“But how do I know about…”

But How Do I Know About……………

…… is usually one of the first questions a new person asks! There are so many things to learn and discover that it is difficult to figure it all out. If you like to do research by reading, then I have a rabbit hole for you to dive down: http://www.florilegium.org/.

This is an amazingly HUGE collection of articles and discussion threads, organized by topic. It won’t answer your every question, but it will give you some guidelines, some further directions, some things to think about. Check out the Newcomers link on the left, or just go to your topic directly.

Newcomers:
Wondering what to wear? Try “Generic Clothes – Tunic, Skirt, Shirt, and Pants” by Caitlin nic Raighne, or maybe “Easy T-Tunics” by THL George Anne.

Going to an event and want to look like you know what you are doing? Read “Event Etiquette” by Master Donal Mac Ruiseart.

Court? What’s court? Here’s an interesting read from people in other kingdoms. Nothing specifically AEthelmearcian, but it’s pretty close to what we do: “Comments about SCA Courts for newcomers.”

My first event was Agincourt, and I was so new that I didn’t know you had to bring your own table setting if you were going to eat in the evening. Feasts in this area are delicious, filling, generous, and usually have something for everyone. Before going, I certainly wish I had read this: “Orts It All About, Alfred? – (Attending your first year or two of SCA Feasts)” by Lady Caterina della Pieri.

So you have been around for a bit and want to start diving in to your favorite topic. How about…..

Beverages — wine, mead, coffee, beer, ale, cordials, ciders, caudles, possets, sekanjabin, water, tea, chocolate, and by our good friend, “Did you know you can malt acorns? Part 1” by THL Madoc Arundel.

There are thirteen (yes, 13) topics on Food of various kinds, 14 topics if you count Feasts.

Interested in Plants, Herbs, and Spices? There are articles from ambergris to woad.

These articles are written by all sorts of people, and some are new and some are old. But those I have read have stood the test of time and are still valuable today (except the Humor topic. Just don’t. Well, you’ve been warned.).

Enjoy!
Elss Augsburg

A and S — Viking Whipcord — March 29

Thursday March 29th is once again A&S time!

Welcome to THLady Rufina Saavedra who will come to teach Viking whipcord braiding. Yep, we are making string *again*!

You *need* to learn how to make your own dress lacing, pouch ties, neckline closings, package ties, medallion and necklace strings. This is an very easy way to up your garb game to another level.

I don’t care much for Pinterest, but there are some nice photos here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/176484879119330457/

Standard disclaimers here:

Location: Victory Pointe Gaming Lounge (and ice-cream parlor), upstairs in the game room
Address: 1113 Carson Street on the South Side
Time: 7 PM. Come early if you wish, people start arriving about 6:45.

Upstairs is not handicap accessible, so if you need assistance or have questions, please call or text me at 724-759-3333.

Park safely — feed the meter to avoid tickets. Try across the street in the bank parking lot.

See you there!  Elss Augsburg

It's the Art-Signal! Quick, to the Science-Mobile!
Arts & Sciences Meeting

Youth Practice April 1st

Reminder there will be no youth combat practice on April 1st. Youth fighting practice will be on April 8th. We will let you know if we are at Washington Blvd or the church. Youth are invited to Bacon, Beer, Bash on April 7th, where there will be youth fighting and a tournament for prizes after morning court. Loaner gear will be on site. Also a chance to eat a lot of bacon 😁

Fight Practice March 25

Hello,
There will be fight practice on March 25, from 2 till 6 PM, at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church. Loaner armor will be available.
Duke Timothy has said he plans to join us this week. So if you want to cross swords with him, here is your chance.
I hope to see a lot of you there.
Robert

A and S — Fingerloop – March 22

Tomorrow, Thursday March 22nd, is once again A&S time!

Welcome to Lady Cynewyn Æthelweardesdohter who will visit us to teach fingerloop braiding. You *need* to learn how to make your own dress lacings, pouch ties, neckline closings, package ties, medallion and necklace strings. This is an very easy way to up your garb game to another level.

Check out this fabulous site http://fingerloop.org/ — it is an online version of an excellent but out-of-print SCA publication!

NOTE: yes, the weather is bad today. If the weather is bad tomorrow, please be safe. If necessary, we can reschedule.

