The Barony of Delftwood invites you to our Virtual Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins on February 20th beginning at 9:30 AM!
The Main Room will be a virtual Troll where you can get help with Zoom and put your name in the hat for door prizes (yes, everything is free)!
Three breakout rooms will be open from 9:30 AM to 4 PM for a variety of activities:
A Fencing room with classes and roundtables, including: -Intro to Fabris and Italian Rapier with Don Brendan Firebow of the East Kingdom -Providing the Unexpected: the use of untraditional parry items, misdirection, and other mind games on the listfield, a roundtable led by Master Po Silvertop -Solo Training Schola hosted by Aethelmearc Defense Academy -An Introduction to Japanese Swordsmanship in SCA Rapier with Master Benedict Fergus atte Mede -And more!!
An A&S room with: -Classes on Roman Cosmetics with Alexis of Drachenwald -A Cook Along with Lady Keara Caitlin MacLeod -A Virtual Feast with Their Excellencies Baron Ixac ben Simone and Baroness Amalie Reinhardt (yes, the site is wet!) -An A&S Show & Tell led by Lady Glenna Cholmondeley – You can enter ahead of time and we’ll post your work, or bring it the day of and tell us all about it, no documentation required! Details here: http://delftwood.org/events/seven-deadly-sins-2021/7-deadlies-as-demo/ -A Fashion Show with Lord Justin Lymner, with fun largesse prizes! -And more!!
And a Room of Sloth for open-ended socializing and hanging out!
Baronial Court will be held at 4 PM, with a Bardic led by our Baronial Bardic Champion Lady Ania Mhoireach to finish out the evening.
An online memorial gathering in honor of Master Remus Fletcher will be held this Saturday, January 16th, from 3pm to 4pm, as part of the virtual 12th Night Social, via Zoom.
Master Remus loved songs, voice and instrument, good stories, humor, and Loud Band at Pennsic. Chat in good company about Remus, music, story, humor, or anything he would have liked. Or bring your story and song to share. Let’s all enjoy some good cheer in his memory.
The gathering is being facilitated by Mistress Ts’vee’a bas Tseepora Levi. Link to the Zoom meeting will be available the morning of the event via the event schedule: http://bit.ly/12thNight21
Read the Gazette’s In Memoriam Article about Master Remus here.
From Lady Isabetta Orsini, Their Majesties’ Special Project Coordinator:
Greetings unto all who read this,
Their Royal Majesties wish to begin a new, and hopefully fun, activity for the populace of Æthelmearc. As such, I hereby introduce #AERoamingRoyals to all. While unable to be with you in person, They would still like to see what you are up to. The link below will take you to the full directions and your own set of Royalty. Color Them as you’d like, cut the picture out, put it on a stick, and take Them with you on various ventures. Post your pictures on social media using the tag #AERoamingRoyals so that the Kingdom can all enjoy.
Hear the words of the King and Queen:
Although unable to physically gather within Our Sylvan Lands at this time, We still wish to make an appearance wherever you may be. So please take this opportunity to decorate your own set of Royalty and take Us with you on your various undertakings. Snap a picture of Us joining you on a quest, whether it be a simple undertaking, or more involved.
So far They have been to see Glenn Falls, Einstein, braved a beehive, almost been devoured by a ravenous bunny, saved by two subjects in glorious garb, took part in a meeting in New Zealand, looked over the local wares, assisted one of our youths in tree climbing, and ended this set of adventures around the fire pit with friends. Let’s see what these Two can get up to out there next!
Unto the Kingdom of Æthelmearc does Duchess Ilish O’Donovan send fond greetings
Their Majesties, Gareth and Juliana, have given me the honor to create a fun-filled event for youth of our fair kingdom and their families. It is Their Majesties’ wish to have an evening of merriment and games, face painting, crafts, prizes, treats, and snacks for all who attend.
The party will be held on Monday, August 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 in Æthelmearc Royal. Please feel free to come by and play a game, paint rocks to hide at Pennsic, enjoy some snacks, and share in the fun.
To ensure all who attend find much joy, I am reaching out to the kingdom for support to make the Æthelmearc Youth and Family Party a fabulous time for all.
