order of Courtesy, where he did receive a scroll by Isabel Chamberlaine, with words by Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaoláin. His Majesty Brennan Augustus presented Antonio with his own QoC glove, originally received from the hand of Duchess Jana.
Genovefa De Magna Villa was next called before Their Majesties. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented an AoA with a scroll by Palotzi Marti.
Co-Autocrat for the event, Maerhild of Settmour Swamp, was called before Their Majesties. She was named a Lady of the Court, and presented with an AoA scroll featuring calligraphy by Kayleigh MacWhyte and illumination by Suzanne Nueber de Londres.
Engracia de Madrigal was next called before the Emperor and Empress. The Order of the Silver Rapier companions were called forth, and Engracia was thus awarded the Silver Rapier, receiving a pendant from Owynn Greenwood and a scroll featuring illumination by Camille des Jardins, calligraphy by Alexandre St Pierre, and words by Alys Mackyntoich.
His Majesty demanded the presence the Tyger Clerk of the Signet, Kayleigh McWhyte, in order that he might put an end to her impertinence in correcting Him when He addressed her as “Your Excellency”. She was named a Baroness of the Court, and presented a pair of scrolls. The first, in crayon, stated plainly – “Dudes, She Be a Baroness”. The second, a more formal scroll, was also received. Both were the works of Edward MacGyver dos Scorpius.
Thus closed the first court of Their Imperial Majesties, Brennan Augustus and Caoilfhionn Augusta. Long may they reign over the Empire of the East!
Don Malcolm Bowman
Eastern Crown Herald
PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day! Rowen Cloteworthy, Aildreda de Tamworthe, Ryan McWhyte, Thomas De Castellan, and Jehane de Fenwyk
Photos by Lord Hugh Tauerner and Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.
Filed under: Court, Events Tagged: coronation
Please share widely the following message from our new Queen, and if your group is hosting a Royal Progress event, you are encouraged to include this youth activity!
Unto the fine people of the East Kingdom do I, Caoilfhionn Augusta, send my warmest greetings.
Many times I see our children hard at work learning about crafts and pursuits medieval and ancient. I see them learning about heraldry, life in times gone by, clothing that was worn and why. I see then engaged in youth combat, archery, and fencing. All of these things are good and pleasing. It left me to wonder, though, what do we teach them of OUR society, how the SCA functions and thrives on the backs of the hard working folks who give of themselves their service that we all might live the dream.
Service comes in many forms, great and small, from holding a kingdom office or autocrating an event to washing dishes and moving benches. Every hand makes the work lighter, every link in the chain makes it stronger, and every “thank you” given I earnest makes us a little brighter and happier.
Thus, I created the Kids Service Initiative.
At every Royal Progress event (autocrats willing), we will have something of a service scavenger hunt. Each item has a number of points, from 1 – 4. Any child reaching 10 points by 30 minutes before court is scheduled to begin can turn in their sheet to the Royal Room (All checked items should have adult signature/initials). Their names will be called in court and they will receive a token of a bead from My hand. Every event shall have a different color bead so at the time that our heirs take the thrones, the children can have one or many.
Service items may be any of the following (depending on the availability of activities and autocrat permission at any given event):
1 Point (Only counts once for each. Multiple times doing same thing is not multiple points but greatly appreciated)
The above list is by no means exhaustive, and can be added to or built upon as we move along. You are free to write in an act of service if it is not on the event’s check-off sheet.
This program is designed for kids aged 12 and under, as it is our assumption that children over the age of 12 understand the gravity and nature of service already and would not require this type of incentive or game-based education (you find the fun aaaand SNAP! The job’s a game!). We would welcome the assistance of the older kids with this program if they wish to help out. It could be very rewarding for them, and would help the younger kids to be more eager about getting involved.
Lady Gautselin will be helping to coordinate this for me and will be the contact person for event autocrats.
This is a program that I am very excited about and I look forward to the participation of the Children of the East.
In Service to the Dream,
Filed under: Events, Youth Activities Tagged: children, service, Youth
On April 5th in the Barony of Settmour Swamp, King Kenric and Queen Avelina received an unexpected visit in the court from an Irish seeress proclaiming the following:
King of the East! I speak your wyrd.
King of the East, I speak your wyrd.
King of the East, I speak your wyrd.
King of the East, your wyrd is spoken.
This visit was followed by a Roman oracle speaking the same words. Heeding the warning, King Kenric and Queen Avelina put their affairs in order and stepped off their thrones. They summoned and crowned their successors, Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn, who then took the vows and assumed the symbols of the rulers of the East Kingdom.
The following are photos from Coronation. Our thanks to the photographers, Lord Hugh Tauerner and Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.
Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation
Leonete D’Angely is the Chancellor Minor of the East Kingdom. Her job is to work with families to integrate activities for children and families into events, provide experience for children to learn about the history, culture, and customs of the Society, and work with the youth combat and fencing programs to provided a well-rounded experience for the youth of our Society. Leonete is very familiar with the needs of youth in the Society, having been one of those youths for the first 11 of her 20 years in the SCA.
There seems to be a growing interest in families and children in the Society. Why?
Who is in charge of activities for families and children?
While having a warranted and background checked youth activities officer in every local group is a goal we as a kingdom are working towards, the reality is that often, especially in the outer reaches of our kingdom, there might not be such a gentle to run youth activities at an event. It is also true, that time and time again, youth, especially the older youth, let us know that what they really would like to get out of an event is the ability to participate in all activities, just like the adults do.
Do you have ideas for groups that don’t have a Chancellor Minor?
How would you suggest groups implement these ideas?
It is important to note that not every event needs to have the same level of family-friendliness, or even be family friendly. A tavern event, by nature, might not be designed for those under 21 to attend. An event based on a performance of Beowulf, or Shakespeare, where the main activity is to sit and watch a two hour play, much like a movie theater, may not be the place parents choose to bring their three year old. A Yule event in a shire with many children, or a kingdom level event that many gentles plan to attend, however, is a great place to use as many of these suggestions as might work for your site and event.
Is there anything else that it is important for people to know about activities for families and children?
Society has a background check policy for all persons in leadership and supervisory roles that may require contact with otherwise unchaperoned minors. If anyone is considering running a youth-specific activity (minors only), then they need to be background checked through the society and be on the Kingdom Youth Clerk’s roster. This isn’t required for someone running a family activity or an activity where children might be present as long as three or more adults are participating. Anyone who has questions should contact me. I’m happy to explain this in more detail.
Any other words of advice for people thinking about this topic?
Set aside an area in the main part of the event for families to hang out. Make sure that there are chairs for adults, and some blankets or other way to mark off the space. Label it clearly both at the space and at gate, as well as on the site map. If you have volunteers in your area who can provide some toys that are not glaringly modern, great, however, just the space is highly sought after by parents.
Work with your local group to put together a toy box that can be brought to events. Ask those who craft to provide wooden toys, felted balls, and cloth dolls to put in it. There is nothing like someone else’s toys to get kids excited at an event. Make sure the box and all the toys are clearly labeled with your local group’s name.
At a camping event, set out and label on your map a family friendly area with quiet hours that are earlier than the rest of site. Both families, and those who would like to stay up late and enjoy themselves will thank you.
If your event has space for it, a quiet room for parents to go for changes, nursing, downtime, or naps is a great resource. Label it a family room, and make sure to be clear that there is no supervision provided. Churches that have an infant room, or schools with lots of classrooms are great for this type of space at an event.
Make sure that your event has a family cap or family price. Even if it is equal to two adults and 3 or 4 children and not taken advantage of by more than a few, just putting the word family in your event announcement signals that you have put time and thought into welcoming families to your event.
Have a children’s rate at your event. Discounted rates for minors are not subject to the Non-Member Surcharge, which saves the average family $10 on the site fee.
Parents are more likely to take their children to an event that clearly has “wiggle room.” If an event is A&S based, and your site does not have space for a family room, expect that families with young children may not choose to attend. Outdoor sites in reasonable weather are much more family-friendly. When you are touring sites, think about the needs of your local group, and whether a slightly more expensive site with better amenities, might gain you more family attendance.
If you are running a fighting specific event, rope off and set aside a family viewing area, where kids and parents can watch the fighting from a safe distance, without tall people in the way.
If, in addition to these suggestions, you are also having formal children’s activities run by a warranted, background checked youth officer, do everything in your power to make sure that these activities are in a central part of the event. Time after time parents and children have made it clear that they would rather no activities than to be segregated from the main part of the event.
