This weekend was Coronation, and it was a wonderful one for the Debatable Lands!!
We welcome Duke Sven and Duchess Siobhan back into our fold as they completed their reign and saw Their Heir, Queen Anna Leigh invested as the Kingdom’s rightful sovereign. Magistra Luceta DiCosimo was vigiled and elevated to the Most Noble Order of the Laurel in her very own unique style that showcased her own “Worst Case Scenario” with I Genesii folk and friends, Eorl Sir Byron received his Sycamore for his work in the Moneyers Guild, Lady Kathryn Tanzel won an archery tourney, as did Lord Ronan. Comtesse Elena d’Artois was victorious in the Rapier Tourney. There was an Award of Arms for [[name redacted – let’s see if we can surprise them…]] Many of our folks received Golden Escarbuncles and recognition from the Kingdom Brewers Guild for their work at the Aethelbar at Pennsic (see Madoc if you didn’t get yours!) Vivat to Mistress Arianna as she stepped down from the Kingdom Youth Marshal Office.
Many thanks to those that contributed to the lovely gift basket we were able to present to the Crown: Meesteress Odriana Vander Brugghe, Master Ishiyama, Master Annias, THL Muirgheal Heather H Cogan (who contributed quite a bit!), Mistress Myfanwy, and Don Jorundr.
I saw dozens of Debatable Landers there, participating with honor in the tournaments, supporting each other, working for each other, for the event, for the Royalty, and for the Kingdom. My dear Barony, you are truly the shining jewel of this Kingdom!!
On the 29th day of September, at the celebration of the Coronation of Anna Leigh and Harvest Raid XXV, a vigil shall occur so that THLady Luceta di Cosimo may prepare her answer to Our Majesties’ royal order that she contemplate elevation to the most noble Order of the Laurel.
We are seeking sustenance and refreshment for those offering to her their counsel and guidance. Any who would be pleased to create a food or beverage contribution, here is the information you need:
There will be cookies: Luceta has requested a cookie table for her reception & vigil. If you are interested in contributing cookies, please contact THLady Muirgheal inghean Dubhghaill at email@example.com. If you are able, please email her or pm her with your recipe so that she is able to have the ingredients listed on the table. Luceta would like to add your recipe to her vigil book; you may enter them or she would be happy to have them added for you! Please keep in mind that *nuts* *flowers* *seafood* are not welcome as ingredients, as Luceta is allergic. Thank you from Muirgheal!
There will be food: As I’m sure many of you already know, our wonderful Luceta DiCosimo will be sitting vigil for elevation to the Order of the Laurel at Harvest Raids the weekend of the 28th. In addition to a cookie table, coordinated by Muirgheal, there will also be lots of non-cookie things to eat. I, Lady Kattera Doplerin, have a few specific things I’ll be making, and I will be coordinating the non-cookie offerings. There will be a gluten-free table as well. If you would like to contribute food, hands, or anything else related to consumption (the action, not the illness), please send me an email! I can be reached at LegbasCrossroad@gmail.com. Please keep in mind that *nuts* *flowers* *seafood* are not welcome as ingredients, as Luceta is allergic.
Thank you from Kattera!
If there are any who are not staying onsite, but wish to stay in the area, some are getting rooms at Hampton Inn & Suites Jamestown, 4 West Oak Hill Road, Jamestown, New York, 14701 1-716-484-7829.
For any who wish to help celebrate Luceta’s many arts by contributing aid and assistance, please contact the coordinator, that’s me, Elss of Augsburg at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we know, Luceta has many friends near and far, so please feel free to forward or share this missive as needed. Your contribution and assistance is greatly appreciated.
It’s that time of year again, time to take up arms and prepare your A&S Entries for Agincourt XII!
The event will be held at Camp Bucoco 150 Bu Co Co Lane, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. The site will open at 4 p.m. Friday 19 October 2018 and everyone must be offsite by noon on Sunday, 21 October 2018.
Heavy Weapons Combatants and Fencers! Take the field and fight the battles as your ancestors did on this day. Noble combat shall rule the day until your arms ache from your weapons. Scenarios will include historic battles based on Agincourt.
And never fear, we WILL be having our famous Tavern Brawl, please considering bringing a parrying item. In previous years, we’ve seen giant turkey legs, mugs etc. Be creative as there will be a prize for the best tavern themed parrying item!!
We will also have Thrown Weapons, Archery, and Youth Fighting!
Artisans of our Sylvan Kingdom! We will be holding our popular yearly Arts and Sciences competition. This year our coordinator will be THL Luceta di Cosimo, who will be assisted by Lady Alianora. We are looking for both participants and judges. This is a perfect opportunity to enter your possible Ice Dragon entry and get feedback on it with plenty of time to act on that advice.
We will also have a salon so that you can gather with other Artisans and Scientists to hang out, share ideas, and share your excitement about your particular art or science.
