Archive - Jun 2006

June 19th

Rare Exmoor ponies to help save dwindling peat bog

Ponies from an endangered breed, descended from the original British "hill ponies," are being brought into a nature preserve on the Solway Plain in England, to graze away grasses that threaten one of the area's few remaining peat bogs.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 19, 325

The Emperor Constantine convened the first Council of Nicea on June 19, 325.

Field of the Cloth of Gold

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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! My Lords and Ladies! To every man, woman and child of the realm, good gentles all! Their Excellencies Thorvald and Bianca, the Founding Baronage of Gryphon's Lair invite you to the Lair's Premiere Baronial Championship. Come one, come all and join us on "The Field of the Cloth of Gold", A Celebration of the Tournament.

Field of the Cloth of Gold/ Baronial Championships Barony of Gryphon's Lair Location:
Barony of Gryphon's Lair (Terrace, Utah)

Darkwood A&S Tourney

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Join the Barony of Darkwood for our annual Arts and Sciences Tourney! We will have a full weekend of classes and workshops, a potluck dinner Saturday evening, the Bard of the Oaks Competition, and the first Oaken Chef competition.

Where?
We are at a NEW SITE this year! At Bolado Park in Tres Pinos, we will be camping at the Gate 4 campgrounds. This is across the street from Gate 2, where we usually enter and welcome our Barony population and visitors for our events. Location:
Barony of Darkwood (Tres Pinos, California)

Middle East Feast

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The Barony of Twin Moons of the Kingdom of Atenveldt (Phoenix, Arizona) would like to invite you to experience the Middle East with us. We are holding our annual Middle East Feast on Saturday August, 19, 2006.

For those who have never attended, this is a day long, indoor event with drumming, dancing, merchants and a huge menu of Middle Eastern Food. You are encouraged to bring rugs, pillows, low coffee tables, drums, drapes so that the hall has an Eastern feel, and you have a place to lounge. All these elements go together to create a spectacular, one-of-a-kind event that is a great tradition in our lands Location:
Barony of Twin Moons (Phoenix, Arizona)

Washington Medieval Faire "Awesome!"

“This is really awesome,” said Tasmin Trautman, 12. “I like the forges, the ceremonies and the music. I will come back next year for sure.” Annie Tietje of the North Kitsap (Washington) Herald chronicles the activities at the recent Medieval Faire presented in Port Gamble by the Barony of Dragon’s Laire.

June 18th

Digging Resumes at Manx Abbey

Excavation has begun for the summer at Rushen Abbey on the Isle of Man, where a wealth of medieval artifacts has been discovered in previous digs beginning in 1997.

Baronial Investiture Features "Rock, Paper, Scissors" A&S Tourney

Kayleigh McWhyte, Event Coordinator for the East Kingdom's Rock, Paper, Scissors II, reports on the event which took place June 3, 2006 in the Barony Beyond the Mountain. The event honored the investiture of the new Baron and Baroness Dinsdale and Aelgifa.

Fiber Arts Festival in Israel

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"Chag HaGez" in Maale Levona*
Monday, June 26, 2006
30 Sivan 5766

Starting at 16:00

Program:

  • Sheep Shearing
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Dying
  • Children's Activities
  • Pony Rides
  • Refreshments for sale
  • Arts and Crafts for sale

Special concert by Shlomo Shavit

A bus will be leaving from Jerusalem at 15:00 (fee for the bus and happening is 20NIS p/p or 100 NIS per family) Location:
Maale Levona, Israel

Today in the Middle Ages: June 18, 1541

Hernando de Soto, the Spanish-born explorer and conquistador, crossed the Mississippi River westward on or about June 18, 1541.

Mongolia Honors Genghis Khan with Rock Opera

This year Mongolia celebrates it's 800th anniversary. One of the events honoring the country's rich history is a rock opera about Mongolia's most famous citizen: Genghis Khan.

June 17th

Rare Dyes in Kabul Bazaar

Nathan Santamaria, a reporter for National Public Radio, reports on his search for rare natural dyes in a Kabul, Afghanistan market. Listen to the All Things Considered report and view photos online.

In Search of the Lost Mission of Santa Isabel de Utinahica

Amateur archaeologists in the state of Georgia are on a mission - or looking for one: the lost mission of Santa Isabel de Utinahica, built in the 17th century somewhere near Jacksonville.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 17, 900

On June 17, 900, Fulk, the Archbishop of Reims, was assassinated by the Count of Flanders, who was excommunicated as a result.

Excavation of Hanoi's Ancient Citadel Continues

In 2003, when construction workers set out to build a new parking lot for Vietnam's legislature, they were surprised to discover the remains of a 1,000-year-old century citadel buried beneath the city.

June 16th

Archers Helped Colonize the World

In a recent paper, archaeologist and Cambridge professor Paul Mellars suggests that the technological development of the bow and arrow helped lead to human colonization of the world.

British archaeologists find the King's Table

The Australian reports that sections of the King's Table, an elaborately-carved stone table used for English coronation feasts and state banquets as far back as the 13th century, have been found under the floor of the Palace of Westminster.

Warlord and Champions 2006

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There comes a time each year that the Coronet of the strong and noble Barony of Dragonsspine requests that fighters from throughout the Kingdom come test their mettle in tournaments of skill and chivalry. These tests of skill will include all of the fighting arts such as heavy combat, rapier finesse and the art of the long strike with archery. And new to this year, a tournament of fun and skill; a boffer tournament to showcase the Pride of the Outlands will be held. Location:
Barony of Dragonsspine (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Today in the Middle Ages: June 16, 1567

The 25-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in England on June 16, 1567, a few weeks before being forced to abdicate her throne.

Drachenwald Kingdom University

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The Shires of Aventiure and Baernau are happy to invite all and everyone to this years Kingdom University in the fabulous Town of Luebeck in the Central Region of Drachenwald. Join us in a 2 day celebration of the Arts and Sciences of the beautiful Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Site: Jugendherberge "Vor dem Burgtor", am Gertrudenkirchhof 4, 23568 Lübeck; Site opens at 16:00 on Friday and closes at 12:00 Location:
Shires of Aventiure & Baernau (Luebeck, Germany)

Campfire Rice

Chicken and Apricot Curry

Mid-Realm Bardic Madness VIII: The Song of the Sea

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Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres, Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets, Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players as well.

This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 11th, 2006. Our hosts will be the Barony of Brendoken (most of NE Ohio). Many thanks go to all of them for their hospitality in helping the bardic community out this year. Our theme will be the sea and all that lies within it. Location:
Barony of Brendoken (Smithville, Ohio)

Meridies Court Photo Album Online

THLord Roger-Luc Besson, of the Barony of the Southdowns, has posted photos from the Meridies Kingdom A&S event sponsored by the Shires of Marion Glen and Ravenwood.

June 15th

Googling Shakespeare

Google has placed "The complete plays of Shakespeare... at your fingertips," according to the Google Book Search website.

Armor Stolen in Nordmark

Baroness Katheryn Hebenstreit, Chronicler for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports that an SCA fighter from Nordmark (Sweden) has had his armor stolen during a burglary.

Newly-SCAdian mother seeks help locating missing daughter

Marjorie Jones, a newcomer to the SCA in Utah and mother of missing Staci Jones, seeks help from fellow SCAdians in locating her daughter, who may be headed for Texas with a stranger. This is a public service announcement; the disappearance is not connected with the SCA or its activities.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 15, 1330

Edward the Black Prince was born on June 15, 1330.

Medieval times relived at Renaissance Festival

The Hagerstown Morning Herald reports from Highland River Melees in the Barony of Highland Foorde.

June 14th

Keeping the Past SAFE

The looting of Baghdad's National Museum in 2003 inspired the founding of Save Antiquities For Everyone, or SAFE. The organization aims to protect antiquities and preserve the world's cultural heritage.