Iron Comet Schedule

This Saturday June 23 is the fourth Iron Comet Challenge. All are welcome to participate in the Iron Comet Challenge, regardless of where you live. We will also be hosting the Debatable Lands Martial Champion tournaments at Iron Comet, open to residents of the Debatable Lands and gentles who bear a Green Comet.

To be eligible for the Iron Comet Challenge you must participate in 3 of the 4 martial disciplines and submit an A&S entry. Those who wish to participate in all martial forms can drop their lowest score from their total. Youth need to only participate in two martial forms and submit an A&S entry to be eligible for the Youth Iron Comet.

Here is the schedule of the day so that you don’t miss anything.

9:00 AM Site Opens
10:00 AM Fencing Tournament
11:30 Archery Tournament Youth Archery Tournament to happen during adult qualifiers
12:30 Performance A&S also deadline to drop off non performance A&S entries
1:30 Heavy Weapons Tournament
3:00 Thrown Weapons Tournament
4:00 Youth Combat Tournament
6:00 Court

In Service
Jorundr hinn Rotinn

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

Last Reminder: Pennsic Pre-Reg Ends June 16th!

Hello! This is your last reminder:

Pennsic Pre-Registration ends on June 16th, at 11:59pm. You MUST pre-register (paid) to camp with the Debatable Lands!! This is true for many other camps as well.

Here is a super handy link for you!

See also other info in my previous post. Looking forward to seeing you there. 🙂

~Baroness Hilda

Note: for those reading this on the email list, the you must open the blog to click on the links, or use this: https://www.cooperslake.com/prereg/account/index.php.

A and S — Hand Sewing — Sunday, June 17th

June 17th!
Washington Blvd practice site!
1 PM!

This Sunday, Baroness Hildarun Hugelman will help us understand the fine points of hand sewing. How many stitches do you know? Which stitch is best for hems? or for side seams? or for gussets? Why?

Don’t just use the same stitch for all your projects, instead, understand what each stitch’s best use is. Your clothes will last longer, and you’ll have fewer clothing malfunctions!

Location: Washington Boulevard martial practice site
Address: Allegheny River Blvd and Washington Blvd.
Directions: http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/fight_directions.php
Time: 1 PM.

Standard disclaimers here:

We are now accessible to our less mobile friends, have free parking, and a pet-friendly site. Yay!

However, keep in mind that you should bring everything you need for your comfort including a chair, a beverage or snack, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, cabana boy, musical instruments, sun umbrella, etc., etc., etc. Also, the site has a porta-john and no running water should you wish to make appropriate preparation.

I will have a table and a jug of water so that you can refill your water bottles or mugs.

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 there is no materials charge, as we are generously supported by the Barony and the teachers themselves.

It's the Art-Signal! Quick, to the Science-Mobile!
Arts & Sciences Meeting

See you there!

Elss Augsburg

Barony Youth

Just a reminder this Sunday, June 17th at 2pm at Washington Blvd is youth combat practice.

Satutday, June 23rd is Iron Comet. Our Baron and Baroness will be picking their baronial youth combat champion in each division. Would love to see everyone there.

No practice June 24th as this is the day after Iron Comet.

Sunday, July 1st is Christmas in July as well as Fox’s birthday. Practice will start at 1230pm at 14 Quail Run, Allison Park 15101 (site is 15 minutes at most from Washington Blvd up Rt 28 and off Rt 910) Every youth is encouraged to come. We will be having a bridge battle, woods battle, bear pit and snowball fight. We will then break to roast hotdogs for our hotdog bar and have cake and ice cream. Then more fun with Christmas theme games and swimming for the rest of the afternoon. If time permits we will also make Smores after swimming.

Looking forward to a great next 3 weeks. Hope everyone will come.

Jasmine