Archive - Jan 2008

January 17th

North Wales Celtic "Land of the Dead?"

A 19th century map may be the key to a Celtic mystery: the location of the legendary Land of the Dead. According to the map, it may be in the Ruabon and Halkyn Mountains in North Wales.

[GLE] Newbie Collegium

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RAGNAROK/RAGS-OR-NOT January 19, 2008 Conway, AR - Cold Springs Retreat

What Will Be Happening?
Fighters- (Heavy & Light) Come compete in our Protectorate Tourney!
Heavies- How about an Axe & Round Shield Tourney?! (contact our Fighter
Marshal Ld. Sven the White for specifics)
***Note-Axe & Round Shield will be provided by the Fighter Marshal
Light- Contact Osric for more information. Location:
Shire of Lagerdamm (Conway, Arkansas)

SCA Board of Directors Meeting

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The SCA Board of Directors will meet October 18, 2008 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Kingdom of the East
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront
1919 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B2T 0A2
CANADA Location:
Halifax, Nova Scotia

SCA Board of Directors Meeting

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The SCA Board of Directors will meet July 19, 2008 in Seattle, Eashington.

Kingdom of An Tir
Seattle, WA Location:
Seattle, Washington

SCA Board of Directors Meeting

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The Board of Directors of the SCA will meet April 19, 2008 in Grapevine, Texas.

Kingdom of Ansteorra
Embassy Suites - Outdoor World
2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051 Location:
Grapevine, Texas

SCA Board of Directors Meeting

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The Board of Directors of the SCA will meet January 26, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.

Kingdom of Trimaris
Embassy Suites - Tampa Airport / Westshore
555 North Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: (813) 875-1555 Location:
Tampa, Florida

[ANT] 2008 Kingdom A&S Championship

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Greetings to the lists, Please forward this to other interested parties; The 2008 Kingdom A&S Championship is right around the corner. This year, it is being hosted by the Barony of Dragons Laire in Silverdale, WA. The site is the lovely Silverdale Beach Hotel, previous site of the 2006 Kingdom A&S. The date is March 14 - 16th. When making reservations at the hotel, please make sure to mention the SCA to get the discount. Location:
Barony of Dragons Laire in (Silverdale, Washington)

[LOC] Rowany Newcomers AS-XLII

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A new year brings new growth, and this year brings new growth in a number of areas. A new Festival site and an early Festival this year needs new faces to impress with our unique style of fun, education and sport.

Newcomers Feast is a great opportunity to bring along friends and family and show them the fun that is the SCA in Rowany.

This year's Newcomers is shaping up to be a showcase of all that makes the Location:
Barony of Rowany (Croydon, New South Wales)

Build yourself a yurt

Raoul, St. Florian de la Riviere, of the Kingdom of Lochac, has posted instruction on how to build a yurt or gher.

Two offered peerages at Caerthean 12th Night

Their Majesties of the Kingdom of the Outlands recently offered peerages to two members of Their populace, Seuilla de Cordoba and Deotrich Hiltipard, at Caerthean 12th Night.

January 16th

Bard of Caid competition photos online

Eilidh Swann reports that her photos from the 3rd Annual Bard of Caid competition, which was held recently at Caid's Kingdom 12th Night, are now available to view online.

Stanford professor helps to preserve Gregorian chant

Stanford University Professor William Mahrt has dedicated his life to the study and preservation of Gregorian chant as director of the the St. Ann Choir of at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto, California.

Spirited Away: Art Thieves Target Europe's Churches

An article from Time and CNN reports on the large number of works of art stolen from houses of worship each year, a tragic loss of irreplaceable items that represents a lucrative business for thieves.

January 15th

15th century Flemish masterpiece still inspires

The Portinari Altarpiece, a three-part Flemish religious painting created by Hugo van der Goes in the late 15th century, was sent as a gift to the hospital of Santa Maria Nuova. Martin Gayford looks at the importance of the painting for The Spectator (photo)

Inter-Kingdom Intensive Needlework Symposium

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The West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild and the Caidan School of Needlework invite one and all to come & enjoy classes designed for the Embroiderer seeking more in-depth instruction and historical information.

Some of the featured classes include Opus Anglicanum (Dame Richenda Elizabeth Coffin), Elizabethan Sweetbags in Depth (Baroness Eowyn Amberdrake), and Voided Work Pattern Design (Baroness Sabrina de la Location:
West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild (Torrance, California)

Estrella War Battlefield Clean-up Crew (EWBCC) Needed!

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan reports that volunteers are neede for the Estrella War Battlefield Clean-up Crew (EWBCC).

Stefan's Florilegium updates for January 2008

THLord Stefan li Rous provides updates to Stefan's Florilegium for January 2008.

January 14th

8th century kiln found in Vietnam

Archaeologists working in Vietnam's central province of Quang Ngai have discovered an ancient brick kiln dating to the 8th century CE.

Caid 12th Night Photos

THLady Eilidh Swann has uploaded photos from the third Bard of Caid competition, held Saturday January 5, 2008 in the Barony of Dreiburgen (Hemet, CA).

Oxford study: England's Later Medieval Queens

A course being taught at Oxford University, through the Berkeley Extension program, covers the history and role of England's later medieval queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth Woodville.

January 13th

ThinkWell promotes deep discussion

Mistress Ælflæd of Duckford has created a blog for the purpose of deep discussion of a number of topics of interest to SCA members including the SCA, the peerages, A&S and knightly virtues.

Popping the cork with style

Amaze your friends! Learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sword! No kidding, WikiHow has the instructions.

Nicola Barker's "Darkmans" reviewed

Nick Owchar of the Vancouver Sun offers a review of the new novel by Nicola Barker, Darkmans, which tells the story of "a long-dead king's jester, a precocious child and the debris of history that keeps floating to the surface."

January 12th

Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria to be displayed in Cleveland

February 24, 2008 – June 1, 2008 the Cleveland Museum of Art will host Arms and Armor from Imperial Austria, an exhibit of over 200 pieces of armor from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Maryland man claims kingship of Isle of Man

David Howe of Frederick, Maryland was recently crowned king of the Isle of Man, a fact that might be surprising to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England. Howe, who became King David of Mann in March, 2007, has filed a claim for the island with the British government.

"Conan the Barbarian, meets Braveheart, meets Monty Python"

Wayne Freedman of KGO in San Francisco, the ABC affiliate, takes a look at the SCA in a story subtitled "Not your typical weekend adventure." (photos)

January 11th

Households in early modern London

The website People in Place "introduces the methods and findings of a research project focused on family and household in London in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a period of great social and economic transformation."

Estrella War XXIV: Revised Driving Directions from Yuma

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan shares revised driving directions for the upcoming Estrella War XXIV.

[ATL] Ponte Alto Baronial Investiture

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The time is Italy in the mid-14th century. Come join us for a day celebrating the joys of this time. Display your expertise in the arts; demonstrate your music and storytelling skills. Join others on the fighting field and pledge your devotion to your lord or lady.

Martial Activities:
Armored and rapier fighting will take place in the Equestrian Barn throughout the day. This is an enclosed building, but dress for warmth. Location:
Barony of Ponte Alto (Leesburg, Virginia)

[OUT] Caer Galen A&S

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Caer Galen is known as a Barony full of wonderfully talented artisans. Once a year they come together impressing all spectators with the variety of talents this lovely Barony offers. This time again draws nigh! I have been blessed the honor of autocratting this year's Baronial Arts and Sciences. I humbly invite all artisans of Caer Galen, and onward to demonstrate their talents before very fortunate spectators. Location:
Barony of Caer Galen (Boulder Colorado)