We still have room for more teachers! Classes can be on Armored combat, Rapier combat, thrown weapons, archery, equestrian, and anything related to the marshal activities. If you are interested in teaching, please fill out the google form at: https://forms.gle/Lxk6p3cj7dYBESA97
Greetings to all weavers, dyers, tailors, spinners, and textile workers of all persuasions!
The eighteenth annual Fiber, Fabric, & Fun (FF&F) will be held online, on its usual day of November 21, 2020. While we can’t bring you fighting, fencing, fishing, or feasting, we are planning for a day filled with fiber, fabric, and fun.
We are seeking Zoom-friendly classes on all aspects of textiles and clothing, from spinning the fiber to weaving the cloth, to embellishing the fabric, and constructing the garments (bonus points for things I’ve never even thought of).
The entire epic will be split into two performances:
Saturday night, Nov 14, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday afternoon, Nov 15, at 2:00 p.m.
The poem tells the story of the hero Beowulf who rescues the Danes by killing the monstrous Grendel. He goes on to kill Grendel’s mother, become king, and then in his old age must face a dragon. Throughout the story, he learns lessons about kingship, feud, and the dangers inherent in fighting a monster
The performance will be presented with the natural, organic backgrounds of our homes such as bookshelves, workshops, home offices, kitchens, and living rooms.
We will tell the story without stage magic, but instead will use the available medium to bring Beowulf into the homes of the audience.
While the exact age of Beowulf is not known, the anonymously written poem is the earliest work of full scale English literature.
Beowulf consists of 3182 lines of poetry. It takes three and a half hours to perform it in its entirety.
The artistic team gratefully acknowledges the support of the East Kingdom Web Ministry, and the East Kingdom Ministry of Arts and Sciences.
The artistic team is:
Director: Master Toki Skáldagörvir (AEthelmearc)
Stage Manager/Company Manager: Mistress Jenevra de Carvalhal (East)
Academic and Literary Advisor: Prof. M. Wendy Hennequin (Tennessee State University, Nashville)
Assistant Director: Mistress Tyzes Sofia “Zsof” (Midrealm)
Assistant Director: Lucas Abernathy (East)
Director Toki Skáldagörvir is excited to be a part of the production.
“Beowulf is still relevant today. Leadership matters, well-earned loyalty is essential, and pride is a dangerous path,” Toki said, adding that Nietzche’s much later advice was true for Beowulf, and is true today, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster.”
Ever wanted to run an online event, meeting or activity, but just didn’t know how? Then join Æthelmearc’s ÆLeads team* at their first monthly Online Resources Schola session: Virtual Events & Activities How-to! Teachers and panelists from Æthelmearc and across the Known World will show you everything from background technical logistics to how to run parties at an online war.
This Schola will be held online via Zoom, on Saturday, August 29th. Join the Facebook Event, or email email@example.com for Zoom login information.
Schedule (Eastern Time):
10am – Zoom Hosting & Walk-through
11am – Roundtable: Regular Virtual Meetings
12pm – A Logistical Template for a Virtual Event
1pm – Thinking Outside the Box for a Virtual Event
2pm – The Social Side of Virtual Events
3pm – Ask the Experts – An Informal Panel Discussion/Q&A with Virtual Event Stewards From Across the Known World
*Zoom Hosting & Walk-through* (10am EST, Baroness Amalie Reinhardt) – You’ve been asked to Host (be a Zoomerator) for a Zoom class/meeting. How do you start the meeting? How do people join? How do people share screen? What other controls are available to you in the room? Join our session and find out the answers to these questions, and more, from Baroness Amalie.
*Roundtable: Regular Virtual Meetings* (11am EST, Baron Padraig O’Branduibh) – All those who have or are interested in running regular weekly/monthly/other meetings for their SCA activity are encouraged to participate and share experiences, ideas, and best practices.
*A Logistical Template For a Virtual Event* (12pm EST, Baroness Elena de la Palma) – The event steward for Æthelmearc Æcademy shares her template for ensuring a smooth virtual event – what staff you need, what setup and prep work is required, some pitfalls and cautionary tales…and most importantly how to make sure everyone has fun!
*Thinking Outside the Box in the Digital Space* (1pm EST, Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem) – Tips and tricks (and pitfalls) about virtual events and meetings.
*Success in the Social Side of Virtual Events* (2pm EST, Sir Tiberius Finn) – The Event Steward of Caid’s Potrero War discusses his experience running Virtual Potrero (the Known World’s first virtual war), including how to get people engaged and socializing with each other outside of formal event activities.
*Ask the Experts Panel Discussion* (3pm EST) – An informal panel discussion/Q&A with Virtual Event Stewards from across the Knowne World. Bring your questions and topics! Panelists include:
Dame Adriana le Bretonne – Chancellor of the University of Atlantia
Baroness Elena de la Palma – Chancellor of AEthelmearc AEcademy
Lady Marion le Red – Atlantia’s KMoAS, and staff for Pennsic in Your Backyard
Lady Shahzada Isfahani – Lead Admin for Virtual Pennsic (Unofficial)
Baroness Sigríðr Úlfsdóttir de Lacy (aka Sigrid) – Event Steward for Atenveldt’s A&S Collegium and their Martial Collegium
Sir Tiberius Finn – Event Steward for Caid’s Potrero War
* ÆLeads is a group of folks dedicated to fostering the service community and increasing confidence and leadership skills of any Æthelmearcer interested. They’re putting together monthly schola sessions aimed at helping the Kingdom navigate our new online SCA reality. Learn more and join the team at http://aeleads.aethelmearc.org/
The stewards, Duqessa Juana Isabella de Montoya y Ramirez, and Duqessa Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora, would like to invite you to the Known World Colegio de Iberia which is sponsored by the West Kingdom. This virtual event looks exclusively at history and activities practiced in Portugal and Spain prior to the death of King Phillip II.
We have teachers from throughout the Known World as well as some of the historical reenactment groups within Europe. We have a website which will contain information about classes and our teachers, as well as the schedule. This is getting updated all the time so visit regularly! That is located here:
Baron Sir Athos participating in the fighting at Pax in 2016. Photo by Baroness Katja.
Pax is happening tomorrow and Saturday!
Over the past four months, nearly all current and near-future events and practices across the Known World have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID19 pandemic.
The Barony of Thescorre, however, rather than cancelling its annual summer camping event, Pax Interruptus, decided to move it online to offer a virtual event this weekend.
Although there cannot be in-person heavy fighting, fencing, archery, and thrown weapons as the event has boasted for almost 40 years, there will be online classes, some drumming, a bardic circle, a baronial court, and videos to celebrate past Pax events and Thescorre history throughout the day on Saturday. Numerous Thescorreans provided photographs for the nostalgic slideshows.
For those of you desperately missing the opportunity to see friends and hang out as you normally do at the event, there will be open socializing time available throughout Saturday.
On Friday, the Barony will host a concert by the international minstrel group Wolgemut, famous and well loved for its performances at SCA events like Pennsic and Gulf Wars as well as numerous Renaissance faires and events throughout the world.
Further, to support the merchants who normally offer their wares at the event, there will be a virtual merchants row.
The event will take place in several rooms on Zoom.
According to Their Excellencies Eldjarn and Dubheasa:
It’s important for our SCA community to continue having opportunities to interact, even when required to be physically separate. We may not be able to have our usual martial activities, but we can still see, socialize, and learn from each other. It’s a time to reminisce and continue to acknowledge the contributions of our populace. Sharing goodwill and appreciation is critical to the emotional well-being of many while we must isolate away from our friends and family. We would much rather do so face to face, but for the time being at least, this is what we can do safely. Come join us this weekend.
Friday: 7 p.m., Room 4, Wolgemut concert
Rooms 4, 5, & 6
9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Virtual Weedwalk with Sadira
Since we can’t gather at the campground, come join me in my garden and field of weeds – I mean “lawn” – for a virtual weedwalk, featuring food, medicine, and tool plants that can be found in this area! Videography by Nuzah.
The revised handout that would have been used for Pennsic 2020 can be accessed online here.
Several poison plant handouts, originally intended for child care students who wanted to open home day care centers, which may be handy for parents in this time of “crisis schooling,” are here and here.
10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
Wash Your Hands! with Gwenhwyvar Thredegold
Making a felted wool soap ball. If you want to play along, you’ll need a bar or two of your favorite soap and some wool roving or felting wool in whatever colors you want.
This is a kid-friendly project!
11:00 to 11:50 a.m.
14th Century Parti-Colored Cotehardie with Gwen Cooke
14th century parti-colored cotehardie history and construction. Have you ever wanted to know a bit about the history of those lovely multi-color dresses we see folks wearing at events? Ever wanted to display your heraldry in an absolutely stunning fashion? Ever wanted to hide geeky references to your favorite things in some of the most comfortable garb you’ll ever own? Come on over to the cotehardie class!
Creating a parti-colored cotehardie with handmade fabric buttons may be just the project you need to undertake. We’ll chat a bit about the history and documentation behind the construction of a parti-colored cotehardie and then I’ll walk through the steps in constructing the garment and how to add little bits of heraldry or other fun moments into your garb (like my Gryffindor-themed red and gold cotehardie). I’ll happily talk through the process as well as how the steps of construction of the dress can also be used to create a parti-colored tunic as well.
The class will discuss history, documentation, the steps to create, and even the hand-sewing techniques that will help your clothing hold up for years of events.
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Their Excellencies Eldjarn & Dubheasa Sit in State
An open time for gentles to speak with the Baron and Baroness of Thescorre. Their Excellencies will speak to individuals or small groups in turn, so please be patient while waiting in the queue.
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Middle Eastern Drumming & Dancing
Raven Raqs Beladi, Thescorre’s longtime drumming and dancing troupe, will hold a casual circle/hafla. Gentles are welcome to listen, dance, or drum along, but please silence your microphones. Chat will be available.
Their Excellencies and Baronial Herald Andrew will address the populace.
Thescorre Fighters Video
An entertaining video created by the Barony’s fighting community that they hope you will find amusing and touching.
Pax Through the Ages – A Slide Show
A compilation of photographs of various activities and gentles at the event over the past several decades.
This Is Thescorre – A Slide Show
A compilation of photographs celebrating the Barony and its people over the past several decades.
An open circle for singers, storytellers, and poets to perform.
In addition, Zoom rooms will be available for free chatting and hanging out at various times throughout Saturday:
Room 4, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Room 5, 11:00 a.m. to Noon
Room 6, Noon to 5:45 p.m.
Room 5, 3:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Finally, the pandemic has taken a huge toll on merchants throughout the Society for Creative Anachronism, many of whom make a majority of their livelihoods at spring and summer events each year. In order to support them and provide visibility, the Barony is hosting a virtual Merchants Row.
Links and business information for various merchants will be available here. The page will go live this weekend and be available through to the end of July (when Pennsic would have occurred). Please support SCA merchants if you can.
No login information will be released through any public social media channels in order to prevent scammers from joining the Zoom rooms.
If you are not on Thescorre’s email distribution list and wish to attend the event, please email Thescorre’s webminister, Baroness Nuzha bint Saleem, at webminister AT Thescorre DOT org.
She can also be reached via direct message on Facebook Messenger at “Melinda DeHollander.”
The Zoom rooms will have waiting rooms associated with them. Baroness Nuzah will admit you as soon as she is able, based on what is happening in the room.
Also note that the login info for Room 4 is different for Friday night than it is for Saturday. Please use the correct info for the correct day.
For more about the event, please see Thescorre’s website here and the event Facebook page here.
For more about Wolgemut, please see their Facebook page here or their website here.
Reporting by Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina (Chris Adler-France)
Come one, come all to the Virtual Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy! Enjoy a day of digital teaching and learning through our kingdom Zoom account.
We’ve got plenty of space for classes. We’ve got great opportunities to teach in new ways. And for those who might be wary of the digital space, we’ve got experienced folks to help make your class vision a reality.
When: July 11th, 2020 classes begin at 10 AM
Where: Your computer!
How? Sign up to be a student or a teacher. See the links below.
Please note – you do *have to sign up* to attend so we can make sure you have classroom access. However, registration is no obligation – if you sign up to be a student now and choose not to attend once the full class list is available, that’s just fine.
ÆLive hits the airwaves for another great episode, May 23rd, 2020 starting at 7:00 pm. Join Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain for another fun-packed show featuring news & information, games (bingo & ÆTriva), interviews, and entertainment (just to name a few things). This episode is Viking themed so expect more than a few nods to our favorite raiders during the show! Hope to see many of you this weekend via posts /events or at the ÆLive afterparty: ÆthelChat ! See you soon Ælthelmearc!
For those wanting to play along at home, download your ÆLive Bingo Card here: