Archive - Apr 2007

April 25th

Fencing sharpens mathematics skills

Sports psychologists believe that fencing can actually improve math skills, perhaps because it improves a perception of geometric shapes.

ARRG VI

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The annual event of ARRG is back once again for it's sixth time! From it's birth in the lands of Ripon to it's new home of the estates of Michael St. Christian, ARRG has and always will be a haven of friends, fighting, and festivities.

Please join us over Memorial Day Weekend (May 25th-28th) for good times and a variety of rapier combat activities and scenarios brought to you by MIC Robert Talbot. Location:
Barony of Jararvellir (Montello, Wisconsin)

Schutzenfest on the Steppes

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Come one and all to celebrate another summer of shooting and riding! After six celebrations of the German Schutzenfest, we're taking a trip to Mongolia. Called "the second-oldest Olympics," this summer festival has celebrated archery, horse-racing, and wrestling for centuries, reportedly since the time of Genghis Khan!

Shoot 'til you drop, ride 'til you fall, compete for the title of Schuetzenkoenig, and feast and revel into the night. The event opens with a torchlight shoot on Friday evening. Saturday starts with some challenging twists on the standard Schuetzenkoenig competition, the Nordskogen Archery Championship tourney, and an afternoon of novelty shoots and a youth-only shoot. Equestrian activities include a challenge course and horse archery. Location:
Barony of Nordskogen (Waconia, Minnesota)

Exhibit on New World maps now on display at the Chrysler

"Envisioning Virginia 1587-1784: Early Maps of the New World" will be on display at the Chrysler Museum of Art, in Norfolk, Virginia, through August 12.

April 24th

Monty Python's Holy Grail Lego-style

The folks at Lego have a little fun in this animated version of knights of the round table scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Marian of Heatherdale announces Amphisbaena Project

In her April 2007 newsletter, recording artist Heather Dale (Lady Marian of Heatherdale) reports that the Amphisbaena Project, a website to allow "independent recording artists who create original works or interpretations that celebrate historical life up until the Renaissance era," will soon be ready.

First Master at Arms Created in Northshield

On Saturday, April 14, before stepping down, Their Majesties Siegfried II & Gwyneth of Northshield elevated HE Viscount Niklos Aurelius Luctator to the Right Noble Order of the Chivalry with the white baldric of a Master at Arms.

Drachenwald Crown Tourney Photos III, IV, and V

Lady Astrid, Baroness Katheryn Hebenstreitz, and Lady Åsa Fredriksdottir graciously share with us their photos from the recent Crown Tournament event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (13th - 15th April 2007).

April 23rd

America's only medieval church

According to the research of the late historian Alwyn Ruddock, America's only medieval church may have been located in Newfoundland. Now University of Bristol researcher Evan Jones wants to use the notes to find the church purportedly built by an Italian friar in 1498.

New Dance activities at Pennsic

Mistress Judith of Northumbria, Dance Coordinator for Pennsic 36, has announced that this year's War will feature some new dance activities including a "Dance Fling" in the Market Place, a Midnight Madness dance procession, and an "Egg Sale."

Atlantia Coronation photos online

Antonio Felluci has announced that he has posted a small album of photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Society for Renaissance Studies calls for papers

Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey of Trinity College in Dublin has announced that the Society for Renaissance Studies National Conference 2008 is calling for papers "on any aspects of Renaissance history." The conference will take place July 10-12, 2008 at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

April 22nd

Sammuel Ray Martinsen born in Atlantia

Belphoebe reports that Sammuel Ray Martinsen was born April 6, 2007 to Lady Hroswitha Von Celle in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Russia's Caucasus "the mountain of tongues"

A 10th-century geographer, traveling in Russia's Caucasus Mountains, referred to them as the "mountain of tongues" due to the diversity of languages preserved in the isolated villages. This diversity continues today in an area which supports 34 ethnic groups.

Britain's forgotten battlefields

In an essay for Britain's Independent, Ian Herbert considers some of the country's forgotten battlefields and how historians should fight for their protection.

6th century embossing die found in Sweden

An amateur archaeologist working at a burial mound near Sättuna on the outskirts of Linköping, Sweden, has discovered a 6th century patrix, a die used to emboss gold, portraying "a woman who resembles a troll."

April 21st

Metal detector finds 7th century Saxon pendant

Stacey Spiby, a metal detector enthusiast from Shepshed, England, has found a rare 7th century Anglo Saxon oval pendant worth “in the region of a few thousand pounds.”

Pennsic instructor deadline approaches

Baronne Una de Saint Luc reports that the deadline for instructors to have their classes listed in the Pennsic book is May 1, 2007.

