Do you like to cook? Are you a new cook? An experienced one? Do you just like to help in kitchens?
Æthelmearc’s Cooks Collegium this weekend (June 24, 2017) has something for all of you!
If creating modern, workable recipes from period texts is baffling, Mistress Rowan de la Garnison will guide you through Basic Redacting.
For first-time head cooks who want to learn the whole process of planning a meal and running a kitchen — or experienced cooks who want a refresher or learn another cook’s methods — Master Jamal Damien Marcus is teaching The Feast – Kitchen management to Clean Up.
Those who want to focus on keeping their feasts and lunches on budget will want to go to Baroness Oddkatla Jonsdottir’s class on How to Make a Period Dayboard for $2. Afterward, check out the roundtable discussion Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina is leading on Saving Feast Costs.
Need to improve some cooking or baking skills? Mistress Rowan will show you how to make and roll out Pie Crust! Lady Ragna Feilan walks you through Cleaning and Cooking with Cast Iron 101. Lord Bovvi will teach you How to Clean Fish. And if you’re interested in Cheesemaking, wander outside so Master Gille MacDhnouill can show you how to make a simple soft cheese over the firepit.
Speaking of outside…Master Gille is running an Open Fire Cooking throughout the morning for anyone who wants to play with the fire and cooking equipment available. Master Mezaros Janos is making the Medieval Food Lab available all day to teach live fire skills (including maintaining a stable temperature). There are also plans to cook various dishes, starting with simple pottages, baking, and possibly some roasting.
Inside, hands-on cooking classes include Baroness Oddkatla’s Introduction to Medieval Spanish Cooking, where you’ll make macrones, figs in the French manner, and roasted almond-stuffed dates, and Mistress Mathilde des Pyrenees demonstration on making Sambocade: An Early Cheesecake.
And if you haven’t taken Baroness Sadira bint Wassouf’s always-popular incredibly delicious Dim Sum class… go, don’t question it, just go!
Are you a bread baker? Lady Ragna will lead you on A Journey into Viking Bread, while Lady Katerin Starcke will show you how to make Bread From Beer.
We didn’t forget about the brewers; Wentliana Verch Meuric and Meuric ap Gwillim will explain how Soda Pop Is Period or the Basics of Fermentation.
If you’re trying to figure out what books to add to your personal library, Mistress Alicia Langland has organized a cookbook and food resource library for you to peruse. The books will not leave the library area, but gentles are welcome to use the copier/scanner or snap photos of pages.
Mistress Alicia is also leading a roundtable discussion on Medieval Gardens for those who like to grow food as much as cook it!
By the way, both lunch and dinner are included in your event registration and all of the food cooked in the morning’s classes will be served for lunch. Yes, everything cooked in the afternoon classes will be served for dinner. Don’t worry — there will be a break to eat, so you won’t miss any classes.
Even though it’s only February, it’s not too early to register your entry for the Ice Dragon Pent!
Why take the time now instead of waiting until April 8? You can avoid the hassle of waiting in a long line and instead enjoy your morning knowing that all you need to do when you arrive is display your entry and enjoy the event.
Photo by Master Fridrikr Tomasson.
Whichever categories you plan to enter — and especially if you are entering the new 5-in-1 category — the performance, historic combat categories, or the Pent itself, pre-registration will make the process run more smoothly for you.
Pre-registration forms are due by April 4th and are now available on the Ice Dragon website. Literary Arts entries are due by March 11.
Palfreys & Polearms: Being The Rhydderich Hael Baronial Championships, Kingdom Equestrian Championships and Langstrand Regional Army Muster
Join us for an incredible weekend in the country with the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael as we host our own Baronial Championships, the Kingdom Equestrian Championships, and a VERY large regional fighting muster! There will be equestrian, heavy fighting (including a polearm tourney), fencing, archery, thrown weapons, A&S, children’s activities and so much more!
We start at 4 pm on Friday, May 27, and end at 11 am on Sunday, May 29. The actual main event activities will take place on Saturday the 28th.
You may download the pre-registration form here. We encourage pre-registration as you will not get a lunch unless you pre-register. DEADLINE for pre-registration is Thursday, May 19, so you need to either pop this in the mail today or email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may certainly pay at the gate on the day, but you will have no lunch, so plan accordingly.
The site is Nash Hill Equestrian, 10999 Persia Rd, Gowanda, NY 14070.
The autocrat is Riobard o’ Suilleabhain (Brother Bobby)(Robert Bajak), 28 W. Hill St, Gowanda, NY 14070, 716-241-7276. Deputy Autocrat is Ysabeau Tiercelin (Phoebe Waller-Sharp), 7132 Taylor Rd, Hamburg, NY 14075, 716-860-1550, email@example.com. Equestrian Marshal in charge is Maeve ni Surtain (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The reservations clerk is Rhys Penbras ap Dafydd (Brandon Baranowski), 60 Rand Ave. #3, Buffalo, NY 14216, email@example.com.
Site fee is $10 for adults, $5 for 7-17, 6 and under free, family cap of $25. NMS fee of $5 applies for all non-members. Make checks payable to SCA NY Inc, Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.
Camping is $10 per tent and $25 for hook-ups, per night. We ask that you let us know if you will be camping, for space planning purposes.
There will be a sack lunch sideboard with pasties and other delights (vegetarian and GF options available). You MUST reserve for the sack lunch, even though it is included in the cost of the event (see above). The site is very discretely damp, and alcohol is allowed for the A&S entries. Under no circumstances may there be any alcohol in the barn; this will be grounds for immediate expulsion from the event. No animals except for service animals and horses.
This is an active equestrian facility, no-one may enter the boarding barn areas without permission; this will be grounds for expulsion from the event. Please do not feed anything to any horse without the permission of the owner. Aside from adhering to the normal youth policies, we ask that parents keep a sharp eye on their children; the fences are electrified, and there are many other normal farm dangers present.
We will be asking all participants to sign the equestrian waiver at check-in. Horses must have negative coggins and rabies for in-state, and also health certs if from out of state.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Timothy & Gabrielle II, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Majesties’ Court at Summer’s End, 12 September Anno Societatis L, in the Canton of Beau Fleuve, accompanied by His Highness Magnus Tindal, Prince of Æthelmearc, and Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope and Baron Edward Harbinger.
Their Majesties afforded time for Their Excellencies to conduct the business of their Baronial Court.
The children of Æthelmearc were called forth and sent to amuse themselves.
Mistress Cori Ghora was invited forth, for she had completed her term as Kingdom Seneschale. Mistress Cori agreed that the time had come for her to enjoy a well-earned retirement, but a successor had been found that would continue the health of the Kingdom. Their Majesties agreed, and invited Duke Sir Christopher Rawlyns before Them. They confirmed that it was still His Grace’s intention to serve the Sylvan Kingdom as its Seneschal. Mistress Cori presented him regalia of the office, he gave Their Majesties his Oath of Fealty, and They named him the next Seneschal of Æthelmearc.
Duke Christopher swears fealty as Kingdom Seneschal.
THL Thorsol Solinauga was created a Companion of the Cornelian for his unflappable courtesy upon the battlefield and while training others. Scroll by Abigail Kelhoge.
THL Thorsol Solinauga receives a Cornelian.
Jean Hope of Hartstone was Awarded Arms for assisting with setup and cleanup at events, and for always presenting himself with courtesy and honor. Scroll is a work in progress by Edana the Red.
Jean Hope is awarded Arms.
Lord Meuric ap Gwillim was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for serving as the Deputy Historian for the Barony of Rhydderich Hael, specializing in collating historical accounts of previous royalty. Scroll by Helene al-Zar’qa.
Lord Meuric ap Gwillim is admitted to the Keystone.
Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenberg was awarded the Queen’s Award of Excellence for creating garb for Their Majesties, as well as previous royalty and countless others.
Baroness Elisabeth Johanna von der Flossenberg receives the Queen’s Order of Excellence.
THL Nest ferch Rhys was named to the Order of the Sycamore for her skills with embroidery, lucet cording and cooking. Scroll by Vivienne of Yardley upon wording by Perote Campbell.
THLady Nest ferch Rhys receives a Sycamore.
Lord Magnus de Lyons was welcomed to the Order of the Golden Alce for his prowess with polearm and his willingness to help others in fixing and maintaining their fighting equipment. Scroll by Maighread ni Stilbheard uu Coin.
Lord Magnus de Lyons is inducted into the Golden Alce.
THL Beatrice de Winter was presented with a Cornelian for her lovely demeanor, even though her chosen subject of study – death – may seem offputting to many. Promissory scroll by Isabel Fleuretan.
Lady Beatrice de Winter receives a Cornelian, and later a Millrind.
His Majesty paused to comment that Beatrice had been presented with a promissory because the honor of producing the scroll to commemorate her Cornelian had originally been given to Countess Aidan, whose recent loss saddened Their Majesties and all of Æthelmearc. A moment of silence was observed in Her Excellency’s honor.
Proper respects having been played, Their Majesties asked THL Beatrice to attend Them again, for They had further business with her. They praised her ability to do service that was often thankless, and to do it in such a way that many others might not realize that it even needed to be done. For these reasons, They inducted her into the Order of the Millrind. Scroll illuminated by Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima Zentarō Umakai.
Mistress Ysabell Graver was created a Companion of the Golden Alce for both her skill at archery and her skill at teaching archery to others, most notably women and children. Scroll a work in progress by Abigail Kelhoge.
Mistress Ysabell Graver receives a Golden Alce.
Maestro Jacopo di Niccolo was named the 39th Jewel of Æthelmearc for serving as an inspiration to Their Majesties, his Canton, anyone who has ever shot an arrow in the name of the Kingdom, and countless others. Scroll by Ekaterina Volkova.
Maestro Jacopo di Niccolo is made the 39th Jewel of Æthelmearc.
Lord Rhiannon Elandris of Glyndyfrdwy, who had been spending most of the day creating displays that make the history of Æthelmearc and the SCA more accessible to one and all, was presented with Her Majesty’s token of inspiration.
Lord Rhiannon is recognized as the Queen’s inspiration.
All those who had contributed to the scrolls given in Baronial and Kingdom Courts that day were asked to stand and be recognized.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
In Honor and Service,
Kameshima Zentarō Umakai
Silver Buccle Principal Herald, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope, Lord Magnus de Lyons, and Lady Miriel du Lac, and Baron Caleb Reynolds report on the happenings at Summer’s End.
The Canton of Beau Fleuve held its annual Summer’s End event on September 12th. It featured the usual fighting, fencing, and thrown weapons, as well as an A&S competition.
The heavy weapons portion of the event began with melees. Sir Aengus MacBain, the autocrat of Summer’s End, recorded the fighting from above.
– Video by Sir Aengus MacBain.
After the melees, the “Beer Pit” tourney began. To enter, each fighter had to supply some quantity of beer, whether alcoholic or non (root beer, ginger beer, etc. were acceptable), and then the combatants fought a standard bear pit with one point for a loss and two points for a win. One observer noted that you could tell the beer contributions came from Scadians, as there wasn’t a “light” beer to be seen.
Sir Finn vs. Duke Sven. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
The beer contributed for the “Beer Pit.” Photo by Mistress Arianna.
The winner of the “Beer Pit” tourney was Duke Sven Gunnarsson, newly arrived in Æthelmearc from Drachenwald this summer. He generously shared the beer with his fellow combatants, taking only a single mixed six-pack as his “loot.” His Majesty, King Timothy, placed second, with Sir Finn Marland O’Shannon third.
Despite the drizzly weather, 15 throwers braved the elements to throw axes, knives, and spears. All competitors threw a Royal Round with axe and knife followed by a left/right target: thrower’s choice of weapon. The thrower had to hit a pair of griffins; first the one on the left, followed by the one on the right. To round out the competition, each thrower then had six spears to make the best poker hand. Throwing four spears at 15 feet, and two spears at 25 feet, throwers had to hit randomly placed playing cards on a sheet: jokers were wild. Madoc got the highest score (20) on this target: with 5 points for sticking five times plus an additional 15 points for getting three of a kind. But the winner of the overall competition with 108 points was Lady Aemelia Soteria of BMDL, who threw like a champ in spite of the weather and the long drive. Vivant to all the throwers!
Thrown weapons competitors. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
A challenging fencing tournament was run by Lord Alexander du Lac and was attended by many eager fencers including HRH Prince Magnus Tindal. The tournament was a reverse bear pit, which at least for some of the newer fencers, was a fresh experience. In a reverse bear pit, two fencers enter the list to fight a bout. After the bout, the winner leaves the list and scores a point while the loser remains in the list to fight another bout until either winning a bout or reaching a maximum of three losses (at which time two new fighters entered the list). The format kept the action flowing and the blades flying, lasting a couple hours with only an occasional break. Finally, as sword-arms tired and the list dwindled in number, a final series of bouts was fought between Don Behrend von Elmendorf and Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill, with Don Behrend emerging the victor. Aside from all the points, the tournament was a wonderful display of fair play with many fine examples of courtesy and chivalry, showing once again that the Society is more about friends than it is just winning the day.
