Funeral Services for Syr Bear This Friday

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Viscount Sir Bear the Wallsbane

From Viscountess Judith of Kirtland:

Viscount Master Syr Bear, my friend and first citizen of Æthelmearc, died at his home Saturday, sitting at his computer. His family and I will be arranging his service (see below).

He also asked that a party be held in his memory at Pennsic; of course, this will be done. He leaves a Bear-sized hole that will never be filled.

Bear’s funeral services will be Friday, January 27, 2023 at Dusckas Funeral Home, 2607 Buffalo Road, Erie, PA 16510, between 2 to 3 P.M. (visitation) and 3 to 4 P.M. (memories).

Thank you for your kind thoughts; Bear knew he had friends but he didn’t know how much he was loved.

William Blackfox Awards A.S. 56

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Greetings Good Gentles,

The Chroniclers of the Known World are producing wonderful publications that add so much to each canton, barony, and Kingdom, as well as our Society as a whole. Every group from the smallest shire to the biggest Kingdom brought forth so much information, entertainment, knowledge, and light in a rather dark world, writers, artists, photographers, cartoonists, and others all working together to brighten our lives and increase our knowledge and awareness. There were so many wonderful articles, poems, short stories, and more. The list goes on and on.

The William Blackfox AwardsThe William Blackfox Awards nominees were such a joy for me to go through. If you have not been reading your group newsletters, now is a good time to start! Also, please make your own contributions to your newsletters and you may someday see your name and work in this list. Recipients of this prestigious award will receive a Master William Blackfox token (newly designed for this year), a certificate, and the right to use “Master William Blackfox Award Winner (or also, Commendation or nominee), [category], AS LV (56)” in their newsletters with the Blackfox logo.

Special thanks to my judges, Asta and Riordan, who assisted me in the choosing of the A.S. 56 William Blackfox Awards winners. Also, big shout-out to Patrice for designing and producing the new Blackfox award medallions. I am indebted to you all. And now, with no further ado, I present the Master William Blackfox Awards for A.S. 56! Well done, everyone!

With thanks,

Cecilia Blythe, OP

Society Chronicler

Best Overall Newsletter: This does not necessarily mean the best-looking newsletter, but rather the newsletter which best meets the needs of the local group or guild for which it is published. It should accurately reflect the status of the group and be a valuable tool for growth and promotion of SCA goals and ideals. This title is awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

Winner: Artemesia: The Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Ambrose Norwich

Commendation: East: The Østgarðr E-Horse, Crown Province of Østgarðr; Chronicler: Zahra al-Andaluzia

Also Nominated: Ansteorra: The Plume, Barony of Namron; Chronicler: Frú Sigriðr in kyrra

An Tir: Wealdsmere Watch, Barony of Wealdsmere; Chronicler: Arnora Grimsdottir

Atenveldt: Palm Prints, Barony of Atenveldt; Chronicler: Auelyn Spyle Syngere, Susanna Broughton

Atlantia: The Mountain Mayhem, Barony of Hidden Mountain; Chronicler: Bran Mydwynter

Caid: The Serpent’s Tongue, Barony of Calafia; Chronicler: Kyra Audax

Drachenwald: Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia

Ealdormere: The Clarion, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: Meredyth Llwellyn

Gleann Abhann: A Sealion’s Tale, Barony of Seleone; Chronicler: Ellyn Heath of Hemingford Grey

Lochac: From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Joana de Bairros

Meridies: Seasons Spring, Kingdom of Meridies Supplemental; Chronicler: Bronwen O Gydweli

Northshield: Song of the Tower, Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr; Chronicler: Arnbjørn Karlsson

West: Tempus Nebularum, Principality of the Mists; Chronicler: Moira of Kent and Urtatim al [1]Qurtubiyya bint ‘abd al-Karim al-hakam al-Fassi

Best Layout and Design: For the best-looking newsletter in balance and style. Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

Winner: Gleann Abhann: A Sealion’s Tale, Barony of Seleone; Chronicler: Ellyn Heath of Hemingford Grey

Commendation: Ansteorra: The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosenfeld; Chronicler: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe

Also Nominated: Artemesia: The Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Ambrose Norwich

Caid: The Dreiburgen News, Barony of Dreiburgen; Chronicler: Tracy the Gray

Drachenwald: Aarniwalcea, Barony of Aarnimetsa; Chronicler: Johanna aff Hucka

Ealdormere: The Clarion, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: Meredyth Llwellyn

East: Wyrm Words, Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormand; Chronicler: Nathalie Bisaillon

Meridies: The Equinox, Barony of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Bronwen O Gydweli

Middle: Thunderbolt, Barony of Andlecrag; Chronicler: Vinca Tavia

Northshield: The Crystal Quill, Barony of Nordskogen; Chronicler: Rosanore of Redthorn

Best Artwork: For artwork on cover or interior of the newsletter. Awarded to the newsletter and the artist.

Winner: Drachenwald: Artist: Richard of Salesberie; Cover art “Dragon Recovery”; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia

Commendation: Lochac: Artist: Isabel Maria de Aguila and Scott Astill; Cover – The Baronial Arms Soteltie at Baronial Anniversary; From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Joana de Bairros

Also Nominated: Ansteorra: Artist: Emma Farewyll; Cover Header Artwork, April 2022; The Thorny Truth, Shire of Rosenfeld; Chronicler: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe

Artemesia: Artist: Bianca da Ravenna; Original Artwork, “March 1999 after visiting Pine View Reservoir”; The Gryphon’s Roar; Barony of Gryphon’s Lair; Chronicler: Bianca da Ravenna

Atenveldt: Artist: Kolgrima Asgeirsdóttir; Cover “Lady Lagertha Arnfridardottir valiantly defended the Barony and Kingdom at Great Western War”, November 2021; Tusker Times, Barony of Tir Ysgithr; Chronicler: Kolgrima Asgeirsdóttir

Atlantia: Artist: Scholastica Joycors; artwork throughout The Yeoman; Barony of Bright Hills; Chronicler: Scholastica Joycors

Caid: Artist: Niksha Zerkal’nikov; Cover Illustration; Angels – Fall 2021 Seraph “To War”; Barony of the Angels; Chronicler: Catherine Hawkwood da Barbiano

Middle: Artist: Armand de Charterus; Drawn & Quartered – July 2021; Thunderbolt, Barony of Andlecrag; Chronicler: Vinca Tavia

Best Special Issue: For Arts & Sciences issues or other limited-focus issues of a geographic group (canton, shire, barony, etc.). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

Winner: Ansteorra: The Nordic Saga, Barony of Northkeep; Special Issue dedicated to the celebration of the annual Northkeep Castellan event; Chronicler: Hanim Zubeydah al-Badawiyyah

Commendation: N/A

Also Nominated: Artemesia: The Gryphon’s Roar, Barony of Gryphon’s Lair; Special Issue celebrating 15th Anniversary of the Barony; Chronicler: Bianca da Ravenna (outside of A.S. 56)

Best Special Interest Newsletter:  This category recognizes guild newsletters, research newsletters, and Arts & Science focus newsletters (such as lacemaking). Awarded to the newsletter and the Chronicler.

Winner: Meridies: Penfeathers, Courage and Justice, Kingdom Children’s Newsletter; Chronicler: Jane Wolfden

Commendation: Æthelmearc: Apothecary and Herbal Newsletter, December 2021, Guild; Chronicler: Rue

Also Nominated: Ansteorra: Graywinds, April 2022, Shire of Graywood; Chronicler: Aine ingen Oitir

Artemesia: The Gryphon’s Roar, Special Edition Supplement 1: Baronial Photo Album; Chronicler: Zalkuubar

Best Regular Feature: For cartoons, articles, columns, etc. which appear regularly in the particular newsletter. Awarded to the creator or feature writer and the newsletter.

Winner: Atlantia: “The Bards Corner”, Author: Scholastica Joycors; The Yeoman, Barony of Bright Hills; Chronicler: Scholastica Joycors

Commendation: AnTir: “Gaming Corner”, Author: Isabella de Walingforde; The Looking Glass, Barony of Glymm Mere; Chronicler: Seumas mac Brehon

Middle: “SCA 101”, Author: Dorothea de Beckham; Spearpoint, Barony of Red Spears. Chronicler: Dorothea de Beckham

Also Nominated: Ansteorra: “The Adventures of Lenny the Liondragon”, Author: Sharon Wells; Liondragon Tales, Province of Moonshadowe; Chronicler: Elsa von Snackenburg

Artemesia: “Army the Moose”, Author: Ambrose Norwich; The Moose Call, Barony of Arn Hold; Chronicler: Ambrose Norwich

