Demo — August 30 — Save the Date!

Dear friends —

Save the date! I know everyone is super busy with Pennsic prep, but I wanted to let everyone know that we were invited to demo at the Children’s Museum Medieval Maker night on Thursday, August 30, from 6:30 to 9:30.

This is a 21 + event, so no clearances are required. They are looking for 20-25 demonstrators, and are looking for fiber artists (weavers, nalbinders, knitters, dyers, enbroiderers, and all the rest), calligraphers, illuminators, equestrians, fighters, fencers, siege engineers, musicians, singers, dancers, royalty – you name it!

i Genesii has been the first to step up, they will be running a play date and getting spectators involved! Who else will be there?

We had several makeshop demos with them, and they really like working with the SCA. They are very flexible and accommodating, so if you want to be a part of it, let me know!

More details to follow. It will be awesome!

THL Luceta di Cosimo

Find contact info on the award-winning Barony website, under the Resources drop-down, in the Dark Pages.

Scribal East This Thursday!

Greetings!

The last Thursday of another month comes, and with it the scribal gathering in Monroeville. Come join us at 6:30 for recorder and at 7:00 for scribal.

If you have a project, bring it to work on. If you want to learn, please come with just your enthusiasm, and there will be someone here to help with calligraphy and/or illumination.

PM on FB for directions — Rachel Barr Shively, or email her at signet@debatablelands.org

KWHSS: Thanks!

Thank you!         Thank you!         Thank you!

The Known World Heraldic Symposium for 2018 has closed and by all accounts was a smashing success!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped make this event possible.

Inspiration for the bid:
Elsbeth, who always wanted to have KWHSS held in the Debatable Lands … we made your dream come true.

Event planning:
Wu, the event steward for the 2017 KWHSS who provided me with valuable information and advice.  Supporting cast:  Emma, Juliana, and all those who sent me advice and made suggestions.

Event execution:
Raven, my co-event steward, who helped out wherever needed and made the totes and name tags happen through excellent recruiting!

Website:
Jorundr, he kept up with all my updates and crazy ideas and made them work, and made sure I stayed within the policies.  Supporting cast:  Kameshima.

Social Media:
Rachel, who served as my “Facebook Secretary” as I am not on that platform.  Supporting cast:  Elss, who posted to BMDL’s blog and shared the information across Facebook. Thanks also to all those who liked, shared and further distributed the information about the event.

Classes:
Kameshima and Antoinette, recruiters of fine teachers from across the Known World.  Supporting cast of teachers:  Alicia, Alys, Antoinette, Arianna, Beatrice, Brunissende, Christoforo, Clydwyn, Corbin, Cormac, Ellesbeth, Elsbeth, Emma, Gisela, Herveus, Ishiyama, Jeanne Marie, Jehanette, Jehannette, Jon, Jorundr, Juliana, Kieran, Kryss, Lada, Lillia, Lyonet, Madoc, Malcolm, Marie, Mariette, Meadhbh, Melissa, Nataliia, Nicolaa, Paul, Rachel, Richenda, Robert, Scaith, Seraphina, Shirin, Solveig, Thyra, Ursula, Vivienne, Wu, and Yehudah.

Reservations:
Hara, information wrangler, who always made sure I had the information I needed when I asked “so, how many pre-regs do we have?”

Class Scheduling:
Bronwyn, tetris master supreme who worked wonders in setting up our class schedule given all the constraints (and for handling last minute changes at the event).

Transportation:
Robert, who organized a fleet of shuttles to get our attendees from the airport, to and from the Friday reception, and back to the airport again. Supporting cast:  Muirgheal, Elsbeth, Alaric, Elss, Hilda, Ceindrech, Gwen, Alison.

Reception:
Byron and Ariella for opening their home to the heralds and scribes of the Known World.  The reception was a hit! Odriana for organizing the tasty food enjoyed by many.  Supporting cast: Alastar, Ceindrech, Kieran, Alethea, and Elss.

