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New Event Concept Allows Easterners to Explore Research in a Novel Way.

Sun, 2014-10-26 12:30

On Saturday October 25, in Carolingia, over 70 Easterners participated in a new way to hold an event. There was a autocrat, gate, classes, even a musician playing in the social hall throughout the day. There was even a dayboard, unconventional as it was. (Those who pre-registered had the option of ordering a burrito lunch catered in) What there wasn’t, was garb, court, or people in persona.

Autocrat Lady Aildreda de Tamworth has spent a lot of time talking with people over the last year or so about how the current Arts and Sciences model works really well for some subjects, and less well for others. Most of what we do at events and in persona is based on finished products, and competition. She learned from others that was what missing, what people truly wanted, was a place to talk about process, a place to talk about what went wrong, what they did not understand, where to go next. The idea came up again and again. What if we talked like researchers?

A member of the tech team, Baroness Imigla Venture, sets up a slideshow for a presenter.

The concept for Voyages of Discovery was born. A non-garb event, run like a research conference. With the help of Lady Eadgyth aet Staeningum, the Massachusetts Convention Fandom Inc loaned the event projectors and screens, Baron Colin Ursell loaned computers as well as ran the technology team that helped all of the presenters use the equipment to help share their work.

The staff also assembled a team to put together and run a research library, staffed throughout the day by reference consultants, many who work as modern librarians or researchers.

There was an impressive collection of books on many topics of interest to Scadians, organized by subject. A great moment occurred when one attendee, who had brought a book in Russian for the great pictures of iconography, discovered that one of the reference assistants in fact spoke and read Russian fluently. They spent much of the afternoon translating the explanations of each photo on sticky notes.

There was a slate of classes on topics varying from Geometric Art in the Renaissance to Medieval Mortuary Rolls, Persian Plants, and the effect on volcanos on medieval weather. Some of the topics deeply benefitted from the technology available. Others were sort of meta-topics, hard to talk about at a traditional SCA event, such as Mistress Lakshmi’s discussion on adopting another culture.

In addition to the classes and reference library, the other new concept was that of a poster session. Researchers used tri-fold boards used most often for science fairs to present information on their works in progress, show their process, and share research.  Don Donovan Shinnock presented his work on the similarities and differences between the fencing masters Capo Ferro and Fabris. In addition to his poster, throughout the day he modeled the two different styles.

Mistress Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Sviatoslavina vnuchka presented a poster on her process in creating a 15th century paintbrush for illumination, which included her works in progress as well as her finished paintbrushes available for people to try out.

Throughout the day, people had nothing but compliments for this style of event. Many described it as a “rabbit-hole event” People started with one idea or topic, and stumbled down the rabbit-hole through others, moving to different conversations, or running to the research room to check out a new topic they hadn’t considered.

Her Excellency Imigla Venture, Baroness of Carolingia, was excited to leave her coronet and regalia at home, saying that, “This type of event was much less stressful to prepare for, making it much easier to truly focus on the Science aspect.” Don Donovan echoed this, saying, “Without all the other responsibilities of a normal event, we really get to just sit around and geek.” Many others appreciated the conference-like name badges, which had both SCA and modern names on them, helping people connect names to faces and research.

Countess Marguerite inghen Lachlan also held one of her discussion salons, which was perfectly suited for this concept, as they are designed to be regalia and precedence-free discussions of meta-SCA issues. This one discussed the responsibility and feasibility of citing sources and doing research within an SCA context.

As the event ended, many echoed the sentiment that the event be repeated again. People left enthused, ready to begin new avenues of research, and with fresh ideas on how to implement what they learned in a day to day SCA context.

Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Events Tagged: events, research

Missive from the New Kingdom Rapier Marshal

Fri, 2014-10-24 11:02

“Unto the mighty East Kingdom do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,

As many of you know by now I have been selected to take the reins of the Kingdom Rapier Marshal’s position. I would like to start by thanking Don Caine Ramsey for his years of service and guidance, you have earned a well deserved rest my friend.

Quite a few questions have been floating around, so I’ll try to answer a few of them. As a brief introduction, I have been in the Society for 25 years, with Rapier my primary focus in those years. I have held Rapier-related offices in two separate Kingdoms, both here in the East (my home Kingdom) and in AEthelmearc, where I served briefly as KRM before moving home to the East.

Second, the question of Rapier Spears. Rapier Spears will remain as they are now in this Kingdom. I have no plans to legalize them for any sort of use in the near future. I have a Rapier Spear Committee with which I will be working closely to examine these new weapons to determine their viability to our game. Beyond that, as I have stated, they will remain as they are.

