One small shire, two new Midrealmers

In the past two weeks, the Marche of Alderford in northeastern Ohio has welcomed not one but two new babies, from two different families, into the Midrealm.

Corbin Smolik was born on September 6 to parents Lisa and Matt (known in the SCA as "Gilder the Jester") Smolik. Although he was several weeks premature, he and his mother are doing quite well and little Corbin came home from the hospital on September 14. At birth, he weighed 4 lbs., 11 oz. (2042 g) and was 17.5 inches (44.5 cm) long. Pictures are online at

Verity Martine Palaski was born on September 15 to parents Danielle (known in the SCA as "Meredydd verch Rhys") and Doug Palaski. Verity was just about on schedule, weighed in at 7 lbs., 5 oz. (3317 g) and was 19.5 inches (49.5 cm) long. Sorry, but we don't have pictures of Verity yet. Doug, Verity's father, isn't SCadian, but is a reenactor who does Rendezvous and other later-period events.

Both babies and their parents are doing well., several of whose staff members hail from Alderford, congratulates the proud and happy families!