So, what could your barony, shire, canton, household or as an individual do to help? There is a great need for volunteers to run games, crafts and face painters. There is also a need for prizes for grab bags and pre-packaged snacks.
Donations toward the party help support and defray the costs and help create an evening of fun!
Ideas for donations:
Prizes for games: foam swords, necklaces, glow sticks, items you may find at a carnival. Such items can often be found at Dollar Tree, Dollar General and Oriental Trading Company.
Food ideas: Pre-packaged, gummies, fish crackers, cookies, candies etc…
Volunteers are needed to help run games, crafts, and entertainment for youth and their families.
These are just a few quick ideas. There are so many ways to help make the Æthelmearc Youth and Family Party Youth and Family Party a success. If you have any questions or are willing to make a donation or offer help, please feel free to contact me. Donations can also be dropped off at hospitality in AE Royal.
The Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day parade is right around the corner on Saturday, March 16th. This will be the 4th year the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands will be manning a float, and we want you to join us!
Every year we have a fabulous time with friends, riding, walking and, yes, even fighting in the streets of the ‘Burgh. We welcome musicians, fighters, and anyone who would like to ride in our carriage decked out in your finest (and warmest) garb.
We march, we show off our garb and our crafts and when the parade slows up a bit, our armored fighters give the crowds a heck of a display. Last year the Crown Prince fought almost every step of the way and the crowds went crazy!
We start on Liberty Ave, the exact cross street will be given to us about a week before the parade. The route is about 1 1/2 miles to the Blvd at Stanwix.
There is space on the float so you don’t have to walk the whole way.
Children are welcome. Boffers, too!
For more information please don’t hesitate to contact Lady Kit Fixis at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook event page
Celebrating Italian Culture – Late Sixteenth century Rapier, Food, Clothing, Music, Dance, Art, and all the culture that brought Commedia dell’ Arte to life!
Do you love to laugh? Do you wish you could go to an event when laughing is what it is all about? Do I have a deal for you.
Æthelmearc’s own Shire of Ballachlagan will be hosting the Known World Commedia Symposium. Not only will there be commedia troupes from all over the known world, but the weekend will be a celebration of Renaissance Italian Culture, with classes on Italian dance, fencing, mask making, and more! There will be an authentic period Italian feast, and of course PERFORMANCES! So many performances you might just want to have an extra chair just for all the sitting and laughing you will do!
Where is this going to happen? Tomlinson Run State Park in New Manchester WV
How much will it cost?
-Adult Event registration 15.00
-Adult member discount registration 10.00.
-Feast is and additional 10.00
-Cabin space for the weekend (while available) is 2.00 per person.
Who do I pay? Pantalone, the man holding the money for the event will be played by Ælric Ravenshaw: Russ Schultz 107 N. 10 th St Wheeling, WV. 26003 email@example.com Please include an e-mail address with reservations for confirmation purposes. Make check payable to “SCA West Virginia Inc. – Shire of Ballachlagan”
Cabin space is available. Cabins do have limited electrical outlets, but do not have running water. Please reserve ahead for cabin space. There is no tent camping at the event site allowed, however the park does have a separate tent camping area.
Any Questions may be directed to the autocrat. Donnan MacDubhsidhe (JL Lash) 803 Oxford Blvd., Steubenville, OH 43952 (304) 281-8528 donnanbard@ yahoo.com e-mail preferred.
What to expect:
Commedia performances Friday and Saturday nights! Three shows per night; 45 minute time slots per show.
Commedia classes and workshops all day:
Portable Stage Backgrounds
Short Roundtables on Sunday
History of Commedia
Italian Fencing Tournaments!
Italian Fencing Classes!
Hosted by the Shire of Ballachlagan and the commedia troupe, i Genesii!
By Mistress Elska á Fjárfelli of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn
“I’m not reading the documentation…”
An interview with the creator of Coffee and Cartoons, featuring SCAdian Shelley and her pet bunny, Mister Fluffers.
