East Kingdom Gazette
Covering the Eastern Realm of the SCA
Updated: 14 min 48 sec ago
On August 31st, Carolingia invites all comers to sack the barony by trying to win the prizes from numerous tourneys. In celebration of the one year anniversary of Baron Fergus and Baroness Imigla, Baronial Champions will be chosen for archery, arts & sciences, fencing, heavy list, performance and thrown weapons. All competitors are welcome regardless of whether or not they want to be baronial champions.
The site is a lovely building located on acres of conservation land. The A&S competition will be held indoors along with dancing. Outdoors will be all the martial and performance competitions. Inspections for the martial competitions will begin at 11:30. A continuous day board will be served throughout the vents.
For more information, see the event announcement at http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.html?eid=2469
Filed under: Events Tagged: events
It’s been more than a year since kingdom newsletter began to be distributed electronically. Many people have adopted them enthusiastically, but it’s still a challenge for some. While the option to receive a printed newsletter remains available, it is seen as prohibitively expensive, or simply not a good value for their dollars by some members.
The cost of a sustaining membership currently stands at $45 per year. Adding a printed copy of the kingdom newsletter will raise that an additional $35, bringing the total to $80 per year. Predictably many people have decided the electronic newsletter is sufficient.
The July publication statistics report, made available to the Kingdom Chroniclers, shows just under 1200 individual downloads for the East, as compared to a total of approximately 400 paper copies still being sent out.
However, confusion remains among the populace regarding subscriptions. The change to electronic newsletters was widely publicized in the months prior to their debut, as people with existing paper subscriptions were urged to voluntarily discontinue the paper delivery. This naturally represented a cost-saving for the Society at a financially troubled time. No good statistics have been published regarding how many members chose to do that right away, as compared to the number whose existing memberships have subsequently expired, and who have now renewed under the new terms.
The on-line membership form explains clearly that the subscription included with a Sustaining Membership is electronic, and is obtained by visiting the newsletter download site (http://enewsletter.sca.org/), but the paper renewal form is far less clear.
There are also monthly emails that remind subscribers when a new issue is available, but members who renew by mail rather than on-line may never have provided their email address to Membership Services. Or the emails may be falling prey to a zealous spam filter.
There appear to be a substantial number of gentles who have paid for their membership, and who sit grumbling as the weeks pass and they receive nothing in their mailboxes, physical or electronic. To assist those gentles, the Gazette staff thought it would be useful to provide a reminder about how to get your newsletters.
You’ll start by visiting the newsletter web site: http://enewsletter.sca.org
There you’ll be greeted with a login screen. You’ll need your membership number and password. (The initial password is the word “start”, all lower case. It is recommended that you change the password to something more secure the first time you use the site.)
Once you’ve provided that you’ll see a screen with a list of all the publications available. This is a veritable treasure trove, as you can access not only the Pikestaff, but the newsletters of all the Kingdoms, and the Board of Directors meeting minutes. Click on the name of the Kingdom or other publication you want, and on the next screen you’ll see all the newsletters for that Kingdom, all the way back to the first electronic issues in March of 2012.
If you have difficulty accessing the site, there are a couple of things that may be wrong.
However, if you paid your $45 for a sustaining membership, or your $56 for an international membership, and can’t access the site, your next step should be to contact Membership Services to check the status of your membership: You can find all the contact information on the SCA web site: http://www.sca.org/members/MbrSvcsStaff.html They will be able to help you get access to the newsletters.
Filed under: Corporate Tagged: Newsletter
The Great Hall at Pennsic 42 was filled with kingdom banners, tables of artisans displaying their skills, and the buzz of the crowds. Here and there intriguing items poked above the heads of the spectators: a large painting. Dresses displayed on mannequins. A folding German clothes closet. Welcome to the Known World A&S Display.
The East was well represented in a wide variety of skills on display. On the culinary front, Galefridus Peregrinus sat behind a number of small dishes of olives cured from different period recipes. Judith bas Rabbi Mendel talked to visitors about how the contents of the Jewish seder plate changed throughout SCA period.
Glass, ceramics, and metalworking were also represented by several Easterners. Bronwen Rose of Greyling’s table was covered with tiny enameled medallions in vibrant colors and exquisite detail. Elizabeth Underhill’s Anglo-Saxon glass bead replicas were beautifully displayed next to their documentation, while Brunisette la Dragonette showed off several examples of her pottery. A few tables away, Nest verch Tangwystl sat behind her lace working display. At the back of the hall, one table was bare except for a little card that read “Erec l’Claire / East Kingdom / Kufenschrank (Behind you). A large wooden free-standing closet was, in fact, behind you. Erec L’Claire stood nearby, ready to discuss the cleverly constructed box that held his garb at Pennsic and yet folded flat into a car.
Wandering the room, one’s eye was instantly caught by Naomi bat Avraham’s boiled linseed experiment. Any documentation that starts off with “Trial 1: Catastrophic Failure” combined with a picture of a pot in flames is a definite attention-getter. Her project involved boiling linseed oil down and mixing it with lampblack for a period printing ink. Linseed oil can be temperamental stuff, though, and the first batch appears to have burned merrily. She had samples of the finished oil on display alongside vials of commercial calligraphy ink and commercial linseed oil for comparison.
Some highlights from other kingdoms (pictured below, clockwise from top) included Lady Sigrid the Beadmaker’s giant silk banner of a late period-style map of Northern Drachenwald in intricate detail, examples of Italian tin-glazed pottery by Matilda Hanscombe (Middle), a wooden wheelbarrow by Atlantia’s Sigrid Briansdottir, and Opus Anglicanum embroidery by Baroness Janina Krakowska (Atlantia).
Vivant to the Artisans of the Known World!
The Gazette gratefully acknowledges Elinor Strangewayes who submitted this article and provided all of the photographs included herein.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences, Pennsic Tagged: a&s, pennsic42