Archive - Apr 2008

April 24th

Smoking ban leads to discovery of medieval artifact

A 14th century gravestone has been lying unnoticed as part of the wall of the Blacksmiths Arms in Mickleton, County Durham, England. One of the pub regulars, an archaeologist, spotted it low in the wall as he stood outside puffing his pipe, because he can no longer smoke inside the bar.

[AET] Will's Revenge XV

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Will's Revenge is Back! We will be hosting Will's Revenge at Camp Karoondinha in Milmont, PA. We are planning Archery, Merchants, Archery, Feast, Archery, and more Archery! We're looking at Regular ranges, novice ranges, children's ranges, difficult ranges, night shoot, royal rounds, novelty shoots and a lake shoot. In addition, we're planning a thrown weapons event! An Atlatl range! (What's an Atlatl range?, come and find out!) We will start shooting Saturday morning and go until the range runners get tired! Then, we'll feast and do it again! Location:
Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais (Milmont, Pennsylvania)

[LOC] King Salamander and Isabella's Birthday Bash

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On the weekend of the 10-11th May we are holding the King Salamander and Isabella's Birthday Bash and Camping event.

It will be held at Crossroads Medieval Village site near Yass and if you don't feel like camping we can provide some accommodation with the populace. The event will be filled with collegia at this stage on: cooking feasts in earth ovens (Baron Bastian de Grosse), pottery making (Master Alex the Location:
Shire of Torlyon (Yass, New South Wales)

[WES] Winter's Gate Spring Pas

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The Sun is returning and the gates of winter are swinging shut. We invite you to revel in the returning warmth of spring. We will start the day with a show of Prowess, Chivalry and Honor as we invite those fighters among us to challenge themselves and others upon the field of battle.

The first part of the day will involve the Tourney for the Champion of the College of St. Boniface. This tourney is open to all fighters who are willing to help the Location:
Barony of Winter's Gate (Fairbanks, Alaska)

[OUT] May Day

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O hearken, most glorious Kingdom of the Outlands! The sweet siren call of Spring is upon us, and the Barony of Caer Galen requires the assistance of the Kingdom's budding lords and ladies to come to her aid in locating again the fabled Unicorn Horn. It has come to the attention of the Horn's current guardian that this marvelous and magical device has been whisked away to an otherworldly and fey castle in the sky. We need children of all ages to come and fetch it back for us. The stoutest of heart and mien will be granted the noble task of guarding our Horn for the coming year. Location:
Barony of Caer Galen (Longmont, Colorado)

[ATE] Barmaids

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Yes it’s that time of year again! The Barony March of Mons Tonitrus is hosting its annual Barmaids event at the Lower Garden Canyon site on Ft. Huachuca. Trees, shade, babbling brooks (maybe) and competitions with prizes are available for all!

Saturday morning will see Opening Court at 9:00 followed by armor inspection. Prizes will be contested in both Armored and Rapier scenarios "in the tavern" as well as weird weapons (Rapier and Armored) and of course The Barmaid competition! Following the conclusion of the tavern tourneys we will begin the "Boar Hunt" in the forest for those armored fighters who just can’t get enough stick time. Saturday late afternoon will also see a Siege Engine accuracy demonstration. Come fire a bolt high into the sky for a small donation to the American Cancer Society. Location:
Barony March of Mons Tonitrus (Ft. Huachuca, Arizona)

[OUT] Dark Ages Picnic

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Dark Ages Picnic: Plague, Punishment and Pleasure (a Dragonspine *non*-event) May 18th 10 am - till the plague takes us all. Bear Creek Park, Bear Creek Park Pavilion 6 Argus and 21st, Colorado Springs, CO (fighter practice location) Admission: Free

Come experience the one aspect of the Middle Ages we normally avoid. THE PLAGUE.

Who says dieing of flesh eating disease can't be fun.

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Barony of Dragonspine (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

[ANT] JuneFaire XXVI

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Their Excellencies Cedric and Brighid invite you to join with their populace as the Barony of Dragon's Laire celebrates its 26th annual June Faire for a full weekend of festivities. Experience feats of armored combat, the finesse of rapier, high flying missiles, the skillful displays of artisans and the beauty of the bardic arts, as well as some of the finest, handpicked merchants in the known world. Location:
Barony of Dragon's Laire (Port Gamble, Washington)

Bagpipe Major at UC Riverside

Serious pipers will want to know that the University of California, Riverside is offering a degree program in Bagpipes and Scottish Drumming. The program is being chaired by Ian Whitelaw, considered one of the best pipers in the western hemisphere.

[ART] High Seas Quest

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A plea goes out to all of Artemisia. Your neighbors in Gryphon’s Lair are under attack! The invaders have swarmed us from the sea, with nefarious plans to move inland. Dragon ships, corsairs, privateers, buccaneers and good old-fashioned pirates threaten to loot, plunder and ravage our good lands. Prepare yourself for battles of wit and skill, and for ample enjoyment of this year’s nautical themed Quest. Location:
Barony of Gryphon's Lair (Marriott-Slaterville, Utah)

[LOC] Royal Visit and Rapier Championship

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The King is coming! His Majesty Berengar of Nancy will be grace the barony with his presence at the Baronial Rapier Championship and New Year's Celebration.

