Fiber Guild Meeting



Our October meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 18, at Songbird Artistry, 4316 Penn avenue in Lawrenceville at 7 PM. Her Excellency Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr (Sunshine MacIntyre) will teach us the basics of nalbinding (or single needle knitting, a technique predating knitting and crochet by centuries) See you all there! (for those of you who do not know what naalbinding is, check out this nifty Wikipedia article.


Upcoming Fencing Practices


This Sunday fencing practice will continue at its regular time of 1PM. At 2 Don Corwin will be leading some drills, so if you are interested come and warm up so you are ready for those.

There is plenty of loaner gear available should anyone wish to give fencing a try, all you need it long pants and socks that overlap at the ankle, and males will need an athletic cup and we have all the rest you need, so give it a try and stab people in the face.

Next weekend regular fencing practice will be cancelled, as we will be invading Ballachlagan that week. Their site address is Warwood Middle School 150 VIKING DR Wheeling, WV 26003, for most of the city it is between an hour and an hour and a half away, and should be great fun.

The following weekend practice will also be cancelled due to Agincourt being held that weekend, so come out Saturday and fight in the Queen’s Rapier Championship and a Academy of Defense Scholar’s tournament.

We will return to normal on Sunday November 6.


Seeking Letters of Intent for Comet Pursuivant


My term of office as Comet Pursuivant, or Baronial Herald, is coming to an end at the December Officers’ Meeting, and I am not planning to attempt a third term. Interested parties should submit their letter of intent along with any relevant SCA experience to myself at herald [at] and Odrianna at seneshal [at] by that meeting.

The duties of the Office of the Herald include but are not limited to:

1) Coordinating with Their Excellencies regarding Their 5-8 courts a year (Comet does not need to run them all, coordinating deputies is perfectly viable)

2) Being the point person for heraldic submissions (again Comet need not actually do the submissions you can instead direct inquires to our local heralds who are skilled in and enjoy armorial and name heraldry)

3)Running the official portion of the 6 barony meetings that we have each year.

4) Being the second ranking officer of the barony and part of the financial committee

5)Coordinating efforts towards heraldic education and preparing your successor

6) Maintaining the Baronial OP (this also does not need to be personally done by Comet, a deputy could be placed in charge of this, and will require coordination with the Webminister to continue doing it)


If you have any questions or want more information about any of these things regardless of whether you want to pursue being the next Comet feel free to contact me, we can always use more heralds at any level of experience.


In Service,


Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn

Comet Pursuivant

Calling All Archers! Champs This Saturday!

Hello Archers of the Debatable Lands, from Baron Brandubh and Baroness Hilda!

This Saturday is Archers to the Wald, in our Canton of Steltonwald. In addition to hosting the Kingdom Archery and Thrown Weapons Championships, it was also host the Debatable Lands Archery Championship and the Debatable Lands Youth Archery Championship!

We’d like to invite all archers to come and participate!

Master Urho, our outgoing Archery Champion, has a short and fun shoot planned for 11 am. All may participate, but only Debatable Landers are eligible to be Champion. (There will be other ranges open, too – it’s Archers to the Wald!) We ask that the new Champion be available on September 9th, 2017, to shoot for the 7 Pearls Championship against the other Baronies’ champs.

Baron Brandubh will be running the Youth Archery Championship at 1pm. This championship is open to youths 16 and under from the Debatable Lands and surrounding groups as well, as there are less opportunities for our region’s youth to participate in champs shoots.

We can’t wait to see you at the Baronial Champs shoots! And let’s show the Kingdom what our archers and throwers can do, too!

Fencing Practice Today

Today at fencing practice Lord Alessandro will be running some drills from the Destreza tradition of Spanish fencing starting at 2.

Practice will start as usual at 1, so come out and get some warm ups in and then hang out for the drills.

We will be runnning a bear pit to end practice this time around as a new idea so that we can really go out for all we have, so sometime around 4 or 4:30 that will start and run until everyone is too tired to continue.


A&S In the Park


BMDL A&S in the Park — Sunday, Sept 25

Greetings to the Debatable Lands!

There will be no set topic this weekend at A&S at Washington Blvd, as both I and my Deputy Kameshima will be out of town.

However, you can still bring a chair and a project and be in the shade and hang out.

I look forward to being back there next weekend.

Also, thank you very much to all those who came out to the Guild Hall and Barony Meeting last weekend. There were people there to talk about calligraphy, Japanese cord braiding and woodworking, armor making, pewter casting, fiber arts (knitting, weaving, dyeing), garb and clothing-pattern making, and other random topics of interest.

If any of these topics are still of interest, please let me know and I will get someone to come by on a Sunday and talk in more detail.

Thanks to all who attended!

Elss Augsburg

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From the Kingdom Seneschal — Curia


Unto the Kingdom of Aethelmearc, Greetings from Duke Christopher, Senechal.

Just a brief reminder that the Curia of Marcus and Margerite will take
place on Sunday, September 25th, 2016. This will take place at the same
site as Cornation, namely the Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center located at
5013 Route 430 in Bemus Point, NY 14712. Curia will start at 10 AM. The
exact site will be announced during Court.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Service,


If you’re curious about what Curia is, please head over to the Aethelmearc Gazette’s Curious about Curia article.

From the Kingdom Seneschal — SCA Insurance


Good Gentles:

Below is an official announcement from the Society Seneschal regarding the SCA Insurance. Event autocrats and local seneschals should be familiar with this and the limitations outlined in this message.

If you have any questions please drop me a line.


Duke Christopher
Seneschal, Aethelmearc


Greetings to all Kingdom Seneschals,

Questions about the SCA’s insurance coverage have come up over the past year and I would like to clarify matters.

1. An officially sanctioned event conveys “coverage” of officers and the Society against litigation and does not provide medical insurance to attendees. (A participant was recently injured at an event and while the individual had sufficient health insurance, someone had a question regarding our insurance and if it applied to our participants. The answer is no, our insurance does not cover injuries sustained during SCA activities at SCA events.)

2. Our insurance does not cover stolen property. This is especially true if we rent something with wheels, like a golf cart; it is incumbent upon the group renting the item (vehicle, trailer et al.) to obtain insurance for the item with wheels from the company that rents the item. (We recently had golf carts stolen from an event and the group was out of pocket for the golf cart.)

3. The SCA’s insurance does not cover the intentional damage to event sites inflicted by our participants. (Within the last year or so, someone came upon a locked gate at an event and then drove through the gate; this intentional tort is not covered by our insurance and the group was forced to compensate the site owner.)

Our insurance over the past ten years has become increasingly more expensive and there is no way for our organization to cover the insuring our participants, rented property or intentional damage to a site.

Please pass this down to your local group seneschals.

Best regards,

A.J. Pongratz
Vice President of Operations, SCA Inc.
Society Seneschal

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September Letter from the Seneschal


The September letter is delayed to allow the Althing to publish the letter first. This will happen every month that coincides with the publication of the Althing. Otherwise, look for the letter from the Senschal during the first week of the month.

Greetings to the Most Excellent Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands!

Pennsic has come and gone and the one thing that stayed strongest with me is seeing how many Barony people were not only enjoying the event but how many people donated their time to making Pennsic happen. Everywhere I looked there was someone from Our Barony making it possible for everyone to enjoy themselves. I extend my thanks and appreciation for your taking some time out of your vacation so that others may enjoy theirs.

If you weren’t able to volunteer this year, there are still so many opportunities for you to share what you learned at Pennsic now that it’s over.

If you attended a class at Pennsic, please consider sharing what you learned at one of the weekly A&S classes being held by our A&S Minister, Elss. She will be hosting a variety of classes at the Washington Blvd practice site on Sundays and is looking for teachers. If you would like to teach a class, please contact her via email at If you’ve never taught a class before and would like to share what you’ve learned, Elss or I can guide you to some resources to help you do that.

If you aren’t comfortable teaching a class, consider submitting an article to either the Althing or the Debatable Blog. The Chronicler and Webminister are always looking for articles and can be reached at and The Althing is published quarterly and the Debatable Blog publishes on an as-needed basis, so you can work on your schedule and still be able to share your knowledge with the Barony. Articles are not restricted to the Arts and Sciences, if you have a martial bent, an article about how to get started in Heavy Weapons, Fencing, Thrown Weapons, Equestrian, Youth Fighting, and Archery would be very welcome, particularly by our new participants who may be curious about what the Arts Martial are all about. If you would like to share new techniques or information about your Martial Art, please share those as well.

That’s not all – on the 28th through the 30th of October, we have our yearly Agincourt event. It will be at Camp Bucoco and there will be a little something for everyone. Head over to the event page for details.

We are also very proud to unveil two new social media accounts for Official information from the Barony – An Official BMDL Facebook page and a BMDL Twitter feed. The facebook feed augments the already very active unofficial group and will be regularly updated with posts from the Debatable Blog, official news, and event announcements. There is no reason to unsubscribe from the unofficial group and it will continue to be a place for conversation and information. The Twitter feed will feature the same information and is provided for those who are on one platform but not the other.

To subscribe to the Official BMDL Social Media Accounts —

The Official BMDL Facebook Page

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The Official BMDL Twitter The official hashtag is #DebatableLands

If you prefer to get this Official information via email, you can subscribe to the blog via email, just look for “Subscribe to the Blog via Email” on the right-hand side of the blog page. The Barony’s email list will continue to exist as there are still so many people that get their information that way. This is just another way to access information about things happening in and around the Barony.

There is so much going on and we are providing as many ways as possible to share this information in a way that people can access easily. We don’t want you to miss anything!

As always, if you have any ideas about how to improve anything in the Barony or have concerns, I am available via email ( or in person at events and meetings.

In Service to the Barony,

Odriana, Seneschal