Lady Mirel du Lac vs. Don Behrend von Elmendorf. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
HRH Prince Magnus Tindal vs. Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Arts and Sciences Competition
The theme for the A&S competition at Summers End this year was “What I did on my Pennsic Vacation”. All entries had to be a project made at or learned in a class taken at Pennsic 44. No formal documentation was required, however the entry had to include the name of the class and the instructor. Handouts from the class could be displayed with the entry. Scoring was by a populace bean count. There were five entries this year, and here they are in no particular order.
One was a red pillow embroidered in black, gold, and white based off the class Inlaid Patchwork, Embroidered Work, Embroidered Stitch, Rag Rug or Intarsia taught by Baroness Kaleeb the Green
A second was a set of wire wrapped rings in silver and copper based off the class Quick and Easy Handmade Largess by the Lady Droen O’Rourke.
A third was an example of a Medieval Mustard based off the class Dijon Vu.
A Fourth was an example of silk banner painting done in red and black based off the class Silk standard/Banners by Madame Cynthia du Pont.
In the end the winner by a large number of votes was the red pillow embroidered in black, gold, and white by Lady Alime bint Yorgi.
Kingdom and Baronial Courts
Their Excellencies, Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of the Rhydderich Hael, held their baronial court where they recognized the tourney winners, and bestowed awards on numerous deserving gentles. They also thanked the autocrat, Sir Aengus MacBain, for running an excellent event.
Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolde thank the autocrat, Sir Aengus MacBain. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
At Royal court, Their Majesties, King Timothy and Queen Gabrielle called forth the Kingdom Seneschale, Mistress Cori Ghora, and thanked her for her years of service in a difficult job. They then summoned Duke Christopher Rawlins and confirmed that he was willing to take the reins of the Kingdom from Mistress Cori, to which he agreed. His Grace swore his fealty to the Kingdom and accepted the key of office. The populace cheered the past service of Mistress Cori and the work to come by Duke Christopher.
Duke Christopher swears fealty as Kingdom Seneschal. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
Their Majesties went on to bestow awards on many deserving gentles. A sad moment came when They apologized to one award recipient because her scroll was not there — because it had been assigned to Countess Aidan ni Leir. Their Majesties then bade the populace observe a moment of silence in honor of the passing of this pillar of the Society, and further exhorted them to reach out to friends, as one never knows when they may be taken from us.
The highlight of the court was the bestowing of the Jewel of Æthelmearc on Maestro Jacopo di Niccolo for his many years of service to the Kingdom, most especially to the archery community. The Jewel is given to those gentles who the Crown believe exemplify all that is excellent in their populace. Maestro Jacopo is the 39th Jewel of Æthelmearc.
Maestro Jacopo di Niccolo is made the 39th Jewel of Æthelmearc. Photo by Mistress Arianna.
This year’s feast was cooked by Lord Robaird Michael Patrick Timothy James O’Suilleabhainn, better known as Brother Bobby. The feast consisted of two courses and a dessert.
Assorted Rolls with Maple & Parmesan Butters
Moroccan Bean & Vegetable Soup
Autumn Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Apple Pork Pie
Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Cheesecake Dip
The Populace that had assembled for the feast set heartily to all of the food. At one point little speaking was being done as every mouth was busy enjoying the delicious victuals before them. Much was made of the tasty butters, used to enhance the soft rolls and when the soup arrived more then a few people dunked their bread into the warm vegetable and bean laden soup (and sometimes rice). The salad had cubes of fresh apple, raisins, and crisp lettuce.
When the second course arrived the populace enjoyed the smoky and flavorful Thracian Chicken. The Apple Pork Pie served cold helped to sate the hearty appetites of the people assembled; its tender pork chunks wrapped in flaky crust were devoured almost as soon as they hit the plates. The sides of Mushy Peas and Roasted Rice were a welcome addition to the meal, both flavorful and winning over more then a few people who had stated they were not big fans of “green things”.
Finally the dessert course was served and people happily dipped Shortbread Cookies with and without gluten into the tart Lemon Cheesecake Dip. Some were so enamored with the dip they asked for containers of their own.
The people, now full and happy, declared the feast a success and raised their cups to Brother Bobby in praise of his wonderful meal that day.
Documented from the Scrolls of the Reign of Titus and Anna Leigh, King and Queen of Æthelmearc: the Business of Their Court at the Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon in the Barony of Rhydderich Hael 21 March AS 49, accompanied by Their Highnesses Timothy and Gabrielle, Prince and Princess of Æthelmearc, Their Excellencies Carolus and Isolda, Baron and Baroness of Rhydderich Hael, and His Highness Steinnar, Prince of Ealdormere. As recorded by Their Silver Buccle Herald, Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai, with the assistance of Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn, Gullskel Herald, THL Sophie Davenport, Seedling Pursuivant, and Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn, Golden Alce Herald.
In the morning:
Brehress Gwendolyn the Graceful singing for Delftwood. Photo by Lord Simon Peregrine.
Brehress Gwendolyn the Graceful was brought forward to explain the loss of the regalia of the Sylvan Bard that was entrusted to her care. Said regalia was in the possession of Their Excellencies Fergus and Helene of Delftwood, who offered to return it in exchange for a song in praise of their Barony. Brehress Gwendolyn then sang her new song, “Sails,” written for exactly such a purpose. Pleased with Her Excellency’s song, Their Excellencies returned the Sylvan Bard regalia to its rightful owner.
Lord Horatius Cincinnatus was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for his service to the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael, including serving as its Knight Marshal. Scroll illuminated by Baroness Juliana Rosalia Dolce di Siena and calligraphed by Tiarna Padraig Ó Branduibh.
Lord Horatius Cincinnatus. Photo by Lord Simon.
Lady Katerin Starke was created a Companion of the Golden Alce for her skills on multiple fields of combat, including heavy rattan, fencing, and archery, as well as her service as marshal. Scroll illuminated by Lady Gillian MacGill of Verona and Lady Fenris McGill Feu Bleddyn and calligraphed by Lady Juliana Stafford.
Lady Katerin Starke. Photo by Lord Simon.
Lord Bovi Davidsson was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for his toil in multiple kitchens, including creating the offerings for the day’s event. Scroll illuminated by Sir Sextus Plinius Callidus and calligraphed by Tiarna Padraig Ó Branduibh.
