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June 25th, 2004

Santa Maria's Bell Returned to Spain

The ship's bell from Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, has been returned to Spain after a legal dispute with Portugal.

Tip of the Tente [POSTPONED]

You've heard of the tip of the iceberg? Well, this is the Tip of the Tente!

La Grande Tente will be holding a summer event the weekend of July 10, 2004. Please join us! There will be:

  • Fighting--at least two tourneys! (showers on site)
  • Archery--on three ranges!
  • Arts and Sciences--two competitions (tent in any medium and anything made with a "tip", like the tip of a pen, the tip of a chisel, the tip of a needle…..)

There will be NO feast this year, but there are grills available for your use and a firepit for post-revel.

We will be holding this event at Black Hawk Park, on Lone Tree Road, in Cedar Falls, IA.

Site opens 4 pm Friday and closes noon Sunday. Troll opens 4 pm Friday. The park closes at 10 pm and opens at 6 am each day. If you are arriving after 10 pm let the autocrat know!

Directions: Take your best route to Highway 218, North of Cedar Falls. Exit at the Lone Tree Road exit, and turn west (right if coming from the North, left if coming from the South) onto Lone Tree Road. Slow down for the tracks and proceed to the stop sign, somewhere around 3 miles. Go forward, and keep going forward. The road will veer to the right, but the entrance of the park is forward and slightly left. We are to the right, once you enter the park--just keep following the signs!

Fees: site is $5 (with an additional $3 for non-members), $3 for children 13 to 18, and ages 12 and under are free Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc., Shire of La Grande Tente Camping fees are to be paid to the park, and are $11.00 per tent.

Autocrat:

Driving Directions for Great Northeastern War Updates

The staff of the Great Northeastern War, which will take place in July in East Hebron, ME, has announced changes in the driving directions.

June 24th

Estrella War XX

Schedule Special Events for Estrella XX

Mistress Meadhbh ní Dhubhthaigh, Special Events Coordinator for next year's Estrella War, invites registration for special events which need to be scheduled for specific venues.

Rose Tournament

The champions of the Ladies of the Rose will gather in the Marche of Gwyntarian to exhibit their honor and chivalry on the field. More info at http://brendoken.org/rose/.

World's Most Expensive Glass to be Auctioned

A 1700-year-old Middle Eastern bowl known as the Constable-Maxwell Cage-Cup will be auctioned in London next month, and is expected to sell for about 2 million English pounds.

Who's Buried in St. Mark's Tomb?

A British historian is claiming that St. Mark's Tomb in Venice contains not the bones of the saint but those of Alexander the Great.

Known World Costuming Symposium

The Marche of Alderford proudly presents "Known World Costume Symposium IV", September 24-26, in North Canton, Ohio (USA). The featured speaker this year is Mistress Drea di Pelligrini.

For further information and an online pre-registration form, see the event web site: http://sca.4th.com/alderford/events/kwcs2004

West Kingdom Roll of Arms Online

Baron Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov O.P. has begun the laborious task of making available color renditions of the arms of the people of the West Kingdom.

The Herald: Arrow Pinpoints Where Bannockburn was Fought

Archaeologists from the National Trust for Scotland have found an arrowhead which they believe will help pinpoint the location of the first day of the battle of Bannockburn.

SCAtoday.net Announces Changes in Editorial Roles

Effective today, SCAtoday.net is re-titling two of our senior staff members to better reflect their evolving roles in managing the site.

Ealdormere's Pikemans Pleasure Photos Online

tworavens.org presents Eirik Andersen's photos from Pikeman's Pleasure, in the Canton of Petrea Thule, Barony of Septentria, Kingdon of Ealdormere.

June 23rd

Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholary Review Vol.1 2004

A brief review of a newly-released scholarly publication on Tolkien's mythology.

SCAtoday.net Offers Forums for Employment Available, Employment Sought

SCAtoday.net is pleased to announce two new forum areas, both of which are intended to unite those seeking employment with those whose companies have positions available.

Builders of Stonehenge Found

Archaeologists working at Boscombe Down in England have found a 4300-year-old grave, which they believe contains the remains of people whose culture built the famous Stonehenge megaliths.

North Kitsap Herald: Medieval Faire Strikes Bullseye

An article about a Medieval Faire held by the SCA in Port Gamble, Washington.

June 22nd

Memorial Service for Lady Angharad of Caer Morfa to be Held in Atlantia

Lady Theodora Quennell of the Shire of Sylvan Glen in AEthelmearc has reported that a memorial service for Lady Angharad of Caer Morfa who passed away June 12, 2004, will be held Saturday June 26.

Outrage Over Destruction of Celtic Fort

Historians are condemning the destruction of part of a Celtic fortress in County Kerry, Ireland, that was over 3,000 years old.

New Pennsylvania Police Tactics May Affect Pennsic Travel

Police near State College, Pennsylvania are now using "camo cops" patrols to trap speeders, a tactic that could mean an unhappy Pennsic for some travelers.

Maine Couple Wed Roman-Style

When Patricia Washburn and William Bradford decided to get married April 22, 2000, they chose a very traditional wedding — traditional for Romans, that is.

Jousting at Ealdormere's Murder Melee

Baroness Anne von Talstadt of Ben Dunfirth reports on experimental jousting activities at the Murder Melee event which was held recently in the Barony.

Volunteers Needed for the Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic

Duchess Arielle the Golden and Lady Medb ingen Brain are asking for volunteers to help with the Seventh Annual Known World Children's Fete which will take place August 18 at Pennsic War XXXIII.

June 21st

8th Century Cliffside Cemetery Discovered in Wales

Two skeletons in a 1200-year-old cliff-face cemetery have been discovered in Pembrokeshire, Wales by archaeologists lowered on ropes.

17th Century English Artillery Fort Found

The remains of three gun positions of an artillery fort have been discovered in Hull, England.

Gode Cookery on the Food Network

James Matterer and Tammy Crawford, known for their work on medieval cookery with Gode Cookery, will be featured in a series of segments on the Food Network. The first one is scheduled for Monday, June 21, 2004, at 10 pm EDT. The program will repeat June 22 at 2:00 am, June 25 at 10:00 pm and June 26 at 2:00 am.

Universitas Meridies

Oertha Mourns the Loss of Viscount Sir Kylson Skyfyre

Baron Khevron has announced the passing of Viscount Sir Kylson Skyfyre, O.L., O.P. Saturday June 19, 2004.

Known World Novice Tourney Scheduled for Pennsic War

The Known World Novice Tourney is scheduled for Sunday, 8/15 from 4-6pm in the White Tourney list at the Pennsic War.

June 20th

Kiln Floor Stolen from Israeli Site

A 1500-year-old floor of a Byzantine glass kiln has been stolen from an archaeological park near Herzliya, Israel. Authorities suspect the theft was commissioned by a private collector.