New Social Media Accounts – What to Expect

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As you may have seen in the September Althing, we are adding some Official Social Media accounts. These accounts were created in order to provide Official information and updates from the Officers, Guild Masters, etc. directly from the Althing Blog. This is only possible with Facebook and G+ “Pages”. The current, unofficial, groups are classified as “Groups” and can not be posted to directly using the blog.

These groups were not created to displace these unofficial groups, but entirely as a supplement to them. I was quite disappointed that we were unable to post directly to the unofficial groups as that would be far easier for everyone, but, having a central point of information distribution means that we don’t accidentally forget to post something somewhere and leave people out of the loop. I want to be sure that everyone has lots of time before we fully transition announcements and updates to the Official pages, so, starting on 15 September 2016, official announcements will appear in both the Official and the Unofficial Facebook and G+ groups for a period of two months (ending on 15 November 2016). At the end of each announcement will be the following:

Subscribe to the Official BMDL Facebook Page by going to https://www.facebook.com/BMDLOfficial/

Subscribe to the Official BMDL G+ Page by going to https://plus.google.com/b/113124989304184885338/113124989304184885338/posts?gmbpt=true&hl=en

Follow the Official BMDL Twitter feed by going to https://twitter.com/the_bmdl and using the official hashtag #DebatableLands

This will happen until 15 November 2016 at which point all announcements will only appear on the Official Pages. I have blocked out those dates on the Baronial Calendar with the same information above in the details of the event as an additional point of information. Every effort will be made to ensure that this information is distributed in as many places as possible so that no one is unaware of this change.

For those of you who rely on the BMDL email list for information, that will not be changing. Announcements and official information will continue to be posted on the email list as they have in the past. We do encourage people to subscribe to the Blog via email but are not eliminating the email list at this time.

The Blog is also in search of content. Do you have an article that you’ve been thinking about writing? Are you of a poetic bent and would like to share your talent with the Barony? Are you making something and want to share how you did it with others? Please consider sharing that with the Blog. If you have something that you’d like to share or just an idea that you think would be good to put on the Blog, please send email to either the Webminister, Ishiyama, or the Seneschal, Odriana.

Coronation Gift Basket Donations Needed

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Hello Debatable Lands! Coronation is right around the corner, and as is custom their Excellencies will present the new King and Queen with a gift basket from the amazing artisans of the barony. This is a great opportunity to showcase your work, but also to provide useful items to the new Royalty for use during Their Reign.

If you have something you would like to contribute please let me know, so I can arrange to pick it up.

In Service,
THL Sumayya al Ghaziyya
للفرح منه هو مقدس

For ideas of what Their Highnesses are looking for, please go to their interview at the Aethelmearc Gazette.

Reminder: Fiber Guild Meeting TOMORROW

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Greetings!

This is a reminder that the BMDL fiber guild meeting is next Tuesday, September 13, at 7PM, at Songbird artistry in Lawrenceville, 4316 Penn Avenue, across the street from the Children’s hospital.

The theme is “what I did/saw/liked/bought/was inspired by at Pennsic”. Come talk about what you did last Pennsic, or what you are planning to do next year. Less than fifty weeks left!

There will be snacks and tea.
All are welcome.

See you all there!

Luceta

P.S. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions snack wise.

September Barony Meeting – Guild Hall/Newcomer’s Meeting

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The September Barony Meeting will be held on Sunday, 18 September 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at the Environmental Charter School (829 Milton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218). Martial practices will be moving to the ECS to share the space with us and be able to participate in both the meeting and the Guild Hall.

The September Barony Meeting has traditionally been our Newcomer’s Meeting and this year is no different. This year we will be featuring a Guild Hall to highlight our various Guilds. If you’re a new member, long-time member, or something in between come join us that the Environmental Charter School and learn a little bit more about the kinds of activities available in the Barony.

THL Elss of Augsburg is coordinating the Guild Hall. If you would like additional information about participating in the Guild Hall or have any questions, phone or text Elss at 724-759-3333. If you would like additional information about the Barony Meeting, please contact Meesteres Odriana at seneschal@debatablelands.org.

