Archive - Mar 2007

March 8th

Celebrating Days of Yore

The Hollister Free Lance reports from a tournament in the Barony of Darkwood.

Iron Chef competition at Gulf Wars

Bantiarna Morin inghen Ruairc has announced that the upcoming Gulf Wars XVI will feature an Iron Chef cooking competition.

March 7th

L' Esercisio della Spada

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The Company of the Martillodores does send word to all that would accept our challenge to once again come to the Field of Honor and fight with Courtesy, Skill, Camaraderie and Style! All who would come to meet us will be prepared to show the assembled Gallery their best display of those aforementioned qualities in both the Arte of Defense with the rapier (which will be conducted in the style of a Pas d' Armes) Location:
Younge's Grove, Turlock, California

Forensic photography used to determine color of ancient textiles

Archaeologists at the Ohio State University are using crime scene techniques to try to determine the color of ancient fabrics. Forensic photography can use ultraviolet and infrared light to look for stains or fingerprints. In this case, they are seeking the original colors of prehistoric Indian fabrics.

Estrella feedback forms

Maestro Diego de Marulanda al Nadil, Miastreas Deborah Inis Glas, and Baroness Alexandra de Le Mer Vert, autocrats for Estrella War XXIII, have announced that they are accepting comments regarding the recent War.

Morgan & Livia New Heirs to Atenveldt Throne

At the Atenveldt Crown Tournament, held March 3 in the Shire of Burning Sands (Yuma, AZ), Sir Morgan Crusadene Claymore and Lady Livia Alexandra Severa became the new Crown Prince and Princess of Atenveldt, defeating Sir Matthais Broussard la Caignon (called Keigan) and Mistress Morgana Quarry in the final round.

Winter issue of "Mead, Meat & More" available

ban-Ollaimh Cinniu ingen Cuthbaid, Editor of Northshield's Mead, Mead & More, has announced that the Winter 2007 issue is now available.

March 6th

Bride vs Groom Melee and wedding photos from Estrella

Wallace and Viola were married recently at Estrella XXIII. Photos from the wedding and the Bride vs. Groom Rapier Melee are available to view online.

New Baby in Atenveldt

Congratulations to Lord Iamys MacMurray de Morayshire (Cody Barker) and Lady Rachel Phethean (Rachel Phethean). They had a baby girl, Laurana Marie Barker, at 12:52 a.m., on March 1, 2007.

Known World Dance Symposium

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The sixth biennial Known World Dance Symposium will be held in Seattle, Washington this summer. Early pre-registration is now open, and proposals for workshops and performances are being accepted. An outline of the schedule is also available. More information about the site and lodging will be posted soon. We expect that registration for on-site lodging will be available in March.

The event is organized by the Seattle branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), the Barony of Madrone. The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which may feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. Location:
Barony of Madrone (Seattle, Washington)

Cherry Blossom Viewing

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The arrival of cherry blossoms signals the end of chilly winter and the most anticipated season change. We find our imaginations still intact and undampened. Warriors of the Kamakura Period (late 12th - 14th c.) always considered cherry blossoms the symbol of a life lived fully, no matter how short. So do we at this time of rejoicing and reflection, gather with family and friends to appreciate the passing and coming of seasons. Spread your blanket picnic style and share in revelry, food, fighting (both heavy and rapier), singing, dancing and do as much as we can outdoors. Location:
Barony of Eskalya (Anchorage, Alaska)

Defenders Tourney

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The Shire of Sylvan Glen is holding its annual event - the Defenders of Sylvan Glen July 6-8.

There will be heavy fighting! There will be rapier duels (a "pearls and swine" if enough brave souls enter)! There will be youth fighting! There will be thrown weapons of all sorts! There will be an archery contest (if I can find someone willing to be the archery Marshall)! All martial activities are "tourney" style (up to each marshall to devise what kind of tourney he would like to Marshall, within the combat rules of AEthelmearc), with pick-up fights after the tourney. There will be prizes galore - including $10.00 gas cards to each winner in the above categories. Not to mention, the winning heavy fighter, rapier contestant, and each youth fighter will receive commerative wooden long swords. The Thrown weapons winner receives a ceremonial knife. Archery prize to be determined when I have an archery Marshall. ***A&S*** = In order to encourage more A&S projects, we are offering a $35.00 SCA gift certificate (good for a 1 year membership), to the winner of our A&S competition. The theme is - Medieval Monsters, and Bestiary Beasts. All youth A&S participants will receive a token of participation. AND classes - right now we only have one fine offering - a basketry class, material cost $5.00, taught by the renown Beth of Sylvan Glen. Last year we offered an entire tract of scribal activities, so be looking for scribal arts to be featured at this event. For the entertainment of our youth, we offer a periodish fishing kit (a stick, a string, a hook, and some worms). To be used with parental supervision only! There is a fishing pond at the site. In WV, all fisher persons under the age of 15, may fish without a license. If I can find a fishing marshall, we will organize a period fishing derby (I have permission). WV offers a one day fishing license., which can purchased on line for $15.00, or stop in at the Martinsburg Wal-Mart on your way to the event. A fine feast is in the final stages of planning by our own Joy of Sylvan Glen. Finally, come watch the hounds run, as a demo of coursing will be held (and a real competition held if enough dog people attend). Please see our website - Defenders of Sylvan Glen. or contact me, Marianna Molin di Salerno (also known as Noor or Nancy) at mariannamolindisalerno@yahoo.com Bardic competition - bring your best story, song, or poem. Winner will receive a $10.00 gift cert. from SCA and a $10.00 Sheetz card. Location:
(Martinsburg West Virginia)

