A&S in October

There are a wealth of opportunities to explore A&S this month with folks from the barony! See below for announcements and teasers of fun things to come:

Sewing circle: Thursday October 3rd at 1105 Shady Ave starting at 7:30. There will be scroll case construction, but feel free to bring other things, if you don’t want to work on scroll cases. Donations of medium sized material scraps or precut cardboard are appreciated; we already have a nice supply to start. If you wish to donate items for scroll cases, but don’t plan to attend, please email sewing at debatablelands dot org to arrange to hand-off.

Scribal opportunities in Bellevue: Mistress Graidhne continues to host scribal gatherings on Wednesdays weekly from 6-9pm. Address is available in the Dark Pages. There is talk of a special meeting at the Cathedral of Learning on Thursday, October 10th!

Brewing Guild: Please note that the October Brewers Guild meeting is being moved from Wednesday, October 9th to *Saturday* October 12th! We will be having a marathon session of wine racking and/or bottling at not one but *two* houses! Jorundr & Muirgheal and Alaric & Elsbeth will be hosting throughout the day. Details to come. Hope to see you there!

Artisans Play Time at Agincourt: October 19th at the Monroeville-Pitcairn Sportsmen’s Club, 505 Mosside Blvd, North Versailles, PA, 15137. The site will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. Come and display your art, discuss your art, bring your current projects to work on! We’ll do our best to have good lighting and outlets available.

Fiber Guild: Two fun adventures this month! Explore Russian Distaff Spinning at the regular meeting of the fiber guild, tentative date of October 15th. Then, later in the month, the fiber guild takes a trip to the Carnegie Museum of Art! Tentative date: October 20th. Keep watching for more info!

Woodworking Guild: October 24th: Planning Meeting: These meetings are weeknight evening meetings, for the purpose of deciding what we want to work on next and when we’re going to do it. 7pm to 8:30pm at the Panera in Oakland. October 27th: Workshop Days: These meetings are on weekend days, for the purpose of making things. Sunday, from 10am to 2pm, in Ishiyama’s shop (1105 Shady Avenue, 15232).

Social event shared to the group hosted by Gardner of Elygh and THLady Bugga Bilibit: October 26th: Pittsburgh Pennsic Pile Pick-up Practice and Potluck Picnic. Hurdy Gurdy, recorder, shawms, sackbuts and crumhorns? Bring an instrument, we’ll read through the Pennsic Pile in an ad hoc manner. There will be a couple copies of the music available but bring your own if you have it.

Scribal East: October 31st meeting will be held at the home of Lady Ceindrech and Lady Libby in Monroeville, starting at 7:00 pm. Their address is available in the Dark Pages. Disclaimer: The ghouls and goblins may spook the scribes! If the date changes, there will be another post!

AEthelmearc AEcademy: November 2nd. This is a great opportunity to travel and learn so many new things from around the Kingdom! More info at AEcademy.net

A&S Activity Round-up!

July is BOOMING with great opportunities for A&S fun. Here’s a round-up of some of the great plans that have been advertised:

Brewers Guild: July Brewers Guild meeting will take place tomorrow, July 10, at Alaric and Elsbeth’s house in the South Hills, starting at 7. We will be making sekanjabin for Pennsic using ingredients from their garden! RSVP appreciated

Woodworking Guild: Join us on Sunday, July 14th for the last Woodworking Guild Shop Day before Pennsic, in Ishiyama’s shop in Point Breeze, from 10am to 2pm.

Archers: This Thursday, July 11th, we will be having baronial archery practice AND an arrow making class at Lord Kumas’ house in Allison Park. Bring any arrow making supplies and a chair with you. Time: 6:30pm

Fiber Guild: This month the BMDL Fiber Guild is going on a field trip! On Friday July 12 at 7 pm we’re going to meet at the the Frick museum in Pittsburgh (not the NYC one) to look at and geek about their four early sixteenth century French and Flemish tapestries, and then look at some medieval paintings and artifacts in their collection. RSVP appreciated.

What else is going on? Any last minute pre-Pennsic workshops or fun activities? Send me a note and I’d be happy to distribute the info far and wide!


