Court Report: St. Swithin’s Day

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The Report of the Court of Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain, King and Queen of Æthelmearc held at Saint Swithin’s Day on the 10th day of July anno societatis 56 in the Baronial of Saint Swithin’s Bog, Brandubh O’Donnghaile, Jewel Herald.

Morning Court.

Their Majesties called for the attendance of THLord Guilaume le Noir and presented him with the Jewel of Æthelmearc as he had been named the 48th Jewel of Æthelmearc by Their Graces Timothy and Gabriel.

Master Tigernach mac Cathail was called into Court and asked if he was prepared to sit Vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Chivalry. Upon his consent Their Majesties summoned all companions of the Order of Chivalry present to take him to his vigil.

Evening Court.

Their Majesties opened Their Court and welcomed all who had traveled to attend. They were thrilled to see so many in attendance at this magnificent day, and conveyed Their thanks to the peoples of the Barony of Saint Swithin’s Bog for hosting the first event post pandemic.

Their Excellencies Gunther and Rosheen were granted leave to hold their Baronial Court.

Their Majesties announced that letters of intent for Crown Tournament are due by July 21. They looked forward to the grand festival of Crown Tournament to be held in the Shire of Misty Highlands in August which is open to all with no attendance limit, and reminded all that the final episode of ÆLive will air on Friday July 16. [That episode may be viewed here.]

The day had featured the Queen’s Rapier Championship, and so Their Majesties called forth the Queen’s Rapier Champion Master Po Silvertop, and asked that he pass the regalia to Master Lodovick of Grays Inn to stand as Her new Champion. Scroll by Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower upon a text by Master Po Silvertop.

Tessa Lou Ellen Stumps was called into court and added to the Sylvan Pack, much to the delight of her owners Baron Gunther Grunbaum and Baroness Rosheen O’Faye.

Master Ian Campbell of Glen Mor begged for a moment of time in Their Majesties’ Court in order to conduct some personal business. Master Ian then summoned Jason Teague and offered him an apprentice belt and Jason agreed to become Master Ian’s apprentice in front of all witnesses.

Their Majesties invited Christofle Dumont to enter Their Court and inducted him into the Order of the Silver Sycamore for his joy of music recording and sharing his performances, and winning the youth category at the recent Bardic War. Scroll limned by Lord Alene Naughty and THLord Sasson della Sancta Vittoria, with calligraphy by THLady Shirin of Susa.

The Children of Æthelmearc were called into Court, and Duchess Siobhain inghean uí Liatháin led them away with a basket full of toys for their amusement during court.

Lord Maddoc MacRoyri was inducted into the Order of the Keystone in absentia for his service as Baronial Webminister and Herald in Saint Swithins Bog. Scroll Illuminated by Mistress Cynthia Love of the Tower and Master Caoinleán Seanchaidh, scrivened by THLady Shirin of Susa.

Their Majesties invited all newcomers to Their Court to come forth and presented each with a handmade drinking vessel to remember the day.

Lady Ragnhilda Manadottir was called into Court and inducted into the Order of the Keystone. Ragnhilda worked as Media Officer, Chronicler, Cook and CoAutocrat in Saint Swithins Bog. Scroll scrivened by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix upon illumination by Hatun Gulsah al Zakkiya.

Their Majesties summoned THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke into Their Court. They thanked him for his service during the pandemic as he had come to Their home and installed lighting for Their online appearances, and presented him with a Gratia Coronae. The Gratia Coronae is a token inspired by Their Majesties of Trimaris to thank those making extra efforts to keep Our Society together during the pandemic.

Further THLord Rouland of Willowbrooke was inducted into the Order of the Carnelian as he brings a smile wherever he goes, is always courteous, kind and a positive influence. Scroll by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.

Their Majesties summoned Her Majesty’s Bard THLord Bran Ó Labhradha, and presented him with his scroll for winning as Sylvan Bard and a belt favor as the Champion. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds.

THLord Bran Ó Labhradha was asked to stay a moment longer in Their Majesties’ Court and further Inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for his contributions of art to Our Kingdom, his music inspires and entertains as well as reflecting his devotion to the Dream. Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds and THLady Shirin of Susa.

Baroness Emilia O’Madigan was invited to attend Their Majesties and inducted into the Order of the Sycamore for her skills as a Seamstress, hand-sewing garb, mixing Gobi for the delight of the populace, cooking, and calligraphy. Scroll scrivened by Mistress Antoinette de la Croix and limned by THLady Vivienne of Yardley.

