Reminder: Scriptorium tonight

From the event listing:

Scriptorium will be held at the home of Kameshima Zentaro Umakai and Isabel Fleuretan Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at 7:30PM.

An open roundtable on all things scribal, including what YOU would like to see in a Scriptorium! Do you want open project nights? Classes? Small-group workshops? We can make all these things happen, but we would like your input! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a brush or pen, or if you’ve been creating scrolls for 30 years, all are welcome. This is your Scriptorium.

Budgets Due at next Officers Meeting

Exchequer Hara-roku-i Kikumatsu writes:

Greetings to the folks in these Debatable Lands.

April 6th is the next officers meeting and a part of that meeting will be to discuss and vote on the budget for next year. If there are expenses for the barony that should be paid for by the barony, bring a list of items and estimated cost to the budget meeting.

Also, I would ask that you please that same list to exchequer at debatablelands dot org, ahead of time. If I have that list ahead of time, it will help me to prepare for the meeting, and also speed up the meeting.

As a reminder only members of the financial committee can vote on budget items, but the requests and input can be from anyone.

Change in Scriptorium

Kameshina-shichi-i writes:

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, THL Rachel has had to postpone teaching “Attavante Made Easy,” which had been scheduled for this Wednesday’s Scriptorium. We are making plans for alternate dates for her to come and teach this class.

Instead, I invite you all to attend “Gothic Blackletter in 30 Minutes,” which I will be teaching. Both beginner and experienced calligraphers are invited to attend this overview on how to analyze and learn new calligraphic hands, using the Gothic Blackletter hand as an exemplar. We will explore how to visually break down letters into their component strokes, practice those to build your “calligraphy toolbox,” then put them back together to create your own work. Materials (handout, graph paper and felt calligraphy pen) will be provided.

Once again, that is this Wednesday, April 16th, starting at 7pm at our house in Glenshaw. Our address can be found in the Dark Pages, or contact me via private email at cadell (at) gmail (dot) com. We look forward to seeing you at

Heavy and Fencing Practices Sunday

The Baronial Fencing Marshal writes:


After two weeks on the road fencing practice returns to its normal
location at the Environmental Charter School in Regent Square.

Doors open at 2, practice to begin after the Barony Meeting

If the weather continues to be nice we will be fencing outside.


The Baronial Knight Marshal writes:

Greetings fellow BMDLers…

Heavy fight practice will happen this Sunday at the usual winter location, the Environmental Charter School, 829 Milton Ave in Regent Square. Come on out and swing some sticks, and attend the Barony Meeting as well in the same location. Everything kicks off at 2:00.


The Baronial Webminister hopes to see everybody there!

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

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