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The Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands is a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization dedicated to the study and recreation of the Middle Ages and early Renaissance.
Geographically, the Debatable Lands include greater Pittsburgh and most of southwestern Pennsylvania. The Debatable Lands is the oldest and one of the largest baronies in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, the region covering western New York, most of Pennsylvania outside the Harrisburg-Philadelphia corridor, and West Virginia.
The Barony-Marche also proudly includes two smaller branches within its borders: the Canton of Steltonwald, covering Beaver County, PA; and the College of Cour d'Or, representing Pittsburgh-area college students.
Congratulations ot Their newly invested Excellencies, Baron Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hügelmann of these Debatable Lands!
The new Baron and Baroness, the Baronial officers, the people of the Barony thank Their Excellencies Baron Uilliam Mac an tSaoir and Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr (now Baron and Baroness of the Royal Court of Aethelmearc) for their faithful service.
New Baronial Blog
The Barony is pleased to announce that we now have a Baronial Blog.
Following on the excellent example set by the Aethelmearc Gazette, we have extended the Baronial Web Site to include a way to post new information in dynamic, automatically archived, searchable, linkable, subscribable way.
The readership of the newsletter keeps declining, and it's a constant struggle for the Chronicler to acquire articles, but the kinds of information we used to publish regularly still exists, and people still want to read it. It's just that the readership has moved on to other channels, and it's time that the Barony adapted to reach people where they are.
We are not discontinuing the Althing as a newsletter. The Althing newsletter will continue to be the only channel for official communication from and within the Barony.
The Baronial Blog simply adds another unofficial communications channel to the mix of mailing list, website, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and rumor mill that are already functioning. The webminister will work on building links between all these channels, so that you can pay attention to the ones that reach you best without fear of missing something. Some of these links, like the RSS feed you can subscribe to with your news reader, are already up and running automatically. The Chronicler will make sure that the newsletter still contains the official notices and most interesting content we have to offer.
Master Broom got the blog software working on the web site, and Ishiyama-roku-i has been posting to the blog without fanfare just to make sure that everything was working smoothly. It's now time to publicize the existence of the blog, and start using it.
For now, only those with Baronial positions and offices will be able to contribute posts for the blog, and all commentary on posts is moderated. The populace can always send information to the relevant officer, the chronicler, or the webminister for inclusion in a post. You can also post to one of the other channels like you are used to, and see if the relevant officer picks up the news for the blog.
Take a look right now, at http://www.debatablelands.org/blog/!
Call for Letters: Chatelaine
Edana the Red, Baronial Chatelaine, writes:
I would like to thank the Barony for the opportunity to serve as chatelaine. My term in office ends in June 2016, therefore I am placing a call for letters. The deadline for letters is Tuesday, 31 May 2016. Please send them to the Seneschal.
Upcoming Events and Important News:
- Sat, May 07, 2016: Fencing Demo
- Wed, May 18, 2016: Scriptorium
- Thu, May 19, 2016 to Sun, May 22, 2016: - War Practice More events may be found on the Events & Demos webpage.
Fencing Demo at the University of Pittsburgh's Europe Day Festival
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The European Studies Center has graciously requested our present during their festival.
We will be mustering on the grassy area between Posvar Hall and Hillman Library.
There will be a BEAR PIT... and pick-up fights!
There will be a tent, seating and of course - pickles by request!
This is not just for fencers! Bring your crafty things and join us!
Contact your chatelaine, Edana the Red, Magnus bastiano de Vigo, or Jorundr hinn Rotinn with inquiries.
Gilded Note Cards
Wednesday, May 18th, 6:30-9:30pm
Pake Room, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at gilding with real gold leaf but have been intimidated by the prospect?
Then come to this Gilding workshop, where you will learn to use a variety of binding mediums and how to apply gold leaf.
All participants will gild a notecard that they may keep for themselves or donate to Their Majesties. There is a $3.00 fee for materials.
Questions may be sent to mistressantoinettedelacroix at gmail dot com.
Questions? Suggestions? Contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.