New Arts and Sciences Minister

Greetings all! I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself to those that I don’t know yet. I’m Isabel Fleuretan and have been selected as the new A&S Minister for BMDL. First, I’d like to thank The Honorable Lady Elss of Augsburg for her service as A&S Minister. She did a phenomenal job and has left big shoes to fill. I’d also like to thank Shonagon Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie for his service as deputy and his previous service as A&S Minister. You both have shaped the arts and sciences in the barony and leave a legacy to live up to.
I consider the most important duty of this office to be acting as a liaison between those that want to learn and those that can teach. If there is anything that I can do to help you learn or teach A&S within the barony or just within the SCA in general, please reach out to me at ansminister@debatablelands.org .
In the coming weeks, I’ll be looking to get some new A&S scheduled activities up and running. I’ll also be looking to recruit a deputy. If you are interested in learning something in particular, interested in teaching something in particular, or are interested in learning what it is to be an officer or deputy within the barony, please send me a note.

Call for Letters: Webminister

Unto the populace of the Debatable Lands, greetings from Kameshima Zentarō Umakai, Baronial Webminister!

My term as Webminister ends at the next Baronial Business meeting, April 3rd, AS LIII (2019), and while I am intending to seek a second term in the position, the Barony is always looking for good people to step up and take positions of leadership!

If you are interested in the position, please submit your letter of intent to webminister@debatablelands.org and seneschal@debatablelands.org sometime before the beginning of the aforementioned meeting. Included in your letter should be your qualifications for the position, as well as what if any plans you have for improving the Barony’s web presence.

If you have any questions about the requirements of the position, please contact me at webminister@debatablelands.org!

(A gentle reminder: email addresses have been sanitized to prevent bot spam; please clean the email addresses in your mail client before trying to send!)

In continued honor and service,
亀島
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai

New Baronial Champions!

Choosing Baronial Champions is always difficult, particularly for the peaceful arts. This past Saturday at 12th Night, our Artisans, Scientists and Bards came out in force, and showered the Barony with their gifts of art.

The Baronial Bardic Competition had a record 11 entrants, and had the audience in tears of both sorrow and laughter. The Arts & Sciences Display was a wonder to behold, and included beginners to Laurels, some very impressive documentation, and all the works displayed were representative of the talent of our bright A&S Community. Without further ado:

Your New Baronial Bard: Lady Beatrix of Anglesey
Seconded by: Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful

Your New A&S Champion: Lady Aurelia Argentia Prima
Seconded by: The Honorable Lady Rachel Dalicieux

Vivant the New Champions, seconds, outgoing Champions (Mistress Fredeburg and Mistress Arianna), and all those gentles who put themselves forth for consideration!

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

A&S Championship Display at 12th Night!

We are so excited and honored to be selecting the new Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion this Saturday at Debatable Lands 12th Night!

All Artisans are invited to create a Display, to assist the Baron and Baroness in choosing this year’s Arts & Sciences Champion. Finished or in progress, bring your best! We have the best artisans in the Kingdom – let’s remind them!

You may display as many or as few works as you like, in any (safe) way, with as much documentation as you like, in any form. If you’d like to be considered for Champion without displaying, please let our outgoing champion, Mistress Fredeburg, know, and you will be considered.  People with large displays should consider bringing their own small table if possible. You may send your display with someone else if you cannot be there Saturday. More recent works and (at least some) documentation are encouraged. Good luck!

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


Note: This display is to assist in Champion selection and is not a competition. Nothing displayed on 1/12/2019 will have been entered into a competition. We are selecting a Champion and are not judging individual works. 

 

Links in the above message:
http://debatablelands.org/events/twelfth_night/2019/
http://www.larsdatter.com/ezdoc/

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 — Sewing Circle – December 30th

Extra A&S Meeting in December!!

Date: SUNDAY December 30th
Time: 1 PM – 3PM more or less
NEW Location:
HackPGH
1936 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(In the garage around the back of the building on Watson St.)

You can also put 1960 Watson Street, Pittsburgh, PA into your GPS.

Home

This A&S day is for all equestrians (or anyone actually) who would like to work on barding or garb. There will be sewing machines available. Please let me know if you are interested in a specific project, such as banners.

HackPGH is a maker space — sort of like the best basement or hobby room ever. We’ll be getting a tour of the facility – you won’t want to miss it.

Standard disclaimers here:
We are accessible to our less mobile friends, and have free parking on the street.

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 we are generously supported by the Barony and the teachers themselves.
Elss

Call for Letters — Minister of Arts and Sciences

Greetings to the Barony from your Minister of Arts and Sciences!

It has been my privilege and great pleasure to serve the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands as the Minister of Arts and Sciences for two years. My term is coming to an end and so I call for letters from anyone who wishes to run for the office. I will not be seeking a second term, as I would like to work on activating the Food Guild.

My activities for the last two years have been:
** Collecting information on A&S-related activities in the Barony and reporting it to the Kingdom.
** Encouraging others to explore the arts and sciences by holding regular meetings with interesting guests who demonstrate their expertise in many and varied activities.
** Participating in activities such as demos and classes to support the wider A&S community.

Should you have questions about the duties associated with this position, please email me at ansminister@debatablelands.org.

Any gentle who would be considered for this two-year position is invited to send an email with a list of qualifications to me at ansminister@debatablelands.org and to the Seneshale, Meestres Odriana vander Brugghe, at seneschal@debatablelands.org.

In service to the Barony-Marche,
THL Elss of Augsburg
BMDL Minister of Arts and Sciences

A and S — Laser Cutter – December 2nd

At Protohaven this Sunday, we are using the laser cutter to make escarbaubles! (These are paper ornaments with escarbuncles on them.)

Please do find other projects more to your liking! We can help you find things on Protohaven’s computers. But if you want to search for something else, this site will give you some ideas:
https://www.thingiverse.com/search?=laser+wood&dwh=795c031f742b4de

THLady Rufina Saavedra will run the laser cutter for us, and cut out our items so we can assemble and keep them.

–Date: Sunday, December 2nd
–Time: 1 PM – 3PM
–Location: Protohaven
–Address: 214 N Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
–Directions: See http://debatablelands.org/arts-and-sciences/

There is much parking on the street and in the lot, and the building is  accessible to all. The accessible entrance is not obvious, so text me when you are close so I can point the way. (724.759.3333)

Standard disclaimers here:
Protohaven takes safety very seriously, and operation of the machinery is limited to those who have been taught how to use them. Fortunately, there are people to help us, and we will still be able to complete projects with their assistance.

We are accessible to our less mobile friends, and have free parking, both on the street and in the parking lot. Service animals are welcome.

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 we are generously supported by the Barony and the teachers themselves. We cannot guarantee that we will have the materials for your specific product, so feel free to bring it along.

In service to the dream,

THL Elss of Augsburg
BMDL Minister of Arts and Sciences