Publications:
Ceindrech for putting together a fantastic event booklet.  Supporting cast:  Gesa, Hilda.

Hospitality:
Odriana for providing tasty snacks on Saturday and Sunday.  Supporting cast:  Kieran, Alethea, and Alastar.

Troll:
Hara for organizing a crew to greet our guests and balancing the troll sheets before the event ended!  Supporting cast:  Ceindrech, Crystal, Rivka, Muirgheal, Arthes, and Alister.

Name Tags:
Edana for doing the design and production of the name tags prior to the event.  They looked fabulous! Rivka for doing the production at the event. Alaric, Elsbeth, and Hara for loaning their laptops for on-site name tag production.

Quest:
Myfanwy, who made a quest so challenging that only one gentle was brave enough to turn in their answers.  Did you get a chance to see all the artwork?  It was fabulous!

Library:
Rachel for organizing and creating cool bookmarks!  Supporting cast: Ts’vee’a, Melodia, Ceindrech, Sturrim, and Graidnhe. Plus Alaric, Ceindrech, Dmitrii, Elsbeth, Graidnke, Mariette, Rachel, Rivka, and Ts’vee’a for contributing to the library.

Liaison:
Elsbeth, who fielded questions from visiting royalty and heralds alike!

Proceedings:
Drauma-Ellisif, who is collecting proceedings for publication.  Hint, hint, it is still not too late to submit your contributions!
http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/proceedings.php

Merchants:
Ceindrech and Ts’vee’a, who helped arrange for the great set of merchants at the event and made sure they had the space to set up for business!

Audio / Visual:
Jorundr, Irene, Alastar, and Ts’vee’a for organizing, labeling, and getting the projectors to their locations. Robert, Jorundr, and Yehuda for making their projectors available for use.

Scribal Playtime:
Shirin and Antoinette for providing cool banners to paint!  Looking forward to seeing them at a future event!

Commemorative Totes:
Raven, who came up with design and arranged for their production. Supporting cast:  Alicia.

Court:
Their Excellencies of the Debatable Lands, Brandubh and Hilderun, and Her Majesty of Atenvedlt, Ian’ka.

Performances:
The Debatable Choir and i Genesii.  Come and see them at Pennsic on Monday evening of War Week!

Field Trip:
Mary Kay, Senior Librarian at the Hunt Library, for putting together a fine collection of books and manuscripts for us to view and learn about.

Hotel:
The staff at the Pittsburgh Marriott North for welcoming us and helping to make our event a success.

If I missed anyone it is because of my forgetfulness.  All your contributions were noticed, no matter how big or small.  This event happened because of all of you! And finally, thank you to all who traveled from lands near and far to attend.  We hope you enjoyed your visit to Aethelmearc and we look forward to seeing many of you in Calontir next year and Lochac in two years.

Humbly Yours,
Alaric & Raven
Event Stewards, KWHSS 2018

KWHSS: Class Schedule Available

Oyez, Oyez!

10 Days and Counting!

Get your classes here.  Lots of classes. Scheduled classes!  You want scribal classes? We got ‘em.  You want heraldic classes? We got them too!  Time to start planning what classes you’ll attend.  Check out our classes page. http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/classlist.php

Final reminder:  the deadline for the discounted event registration is May 31, 2018.  Send your reservations to THLady Hara.  The information can be found on the main event page:  http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/index.php

Transportation:  Are you flying in to the Pittsburgh International Airport and would like us to help coordinate transportation?  If so, please see our transportation page: http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/transportation.php

You can also sign up for transportation to / from the Friday night reception from there as well.  Parking is limited so we encourage you to take advantage of the provided transportation.

Please forward and spread the word!

In Service,
Baron Alaric and THLady Raven
Event Stewards

 

KWHSS: Two Weeks Away!

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!