Talented Grainne Rudha – formerly of Sterlynge Vayle, now of Delftwood — has entertained a selected few via numerous Book of Faces posts with her early morning marginalia (cartoons), holding up a mirror to our Current Middle Ages. Even though her hands are troubled by extensive nerve damage, resulting in debilitating carpal tunnel, her urge to draw is as strong as ever and her joy to share boundless.
For those gentles not familiar with these magical marginalia, here follows a short account of the Life and Works of Lady Grainne.
The Coffee & Cartoons regulars (left to right: Beelzebubble, Shelley, Mister Fluffers, Nick McStabity, Auntie, and Dough the DM).
How did you get started in cartooning?
Coffee and Cartoons started as me drawing silly cartoons to amuse my friends on Facebook. As I posted people, asked me for more and more cartoons and most of the ones people like are related to my most favorite hobby: the Society for Creative Anachronism.
How does the SCA feature in your cartoons?
The SCA is important aspect of my life as it is the family I chose. Just as I have a cast of people in my life, the strip also has a cast. Shelley is a kid whose parents accept her love of the SCA but don’t participate. She is fortunate in that they trust and love Auntie, who is essentially everyone’s SCA Aunt. Shelly loves all aspects of the SCA and is the straight man to a funny rabbit, Mister Fluffers.
How would you describe your recurring characters?
Mister Fluffers. He’s an American Lop (he refuses to be a French Lop) and is very vain. He loves his human Shelley but has low tolerance for linen-look fabric or sari draping and is often seen in the company of Nick McStabbity, Unicorn for Justice.
Nick McStabity. He is a unicorn and freelance server of justice. He and his horn live to write wrongs and point out any BS he encounters along the way.
Auntie, the countess. She was made a countess way back in the day and while her beloved Eddie has passed on, Auntie celebrates the time she had with Eddie while still missing him a lot. She and her coronet offer advice, encouragement, and tough love as needed to the younguns.
Doug the DM. Doug is dungeon master of a Dungeons & Dragons game and is very shy. From behind his DM screen, he is the commanding deity of his world. Shelley drags him out from behind his screen to SCA events.
Lady T. She is Shelley’s BFF. Her parents also don’t play SCA but that is due to them opening a restaurant diner called “May the Fork be With You.”
What supporting characters do you enjoy playing with?
“I broke her mother… I will break this one too!”
The Devil and the Hell Machine 3000. Mister Fluffers used a spell book he got from Ebay to summon the devil to buy him a sewing machine for making the perfect garb. The Hell Machine, however, is evil and refuses to work with anything but 100% natural fabrics and authentic patterns. Beelzebubba was re-summoned to take back his horrible machine but then refused to leave. Occasionally you’ll see him at events, strictly monitored by Auntie.
What else would you like the reader to know?
I could draw long before I could read! I just like art and drawing; when I make other people smile that’s a bonus! I have an ongoing fundraiser to help me buy a drawing tablet. That technology would help me create art much more easily and frequently in spite of the nerve damage and carpel tunnel that affects my hands. When I do illustrations for papers, class handouts, articles etc., I can use the tablet to make my work look better; digital editing would be built-in instead of taking hours. (Note: she’s halfway to her goal.)
Are you intrigued? Would you like to see more?
Meet Shelley and Mister Fluffers here and follow them on their newest adventures.
By Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina (Chris Adler-France)
Zinoviia Ivanova’s winning photo, in the posed category, of Sir Ruslan.
Have you ever snapped a photo at an event that looked like it was a medieval painting come to life?
Duchess Dorinda Courtenay wants your photos!
Specifically, she wants your entries for the Summer A.S. 53 Photography contest, an unofficial, fun competition she created due to her personal desire to encourage citizens of Æthelmearc to share photographs that remind us of the time periods we celebrate.
A couple of years ago, Her Grace was scrolling through Facebook and saw a particularly lovely photo of Drachenwald’s Twelfth Night.
“It was more like a painting than a photo, and it really highlighted how a beautiful photo could show the magic of what we do. I wanted to recognize those who used their skills to best display the arts of the kingdom. To do that, I started this contest!”
Orlando di Bene del Vinta’s winning photo, in the posed category, of Cairdha O’Coileain.
