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

Food Guild News

Salve! Greetings, Food Friends!

The next meeting of the Food Guild will be on
Saturday, February 29, about 1 pm to 5 pm
at the house of the Baron and Baroness.

We will be having fun with Roman cooking! On the agenda to make will be Mulsum, Boiled Eggs with Pine Nut Sauce, Libum, and Dulcia Domestica.
There will be substitutions due to nut
allergies. Please contact me at Elss.of.Augsburg @ gmail.com 
if you have questions about ingredients.

There is limited information on roman cooking, so you will need to start researching by looking at De Re Coquinaria by
Apicius. Of course, it was written in Latin originally, but there are original text and translated text all over the place. For those who don’t have a copy, here is a translation in English : http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Apicius/home.html

There are many translations of Apicius, but not a lot of adaptions of the recipes themselves. Here’s one that has redacted a few of the recipes:
https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mjw/recipes/ethnic/historical/ant-rom-coll.html?fbclid=IwAR2d019Nonfkrn67xFlCEEdu4R18hebjAiOcbqtPkES7J2zKSibakVJpUdo
Sorry about the size of this thing, but the blog doesn’t forward links to the email list, so I have to put the whole site name in.

By the way, I peruse medieval cookbooks from all over the world online from here: http://medievalcookery.com/etexts.html.

Please contact me at Elss.of.Augsburg @ gmail.com or as Elss Augsburg on Facebook if you need the Baron/ess’s address or want to bring a contribution to the day. 

Calling all Cooks, Event Stewards, and Activity Coordinators!

Do you know that the Debatable Lands has a larder? Do you know what is in the larder? Now’s your chance to provide your thoughts on the top needs for the coming year!

Please take the short survey by clicking on the link below (the survey includes a link to the current larder inventory so you can see what we already have):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdLu1-SlGKC8ph6mzbLcAlMRIYCoKnrTHVeOcuS621d9GhUJA/viewform?usp=sf_link

The survey will be open through Friday, February 21st. Based on your responses we’ll work to address the top needs in the coming year.

Thank you for your ideas to make your larder the best in the Known World!

In Service,

Baron Alaric
Steward

Sad news

A member 0f our populace has requested that the following be shared:

Members who have been part of the group for more than 10 years may remember my mother in law, Lyn Parkinson, who was known to you as Lady Allison DuTours.

EDIT: A picture of Lady Allison can be found here.

Lyn passed away last Sunday and we would like to share her obituary.  It can be viewed here in picture form, or at the website of the listed funeral home.

Lyn loved SCA and her time with it.  She eventually became unable to participate but it brought her great joy.

It is possible that we may have books or items that may be SCA appropriate. If you believe that there may be any possible interest in those things please let me know.

Sincerely,
Lori Parkinson

Final List of Crown Combatants

Being the final list of contenders and their consorts for the Crown Tournament of King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle, to be held Oct 12, AS LIV.

From Their Majesties:

Greetings unto Glorious Æthelmearc from TRM Timothy and Gabrielle,

We are delighted to announce the list of Contenders and their Consorts for the Crown Tournament to decide our Heirs on October 12, 2019 in the Shire of Coppertree. We hope many of you will join us for this important event.

Many thanks to Duchess Rowan and the Shire of Coppertree for arranging for a gallery for Consorts to witness the Tournament. HRM Gabrielle looks forward to visiting with and supporting the inspiration of all of our Contenders as the Tournament progresses.

We would like to thank all those who have chosen to participate in our Crown Tournament. We wish you all the best of days and know that Æthelmearc will have worthy successors.

Fall 2019 Crown Combatants

  • Duke Sven Gunnarsson fighting for the honor of Duchess Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin
  • Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn fighting for the honor of Vicountess Rosalind Ashworth
  • Duke Marcus Eisenwald fighting for the honor of Countess Margerite de la Marche nee Eisenwald
  • Duke Maynard von dem Steine fighting for the honor of Duchess Liadain ni Dheirdre Chaohamnaigh
  • Sir Yngvar the Dismal fighting for the honor of Countess Caryl Olesdattir
  • Earl Thomas Byron of Haverford for the honor of Countess Ariella of
    Thornbury
    , each for the other
  • Sir Maghnus de Cnoc an Iora for the honor of Brehyres Gwendolyn the
    Graceful
  • Sir Aengus MacBain for the honor of Maistresse Yvianne de Castel d’Avignon
  • THL Rouland of Willowbrooke for the honor of Mistress Jenna MacPherson of Lions Tower, each for the other
  • Freiherr Fridrich Flusmullner for the honor of Meisterin Felicitas
    Flusmullernin
  • Maighster Kieran MacRae for the honor of Meestres Odriana vander Brugghe
  • Master Tigernach mac Cathail for the honor of Lady Margareta le Sayre
  • Sir Arnthor inn Sterki for the honor of Lady Cairech Na Hinnsi
  • Lord Bharki Rikaroarson for the honor of Mistress Gabrielle de Winter
  • Sir Beatrix Krieger fighting for the honor of Sir Thorsol Solinauga, each
    for the other
  • Sir Dominic McMorland for the honor of THL Eleanor McMorland
  • Master Jacob Martinson for the honor of Baroness Wilhelmina Boddenham
  • THL Gwydeon ap Arden for the honor of Lady Myskia nattfari
  • THL Darri inn Valski for the honor of THL Astridr vigaskegg
  • Lord Sigfrid Corloys for the honor of THL Maeve Ni Siurtain
  • Lord Angus the Bull for the honor of Lady Agnes Zwei Bruchen
  • Lord Lotharius qui et Segimundus for the honor of Lady Birna Hakadottir
  • Lord Koga Rentarou Hroshi for the honor of Baroness Katerina McGilledoroughe
  • Lord Salvidor Moro di Medici for the honor of Lady Ahelissa

In Eternal Service to the Glorious Kingdom of Æthelmearc,

Timothy and Gabrielle