Two weeks until we open the doors for KWHSS!  We are looking forward to welcoming you!

The deadline for the discounted event registration is May 31, 2018.  Send your reservations to THLady Hara.  The information can be found on the main event page:  http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/index.php

Would you like to take a souvenir of KWHSS home with you?  THLady Raven is making commemorative tote bags available.  See the web page at: http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/tote.php

Are you flying in to the Pittsburgh International Airport and would like us to help coordinate transportation?  If so, please see our transportation page:  http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/transportation.php

Name Tags!  We can prepare your name tag before you arrive.  Please send an image of your armory, SCA Name, Heraldic or Scribal Title (if any), and your Kingdom to THLady Edana the Red (edana4242@gmail.com).

We have organized a field trip to the CMU Hunt Library in Friday afternoon.  If you are planning to attend please sign up by June 5, 2018 so we can let them know how many to expect (limited to 20): http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/field.php

Classes!  Thank you to all the teachers who signed up to teach (from 12 different kingdoms).  We have 82 hours of classes on a wide variety of heraldic and scribal topics:   http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/classlist.php

Stay tuned!  As always, if there any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at KWHSSEventSteward@aeheralds.net

In Service,
Baron Alaric & THLRaven
Event Stewards KWHSS 2018

KWHSS: Upcoming Deadlines

Oyez, Oyez!
Some more information and updates for the KWHSS event!
IMPORTANT: The deadline for reserving a hotel room in the room block is tomorrow (May 17th, 2018). If the hotel reservation website says there aren’t any available please contact the event stewards at KWHSSEventSteward@aeheralds.net so they can ask the hotel to add some rooms to the block. After tomorrow, please contact the hotel directly. Rooms can be reserved from the link on our hotel page: http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/hotel.php
We have added information about other activities at the event. Please see the page on our website: http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/activities.php
If you need help coordinating transportation to / from the airport or the Friday reception, please see our transportation page: http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/transportation.php
Are you planning to teach a class? If so, please sign up before May 24th, 2018 from our classes information page: http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/classlist.php You can also check out the planned classes as well!
Have you made your reservation yet? The deadline for the discounted pre-registered rate for the event is May 31st, 2018. Registering early helps us plan for lunch.
Field Trip!!! For those arriving earlier on Friday we have arranged some time at the Hunt Library of Carnegie Mellon University. Check out the field trip page: http://debatablelands.org/KWHS/field.php
Stay tuned for further updates!
In Service,
Baron Alaric and THLady Raven
Event Stewards KWHSS 2018

War Practice Info – Unofficial

Hello Debatable Lands!

The Shire of Steltonwald’s War Practice Staff has been posting some updates on Facebook (and other media, too). For those of you not on that venue, here is what I know (I am only gathering, this is not official at all…apologies for any inaccuracies, please comment if you see one):

Official War Practice Webpage

Gate Info
-For most of it, see link above.
-This year, you will pay by the day you arrive, regardless of whether you are camping.
-RVs: “There is an area on the serengeti behind troll. If you plan to hookup to electric an sewers there is a 10 dollar per day fee. just let troll know when you arrive”
-No one will be admitted after 3pm Saturday. (This is not a change from previous years)

Meetings 
The Order Meeting tent is in the Woodland Watch Camp (which is where AE Royal is this year). West of the old barn/campstore, sort of the top of Runestone Hill nearish to the gate to Curry Road

Order of the Laurel: 9am- 10am (update: no meeting)
Order of the Millrind: 12pm-1pm, Saturday
Order of the Fleur: 1pm-2pm, Saturday
Chatelaine’s Meeting: 3pm -4pm, Saturday

Curia: 10am, Sunday, A&S Pavilion (where Chirurgeons Point is at Pennsic)

AA meeting: down at the lake by Willow Point on Saturday from 8:00-9:00 am Saturday. Blue and yellow marquee. (Privately run)