Drachenwald: “The Writ and Record”, Author: Nicolas de Estleche; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezie-Isabella di Freccia

Ealdormere: “Bear-based Puzzle Games”, Author: Various; The Ursus, Barony of Septentria; Chronicler: Rubeus le Blont

East: “Sudoku”, Author: Unknown; The Iron Monger, Barony of Iron Bog; Chronicler: Pixie of Iron Bog

Lochac: “From the Baron and Baroness”, Author: Margie of Glen More; The Blue Strand, Barony of Kraé Glas; Chronicler: Margie of Glen More

West: “Heraldrydiculous:, Author: Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov; The Gatekeeper, Barony of Wintersgate; Chronicler: Merewyn of Ynys Taltraeth

Best Article: Recognizes excellence in articles appearing in a local newsletter. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.

Winner: Drachenwald: “Sir Gawain’s Green Belt”, Author: Rebecca of Flintheath; Baelfyr, Principality of Insulae Draconis; Chronicler: Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia

Commendation: Ansteorra: “Luffa Gourd Grown for Sponge”, Author: Tessa of the Gardens; The Trumpeter, Barony of Bordermarch; Chronicler: Nikolai Vladislav

Atenveldt: “Cooking with the Baroness: Soft Cheese”, Author: Valdis Skarpa; Palm Prints, Barony of Atenveldt; Chronicler: Susanna Broughton

West: “A Tablet Weaving Loom on a Budget”, Author: Gisla Œðikollr; The Gatekeeper, Barony of Wintersgate; Chronicler: Merewyn of Ynys Taltraeth

Also Nominated: Artemesia: “A Short History of Braanshem (Hell, I was There)”, Author: Angrim the Unreasonable; The Bronzehelm Watch, Barony of Bronzehelm; Chronicler: Colgrym of Avebury

Caid: “Did You Know….The SCA’s First Twelfth Night”, Author: Ragnailt Inghean Mhaoil Sheachlainn; The Fret Knot, Barony of Altavia; Chronicler: Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios

Ealdormere: “Supportive Under-Gowns for 16th C. German Women’s Clothing”, Author: Maegwyn Skautibrok; The Clarion, Barony of Ben Dunfirth; Chronicler: Meredyth Llwellyn

Lochac: “Meet Your Officers: Interview with a Seneschal”, Author: Lowry ferch Gwynwynwyn ap Llewelyn and Sorle Maknicoll; Grapevine, Shire of Bordescros; Chronicler: Lowry ferch Gwynwynwyn ap Llewelyn

Middle: “New Year’s Celebrations in Period and Around the World”, Author: Claricia de la Mere; Internebbles, Barony of the Cleftlands; Chronicler: Jolicia atte Northclyfe

Northshield: “History of the Baronial Website”, Author: Arnbjørn Karlsson; Song of the Tower, Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr; Chronicler: Arnbjørn Karlsson

Best Poetry or Short Fiction: Recognizes the author of an outstanding poem or piece of short fiction. Awarded to the writer and the newsletter.

Winner: Caid: “365 Days of Sonnets”, Author: Lucia Traveler; The Baronial Banner Spring 2022, Barony of Starkhafn; Chronicler: Team Chronicler/Alexandra Sinclair

Commendation: Meridies: “True Friendship”, Author: Bronwen O Gydweli; The Equinox, Barony of Sol Haven; Chronicler: Bronwen O Gydweli

Middle: “The Hollowed Ship”, Author: Raedesmann Andreas Blacwode; The Zephyr, Barony of Aerton; Chronicler: Philippa of Otterbourne

West: “An SCA Acrostic”, Author: Bersi Eðvarðarson; Tempus Nebularum, Principality of the Mists; Chronicler: Moira of Kent

Also Nominated: Ansteorra: “Deep in Ansteorra”, Author: Aki Seulf and Agnes Pickel; The Trumpeter, Barony of Bordermarch; Chronicler: Nikolai Vladislav

Artemesia: “Ankharet’s Journal: The Spring Equinox”, Author: Ankharet Verch Meredudd; Silver Keep Citadel, Shire of Silver Keep; Chronicler: Tamsyn Sutherland

Drachenwald: “Boast for Maredudd ap Gwilym arglwyd and Lady Eleanore of Alvechurch”, Author: Ari Mala; The Baelfyr, Principality of Insualae Draconis

Lochac: “Katherine Kerr’s Heartfelt Plea”, Author: Katherine Kerr of the Hermitage; From the Tower, Barony of Southron Gaard; Chronicler: Joana de Bairros

Kingdom Chronicler’s Honorable Mentions: Nominations which didn’t fit into the above categories yet are still deserving of recognition for their exceptional work and/ or dedication to producing the best possible newsletter for the local group served. Recognition of merit given to all of the individual nominees.

Nominated: Artemesia: “William’s Journey”, Author: William Thorsson; Silver Keep Citadel, Shire of Silver Keep; Chronicler: Tamsyn Sutherland

Atlantia: “Today in History”, Author: not provided; The Dredgings, Barony of Lochmere; Chronicler: Katla Flokadottir

Drachenwald: Knightingale, Barony of Knight’s Crossing; Chronicler: Ellisif Gydasdottir

Middle: Andlecrag Newsflash, Barony of Andlecrag; Chronicler: Jessie of Lake Storsjön

KINGDOM NEWSLETTER CATEGORIES

Best Cover for a Kingdom Newsletter: Recognizes the creator of a piece provided for use as the cover of a kingdom newsletter awarded to the artist(s).

Winner: Ansteorra: Eleanor Bonwicke, Illustration: “Black Hours Scroll”; The Black Star, January 2022

Commendation: Atenveldt: Lion Ari Usni, Illustration: “Sigurd and the Wyrm”, Southwind, January 2022

Also Nominated: An Tir: Jacomina van Vossenbrouck, Photograph: Cover Photo; The Crier, January 2022 Artemesia: Domingo ibn maik al-hajari, Photograph: Cover Photo; The Sage Advice, May 2020 (outside of A.S. 56)

Atlantia: Elizabeth de Spaldying and Simon de Spaldying and Ian of Clan Mac Colin and Ulfr Gnagler, Photograph with Artwork: Cover; The Acorn, January 2022

Drachenwald: Jacqueyna & Ærikr, Photograph: “The End is Nigh!”; Dragon’s Tale, December 2021

Ealdormere: Anna Yanka, Illustration: Cover; The Tidings, January 2021 (out of date for A.S. 56)

Gleann Abhann: Danielle de la Roche, Photograph: “Holding Hands at Crown”; The Ambassador, October 2021

Lochac: Kyros Vitalis/Shannon Kaiser, Photograph with Illustration: “Fighting was sorely missed: post-lockdown fun!”; Pegasus, January 2022

Meridies: Alisandre de la Chapelle, Photograph: Cover; Popular Chivalry, February 2022

Best Written Contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter: Recognizes the author of an article, regular or special feature, poem, etc. provided for use by a kingdom newsletter. Awarded to the author.

Winner: An Tir: Eduardo Francesco Maria Lucrezia, “Eat This Book”; The Crier, December 2021

Commendation: Ansteorra: Andrixos Seljukroctonis, “The Birth of Vindheim”; The Black Star, February 2022

Also Nominated: Artemesia: Scholastica, “Sister Scholastica Goes to Canterbury”; The Sage Advice, April 2021 (outside of A.S. 56)

Caid: Beorn of the Northern Sea, “What a Difference a Year Makes”; The Crown Prints, recurring Drachenwald: Aleydis van Vilvoorde, “Knitting a 14th Century Acorn Cap”; Dragon’s Tale, February 2022

Gleann Abhann: Robert the Just, “The Forgotten Master”; The Ambassador, May 2021

Lochac: Karl Faustus von Aachen, “The Story of the Prince and the Badge”; Pegasus, May 2021

Middle: Albreda Ismeria, “Trochaic Rondel for Annelyse van Gavere”; The Pale, September 2021

Northshield: Farolfus filius Richardi, “Less-Common Early Period Persona Roundtable”; The Northwatch, July 2021

Best Artistic Contribution to a Kingdom Newsletter:  Recognizes the artist of artwork or photography used in the interior of a kingdom newsletter awarded to the artist(s).

Winner: Drachenwald: Agnes Adygd, Scroll Showcase Photograph; Dragon’s Tale, July 2021

Commendation: Northshield: Various Artists, “Northshield Fashion Show!”; The Northwatch, December 2021

Also Nominated: AnTir: Eleanor de Bolton, “Tales from the Garden”; The Crier, January 2022

Artemesia: Denise of Amberly, No Title Photograph; The Sage Advice, May 2020 (outside of A.S. 56)

Thursday Things – Kingdom Budget Meeting and Heraldic Consulting

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Hello Æthelmearc! Your Gazette editors have noticed there are two separate meetings occurring virtually Thursday that you may be interested in… at least, we hope they’re separate (they are)! 


Master Illadore, Kingdom Seneschal notes that the Æthelmearc Budget meeting will be held on Zoom on this Thursday at 7:30pm. Links will be posted to the mailing list and our official social media outlets closer to that time.


Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe has the following to say about the Heraldic commenting meeting:

This Thursday, 5 January 2023 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Dame Elsbeth will be holding Heraldic Commenting over Zoom.

We will be jointly commenting on the Aethelmearc Internal Letter of Intent. If there is time, we may comment on other items as well.

There is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

We can find ways to include you or you can just join and listen. Also, feel free to join us if you have any question about names or armory that you would like to submit – we can help you with what information the College of Heralds needs in order to pass your name, heraldry, or badge.

Please contact Dame Elsbeth at elsbeth (at) pobox (dot) com for the Zoom information.

Also, if you would like to add this event to your online calendar, please follow this link. It will immediately take you to where you can add the event to your calendar. You can also visit the front page of aethelmearc.org to see all up-coming online activities available, including this monthly session.

Court Report: Kingdom A&S Championship October 22, 2022, AS 57

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Here begins the Report of the Court of Their Majesties Arnthor and Ceirech, King and Queen of Æthelmearc at the Æthelmearc Arts and Sciences Championship event in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, joined by Their Excellencies of the Rhydderich Hael, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, reporting.

Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies of the Rhydderich Hael to conduct Their Court.

Their Majesties thanked everyone for inspiring them to learn about and try new things with the displays and entries this day.

Their Majesties invited Master Hrolfr a Fjarfelli and Mistress Elska a Fjarfelli, the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Ministers to discuss the competition results. The overall winner, and new King’s Arts and Sciences Champion, was THLady Fede di Fiore, for her maternity dress project. There were two youth who participated this day, John Robert, the overall youth champion, and Charlotte, both were presented with tokens to commemorate their participation. The populace choice was Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson.

Lady Marguerite de Neufchasteau was called before Their Majesties to discuss her actions on the fields of fencing, archery, and thrown weapons. Her growing skill has been brought to Their Majesties’ attention, thus They inducted her in the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll illuminated by Arianna of Wynthrope, calligraphy by Jonathan Blaecstan, and words by Sadira bint Wassouf.

Their Majesties called for Lord Meuric ap Gwillam to present himself before Them. They had heard much of his artistic endeavors. Most especially his research into period hide glue. Thus they inducted him into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Gesa von Wellenstein.

Mistress Cori Ghora was summoned before Their Majesties. Mistress Cori never stops. She is constantly serving the Kingdom of Æthelmearc, supporting the scribes, and serving as seneschal. This pleases Their Majesties, and with utmost gratitude They bestowed on Cori an Augmentation of Arms. Scroll by Sophie Davenport with words by Pádraig Ó Branduibh and Juliana Rosalia Dolce da Siena.

Her Majesty called Charlotte to attend Her. Her Majesty commended Charlotte’s skill and courage in playing the harp all day long as well as entering the competition today. For this Her Majesty named Charlotte Queen’s Inspiration for the day and gave her a token.

Their Majesties thanked the cooks for providing a tasty lunch and persevering through equipment issues. They further thanked those who helped dress Them for the event.

Court Closed.

Court Report: Crown Tournament of Arnthor and Ceirech October 8th, 2022 AS 57

Here begins the Report of the Court of Arnthor and Ceirech, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Their Crown Tournament in the Barony of the Endless Hills, October 8 AS 57. jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald, reporting.

On the field upon the conclusion of the Tournament. Their Majesties summoned Count Andreas Morgen and Countess Kallista Morgunova before Them. Count Andreas proved victorious this day, and upon him swearing his oath as Prince, King Arnthor placed the Heir’s Coronet upon his head and declared him Price of Æthelmearc. After hearing her oath, Prince Andreas placed the Heir’s Coronet on Kallista’s head and declared her Princess of Æthelmearc.

