12 Things to Do at 12th Night

Celebrate Twelfth Night with us in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands! All are Welcome on this day to enjoy music and song and dancing, good food, and good friends!

What is a Debatable Lands Twelfth Night like? Here are the top 11 things to do!

1. Bring some food to share. Our event is free, even the food! It’s a potluck. All kinds of food are welcome! (Mmmm, cheese balls)

2. Bring and/or taste some cookies! A perennial favorite, Master Urho runs our favorite cookie competition of the year. Bring some to enter, or just munch on the entries and vote for a populace choice winner!

3. Bring your A&S project to display! The event features the Debatable Lands’ Arts & Sciences Championship and Display. There are no limitations, bring your projects, old or new, finished or in progress, to display. You can even request feedback from our top artisans. And if you’re from the Debatable Lands, enter the competition!

4. Bring some beverages. Wet site. Nuff said.

5. Snowball fight! Jasmine of Clan Tarn has her elves working overtime making stuffed “snowballs” for an epic tourney for young and old alike!

6. Get ready to laugh. The Best Commedia dell’Arte troupe in the Knowne World – I Genesii – will be *cough* performing *cough* …multiple times. Don’t miss the most beloved court of Misrule.

7. Bards welcome – the Debatable Lands Bardic Championship is also taking place. Only Debatable Landers are eligible for the Championship, but all are welcome to perform. The theme is the Old and the New.

8. Speaking of performances, the Barony’s own Debatable Choir will perform at 5pm. Let their dulcet tones wash over your ears and hearts.

9. Stuff and cash, cash and stuff… our Twelfth Night Auction of Forgotten Treasures ™ will delight you with the garb, gear, stuff and do-dads available at this silent auction. Have stuff you don’t need? Bring it to donate! But wait, there’s more! We also have a few fine merchants.. peruse their artwork, chainmail, and more!

10. Courts and vigils and courts, oh my! The event features Mistress Graidhne’s vigil and induction into the Order of the Laurel, as well as many other awards, Kingdom and Baronial.

11. Stay for the dancing! After evening Court, our event always has one of the best dances of the season in the entire Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you!

12. Bring a donation for Paladin’s Pantry! The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank needs food items, blankets, and more. Read more here!

See you there!

New Stórfréttir Features!

Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima, Webminister!

I hope you are all finding Stórfréttir, the new incarnation of the Baronial Blog, helpful and informative. As we continue to move forward to make Stórfréttir the focal point for information dissemination throughout the Barony, I am thrilled to announce some new additions to the Baronial web site and the Stórfréttir interface that should make Stórfréttir even easier to use and access.

  1. Direct Subscription – If you do not subscribe to the Barony’s email list but still want to receive Stórfréttir posts in your email, you can now subscribe directly! Go to the Stórfréttir front page (http://www.debatablelands.org/blog/) and enter your email in the “Subscribe to Stórfréttir” widget along the right side of the page to receive a confirmation email to add your email address to the distribution list.
  2. Author Login – There are now two menu items listed under Stórfréttir in the main web site menu. The “Author Login” menu item takes you to the login page, and if you have a Stórfréttir account, you can log into your account there in order to author new posts.
  3. Stórfréttir FAQ – Have questions about Stórfréttir, be it how to log in and post, or what is needed to read? Click “Stórfréttir FAQ” under the Stórfréttir menu to go to our FAQ to read all about it!

Also, remember that clicking directly on the “Stórfréttir” menu item will take you to the Stórfréttir front page.

As always, your Webminister team stands ready to assist you in any way we can to make the most of our new and continually improving features. Send any questions you may have to webminister at debatablelands dot org.

In Service,
Kameshima, Webminister

Youth Combat Practices for the Rest of the Year

Greetings from Gwen, Social Media Deputy!

I bring words from Jasmine of Tarn Clan, our Youth Combat deputy:

No youth combat on Dec 24th or Dec 29th.

Next practice on Jan 7th. All youth from 6 to 17 are welcome. We will be “trying out” some of the snowballs to make sure they work for twelfth night and other fun things.

If anyone needs to contact Jasmine, she can be reached by email at youthcombat @ debatablelands.org

Ever in Service,

Gwen

A and S BMDL on Hiatus

This being the holiday season, and everyone being busy, busy, busy, our weekly A and S evenings will be on hiatus until late January or early February.