Dreamstone Tourney XXVIII

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The People's Barony of Bryn Madoc invites one and all to Dreamstone Tourney 28 to be held on April 19-21, 2007 at Camp Rutledge, Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia.

http://www.brynmadoc.org/dreamstone28.html

ACTIVITIES
FIRST TOURNAMENT — Bridesmaid Tournament. This is a single elimination tournament open only to those who have never won a tournament before. Location:
Barony of Bryn Madoc (Rutledge, Georgia)

Clear Collegium and Newcomers Event

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Come one, come all to Clear's first event! Our numbers are growing, and that means NEW PEOPLE! So many, in fact, that we're having a Collegium / Newcomer's event. There will be classes on basic t-tunics, chainmaille, leatherworking, fighting, and others. The class schedule is in the process of being finalized, and will be posted later today or tomorrow.

We have both adults and children without garb, so if you have any gold key that may be borrowed for the day, please bring some. Location:
Stronghold of Clear (Anderson, Alaska)

Mudthaw

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One and all are invited to Settmour Swamp to celebrate with us as Their Majesties Lucan and Yana invest Alexander MacGregor and Rhiannon de Licorne as our new Baron and Baroness!

Mudthaw will feature a wide variety of activities: tournaments in Armored Combat, Rapier, and Youth Combat, Archery, Thrown Weapons, and an array of Fine Merchants. Artisans can enter their works in a Competition with the theme of "Heraldry", in addition to an Exhibit for anyone who would like to display completed or in-progress work. We will sate your appetites with a lunch dayboard and a grand feast, cooked by Wilhelm van Utrecht, in the evening. Their Majesties will hold Royal Court, along with the final Court of Baron Teric and Baroness Paigan, and the first Court of Alexander and Rhiannon. The event will conclude with dancing to the music of the Bhakaili Branslers! Location:
Barony of Settmour Swamp (Somerset, New Jersey)

California SCAdian opens fencing school

Quartz Hill, California resident Antek Ignatowicz opened the Phoenyx Fencing Studio last year and now provides classes for municipal recreation programs. Christine Berwick of the Antelope Valley Press has the story.

New Peers Made at Estrella

During Estrella War XXIII, TRM Phelan II & Elzbieta II of Atenveldt created several new peers.

March 5th

Bones of Saint Philipp for sale in Russia

The skull and bone purported to be holy relics of Saint Philipp are for sale by a private owner on a Russian website. The Russian Orthodox Church has called the sale "blasphemous."

Compleat Anachronist seeking youth-related articles

Tonwen ferch Gruffudd Aur, editor, of The Compleat Anachronist is looking for material "geared towards basic skills and projects that are suitable for kids, about 9-13 years."

Combatants for Outlands Crown Tourney

Balthazar Tegero has posted the list of combatants for the upcoming Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of the Outlands.

March 4th

Iron Chef Siege Cooking Gulf Wars XVI

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The fertile lands of the countryside flow with the enemy’s blood. You and your companions have been under siege for some time, and your allies have not been able to break through to assuage the needs of the strong fortress. Meanwhile, your supplies are running low. The enemy commander has requested a parlay to entreat you to surrender before he is forced to starve you into submission. You have been commanded by your lord to prepare a dinner for the parlay. You are charged (on short notice) with using what meager supplies you have to fool the enemy into thinking you can hold out indefinitely. In truth, you hope to hold out until your allies can break through with the desperately needed supplies. Location:
Herbal Pavilion, Artisian's Row, Gulf Wars Site

Muslim tiles herald early mathematical breakthroughs

A new study of Islamic tile art indicates that the designers had made stunning breakthroughs in mathematics. The quasicrystalline designs, produced in the 15th century, were not created until 500 years later in the western world.

Nicholas Howe, Anglo-Saxon scholar, dies in Oakland, California

Nicholas Howe, one of the world's leading scholars of Anglo-Saxon studies, died of complications arising from leukemia September 27, 2006 in Oakland, California. R. M. Liuzza of the University of Tennessee has posted an obituary on the Old English Newsletter website.

March is "Play the Recorder" month

Remus Fletcher of the Kingdom of AEthlemearc reminds us that March is "Play the Recorder Month," and that March 11, in particular, is "Play the Recorder Day."

March 3rd

History Channel chronicles Saint Patrick's Day

The History Channel has collected material on the history of Saint Patrick's Day on its website. The site includes a short video.

Peers created in Atlantia

At the recent Tournament of Love and Beauty hosted by the Barony of Ponte Alto, Their Majesties of the Kingdom of Atlantia created two new peers and placed one other on vigil for future elevation.

History's greatest banquets

Ed Caesar of the Independent celebrates the arts of cookery and gluttony by reviewing history's top ten greatest banquets.

"Seven Deadly Sins" photos online

Lady Barbary Rose of Endless Hills has posted photos from the recent Seven Deadlies event in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

March 2nd

Barbarian Battle Tech on the History Channel

On Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 20:00 (EST), the History Channel will air an episode of Modern Marvels entitled "Barbarian Battle Tech," which deals with weapons that revolutionized warfare.

Canterbury Tales Event

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Welcome good gentles and come rest yourself from your long winter's Journey at the "Chanticleer" Tavern. Where you can regale your fellow pilgrims and travelers with tales from far off lands as you enjoy our hearty tavern fare prepared by our own Margaret Makafee. If you wish just to pass a quiet day, there will be a selection of Tavern games you can play, or you might just sit and enjoy listening to the tales Location:
Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)