Court Report: Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy


Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron II Rex and Ariella II Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at the Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy, 18 June, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Shire of Coppertree. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.

In the morning, Their Majesties inquired of The Honorable Lady Beatrice de Winter whether she felt hale enough to sit in contemplation whether she might accept elevation to the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Her Ladyship replied that she did feel a touch light-headed but that it was indeed her intention to comply. Upon this answer, Their Majesties invited Master Cerian Cantwr of the Midrealm to come forward and receive back Her Ladyship’s belt of apprenticeship. Court was suspended.

In the evening, Their Majesties sent the youth of the kingdom in pursuit of Simon á Fjarfelli and the Toybox.

Their Majesties presented drinking vessels to the newcomers at the event.


Their Majesties received gifts and a message of friendship from representatives from the Barony of Bergental in the East.

Their Majesties gave leave to the Event Steward, Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, to speak to the populace on behalf of the event staff. Their Majesties also invited the Chancellors of the Æcademy, Goði Fridrikr Tomasson and Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona, to thank the teachers who made the event such a success.

Their Majesties then sought Lord Gunnlaud Leifson. Praising his dedication to martial practice and his impressive skills in the art of war, They were moved to name him a Companion of the Order of the
Golden Alce. Scroll by MeiLon upon wording by Master Po Silvertop.

Their Majesties next requested Mistress Elska á Fjarfelli. Lest this good lady find herself in confusion as to the reason for her summons, Their Majesties spoke of her skill in archery, which made Them well pleased to name her a Companion of the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll illuminated by Maîtresse Melisande of the Gryphon Wood, calligraphy by Master Jonathan Blaecstan.

Their Majesties also sought the presence of Baroness Clarice Roan. Noting that Her Excellency has also achieved consistent skill with thrown weapons, and that she enthusiastically assists others in their pursuit of thrown weapons prowess, They were moved to add Her Excellency as well to the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhardt.

Their Majesties then desired that Baroness Annika Iosafova present herself before the throne. Their Majesties spoke of Her Excellency’s generosity and kind spirit, always making others feel welcomed and at ease. As outward proof of Her Excellency’s unfailing courtesy, They were moved to name her a Companion of the Cornelian. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

Their Majesties wished next to be attended by Lady Vedis Aradottir. Noting this lady’s diligent service as exchequer, and particularly her work to rehabilitate the shire’s books, They were well-pleased to name her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Baroness Antoinette de Lorraine.

Their Majesties desired that Master Robert of Ferness come forward. They imparted to Master Robert that word had reached Them of his efforts to maintain the arts community in the ethereal realms, They were moved to name him also a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.

Their Majesties extended to Master Hrolf á Fjarfelli time in Court to address the populace regarding the upcoming Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic. Master Hrolf announced that Master Morien MacBain had been added as an additional representative of the Kingdom, and added that he also needs additional judges for the War Point.

Before he was released, however, Their Majesties commented that he never seemed to come to them to inform them of problems or opportunities, without first having done the work of devising solutions or ways to take advantage. It was noted that others also had observed this trend, and desired that Their Majesties take action to recognize this quality. Thus, Their Majesties summoned Their Noble Order of the Millrind, and named Master Hrolf one of its Companions. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein.

Their Majesties then required attendance by Lord Bjarki Rikardson. Noting that this gentle’s skill and prowess were incontrovertible, They spoke of how They have come to rely on his sword and look forward to his bouts. Since there were others who had a similar assessment, They called for the members of the Noble Order of the Gage to come forward and witness as They Granted Bjarki Arms and named him a Companion of their number. Scroll forthcoming.

Next, Their Majesties had further business with Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson. They remarked on His Excellency’s relentless pursuit of the art of the bow, and his efforts to excel within the community of archers as well as his work to assist others on their path. They then invited Their Noble Order of the Scarlet Guard and the visiting member of the Greenwood Company forward to welcome His Excellency into that Order. Scroll calligraphy by Master Jonathan Blaecstan, illumination unsigned.

Their Majesties then invited Her Grace, Duchess Gabrielle von Nijinrode, to present herself. Her Majesty spoke of Her Grace’s unfailing courtesy, charity, kindness, and benevolence, as well as the thoroughness with which Her Grace and His Grace Timothy embraced the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and have come to embody the spirit of the realm. In recognition of this singular dedication and incomparable quality possessed by Her Grace, They named her Their Jewel of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Master Christofano Vecchione.

At this time, news reached the Court that The Honorable Lady Beatrice, while sitting her vigil earlier that day, had succumbed to the faintness that was overtaking her and she had mysteriously and suddenly expired. Though saddened, Their Majesties agreed that funerary rites must be observed, and called for her cortege to approach, along with the Companions of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Master Cerian Cantwr begged Their Majesties to raise Her Ladyship to the rank of the Laurel, that her soul might be sent to rest with the fullest honors. Their Majesties heard words of support from Her Grace, Duchess Gabrielle von Nijinrode, Royal Peer; from Master Dorinda Courtenay, Order of Defense, delivered by Master Diego Miguez Munoz de Castilla; from Duke Christopher Rawlins, Knight, delivered by Sir Otto of Westphalia; from Baron Caleb Reynolds; Master of the Pelican; and from Master Cerian Cantwr, her erstwhile Laurel. While Their Majesties were well satisfied with these endorsements, Mistress Luceta di Cosimo entreated Them to pause for a brief moment to ensure that all things had been done correctly and that Her Ladyship’s spirit would be free to leave its mortal remains and go to its place of rest in
peace. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), items from Mistress Luceta’s list appeared to have been wisely chosen, for in the middle of her inventory, Her Ladyship was revived, whereupon she was able to accept the accolade which the Crown had offered. After receiving her oath of service, They bestowed upon her the regalia of her new station: medallion, wreath, and cape, and conferred upon her by letters Patent the title of Mistress of the Most Noble Order of the Laurel. Scroll illuminated by Mistress Luceta di Cosimo, upon parchment made and calligraphed by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese, with wording by
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL).

Before releasing the Order, Their Majesties required The Honorable Lady Renata Rouge to present herself,. They spoke of her skill with the needle, as well as her exemplary, peerlike quality. Finding Her Ladyship in all ways to be a master of her art, They directed her to choose a future date wherein she might also sit vigil to contemplate elevation as a Laurel. Scroll by Baron Padraig O’Branduibh.

Having added Her Ladyship Renata to the ranks of the vigilant, Their Majesties also summoned Master Morien MacBain. With praise for his skill in poetry and the way that he has pushed his art to new heights, They issued him also with a Writ of Summons to choose a mutually agreeable time and place for induction into the Order of the Laurel. Scroll by Master Kieran MacRae.

Her Majesty asked The Honorable Lord Ælfric the Kestrell, of the Order of the Greenwood Company, to come forward. Her Majesty explained that His Lordship had had come from great distance for the sole purpose of greeting Baron Snorri into the Order of the Scarlet Guard. For this act of friendship and generosity, Her Majesty was moved to name him her Inspiration of the Day.

Their Majesties then offered scribal supplies to all those scribes who contributed to the day’s scrolls, in thanks and recompense, and encouraged others to take up the brush and pen to help adorn the Courts of Æthelmearc.

There being no further business, Court was closed.

Faithfully Submitted,
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

Pennsic War: Important Updates for Attendees

Hello fellow Pennsic attendees!!

29 days until we return HOME! I hope all your Pennsic projects are underway and nearing completion. Here is your July reminder for Pennsic 49 and again, this missive will be longer than what I usually put out.

*IMPORTANT UPDATES* Message from the Deputy Mayor of Event Safety regarding the Covid Policy for Pennsic 49.

“Pennsic 49 Covid policy: Covid policies of the SCA and Kingdom of Æthelmearc apply to Pennsic and will therefore require some changes from what you’ve seen in the past. Some of these may or may not impact you and some of these are critical for everyone attending to know.


Kingdom of Æthelmearc Covid policy

It’s critical to understand the details here as we really don’t want to turn anyone away at troll because someone didn’t understand what they needed to get in the gate. This applies to anyone 5 years or older, so it includes your kids as well. This only applies to anyone trolling into the event for the first time. Once you’ve received your medallion you can leave and enter the site as normal.

A physical copy of your vaccination card or a photo of it are both acceptable. You will need a form of ID as usual.

If you bring documentation of a negative test remember that it has to be from a medical facility and it has to be within 72 hours of when you arrive at the troll desk so please plan your timing accordingly as sometimes lines can be as long on the weekends. Home test results are not acceptable.