This is the third randomly scheduled contest; Her Grace has sponsored one roughly every nine months. The first contest received over 40 entries, while the second one received over 30. Her Grace noted that some gentles entered five photos and some only one.
As in the past contests, AEthelmearc citizens are welcome to enter up to five photos – candid or posed — in the contest on the Facebook group page, AEthelmearc Summer A.S. 53 Photography Contest. (Please post the photos, rather than sharing them to the group, and make each photo its own post so that the judges – Master Orlando, Master Raev, and Her Grace – can find them more easily when judging.)
Vidarr Hrafnsson’s winning photo in the candid category.
Entrants who have submitted five photos and wish to submit a better photo may do so, but must remove one of their previous photos from the Facebook page.
She urges entrants to avoid including or to crop out cars, fire extinguishers, soda cans, and other modern items from their entries, so that we can “share the magic of old times through modern technology.”
“Photos will be judged not only for standard photographic excellence, but also how much they evoke the time we study,” she added.
All of the photos remain the sole property of the photographer and cannot be used without her/his permission.
When is the deadline for this contest? June 1.
“We really want people too enter, and we really want them to focus on eliminating the modern. We look forward to you all sharing your memories with us in this forum.”
By Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina (Chris Adler-France)
Grimmy loves his new coat from Baroness Helene. Photo by Baroness Ekaterina.
Come on, you know you want to join the Æthelmearc Artisan Exchange!
You, creating that awesome, intriguing, engrossing, fun, beautiful art form.
Sign up to make it – whether an art form you’ve been developing for years or something you just started delving into, whether woodworking, sewing, brewing, metal smithing, leather working, cooking, etc. – for someone else.
Then reap the joy of that person receiving it, while you receive a personalized gift in return from another talented artisan in our kingdom.
What is the Artisan Exchange?
Unlike A&S competition, displays, classes, or other common artisan-oriented activities that are often competitive and scary to new artisans, the Exchange encourages artisans of all levels and abilities simply to practice an existing skill or explore a new one while creating something within roughly three months’ timeframe (and with a $25 limit on materials, not including shipping costs) for a fellow artisan in the exchange, at the end of which they will receive a gift in turn from another artisan. As in modern Secret Santa exchanges, only the Exchange coordinator knows which artisans she has matched up until the gifts are mailed and the effusive thanks begin. Artisans of all ages, skill levels, genders, etc. participate and the created items do not all have to be documented period items.
History of the Exchanges
Originally created as a Noblesse Largesse swap in Calontir by Lady Konstantia Kaloethina and HL Aline Swynbrook, those founders encouraged gentles in other kingdoms to use and expand the idea. Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir learned about the East Kingdom’s Swap (and then Exchange) while a resident of that kingdom and enjoyed participating in 10 exchanges over four years there: knitting shawls, painting and embroidering messenger bags and a Norman cloak, and sewing a silk banner and a Skoldhammim hood.
When she and her husband, Baron Friderich Swartzwalder, became citizens of Greater AEthelmearc a few years ago and began playing in the Nithgaard/Abhainn Ciach Ghlais area, she wanted to join our kingdom’s Exchange, which had been coordinated in 2013 by Janice Mullins Wagoner.
“I saw the amazing art being made in the East’s group, and knew that AE had or has many very talented artisans,” Her Excellency explained.
Block-printed feast gear bags from Mistress Fredeberg to Baroness Helene. Photo by Baroness Helene.
When Janice stepped down and offered the Exchange to Baroness Oddkatla, she talked to the Calontir founders for guidance with the process and forms and began coordinating the project in Fall 2015, which finished by Kingdom Twelfth Night in January 2016.
“The first exchange was very well received, and we had about 40 artisans participate. I try to have a new exchange start within about a month to six weeks after the previous on ends. Most of the time it works out to be two exchanges a year. Someday, maybe I can get a third one in or have two different exchanges running at the same time.”
