AEthelmearc Gazette

Syndicate content The Æthelmearc Gazette
Covering the Kingdom of Æthelmearc of the SCA
Updated: 5 min 47 sec ago

This is a Marathon Not a Sprint: A Love Letter to the SCA Newbie

Tue, 2018-02-20 15:35

As you attend your first events and marvel at all the wonders this society provides you- keep a few thoughts close to your heart.

Firstly, you don’t have to rush, there’s time to relax and I encourage you to relax often. There’s no need to choose a name today, and it doesn’t matter what you wear so long as you are happy. Most importantly you don’t need to define who you want to be, use this time to explore who you can be. Take years if you want and try everything, let no person tell you who you are!

This society is a wondrous entity with something for everyone. Don’t worry if your “thing” isn’t obvious in the beginning − that’s ok.

Secondly, try something new and scary! There is more to the SCA than can be imagined at first glance. At your fingertips there are fighting, the arts, and the sciences. While you’re learning, takes notes, you’ll never know when someone will want that knowledge. Don’t be afraid to speak up, no matter how new you are, YOUR voice matters. Like everywhere in life, there will be people you love and some you can’t stand. Wherever individuals fall on that scale and no matter what title they hold, treat all your fellow SCAdians with respect and expect nothing less than the same.

Thirdly, be cautious with your words and actions. As life has taught us, words hold weight and actions cannot be undone. We all make mistakes; to be human is to err, but remember: when mistakes inevitably happen, be honest, own up, and never be afraid to reach out. Your fellow SCAdians have all been new to the society at one time in their lives, from Kings and Queens to merchants and teachers and all of us in between. We know it can get overwhelming and we are all here for you, rooting for you.  All of us from every part of the Known World want you here, we want you to enjoy yourself and to grow within the society for that purpose. Your local Chatelaine is an ocean of knowledge, a fantastic guide through your first days, and any questions you have that they can’t answer, they definitely know a member who can.

Lastly, speaking for all of us, if ever you need, we are here.

Yours in Service.

Lady Syele Pfeifferin

Categories: SCA news sites

A Missive about Pennsic from the Society Chatelaine

Mon, 2018-02-19 21:05

Greetings!

Pennsic is rapidly approaching and we are starting to work on some plans to make it an even better experience for any newcomers in attendance. We are reaching out to all of the Chatelaines who will be attending Pennsic, for we need your help to again implement our ideas.

We are going to once again have a dedicated Newcomers track of classes. It will be open and available to newcomers during Pennsic, at a location that is easy to find at the center of activity. Newcomers can take classes geared towards newer members and learning about the SCA and/or ask questions. Right now we are looking to first fill the time slots of 10 am – 5 pm from the Thursday of Peace Week through Wednesday of War Week (8/2/17 – 8/8/17) for Newcomer oriented classes. If we can fill those time slots, we can open up additional days and hours. I have already scheduled a couple of classes, and we are in the process of scheduling a Newcomer’s Social/Ask a Chatelaine Q & A Session, but that leaves many time slots that we need to fill with classes. And that is where you all come in. We need your help to assist with teaching classes.

You don’t need to be a Chatelaine to teach a newcomers class. These classes will need to be registered through Pennsic University like any other class being taught at Pennsic, but on the special request/accommodation part of the form, you will need to fill in “Please schedule this as part of the “Newcomer Track” in the tent set aside for newcomers (tent 19).” We are specifically looking for classes geared toward individuals who are new to the SCA. This is less about offering classes on beginner A&S topics, because individuals can seek those types of classes out on their own if they are interested, and more about helping newcomers to get acclimated and interested in the SCA. For example, a couple of years ago there was a class specifically about Pennsic and what was offered there for newcomers (and it included a guided tour). Another great class could be a guide to how court works. These are just some suggestions, but we really do need your experience and excitement about the SCA to make this a success. We are also looking for classes specific to Chatelaines and training or discussion groups. They could also be booked in the same tent. So if you have any interest in teaching some classes designed to help Chatelaines, that would be fantastic!

We are also going to have a dedicated Newcomers’ Point. Our goal is to have a place that is open and available to newcomers, where they can feel comfortable and learn more about the event and the SCA in general. Newcomers’ Point will be a set place where Newcomers can come to ask questions or get information about the SCA and/or Pennsic. We will also be able to help Newcomers get involved with their local group after Pennsic. It will be located under the same tent as the Pennsic Watch, and we will need your help staffing the tent. Please consider having your Kingdom sponsor a day of volunteering at Newcomers Point. We will be posting more about volunteer opportunities as it gets closer.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at chatelaine@sca.org. Let’s work together to make this Pennsic amazingly special for newcomers!

In Service,
Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna
Society Chatelaine

Categories: SCA news sites

A Request for Assistance in Tragedy

Mon, 2018-02-19 09:01

Great friends and fellow SCAdians have been struck by devastation. If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated.

The home of Malys MacGregor, Lady Sophia von Konstanz, Lady Ysabeau du St. Wandrielle, and Lord Derek Fairhair has been struck with tragedy. Anything helps. Thank you all.

https://www.gofundme.com/gmtd6-family-displaced-in-house-fire

~Reinert der Spinner
Mountain Confederation

Categories: SCA news sites

New Accessibility Icon in Event Announcements & Calendar

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:51

Greetings unto Æthemearc!

There is an important update to our new icon for wheelchair accessibility, as per Duke Christopher, Kingdom Seneschal:

The inclusion of the accessibility icon MAY be done IF, and ONLY IF the site is ADA compliant. The site owner will have to tell the autocrat if the site is ADA compliant. If the site owner does not know if the site is compliant, then, we should not be including the accessibility icon.

Individual autocrats should not make a determination as to whether a site is going to be accessible, or not, based solely on their discretion. We will include the icon only on those site that are known to be ADA compliant by the person renting the site to us.

This update also means the icons for accessibility will switch to the following meanings:

Wheelchair icon – ADA Compliant for Accessibility

Wheelchair icon with “do not” slash – Not ADA Compliant for Accessibility / Not Able to Confirm ADA Compliance for Accessibility

Additional information regarding site accessibility can be added when filling out the online Event Announcement Form (or Update Form), and will appear underneath the icons area on an event announcement. Examples of this could be (but are not limited to):

  • “indoor site level, but 3 steps to entrance”
  • “bathroom stalls are narrow”
  • “spaces between tables in great hall will not be wide enough for wheelchairs to pass”
  • “outside ground is uneven with no paved paths”
  • “site is 2 stories – elevator is broken; event will be on main floor, vigil will take place downstairs”
  • “no accessible port-o-castles will be available”
  • “accessible port-o-castles will be available on-site (including times that clubhouse is closed)”

If an autocrat submits an event where the ADA Compliance is answered “Yes”, the Kingdom Events Coordinator will send an email to the autocrat to confirm that this information is true as per the site owner.

We will be contacting autocrats who have submitted events since we instituted the accessibility icon to ensure we have information that reflects this update.

Please remember, the Kingdom and its web-team cannot be held responsible for any misinformation provided on the announcement form. We can only relay information submitted, in good faith, to the events calendar.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this update, please feel free to contact me or Duke Christopher. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to improve our event announcement icon system.

In service,
Amalie
Æ Webminister

Categories: SCA news sites

Spring Crown Tournament

Mon, 2018-02-12 16:23

Greetings unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc,

We have announced the format of the spring Crown Tournament in the March issue of the Æstel, which now is available at the SCA.org website.

The Kingdom newsletters of all Kingdoms in the SCA are facing challenges, with few members making the small effort to look in them.

In an effort to encourage everybody to find their login information to the SCA newsletter portal, and actually look in the Kingdom’s official publication, we hope that sharing the text on social media be held off for a little while.

It would be a good thing if Our members use this opportunity to get familiar with how to access the online newsletters!

The link to the newsletter is: https://members.sca.org/apps/#SignIn

If you have any problems with this, please use the information on that web site to help you, or contact Our dear Chronicler, Lady Aine O’Muirghesan, as she will be very happy to assist in solving your issues, at ae.chronicler@aethelmearc.org.

We hope you have some understanding for why We choose to do this.

In Service,
Sven and Siobhan, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc

Categories: SCA news sites

Pen vs Sword VI – Point Taken!

Sun, 2018-02-11 21:17

A Date has been chosen for Pen vs. Sword VI in the Shire of Angel’s Keep!  March 17, 2018

A Site has been found!  Auburn United Methodist Church

Food is being provided!

Now all we need are TEACHERS!!

If you can teach a class related to the Scribal Arts, the Art of the Rapier, or Heraldry, we would love to have you teach at our event. We have plenty of classrooms, and a new list area in the basement of the church.

Please contact me, Moniczka Poznanska, by email, moniczkap@verizon.net, on Facebook as Moniczka Poznanska, or by phone at 315-515-3086.

We have 5 classes already, but would love to have more! Can Rapier classes finally outnumber Scribal classes??

Come join us and find out!!

YIS

Moniczka
Class coordinator

Categories: SCA news sites

Ice Dragon 2018 – announcement

Fri, 2018-02-09 15:15

Greetings from the Rhydderich Hael. With the passing of His Lordship Wolfgang Starcke the Barony has suffered a great loss, not only of a good friend, but also of the long standing autocrat of Ice Dragon. To that end, at this time I am officially assuming the role of autocrat for Ice Dragon 2018. Lady Genevieve O’Connor has willing agreed to act as my deputy autocrat. There is a lot of work to be done in a very short time but we have a strong Barony and good people, and I am confident in our success.

Over the next few days I will be reaching out to my staff and getting up to speed on where we are in the planning process. I also encourage staff to reach out to me day or night. I will be looking to fill several staff positions that I believe are still vacant and will provide more information on that soon. I have already received multiple offers of help, and I thank each and every person for their offer of service.

Several people have asked about reservations. For event and salon reservations, please continue to send reservations to Her Ladyship Katerine Starcke. She has willingly agreed to continue in this role. If you already sent in a reservation and have concerns about it, please contact Her Ladyship or myself with your questions. Please send merchant reservations and questions to Lord Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd , and Pent questions to Mistress Cori. All contact information is available on the event website site (link provided below).

Ice Dragon 2018 website

Facebook event page

I will continue to provide updates as we move forward. If people have any questions or concerns please contact me.

E-mail: midlandlrp@hotmail.com or magnusofnarnia@gmail.com

Facebook: Lance Magnus Kazmark

Phone/text: 716-475-0966 (texts will get a faster response)

Thank you all for your understand and patience, and see everyone at Ice Dragon!

Magnus de Lyons

Categories: SCA news sites

Court Report: Debatable Lands Twelfth Night

Mon, 2018-02-05 16:49

The Court Report of their Sylvan Majesties Gareth and Juliana on the celebration of Twelfth Night in their Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on the 13th day of January, A.S. LII. Their Majesties sat in court with their Heirs Sven and Siobhan and Their Excellencies Brandubh and Hildarun of the Debatable Lands. Maighstir Uilliam MacantSaoir, Sycamore Herald reporting, assisted by Lord Ronan O’Connal, Lord Takamatsu Gentorou Yoshitaka, Master Kieran MacRae – Comet Pursuivant, and Mistress Ekaterina Volkova – Ice Dragon Pursuivant.

Baroness Graidhne is sent to vigil.

Their Majesties opened court in the morning, calling Baroness Graidhne ni Ruaidh. Their Majesties asked Baroness Graidhne if it was her wish to continue consideration of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel, Baroness Graidhne affirmed her wishes. The Order of the Laurel was called forth and given charge to take Baroness Graidhne to her vigil. Their Majesties court was suspended.

Their Majesties continued their court in the evening, giving leave to Their Excellencies Brandubh and Hildarun to continue their court.

Their Majesties continued their court by thanking everyone for attending and thanking the staff of the event for putting together such a great day.

Their Majesties asked for the presence of Lady Alethea Cowle and Lord Ulf Halfdansson to come forward for a task. Their Majesties then called for all children present to come forward. Their Majesties sent Alethea and Ulf off to hide the toybox and then sent the children to find them.

The children wait for the countdown to hunt for the toy chest.

Their Majesties asked all newcomers present to come forward, one lone gentle came forward and was given a drinking vessel by Their Majesties so that he could have something to drink from when he returns for his next event.

Their Majesties then summoned His Lordship Finn Marland O’Shannon, His Lordship Finn has been on a quest to seek his worthiness to return to wearing his livery as a member of the Chivalry. He came forward to swear is fealty to the crown and to ask that the Ladies of the Rose set him with  a quest to determine his worthiness.

THLord Finn swears fealty.

Their Majesties had the following read into the Court Record: Their Majesties have been informed by the Society Seneschal that the request of the Canton of Steltonwald to make the lateral change to the status of Shire had been approved.

Their Majesties called for the autocrats of the event, Her Ladyship Muirgheal inghen Dubhghaill and Lady Kathryn Täntzel. Their Majesties gave leave for the autocrats to address the populace and thank them for coming, and thank the staff of the event for their assistance.