Their Majesties summoned Lord Meinolf Grimsson into Court and praised his skill and service to Thrown Weapons, winning Baronial, 7 Pearls, and Kingdom Championships, and serving as Marshal. And so Their Majesties invited the Order of the White Horn to come forth and bear witness to the induction of Meinolf into their Order. Scroll by Baroness Rosheen O’Faye And Baron Bunther Grunbaum upon text by THLord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto, and Medallion by THLord Kumagaya Kentarou Masamoto.

Master Tigernach mac Cathail was invited to attend Their Majesties, as he had sat in Vigil that day, and Their Majesties asked if he was prepared and was it his wish to proceed to induction into the Order of the Chivalry. Master Tigernach replied that it was his wish to do so, and the Order of Chivalry was invited forward to witness the induction of their newest brother. Their Majesties then heard testimony upon the qualities and virtues of the candidate. Mistress Euriol of Lothian spoke for the Order of the Laurel, Dame Katerina ty Isaf for the Pelican, Duchess Lynette Semere of Atlantia spoke for the Ladies of the Rose, Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn spoke for the Chivalry, and Duke TImothy of Arindale and Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode spoke as Royal Peers. Their Majesties then invited Duke TImothy and Duchess Gabriel to join Them in Court and act as the hands of the Crown to see the fruition of the Writ that they had issued to Master Tigernach. With the assistance of Their Graces TImothy and Gabrielle, Their Majesties called for Regalia to invest Tigernach as a Knight, first the Ancestral Chain of the Knights of Aethelmearc presented by Sir Bors of Rouen. Sir Arden Scott presented the Ancestral Chain of the Knights of Old Castle, and Sir Arden also presented Tigernach with a personal chain. Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn presented Spurs and a White belt and strapped the spurs to Tigernach’s Boots, and invited Lady Margareta le Sayre to come forth and tie the belt around Tigernach’s waist. Master TIgernach’s Cloak, now embellished with chains of knighthood by Dame Kateryna ty Isaf was wrapped about his shoulders. Duke Timothy then dubbed Taginernach a Knight, and Tigernach swore his oath of fealty to the Crown and Kingdom of Aethelmearc, and Duke TImothy delivered the last unanswered blow to Sir TIgernach. Scroll by Sir Murdoch Bayne.

Their Majesties then called for Master William de Montgilt to enter Their Court. Their Majesties proclaimed that it is always such a joy to see Master William upon the fighting field. His spirit and enthusiasm on the field, holding the field far longer than those 1/3 his age is an inspiration to all, and so Their Majesties awarded him an Award of Excellence.

Their Majesties then asked Master William to perform one more service to the Crown and retrieve his lady wife Mistress Irene von Schmetterling. Their Majesties thanked Mistress Irene for her decades of service to the society across multiple kingdoms in numerous leadership roles from holding offices to being a pioneer of fencing. Her comportment as a leader and being a go to person inspired Their Majesties to Create her a Baroness of the Court of Æthelmearc. Scroll by Lady Tierrany Rose Orre and Coronet by THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyah.

Their Excellencies, Gunther and Rosheen of Saint Swithin’s Bog were invited to enter the Court and Their Majesties presented them each with Gratia Coronae Tokens for their inspirational leadership during the pandemic shut down.

Their Majesties invited Duchess Anna Leigh to enter Their Court and presented her with a Gratia Coronae Token for her large donation of largess and coordination of many artisans.

Master Illadore de Bedegrayne was summoned into Court, and Their Majesties delivered unto her a writ of summons to appear before Them at a future date to contemplate induction into the Order of the Pelican for her service the Kingdom as Seneschal and cook. Scroll in progress words by Baron Brandubh O’Donnghaile and Baroness Hilderun Hugelmann.

Their Majesties spied Lady Avitoria Vidua amongst the crowd and brought her forward. THeir Majesties showcased the new cushions for the thrones that she had made and presented her with the Golden Escarbuncle which They had awarded her in Their Aethereal Court. Further They presented her with a Gratia Coronae Token for her work seeing to the glory of the Kingdom.

Their Majesties thanked Scribes and Regalia Makers for contributing to the glory of Aethelmearc. Her Majesty then called forward Duke Malcolm MacEoghainn and named him Queen’s inspiration and presented him with a pin from her sleeve for his inspiring leadership. Their Majesties thanked all for attending and the Peoples of Saint Swithins Bog for hosting the first event post pandemic, it was Their joy to see and share so many smiles and laughs as Aethelmearc begins to return to normal.

Court Closed.

Virtual Known World Cooks and Bards Symposium

Welcome to the Ninth Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium, to be held online on September 10th, 11th, and 12th.  We are hosted this year by the Mid-Realm’s Barony of Ayreton.

Join us for a weekend filled with classes, concerts, and bardic circles. In addition to cooking and bardic, we will also have brewing & vinting, along with instrumental & choral music classes –and more!

We encourage attendees to register on the website.  Much like Pennsic, you can use your account to offer classes, suggest others, request stage time, or create your personal schedule.

Webpage: http://tilted-windmill.com/kwcb2021/

Host Webpage: https://ayreton.midrealm.org/

Event Steward: Cerian Cantwr (Charles Grab) via email

Crown tournament List of Combatants

Greetings Æthelmearc,

We welcome all to attend and observe the Crown Tournament of King Maynard and Queen Liadain to be held on August 21 in the Shire of Misty Highlands.Thank you to all the combatants who are fighting for the honor of the Kingdom as we look to safely resume more normal activities.

 

Here is the list of combatants:

Duke Timothy of Arindale for Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode

Duke Gareth Kincaid for Duchess Juliana Delamere

Earl Yngvar the Dismal for Countess Caryl Olesdattir

Comtesse Elena d’Artois for Don Cyrus Augur

Earl Thomas Byron of Haverford and Countess Ariella of Thornbury for each other

Landgraf Drusilus von Oberbessenbach for Dame Caroline of Burgundy

Sir Maghnus de Cnoc an Iora for Brehyres Gwendolyn the Graceful

Lord Gregory Hillson for Dame Kateryna Ty Isaf

Sir Arnthor inn Sterki for Lady Ceirech Na Hinsi

Hersir Marek Viacheldrago for Baroness Sybilla Julianna Detwyller

Maighster Kieran MacRae for Mistress Constance Glyn Dwr

Sir Beatrix Krieger and Sir Thorsol Solinauga for each other

Syr Hagar the Blushing for Baroness Anna Eisenkopf

Sir Finn O’Shannon for THLady Shirin al-Sussiyya

THLord Lothar Hugelmann for THLady Sumayya al Ghaziyya

THLord Garreth Whytebull for Baroness Aine ny Allane

Baron Jakob Krahe for Baroness Jân al – Tha’lab

Lord Siegfrid Corloys for Edyth Ferriess

Lord Davin ap Einion for Lady Nycaise D’Ozier la taileresse

Lord Patrokles Athenaios for Fox Fierlein

In Service,

jorundr

Silver Buccle Herald

Letters of Intent for August Crown Due TOMORROW, July 21

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Greetings from Maynard and Liadain,

The deadline for sending in a letter of intent to fight in our crown tournament is tomorrow, Wednesday July 21st. Please be sure to get your letters in or fill out the online form before the end of the day tomorrow.

Thank you!

Pelican Writ for Baroness Amalie Reinhardt

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Report of the Ætherial Court of Their Majesties Maynard and Liadain held during ÆLive on the 16th day of July anno societatis 56.

Their Majesties called Baroness Amalie Reinhardt to attend Them and delivered unto her a Writ of Summons to contemplate Elevation to the Order of the Pelican for her outstanding work in the Webministry. Scroll by Baron Pádraig Ó Branduibh text by Master Alaxandair Ó Conchobhair.

Court Closed

 

Known World Arts & Sciences Display will be Virtual

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Greetings from the Pennsic Known World A&S Display deputy! That’s right – WE’RE BACK. Thanks to the innovation of the eSCA, this year’s display will be fully virtual!

  • August 1 to 8: Website space is available to post photos/videos and documentation of all entries for public viewing.
  • August 8: Interested entrants can schedule Zoom “office hours” to discuss their work with the populace.

If you are interested in displaying this year, please register using this form.

For more information, or to view the entries, please visit our website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email the KWAS staff.

Yours in Service,

Lady Adele Lochlane, Display Coordinator

Magistra Beatriz Aluares de la Oya, Deputy Coordinator

Lady Glenna Cholmondeley’s sprang from a past Pennsic A&S display.

Crown Tourney Event Registration Website Now Open

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ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR AUGUST CROWN TOURNAMENT IS NOW OPEN!

