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Period or Not…Names

4 hours 59 min ago

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.[1]  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).

[1] September 2012 Cover Letter (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2012/09/12-09cl.html)


Filed under: Uncategorized

In Memoriam: Master Sheldon the Just

Wed, 2014-04-16 19:11

Photo credit: Mistress Ygraine of Kellswood

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
Funeral 1:00 PM, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, Albany NY
Interment following at BSRC section of Elmwood Cemetery, Belle Ave., Troy NY
Shiva beginning following return
Minyan at 7:45 PM
Shiva at the home of Ruth Burkowsky, 119 Pinehurst, Albany NY 12203

Friday, April 18
Shiva, 2-5 PM

Saturday, April 19 
Shiva from 7:40 PM
Minyan at 7:45 PM

Sunday April 20
Shiva 2-4 PM

 

 


Filed under: Tidings Tagged: obituary

Silent Heraldry Deputy of the Laurel Sovereign of Arms Sought

Wed, 2014-04-16 15:23

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.

This deputy is tasked with the following duties, plus other such tasks as assigned by Laurel:

  • Working with Kingdoms to improve the organization of silent heraldry and its integration with other court and event heralds.
  • Working with Kingdoms and Laurel to improve education regarding silent heraldry, both for silent heralds themselves and the general populace.
  • Acting as a resource for silent herald programs.
  • Preparing quarterly reports to Laurel on the status of such programs.

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

New Directive from Recent BOD Meeting: Rapier

Mon, 2014-04-14 15:27

From the 4/12/14 Board of Directors meeting:
“Effective immediately, the use of spears, pikes and pole arms is prohibited in rapier tournament or rapier melee combat, and the Society Earl Marshal and Society Deputy Marshal for Rapier shall review the use of two handed swords in rapier combat.”

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 Issues Kingdom-wide Challenge

Mon, 2014-04-14 13:41

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:
Lengths of trim (2 yards = 3 points), sets of buttons (8 small, or 4 large), gloves (pair), knit socks (pair), coifs/caps, hats, hoods, arming caps, veils

Needlework items, 2 points each:
Needle cases, sets of needles (bone, metal, wood), scissor cases, pin cushions, sewing kits, skeins of handspun yarn, lucets, drop spindles

Feast items, 2 points each:
Plates, mugs, glasses, napkins, candle holders

Cords, 1 point per yard:
Fingerloop braids, kumihimo, lucet cord

Pouches or bags, 2 points each:
Drawstring bags in small/medium/large, belt pouches

Jewelry, 2 points each:
Fibulas, penannular brooches, bracelets, earrings (pair), necklaces, pendants, pewter items, viking wire work, veil pins, paternosters/rosaries, lampwork beads (2 beads), rings

Wooden items, 3 points each:
Small/medium boxes, game boards and pieces, candle holders, wax tablets, small foot stools

Household items, 2 points each:
Soap, beauty/personal care items, candles, period spices and spice mixes, bottle opener, leather mug strap

Items from the Scriptorium, 3 points each:
Period scribal supplies, scroll blanks, illuminated thank you cards and envelopes (set of 4), leather covered journals, small handmade books

Award Medallions, 3 points each:
East Kingdom award and order medallions, extra bonus point if it’s a Middle Kingdom award or order medallion

Fighter’s Repair Kit, 4 points each kit:
Each kit to include – a leather punch, roll of duct tape, roll of strapping tape, lacing, two-piece rivets (quick rivets), blue electrical tape

Large items, 5 points each:
A set of arrows, a quiver, a collapsible bench, small collapsible table, leather or beaded baronial coronets, silk banners

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
4/5 Coronation
4/19 Balfar’s Challenge
5/10 Whistuntide Fest
5/17 Spring Crown Tourney
5/24 War of the Roses
5/31 King and Queen’s Archery Championship
6/21 King and Queen’s Champions of Arms
6/28 Southern Region War Camp
7/5 Northern Region War Camp
7/12 Great Northeastern War
Pennsic War (deadline of Sunday, August 4th)


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Tidings

Spring Crown List Is Now Available

Mon, 2014-04-14 09:33

His Majesty Brennan has announced the following combatants and consorts in the list of Spring Crown Tourney to be held in the Barony of L’ile du Dragon Dormant (Montreal, QC) on May 17th AS 49

Duke Ronald Wilmot for Duchess Bronwyn Dawntreader
Duke Randal of the Dark for Duchess Katherine Stanhope
Baron Pellandres, dit le frère for Duchess Marieke van de Dal
Tribune Darrius Aurelius Serpentius , Called Omega the Impact for Duchess Roxane Farabi
Duke Konrad Der Lowe Von Ulm for Lady Aibhilin Fhionn
Duke Edward Grey of Lochleven for Countess Þóra Eiríksdóttir
Duke Kenric æt Eastseaxe for Master Krakken Gnashbone
Jarl Valgards Stonecleaver for Lady Gracia Vasquez de Trillo
Sir Rhys Ravenscroft for Viscondesa Jimena Montoya
Sir Stephen Grandchamp for Mistress Ellen Du Grandchamp
Sir Thomas of Ravenhill for Áine an Neamheaglach
Pan Jan Janowicz Bogdanski for Herrin Rosamund von Schwyz
Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton for Mistress Gwenhwyfar Dinas Emrys
Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke for Mistress Vienna de le Mer
Baron Matthew Moreaveous Avdenmork for Mistress Fia Kareman
Master Edward MacGyver dos Scorpus for Lady Katerina Iliovna Vladimirov
Sir Sichelgaita von Halstern for Baron William Trout
Sir Antonio Patrasso for Mistress Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell
Master Angus Kerr for Baroness Katarzyna Gwozdz called Varju
Syr Culann mac Cianain for Baroness Edana inghean Aluinn mac Kinnon
Master Ávaldr Valbjarnarson for Mistress Eva Woderose
Syr Marcus Blackaert for Baroness Astrid Sigrun Ulfkellsdottir
Sir Angus McHaley for Mistress Tadea Isabetta di Bruno
Don Luis de Castilla for Lady Berenika
Thane Aethelhafoc Caegfindan for THL Siubhan Wallace
Baron Ivan Ivanov Syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov for Baroness Matilde DeCadenet
Lord Mathew MacGyver for Baroness Lillian Stanhope
Baron Sigurthr Vigurhafn for Baroness Maev ingean ui Cheallaigh
Lord Kenimathor of Lochleven for Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge
Baron Matthias Grunwald for Lady Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir
Lord William MacCrimmon for Lady Astrid Olfasdatter
Lord William Ravenhair for Lady Kris the spinner
Lord Richard Crowe for Gabriella Crowe
Lady Cornelia VandeBrugge for Lord Perceval Gower, Esq.
Lord Aiden of Coldwood for Lady Elke Vuponne
Lord Ketilfastr Thorkilson for Lady Cezilia Raposa
Lord Wilham de Broc for Lady Isabel Chamberlaine
Lord Robert Gower for Lady Rachel of Ironwolf
Lord Fearghus O Conchobhairof Buckland Cross for Lady Markesa De Carvalhal
Lord Gawyn O’Clery for Maeve O’Clery
Lord Eoghan Bastard mac Lachlainn of Lochleven for Lady Chiara di Marte de Venezia
Lord Eliahu Al-Talhi for Lady Sandrine de Berry
Dominus Spurius Genucius Ruilus for Lady Isolda Fairamay
Lord Ryouko’jin of Iron Skies for Lady Indrakshi Aravinda
Lord Phelippe du Peiregore for Maeve
Lord Thorvald Olafsson for Lady Melisande De La Mer
Ivarr Rambison for Rose DuBois


Filed under: Events, Heavy List, Official Notices, Tidings

Nurture Our Next Generation

Fri, 2014-04-11 19:38

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
subjects. Those members of the Eastern populace that honor children
honor Their Majesties.

These young members are contributing to our Society now, as artists
and archers, pages, heralds and dancers. Chivalry and courtesy demand
that our young members be welcomed and encouraged at every turn just
as we welcome and encourage all of Our subjects who would work for the
betterment of our Kingdom and Society.

We understand that there are times that our young members do not live
up to all the ideals of courtesy and historical accuracy that we
strive for. Very few of us do. Yet it behooves us all, parents, aunts,
uncles, friends, and strangers alike to make our children feel that
their presence is welcome and wanted.

We greatly appreciate the efforts of every Easterner who works to make
a place for families at events and incorporate them into all
appropriate activities.

In Service to the East,
Brennan Augustus

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse.


Filed under: Tidings, Youth Activities Tagged: children, families, Youth

Unofficial Court Report from Coronation

Fri, 2014-04-11 17:31

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!

In service,

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

Queen Caoilfhionn’s Kids Service Initiative

Fri, 2014-04-11 13:37

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):

4 Points

  • Wash dishes for kitchen for 15 Minutes (1 point each add’l 15 minutes)
  • Retain for Royalty for 30 minutes (1 point each add’l 30 minutes)
  • Organize & run games for younger children (6-12)

3 Points

  • Help Setup Tent/Easy up
  • Be a runner for List (from marshalls to MOL) Older children only (6-12 yrs)
  • Guard Royal Room for 15 Minutes
  • 15 minutes helping at Troll (hand out site tokens or site booklets) (1 point each add’l 15 minute)
  • 15 minutes working in kitchen (any) (1 point each add’l 15 minute)
  • 15 minutes water bearing (1 point each add’l 15 minute)
  • Wipe down tables/sweep hall between activities
  • Help set up hall for Court (move chairs, clean up from day’s activities)

2 Points

  • Help Serve/Put out Dayboard
  • Help Set up Tables for Dayboard (Move tables, Put table clothes on, etc)
  • Run a message (written or oral) from one person to another (troll, merchant, MOL, etc.)
  • Errands for merchants
  • Assemble site tokens

1 Point (Only counts once for each. Multiple times doing same thing is not multiple points but greatly appreciated)

  • Help someone carry something
  • Pick up garbage that is not yours and throw away
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Give up your seat to someone else
  • Help load/unload a vehicle

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,
Caoilfhionn Augusta


Filed under: Events, Youth Activities Tagged: children, service, Youth

Coronation of Brennan and Caoilfhionn

Thu, 2014-04-10 13:54

An Irish seeress, Mistress Aife ingen Chonchobair in Derthaige, pronounces the doom of King Kenric

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.
I see it in the flight of birds,
in the rising smoke, in the shifting clouds.

King of the East, I speak your wyrd.
The wolf is coming, cloaked in splendor.
The eagles scream above his footfalls.

King of the East, I speak your wyrd.
The white horse falls from the high place,
driven by the wolf, hard at his heels.

King of the East, your wyrd is spoken.

Lady Mhari Brewbane translates the words of a mysterious Irish seeress – “King of the East! I speak your wyrd.”

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.

 

The seeress Faustina Numera Septima pronounces King Kenric’s doom

King Kenric is shaken by the words of the seeresses and seeks the counsel of His Queen

King Kenric awards Mistress Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell His cypher

Queen Avelina thanks worthy members of Her royal house

Prince Brennan, right and just heir to the Eastern throne, Wolf of Tir Mara, answers the royal summons

Princess Caoilfhionn, nobly attended, answers the Royal summons

King Kenric crowns His successor

Queen Avelina crowns Her right and true successor

Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn swear to protect the Kingdom of the East, sealing their vow on a reliquary containing earth from the First Tournament

Brigantia anoints Emperor Brennan and Empress Caoilfhionn with water from the Bay of the Mists

The Great Officers of the East Kingdom await the pleasure of their new rulers

The Kingdom Seneschal swears fealty to the newly-crowned Emperor and Empress

The territorial barons swear fealty to the newly-crowned Emperor and Empress

Empress Caoilfhionn, well-protected and wrapped in the luxurious gift given by Her new guard

Lord Martyn de Halliwell leads the assembly in chanting the Roll of Kings – “You rule because we believe!”


Filed under: Court Tagged: coronation

Q&A with Chancellor Minor

Thu, 2014-04-10 13:12

Baroness Leonete D’Angely. Photo by Empress Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain (MKA: Meredith Bailin Hull)

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?
As the demographics of our society and kingdom change, it is important to make sure that events do a good job of reaching all members of the society. Family participation in events and activities has grown considerably over the last decade, and in many local groups, families with children can represent as much as half of the attendance of an event. It is important to remember that many youth are active, engaged members of our society, and deserve the same respect and time as any other demographic in our kingdom.

Who is in charge of activities for families and children?
Officially, any activities for children only must be run by a background checked, warranted youth activities officer. Realistically, many activities that are designed for or are suitable for families or children are run by the same people as the rest of the activities at an event or practice.

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?
My office has collected a list of suggestions from families, teenagers, and Chancellors Minor, as well as autocrats of successfully family-integrative events. I’ve organized them into categories based on the type of suggestion they are. There are ways to improve your event infrastructure, the activities offered, and the volunteerism needed to run a successful event for families and children. I am always looking for additions to this list. (See list below.  This pdf from a class taught by Leonete contains the list and other information – Making Events Family Friendly)

Baroness Leonete d’Angely in earlier times. Photo by Baron Ernst Nuss von Kitzengen

How would you suggest groups implement these ideas?
Choose a few ideas that fit in with your local culture, budget, and site infrastructure. Next time your group runs an event, encourage them to add a few more. Use this list to brainstorm at local meetings, and come up with your own ideas. This is not an exhaustive list of all the ways to include families, nor is it a checklist that you must use every idea from. Ask the teens and parents in your area what they would like to see.

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?
Parents/guardians remain responsible for their children at all times while at SCA functions. Whether an activity is designated for youth or for all, this is important to remember, and will help people to be willing to teach and welcome children to their activities.

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?
You do not need a warranted youth officer with activities planned from start to close in order to throw an event that parents and children both leave excited about having attended. Children and families can enhance the atmosphere and enjoyment of any event, if a little attention is paid to making them feel welcome. I hope the list of suggestions below are helpful for everyone.

Infrastructure

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.

Activities

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.”

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Class Roster for Heavy List University Announced

Thu, 2014-04-10 13:11

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.

Additional teachers are still welcome. If you would like to teach at the event, or simply have questions, you can contact Mistress Ro Honig Von Somerfeldt or Lord Michael Acrensis.


Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: classes, events, heavy list, heavy list university, Malagentia, schola, unbelted, unbelts, university

Change in Heraldic Titles in the East Kingdom

Mon, 2014-04-07 16:26

Good gentles all, greetings from Ryan, Brigantia Principal Herald,

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

A missive from His Majesty of Acre

Mon, 2014-04-07 16:19

 

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,
Damien
King of Acre


Filed under: Tidings

Noisemakers IX

Mon, 2014-04-07 08:27

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

Position Opening – Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms

Sun, 2014-04-06 21:08

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 bids@heraldry.sca.org 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.

Gabriel Kjotvason
Laurel King of Arms
laurel@heraldry.sca.org
herald@sca.org

 


Filed under: Corporate, Heraldry Tagged: heraldry

Pennsic War Points and Schedule

Fri, 2014-04-04 10:09

Duke Edward Grey, the Pennsic Warlord, has posted on Prince Brennan’s and Princess Caoilfhionn’s Website the early agreements from War negotiations with the Middle Kingdom.  The war points break down as follows:

25 points for Armored Combat
10 points for Rapier
10 points for Archery
2 points for Service
1 point each for Thrown Weapons and Siege.

The schedule for the war points is listed below.  Battle details can be found here but more information will be forthcoming, so check back again as we get nearer to the event.

Other useful links found on the website include:
A Greeting from the Warlord, Duke Edward Grey
Contact Information  for the EK Forces

Pennsic 43 War Point Schedule

Sunday
9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

10:00-11:30 Allied Champions – 1 pt
* Allies request 80 to 120 men on a side.
* Number to be finalized Middle Saturday evening.
* Capture the flag. (Pennsic 42 rules)
* 1 hour resurrection
* Wait at resurrection point until released (every 5 minutes)
* Two flags, scored by moving flag to resurrection point
* Flag bearer must have gauntlets, and is engaged 360 degrees

10:30-11:00 Unbelted Champions – 1 pt
* 30 fighters, one pass
* Crowns may not fight. Heirs may
* No Allies

11:00-11:30 Belted Champions – 1 pt
* 20 fighters, one pass
* Crowns may not fight. Heirs may.
* No Allies

11:30-12:30 Break for Court business and to allow a rest between Allied & Heroics

12:30-2:00 Heroic Champions – 1 pt
* No one who fought in the Belted Champions Battle may fight in Heroics (except Heirs)
* Heirs will resolve a tie.
*Format is one on one, weapons need not be matched
*12 total fights, Principal: 3 Unbelts, 4 belts – no more than 2 Royal Peers between the belts & unbelts, 5 allied combatants of any rank.
* Double kills to be refought
*Whoever is ahead chooses the first fighter, then alternate.

2:30 – 5:00 Rapier Champions – 1pt
• 1 Melee (10 principal and 10 allies)
• 1 Queen’s champion bout
• 1 King’s champion bout
• 1 Cut & Thrust bout (from principal or ally)
• 21 Bouts (11 principal/10 allied) paired in advance.
• Dead is dead – double kills are not refought.
• A Tie is possible and results in no points.

Monday
10:00 Five Armored Field Battles (600×600 field): 1 pt each (5 total)
*Conventions will be the same as Pennsic 42, except:
* No side changes
* No siege
* All holds to be general & kept to a minimum

2:00 – 3:00 Rapier Field Battles: 1 pt each (3 total)
• There will be a 15 minute water break between battles.
• Death From Behind is allowed. All holds are general.
• A Friendship battle will be fought 20 minutes after the third warpoint battle.

Tuesday
11:00 – Armored Woods Battles: 7 banners, 5 pts
* 2x 60 minute resurrections, sides switch between battles
* There will 4 resurrection points (2 each in the lower woods and upper woods), sides will start in either of their own res areas
* The Crowns (Or representative) will verify the positions of the banners prior to the battle.
* Two points will be awarded to the side with the most banners at the end of each of the two battles.
* Half hour between battles
* The Center banner will be timed for the duration of both battles. The side which holds the banner for the longest time will be awarded an additional warpoint.
* The East & allies will start on the southern side for the first battle.
* The Middle & allies will start on the nothern side for the first battle.
* The Crowns or chosen representatives will meet at AEthelmearc War Practice to determine the position of the banners. (4 of 7 expected to shift slightly)

After Armored Woods Battles – Siege War Point, 1 pt

2:00 – Rapier Woods Battle, 3 pts
• Both sides would prefer to use the lower portion of the woods for this battle however if a mutually agreeable arrangement of banners and resurrection zones cannot be found the battle site will revert to the upper woods.
• This is an unlimited Resurrection battle with Death From Behind allowed. Resurrection zone will be chosen by the side behind on points the day prior to the battle.
• Local Holds
• Three banners will be contested, equidistant from each side’s resurrection zone. There will be banner checks at semi-random times (20 +/- 8 min mark)(40 +/-8 min mark)(65 +/-8 min mark) to be randomly determined by the marshalate prior to the start of battle and not revealed to the combatants. The side whose flag is raised has control of banner. Majority of banners at each check receives 1 war point.

Wednesday
Service (hours from Sat, Sun, Mon) - 1 pt

Archery Champions – 1 pt
30 Total Champions, 20 Principal, 10 Allied. The shoot will be constructed with an intent to balance accuracy & speed shoots

Thursday
10:00 – Five Armored Bridge Battles: 1 pt each (5 total)
*Conventions will be the same as Pennsic 42 except:
* The two outside bridges at 18 feet wide
* Bridge 18, 27, 27, 27 , 18 separated by 54 feet
* Siege and archery in all 5 battles.
* Projectile weapons will only be used on the center 3 bridges
* Archers may not advance onto the bridge to fire
* Siege Engines will only deploy 50 feet from bridge end (from the mid-point between 1 and 2nd bridge and mid-point between 4 and 5th)
* No arrows or siege ammunition will be re-inspected between battles
* A point is awarded for ownership of 3 of 5 bridges.
* All contested bridges will be fought.
* No fighting on the hay bales. Incidental contact is ok.

Rapier Ruins Battle – 3 pts
• The rattan bridge structure will be modified into a variety of terrains (see attached). Three banners will be contested, one centered in the building, one centered in the broken field and one centered in the open field equidistant from each sides resurrection line. Resurrection lines will be 20 yards from the edge of the nearest structure or obstacle.
• This is an unlimited Resurrection battle with Death From Behind allowed. General Holds.
• There will be banner checks at semi-random times (20 +/- 5 min mark)(40 +/-5 min mark)(65 +/-5 min mark) to be randomly determined by the marshalate prior to the start of battle and not revealed to the combatants. The side whose flag is raised has control of banner. Majority of banners at each check receives 1 war point.
• Field to be set to a mutually agreeable state by teams from both sides using two bridge’s worth of broken field, one bridge built into the building. The next line of bales is the edge of the world
• Building walls will not be fought over.
• Broken field bales may be fought over, but not stepped over.

Thrown Weapons: 1 pt

Friday
10am – Castle Battle, 6 pts
* 2 – 30 minute battles with 3 banners.
* 1 banner per point
* 1 banner in fort, 1 banner in tower outside of fort, 1 in open field. Roughly in a curved line from fort opening extending south and then south west. See Map
*Switch sides between battles

Service (hours from Tues, Wed, Thurs) – 1 pt

Ongoing
Populace Archery Shoot – 9 points
Each archer may shoot up to 5 times, at each of the 3 traditional shoots, on any day or combination of days. No Archer may shoot more than 5 times at each of the ranges. Each shoot will have 3 points, awarded on Friday, after the range closes.


Filed under: Archery, Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Pennsic, Thrown Weapons

Recommendations for the Second Poll of Brennan and Caoilfhionn

Fri, 2014-04-04 08:49

TRH Brennan and Caoilfhionn are requesting recommendations for their second poll. All recommendations are due by April 12, at 11:59 pm.

The link for the Award Recommendation site.

For a better idea of what the various awards are given for, see the East Kingdom Awards Overview, created by Tola knitýr, below.

East Kingdom Awards Overview

Click here for a larger, printable version of the East Kingdom Awards Overview (it will print on 6 pages)


Filed under: Uncategorized

Backlog Scrolls Available at Coronation

Thu, 2014-04-03 09:53
Posted on behalf of the Backlog Deputy for the EK Signet Office.

Hugh Tauerner, Backlog Deputy to the EK Signet office would like it known that he will have the portfolio of completed backlog scrolls at the 6-month Jubilee of Their Royal Majesties, Kenric & Avelina (i.e. Coronation).

On the linked page you will find a list of all completed scrolls currently in his possession. If you are on the list then please see him to take receipt of your scroll, or you may send someone in your stead.

http://signet.eastkingdom.org/wp/backlogs/completed-backlogs/

The Backlog Deputy can be contacted directly at backlog@eastkingdom.org
Filed under: Uncategorized

And the winner is….

Tue, 2014-04-01 17:43

Each year on April 1st, the heralds of the Known World (specifically, within the College of Heralds Imaginary), join together in an effort of wonderment and silliness known as the April Fool’s LoI for each Kingdom in the Society. This year, the Office of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet is pleased to have offered the scribes of the East Kingdom to participate, by taking the devices from these various Letters of Intent (LoI), and creating suitable achievements of Arms (with supporters, mantling, etc.) for one entry each, excluding any direct references to commercial or licensed images.

Follow this link to see the winning pieces!


Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Heraldry Tagged: april fools, college of scribes, tyger signet