This year we will also have classes! Mistress Graidhne ni Rua will be coordinating the classrooms. Come and share your knowledge with others. If you’re new to classroom-style teaching, this is a perfect opportunity to do so in a supportive and friendly environment.
We have some other things in store – including a Quest and Bardic Activities! This event has something for everyone, you won’t want to miss anything!
The food, as always, will be delicious and plentiful. The Head Cook is Maighster Liam mac an tSoir with assistance from Lady Arthes Macleod and Lady Alethea Cowle. If you have dietary needs/concerns, please contact Liam at medicmacintyre(at)gmail(dot)com.
Your autocrats for the day are Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr (email@example.com, 412.513.8331) and Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe (firstname.lastname@example.org, 412.486.0566).
The site is completely DRY.
The site does not allow pets but does allow service animals.
The weekend registration (Fri, Sat. and Sunday) which includes Friday evening repast, lunch, and cabin space for both nights: Adult Event Registration $18.00, Adult Member Discount Registration $13.00, Children 0-5 free, Children age 6-17 $6.00. Feast is an additional $9.00.
Family Cap: All children after two are free. Does not include feast
PRE-REGISTER by 5 October and get $1 off each adult reservation in addition to the member discount!
Checks should be made payable to SCA-PA Inc.- Debatable Lands.
Please be sure to include the names and ages of the attendees that you are covering with your check.
236 Maryellen drive
North Versailles 15137
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.
The deadline for entering the competition for a new design for Baronial t-shirts is getting close!!
Remember: we are having a contest to find a new design for T-shirts! The rules are:
* Designs may not be for a black or white shirt.
* Designs may not contain offensive images or text, no matter how period or funny.
* Designs can be one, two, three, or four colors. One possible design consideration may be the effect of multiple colors on the ultimate price of the T-shirt.
* Designs must be Barony-related, not kingdom or guild or other group.
* The winning design will exemplify the best attributes of the Barony: We are approachable, fun, open, friendly, and we value camaraderie and community.
* Entries can be submitted as .jpg files or .doc files to ansminister at debatablelands.org! , or on actual paper to Elss of Augsburg, Minister of A&S or to Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie, Deputy Minister of A&S.
* Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on June 30, 2018.
OK, OK —
you can also hand them in tomorrow at practice!
* The decision of the judges is final.
* Winning entry becomes the property of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands.
* Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate your entry. Do not hold the wrong end of a chainsaw. Dremels are not intended for use as a dental drill. Do not eat.
If you have any questions about the contest, please contact me at ansminister at debatablelands.org
Good luck to everyone!
Yesterday, we held our non-equestrian martial Championships at the Iron Comet Challenge. It was a day of valor, honor, prowess, and friendship. We are proud and humbled to have witnessed such passion and companionship. And most of all, fun!
There will be more news and thank yous and stories from the event staff and others, but without further ado, let us present to you Your New Champions!
Rapier Fighting: THL Ru Cavorst, seconded by Lady Ciarrdha Eilis
Youth Archery: Otto Brandulfrsson
Archery: Lord Alister Sionnach MacLeod, seconded by Lord Godfrey de Bayeux
Heavy Fighting: Lord Robert MacEwin, seconded by THL Guillaume le Noir
Thrown Weapons: Lord Thomas of the Debatable Lands, seconded by Lady Dorothea Starke Schutz
Youth Fighting: Fox
VIVANT VIVANT VIVANT!
In Levitate et Caritate, and Cheers
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda
Weather is happening, yes, it may rain (shocking, I know); if it does, we will cancel this week’s A&S. Call me for verification if you wish, I will also post on FB.
Sunday is A&S in BMDL, and this week’s class is on modern fletching, and will be taught by Master Urho Waltterinen. This is only the second time that Urho has taught for us, so please take advantage of this rare opportunity. Because this is a time-consuming process, as we must wait for the glue to dry, we are starting a little earlier than usual at 12:30. All of the jigs, glue, shafts, feathers and all the other things will be brought for us to learn on. Thanks, Urho!!
Location: Washington Boulevard martial practice site Address: Allegheny River Blvd and Washington Blvd. Directions: http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/fight_directions.php Time: 12:30 PM. Weather permitting!
Standard disclaimers here:
We are now accessible to our less mobile friends, have free parking, and a pet-friendly site. Yay!
However, keep in mind that you should bring everything you need for your comfort including a chair, a beverage or snack, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, cabana boy, rain boots, scuba suit, etc., etc., etc. Also, the site has a porta-john and no running water should you wish to make appropriate preparation.
I will have a table and a jug of water so that you can refill your water bottles or mugs.
If you need assistance or have questions, please call or text me at 724-759-3333.
Thank you for asking! These meetings are free and there is no materials charge, as we are generously supported by the Barony and the teachers themselves.
Here is Everything You Need to Know About Baronial Champs This Saturday! These questions are answered by Baroness Hilda:
–Where is Baronial Champs being held?
–Which Champions will be chosen?
–How will Champions be chosen?
–Who is eligible to be a Debatable Lands’ Champion?