The Feast at Agincourt

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The Agincourt Feast Menu is now available!

Due to food allergies, I have fully eliminated all nuts and nut milks from the recipes. There are also gluten-free options where indicated. Additional vegetarian options will also be available at the feast.

First Course
Barley Water (as we can’t provide ale and there’s no alcohol allowed on site)
Bread: Locally-made white bread. A gluten-free bread will be available.
Sowpys dory: Minced onions fried in oil with rice milk ladled over trenchers.
Hennys in bruet: Chicken and pork with salt, pepper, and cumin colored with saffron.
Tarlett: A pork tart with saffron, eggs, currants, powder douce, and salt.

Second Course
Berandyles: Chicken simmered in beef broth flavored with ginger, sugar, pomegranate seeds, and cloves.
Sawce madame: A sauce with a chicken broth base flavored with quince, pears, garlic, grapes, galingale, and poudre douce.
Perrey of pesown: White beans with vegetable broth, onions, oil, sugar, salt, and saffron. Similar to hummos.
Blomanger: Rice, cow’s milk , chicken, and saffron.
Tart de Bry: A tart of eggs, cheese, sugar, saffron, salt, and ginger. A gluten-free version of this dish will be available.

Final Course
‘Spiced Ale’: Because of the alcohol-free site, we will be serving spiced apple cider.
Wafers: Thin cookies made in an iron. A gluten-free option will be available.
Honeycomb: Squares of honeycomb.
Honey: Local honey.
Cheese: A fresh-made ricotta-like cheese.

This year’s feast is going to be a little different than in previous years. Please visit the feast page to learn more about what we have planned.

Fiber Guild Meeting Tuesday, Sept 13th

From our Fiber Guild Mistress, Lady Luceta:

Greetings!

This is a reminder that the BMDL fiber guild meeting is next Tuesday, September 13, at 7PM, at Songbird artistry in Lawrenceville, 4316 Penn Avenue, across the street from the Children’s hospital.

The theme is “what I did/saw/liked/bought/was inspired by at Pennsic”. Come talk about what you did last Pennsic, or what you are planning to do next year. Less than fifty weeks left!

There will be snacks and tea.
All are welcome.

See you all there!

Luceta

P.S. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions snack wise.

Officers Meeting Minutes

Starting with the June 2016 Meeting, the minutes for Officer’s Meeting will be made available here on the Blog by the end of the month of that Officer’s Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the Seneschal, Odriana vander Brugghe.

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Meeting Date: 17 August 2016
Minutes Recorded by: Odriana vander Brugghe

Officers in attendance: Brandubh, Hilderun, Odriana, Jorundr, Isenwulf, Elss, Hara, Anna, Ishiyama.

Others in attendance: Elizabeth, Bataar, Kieran, Lijsbet (visiting from Delftwood), Liam

The meeting was opened and the previous meeting’s minutes were approved by the Officers.

Officer Reports:

Baron and Baroness
We hope everyone had a wonderful Pennsic. We certainly did, and many folks from our Most Excellent Barony. We’d specifically like to thank Mistress Arianna for land-o-cratting, Master Emrys (Broom) for acting as our camp Reeve, and Master Antonio and THL Renata as his assistants, who did much of the set up. Also, Lady Rivka, our head retainer, was incredible and there for us, arranging retainers and whatever else we needed, every step of the way, and joining Her Excellency in the ice towel adventures! Also, THL Muirgheal, who helped Rivka significantly. Also Baron William and Mistress Irene, who supported the camp and us in every way. And the folks at their first Pennsic who were ready to jump in wherever they were needed, for Court set-up, retaining, opening ceremonies, feeding us, and more: Lady Katerra, Eleanora, Ronan, and Dorothea. Special shout out to Lady Elizabeth of the Debatable Lands, who help muchly with tear down and stayed to the very end.

Thank you also to Master Liam for putting on a wonderful Baronial Party on Sunday, along with his staff, Baroness Constance, Lady Arthes, Lord Alistair, Lady Katheryn, Lord Yoshi, and I’m sure more I’m forgetting (with apologies).