Lord Bovi Davidson. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin. Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin and Shishido-nagon Tora Gozen approached Their Majesties to complete a bit of overdue business: the presentation of Shishido’s completed hitatare from her elevation to the Order of the Pelican. However, when the hitatare was revealed to Their Majesties and the populace, it had also been embroidered with a wreath of laurel leaves. The Order of the Laurel was brought forth, and Shishido-nagon was ordered to accompany them to the vigil that had been prepared for (and, unknowingly, mostly by) her, that she might contemplate elevation to that Order and answer Their Majesties that evening.
In the evening:
His HighnessSteinnar thanked Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, Their Excellencies and the populace for the hospitality He had received that day. He presented gifts to all assembled, and announced that, when summer had come to Æthelmearc and the East and Middle joined forces to invade the Sylvan Lands, He would lead Ealdormere’s forces in league with Æthelmearc.
Baron Caleb Reynolds. Photo by Arianna.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova announced that Baron Caleb Reynolds had won the day’s Scroll Blank competition, having contributed more than 40 scroll blanks to the Signet’s office. However, Ishiyama-roku-i Gentarō Yori’ie was still the overall winner of the competition for the reign.
Tribe Tuatha Firen came forth and announced that they would run the traditional War Practice Pick-a-Prize raffle this year and for two more years, but they seek another household, shire, Barony, or other group of people to take over at that time. Any who are interested, please seek out Baron Caleb to begin discussions of the procedures required.
Klaus von Dofster was Awarded Arms for rendering last-minute emergency assistance to the Crown. Scroll forthcoming.
Lady Alays de Gant was elevated to the Order of the Keystone for her service to the equestrian community of Æthelmearc. Scroll by THL Eleanore Godwin.
Lady Alays de Gant. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
Master Emrys Eustace hygt Broom was inducted into the Order of the Keystone for his service as webminister and copy editor. Scroll in progress by THL Renata la Rouge.
Master Emrys Eustace hyght Broom. Photo by Arianna.
Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill was created a Companion of the Sycamore for his love of the fiber arts, most particularly spinning. Scroll by Mistress Gillian Llewellyn of Ravenspur.
Lord Robert MacEwin of Thornhill. Photo by Arianna.
Minamoto-dono no Taikawa Saiaiko was Granted Arms, elevated to the senior sixth court rank and named to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her study and teaching of Japanese culture. Scroll illuminated by Lady Isabel Fleuretan and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Minamoto-dono no Taikawa Saiaiko. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
Lady Fiora d’Artusio was Granted Arms and elevated to the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her teaching of period fencing techniques and her skill at scribal arts. Scroll by THL Alianora Bronhulle, medallion by Duchess Branwyn ferch Gwythyr.
THLady Fiora d’Artusio. Photo by Arianna.
Don William Parris was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for his in-depth study and teaching of period fencing manuals and techniques. Scroll by Lady Maria Ariadne.
Don Will Parris. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi was created a Companion of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc for her enthusiastic learning, teaching and creation of woven trim and tapestry arts. Scroll illuminated by Baroness Alex and calligraphed by Kameshima-kyō Zentarō Umakai.
Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi. Photo by Arianna.
Duke Marcus Eisenwald was inducted into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelmearc in absentia for his great skill in costuming, especially in creating garb by hand. Scroll forthcoming.
THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghill was elevated to the Order of the Millrind for her years of service to the equestrian community and to the Pennsic tollner. Scroll by Countess Aidin ni Lier.
THLady Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghill. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
THL Hrefna Ulfvarrinsdottir was served a Writ of Summons, that she might appear before Their Majesties’ Heirs and sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Pelican in recognition of her service as historian and order clerk, as well as her support of her Shire. Scroll illuminated and calligraphed by THL Ismay Ponde upon wording by Count Sir Jehan de la Marche.
THLady Hrefna Ulfvarrinsdottir. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
THL Zoe Akropolitina was served a Writ of Summons, that she might appear before Their Majesties’ Heirs and sit vigil in contemplation of elevation to the Order of the Pelican in recognition of her service to the Youth Combat community and to her Barony and Kingdom. Scroll illuminated by Meisterin Felicitas Flußmüllnerin and calligraphed by Fa Ren Zhang Ming Li.
THLady Zoe Akropolitina. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen with Their Majesties. Photo by Arianna.
Shishido-nagon Tora Gozen was called forth to answer Their Majesties’ question posed earlier that day. Before she could answer, though, she felt that she needed to be relieved of the obligation of Kingdom Equestrian Officer. THL Meadhbh inghean ui Bhaoghill was summoned forth and named as Shishido-nagon’s successor to that office. Now freed of that obligation, Shishido-nagon was free to accept elevation to the Order of the Laurel. Rhiannon Elandris spoke on behalf of the Order of the Golden Lance of Gozen’s inspiration, love and passion for all things equestrian, and that she makes others want to try new things and get better at the things they already do. His Highness, Duke Sir Timothy, explained that he did not fully understand what the word “peer” meant until he moved to Æthelmearc, and few exemplified Peerage better than Gozen. Viscount Syr Bear recounted how he and Viscountess Judith had elevated Gozen to the ranks of nobility, and was pleased to see her perseverance and skill had grown. Master Tigernach mac Cathail, OP, spoke to her service to the equestrian arts already evidenced by her status as a Companion of the Pelican, as well as her devotion to the animal arts A&S display at Pennsic. Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin conveyed the words of Master Alexander Caithness, OL, who had, along with Mistress Rannveigr, been asked to start the equestrian program in Æthelmearc and had chosen Gozen as one of their first marshals. Her Majesty spoke of Gozen helping Their Majesties get authorized in equestrian arts in order to help Her fulfill Her dream of riding horseback in Gulf Wars Opening Ceremonies, including escorting Her when She was thrown from Her horse. Gozen was presented with a broach bearing the badge of the Order by the Æthelmearc Equestrians and – at long last – her hitatare by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin. A scroll illuminated by Mistress Una de Saint Luc and calligraphed by Mistress Daedez was read, and Kameshima Silver Buccle explained to Their Majesties and the populace that, while there were many honorifics that would be appropriate in our Society to refer to Peers, there was one that was used in period to refer to the head of a school of a particular art. In that vein, Shishido-iemoto Tora Gozen was then proclaimed a Companion of the Laurel to the acclaim of all present.
Mistress Cori Ghora, newest Jewel of Æthelmearc. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
Baroness Ekaterina Volkova, the Jewel of Æthelmearc, was summoned forth to return the Jewel medallion so that it might be passed to the next recipient. Their Majesties then called forth Mistress Cori Ghora and, in thanks for everything that she does for the Kingdom and the populace, and for the example that she sets, named her the 38th Jewel of Æthelmearc. Scroll etched in copper by Baroness Ekaterina Volkova.
