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

A and S – Crayon Bundles for Kids – Oct 7

Weather permitting, but the forecast looks favorable!

This week we will make simple no-sew crayon rolls for children or the otherwise artfully inclined for the Baron and Baroness to gift to the Royalty. I will bring all the materials needed.

Date: Sunday, October 7th
Time: 1 PM.
Location: Washington Boulevard martial practice site
Address: Allegheny River Blvd and Washington Blvd.
Directions: http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/fight_directions.php

NOTE: Even though the parking lot is full of huge white trailers, there is still quite a lot of space to park. There is also a parking lot up Washington Blvd where the cyclists park, and a path down to our site.

Standard disclaimers here:
We are accessible to our less mobile friends, have free parking, and are a pet-friendly site. Yay!

Bring everything you need for your comfort including a chair, a beverage or snack, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, cabana boy, musical instruments, *wellies*, etc., etc., etc. Also, the site has a porta-john and no running water so make appropriate preparation.

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

A and S Cancelled Sunday 9/30

Sorry for the late notice, but due to a schedule conflict, there will be no A&S this weekend.

I look forward to seeing folks next weekend at Washington Blvd.

In Service —

Elss

PS — if you have a subject or topic you would like to learn about, please email me at ansminister at debatablelands.org and I *will* find someone to teach us!

From the Baronial Signet: Scribal East is This Thursday!

Scribal East is happening this Thursday, 9/27!

Come to paint, do calligraphy, hang out and have fun with Lady Ceindrech and THLady Rachel.

Starting at 7 PM at Lady Ceindrech’s home in Monroeville…PM on Facebook or email for address, or check the Dark Pages at https://sites.google (dot) com/site/ariannaofwynthrope/ for all that info.

Hope to see folks there!
Rachel

A and S — Woven Bracelets — Sunday, September 23rd

It's the Art-Signal! Quick, to the Science-Mobile!
Arts & Sciences Meeting

This week we will make seven-strand woven bracelets out of red and white string that can be donated to Her soon-to-be-Majesty Anna Leigh for the children of the Kingdom.

I will have all the materials needed, but if you have your own red and white yarn, bring it along if you want.

Date: Sunday, September 23rd
Time: 1 PM.
Location: Washington Boulevard martial practice site
Address: Allegheny River Blvd and Washington Blvd.
Directions: http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/fight_directions.php

NOTE: Even though the parking lot is full of huge white trailers, there is still quite a lot of space to park. There is also a parking lot up Washington Blvd where the cyclists park, and a path down to our site.

Standard disclaimers here:

We are accessible to our less mobile friends, have free parking, and are a pet-friendly site. Yay!

Bring everything you need for your comfort including a chair, a beverage or snack, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, cabana boy, musical instruments, wellies, etc., etc., etc. Also, the site has a porta-john and no running water so make appropriate preparation.

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

A and S — Inkle Weaving — Sunday, September 9th

The was MUCH interest in our fiber arts display at the Children’s Museum, so I thought we would get together and discuss weaving on an inkle loom, and other types of fiber-y fun.

===>>  But wait! THLord Kuma has noted that the current forecast is for significant rain on Sunday: 2-3″ of rain on Sunday morning with another 1-2″ in the afternoon and a high chance of flooding. Since the Washington Blvd. site is a flood plane, if this forecast holds, we’ll need to cancel for safety reasons. Please watch these feeds — I will post a message by noon if A&S is cancelled.

Date: September 9, 2018
Time: 1 PM.
Location: Washington Boulevard martial practice site
Address: Allegheny River Blvd and Washington Blvd.
Directions: http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/fight_directions.php

Please stay safe –
Elss

A and S — Cancelled — Sunday, Sep 2

This weekend is the Labor Day holiday weekend, and many of us are celebrating, so there will be no A&S this weekend.

There were so many people interested in fiber arts at the demo at the Children’s Museum, that I will be at Washington Blvd *next* Sunday with an inkle loom and fingerloop braiding, just in case we get visitors. Anyone else doing fiber-y goodness is welcome to join me so we can share our enthusiasm with everyone. I will put out an announcement next week as a reminder.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful Labor Day!
Elss

A and S — Bardic Circle — Sunday, August 26th

Bardic Circle!

Everyone is invited — bards, wanna-be bards, new people, choir members, band members, drummers, I-don’t-know-the-goddamn-words singers, loud singers, cowbell players, yes, you should come too.  Instruments welcome, singers welcome, everybody welcome!

Your hosts this week will be Mistress Gwendolyn the Graceful, and Master Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie, Deputy A&S Minister.

Date: August 26, 2018
Time: 1 PM.
Location: Washington Boulevard martial practice site
Address: Allegheny River Blvd and Washington Blvd.
Directions: http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/fight_directions.php

NOTE: Even though the parking lot is full of huge white trailers, there is still quite a lot of space to park. There is also a parking lot up Washington Blvd where the cyclists park, and a path down to our site.

Standard disclaimers here:

We are accessible to our less mobile friends, have free parking, and are a pet-friendly site. Yay!

Bring everything you need for your comfort including a chair, a beverage or snack, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, cabana boy, musical instruments, wellies, etc., etc., etc. Also, the site has a porta-john and no running water so make appropriate preparation.

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.