THLady Muirgheal thanks the populace for attending the event.

Master Urho Waltterinen was called forward by Their Majesties. Master Urho ran the cookie competition for the day. Master Urho then read the list of cookie champions for Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, Their Excellencies, The King and Queen of Misrule and the populace.

Their Majesties again asked for the presence of Lady Alethea Cowle. Lady Alethea asked for permission to address the populace, she then thanked everyone who donated to Paladin’s Pantry. The food will be donated to a local food pantry for food insecure individuals and families.

Lady Alethea thanks the populace for their donations to Paladin’s Pantry.

Their Majesties requested the presence of Jasmine of Clan Tarn (Tuchux). Their Majesties spoke of how Jasmine had become indispensable to the youth fighters of the Barony-Marche and of the Kingdom. So they saw fit to award her Arms and make her a Lady of the Court. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Jasmine of Tarn Clan receives an AoA.

Their Majesties then summoned Nichola Beese, Their Majesties commented on her beautiful costuming work, her work in the fiber and scribal arts, her performance with the Debatable Choir, and her work in kitchens as a herald, and as a royal retainer. Their Majesties are pleased by this and do award her Arms and make her a Lady of the Court. Scroll illuminated by THL Luceta DiCosimo calligraphed by Mistress Hrefna in heppna Thorgrimsdottir.

Nichola Beese receives an AoA.

Their Majesties requested the presence of Sean of Hahvabier. Their Majesties recognize his work as an unofficial chatelaine, welcoming newcomers into the society, courtesy, hospitality and largesse for his donation of his brewing to the Kingdom party at Pennsic. For these works, Their Majesties saw fit to award Sean Arms and make him a Lord of the
Court. Scroll by Countess Anna Leigh.

Sean of Hahvabier receives an AoA.

Their Majesties called for Lady Elizabeth von Stahlgeist. Their Majesties noted that they have seen good work from Lady Elizabeth as a caretaker of children, heavy marshal, assisting the MOL staff and teacher, all of this work has occurred since Lady Elizabeth was very young. With her hard work in mind, Their Majesties saw fit to name her to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Ashling Na Ngleannta’n.

Lady Elizabeth receives a Keystone.

Lord Robert MacEwan of Thornhill and his mother, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, were summoned by Their Majesties. Their Majesties have watched the good work of Robert, assisting with the children’s toy box, as a retainer, guard and his work at helping set up and tear down events. For these reasons, Their Majesties added Lord Robert to the Order of the Keystone. Mistress Arianna was called forth to give Robert a Keystone
medallion worn by his father, Master Johan von Traubenberg. Scroll by Lady Nichola Beese.

Lord Robert receives a Keystone.

Their Majesties asked for the presence of Lady Ceindrich verch Elidir and Lady Elizabeth Parker. Their Majesties remarked on the service that Lady Ceindrich does on the youth field as a marshal, her work as a scribe and her work as a Chirurgeon. Their Majesties commented on Lady Elizabeth’s work at Disability Point at Pennsic, and her work in the Chatelaine’s office in the Barony-Marche. For these reasons, Their Majesties chose to induct them both into their Order of the Keystone. Maighstir Liam passed on his Keystone medallion to Lady Elizabeth, his protégé. Scroll Illuminated for Lady Ceindrich by Marcia Melia of Sable Maul, calligraphy by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix. Scroll for Lady Elizabeth by Lady Rachel Delicieux.

Lady Ceindrech and Lady Elizabeth receive Keystones.

Their Majesties wished the presence of the Debatable Choir. Their Majesties are quite impressed with the service that the Debatable Choir does for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc through song. Their Majesties felt it right to induct the Debatable Choir into the Order of the Keystone. Illumination by Baron Caleb Reynolds, calligraphy by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

The Debatable Choir is inducted into the Keystone.

Their Majesties called for Lady Aranwen verch Rhys ap Gwalter. Their Majesties have heard many tales of the work that Lady Aranwen makes largesse for the royalty to give away. They have also heard that Lady Aranwen is very courteous and welcoming to everyone that she meets. With the good words they have received, Their Majesties added her to the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll illuminated by Lady Rivka bat Daniel, Calligraphy by THL Shirin of Susa.

Lady Aranwen receives a Cornelian.

Their Majesties requested their guards be ready as the demanded the presence of Master Creador Twynedragon. The guard escorted Creador in front of the thrones. Their Majesties commented that Master Creador was very sneaky. He sneaks into kitchens of new cooks and long-time cooks to see if they need help and reassures them on what a good job they are doing. For these reasons, Their Majesties inducted Master Creador into the Order of the Cornelian. Scroll illuminated by Edana the Red, calligraphed by Lady Nichola Beese.

Master Creador, surrounded by guards, receives a Cornelian.

Their Majesties asked for the presence of Lord Markus Skalpr Grimmson. Their Majesties had great words about how Lord Markus defends the Kingdom on the fencing field and his strong fencing in tournaments. Lord Markus also takes time to teach new fencers and work as a fencing marshal. Their Majesties then called for Their Noble Order of the White Scarf. Lord Markus was presented with his White Scarf and inducted into the Order. Scroll illuminated by THL Pippi and calligraphed by Mistress Isabelle de Boyce.

Lord Markus is inducted into the White Scarf.

Their Majesties then called for Lady Edana the Red. Their Majesties spoke of Lady Edana’s illumination. Their Majesties were also impressed with her pewter casting work. Their Majesties stated that there was another group who were impressed by her work. Their Majesties then called for Their Noble Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc and inducted Edana the Red into the order. Scroll illuminated by Lady Abigail Kellogg, calligraphed by Lady Ashling Na Ngleannta’n.

Lady Edana receives a Fleur.

Their Majesties asked for the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc to remain and then called for Lady Shirin of Susa. Their Majesties spoke of the beautiful works of art that Lady Shirin produces to be given to the many worthy people in the Sylvan Kingdom as part of their award. So without hesitation Their Majesties saw fit to induct Lady Shirin into the Noble order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Scroll by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Lady Shirin receives a Fleur.

Their Majesties then summoned Mistress Antoinette de la Croix. Their Majesties exclaimed that Mistress Antoinette had done great work at organizing the office of the Signet and assuring that the many worthy people of Æthelmearc received beautiful pieces of art from the illuminators and scribes of Their Great Kingdom. Their Majesties had received word that others from Their Kingdom would also wish to speak to her regarding her great service. Their Majesties called for Their Most Noble Order of the Pelican. Their Majesties brought forth a Writ for Mistress Antoinette to take counsel from the Order and return with an answer at a time of her choosing. Scroll by Her Ladyship Shirin of Susa.

Mistress Antoinette receives a Writ for the Pelican.

Their Majesties called for Baroness Graidhne na Ruaidh. After Baroness Graidhne had entered the court, his Majesty presented her with a stool, made by his hand that she could use for court and furthermore to continue to make scrolls for the kingdom. Their Majesties then called forth Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Once the order had sought their comfort before Their Majesties, a young fairy arose from the crowd asking that Baroness Graidhne be seized and that the fairy court be called for to judge her for crimes against the fairy kind. Seeing that this caused a significant amount of distress, Their Majesties called forth the fairy court.

“King Oberon” and his herald hold fairy court.

His Majesty King Oberon asked his fair cousins to continue his court for the sake of prosecuting this woman, Baroness Graidhne for impersonating the arts of the fairy kind. A prosecutor came forth listing her crimes against the fairy kind and rebuttal was given from Baroness Graidhne’s court-appointed defense. The defense attorney asked for character witnesses, King Oberon called forth the Brownies who had been spying on Baroness Graidhne at her vigil, but they had all been eaten.

Mistress Graidhne is inducted into the Laurel.

King Oberon asked Their Majesties of Æthelmearc if there were any mortal witnesses to speak for this woman, statements were given by a Royal Peer, A member of the Order of the Pelican, and of the Chivalry, and of the Order of Defense, and of the Laurel. King Oberon, hearing this mortal testimony, felt that he had heard enough to pronounce Baroness Graidhne innocent of crimes against the fairy kind and she was presented with a scroll as a statement of her innocence (Scroll by THL Luceta di Cosimo), King Oberon then asked Their Majesties to have Baroness Graidhne marked in some way that she would not be confused with the fairy kind, and Their Majesties agreed to do so.

King Oberon’s court was then suspended, and the fairy court disappeared into the mists. Their Majesties continued and called for Regalia so that Baroness Graidhne might be shown in her new station and her scroll was read into the court record. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope (Fairy Court organized by THL Luceta di Cosimo and I Genesii).

With the Most Noble Order of the Laurel still present, Their Majesties called for His Lordship Madoc Arundel. Their Majesties exclaimed that Madoc has mastered great worked of art in the brewing community and that he has shared these great works with the populace of Æthelmearc for some time. Their Majesties stated that they are very happy with his work and so too is the Order of the Laurel. Their Majesties then gave THL Madoc a writ to sit vigil at a time of his choosing to contemplate entry into Their Most Noble Order of the Laurel. (Scroll by Baroness Graidhne). The Order was then
dismissed.

THLord Madoc Arundel receives a Writ for the Laurel.

Their Majesties then called for Earl Byron of Haverford and Master Anais  Fenne. At coronation these two gentles had petitioned to start a Moneyers Guild within the Kingdom of Æthelmearc. Their Majesties had considered the petition and gave their permission for the Moneyers Guild to move forward.

Their Majesties called forth Lady Ashling Na Ngleannta’n. Her Majesty commented that Lady Ashling had spent a better part of the day in the Royalty Room working on scrolls so that they may be ready for their court. Her Majesty also stated that Lady Ashling had great excitement through the day as she learned new things and taught some artistic trick of her own. This inspired Her Majesty and Lady Ashling was given the Golden Escarbuncle as Queen’s Inspiration of the day.

Lady Ashling receives a Golden Escarbuncle.

Their Majesties then thanked the populace for sharing such a wonderful day in celebration of Twelfth Night.

Their Majesties’ Court was closed.

A short time later, Their Majesties asked that Court be reopened. Their Majesties had  received word that a friend to many, Duke Kenric aet Wessex of the East Kingdom, had been missing and that search efforts had been suspended. Their Majesties, joined by Their Highnesses, asked for a moment of silence for Duke Kenric.

Their Majesties’ Court was again closed.

In Service,
Maighstir Uilliam MacantSaoir – OP
Sycamore Herald

All photos courtesy of Lady Aine ny Allane.

Categories: SCA news sites

From the Kingdom and Society Seneschals

Sat, 2018-02-03 18:48

Forwarded by request of Duke Christopher, Æthelmearc Seneschal, from the Society Seneschal:

To all Kingdom Seneschals,

I want you to alert all of your officers (Kingdom and local group officers) that DOXXING (i.e. posting personal information/contact information/political information about individuals) is a violation of the SCA Code of Conduct and the Anti-Bullying and Harassment policy. DOXXING is also against the law in California and a number of other jurisdictions; furthermore, DOXXING may likewise be actionable as an Invasion of Privacy which may result in a civil suit and money damages. Please convey to all of your officers at both the Kingdom and local group level that any officer or agent of the SCA found to be DOXXING is subject to termination from their office.

Additionally, I am instructing all Kingdom Seneschals and their deputies to obtain screen-shots of instances of DOXXING by any participant as this cannot be tolerated.

Everyone needs to contemplate the consequences of their actions. I know that there is a lot of anger and frustration over the events of the past week; however, as officers and agents of the SCA, we must act in accordance with the very foundations of this organization: courtesy, honor, chivalry and respect. We are and should be held to a higher standard and yet, there are allegations that at least one officer took part in DOXXING.

We have a responsibility to be leaders– to be part of a solution and not part of the problem, even when the fog of division, discord and blame make it hard to see what is truly important to us all.  It is times like these when we need to pull together, rally around what is good about our Society and lead by example. Even when the world appears bereft of courtesy, honor, chivalry and respect, we need to be an example of these virtues.

Very truly yours,
A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.
Society Seneschal

Categories: SCA news sites

Court Report: Fasching

Fri, 2018-02-02 13:12

Here continues the Record of the Reign of Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Sylvan Æthelmearc at Fasching, November 25, AS 52, in Their Barony of Endless Hills; as recorded by Lord Arias Beltran del Valle, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald. 

Her Majesty Juliana gave leave to Verdi and Fiona, Baron and Baroness of the Endless Hills, to hold their Baronial court.

Be it known: On November 25, 2017 do We, Gareth and Juliana, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, expel Matthew Gibson, known in the Society as Tegrinus de Rhina, from participation in any SCA activity.

Her Majesty then called forward Romey Feuerherrts to attend Her. Romey was then tasked with conveying the children’s toy chest away from the Royal Presence so the children of the Kingdom might be entertained during the court. Having given Romey the traditional head start, the children were then sent to find her and their reward.

Her Majesty then invited forward all those who were attending their first event and, as has become Their tradition, gave each a drinking vessel that they may be better equipped to attend events in the Society in the future.

Lady Valgerdr inn Rosti was summoned before Her Majesty. Word of Lady Valgerdr’s work as the co-autocrat for events and logistical support, and her time spent retaining for the Kingdom and the Barony, had reached Their Majesties’ ears, and so did They think it right to name her a companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Kadlin Sigvalda Kohna.

Her Majesty then summoned to Her Lady Julianna Woolworth. Her work in cooking and pickling different foods was on display even that day as she labored in the kitchens to provide plenty of tasty food for those attending the Fasching event. For her efforts was she named to the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll illumination by Lady Shirin of Susa and calligraphy by Isabella Montoya.

Lord Tufa Die Munthus was called to appear before Her Majesty after Her business with his lady was concluded. He, too, had labored long and hard in the kitchens that day, and was also known for brewing his own cordials and meads. So was he made to be counted amongst the order of the Sycamore. Scroll illumination by Gillian McGill De Verona and calligraphy by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix.

Her Majesty bade him stay a moment longer. Having seen his work in the kitchens that day, and his tireless efforts to make the event entertaining (and tasty!) for all, She did name him Her inspiration for the day and awarded him a Golden Escarbuncle.

Her Majesty then thanked those scribes present who had contributed to those works handed out this day, and called for the populace to crusade with Their Majesties and represent Their lands at Gulf Wars in the coming year.

There being no further business before Them, the Court of Her Majesty was then concluded.

Photos courtesy of Lady Christina Mary Lowe, aka Jinx.

Categories: SCA news sites

Call for Applicants for SCA Board Communications Officer

Tue, 2018-01-30 06:13

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. is seeking candidates for the position of Board Communications Officer, which will be a 3-year warranted term of service. The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for external and internal communications from the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers.

Key Responsibilities

* Create and curate posts, press releases, and official announcements from the SCA Board of Directors and the its officers.
* Ensure the consistency of messaging internally and externally.

Qualifications

* Experience in communications in an organization; nonprofit a plus.
* Proficient in WordPress and some knowledge of HTML preferred.
* Copywriting and editing ability.
* Expertise with social media and networking sites.

Candidate Profile

* A passion for, and commitment to, effective communication within the SCA.
* Organized, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize multiple projects.
* Outgoing, energetic, and accepting personality.
* Internet/Telephone access

Applicants must be paid members of the Society and able to travel to board meetings as requested by the Board.

Hard copies of résumés (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) must be sent to the attention of ‘Communications Officer’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to resumes@sca.org.

The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2018.

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.

Categories: SCA news sites

Request for Commentary – New SCA Mission Statement

Mon, 2018-01-29 15:05

Currently open for commentary is a proposal to expand the Society’s Mission Statement.

The Mission Statement currently reads as follows:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA) is an international organization devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, employing knowledge of history to enrich participants’ lives and the lives of others through events, demonstrations, and other educational venues.

The proposed revision reads as follows:

The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (the “Society”) is a 501(c)3 Educational Not-for-Profit organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  As a living history group, the Society provides an environment in which members can recreate various aspects of the culture and technology of the period, as well as doing more traditional historical research.

The Society’s mission is to promote the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century life, employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants and others through live events and other educational venues.

In pursuing this mission, the Society is committed to excellence in its programs and activities and to

∙ act in accordance with the chivalric virtues of honor and service;
∙ value and respect the worth and dignity of all individuals;
∙ practice inclusiveness and respect pluralism and diversity;
∙ promote a safe and respectful environment for all Society events;
∙ act with transparency, fairness, integrity and honesty;
∙ be a responsible steward of Society resources; and,
∙ be committed to maintaining the trust of its members and participants.

It is the expectation of the Society that its members and participants, in all events and activities of the Society, will conduct themselves in accordance with these tenets.

****

Comments may also be emailed to comments@lists.sca.org. Please use “Mission Statement” in the subject line. Comments may also be mailed to the attention of ‘Attn: Mission Statement’, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789.

Commentary will be accepted until April 1, 2018.
 
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.

Categories: SCA news sites

SCA Board Statement on Hate Speech

Mon, 2018-01-29 13:14

The Society for Creative Anachronism strongly condemns hate speech in any form by any officers and participants of this organization. The SCA was founded on and continues to be governed by the concepts of chivalry and honor, and strives to include and be respectful of all people, regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and politics. All participants are reminded of and expected to hold to these principles in participating in this organization and interacting with other people in person and in all forums, regardless of media.

The Board of Directors has heard the concerns of many people regarding the use of hate symbols in the SCA. The Board is concerned about this matter and has tasked the President of the SCA to immediately investigate. The President has the full confidence of the Board, and the Board will act as necessary to protect the participants of the SCA and to ensure that chivalry, honor, and respect for all continue to govern the organization.

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.

Categories: SCA news sites

Memorial Service for Eric Belser (THL Wolfgang Starcke)

Sun, 2018-01-28 15:26

There will be two memorial services for Eric Belser. The first one will be held on Saturday, February 3 at the Wrights Corners Fire Company at 4043 Lake Avenue, Lockport, NY.

The memorial service will begin at 11 am and will immediately be followed by a potluck luncheon at the firehall. The potluck is being coordinated by Matthew Bulvi Kornaker on the SCA side.

Eric was a volunteer and officer for the Wrights Corners Fire Department. They are providing significant assistance and support at this time and we expect many members to be in attendance along with Eric and Katerin’s families. This is not an SCA event.

We will have the hall for the afternoon so people can gather and share memories. Please bring games, songs, and stories to share. The firehall will be manning the bar. Homebrewers who wish to share their work are also welcome.

For people who are coming from out of town and are in need of crash space, please contact Wendy Knier Hart, our crash space coordinator. Anyone in the Barony who has space to offer, please let Wendy know.

The second service will be held at the West Sand Lake Firehall east of Albany, New York, at a date yet to be determined. More information will follow.

Thank you all for your support.

Please direct questions to:

Clare Jackson, E-mail: thecoribird@gmail.com

A “Gofundme” Page has been created to raise funds in this time of need: 

https://www.gofundme.com/wolfgangs-final-expenses

Important links: 

Memorial Service for Eric Belser (Wolfgang Starcke) – Face book event page

Memorial Page for Eric Belser (Wolfgang Starcke)

 

Categories: SCA news sites

Writing a Good Award Recommendation

Sat, 2018-01-27 17:38

By THL Madoc Arundel

One of the privileges of belonging to the SCA is that anyone may recommend anyone else for any award. As an armiger (someone with an Award of Arms or higher), I believe that it is not only my privilege but my duty to recommend people in whom I find merit. While I have never been royalty, I have been a member of at least one polling order for more than 15 years and have read some sketchy recommendations. I am also married to a royal peer who has shared stories of recommendations that left her with more questions than answers regarding a nominee.

I will preface the remainder of this article by stating that I was an officer in the US Air Force for 25 years. For 14 of those years, I was responsible for writing and processing award packages based on someone’s recommendation. For another 4 of those years, I was part of several consideration boards that determined whether awards were approved. Many of the same factors that go into military awards and decorations apply to organizations such as the SCA. I would like to share some tips for writing awards recommendations that give the royalty/baronage as well as the members of polling orders sufficient information to determine a nominee’s suitability as a potential award recipient.

First of all, royalty cannot possibly know everybody in the kingdom. Therefore, it is important when writing a recommendation to provide enough information to familiarize the royalty with the individual. Local group, persona and time period, number of years in the SCA, if they have lived in other kingdoms, how long they have lived here and in what other kingdoms they may have had an impact: all of this helps paint a picture of the person. This also provides information that can be useful in writing an appropriate scroll. A recommendation may even include a recent event at which the royalty or members of a polling order may have had cause to meet this person. For example, “You may have seen Janice teaching ‘Medieval Muckraking: Not Just For Politicians’ at War Practice in May”; “Peter was one of your retainers at Crown Tournament. He was wearing the purple and green lozengy codpiece.”

Next, while it is important to highlight any relevant offices the individual may hold or have held in the past, as well as any projects on which they worked or activities they may have staffed, this alone is not enough. It’s wonderful to know that Richard has been the herald for the last five years, but all that tells the royalty is that no one else wanted the job. It does not tell us whether Richard was effective in the position. In the mundane world, when writing a performance report or review, a key factor is writing what are called “impact statements” or – in government-speak – “cause and effect statements.” These are statements with 4 very clear and distinct parts.

The first part is identifying the role of the individual: “Richard has been our shire herald for the last five years.”

The next part is identifying something that the individual has done in that role that was of some significance. “When he first took over the job, our shire had not had a submission considered by the Garnet office for almost a year. Richard immediately set to work to clear up the backlog of submissions.”

Next is the actual impact: did the individual succeed and what was the impact on the target community? “As a result, within four months, all of the previous submissions had been processed, and more than half our shire now has registered names and armoury.”

Lastly, has the individual continued the same level or greater over time, or did the project conclude? “Richard now holds quarterly consult meetings at his house, and has not had any quarter go by without at least one submission considered by Garnet.” OR “Although Richard has moved on to become a kingdom herald-at-large, his efforts to organize the shire office made it much easier for his successor to step in with no interruption in service to the local group.”

For lesser awards, such as an AoA or one of the AoA-level orders, one or two impact statements may be enough. For polling orders, several such statements may need to be included to reach the level of activity expected of the higher-level order. Polling orders also like to see impact over a longer period of time, with some consistency and improvement as the individual progresses.

Here are two sample statements. The first is a statement I have seen many times in one form or another in recommendations. The second is one possible example of how it should read.

“Marilyn does wonderful work. She is always so cheerful. She has taught at the last four Æcademies and War Practice, and is always willing to help someone who wants to learn more about her art.”

Obviously, Marilyn is a lovely person … but the recommendation says nothing about her level of performance, her consistency, her improvement over time, or her impact on the community. Let’s try it again with actual impact statements:

“Marilyn does wonderful work. Compared to her entry in the A&S display at Agincourt two years ago, the effects of both her research and practice show massive improvement. At A&S Faire last month, I examined her work and found the quality to be consistent throughout the piece, documented period materials used, and the addition of some flourishes from a related craft in the same location and time period. Her documentation even included examples of how the piece would have been used in her chosen country and time, and included three primary source documents. Although I have not attended any of her classes, I have spoken with some of her former students who have stated that her instruction is clear and concise, and that she has supported each portion of her conjecture with facts from reputable sources. She even took time near the end of the class to do some practical demonstrations of the techniques she had discussed. It seems that she is popular among adherents of her craft because of the number of repeat students she has from one event to the next. This speaks to improvements in both her technique and her research, as each iteration of the class has the students learning something that was not available in previous iterations.”

Wordy? Yup. But guess what – it cites specific achievements, specific improvements over time, and specific benefits to the community.

Finally, it is important that the recommendation be appropriate for the award. For the most part, the SCA has three “tracks”: Martial, A&S, and Service. There is a lot of crossover between these tracks, and within each track there are multiple avenues (e.g., Martial = heavy, fencing, archery, siege, thrown weapons). When choosing justification for an award recommendation, ensure that the justification is appropriate. For example, a heraldic artist may be nominated for an A&S award for doing period research and producing period-appropriate heraldic art. The same artist may be nominated for a service award for using their research and their skills to provide support for heraldic submissions or for the shield tree used at Crown Tournaments. It is important to make the distinction, since it would not be appropriate for the same achievement to be used to justify two different awards.

THL Madoc Arundel is the current Garnet Herald of Æthelmearc and has served in a variety of offices at various levels in ten different kingdoms. He is a member of three polling orders: the Millrind and the Fleur from Æthelmearc and the Silver Hammer from Calontir.

Christopher Miller is a retired US Air Force officer, former small business owner, and current Social Studies teacher. He has twenty years’ experience writing award recommendations for the military and employee performance reports for the government/military and private industry.

 

Categories: SCA news sites

Sad news from the Rhydderich Hael

Fri, 2018-01-26 14:56

It is hard to find words. News reached us today of the passing of THL Wolfgang Starke. Wolfgang was so many things to so many people. Archer, Heavy fighter, fencer, marshal, autocrat…but more importantly he was our good friend. This is a loss we will feel for a long time. It is hard for me to think of the Society without him, not just because of his hard work and dedication, but because he was just one of those souls that becomes a part of you. Each of us in one way or another owe him so much, and I hope that in some small way he knew that. Our prayers and wishes go out to his family and friends in this hard time. More details will follow and we will keep people updated.

Magnus & Miriel, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael

Wolfgang, from me personally. Thank you for everything my friend. I don’t know how I would have managed this without you. You will be missed…Magnus

Categories: SCA news sites

Æthelmearc Scribal Retreat Planned

Wed, 2018-01-24 22:03

If you are an Æthelmearc scribe or are interested in becoming one, the Signet Office is delighted to invite you to a celebration of scribes at our first-ever Æthelmearc Scribal Retreat!

The Scribal Retreat will be held the weekend of March 24th at a site that can accommodate up to 60 overnight guests. The site is located in central PA (Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais).

In order to allow as many scribes who wish to attend as possible, the Signet Office will cover the cost of the site rental (entire weekend = $686.00 / 1 day = $368.00).

Attendees will be asked to cover the cost of meals.

Your response to the survey will help us determine whether to rent the site for one night or two. It will also help us plan meals.

In addition, your responses will provide insight about your interests, enabling us to plan activities that meet your needs and wishes.

Please reply soon!

Thank you!
Antoinette and Shirin

Categories: SCA news sites

A&S at Ædult Swim

Wed, 2018-01-24 09:13

 

All the people, off to the classes at Ædult Swim!

By Lady Margareta le Sayre

This year, Ædult Swim on February 17-18 in Abhainn Ciach Ghlais will be expanding the Arts and Sciences opportunities as we strive to be more “epic.” Keeping with the practice mindset of the original Ædult Swim, we are hosting both structured classes and unstructured time with experts in different fields. If you have been struggling with a work in progress, bring it along! Odds are, you will find someone who can help.

The Garb Workroom will be open all day Saturday for anyone who needs another pair of hands or some outside advice. Sunday will have an open class on making a gothic fitted gown. The Fiber Salon will have experts in weaving, spinning, and nalbinding. In addition, the Scribal Studio is offering both beginner and advanced classes, as well as an open studio space.

An A&S display is in the works with several entries already set. There is no theme or required documentation, just the art you wish to show off! If you would like to participate, contact Lady Syele.

Nearby will be an A&S Consultation Table. This is a chance for artisans to get advice and personalized commentary in relation to the Æthelmearc rubrics for judging in competitions. Those from out of kingdom are welcome to stop by for questions. We can always suggest someone who may have more information if we don’t have the answers.

Offsite, Master Gille will be creating a historical-based beer, brewed on modern equipment. All are invited to stop by to discuss the process, ingredients, and the recipe.

What to do when your significant other is getting black and blue? You go off to see the Arts Display or take a class or two!

For those good gentles who would like a more structured setting, there will be classes on SCA topics such as Fundraising and Teaching. There are also classes on working with chocolate and a chocolate-tasting to satisfy those with a sweet tooth. Finally, if anyone has ogled the garb worn by TRMs Æthelmearc, the sessions discussing their 12th C. and Viking outfits will be a perfect fit.

Are you interested in teaching? There is still time to sign up to teach! Click the link for the Teacher Sign-Up Page at the Æcademy Website.

If you have questions about the classes, or are interested in being listed as an Expert on Hand for one of the Workshop areas, contact the Class Coordinator, Lady Margareta le Sayre.

Categories: SCA news sites

Artisan Exchange Going Strong and Seeks Even More Participants

Sun, 2018-01-21 13:53

By Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina (Chris Adler-France)

Grimmy loves his new coat from Baroness Helene. Photo by Baroness Ekaterina.

Come on, you know you want to join the Æthelmearc Artisan Exchange!

Yes, you.

You, creating that awesome, intriguing, engrossing, fun, beautiful art form.

Sign up to make it – whether an art form you’ve been developing for years or something you just started delving into, whether woodworking, sewing, brewing, metal smithing, leather working, cooking, etc. – for someone else.

Then reap the joy of that person receiving it, while you receive a personalized gift in return from another talented artisan in our kingdom.

What is the Artisan Exchange?

Unlike A&S competition, displays, classes, or other common artisan-oriented activities that are often competitive and scary to new artisans, the Exchange encourages artisans of all levels and abilities simply to practice an existing skill or explore a new one while creating something within roughly three months’ timeframe (and with a $25 limit on materials, not including shipping costs) for a fellow artisan in the exchange, at the end of which they will receive a gift in turn from another artisan. As in modern Secret Santa exchanges, only the Exchange coordinator knows which artisans she has matched up until the gifts are mailed and the effusive thanks begin. Artisans of all ages, skill levels, genders, etc. participate and the created items do not all have to be documented period items.

History of the Exchanges

Originally created as a Noblesse Largesse swap in Calontir by Lady Konstantia Kaloethina and HL Aline Swynbrook, those founders encouraged gentles in other kingdoms to use and expand the idea. Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir learned about the East Kingdom’s Swap (and then Exchange) while a resident of that kingdom and enjoyed participating in 10 exchanges over four years there: knitting shawls, painting and embroidering messenger bags and a Norman cloak, and sewing a silk banner and a Skoldhammim hood.

When she and her husband, Baron Friderich Swartzwalder, became citizens of Greater AEthelmearc a few years ago and began playing in the Nithgaard/Abhainn Ciach Ghlais area, she wanted to join our kingdom’s Exchange, which had been coordinated in 2013 by Janice Mullins Wagoner.

“I saw the amazing art being made in the East’s group, and knew that AE had or has many very talented artisans,” Her Excellency explained.

Block-printed feast gear bags from Mistress Fredeberg to Baroness Helene. Photo by Baroness Helene.

When Janice stepped down and offered the Exchange to Baroness Oddkatla, she talked to the Calontir founders for guidance with the process and forms and began coordinating the project in Fall 2015, which finished by Kingdom Twelfth Night in January 2016.

“The first exchange was very well received, and we had about 40 artisans participate. I try to have a new exchange start within about a month to six weeks after the previous on ends. Most of the time it works out to be two exchanges a year. Someday, maybe I can get a third one in or have two different exchanges running at the same time.”

At the beginning of each Exchange, Her Excellency asks participants to join the project’s Facebook group and fill out a survey detailing the participant’s home group, persona, color preferences, favorite activities, and art interests. After receiving all the surveys, Baroness Oddkatla randomly matches each artisan with another and privately sends each artisan the survey information for their matched artisan. She checks in frequently with the artisans via the Facebook group (and private emails, if necessary) on the progress and nudges everyone into mailing or personally handing every gift by the Exchange deadline.

The Exchange is primarily coordinated on the Facebook group, but Her Excellency notes that artisans do not need to be a Facebook member to join the Exchange; they can participate via email.

What outcome did you hope for the Exchange – just a fun Secret Santa gift swap or something more?

“When I first thought about starting an Exchange in AE, I had the dream of getting people together in a fun way to make and share art, whether the participant was a new person to the SCA or a Laurel who had years of making and creating art. The fun part (in my mind) was the fact that no one knew who was making the art for you. When I was taking part in the East Kingdom exchange, one of the best parts was anticipating what might arrive in the mail at the end of the exchange.”

How has the exchange changed/evolved since you began this?

“The exchange has grown by leaps and bounds since we first started. The Facebook group has 296 members with more artisans asking to join every swap. The first swap had 40 artisans and the more recent exchange that finished in December 2017 had 70.”

