Archive - 2007

March 9th

Ravenna: Italy's mosaic treasure trove

Joan Scobey of the Post-Gazette travels to Ravenna, Italy, the ancient capital of three empires, and describes its historic pleasures for her readers.

Stonemarche Baronial Tax Court

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Fellow members of Stonemarche, pay heed. The time has come once again. Their Excellencies, Don Juan Lazaro Ramirez Xavier and Signora Maria Pagani, Baron and Baronessa Stonemarche, invite their subjects to bring forth and present to them taxes due.

What is Tax Court? It's a chance for all of Stonemarche to show off what they are best at, be it fabric or food, illusion or illumination, dance or Location:
Barony of Stonemarche (Merrimack, New Hampshire)

Oertha Summer Coronet

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On July 20-22, Prince Cyrus and Princess Caitríona invite you to journey to the Shire of Hrafnafjordr where we will await the outcome of the Coronet List for the determination of Their Heirs. In honor of His Highness, it will be a Roman-themed Coronet. The chosen site is a secluded lakeside setting with much room for pageantry both large and small. Bring your banners, your Roman 'bling' and your imaginations! Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Kenai, Alaska)

St. Mathieus 2007

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Greetings one and all from the fair shire of Turmstadt. There has been much turmoil and questioning and we now have answers. The answer is, YES! There will be a St. Mathieu's Day Tourney this year and as follows is all the information at this point. The date is set for March 23 - 25.

Site:
Hennemann Gasthof
Schloss Strasse 2
Unterleiterbach
96199 Zapfendorf
Germany

Location:
Shire of Turmstadt (Zapfendorf, Germany)

Winter's Gate Irish Revel

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Come one, come all to revel in the splendors of Ireland on our great day of heritage. We invite you all to cast off the cold and dreary white of winter and enjoy the succulent greens of soon-to-arrive spring. The hearth will be warm and fighting will commence before we can all sit down to feast on whatever is left after the table top siege is done. That's right; build and bring your own tabletop (food) siege weapons, decorated either in the style of the Irish defenders or the invading English, Scotts, or Vikings. Remember that the food fight will be held with Location:
Shire of Winter's Gate (North Pole, Alaska)

Barony of Oldenfeld Anniversary: Siege of Constantinople

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Barony of Oldenfeld Anniversary April 27-29, 2007: Siege of Constantinople. YMCA Camp Indian Springs, 2387 Bloxham Cut-Off Rd., Crawfordville, Florida 32327.

Activities:

  • Byzantine brawling for both Heavy and Light Baronial Championships!
  • Marvelous meals made merrily by Mistress Mairi Ceilidh!
  • A superbly sanguineous Siege of Constantinople staged by Master Octavio!
  • Downright daredevil dancing dealt by THL Eoin! Location:
    Barony of Oldenfeld (Crawfordville, Florida)

How to Run a Tourney Ithra

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This small Ithra will be held at a private residence in the outskirts of Bellingham, WA. *The land is very soggy and parking will be severely limited--please carpool! There may be a parking lot about a mile away that we can use, and shuttle people back & forth, but plan to share rides!*

This is a small, 1-1/2 track Ithra featuring classes for learning how to manage the various aspects of running a tourney. We will have: Location:
Shittimwoode (Bellingham, Washington)

Orlare L’irruzione

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Come one and all to the aid of Canale! Citizens of our Shire have had their lands stolen and are being held captive by the Barony of Fettburg. Our only honorable option is WAR. Join our ranks to beat back the insidious creep of Fettburg's encroachment or your lands may be next!

Site Fee is by donation.
Site opens at 9AM.
Armor Inspection at 9:30AM.
Fighting Begins at 10AM and ends at sundown. Scenarios will include Heavy weapons and combat archery. Location:
Shire of Canale (Grayson, California)

Break the Back of Winter 17: A Silver Masque

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Break the Back of Winter the 17th: A Silver Masque -- A Celebration of spring to come and this year the 25th Anniversary of Skraeling Althing as a Barony!! To take place On March 17th 2007, in the Canton of Greyfells!!

Theme: A Late period Masque. Those who attend are encouraged to wear a mask, and dress in Red, White and/or Silver to commemorate our Barony's anniversary!

Reservations: Please contact Dame Sarra [hfraser@kingston.net], or Lord Location:
Canton of Greyfells (Kingston, Ontario)

Alienor Russeal elevated in AEthelmearc

Their Majesties Christopher and Morgen, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, recently elevated Alienor Russeal to the Order of the Laurel. The elevation took place at the College of Three Ravens in the Barony of Thescorre.

Gleann Abhann's Fighter Collegium photos online

Marion Leoncina da Susa has posted photos from the Fighters' Collegium which took place recently in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

March 8th

The Orange Battles highlight Storico Carnevale di Ivrea

Each winter during Carnival Season, hundreds gather in the town square of Ivrea, Italy to watch teams of merry-makers pelt each other with oranges. This carnage is part of the Storico Carnevale di Ivrea.

A new fighter for the Midrealm!

Their Excellencies Countess Noelle and Count Alaric of the Middle Kingdom have announced the birth of Their son, Gavin Bryce Miller.

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.