At the beginning of each Exchange, Her Excellency asks participants to join the project’s Facebook group and fill out a survey detailing the participant’s home group, persona, color preferences, favorite activities, and art interests. After receiving all the surveys, Baroness Oddkatla randomly matches each artisan with another and privately sends each artisan the survey information for their matched artisan. She checks in frequently with the artisans via the Facebook group (and private emails, if necessary) on the progress and nudges everyone into mailing or personally handing every gift by the Exchange deadline.
The Exchange is primarily coordinated on the Facebook group, but Her Excellency notes that artisans do not need to be a Facebook member to join the Exchange; they can participate via email.
What outcome did you hope for the Exchange – just a fun Secret Santa gift swap or something more?
“When I first thought about starting an Exchange in AE, I had the dream of getting people together in a fun way to make and share art, whether the participant was a new person to the SCA or a Laurel who had years of making and creating art. The fun part (in my mind) was the fact that no one knew who was making the art for you. When I was taking part in the East Kingdom exchange, one of the best parts was anticipating what might arrive in the mail at the end of the exchange.”
How has the exchange changed/evolved since you began this?
“The exchange has grown by leaps and bounds since we first started. The Facebook group has 296 members with more artisans asking to join every swap. The first swap had 40 artisans and the more recent exchange that finished in December 2017 had 70.”
So far, 50 participants have joined the one that is in the survey stage right now. Baroness Oddkatla is hoping for 70 participants.
Woven belt/trim by Lady Zianna for Lady Catherine O’Herlihy. Photo by Lady Catherine.
What has gone well and was has been a challenge?
“The amazing creativity AE artisans have (has gone well)! A challenge has been getting the gifts delivered in a timely manner. One of the things about the exchange that dismays me is the need for extra time at the end of the exchange, as some need more time to finish. One of my goals is to have everyone mail their gifts on the scheduled mailing date. Usually, the extensions are given as an artisan has a “fail” and needs more time to finish. Please don’t misunderstand, most people mail on the date, and only a few need extensions.”
What have been some of the themes of past exchanges and what is the current one?
“Themes in the exchange have been varied. The first one was a Twelfth Night theme, with the gifts being something fancy that could be worn or used at Twelfth night. Themes since then have been “Spring/Camping” where each artisan was asked in the survey if they would like to receive a spring- or a camping-themed gift. The theme of the exchange that we just completed was “Heraldry,” and each artisan was asked to make a gift using their recipient’s arms or colors, or if the artisan did not have heraldry, the recipient’s household or Kingdom arms were used.
“This new exchange is a repeat of a past exchange called a “RED/WHITE” exchange. What this means is that the artisan can pick either the RED or WHITE part of the swap. RED gifts must be made with period methods, have documentation, and the dollar amount for supplies can be more than $25. WHITE gifts stick to the original rules of $25 being the top end of the amount each artisan can spend on supplies and no documentation or period methods necessary. Other than that nothing special needs to be done.”
What are some of the most notable gifts you’ve seen made?
“Every gift that is made is very special! I have a few favorites, from all the different exchanges. Some memorable ones are the amazing painted box Abigail Kelhoge made for Anna Leigh, inspired by an illumination; a blackwork embroidered coif Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd made for Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenburg; and the angel gift Rynea von Lingen made for Astridr Vigodottir, known as Ashling.
Painted box by Lady Abigail Kelhoge for Countess Anna Leigh. Photo by Countess Anna.
“There are many, many gifts I love, way too many to list here!
“You’re probably wondering what an Angel gift is? An Angel gift gets made when an artisan cannot complete their gift. I put out a call for someone to make a gift, and then when I get an angel, I send them the information they need and they make a gift for the artisan that did not get a gift due to their artisan not being able to finish their gift.
“I make sure that everyone who joins to make a gift gets a gift. I feel that every artisan needs to be able to have something to show for the hard work they have done.”
How much time each week during the exchange do you spend coordinating this and what is involved on your end? Is anyone else involved in the coordination?
“There is a fair amount of work that I do to get the exchange up and running. Starting with writing and developing a survey all the artisans must take to be included in the exchange. After the surveys have been taken and it has been closed, when I have the number of artisans that I need to run the exchange, the real work begins. I take each artisan and give them a number, and then using a blind draw, I assign artisan to artisan. Then I send each artisan an email with their recipient in the email. I ask each artisan to send me an email back so that I know they have received their artisan’s name and survey information.
