Archive - Dec 2006

December 23rd

Estrella War Hospitality Corps in need of donations

Frederick Buchanan, Deputy for the Hospitality Corps in charge of donations for Estrella XXIII, addresses the need for donated items at the upcoming War.

Volunteering at Troll for Estrella XXIII

Lady Katrina has announced that volunteers are needed for Troll at Estrella War XXIII. Estrella takes place February 13-19, 2007 at Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona.

Egyptian Diversity Reached Top of Society

Ethnic diversity in ancient Egypt appears to have existed in all levels of society, even the highest.

December 22nd

Midrealm Adds Citizen

Santa delivered a Christmas package early to Lady April and Lord Gabriel de Porte of the Marche of Alderford (Canton, Ohio). Cameron Floyd Hetrick was born December 19, 2006.

Tournament of the Wolf Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howl hungrily throughout the land. A lone rider comes with a missive from the fairest kingdom Trimaris far to the south where alas the sun still shines. The Most Noble Company of the Azure Rose shall host a grand and glorious tournament of lance and sword near the borderlands to honor the Ladies of the Rose of the Knowne World.

Beautiful and Noble Ladies of greatest virtue will award rich prizes and largesse. Chivalric Knights and brave Squires shall take to the field to hone their skills of war bringing with them their fierce Archers. Location:
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (near Live Oak, Florida)

Armor for Kitty?

Metal sculptor Jeff de Boer has a number of interesting pieces featured in his online gallery. Among them are complete suits of armor - for cats and mice.

New translation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" on BBC Radio 4

Unable to view the original manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the British Library, Simon Armitage decided to make his own translation. In an article for the Guardian, Armitage discusses the work and provides an excerpt.

Celibacy Requirement for Priests May Be Reconsidered

In the Middle Ages, celibacy for the clergy was not universally enforced. Now a Roman Catholic Cardinal suggests that the Church might take a fresh look at the issue.

December 21st

Viking Vinter Vunderland IX

Are you going to be missing something to do on January 13? No more college football and you just can't get into the Wide World of Televised Bowling and Darts (although those trick bowlers are REALLY amazing!)?

Then make the short trip out to hopefully play in the snow at Viking Vinter Vunderland! This is the only event in the Outlands daring enough to be held OUTSIDE in January! But, you say, "that must be horribly cold?!" Fear not, Location:
Barony of Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Spring Bears Event

The Shire of Stormsport welcomes all to the Annual Spring Bears Event on March 3rd, 2007.

Activities this year will include heavy weapons as per normal, more activities to be announced later.

This year's event will be held at the Erie Day School, of 1372 West 6th Street, Erie PA 16505. With the site opening at 9 am and closing at 9 pm, there will be something for everyone. A gymnasium floor will Location:
Shire of Stormsport (Erie, Pennsylvania)

Pilgrimages of the 11th and 12th Centuries

The Barony of Lonely Tower invites you to their Annual 12th Night celebration. Haven’t been on a pilgrimage for a while? Join us as we offer 4 pilgrimage locations for you to visit.

Activities for the day include:

  • Visit all 4 pilgrimage sites to collect your pilgrimage badges and then turn them in at Troll for your site token.
  • A&S Theme: “On the Pilgrim Way”: Anything you would pack, carry, wear, find, Location:
    arony of Lonely Tower (Omaha, Nebraska)

A Temperance of Cooks: Calontir Cooking Symposium

Greetings! Please find below the list of classes for the upcoming "A Temperance of Cooks" - Calontir Cook's Guild Symposium, April 28, 2007, in the Barony of Forgotten Sea. It will be an all-day event, with multiple tracks of classes, a potluck feast, and a lunch-time keynote speech provided by Duke Cariadoc of the Bow. We are hoping for a wide variety of classes on a number of topics, and will have capability for hands-on classes. Location:
Barony of Forgotten Sea (Kansas City Missouri)

Jour d'Amour

On behalf of the Incipient Shire of Drakenmere, we would like to extend a special invitation to all performing artists in Meridies to attend Jour d'Amour (Weekend of January 26-28) at Indian Springs State Park in Jackson, GA. The theme of the event is the "Venetian Carnivale," and thus we wanted to have a special emphasis on performing arts. We have arranged most of the day in the main hall to be set up solely for performing arts (Poetic Oration, European Dance, Middle Eastern Dance, Instrumentals, and Vocal Performance--if you have a question about where your performance might fit in, contact us, and we'll work something out). Location:
Incipient Shire of Drakenmere (Jackson, Georgia)

Caer Galen Arts and Sciences

All ye gentles, hearken to the joyous words of Carrick and Katherina, Baron and Baroness of Caer Galen. Come learn, come enjoy, come view the amazing works of our local artisans at the Caer Galen Baronial Arts and Sciences Competition.