Thank you for your patience as we have been working to pilot the new SCARS Online Registration System and we are incredibly pleased to announce that Online Registration is NOW OPEN!

You can register by visiting https://tinyurl.com/AugustCrown
Step-by-step instructions on how to register are attached to this announcement!

If you encounter any issues registering, or have additional questions regarding SCARS, please contact the Kingdom SCARS Deputy, Owen Taeg at epay@aethelmearc.org or myself at exchequer@aethelmearc.org

Have a wonderful weekend and welcome back!!

-Rhys Penbras as Dafydd, Kingdom Exchequer

Populace in Focus Yuengerz the Oblivious

Me and Ducky McDuckface Clovenshield’s unofficial travel mascot

Real Name: Mark Yingling

SCA Name & title: Yuengerz the Oblivious. Siege Master of House Clovenshield. Crafter of the Chronicle, Creator of Kitchens, Captain of the Cortege, Transcriber of Legends, Exalted Nudge, Mook 3rd Class.

Years in the SCA: 13

How did you find out about the SCA?  I was trying to captain a Scenario Paintball team, but 2 of my team mates kept ditching various big games for some crazy events where they got to hit people with sticks. They tried to get me into it, once, by putting me in ill-fitting armor and using me as a human pell… It didn’t take, as you can imagine.

Where did you start, what was your first event? Where my *ehem* friends failed, my future wife succeeded. She convinced me to go with her to Pennsic 37. It seems that big brown eyes and a come-hither look work much better than being beaten by 2 goons with sticks. As it happens, she was friends with one of my aforementioned buddy’s wife and they were all camping with Clovenshield. So, hello mercenary life.

I had to get armored up and authorized pretty quick, which I did. I didn’t have any garb when I showed up at troll. My future wife had purchased a tunic for me. I wore the crap out of it.

Now I curse my friends for not being better salesmen and getting me involved sooner.

What is your persona? I am an early 8th century Frankish mercenary aiding the Carolingians in consolidating their power in Francia.

Why did you pick this persona? Everybody goes Viking, and, come on, Charles the Hammer! That’s a warlord to fight for. Plus, when you have no experience and slightly less money, you don’t really pick a kit to match your persona, you pick a persona to match the armor you manage to piece together. It seemed to fit and “Why stop now?”

Never a more wretched hive of scum and villainy

Do you have any group or household affiliations? I am a minion of House Clovenshield. We are the premiere mercenary household of the known world. Clovenshield has over 2 centuries of combined bushwhacking experience. Experts in hit-and-run, ambush, dry-gulching, fast attack, deviousness, underhandedness, deception, and general mayhem. We bring an essential element of lethal maneuver firepower to any army.

Clovenshield is an equal opportunity mercenary group; we discriminate solely on the basis of bribe tendered. Harness the forces of CHAOS (or at least point them away from yourself). Available for wars, border raids, incursions, revolts, and special projects throughout the known world.

Reasonable rates, Satisfaction guaranteed.

* End Sales pitch*

Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA.  I am a married father of two. I grew up as a Sci-Fi/ Fantasy geek, which translates well into the SCA, for obvious reasons. I also played soccer from 5th grade through college and a bit beyond, which also translates well to the SCA. I love being a part of something bigger than myself. You get that on a sports team and you also get that when you are in a fighting household; or just surrounded by hundreds of people with similar interests.

I am also the owner of a dozen rental properties around PGH. So, I am an actual Landlord…None of my tenants call me “My Lord”, though. I should probably put that in the lease.

Me and the ballista crew

What SCA activities do you or have you participated in?  Heavy fighting. Combat Archery, Siege. As a landlord, I have realized how easy it is to teach myself simple household repairs. Plastering, painting, replacing toilets, fixing stoves, installing a fence…. This realization has given me the confidence to tackle some of the many crafts in the SCA I once thought were beyond me. Leather carving, book binding, pewter casting, brewing mead, making my own armor…

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.) Picture the 2015 Pittsburgh St Patrick’s Day Parade. I’m watching it with my family dahntahn and I see a group of Jedi go marching down the street. Shortly thereafter I see a motley gang of drunken Pirates. I think to myself, “Pirates? Jedi? Why not Vikings and Knights? Why isn’t the SCA represented in this parade?” So, I asked in the BMDL FB page. I sent a couple of emails to the local Barony officers.

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

In my household we have a rule (or more of a guideline), “Your idea, you’re in charge”.  Well, it seems that others have this rule as well, because several emails later and I am the new Parade Autocrat for the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands. We’ve done 3 St Patrick’s Day Parades, 2 Memorial Day Parades and 1 Thanksgiving Parade. We even took Runner Up for Best Non-Commercial Float in the 2019 Pittsburgh St Patrick’s Day Parade. It is an incredible rush to be standing on Grant Street, in front of the Pittsburgh City County building, fighting in full armor, to the cheers of hundreds of parade spectators.

When you started in the SCA what goals did you have?  I just wanted to have a fun time with my friends. Little did I know that I would pick up a slew of new skills and become part of a family.

What are your goals now?  To become a better singles fighter. I’ve pretty much been focused on melee fighting.

Damascus and Yuengerz

What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA?  Standing across the battlefield from fighters that have been doing this for years and expecting to hold my own against them. But you’ll never get better if you don’t face that fear.

After the unexpected shutdown ends, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in the SCA? I just want to get back to having good times and hitting some of the best people in the world with sticks.

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA: The SCA is an incredible hobby to have. There are so many different aspects to it and there is so much to learn. And the people in it are very willing to teach what they know. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be?  Developing talents on your own is a lot of the fun, but if I had to choose one it would be playing the Bagpipes. The way it can simultaneously entertain and annoy people.

If you had to join the SCA in another “era” (1970, 1980, etc.), what “era” would you pick and why?  I really have no answer to this as I don’t know the differences. But what I can say is that I wish I would have discovered it earlier.

Daimler von Benz was the envy of every lord having the only personal standard bearer at the Combat of the Thirty

Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why?  My first event was Pennsic 37 in ’08. I had a blast and was hooked. I even dragged some of the guys to events they hadn’t been to before, just to get more of the adventure. I was looking forward to my first Blackstone Raids that Spring. Come the first week of April ’09 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease Stage 1B. My doctor set me up for a summerlong course of chemotherapy. I pushed off my second treatment so I could go to Blackstone. I had a great time. I also become a sort of Bludgeon of Shame. “Ying has cancer and he’s still fighting! What’s your excuse!” By the time War Practice rolled around, the chemo was taking its toll. I think I got through 2 battles before I collapsed.

My last dose of chemo was the Friday before War Week, Pennsic 38. And yes, I started every battle that week and even finished a couple. The Woods Battle that year is a story unto itself. The household christened me “Cancer Boy” and I was awarded the Clovenshield Congressional Medal of Bacon.  I’d like to think I got it for showing dedication to the game and the Household, but the word “Idiot” was used in the dedication ceremony.  I don’t really remember… chemo haze. Either way, that little badge means more to me than any other award I might ever earn in the SCA.

St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 in stolen armor

Why am I a mercenary? Simply put, my friends were there when they got me hooked. Our Merc house was founded by two mooks that were best friends who suddenly found themselves living in different kingdoms. In order to fight together, one of them had to be disloyal to their crown. Instead of dealing with that sticky situation, they decided, “Hey, why be loyal to any crown” and thus, House Clovenshield was created. There is a certain enjoyment of being outside of the normal fealty structure of the SCA, but still being a part of it. There are people that have started as mercs and made the switch to kingsman, and some that have started as kingsman and made the jump to merc. We’re all here to have fun.

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Authorizations Cards In The Mail

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Good Afternoon Æthelmearc!

Reauthorization forms are coming in fast and furious. I put about 20 cards in the mail this morning, so some you should be getting them in the mail late this week or early next week.

If you have any questions in regards to your authorization card, please feel free to reach out.

In Service I Remain,

THL Deirdre, Kingdom Authorization Clerk

Populace in Focus THL Marrin O’Kealy

Real Name: Maureen Payne, nee Benfer 

SCA Name & title: THL Mairin O’Cadhla registered name THL Marrin O’Kealy 

Years in the SCA: 16 glorious years 

How did you find out about the SCA?  In 2004, during my junior year in college. There was a fighting focused demo, where I met a few Scadians in the late spring semester. Which was neat, although the fighting arts were not my forte. Consequently, I was intrigued about this group and wanted to learn more.  Another demo about a month later, the local shire had an encampment in a park on the edge of a festival. At this demo, the full accompaniment of the gentle arts were on display. This time, I was better able to ask questions and see all that the SCA had to offer. For the next 16 years, it has been an inquisitive pursuit of knowledge with an insatiable appetite for learning ever since that demo. 

Where did you start, what was your first event?  My first event was Summers End in the Canton of Beau Fleuve. This was also my first kingdom level event. 

What is your persona?  My persona is a 16th century Irish woman living in Tudor England. She emigrated after the English invaded Ireland, to learn more about this strange land across the Irish sea in 1529. Marrin made her living as a needleworker doing embroidering and making accessories for the millinery arts. In addition, she has knowledge of spinning and weaving from her native land. Marrin’s social status is a middling craftswoman who is a childless widow. She makes dolls for her community’s children and is never lonely with many wee visitors. Marrin is also constantly occupied by her cats, her garden, and prospering needlework career.  

Why did you pick this persona? I wanted to explore my maternal ancestry through experimental archaeology. Marrin dresses in more of an English middling style with nuanced touches of Irish, in pattern or decoration. Touches of knots or clovers are there amongst the Tudor roses. I also have English and Welsh ancestry so this seemed a sensible way to discover them too. Each does have notable differences in language, geography, culture, and dress. Haven’t gotten bored of the Isles even after 16 years of varied research.  

Do you have any group or household affiliations? I am from the Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, a member of the Haus WeisserLowe. Apprenticed to Her Grace Mistress Illish O’Donovan. 

Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA.  I work in the insurance industry, after the pandemic a permanent position working from home. While I love working from home, I have the best furry office coworkers.  It’s a high stress demanding role that possesses challenges that I enjoy pursuing. Besides keeping up with any SCA related creations, I write a blog called Tudorosities that has been on the internet for 10 years, updated bimonthly. In addition, I also create videos for my YouTube channel bimonthly.  My channel topics range from vintage sewing notions, vintage sewing machines, sewing pattern book reviews, fashion doll making, fiber arts, Tudor clothing, and much more!  

What SCA activities do you or have you participated in?  I tend to be a wallflower at events, so come and say “Hi” if you see me. I attend A&S related events mostly, I have been known to enter Ice Dragon or teach a class occasionally. You can also find me at demos or events with my local shire. 

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.) I was the local Chancellor Minor in my shire for 7 years. Other than that it’s random helping at events here and there. 

When you started in the SCA what goals did you have?  To learn all the needle arts, which is still ongoing but I am far better at hand sewing and clothes making than when I started in society.  One scadian pursuit led to another, I also spin, weave and create clothing out of my created cloth in addition to decorating and making accessories.  

What are your goals now? To turn my years of research into a book, on the History of Medieval Fashion Dolls through the 18th century. 

What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA? Having one’s research and requisite A&S project judged. It’s not easy to let other people look at something you worked on for a long while to critique it.  Although I find that this is much improved with other formats that now exist in the A&S community. It’s much more enjoyable to share my art and discuss it with others. 

After the unexpected shutdown ends, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in the SCA? To show my latest creation; Dorothy a ½ scale (36”) Millinery Mannequin/Doll in the flesh so to speak. Pictures might be worth a thousand words but some things you just have to see in person and Dorothy is one of those people. 

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?  Pace yourself, this is a marathon not a sprint. You do not need all the things all at once, take your time to craft your persona first and you get the things over time. Get one good outfit under your belt the rest will fall together eventually.  

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be? I don’t really have an answer to this question, certain there is a skill or talent I am not thinking of at the moment. The one that comes to mind is not SCA specific, an eidetic memory would be useful.  

If you had to join the SCA in another “era” (1970, 1980, etc.), what “era” would you pick and why? I would have liked to have joined in the mid 90’s when Aethelmearc was just forming into a Kingdom from a Principality of the East. Change is scary at first but it’s also good because the possibilities are endless when there isn’t any set precedent. Would have been exciting times in a new kingdom. 

Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why? Service to the kingdom in its many forms has been something I deeply admire. It’s where one gives of their time, talents and treasures. Although fortunes have not leant me to steady employment and reliable transportation to pursue this in a serious manner. A Court Barony may not seem humble from the outside. Although when I see someone wearing a circlet of pearls, I know they are one of the helpers. After all, we are to keep an eye out for the helpers in tough times. It would be a great honor to be counted amongst them.    

If you could pick one thing you would like to see more of in the SCA, what would it be? Kindness exists in good abundance in the SCA but I am talking more for a mankind type of scope. I think if we were more thoughtful, understanding and empathetic to our fellow humans and the world at large. Circumstances for all would be vastly improved. 

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