Happy 47th Birthday, Debatable Lands!

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

Today marks our 47th birthday of being a Barony! Enjoy this apocryphal tale of our founding: http://debatablelands.org/history/short-cultural-history.php

And a few songs of our Barony! http://debatablelands.org/songs/

And a wonderful display of the Barony’s history set up by our Historian, Mistress Ts’vee’a: http://debatablelands.org/history/display.php

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Remembering John the Artificer (Stories and Pics Requested)

As reported by the Aethelmearc Gazette, Master John the Artificer (mka John Robert Rose), an important member of the the SCA and long-time contributor here in the Debatable Lands, passed away in November.

His family has requested that we share stories and pictures for a virtual memorial. The website to do so is here: https://memories.lifeweb360.com/john-robert-rose

Additionally, for those with Facebook accounts, you can join his memorial Facebook page to share memories and get updates on a planned virtual memorial: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1040029753186736/

There will be a small funeral mass this Friday in New York. As he niece writes:

A small funeral mass will be said on Friday, February 26th*, at 11am at Sacred Heart Church, in Highland Falls, NY. It will run live feed from [the Facebook page noted above], any who wish to attend virtually can sign on … at 11 am to catch the live service.

*If you would like to send Flowers for his Mass on Friday, you can contact Lilies of the Valley, in Highland Falls, NY. Their phone number is: 845-446-4446.*

We are currently planning a larger, virtual memorial to honor my uncle’s memory more in detail, and to invite friends and family to share together. The date of this is to be announced, anyone who wishes to be a speaker, or share pictures please let us know and we will gladly add you to the program. Thank you!!

Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda will be sending flowers to the funeral on behalf of the people of the Debatable Lands (no official SCA funds) in remembrance of the incredible impact he had on our Barony, the Kingdom, Pennsic, and the entire SCA. Feel free to contact Hilda to contribute to this unofficial gesture, if you wish.

*Note: The original version of this post had the date of the funeral mass on the 19th, but since it was delayed until the 26th due to inclement weather, the date was updated to the 26th.

Thank You Baroness Isabel

Thank you Baroness Isabel for serving as our Barony’s Minister of Arts and Sciences. In the beforetimes when we had events, it was good to see you and your deputies there, reaching out to newcomers and established artisans in the Barony to organize us to work together. In these times when we are all more isolated for safety, it is more difficult to band together in the same ways that we used to.

During my term, I hope to provide direct support to both individual artisans and guilds, to draw out our best work and try to draw us together in spirit. We will do what we can for each other and for the Barony, like the friendly neighbors we are.

I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the Barony. Please, all of you, feel free to reach out to me if you think there is any way I can help you with your arts and research.

Shakespeare Movie Night

Greetings All!

This coming Friday, February 12th we’ll be showing As You Like It, directed
by Kenneth Branagh, starting at 7:30pm, followed by a chat until 10:30pm.
All the world’s a stage and we’re bringing the stage to your living room
via the AEther.

Here is the link to the schedule for the movie nights scheduled through May:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EhlgwgRZ923RhRJrCPIXsHEhWI1eJJigCv2YRLEavrE/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Alaric at alaric (at) pobox (dot) com for the Zoom room
information.

Hope to see some of you there!

Alaric & Elsbeth

Sad Tidings – Master Remus Fletcher

Salve Debatable Lands,

By now, most of you have heard of the passing of Master Remus Fletcher (Ron Schwoegl), or as he liked to be called, Uncle Remus. He died Friday, December 18th, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, at home with his beloved family.

You can read his lovely obituary, which includes some SCA notes, here: https://obituaries.post-gazette.com/obituary/ronald-michael-schwoegl-1081267348

Remus was one of the first people we met when we became active in the Debatable Lands, in the late 90s. His presence and voice would fill the room, and he was always eager to lend a helping hand wherever needed, but especially to us newer folks. He had a keen wit, and his eyes rarely stopped sparkling, looking for the next sly joke or terrible pun. Hilda remembers him introducing himself as “Remus T. Fletcher… the ‘T’ stands for ‘the’…” followed by his full laughter. Her favorite memory of him is the moving and romantic aria he sang as the processional to his wife, Mistress Amaryllis’, Peerage elevation ceremony. Brandubh remembers his great love of music. He was always happy to fill the halls and Courts with music.

We would be remiss if we didn’t remark further upon Remus’ incredible influence here in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. For literally decades, he was crucial to the substantial musical community here in the Barony – and also the Kingdom and Pennsic. His actions helped found our musical ensemble, the Debatable Consort, and encouraged many an individual to follow their own love of joyful noises. He was quick to share and let folks play his myriad and oddly wondrous collection of period instruments. His powerful singing voice filled every hall. And who can forget the spinning plates and the bear suit?

Remus filled our Barony, our feast halls, the Courts, the dancehalls, the Loud Band, our camps… and most especially our hearts… with a unique and awesome beauty. Our world is dimmer, and more silent, without him.

Our hearts, thoughts and wishes for peace go out to his wife, our friend, Mistress Amaryllis, and to his son Daniel, daughter-in-law Nicole, and all his family and friends.

As stated in his obituary: “Ron was very adamant that everyone remains safe during the COVID pandemic and therefore there will be no visitation hours. A Latin Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at St. John Baptist Catholic Church in Plum.” Please see the link above for more information on donations. The Mass will be live streamed for all who wish to attend, likely at this link: https://holyfamilypgh.org/weddings-funerals-covid-19

Rest In Peace, Uncle Remus. We will miss you.

In Caritate,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Sad Tidings: Master John the Artificer

Salve Accolens, Debatable Lands,

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Master John the Artificer, who passed away November 25th in his home.

We met Master John in the late 90’s when we first joined the SCA in the Debatable Lands. He was an incredible wealth of knowledge and generously offered himself as a resource to all who knew him. More than that, while recent years saw less of him, Master John was an important part of the community of the Debatable Lands, especially in the early days. He was a consummate artisan, and created items of Baronial regalia, such as the hefty ancestral Seneschal’s key.

Most will remember him as the owner and proprietor of the Stave Church at Pennsic. Master John bought the structure from some industrious CMU students, who had built it for the University’s annual Carnival. The stave church was one of the earliest and most impressive structures in Merchants’ Row – certainly the tallest! Master John’s vision and work allowed many artisans over the years – especially Debatable Lands artisans – to sell their high-quality wares to eager SCAdians – years before the internet is what it is now. Master John was a great man who improved the lives of thousands. He will be greatly missed.

Take a look at this lovely memorial article, written by Mistress Arianna of the AEthelmearc Gazette, to see pictures and read more memories of a few of the people whose lives he touched: https://aethelmearcgazette.com/2020/12/08/in-memoriam-master-john-the-artificer/

Final arrangements are not known at this time.

In Caritate,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Sad Tidings: Lord Ardghal O’Breaslain

Our hearts are heavy this day, as we have just been informed of the death in a motorcycle accident of one of our ex-patriots, Lord Ardghal O’Breaslain, mundanely known as Zac Gallo.

Ardghal started in the SCA here in the Debatable Lands in the College of Cour d’Or several years ago, joining our Rapier ranks. He had moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, with his Lady, and was active in the Shire there as one of the founding members, and was their Rapier Marshal. He still visited his teachers and friends here, when he came to visit the Debatable Lands, and held us in his heart.

He will be sorely missed, a life cut short. Our hearts go out to his lady, Katharine, his family, friends, and the Shire of Ardanroe in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. May they find peace in their hearts.

Inquires as to final arrangements may be sent to our Seneschal, THL Muirgheal (seneschale@debatablelands.org)

In Gravitate et Caritate,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

Castle Fire – Family Safe

As many of you know, the Castle in Wexford had a significant fire today. This message is to let you know that Eorl Byron, Countess Ariella, and the family is safe.

Our Barony stands in support of our beloved members, and more information will come if they need assistance.

~Bns Hilda

From Their Majesties

Unto home bound Aethelmerac do Timothy and Gabrielle send greetings,

Things in the world around us are filled with chaos and uncertainty. We have all seen the horror stories of people hoarding things and price gouging things, not caring for their fellow man. However, here in the SCA, we see, hear and read story after story of people looking after the people in their community, whether scadian or mundane. It is very reassuring to be shown time and time again the quality of people who make up the circle of friends we call Aethelmearc and indeed the Society.

While there is a small part of us that is sad that the remaining royal progress events we had scheduled have all been canceled or postponed, We would much rather do what is in the best interests of all our members, and indeed the mundane world around us. We have had a phenomenal time serving this kingdom, and know that these decisions are for the best.

Since so many of you have asked, as of now, the plans for Coronation are still fluid. As of now, Coronation still is planned for April 4th, but it will be very limited, but plans may change, so that the event and ceremony can be a grand celebration worthy of them. They have both always served our Kingdom in with every ounce of energy once could ask for, and we hope their special day can be glorious and memorable.

Most of the items on our court dockets will be absorbed by TRHs, but there are a few that they have graciously allowed us to do as regency courts in their name once things return to normal.

Keep doing those things that make Aethelmearc a model of kindness and generosity that we only wish the world around us would follow. We have been honored and privileged to count ourselves amongst your numbers for many years, and will continue to do so until we no longer walk the earthy,

Timothy and Gabrielle