Archive - Nov 2007

November 24th

Dark Ages bright spot in Tuscon, Arizona

About 100 SCAdians gathered in Tuscon's Himmel Park for the Dragon's Hoard Annual Festival of Monsters, a fundraiser for the Barony of Tir Ysgithr, where they interacted with some of the locals. Jeffry Scott of the Arizona Daily Star has the story. (photos)

November 23rd

Great Hall of the Old Deanery for sale in England

A 13th century medieval hall, located in the Salisbury Cathedral Close in England is up for sale. Originally built as a residence for 60 deans, the building was completely restored in 1963 and has been available as a venue for rent.

Infant mortality research abstract online

The News for Medievalists blog reports that a research paper dealing with the topic of infant mortality has been published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology

William and Onora Heirs in Gleann Abhann

HE Baroness Alina nic an Bhaird reports that Their Excellencies Viscount Sir William fitz Hugh de Cambria and Viscountess Onora inghean mhic Cathain are the new Prince and Princess of Gleann Abhann.

Eirik Andersen's photos from Ealdormere Crown Tournament

Eirik Andersen has posted his photos from the recent Fall 2007 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

Dane Hunter Monthony born in Northshield

Viscount Aubrey Swyftwater has announced the birth of a son, Dane Hunter Monthony, to Lady Rosalia and himself in the Kingdom of Northshield.

November 22nd

Office warrior weapons

Just in time for the holidays: "High quality, durable, foam latex weapons. They look real and can deliver a sweet beat down!" (video)

Photos from Atenveldt's Champions' Tourney

Simon and Magdalen of the Kingdom of Atenveldt share photos from the Champions' Tourney which took place at Coronation on November 3-4, 2007 in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Royal baby in Ealdormere

Their Royal Highnesses Rustique and Aaron of the Kingdom of Ealdormere are the proud parents of a baby boy.

Plimoth Plantation embroidery blog

A daily blog by members of the Plimoth Plantation's (Massachusetts) embroiders' guild shares notes and progress on a variety of early 17th century projects including the current one: an embroidered jacket.

Gilyan Clonmacnoise to be elevated to Pelican at Ansteorra Coronation

Jean Paul de Sens reports that THL Gilyan Clonmacnoise has been offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties of the kingdom of Ansteorra.

November 21st

Saxon remains found in Twyford

Workers on the site of a school in Twyford, England worried when they discovered human remains until it was determined that the skeletons belonged to 1,300-year-old Saxons.

Fan Haven community grows in Arizona desert

SCAdian and internationally-known filker Leslie Fish has purchased land in the Arizona desert for the purpose of creating a community for fans, Pagans and SCA members.

[WES] Beaconsgate Boar Hunt and Feast

description:
The holidays are coming, and so is the Annual Beaconsgate Boar Hunt. We will be at our traditional site, Camp Herms. In addition to the Hunt during the day, we will have many activities within the hall (dancing, singing, music, games) for non-fighters and tired fighters. Please plan to bring something for your lunch if you are coming on site early.

For those of you who may not know, a Boar Hunt is a fighting activity, with fighters armed with two maces playing the part of the Boar. Hunters are armed with spears, and hounds with daggers. There are also unarmored dogs, who seek out the boars and bark when they are discovered -- this can be a great role for a mature child accompanied by a responsible adult. If there is enough interest (and a qualified volunteer marshal), we may add a hunt for rapier fighters. Location:
Province of the Mists (El Cerrito, California)

Ansteorran Crown Tourney results

The Ansteorran Kingdom Seneschal is reporting the results of today's Crown Tourney, fought following the failure of the prior Crown Prince & Princess, in the Barony of Bordermarch.

SCA Grand Council Nomination Announcement

Lord Wulfred Hansard of Richmond, Chairman of the Nominations Committee of the Grand Council of the SCA, Inc., announces that the Council is seeking applicants for the Council.

An academic reviews "Beowulf"

Tim Machan, professor of English at Marquette University, offers his thoughts on the latest version (2007) of Beowulf. He finds it "consistent to the original atmosphere that produced it."

November 20th

Roman tombstone found in Scotland

A red sandstone Roman Tombstone, the first Scottish example ever found, has been unearthed near Inveresk, Scotland proving "that Inveresk was a pivotal Roman site in northern Britain."

Society for Creative Anachronism Mission Statement

The Board of Directors has created a mission statement, business statement, and value statement for the Society for Creative Anachronism.

FBI Returns Stolen Maps to Spain

Earlier this year, a man named Cesar Gomez Rivero from Uruguay allegedly walked into the Biblioteca Nacional de España and swiped a series of maps from a 15th century edition of Geographia (one of four major treatises of Ptolemy, the Greek scholar who lived in Roman Egypt during the second century).

Holy Pail III photos online

Ysabel Bertrand has posted an album of photos from the recent Holy Pail III event in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

Feast Menu and Recipe Archive created in Northshield

Ysabeau de La Rochelle from the Kingdom of Northshield reports that she is working with a team of developers to create an online Northshield Feast Menu and Recipe Archive.

November 19th

AEthelmearc's fencing community grows

Lord Stephan Calvert deGrey of the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael reports that a baby daughter was born to Don Ivan ap Myrddin and Doña Elisa inn Rau Hara November 3, 2007.

Roman theatre lives in the Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome will be the site of a special exhibition of Roman theatre, hosting "statues, mosaics, painted vases and fragments of wall paintings depicting actors and their masks, dancing girls, musicians, acrobats and jugglers" in a display that will continue until February 17, 2008.

Nadrah Bint Valizan al Garnatiyya to be elevated in Ealdormere

Valizan reports that Nadrah Bint Valizan al Garnatiyya was placed on vigil for elevation to the Order of the Pelican by Their Majesties Trumbrand and Kaylah of Ealdormere.

[WES] Fighter Practice and Feast

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The Stronghold of Warriors' Gate presents Fighter Practice and Feast

When: Sunday 25 November
10:45 Meet at the Main Gate for Sign in.
11:00 Meet at Dorm 708 for Fighter Practice.
2:00 Meet at Dorn 386 for Feast.
Where: Osan AFB

Fighting: There is a BBQ pit in the middle of a Square of Dorms that includes Dorm 708 and 705. This is where we usually met for Fighter Practice. There are space for the spectators to sit and good space Location:
Stronghold of Warrior's Gate (Osan AFB, South Korea)

[ATE] Twin Moons Tavern Tourney

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Come one! Come all! Join the "knights" of the oval table as they take a day off from their Quest for the Holy something-or-other and make merry at Monty Python's Pickled Pub on December 1st, 2007. English shenanigans shall ensue with maiming, brawling, bringing out the dead, hurling insults, seeking shrubbery and fighting off killer bunnies. Whilst enjoying the spectacle, lunch on fine Camelot fare, including Ham and Jam and Spam a lot. Location:
Barony of Twin Moons (Tempe, Arizona)

[EAL] Wassail

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The Canton of Bryniau Tywynnog presents Wassail December 15, 2007, Tavistock Community Center, Tavistock ON

Join us for a day of fighting, feasting, and merrymaking, as the dark of approaching winter is lightened by seasonal cheer. This year's Wassail features:

  • A Royal Tournament (Pole Arms)
  • A Royal Clinic (Pole Arms), presented by His Excellency Sir Edward the Red
  • A Royal Class (Cotehardies), presented by Her Excellency Sir Elizabeth Mortimer Location:
    Canton of Bryniau Tywynnog (Tavistock Ontario)

[EAS] Yule Gathering and Feast

description:
Greetings and gracious felicitations, all ye good gentles. It is that time of year once again, with the leaves fallen, and the air now crisp with pending snow. It is also that time for the Barony of Bergental to welcome all unto the Great Hall to enjoy the company of friends; to entertain and to be entertained; to browse the wares of merchants... In all, a time to come together in fellowship and enjoy the season. Location:
Barony of Bergental (Springfield, Massachusetts)

[OUT] Midwinter and War Practice 2007

description:
Come help celebrate the Twelve Days of Jule (Tolv Dagen Jul) with Baron Gregor and Baroness Monika. Feast on the finest delicacies of 10th century Norway in al-Barran's mead hall. Celebrate in the camaraderie sharing stories the feats of daring and great deeds from the past year. A treat to the eyes will be provided with our great entertainers of al-Barran. Wandering carolers will sing sweetly around the hall. We will be holding a contest for the best boast or toast. Location:
Barony of al-Barran (Albuquerque, New Mexico)