Third, I have been asked about my Deputy position. I have chosen my Deputy Kingdom Rapier Marshal, and that is Don Donovan Shinnock. I have discussed this position with Donovan and he has expressed a willingness to step into the role and I am happy to have him.

Lastly, my contact information should be updated as of the December issue of Pikestaff. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail or the phone number provided if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to the next several years with great anticipation.

In Service,

Don Frasier MacLeod, Kingdom Rapier Marshal”

Filed under: Fencing, Official Notices, Tidings

Event update: Musicians’ Day

Thu, 2014-10-23 14:50

The Crown Province of Østgarðr will be welcoming musicians from throughout the Kingdom to their Musicians’ Day event on November 21st – 23rd.

The event organizers would like the populace to be aware of the following additional information which is not, at present, available on the event announcement:

Send reservations to

William Bornander
8 Clark Place
Port Chester, NY 10573

Make checks payable to “SCA-NY / Ostgardr”

Full and up-to-date information can be found on the Østgarðr website.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Ostgardr

Successor to the East Kingdom Marshal of Fence Announced

Thu, 2014-10-23 12:30

Don Frasier MacLeod in a photo from the Queen’s fashion challenge at Birka earlier this year.

Sir Osgkar of the Wood, Earl Marshal of the East has announced that Don Fraiser MacLeod has been chosen to succeed Don Caine Ramsey as East Kingdom Marshal of Fence. Sir Oskar described the choice as difficult, but expressed his confidence that Don Frasier was the correct choice to continue to guide the rapier community in the East and help keep it dynamic and growing.

The transition in the office will occur at Crown Tourney in Stonemarche on November 1st.

Don Caine has expressed his gratitude to the rapier community at large for their support over the past three years.  “It has been my sincerest joy and pleasure to serve you all” he said in an email.


Filed under: Fencing Tagged: EKMOF, fencing

Unofficial Court Report: K&Q Rapier Champions

Mon, 2014-10-20 17:10

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen, held in the Canton of Black Icorndall in the Barony of Bhakail upon 18 October in the forty-ninth year of the Society; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Item. The Ladies of the Rose came before the Tyger Throne and presented tokens to those combatants whose comportment, countenance and courtesy in the lists were pleasing to their eyes, and those gentle persons were Jenevieve Spillane, Llewellyn Walsh and Caoilfhionn ingen ui Fhaelain.

Item. His Majesty thanked Don Donovan Shinnock for his service as his Rapier Champion and called forth Sir Antonio Patrasso, victor of the day’s tournament, to take up his place as King’s Rapier Champion. Sir Antonio received the tokens and ensigns of the office and a document memorializing his deeds prepared by Arden of Icombe.

Item. Her Majesty thanked Don Thomas of Effingham for his service as her Rapier Champion and called forth Lady Sorcha Dhocair to take up the place of Queen’s Rapier Champion. Lady Sorcha received the tokens and ensigns of the office and a document memorializing her worth prepared by Arden of Icombe.

Item. Their Majesties accepted the fealty of Lady Sabina Luttrell, Kingdom Minister of the Lists.

Item. Their Majesties caused Elizabeth Elenore Lovell to be brought before the Tyger Throne and, praising her many labors for the benefit of the Kingdom, did cause the said Elizabeth to be inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Alys Mackyntoich, illuminated by Ro Honig von Somerfeldt and calligraphed by Caroline de LaPointe.

Item. Their Majesties caused gifts of toys to be distributed to the children of the East.

Item. Their Majesties summoned into the Court Giancarlo Soranzo da Venezia, often called “Narlo,” and thereupon awarded him Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Vettorio Antonello.

Item. Their Majesties summoned before them Muin maqq Minain, artisan in metal, and caused him to be inducted into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Jonathan Blaecstan and Melisande of the Gryphon Wood.

Item. Lupold Haas was commanded before the Tyger Throne, whereupon he was made a member of the Order of the Silver Rapier.

Item. Their Majesties invited into their presence newcomers to the Society and gave them tokens of welcome in memory of the day.

Item. Their Majesties summoned into their presence Sabine de Kerbriant, whereupon they served upon the said Sabine a Writ commanding that she sit vigil for the Order of the Laurel upon January 17th at the celebration of Twelfth Night in the Barony of Carillion, the which Writ had been written by Brunissende Dragonette and calligraphed by Alexandre St. Pierre.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.


Master Rowen Cloteworthy
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Lord Martyn de Haliwell

Photos by Mistress Rainillt de Bello Marisco.

Filed under: Court, Events, Fencing

Event Announcements in the Gazette

Mon, 2014-10-20 11:49

Autocrats – would you like to have your event announcement seen by more people?