Whenever possible, label classes and activities with recommended ages. If an activity could be youth friendly, but not youth specific, label it in the site or class description as so. For example: Inkle Weaving: Suitable for ages 6-adult, however, those under 12 should bring an adult to help them, or Blacksmithing: Suitable for 14 and up, please bring a parent with you if under 18. This is an easy way to let families know that their children are welcome and will not be turned away. Make sure that you have at least 3 adults present at any class that children attend.
At an Arts and Sciences event, have a children’s choice award. The bead in a cup method of judging works best for this. Give each child a few beads, and have a cup or bowl at each A&S entry. If you want to use less bowls, color the beads. Blue for populace, red for kids, etc.
If your event has dancing, label the first half or full hour “Family Dancing Time” Teach simpler dances earlier, before kids start to tire out.
For any event that has a competition aspect, hold an adult-child version of the competition. Archery could hold a parent-child tournament with combined scores at the end. You could hold a family A&S competition, or an adult fencer and youth fencer could pair up and combine points in a tourney.
Hold a tourney where each fighter has a consort of a child between certain ages. Have the fighter present their “consort” to the royals or Baron and Baroness, and the winner of the tourney gets a prize for both themself and their “consort.”
Actively seek out teens in your local group to help with planning events and day of service. Most 13-17 year olds can participate fully in assisting in cooking or serving feast or dayboard, setting up halls, heralding, list-running, and other needs you may have during the event. Teens can help with gate, but they cannot be in charge. Please check with your local exchequer for specific rules on those under 18 working at gate, as they vary from group to group.
Groom younger members to serve as well. 8-12 year olds can serve at feast with some help/supervision, and are often incredibly excited to be asked to help. Talk to local parents about jobs that their child might be able/willing to do, which could help at the event. The key is to find a job that the child can do, that actually helps out, rather than causing more stress. Some examples could include: running messages across site, stringing site medallions, and providing water for fighters.
Work to find parent-child volunteer opportunities. At Pennsic, Lost and Found has always advertised itself as a great way to introduce your child to service, and often you can walk by and see toddlers “helping” Mom or Dad work. At an arts and sciences event, ask families to volunteer for shifts at the judging table. A 6 or 7 year old can count out voting beads while Mom or Dad explains the rules. An information table or tent can be manned by a family quite easily, and providing water to fighters can be a family task.
Filed under: Interviews, Youth Activities
The Province of Malagentia recently announced the schedule of classes for the Heavy List University event, being held this Saturday, April 12th in Eliot, Maine. Full details (including class times, event directions, lunch information, event location, and cost) can be found in the official East Kingdom announcement, or on the Malagentian website.
Classes include ‘Intermediate Sword and Shield’ (taught by Duke Kenric aet Eastseaxe), ‘Historiacal Polearm techniques’ (taught by Duke Vissevald Selkirkson), ‘Movement, Measure and Power in Armored Combat’ (taught by Duke Lucan von Drakenkalue), ‘Two Sword’ (taught by Master Julien de la Pointe), as well as classes taught by Sir Ankara Lig Niki, Syr Kyppyn Kirkcaldy, Baron Matthew Moraveous Avdenmork, Lord Tiernana, and Lord William Ravenhair. The day will also include a demonstration of historical cut and thrust techniques.
Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: classes, events, heavy list, heavy list university, Malagentia, schola, unbelted, unbelts, university
There has been a problem brewing for several years as the East Kingdom has modernized. This problem is with one of our longest standing Heraldic Titles. The Eastern Crown Herald has been the primary Submissions Herald for the Kingdom of the East. The title is derived from the heraldic charge The Eastern Crown, which is a specific type of crown which is displayed both in the Heraldry of the Kingdom and the Badge of the Order of the Silver Crescent.
As time has gone on the title Eastern Crown Herald has been misinterpreted in several ways. Some have taken it to refer to the herald of the Crown of the East, the lead herald of a reign. Some have confused it with the Principal Herald of the East.
This problem has been exaggerated by the email address for the Eastern Crown Herald, Eastern.Crown@eastkingdom.org. I have spoken with several previous Eastern Crown Heralds and they have all related to me problems where they would receive emails which mistook the email address as belonging to either the Lead herald for a reign, the Principal Herald, or “The Crown” as it refers to Their Majesties of the East. The Submission Heralds receive a LOT of email per day and sometimes critical information is not passed along in a timely manner.