In the evening, joined by Their Highnesses Andreas and Kallista.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Patrokles Athenaios to present himself before Them. They bade him to take the Kingdom toy chest and assist the youth of the Kingdom in choosing a gift.

Their Majesties invited all the newcomers present to come forward. They were given gifts of mugs made by the artisans of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties invited Mistress Euriol of Lothian, the autocrat to address the populace. Mistress Euriol thanked everyone for coming and thanked her staff for assisting in making the event happen.

Their Majesties invited the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet present to join Them. They spoke of the deeds of honor done on the field this day, and so Master William de Montegilt, and THL Abdullah al-Rashid were given tokens to commemorate their actions. THL Jakob Krahe was summoned forth. His deeds of honor and chivalry surpassed all others this day, and thus the Ladies of the Rose and Garnet, along with Their Majesties bestowed on him the honor of holding the Shield of Chivalry.

The Monier’s Guild was allowed to present a gift of coins to commemorate this Crown Tournament to Their Majesties and Their Highnesses, and to remind the populace that if they had participated in the day’s games and predicted correctly, they should come by the Monier’s Guild table after Court.

Their Majesties summoned Their Excellencies of the Endless Hills to present themselves and swear Their Baronial Fealty.

Their Majesties called for Sir Tigernach mac Cathail the new Kingdom Exchequer to present himself and swear his oath of service for that office.

Their Majesties gave jorundr hinn rotinn permission to conduct some personal business during Court. Jorundr called before the Court Lord Daven McKenaugh to come forward. After releasing Daven from the cruel bonds of being a man at arms, the blue scarf of a cadet was placed upon Daven’s arm.

Lady Kolfina Jodisdottir was called before Their Majesties. Her service to the fencing community and her local group has reached Their Majesties’ ears. Thus, they indicted her into Their Order of the Keystone. The plate was formed by the hands of Silvester Burchardt with illumination and pyrography by Barbary Rose, and words by Po Silvertop.Their Majesties called for Lady Cristina Aurelia Vitelli to appear before Them. Word or her skill with Kumihimo and other arts has reached Them, and They felt it just to induct her into the Order of the Sycamore. Scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.Their Majesties called Lord Dugan Rushton to present himself before Them. His skill in heavy weapons and fencing have been growing, and news of his skill has reached Their Majesties. Thus, they inducted him into The Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Kathryn MacLuing.Tobias Rushton shows great prowess in heavy combat, so Their Majesties called him before Them and inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce and awarded him Arms. Scroll by Kathryn MacLuing.Their Majesties called for THLady ÆsaHelgulfsdottir to present herself before Them. Her garb is always impeccable, and she always looks the part of a Norse Lady. Thus, they inducted her into the Order of the Golden Mirror. Scroll by Kolfina Jodisdottir with words by Po Silvertop.Their Majesties summoned Lord Ulfkell Dungelsson before Them. His growing skill with heavy weapons had reached the ears of Their Majesties through a certain order. Thus, Their Majesties did induct him into the Order of the Gage. Scroll by Murdoch Baine.

Their Majesties called Sir Murdoch Baine to present himself before Them. His growing skill, and some would say mastery of the scribal arts had caused Their Majesties to present him a writ of summons for his entry into the Order of the Laurel. Scroll by Kieran MacRae.Their Majesties called the scribes, wordsmiths and regalia wrights that contributed to Their court to come forward and take a gift from the scribal goodie box.

Their Majesties thanked everyone for attending the event and wished them a safe trip home.

Court Closed.

Scroll & Scribal Gallery: Open to Both New & Old Art

Does everyone know that we have a group for JUST pictures of scrolls? No scribal announcements or cool art tips – there are other groups for those important things.

The Æthelmearc Scroll and Scribal Gallery is just for pictures of scrolls. The initial premise was that it was for the recipient to do the posting, but it is okay if the artist does so instead. However, let’s look at the benefits of having the recipient do it.

First, the scribe knows you got it and love it! Second, the artist may not have gotten a picture and if they did, their picture may not have royal signatures or even calligraphy on it. Third, you get to brag on their work for them.

Oh shoot, you might be thinking, I didn’t know about this back when I got my award last year. Or 5 years ago. Or 20 years ago. It doesn’t matter! Put a picture here! I was thrilled to once see a scroll pop up that I had never photographed. If you put each scroll in its own post, then when people go to the photo gallery it is just example after example of what we do.

So if you are of a mind, go to the page and post those scroll pictures: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404103652940207.

from Duchess Dorinda

Court Report: Archers to the Wald 10/1/2022 AS 57

Here begins the Report of the Court of Arnthor and Ceirech, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, at Archers to the Wald in the Shire of Steltonwald October 1 AS 57, jorundr hinn rotinn, Silver Buccle Herald reporting.

Their Majesties summoned the Kingdom toy chest and invited the youth of the Kingdom to pick a toy from it.

Their Majesties invited all those for whom this was their first event to present themselves. They gifted them all with mugs from the artisans of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties invited Lord Günnar, the autocrat to speak, He wished to thank everyone for attending, and all his staff for making the event run smoothly.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Robert MacEwin to attend Them as Queen’s Rapier Champion. Lord Robert had hosted a tournament to determine his successor this day. One combatant proved victorious. Their Majesties summoned Lord Nicolo Loredan da Venesia before Them. After confirming it was his wish to serve as Queen’s Rapier Champion, Their Majesties had him invested with the regalia of the office and invited him to join Their Court.

Their Majesties summoned THLord Kumagaya Kintarou Masamoto, The King’s Thrown Weapons Champion. He also ran a tournament to determine his successor this day. THLord Meinolf Grimsson proved victorious this day. Their Majesties invested him with the regalia of the office and invited him to join Their Court.

Their Majesties summoned Brick Wyndow to present himself before Them. They have heard much of Brick’s participation in fencing and archery and the efforts he had made to garb himself appropriately as a Noble of the Realm. They thus felt it right to Award him Arms and declare him a Lord of Their Court. Scroll by Ceindrech verch Elidir.

Their Majesties next called for Julius Galdhiere to present himself before Them. Julius has been instrumental in recruiting students to the SCA at his local college in Ballachlagan, he has also proved to have much prowess in fencing. For this Their Majesties declared him a Lord and Awarded him Arms. Scroll with words and calligraphy by Katherine Kiersey with Illumination by Caleb Reynolds.Their Majesties next bade Isabetta di Aurelio to come before Them. Isabetta has been an active member of the Society for as long as Their Majesties have been involved, as she is Their daughter. She works at events, she shoots archery, she throws weapons, and as a youth she fought. For this Their Majesties determined that she should be a member of the Nobility and Awarded her Arms. Scroll by Scribal West.Their Majesties once again called for THLord Kumagaya Kintarou Masamototo present himself before Them. It has been noted by many that Kuma has worked very hard to always portray very accurate dress in his chosen Japanese culture. This pleases Their Majesties, so They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Mirror. The scroll is a work in progress by Gwen Cooke.

Their Majesties called for Itome Osafune to present herself before Them. Itome has been learning how to become a mistress of the lists and has often been seen assisting with running lists in the kingdom. For this Their Majesties felt it just to Award her Arms. Scroll by Vika Vyborgskaia.

Their Majesties called Lord Maddoc MacRoyri before Them. Maddoc is very skilled in the art of thrown weapons, and a certain group had advised Their Majesties as such. Thus, they inducted Maddoc into the Order of the White Horn. Scroll by Scribal West.Her Majesty called for Don Matthias Al Tabai and Lady Sile inchean Chien to present themselves before Her. She declared that these two, the second-place finishers in today’s tournaments, both showed a level of grace and honor today that inspired Her. Thus, she jointly named them Queen’s Inspiration.

Their Majesties called for the scribes, wordsmiths, and regalia wrights that contributed to Their Court to present themselves that they might take a gift from the scribal goodie box.

Their Majesties expressed that the day was very fun. They enjoyed getting to see the fencing and thrown weapons today and were glad to see everyone who came to the event today. They asked for people to remember to write letters of recognition if they see anyone that is doing good work in the Kingdom.

Court closed.

 

Food Drive at Rhydderich Hael Investiture!

Oyez! As the great Ice Dragon settles in and her frigid frost covers the land, want to ensure that all in surrounding communities can celebrate comfortably and in good cheer.

The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael will be hosting a festive food drive and donation table at the Baronial Investiture event being held on Saturday, December 17th, 2022, from 9:30 am to 7:30 p.m. at St. James Church, 405 E. Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Items such as non-perishable, shelf-stable items will be collected and will go to local food pantries in the Batavia and Buffalo area.

