Archive - Jul 2008

July 10th

Known World Canine Meeting

Katla, Kingdom Houndmistress of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, has announced that the Known World Canine Meeting will be held at Pennsic on Tuesday August 5, 2008 from 2-4 pm.

[ANT] Archery Academy

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Registration is now open for the Archery Academy -- an entire weekend of archery and related topics, September 5-7, at PGE Trojan Park on the banks of the mighty Columbia River. Just an hour from downtown Portland, Oregon; less than that from the airport! Spend a weekend both relaxing and stimulating with us -- a beautiful site, fine company, and lots and lots of shooting at all distances. For Location:
PGE Trojan Park, Columbia County, Oregon

SCA heraldry announcement for commentary

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., relays information from Laurel and Wreath Sovereigns of Arms regarding use of laurel wreaths in heraldry.

Autumn War Pre-Registration Deadine

If you are planning on attending Autumn War, the deadline for online pre-registration is July 25, 2008.

July 9th

[ATE] Chocolate Revel

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Once again our explorers have braved the wilds of the New World to bring back that wondrous delicacy – CHOCOLATE!!! Due to our continued and deepening friendship with a small and extremely secretive tribe, the Oompah’s, you will be able to taste chocolate in as way that no others across Europe have yet been able to produce. The Oompah’s are the only ones to have uncovered the secret of sweetening the cocoa bean. Location:
College of Brymstonne (Fountain Hills, Arizona)

[MID] Known World Academy of the Rapier

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The Barony of Fenix and the Middle Kingdom are pleased to host the 2008 Known World Academy of the Rapier!

There will be classes for historical rapier combat, classes for SCA rapier combat, classes for A&S of interest to late-period personae, tournaments for all levels of skill and interest! There will be parties to meet and greet your fellow Courtiers. There will be a field trip to the Frazier Arms an Armory Museum - an official depository from the British Royal Armories. Location:
Barony of Fenix (Fort Mitchell, Kentucky)

[WES] Volcanalia

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The Romans sacrificed annually to Vulcan, god of fire, so that he would avert harmful fires from their crops. Vulcan is considered to be the manufacturer of armor for the gods and heroes; he also made the thrones for the other gods on Mount Olympus. Come join the Shire of Hrafnafjordr as we fight, feast, and build fire.

The tourneys will be gladiator style, with Roman weapons. Rapier is more than welcome. Arts and Science competition will be most creative fire (materials will be provided on site). Feast meat will be provided, please bring your favorite Roman dish to share. There is plenty room for camping. Location:
Shire of Hrafnafjordr (Kenai, Alaska)

[DRA] R³: Rothenburg Riddle Rampage

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Do you remember the good old days of Turmstadt's golden harvests, when you were sent through thickets and underbrush to match your wits with mud puddles and manic marshals? These days are back...with a vengeance!

Turmstadt proudly announces the R³ - Rothenburg Riddle Rampage. We have regrouped and relocated to a campground right next to the beautiful medieval town of "Rothenburg ob der Tauber" in northwestern Bavaria , one of the biggest tourist attractions for the historically inclined (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothenburg_ob_der_Tauber) . From there, we will hand you a haversack with provisions for the day and send you on a scavenger hunt to complete various cunning puzzles and obscure tasks to win the ultimate prize - namely, to decide what is supposed to happen to Nebelwald's precious banner, which is currently in Turmstadt's possession! Location:
Shire of Turmstadt (Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany)

[AET] Central Region Fight Practice

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On Saturday July 12, 2008 Count Duncan von Halstern and Countess Ilish O'Donovan will be hosting a regional fight practice on their newly acquired land, sponsored by the Shire of Stormsport (1219 Lake St. Lake City, Pa 16423).

The days activities will start at 10am and end around 6pm. Please feel free to bring your day shades and a picnic lunch, water and gatorade will be provided. Although we will not be having children's activities, we have a large back yard for playing in. Location:
Shire of Stormsport (Lake City, Pennsylvania)

[LOC] Shakespeare/Renaissance Ball

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All are invited to attend our mid winter Shakespeare/Renaissance Ball to the live music from Earthly Delights. Saturday 19 July, 2008 7.30pm - 11.30pm St Johns Church Hall, Reid.

All are welcome, no partners necessary. Supper contributions encouraged. Tickets $16 or $8 children under 15 accompanied by paying, supervising adult. SCA Discount - get a list of ten+ people together, and pay group Location:
Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy (Reid, ACT)

Air Trebuchet

Members of the Trebuchet Transport Cooperative of Albany (TTCA) in Albany, New York, feel they have an answer to rising fuel costs using medieval technology: Trebuchet Transport!

