[EAL] Forward Into The Past XIX

Since 1990, the Kitchener-Waterloo branch (Bryniau Tywynnog) of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) has presented a day of classes exemplifying the best of the Middle Ages. Over the years, several other groups such as the Dark Ages Recreation Company, Regia, and AEMMA have joined the SCA in making this an exciting and educational event. FITP is a non-profit event with any profit going to the local chapter of the SCA (a non-profit group). The local chapter also covers the losses in the years where FITP loses money.

FITP is held at Scholar's Hall on Trillium Drive in Kitchener.

Each year our goal is to bring you many enjoyable hours of classes on a very wide range of topics. Classes can happen in several different formats. Hands-on craft classes (we call them Practicums) that will teach you different aspects of medieval life, and Lecture style classes are the most common.

Don't worry about wearing funny clothes, just come out and have fun.

Darrell Markewitz has worked as a consultant to major museums in the field of Living History. His major achievents include the creation of the 'Norse Encampment' for Parks Canada and the 'World of the Norse' for the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Darrell has worked on the Smithsonian's 'Vikings - North Atlantic Saga' and the Newfoundland Museum's 'Full Circle - First Contact'. He is a co-founder of the Dark Ages Re-creation Company. A professional blacksmith, he operates the Wareham Forge. In DARC, Darrell is known as Ketill Einarsson. Ketill, like many young Norse men from Norway, went 'a viking', and was involved in the battles in Ireland. He was fascinated with the work of the weapons smiths, and learned how to work iron, spending more and more time in the forge - and less and less on the battlefield. In his middle age, he decided to settle near Dubhlin with his wife Bera, spending his hard earned silver on a small farmstead. He now balances his work as a blacksmith with seasonal trading voyages to Jorvick and Birka.

Gary Snyder is a Kitchener grandfather working for Ontario Hydro and has been with the SCA for many many years. Garwig der Waffenschmidt was born in Sussex, England just before the turn of the 10th century. Orphaned in his fourth year he was apprenticed to a local smith from whom he learned the basics of metalworking. Caught up by a call to battle from the local thegn, he perforce learned the art of repair and manufacture of armour - specifically chainmail. For his skill he soon acquired the title of "der waffenschmidt" - weapon or armour smith. Class: Building a Viking Ship Model - A Boat for the Burning

Neil Peterson is a certified Project Management Professional working in the software development industry at BlueCoat Systems. In his spare time he is a student of Archaeology at Wilfrid Laurier University and works with museums, libraries, schools, and various groups to promote an appreciation of Norse History, and the application of Project Management to historical projects such as this conference. His primary research interest is in the processes of the Norse era specifically including iron smelting and bead making. He is a charter member of the local PMI chapter, a member of the Ontario Museum Association, a 20 year veteran of the SCA, and the co-founder of the Dark Ages Re-creation Company where he is known as Ragnarr Thorbergson. Ragnarr is a tired old ex-viking who now makes his living as a trader. Never one to give up a fun hobby, he is still making trouble wherever possible.

Nina Bates can usually be found spinning, weaving, dyeing, playing in the garden, sewing and cooking amongst other things. In the SCA, Odette de Saint Remy is a wool merchant in the early 16th century in France. Inexplicably drawn to the darker side, Gy�a is a Norse woman who settled in England someplace and found a comfortable living as a weaver and dyer. Class: The Possibilities of Early Period Colour:

Rob Schweitzer is a chemistry teacher in Toronto. In the SCA, Master Rufus of Stamford is a Saxon born in 1098 in the village of Stamford, with a great many hobbies and interests to keep himself busy. Some of these hobbies include tablet weaving, archery, leather work (primarily bottles), choral singing, and playing the harp. Classes: Tablet Weaving for Beginners Brocaded Tablet Weaving

Steven has been carving bone and antler for over 25 years, concentrating on Viking age objects and techniques. His carvings are in private collections in Canada and the US, and have been acquired by Parks Canada and The Smithsonian. Classes: Bone Carving Meaningful Scratches

Wendy Maurice is on the secretarial staff of a psychiatric hospital. Away from work, her family, rambunctious kitten, knitting, crocheting, sewing, spinning, weaving and two gardens keep her busy. Her quest to learn how to get the fibre from the flax she has been growing in a local biblical garden since 2000 led her to the SCA in the fall of 2003, where she is known as Anne of Saffron Walden. Anne enjoys learning as many new A&S skills as possible, especially but not exclusively in fibre arts. Class: Linen: flax seed to fibre

Location and Details
Date: Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Registration opens: 8:30 am
Keynote Address: 9:30 am
Classes Begin: 11:00 am
Last class ends: 6:00 pm

Lunch, coffee, and snacks will be available

Parking is free.

The location for Forward into the Past XIX is
Scholar's Hall
888 Trillium Drive
Kitchener, Ontario

From Hwy 401
Exit the 401 at Homer Watson Blvd, and head north (toward Conestoga College). Turn Left onto Bleams (the 7th stop lights about 6.5 km) - You'll know you're in the right place when you see Budd plant on your right, the Kentucky Fried Chicken ahead of the intersection on the right, and a wooded lot on your left. Trillium Drive is the thrid lights (about 1.5 km further west). Turn left onto Trillium the school is on the left.

From Waterloo
Take the expressway to Homer Watson Go south on Homer Watson to Bleams Turn *right* onto Bleams Trillium Drive is the third lights (about 1.5 km further west). Turn left onto Trillium the school is on the left.

From Guelph
Take Hwy 7 towards Stratford Exit at Home Watson (turn left at the lights) Go south on Homer Watson to Bleams Turn *right* onto Bleams Trillium Drive is the third lights (about 1.5 km further west). Turn left onto Trillium the school is on the left.

From Stratford
Take Hwy 7 to Kitchener Exit at Homer Watson (Left at the lights then right onto Homer Watson) Go south on Homer Watson to Bleams Turn *right* onto Bleams Trillium Drive is the third lights (about 1.5 km further west). Turn left onto Trillium the school is on the left.

Bus Route
The best routes (#26 and #2) don't run on Saturdays. There is a #22 Glencairn that departs the downtown terminal at 7:55am (8:55 and 9:55) which will (after leaving Forest Glen Plaza at 8:15) drop you on ErinBrook at ThistleGlen just across Bleams from Trillium. This is stop #1489. The site is just down Trillium on the left.