Youth and Heavy Practice Sunday

Knight Marshal Isenwulf writes:

There will be heavy fight practice on Sunday May 3, beginning at 2 PM at the Washington Boulevard sight, weather pending. Please check the baronial email list and the Facebook page for updates based on site conditions.

Mistress Arianna writes:

I will be running youth fighter practice this Sunday while Mistress Fredeburg is away at Blackstone Raid. Practice is planned for 2:00-5:00 at the Washington Blvd. site and I will have loaner gear. Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/CJ9ntBYHbyo

Two warnings:

1. This Sunday is the annual Pittsburgh Marathon. The fighter practice site is outside the course, but many routes to it from the east and south may be blocked by the Marathon, especially for those coming early for archery and thrown weapons. Your best route in is probably via Rt. 28 to the Highland Park bridge from the north. The race starts at 7am so most of the racers should be done well before fighter practice, but the course may still be open when archery and TW begin. There’s a race map here: http://www.thepittsburghmarathon.com/Files/Admin/2016%20Updated%20Maps/2016-Pittsburgh-Marathon-Course-Map.pdf

2. The forecast is for showers turning to thunderstorms by evening. While light rain won’t deter us (especially since with temps predicted to be in the 70s), the practice site has historically been prone to flooding so heavy rain may cause a cancellation. As Knight Marshal, Sir Isenwulf will make that call. Check this Facebook page and the barony email list for any updates.

Archery Practice on Sunday

Captain of Archers Katheryn Tantzel writes:

This upcoming Sunday, (weather permitting) we shall have archery practice, at Washington Blvd. 11am to 2pm. See you there.

Those planning to attend should be aware that this Sunday is also the Pittsburgh Marathon. The course does not include Washington Boulevard, but it does cross at Penn Avenue and at Frankstown Road. Those approaching from Oakland may have trouble reaching the site at certain times, but those approaching from Allegheny River Boulevard should have less trouble.

Brag Competition at Crown Tourney

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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.

Scribal Guild Update

Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima, head of the Baronial Scribes’ Guild!

First, I would like to thank everyone who attended last Wednesday’s Scriptorium Roundtable. We had several gentles from the Debatable Lands, Sunderoak and Gryffyn’s Keep, and held an excellent discussion of the kinds of things, including specific classes that people would like to see as well as evening organizational formats. We are looking forward to a productive and educational Scriptorium open to one and all.

Second, speaking of Scriptorium: next month’s Scriptorium will be a class on gilding note cards taught by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix. This class will be at a special time and place; for more details, please see the Baronial Scribal Guild page at http://debatablelands.org/activities/scribal.php. Starting in June, we expect to return to our regularly scheduled time and place, 7pm at our
house in the North Hills.

Finally, thank you to everyone in the Barony and surrounding areas who attended yesterday’s Macclesfield Psalter workshop, to Mistress Antoinette for teaching, and of course to Their Majesties for opening up Their lovely home so that students from across the Kingdom could gather to learn calligraphy, illumination and gilding techniques taken from this beautiful 14th c. manuscript.

Scribal activities are alive and well in the Barony, and I look forward to working with everyone who is interested in learning these rich and rewarding arts to help continue making the Æthelmearc College of Scribes the envy of the Known World.

In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai

Heavy and Rapier Fighting Champs May 15th

Hello Debatable Lands!

The time has come to name new Fighting Champions for our Most Excellent Barony. We invite all interested fighters to join the tournaments, at any level, and from any place. However, only Debatable Landers and gentles with Green/Friendship Comets are eligible to become Champion.

We will be having tournaments for both Heavy and Rapier fighting, after the Barony meeting. May 15th, at the Washington Blvd practice site.

Our outgoing Rapier Champion is Dona Fredeburg. The format of the tournament is To Be Determined. We hope fighters of all levels will compete, from new fighters to White Scarves and Masters of Defense.

Our outgoing Heavy Fighting Champion in THL Lothar Hugelmann. As the out going Champ, he’s announced that it’s a regular double elimination tourney with a “span your shield” rule. Barons, Viscounts, Counts, Dukes, Chivalry, Please feel free to enter if you wish to be Champion.