There are no exceptions so if you don’t have what you need you will not be allowed into the event.

Æthelmearc requires masking indoors, but due to the large openings of our facilities places like the Great Hall, and tent spaces are considered outdoor spaces. The upper level of the cooper shower house next to the Cooper Store will be closed and locked for Pennsic 49. The upper bathrooms will still be accessible from the deck.

Camps, individual classes, and merchant spaces may set their own rules for requiring masks in their space, so we recommend all attendees have a mask available and respect the rules for their space. The First Aid pavilion will be treated like a medical facility and masks will be required if you are admitted in to see doctors or EMTs.

The event will not be providing water containers. Attendees are requested to bring their own water containers and we will have filtered water available at various locations around the site. That includes the battlefield and public service areas.

As with things like sunscreen and bug spray, attendees should plan to provide their own masks and hand sanitizer.”

Specific questions on implementation of the Covid Policy at Pennsic can be directed to the email below:

Baron Maneul dela Rosa y Botella de Mirguela

Deputy Mayor of Event Safety

Email here


If you require any services (i.e., Charging or you are requesting a Handicap Port-a-John) please visit the Pennsic War web site at the link below:

Visit the website here

Reminder: If you have need of a Handicap Port-a-John, please fill out the form for yourself only. Do not submit a form that says “we have a bunch of people in camp who need one” as this will not be a valid submission and will not be counted. We do not have the same amount of Handicap Port-a-Johns as regular ones and we need to place them where they will help the most. Requests will be accepted until July 25th.

The Great Hall and N-Block Charging Stations are full for all time slots. This means we have NO availability at those locations. We currently have availability at the Disability Camp, B-Block for all time slots and limited for the Runestone Hill Charging Station. If you need access to power, please submit your request as soon as possible. These are first come first served so request early. If possible, you may want to consider investing in the newer Solar Panel options that are available now that are not expensive as our population is growing and the supply struggles to keep up. Requests will be accepted until July 25th. After that point, you can come to Disability Point to request charging once you are on site.

Also, only Service Animals and Service Animals-in-Training will be allowed on site. I cannot stress this enough. If you bring an emotional support or comfort support animal, it will be turned away. Please spread the word about this.

Emotional Support/Comfort Support animals do NOT qualify as a service animal and a doctor’s note / downloaded certificate from a website does not make your dog a service animal.

Please make alternate arrangements for those animals who do not meet ADA and the PHRA rules. If you bring an animal that does not meet the ADA or PHRA definition of a Service Animal or Service Animal-in-Training, it will NOT be allowed on site. You will be provided with a list of kennels in the area in which to take your animal.

Please be sure to bring a certificate of current rabies vaccination with you. If you do not bring one, your service animal will be refused entry to the event.

Please do not bring your pet or ESA / CSA as this will just cause more distress to you as you will be required to remove said animal off site immediately.

We are also offering Signing services for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community as well. If you need this service, you can go to the web site and click on the link below. We need Signing Service Volunteers. If you can assist, please let me know.

Visit the website here

Please note, site rules state that only electric scooters/wheelchairs (power or manual) are allowed on site. Electric Carts will not be allowed. You may NOT tow anything behind your scooter/wheelchair at any time.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at this email and we will be happy to assist you.


Baroness Isabeau Du Valle

Disability Services Coordinator

Pennsic War 49


THLord Bjarki coaches Archery at Spring Æcademy


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Another amazing Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College transpired this weekend, perfectly hosted by the Shire of Coppertree at a well-equipped Scouting Campground. As part of the War College track, several classes covering different types of martial arts were on the menu, like throwing the Ancient Roman plumbata, throwing axes side arm, as well as fencing, but with a German longsword. Two classes especially stood out this weekend: martial classes who did not only taught how to do the thing, but also discussed the why. Hersir Marek Viachedrago discussed visual calibration during Heavy fights – why did this fighter take the shot, but that fighter did not? – for the non-fighting observer, adding context to fights otherwise mostly only appreciated by those who have done so themselves.

Bjarki instructing Master Robert of Ferness on where and why to anchor your string-hand.

Another martial class I am particularly excited about, and was very happy to be able to take myself, is the “Olympic Archery Fundamentals for Medieval Archery” taught by THLord Bjarki Rikarðarson. After being foiled not once, but twice, in the finals of the Kingdom Archery Championship against Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson, our newest member of the Scarlet Guard, I figured I need to up my game! I came away with several tips to work on, but especially, with a number of insights into the mechanics of how bow and body work together I had not previously been aware of, or ever heard being put into visuals and words. I found the class extremely beneficial, and feel any aspiring archer should check it out – I know I will again. Even our teenage archer Simon has practiced at home what he learned in class, wanting to retake it again when he can – and that is quite the compliment!

I asked THLord Bjarki if he could tell us a little more about his ideas behind this class and his SCAdian and mundane experiences teaching archery.

Ælfric the Kestrel from Ealdormere instructing youth Simon á Fjárfelli to line up properly with the target.

Bjarki shared his archery class is a pretty standard class used for introducing people to archery and onto the path of competition shooting (known as Olympic archery style). He was certified as an USA Archery coach/teacher about three years ago. He says: “Some of the local traditional guys mentioned coaching for the YMCA as a side gig and I followed up on that. They put me through the training for it and I spent a handful of my Saturday mornings teaching kids to shoot. Pretty fulfilling to see how excited a 6 to 10 year old gets when they hit the target.

Before that, I’ve been using a bow my entire life. Everything from traditional to compound shooting. I’ve been successfully bow hunting since I was 13.

Ælfric the Kestrel came down from the Kingdom of Ealdormere. He has taken the equivalent course for certification in Canada. Originally, he wanted to come shoot and to see Snorri get inducted into the Scarlet Guard but since the event was all classes, I asked him to assist me with my class. His input was nice because he shoots very differently than I do and shoots well that way.

Detailed instructions can be found here.

I would like to teach this “class” again, but really, anytime I’m on the range I can coach and assist with the knowledge I have. Unofficially, I’ve been giving this class and coaching people in the SCA my entire SCA career. It really makes me happy to give someone advice, see them process it, and then successfully use it to accomplish a goal.”

THLord Bjarki has won archery tournaments, is an archery marshal, and the current Shire of Coppertree’s Captain of the Archers. When you see him on the range, feel free to ask your pointy questions as he clearly loves to enable others into the arts of archery!


Court Report: Iris Festival



Documented from the Rolls and Files of the Coram Regibus of Thomas Byron II Rex and Ariella II Regina, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: Being a True Record of the Business of Their Royal Court at the Iris Festival, Kingdom Equestrian Champs, and Iron Comet, 4 June, Anno Societatis LVII, in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. As recorded by Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres, Meistr-y-gân, Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald, assisted by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.

Their Majesties asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of friends who have left us since our last meeting.

Their Majesties then called Princess Leia to take up the toybox and sent the many, many youth in attendance in pursuit of her.

Their Majesties welcomed the newcomers at the event with drinking vessels.

Following this, Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies Debatable Lands to conduct business of their court.

Upon the conclusion of Baronial Court, Their Majesties summoned Master Morien McBain to entertain the populace with one of the pieces he had composed for the Iris Festival.

Next, Their Majesties welcomed The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein and Tora-kyo no Shia no Gozen, their outgoing Equestrian Champions, to pass on their regalia to the incoming champions. Master Rhion Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy and Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin, driving Romeo and Mercutio, were named King’s Equestrian Champions – the first driving team in the Known World ever to enter a kingdom equestrian championship; and Yarden of the Debatable Lands, riding Diamond, took up the mantle of Queen’s Equestrian Champion. Scrolls for both were illuminated by Katrina Beese and calligraphed by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.

Their Excellencies, Brandubh et Hilderun, came forward to accept on behalf of Dagon Wrathmonger, whose martial dedication had moved Their Majesties to Award him Arms. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein upon wording by Master Alaric MacConnal.

Their Majesties next invited The Honorable Lady Hara Kikumatsu and Ishiyama Shonagon Gen’tarou no Yori’ie forward. Speaking with gratitude for the many yards of kumihimo cords, as well as other gifts of time and materials they have donated in favors, garb, and other service to the Crown, Their Majesties provided them each with tokens in testament to naming them recipient’s of the Crown’s Treasure.

Their Majesties then sought The Honorable Lady Violetta da Valencia to speak with her of her brewing and her service to that guild, as well as to the moneyer’s guild. In recognition of this, They declared it proper to name her a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Eleanore Godwin.

