Agincourt XII

It’s that time of year again, time to take up arms and prepare your A&S Entries for Agincourt XII!

The event will be held at Camp Bucoco 150 Bu Co Co Lane, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. The site will open at 4 p.m. Friday 19 October 2018 and everyone must be offsite by noon on Sunday, 21 October 2018.

Heavy Weapons Combatants and Fencers! Take the field and fight the battles as your ancestors did on this day. Noble combat shall rule the day until your arms ache from your weapons. Scenarios will include historic battles based on Agincourt.

And never fear, we WILL be having our famous Tavern Brawl, please considering bringing a parrying item. In previous years, we’ve seen giant turkey legs, mugs etc. Be creative as there will be a prize for the best tavern themed parrying item!!

We will also have Thrown Weapons, Archery, and Youth Fighting!

Artisans of our Sylvan Kingdom! We will be holding our popular yearly Arts and Sciences competition. This year our coordinator will be THL Luceta di Cosimo, who will be assisted by Lady Alianora. We are looking for both participants and judges. This is a perfect opportunity to enter your possible Ice Dragon entry and get feedback on it with plenty of time to act on that advice.

We will also have a salon so that you can gather with other Artisans and Scientists to hang out, share ideas, and share your excitement about your particular art or science.

This year we will also have classes! Mistress Graidhne ni Rua will be coordinating the classrooms. Come and share your knowledge with others. If you’re new to classroom-style teaching, this is a perfect opportunity to do so in a supportive and friendly environment.

We have some other things in store – including a Quest and Bardic Activities! This event has something for everyone, you won’t want to miss anything!

The food, as always, will be delicious and plentiful. The Head Cook is Maighster Liam mac an tSoir with assistance from Lady Arthes Macleod and Lady Alethea Cowle. If you have dietary needs/concerns, please contact Liam at medicmacintyre(at)gmail(dot)com.

Your autocrats for the day are Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr (aechirurgeon@gmail.com, 412.513.8331) and Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe (jenn.strobel@gmail.com, 412.486.0566).

The site is completely DRY.

The site does not allow pets but does allow service animals.

Registration Info:
The weekend registration (Fri, Sat. and Sunday) which includes Friday evening repast, lunch, and cabin space for both nights: Adult Event Registration $18.00, Adult Member Discount Registration $13.00, Children 0-5 free, Children age 6-17 $6.00. Feast is an additional $9.00.

Family Cap: All children after two are free. Does not include feast

PRE-REGISTER by 5 October and get $1 off each adult reservation in addition to the member discount!

Checks should be made payable to SCA-PA Inc.- Debatable Lands.
Please be sure to include the names and ages of the attendees that you are covering with your check.
Reservations:

Brandy Straub
236 Maryellen drive
North Versailles 15137
412.352.0978

There is a Facebook event created for this event, Agincourt XII.

A and S — T-Shirt Designs Deadline Extended to TOMORROW!

The deadline for entering the competition for a new design for Baronial t-shirts is getting close!!

Remember: we are having a contest to find a new  design for T-shirts! The rules are:

* Designs may not be for a black or white shirt.
* Designs may not contain offensive images or text, no matter how period or funny.
* Designs can be one, two, three, or four colors. One possible design consideration may be the effect of multiple colors on the ultimate price of the T-shirt.
* Designs must be Barony-related, not kingdom or guild or other group.
* The winning design will exemplify the best attributes of the Barony: We are approachable, fun, open, friendly, and we value camaraderie and community.
* Entries can be submitted as .jpg files or .doc files to ansminister at debatablelands.org! , or on actual paper to Elss of Augsburg, Minister of A&S or to Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie, Deputy Minister of A&S.
* Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on June 30, 2018.

OK, OK —
you can also hand them in tomorrow at practice!

* The decision of the judges is final.
* Winning entry becomes the property of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands.
* Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate your entry. Do not hold the wrong end of a chainsaw. Dremels are not intended for use as a dental drill. Do not eat.

If you have any questions about the contest, please contact me at ansminister at debatablelands.org
Good luck to everyone!
Elss Augsburg

Your New Champions!

Hello Debatable Lands!

Yesterday, we held our non-equestrian martial Championships at the Iron Comet Challenge. It was a day of valor, honor, prowess, and friendship. We are proud and humbled to have witnessed such passion and companionship. And most of all, fun!

There will be more news and thank yous and stories from the event staff and others, but without further ado, let us present to you Your New Champions!