The East Kingdom Gazette will publish event announcements from autocrats for events within the East Kingdom, or which have some significance to the residents of the East.

An article in the Gazette will allow you to share details that aren’t appropriate for the East Kingdom web site, such as photos of the site,  pithy quotes from people involved in the event, or a bit of the history of the event. The intent is to add value to the announcement, not just replicate what’s on the East Kingdom web site.

We’ll also include as much of the official event announcement as you request, or as many event details as we feel would be useful as a backup to other information sources.


Filed under: Events Tagged: event announcement

Competition is Light in Dessert Challenge at Crown Tourney

Mon, 2014-10-20 09:41

Edible Village made by young folk of Ruantallan, Nov.2013

Their Majesties Edward and Thyra have issued a Dessert Challenge for Their Crown Tourney:

Bring your best period dessert or treat (maybe a trick?) to be shared by those remaining during feast. The entrants will be judged visually by the populace after the tourney has concluded. No tasting until after the judging has been completed. The winners will be announced before feast begins.

The autocrat, Lady Tessa Martini D’Agostino, reports that only a small number of gentles have so far expressed interest in the challenge. Is the kingdom willing to let a challenge go unanswered? Or are there more gentles planning to participate who have not contacted the head cook so he can plan for their entries? If you plan to enter but have not been in touch, or would like more information so you can decide if you wish to enter,  please contact Lord Richard le Hauke.

Photo by Ygraine of Kellswood.
The village was “razed” at the Childrens’ Tea with Queen Avelina.

Filed under: Events Tagged: challenge, Crown Tourney, Dessert, food

East Kingdom takes Best Overall Newsletter in the William Blackfox Awards for A.S. 48

Sun, 2014-10-19 21:39

If you subscribe to Tournaments Illuminated, you’re already aware that it contains the William Blackfox Award results for A.S . 48. It gives me great pleasure to share those pertaining to the East.

The William Blackfox awards are given for excellence in local newsletters. Kingdom newsletters are not eligible, with the exception of a category for cover art. Each May the Kingdom Chroniclers of the Known World review the past year of local newsletters from their kingdom, and chose the best examples to submit to the Society Chronicler and her panel of judges. You can read more about the awards and their history on the main SCA web site: http://www.sca.org/officers/chronicler/blackfox-awards.html

This year I’m very proud to say that Lady Christiana Crane and The Moonstone, the newsletter of the Province of Malegentia, have been recognized as the Best Overall Newsletter. Her work was chosen from a field of entrants representing fifteen kingdoms.  She’s made it available on Facebook, and if you’re not a regular reader I urge you to go and take a look at it: https://www.facebook.com/download/623622317703266/Moonstone%20-%20Winter%202014.pdf

I would also like to recognize those gentles who were nominated in other categories. The range of local newsletters across the kingdom is broad indeed, and choosing which to nominate to represent our kingdom was not an easy task. All of those who were nominated from the East can be proud of that status.

Best Layout and Design: The Salamander, newsletter of the Barony of Bhakail. Chronicler: Lord Martyn de Halliwell.

Best Artwork: Lady Yzabel Du Perche, for her cover on the Summer issue of Northern Watch, the newsletter of the Barony of Endewearde. Chronicler: Lord Oleksander Brazhnyk.

Best Special Interest Newsletter: Ars Scientia Orientalis. Chronicler: Meesteres Annetje van Woerden. It’s available on-line here: http://aso.eastkingdom.org/

Best Article: A Story of a Cold and Stormy Winters Day by Lady Marguerite von Elfenau, appearing in Kenning Points, the newsletter of the Barony of Smoking Rocks. Chronicler: Lady Marguerite von Elfenau.

Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter: Lord Robert of Stonemarche, for his work which appeared on the January Pikestaff.

Mistress A’isha bint Jamil

East Kingdom Chronicler

Filed under: Tidings Tagged: Blackfox, Chronicler

The Endewearde Hunt: The Cattle Raid of Cooley

Sun, 2014-10-19 20:53

Although the Crown, perhaps remembering the fate of Kenric I, did not attend, over 200 people enjoyed Endewearde’s weekend camping event on October 10, 11 and 12. People who arrived on Friday night could purchase sausage bombs from Smokehaus, a fundraiser for the archery company that raised over $200. Saturday there were several archery shoots such as a demon cow and “shoot the cattle raiders” related to the story of the Cattle Raid of Cooley, a famous Irish saga. In the afternoon there was a woods walk with 3D targets, challenging enough for experienced archers, but easy enough that even the youngest and least experienced archers could score points. For the baronial champions shoot on Sunday, the top sixteen Endeweardian archers faced off in a head to head competition involving ground targets, pool noodles, balloons and a moving bull. It was a very close competition, with Lord Otto Gottlieb beating Master Godric of Hamtun by only a few seconds.

But there was plenty to do even for non-archers. There was an atl-atl and thrown weapons range with a moving bull target. Saturday everyone enjoyed an oatmeal breakfast bar, a hearty dayboard and a pot luck feast, and Sunday morning a bacon tasting. There were classes on such topics as blacksmithing, bow bending, enameling, runes, and cheese making. There was a brewing competition and a pickle competition. There was pick-up fencing. There was hurley (think of a combination of lacrosse, field hockey and rugby). There were bardic circles every night around the communal campfire, and Papa’s Bar at the End of the World was open.

Court saw several worthy Endeweardians getting awards, and the recognition of those who had participated in martial activities at Great Northeastern War and Pennsic. Baron Ane du Vey also spoke about the dispute with Lyndhaven over an island between our two groups which Lyndhaven claims is theirs but Baroness Sylvia insists is “her” rock. There will have to be a confrontation in May to settle this.

All in all, it was a great way to spend a fall weekend!

Report and photo courtesy of Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir

Filed under: Events Tagged: archery, Endewearde

Looking Forward to Crown Tourney

Sun, 2014-10-19 20:35

Just a little less than two weeks from now, the East will have new heirs, chosen at Crown Tourney in the Barony of Stonemarche.  The event is being held a YMCA Camp Takoda, at 55 Fitzwilliam Road, in Richmond, NH. The autocrat, Lady Tessa Martini d’Agostino, was kind enough to take some photos at the site walk-through last weekend.

Richmond is about 20 minutes south of Keene, NH. For those seeking accommodations for the night,  a number of major hotel chains are available in Keene. There are also numerous bed and breakfast options within an hour of the site. The city of Keene has a helpful lodging guide available on-line: http://www.keenenh.com/lodging/

Reservations close on October 20. No feast spaces will be available the day of the event. Canadian visitors should contact the reservations clerk to request reservations. Stonemarche’s policy is to allow unpaid reservations for visitors crossing international borders to attend their events.

As has become custom, Gate will offer a separate check-in for tourney combatants and consorts, but the autocrat encourages them to pre-register if possible, for a speedier check-in. The procession will start precisely at 11 AM.

His Majesty, King Edward, shared his expectations for the tournament:

“This is Crown Tournament, and we look forward to the pageantry, honorable conduct and feats of prowess.  We expect all those who enter, to do so with the expressed intent to crown their consort heir to these Eastern lands and comport themselves with the grace, dignity and courtesy as befits such an occasion.  In short, we look forward to seeing the finest the East Kingdom has to offer. “

Some four dozen of the East’s finest warriors will take the field to vie for honor, glory, and the right to crown their chosen consorts. The Kingdom Seneschal has made the list available on her web site: http://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/docs/fallcrown2014.php

Regarding the details of the tournament format, His Majesty had this to say:

“This tournament will be a return to the traditional double-elimination bracket format; however, each match will be decided by the best 2 of 3 bouts.  The semi-finals and finals will be best 3 of 5 (the member entering the semi-finals with a loss, will start the semi-finals with a loss), and include weapons depth.”

For those needing more details who may still be having difficulty accessing the East Kingdom site, the complete announcement is reproduced below:

Crown Tourney
November 1, Barony of Stonemarche (Richmond, NH)

Hear ye, Hear ye! King Edward and Queen Thyra are pleased to announce that their Fall Crown Tournament will be held on November 1st at Camp Takoda in the Barony of Stonemarche. This event listing will be updated as information becomes available.

Camp Takoda is about a 20 minute drive south of Keene, NH. For those gentles wishing to stay the night, Keene has several lodging facilities ranging from quaint bed and breakfasts to well known hotel chains. The site is a beautifully wooded YMCA camp on a lake with well maintained paths. There are short walks between the lodge, parking, and fields. Please plan accordingly.

Letters of intent should be sent to http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/shannon-7c/fall-crown-bc/ (preferred) or by direct e-mail to Their Royal Highnesses and the EK Seneschal. Letters should be received no later than October 1st. Victory in their Crown Tournament will require competency in multiple weapon forms.

For those needing a diversion, there will be an archery shoot. For those younger gentles, there will be several youth activities planned throughout the day. Dayboard will be included in the event fee.


Please be advised that Their Majesties have requested to start the tournament no later than 11:30 in an attempt to beat the earlier sunsets at that time of year.