Saturday will have rapier tourneys, dancing and a feast. The Arts and Sciences competition is for the finest dedication, salutation or lamentation, before, during or after a bout. The feast will be served especially for His Majesty from "To The King's Taste". Also, entertainment fit for a King! Location:
Barony of Politarchopolis (Canberra, Australia)

[GLE] Forest Maiden

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A call goes out for all noble fighters to take part in a Heroic Tourney and vie to claim for their consort the title of "Forest Maiden".

The snows have melted; the sweltering heat has yet to arrive. It is time for a Pilgrimage.

The Shire of Blackmoor Keep welcomes you to Northern Spain where, in a tradition dating back to the 8th Century, Santiago de Compostela is the destination of pilgrims. Location:
Shire of Blackmoor Keep (Pineville, Louisiana)

[AET] A Shoote in the Wildwoods

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Greetings unto the archers of Aethelmearc and the rest of the Known World. The Barony of Delftwood is elated to invite all to attend our Shoote in the Wildwoods Archery extravaganza. The gates will open at 5:00PM on Friday, August 29, 2008, and will close at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 1, 2008 at Wild Wood Sports Center, 5740 Fikes Rd., Elbridge, NY 13060.

There will be shoots on every day of the event. This event consists of Location:
Barony of Delftwood (Elbridge, New York)

Winter War photos online

Alexander reports that he has posted his photos from Winter War in the Kingdom of Ealdormere on the Two Ravens website.

[AET] AEthelmearc Spring AEcademy

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On June 20-22, AEthelmearc Spring Academy will be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds, Fairgrounds Road (no street number), Brookfield, NY 13314, in the Shire of Coppertree. This site is approximately 25 miles due south of Utica, NY.

Come one and all and expand your knowledge and skills at this June's AEthelmearc Academy. We are planning a variety of classes ranging from bardic skills, sewing arts, fighting skills to many other Location:
Shire of Coppertree (Brookfield, New York)

[NOR] Ages of War

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The Shires of Silfren Mere and Heraldhill present Ages of War: The Great Italian Wars 1494-1559 23-26 May 2008 at the Mower County Fairgrounds in Austin, MN

Armored Combat, Rapier Combat, Archery, A&S Competition, Bardic Activities, Classes, Equestrian, Feasting, Youth Activities

Mower County Fairgrounds
700 12th St. SW
Austin, MN 55912

Fees & Registration
Adults arriving: Location:
Shires of Silfren Mere and Heraldhill (Austin, Minnesota)

Australians "get in touch with medieval culture" through SCA and manuscript exhibit

Residents of Melbourne, Australia rarely have a chance "to get in touch with medieval culture" according to the age.com.au reporter Patricia Maunder who spent some time with Karen Hovenga, the Baroness of Stormhold in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

April 23rd

New dig may explain Stonehenge

Just a few weeks after beginning, the excavators now working at Stonehenge have had what they describe as a "breakthrough." Clues towards the original placement of the bluestones, the site's oldest elements, may reveal why Stonehenge was built.

Gynaecological study of Mary, Queen of Scots finds her an “adulteress and liar”

A new study by modern gynaecologists paints a sordid picture of the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, who, according to the study, was "a 'moral loose cannon', whose striking beauty and sex appeal gave Elizabeth other reasons to imprison and execute her."

West Kingdom Crown photos online

Esmeralda of the Lakes has posted photos from Sunday of the recent Crown Tourney in the Kingdom of the West.

Washing through history

The rise of Christianity in Europe may have led to reduced practice of washing, according to Katherine Ashenburg in Clean: An Unsanitized History of Washing. Judith Flanders has the review for The Telegraph.

April 22nd

Pennsic XXXVII pre-registration ends May 15, 2008

For those planning to attend Pennsic War XXXVII, pre-registration ends May 15, 2008. Online registration ends June 15, 2008.

Gulf Wars Open A & S Faire 2008

Mistress Maudeleyn Godeliva Taillour reports on the results of the Gulf Wars Open Arts and Sciences Faire.

12th century campanile to be saved from fall

Experts are working to keep the 12th century bell-tower in St Mark's Square in Venice from tumbling over after a survey disclosed that the foundation was no longer supporting the structure.

Viking embroidery

SCA member Þóra Sharptooth has created an extensive online resource for Viking re-enactors including a nicely-illustrated page on Viking Embroidery Stitches and Motifs.

April 21st

Combs and shears honored Anglo Saxon dead

Archaeologists have long believed that Anglo Saxon burial customs required elaborate displays, but new evidence points to the use of more common devotions such as combs, razors and other household items.

Battle of the Oranges photos online

Lidia de Ragusa has posted photos from the recent Battle of the Oranges event in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

Lute Society presents Summer Seminar 2008 in northeastern Ohio

The Lute Society of America will present "Summer Seminar 2008: The Journey Continues" from June 22-28 at Case Western Reserve University near Cleveland, Ohio. The seminar includes classes, concerts, lectures, and lute lessons.

Tudor Cookery at Hampton Court - and Other Treats

Countess Alys Katharine recently returned to Hampton Court to study the cooking of Tudor England. Her report follows.

April 20th

Lord Edward Mac Tavish achieves Veneur at Gulf Wars XVII

Lord Edward MacTavish was recognized as Veneur, the highest level of Hunter in the Hunt Guild Persona Challenge. He challenged each level over the course of several years at Gulf Wars.