Largess Competition @ Bog 3 Day

Forwarded information concerning largess for Pennsic:

Greetings to all artisans of the sylvan lands of Æthelmearc. We will be holding a largess competition at Bog 3 day on Saturday 13th of July. This competition is focused on the Royal gift exchange at Pennsic. Our kingdom will be exchanging with the East and we need items for our basket. The items should be geared towards personal items for Their Majesties East Ozurr and Fortune. Their page for reference can be found here: https://of.eastkingdom.org/ 

Even if your item(s) are not personal, please consider them for the competition and the basket since I know there is little time to prepare. Let’s all show the East the true glory of our fabolous artisans and that Æthelmearc truly is a force to be reckoned with.

In service to the dream,

THL Phelippe “Pippi” Ulfsdotter

Kingdom-wide A&S Challenge!

Greetings to the Populace artisans of AEthelmearc from THL Eleanore Godwin, Kingdom Deputy A&S Minister.

Announcing a new A&S challenge for the artisans of the Kingdom: A one year long Event Token Competition, running from Spring AEcademy 2019 to Spring AEcademy 2020!

How many event tokens have you kept over the years because they are great memories, or just beautiful? Well, we want groups to up their game and put some thought into their event tokens!

So, how does one participate you ask? Volunteer to make your group’s tokens for an event they put on!

First; every group can have at least one entry, and as many as three!

Second; groups have from June 15th 2019 Spring AEcademy to Spring (June date to be announced) AEcademy 2020 to make tokens for their events and present their entries for the competition at Spring AEcademy 2020.

Divisions are :1. Kingdom Event tokens, and 2. All Other Events tokens. The reason for this is that the Kingdom events often have a higher budget for tokens, whereas non-kingdom events do not

Categories are: A. Period tokens, B. Useful tokens, and C. Creative tokens.
Each group may have 1 entry in each category, for a max of three total entries. One token, one category. So, if your group hosted a Kingdom event, the token from that event would be put in the Kingdom Event token Division, in one of the three Categories, Period, Useful, or Creative. If your group hosted a regular event, that token can be entered in one of the 2. All
Other Events tokens Divisions Categories, A,B, or C. If your group held 3 regular events in the time frame, your group gets to enter 3 different tokens in 3 different categories! If your group held one Kingdom event, that token gets to be entered into the Kingdom Division in one of the three Categories. Say your group also held two regular event; those two tokens would be entered in the All Other Events token Division in two of the three categories for a total of 3 entries!

I think this will be an exciting year for the artisans of AEthelmearc, and I look forward to seeing all the entries at Spring AEcademy next Spring!

What do you want to learn or teach?

Greetings from the A&S Minister’s office! We set up a display of sorts at the archery muster yesterday and had some smashing success with newcomers! What you can’t see in this picture is a table full of sign up sheets for each of these items. Those sign up sheets have 2 columns: “I want to learn more!” and “I can teach this!” So, what about you? Is there something that you want to learn more about or something that you can teach? Send me your SCA name and email address at ansminister @ debatablelands .org (remove spaces!) Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list of A&S in the barony, but is just a sampling. If you don’t see it on this list but want to learn it or teach it, send me that too!

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.

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:
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.


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.

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:

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

A and S — NEW Location! – November 4th


WHY?___The weather continues to limit our activities at Washington Boulevard, and the coming winter means we need an indoor space.

WHERE?___It is very exciting to be meeting at Protohaven! We will be able to do so many more things! This is a maker space at 214 N Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221. It is a couple of miles from the martial practice field, very near Wilkensburg. See the website below for a link to directions.

WHEN?___Starting November 4th, we will meet there every first Sunday of the month from 1pm to 3pm. We may need to reschedule because of the weather or holidays, but there will be at least one A&S meeting every month, and possibly more.

WHAT?___Protohaven has lots of cool equipment, such as sewing machines, laser cutters, a wood shop, and tons of other things to play with. There is plenty of parking in the lot and on the street, and is accessible to all.

Possible projects include making keepsake boxes, armor stands, banner-painting, and making a frame to paint your banner on. Let’s hear your ideas!

WHO?___As always, everyone is welcome. Service animals are always welcome.

DISCLAIMER___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.

See http://debatablelands.org/arts-and-sciences/ for directions.

In service to the dream,

THL Elss of Augsburg
BMDL Minister of Arts and Sciences

As always, if you need to contact me, text 724.759.3333 or email me at ansminister@debatablelands.org