Archive - Apr 2007

April 10th

Art Institute of Chicago offers Islamic ceramics exhibit

From March 31 until October 28, 2007, the Art Institute of Chicago will present Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection, a collection of medieval Islamic ceramics dating from the 9th-15th centuries.

Bayeux Tapestry comes to life

avidavid62 has posted an animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry on YouTube where the paintings actually move. The film was created by David Newton.

The Girls' Club: A Forum for female heavy fighters in the SCA

Robyn of Rye reports that she has started a discussion forum for "all those stick-swingin' women out there!" Entitled thegirlsclub, it is "a forum for female heavy fighters in the SCA."

April 9th

Viking remains prove Black Sea ancestory

DNA evidence from the remains of a Viking woman seems to point to the fact that her ancestors originated in the area of the Black Sea. The woman was buried in a grave in Norway's Oseberg Viking ship, one of the country's most famous burial sites, but her roots were in the Black Sea region, according to Professor Per Holck of the University of Oslo.

SCAdians and academics unite for Medieval and Renaissance Evening

Medieval sights and sounds were the order of the day recently when Lynchburg College (Virginia) presented its annual Medieval and Renaissance Evening complete with handsome knights in armor, lovely ladies in long gowns and clever bards. Christa Desrets of the Lynchburg News-Advance has the story.

Microsoft and Google hope to help save Romansch

In response to a push by 35,000 speakers of Romansch in Switzerland, techno-giants Google and Microsoft have announced that they will support the language in their software.

Proper Latin pronunciation

In an article for Great Britain's The Oldie, Peter Jones "gets to the Bottom of How Julius Caesar really spoke", to the ire of some traditionalists.

April 8th

Turkey Restores Ancient Armenian Church as Show of Goodwill

Akdamar Church, also called the Church of Surp Khach, or Holy Cross, an Armenian structure dating back to 921 C.E., is being restored in a US$1.5 million project being undertaken by Turkey as a step towards improving relationships between the two neighboring countries.

Building Stonehenge

Ah... a misty morning at Stonehenge... Want to build your own? Wally Wallington can show you how in this fascinating video on YouTube.

Society Equestrian Meeting held at Gulf Wars

Society Equestrian Marshal, Mu'allemah Yaasamiin al-Raqqasa al-'Alaa'iiyiyya reports that a meeting for the equestrian community was held at Gulf Wars XVI.

"Lost" Islamic kingdom discovered

A team of French archaeologists have discovered three towns in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia which they believe are part of the "lost" Islamic kingdom of Shoa. The Muslim stronghold was an important stop on the trade route from the 10th to the 16th centuries.

April 7th

A son for Clan Goodwine

Adam Goodwine reports that on March 28, 2007, in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, a son was born to Esperanza de Navarra and himself and was named Edward Kelly.

Beltane Coronation

description:
Their Majesties invite one and all to come and bear witness to the coronation of their heirs. Come celebrate the grand traditions of the west with courts, arts & sciences, fighting, singing, dancing, and archery.

Site Directions
Beltane will be held at the Marie Hill Ranch, 43700 Highway 128, Cloverdale, CA 95425.

Make your best way to Hwy 101. from the South: go north on Hwy 101 to Cloverdale, *take the Hwy 128 WEST/ Boonville exit. Follow Hwy 128 for approximately 12.5 miles. The site will be on the right side of the road. from the north: travel south on Hwy 101 to Cloverdale, follow from * above. Location:
Shire of Wolfscairn (Cloverdale, California)

Quintavia's Bardic Bar-Room Brawl

description:
Come to picturesque Quintavia for a Spring Day of bards, dancing, fencing, thrown weapons, feasting and fun!

Bards come sing a song or tell a tale we will have a day of sharing and practice for the evenings festivities. Dancers come and twirl around the beautiful tavern fair. Those who prefer to throw things, like axes and the like will have space outside for thrown weapons competition. Also plenty of room for gaming! Bring your favorite period games and teach us how to play! There will also be a ‘serf’ auction where you can bid to have your own personal servant for the feast in the evening. Location:
Quintavia (Bolton , Massachusetts)

Balfar's Challenge

description:
Hail and well met! Once again, Duke Balfar and the Barony of Dragonship Haven welcome the great fighters of the East Kingdom to test their mettle in our annual multi-marshallate competition.

****** This year we have an exciting NEW site location, which is larger than in past years. Also more parking will be available. ******

Teams of three heavy fighters, fencers, archers and thrown weapons. There will be prizes for the best in each martial category. Location:
Barony of Dragonship Haven (Meriden, Connecticut)

Diamond Wars XXII

description:
Come join the Barony of Small Gray Bear for three days of fighting, learning, cooking, and revelry on the north border of Gleann Abhann.

Diamond Wars XXII:
Spice Wars: The Quest for Cuisine
October 11-14, 2007
Camp Cedar Valley, Viola, Arkansas

The site:
Beautiful Camp Cedar Valley near Viola, AR – a fantastic woodland of wonder, with a plentitude of camping areas and restroom facilities. Location:
Barony of Small Gray Bear (Viola, Arkansas)

BoD extends deadline for Liaison for International Affairs applications

Jason Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SCA Inc., has announced that the deadline for application for the position of Liaison for International Affairs for the Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. has been extended until May 31, 2007.

AEthelmearc Spring Crown Tournament

description:
Spring is in the air and it's time determine who our fair kingdom's next heirs shall be! The Shire of Sterlynge Vayle welcomes all to Crown Tournament held at Camp Amahami (a Girl Scout camp), Page Pond Road (no street number), Deposit, New York 13754, on May 4-6 2007. Gates will open at 6 pm on Friday and close at noon on Sunday. There are not a lot of nearby hotels or restaurants, but there is a *lot* of room for camping, and GS tents with cots in them will be *all over* the place. There is one hill, but the site is otherwise handicapped accessible. Location:
Shire of Sterlynge Vayle (Deposit, New York)

Study claims "dead languages" detrimental to modern language learning

A recent "secret report" by the Dearing Languages Review in Great Britain warns that the study of ancient languages may be detrimental to the study of modern languages because they "contribute nothing to 'intercultural understanding'."

Sotleties and Subtleties Display at Midrealm Coronation

In honor of Their Most Royal Majesties Dag and AnneMarie, a display will be held at their Coronation featuring and promoting the art, science, and craft of Sotelties and Subtleties.

April 6th

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits 'The Emperor’s Ivories'

A new exhibition is on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in the Exhibition Hall VIII in Vienna: The Emperor’s Ivories - Masterpieces from the Habsburg Kunstkammer Collection.

A Report from the Gulf Wars Equestrian Steward

Mu'allemah Yaasamiin al-Raqqasa al-'Alaa'iiyiyya, Society Equestrian Officer, reports on equestrian activities at the recent Gulf Wars, including classes and a grand parade.

SCAtoday.net changes policy on contributed articles

Although it pains us to do it, because of rampant spambots SCAtoday.net will no longer accept anonymous story contributions. You will need to be logged in with your SCAtoday.net user account in order to contribute articles.

April 6 is National Tartan Day!

On March 9, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 41 recognizing National Tartan Day! This year (2007) it will be observed on April 6, so dust off your plaids, pull on your kilts and do a jig in celebration!

London branch taps their natural resources - beer and museums!

The Shire of Thamesreach (mka London, England) is taking advantage of the vast cultural resources at hand in London, and is starting 'Beer and Museum' evenings, on occasional Friday nights in the city, to combine two favourite pastimes of its members.

April 5th

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Exhibits "Benin -- Kings and Rituals"

Soon a new exhibition will be on display at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in the Museum für Völkerkunde in Vienna: Benin — Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria.

Saturday Night Fever III Video Online

Mistress Nerissa de Saye has posted a short video from the recent Saturday Night Fever III event in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (16th - 18th March 2007).

Historical Novel Set During Reign of Henry II

Mistress of the Art of Death, a new novel by Ariana Franklin, has been released from Putnam. The story is set in 1171, during the reign of England's King Henry II, based around murders taking place in Cambridge.

Tudor revival

An article in the April 2, 2007 edition of Time Magazine takes a look at the renewed interest in Tudor England. "When Royals Become Rock Stars" by Rebecca Winters Keegan discusses the upcoming Showtime series The Tudors as well as movies depicting the lives of Elizabeth I and the Boleyn Sisters.

April 4th

Battle of the Heart

description:
The Shire of Harplestane is proud to invite you all to attend our newest event, the Battle of the Heart.

Event Location:
Nineacres Memorial Campsite
Crook of Devon
Kinross-shire
SCOTLAND

"Taking from his neck the silver casket which contained the heart of Bruce, Sir James Douglas threw it before him among the enemy, saying, "Now pass thou onward before us, as thou wert wont, and I Location:
Shire of Harplestane (Crook of Devon, Scotland)