As the weather forecast has become cool, we will be holding fight practice at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church this week. The Church is located at 8711 Old Perry Highway. Practice will run from 2 til 6 PM, and loaner armor will be available.
After nearly four years serving this fine Barony, it is time for me to step down as your Seneschal. I am officially calling for letters and requesting that letters be sent to me (seneschal at debatablelands.org) and the Baron (baron at debatablelands.org) and Baroness (baroness at debatablelands.org) by 28 December 2019.
The job of Seneschal is rewarding and unexpectedly difficult at times. It is a way to serve the fine populace of the Debatable Lands in a deep, meaningful way. Take time with your decision and ask many questions. There are quite a few former Seneschals in the Barony still participating (Baroness Hilda being one of them) that are your resources for the reality of the everyday job. If you are interested in becoming the Seneschal and want more information about what the job entails, please contact me directly and I will be happy to talk with you about what the needs are and how the Seneschal serves the Barony. There are also online resources such as the Seneschal’s Handbook (http://socsen.scaserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Seneschals-Handbook-January-2018.2.pdf) that you can use to inform yourself before making a decision.
I don’t have the words to truly express what an honor and a privilege it has been to serve the Barony as its Seneschal for the last several years.
My term is officially over in February, however, I want to ensure that there is enough time for people to make informed choices prior to submitting a letter. Again, remember that the deadline for letters is 28 December 2019. Thank you all for your time and for allowing me to be your Seneschal for the last four years.
The Woodworking Guild will be meeting as scheduled at the Panera in Oakland (3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213) at 7pm to discuss our plans for the next workshop day (scheduled for December 8th), the results of recent joinery and sharpening workshops, and plans for the future.
Vivat to THL Gesa von Wellenstein, your newest Baronial Equestrian Champion!
The day dawned bright, clear and cold, as our populace gathered at the estate of THL Gesa and Lord Nohaaj, our esteemed hosts for the activity. Everyone brought tasty comestibles to the delight of all, Baronial and Kingdom livery decked the area, and the comfortable shade and chairs provided for the presence area were greatly appreciated. The riders (Gesa and Beatrix in competition, and Jackie and Jaardin for showmanship) provided an impressive display of skill, and the steeds (Maple, Daisy and Moose) were brave and majestic. The grounds crew were quick on their feet and indispensable. And the gathered crowd (with pop-up bardic!) was mirthful and appreciative.
Though it was a cold day, our hearts were warmed by the display of courtesy, affection, and levity of all who attended. VIVANT!