Standard disclaimers here:

Location: Victory Pointe Gaming Lounge (and ice-cream parlor), upstairs in the game room
Address: 1113 Carson Street on the South Side
Time: 7 PM. Come early if you wish, people start arriving about 6:45.

Upstairs is not handicap accessible, so if you need assistance or have questions, please call or text me at 724-759-3333.

Park safely — feed the meter to avoid tickets. Try across the street in the bank parking lot.

It's the Art-Signal! Quick, to the Science-Mobile!
Arts & Sciences Meeting

See you there! Elss Augsburg

How Do I Get There From Here?

In the near future, there are two events that will be held at different locations — this weekend’s Barony Meeting will be at fighter practice (See http://www.debatablelands.org/martial/), and the Enhanced Archery Practice on April 22nd will be held at the Castle.

There is a good chance that if you don’t have a car, these will be difficult to get to. However, many fighters, fencers, archers, and other folks will be coming from all around the area to attend these meetings. So why not catch a ride?

If you are on Facebook, then you can subscribe to the BMDL Ride Board at https://www.facebook.com/groups/138059386320162/ and post there to see if anyone near you will be able to give you a ride. Of course, you can always post to the Unofficial Populace Discussion Page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/DebatableLands/) or send an email to Sca-bmdl@lists.andrew.cmu.edu .

Give it a try, we’d love to see you!

 

A and S — Elizabethan Fairies – March 15

It's the Art-Signal! Quick, to the Science-Mobile!
Arts & Sciences Meeting

Greetings to the Debatable Lands!

Tomorrow, Thursday March 15th, is once again A&S in BMDL!

THL Luceta DiCosimo will tell us about her findings on Elizabethan Fairies. These creatures are not what I expected, will you be surprised too?

Standard reminders here:
Location: Victory Pointe Gaming Lounge (and ice-cream parlor), upstairs in the game room
Address: 1113 Carson Street on the South Side
Time: 7 PM. Come early if you wish, people start arriving about 6:45.

Upstairs is not handicap accessible, so if you need assistance or have questions, please call or text me at 724-759-3333.

Park safely — feed the meter to avoid tickets. Try across the street in the bank parking lot.

See you there!
Elss Augsburg

There is something for everyone this weekend!

This weekend is pretty much all things SCA. There will be something going on in the Barony both days this weekend – pace yourselves and you can make it to everything so you don’t miss anything fun!

Saturday, 17 March

We will be doing a demo as part of the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The staging area will be on Liberty Ave, South Side. The truck team has to arrive at 8:30am. Marchers at 9. The parade starts at 10, but that is the front of the parade, we’ll be waiting a bit, so don’t worry about being a tad late.

There will be horses, pageantry, random drunks, families, and us being awesome. This year our equestrians will be joining us and we will look amazing. So, wear your warm medieval clothing, bring your banners, and get all of your steps in while we show our best face to our friends and neighbors in Pittsburgh.

If you have any questions about the Parade, please contact the coordinator, Yingerz, at ying762(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Sunday, 18 March

The March Barony Meeting will be held at the Pittsburgh Chinese Church (map and directions) starting at 1:00 p.m. and going until around 3:30 p.m.

What do you have to look forward to? Updates from your officers, announcements, and the usual camaraderie. If you would like to share an event or something of interest to the Barony, contact the Comet Persuivant, Maighster Kieran MacRae at herald(at)debatablelands(dot)org before the meeting to get on the docket or just grab him before the meeting begins. If you’ve been thinking about an event or something that you would like to do or see in the Barony, this is a perfect time to talk with us.

Just following the meeting, in keeping with stuff from the 80s being fashionable again, join Odriana for a recommendation letter writing party. There will be note cards, envelopes, postage, beverages, and some snacks. There will be some examples available for you to work from, there will be an internet connection so we can check the OP, and if you like to study beforehand, please check out the article on the Aethelmearc Gazette written by Duchess Dorinda and updated by our own Baroness Hildarun. There’s also a recent article from THL Madoc on the Gazette.

If you have any questions about the Barony meeting, please contact Odriana at jenn(dot)strobel@gmail(dot)com.

So much going on means even more changes to have fun. We hope to see you there!!