Rapier Fighting: THL Ru Cavorst, seconded by Lady Ciarrdha Eilis

Youth Archery: Otto Brandulfrsson

Archery: Lord Alister Sionnach MacLeod, seconded by Lord Godfrey de Bayeux

Heavy Fighting: Lord Robert MacEwin, seconded by THL Guillaume le Noir

Thrown Weapons: Lord Thomas of the Debatable Lands, seconded by Lady Dorothea Starke Schutz

Youth Fighting: Fox

VIVANT VIVANT VIVANT!

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

A and S — Iron Comet Includes A and S

By now, you have probably heard that the Iron Comet Challenge, which is on June 23rd, requires participation in three martial categories AND the A&S competition.

You have a great A&S entry, but you wouldn’t mind making a tiny bit of effort to impress the judges, right? You can use all the help you can get, right?

Documentation!

Yep, documentation is a quick way to up your score, and I am here to tell you how to do it easily.

Idea #0

You should do this no matter what. On a nice whole clean sheet of paper or a notecard of any size, neatly print what your item is and your name. If you are a young person, write down your age too. Ask your mom or dad, they’ll know if you need this. Here’s what it might look like:

Inkle Woven Dress Decoration
made by Ima Youth (age 10)

Idea #1

If that looks a bit simple to you, you can add detail about your work, like what it is made of, or what gave you the idea to make/do that item.

Here’s what it might look like now:

Inkle Woven Dress Decoration
Pattern #75 from Inkle Weaving by Helene Bress
made by Ima Youth (age 10)

Idea #2

If you did any research about what this thing was like in period, you can include that information too. If you looked at a painting online, or read a book or two to find a recipe, tell the story – where you found the original, what it was made from, how it was made in that time period, everything you learned.

So, in addition to the basic information above, you might include something like this:

I saw a picture of an actual dress from 1410 CE that belonged to Princess Important Lady. It was online at the British Library website at www.bl.uk/princessclothes/754690. There was a beautiful woven band on the neckline of her dress. According to the website, the band was woven of silk, using a method called tablet weaving, in the colors that were right for her heraldry.

Idea #3

Is your thing exactly like the thing you were inspired by? Maybe, but probably not, but that’s OK. To make your documentation more informative, explain the differences between how the item was originally made and what you did. Most importantly, tell why you made the changes.

So, in addition to the information above, you also might include something like this:

To weave the band, I needed both red thread and blue thread. The original string was silk, but silk is very expensive and beyond my budget, so I used Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton, size 10, in Bright Red and Royal Blue. I was able to buy two balls for $5.00 at Pat Catan’s and got enough to complete my project.

Even Better Ideas

If you do not know how to tablet weave, or if you are just learning to weave, that is good information to include, too. Also, if the pattern is different from the original, describe that too. You might also say where you got the loom, how long it took to make your item, and if you had to experiment or repeat your work to get it right.

Final Words of Encouragement

Any documentation is better than no documentation. Anyone (of any age) (I am looking at you, adults!) can write the documentation for a project by following the ideas above. If writing is something that you find worrisome or difficult, start before your project is due. Like, now. Use short declarative sentences to tell your story. You will probably fill up less than a third of the page, so it won’t even take weeks to write.

Even though this may sound like it is written for children, adults can follow this outline also. You might provide more detail, or use more complicated words, or describe more completely the steps it took to produce your item, but the process is the same.

Finally, if anyone of any age would like help with their documentation, type up your first draft. You can bring it to practice on Sunday, or you can email it to me, and I would be happy to offer suggestions. My email is ansminister at debatablelands.org. Don’t delay, there is only one more week to the Iron Comet Challenge!

In service,

Elss Augsburg

A and S — T-Shirt Design Contest

As was announced at the Barony meeting yesterday, we are having a contest to find a new  design for T-shirts!
The rules are:
  • Designs may not be for a black or white shirt.
  • Designs may not contain offensive images or text, no matter how period or funny.
  • Designs can be one, two, three, or four colors. One possible design consideration may be the effect of multiple colors on the ultimate price of the T-shirt.
  • Designs must be Barony-related, not kingdom or guild or other group.
  • The winning design will exemplify the best attributes of the Barony: We are approachable, fun, open, friendly, and we value camaraderie and community.
  • Entries can be submitted as .jpg files or .doc files to ansminister at debatablelands.org, or on actual paper to Elss of Augsburg, Minister of A&S or to Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie, Deputy Minister of A&S.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on June 30, 2018.
  • The decision of the judges is final. Winning entry becomes the property of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands.
  • Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate your entry. Do not hold the wrong end of a chainsaw. Dremels are not intended for use as a dental drill. Do not eat.
If you have any questions about the contest, please contact me at ansminister at debatablelands.org 
Good luck to everyone!
Elss Augsburg

War Practice Info – Unofficial

Hello Debatable Lands!

The Shire of Steltonwald’s War Practice Staff has been posting some updates on Facebook (and other media, too). For those of you not on that venue, here is what I know (I am only gathering, this is not official at all…apologies for any inaccuracies, please comment if you see one):

Official War Practice Webpage

Gate Info
-For most of it, see link above.
-This year, you will pay by the day you arrive, regardless of whether you are camping.
-RVs: “There is an area on the serengeti behind troll. If you plan to hookup to electric an sewers there is a 10 dollar per day fee. just let troll know when you arrive”
-No one will be admitted after 3pm Saturday. (This is not a change from previous years)

Meetings 
The Order Meeting tent is in the Woodland Watch Camp (which is where AE Royal is this year). West of the old barn/campstore, sort of the top of Runestone Hill nearish to the gate to Curry Road

Order of the Laurel: 9am- 10am (update: no meeting)
Order of the Millrind: 12pm-1pm, Saturday
Order of the Fleur: 1pm-2pm, Saturday
Chatelaine’s Meeting: 3pm -4pm, Saturday

Curia: 10am, Sunday, A&S Pavilion (where Chirurgeons Point is at Pennsic)

AA meeting: down at the lake by Willow Point on Saturday from 8:00-9:00 am Saturday. Blue and yellow marquee. (Privately run)

Food
-Breakfast: In the Bathhouse this year, I believe
Saturday & Sunday 7:30am-1:30pm (free – run by the Scribes)
Food Merchants: Beast & Boar, and Coopers Store

Class List & Activities
There is an A&S village at the pavilion where the Chirurgeons are at Pennsic:
-There is only one pavillion; using the four corners it will allow up to 4 different activities happening at once.
-There are 3 A&S tents, they will have banners letting you know if it’s Tent 1, 2 or 3.
-There are 2 scribal tents. On Friday one will have scribal classes. On Saturday will be Scribal banner painting in one, scribal playtime/lutrell psalter competition in the other.
-For those wishing to have an artisan’s playtime, we have lots of room for byo tents & pavillions

Class List: Time Sheet
Class Descriptions

WP Classes Sortable (Hilda) (NOT official; I just wanted a sortable list)

Princess Anna Leigh’s Beverage Showcase & Social: Friday 6:30
Grand Ball: Friday Night, Great Hall, 7pm  (See below)
Scribal Playtime, 11am-3pm Saturday (See below)
Scarlet Apron Competition: 11am-4pm (See below)
Royal Court – 6pm Saturday, Great Hall (set-up at 5pm)
I Genesii – Saturday night, Great Hall

6 Hour Class Challenge (See below)

Martial Activities
Heavy: 6pm – 8pm Friday, field, Gage Meet n Beat
Heavy: 10-man Melee, 11am Saturday, field  (sign up at 10am) (see below)
Heavy: noon-5pm Saturday, field, melee, various scenarios
Heavy: 5:15 pm Saturday, field, Finns Speed tourney
MOL/Inspections: Friday 5pm-7pm and Saturday 9am – 1pm
Siege: Inspections 9am to 11am Saturday, field (see below)
Youth Fighting: Kingdom Championship, 10am Saturday, list opens 9am
Rapier: 6:30pm Friday, tourney (rapier and C&T pools)
Rapier: Saturday: lots of melee
Thrown Weapons: Update: New location is behind the Great Hall
Archery: Update: New location is behind the Great Hall

Pelican Vigil & Reception
-THL Ursula – send-off on field Friday night 7pm, vigil to follow at Woodland Watch camp
-Mistress Antoinette –  reception in the Scribal tents after court

Merchant List
Feed the Ravens
Black Moon Traders
Little Crystal Bijoux
Crafty Celts
The Basket Man
Little Dragon’s Horde
Munitions Grade Arms
Red Falcon
BadAss Garb
A Case of Random
Story Tellers Candles
Knights of the Classroom
Earthly Leather Designs
LeEllen Expressions
Logs Bogs and more
UnCommon Clay
Pillage Village
Miller Crossings
Miriam’s yarn