We’d also like to call out the Kingdom Officers in this Most Excellent Barony who worked hard for the Kingdom and the War. Their Majesties Byron and Ariella (Being Royal at War is no small service), Duke Christopher as Seneschal, Baron Tofi as Exchequer, and Baroness Gwendolyn as Jewel Herald, as well as Master Janos as War Chamberlain, Duchess Tessa as Earl Marshal, and Kameshima-kyo as Silver Buccle Herald. And all of their staff, a good deal of whom were Debatable Landers. Also to Lady Anaya, who served on Land Staff.

We will send more thank yous to the lists – there were so many who contributed so much.

Coming up, please do send us recommendation letters for Comets for Archers to the Wald, Agincourt, and 12th Night, all of which will have Baronial Courts. Additionally, we will be holding our Archery and Youth Archery Champs at Archers to the Wald, and Thrown Weapons and Youth Fighting Champs at Agincourt. We look forward to seeing the prowess of our archers, throwers and youth fighters, for the glory of our Barony!

Also, we hoped everyone is enjoying the Excellent Towels. If you didn’t get one, never fear, we will be making more!

As always, we are available to discuss anything Barony with anyone. We are available in person, by phone, by email, and on social media (Hilda on Facebook, Brandubh on G+)

–Additional – The Baronage wanted to highlight the service of the following gentles at Pennsic: Baroness Soteria with her work with Sylvan Army Support. Baroness Anna was at the inspection point on the Battlefield every day. Lady Adeliz was second in charge of DART (she was DART2).

Seneschal
The July Barony Meeting was very successful. Nearly everything that was offered in the garb exchange was taken and Sylvan Army Support raised $200 in the auction. We had a fantastic turnout and folks seemed to have a good time.

I am sure that Their Excellencies have an extensive list of folks that contributed at Pennsic and who were recognized for their skills, prowess, and service both at the Baronial and Kingdom level. The thing that I was proudest of was seeing folks from the BMDL pretty much everywhere doing basically everything. So very proud of us.

I communicated with Byron & Ariella about the November Harvest Revel Barony Meeting and they said that either Nov. 6th or 13th work. I was going to go with the 13th. To avoid conflict with King’s Crossing’s Birthday B(r)all event, this was agreed to by the officers.

Starting with September, I will be putting out a Seneschal’s letter on the first of the month on the BMDL Blog. The letter for the Althing will be delayed until after the quarterly publication to give them priority in publication months. I encourage everyone to consider doing the same to increase communication with the Barony.

Exchequer
There was an increase in the trailer storage costs at Cooper’s Lake so a new check needed to be written. As the increase was under $75, this was approved by the Seneschal and the Exchequer.

The Baronial Dinner was $100.87 under budget.

The Exchequer’s Quarterly report was submitted on time.

A&S Minister
The A&S Minister intends to have meetings at the Washington Blvd site and then they will move to the indoor site (The Environmental Charter School) when practices move indoors.

Herald
Three courts at Pennsic. Those court reports will go out later this week. The quarterly report is in on time. A call for Letters of Intent will be going out soon as Jorundr’s term is ending and he is seeking a replacement as Persuivant.

Chatelaine
— I’ve spoken to about 8-10 newcomers in the past 2 months and that I’m still considering ideas about newcomer tokens. Also, Ruffina has agreed to be my drop dead deputy. Ronan has agreed to also deputy (not drop dead) and spread the word to the younger people out there.

Webminister
The Quarterly Webminister’s report was submitted on time.

The Webminister is seeking contributions for the Debatable Blog — anything is welcome — anyone can submit an article to the webminister using his email address webminister@debatablelands.org

Earlier on that day it was brought to the Webminister’s attention that Pharmacy ads were appearing in place of the website. The error was only occurring if you clicked a search engine link to get to the website. The website hosting company was contacted and the webminister sought other solutions until he found the source of the problem and corrected it. This still needs to be addressed from a security angle and the webminister is moving forward with that process.

Special mention was given to Ishiyama by the Seneschal for the speed of his response once he was aware of the depth of the problem. His response time from discovery to solution was within about an hour and a half. This kind of quick thinking and action ensured that we maintain 24×7 uptime for the website, which is crucial for the Barony.

