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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:
- Wed, Jun 15, 2016: Scriptorium
Project Night / Small Group Workshops
Scriptorium is the monthly gathering of calligraphers, illuminators, wordsmiths, and anyone interested in taking up and learning more about these creative arts. We welcome all skill levels, from the most accomplished Laurels to those that have never picked up a pen or a brush. Become part of creating the atmosphere and visual splendor of the SCA!
This month, join us on Wednesday, June 15th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Kameshima and Isabel's house in the North Hills. (Our address is listed in the Dark Pages, or you can contact us at scriptorium at debatablelands dot org for more information.) Our topic for June will be Open Project and Small Group Workshop Night.
Bring your current assignment, or something that you're currently learning, practicing or tinkering with. Lots of table space will be made available. Be careful if the recipient is a local scribe, though; we love looking over each other's shoulders, and we wouldn't want the surprise to be ruined! :-)
Alternately, do you have something you've been curious about trying? Chances are someone in the local scribal community has already tried it! Send your requests to Kameshima at scriptorium at debatablelands dot org and we will do our best to try to arrange someone to work with you in a small-group scenario for some or all of the evening. Or if you don't want to plan that far ahead, just show up and ask! We are a friendly bunch that love to share our knowledge and experience.
Please be aware, our house contains a cat, a dog, and an infant: medicate or otherwise prepare yourself as necessary.More events may be found on the Events & Demos webpage.
Questions? Suggestions? Contact us by e-mail at email@example.com.