Archive - May 2009

May 9th

"Haggis Song" available to hear online

Folk singer and SCA bard Ken Theriot offers several albums of period-esque songs produced by Raven Boy Music. A few of his songs are available on the website. Included in the selections is the hilarious Haggis Song.

[EAS] Known World Academy of the Rapier & Known World Costumers Symposium

The Baronies of Bhakail and Iron Bog in the Kingdom of the East invite you to join us on Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 9 - Oct. 11) in Philadelphia for this year's Known World Academy of the Rapier and Known World Costuming Symposium! This event will include two days of classes on both subjects as well as a cocktail party and Masked Ball featuring music performed by the Bhakailie Branslers Saturday evening.

A Viking dreams of home

Ray Hamaker has dreams of being a Viking. He shares them in a promotional video for the Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe. The video is on YouTube.

May 8th

[EAL] Dandelion Festival

A sleeping Lion awakens, ready to blanket lawns with its majesty.
Come and revere one of Ealdormere’s most glorious of flowers.
For with its presence do we know that Spring has arrived.
It's Dandelion Festival time!

Come and celebrate with us as the mantle of Skrael is donned once again.

Feast serves: 60.

Frames for the re-enactor

Historical re-enactors who worry about the appearance of their non-historical eyewear will want to visit Period Glasses, a company that specializes in frames from medieval times until the 20th century.

AEthelmearc Spring 2009 Coronation photos online

THL John Michael Thorpe has posted an album of photos from the recent Spring 2009 Coronation in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc.

[WES] Far West Spring Coronet Tournament

The Palantine Barony of Far West Spring Coronet will be held in Okinawa, Japan May 30-31, 2009 at Marek Park, Kadea Air Force Base.

[ART] Raptor War

Come one and All! Their Excellencies, Hachmood K. Braden von Sobernheim & Mistress Giliana Attewatyr, invite you to join us for the much requested Return of Raptor War!!! Come to the mountains and cool off from the summer heat!

Photos from Drachenwald's Spring 2009 Crown tourney online

Arianwen ferch Arthur reports that she has created an album of photos from the Spring 2009 Crown Tournament in the Kingdom of Drachenwald.

May 7th

[ATE] Big Feast

The Big Feast will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.

[ANS] Steppes Warlord XXXVI

Steppes Warlord will be held Memorial Day weekend, May 22nd - 25th 2009. It is at Canton First Monday Trade Days Campground in Canton, Texas just off IH 20, approximately 1 hour east of Dallas, Texas.

[DRA] Cudgel War VII

Cudgel War is back again! Still not as bloody as the historical original, but surely as rich in events also this time! The honourable Canton of Humalasalo offers you once more a wonderful opportunity to participate in an Aarnimetsän tent camp. During this 10 day event you have a lot of activities to choose from: there are heavy fighting tourneys (Nordic 1000) and three days of war, fencing, archery, arts and sciences lectures and competitions, dancing, games... And, of course, you get to enjoy the Finnish summer, sauna and socializing around the fire!

[EAL] Crown Tournament

The populace of the Kingdom of Ealdormere are invited to the Crown Tournament hosted by Caer Draeth May 23, 2009.

[EAS] Henry V: Dinner and Shakespeare

The Barony of Carolingia bid you join us on June 6, 2009 from 5 - 10pm in a delectable buffet and an evening of bardic theater to entertain.

Baroness Aurelia Rufinia will begin the evening with a tantalizing Elizabethan repast from her kitchen including a menu of rabbit pies and various other delights.

Following the meal, settle in as the Baronial players present William

[MER] Border Raids XXXV

The Incipient Shire of Redewolfden and the Shire of Loch an Fhraoich proudly present Border Raids XXXV 26-28 June, 2009

Historical Pourpoint doublet pattern now available

Tasha McGann has announced the publication of her new historical pattern for a cote-hardie or arming doublet. The pattern, which was researched for over eight months, is designed as a foundation garment to be worn under other clothing or armor. (photo)

LOL in the SCA

No one ever said people in the SCA didn't have a sense of humor. Now the Middle Ages meets the Age of Twitter with I Can Haz Anakronizum? on LiveJournal. (PG-13 for language).