Food
-Breakfast: In the Bathhouse this year, I believe
Saturday & Sunday 7:30am-1:30pm (free – run by the Scribes)
Food Merchants: Beast & Boar, and Coopers Store

Class List & Activities
There is an A&S village at the pavilion where the Chirurgeons are at Pennsic:
-There is only one pavillion; using the four corners it will allow up to 4 different activities happening at once.
-There are 3 A&S tents, they will have banners letting you know if it’s Tent 1, 2 or 3.
-There are 2 scribal tents. On Friday one will have scribal classes. On Saturday will be Scribal banner painting in one, scribal playtime/lutrell psalter competition in the other.
-For those wishing to have an artisan’s playtime, we have lots of room for byo tents & pavillions

Class List: Time Sheet
Class Descriptions

WP Classes Sortable (Hilda) (NOT official; I just wanted a sortable list)

Princess Anna Leigh’s Beverage Showcase & Social: Friday 6:30
Grand Ball: Friday Night, Great Hall, 7pm  (See below)
Scribal Playtime, 11am-3pm Saturday (See below)
Scarlet Apron Competition: 11am-4pm (See below)
Royal Court – 6pm Saturday, Great Hall (set-up at 5pm)
I Genesii – Saturday night, Great Hall

6 Hour Class Challenge (See below)

Martial Activities
Heavy: 6pm – 8pm Friday, field, Gage Meet n Beat
Heavy: 10-man Melee, 11am Saturday, field  (sign up at 10am) (see below)
Heavy: noon-5pm Saturday, field, melee, various scenarios
Heavy: 5:15 pm Saturday, field, Finns Speed tourney
MOL/Inspections: Friday 5pm-7pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm
Siege: Inspections 9am to 11am Saturday, field (see below)
Youth Fighting: Kingdom Championship, 10am Saturday, list opens 9am
Rapier: 6:30pm Friday, tourney (rapier and C&T pools)
Rapier: Saturday: lots of melee
Thrown Weapons: Update: New location is behind the Great Hall
Archery: Update: New location is behind the Great Hall

Pelican Vigil & Reception
-THL Ursula – send-off on field Friday night 7pm, vigil to follow at Woodland Watch camp
-Mistress Antoinette –  reception in the Scribal tents after court

Merchant List
Feed the Ravens
Black Moon Traders
Little Crystal Bijoux
Crafty Celts
The Basket Man
Little Dragon’s Horde
Munitions Grade Arms
Red Falcon
BadAss Garb
A Case of Random
Story Tellers Candles
Knights of the Classroom
Earthly Leather Designs
LeEllen Expressions
Logs Bogs and more
UnCommon Clay
Pillage Village
Miller Crossings
Miriam’s yarn

In Levitate et Caritate
Baroness Hilda

 

Grand Ball
Good Gentles!

here are the dances planned for the War Practice Grand Ball in random order:

War Bransle (naturally)
maltese bransle (sca)
official bransle
horse’s bransle
montarde bransle
charlotte bransle
pease bransle
washerwoman’s bransle
petit vriens
amoroso (long version)
gracca amorosa
bizzaria d’amore
rostiboli gioioso
rufty tufty
black nag
sellenger’s round
new boe peep
gathering peascods
picking of sticks
chestnut
new yer’s de tribus
ly bens distonys (long version)
grene gynger
black almain
anello
belle qui
heart’s ease
jenny plucked pears
petit rose

*most dances will be taught immediately before we do them.*

AND! Lady Lelija Barnasiewicz-tancerka will be leading the early, Children’s portion of the Ball. Children of all ages are invited to bring their parents and enjoy the special “re-creations” of period dance.

There will be refreshments for all!

Come by to dance, snack, watch or all of the above. You’ll find us in the Great Hall Friday evening.

Scarlet Apron

Good Gentles!

War Practice is finally upon us, and with it comes the time to choose AEthelmearc’s new Scarlet Apron Champion!

This year’s entrants have risen to the challenge to recreate period food preservation methods and recipes. Now, they look not only to our judges, but to you, the Populace, to let them know how they did!

Sign-In for Entrants will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 19, in the Great Hall (Look for the Scarlet Apron signs). While the competition is open to judges only from noon until 1:30 PM, once that time period is over, we welcome the Populace to visit us, and vote for your favorite entry! The entry with the most votes by the end of the competition wins a prize!

The Populace in attendance is encouraged to visit the Scarlet Apron, view and sample the entries, and cast their vote from 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM. The winners will be announced in court later that evening.

As always, if there are any questions, please contact the competition coordinator, Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere, using Email (lijsbet(DOT)vandelfthout(AT)gmail(DOT)com), or Facebook Messenger **PREFERRED** (Keirin Lazauskas-Ralff).

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

11:00 AM On-site Sign-in Opens for Entrants
• Entrants drop off their food items and documentation

12:00 PM Anonymous Judging Opens
• Judges will have the opportunity to experience and assess each entry based on only what has been set on the table.
• Entrants and members of the populace are asked to wait until after this period to come and interact with the display.

1:30 PM Anonymous Judging Closes;
Entrant-Judge Meet & Greet Opens;
Competition Viewing Opens to the Populace
• Entrants are invited to return to sit with their entries at this time. Judges can take this opportunity to interact with the entrants one-on-one to clarify or elaborate on anything they may have questions about before completing their scoring.
• The populace is invited to view and sample the remaining portions of each entry, and vote for their favorite to win Populace Choice.

3:30 PM Entrant-Judge Meet & Greet Closes;
Populace Viewing Closes;
All Judging & Feedback Forms are due back to the Sign-In Table for score tallying
• Judges should submit all of their scored feedback forms by this time so they can be tallied.
• Populace Choice tokens will also be counted at this time.

4:00 PM Entry Pick-Up
• All entries, including empty containers, must be removed by this time to facilitate an easy clean-up for Court.

 

10-Man Melee
On Saturday May 19th, 11:00am at AEthelmearc War Practice we will be hosting our Annual 10-man Unbelted Melee Tournament.
Sign-ups starts at 10am, all teams must be signed up, inspected, and ready to go at 10:45am. We have a limited window before the rest of the day’s activities.
Rules are as follows:
– Format will be round-robin, subject to change depending on the number of teams
– Winning team has the best record after the round-robin
– First place tie will result in a one fight sudden death bout (continuation rule 113d)
– Winner gets bragging rights and might get a chance to fight a 10 man chiv team….
– Participants cannot be members of the order of chivalry
– Maximum of 10 fighters on the field for each team
– Alternates are allowed, but no substitutions during a bout
– Fighters cannot be on multiple teams
– No combat archery
– Ok….no siege engines either…..
– Thrown weapons ARE allowed
– All other combat conventions will follow kingdom standards
Contact me if you have any questions.
Start forming your teams today!!!!
So….who wants some?
Maynard 

Heavy Schedule Details

Greetings!

The following is the current schedule for the heavy fighting at this years War Practice.

Friday May 18

MOL/Inspection point open from 5 pm-7pm as needed

6pm -8 pm. Gage Meet n Beat

Saturday May 19

MOL/ Inspection Point 9 am -1 pm or as needed

10-1045am team sign ins for 10 man unbelt tourney

11am 10 Man unbelt tourney

Noon-5 Melee fighting, various scenarios

5:15 pm Finn’s Speed Round Tourney

As in all things Scadian, our fighting schedule is fluid, we will attempt to stay on schedule as best as possible. It is called Scadian Time for a reason, plan accordingly.

(Event Reciept, Auth Cards and Identification required at MOL point)

We as always need assistance on the field from Our field marshals. If you want to help out, contact me privately so I can add you to the list.

If you need anything added or edited, please contact me privately so I can keep our schedule current!

