Archive - Dec 2009

December 21st

Yuletide feasting in Geneva-on-the-Lake

"Good friends, with praise and thanksgiving to the God who sent his son, we wish for each of you a blessed Christmas!" says the Queen and the feasting commences at the Elizabethan Yuletide Feaste in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Sarah Crump of the Plain Dealer was on hand for the festivities. (photos)

Happy Solstice from Jethro Tull, from 1976

It isn't exactly news, but it's appropriate to the day! YouTube has a video posting of a rare promotional video for Jethro Tull's "Ring Out Solstice Bells", from 1976. It's decidedly medieval in theme, and quite amusing.

December 20th

Bergental Yule 2009 photos online

Brangwyne has posted an album of photos from the Yule 2009 event which took place recently in the Barony of Bergental in the East Kingdom. The photos are available on Picasaweb.

Merry Christmas from Wales

A Christmas card, in the form of a wonderful rendition of the Gower Wassail by Welsh traditional folksinger Phil Tanner, accompanied by a museum-quality video of the Ewenny Wassail Bowl, is available on YouTube.

Swords stolen in Atenveldt

Konot reports that several swords and schlagers were stolen December 11, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona in the Kingdom of Atenveldt.

December 19th

SCA Recipes discussion list created

Like to cook? have a recipe to share? A new Yahoo Group has been formed to share recipes loved by SCA members, especially those that can be cooked onsite.

A survey of English cathedrals

In an extensive history article, which looks at major cathedrals in England, the BBC considers several grand houses of worship and their importance in British life.

Position opening soon: Society Chirurgeon

Patrick Anderson, President of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., reports that the SCA is now seeking applicants for the position of Society Chirurgeon.

December 18th

[GLE] Newbie Collegium

Shire Lagerdamm's Newbie Collegium "Renaissance Spectacular: Life in the Tudor Court") is on the horizon and so far it looks as though there will be a pretty full Saturday with something for everyone to enjoy. Bring your friends (especially your non-SCA friends!) and spend a day of revelry with us in all the style and glamour of the Tudor court.

Estrella War News You Can Use - December 14, 2009

As we prepare for Estrella War XXVI, there is lots of news we’d like you to know about, but we don’t want to clog up your e-mail or overburden the lists, so we are bundling many messages in each Estrella War News You Can Use release.

[OUT] War Practice

For anyone traveling to the great Barony of Fontaine dans Sable January 9, 2010 to celebrate our Mid-Winter we invite and encourage one and all to stay for WAAARRRRRR!!!!!! practice on the 10th.

[GLE] Lagerdamm A&S and Christmas Party

It is that time again! Lagerdamm's A&S and Christmas Party is Dec. 19, 2009. A&S begins at 2pm-5pm, and dinner starts at 6pm.

[LOC] 100 Hour War - CANCELLED

Crossroads presents the 100 Hour War, from 2 - 5 April 2010 (Yes, Easter) on the Crossroads property, Sheldricks Lane, Yass.

[MID] Regular Event in Cleftlands

The Barony of the Cleftlands presents: A Regular Event in Cleftlands - A Festival of Fools Saturday, January 30, AS XLIV (2010 CE)

[CAL] Winter War Maneuvers

In the midst of winter, we hear rumors of the wars to come. Prepare for the battles of spring at Winter War Maneuvers, sponsored by the Barony of Mag Mor.

[MER] Baba Marta

Come join the Shire of Flintmarsh for an occasion which was years in the making - months in the planning... Our first ever

The Holy Days of December

The Got Medieval website offers information on saints whose days fall in the month of December, including St. Nicholas, St. Lucia, and St. Stephen, all of whom have a place in Christmas tradition.

[DRA] Garden of Earthly Delights

Let it be known that from the sixteenth to the eighteenth of April, there shall be a Faire to celebrate the arts and artisanal crafts, and this faire shall be held in the lord baron's holding known as Castle Tannenberg. The lord Baron shall be there to welcome all and sundry to this demesne, but especially those who wish to share their and display their myriad workes.

[ART] Carnevale di Venezia

In Arn Hold, we hold a masked ball sometime after Christmas and before Shrove Tuesday. Since this habit is the same as that in Venice, we have adopted that as this year's theme: Carnival in Venice or in the Venetian dialect, Carnevale di Venezia!.

[EAL] Kingdom of Ealdormere Twelfth Night

Kingdom of Ealdormere Twelfth Night Presented by the Canton of Monadh

[NOR] THACO

THACO (The Armored Combat Outing) Hosted by the Barony of Nordskogen Saturday April 24, 2010

[LOC] Surveying Expedition 2010

Last year we celebrated the long weekend in January by roasting a sheep, learning how to prepare chickens for the pot, camping, fighting, feasting in the open, enjoying meals cooked over an open fire, shooting with our bows and taking the children on pony rides!

12th century shipyard found on Skye

Boat timbers dating to 1100 have been discovered at Loch na h-Àirde, Scotland, leading experts to believe that the loch was "almost certainly the focus of crucial maritime work, whether boat building, repair and maintenance or as an inland harbour."

December 17th

Mists investiture videos on YouTube

A series of videos, created by rogansax, from the recent Investiture in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the West, have been posted on YouTube.

A short walk through England's cathedrals

Can't afford a ticket to Great Britain this winter? Take a minute to tour England's glorious cathedrals in a short slideshow from the BBC.

Waldseemüller Map featured in Smithsonian Magazine article

The December 2009 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features an article on the Waldseemüller Map, an early 16th century chart which "changed the way people thought about the world."

December 16th

Latin students create wiki for the "Study of Ancient Gaul and Ancient Celtic Culture"

Students of the John Carroll School Latin 2 class found themselves dissatisfied with their textbook depiction of ancient Celts and Gauls. Their solution? Create a wiki of online links relating to the subject. (map)

Wassail in Wales

Morris dancers and revelers gather in Wales for celebration of the New Year. Video clips of the revelry have been posted on YouTube by SteveWurzel.

Raphael: undone by passion?

Renaissance master Raphael died at the age of 37, at the height of his career. For centuries, historians have blamed his early death on his passion for his mistress, La Fornarina. Jonathan Jones has the story on The Guardian's Art Blog.

December 15th

Heian Period makeup kit found in Japan

A makeup kit, which includes scissors and tweezers, dating to the Heian Period (794-1192), has been discovered in a tomb in Nishiwaki, Japan. (photo)