Estrella War - A World of Arts & Sciences

Dame Anita de Challis, SCA Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXV, reports on A&S activities scheduled for the upcoming War.

Dame Anita writes:

Coming to Estrella War XXV, but don't fight in armor or shoot arrows? Do not worry - there's plenty for you to do! The Kingdom of Atenveldt believes that no SCA event is complete (even a medieval war), unless there are activities devoted to recreating, displaying, and learning about the pastimes and crafts of the Middle Ages. Here are four examples:
  • COLLEGIUM (CLASSES): A full Collegium of Classes will be offered and open to all attendees at Estrella War. Classes are one or two hours long, and are scheduled from Tues, Feb 10th to Sun, Feb 15th. See the COLLEGIUM page of the website and the gatebook for a class schedule, including classes open for youth and children.
    • We have many opportunities for people to teach. Whatever your art, skill, or special knowledge of the arts and sciences of the Middle Ages, you are cordially invited to join us instructing a captivated audience at Estrella War. Use this opportunity to share your passion and experience of the SCA with others. It's easy to sign up. Register online at the Estrella War Collegium webpage Register by Dec 31, 2008 to get your classes listed in the gatebook. If you miss this deadline your classes will be listed on the class schedules posted at the event, and on the website.

  • YOUTH CLASSES : Offered at the Children / Youth Complex Thurs, Feb 12th to Sun, Feb 15th.
    • Opportunities to teach classes specifically for youth ages 5-10 and 11-17 are available. The types of classes that have been taught include, Marzipan sculptures, Candle making, Bardic classes, Kumihimo, Mosaic tiles, Storytelling, Miniature Trebuchets and Viking Bead Necklaces.

    • Youth can also teach classes to their peers - a fun and satisfying thing to do, and a great way to volunteer. (Youth Teachers 9-12 of age, must have a guardian present during the class; All Youth taught classes must have a Youth Minister or adult volunteer in the area). So be you a teacher with many classes under your belt or just starting out, please, please consider volunteering to teach a class for the Youth at Estrella War.

    • Please send your name (modern and sca), class title, class description, duration of class, maximum number of students that can attend, age range for attendees, and your availability to Lady Ilora von Neunhoff (lhopf32 by December 31st (classes can still be added after this date but may not appear in the Gatebook).

  • ARTISAN'S SHOWCASE: An Artisan Showcase will be held on Sun, Feb 15th from 11:00 AM. to 2:30PM to provide a setting where artisans can sit with medieval style works they have completed or have in progress, and discuss those pieces with SCA Peers and populace from many SCA Kingdoms. The event is intended to invite questions, advice, commentary and interaction between Peers, populace and artisans in a relaxed, social environment, and is open to all artisans and attendees at Estrella War. Come display your work, or just come to see the wondrous work of artisans from around the Knowne World!

    • RESERVE A TABLE at the Artisan's Showcase to display your work. Find out more at

    • ESTRELLA WAR ARTS & SCIENCES COMPETITION: The Principal Kingdoms at Estrella War XXV will hold this annual competition on Sat, Feb 16th with entries in three categories defined in the Estrella War Treaty. This year's categories are: Measuring ('Scientific') Instruments, Metal Weapons, Silver-Based Entry (25 years of Estrlla). Competition rules and instructions are available on the ARTS & SCIENCES COMPETITION page of the website. Best of all, the entries will be available for viewing by the populace on Sat, Feb 14th from 3:00 PM (approx) until 5:00 PM. Whether you compete, or just want to see the works submitted, this is an event you should not miss!

    • PRE-REGISTER YOUR ENTRIES in the Estrella War Arts & Sciences Competition no later than Jan 17, 2008! Downloadable and online pre-registration information for entries, and full information about rules for the competition are available on the website. tion.aspx

    • JUDGES ARE NEEDED for the Estrella War Arts & Sciences Competition! See the website for details on how to assist with Judging.

  • As you attend Estrella War, you will see many living examples of Arts & Sciences. We invite you to visit the Period Encampment, to attend Grand Court, or stand on the viewing stands and watch the battlefield combat to see wonderful examples of recreated medieval costumes, heraldry, and armor. Check the SPECIAL EVENTS and SCHEDULES pages of the website for more Arts activities sponsored by various groups during the event.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for setup and running the COLLEGIUM CLASSES, ARTISAN'S SHOWCASE and ARTS & SCIENCES COMPETITION (all the work at Estrella is done by Volunteers!). Please contact the coordinator of the activity, or the Volunteer Coordinator, if you wish to assist then at the event.

Dame Anita de Challis, OP
(Anita Challis)
SCA Internal Publicity for Estrella War XXV

Estrella War XXV
25 years of Celebrating the Dream
February 9-16 2009