SCAtoday.net moving to permanent server -- UPDATED

Due to technical problems, the server move scheduled for tonight has been postponed, and will be rescheduled in a few days.

Lincoln aqueduct was functional Roman water source

Archaeologists working on the Lincoln aqueduct in England now believe that underground water source was actually used by the Romans. For centuries it was believed that the aqueduct was built but never used by the Romans.

April 20th

Modern Belgians live medieval lives

Ivonne Janssens and Daniel Grandjean are modern people who live parttime in a medieval world. The Belgian husband and wife have convinced the city fathers of Aarschot to allow them to inhabit the 700-year-old Sint-Rochus tower as a 14th century duchess and her mercenary husband.

Pennsic Deliveries and Off-site Vendor Registration

Duchess Marion, Deputy Mayor for Pennsic Information Services, announces that regulations regarding Pennsic deliveries and off-site vendors are now available online.

Atlantia Northern Regional War Practice

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Greetings warriors of Northern Atlantia, there will be a Northern Regional War Practice on Sunday May 6th within the Barony of Storvik. Our fighting cousins, Galicia, have extended an invitation for us to join them for a day of melee. Let us honor them by giving them a great fight and many stories to share at the Pennsic campfire.

The simple plan for the day is melee, melee, melee.

Pickups start at 10 am, with Melees to start at 11am. Location:
Barony of Storvik (Glenn Dale, Maryland)

"For Those Who Face the Flooding" available for order online

Mistress Tatiana Marana Melville reports that the compact disc For Those who Face the Flooding created to aid victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, is available to order for US$11.50.

Border Keep Hosts an SCA Birthday Party

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Come Join Us as We Celebrate the Society's 41'st Birthday!

Hosted by the Barony of Middle Marches and the Incipient Canton of Border Keep
Place: Barlow Fairgrounds at the intersection of SR 339 at SR 550, Barlow, OH
Date: Saturday May 5th, 2007
Time: 9am - 9pm (Anyone left after 9pm will be considered part of the cleanup crew)
Troll: $8 pre-reg, $9 at the door
Feast: $9 pre-reg, $10 at the door Location:
Incipient Canton of Border Keep (Barlow, Ohio)

Fun with Weasels

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On May 4-6, 2007 The Iron Weasel and Wire Weasel will come back for another year. This year they are joined by their little brother, the Weasel Pup!

Ever wonder what the SCA would do with the Ironman Triathalon? Well this is your answer.

The various Weasel events are 3 part competitions to find the best all around warrior in Heavy Armored Combat (Iron Weasel), Rapier Combat (Wire Weasel), or Youth Boffer (Weasel Pup). Each competitor will compete in a fighting tournament, archery competition and dance competition, ALL in full gear! Location:
Shire of Eastwatch (Burton, Ohio)

Wasteland Wargames photos online

Aedan Mor MacDonough of the Shire of Windale in the Kingdom of Atenveldt, has posted photos from the recent Wasteland Wargames event.

April 19th

May Captaincy

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Come join the Barony of Winter's Gate as it celebrates the month of many moons! This May includes two moons, called the Flower Moon and the Blue Moon. The usual Captaincy activities are expected: tourney to select the Captain of the Militia to lead our barony during the Border War Faire, a fabulous potluck feast, the pageantry of our noble courts, and children's activities which will include a stick weaving class, A&S classes will consist of Advanced Kumihimo, Drop Spindle, and Heraldry 101: placement. Location:
Barony of Winter's Gate (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Merry Month of May

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Once again the tender breath of spring has melted the icy heart of winter in the mountains of Atenveldt. Come join the good folk of the Shire of Granite Mountain as we celebrate the Merry Month of May! There will be tournaments to find a champion in Archery and Combat as well as in the Arts and Sciences. The Champion's Challenge will offer a special prize for entries in the Categories of Needlework, Heraldic Display or Metalwork. Location:
Shire of Granite Mountain (Chino Valley, Arizona)

Kingdom of Atenveldt Arts and Sciences Collegium

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The Autocrats for the June 2nd Arts & Sciences Collegium welcome all gentles of the glorious Kingdom of Atenveldt to join us for a beautiful day of classes, displays, games, food, and fun.

There will be several classrooms and an outdoor area available for our use in passing on knowledge of the arts, sciences, and combat. Other activities include:

*A break in the day to relax and have some lunch (including an opportunity for those culinary enthusiasts to participate in a Populace Choice vote in the best pre-17th century dish) Location:
Barony of Sundragon (Glendale, Arizona)