Archive - Dec 2008

December 5th

[LOC] Rhythm & Brews Tourney and Feast

Unto the populace of Lochac does Mordenvale extend its invitation to join in on our 2nd Annual Rhythm & Brews Tourney and Feast.

Come along for a Rose Tourney to honour the time old court of love in a spectacular St Valentine's boast of chivalry and prowess.

Settle in for an evening of entertainment from the bawdy to the harmonic - this year the Grogs wish any who may to challenge last year's winners, the Morris Dancers. Location:
Barony of Mordenvale (Kariong. NSW)

[OUT] War Practice

On Sunday, January 4, the day after 12th Night there will be a WAR Practice!! The war practice will be held at the DOUGLAS COUNTY Fairgrounds, located in Castle Rock, beginning at 9:00AM. And we have the site all day long, or as long as endurance and desire hold for that day.

Castle Rock is between Denver and Colorado Springs and the fairground is conveniently located just 1/2 mile off of I-25. We have an indoor site reserved and, if the weather is nice, we also have use of an outdoor area if we wish. Location:
Barony of Caerthe (Castle Rock, Colorado)

[OUT] 12th Night: The Reconquista

Leave behind the cold winter of the Outlands and for one evening come to the sunny climate of Spain to celebrate with the Barony of Caerthe the Twelfth Night tradition.

At the end of the 15th century, Spain sat on the brink of her most wondrous chapter in history, the Siglo de Oro, or Golden Age. The year 1492 was perhaps the most decisive in the history of Spain. King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile had realized their goal of reuniting Spain with their triumphant entry into Granada. Of course, this was also the year that Christopher Columbus, sailing under a Spanish flag, left for the Americas. Location:
Barony of Caerthe (Brighton, Colorado)

[CAI] Dreiburgen Yule

The Barony of Dreiburgen invites you to join us at our Yule Celebration on Saturday December 6, 2008

** Donation Raffle - Bring an item to donate for the raffle. In the spirit of the season our raffle proceeds will be donated to the 2 SCA members that were affected by the Montecito Tea Fire. As you should have heard by now, 2 of our own are in the hospital with serious burn injuries and have lost their home. Please be generous. ** Location:
Barony of Dreiburgen (Yucca Valley, California)

[WES] Selviergard Yule

The Barony of Selviergard invites the Knowne World to celebrate the joyous season of Yule with us. There will be much feasting and fun, including a gift exchange plus the annual Rock, Paper, Scissors contest to decide the Lord and Lady of Misrule!

There will be a heavy combat and rapier tournament to appoint two Holly Lords/Ladies. A&S will be a rock candy and tree ornament contests. Feast will be potluck, with meats and breads provided. Location:
Barony of Selviergard (Chugiak, Alaska)

[ATL] Tourney of Ymir XXXIV

It has been thirty four years since the ice giant Ymir has been slain by the Masters of the Winds. Their Excellencies, Gaston & Rosalind, Baron & Baroness of Windmasters' Hill have called for a tournament in celebration.

Site & Directions
Please note that this is a new site from last year.
Camp Durant
4637 Old Carthage Rd
Carthage, NC 28327

The site is dry, in compliance with Boy Scouts of America policy. Location:
Barony of Windmasters' Hill (Carthage, North Carolina)

Ansteorra Fall 2008 Coronation photos online

Caelin on Andrede reports that he has created an album of photos taken by Lady Pyro at the recent Fall 2008 Coronation in the Kingdom of Ansteorra on his Flickr website.

[CAI] Black Oak Lodge 2009

It's not too early to start planning for your favorite Darachshire event, Black Oak Lodge! The 2009 event's theme is The Da Vinci Codex, when we'll be celebrating the 1490 marriage of Isabella of Aragon and Gian Galeazzo Sforza of Milan.

At the wedding, Leonardo himself produced the stage set for Bernardo Bellincioni's La Festa del Paradiso ("Feast of Paradise") performed in the Castello Sforzesco. It was a time of new inventions, scientific discoveries, and artistic masterpieces, and no doubt some Court intrigue... Location:
Shire of Darach (Santa Barbara, California)

Sewer construction unearths Roman and medieval settlements in Cumbria

Sewer construction near Penrith in northern England has uncovered a Roman settlement a mere meter beneath the soil. The project has also unearthed several medieval buildings, including a rare Grubenhauser. (photos)

Byzantine floor may have graced church in Jerusalem

The discovery of a simple mosaic floor beneath Temple Mount's Aksa Mosque has led archaeologists to speculate that the Mosque may have superceded a Byzantine church, but other experts disagree.

Sabine du Boubonnais' tutorial for hall decoration

Dissatisfied with the appearance of your hall at your last event? Pay a visit to the website of Sabine du Boubonnais of the Kingdom of Lochac and view one of the most amazing transformations of a common event site ever!

December 4th

Worshipful Company of Glovers of London catalogue online

The Worshipful Company of Glovers of London, formed 700 years ago to "upkeep the standards of glove-making in the City" has gone modern with an online catalogue of its collection.

Outlands Fall 2008 Coronation photos online

Geillis reports that she has uploaded photos from the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of the Outlands to her Flickr website. She has also added an album from the Kingdom's War Practice.

Great Bath gets a bath

The Great Bath at the city of Bath, England's famous Roman Baths, is being given a cleaning to remove a buildup of sludge and algae. (photo)

December 3rd

Waldseemueller map a mystery

Scholars are still puzzled by 16h century map created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller which depicts a vast ocean west of the Americas years before its discovery by Vasco Núñez de Balboa.

French and Saunders in the medieval kitchen

British comedy stars Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders take on medieval life in this sketch set in a medieval French kitchen. The video is posted on YouTube. Cooks beware!

"Dead Parrot's" early ancestor discovered

A 4th century Greek ancestor of Monty Python's famous "Dead Parrot Sketch" has been found in a joke wherein "a man complains that a slave he was sold had died." The joke, translated from the Greek, is from Philogelos The Laugh Addict.

December 2nd

The medieval sweet tooth

In her book, Candy: The Sweet History and Chocolate: The Sweet History, Beth Kimmerle considers the increased appetite of sweets in medieval Europe. The article appears on the National Geographic website.

Atlantia Fall 2008 Crown Tourney photos online

Protographer Muirghein O'Faolain has posted an album of photos from the recent Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Food safety for large groups

Planning a large feast - or even a large meal? The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service has a free downloadable brochure (PDF format) available.

Ancient Rome, meet Google Earth!

The geniuses behind Google Earth have taken on a new project: the mapping of ancient Rome. Now visitors to the website can take a virtual 3D tour of the ancient city including such buildings as the Forum and the Colosseum.

December 1st

Estrella War XXV to feature Artisan's Showcase

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity for Estrella War XXV, has announced that the upcoming War will again feature an Artisan's Showcase.

Video from Drachenwald's Kingdom University online

Vrank has posted a short video from the recent Kingdom University in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

Pennsic roads on Google Maps

Fantasy meets reality online as the Pennsic road system can now be tracked on Google Maps!