12th Night Top 10 from the Baroness

We had a wonderful time this past Saturday at 12th Night! Thank you to the autocrats, THL Elss and THL Muirgheal, and all your staff. It was a day of merriment and laughter! Here are some of out favorite moments, in no particular order:

  1. The Court of Misrule, administered skillfully and with maximum ridiculousness by the incomparable I Genesii. The King (Lord Kuma), and the Queen (Lady Aine) of Misrule declared many silly things, including calling all Peers “Monster” or “Monstress”, and voguing instead of bowing, among other silliness. It was fun!
  2. Our beautiful new red wool garb, made in just a week by Mistress Ts’vee’a. Thank you!
  3. The ball! An amazing time dancing, with so many dancers! One of the best balls in the Kingdom every year. Thank you to Lord Pavel and all the musicians! And thank you for allowing the Baron and Baroness a dance to ourselves (Rosiboli Gioioso) to end the night. It was lovely!
  4. The Amazing Auction of Highly Desirable Items. Always so much cool stuff, and again, raised enough to cover the cost of the event, so our yearly revel can remain free! Thank you for running it again, Baroness Elizabeth. And, uh, sorry about Otto and Carl bidding on everything… I’ll make sure to explain to them what a “minimum bid” is next time….
  5. The Baronial Bard competition was superb! You made me laugh so hard! Vivat to our new champ, THL Silence!
  6. The Pillow fights! The kids just kept going and going – so much fun! Thanks to THL Jorundr and Mistress Arianna for running it, and Lady Arthes for MOLing, plus THL Muirgheal stepping in to marshal when the kids wanted to keep going after time was up.
  7. Cookies! Thank you Meistari Urho for running the cookie competition again. They were tasty, tasty things! I picked Snickertangles as ¬†my favorite. Snickerdoodles and Tang!! Lady Luceta plays to the audience. ūüôā
  8. Court. Small and fun, and always a favorite, to recognize folks that give so much to our beloved Barony! A privilege and honor. And…ummm…. I’m really sorry about throwing the kisses so hard. Baronessing lesson #243: largesse tossing… always underhand!
  9. The wonderful A&S entries. Thanks to all that entered, and congratulations to the new champ, THL Bugga, for her beautiful knitted socks.
  10. The amazing rubbings activity run by Lady Maire. Just beautiful artwork! And thank you for providing an extra prize for Court!
  11. (What, so I can’t count…) The Brewers’ Tap Room. Mmmmmmm. ‘Nuff said.

And of course, the very best thing…all of you! A beautiful day of laughter and eating and drinking and frolicking and fun. Exactly what a 12th Night should be! Thank you all so much!

~Baroness Hilda

Gift Exchange This Saturday!

Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima!

Once again, we will be running the “White Elephant” Gift Exchange at BMDL 12th Night this Saturday. However, to try to streamline the process of gift “registration” we will be running things just a smidge differently this year than in previous years.

This year, there will be blank pieces of paper and a bag (or basket, or whatever I decide to bring) at the gift drop-off table. When you drop off a present, write your name on a piece of paper and drop it into the bag. Then, when it’s time for the exchange, instead of counting people up and putting numbers in, we’ll simply draw names one by one out of the hat. No more strategizing based on your number, MWAHAHA!!! ^_^

The rest of the rules remain the same:

* Bring a present (or more than one, if you want, but remember to put your name in once for each present) of approximately $10-20 value. Please remember to mark your present as kid-focused, kid-appropriate or adults-only.

* When your name is drawn, you have the choice to take a present from the table or steal an already-claimed present from one of the other players, who when has the choice to steal or take from the table, and so on until someone takes a present from the table.

* Each present can only be stolen once per round.

Any questions? Email me at cadell at gmail.com. I look forward to seeing everyone (and their presents) on Saturday!

In Honor and Service,
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Kameshima ZentarŇć Umakai

Calling All Throwers! Champs This Saturday!

Hello Debatable Lands!

Our Baronial Thrown Weapons Championship Throw is this Saturday at Agincourt! We hope to see throwers of all ages compete! Our outgoing Champion, Master Clewin has prepared a fun time for you all.

The Championship throw will be at 2pm. Loaner gear is available. The range will be open earlier for warm ups, courtesy of our industrious marshal, Lord Kuma. Thanks!

All are invited to throw, but only Debatable Landers are eligible to be Baronial Champion. We ask that the new Champion be available to throw in the Seven Pearls competition on Sept 9, 2017.

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

And don’t forget, both Queen’s Rapier Champs (10:15 am) and Kingdom Youth Fighting Champs (1 pm) are that day as well…. let’s show the Kingdom what Debatable Landers can do! Can’t wait!

See also Agincourt’s Facebook Page.

Brag Competition at Crown Tourney

Crown Tourney

The Barony of Delftwood is hosting a brag competition at Crown Tourney next week!