Other Business
Event Bids
Event Bids for Iron Comet Challenge 2017 and Kingdom Twelfthnight 2017. Both bids were approved by the Officers and the Kingdom bid was submitted to the Kingdom after the meeting.

Revision to August Schedule
As the August Officer’s meeting always falls during Pennsic, the Officers agreed to move the August Officers Meeting to the first Wednesday after Pennsic from this point forward.

Baronial Policy Revisions
Proposed changes to Baronial Policy were distributed via email for discussion. Thank you to Pavel and Ceindrich for helping with the review.

20th Anniversary event + Fall Crown in 2017
An event bid is in the works in BMDL. Speaking with Herontir about co-hosting with them. Looking for input and co-conspirators. Want someone from every region on my staff. Financials will be running through the BMDL.

The meeting was adjourned.

Pewterer’s Guild

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Announcing the formation of the area’s first Pewter’s Guild. Lady Edana the Red will be opening her home to promoted the art of pewter casting. Her workshop, which sits in the rolling hills of West Deer, will be made available on Saturdays beginning September 10th. Times will be determined by those who wish to attend that day. Please contact her via Facebook (Brie Montgomery) to schedule a time. Times will be announced on Facebook.

Period techniques will be demonstrated from design, carving in soapstone and final creation. Other techniques use for casting a variety of metals will be explored as demand and visiting instructors allow. Create a personal token, badge or come with ideas. Costs vary greatly depending on each individual project and can be discussed. The workshop has everything required, but you are welcome to bring your own materials.

This is an adult work area due to the risk factors involves such as sharp tools, open flames and 500 degree or higher metals. Dress appropriately. Hair tied back, eye protection, no loose/synthetic clothing. arms, legs and feet covered.

Baronial Happenings at Pennsic, and More!

Hello Debatable Lands! Here’s a list of Baronial happenings at Pennsic that you may be interested in attending!

Saturday, August 6th, 5:15 pm muster at AE Royal (updated!). Opening Ceremonies is at 6pm in the Great Hall (new Barn). Come support the Kingdom and Barony! Bring your towel!

Sunday, August 7th, 5-8 pm. Debatable Lands Baronial Party and Court. Potluck, bring some food thing and your towel! Kingdom and Baronial Court is round about 7pm. More info HERE.

Sunday, August 7th, 8:30pm, Memorial for Countess Aiden, AE Royal

Sunday, August 7th, from 9am to 5pm. Gate Guards needed! The BMDL is responsible for providing gate guards all day for AE Royal. It’s a lot of fun, please sign up with Baroness Hilda. (We only have one volunteer so far… help? Email baroness@debatablelands.org)

Sunday Vigils: Vigil for Clewin Kupferhelbelinc for Defense Sunday, August 7th, during the day (evening?) Vigil for Irene von Schmetterling starts at 8:30 pm Sunday in the Debatable Lands Camp, N10.

Monday, August 8th, 7:30 pm, Debatable Choir Concert in the Performing Arts Pavilion

Monday, August 8th, 9 pm, I Genesii Performance in the Performing Arts Pavilion

Tuesday, August 9th, 6pm, Aethelmearc Kingdom Court, Great Hall (new Barn). Baronial retainers, guards, and champs to muster tentatively at AE Royal around 5:30? Exact details forthcoming, but I think that’s close to right.

Thursday, August 11th. The BMDL has been asked to provide retainers and guards for Their Majesties. Please contact Alaric or Elss to sign up. alaric@pobox.com or elss.of.augsburg@gmail.com

Friday, August 12th, morning, AE Royal tear down. We are asking Debatable Landers with free time then in particular to help with this. Royal often has enough hands for set up, but not tear down.

Friday, Field Battles! Battlefield. 10am Heavy, 1pm Rapier Bring your towels!

Baronial retainers will be needed for a lot of these things. If you can help us out, please contact our Head Retainer, Lady Rivka, at thistroper@gmail.com.

