A&S Activity Round-up!

July is BOOMING with great opportunities for A&S fun. Here’s a round-up of some of the great plans that have been advertised:

Brewers Guild: July Brewers Guild meeting will take place tomorrow, July 10, at Alaric and Elsbeth’s house in the South Hills, starting at 7. We will be making sekanjabin for Pennsic using ingredients from their garden! RSVP appreciated

Woodworking Guild: Join us on Sunday, July 14th for the last Woodworking Guild Shop Day before Pennsic, in Ishiyama’s shop in Point Breeze, from 10am to 2pm.

Archers: This Thursday, July 11th, we will be having baronial archery practice AND an arrow making class at Lord Kumas’ house in Allison Park. Bring any arrow making supplies and a chair with you. Time: 6:30pm

Fiber Guild: This month the BMDL Fiber Guild is going on a field trip! On Friday July 12 at 7 pm we’re going to meet at the the Frick museum in Pittsburgh (not the NYC one) to look at and geek about their four early sixteenth century French and Flemish tapestries, and then look at some medieval paintings and artifacts in their collection. RSVP appreciated.

What else is going on? Any last minute pre-Pennsic workshops or fun activities? Send me a note and I’d be happy to distribute the info far and wide!

~Isabel

Largess Competition @ Bog 3 Day

Forwarded information concerning largess for Pennsic:

Greetings to all artisans of the sylvan lands of Æthelmearc. We will be holding a largess competition at Bog 3 day on Saturday 13th of July. This competition is focused on the Royal gift exchange at Pennsic. Our kingdom will be exchanging with the East and we need items for our basket. The items should be geared towards personal items for Their Majesties East Ozurr and Fortune. Their page for reference can be found here: https://of.eastkingdom.org/ 

Even if your item(s) are not personal, please consider them for the competition and the basket since I know there is little time to prepare. Let’s all show the East the true glory of our fabolous artisans and that Æthelmearc truly is a force to be reckoned with.

In service to the dream,

THL Phelippe “Pippi” Ulfsdotter

Pennsic Baronial Reception – Sunday, Aug 4th, 5pm AE Royal

Hello Debatable Lands!

Just a quick note to invite all Debatable Landers and friends (the more, the merrier!) to the Debatable Lands Baronial Reception at Pennsic.

Come socialize, eat, and enjoy Court with your friends and neighbors! A light dinner will be provided by the Food Guild, led by THL Elss.

When: Sunday, August 4th, 5pm – 8pm
Where: AEthelmearc Royal Encampment at Pennsic (next to Chirurgeons)
Who: Everyone is invited!
Featuring: Baronial Court, time tentatively 7pm, plus a quick Royal drop-in to send friends to vigils
Food:  Light dinner provided. We would also love to have food and drink donations.

Also, we’ll be “passing the hat” to fund raise for the Barony’s new trailer!

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

For those on Facebook, here’s the Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/687736711654599/

Attention Parents and Youths! Champs THIS Sunday – Youth Archery and Youth Fighting

Just a quick reminder that the Baronial Championships for Youth Fighting (afternoon) and for Youth Archery (morning) are THIS Sunday, June 30th!

Washington Blvd Parklet near the Zoo. Come show your support for our younger members!

Note that for youth championships, in addition to our Debatable Lands folks, youths from neighboring groups are also eligible, since opportunities for youths to compete in these sorts of contests are far fewer than for adults.

Read more details here: 
http://debatablelands.org/blog/?p=3186

Questions may be addressed to baron@debatablelands.org

Archery and Rapier Champs on Sunday! And Timing

Hello Debatable Lands! Here’s your last reminder! 🙂

The Baronial Archery Championship is THIS Sunday, 6/23. The Championship will begin at 11:30 am, with sign-in starting at 11am. Lord
Skjoldrbjorn has created quite the shoots, so be prepared to test your mettle! [Note: Youth archery champs is on 6/30]

The Baronial Rapier Championship is THIS Sunday, 6/23. We will be starting the Tournament at 2pm to give everyone a chance to warm up and sign in with the MOL. It will be a round robin or bear pit to choose a final four in a double elimination.

These pageantry, sportsmanship, and camaraderie of our Championships is quite the experience, as anyone attending or participating in Heavy or TW two weeks ago will tell you. It was heart-lifting, and we expect these contests will be, too. We look forward to seeing spectators and participants show the best of the Barony tomorrow. See you there!

( And don’t forget sunscreen)

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

P.S.: Read more about Baronial champs here:
http://debatablelands.org/blog/?p=3186

Champs THIS Sunday! Archery and Rapier!

Just a quick reminder that the Baronial Championships for Rapier Fighting (afternoon) and for Archery* (morning) are THIS Sunday, June 23rd!

Read more details here:
http://debatablelands.org/blog/?p=3186

*Note that this Archery Champs is for those that wish to compete at the adult range distances. Youth ranges will be at the Youth champs on the 30th.

Questions may be addressed to baron@debatablelands.org

Heavy & Thrown Champs this Sunday! And Timing

Hello Debatable Lands! Here’s your last reminder!

Thrown Weapons Champs is THIS Sunday, 6/9. Lord Meinolfr will be running qualifiers during the first part of practice, and the Championship throw will be held at 1pm.

Heavy Weapons Champs is THIS Sunday, 6/9. We will be starting the Tournament at 3pm to give everyone a chance to warm up and sign in with the MOL.

We are so excited to see your Prowess and Chivalry!

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

P.S.: Read more about Baronial champs here:
http://debatablelands.org/blog/?p=3186

Kingdom-wide A&S Challenge!

Greetings to the Populace artisans of AEthelmearc from THL Eleanore Godwin, Kingdom Deputy A&S Minister.

Announcing a new A&S challenge for the artisans of the Kingdom: A one year long Event Token Competition, running from Spring AEcademy 2019 to Spring AEcademy 2020!

How many event tokens have you kept over the years because they are great memories, or just beautiful? Well, we want groups to up their game and put some thought into their event tokens!

So, how does one participate you ask? Volunteer to make your group’s tokens for an event they put on!

First; every group can have at least one entry, and as many as three!

Second; groups have from June 15th 2019 Spring AEcademy to Spring (June date to be announced) AEcademy 2020 to make tokens for their events and present their entries for the competition at Spring AEcademy 2020.

Divisions are :1. Kingdom Event tokens, and 2. All Other Events tokens. The reason for this is that the Kingdom events often have a higher budget for tokens, whereas non-kingdom events do not

Categories are: A. Period tokens, B. Useful tokens, and C. Creative tokens.
Each group may have 1 entry in each category, for a max of three total entries. One token, one category. So, if your group hosted a Kingdom event, the token from that event would be put in the Kingdom Event token Division, in one of the three Categories, Period, Useful, or Creative. If your group hosted a regular event, that token can be entered in one of the 2. All
Other Events tokens Divisions Categories, A,B, or C. If your group held 3 regular events in the time frame, your group gets to enter 3 different tokens in 3 different categories! If your group held one Kingdom event, that token gets to be entered into the Kingdom Division in one of the three Categories. Say your group also held two regular event; those two tokens would be entered in the All Other Events token Division in two of the three categories for a total of 3 entries!

I think this will be an exciting year for the artisans of AEthelmearc, and I look forward to seeing all the entries at Spring AEcademy next Spring!

What do you want to learn or teach?

Greetings from the A&S Minister’s office! We set up a display of sorts at the archery muster yesterday and had some smashing success with newcomers! What you can’t see in this picture is a table full of sign up sheets for each of these items. Those sign up sheets have 2 columns: “I want to learn more!” and “I can teach this!” So, what about you? Is there something that you want to learn more about or something that you can teach? Send me your SCA name and email address at ansminister @ debatablelands .org (remove spaces!) Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list of A&S in the barony, but is just a sampling. If you don’t see it on this list but want to learn it or teach it, send me that too!

Coronation Largesse Basket from the Barony

Hello Debatable Lands!


The Coronation of Prince Gareth and Princess Juliana is coming up in shortly, on April 6th. It’s customary for our Barony to present the new King and Queen with a gift basket from our people. Not only does this showcase our most Excellent Artisans, but it also provides useful items to our new Royalty to use as gifts during Their Reign.


Items that are especially welcome are things our Royalty might gift to others, from order medallions to small pieces of jewelry, clothing accessories, incidentals like needle books, small blank notebooks, blank thank you cards, small feast items, bags or pouches, cording, and similar. Consumables are most welcome, but very well labeled, please. Anything you think is useful. Handmade or store bought or anything in between.


Please do label your items with your name if you’re comfortable doing so! We like to see lots of recognition of Debatable Landers!


We are also currently looking for a new Largesse Coordinator, as Lady Ashling has stepped down. Thank you to her for her wonderful years of service! VIVAT! If you are interested in Coordinating Coronation and Baronial Investiture Gift Baskets, please let us know! (It is not my forte…)


The Baron or I will be at the next Sunday practices, and Monday choir practice, the Business Meeting Wednesday, or we can arrange something else. Drop us a line if you’d like to arrange a largesse drop-off/pick-up: baroness@debatablelands.org or Facebook, and baron@debatablelands


Thank you!

In Levitate et Caritate
~Baroness Hilda