In Levitate et Caritate
Baroness Hilda

 

Grand Ball
Good Gentles!

here are the dances planned for the War Practice Grand Ball in random order:

War Bransle (naturally)
maltese bransle (sca)
official bransle
horse’s bransle
montarde bransle
charlotte bransle
pease bransle
washerwoman’s bransle
petit vriens
amoroso (long version)
gracca amorosa
bizzaria d’amore
rostiboli gioioso
rufty tufty
black nag
sellenger’s round
new boe peep
gathering peascods
picking of sticks
chestnut
new yer’s de tribus
ly bens distonys (long version)
grene gynger
black almain
anello
belle qui
heart’s ease
jenny plucked pears
petit rose

*most dances will be taught immediately before we do them.*

AND! Lady Lelija Barnasiewicz-tancerka will be leading the early, Children’s portion of the Ball. Children of all ages are invited to bring their parents and enjoy the special “re-creations” of period dance.

There will be refreshments for all!

Come by to dance, snack, watch or all of the above. You’ll find us in the Great Hall Friday evening.

Scarlet Apron

Good Gentles!

War Practice is finally upon us, and with it comes the time to choose AEthelmearc’s new Scarlet Apron Champion!

This year’s entrants have risen to the challenge to recreate period food preservation methods and recipes. Now, they look not only to our judges, but to you, the Populace, to let them know how they did!

Sign-In for Entrants will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 19, in the Great Hall (Look for the Scarlet Apron signs). While the competition is open to judges only from noon until 1:30 PM, once that time period is over, we welcome the Populace to visit us, and vote for your favorite entry! The entry with the most votes by the end of the competition wins a prize!

The Populace in attendance is encouraged to visit the Scarlet Apron, view and sample the entries, and cast their vote from 1:30 PM until 3:30 PM. The winners will be announced in court later that evening.

As always, if there are any questions, please contact the competition coordinator, Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere, using Email (lijsbet(DOT)vandelfthout(AT)gmail(DOT)com), or Facebook Messenger **PREFERRED** (Keirin Lazauskas-Ralff).

We can’t wait to see you this weekend!

11:00 AM On-site Sign-in Opens for Entrants
• Entrants drop off their food items and documentation

12:00 PM Anonymous Judging Opens
• Judges will have the opportunity to experience and assess each entry based on only what has been set on the table.
• Entrants and members of the populace are asked to wait until after this period to come and interact with the display.

1:30 PM Anonymous Judging Closes;
Entrant-Judge Meet & Greet Opens;
Competition Viewing Opens to the Populace
• Entrants are invited to return to sit with their entries at this time. Judges can take this opportunity to interact with the entrants one-on-one to clarify or elaborate on anything they may have questions about before completing their scoring.
• The populace is invited to view and sample the remaining portions of each entry, and vote for their favorite to win Populace Choice.

3:30 PM Entrant-Judge Meet & Greet Closes;
Populace Viewing Closes;
All Judging & Feedback Forms are due back to the Sign-In Table for score tallying
• Judges should submit all of their scored feedback forms by this time so they can be tallied.
• Populace Choice tokens will also be counted at this time.

4:00 PM Entry Pick-Up
• All entries, including empty containers, must be removed by this time to facilitate an easy clean-up for Court.

 

10-Man Melee
On Saturday May 19th, 11:00am at AEthelmearc War Practice we will be hosting our Annual 10-man Unbelted Melee Tournament.
Sign-ups starts at 10am, all teams must be signed up, inspected, and ready to go at 10:45am. We have a limited window before the rest of the day’s activities.
Rules are as follows:
– Format will be round-robin, subject to change depending on the number of teams
– Winning team has the best record after the round-robin
– First place tie will result in a one fight sudden death bout (continuation rule 113d)
– Winner gets bragging rights and might get a chance to fight a 10 man chiv team….
– Participants cannot be members of the order of chivalry
– Maximum of 10 fighters on the field for each team
– Alternates are allowed, but no substitutions during a bout
– Fighters cannot be on multiple teams
– No combat archery
– Ok….no siege engines either…..
– Thrown weapons ARE allowed
– All other combat conventions will follow kingdom standards
Contact me if you have any questions.
Start forming your teams today!!!!
So….who wants some?
Maynard 

Heavy Schedule Details

Greetings!

The following is the current schedule for the heavy fighting at this years War Practice.

Friday May 18

MOL/Inspection point open from 5 pm-7pm as needed

6pm -8 pm. Gage Meet n Beat

Saturday May 19

MOL/ Inspection Point 9 am -1 pm or as needed

10-1045am team sign ins for 10 man unbelt tourney

11am 10 Man unbelt tourney

Noon-5 Melee fighting, various scenarios

5:15 pm Finn’s Speed Round Tourney

As in all things Scadian, our fighting schedule is fluid, we will attempt to stay on schedule as best as possible. It is called Scadian Time for a reason, plan accordingly.

(Event Reciept, Auth Cards and Identification required at MOL point)

We as always need assistance on the field from Our field marshals. If you want to help out, contact me privately so I can add you to the list.

If you need anything added or edited, please contact me privately so I can keep our schedule current!

Regards,
Syr Thorgrim
MIC

Siege Inspections
Siege Inspections for AEthelmearc War Practice will be held on the battlefield from 9am – 11am (hard stop time at 11am due to the 10 man unbelt tourney, NO INSPECTION WILL BE STARTED AFTER 10:30AM). Please plan accordingly.
Siege will definitely occur in the bridge battles, and probably in the broken field battles.
Please share with your crews. If you are able to volunteer your time as a marshal, please let me know.
Thank you in advance,
Rosalia

From Mistress Antionette
War Practice will be here soon and we have a few fun things going on for scribes!Scribal Playtime (Saturday 11-3) will focus on completing the painted banners we began at our Retreat in March. Mistress Alicia has a spiffy Luttrell Psalter scroll blank contest happening- same time frame as Scribal Playtime. We have wonderful volunteers to cover the Playtime, but 3 of them have received their Fleur recently and would like to attend their FIRST FLEUR meeting at War Practice. So, we will need a few volunteers for Scribal Playtime beginning around 1:00. If you can pitch hit, send me an IM as soon as you can. Both of our Scribal tents will be up and running, if you have a scribal project you would like to work on, bring it!, we have a tent designated Saturday, all day for just this purpose.
Our Scribal Retreat in March- Wow!, we were busting out at the edges and from our Survey results we know that the Scribes would like to ~rinse and repeat~ in 2019. However, we are going to need to fund raise and Steltonwald has graciously offered us our first big opportunity to do so at War Practice. We will be serving up Breakfast on Saturday 7:30-1:30 and Sunday 7:30-1:30 We have a few people designated to help but we could use a few more volunteers. No cooking required. If scribes are uninterested in fundraising, there may not be a Retreat next year. Please IM me with a day and time ( 1 hour is fine) that you can help out w Breakfast.
Last fun thing, I will be elevated to the Pelican in evening Court at War Practice, no vigil, but we will have a reception in the Scribal tents after court. All scribes are welcome, remember ~Once a scribe, always part of the Tribe.

6 Hour Class Challenge
Back by popular demand- The 6 hour class challenge! For those of you serious about learning, pick up a passport at troll. When they’re gone they’re gone, but we trust your honor to keep track. For those who succeed, be sure to join the audience at Æthelmearc Court to come forward, be recognized and receive your token! Remember it’s 6 hours, not six classes, and don’t miss out on the workshops! Special thank you to Edana the Red for creating both the token & the passport again this year.

Tavern in the Park — A and S for All

 What better way to pass the last of Winter’s Chill than sharing arts in a Tavern?

There will be two competitions and a few different display options: First competition will be Scroll Blanks with Illumination from based on the personas of their Excellencies. Her Excellency’s name is turn of the millennium German but she mostly dresses late 14th c. England (she likes to think from around Ipswich). His Excellency is 14thC Irish, dwelling in England. Basic documentation is requested, max one (1) page. This will be judged in 4 levels: youth (under 18), novice (less than 1 year), intermediate (1-3 years), advanced (3+ years).

The second competition will be about Tavern items. What nonperishable items can you find in a Tavern? Cups, plates, silverware, games, tables, benches, chairs, signs, etc. Documentation is required, min one (1) page. This will be judged Youth and Adult.

Mistress Odriana is sponsoring a Table of Fail. Everyone makes mistakes. What are yours? Bring your projects that took a wrong turn or didn’t quite work out. Show them off and get some help! I myself will be displaying an item or two.

Another display option is in the Artist’s Forum. Display a few pieces of work and from 1-2pm, stay with your work and talk about your work with whoever wants to know. Many times, people want to know about what you do but don’t know who to ask. Help spread your knowledge and love of arts and science to the curious.