Her Majesty reminded the populace that Æthelmearc’s fencing and archery armies are not as numerous as will be needed to repel the combined Eastern and Midrealm forces that will bear down on Æthelmearc this coming summer, and encouraged all with an interest in those areas to attend their local practices and train for the upcoming War.
Dame Bronwyn MacFhionghuin announced that she was in possession of tutorial kits for Her Highness’s Pennsic favors, and invited one and all who were interested in helping to construct them to contact Her Excellency.
Their Majesties gave leave to Their Excellencies to hold their Baronial Court and announce the winners of the day’s Arts and Sciences Pentathlon.
There being no further business, Their Majesties’ Court was closed.
The A.S. XLIX Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon has come and gone. For those who missed it, your ever-vigilant Gazette reporters have the scoop on all that went on at the event, held on March 21 in the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael.
The day began with a morning court at which the most notable piece of business was the surprise Their Majesties had in store for Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen: a perfect Laurel ambush.
Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen, photo by Lord Simon Peregrine.
Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin, who headed team G, reports: “When their Majesties let the Laurels know that they planned to give Gozen a writ during their reign, I asked if we could do a surprise vigil for her at Ice Dragon. They graciously gave permission and the Secret Laurel for G team sprang into action. Between a secret Facebook group, her household (who took her off the email list just long enough to notify people), and all the Æthelmearc equestrians, it is a testament to honor that no one spilled the beans.
“We set the stage by telling all the equestrians that we had been allotted a special space at Ice Dragon since I had “forgotten” to reserve our normal equestrian salon space, and everyone was encouraged to bring their equestrian works of art to display (thus neatly solving the problem of having her works there for the vigil). Her protégé and equerry made vigil favors of Master Huon’s cookys in linen bags with horse charms, a tooled leather vigil book with Japanese horse was ordered from abroad, and a Pelican/Laurel brooch was commissioned from Crafty Celts. The problem remained of how to get her into morning court without raising suspicion. Luckily, I had not been able to finish her Pelican hitatare (Japanese coat) for her last elevation, so that provided the perfect excuse – she was told that it was finally finished and their Majesties had agreed to present it in court. All was ready.
“Then came the heart-stopping moment when she emailed after having driven 20-odd hours back from Gulf Wars to let me know that she was tired and might not drive up until the morning of the event. “No problem,” I replied, thinking precisely the opposite, “Just make sure to be there for morning court, since their Majesties wanted to do the hitatare presentation then since it was not quite ‘important enough’ for the main court at night.” Thankfully, arrive she did.
“The “Equestrian Encampment” looked beautiful, and being riders with hearty appetites, it never occurred to her to question the plethora of food we had set out. She worked hard to set up the displays, still not suspecting.
Vigil display for Mistress Gozen, photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
“We sat together through court, me with the folded hitatare under my arm. We were called up together, and I asked leave to address the populace. I explained that her “backlog hitatare” was finally finished and held it out to their Majesties, with the embroidery toward them, asking them to do the honor of putting it on. His Majesty played his part to perfection, and circled slowly, revealing to the audience that the pelican was encircled with a laurel wreath. Oohs and cheers began to rise, the Laurels crept stealthily toward the front at a gesture from his Majesty, and Gozen began to look puzzled as this was all going on behind her back.
“Gozen,” said his Majesty, “perhaps you would like to see your hitatare.” She turned around then and the look on her face when she realized just what was happening was worth the entire two months of planning (as was the smack she gave me when I whispered, “You realize we just had you set up your own Laurel vigil”). Of course the hitatare was then whisked away since she could not wear it with the Laurel wreath until after the elevation at second court. The members of the Order of the Laurel then escorted Gozen to her vigil area.”
Embroidery on the back of the hitatare created by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin. Photo by Mistress Tiercelin.
After morning Court, gentles scattered to the many activities that Ice Dragon offers.
Photo by Baron Steffan Wolfgang von Ravensburg.
Lord Tegrinus de Rhina vs. Master Tigernach mac Cathail. Photo by Lord Simon.
Ice Dragon’s usual rattan bear pit attracted an array of enthusiastic fighters from novices to knights. Lord Horatius as marshal-in-charge was assisted by numerous other marshals overseeing bouts and directing traffic into each of the four lists.
Duke Maynard von dem Steine was the victor, but it was noted that he was most gracious about the bouts he lost, making the day for many of the less experienced fighters.
The rapier list featured two tournaments, a single elimination and a reverse bear pit, where the loser stayed on the field after each bout. The rapier combat was marshaled by Lord Wolfgang Starcke (who also served as Deputy Autocrat for the overall event), with Lady Aemelia Soteria as MOL.
Don Fergus vs. Duchess Dorinda. Photo by Lord Simon.
His Excellency Don Benedict Fergus atte Mede defeated Lord Michael Gladwyne to win the single elimination, wounds-retained tournament with forty people participating, and Lord Jacob of Dunmore beat out second-place finisher Lady Fiora d’Artusio to win the reverse bear pit, which had fifty participants. There were about ten White Scarves fencing, including Duchess Dorinda Courtenay, who was the first recipient in Æthelmearc of a Writ for the Order of Defence. According to Don Will Parris, every battle was hard fought.
Nicholas fighting in the Youth Tourney. Photo by Duchess Runa Æikibrandskona.
THLady Zoe Akropolitina marshaled the youth list with assistance from the Kingdom Youth Marshal, Sir Thorgrim Skullsplitter.
Seven youth fighters competed in the tournament, which was won by Olf from Stormsport.
THLady Govindi Dera Ghazi Khan organized the Salons, which were held in the upper level balcony areas. They ranged from baronial salons (Delftwood) to households (Yama Kaminari) to the Kingdom History display, to salons for particular activities and guilds (scribes, heralds, and brewers). Many of them offered food or arts displays.
Display of backlog scrolls. Photo by Arianna.
Barony of Delftwood salon. Photo by Arianna.
Clan Yama Kaminari’s salon. Photo by Lord Charles the Orange.
THLady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, Kingdom Historian, with the Great Spoon of Æthelmearc. Photo by Arianna.
Master Daniel del Cavallo mans the brewing salon. Photo by Arianna.
The event featured numerous merchants with such wares as fiber, weapons, fabric, soap, jewelry, garb, and leatherworking supplies. Lady Miriel du Lac served as merchant liaison to keep all of the merchants organized.
Photo by Arianna.
Mistress Gabrielle d’Auvergne’s fiber merchant booth. Photo by Arianna.
The tavern was ably run by Lord Bovi Davidson, with entertainment organized by Master Dagonell Collingwood of Emerald Lake. Lord Bovi received the Order of the Keystone at morning court for his service to the Rhydderich Hael.
Photo by Mistress Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina.
The sideboard offered drumsticks marinated in Goya Mojo sauce, BBQ pork chunks, and roasted root vegetables, plus cheese, pickles, oranges, hard boiled eggs, and rolls. Lord Bovi said he chose simple modern fare since the kitchen would be expected to serve 600 gentles and he had found the period turnovers he did two years ago to be really good but too much work. He focused this year on simple and portable: “Brown, hot, and plenty of it!” he joked with one of his “most amazing crew,” who he credited for the meal’s success.
Ice Dragon Pentathlon
Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh. Photo by Mistress Hilderun Hugelmann.
As always, the Arts and Sciences Pentathlon was a big draw with entries in categories like embroidery, brewing, scribal, woodwork, and costuming. Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh was the Pent Coordinator, with Baroness Alexanda dei Campagnella organizing the judges, of which there were many.
There were entries in individual categories, as well as some groups and individuals who entered the Pentathlon, which required them to compete in at least five different categories. Entries were judged on Documentation, Authenticity, Creativity, Workmanship, Complexity, and Aesthetics.
The Pent Room. Photo by Arianna.
Overall Pentathlon Winners
Group: The Shire of Silva Vulcani Novice: Otto Boese Novicerunner up: Lady Rowena McCara Single: THLord Madoc Arundel Single runner up: THLord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie
THLord Madoc Arundel, individual winner of the Ice Dragon Pentathlon. Photo by Arianna.
ACC1 Novice Accessories Textile
Hilda Hugelmann for her Lady’s Early 15th Century Livery Collar
ACC1 Single Accessories Textile
Gillian Llywelyn for her Embroidered Liturgical Sandal
ACC2 Novice Accessories Non-Textile
Liam Macan tSaoir for his Soapstone Amulet/Pendant
ANI0 Novice Animal Arts
Rowena McCara for her Japanese Bagu (Horse Equipment)
Brewing entries. Photo by Arianna.
BEV1 Single Beer & Ale
Madoc Arundel for his English Nut Brown Ale
BEV2 Novice Wine & Mead
Susan Verberg for her “My making of Cyser, with medieval ingredients
BEV2 Single Wine & Mead
Madoc Arundel for his Mosel-style Riesling Wine
BEV3 Single Cordials
Caleb Reynolds for his Cinnamon water
Talismanic Shirt by Lady Sumayya al Ghaziya. Photo by Arianna.
BEV4 Single Other, non-alcoholic
Caleb Reynolds for his Lemonade
CLO1 Novice Pre-1400 Clothing
Katelynne Rose for her Blue Silk Underdress (Serk), Beige Linen Apron Dress
CLO2 Novice Post-1400 Clothing
Hara Kikumatsu for her Japanese Dobuku
Lady Teresa Alvarez’ German dress. Photo by Arianna.
CLO2 Single Post-1400 Clothing
Teresa Alvarez for her 15th C German dress with embroidery
CUR0 Novice Curiosa
Sumayya al Ghaziyya for her Talismanic Shirt
FIB3 Novice Dyeing
Sumayya al Ghaziyya for her Turkish Marbled Silk
FIB4 Novice Knitting Netting Nalbinding
Rowena McCara for her 16th Century Knitted Monmouth Cap
FIB5 Single Other, felting, kumihimo
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie for his Kyo Kara Gumi Braid for a Laurel
HER0 Novice Heraldic Display
Otto Boese for his Archer’s Bracer
HOU0 Novice Household Arts
Minamoto Sakurako for her Iron gall ink
Sword and scabbard by Otto Boese. Photo by Arianna.
LEA0 Novice Leather Working
Otto Boese for his Naumurg Scabbard
LEA0 Single Leather Working
Vickie Waite for her Leather pouch
Bascinet by Lord Enzo de Pazzi. Photo by Arianna.
LIT1 Novice Research Paper
Dearhbforgaill an Chomdaidh for her “Marriage in Tudor England”
LIT1 Single Research Paper
Madoc Arundel for his “Post-Invasion English Land Law and Its Influence on
the Construct of Magna Carta”
LIT3 Single Poetry & Prose
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie for his “Compositions for the Autumn 2014 Tanka
MET1 Single Armor
Enzo de Pazzi for his Mid 14th Century English Bascinet
MET2 Novice Domestic
Otto Boese for his Metal Belt
MET3 Novice Jewelry
Leily Ashe for her Chain Mail Bracelets
Embroidery by Lady Rowena McCara. Photo by Arianna.
NEE0 Novice Needlework
Rowena McCara for her 16th Century Italian Embroidery
NEE0 Single Needlework
Gillian Llywelyn for her Embroidered Liturgical Sandal
SCR1 Novice Calligraphy
Sumayya al Ghaziyya for her Talismanic Shirt
SCR1 Single Calligraphy
Kieran MacRae for his Calligraphy and Illumination inspired by folio 13v
from the Statues of Archdeaconry of London
Illumination by Baroness Cecily of Whitehaven. Photo by Arianna.
SCR2 Novice Illumination
Cecily of Whitehaven for her Dragon illumination
Scroll by THLord Kieran MacRae. Photo by Arianna.
SCR2 Single Illumination
Kieran MacRae for his Calligraphy and Illumination inspired by folio 13v
from the Statues of Archdeaconry of London
STU2 Novice Painting
Cecily of Whitehaven for her Miniature Portrait
TOY0 Novice Toys
Liam MacantSaoir for his Soapstone Chess Piece
WOD1 Novice Construction
Otto Boese for his Late 10th C Viking Scabbard
WOD1 Single Construction
Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie for his Sumitsubo Ink Line
WOD2 Novice Embellishment
Corwin Alexander Templeton for his Coronet box with inlaid crest
YOU1 Youth Youth Ages 3-11
Zeph Grover for the Woven strap
Prince Steinnar of Ealdormere. Photo by Arianna.
As the day wound down, Royal Court was held in a different room from usual at the front of the second floor.
At the start of Royal Court, Their Majesties welcomed Prince Steinnar of Ealdormere. His Highness was pleased to announce that the Lupine Kingdom will ally itself with Æthelmearc at the coming Pennsic War, to the great joy of Their Highnesses Timothy and Gabrielle as well as the populace.