Their Majesties next requested to be attended by Lord Turlough Feolain and Lady Finé Faolain. His Majesty spoke of Turlough’s magic toolbox, his seeming ability to meet any need when something is broken and in need of fixing. In addition to this and his service to his Barony as a retainer, as well as in the Choir and the Archery Guild, They were moved to make him a Companion of the Order of the Keystone. Scroll by Master Christofano Vecchione.

To Finé, Their Majesties spoke of her constant service–retaining, singing in the choir, setup, cleanup, seeming to be everywhere throughout the day cheerfully and untiringly. For these numerous acts of service, They were well minded to induct her as well to the Order of the Keystone. Scroll illumination by Mistress Graidhne ni Ruaidh, calligraphy by The Honorable Lady Nichola Beese.

Their Majesties, with the assistance of Their Excellencies Debatable Lands, then reached through the aether to demand that The Honorable Lord Owen Tegg attend Their words. Her Majesty reminded His Lordship of the ways in which he has continued to serve Æthelmearc despite being unable to attend events in person due to the continuing plague. Their Majesties then called forward Their Noble Order of the Millrind as witnesses that They saw fit to induct His Lordship among their number at that time. Scroll by The Honorable Lady Gesa von Wellenstein.

Her Majesty then spoke of her inspiration for the day, saying that there could only be one choice–or this day, two, as the reason the event had occurred at all lay in the vision, dedication, and determination of The Honorable Lady Hara Kikumatsu and Ishiyama Shonagon Gen’tarou no Yori’ie. She bestowed upon them Her token in thanks for bringing their vision to reality. In gratitude for their contributions to the day’s Court, Their Majesties invited forward the scribes to select
items to resupply their stock.

There being no further business, Court was closed.

Faithfully Submitted,
Gwendolyn the Graceful, Brehyres (OL)
Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald

Pennsic Hospitality Seeks Volunteers


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Greetings unto the Populace of Æthelmearc!

My name is Genevieve O’Connor, and I have been asked to take charge of coordinating Hospitality at the Æthelmearc Royal Encampment for Pennsic XLVIIII.

For those not in the know, Hospitality is in charge of the Populace Pavilion at the Æ Royal Encampment where we provide anyone who would like a place to sit, cool/dry off, hydrate, and socialize. We make sure people get answers to their questions, are directed to wherever they need to go in the Royal Encampment, have messages taken, and we accept gifts to the Crown.

In light of how popular they were at precious Wars, we will be offering recharging stations for small electronics. These are open to anyone who is in the Populace Pavilion, in a meeting or other business in the encampment, guarding the gate, or working Hospitality. You are, of course, responsible for your own devices.

I am looking for volunteers to fill shifts throughout the War. We like to have two people manning the desk during open hours. We always make sure to schedule at least one experienced person in a shift, so if you are new to hospitality feel free to sign up and we’ll get you up to speed in no time.

The first day of Hospitality is on Sunday, July 31 from 2 to 6 pm, during which time we will finish setup. Peace week shifts are from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5.

War week shifts are from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday, August 6 through Thursday, July 11. We have two shifts in the morning of August 12 to pack up prior to tearing down the Encampment.

Shifts are two hours long. Hospitality will be closed during Kingdom Court, and adjustments will be made for other activities taking place in the Royal Encampment or as demand requires it.

If possible, please sign up in advance! We have a total of 108 shifts to fill throughout Pennsic to provide the level of hospitality and service we have become known for.

I can be reached at this email address. If you can’t commit yet to a time, the Hospitality schedule book will be at the Hospitality desk to sign up in once you get to Pennsic. Of course, early choice means the best times are available.

Thank you so very much!

Lady Genevieve O’Connor, Hospitality Coordinator

Populace in Focus – Lord Godzimir the Golden

Real name: Gavin Keith

SCA Name and title: Lord Godzimir the Golden

Number of years in the SCA: Six

How did you find out about the SCA? Baron Snorri Skyti Bjarnarson, aka David Haldenwang introduced me to the idea.

Where did you start, what was your first event? War Practice 2016.  It was a great time and a wonderful introduction to the game.

What is your persona? Godzimir the Golden is a Rus boyar from 10th century Kyiv.  As a boy, he enjoyed watching the archers in his father’s employ.  The grace and athleticism of the archers fascinated him.  Godzimir wanted nothing more than to be as skilled as them one day.  To that end, he picked up his bow and left his home in search of adventure.

Why did you pick this persona? I wanted something more exotic than the usual Viking persona.  It also roughly matches the style recurve bow I use.

Do you have any group or household affiliations? I am a proud member of  the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands, and of my household, Ætt Skyti.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA… I live in Pittsburgh and work in the steel industry in the steel city, get it?  I like reading, lifting weights, playing video games, and, especially, practicing archery.  I have a lovely wife, Reilly, and two cats, named Aegon, or ‘Egg’, and another named Possum.  They are adorable gremlins.

What SCA activities do you, or have you participated in? Archery and thrown weapons are my favorite activities and the bulk of what I do in the SCA.

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.) I run the Archers Guild in the barony of the BMDL.  I also co-lead my household, Ætt Skyti.

When you started in the SCA what goals did you have? I wanted to expand my knowledge beyond that of the Viking age.  I wanted to meet new people and see new perspectives. The goal was to really enjoy this goofy hobby of dressing up with my friends in the woods.

What are your goals now?  Reach the rank of Master Bowman in archery.  I’m very close.  I would like to teach a class on spear throwing, having been a javelin coach.  Beyond that, I’d like to learn a new skill.  I’m thinking woodworking, cooking, or sewing.

What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA? Going up against such skilled opponents from Æthelmearc and other kingdoms!

After the unexpected shutdown ends, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in the SCA? Oof, this question did not age well.  I’d like to get new people involved in archery.  I’d especially like to bring more people over to the ‘period’ style of archery.  That’s my jam.

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself, what question would you ask? Be bold.  Be humble.  Be kind. Why are some long-time members of the SCA not these things?

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent that you do not have, what would it be? Sewing or cooking.  One would save me a lot of money, the other would make me and other folks happy.

If you had to join the SCA in another “era” (1970,1980, etc.) what “era” would you pick and why? None, I like where the SCA is currently.

Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why? It is my wish to join the honorable ranks of the Scarlet Guard, Æthelmearc’s elite group of archers.  I would also like to join the Order of the White Horn, for those in Æthelmearc who show great prowess in thrown weapons.  An invitation to the Order of the Golden Stirrup would be neat too.  Hey, you said not to be modest.

If you could pick one thing you would like to see more of in the SCA, what would it be? (and why)? More advertisement and ease of access for newcomers.  This is an expensive hobby, and it’s easy for new folks to be overwhelmed by our excitement for what we do.

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Populace in Focus – Baron Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde

Real Name: Lou McBride

SCA Name & title: Baron Cormacc mac Gilla Brigde

Years in the SCA: 12 active but my first SCA even was in 1997 with a huge gap to 2010 because of life.

How did you find out about the SCA? A local Newspaper, then I was brought to my first SCA activities by my friend Cyndi who I occasionally run into at Pennsic

Where did you start, what was your first event? My first Event was an Endless Hills 12th night.

What is your persona? Early 11th century Irishman who fought at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 in the Munster army of High King Brian Boru.

Why did you pick this persona? I wanted to do Irish, and it seems like the most interesting time for me.

Do you have any group or household affiliations? Duchy of Arindale as Squire to Duke Timothy

Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA – I have two amazing sons and I have worked for Amazon since 2012.

What SCA activities do you or have you participated in? Shenanigans and heavy fighting mostly, but I occasionally fence (mostly at war,) I throw, and shoot archery when there is time. I love work in feast kitchens and do over fire cooking, and I have been known to so some woodworking.

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.) I am currently the Region 3 Heavy Marshal and have been for a while, I am also a Combat Archer and a Fencing Marshal. I have been a knight marshal of Endless Hills, and Zule Herald of Endless Hills. I have been event steward for about a dozen events, and head cook for 4 events. I was also Captain of the Queen’s Guard for Duchess Gabrielle.

When you started in the SCA what goals did you have? To become a knight.

What are your goals now? To be the best fighter I can be, I understand now I can’t control what happens with polling orders, but I can control how I act, and how hard I work. I also want to bring more cooking with period technology to events.

What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA? Duke Dietrich’s footwork…seriously though I have been lucky in being part of such a great household I learned early not to be intimidated.

After the unexpected shutdown ends, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in the SCA? To help the society build back better. We lost a lot of good people the pandemic, but more importantly we lost a lot of problematic people. I would really like to help replace those people with new people who feel more welcome than they were before. Particularly, I would love to see more younger heavy fighters, more cis female, female presenting and gender fluid heavy fighters as well as more siege engineers and combat archers.

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of? The SCA is a long show path, a have fun, meet all the people, try all the things, and take time to decide before you join a household or enter a Student/Teacher relationship.

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be? Tablet Weaving: I really want more tablet women trim, but I can’t afford to pay fair Price and also don’t want to rip off my friends.

If you had to join the SCA in another “era” (1970, 1980, etc.), what “era” would you pick and why? I would have loved to have been able to afford to stick with it when I joined in 1997, I would be 25 years in the SCA right now.

Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why? Order of the Cornelian. I have 2 grant level awards a Gage and a Millrind. Both of them say I worked hard, and people noticed. The cornelian says people believe I am a good, kind, and courteous person. To me that matter more than being a good fighter or good at service.

If you could pick one thing you would like to see more of in the SCA, what would it be? More events with settings away from cars and modern things. It drives me nuts when you see a great picture of someone that is ruined because there is a car in the background. I would love it if people dropped their stuff and moved there car away. I know this is difficult for some people, and I accept that, but some able-bodied people are just don’t care enough to move their car.

I would also love to see more people get into their persona beyond some clothes and a fighting kit.

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Event Announcement: Bog 3 Day/A Day at the Viking Townhall


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Greetings! Let it be known throughout our Sylvan Kingdom and beyond that the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog 3-Day event is again on the horizon!

The Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog would like to invite the Known World to join them for 3 days of martial activities, arts, friendship, and celebration as the Great Pennsic War looms ever closer. Not only will there be an abundance of activities to inspire and excite but it will also be the Investiture of our new Baron and Baroness! A weekend of true festivity and revelry!

This year, all are welcome to a weekend at the Viking Townhall! There will be a full day of Viking themed martial activities including Heavy Weapons, Youth fighting, Rapier, Thrown Weapons, and Archery! There will be an A&S display and Competition for both finished and in-progress work. And Yes! We will once again be hosting the 13th Annual Iron Scribe Competition! And this year I am excited to announce there will also be a Brewing Competition! There are also children’s activities planned for a day of merriment for all!

Our Head Cook is preparing a fine hearty feast and after an exciting day of activities invites all to don your finest Viking garb and join us in the longhouse for an illuminating and enchanting evening of feasting and friendship. We encourage all to bring their banners to hang, and candles and lanterns, to add to the aesthetic of the evening.

Depending on COVID Protocol at the time of the event, the feast and all activities may take place outside. The event will follow all SCA Covid protocols. Please check the event Facebook Page for updates and announcements as the event draws closer.

Our site is the New Germany Grove Hall 1635 New Germany Road, Summerhill, PA15958. Site will open on Friday, July 15th at 5 pm and close on Sunday, July 17th, at 12 noon. There is plenty of space for camping. No shower facilities are available but place feel free to being our own amenities. There will be sanitizing stations throughout the event. The site is discreetly wet and above ground fires are permitted. Adult Event Registration is $25 per adult. Adult Member Discount Event Registration is $20 per adult member. Children ages 17 and under are free. Breakfast and lunch sideboard are included with your event registration.

Our Head Cook is her Excellency Rosheen O Fayh (Tracey Zimmerman) email: Dietary/allergy concerns may be sent to her email. Co-Feastocrat is Lord Biorn inn Digri (Chris Fedelia). Feast is $10 per person. Children ages 5 and under are free for feast. The feast is limited to 64, so reservations are highly encouraged.

Our Reservation Clerk will be Lord Battista (Paul Tedeski) email This year Pre-registration will be available online through SCARS and all those who preregister online will receive a $5 discounted registration fee. Please check the event page for information on when pre-registration will open and close. Cash and checks will still be accepted at the gate. Make checks payable to SCA-PA, Inc. Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog. Our Royalty Liaison is Dame Ursula of Rouen (Danielle Duvall, PO Box 661, Shepherdstown, WV. 25443), 540-287-1748 or

Questions regarding the event may be directed to the Autocrat, Lady Niamh bean Bran O’Labhradha (Diana Lowry, 3735 Baytree Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15214), 724-550-5352 or

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try and ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe necessary.