How Galileo changed the way we view the universe

Galileo Galilei was not the first to make a telescope, nor the first to use it to observe the heavens, but his observations of the moon and stars are widely regarded as a seminal event in the history of astronomy and religion.

May 6th

Photos from Balfar's Challenge 2009 online

Broom has announced that he has created an album of photos from the recent Balfar's Challenge in the Kingdom of the East.

Exhibit shows "true colors" of Tudor tapestry

Light analysis was used to determine the original colors of a huge tapestry commissioned by Henry VIII. The tapestry is now on display at Hampton Court until January 3, 2010 in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the king's accession to the throne.

Beowulf - now with klezmer!

Just when you think you've seen - or read - it all, comes this review by New York Times theater critic B Neil Genzlinger of Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, a new production by Jason Craig, at the Abrons Arts Center, accompanied by klezmer music.

May 5th

Mediaeval Bæbes release 6th album

Fans of the classical crossover group Mediaeval Bæbes will be happy to learn that the female sextet have released their sixth album, Illumination.

Invitation to the Enchanted Ground

His Grace, Duke Cariadoc of the Bow, offers an invitation to visit the Enchanted Ground at Pennsic, a place which states at its border: "within these boundaries the twentieth century does not exist."

May 4th

Viewing Giotto through modern eyes

An article on great works of art for the UK's paper The Independent discusses how works of art from the past are viewed through modern eyes. Included is The Lamentation of Christ by 14th century Italian master Giotto, whose angels seem to zoom about like jet planes. (photo)

World Digital Library launches with 1,200 documents

The World Digital Library, Unesco's project to "promote curiosity and understanding across cultures," has launched its website with 1,200 documents ranging from a" 1,000-year-old Japanese novel to the earliest known map to mention America by name."

Pennsic War may lose post office

Mistress Zaynab Yasmine bint Hasan, and other members of the Spalding Abbey Philatelic Society, report that the United States Postal Service may cut costs by eliminating the Pennsic Station. For years, this service has been a Pennsic landmark, appreciated by merchants and the populace alike. Mistress Zaynab is asking for help to try to save the station.

May 3rd

[NOR] Border Skirmish VI

The the Shire of Ravenslake and the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr welcome all who come to share in the fun! What are we planning? There are lots more details to work out, but definitely camping, archery/TW (pending marshals), heavy and rapier of course, youth activities of some sort (boffer is still TBD). Burn-your-own at the communal grills on Saturday night, roasted potatoes provided. Bardic circles Friday and Saturday night. A&S classes and activities and merchants selling their wares.

[ANT] Egil Skallagrimsson Memorial Tourney

The Egil Skallagrimson Memorial Tournament is returning for the 35th year in a row. Please join us on Memorial Day weekend, May 22nd-25th, at beautiful Lynx Hollow Park outside of Creswell, Oregon. Egil's XXXV will be autocrated by Ariana Aislinn and HL Elizabeth Turner de Carlisle. Rest assured that all the same things that made Egil's so great last year will be returning this year!

Huge cache of 17th century beads found in Georgia

A recently discovered large collection of glass beads dating to the 17th century proves that global trade had reached the shores of North America. The 70,000 beads, which included Venetian, Dutch, French and Chinese glass beads, were found at an excavation at the Santa Catalina de Guale Mission. (photo)

[WES] May Revel

The base Earl Tostig Godwinson has sailed for Norway! Rumor has it he has gone to recruit the Viking Harald Hardrada to overthrow his brother, Harold Godwinson, and claim England for his own. Though this is likely a lie spread by northern malcontents, Harold has summoned the fyrd to Yorkshire to confront and re-direct any confused Norwegians.