Baron Leonard Memorial Article

Mistress Arianna has written a very lovely memorial article for our Baron Leonard for the AEthelmearc Gazette. I encourage everyone to read it, even if you never met him. Len is a very big part of why our Barony is the way we are. He and his Baroness are missed.

In Memoriam: Baron Leonard the Younger, OL

In Levitate et Caritate,
Baroness Hilda

Youth Combat

Reminder that youth combat will be at the castle this week. Fighting will begin at 2pm. I look forward to seeing everyone.

Also we will not be having practice on April 29th and will begin regular practices on May 6th at Washington Blvd.


Chatelaine election and call for letters

Dear BMDL,

My term as Chatelaine will be coming to an end in June, and I will be seeking a second term, however, I am calling for letters. Send your letter to the Baronage and to me – baron(at), baroness(at), seneschal(at), and chatelaine(at)

The deadline for letters is May 31st 2018 to allow sufficient time for your letter to be reviewed by the Officers’ prior to the June Business Meeting.

In Service,

Lady Elizabeth (Libby) Parker

A and S — Coronation Gifts — April 19

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

Thursday, April 19th is once again A&S time!

The Coronation of Sven and Siobhan is at hand, and as always, our Baron and Baroness will be presenting the newly crowned royals with a basket of gifts from the Barony. This week, I will have my sewing machine, box of threads, scissors, fabric, and other bits needed to make items to fill the basket. Show the generosity of our people with the contribution of your time and effort.

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.

Thank you for asking! These meetings are free and there is no materials charge.

See you there!  Elss Augsburg

Sewing Circle Tonight!

From Mistress Ts’vee’a:

Third Wednesdays are Sewing Circle nights at my home in Stanton Heights. That would be tonight. All are welcome to bring current projects, plans for future projects, ideas, questions, or just yourself. Most sewing notions are available.

Time: 7:30-9:30
Address: 5167 Rosecrest Drive 15201

I am happy to help with pattern drafting, but not on Sewing Circle night. We can arrange for a one-on-one time for that. Contact me to coordinate schedules.

See you there!

Archery Muster This Sunday

April 22nd, this Sunday, we will be at the castle for our Baronial Archery Muster.

755 Stone Gate Dr. Wexford PA

Come join us to open the archery season.
Shoot some fantastic targets by the honorable Lady Lucetta DiCosimo.
The honorable Lord Derek Archer will be running the shoot off the castle wall.

The Practice is a potluck so be sure to bring something tasty to share.

-Your BMDL Captain of Archers Lady Katheryn Täntzel.

😊Hope to see you all there.😉

BMDL Brewers Guild – Up and running again!

Greetings all!
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Alysoun, and I live here in the Debatable Lands.  I spend most of my SCA time singing in the Debatable Choir, but I also do calligraphy, illumination, garb-making, and BREWING.  
Here is some exciting news for those of you who like to brew (and drink): the BMDL Brewers Guild is getting up and running again!  I have been selected as the new Guildmistress, and my deputy is Lord Ronan O’Conall.  Please feel free to reach out to either of us with questions or comments.
We have a request for you that will help us get organized: if you have participated in the past, would like to participate now, or just want to stay informed with what we are doing, please take the short poll below.  It will take you less than five minutes and will help us with planning our upcoming meetings and events.
Thank you in advance for your time and attention.

Baron Leonard the Younger

Greetings Debatable Lands,
As the Ice Dragon passes over our neighbors to the north, We come to you with sad tidings. Baron Leonard the Younger, modernly Leonard Loyd, passed away this week at his home. His family from out of town is making the funeral arrangements, and as soon as information is available We will post.

Baron Leonard the Younger was the Second Baron of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, serving our society in that office from 1979 to 1992, and a Master of the Laurel for Viking Studies. He was a world traveler and a story teller, and we are saddened by his loss. We as a Barony are less without him as a crucial part of our history. May the long ships speed him to Valhalla.

Please toast to his memory, and share a story of the old days. Len would have liked that.

Cheers to the Remembrance of Leonard,
Brandubh et Hilderun
In Leitate et Caritate

Fight Practice April 15

Due to the forecast of thunderstorms and rain on Sunday, Fight Practice will be at the Chinese Christian Church this Sunday, April 15.  It will be from 2 till 6 PM. Loaner armor will be available.
This should be the last fight practice at the church, as the weather has generally improved.

Newsletter Quiz!

From Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Greetings!

In this digital age, it is relatively easy to find out about upcoming events, deadlines, and other important activities, without reading our newsletters. But sometimes, information in the publications is not easily found elsewhere. And even if it is, the newsletter is a handy way to quickly catch up on the important notices and happenings in our lands.

For example, did you know that recently, His Grace, Duke Christopher, posted information  about the Board soliciting feedback on new policies regarding hate speech? Did you know that AEthelmearc was well-represented in the Blackfox Award nominations? You would if you’d read the newsletter!

To encourage us all (me included!) to remember to check out our Kingdom and Baronial newsletters, I am going to try to post shortly after their publication dates with fun challenges. They may be treasure hunts, quizzes, or other kinds of reports. Some will be interactive and some may be notices of tidbits that might be of interest. Both the AEstel and the Althing will be included as they come out.

These games are for glory, amusement, and absolutely no prizes whatsoever! There are no losers! The fun is in finding the answers for yourselves.

So, here is the first installment: a trivia quiz on the most recent AEstel (May 2018):

  1. What is depicted in the cover photo? (Bonus: which gentle took the photo?)
  2. There is an officer accepting letters of interest for a deputy position, which are due on May 1. Which Great Officer is it, what is the position being sought, and who is the person holding that post now?
  3. When will the Kingdom Youth Championship tourney be held?
  4. How many event announcements are posted in the May AEstel? (Bonus: How many of them are *not* Royal Progress events?)
  5. How many events are listed on the At-a-Glance page?

My hope is that these questions pique curiosity and foster discussion, particularly of events we might not be aware of because they are not RP’s or they are out of region, or both!

Most importantly, I hope these little teasers inspire y’all to check out the newsletters and keep current!

We’ll do this again soon!