Archive - Oct 2006

October 13th

Fighter's Collegium Photos

Gawin der Fuchs has posted photos from the recent Fighter's Collegium in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

"Hound of Hartlepool" Baffles Experts

The 600-year-old bronze silhouette of a snarling dog has stumped experts who are trying to puzzle out its use. Weathervane? "Beware of Dog" sign? They aren't sure what to make of the crudely cut image, unearthed by Tees Archaeology.

October 12th

Fiat Lux campaign urges SCA to reinstate non-contact combat roles

In Lochac, a web-based public action campaign has been launched to preserve non-contact combatant in the SCA, after a new edition of the SCA Marshal's Handbook began requiring standard heavy-combat armour for siege crews and combat archers society-wide.

Salute, Cheers and Slainte!

Charged with the honor of giving the toast at the next feast? Why not learn to say "Cheers" in a new language? The Alternative Whisky Academy has published a website with toasts in many different languages.

"Murthly Hours" Online

The National Library of Scotland has posted an online version of the Murthly Hours, a richly decorated manuscript written in Paris in the 13th century.

Pre-Registration for Estrella War is Open

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXIII, has announced that pre-registration for the event is now open.

Artemisia Resident "One-woman Whirlwind"

According to Shelby (Montana) Promoter reporter Barbara Simonetti, Adrienne Cotterell is a "one-woman whirlwind" who teaches belly dancing, helps organize local SCA activities and works as a manicurist at the Corner Beauty Shop. Her teaching of belly dancing has won her a devoted following.

October 11th

BBC offers live webcast of Hastings 2006

On October 14 and 15, the annual Battle of Hastings reenactment will be webcast live by the BBC. The reenactment of the famous 1066 battle between King Harold the Saxon and William the Norman takes place on the very site of the original event, which gave William the Conqueror his nickname.

Oslo Garbage Dump Yields Medieval Treasures

A garbage dump dating from the 13th or 14th century has been discovered in Oslo, Norway. The massive collection of discarded items includes over 1,000 shoes.

Readstan Pas d'Armes Photos Online

Lady Arwen and Lord Guillaume have posted photos from the the Incipient Canton of Readstan's Pas d'Armes which took place recently in Denver, Colorado (Kingdom of the Outlands).

Toys For Tots

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Once again it is that time of year that we, the Shire of Arrows' Flight, do call upon the most noble and chivalrous folk of our great kingdom. We invite you to join us this day and show all the honor and generosity of our most noble society. The year is 1400 and we are somewhere in Greece, and it's Christmas Day. For days now everyone at the castle has been busy preparing the special food dishes to be served that night in the Grand Hall. All the castles rooms and halls have been cleaned and decorated in preparation for this special day and now all are waiting for the arrival of you, our guests and friends, so the fun and games can begin. Location:
Shire of Arrows' Flight (Spanish Fork, Utah)

Metea Renaissance Faire Brings Fun to Fort Wayne

“At a Renaissance festival, the stage spills over into the lanes – much like interaction with characters at Disneyland – and you become part of the show. Without that interaction, a renfest would just be a craft and food show with people in funny clothing talking in bad accents,” said Allen Huffman, software engineer and ren faire enthusiast. Steve Penhollow covered the story for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette.

Baronial Birthday Bash & Masked Ball

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Come join their Excellencies Baron Oakhammer and Baroness Aibhilin in a celebration of Rising Waters Baronial Birthday Bash with a grand masked ball! Many enjoyable activities have been planned for this daylong event to cover most tastes including heavy weapons, youth combat & rapier tournaments. Children's activities are planned and a lunch table will be provided by Circle Redhaven at a minimal fee. Archery and thrown weapons will be present weather and marshal dependent. In addition there will be a penny raffle and since this is a “masked ball” dancing space will be available after feast. It is the autocrats wish that individuals attending this event do so wearing a mask of some type as there will be prizes given for best original, best colourful and best youth masks. Location:
Barony Of Rising Waters (Allanburg, Ontario)

Ealdormere Fall Crown Tournament

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Come cheer on the combatants and see the Line of the North secured. In addition to the tournament itself, we may offer archery and thrown weapons as well as space for those who wish to practice the Art of Defense, weather permitting. We hope to offer youth combat after Crown tournament, time permitting. There will also be a Seneschal’s meeting after the tournament. Stay for our fabulous feast, and dancing afterwards. There are showers on site, and plenty of parking. The site is wheelchair accessible. No pets – service animals only, please. As per Ontario Law, no BYOB. Site is wet. Location:
Barony of Rising Waters (Fort Erie, Ontario)

3rd Annual Festival of the Wickerman

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Come Join the Barony of Blackstone Mountain in this our 3rd celebration of the Festival of the Wickerman. It will be held on Saturday November 4, 2006 at the Jackson County Fair Grounds, 7204 Route 62 Cottageville WV 25239.

Event site will open at 10:00 am and close 12:00 pm. All those who wish to stay later will pressed into service for clean up.

We have a day filled with activities for all. Classes will be offered. Location:
Barony of Blackstone Mountain (Cottageville West Virginia)

October 10th

"BattleCam" Captures Fighting at Lochac's Spring War

Sven Grimsson has posted a video "BattleCam" from the first battle of the Kingdom of Lochac's Spring War AS-XLI on the Drakkar Website.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits 'Bellini, Giorgione, Titian'

Soon a new special exhibition will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. BELLINI, GIORGIONE, TITIAN and the Renaissance of the Venetian Painting begins at October 17, 2006 and runs until January 7, 2007.

Stefan's Florilegium Updates for October 2006

THLord Stefan li Rous shares updates to Stefan's Florilegium for the month of October 2006.

Change of Site for An Tir's Freezeoff

HL Giacynta Cocchetti, Autocrat for the Kingdom of An Tir's Freezeoff event, has announced that the event has had a last minute change of location. Freezeoff will take place October 14-15, 2006 in the Shire of Ramsgaard, Kamloops, British Columbia.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 10, 732

Charles Martel's forces won the Battle of Tours fought on October 10, 732. Gibbon and other traditional historians credit his victory with saving Christian Europe from Muslim domination.

Freeze Off XIX

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It is a day for fighting, friends, fun and of course, feasting! Come join us for the XIX Annual Freeze-off Tournaments and Banquet. This year we will be enjoying a Hungarian Banquet with a decadent dessert buffet, with classes and merchants, contests and so much more.

Tournaments
Our Annual Heavy Tournament will, of course, feature everyone's favorite "Wacky Weapons". Come watch fighters as they choose their attack and

City of Moscow May be Older than Previously Believed

Ongoing archaeological investigations in Moscow may show that the city is older than the 859 years taught by Russian historians.

October 9th

What the Romans Did to Wales

British interest in Rome, especially in how it affected Britain, is on the increase with the broadcast of Ancient Rome - The Rise and Fall of an Empire on BBC1. An article on IC Wales discusses Roman/Welsh history.

Cynagua Fall Coronet

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Words from Zaid and Louise, Prince and Princess of Cynagua: We would welcome all in Cynagua to join us upon the Coronet Field to witness great deeds of Chivalry, Valor, and Marshal Prowess in hopes of achieving the Coronets of Cynagua. We have traveled through many of Our Lands and have seen blade being sharpened, and muscle being tested in preparation for Coronet. All wishing to enter Cynaguan Coronet List please help enrich the field with pennants for display so all may know you. Location:
Principality of Cynagua (Woodland, California)

Dun Or Baronial Anniversary

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In honor of Their Excellencies Colyn and Muiriath, who are celebrating their first Anniversary as our Baron and Baroness, our theme is Scottish: In 1322, Robert the Bruce of Scotland won a decisive victory over King Edward of England at the Battle of Byland. This defeat spurred England to finally accept Scotland ’s independence. (In the words of our Baron: “ Scotland was always free; it just took a while to convince England of that.”) So get out your tartans and kilts and join us in the spirit of Scotland ! Location:
Barony of Dun Or (Quartz Hill, California)

Rhydderich Hael Masked Ball

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Thirty years ago, a tall warrior strode out of the wilds of Fredonia. Stopping at the shore of the great Erie Lake, she saw that it was good. So, did Morgan Elandris make the Rhydderich Hael her home. And having no further concern, she and her companions sought adventure in the East. Many wars and feuds did Morgan fight. Honor and fear were heaped upon her name and, in time, she became a Baroness by her own hand.... But that's a different story. Location:
Barony of the Rhydderich Hael (Buffalo, New York)

Tuscany in Autumn

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The populace of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn, most mindful of the throes of winter, do invite you to join us in celebrating the bounty of the summer's crop in the manner of our friends in fair Tuscany. Dance, feast, fight and game with us as we pick from the finest of the crop and sing enough cheer into our hearts to last us till the days grow long once more.

Our site at the 4H Acres holds land for many diversions, a hall for Location:
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn (Ithaca, New York)

Photos from Rockwall's "Day of Arbeau"

Elashava bas Riva, Seneschal for the Kingdom of Northshield, shares tidings - and photos - from the recent Day of Arbeau--Siege Your Partner event.

Day at the Races III

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Two years ago we brought you the Thrill of the Palio with hobby-horse racing at Day at the Races I! The following year, we Sailed the Seven Seas and held boat races at Day at the Races II! This year, we are bringing you Flights of Fancy, where we will be flying falcons at Day at the Races III! Falcon gliders that is!

November 11, 2006
Barony of Ponte Alto

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King of Kings Lutheran Church Location:
Barony of Ponte Alto (Fairfax, Virginia)

Yeoman's Fete

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The year is 1346, and all England revels in the triumph of their Yeomen over the French at Crecy, and the Scots at Neville's Crossing. By the will of England's King Edward III, we invite one and all to gather for a celebration to honour the courage and skill of those who wield the bow in our defense.

We will have all manner of archery shoots, so that the noble archers of Lochac may display their prowess, and archery-related workshops, that they may share their knowledge. In addition, we will have a divers array of entertainments to amuse and delight the populace; a traveller's potluck lunch (please bring a dish to share) and a bountiful evening feast on the Saturday, combat scenarios for heavy, light and rapier fighters (fighters: please come prepared for a mixed combat scenario), a 'Plague Rat' quest to challenge the youthful, song, dance, games, and revelry. All are welcome to share good company and good cheer as we toast our victories. Location:
Barony of Southron Gaard (Yaldhurst, New Zealand)