Pie! (Mmm, Pie)

Greetings, gentles all!

I hope you are all staying warm and dry this season. We are most definitely rounding the horn of winter, but I suspect that there is still come cold weather to endure before we well and truly emerge into spring.

And what could keep a body warmer than some hearty PIE? Beef and bacon pie, to be precise.

Posted here for the benefit of all, with permission from the cook, is a link to the recipe for the 16th-C beef and bacon pie, prepared by the Honorable Lady Astridr vigaskegg:

Beef and Bacon Pie

This might be a good time to practice for A&S competition season…or the autumn Barony Meeting pie contest….

Ever in Service,

Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, OL

Tavern in the Park – Vivant!

Cheers to all of you who worked to bring this Tavern event to life. The tavern was so much fun because of these people:

ZIANNA BEGUY URDINA DE ZABALETA who trolled everyone in with help from Cassandra Matis, Nichola Beese, Joe Feil, Chrissy Feil, and Casey Redmane;

BARON BRANDUBH Ó DONNGHAILE whose presence was much appreciated and his herald, KIERAN MACRAE, who kazoo-ed open the court; BARONESS HILDERUN HUGELMANN, we missed you!

ELSBETH ANNE ROTH who staffed a busy heraldic consult table;

AIBELL INGEN CHERNACHAIN who provided amusement with family activities;

BUGGA BILIBIT who led a Pilgrimage singing practice and GWENDOLYN THE GRACEFUL who knows and sings all the songs at the Bardic Circle (even the one about the Haggis!);

An extra Vivant for these first-time event staffers:

ELSA TALIARD my co-autocrat, who backed me up and also made sure the lodge was clean at the end of the day with help from Raven Whitehart, Eilionora inghean an Bhairdis, Ihala Auvinen, Ceindrech verch Elidir, Amanda Bowen, and Gwendolyn the Graceful;

EILIONORA INGHEAN AN BHAIRD developed challenging A&S competitions and offered display spaces for our arists;

IHALA AUVINEN who created a hearth-side bardic semi-circle and arranged for singers to lead us in our favorite songs;

RONAN O’CONALL organized the adult beverages so many of us enjoyed – mmmmm, mead;

EMILY FORNEY who brought in two merchants of wonderful goods, and who not only has never helped at an event before, but also has never attended an event before – really?

KATTERA DOPLERIN while not new to cooking, was head cook for the first time, and made terrific food that deftly avoided everyone’s food issues.

To all of you, I say again, many, many thanks!

If I did not list someone by name or deed, please know that the fault is mine, but that everyone’s assistance is most gratefully appreciated. Please let me know who has been omitted so that I may render thanks where it is due.

Yours in Service to the Barony,
Elss of Augsburg

A and S — Making a Viking Necklace – Feb 15

Greetings to the Debatable Lands!

Thursday is now once again for A&S in BMDL, and we are starting up with Viking Bead Stringing! If you are wearing an apron-dress, you need a Viking necklace. Bring your beads and I will help you string your bling!

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

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

Be sure to park safely — feed the meter if needed. They ticket like crazy on the South Side. I think the best place is across the street in the bank parking lot.

See you there!
Elss Augsburg

From Lady Zianna: Demo announcement

Oyez, Oyez!

Now view the words of Lady Zianna, regarding a new demo opportunity:

The BMDL is partnering with Broken Plow to transform the Carnegie Science Center into a medieval village of epic proportions! There will be sword fighting – rattan fighting – fencing – arts and sciences – demos – a tavern – all surrounding the exhibits of the science center for a 21-and-over evening. When is this happening, you ask? SOON – VERY SOON:

Friday March 2nd from 6-10pm!

Facebook Event link ~~~

This is a great way to share The Known World with the great gentles of the Pittsburgh area. We need you! We need your talents – your skills – your smiling faces! He need heralds – we need game playing tavern patrons – we need fighters – fencers – artists – cooks – we need everyone to make the dream come alive!

