Iris Festival Classes – June 10


The Iris Festival is in just over two weeks!

We have a terrific lineup of classes for you. Here are the details about them:

Minister of the Lists Training (Baroness Vika Viborgskaya) – We need you! Fighting can not happen without an MOL at an event. Join Her Excellency to learn how you can help grow our numbers, learn how to check fighters in and learn tournament formats. She will also be reviewing the running of tournaments so if you feel a bit rusty come get a polishing. 1hr

Introduction to Taiko (Mistress Stuirrim and The Honorable Lady Elaine Fairchilde) – Beginning Japanese drum technique. Limit: 10 students per session. 30min, 3 sessions

Domestication of a Wild Horse (The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein) – Her Ladyship Gesa talks through the process of turning a wild horse into a faithful riding companion. 30 min

Mukashi Mukashi (Lord Turlough Feolain) – A small collection of tales from folk traditions of Japan. These are traditional tales, some involving minor gory details and themes of suspense that may not be suitable for more sensitive audidences. 1 hr

Kumihimo on the Marudai (Ishiyama Shonagon) – Learn the basics of Japanese “kumihimo” braiding on the “marudai” round stand. We will go over basics of setup, and several different 8 and 16 strand braids. Younger attendees may need extra assistance. 90 min

Resist-Dyed Furoshiki Make and Take (The Honorable Lady Oribe Tsukime) – Learn how to do the type of stitched resist dyeing called bōshi shibori, and put your new skill to use dyeing a Japanese carrying cloth. If you’re wearing clothes you’re not willing to risk, Her Ladyship will put it in the dye for you. Limit: 15. Materials Cost: $5. 2 hrs

Developing a Japanese Persona (Tatsukawa Gentarou Chisato) – A discussion and aid course on the multitude of persona ideas, available in medieval Japan, for both men and women. 1 hr

Kute-uchi hand-loop braiding basics (Ishiyama Shonagon) – Learn the basics of Japanese hand-help loop-manipulation “kute-uchi” braiding. This period braiding technique uses no equipment. Loops of cord are passed from hand to hand, forming braids. Three basic five-loop braids will be covered. Younger attendees may need extra assistance. 1 hr

Tea and Tanka (The Honorable Lady Oribe Tsukime and Tatsukawa Gentarou Chisato) – An informal hangout: enjoy matcha as we read and write poetry. Materials Cost: $1 for tea (no cost for tanka!). 1 hr

We are so excited for all these topics. See you soon!

Pennsic Prereg time

Salve Accolens!

This is your reminder that the deadline to prereg for Pennsic is June 11th. If you wish to camp in the Baronial Camp at Pennsic you must have completed a paid registration by the deadline in order to get land. If you are mailing in registrations, that ends on May 31st. You can also register for Pennsic at War Practice this weekend. The name of the barony camp is “Debatable Lands.” Check out the link below for deadlines, fees, and link to the online form.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Pennsic, so remember to make contact with your camps, and preregister!


Brandubh et Hilderun

In Levitate et Caritate

New Baronial Thrown Weapons Champion!

Hello Debatable Lands! Salve Accolens!

This past Sunday, we held our annual Thrown Weapons Championship.

Many thanks to our outgoing Champ and TW Marshal, THL Meinolfr. He created a varied and interesting throw, designed to showcase skill in ax, knife and spear. We witnessed all 6 entrants have a great time, and they included both a new thrower and a youth thrower, and new Debatable Landers from legacy Griffins Keep, and Greater Æthelmearc. It was so much fun!

It was a very close tourney, but the winner your new Thrown Weapons Champ: Lord Rhys Dunlop! Lord Rónán Ó Conaill will be standing as second.


Troll Help Needed for Iris Festival – June 10, 2023

Hello neighbors!
The June Iris Festival is coming up, and I need people to help run the troll table. We need two people at the table the whole time; please send me your availability and how long you’re willing to help out (

No experience is necessary; everything you need to do will be explained when you get there. The troll table at the Iris Festival site has an excellent view of the horse arena, so it’s a great way to contribute to the event and watch the equestrian games at the same time. Finally, please forward this announcement to any other people or lists that might be interested!

Thank you, and looking forward to seeing you there!
Laird Forveleth Dunde
Iris Festival head troll

Scarlet Guard Inn VIII June 2, 2023 – June, 4, 2023

Greetings Archers of the Debatablelands,

The Scarlet Guard has issued a challenge to all Shires, Baronies, and Cantons to send their best archer to compete.

To enter an individual must have a signed letter of entry issued by their group’s seneschal declaring you as their representative in the competition.

Details about the challenge are below; In the interest of giving every archer an opportunity to complete for the bragging rights and the letter from your Seneschal; Their Excellencies and I have agreed that the winner of the next Stellar Tournament for Archery shall win the honor to complete.