 

And here’s a list of some Kingdom Happenings:

Sunday, July 31st, 10am-4pm, AE Royal Set up

Saturday, August 6th, 7pm-9pm, AEthelmearc Teen and Tween Party at AE Royal

Monday, August 8th, 6-8pm, Children and Families Party, AE Royal

Monday, August 8th, 8-11pm, Aethelmearc Party, AE Royal

Tuesday, August 9th, 6pm, Aethelmearc Kingdom Court, Great Hall (new Barn)

Their Highnesses also require retaining help, and you can sign up with Baroness Rowena at sodtigger@gmail.com

SASS, the Sylvan Army Support Service, can use help watering and electrolyting our heavy and rapier armies. To sign up, and for more details, contact Baroness Soteria here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/509759052553357/

 

Other Awesome Things we’d love to see Baronial folks at:

Saturday, August 6th, 10am-5pm, St Sebastian Archery Shoot

Sunday, August 7th, 1pm, AS 17, Newcomers Social

Sun-Fri, War week, Populace Archery shoot

Mon-Wed, War week. Volunteer War Point. Log your hours!!!

Thursday, August 11th, 9am to 3pm, A&S War Point. Great Hall

Details of the A&S, Volunteer, and all the Martial War Points can be found here: http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn45/DEPTS/MARTIAL/warpoints.pdf

CLASSES! Go to them! Share what you’ve learned after Pennsic.

Class schedules, as well as the overall schedule, and schedules for the war points, performing arts, artisans row, and more, can be found here: http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn45/schedules.html

Whew! Can’t wait to see you there!

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baroness Hilda

Letter from the Seneschal

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It’s Pennsic time again and for those of us that are going, it’s a time of high activity – sewing, making things, planning parties, scheduling Pennsic class schedules, and looking forward to seeing friends that we see only once a year. For those of you who are not able to attend, know that we will miss you terribly and look forward to when we can share Pennsic with you.

Since my last letter, we have welcomed some new officers to the Barony; Baroness Anna Eisenkopf is our new Mistress of the Lists, Lady Elizabeth Parker is taking on the role of Chatelaine, and THL Elss of Augsburg is our new A&S Minister. To ​Baroness Elizabeth Arrowsmith​, Lady Edana the Red, and Master Meszaros Janos our outgoing officers; we thank you all for your service to our Barony. Vivat!

It was nice to see so many people join us for our Barony Meeting this past Sunday – there was nearly nothing left at the garb swap, the SASS auction raised $200, and folks who are new to Pennsic had the opportunity to learn more about what they were about to experience. Many thanks to Maighstir Liam and Baroness Constance for coordinating the garb swap, to Baroness Aemelia Soteria for holding the SASS auction, and to Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill for holding the Pennsic Newcomer’s Q&A session. Your contributions are very much appreciated.

Also since my last letter, the Barony has seen the creation of a new Guild and will be offering Equestrian activities within the Barony. The Pewterer’s Guild is lead by Lady Edana the Red and is available on a by-appointment basis on Saturday evenings. Contact Lady Edana the Red via email at edana42@hotmail.com to arrange a time. Equestrian practices are being lead by Lady Gesa Wallenstein and the schedule for those practices, along with Gesa’s contact informaiton, will be made available after Pennsic.

At Pennsic we will be holding our annual Baronial Dinner in Aethelmearc Royal Encampment on 7 August from 5p to 8p. There will be Baronial Court with some rumored Very Special Guests. Maighstir Liam is coordinating food for the light dinner. The Barony (through Liam) will be providing two protein entrees, plus water and lemonade. He is asking people to bring side dishes, desserts, and “other” beverages (the SCA doesn’t serve alcohol, but *you* can!) If you can contribute, please let Maighstir Liam know by adding your name and donation to the list.

On a more somber note, for those who knew and loved her, there will be a memorial for Countess Aidan just after the Baronial Dinner, starting at 8:30 in AEthelmearc Royal.

I wish everyone luck with finishing your Pennsic projects in time for Pennsic and, again, for those of you who are unable to go, we will be thinking of you and missing your presence.

With warmest regards,

​Odriana​, Seneschal