Thank you all for attending our meetings, I hope they were fun! I will be scheduling some interesting things next year, like Fingerloop Braiding, Elizabethan Fairies, perhaps another round of Fletching, more on cooking, sewing, largess making — lots to keep us busy.

I hope to see many of you at various practices and events, such as the BMDL 12th Night Celebration. There will be an A&S competition there, and I hope some of you will enter.

Happy All Holidays, may everything be merry and bright, and warm and wonderful!

Elss

Giving Thanks

Hello Debatable Lands!

We wanted to take a moment on this holiday to say how very grateful we are to you all. This Barony is made of such an amazing group of people –  passionate, helpful, gracious, interested and interesting. We feel very lucky to be a part of such a vibrant community. Take a look around and really see who we are… the Debatable Lands is truly something special.

We love you all, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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

PS: See you at our Premier Baronial Equestrian Championship tomorrow!

A&S BMDL – Make and Take – Thursday, Nov 16th

Greetings!

Thursday/tomorrow is A&S in BMDL, and we all will be hand-sewing little sacks filled with lavender. These little things will go into your armor bag, your gear bag, your sock drawer, wherever you need a nicer scent. I will bring material, stuffing, thread, needles, and of course, lavender. Need I mention these make good stocking stuffers for your favorite fighter?

We will be at Victory Pointe Gaming Lounge (and ice-cream parlor), upstairs in the game room, at 1113 Carson Street on the South Side, starting at 7 PM. Come early if you wish, people start arriving about 6:45.

Upstairs is not Accessible, so if you need assistance or have questions, please call or text me, (724-759-3333).

Park safely — they ticket like crazy on the South Side. A best place is across the street in the bank parking lot, open and free after 6 PM.

See you there!
Elss Augsburg

A&S BMDL – Weaving Anywhere – Thursday, Nov 9th

Greetings to the Debatable Lands!

Thursday is A&S in BMDL, and we will be continuing our fiber-fun trend with a class on Weaving Anywhere taught by Mahin Banu Tabrizi. We will build our own looms out of string and small sticks, and weave on them. This is an easy-peasy way to have fun with string!

We will be at Victory Pointe Gaming Lounge (and ice-cream parlor), upstairs in the game room, at 1113 Carson Street on the South Side, starting at 7 PM. Come early if you wish, people start arriving about 6:45.

Upstairs is not Accessible, so if you need assistance or have questions, please call or text me, (724-759-3333).

Be sure to park safely — feed the meter if needed. They ticket like crazy on the South Side. I think the best place is across the street in the bank parking lot.

See you there!
Elss Augsburg

News from 20th Year & Crown Tourney

Congratulations to Debatable Landers who had a remarkable weekend!

To Prince Sven and Princess Siobhan, new Heirs to the Sylvan Throne!

To Mistress Constance on her elevation to the Order of the Pelican.
To Mistress Graihne, on her writ to contemplate induction in the to Order of the Laurel, to be held at Debatable Lands 12th Night in January.
To Duke Malcolm, finalist in Crown Tourney, and new holder of the Shield of Chivalry.
To Lady Dorothea, for earning the Queen’s Inspiration for the day, and a Golden Escarbuncle.

To THL Muirgheal for masterminding and executing a truly incredible weekend for the people of this fine Kingdom! And her staff, who worked so hard and created so much joy for us all.

There are more thanks to come, of course, from every corner of the Barony. This was only a small bit of the revelry this weekend . You all worked hard, with smiles and generosity. You are truly the Jewel of AEthelmearc, and of the Knowne World.

Vivant!

New Website Live!

Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima, Webminister!

It is my honor and privilege to announce that the new Baronial website has gone live. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to provide me with content. For those of you who have not previously had the opportunity to peruse the new web site, and are having trouble finding the information you need, look to the “Confused by the new site?” section of the sidebar to find a utility made just for you!

Additionally, I am thrilled to announce that posts from Stórfréttir — the newly renamed Debatable Blog — have been configured to forward, in addition to the current outlets, to the BMDL mailing list. I hope that officers, martial leaders and guildmasters will use this new functionality to help make Stórfréttir the primary source of information dissemination for the Barony.

As always, if you have event announcements, activity updates, or other information that you would like to have posted to the Baronial website, please contact your friendly local Webminister team at webminister at debatable lands dot org and we will work with you to get your information out through the most appropriate channels.

Finally, if you notice any problems or issues with the new site, please contact us immediately so that we may investigate and fix the problem as soon as possible.