“At this point, the progress of the exchange is up to the artisans. My part slows down a bit as I just make sure I am a cheerleader to keep people motivated and working. I let everyone know that I am here to answer their questions. One of the rules is that no one contact their recipient. If they need help for something they would like to know, they need to contact me either by email or private message on Facebook.
“I put in about 20 to 30 hours at the beginning getting the exchange started and then about two hours a week answering questions from artisans. When the gifts are due to be mailed, I do a bit more making sure that artisans have mailed their gifts. I ask that they send me a photo of their mailing receipt, so that I know their gift has been mailed; there’s a bit more work if anyone asks for extensions. By the end of the exchange, I’m usually putting in anywhere from four to six hours a week. I am the sole person running the AE Artisan Exchange. I have had people ask if I need help, which I usually thank them for, but decline. “
What are your future plans or hopes for this exchange?
“I hope the exchange will continue to grow, and that AE continues to show how talented her artisans are. “
Quiver by Lord Wladislaw Poznanski.
When is the deadline for the current one?
“Deadline to mail this Exchange’s gift is April 15, 2018. Deadline to withdraw from the Exchange is March 1, 2018, barring last-minute major project failure, for which an extension may be granted. If for any reason you need to bow out of an Exchange it must be done via the Gmail account, not Facebook message.”
What do you say to artisans who are intrigued but unsure about participating?
“I tell people who contact me about participating in the exchange, that they may have doubts about playing with us, but each and every one of us can art. We each have special talents that I know are there, and that all they have to do is fill out a survey, and ask questions. I turn NO ONE AWAY!!! Everyone is welcome, and I will make sure they have help if they think they may not do as well as others that participate in the exchange.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
“This is a lot of fun! I have made many new friends, and encourage all that may have an interest to come and join us!”
Thescorre’s College of Three Ravens has gotten a facelift for 2018! The Barony’s staple schola event (over 30 years old, formerly UWEKAT and UAKAT) will be held at a new location next month: St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Hilton, NY, just half an hour from downtown Rochester. The site includes a gymnasium for fencing and heavy weapons classes and sparring.
February 24th will see more classes and activities than the event has had in years. Classes on many topics will be filling the nine classrooms and dedicated scriptorium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (See current class list below.)
Sinks, Gym, and No Stairs!
The school just completed renovations this past summer and now all classrooms have ceiling-mounted projection systems. There is also a sink in each room. Previously, there were two larger classrooms. The renovations saw one room permanently split, resulting in an extra room which gives us private space for holding a third vigil. The remaining larger classroom will be dedicated to dance or other subjects requiring a little extra floor space.
What does the new facility lack? Stairs!!
The gym, a respectable-sized main hall, classrooms, scriptorium, and three vigil rooms are all on one level for complete ease of access. The Royalty room is even conveniently placed across the hall from the scribal room.
The school includes three sets of restrooms spaced throughout the T-shaped site, with two sets offering diaper changing stations. The third set alongside the gym is adjacent to a pair of small, locker/changing rooms equipped with two adult-height shower stalls each. One shower in each Lords’ & Ladies’ conveniently has a fold-down shower seat and wand shower head.
Off-street parking is extensive, boasting four separate parking lots totaling approximately 200+ spaces. SCA attendees will be using the larger west lot that fits 98 cars, as well as two other parking areas reserved for the convenience of event staff, vigil coordinators, and Royalty. That still leave us with some overflow in the more distant areas of the parishioners lot, should it be absolutely necessary.
The main hall features 18 tables of eight, and its own exterior entrance apart from the one leading directly into the adjoining kitchen. Our lunch and feast cooks, Lady Ragna Feilan and Lady Lasairfhiona inghean Aindriasa, have been raving about the kitchen space just from seeing photos and are eager to fill many bellies with their delicious-sounding planned meals.
Outside the main hall are large windows letting in sunlight near benches where gentles may sit and chat. There is even room for several merchants should anyone wish to set up a table to display their wares. There are one or two already signed up; contact the Autocrat if interested.
