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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 - A+S Minister
As of June 1, Master Meszaros Janos is looking for an individual interested in taking on the position of Baronial A&S minister. This individual is best served by having the following qualifications:
- Paid member of the Society.
- Independently mobile, so as to be able to attend scheduled local, regional and Kingdom wide A&S functions.
- Highly self motivated to pull together a very large group of disparate peoples into a cohesive program of classes and activities.
- Capable of taking on a two year commitment to the Barony and the people therein.
Your responsibilities will include setting up a local class schedule, working with the Baronial Guilds to get them active again, setting up periodic A&S displays at local and regional events, working with other local and regional A&S ministers to promote the arts and sciences throughout the Barony and the region.
Interested parties should declare their interest, with supporting information on why they think they would be good in this position, to the A&S Minister (ansminister AT debatablelands.org) with a copy to the Baronial Seneschal (seneschal AT debatablelands.org) by 8 July 2016.
Upcoming Events and Important News:
- Sun, Jul 10, 2016: Scriptorium Workshop
- Wed, Jul 20, 2016: Scriptorium
There will be a workshop offered at CMU in the Debatable Lands on Sunday, July 10th from 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This workshop will focus on the techniques used in The Book of Hours of Louis of Orleans or what I refer to as the "French Quilt" style - bands in the marginalia filled with acanthus and flowers. Have you wanted to learn how to flat gild, master acanthus and the French flowers and strawberries? This workshop is for you!
For more information email me at MistressAntoinettedelaCroix AT gmail.com (please replace the word AT with @ and leave no blank spaces).
Attavanti Made Easy
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, July 20th, 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 July will be "Attavanti Made Easy" taught by THL Rachel Delicieux.
Easy shading and design tricks to get those perfect "mirror image" acanthus leaves and jewels to POP off the page. If you can free-hand a few acanthus leaves, draw a circle and can make a thin line with a brush, you already have all the skills you need. Please bring your own paints and brushes, as well as a fine lead mechanical pencil. By the end of the class everyone will be well on their way to producing a scroll blank in the style of the panels found in the artwork of Attavante degli Attavanti, with the knowledge needed to finish said blank on their own.
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.