Archive - 2006

November 27th

Pennsic Site Fees Increased

Due to the rise in Pennsylvania's minimum wage, the Coopers have been forced to increase the gate fee for Pennsic 36. Adult member fees (without pre-registration) will be increased to $130 for those attending both weeks.

Virtual Armoring Exhibitions Online

The Higgins Armory Museum and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have created a series of virtual exhibitions dealing with the martial arts in Medieval and Renaissance Europe with an emphasis on armor and fighting techniques.

November 26th

Viking Ship to Sail Next Summer

A dream will come true next summer for a group of would-be Vikings who have volunteered to sail the Danish ship Havhingsten on a seven-week, 1,000-mile voyage.

Estrella War XXIII A&S Collegium Instructors Needed

Mistress Elspeth von Bremen, A&S Collegium Steward for Estrella War XXIII, is requesting instructors to participate in the Collegium at the upcoming War.

Pesky Peasants

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This year’s event will be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in beautiful Berea, Ohio!

There will be two heated buildings, one for classes, food and merchants and another for combat. Although the buildings will be heated, the walk to and from will not be, so please dress for the weather. Unless it is snowing/raining, we will be having a winter archery range as well. We will be serving an ala carte breakfast, hot lunch and the feast will be Alsace theme based (French/German). Location:
Cleftlands (Berea, OH)

Arts on Display at the Tavern at Kingdom's Edge

Garry and Pamela Dick of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc shared their bookbinding skills recently at the Tavern on the Edge of the Kingdom event in Barboursville, West Virginia. The event was covered by Rachel Gensler for the Herald-Dispatch.

November 25th

Feast of the Bear Photos Online

Eirik Andersen has announced that he has posted photos from the recent Feast of the Bear event on the Two Ravens website. Feast of the Bear took place November 4, 2006 in the Royal Citie of Eoforwic (Kingdom of Ealdormere).

Soper Lane

A group of women in London have joined together to study and re-create the working lives of their counterparts in the 15th century. Soper Lane, named after the silkweaving district in London, offers information on textiles, costuming and other activities.

Roman Coins Offered to Placate the Gods?

Archaeologists working near the city of Cuijk in the Netherlands have discovered a cache of 3rd century Roman coins and other treasures, apparently as an offering at the spot where a bolt of lightning had struck.

More Atlantian Crown Tourney Photos Online

Lidia de Ragusa has posted photos from the recent Fall 2006 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

November 24th

Optics Scholar Offers Discussion of Use of Projectors by Renaissance Painters

Dr. David G. Stork, Chief Scientist of Ricoh Innovations, heads up a discussion of a theory by David Hockney that painters, as far back as 1420, used projection devices to enable them to trace images onto canvas.

Queen's Collegium Photos Posted

Simon Drake has announced that he has posted photos from the Barony of Dragonspine's Queen's Collegium which took place recently in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

Early Byzantine Costume Research Papers Online

Meghan Elphinstone, Arts & Sciences Champion for the Barony of Marinus in Atlantia, has posted her extensive research on early Byzantine costuming. The two papers are available in PDF format.

Cynagua Fall 2006 Coronet Photos Online

Esmeralda of the Lakes has posted photos from the recent Coronet Tournament in the Principality of Cynagua in the Kingdom of the West.

November 23rd

Elizabethan Garb Stolen in the West

Deborah Doyle reports that an Elizabethan gown was stolen from her garage in the San Francisco area on November 18, 2006.

Jarl Peregrine Mackay elevated to Chivalry in Drachenwald

September 9, 2006, at Raglan Castle in Wales, TRM Moira and Michael of Drachenwald elevated Jarl Peregrine Mackay to the Order of Chivalry. He was knighted on the field, following a series of fighting scenarios in and through Raglan Castle.

Helm and Crossbow Stolen in the Outlands

Baron Larke reports that his truck was broken into November 19, 2006 in the area of Aurora, Colorado. A helm, mundane tools and a combat crossbow were stolen.

Atlantia to make several peers

In the Kingdom of Atlantia, the recent Crown Tournament and War of the Wings events became venues at which Their Majesties summoned forth a total of three noble lords, who will be offered elevation to Peerage in early 2007.

