Two! Two! Day Two of Counting!

Velcome, Food Lovers, ha, ha, ha!

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Ve spent last Sunday diligently counting spoons and bowls and forks on TWO of our four shelves. Ve need just a leetle more effort to finish this all up.

Ve can do this with your help on Sunday, October 13th! The start time will be 2 pm and will run to 6 pm. Ve will be taking pictures and deciding if there are any items that can be donated to the Auction of Desirable Things at 12th Night.

There will be chit-chat and cupcakes, so come to offer your opinions about the gadgets and utensils ve have stashed away.

The location is again at Alaric & Elsbeth’s house (address can be found in the dark pages). If there are any questions, please contact us at alaric@pobox.com or elss.of.augsburg@gmail.com.

In Service,

Alaric and Elss

(Did you read this in the Count’s voice? Ha! Ha! Ha!)

Business Meeting Tonight (Additional)

The Business Meeting for the Debatable Lands will be TODAY Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church (416 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 – map. From 8p until 10p.

UPDATED Agenda

The Officers of the Debatable Lands are elected by the membership and is made up of members of the populace, just like you. The Officers are responsible for ensuring that the policies of the Kingdom and Barony are followed and are accountable to the populace of the Debatable Lands. The Business meeting is open to everyone in the Barony and attendance by the populace is encouraged. Have a thought you’d like to share with the Officers? Email seneschal@debatablelands.org.



Cancelled: September Food Guild Meeting

September Food Guild Meeting was to have been on Saturday, Sept 21, 1 pm – 3 pm and we were going to visit Restaurant Depot, a members-only chain selling wholesale food, beverages, equipment & supplies for restaurants & bars.

Alas, seems everyone is going to Coronation or is otherwise engaged. As soon as details for the October meeting are finalized, I will post here, there, and everywhere.

YIS, Elss Augsburg

September Food Guild Meeting

Greetings Food Friends!

September Food Guild Meeting:

Saturday, Sept 21, 1 pm – 3 pm

Visit Restaurant Depot, a members-only chain selling wholesale food, beverages, equipment & supplies for restaurants & bars. * You will be able to purchase items if you want! *

https://www.restaurantdepot.com/
86 35th ST, PITTSBURGH, PA 15201

Look for my black SUV parked at the end of the parking lot furthest away from the front door so I will be easy to find. 724-759-3333 if you need help.

Optional:
Meet at DeLuca’s for brunch at 11 am
delucastripdistrict@gmail.com
2015 PENN AVE
PITTSBURGH, PA 15222

Park wherever you can on the street, then come to Deluca’s. I will be waiting outside in a day-glo orange tee shirt to help with finding the place.

Ever wonder how BMDL cooks consistently provide tasty food for such small budgets? The answer is smart shopping! One of the go-to places is Restaurant Depot, where you can get real bargains.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1127336207449384/ to let me know if you are coming.

Elss Augsburg

Business Meeting Minutes

Thank you to everyone that made time to join us at the meeting last night. The Business meeting just after Pennsic is always in the middle of laundry and re-entry into the real world, so we’re not always at our most motivated.

I would like to congratulate Lady Arthes MacLeod on being re-affirmed as our Baronial Exchequer for another two-year term. It’s nice to know that we’re in good hands for another two years. Thank you for volunteering another two years and for your time and efforts over the last two years.

The next Barony Meeting will be on Sunday, 15 September 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Washington Blvd practice site. This is traditionally our newcomer meeting.

The next Business Meeting will be on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church on the North Side.

Minutes from the August 2019 Meeting

Corrected Minutes from the June 2019 Meeting (changes in blue)

Baronial Happenings at Pennsic!

Hello Debatable Lands! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Great Pennsic War, happening now! We hope set-up went well, and that you are or will be enjoying yourselves!
~Hilda and Brandubh

For your convenience, here is a list of activities at Pennsic of Baronial interest. (Those reading on the email list may want to click on the link to the blog post for a formatted version.)

Ceremonies and Courts
(Retainers needed, please)

  • Sat, 8/3, 5pm – Muster for Opening Ceremonies at AE Royal, N04. 5:30pm step-off for the procession (on the nose, not SCA time)
  • Sat, 8/3, 6pm – Opening Ceremonies, on the Battlefield by the Castle
  • Sun, 8/4, 5pm Baronial Reception, AE Royal
  • Sun, 8/4, around 7pm-ish, Baronial Court, AE Royal
  • Tues, 8/6, 5pm, muster for Kingdom Court, AE Royal
  • Tues, 8/6, 6pm, Royal Court, Great Hall (note that there will probably be other Royal Courts throughout the War)
  • Thurs, 8/8, 8pm, AEthelmearc Party, AE Royal
  • Fri, 8/9, after the battle (2pm-ish?) Closing Ceremonies, Battlefield

Known World Baronial Champs Events
(come cheer your champs!)

  • Sun, 8/4, 1pm-3pm, KW Baronial Archery Champs – yay, Kathryn!
  • Tues, 8/6, 12pm – 3pm – KW Baronial Youth Fighting Champs – yay, Xavier, Bree, and Ethan!
  • Tues, 8/6, 1pm-3pm – KW Baronial Thrown Weapons Champs – yay, Duncan!
  • Wed, 8/7, 9am-12pm – KW Baronial Heavy Combat Champs – yay, Bors! Blue and White lists
  • Wed, 8/7, 12pm – 3pm – KW Baronial Rapier Champs – yay, Jorundr! Blue and White lists.

Parties, Performances, and Other Happenings

  • Sun, 8/4, 5pm Baronial Reception and Court (7pm-ish), AE Royal , link to FB event:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/687736711654599/ , and see also www.debatablelands.org.
  • Sun, 8/4, 9pm-ish, Baronial Bardic Circle in Memory of Rachmiel, Debatable Lands Camp, N10, Fletcher Rd , Link to FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/556713591526472/
  • Mon, 8/5, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Childrens Party, AE Royal
  • Mon, 8/5, 7:30pm – Debatable Choir performance, Performing Arts Pavilion
  • Mon, 8/5, 9pm, I Genesii performance, Performing Arts Pavilion
  • Tues, 8/6, 9pm, Count Jehan’s Golden Jubilee, AE Royal
  • Wed, 8/7, 3pm, Baronial Brewers Guild Meeting, Polyhymnia (Debatable Lands subcamp, N10, corner of Cariadocs and Chandlers)
  • Wed, 8/7, Seven Pearls Dinner (closed party, but volunteers for cooking and serving needed – dinner provided, contact Hilda for details)
  • Thurs, 8/8, 8pm, AEthelmearc Party, AE Royal
  • Fri, 8/9, 10am-4pm, AE Royal Teardown (please volunteer an hour or two)
  • Say, 8/10, 12pm-6pm, Baronial Camp Teardown

Order Meetings, Seneschal and Exchequer Meetings, War Points, and other Activities of Interest in the Kingdom can be found on the AE Periscope:
http://aethelmearc.org/ae-pennsic-xlviii-periscope/

Business Meeting THIS Wednesday

The Business Meeting will be held this Wednesday, 5 June 2019, from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church (416 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 – map).

The Agenda is:

  1. Open Meeting
  2. Approve the minutes from the previous meeting.
  3. Officers Reports
  4. Policy Review (the current policies of the Barony are located here)
  5. Close Meeting

Changes that we are required to make to our current policy to bring us in line with current Society Policy is to replace:
IV.A. General Financial
Expenditures greater than $75 must be approved by a simple majority of the Financial Committee. Expenditures of $75 or under may be authorized jointly by the Baronial Seneschal and Exchequer. Such expenditures must be reported at the following officers meeting. The Seneschal and Exchequer must be represented at any meeting of the financial committee.

With:
IV.A. General Financial
All expenditures must be approved by a simple majority of the Financial Committee.

If you have any additional changes to the policies, please bring those to the meeting or send them to be beforehand to present at the meeting.

If you have any additional Agenda items please send them to Odriana at seneschal(at)debatablelands(dot)org.

The Officers of the Debatable Lands are elected by the membership and is made up of members of the populace, just like you. The Officers are responsible for ensuring that the policies of the Kingdom and Barony are followed and are accountable to the populace of the Debatable Lands. The Business meeting is open to everyone in the Barony and attendance by the populace is encouraged.

Have a thought you’d like to share with the Officers? Email seneschal@debatablelands.org.



Barony Meeting – THIS Sunday


The May Barony Meeting will be held THIS Sunday, 26 May 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Washington Blvd Practice Site. If you want to be added to the docket, please contact Maighstir Kieran MacRae (herald at debatablelands.org).

This is traditionally our newcomers meeting, so please, if you are new to our fine Barony and you have the time, please make it a point to join us. We would love to get to know you better and spend some time with you.

~Odriana

End of Year Letter

With the end of one year and the beginning of another, it is the traditional time to reflect on the year past and the year to come. I am always pressed to find the words to express just how highly I think of everyone in this Barony. I am honored to serve as your Seneschal and proud of what we as a Barony accomplish every year. The kindness, talent, generosity, enthusiasm, knowledge, and volunteerism shown by all of you is inspiring.
From gathering items for gift baskets for the Royalty to sharing your expertise to train new martial participants you are all amazing volunteers. The countless hours that you put towards helping make the Barony, the Kingdom, and the SCA a vibrant organization is truly a gift to each of us. Your efforts are seen and appreciated.

Here are some highlights from the last year:

January
This year started with a lovely, smallish Baronial Twelfth Night, run by THL Elss and Lady Kathryn, where so many people received recognition from our Baron and Baroness, including the The Royal Livery Company (the first time they were recognized). It was also where we got to see Mistress Graidhne elevated to the Order of the Laurel.

February
Lady Zianna generously donated new list ropes for our use in indoor combat. They were immediately used for the Carnegie Science Center Demo where we had over 100 people join us to make this Demo so successful we are invited back and in a leading role. The William Blackfox awards were announced and the BMDL took home six awards. We also had a very successful Tavern in the Park event autocratted by THL Elss and Lady Elsa.

April
Baron Leonard passed away mid-month, which was a significant blow to the Barony as a whole. We had a demo at CCAC South that was very successful. The Comet Persuivant began a project to make Baldrics for everyone participating in a martial activity at Pennsic. The Brewers Guild came out of dormancy and set their first meeting date.

June
We hosted the Known World Heralds and Scribes event, coordinated by Master Alaric and THL The baldrics for martial activities at Pennsic were finished and handed out to as many people as possible, the rest to be distributed at Pennsic. We also had an Iron Comet event, autocratted by Don Jorundr and the Barony got new Champions.

July/August
PENNSIC – As always, the BMDL was everywhere – volunteering, coordinating,

September
The Barony hosted the first ever Known World Commedia gathering. We had the pleasure of hosting so many talented visitors and rumor has it that it’s going to be held again.

October
Agincourt, now in its 12th year, was held during its traditional weekend and was autocratted by Baroness Constance and Meesteres Odriana.

November
We had our traditional Harvest Revel Barony Meeting at the Castle – there was pie, GLORY!!!, singing, pumpkin launching, and fellowship.

December
We had our first joint fencing practice with Broken Plow, which will now be held the first Sunday of the month at the Broken Plow studios in Creighton, PA. We also had end-of-year retrospectives from quite a few people published on Stórfréttir. We also saw the untimely passing of Lady Amanda and Jamie MacMichael, over which most of us are still processing our grief and our hearts are with their families.

The coming year is starting out just as full as last year —
Kingdom Twelfth Night on 5 January.
Baronial Twelfth Night a week later, 12 January, where we will also have our Barony Meeting.
Aethelmearc Grand Tournament on 2 February.

There was a recent call for letters for the Office of Baronial Minister of Arts and Sciences, those letters are due at our February Business Meeting on Wednesday, 6 February. If you are interested in the position or serving as a Deputy to learn more about the realities of the office, please check out the call for letters on Stórfréttir. We welcome new people to put in letters and become part of the Barony’s Leadership.

We also have a call for letters for the Office of the Comet Persuivant. While the current Persuivant is interested in serving another two-year term, if you are interested in the position or would like to serve as a Deputy Herald to get an idea of what that job entails, please read the call for letters on Stórfréttir. Those letters are also due at our February Business Meeting.

We have the most amazing Barony in the Known World and I am perpetually impressed by the breadth and depth of opportunities that we have here, not only in knowledge but also in service and martial skill.

aude aliqid dignum*,

Odriana, Senschal

*dare something worthy

A and S – Escarbuncles – Oct 14

This week we will be painting escarbuncles onto previously-made largess for the Baron and Baroness to gift to the Royalty. I will bring all the materials needed. If you would like to paint them
onto your own fabric, feel free to bring it along.

Date: Sunday, October 14th
Time: 1 PM — 3 PM
Location: Washington Boulevard martial practice site
Address: Allegheny River Blvd and Washington Blvd.
Directions: http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/fight_directions.php

NEW NOTES: Temps look to be in the 50’s tomorrow. Bring a chair or tarp or blanket for your comfort as sitting directly on the ground will be chilly and damp. I will be bringing apple cider this week!

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.

Elss