Archive - 2011

February 3rd

[NOR] The Games People Played

The day will be filled with period leisure activities with a focus on period board games. We will hold classes during the morning to teach those interested, with tournaments after lunch.

[DRA] Nautical Revel

On behalf of the Shire of Mynydd Gwyn, I invite one and all to join us at our Nautical Revel on Saturday March 12, 2011.

[GLE] Candlemas Collegium and Regional Arts and Sciences Faire

Welcome all to Candlemas in Grey Niche. Our theme for the event is High Court at Candlemas, with classes centered around the how and why of all the ceremony that is part of our game.

[NOR] Fighter School XVI

The Barony of Windhaven presents Fighter School XVI

[CAL] Chieftains

Join us in a celebration of the Court of Alfonso el Sabio of Castile: 13th Century Spain

HowToHistory.com offers free copies of Britain's oldest cookbook

HowToHistory.com, a website dedicated to creating and preserving video tutorials in the historic arts, recently found a documentary about The Forme of Cury. The interest was so great, the site obtained a public domain copy of the manuscript to give to their newsletter subscribers.

February 2nd

Atenveldt turns 40

On January 16, 1971, the Kingdom of Atenveldt held its first Crown Tournament, marking the creation of a new SCA Kingdom.

Celtic beer: more taste, less modern

“These additives gave Celtic beer a completely different taste than what we’re used to today,” said Hans-Peter Stika of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart about the use of mugwort, carrot seeds or henbane to flavor Iron Age beer.

Byzantine-era burials found in Syria

Archaeologists working at Jabal al-Sin, Syria on the Euphrates River have found cemeteries dating to the era of the Byzantine Empire.

February 1st

Roman bones found under Jersey church

Contractors working on an extension to a church in Jersey, UK, were surprised to discover human remains during excavation. They were doubly surprised to learn that the remains are from Roman residents of the island.

Old tools never die

Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine, has spent considerable time researching the fate of obsolete technology and tools, and has concluded that old tools never die -- that is, that every technology ever known to Mankind is still in modern use somewhere in the world.

Calontir Twelfth Night photos online

Séaghdha mac Roibeaird reports that he has created an album of photos from Twelfth Night 2011 which took place recently in the Kingdom of Calontir.

January 31st

Pennsic 40 Artisans Row, An Invitation

Unto the Artisans of the Known World, An invitation to participate in the Artisans Row at Pennsic 40. 

This week in barley: Two brewing discoveries in Germany

Thousands of charred barley grains have been found in ditches in the early Celtic settlement of Eberdingen-Hochdorf, Germany. The site may have been used to make beer for a nearby religious center.

Cannabis catapult hurls pot over the Mexican border

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and Mexican authorities have joined forces to intercept a catapult used by drug smugglers to hurl pot from Mexico into Arizona.

January 30th

"Bloody war" in Caid

In October 2010, West Coast members of the SCA and others from around the Known World met to cross swords and trade tales at the Great Western War. Samantha Garrett of the Bakersfield College Renegade Rip visited the war and reports on what she learned. (photos)

Gulf Wars XX pre-registration extended

Duchess Mary-Grace of Gatland reports that online registration for Gulf Wars XX has been extended until February 28, 2011.

Small town bands in the Middle Ages

Medievalists.net blog offers a link to an article by David M. Guion dealing with wind bands from the 14th through 19th centuries. The article, published in the Journal of Band Research, Vol.42 (2007) is entitled: Wind bands in towns, courts, and churches from the Middle Ages to the Baroque.

January 29th

Town of Bobbio may help redefine Mona Lisa

Research by Carla Glori seems to point to the norhtern Italian town of Bobbio as the backdrop for Leonard da Vinci's painting of Mona Lisa. Glori also believes that Bianca Giovanna Sforza is the real subject of the painting.

Estrella pre-registration extended to January 31, 2010

The Estrella War Staff reports that it has extended the pre-registration deadline for Estrella War XXVII until January 31, 2011.

Royal Shakespeare Company to hold costume sale

Costumers: The opportunity of a lifetime presents itself on Feruary 12, 2011 when the Royal Shakespeare Company will sell thousands of costumes worn by such theatre luminaries as Ian McKellen and Kenneth Branagh.

January 28th

[AET] Vikings on the River

'Lo, there do you see your father. 'Lo, there do your see you mother, and your sisters, and your brothers. 'Lo, there do you see the line of your people. 'Lo, do they call to you. They bid you take your place among them on
April 2, A.S. XLV in the Shire of Riversedge.

[ANT] Stromgard Founding Revel

As you know by now, Stromgard is well pleased to host a round of the 2011 Tournament Circuit at its Founding Revel on February 5 at the Battleground Community Center in Battleground, Washington.

[DRA] Flaming Arrow IV

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, the shire of Glen Rathlin is once more hosts Flaming Arrow. This year we are running it as a full weekend event with lunch and feast with as normal, lots and lots of archery all day long.

[NOR] Bardic Madness XXI

East to West, North to South, the Bardic arts are beloved across all of Northshield. Last year, we celebrated the 20th Bardic Madness in Windhaven where it all began in the far eastern reaches of the Kingdom. This year, travel west with us to make ring the hills of Schattentor!

[CAL] Ceilidh 2011

The Shire of Dun Ard presents Ceilidh 2011 Saturday April 16, 2011 in Leavenworth, Kansas.

[AET] Winter Gathering

The Dominion of Myrkfaelinn extends an invitation to one and all to visit us for a day of Tournament, Melee, Fencing, Feasting, A&S and dancing.

Three Peerages announced at Northshield's Old Twelvey Night

Baron Maol Mhichil mac Ghiolla Pheadair, Codex Herald, reports that at Their January 15, 2011 Old Twelvey Night event, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne, King and Queen of Northshield, offered Peerages to three of Their subjects.

[WES] Spring Equestrium

Come on up the hill and enjoy a day of equestrian classes, interaction and FUN! Spring Equestrium will be held at Pioneer Equestrian Park (6740 Fairplay Road Somerset, CA. 95684) in the shire of Mountains Gate!

[MID] South Oaken Spring A&S Competition

The South Oaken Arts and Sciences Competition will take place April 9, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.