Competition Categories:

  • Best Blue & Gold or Baronial Entry
  • Youths' Open Category (up to age 16)
  • New Skill (anything new to entrant in last year) Location:
    Barony of Caer Galen (Longmont, Colorado)

Dragons come to Springfield Museums

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism will be on hand December 26-30, 2006 when the at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts present a Medieval Faire.

Twelfth Night Coronation

The Barony of Dragon's Laire welcomes all to witness the Coronation of Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Sven Fallgr Gunnarsson and Signy Oksendahl, the Heirs to the Their Royal Majesties Amalric Blackhart and Caia Snowden as They take Their rightful places upon the Sable Throne of An Tir at the Twelfth Night Coronation, January 12-14, 2007.

In addition to welcoming the successors to the crown of An Tir, festivities will include: Location:
Barony of Dragon's Laire (Ocean Shores, Washington)

East Kingdom Twelfth Night

Very high and powerful princes, dukes, counts, barons, lords, knights and squires at arms, gentle lords and ladies of the East Kingdom (and all you peasants...), the Barony of Dragonship Haven would like to cordially invite you to attend the East Kingdom Twelfth Night. We will be holding it at the lovely Golden Hill Methodist Church in Bridgeport CT, on the 6th of January 2007.

We have a day planned packed full of shopping, schmoozing, A&S displays, youth activities, and great food. Location:
Barony of Dragonship Haven (Bridgeport, Connecticut)

Today in the Middle Ages: December 21, 1494

The city of Naples reported an outbreak of a new disease on December 21, 1494 C.E. Its modern name: syphilis.

Wal-Mart says it will not remove fabric department

In an article dated December 4, 2006, Anita French of the Morning News reports that the retail giant Wal-Mart will not be closing the fabric departments in 80% of its stores by April 2007, as has been reported on a number of blogs.

December 20th

Novel of Crusader Period Reviewed

A new novel reviewed in the Los Angeles Times allows readers "to vicariously experience the drama and political intrigue of the Middle Ages."

Amsterdam Exhibit Recreates Ottoman Bazaar

A medieval church in Amsterdam is housing a walk-though exhibition that captures "all facets of daily life in Istanbul between the 15th and 20th century."

Satan Getting Press: New Books about the Devil

"As anybody who has seen the recent Meryl Streep movie The Devil Wears Prada knows, Satan is back in vogue. It is unsurprising, then, that some of the Devil’s sparkle has rubbed off in Western universities."

December 19th

Today in the Middle Ages: December 19, 960

On December 19, 960 C.E., the citizens of Kyoto, Japan began to rebuild the city after it was ravaged by fire.

President's Report of the December 2006 Board Conference Calls

Patrick Anderson, Interim President of the SCA Inc., has published his report from the two most recent conference call meetings of the SCA Board of Directors.

Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Dame Aoife returns to us after her job-induced hiatus, just in time to offer a collection of clever gift ideas for the holidays!

Joan of Arc Relic Authenticity in Doubt

A piece of bone and fragment of blackened cloth preserved in France since the fifteenth century may not be authentic relics of St. Joan. A new scientific examination of the items raises questions.

December 18th

Merchanting at Canterbury Faire

Lord Bartholomew has posted information regarding merchanting at the upcoming Canterbury Faire in the Barony of Southron Gaard (New Zealand). The Faire takes place February 1-6, 2007.

Laurels United In Caid

On December 3, 2006, in the Kingdom of Caid, Mistress Huette and Master Hroar (Timothy Whitcomb and Pat Lammerts) exchanged wedding vows.

Alasdair and Kateryn to Lead Caer Anterth Mawr

Their Majesties Siegfried and Gwyneth of the Kingdom of Northshield have announced that Alasdair Calum Montgomery and Kateryn of Cornwall will be the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

December 17th

England's First Printed Page

A photography of an indulgence printed by William Caxton in 1476 is available to view on the website of the UK National Archives. The page was the first printed in England.