A&S at Archery Muster

Greetings, Debatable Landers!

Recently, we have learned about quite a few new things at A&S, and perhaps, like me, you have a few unfinished things to, well, finish up. How’s that naalbinding going? Finish your St Brigitta’s cap yet? Doing OK with those comets?

Come to the Archery Muster this Sunday, April 9th at the Castle. Bring those unfinished projects with you and we will see about getting them completed! I will have my sewing stuff, embroidery threads, an inkle loom, beads, a couple of books, and other bits and bobs, just in case. Join me in the great room with your projects!

If you need directions, more info, whatever, just ask.

Elss Augsburg
BMDL Minister of A&S

Officer’s Meeting – This Wednesday

The Officer’s Meeting will be held this Wednesday, 5 April 2017 from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at TechShop in East Liberty (192 Bakery Square Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206).

From the Baronial Exchequer:

“The next Officer’s meeting on April 5th is the annual budget meeting. Although only officers on the financial committee can vote, a number of people spend money for the Barony. If you anticipate an expense this year for the Barony, that the Barony should pay for, please submit a request. It should include a description of the item(s) and estimated cost. It would be great if you email it ahead of time to exchequer, because it makes the budget meeting go faster. You should also attend the budget meeting, if possible, if you submit an expense. It is nice to be able to ask questions if we don’t understand the expense. I have copies of last year’s approved budget.”

The Exchequer can be contacted via email at exchequer(at)debatablelands(dot)org.

Along with the budget, we have two event bids and the term of office for Webminister is up and we have only received one letter of intent at this time, but as letters are not due until the meeting itself, we may receive letters at the last moment and will need time to review them prior to discussion and voting. So, we may need every moment of our time, so things will get started promptly at 8p.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday!

~Odriana, Seneschal

First Friday’s at Keirin an Odriana’s

This coming Friday, 7 April 2017 at 6:00 p.m. is First Friday!

What is First Friday? I’m glad that you asked. It’s an opportunity to socialize, for the most part. We have a loose framework of hanging out and enjoying/talking about Medieval food and an unofficial fighter practice. You don’t like to cook, but you like food? Come and eat. You like to watch fighting but don’t like to fight, then you should come to watch fighting.

So, bring a medieval dish to share, print out or write up your recipe and tell us a little bit about what you find interesting about the dish, or what you enjoy about the dish. Tell us a little bit about your experience making it and we’ll eat and hang out. With Ice Dragon being the next day, if you’re traveling in the morning, my oven/stove are open to you. If you want some help with your documentation, bring it.

If you’re unfamiliar with medieval cooking and need some direction, here are a couple of useful links for beginner recipes that you can try:

Godecookery – “A Boke of Good Cookery”

​Medievalcookery – “Medieval Recipes”

With the weather getting nicer, I am considering doing some outdoor cooking (we have a fire pit for just such purposes) and wanted to see if there was any interest from other people. We’d probably do that for June, unless the weather is super dry between now and the end of the month.

If you aren’t much into cooking, but totally into eating, you should come, too.

For those of you who aren’t so much into cooking, but are into Heavy Weapons, there will be some unofficial practicing taking place. Bring your armor and have some fun.

Parking on our property is limited, however, the near side of the parking lot next to our property is available to you for parking. There is no sidewalk, so we recommend dropping your passengers/armor off at the house and then parking next door.

To help us anticipate how many people will be coming, please either RSVP via email (jenn.strobel(at)gmail(dot)com) or by indicating that you are attending at the facebook event.

Keiran MacRae and Odriana vander Brugghe

Meeting Rooms

With the dormancy of the College of Cour d’Or, we are no longer able to get rooms on campus for meetings and gatherings. While this represents a huge change, one that I personally am sad to see, we are not without options.

At this time we are holding meetings in two different places, TechShop in Bakery Square and Victory Pointe on the South Side.

Lady Rufinia Saavedra has graciously agreed to be our contact for the meeting room at TechShop (it’s available to members of TechShop only). She can be contacted at rufinasca(at)gmail(dot)com and as soon as permissions are secured, her information will be available on the website. Because it is a members-only reservation, Rufinia must be present at every meeting held, so there may be some restrictions for when meetings can be held dependent on her schedule. The room is free and there is ample free parking at Bakery Square. Directions to TechShop can be found http://www.victorypointe.com/. This room is also free, but parking may be a bit more challenging as it’s the South Side, but so far no one has reported having too many problems with finding a place to park.

We’re always looking for more locations to hold meetings and gatherings (and events!), if you have a suggestion, please send me email at seneschal(at)debatablelands(dot)org.

Odriana, Seneschal

Fencing Practice Resumes


Fencing practice resumes this Sunday at the PCC starting at 2 PM for our last week indoors.

Starting next week we will be moving to our outdoor location at the Washington Blvd parklet. We will also be resuming our summer start time next week of 1PM.

Loaner gear for both fencing and cut n’thrust is available.


March Barony Meeting – THIS SUNDAY

The comet-emblazoned banner of these debatable Lands.

This Sunday will be our Barony Meeting at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church (PCC) at 2:00 p.m. This is a little later than we normally meet, but due to the Church’s schedule, we need to move our start time. The meeting will start shortly after 2:00 p.m. and afterwards stay and spend some time with us. Bring a project or just yourself. The Seneschal will be bringing a small box of materials to make small favors that will be donated to the Baron and Baroness for the gift basket for Coronation.

The PCC is located at 8711 Old Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (Google Maps Link).

Call for Letters: Webminister

My term as your Webminister expires next month, and while I am willing to continue doing this job, I am also willing to give somebody else a chance. I can even serve as deputy to the new Webminister until they get their feet under them, if necessary. Heh, “web feet”.

The Webminister is responsible for the official Baronial web site and its related functions. The Webminister updates the information on the web site as requested, such as when office holders change or a new event is announced. Knowledge of HTML and basic web design is required. Some functions of the web site are written in PHP, and an understanding of PHP would be helpful. You must have a reliable computer, Internet connection, and email address. Your ZX81, 300 baud modem, and AOL address are probably not sufficient. Most changes to the current site can be made in a text editor and uploaded via FTP, so no special software is required. The web site is hosted by a commercial service provider, so the ability to pay hosting and domain registration fees via credit card is required, though you will be reimbursed by the Barony after you make payment.

The Webminister is also responsible for maintaining the list of email aliases. The hosting service also provides email forwarding so that senders can always send email to a Baronial officer without having to remember who currently holds that office and what that person’s address is. Updating the list of aliases involves logging into the hosting provider’s domain management web interface, so some ability to deal with that kind of thing is required. We always have problems with forwarded email landing in spam folders, so dealing with email problems is a constant task.

The Webminister is also responsible for maintaining and administrating the Baronial Blog. The Debatable Blog uses the WordPress system and all interactions with the site are through a web interface. Some knowledge of WordPress usage and administration would be helpful. If I stay as Webminister, I’m going to pester officers a lot more to post things to the blog.

The job of Webminister is not constant. It mostly consists of small amounts of work on a irregular basis, but occasionally requires a large amount of work in a short time period. Like when you discover the entire web site has been hacked to forward to a bootleg pharmacy site. The editorial policy of the website is available on the site. Some familiarity with the current policy, and an interest in upholding or improving on these traditions would be to your advantage.

The Webminister is not responsible for the Barony’s social media presence, as this is a function of the Seneschal’s office by society policy. Some coordination with the Seneschal or Social Media Deputy may be required, but they tend to be really nice about it.

If you are interested in standing for this position, please submit a letter of intent to the Webminister and Seneschal before the next officers’ meeting, which will be on April 5th, 2017. Candidates should be at the meeting if possible, as the elected officer will be expected at future meetings for the duration of their 2-year term.