So far, 50 participants have joined the one that is in the survey stage right now. Baroness Oddkatla is hoping for 70 participants.

Woven belt/trim by Lady Zianna for Lady Catherine O’Herlihy. Photo by Lady Catherine.

What has gone well and was has been a challenge?

“The amazing creativity AE artisans have (has gone well)! A challenge has been getting the gifts delivered in a timely manner. One of the things about the exchange that dismays me is the need for extra time at the end of the exchange, as some need more time to finish. One of my goals is to have everyone mail their gifts on the scheduled mailing date. Usually, the extensions are given as an artisan has a “fail” and needs more time to finish. Please don’t misunderstand, most people mail on the date, and only a few need extensions.”

What have been some of the themes of past exchanges and what is the current one?

“Themes in the exchange have been varied. The first one was a Twelfth Night theme, with the gifts being something fancy that could be worn or used at Twelfth night. Themes since then have been “Spring/Camping” where each artisan was asked in the survey if they would like to receive a spring- or a camping-themed gift. The theme of the exchange that we just completed was “Heraldry,” and each artisan was asked to make a gift using their recipient’s arms or colors, or if the artisan did not have heraldry, the recipient’s household or Kingdom arms were used.

“This new exchange is a repeat of a past exchange called a “RED/WHITE” exchange. What this means is that the artisan can pick either the RED or WHITE part of the swap. RED gifts must be made with period methods, have documentation, and the dollar amount for supplies can be more than $25. WHITE gifts stick to the original rules of $25 being the top end of the amount each artisan can spend on supplies and no documentation or period methods necessary. Other than that nothing special needs to be done.”

What are some of the most notable gifts you’ve seen made?

“Every gift that is made is very special! I have a few favorites, from all the different exchanges. Some memorable ones are the amazing painted box Abigail Kelhoge made for Anna Leigh, inspired by an illumination; a blackwork embroidered coif Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd made for Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg; and the angel gift Rynea von Lingen made for Astridr Vigodottir, known as Ashling.

Painted box by Lady Abigail Kelhoge for Countess Anna Leigh. Photo by Countess Anna.

“There are many, many gifts I love, way too many to list here!

“You’re probably wondering what an Angel gift is? An Angel gift gets made when an artisan cannot complete their gift. I put out a call for someone to make a gift, and then when I get an angel, I send them the information they need and they make a gift for the artisan that did not get a gift due to their artisan not being able to finish their gift.

“I make sure that everyone who joins to make a gift gets a gift. I feel that every artisan needs to be able to have something to show for the hard work they have done.”

How much time each week during the exchange do you spend coordinating this and what is involved on your end? Is anyone else involved in the coordination?

“There is a fair amount of work that I do to get the exchange up and running. Starting with writing and developing a survey all the artisans must take to be included in the exchange. After the surveys have been taken and it has been closed, when I have the number of artisans that I need to run the exchange, the real work begins. I take each artisan and give them a number, and then using a blind draw, I assign artisan to artisan. Then I send each artisan an email with their recipient in the email. I ask each artisan to send me an email back so that I know they have received their artisan’s name and survey information.

“At this point, the progress of the exchange is up to the artisans. My part slows down a bit as I just make sure I am a cheerleader to keep people motivated and working. I let everyone know that I am here to answer their questions. One of the rules is that no one contact their recipient. If they need help for something they would like to know, they need to contact me either by email or private message on Facebook.

“I put in about 20 to 30 hours at the beginning getting the exchange started and then about two hours a week answering questions from artisans. When the gifts are due to be mailed, I do a bit more making sure that artisans have mailed their gifts. I ask that they send me a photo of their mailing receipt, so that I know their gift has been mailed; there’s a bit more work if anyone asks for extensions. By the end of the exchange, I’m usually putting in anywhere from four to six hours a week. I am the sole person running the AE Artisan Exchange. I have had people ask if I need help, which I usually thank them for, but decline. “

What are your future plans or hopes for this exchange?

“I hope the exchange will continue to grow, and that AE continues to show how talented her artisans are. “

Quiver by Lord Wladislaw Poznanski.

When is the deadline for the current one?

“Deadline to mail this Exchange’s gift is April 15, 2018. Deadline to withdraw from the Exchange is March 1, 2018, barring last-minute major project failure, for which an extension may be granted. If for any reason you need to bow out of an Exchange it must be done via the Gmail account, not Facebook message.”

What do you say to artisans who are intrigued but unsure about participating?

“I tell people who contact me about participating in the exchange, that they may have doubts about playing with us, but each and every one of us can art. We each have special talents that I know are there, and that all they have to do is fill out a survey, and ask questions. I turn NO ONE AWAY!!! Everyone is welcome, and I will make sure they have help if they think they may not do as well as others that participate in the exchange.”

Anything else you’d like to add?

“This is a lot of fun! I have made many new friends, and encourage all that may have an interest to come and join us!”

Join the Æthelmearc Artisan Exchange group on Facebook.

The GoogleDoc survey is here.

The rules for the exchange are here and the history/explanation of the rules of the Exchange is here

Commonly asked questions are here

Categories: SCA news sites

A Message from The Kingdom Equestrian Officer Regarding New Wavier Requirements

Sat, 2018-01-20 14:13

Equestrian activities at the Championship in 2014

The following information was provided by THL Aaliz de Gant, the Kingdom Equestrian Officer based on an announcement by the Society Equestrian Officer:

At the request of the SCA Board of Directors, a new waiver project has recently been completed. This project involved updating waivers to be used to events which include equestrian activities. In the past, waivers were handled in one of two ways. If horses were limited to areas that were restricted to equestrians, the MIC could opt to have only those interacting with horses complete the equestrian waiver. If the event allowed for more interaction, those members with blue cards would sign the additional equestrian waiver at troll. Those without blue cards would sign both the equestrian waiver and the society liability waiver.

Under the new policy, a combined wavier which includes both equestrian and society waiver language has been created which will be signed at troll for all attendees of an event which includes equestrian activities. In other words, the combined waiver will be signed by those with a blue card on file with the society as well as those without a blue card. There will be no need for event attendees without a blue card on file to sign a second waiver.

Due to equine liability laws in various states, there are state specific waivers for two of the states in Æthelmearc. For events held in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, state specific waivers are required. Events held in New York will use the standard society waiver. The Equestrian Marshal in Charge of the event at which equestrian activities are taking place will need to sign each waiver. Waivers will then be sent to the waiver clerk in the normal fashion.

The new waivers can be found at here under Adult Equestrian Waivers.

Categories: SCA news sites