Therefore, after considerable discussion with my staff, in an effort to relieve some of this confusion and along with the restructuring of the Submissions Process in the East, and the SCA as a whole, I have decided, along with the current heraldic Submissions staff and the SCA Sovereigns of Arms, to shift some Heraldic Titles around. I did not make this decision lightly as I respect the lineage of the title and its origins at the beginnings of our Kingdom.
The Lead Herald of the reign was previously called the vox Regis Herald. This title cannot be documented as following a period naming practice for a Herald. Therefore the heraldic title for the Reign’s lead Herald will henceforth be known as the Eastern Crown Herald. Don Malcolm Bowman, lead Herald for their Majesties Brennan and Caoilfhionn will be the first to bear the title of the Eastern Crown Herald in this capacity.
With the coming restructuring of the Submissions process Mistress Alys, the primary submissions herald of the East, will take the title Blue Tyger Herald for her job. Lady Charitye Dale will remain as the Diadem Herald, as Blue Tyger’s deputy. Lord Joscelin le Esqurel , the External Submissions Deputy, will take on the title of Pantheon Herald which is currently owned by, but unused in the Eastern College.
I ask that a small amount of patience and understanding be given during a transition of this scope. Don Malcolm, Mistress Alys, and Lord Joscelin will work on sorting out the email problems inherent with this magnitude of a change and I trust them to make this transition as seamless as possible.
-In service to the Empire, Crown, and College I remain,
Baron Ryan Mac Whtye, OP, Brigantia Principal Herald of the East.
Filed under: Official Notices
Unto Our Beloved Allies of the East, Joyous Greetings;
It is an auspicious time for the East. On the tail of the magnificent reign of glorious Kenric and most noble Avelina comes the trumpets of Empire. Thus do mighty Brennan Augustus and radiant Caoilfhionn Augusta assume their rightful place as rulers of this glorious kingdom!
We in Acre do stand in awe and with happy hearts!
We, Damien Rex and Tara Regina, by right of blood and arms King and Queen of Acre, felt blessed to have simply been there to see it. Indeed, we would have accepted simply that and called it fortune beyond avarice. But Their Majesties are most generous, for they as well as Their Excellencies Baron Erec and Baroness Jehannine of Settmour Swamp received us as honored guests, honoring us with a place beside them in Court and among them at High Table, to enjoy the fine and unrivaled fare that only those of the East could provide. For this, for their great friendship, and for so much more, mere gratitude will never be enough. We count ourselves most fortunate indeed to be among your allies, and that we may together make deeper and mightier still the historic friendship between us. Indeed, any who call themselves an enemy of the East will be forced to meet the swords of Acre beside you all and face the folly of their choice to defy the Empire of the Tyger!
The future is bright indeed. Many a great song will be sung and happy tale will be told in the times to come as these most august and resplendent sovereigns forge their immortal legacies in the hearts of their beloved subjects and allies, and carve it upon their enemies’ many graves.
Long live Brennan and Caoilfhionn, and great may they rule! And long live the East! Vivat!
Yours in Eternal Friendship,
Filed under: Tidings
Posted on behalf of Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant
Bonjour mes amis!
Noisemakers IX is coming up in less than two weeks, and I’d like to invite everyone to take a look at the amazing list of classes and workshops! In addition to our commedia dell’arte track, we’re excited to offer a wide array of heraldry, music, storytelling, and language classes spanning beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Please also keep in mind the performance challenges (try something new in a very supportive setting!) and our baronial bardic competition, as well as the Pellycan roadshow.
Also, the menu for Lady Livia’s Roman dayboard is now posted. Please do take a look, and be advised that some dishes will contain rue (alternate versions without rue will be available for almost all items, although the online menu may not yet reflect that).
Check out all the details at the Noisemakers website.
Filed under: Events Tagged: Barony of Bhakail, events
The Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms (Laurel) is the principal heraldic officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms. Laurel is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry, supervising the processing of submissions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of the Known World.
Laurel is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, armory and onomastic knowledge, supervisory ability, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Pelican and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel.
Resumes must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel Resume, SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036 and electronically to email@example.com and resumes@sca,org. Resumes must be received by June 1, 2014. The present Laurel’s warrant expires in September 2014. Once the application period closes, the names of the candidates will be posted in a cover letter for the review of the College.
Filed under: Corporate, Heraldry Tagged: heraldry