- 9:00 a.m. Gate opens. There will be a separate line available for entrants, their consorts and preregistered gentles.
– 10:00 a.m. Sign in for Tournament entrants
– 11:00 a.m. Procession of combatants and consorts. The tournament will follow immediately after.
– 12:00 p.m. Day board opens
– A short court will be held at the discretion of Their Majesties, upon conclusion of the Tournament.
– Feast for 150 will follow court.
– 11:00 p.m. Site closes

THE SITE: The Tournament Field offers some space for viewing pavilions and shades of all types, with the immediate surrounds of The Lists dedicated for periodesque structures. All viewing space will be available on a first come, first served basis.

A scenic lake rests a short distance from the tournament field, along with many lovely and rustic trails for exploring. During the day, there will be several fire pits available for gentles to warm themselves by, including one next to the fighting field. Bringing additional, personal fire pits is not permitted. The hall is large enough to seat over 200, although feast is limited to 150, there is enough room for gentles who wish to remain off-board to enjoy the festivities.

VEHICLES: Although there is adequate parking, much of it is not next to the tourney field. Vehicles will be permitted to drop off gear and then go park. Vehicles on the field will be asked to move before the procession begins and none will be allowed onto the field once it has begun. Under no circumstances will vehicles be allowed on the archery field.

Dessert Challenge: In the spirit of All Hallows Eve, King Edward and Queen Thyra would like to issue a Dessert Challenge to those attending their Crown Tournament. Bring your best period dessert or treat (maybe a trick?) to be shared by those remaining during feast. The entrants will be judged visually by the populace after the tourney has concluded. No tasting until after the judging has been completed. The winners will be announced before feast begins.
For more information please contact Lord Richard le Hauke at crown_feast@northernarmy.org

DAY BOARD: Hard Boiled eggs, Bread, cheese, Sausages, Roasted chicken, Barley Chicken soup, Meat pasties, Brisket, Pickles,Sliced oranges, Apples, Grapes, Fine cakes
Gatorade, Hot apple cider, Hot honey lemonade
NIBBLETS: to be served around the start of court: Candied almonds with honey, Dates stuffed with cheese, Deviled eggs, meatballs, and any remains from day board.
FEAST: 1st Course: Homemade sourdough breads with assorted Butters, Potage of Oysters (Clam Chowder), Venison Meat Pie with Apple Furmente, Blaunche Brawen (white pork pate), Cabbage, Apple Fritters
2nd Course: Malaches Whyte (egg tarte), Smalle Byrdes (small birds stuffed with dates and mustard), Oven roasted veggies. Turnips, parsnips, and beets and eggplant.
Dessert Course: Dessert Challenge offerings, Apple pasty or other offering, Coffee, Tea, Apple cider, Hot honey lemonade
There is plenty of room in the hall for those who wish to remain to enjoy the entertainment during feast. There will be tables marked for those not on board. Dessert will be available for all who remain.

Site fees: Adults $10 advance, $12 day of; Youth 13-18: $5 advance, $6 day of
Children 12 and under are free
Please add a $5 Non-Member Surcharge for every Adult that is not a member of the SCA. All pre-registrations must be postmarked by October 20th, 2014.

Feast fees: Adults: $10, Youth 13-18: $10
Children 6-12: $5, Children 5 and under: free
Feast Reservation Deadline: October 20th, 2014
**Please note that with the exception of Canadian visitors, who should contact the reservations clerk,  the only good Reservation is a paid one.**

Information regarding severe allergies should be directed to the head cooks.

Make checks payable to: SCA NH, Inc. Barony of Stonemarche

Send reservations to: Lord Cynric the Dabbler, MKA: Ben Strauss
92 Beard Rd, New Boston, NH 03070, cynric_coa@gmail.com
Please include the following information with your reservations: Mundane names of everyone in your party, ages of anyone under the age of 18, and membership information (if applicable). If you would like confirmation, please include an e-mail address and/or phone number.

There will be NO REFUNDS for feast after October 25th. Considerations for site refunds will be considered but not guaranteed after October 25th.
ACCEPs: http://acceps.ansteorra.org/index.php

Autocrat: Lady Tessa Martini d’Agostino, MKA: Liz Rakich, 603 206-0185, liz@rakich.net
Feast & Dayboard: Baron Fergus Redmead and Lord Richard le Hauke: crown_feast@northernarmy.org
Children’s activities: Corwin Blackthorn: ixchillvalle@yahoo.com
Accessibility Liaison: Lady Mad Marion McGregor magzmommy@gmail.com
Merchant Coordinator: Lasairfhiona Inghean Cheallaigh Lady.Lasairfhiona.SCA@gmail.com
Site opens: 9:00 am Site closes: 11:00 pm
Site address: Camp Takodah, 55 Fitzwilliam Rd., Richmond, NH 03470

Directions: Our best suggestion is to use a GPS. The following directions may not be the most direct route for you. Please be aware that these are not main highways and may turn at crossroads. Please watch road signs carefully.
From the East: Take your best route to NH-101 W to Peterbourough
Turn Left onto NH-202 W follow for approximately 10 miles
Turn Right onto NH-119 W follow for 13.5 miles, Camp Takodah will be on the left.
From the South: Take your best route to I-91 N to Bernardston
Take exit 28A to 10 N for 13.5 miles
Turn Left onto NH 119 E follow 6.5 miles, Camp Takodah will be on the right.
From the North: Take your best route to I-91 S to exit 1
Turn Left off the exit onto Route 5 E toward Keene, NH for 1.5 miles
At Malfunction Junction, continue straight onto NH 119 E for 19.5 miles, Camp Takodah will be on the right.

Filed under: Events, Heavy List Tagged: Crown Tourney, event announcement

New Queen’s Champion of Rapier

Sat, 2014-10-18 17:25

Lady Sorcha Dhocair is the new Queen’s Champion of Rapier.

Filed under: Fencing Tagged: King and Queen's Champions

Results of K&Q’s Rapier Champions

Sat, 2014-10-18 13:11

Sir Antonio. Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The new King’s Rapier Champion is Sir Antonio Patrasso.  He defeated Don Ogedei in the finals.  The other two semi-finalists were Don Nathaniel Wyatt and Don Owynn Greenwood.

Filed under: Fencing Tagged: King and Queen's Champions

King’s & Queen’s Rapier Championship – Update

Thu, 2014-10-16 09:09

Updated information for King’s & Queen’s Rapier Champions and Autumn Afternoons to be held this weekend in the Canton of Black Icorndall.

The schedule, dayboard menu, important site information, pertinent travel and lodging information, pertient contacts, as well as a full listing of activities for day day have been posted and can be seen on the Canton’s website at:


Filed under: Events, Fencing

#MedievalMonday Continues

Mon, 2014-10-13 15:00

Vigil board by Meestress Annetje van Wœrden for Mistress Philadelphia Brown, River Wars 2014

This marks the 4th week of #MedievalMonday ‘s via various social media platforms. We have already seen participants reach thousands of users over multiple networks, and have seen posts from a half dozen Kingdoms across The Society.

Today I’m posting just a select few of the posts Easterners have made over the last 4 Mondays.

What is #MedievalMonday you ask? It’s a hashtag campaign taking place via Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram.

A scroll by Mistress Eva Woderose

What is the goal of the #MedievalMonday campaign? It’s goal is to have fun, while sharing some of the cool photos, articles, and videos highlighting the best parts of our shared Medieval hobby. When posters make their posts public, these photos and other items can be re-shared, liked and commented on, and increase awareness of our hobby.

How can I participate in the #MedievalMonday campaign? It’s super-easy! If you would like to post, just make a public post of a photo of a medieval object you’ve recreated, that you took at an event, or share a video of your favorite medieval song on youtube, or your favorite go-to medieval recipe with a link. Then in that post, type “#MedievalMonday” and hit post! It’s that easy, and can be done on any major social media platform.

Tudor Rose Etched Copper Coins by THL Muin maqq Minain (Photo by Lord Martyn de Halliwell)

I don’t have anything to post, what else can I do? Even easier than posting, just search “#MedievalMonday” on your choice of social media platform, and voila, there are posts! Like posts you appreciate, comment on ones you truly enjoy, and re-share public posts that you want your social media circles to see.

Look below for even more #MedievalMonday posts by Easterns:


Stained Glass by Meestress Annetje van Wœrden

Toefl Board by Lord Aurddeilen ap Robet (Photo by Baroness Ysmay de Lynn)

Ceramic Pitcher by Dame Brunissende Dragonette

A Silk-Painted Banner at an Event (photo by Lord Lorenzo Gorla)

Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: campaign, medievalmonday, social media

Job Opening – Compleat Anachronist Editor

Sat, 2014-10-11 11:22

The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. is accepting applications for the position of Editor for The Compleat Anachronist.

The Compleat Anachronist is a journal published four times a year. Each issue is approximately 60 pages long and focuses on a single topic relevant to the time period 600 C.E. to 1600 C.E. The single-topic format gives readers an opportunity to review a subject in much more detail than Tournaments Illuminated, a Kingdom Arts and Sciences publication, or a local newsletter can provide.

