March Barony Meeting: Thing with Cookies!

Join us Sunday, March 13th, at 2pm, the Environmental Charter School (ECS), 829 Milton Avenue, 15218

Come join the Barony for our March Thing (With Cookies!). A Thing is a general assembly of people in a group, where anything can be discussed. Come meet and chat with your new Baroness and new Seneschal, and each other. What’s important to you? Have a great idea you want to share? A project? Something you’ve been meaning to say? Let your voice be heard! Eat cookies, bring projects to show off, fight, and help shape where we all go from here.

General meeting announcements (brief) at 2pm. Meet the new Seneschal (Vivat Meesteres Odriana!) and the new Baroness following. Fight practices as usual after, but the Thing will continue as long as people want to chat.

No garb. Cookie donations encouraged 🙂
[ed.note: Please keep in mind that, for allergy reasons, the school is a nut-free zone.]

Cooking event at War Practice

Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere writes about an event at Aethelmearc War Practice in our canton of Steltonwald in May.

If you are a baker, join us!
If you are a baker, a butcher, a saucier,
A fry-er, A boil-er, a sugar paste sculptor…
If you love to cook, come add fuel to our fire,
For your passion and skills we want you to show us.
Join us!
Join us!
Join us!

Introducing The Scarlet Apron – a new cooking competition to be held at AEthelmearc War Practice (May 19-22, 2016)!

This competition is open to any and all comers who have a penchant for the medieval culinary arts. No matter if you are new to period cooking, or if it is old hat to you, you are welcome at our table!

The theme for our inaugural year is sure to be a feast for the eyes as well as the belly – Illusion Food! Anyone wishing to participate must create an example of such a food from anywhere in SCA-period. This could be an interpretation of a subtlety that has been described in a cooking text, or an original creation that can be considered “period-plausible” based on its design, construction and the materials used to create it.

All contestants should follow these guidelines:

1. The entry should be made and assembled prior to judging – this is not a competition at which contestants must cook their final product on site.

2. The finished product should be constructed from at least 50% edible
material.

3. The use of period construction techniques, including internal shaping structures and edible ingredients is preferred and encouraged.

4. The final product should be registered, signed in, and ready for judging by 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 21. The judging will take place in the Great Hall alongside the A&S competition. [ed.note: There is no A&S competition]
Registration/sign-in will open Saturday at 10:00 AM. The final judging will occur between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, with the winner announced during court that evening.

5. Contestants should provide a brief written overview (one page, maximum) of their entry, including their inspiration (if it was based on a specific subtlety, the original text of its description; if it was based on something else, then those details), a complete list of the materials used, and a description of how they created the structure.

6. Contestants can choose to sit with their entry during the judging period in order to answer questions from the judges and the populace, however it is not required.

7. Plating and presentation are integral to this competition. Each contestant will get no less than half of a six- or eight-foot table, which should be adorned as befits the entry.

Entries have three potential categories to win: Youth (for contestants age 5-12), Populace Choice, and Overall Winner. Cooks of all skill levels are encouraged to enter!

Any questions should be directed to the competition coordinator, Edelvrouw Lijsbet de Keukere (lijsbet(dot)vandelfthout(at)gmail(dot)com, “Keirin Lazauskas-Ralff” on Facebook). We are so excited about this competition, and are looking forward to seeing the beautiful and delicious pieces of art you create!

Dancemaster Call for Letters

The Honorable Lord Cai writes:

Greetings to the Barony from Cai o’r Llyn, Baronial Dancemaster!

I’ve served as the Barony’s dancemaster for over 10 years (how long exactly is lost to the mists of time), and I feel it is time for me to step down. As a result, I am calling for Letters of Intent to take my place.

Letters of intent should include a brief SCA resume, especially including experience with SCA dance. Letters should be sent to myself (jeffhos[at]gmail[dot]com) and the A&S Minister (ansminister[at]debatablelands[dot]org), and received by April 6th, as a replacement will be selected at the officers meeting that night.

The job of Baronial Dancemaster involves hosting a regular baronial dance practice (Regularity is up to you; I ran it weekly for many years before switching to monthly when there was less interest). It may also involve running balls and teaching dance at local events.

If you have any questions about the position, feel free to contact me!

— Cai

Attention All Archers!

From Mestari Urho Waltterinen

The Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands invites you to a Regional Muster celebrating Archery, Thrown Weapons, Youth Fighting and Arts & Sciences at the Castle home of Their Royal Highnesses of AEthelmearc Byron and Ariella on April 10th. This is the day after Their Coronation. The muster will begin at 10:00 in the morning and continue until 5:00 pm.

The archery and thrown weapons ranges will be open at 10:00 am and archery from the towers, led by THL Deryk Archer, will begin at 1:00 pm.

The main archery goal this day is to shoot and submit rounds for the
Gwyntarian Winter Challenge which closes later that week. There will also be training if we have enough marshals. The Barony’s loaner gear will be available.

Please bring something for a pot luck. We’re going to be there all day, so let’s eat. Pop, water, plates, bowls, and utensils will all be provided.

Their Highnesses have asked that you dress in garb for the day.

The Castle address is 755 Stonegate Drive, Wexford PA 15090.

In service to the Barony-Marche and the Kingdom,

Mestari Urho Waltterinen
crossbow1953 (at) earthlink (dot) net

Region 2 Archery Muster at the Castle

Mestari Urho writes:

Attention All Archers!!
The Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands invites you to a Regional Muster celebrating Archery, Thrown Weapons, Youth Fighting, and Arts & Sciences at the Castle home of Their Royal Highnesses of AEthelmearc Byron and Ariella on April 10th. This is the day after Their Coronation. The muster will begin at 10:00 in the morning and continue until 5:00 pm.

The archery and thrown weapons ranges will be open at 10:00 am and archery from the towers, led by THL Deryk Archer, will begin at 1:00 pm.

The main archery goal this day is to shoot and submit rounds for the Gwyntarian Winter Challenge which closes later that week. There will also be training if we have enough marshals. The Barony’s loaner gear will be available.

Please bring something for a pot luck. We’re going to be there all day, so let’s eat. Pop, water, plates, bowls, and utensils will all be provided.

Their Highnesses have asked that you dress in garb for the day.

The Castle address is 755 Stonegate Drive, Wexford PA 15090.

In service to the Barony-Marche and the Kingdom,
Mestari Urho Waltterinen

Maridon Museum “Collectors” Series

The Maridon Museum in Butler, just North of our Fine Barony in the lovely Shire of Sunderoak, is hosting a series of monthly talks on Thursday evenings about collecting and collectors.

If you’ve never been to the Maridon, they have a lovely collection of Chinese and Japanese artworks, plus a room full of European Meissen porcelain including a set of Commedia del Arte figures.

This seems like a lovely way to find your way up there to meet some people and see the museum. See the Maridon’s web site and the flyer for more information.

For Gulf Wars Travelers: I75 Closure

From Duke Christopher, Kingdom Seneschale:

Noble Æthelmearc—

The following was just passed along to me by the Seneschal of Meridies.  If you are driving to Gulf Wars you should pay attention to this as this closure does effect one of the major routes south from some parts of Æthelmearc.  The report notes that the road could be closed for up to three weeks.

In Service,
Duke Christopher
Seneschal

Master Aylwin writes:

I wanted to inform the populace of your Great and Fair Kingdom about the Road Closure of I75 South in Tennessee. As you may already know this, I just wanted to touch base with you so that those headed south for Gulf Wars can choose another route to war besides I75.

Click here for the report 

Please post this information in those places you deem appropriate to relieve your citizens from being stuck for hours in slow and standing traffic on the way to Gulf Wars using I75.

Respectfully,
Master Aylwin Watkyns
Kingdom Seneschal, Meridies