–What about a youth Thrown Weapons tourney?
–What are the responsibilities of a Debatable Lands’ Champion?
–What can I do if I’m not competing in either the Iron Comet round or the Champions’ rounds?
–What is the Iron Comet Challenge?
–But, it’s going to rain!!!!
Read on for the answers!!
Where is Baronial Champs being held?
In conjunction with the Iron Comet Challenge at this Saturday’s event. Here’s a link!
Which Champions will be chosen?
We are choosing all our martial champs except equestrian. So, Heavy fighting, Rapier fighting, Youth fighting, Archery, Youth Archery, and Thrown Weapons. It is a tournament extravaganza!
How will Champions be chosen?
This year, the tournaments are running in conjunction with the Iron Comet Challenge. There are Iron Comet rounds for each discipline (NOTE: ANYONE can enter each of the Iron Comet Challenge tournaments, from anywhere in the Knowne World, and regardless of whether they are participating in the entire Iron Comet Challenge or Champions rounds or not). Those wishing to vie for Baronial Champion should enter the Iron Comet Challenge tourney for that/those discipline(s).
Any eligible Baronial participant in each form (see also next question) who wishes to continue on to the Champion’s round will make it known to the Baron and Baroness. We will choose the top eligible participants to compete in the Baronial Champion’s round. (We may alter this for the youth tourneys.) The format of the Champions’ rounds tournaments will be chosen by the current champion (or their second).
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda will choose the next Champion from this pool of people, based on their prowess, honor, and enthusiasm. NOTE: This is often the winner of the tourney, but not always.
Who is eligible to be a Debatable Lands’ Champion?
These prestigious honors are Baronial in nature, so only the people who are Debatable Landers are eligible for the Champions’ rounds of the tournaments on Saturday. Also, there are two more eligible groups (whims of Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda):
People who have been awarded “Friend of the Barony” Comets – the Green Comet and the Cometus Amicus – are also eligible to become Champion.
For the Youth Fighting and Youth Archery tourneys, any youth in the region is eligible for the Championship. This is because our youths have far fewer opportunities for achieving glory in a formal tournament setting.
What about a youth Thrown Weapons tourney?
Youth can (and are encouraged to!) throw in the regular championship. The youth and adult ranges and rules for thrown weapons are exactly the same, unlike fighting and archery.
What are the responsibilities of a Debatable Lands’ Champion?
All our Champions are invited to process at Baronial Courts, and to stand with us in Court if they so desire (and if there’s room!). Additionally, they have the honor of wearing, maintaining and using the Baronial Champion regalia so that all may know of their prowess!
Champions also have the responsibility to run their successors’ tourney, and to compete in the 7 Pearls tournament, where all of the Kingdom’s Baronial Champions come to challenge each other for Best of the Best status. This year, the 7 Pearls Tournament is in Blackstone Mountain, on August 24th.
What can I do if I’m not competing in either the Iron Comet round or the Champions’ rounds?
Enjoy the day! You can help out in the kitchen, with our hard-working and patient MOLs (love you guys!), as a retainer, at troll, or with other event needs. Or, cheer on the competitors! These tournaments are to choose the very best of the best in our Barony – it’s exciting to watch! It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without the fans, amirite? Or just hang out and be with your friends and eat good food. We are here for whatever flavor of fun floats your boat.
What is the Iron Comet Challenge?
The Iron Comet Challenge is different than and separate from the Baronial Champs rounds. ALL are welcome to participate in any or all of the Iron Comet Challenge tournaments – the more, the merrier! However, the Challenge is designed to discover the most well-rounded gentle with the greatest prowess in the martial and gentle arts.
To be a “Challenger”, you will participate the 4 martial tournaments, and also the A&S Competition. The lowest martial score will be dropped (meaning you can choose not to participate in one), and each Challenger will be ranked in each form.
We also choose a Youth Iron Comet Champion! Same rules, except there are 3 martial tournaments (fighting, archery, and thrown weapons) and the A&S, and the competitors may drop one martial form if they desire.
This prestigious day of competitions is only run once every two years. The winner will be known throughout the land as the Iron Comet Champion! And has the right to wear and keep Iron Comet Champion regalia. Come and see who is the best of the best! Is it you?
Also, those who participate in ALL the forms will receive recognition. In the entire history of the event, only 3 adults have ever done so: Master Annais, Don Marcus, and Lord Robert MacEwin. Will you be counted among them?
But, it’s going to rain!!!!
Never fear, my dear Comet Constituency! We do not melt! Also, there is indoor space at the event, and we can run most of the tourneys inside. It’ll be cozy, but we will make do. Debatable Landers do NOT shrink from a challenge – particularly weather-related ones! Besides, some of the best times I’ve ever had at events stemmed from unexpected contingency plans… it’s an adventure we can have together!
The Baron and I are very excited to see everyone compete in both the Baronial Championships, and the Iron Comet Challenge. The Best of the Best, in more than one way! See you there!