Regards,
Syr Thorgrim
MIC

Siege Inspections
Siege Inspections for AEthelmearc War Practice will be held on the battlefield from 9am – 11am (hard stop time at 11am due to the 10 man unbelt tourney, NO INSPECTION WILL BE STARTED AFTER 10:30AM). Please plan accordingly.
Siege will definitely occur in the bridge battles, and probably in the broken field battles.
Please share with your crews. If you are able to volunteer your time as a marshal, please let me know.
Thank you in advance,
Rosalia

From Mistress Antionette
War Practice will be here soon and we have a few fun things going on for scribes!Scribal Playtime (Saturday 11-3) will focus on completing the painted banners we began at our Retreat in March. Mistress Alicia has a spiffy Luttrell Psalter scroll blank contest happening- same time frame as Scribal Playtime. We have wonderful volunteers to cover the Playtime, but 3 of them have received their Fleur recently and would like to attend their FIRST FLEUR meeting at War Practice. So, we will need a few volunteers for Scribal Playtime beginning around 1:00. If you can pitch hit, send me an IM as soon as you can. Both of our Scribal tents will be up and running, if you have a scribal project you would like to work on, bring it!, we have a tent designated Saturday, all day for just this purpose.
Our Scribal Retreat in March- Wow!, we were busting out at the edges and from our Survey results we know that the Scribes would like to ~rinse and repeat~ in 2019. However, we are going to need to fund raise and Steltonwald has graciously offered us our first big opportunity to do so at War Practice. We will be serving up Breakfast on Saturday 7:30-1:30 and Sunday 7:30-1:30 We have a few people designated to help but we could use a few more volunteers. No cooking required. If scribes are uninterested in fundraising, there may not be a Retreat next year. Please IM me with a day and time ( 1 hour is fine) that you can help out w Breakfast.
Last fun thing, I will be elevated to the Pelican in evening Court at War Practice, no vigil, but we will have a reception in the Scribal tents after court. All scribes are welcome, remember ~Once a scribe, always part of the Tribe.

6 Hour Class Challenge
Back by popular demand- The 6 hour class challenge! For those of you serious about learning, pick up a passport at troll. When they’re gone they’re gone, but we trust your honor to keep track. For those who succeed, be sure to join the audience at Æthelmearc Court to come forward, be recognized and receive your token! Remember it’s 6 hours, not six classes, and don’t miss out on the workshops! Special thank you to Edana the Red for creating both the token & the passport again this year.

Brewer’s Guild update

Exciting news for anyone who likes to brew (or drink): the Brewers Guild is up and running again! Lady Alysoun of the Debatable Lands is taking over as Guildmistress, and Lord Ronan O’Conall is her Deputy.

After polling the populace for interest, we have received 15 responses so far from people who would like to be involved in the guild. They range from beginners to experts and hail largely from BMDL, though some are further afield. We have also had great support from the Æthelmearc Brewers Guild, which is pushing out our news to their network as well.

Any and all interested parties are welcome to join the monthly meetings, which will be held at Alysoun’s home in Pleasant Hills. They will take place at 7pm on the first Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

At the time of this update, we are looking forward to our first meeting, which will be held on May 2 and will serve as a planning session to determine how best to create value for our members and the society at large. Please look for additional updates on the barony blog and on Facebook as we get organized. You can always reach Alysoun here with questions: alisonlsteele@gmail.com

Sewing Circle Tonight!

From Mistress Ts’vee’a:

Third Wednesdays are Sewing Circle nights at my home in Stanton Heights. That would be tonight. All are welcome to bring current projects, plans for future projects, ideas, questions, or just yourself. Most sewing notions are available.

Time: 7:30-9:30
Address: 5167 Rosecrest Drive 15201

I am happy to help with pattern drafting, but not on Sewing Circle night. We can arrange for a one-on-one time for that. Contact me to coordinate schedules.

See you there!