Bring your looms – bring your spinning wheels – make a book – bring those pens and inks. Show off those banners – display a scroll – talk about your heraldry – your persona – your garb. Armor and weapons – do you have them? Are you working on some? Show them off – test them out? I would love to see gentles able to fight a Knight! Fencers – come one come all! We have space for you! Archers? Lets make an arrow – ready those bows. Are we preparing those thrown weapons – display them – talk about them – we will soon be out in the park again! Tell that story from a balcony – sing that song strolling down the our village streets. Hear the music playing!

Would you like to be a part of this magical event? Have an idea to make it great? Have any questions? Contact me – we will do our best to make it happen! Message me on Facebook  or email me at

ziannaevents at gmail dot com

Look for event announcements and barony blog posts!

Our partners at Broken Plow say:

Discover the science of jousting, sword fighting, giants, and more as we travel back to the Middle Ages! Experience Historic European Martial Arts, and enjoy a Q&A with trained professionals. Observe weapon demonstrations or participate in a private lesson on the science of sword fighting by Pittsburgh Sword Fighters. Plus, all guests receive a discount code for a 4-week introductory class at Pittsburgh Sword Fighters titled, “Introduction to Broken Plow Western Martial Arts & Sword Fighting.”

-Posted by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres

On behalf of Lady Zianna
Demo Coordinator

Fencing Practice Today


This week will be the last of the four part series on Italian Rapier taught by Comtesse Elena d’Artois.

Next Week, 2/18, there will be no practice as I going to Adult Swim in ACG, which was a great time last year so if you can I recommend you go as well.

The week after, 2/25, will start a Destreza series taught by Lord Alessandro.


Tavern in the Park – Schedule

East Room
10:00 – 4:00 Heraldic Consultation Table Opens
11:00 – 12:00 Pilgrimage Singing
12:00 – 2:00 Break for Sideboard Luncheon
2:00 – 4:00 Bardic Circle

Main Room
   10:00      Site opens Welcome! Remember to visit the troll!
                   Set up your A&S items in the Main Room
1:00 – 2:00 Sit with your A&S and talk with visitors
3:00 – 4:00 Judging of A&S projects
    5:00        Winners announced at Court

West Room
10:00 – 4:00 Merchants’ Area

11:00 – 4:00 Tavern Opens
11:00 – 4:00 Family Activities for young and old
12:00 – 3:00 Pub Luncheon

All times are Scadian times, and therefore subject to change.

Tavern in the Park – Tomorrow!

  1. For maximum comfort, bring your own chair.
  2. Grab your feast gear and enjoy the lunch !
    (and a plastic bag to take the dirty dishes home in.)
  3. Carry a mug and visit Madoc and the Tavern downstairs!
  4. Got a favorite song? Come to the Bardic Circle and we’ll sing it. Bring an instrument if you’ve got one.
  5. Pack an adult beverage if you are inclined to do so;
    this is a *wet* site.
  6. Enter an A&S project into one of the competitions or bring something for the Table of Fail.
  7. Peruse the A&S exhibits and talk to the artists.
  8. Visit the Heraldic Consultation table for help with a name or arms.
  9. Join the Brute Squad! Strong arms are needed in the morning and at the end of the event to move tables and things. Check with the co-autocrats (Elss and Elsa) for assignment.
  10. Shop! Visit the merchants and get a Valentine’s Day gift for someone special.


Tavern in the Park – Family Activities

Greetings to the younger populace of the Barony!

Make sure to visit the Family Activities table downstairs during the Tavern event!

11am: Mosaics (Stepping Stones) For Youth
(Parents/Guardians need to be involved with this activity)

Free Time: Activities will be left on the table for youth to do by themselves

2pm: Mosaics for Teens/Adults
(Teens get first choice, Adults “as come” on the basis of supplies left over)

Free Time until 4 pm

-Lady Aibell ingen Chernachain – Chancellor Minor BMDL