The last display option is for pre-Ice Dragon Pentathlon items. You slaved over the winter to ready your slew of items. Trapped by mighty winds and mounds of snow, you may not have talked about or shown your items to anyone. Here is your opportunity for feedback on your work(s) in progress or  completed works. Either leave a notebook for people to write in or stay by your work or both!

You can reach Eilionora inghean an Bhaird at daughterofthebard AT gmail DOT com with any questions about the competitions or displays.

 

Event Info:
http://debatablelands.org/events/2018-02-10%20Tavern%20in%20the%20Park.php

12 Things to Do at 12th Night

Celebrate Twelfth Night with us in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands! All are Welcome on this day to enjoy music and song and dancing, good food, and good friends!

What is a Debatable Lands Twelfth Night like? Here are the top 11 things to do!

1. Bring some food to share. Our event is free, even the food! It’s a potluck. All kinds of food are welcome! (Mmmm, cheese balls)

2. Bring and/or taste some cookies! A perennial favorite, Master Urho runs our favorite cookie competition of the year. Bring some to enter, or just munch on the entries and vote for a populace choice winner!

3. Bring your A&S project to display! The event features the Debatable Lands’ Arts & Sciences Championship and Display. There are no limitations, bring your projects, old or new, finished or in progress, to display. You can even request feedback from our top artisans. And if you’re from the Debatable Lands, enter the competition!

4. Bring some beverages. Wet site. Nuff said.

5. Snowball fight! Jasmine of Clan Tarn has her elves working overtime making stuffed “snowballs” for an epic tourney for young and old alike!

6. Get ready to laugh. The Best Commedia dell’Arte troupe in the Knowne World – I Genesii – will be *cough* performing *cough* …multiple times. Don’t miss the most beloved court of Misrule.

7. Bards welcome – the Debatable Lands Bardic Championship is also taking place. Only Debatable Landers are eligible for the Championship, but all are welcome to perform. The theme is the Old and the New.

8. Speaking of performances, the Barony’s own Debatable Choir will perform at 5pm. Let their dulcet tones wash over your ears and hearts.

9. Stuff and cash, cash and stuff… our Twelfth Night Auction of Forgotten Treasures ™ will delight you with the garb, gear, stuff and do-dads available at this silent auction. Have stuff you don’t need? Bring it to donate! But wait, there’s more! We also have a few fine merchants.. peruse their artwork, chainmail, and more!

10. Courts and vigils and courts, oh my! The event features Mistress Graidhne’s vigil and induction into the Order of the Laurel, as well as many other awards, Kingdom and Baronial.

11. Stay for the dancing! After evening Court, our event always has one of the best dances of the season in the entire Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you!

12. Bring a donation for Paladin’s Pantry! The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank needs food items, blankets, and more. Read more here!

See you there!

Bardic Championship at 12th Night

Our next Baronial Bard will be chosen at the upcoming BMDL 12th Night celebration! Our most excellent Baroness Hildarun suggested a theme of “something old, something new”. This being the Debatable Lands, in which submissions to our annual pie competition can be anything even remotely pie-like, our Bardic competition will follow suit and interpretations upon the theme will be accepted very generously. Possible examples include, but are not limited to:

– a new bard performing a historical piece
– an old, erm, sorry, “experienced” bard performing a newly learned piece
– a new piece written about a historical event/person/situation
– an established performer competing for Baronial bard for the first time, or even for the first time for this Baronage
– a young bard performing a piece older than themselves

Get as creative as you like in interpreting the new/old aspects. The competition is scheduled to be held around 3pm in the Silver Room. Perform one piece that falls somewhere under the “Bardic Arts” umbrella. Song, poetry, story, instrumental pieces, all welcome, but please keep performances to no more than 5 minutes. The judges will be our Baron and Baroness. They like to be entertained, they like to be moved (emotionally only, please) and they can appreciate historical or historically-inspired pieces. The Baronial Bard’s primary duties are to compete in the Seven Pearls competition and organize next year’s competition for their replacement.

To compete, please contact me at silencethebard [at] gmail, or find me the day of the event. I will be wearing the Baronial Bardic Blingy Baldric, which shall be passed to the incoming champion.

In Service and Song,
Silence de Cherbourg, BMDL Bardic Champion (outgoing)

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. 🙂
  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