Unfortunately for us, the church holds a small Saturday service in their 400-seat nave/chancel, which conflicts with our traditional Court time. However, the spacious gym with its movable bleachers will be ample room for our pageantry! The gym is also at the opposite end of the site, so SCAdians and parishioners will not disrupt each other. I’ve no idea what spectacle may be planned for the elevation of Gillian Llwelyn to the Laurel and elevations of Nest Verch Rys and Rioghnach ní Rose to the Pelican, but such will doubtless be a delight to witness.
A well-attended C3R calligraphy class taught by Mistress Matilda in 2015.
It would be neglectful of me to fail to mention the sprawling outdoor athletic fields, though snow-covered in February, are capable of simultaneously accommodating all martial activities including target archery at future events in warmer seasons.
The site administrators have been exceedingly friendly and interested in our medieval activities. Let us hope we can build a mutually respectful relationship with the school and continue to have access to the site for years to come!
Please consider braving the wintry temperatures and roads to come make this College of Three Ravens an extraordinarily enjoyable day of learning, socializing, eating, and plain chivalrous fun.
Current Class List
Gilding for Novices– Abigail Kelhoge
Blackwork, Beyond the Basics– Moniczka Poznanska
Beginning Embroidery– Moniczka Poznanska
Do They Get This at the Thingvallir?- Humor in the Sagas– Baron Fridrikr Tomasson
MeÃ° jÃ¡kvÃ¦Ã°i hennar sjÃ¡lfrar: Change in Icelandic Marriage Law as reflected in Njals Saga and LaxdÃ¦la Saga– Baron Fridrikr Tomasson
Whitework 101: It’s Not as Scary as You Think– Felice de Thornton
Chainmaille for Beginners– Amalie Reinhardt
Symbolism of Flowers in Squashed Bug Manuscripts– Eleanore Godwin
The Single Heraldic Supporter, Décor, and Design– Baron Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndrvdwy
The Truth about Boleyn Green– Renata Rouge
On Being a Chatelaine– THL Maeve Ni Siurtain
Beginning Dance for Children– THL Maeve Ni Siurtain
Beginning Dance– THL Maeve Ni Siurtain
Making a Personal Body Block for Custom Patterns– Abigail Kelhoge
Cut and thrust road show, part 1, 2, and 3– Raev Halle
Winning Documentation for Scribal Entries– Mistress Alicia Langland
Kokki-fukurei: How Not to Embarrass Yourself in Medieval Japan– Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir
Sweet Scents: Making scented hand waters and perfumes– Mistress Francesca della Rovere and Lady Elisabeta da Venezia
Happy Feasting! or How to get the most from your feast experience– Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf
Strength, Flexibility and Balance: the 3 pillars of injury prevention– Irene von Schmetterling
Modern Tricks and Old tactics in Fencing– THL Gytha Oggsdottir
Talking with Your Hands– THL Gytha Oggsdottir
Putting “authenticity” in Re-created Clothing: The art of conspicuous consumption in the 15th and 16th centuries– Maistresse Marguerite d’Honfleur
The class list is still growing, but slots are filling fast. Contact Lady Nicole du Marais about teaching!
A schedule should be posted within a few weeks.
Rather than having a couple of marshals working all day, it is our hope to have numerous warranted marshals help for just an hour or two each, thus enabling everyone to participate in classes or fighting as they wish. If you are able to volunteer, please contact Sir Dominic McMorland (Micah Nelson) to assist with fighting or Baron Eric De LaBarre (Eric France) to assist with fencing.
Lunch and Feast Menus (subject to change)
Lunch, inspired by Nordic sources:
Viking barley cakes made fresh & hot to order
Fresh raw vegetables
Bread with butters and/or soft cheese
Meat pasties (will be chicken or pork, some veg and gluten-free will be available to those who ask)
Meat soup (likely lamb)
Apples or other fresh fruit
Hot and cold beverage
Dinner, inspired by 16th century French:
Bread & butters
Fresh grapes or other fruit
Grape juice or other beverage
Chicken bread pudding/strata (roast parts on side for GF)