Archive - 2005 - Story

September 22nd

Sweet History

How sweet it is! Diana A. Galang looks at the history of candy in an article for the Manilla Bulletin.

Avebury Circle Lets Visitors Explore Ancient Mysteries

Not as famous as the nearby Stonehenge, but much more accessible, is the stone circle at Avebury, the largest in Europe. CNN takes a look at the mysterious Avebury circle in this report.

September 21st

Community members share their interest, skills at fair

The Nashua Telegraph reports from a renaissance fair sponsored by the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club, and interviews members of the SCA at the fair.

Italian Programmer "Googles" Roman Villa

History met science recently when an Italian computer programmer discovered what he believes is the ruins of a Roman villa by studying a map found on "Google Earth."

Group attempts to recapture medieval times

The Technician describes SCA activities at North Carolina State University.

September 20th

New exhibit on the art of Prague and Bohemia at the Met

"Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347-1437" will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 3.

Exhibit on sculpture of 15th century Florence on display at the National Gallery

"Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence: Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, and Verrochio at Orsanmichele" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through December 31.

Silent Auction Caps Off Successful Baronial Championship

The Barony of Brendoken, located in northeastern Ohio, collected over $900 at a recent silent auction to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Money from the auction, held in conjunction with baronial championships, will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief fund. Two photo albums from the event are now online.

September 19th

New exhibit on Chinese art at the Met

"Secular and Sacred: Scholars, Deities, and Immortals in Chinese Art" is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 8.

Wilkinson Sword Factory to Close

14 skilled swordmakers will lose their jobs when British institution Wilkinson Sword closes its plant. The renowned crafter of ceremonial swords for British cavalrymen is scheduled to close at the end of September 2005.

Barony of Axemoor cancels Christmas Revel

The Barony of Axemoor (New Orleans, La.), which suffered the greatest damage from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, has canceled its annual Christmas Revel for this year.

Arrrr Matey, Today is Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day!

Want to be like Jack Sparrow? Wear an eyepatch? Go around saying "Arrrrr" a lot? Then today is YOUR day! Happy National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 18th

Viking Estrid Not Mother but Daughter

In an article for New Scientist, researchers disclose that the female remains buried with the last Viking king were not those of his mother as previously believed, but in reality, his daughter-in-law.

Atlantians Raise Over $3,000 for the American Red Cross

Kynnyth Pyke reports that over $3,000 was raised for the American Red Cross at the recent Masters of Defense Tourney held in the Barony of Lochmere. Part of the total was raised thanks to matching contributions from Lowes.

12th Century Chinese Painting Costs $247,000 to Display

Engineers from Beijing University were called upon to construct a special display case for one of China's most famous paintings: a 16+-foot-long silk masterpiece dating to the 12th century.

September 17th

Photos from the Battle of Baron's Howe

Eirik Andersen has posted photos from the recent Battle of Baron's Howe event which took place in the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

Medieval Chapel, Hospital Revealed by Bypass Project

The opening of a bypass around Partney, England has led to some great archaeological finds including an 11th century chapel and a 12th century hospital dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene.

Campaign to "Save the Monument" Launched

A group of William Wallace enthusiasts have set out to save and preserve the site where the Scottish hero was betrayed. The site, near Glasgow, has become a dumping ground and popular haunt of drug users.

Icelandic Research Hopes to Prove Truth of Viking Legends

Researcher Nancy Marie Brown of Penn State University writes about archaeological research being done in Iceland. The team is hoping to demonstrate concrete evidence for the Viking sagas.

September 16th

Samhain 2005 Revised!

Lord Cormac has announced that the Samhain 2005 event, which was postponed due to the affects of Hurricane Katrina, has been rescheduled. The event will take place in the Barony of Grey Niche in Gleann Abhann on October 29, 2005.

Barony of Grey Niche cancels Samhain

The Barony of Grey Niche's annual October event, Samhain, scheduled for Halloween weekend, has been cancelled, as detailed in the following message from the autocrat to the barony's e-mail list on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005.

Atlantia's Annual Knitting Challenge for Pages and "Warm Up America" Charity

Sayyida Halima al-Shafi’i of the Stronghold of Raven’s Cove in the Kingdom of Atlantia reports on a challenge in which the kingdom's knitters will teach their craft to young people.

"Shutterbugs" email list offers venue for living history photographers

If you are a professional photographer, or a serious amateur, or if you are a beginner with an interest in learning more, you may want to sign up for SCAtoday.net's new "Shutterbugs" email list.

Gleann Abhann Supply Run Puts Human Face to Devastation

Anna Genevieve of Ancyra and THL Barbara Sterling have posted a report and photos covering the recent supply run by members of the SCA to deliver much-needed items to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

September 15th

Chalk it up: Giant Medieval Hillside Figure

Dame Aoife offers a bevy of links about large chalk carvings, of which the virility-gifted Cerne Abbas Giant is the most famous, that decorate the hills of England.

Diamond Wars Cancelled

Due to the event site being used as an evacuation center for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Diamond Wars 2005 will not take place.

SCAdian trebuchet engineer hurls veggies for a good cause

The Minot Daily News reports on an SCA-inspired siege engine demonstration that destroyed vegetables by the dozens to raise funds for the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities.

September 14th

DC Textile Museum Library Online

Elaine Koogler reports that many rare texts dealing with textiles from the collection of the D.C. Textile Museum are now available online.

SCA extends memberships for many Katrina-affected members

For those in the areas where the U.S. Postal Service has suspended mail delivery, the SCA will place memberships temporarily into hiatus so that members are not paying for newsletters that are not able to be delivered.

Photos from the Coronation of Janos & Rachel

Adeliza has posted photos from the recent Coronation of Janos & Rachel in the Kingdom of Atlantia.