Are you swift of mind and of tongue?
Does the idea of shouting superlatives fill you with joy?
Do you have what it takes to be a Flavor Flav level hype-person?

Then there is a competition for you at Crown Tourney.

The prize for the best brag is a wax tablet that you can use to write down ideas for future brags.

Head on over to the Delftwood Website and find out more.

News from Ice Dragon

Hello Debatable Lands!

Our Most Excellent Barony really shone at Ice Dragon this weekend. We’re still waiting to hear more about the Pent and fighting, but there’s some exciting news we couldn’t wait to celebrate!

Mistress Irene von Schmetterling won the Artisans Division of the A&S Pentathalon, and Mistress Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen won the Laurel Division! Vivant!

Also, a hearty shout out to those artisans who entered for the first time: Lady Luceta di Cosimo, Lady Edana the Red, THL Rachel Dalicieux, and Duchess Siobhan.

Even more Debatable Landers entered and placed in Pent categories, and were even recognized in Court. And never forget service! Our folks judged the Pent, served Their Highnesses, and were rock-star MOLs (looking at you, Baronesses Anna and Soteria!) More info coming, as we get it.

On the martial end of things, Debatable Lands Rapier fighters took FIVE of the six top spots in the dagger and buckler tourney: Master Will Parris, Don Clewin, Dona Fredeburg, Lord Markus, and THL Elaine! Round Robin tourney participants included THL Fiora, Lord Robert, Lord Markus, Countess Elena. And Don Clewin made it to the final 8 portion and tied Duchess Dorinda for 5th place! Vivant!

We haven’t heard news about the heavy fighting yet, but rumor has it that Duke Sven did really well. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

Comment here if we missed anyone – it was a busy day!

~In Levitate et Caritate
~Baroness Hilda

Cooking event at War Practice

Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere writes about an event at Aethelmearc War Practice in our canton of Steltonwald in May.

If you are a baker, join us!
If you are a baker, a butcher, a saucier,
A fry-er, A boil-er, a sugar paste sculptor…
If you love to cook, come add fuel to our fire,
For your passion and skills we want you to show us.
Join us!
Join us!
Join us!

Introducing The Scarlet Apron – a new cooking competition to be held at AEthelmearc War Practice (May 19-22, 2016)!

This competition is open to any and all comers who have a penchant for the medieval culinary arts. No matter if you are new to period cooking, or if it is old hat to you, you are welcome at our table!

The theme for our inaugural year is sure to be a feast for the eyes as well as the belly – Illusion Food! Anyone wishing to participate must create an example of such a food from anywhere in SCA-period. This could be an interpretation of a subtlety that has been described in a cooking text, or an original creation that can be considered ‚Äúperiod-plausible‚ÄĚ based on its design, construction and the materials used to create it.

All contestants should follow these guidelines:

1. The entry should be made and assembled prior to judging – this is not a competition at which contestants must cook their final product on site.

2. The finished product should be constructed from at least 50% edible
material.

3. The use of period construction techniques, including internal shaping structures and edible ingredients is preferred and encouraged.

4. The final product should be registered, signed in, and ready for judging by 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 21. The judging will take place in the Great Hall alongside the A&S competition. [ed.note: There is no A&S competition]
Registration/sign-in will open Saturday at 10:00 AM. The final judging will occur between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, with the winner announced during court that evening.

5. Contestants should provide a brief written overview (one page, maximum) of their entry, including their inspiration (if it was based on a specific subtlety, the original text of its description; if it was based on something else, then those details), a complete list of the materials used, and a description of how they created the structure.

6. Contestants can choose to sit with their entry during the judging period in order to answer questions from the judges and the populace, however it is not required.

7. Plating and presentation are integral to this competition. Each contestant will get no less than half of a six- or eight-foot table, which should be adorned as befits the entry.

Entries have three potential categories to win: Youth (for contestants age 5-12), Populace Choice, and Overall Winner. Cooks of all skill levels are encouraged to enter!

Any questions should be directed to the competition coordinator, Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere (lijsbet(dot)vandelfthout(at)gmail(dot)com, “Keirin Lazauskas-Ralff” on Facebook). We are so excited about this competition, and are looking forward to seeing the beautiful and delicious pieces of art you create!

The Arts and Sciences Champion Writes

Hara-roku-i Kikumatsu, the current Arts and Sciences Champion of the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands, writes:

To all those who live and play in the BMDL, my time as A&S champion is almost over. The new Baron and Baroness will need a new champion to stand behind them in court and to represent them in the seven pearls in late August. Any person or group is encouraged to enter the competion. There are no restrictions on experience level. The site is dry, but an alcoholic entry can be judged prior to the event. You must contact me ahead of time to make arrangements. Documentation isn’t required, but is highly encouraged.