Astronomers confirm Tycho Brahe's supernova

New telescopes have allowed modern scientists to observe light echoes of the same supernova that Tycho Brahe described 436 years ago. "Last month, the ability of modern telescopes to observe these faint and fleeting light echoes is a kind of time machine. It reveals what happened in an old supernova explosion when the opportunity for direct observation seems long gone."

Chirurgeonate at Pennsic

Lady Elizabeth Reed, Chirurgeon in Charge for Pennsic 37, reports on activities of the Chirurgeonate and First Aid Point at Pennsic XXXVII.

July 8th

Lilies War XXII (2008) pictures

Please enjoy the photo gallery of Lilies War 2008 from David Fossett Photography.

Egan and Meadhbh new Heirs to Barony March of Mons Tonitrus

After a recent polling, it has been announced that Egan Smilebringer and Meadhbh ni Dhubhthaigh will be the new Baron and Baroness of Barony March of Mons Tonitrus. The Barony is located in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

Photos from Three Towers' Encampment online

Lord Alaric de Navarre has announced that he has posted an album of photos from the recent Encampment: Siege the Dane event which took place in the Marche of Three Towers in the Midrealm.

The demise of the semicolon, alas!

[PANIC ALERT TO ENGLISH MAJORS!] In an article for Slate, Paul Collins ponders the demise of the semicolon in modern writing and looks at its history from the ancient Greeks, through the Middle Ages, to Edgar Allan Poe's irritation about the lowly mark's overuse.

July 7th

Sir Starhelm Warlocke Passes in Meridies

Sad tidings have come from Meridies. Baron Sir Starhelm Warlocke (Michael F. Boelter) has passed away on June 25, 2008, of a heart attack while driving his truck near his home in Nashville, TN. His wife was able to get control of the vehicle and pull over.

From the halls of Montezuma

Mexican archaeologists believe they have, at long last, found the fabled palace of Aztec emperor Montezuma, destroyed by the conquistador Hernando Cortés in 1521.

Gosh, we're nerds!

Once considered awkward and socially incompetent, nerds have become more acceptable, although not completely integrated into polite society. This is the premise of American Nerd, a new book by Benjamin Nugent, who includes gamers and SCA members in his list of nerds.

7th century Lomard buried with horse

Italian archaeologists have discovered the burial site of a Lombard warrior interred with his horse. The skeletons were found n a park at Testona, near Turin, Italy.

July 6th

9th century Islamic coin found in Oslo

Norwegian archaeologists are abuzz over the discovery of a 9th century Iranian silver dirhem, one of the earliest Middle Eastern coins found in Scandinavia. (photo)

A tour of "remarkable Viking sites"

Jeff Lukovich takes visitors on a unique tour of Newfoundland's Viking sites in an article for Canada.com.

Photos from Great Northern War

Gwennie shares photos from the Kingdom of Lochac's Great Northern War which took place recently in River Haven (Samford, QLD, Australia).

"Michelangelo Code" latest renaissance mystery

Reminiscent of "The Da Vinci Code," a decades-old mystery involves the claim that Michelangelo painted subversive messages into his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, including "secret" profile of the medieval poet Dante and a portrait of Jesus on the cross.

July 5th

Fighter practice in Flint Marsh

Fighters from the Shire of Flint Marsh in Jackson County, Florida recently took some time out to practice their armored combat skills. Mark Skinner from the Jackson County Floridian captured the action with his camera.

Bursa: birthplace of the Ottoman Empire

Medieval Bursa, near Istanbul, Turkey, became a cultural and economic center of the Ottoman Empire. Today, with it's cobbled streets and bazaars, the city offers tourists a peak into the past. Erik Fearn looks at the city for the Star Online.

Hadrian's Wall Revisted slideshow on YouTube

Lady Bailey Rose Marsh, of the Barony of Seleone in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann, has created a beautiful slideshow of the recent Hadrian's Wall Revisited event and posted it on YouTube.

Alabaster bust of Cleopatra Discovered in Egyptian Temple

It's a bit early for SCA, but still interesting: A bust of Cleopatra made from alabaster and a mask that may have belonged to Marc Antony are among the many items discovered in the Taposiris Magna temple, north of Alexandria, Egypt.

July 4th

Sea Stallion to return to Denmark

The Sea Stallion, the replica of the Danish longship which sailed from Denmark to Ireland in 2007, is scheduled to be returned to Denmark for exhibition.