Directions available at the event announcement here.

Facebook event is here.

Æcademy and War College to host SASS silent auction



This coming weekend, the Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College will host many classes on diverse topics. But be prepared, as well as a Silent Auction to benefit SASS! Shaykha Jân al-Tha’lab from the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, better known as Fox, is working hard to raise enough funds to be able to supply provisions for our Pennsic fighters. For now, she’s mostly made use of donations jars but to reach her end goal she plans a one-time silent auction at the Æcademy and War College. Traditionally, SASS is funded through a donation jar at the well-attended Adult Swim, but with event disruptions due to the Plague, this option was not available for our fighters this year.What is SASS? The Sylvan Army Support Staff provides food, water, basic first aid and armor/weapon repair stuffs to support and aid our Kingdom’s fighters and fencers while they’re on the field at Pennsic, WP, and several other events. We are a group of volunteers funded primarily through monetary donations from our populace, which is used to procure the Gatorade, pickles, olives, watermelons, oranges, pretzels, etc to literally feed an army, and a terrifying amount of duct tape.

Please check out the SASS Silent Auction and bid generously! Or, if your house is as full as mine, you are also more than welcome to add directly to the donation jar, of course.

The Spring Æcademy and War College will be held in the Shire of Coppertree at Camp Kingsley, 5330 Tuffy Road, Ava, New York on June 18, 2022 and is a Royal Event. Please contact Master Fridrikr & Mistress Orianna, Chancellors of the Æcademy and Sir Beatrix Krieger, Dean of the War College, for more information on Æcademy.

Have books (sca tops), fighter gear or A&S specific goods spare to benefit Sass and our Pennsic fighters? I will be happy to take your donation (preferably before lunch) and add it to the silent auction menu. Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarson is the event autocrat and can help track me down, or leave your donation at Troll when entering or at/under the Donations table.

Thank you so much!

Yours in service,


Class List and Schedule for Æthelmearc Æcademy


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Greetings all!

We are very excited by the first in-person Æthelmearc Æcademy since 2019!  The Shire of Coppertree is graciously hosting us at Camp Kingsley in Ava, NY on June 18th 2022.  We have a wide array of classes ready for you, so come out and learn new things!

A preliminary schedule and class list are now available on the Æthelmearc Æcademy website

PLEASE NOTE some classes require additional fees for materials or that you bring your own supplies, so be prepared if you are interested in taking those classes.

Schedule for the day is as follows:

  • Site opens at 9:00am
  • Their Majesties will be holding a short court at 9:30am
  • Classes will run 10:00am to noon
  • Lunch break from noon to 1:00pm (bag lunches provided by Duchess Rowan and the Coppertree cooks, and you must preregister for the lunch)
  • Classes 1:00pm to 4:30pm
  • Royal Court at 5:00pm

Additional event information can be found here.

The site is a boy scout camp so the classes are spread out through various buildings and grounds. If you need assistance finding your classroom let us know! All of the classroom buildings have electricity, and all of the classrooms will have bottled water for general use. The tap water in the camp is from a well-regulated spring-fed lake so it is also quite potable.

Current COVID policy for the Kingdom of Æthelmearc (and we do not expect this to change anytime soon) is that everyone over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors.

All of the classrooms with the exception of the War College are indoors and, therefore, EVERYONE over the age of 2 INCLUDING TEACHERS MUST BE MASKED FOR THE DURATION OF EACH CLASS.  The classrooms will have signs reminding attendees of this fact.

We know this might be difficult to manage but we are the SCA and courtesy dictates that we follow policy, and that we are patient with the difficulties this may present. We would recommend that you each bring one or more masks, and a straw to allow you to drink out of a bottle or mug without needing to remove your mask.

You must also eat out of doors, but the autocrat has assured us that there are plenty of tables in the various open structures and porches to allow for this.

Teachers are allowed to move classes outside if permitted by the weather and class structure.

Please feel free to contact either the Æcademy staff or the autocrat, Baron Snorri skyti Bjarnarsson, if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing all of you on the 18th!

Fridrikr, Orianna, and Beatrix
Chancellors of the Æcademy and War College