Archive - May 2008

May 23rd

"I came for the fighting... I stayed for the friends"

SCA fighting is addictive. “I tried it, and I’ve been hooked. I came for the fighting and competition,” said Arthur Donadio, 40, a former football player who saw his opportunities for sport dwindling as he aged. “You stay for the friends you make and the opportunity to keep it going and teach other people.” John Ramsey of the Fayetteville Observer has the story.

SCA gear stolen in West Kingdom

Moira O'Connor reports that her vehicle containing SCA gear was stolen May 14, 2008, and asks that gentles in the SCA community keep an eye out for the stolen property.

Armor stolen in Meridies

Benedict Longsword of Monmouth reports that armor was stolen from the vehicle of Michael Ward (Ian Lowery) in Montgomery, Alabama during the weekend of May 10-11, 2008. Lord Benedict hopes that SCA members will be on the lookout for it.

Farewell to Yang the Nauseating, mka Robert Asprin

Yang the Nauseating, modernly known as Robert Lynn Asprin, was a well-known science fiction and fantasy author. In the SCA, he was one of the early members and was the founder of the Great Dark Horde. Asprin, born in 1946, died peacefully on May 22 at his home.

May 22nd

[EAL] Pikeman's Pleasure XVIII

Pikeman's Pleasure XVIII Featuring Death, Mayhem & Destruction! Located at the North Monaghan Community Centre, 4 Needlers Lane, Millbrook, Ontario L0A 1G0. The Event happens Rain or Shine!

Saturday June 7, 2008 • Gates open at 10:00am until 11:00pm

Indoor space is readily available if necessary

Site fee :
Adults $8 per person,
$4 for 16 and under,
Babes in arms free Location:
Canton of Petrea Thule (Millbrook, Ontario)

[DRA] Cudgel War VI

Sharpen your quills and mark in your calenders that the sixth Cudgel War will be held at the traditional site in Kavalahti, Inkoo from 18th to 27th of July, 2008. Once again it is time to sweat on the battle field, fighting hard to end the oppression and then to cool down either in the lake or with a cold drink or a few.

For the heavy fighters we have several tourneys, including the (in)famous Nordic 1000, three days of war, plus plenty of structured fighter practices organized by Sir Siegfried and Sir GrimR. Of course we also have fencing, archery, arts and sciences as well as unforgettable sauna parties that last until the morning or beyond. Location:
Aarnimetsä (Inkoo, Finland)

Lochac Crown Tourney Fall 2008 video online

Kotek has posted on YouTube a video taken at the recent Fall 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Lochac.

[ART] Fletch and Foal and Frolic

Come one come all as the beautiful blue sky provides the canopy over our heads while we watch the spectacle unfold. Come attend this camping event to determine the next Kingdom Champion Archer and Kingdom Champion Equestrian of Artemisia. In addition, Their Excellencies of Arn Hold join Their Majesties of Artemisia in inviting you to join them all for some exciting Rapier and Heavy Fighter tournaments, as well as a Baronial Archery Competition, hosted in the lovely Barony of Arn Hold. Location:
Barony of Arn Hold

[CAI] Great Western War XI

Enjoy our wonderful site with green lawns, shade trees, lake breezes, and big blue skies at the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area, 13601 Ironbark Rd, Taft, CA 93268. It is an easy drive over the hill to a lovely park where we have a large lakeside area all to ourselves.

You've heard the old saying that "many hands make light work." Please consider donating a few hours of your time to volunteer at the war. In addition to helping to make it a memorable event you will earn a monetary donation to your favorite SCA territory. Location:
Kingdom of Caid (Taft, California)

[ATL] On Target

As the days get warmer and we come out of our homes, it is that time again to test our skills in a little friendly competition with others in and out of our fair kingdom of Atlantia. We invite all to join us for a day of shooting, throwing, boasting and tests of skill in all things missile. There will be some loaner gear for archery, atlatl, thrown, and combat archery.

There will be variety of prizes awarded and a prize for the most well Location:
Barony of Lochmere (Glen Arm, Maryland)

[MER] All Things Middle Eastern

Come join us as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of All Things Middle Eastern!!!

  • Classes
  • Fighting -You bet!!! We'll be holding a standard list and some group tactics practice to sharpen our skills for Border Raids.
  • Dancers and drummers –bring your music and plan to share with the populace at our Saturday night Hafla, hosted by Master Salih.
  • What about food?? Prepare your stomachs for a feast of monumental Location:
    Shire Brantestone (Cullman, Alabama)

[ANT] Dragons Mist Defenders Tourney

Let it be known to all gentles of these lands that The Faire Shire of Dragon's Mist will hold its Defenders Tournament August 1-3. We will be choosing our new Heavily Armored, Rapier, Archery, and Arts & Sciences Defenders!