Donations of baking supplies, cookies, or candy are suggested and welcome (although all non-perishable donations will be accepted).

Donations of children’s hats and mittens are also welcome donations to be distributed to those in need when they visit food pantries.

There will be cookie trays available for a $12 donation. The proceeds will go to support local food pantries as well.

Let’s show the area our generosity and look forward to seeing everyone at Investiture!!!

Rhydderich Hael Baronial Investiture

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Greetings populace of Æthelmearc!!

A celebration is being held on December 17th, 2022, in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael to bid a fond farewell to Baron Padraig O’Branduibh and Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena and to welcome our new Baronial consorts, Master Magnus de Lyons and The Honorable Lady Thalia Papillon.

The event Facebook page can be found here. 

There will be many activities to do on this wonderful day of celebration!!

For the Heavy fighters there will be a tournament. Fighting activities will be weather dependent based on site conditions. The format of the fighting tourney will either be a Bear pit or possibly a Round robin format dependent on turnout of fighters the day of event. The fighting will take place outside in the back parking lot.

Join us in the returning of Dance!! Let’s all take a refresher and get back into step. There will be beginner instruction with a bit of the history and social aspects of the history and practice. If there’s a dance you’d like to teach, we’ll have plenty of time to dance the afternoon away. Bring yourself! Bring a friend as we start off with some of our favorite demo dances and move into reacquainting ourselves with this fun activity. All ages are welcome and encouraged.

Artisans of the Rhydderich Hael and Æthelmearc!! There will be an Arts + Science competition held. The format is standard, any forms of artistry are welcome, documentation is welcomed, but not required. There will also be some table space set aside for anyone who wants to bring A&S projects to work on or you can certainly work on them at your table.

There will be a variety of games available to be played based on the 14th century including Alquerque, which is an ancestor of checkers, Shove Groat which is an ancestor of shuffleboard that Vikings used to play when they were sailing and four card games!! Come join in the fun and camaraderie!!

Cafeteria style lunch will be served. Brown bags will be available, to put what food you would like in the bag. Reminder – all food must be consumed outside due to current SCA policies.

The site is St. James Episcopal Church located at 405 East Main St. Batavia NY 14020. The site has wheelchair accessibility and can be accessed by parking in the lot on the east side of the building and use the grey ramp to enter the building. The alcohol policy for the site is Beer and wine only, NO Hard Alcohol permitted!!

Reservations can be sent to:

Mistress Cori Ghora, Clare Jackson Simonds. 387 Niagara St. North Tonawanda NY 14120. Please include SCA & modern names, and member id#s for all reservations listed, plus a contact email for confirmation of receipt or any questions.

Make checks payable to SCA NY, Inc – Barony Rhydderich Hael.

Check in time can be shortened by signing up our Fast Pass form. This will also help the Autocrats plan for the bagged lunches

Sign in ahead of time with form here and bring your membership card and exact change.

Registration costs are as follows:

$20 per Adult Event Registration
$15 per Adult Member Discount Event Registration
Free for those under 17

Autocrats for the Event:

THL Chebe & Lady Natsu,
Michael and Heather Dow
162 Glenwood Ave. Medina, NY 14103
716-560-3193
Email: hdow@rochesterr.com

Tentative Schedule of Events for Rhydderich Hael Baronial Investiture:

9:00 Troll Opens
10:30 Morning Court and Investiture
Entertainment periodically from 1- 3:00 PM
1:30 until 3:00 Dancing! In the choir room
1:00 Fighting Tournament/pickups- Weather and MOL permitting. Outside, in the back parking lot.
3:00 A&S Competition voting ends
4:00 PM afternoon court

Please forward any questions regarding event to the Autocrats listed above and any questions regarding registration to Mistress Cori Ghora!!

All current SCA COVID policies will be enforced on day of event!!

Looking forward to a wonderful event and seeing many of you there for a wonderful celebration!!!

 

 

 

New Dean of War College Announced

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From the Chancellors of the Æthelmearc Æcademy:

It gives us great pleasure to announce Sir Marek Viacheldrago as the Dean of the War College, replacing Sir Beatrix Kreiger.

We wish to thank Sir Beatrix for her years of service to Æthelmearc, and to the Æcademy and War College.

We look forward to working with Sir Marek!

Fridrikr and Orianna
Chancellors of the Æcademy