Archive - Mar 2005

March 26th

Hunting Season

The hunting horn sounds again, deer are getting ready to flee, hunters' calls can be heard from all sides. It is Hunting Season again! For the sixth year the shire of "Ad Flumen Caerulum" opens the hunting season and once more invites all archers to celebrate the begin of the hunt with us. The archery competition will be held on a beautiful field archery course in the alps south of Vienna. This gives an opportunity to test your archery skills by walking through beautiful woods, trying to find the targets, and hopefully hitting them.

Villagers Save Historic Medieval Church

All Saints' Church in Beckingham, England has been saved thanks to community efforts which secured a grant from English Heritage.

March 25th

Ice Dragon Pentathlon Results

Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Penthathlon Coordinator for Ice Dragon 2005, reports on the results for this year's contest.

The Shire revels in Renaissance

The Great Falls Tribune reports from the Shire of Stan Wyrm, which will hold an event on the 26th.

Spamalot Debuts to Rave Reviews

The new musical, based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has finally debuted on Broadway, to rave reviews.

You Can Go Back to Constantinople

Join us for a day of classes celebrating the Byzantine Empire’s history, influence, arts, and culture. Classes begin 10am; topics will include an overview of Byzantine history, the influence of the desert fathers, Eastern Christian churches in the Islamic states, pottery, garb, music, mosaics, pysanki (Ukrainian Easter eggs), pigments and gesso for painting, and an address by Father Terence Farmer on icon symbolism and use including a tour of the church’s icons.

http://brendoken.org/thistle/event.html

Encampment at the Castle V

Encampment at the Castle is a weekend camping event held on the beautiful grounds of an old laid-stone reformatory that is being turned into a museum, and which looks somewhat like a castle. This facility was the site for the on-location scenes in the movie The Shawshank Redemption (rent the movie and look at the flyover shot during the opening credits!).

Activities will include an armored Pas de Armes, rapier, and boffer combat, archery and thrown weapons.

More information at the event web site: http://home.columbus.rr.com/cconrad6/encampment/.

Oaken Melee School VI

Oaken Melee School is a Friday-through-Sunday camping event, held at the B&A Primitive Weapons Club, a beautiful private campsite near Roswell, Ohio (about 30 miles south and slightly east of Canton). Activities include archery, fencing, armoured melee, thrown weapons, merchants, classes, and a feast.

Event web site:
http://home.neo.rr.com/squireeinar/OakenMeleeSchool6.htm

Marche of Alderford web site:
http://alderford.org/
(The event site is also linked from the shire site.)

New List Discusses Canadian SCA Incorporation

A new Yahoo! Groups discussion list has been started to investigate the issues surrounding the possible formation of a Canadian SCA Corporation.

March 24th

Baron Wars VIII

Sponsored by the Marche of the Marshes with help from the Barony of Red Spears and all of YOU!

Champion of Aethelmearc Tourney & Queen's Rapier ChampionsTourney

The Shire of Heronter wishes to invite the most Sylvan Kingdom of Aethelmearc to our fair shire for Their Royal Highnesses, Malcom & Tessa's, Champion of Aethelmearc Tourney and Queen's Rapier Champions Tourney!

Candlelight 2005: The Crusaders Assemble at Constantinople

Join the Barony of Small Gray bear as we relive the spectacle, the grandeur, and the spirit of celebration.

Sapphire Joust VI

As winter fades and spring begins to blossom, young warriors yearn to test their mettle on the tourney field. Nothing is more glorious than to fight for one so fair and comely, who inspires great acts of chivalry and unparalleled honor upon the field. The annual Sapphire Joust held in the Barony of Caer Mear calls all fighters to come and test their skills in the tourney.

Peep Jousting 101

Looking for activities to liven up your Easter celebration? Consider Peep Jousting!

AEthelmearc War Practice XVI

War will be looming on the horizon, and so is the need for practicing for it! The Canton of Steltonwald invites all to the Aethelmearc War Practice XVI to be held May 19-22 at Cooper’s Lake Campground (205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock, Pa. 16507).

Noble deeds from the Barony of “Shorn

The Baron and Baroness of Sun Dragon, along with 24 others, celebrated the last court of Their Excellencies by donating their hair to help children whose hair has been lost due to illness.

Photos of Drachenwald Crown tournament

A superb photo album from the recent Drachenwald Crown Tournament, held at a lovely castle site, is available online.

March 23rd

Chaworth Roll Will Remain in England

A 14th genealogical roll written in Norman French was sold recently to a private collector, assuring that the manuscript will remain in England.

Gun Control Leads South Africans to Medieval Methods of Protection

Tighter gun control laws in South Africa are causing more and more South Africans to purchase medieval weapons for their own protection.

Push for Pennsic

The March of Norborough (Troy, OH) would like to extend an invitation to the merchants of the SCA to PUSH FOR PENNSIC, June 10-12, 2005 at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy OH.

Barhus Prize Presented in AEthelmearc

Patrikia Maria Agrissa and Baron Mord Hurtsson the Green have announced the winners of the 2005 "Barhus Prize for Best Documentation at the Ice Dragon Arts & Sciences Pentathlon", which was awarded recently at the Passing of the Ice Dragon event in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

Large Collection of Estrella XXI Photos Online

Cassandra Tomei has posted photos from Estrella XXI on her website.

Science News: Art Historian Discovers Secret of Venetian Color

Researchers have now verified the secret that made Venetian Renaissance paintings "appear to glow." Art historian Louisa Matthew discovered that artists traded ideas and materials with dye and glass-makers.

March 22nd

Warriors and Warlords XII

The Baronies of Jararvellir and Nordskogen are proud to announce our twelfth annual Warriors and Warlords event. It will take place Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, July 10, 2005 at the NCN North LLC Campground, north of Black River Falls, WI, in the beautiful Shire of Shattered Oak, Kingdom of Northshield. Our theme this year will be the Wars of the Roses.

Foole's Feast and Bad Garb Night

Pssst! Have you always had a hankering to wear pale pink panne velvet? Are you tired of wearing nice garb and would like to try your hand at something truly horrible instead? Then boy, do we have the feast for you!

Archeologists Find Base for Norwich Market Cross

A 15th century cross that once graced the market square in medieval Norwich, England was torn down in 1732 and sold for UK£125. Now archaeologists have uncovered the cross' foundations.

German club in Pittsburgh recreates authentic Schlachtfest

Marlene Parrish, reporting for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describes how the 150-year-old Teutonia Mannerchor club performs an authentic Schlachtfest (Slaughter Festival) on the north side of Pittsburgh.

Who Would YOU be in the 14th Century?

An online quiz lets you discover who you would have been in the year 1400 C.E.

Writer Andre Norton Dies at Age 93

The first exposure many SCA members have had to fantasy and science fiction stories was from author Andre Norton. She died March 17, 2005 at the age of 93.

March 21st

Ealdormere Honours Her Newest Knight

Ealdormere correspondent Laird Colyne Stewart brings us a vivid, in-persona recounting of the elevation of Kasimir of Stargard to the Order of Chivalry.