Missive from the Baron and Baroness

By now, as many of you know, Pennsic has been postponed again until 2022, due to the ongoing pandemic. For many of us, this news is disheartening, as Pennsic plays such a large role in how we play in the SCA here locally. We miss our friends, we miss the camaraderie of the fields of honor, we miss hugs and campfires, and being surrounded by 10,000 of our closest friends. It seems at times, our souls are frayed with the longing of it.

Take heart, Debatable Lands…. We are still here. We are still a community.

We know that this past year, and even before that, has been full of challenges – and the pandemic has just been one. Our personal lives have changed dramatically, in ways that only you personally can know and understand. Our hobby, like most of the world, has endured the rough edges of social awakening, in all its forms. We’ve seen each other’s words, and have spoken words, online and in social media, that stem from pain, and cause pain. Our humanity has been on display, in every facet. It’s difficult. So difficult. And we’ve felt it, too.

But, Debatable Lands… We are still here. We are still neighbors.

The edges may feel bruised right now, but the core – the very core – of what makes our hobby so amazing endures. Courtesy. Honor. Shared Passions. Camaraderie. Joy. Our challenges cannot shake them. They cannot be erased. We are still here.


We remember Baroness Hilda’s first event. A small 30-ish person schola in Highland Park. She took a class by Master Dani on medieval counting, learned what Troll was, and pasties. She was offered a seat on a cloak at a bardic circle and made dear friends. We can still have these events.

We remember the day Baron Brandubh chose his SCA name. It means “black raven” in Gaelic. And he wanted a wolf on his heraldry until we joined Mistress Elsbeth’s Laurel staff, and spent hours and hours in her basement, absorbing all things heraldry and making lifelong friends, and discovering jicama. We remember, too, the day he attained Grand Master Bowman, the swelling of pride and accomplishment. Our interest groups can still meet.

We remember the day the Brewer’s Guild opened that oak cask of aged, redacted 14th century mead to bottle, from under Master Tofi’s stairs – the smooth, perfect taste of it, the feeling of shared appreciation, the laughter of friends brought together. We can still research our passions and share in the joy of it.

We remember the day we saw our first tourney – the raw feeling of it just below the surface of the type of chivalry we thought only existed in storybooks. The violence and speed and beauty of our athletes giving primal life to our ideals of honor. Those ideals and feelings of chivalry are alive and well and are still burning bright in our hearts. And very soon, we will be able to bring that to external realization again. Soon.

We remember our first SCA campfire, the cold, still air meeting the warm light of the fire, songs and conversation and laughter ringing into the night, our bellies warm with drink and friendship. We can still meet with our friends over a campfire.

We know you have had experiences just like these, and countless others. Remember them. Recreate them in all the old and new forms that are available to us today.


They Joys and Passions of the SCA do not live on the fields and in the camps of Pennsic. They live in US. No one place is the SCA. WE are the SCA.

We Are Still Here.

In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

And Ad Gloriam Aethelmearc, and SALVE ACCOLENS!

12th Night Updates – Classes, Movies, and more!

Details are still rolling in, but we hope you’re looking forward to 12th Night on January 16th as much as we are! A couple updates:

  1. We are looking for staff! We need “Zoomerators”: people to monitor the online rooms, let people in, etc. It’s pretty easy, and there is (short) training! Shifts are two hours. Contact Baroness Hilda if you can volunteer.
  2. Fighting classes have been announced! Times are still being negotiated, but the classes are a mighty line-up indeed:
    —Jarl Steinarr Aggarson: Reading Unknown Opponents in a Safe Way
    —Viscount Sagan: An approach to Successful Training, Practice and Combat
    —Count Seto Gesshuko: How to Stay Deadly with At Home Fighting Exercises
  3. There are 12 hours of 12th Night! The Shakespearean play, in the form of movies, courtesy of Master Alaric, from the collections of the late Lord Albrecht. This activity starts earlier – at 11am, and runs later, til midnight!
  4. THE GREATEST COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE TROUPE IN THE KNOWNE WORLD has announced their 12th Night activity – “Choose Your Own Adventure, with I Genesii”…. more info to come, but I wouldn’t miss this, if I were you!

More info on the event here: http://debatablelands.org/events/2021-01-16%20Twelfth%20Night%20Social.php

Gift Exchange! Sign Up by Jan 2nd

A Mid-winter Holiday Gift Exchange in the Barony? Yes, please! Harkening back to the days the Barony did “Secret Santa” gift exchanges, we are having a Secret Gifter Gift Exchange this year. Here’s how it works:

Throw your name in by midnight tomorrow, January 2nd, and you’ll be given a recipient to give to on January 3rd.

–Send or drop off your gift to your recipient so they have it *in hand* by January 15th. Gifts should be $20-ish or round about 2 maker-hours. You’ll receive a gift by then, too!

–At the 12th Night Social on January 16th, at 2:30pm, we’ll unwrap our gifts together! [Note that this part is optional… you can totally participate in the gift exchange without going to the online unwrapping party.]

–Sign up here: http://bit.ly/12thNight21-GiftExchange .

Hurry, time is running out!

12th Night Social – Jan 16th

Salve Accolens! Hello Debatable Lands and Friends!

Yes, Virginia, there will be a 12th Night! Online, of course. All are welcome to join us for an afternoon of merriment and joy! The afternoon will be capped by the first Baronial Court in nearly a year – see your friends get recognition!

The schedule with Links to the Activities is here: http://bit.ly/12thNight21 . Use this document to navigate to the rooms the day of the event.

This event features:

–A Main Room for socializing and chatelaining. No schedule here! Everyone is welcome to drop in and chat anytime. Newcomers can start here and are welcome to come with questions. Technical troubleshooting here, too.

–A track of fighting classes by Count Steinarr, Count Seto, and others organized by our own Lady Svava

A room just for games! Your Games MC is Lord Angus MacDougal

–12 Hours of 12th Night! Shakespeare’s 12th Night movies provided by Master Alaric, courtesy of the late and beloved Lord Albrecht Lowe’s collection

–A room for entertainments of all kinds
* I Genesii !!
* A Merry Sing-A-Long with Lady Alysoun
* A Bardic Circle, led by THL Silence de Cherbourg
* Gift Exchange Unwrapping Party

–A Memorial to Master Remus in the form of a Musicians’ Gathering – Just an informal gathering of folks that love music – bring memories, story or song to share, about Master Remus, Loud Band, or simply something he would have enjoyed.

Wait, did we say GIFT EXCHANGE?? YES!! Harkening back to the days the Barony did “Secret Santa” gift exchanges, if there’s enough interest, we are having a Secret Gifter Gift Exchange this year. Throw your name in, and you’ll be given a recipient to give to! Gifts should be $20-ish or 2-ish maker-hours. And you’ll get a gift in return. We’ll open them together at 12th Night (not required to participate). You must sign up by Jan 2nd, and mail or drop off the wrapped gift to your recipient so they have it *in-hand* by Jan 15th. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/12thNight21-GiftExchange.

[Note: People are encouraged to gift to their friends outside of this particular gift exchange, too, and are welcome and encouraged to bring those to the online unwrapping party at the event, too.]

The day will culminate in Baronial Court at 5pm, followed by a Community Chat.

Event is free and online. Garb appreciated but not required.
Link to the Facebook “event” (just for FB calendars – the actual event is not on Facebook): https://www.facebook.com/events/4253465124716258

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!!

Agincourt XIV Postponed to 2021

From the Agincourt autocrat:


After some discussion with their Excellencies and the Seneschale, it has been decided to postpone Agincourt XIV to 2021. I have already asked that I be permitted to re-bid the event as soon as possible to get the date on the calendar. The tentative date for 2021 is 23 October 2021 at Pitcairn-Monroeville Sportsmen’s Club in North Versailles.

I am so sorry that this needs to be cancelled, but with the trajectory of the County’s COVID19 cases and the cancellation of other Kingdom events in the same time period, it was the responsible thing to do.

~Odriana

AEcademy This Weekend!

Are you ready to learn something new? Need a virtual break from isolation? Here’s your perfect opportunity to see some familiar faces and get your A&S on, virtually!

From the Chancellor of the AEcademy:
Good morning AEthelmearc!

It is my pleasure to share the draft list of classes and schedule for this
weekend’s AEcademy. Please keep an eye on this document between now and
Saturday, as classes are still being registered;
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1f3ILOuhvYvjOjiTR_ojK3-T4RCpeHfGHLXJjbme_nFg/edit?usp=sharing

And please remember, if you’d like to join us this weekend, YOU MUST SIGN
UP to receive the Zoom login information:
http://ae.scaforms.org/view.php?id=55949

Yours in service,
Elena de la Palma
Chancellor AEcademy

Virtual Spring AEcademy coming soon!

Come one, come all to the Virtual Spring Æthelmearc Academy!
When: *July 11th, 2020 * classes begin at 10 AM
Where: *Your computer!*
How?
*Sign up to be a student*
http://ae.scaforms.org/view.php?id=55949
*Sign up to be a teacher * http://ae.scaforms.org/view.php?id=56562

Do you have something that you’d like to teach? What are you itching to learn? Get your A&S on!

From the Chancellor of the AEcademy:
Greetings all!

Come one, come all to the Virtual Spring Æthelmearc Academy! Enjoy a day of digital teaching and learning through our kingdom Zoom account. We’ve got plenty of space for classes. We’ve got great opportunities to teach in new ways. And for those who might be wary of the digital space, we’ve got experienced folks to help make your class vision a reality.

When: *July 11th, 2020 * classes begin at 10 AM
Where: *Your computer!*
How?
*Sign up to be a student*
*Sign up to be a teacher *

Please note – you do *have to sign up *to attend so we can make sure you have classroom access.

Any questions may be directed to Elena de la Palma, Chancellor of the AEcademy, at ae.academy@aethelmearc.org

Twelfth Night Potluck

Greetings and Happy New Year to all those these words may reach!

With only a few days left before the event, we ask that those attending please take a moment to see what you might like to bring to the potluck at Twelfth Night. We have a list at this link.    http://www.luckypotluck.com/cgi-bin/display/potluck.pl?id=15777542133814203359&fbclid=IwAR17Eqm8ZLws5-RO4c2eAa4EKiIHz8IFGJuCoGE1U2fTygsjRF8wY3Yifmo

Thanks for your help. We look forward to seeing you!

12th Night Staff