Numerous gentles received recognition from the Crown. The highlights included five talented artisans who were inducted into the Fleur d‘Æthelmearc:
Lady Fiora d’Artusio for scribal arts
Don William Parris for research into period fencing manuals
Mistress Mahin Banu Tabrizi for weaving and fiber arts
Lady Minamoto Taikawa Saiako for Japanese studies
Duke Marcus Eisenwald for German costuming
THLady Zoe receiving her Pelican Writ. Photo by Arianna.
There were two Writs given for the Order of the Pelican, with elevations to be at a future date to be determined:
THLady Hrefna Ulfvarinnsdottir, Kingdom Historian, whose scroll in Old Norse was crafted by THLady Ismay Ponde and read by Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn
THLady Zoe Akropolitina for her work as a youth marshal and combat archery marshal. Her scroll was calligraphed by Furen Zhang Ming Li
Their Majesties then inducted Mistress Shishido Tora Gozen into the Order of the Laurel for her skill in making equestrian accoutrements. Mistress Gozen’s many virtues were recounted by Master Tigernach mac Cathail for the Pelicans, THLord Rhiannon Elandris for the Order of the Golden Lance, Prince Timothy of Arindale for the Royal Peers, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin read a letter from Viscount Alexander Caithnes for the Laurels, and Sir Bear the Wallsbane for the Chivalry. Mistress Gozen, now a double peer, was presented with a brooch from the equestrian community, and finally… she was able to wear her hitatare. Her scroll, based on the Tale of Genji, was illuminated by Mistress Una de St. Luc and calligraphed by Mistress Daedez of the Moritu.
Mistress Gozen with her Laurel scroll. Photo by Mistress Tiercelin.
Royal Court culminated in the bestowing of this reign’s Jewel of Æthelmearc on Mistress Cori Ghora, Kingdom Seneschale, as the populace roared their approval of Their Majesties’ choice.
Mistress Cori Ghora, newest Jewel of Æthelmearc, with her copper-etched scroll crafted by Mistress Ekaterina Volkova. Photo by Mistress Hilda.
Rhydderich Hael’s Baronial Court followed with several local awards, and culminated in the announcements of the tournament and Pentathlon winners as noted above.
Baron Carolus and Baroness Isolda of the Rhydderich Hael. Photo by Arianna.
Congratulations to the event autocrat, Lord Magnus de Lyons, and his staff on another successful Passing of the Ice Dragon enjoyed by over 600 gentles. May the Ice Dragon die swiftly and spring arrive with haste!
This report was written with contributions from Don Will Parris, Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin, THLady Zoe Akropolitina, Baroness Katja Davidova Orlova Khazarina, Tiarna Padraig O’Branduibh, and Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
The Barony of the Rhydderich Hael celebrated their annual Twelfth Night this past Tuesday, January 6th, which ironically occurred on 12th Night. The celebration was held at the Elks Club of Lancaster, where the Barony holds its officer meetings and practices. Some fifty members of the Hael were in attendance for a night of friendship, gifts, food and good cheer. A good time was had by all.
That concludes the version my Communications professor from back in the day would have liked. My Business communications professor would have been nodding her head in agreement, but all the while my Marketing professor would have been shouting, “Sell the sizzle man, sell the sizzle.” And as usual I stared blankly into the abyss and grinned that mischievous grin that panics my wife and thrills those who know me better. You took the time to click on this link. You deserve better than just the traditional answering of the standard seven “W”s.
What do I love about Baronial 12th Night? It’s all about the Barony baby. Now, I loved being your Happy Go-Lucky Get Down Tonight Kingdom Chronicler, and getting to see and report what was going on all over these most awesome Sylvan Lands, but my heart is in the Hael. The most common phrase I used for two years was that I looked forward to spending more time involved in the Hael. I love yelling out “Hael Yeah!” I love heralding my Baron and Baroness in to large courts. I love Ice Dragon. I love the Green and Black and most of all I love the people and my friends there. Baronial 12th Night is that night that we all get together and break bread and enjoy each others’ company without every one running all over the place being official. This is the core of a Hael 12th Night.
At how many events do you really get to spend significant amounts of time with all your friends? In the Hael the average local event is spent with every one running in different directions to various competitions, meetings, event tasks and work, work, work. After a full day of that, where you rarely get to see everyone, you then have to do break down, while everyone else leaves the event as fast as they can. Sometimes I think they hold Court to keep 75% of the people from leaving after their activity is done, and that Feast helps keep the other 40% that didn’t leave right after Court and the other 10% are still there at the end to help clean up. I like 12th Night because I get to hang out for three hours with everyone.
I remember when the Barony shifted the format of the usual Monthly Officer Slash Business Meeting from focusing on the officers to focusing on food and cheer. If you want to introduce a new person to the SCA do not invite them to an Officer Slash Business Meeting, as they may want to slash something else ten minutes in. Opt for the food and cheer every time. It’s been over ten years sine this celebration replaced the traditional meeting and it has been a success ever since.
Rhydderich Hael Twelfth Night was announced to start at six thirty. Now many of you may be saying that if proper “SCA-dian Time” is applied the celebration might have doors open at six, but start time might actually be closer to seven. Do not be fooled. Always remember to “never get involved in a land war in Asia” and “SCA-dian time is always trumped by potluck”. I was running a little late, by about 12 minutes. Coincidence? I think not. Fate has a funny way of amusing me, or at least it gives me the opportunity to laugh when I would rather cry.
I walked into a well-attended hall and placed my two packages of warm fried chicken on the nearly full five tables lined up end to end to hold the celebratory bounty. Being a veteran of such things I did do a quick look at the table to see the flow of the types of food from appetizers to desserts and then parallel parked the chicken in front of a row crock pots and pizza\wing boxes. When over fifty people stock a potluck, the diversity is most awesome. Who ever brought the box of tacos, you are a genius. That box was empty in no time as were the two boxes of fried chicken I brought. You can’t go wrong with fried chicken at a potluck.
Having set up my food contribution, I took care of the next important Baronial 12th Night task. I went to the bar and bought a pitcher of pop and a pitcher of beer and a number of glasses. 12th Night is all about sharing. Beverages taken care of, I joined my fellow Haelies for food, drink and laughs. The room was packed. People love a good local get together that involves food. If you want to enhance the cameraderie and well-being of your local group, do not underestimate the power of the potluck. I suggest you have them quarterly and outlaw all practicing, meetings and projects. Save those for other times.
There is a not a strict agenda to the evening. In early days, a quick meeting was held immediately with all officers called upon by the Seneschal and then quickly declining to give reports as to get to the celebration as fast as possible, Imagine a Seneschal standing in between a grand pot luck buffet and a room full of people looking past him hungrily. Seeing that most Seneschals do have good survival instinct to make up for the insanity that led them to wanting such an office, ours realized that they should get themselves out of the line of fire and allow the Barony to eat first. Not only that, but our Seneschal Padraig O’Branduibh was wise enough to announce the Buffet was open while standing at a safe distance. Not that such an announcement was necessary, as the first container had been opened maybe 12 minutes before. Yes, he may have been operating on SCA-dian time by announcing potluck open, but he that was trumped 12 minutes before. Why? Because “Put Luck always trumps SCA-dian time”
Gift giving began after the first servings. I was late to the line so I was happily eating, drinking and laughing, as I am prone to do while fellow members of the Hael were delivering little gifts. The tradition of bringing a little gift goes back beyond my being a member. I did not know about it my first year which was a bit embarrassing as people handed me candies, candles, tea bags, knick knacks and the like and I didn’t have anything to return in exchange. Lesson learned. It’s a joy to watch people wander about like merchants opening their small sacks to distribute the treasures to others.. All in all it is fun and light-hearted. Things get tough when people give larger gifts. That still takes me by surprise and I am never prepared. I have received some very well thought out little gifts over the years. Some of my favorites are tree ornaments. I enjoy decorating the tree and having great memories of my SCA-dian friends who gave them to us at 12th Night.
Eventually, a short business meeting was held. Our Seneschal Padraig O’Branduibh continued to show his wisdom by acknowledging that a meeting should happen, but that Baron Carolus and Baroness Isolda were still handing out gifts to guards, retainers and Champions so he decided the meeting could wait. And we did, which allowed for some more gifts, seconds on main courses and runs at the ever-growing dessert table. I knew Their Excellencies wanted to distribute these gifts while the recipients were still in the hall. You don’t want to make your Baron and Baroness have to track down people at a years’ worth of practices and events to hand out stockings full of now stale or wrinkled 12th Night joy.
Business was kept to a minimum with Padraig calling for some event bids including a small event called “Ice Dragon” and mentioning that Baronial elections would be coming soon. Many of us shook in fear and then comforted ourselves with drink and pastry. The Baron and Baroness thanked everyone for all the help they have received over the last two years and welcomed people to run for their office as they are in their last year. They also presented nice gifts to officers who had finished their terms over the past year. The gifts were so nice many current officers tried to quit. They were informed no gifts for quitters and kept their offices begrudgingly. The Baron and Baroness also reminded everyone of the on-going tradition of the “It’s your 1st Event” token given by the B-n-B. The person who receives this token because it is their first event then gives it to whomever they felt was the most helpful to them at said event. The meeting ended quickly without much incident other than the comical scolding of an imaginary heckler fictionally hidden behind a non-imaginary screen. Let it be noted that since everyone was giddy from food, beverage, gifts and good company that Padraig could mention “Ice Dragon bids” and “Elections” without risk of people fleeing the hall in sheer terror.
Eating, drinking and good cheer continued until the time limit on use of the room expired. Reports seen on trendy social networking sites supported allegations of a good time had by all. In conclusion, no one was hurt by Rollos being hurled about the hall as trivia prizes and I look forward to using the Pink Himalayan Sea Salt that “Not So Evil” Jill gifted me as well as the home made Polish Pastry Zosia gave me. Till Next 12th Night my friends, “Hael Yeah”
Once again the Rhydderich Hael invites the Known World to join the Barony for a day of food, fighting, pageantry, and fellowship. All set in the castle like setting of the historical Connecticut street armory! Ice Dragon offers a wide variety of activities and there is no excuse to go home unfulfilled.
Fighting: Ice Dragon offers a day full of heavy combat and fencing. The spacious first floor parade hall offers multiple lists for bear pits, pick up fights, and if time allows the odd melee and team events. With well over a hundred fighters expected it should prove a challenging and exciting day!
Salons: Located on the second floor and overlooking the fighting are the personal salons. Each Salon is a unique display of food, drink, and pageantry hosted by a mix of households, local groups, and individuals. People can enjoy relaxing in their private space all while getting a bird’s eye view of the fighting on the first floor. Salon space will book fast so make sure to reserve space as soon as possible.
Arts and Science: For the artisan’s pleasure Ice Dragon will once again host the “Pent”. This sprawling arts and science contest offers a wide selection of categories as well as youth and master work (Laurels Only) categories. For the brave of heart there is the option of entering multiple categories and winning the coveted title of “Pentathlon Winner”! Spectators are welcome to wander the hall and look at the entries.
Merchants: Save your pennies because Ice Dragon is also host to a wide selection of merchants selling everything from jewelry to clothing. Last year we had over 30 merchants packed into the first floor! If you are interested please reserve your spots as soon as possible. Prime space will go quickly.
Food and entertainment: All this action might leave a person a bit parched and hungry but fear not! The faithful tavern staff has planned a wonderful selection of food for the day and the tavern will once again host local entertainers for your viewing and listening pleasure. People interested in entertaining should contact the entertainment coordinator to book stage time.
The fine print:
When: March 21st, 2015
Times: Site Opens 0900 – Closes at 2100
Location: Connecticut Street Armory, 184 Connecticut St. Buffalo NY 14213
Costs (in US funds):
Adult pre-registration: 15.00
Adult onsite registration: 17.00
Child pre-registration (9-17): 8.00
Child onsite registrations (9-17): 9.00
Child 8 and under: FREE
Please make checks payable to SCA NY, inc – Barony of the Rhydderich Hael
Per Society, a $5 non-member surcharge will be collected at the event from any adults without proof of current membership.
Pre-reg Closes March 13th 2015.
Please note: We will NOT be using the ACCEPS on line payment system this year.
All visitors at the Armory are required to have Photo ID (except minors with their adult guardian)
Autocrat: Lord Magnus de Lyons (Lance Kazmark), 36 Wayne St. Depew NY 14043, 716-432-0763; firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservations Clerk/Head Tollner: Send preregistration to: Wanda Spencer, THL Eleanore Godwin, 1396 Eggert Road, Amherst, NY 14226, 716-837-2431. No calls after 9pm, email@example.com
For more information and staff contact information please visit the Ice Dragon Website:
The time draws near, and the Ice Dragon stirs. From the annals of yore comes this article from the Fredonia college newspaper in 1977. Replete with the mists of time (and somewhat amusing journalism), we bring you the birth of one of the longest running events in the Known World.