Their Sylvan Majesties, King Gareth Kincaid and Queen Juliana Delamere, are pleased to let it be known to all that they are looking forward to choose their Arts & Sciences Champions at the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship to be held at Tavern Brawl, hosted by the Shire of King’s Crossing this October 30th.
We encourage entrants to join us in-person at a wonderful site for a day of sharing and celebrating of all the wonderful things that our Arts & Sciences community has to offer. There will also be room for Arts & Sciences display and we are even working on some cool demos! However, we do understand that going to events is still a difficult choice for many of us and we have therefore decided on a hybrid in-person/virtual format for this year’s competition.
Entry by Lady Ilaria in the virtual Arts and Sciences Championship in 2020
The in-person competition will be held along the same lines as in the past. Candidates with their entries will be judged face-to-face and the scoring will be based on the Kingdom A&S rubric. In order to reduce the indoor face-to-face time for candidates and judges, we will limit this year’s competition to one 45-minute judging session with a panel of 2 or 3 judges. Although not a requirement, we ask that candidates register their in-person entry online ahead of time, to make planning for us a little easier!
Candidates who are not able to join us at the event can submit their entry online. We created a basic web form where you can securely upload some photos, your documentation and some basic info. The virtual part of the competition will be held much along the lines of last year’s competition. Each candidate will meet face-to-face with a panel of judges over Zoom for one 45-minute judging session during the week leading up to the event and their presentation and entry will be judged with the same rubric as used at the event. The site is discretely damp and we are excited and happy to accept alcoholic beverage entries at the event!
We want to emphasize that we totally love to see partial projects! It doesn’t have to be a completely finished entry to be eligible. As usual, you may also enter up to three related objects as a single entry. Prior entry in another competition or display does not disqualify you from entering, we love to see continued progress on existing projects. The scores will be tallied once all judging is completed (the combined online and in-person entries) and relayed to Their Majesties who will choose their champions and announce them at the event during court.
Their Sylvan Majesties and the Kingdom Office of Arts & Sciences are very much looking forward to seeing what our Kingdom has to offer!
Gentles of Æthelmearc! Fellow lovers of performance and performing! Greetings!
The days of strangeness and plague continue in new and varied ways, but time moves on and so must we.
We – Bran and Gavin – have had the honor and delight of serving as your Sylvan Bard (dipartite) this year, and with Their Majesties Gareth and Juliana’s ascension to the Sylvan Throne, the time has come to determine who will take up the mantle next.
While Kingdom Tradition holds that the successor to the role is chosen by competition at the Kingdom 12th night celebration, the continued pestilence means we will be without that opportunity.
SO, we will create a new opportunity in its place!
**Beginning October 7th, and proceeding through the last day of December, we will be accepting shortish (say 3-7 minutes, hard limit of 10min) performance VIDEO RECORDINGS via the Sylvan Bard email – email here. (Please send us a link to a location we can download from, like dropbox or google drive)
Song! Story! Poem! Bring us your best delightful performance in celebration of the new year, rebirth and renewal, and an eventual return to our desired ways of doing things.
We will send you a receipt email, and will curate the performances together into a 12th night concert/competition, with performances by ourselves, and your wonderful personages, from which Their Majesties will select their new Bardic Champion.
Any questions may be directed to the sylvan bard email above. Thank you, break a leg, and be well and joyful!
Master Illadore reports that Count Byron has bested Sir Murdoch at Crown Tournament in Thescorre today, and invested his lady, Countess Ariella, as Crown Princess. This will be their second reign as King and Queen of Æthelmearc. Vivant!
The time flies and we are approaching the end of our first term as Kingdom Minister and Deputy Minister of Arts & Sciences. It is our pleasure and intention to request a second term, but we encourage anyone interested to also consider applying for this position. Therefore, we are calling for letters of intent for the position of Æthelmearc’s Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences, to begin at the end of our first term on January 12th, 2022.
Applicants would preferably have some knowledge of scoring rubrics and about the format, setup and running of the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship, the Queen’s Prize Tourney, and Arts & Sciences Faire. Please don’t hesitate to contact either of us for more information, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have!
As you have likely seen, the SCA is allowing Kingdoms to adopt their new COVID Policy. In consultation with Their Majesties and Duke Christopher (our Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics), Æthelmearc *will* be adopting that policy and it will go into effect next Monday, October 4th.
We want to give the Kingdom a week to come up with their questions and get prepared. The policy requires that everyone over the age of 11 (so 12 and up) to either show their proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the past 72 hours.
The Board of Directors has also clarified that by “events”, they are using the Corpora definition. This means any event, practice, gathering, meeting or anything else we do in physical spaces is covered by this policy. (Obviously, you do not have to show your vaccine card to attend a Zoom.)
We know this is going to be a burden for some and others will choose not to attend. I understand your feelings and I sincerely hoped we would not be in this position at this time. Unfortunately, the pandemic is continuing and we still have widespread community transmission in every county in Æthelmearc. It is our assessment this policy will make those attending AE events safer for more people. We feel this is the way towards getting back to a “more normal.”
This also means our first actual “event event” that will require the policy will be the Æthelmearc October 9th Crown Tourney. There will be no exceptions to the policy for that event. Everyone who attends who is 12 and up must be vaccinated or show proof of a negative test within 72 hours of the event.
This is going to require a change in how we do a few things – first and foremost, we will have to check-in first at an event. This will likely slow down trolling in, so you may have to add time into your plans.
We know you have many questions. I will be doing more updates in the near future (including a summary of all the policy rules for Æthelmearc) and His Grace Duke Christopher and I will be holding a Zoom town hall next Tuesday.
COVIDSafe Proof of Fully Vaccinated Status or Negative COVID Test Policy Resolution
The SCA Board of Directors aims to balance getting Society participants back to doing the things we love with measures that support Kingdoms in protecting all that people have worked so hard for. Our COVIDSafe Resolutions provide a flexible, risk based framework that allows Kingdoms in the United States and Canada to put in place a core set of requirements that event organizers and individuals must adhere to, based on their current environment and public health directions and advice.
As more information becomes available, the Board reviews and updates its resolutions where necessary in line with its responsibility to act diligently, with due care and in good faith. This is never more important than with issues related to the health and safety of our participants.
In line with this approach, based on changing circumstances and updated expert advice, on September 25, 2021, the Board has resolved the following:
Proof of Fully Vaccinated Status or Negative COVID Test
In addition to the existing policy allowing Kingdoms to establish a mask policy, Kingdom Seneschals in consultation with the Crown shall have the discretion to implement the following policy requiring proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of an event start time from all event attendees:
Events are any activities defined in Corpora II.A, Society Events Defined
Proof of being fully vaccinated must be in the form of a government issued card (original or photograph) or an electronic record.
Proof of negative COVID test must be issued from a licensed medical provider and presented in such paper form or electronic form that the event staff can verify its authenticity. Letterhead from a medical provider or an email address clearly identifying the medical provider as the sender of an electronic record shall constitute authentic proof.
All persons over the age of 18 must present government issued photo identification along with the proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID test. Parents and guardians of minors must present their own identification along with proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID test for all minors attending an event in their care.
Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test shall not be required for children under 12. Children that are aged 3-11 shall wear a mask.
In addition to the normal sanctions process, anyone challenging event staff regarding the enforcement of this COVID policy shall be denied entry to or be immediately removed from the event.
The Kingdom must have one person at a time checking the proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID test at an event. The event organizer, or their designee, shall maintain a list of names and times of the person(s) conducting the check at the entrance. Once the entrance is closed at the event, said person(s) will sign a statement at the bottom of the list of names and times, which reads:
“I have monitored the event entrance at the times noted above, and I have verified that each person entering the event during that time has shown me proper identification, along with either proof of being fully vaccinated or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event.”
Kingdom Seneschals shall notify the Society Seneschal where local, state, provincial, or national law supersedes this policy.
This policy shall not apply to Lochac and Drachenwald.
The Report of the Court of Their Sylvan Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc, held at Whispering of Wildwood on the fourth day of September Anno Societatis fifty-six, with Their Excellencies Ixac amd Amalie, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood, in attendance, Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald, with the assistance of Lady Gulsah al Zakiyya.
Their Majesties found a private moment to speak with Lord Claude du Vivier and inducted them into the Order of the Cornelian for their generous support of the peoples of Delftwood, delivering items between members during the pandemic and their encouragement of the bardic arts encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves. Scroll scrivened by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia, and limned by Lady Aine ingen ui Briain.
Lady Mair the Pavilion Rider was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for her decades of service to Æthelmearc as retainer, guard, cook, Pennsic services, and at local demos. Scroll Limned by Lady Serena Milani, scrivened by Master Jon Blaecstan, words by Her Majesty Liadain.
Their Majesties welcomed all to Their Court, and His Majesty proclaimed even though he didn’t get to put on armor, he had a wonderful time on Archery Ranges and Thrown Weapons ranges.
On 27 August 2021, Their Royal Majesties, Maynard von dem Steine and Líadain ní Dheirdre Chaomhánaigh, the Crown of Æthelmearc, have issued a Temporary Removal from Participation from the SCA against Amy Simeister, known in the Society as Constantina Warbler.
Their Excellencies Ixac and Amalie, Baron and Baroness of Delftwood, were granted leave to conduct their Baronial Court.
Master Jonathan Blaecstan was called forward and invested as the Sylvan Sygnet upon receipt of his oath of Fealty to Æthelmearc and presented with the kingdom scroll case.
Conchobar na Faesoige was called forth and Awarded Arms for his service at events, rattan weapons skills and repairing the baronial loaner armor. Scroll by Alessandra Serena Renda of Gibellina.
Their Majesties called forth Gemma of Delftwood and Awarded her Arms for her service at events, creating largess, and cheering others on in their projects. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.
Their Majesties invited all in attendance who were attending their first Royal Court in Æthelmearc to come forward and presented each with a cup in order to remember the day.
Lauren of Delftwood was Awarded Arms for her long support of helping those around her to shine, entering Arts and Sciences Competitions, and being very generous with time in support of those around her. Limned by Lady Triona MacCaskey, scrivened by Lady Gwen Cook upon a text by Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem.
Lady Ewa of Coppertree was inducted into the Order of the Sycamore in absentia for her theatrical and bardic skills especially in bringing troupes together at the most recent Bardic War. Scroll by Mistress Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne.
Their Majesties Awarded Arms to Muirgen of Delftwood in absentia for her donations to the largess items of the Barony and Kingdom from her weaving and sewing. Scroll by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
Lord Stephen of Delftwood was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for his support coordinating set up and clean up crews at events, always looking for what needs to be done next. Scroll by Lady Gwen Cook.
Their Majesties then received Lord Dalibor Vilcekovsyn and praised his skills in Thrown Weapons, having just stepped down as Baronial Champion, and achieving the rank of Caster. For this They inducted him into the Order of the Golden Alce. Scroll by Baroness Amalie Reinhart.
Their Majesties announced that earlier in the day that They had inducted Lord Claude du Vivier into the Order of the Cornelian for his generosity and courtesy throughout the time of the Plague.
THLord Justin Lymner was called before Their Majesties and They thanked him for his continuing service to the Barony of Delftwood, serving in various offices, guiding newcomers, and running event activities. For these things Their Majesties presented him with the Æthelmearc Award of Excellence.
Their Majesties called forth Lady Ilaria of Delftwood and inducted her into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her excellent research and production of period head coverings from hats to hoods, veils, wraps, and more she has researched and recreated it. Scroll limned by THLady Vivienne of Yardley and scrivened by Lady Murdia Drusilla Vettia Portia.
The site owners Wolfgang von Wilderwood and Lady Ana Sirena de Valbuena were invited into Their Majesties’ Court. Their Majesties thanked them for inviting the Barony to come and spend the day on their property, and so They presented them with Gratia Coronae tokens.
Their Majesties thanked Baron Ixac and Baroness Amalie for their leadership and guidance in these dark times.
The Scribes who contributed to the Royal Court Dockets were invited forward and presented with tokens of appreciation for their generosity with their skills.
Lord Corwin Alexander Templeton was called forth and named Queen’s inspiration, and Her Majesty presented him a pin from her sleeve for his efforts as archery marshal in charge of the event, designing fun and challenging ranges, encouraging all to shoot and his kindness and words of encouragement on the range.
Their Majesties noted that though the event was small They had seen so many smiles all through the day which cheered Their Hearts. They thanked Their Excellencies Ixac and Amalie and the peoples of Delftwood for their continuing support through the plague to make this day . They wished all present safe travels on their way back home.
This message is from Master Illadore de Bedegrayne, Kingdom Seneschal.
I have had several questions about feasts in the past few weeks.
Bottomline – masks are required inside, at all times, by all participants (regardless of vaccination status) at events/practices/gatherings – if you
are in an area of high or substantial transmission. As of today, that is all of Æthelmearc. Not a single county in Æ is moderate or low in Covid transmission.
This means people cannot eat inside, and we cannot have feasts inside. If you are having feast outside (under the stars, in an open tent, under an open shelter), that’s fine – but – be mindful as that means that unvaccinated folks (including all kids under 12) have to eat away from others (or away with their families.)
My discussions with Duke Christopher in the past included how Covid-19 transmission has happened while people were eating – and that was pre-Delta, which is even more contagious than the previous strains. I have deep concerns about unvaccinated folks inside, unmasked, with other unvaccinated folks, for extended periods of time. Being together and eating for extended periods of time is pretty much the definition of a normal SCA feast.
I know, I don’t like it either. I deeply want to eat with my friends. This pandemic is terrible – but would be even worse than not having feast is my beloved Æ folks catching COVID and getting sick, passing it on to others, going to the hospital, or dying.
Please contact me or the Deputy Kingdom Seneschal for Pandemics (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Please join me for year 5 of the Æthelmearc Sign a Day!! Monday – Friday I post one SCA specific Sign a day. On Sunday I post the review from the week before. I start buy posting Society wide signs, then move on to Æthelmearc specific signs, then finish up with ASL signs for common words said in Court. Come learn to understand what I am signing in Court or start your journey to become a Silent Herald! https://www.facebook.com/groups/342387622769921
If you are not on Facebook most of the videos of the signs can be accessed on the Æthlemearc Youtube page here: