After discussion at the barony’s business meeting last week, we are postponing the College of Three Ravens and will not be holding it on February 18, 2023 because of stalled planning and struggles to incorporate a hybrid style of event.
We are working on trying to find a viable site that would allow in person and virtual and accommodate the needs of the event. We are spending this time in between now and the February business meeting research our options as to if/when/where we can successfully hold our annual schola. The decision will be made at the February 21 meeting.
That being said, if you know of any possible sites within our barony, please reach out to me directly with info on the site. Location-wise, it would need to be a site that could possibly accommodate 150+ gentles, with room for fighting and rapier as well as room for multiple class tracks, and a space for court.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. Our most sincerely apologies at the delay and uncertainty of this year’s C3R.
Gwen Cooke, autocrat
Thescorre’s virtual College of Three Ravens is happening this weekend on February 26, and there is a LOT going on!
We also will be posting about site tokens — tangible tokens for an Æthereal event — so stay tuned for that!
Here is the list of relevant links and forms for your enjoyment and event preparation:
1. Event/class schedule, complete with class descriptions, here: https://drive.google.com/file/
2. A&S Competition entries page: http://thescorre.org/upcoming-
3. Populace, please vote for your favorite A&S entry! You can submit your vote for one of each of the three categories here: https://docs.google.com/forms/
4. Register to attend the event (this will ensure that you receive the schedule with the live ZOOM links) here: https://docs.google.com/forms/
5. Check out the the Background Competition information near the bottom of the event page: http://thescorre.org/
We are so very excited for you to join us on this year’s Journey Reimagined as we celebrate newcomers to the SCA, celebrate those embracing new skills, and celebrate the journeys each of us took to get into our beloved Dream.
Thank you to every teacher, artisan, zoom-moderator, attendee, and member of our wonderful Society for helping to make this event happen!
In most humble service,
The C3R Virtual planning team
Rediscovering the Dream: It’s the Journey, Not the Destination.
For more information, see the event page.
Class Registration is live and we are now accepting classes for this fabulous event. We cannot run our beloved schola without the work of the amazing teachers throughout the SCA and we’re delighted to offer themed tracks this year that fit our theme of Its the Journey, not the Destination. We’re honoring that spirit of the newcomer (to the SCA) and the novice to our crafts!
- Track 1: SCA Newcomers. These are classes geared toward people who have just joined the SCA. These can be about SCA-specific terminology, or clothing that signifies a station/order. What even are the awards? What are the officers and what do they do? Think back to when you joined and teach about something you would have loved to know back then.
- Track 2: Novice. For people new to an art/science/activity. These are fondly referred to as “Beginner Classes”. What can you teach the very beginning of? Basic footwork? Simple stitching? Maybe making rice? Whatever you can think of to get someone started on their own journey.
- Track 3: Tips and Tricks. These will be classes taught by veterans of an art/science/activity, that offer hacks and helpful hints on how to accomplish that task easier/quicker/better. Maybe it’s a class on how not to burn out, or how to organize a kitchen so that you serve on time. Maybe you have tricks for how to herald a court or how to make a specific award medallion for easy largess. Anything you have done that makes life in the SCA easier and more fun, pass it on!
- Track 4: Peer Challenge. We issue a challenge (all in fun, of course) to the Peers of the Kingdom! We want you to try something NEW! Have you been doing service since you joined, but never had time to try out calligraphy? Now is your chance! Have you spent every event in the kitchen, but never had the opportunity to try out fencing? This pause in our SCA lives has allowed us a beautiful moment. We have the chance to think about what we really WANT. We have the grace of this moment to consider WHY we spend our precious little time on THIS hobby. Use this time to explore something new and then share that experience with us. You can do this as a question and answer, a show and tell, even amusing anecdotes about your times trying out your “new thing”. Step off your personal path for just a moment and try a different journey, even just for a short time. We hope it brings you joy and that you find renewed interest in our Dream.
- Track 5: Other. Of course, there will be an “Other” category for those who have classes that they would like to share that don’t fit the above categories. We would just ask that you give us a short blurb about how it might fit the theme of “Reimagining the Dream – A New Journey”. You can get creative. It’s kinda what we do.
We, the autocrats of College of Three Ravens (Virtual!) wish to issue forth these Arts and Sciences challenges unto you all!
We know our Kingdom, as well as all other kingdoms who might hear of our missive, is full of skilled artisans! Masters of their crafts! We know this and celebrate you all for it!
And now we ask you to challenge yourself and try your hand at a NEW arts and sciences track, and show us your results! For this year’s College of Three Ravens, we have three A&S tracks that we seek entries to, all within our theme of Reimagining the Dream!