Friday August 1 through Sunday August 3
Site opens noon on Friday and closes noon on Sunday

$15 per adult for weekend
$6 per child (6 years old and up) for weekend Location:
Shire of Dragon's Mist (North Plains, Oregon)

[ATL] Northern Army War Muster

His Grace, Duke Badouin as the Warlord and Legatus Legionis for the North in the name of the King is calling a gathering of the Northern Army for a Grand War Muster that will take place on May 31, 2008 on the grounds of Christ the King Church, Baltimore, MD. Sponsored by the Barony of Bright Hills. Organized by Haus Wulfshaven.

The site will open at 8:00 AM with fighting starting at 10:00 AM and Location:
Barony of Bright Hills (Baltimore, Maryland)

Viking sword find wows experts on Isle of Man

Dan Crowe and Rob Farrer of the Manx Detectorists Society have found artifacts with their metal detectors before, but nothing quite as dramatic as fragments of a Viking sword, a rare find on the Isle of Man. (photo)

[OUT] Baron's War

Let these Words be known Around the World! The Armada of Dragonsspine prepares to prove it's ability to defend the lands it calls home. We invite any and all to come test the mettle of the water-bourne defenders of the Sleeping Dragon!

Barons War
August 1-3, 2008
Hosted by the Barony of Dragonsspine

Lost Burro Campground, 4023 Teller Road #1, Cripple Creek 80913 Location:
Barony of Dragonsspine (Cripple Creek, Colorado)

A history of the humble fork

Everyone knows that Byzantines (being superior creatures) used forks as early as the 10th century, while other Europeans struggled at stabbing their beef with a knife. The California Academy of Sciences offers a History of Kitchen Utensils, including the fork, on their website.

The Ancient History of the Barony of Loch Salann

Once upon a time, when the Great Salt Lake was part of the Kingdom of Atenveldt, a new chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism was formed: Loch Salann. Read the "Ancient History" of this Artemisian barony online.

May 21st

Photos from Gleann Abhann's Beltaine

Danielle shares photos from the recent Beltaine event in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.

“Put down your lance, Vance!”

Security was tight for the April 1, 2008 meeting of U.S. President George W. Bush and Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko, as captured by Reuters photographer Grigory Dukor, who observed security's reaction to guys in armor.

Vyncent atte Wodegate to join Order of the Laurel

Master Geoffrey Matthias has announced that his apprentice Lord Vyncent atte Wodegate has been placed on vigil for elevation to the Order of the Laurel by Their Majesties Eilis and Titus of the Kingdom of the West.

Innilgard Divest-Invest photos online

Mette Boesdatter has posted an album of photos from Lochac's Barony of Innilgard's Divestiture/Investiture event which took place 26 April 2008.

May 20th

The evolution of Roman garb

The textile and fashion website Fibre2fashion takes a look at the progression of Roman garb in a lengthy article. The piece analyzes the history of Roman clothing and textiles and discusses how it has influenced modern fashion. Includes references.

Three to be elevated at Lilies War

Master Andrixos reports that three subjects of the Kingdom of Calontire have been placed on vigil by Their Majesties Anton and Isabeau at Their Crown Tourney with elevation to take place at the upcoming Lilies War.

Pictures from Northshield's Bardic Madness

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva shares photos and memories from Bardic Madness XVIII which took place April 25-27, 2008 in the Shire of Mistig Waetru.

"Forbidden Pennsic - the (Filked) Musical" pokes fond fun at the event

Shlomo Korobeinik reports that the Known World Players will be presenting "Forbidden Pennsic - the (Filked) Musical" at Pennsic XXXVII. Lord Shlomo is the author of the musical/comedy.

May 19th

Portrait of Shakespeare's patron discovered

Experts believe they have discovered a portrait of Henry Wriothesley, Shakespeare's only known patron, under a later portrait of his wife, Elizabeth Vernon. The painted-over image was discovered using X-ray technology. (photo)

Havordh and Mary-Grace to hold Gleann Abhann Throne

At the May 17, 2008 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, His Grace Sir Havordh Aeterbanni won the honor of becoming Crown Prince.

Announcement concerning the Crown of the Middle Kingdom

The Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. has released the following announcement concerning the Crown of the Middle Kingdom.

May 18th

Scottish Parliament Archive launched

An online archive of the proceedings of the original Scottish Parliament from its first surviving act of 1235 to its dissolution in 1707 has been launched.

A birth in AEthelmearc

Lord Calvert reports that Emma, third child of Sir Matthias Sean Cameron and his wife Averill was born May 9, 2008 in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.