Atlantia Fall 2006 Crown Tourney Photos Online

Kynnyth Pyke has posted an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

November 22nd

Volunteers Needed for Estrella Pre-War Security

Lady Sarah Thorarinsdottir, Volunteer Coordinator and Lord Aleyn Randwoulf, Pre-War Security Deputy for Estrella War XXIII send forth a plea for assistance for the upcoming War.

Firenze e Milano

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A chill is in the air, and the leaves have turned. The harvest is being taken and the bounty of the land lends to celebration. This means that winter comes soon. But even in the bleak midwinter, there is cause for celebration.

Their Excellencies Sir Gregor and Lady Monika invite one and all to celebrate the Midwinter with them in their Barony of al-Barran upon the Feast of Saint Valentine. There will be classes in the morning, Location:
Barony of al-Barran (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Hobby Horse Crusade

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Don't forget the Hobby Horse Crusade, second Saturday of December, Ainslie, ACT (Politarchopolis). $15 members, $18 non-members, $5 kids 8-16, and if you book as a family before the end of November, one adult gets in for the kids' price.

Although it's aimed at being kid-friendly, it's not kids-only. We're focusing on entertainment, so it's a good one to bring newcomers to, or maybe just a good light-weight fun event without politics and pain, if Location:
Politarchopolis (Ainslie, ACT)

Canterbury Faire

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Imagine the scene: 150 or more gentles garbed in soft wools and linens. Banners and pennons fly gently in the breeze that stirs the firs. Nearby is a coffee house, where stories of past renown and future conquest are spun, while spindles twirl a more tangible yarn. To one side, knights and nobles practice the arts martial, while consorts discuss bruise remedies. Flocks of charming children run errands when not playing on the lush green grass. A short walk away there is singing beside the waterhole and splashing in the cool deep waters. A hedgehog snuffles idly by. Location:
Barony of Southron Gaard (Waipara, New Zealand)

Diverse Pleasures IV

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Greetings from Baroness Elizabeth Rae, Heather Buchanan, of Canton des Forges. I am writing to you as the A&S coordinator for Diverse Pleasures IV. The event is a one day event, January 27, 2007, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Birmingham.

This year, the event will be a little different. In addition to classes, there will be an A&S display area. What we have envisioned is an area set up for people to display their entries and to spend Location:
Canton des Forges (Birmingham, Alabama)

Winter Solstice

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The leaves have turned to glorious hues and have fallen to the ground. Man and beast alike have gathered food in preparation for winter. Soon, the land will be lulled into sleep. As the world outside gets colder, we gather by the fire to spend our short winter days and long winter nights along friends and family. During the day, we will cheer on our warriors while they test their mettle on the tourney field or show their prowess with the bow. Atlantia's artisans will also be showing their talent and skill in the arts and sciences. When the day grows short and the air grows colder, we will gather inside to enjoy a sumptuous feast and an array of entertainment. Location:
Barony of the Sacred Stone (Lincolnton, North Carolina)

Pitt Students Gather for "Medieval Experiences"

Sarah Kaufman of the Pitt News learned much about recreating the Middle Ages recently when she paid a visit to members of the Pitt Medieval Interest Group and the Society for Creative Anachronism as they gathered for a fighter practice on a November afternoon in Pittsburgh.

First Knight Elevated in Gleann Abhann

On Saturday, November 18, in the Shire of Iron Ox, the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann created its chevalier, or first knight.

Swords Clash at Missouri Adrian Empire Demo

Lord Christopher Blackthorne, viceroy of the Shire of New Exeter, the Jefferson City, Missouri chapter of the Adrian Empire, helped bring the Middle Ages to life for a crowd of spectators recently at the Mark Twain National Forest near Guthrie, Missouri, recently. Michelle Brooks of the Jefferson City News Tribune had the story.

November 21st

Calontir Crown Tourney Photos & Video Online

Shawn Kraft has posted a photo album from the recent Fall 2006 Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of Calontir.

Rowany Yule Feast

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If you are planning on attending the always fabulous Rowany Yule Feast (and why wouldn't you be), then you should probably let us know and save yourself some money, us some stress and make sure there's enough yummy food for you.

Date & Time:
Saturday 2nd December 2006
Hall opens at 6pm

Location:
Imar Youth Charitable Hall, cnr The Strand & Paisley Roads, Croydon NSW Location:
Barony of Rowany (Croydon New South Wales)