Cooking and Socializing at Odriana’s

On Friday, 26 April 2019 at 6:00 p.m., there will be cooking and socializing at Odriana’s. We will do this every fourth Friday of the month. With the weather getting nicer, we’re going to aim for cooking outdoors, but will cook indoors if it’s rainy and/or cold.

This first meeting will be cooking something out of Scappi, talking about food safety in non-traditional kitchen environments, and reviewing basic knife skills. More social than traditional teaching, don’t feel like you need to have some level of cooking skills. I’m still a novice at over the fire cooking, so we’ll all be learning together – or, if you’re a more experienced outdoor cook and want to guide us, that would be deeply appreciated.

If the weather is nice, bring camp chairs. I have a few, but not enough to cover more than a couple of people. There is limited parking at the house, however, there is a parking lot adjacent to my property for people to park and walk over. If you need to drop someone off and go park, that is perfectly fine. To get location information and add it to your personal calendar click here. You can also contact me at jenn.strobel(at)

Looking forward to seeing y’all there!

Fencing Practice at Washington Blvd 4/21


This Sunday fencing practice will be moving to our summer location.

Weather permitting we will be at the Washington Blvd park starting at 1PM. Which is at the intersection of Washington Blvd and Allegheny River Blvd in Highland Park.

Loaner equipment for fencing and cut & thrust is available.

Remember that there is not running water on site so bring a beverage.


Guild Badges on Storfrettir

A while back, Kameshima created a series of badges for the use of each guild so that there would be a visual way to quickly identify who was posting. At the time, this was announced, but I don’t think that it was really explained why these things have value and how they can be used to better communicate your activities.

A screen capture of the Guild badges available in the media library on Storfrettir. From top right: Chiurgeons Guild, Brewers Guild, BMDL Consort, BMDL Choir, Armorers Guild, Sewing Guild, Scribal Guild, Fiber Arts Guild, Dance Guild I, Dance Guild II, Culinary (Food) Guild

Each badge uses a symbol that is immediately associated with the guild – crossed recorders, a helm, a cooking pot, etc. These badges are free for the use of anyone that is posting information or announcements about their guild. When you look at Storfrettir, it immediately forms a visual connection between the symbol and the subject matter you will find below that symbol

The use of visual language, we should all know well – we use heraldry to identify ourselves, our stuff, our households, our Kingdom, and our Barony. We use heraldry on our clothing and belongings to identify ourselves to others. Sometimes the only way to identify who a fighter is is because of the heraldry on the shield. Visual language is the easiest form of communication that we have in the SCA. By identifying your guild with the badge associated with it, makes it easier to know who is posting and get right to the content you want.

I hope that the various guild heads and those posting for the various guilds will choose to use this heraldry in the future.

Thrown Weapons Practice

Threading the needle, knife edition

Konichiwa Debatable lands! Tomorrow will kick off our first thrown weapons practice of the year, weather permitting. We will be with the archers at the field at 240 Meyers Ln, Allison Park, 15101. Loaner gear will be available. Come join me as we start another glorious campaign!!

YIS, Kumagaya-roku-e Kentarou Masamoto, TW MIC BMDL