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda

April Althing Now Available!

The Baronial chronicler has produced and released a new issue of The Althing, our Baronial newsletter, and it is now available for download from the Baronial web site.

Visit the Althing page at http://www.debatablelands.org/althing.php and click on the April 2016 link.

Be aware that you will need the user name and password that is displayed on the Althing page to download the printable PDF.

May Scribal Meeting – Gilding with Mistress Antoinette

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Unto the Barony, greetings from Kameshima, head of the Baronial Scribes’ Guild!

First, I would like to thank everyone who attended last Wednesday’s Scriptorium Roundtable. We had several gentles from the Debatable Lands, Sunderoak and Gryffyn’s Keep, and held an excellent discussion of the kinds of things, including specific classes that people would like to see as well as evening organizational formats. We are looking forward to a productive and educational Scriptorium open to one and all.

Second, speaking of Scriptorium: next month’s Scriptorium will be a class on gilding note cards taught by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix. This class will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in the Pake Room in the University Center. The class will begin at 6:30pm and end at 9:30pm If you would like additional information, or have any questions, please contact Mistress Antoinette directly at mistressantoinettedelacroixATgmail.com.

Starting in June, we expect to return to our regularly scheduled time and place, 7pm at our house in the North Hills.

Finally, thank you to everyone in the Barony and surrounding areas who attended yesterday’s Macclesfield Psalter workshop, to Mistress Antoinette for teaching, and of course to Their Majesties for opening up Their lovely home so that students from across the Kingdom could gather to learn calligraphy, illumination and gilding techniques taken from this beautiful 14th c. manuscript.

Scribal activities are alive and well in the Barony, and I look forward to working with everyone who is interested in learning these rich and rewarding arts to help continue making the Æthelmearc College of Scribes the envy of the Known World.

In Honor and Service,

Kameshima Zentarō Umakai

From the Seneschal

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Greetings to the Debatable Lands from Odriana vander Brugghe!

Recently I was confirmed as the new Seneschal of our amazing Barony. Thank you to our hard-working outgoing Seneschal, Master Alaric MacConnal for his years of service. I would also like to thank my incoming Deputy Seneschals, THL Isabel Fleuritan and Lord Pavel Dudoladev, for stepping up to take on that role.

As the new Seneschal, I want to say hello and invite each of you to seek me out either virtually (email is typically the best way to find me, jenn.strobel@gmail.com), by voice (my number is 412.213.8116), or in person and tell me your ideas and thoughts about our Barony. What would you like to see? How are we doing as a Barony? What could we be doing better? I promise that I will listen to you and do what I can to make your ideas happen and address your concerns to the best of my ability. I look forward to hearing from you.

The job of Seneschal is to make sure that the corporate end of the SCA runs efficiently. But, my personal goal is to make sure that everyone has what they need to make their hobby fun. This shared hobby that we have is, at its core, about having fun together and sharing our unique talents with each other. I love the Debatable Lands and want us to continue to be as amazing and enthusiastic as I know we are and to continue be such a vibrant part of our Kingdom.

To introduce myself to those who have not yet gotten to know me: Currently, I am the Clerk of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc. Previously I have served the Barony as its Signet, the Kingdom as Chancellor of the Æcademy, and have had the pleasure of serving the Barony in several other offices and positions over the years. I’m also an active scribe and cook and am presently an MOL in training. I’ve been active (at various levels) in the Barony since 1988.

I love this Barony deeply and am honored to serve each and every one of you.

Odriana, Seneschal

Outdoor practices today

Yought Combat Marshal Fredeburg writes:

Youth combat practice returns to our outdoor site on Washington Blvd April 24th starting at 1 pm. Loaner gear will be available.

Next Saturday there is youth combat at Blackstone Raids. There will be no practice next Sunday due to Blackstone Raids, unless another marshal is available. Practice will resume the following week.

Heavy Combat Marshal Isenwulf writes:

BMDL heavy fight practice will be held Sunday, April 24, at the Washington Boulevard Site beginning at 2 PM. Come on out and prepare for the melee season!