The Editor is responsible for oversight of all aspects of issue production, including recruiting authors and reviewers, manuscript development, as well as submitting quarterly reports to the Board of Directors and the Publications Manager. A team approach to issue production is encouraged to assist in effective and timely management of the publication. The Editor may recruit a support staff, including assistant editors, graphic artists, and other assistants. The Editor needs to either be, or have on staff, a graphic artist with access to and experience with a computer running Quark or InDesign and the ability to export files to high resolution pdf format. Contributing authors are generally responsible for providing their own illustrations, photographs or other artwork, but it is helpful for the Editor to develop a pool of artists to assist authors if needed.

Qualifications for the position include excellent written and oral communication skills, leadership skills, the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, and strong computer skills. Professional experience in editing, design, art direction or desktop publishing and prior experience in an SCA chronicler position are desirable, but not required. The position requires approximately 20 to 35 hours per month (this includes recruiting authors, screening manuscripts, proofreading, layout, correspondence, and online reviewing). The deadlines to get the finished layout to the printer are 15 December, 15 March, 15 June, and 15 September. The issues are mailed quarterly in January, April, July, and October. Reasonable expenses are covered by the Corporation and may include: paper, printer cartridges, stamps, and a post office box. You will be asked to submit an expense report, with receipts attached, to receive reimbursement. The Editor also receives a small stipend from SCA once an issue is completed.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and within the Society, including offices held and awards received) must be sent to: SCA Inc. Attn: CA Editor Position P.O. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036-0789 Electronic copies may also be sent to resumes at sca.org. Résumés must be received by January 31st, 2015. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Gloria Woodard, Publications Manager via telephone at 804-243-6874, or via email at pubmanager at sca.org. Leslie Vaughn, President Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. president at sca.org. 602-758-0079
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Filed under: Corporate Tagged: Complete Anachronist, job opening

St. Eligius

Fri, 2014-10-10 16:14

The Barony of Dragonship Haven once again welcomes the artisans and scientists of the Kingdom to their annual St. Elegius Arts and Sciences Faire and Competition on November 15th in Meriden CT.  In addition to the arts & sciences competition, the day will include several martial activities, the Master Alexander Challenge, a hearty day board, and a dessert revel to celebrate the Barony of Dragonship Haven’s Birthday.

St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition

Viking embroidered blouse as exhibited in the AS 48 St. Elegius competition

The St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition is designed to be something like a martial tourney divided into different levels of competition based on the competitor’s skill level, and judged in a face-to-face style that is allegorical of armored combat. 

Competition levels

Each contestant declares his or her entry as belonging to one of the following levels. Entrants are allowed to choose the correct level for each entry and to enter different items at different levels. 

Novices have entered a few small competitions (or none) and feel rather inexperienced in Art and Science contests. (Analogy: Novice Tourney) Entries will further be divided into ‘New to A&S Contests’ and ‘New to the SCA’ (>3 years) at the registration table.

Artisans have entered competitions and have gotten feedback & refined their entry so it shows to best advantage. (Analogy: Cadet’s/Squire’s Tourney)

Experienced competitors have entered several local or Kingdom-wide contests. This group also includes any Laurel whose entry is anything-BUT-what-they-were-laureled-for. (Analogy: competes in King & Queen’s Champion Tourney)

Laurels & masters are either members of the Order of the Laurel entering examples of the work(s) for which they received their recognition, or any non-Laurel who chooses to enter in this group, thus they are scored on their their mastery of an art or science. (Analogy: competes in Best of the Knowne World Tourney)

Competition Rules
  1. Face-to-face scoring is the order of the day so come prepared to talk about your work. We contend that A&S contest is a form of tourney, so it’s an in-person sport. You must be present to score & be scored.
  2. Since the combatants declare the winner of a martial bout, St. Eligius entrants will score entries in their contest group: novices scoring novice entries, artisans scoring artisan entries; Laurels scoring Laurels & masters entries etc. An orientation to scoring will be available for every entrant and a consultant will be available for each group. Use them for info, but make up your own mind.
  3. Not all entries from the same person must be entered at the same level. Please limit entries to not more than 3 in a level, or 5 total. (Note: a Laurel is never a novice or an artisan, but may properly enter as Experienced Competitor for new artforms and/or as Laurel/master entering something for which they received their Laurel.)
  4. Performance entries should NOT be longer than 5 minutes for solos, or up to 10 minutes for groups.
  5. Research papers are limited to 8 pages and must be received in electronic format by the competition coordinator 2 weeks before competition (Nov 3rd). They will be read by non-contestants, but face-to-face scoring will still occur.
  6. All food, beverage, and cosmetic entries must have a full ingredients list to avoid foreseeable allergies.
  7. Works too bulky to transport may be entered using photographs and write-ups. Works-in-progress are welcome.
  8. There is no age limit on entries. Bring your best even if you made it 20+ years ago.
  9. A St. Eligius 12 Question sheet should accompany entries in this contest (strongly recommended). It is OK to say “see documentation”; and provide a more formal write-up. Any pictures of related items or extant examples should be included to help those scoring your work. Your documentation from prior competitions/displays can be included for completeness. Sources should be generally regarded as reputable and applicable to the entry.
  10. Use of smart phones or computers to show images or references or is permitted but not required. No equipment will be supplied, but you may share or borrow. NO internet access is available.

Glass beads made in a charcoal kiln as exhibited in last year’s St. Elegius competition.

Prizes will be awarded during court to the gentles achieving the highest single-entry score in each of the 5 groups: Novice 1 and Novice 2, Artisan, Experienced competitor, Laurels & masters.

Special competitions also being held concurrently.

St. Eligius 12 question sheet is NOT needed for these competitions.
Scoring is subjective on a 0 to 100 scale as shown on score sheet.

Medieval Moment

In honor of our patron, St. Eligius, we are asking that entries include a brief description of your experience of a Medieval Moment during the preparation of your project. Please describe (verbally or in writing) something that brought you closer to the artisan who originated the work you have adapted or used for inspiration. Descriptions may be written or verbal. A good story always scores well. See question # 11 in St. Eligius 12 Questions.

Master Alexander Challenge

In the spirit of Master Alexander the Younger, please enter an example of your work in an art that is new to you within the last year. New techniques within the art that you already practice do not count (i.e. glassblowing to enameling of blown glass beakers is an expansion of a skill, not a new-to-you art form.) Scoring will be only on the entry’s meeting the criteria of the art being new to you, and not on full documentation or mastery of the art. Minimal documentation of methods and how this is new to you is required. The intent is to give a supportive venue for trying new arts without the rigors of open competition. The prize is will be chosen and presented by Lady Cassandra de Matisse or her representative.

Artisan’s Progress

Display 3-5 examples of your work showing how your skill has progressed over the years. Works should include something from very early in your career (even if that was last week). Works may (but need not) be entered for individual scores. This competition is a chance to show your development as an artisan. Documentation should be very brief with rough dates of completion.

SCA Kluge:

Bring your best non-period items with a medieval flair (e.g. camp furniture, phone holder, lawn ornament) for recognition in this category.

Populace Choice:

Vote with beans for your favorite entry. Most beans wins.

Baron’s Choice:

Catch the Baron’s eye and gain his praise and a prize.

Beyond the Arts and Sciences Competition

Those artists and scientists who prefer not to be involved in scoring and being scored are warmly encouraged to DISPLAY their works for the delight and amazement of the populace. Please consider showing your works and let us see what you’re up to! Works-in-progress are welcome.

Those with a more martial inclination are well-provided with activities during the day as well.  List fields for both armored and rapier combat will be available and the Barony of Dragonship Haven will be holding tournaments to choose their new Champions in both disciplines.

Filed under: Events Tagged: Arts and Sciences, champions, Dragonship Haven, events

Period or Not…Names

Fri, 2014-10-10 08:00

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 Liam.

Liam has long been a problem name for the heralds.  Many people assume
it is medieval, but in fact we have no evidence of its being used as a
given name in the medieval or Renaissance era.  Nor has there been any
evidence of its being a period nickname for “William.”  The closest
thing to Liam we have found so far in an Irish context is a woman
named Joan nyne Lyeme (in other words, Joan daughter of Lyeme) in an
Anglicized Irish record from the era of Elizabeth I.[1]

However, for people determined to have the name Liam (such as certain
Peers of my long acquaintance), we have found a way to make it
registerable.  As I have discussed a few times in these articles,
there is an established a pattern of using late 16th century English
surnames as given names.[2]  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.

We do have evidence of a woman with the surname Liam who was married
in Cambridge, England in 1592.[3]  Because the pattern of using 16th
century English surnames as given names actually existed in period,
evidence of Liam as an English surname permits registration of Liam as
an English given name.  As it is considered an English name, it can be
used with an Irish or Scottish surname.

[1]  The Fourteenth Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records
in Ireland (https://archive.org/details/reportofdeputyke1416irel),
entry 4539.

[2]  September 2012 Cover Letter

[3]  Joana Liam; Female; Marriage; 1592; Elsworth, Cambridge, England;
Batch: M13053-1 ((https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NJ1W-6MF).

Filed under: Heraldry