- 1st Attempts – anything you have never done before, but always wanted to try out. Share your new found excitement with us!
- The Journey – Show us your project, from the earliest learning of the art to as complete as you want to consider it. You don’t need to have a “complete” project for this one, just show your work!
- Beauty in Failure – Share your attempts that didn’t succeed. We learn from our mistakes, so this is your chance to help us all learn!
**For all of the categories, be prepared to share your favorite part of the experience, even if it was laughing at yourself when it didn’t work. Help us experience your art through your joy.**
A&S Registration form here.
Come, try your hand at something new and be celebrated for it!
To see the printable class schedule with times and to register for the free event, see here.
The classes, by teacher, are:
- Baroness Amalie Reinhardt
-A Brief History About Micography
-How to Locate and Use an Inspiration Piece to Write Period-Sounding Scroll Texts
- Ilaria Rosati
-A Simple French Hood c. 1505-1515
- Éadaoin Ruadh
-Bardic Feedback & Roundtable
- Mistress Gytha Oggsdottir
-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the SCA
-Talking with Your Hands
- Baroness Hannah d’Avila
-Birka and Ribe: reconstruction period beads
- Mistress Alicia Langland
-Blackletter Double Trouble
- Dominic McMorland
-Body Mechanics for Heavy Fighting
- Filipo de Sancto Martino
-How to Write a Brag!
- Daedez of the Dark Horde Moritu
-Daily Life Among the Mongols
- Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf
-Dim Sum with What You Have or Can Get
- THL Beatrice de Winter
-From Beak-masks to Beakers: A History of the Black Death
- Angus the Bull
-Pole Arm: Pell to Practice
- Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina
Post-Pandemic Food in the SCA Roundtable
- Iohn Spooner
-Redacting a piece of furniture from an illumination
- Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir
-Samurai Chef: Cooking & Dining in 16c Japan
- Caleb Reynolds
-So, you think you can’t research something
- Glenna Cholmondeley
- Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona
-The Icelandic Turf House
- Uilliam (Liam) MacantSaoir
-The Monongahela People
- Friderich Swartzwalder
-Who’s who in Europe 1500
- Baron Friðrikr Tomasson
-Will You Give Your Throat: Throat Biting in Old Norse Icelandic Literature
- Lucetta di Cosimo
- Mistress Cordelia Colton
-Basket Weaving for kids
- THL Cael O’Conaill
-Commedia Character Workshop
- Padriag Ua Chaeleichair
-Meditation Techniques to Improve Martial Training & Competition
- Lucia de Moranza
-Modern Alchemy 101: Dyes and Mordants
- Baroness Clarice Roan
-Beginning Poetry Class
DO you miss playing in an SCA kitchen with other cooks? Are you sad you won’t be able to sit down to yet another famous College of Three Ravens feast prepared by the Cauldron Bleu Cooks Guild?
We, members of the Barony’s 43-year-old cooks guild, invite you to join us in celebrating our favorite past time; we cordially invite all who are interested in helping us prepare a virtual feast for this year’s C3R.
While we cannot have this event in person, we are provided with the perfect opportunity to have ALL OF YOU “in the kitchen” with us! We are currently choosing period recipes from our favorite places and times, with absolutely no respect given to any semblance of order or plan for a “menu” (this is still a pandemic folks – we can’t be THAT organized).
We have been redacting, cooking, and photographing or video recording our endeavors and sharing them with all of you throughout this month right up until the event on February 28. Our hope is to have quite a fun time learning redactions, techniques, and sharing in each others’ tables.
What we would like from you:
Join the Cook-Along-At-Home Feast page on Facebook. We invite you to choose your own items that you love or have always wanted to make, redact (or choose a redaction that you like, or work with someone you know to create the redacted recipe).
Post your medieval recipe(s), your redaction(s), your process, your photos, videos, etc. Whatever you would like to share with everyone. MISTAKES ARE WELCOME. Please share as you go through the process and PLEASE do not leave out what didn’t work. We are here to learn, to enjoy cooking, and to share with those we love. No one is perfect and food can be pretty, but let’s hear about all of it – the good, the bad, and the ugly. There are no parameters except that you choose an item that interests you and that you work safely (please do not break any rules handed down from the BOD about social distance, etc. This is meant to be done safely in your own space, not as a get- together.)
You are welcome (and encouraged) to safely drop off test batches or extra surplus foods created to your neighbors and local friends, whether SCA or not.
Let’s have some fun! This is open to the entire Known World, so feel free to share far and wide – If you cannot share, but would still like to participate, please email the info to our webminister and she will update for you: webminister AT thescorre DOT org. Just let her know your name and any info you’d like in the post so she can properly credit.
So far, we have honey-glazed carrots and Boxing Day coffins, among other dishes. Thank you to everyone who is cooking along at home with us!
This winter, join the Barony of Thescorre at our annual schola as we move our festivities to a virtual space for the year’s C3R…. The COVID Corvid College of Three Ravens!
We are gathering together on Saturday, February 27, 2021 and using Zoom, Facebook, and our Barony Website to organize and run the event! While we are still physically distanced from one another, this is an opportunity to join in classes, A&S, workshops, bardic activties, feasting, and court from the safety of our homes.
This year, we are celebrating all that we love about the SCA and we have the unique opportunity to share that love with any and all who want to participate. We hope that this virtual format will allow gentles from Æthelmearc and the Knowne World entire to join in our fun as we work to learn together and come together in the safest ways possible.
REGISTERING FOR THE EVENT
You must complete the Google forms appropriate (listed below) to get the Zoom log-in information.
To register to attend the event and access the ZOOM Rooms, please fill out this form.
To register to teach a class for C3R, please fill out this form.
To submit an entry for A&S or Largess, please full out this form.
(Entries can be traditional SCA projects OR can be projects you have worked on during the pandemic to help your neighbors using your SCA skills, such as mask making, cooking for neighbors, etc.)
To perform during our feast (singing, playing instruments, or storytelling to name a few things), please contact Torbjorn.
We look forward to seeing everyone in this digital platform this winter when we come together for this year’s COVID Corvid College of Three Ravens!
By Lord Eldjarn the Thoughtful, C3R Autocrat 2018
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.
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
- Belly Dance– Kathlin Ulfsdottir, known as Hadia
- Left-Handed Calligraphy Class– Padraig O’Branduibh
- Essential Oils in the Middle Ages– Baroness Rosemund von Glinde
- Spoon Carving– Iohn Spooner
- Yonec & Caerwent– Thomas of Petersham
- Syrup of Lemon- Baron Caleb Reynolds
- Emergency Preparedness for the Kitchen, or What to do When it All Goes Wrong– Andrew of Thescorre
- Easy Ottoman Turkish Garb-Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina
- The Amazing T-Tunic– Genevote Nau d’Anjou
- Basic Beginner Brocading– Hrolfr a Fjarfelli
- 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
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Stuffed olives
- 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)
- Lentil soup
- Meat soup (likely lamb)
- Hazelnut treats
- Apples or other fresh fruit
- Hot and cold beverage
Dinner, inspired by 16th century French:
- Bread & butters
- Fresh grapes or other fruit
- Green salad
- Stuffed eggs
- Rabbit pate
- Grape juice or other beverage
- Chicken bread pudding/strata (roast parts on side for GF)
- Squash soup
- Herbed peas
- Roast beef with sauces on side
- Cheese gnocchi (plain rice available for GF)
- Turnips with bacon
- Crepes with fruit and sauces
- Orange cheesecake
Visit the event Facebook group for latest class lists, other updates, or pre-registration info.
The lunch menu is:
breads (gluten-free choice)
four different types of fresh Amish butter (cinnamon, herb, honey and plain)
fruit and some kind of sweet (cookie or cake)
The following are the classes currently planned for College of Three Ravens on January 28 in the Barony of Thescorre:
Arts & Sciences
- Sweet Scents – Making Scented Hand Waters and Perfumes
- Stained Glass Techniques
- Gilded Letters
- Making a Norse Thunderstone Amulet
- Old Norse Drottkvatt Poetry: A Closer Look
- European Dance
- Irish food and drink
- Itamae – Fundamentals of Japanese Cuisine
- Itamae – Fundamentals of Japanese Food Preparation
- Itamae – Japanese Meal Planning and Execution
- Choosing a Persona
- Choosing a Name
- Combalot! A History of Combs
- History of the Settlement of Iceland
- Using the Guidonian Hand for Gregorian Chant
- Musical Manuscript Using Period Tools, Methods and Materials
- Elizabethan Blackwork Coif
- The Medieval Double Apron
- Covering Your Benedict or Monastic Garb in Accordance with the Order of St. Benedict
- Make Your Own Viking Handbag
- The Amazing T-Tunic
- Lucet for Dummies
- Children’s Service Roundtable
- Teaching Fencing
- Italian Fencing
- Spanish Fencing
- Scribal Basics 102
- The Webminister Position and Web Basics
- It’s Been a Rough Day – I Cut Myself and My Clothes are Spotted and Dirty
- How To Build a Pole Lathe
- Pole Lathe How To/Demo/Hands-on For Those Who Wish to Learn Art & Mystrie of the Turner
More classes are coming in, so I hope to have the schedule and more class information out soon. Any questions please contact me.
See the event announcement here.
Lady Adelheid Grunewalderin