Shoot True,
Muirgheal, Seneschal Debatable

Scarlet Guard Challenge:

The Scarlet Guard has issued a challenge to all Shires, Baronies, and Cantons to send their best archer to compete. To enter an individual must have a signed letter of entry issued by their group’s seneschal declaring you as their representative in the competition.

They also ask the competitor to add a small item or token to the prize basket for the winner.

In addition to the prize, the victor will walk away with the annual competition banner to display throughout the year.

Each year the winner’s and group’s name will be added to the banner to create a legacy of great archery and ultimate bragging rights (members of the Scarlet Guard are not allowed to enter).

If you have any questions regarding the challenge please e-mail the archery coordinator Juan Miguel Cezar at

Sharing Information with the Debatablelands and The Kingdom

Quick PSA: Social-media hip Æthelmearcians, please remember that many of our friends and fellow Æthelmearcians do not use social media. If you want to reach everyone, shoot your post out via email to To reach your Barony you can email 2 places until we get the forwarder working again; and

Even if you just email them a Non-Facebook link to your group or kingdom website regarding events. They really want to know what’s going on and where to be and they have real world reasons for not using social media, like a job, not wanting it, personal safety or something else that makes it better not to use social media platforms.

Baroness Hilderun pointed out that non-facebook users can see your event page but they can only read what is listed in the “About” section of the page. Keep that in mind when directing people to Facebook for more details! Thanks for the tip, Your Excellency!

In Service,
Muirgheal, Seneschal Debatable

Thrown Weapons Championship

Salve Accolens Debatable Lands!

Sharpen your knives and axes, for this Sunday May 14th we will host the Thrown Weapons Championship for the Barony. THLord Meinolf will host the tournament this Sunday at Thrown Weapons practice. Make sure to arrive early to get practice in before the tournament starts. We look forward to seeing you there!

Remember that our champion earns an invitation to compete in the 7 Pearls Championships in Thescorre after Pennsic this year.


Brandubh et Hilderun

In Levitate et Caritate

Here’s the archery schedule for the rest of May

Hello Debatable Lands!

There are a lot of great opportunities for archery coming up in the next month. Here’s what our schedule looks like for the next few weeks:

  • May 14th – Regular practice at the Washington Blvd. site from 11am – 2pm.
  • May 21st – *PRACTICE CANCELLED* Come to War Practice instead and shoot in the Kingdom Archery Championship on Sat. May 20th!
  • May 28th – The Sky List Tournament! Come shoot in the latest competition in the Stellar Tournament series, the Sky List! This month’s winner will win a little something extra! Details below. (Regular practice will also take place at the site from 11am – 2pm.)
  • Sat. June 3rd – Scarlet Guard Inn! This 8th annual event run by the Shire of Hunter’s Home and the Scarlet Guard is back, and it’s the most archery you’ll ever find at any SCA event all year! You won’t want to miss this one!

And now for the big news: The winner of this month’s Sky List will also be chosen as the Debatable Lands champion, and with a signed letter from our Seneschal, will be able to compete in a special tournament at the Scarlet Guard Inn! Let’s do our best and show the rest of the kingdom what we’re made of!

That’s all the archery we have to look forward to this month. If you need to borrow our loaner gear feel free to reach out to me on Facebook or Discord, or email me at archerymarshal at

Hope to see you all out on the range!

Ronan Ó Conaill

Debatable Lands Captain of Archers

Iris Festival and Equestrian Champs II: Main Schedule

Greetings, beloved populace!

In just a few short weeks, the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands will host our second Iris Festival and Baronial Equestrian Champs!

This year, we are also pleased and proud to host the vigil of our own Honorable Lady Muirgheal inghen Dubhghaill. In addition, we have a packed lineup of amazing activities, classes, and more!

Here is the overall schedule for the day:

9:00 AM – Site Opens
10:30 AM – Morning Court
11:00 AM – Pages’ Tourney: an all-ages mounted game with hobby horses
Class: Minister of the List Training
Class: Beginning Taiko
11:30 AM – Mounted Archery
12:00 PM – Lunch Pickup (pre-orders required)
12:30 PM – Class: Domestication of a Wild Horse
Class: Beginning Taiko
1:00 PM – Baronial Equestrian Championships
Class: Mukashi Mukashi
Class: Kumihimo

1:30 PM – Class: Furoshiki Make and Take
2:00 PM – Field open for Kite Flying
2:30 PM – Class: Beginning Taiko
Class: Developing a Japanese Persona
3:00 PM – Daiku: Japanese Equestrian Games
3:30 PM – Class: Kute-Uchi
Class: Tea and Tanka
4:00 PM – Jousting
5:00 PM – Evening Court
7:00 PM – Site Closes

Additional details on classes, lunch, and other activities will be provided in separate posts.

We look forward to seeing you!

Hara Shonagon, The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein, and Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres