A snow day is the perfect time to think about teaching at the Scribal College at Pennsic!
It’s fun and rewarding and there’s nothing to shovel.
If you’re a scribe you know something that someone else wants to learn, so consider sharing your knowledge, talent and a little bit of your time with the Known World at Pennsic this year. You’ll be glad you did! Register your class here.
Mistress Ts’vee’a, the Kingdom Camp Scheduler, gives us this list of Æthelmearc Happenings at Pennsic – parties, vigils, Courts, Order Meetings, tournaments, and more! All activities are in Æthelmearc Royal Encampment unless otherwise noted:
Open Bardic Circle: Tuesday, August 2, 8-10pm
Haakon Oaktall Anniversary Bardic Circle: Wednesday, August 3, 8-10:30pm
Æthelmearc Bardic – Come and Perform!: Thursday, August 4, 8-10pm
Æthelmearc Teen and Tween Party: Saturday, August 6, 7-9pm
Laurel Vigil for AElfrun Ketta: Saturday, August 6, 8-11pm in Akeru Thunder (E17)
MOD Vigil for Clewin Kupferhelbelinc: Sunday, August 7, following Rapier Champion battles, Æthelmearc Rapier Shade, Rapier field
*Known World Queens’ Tea: Sunday, August 7, 2-4pm
Debatable Lands Potluck Dinner and Court: Sunday, August 7, 5-8pm
Pelican Vigil for Timothy of Arindale: Sunday, August 7, 6-?pm in Camp Arindale (B08)
Laurel Vigil for Irene von Schmetterling: Sunday, August 7, 8:30-12 in Debatable Lands (N10, Fletcher Rd) (send-off in Debatable Lands court in AE Royal ~7-8pm)
Celebration of Life of Countess Aidan ni Lear: Sunday, August 7, 8:30-10:30pm
*Scribal Tea: Monday, August 8, 2-4pm
Memorial for Dave Cooper: Monday, August 8, 4-5pm, Dave’s Drive on the Battlefield
Æthelmearc Family and Children Party: Monday, August 8, 6-8pm
Æthelmearc Party: Arthurian Legends: Monday, August 8, 8:30-11pm
Known World Hatter’s Tea: Tuesday, August 9, 11:30am-1pm
Kingdom Exchequer Meet ‘n Greet: Tuesday, August 9, 4-5pm
Known World Chatelaine Meeting: Wednesday, August 10, 9-11am
Known World Equestrian Gathering: Wednesday, August 10, 4-5pm
*Seven Pearls Dinner: Wednesday, August 10, 6-9pm
*Ladies of the Rose Happy Hour: Thursday, August 11, 3-6pm
*Private or semi-restricted event
Musters and Courts
Muster for Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, August 6, 5:15pm
Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, August 6, 6-7pm in the Great Hall (New Barn)
Muster for and Procession to Æthelmearc Court: Tuesday, August 9, 5:30pm
Æthelmearc Court: Tuesday, August 9, 6-9pm in Great Hall (New Barn)
Muster for Closing Ceremonies: Friday, August 12, when war points end, on the Battlefield
Closing Ceremonies: Friday, August 12, after the war points, at the Fort on the Battlefield
Note: Their Majesties will be on the battlefield approximately half an hour before each War Point battle to rally the troops and distribute Queen Ariella’s favors.
Chivalry: Wednesday, August 10, 2:30-3:30pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield
Laurel: Saturday, August 6, 1-3pm
Pelican: Saturday, August 6 10am-12pm
Fleur d’AEthelmearc: Saturday, August 6, 9-10am
Gage: Wednesday, August 10, 1:30-2:30pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield
Millrind: Saturday, August 6, 3-4pm
Scarlet Battery: Saturday, August 6, 2-3pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield
White Scarf: Saturday, August 6, 1-2pm, AE Pavilion on Battlefield
No Pennsic Order Meeting:
Order of Defense
Æthelmearc-hosted Pennsic events (not in AE Royal)
Ædult Swim (Battlefield): Thursday, August 4 and Friday, August 5, 9am-5pm, Red and Green lists
Æthelmearc Rapier Novice Tournament: Wednesday, August 10, 12-2pm, Rapier List 1
Youth Combat Night with the Knights: Sunday, August 7, 7-9 pm, Youth list
Youth Polearm Tourney, Monday, August 8, 7-9 pm, Youth list
Æthelmearc Youth/Adult Tag Team Tournament: Wednesday, August 10, 7-9pm, Blue List
Youth Combat Reindeer Games (melees), Thursday, August 11, 7-9 pm, Youth list
Scribal Tent Schedule (Located in Æthelmearc Royal)
Would you like to teach at the Scribal College at Pennsic? Just want to know more about this track of classes, hosted by Æthelmearc? Mistress Liadhain ni Chleirigh na Coillte, Dean of the Scribal College at Pennsic, answers your questions!
What exactly is the Scribal College?
Scribal College is a class track that exists under the umbrella of Pennsic University. We have two classroom tents set up in the populace area of Æthelmearc Royal encampment, and we offer classes on all aspects of the scribal arts.
Does Æthelmearc have a tradition of hosting this?
Æthelmearc has run the Scribal College for many years. As of last Pennsic, every scribal class registered with Pennsic University is handed over to the Scribal College and is held in Æ Royal. Pennsic University recognized that our classroom space and accommodations are much better than what they can offer for the kinds of classes we’re hosting, and that most of the scribal classes were taking place at the Scribal College anyway.
How does registration work?
Anyone who wants to teach a class needs to register it through the Pennsic University website. Registration is now open, and classes registered by May 1 will appear in the site book. Classes registered after that date will appear in the on-line schedule, in the Pennsic Independent and will be posted at University (formerly A&S) Point.
Either go to the Pennsic Website and click on the Pennsic University link, or go directly to Pennsic class registration. Anyone who wants to take a class should check out the Pennsic book for schedules, or stop by the Æthelmearc hospitality tent for more information. We post a daily schedule of classes outside the hospitality tent. Some classes have size limits for active participants, so it’s a good idea to double check and make sure there’s still space available.
Are you looking for anything special this year?
I’ve been reaching out to other kingdoms to encourage teachers from all over the Known World to come and share their knowledge. I’d love to see classes for all levels of scribes, and I’m hoping to offer a series of classes in different calligraphic hands. Mostly I want the College to provide interesting learning opportunities for anyone who wants to see what being a scribe is all about or is looking to expand their skills and knowledge. I’ve also gotten requests that we provide more time for scribes who want a clean, quiet place to work on scrolls or just practice some skills that they’ve learned. It would be great if scribes who want to be involved but don’t yet feel comfortable teaching a class could sign up to host some open scribal time or “Scribal Play Time.”
Do I need to have an arts award to teach?
No, anyone with a desire to teach and something to share is welcome to come and teach a class. It’s a great opportunity for both experienced and novice teachers to meet and interact with scribes from all over the Known World.
Can I charge for class materials? Teachers may charge for materials that are provided for students. Most classes don’t have a fee attached. See the F.A.Q. section for Pennsic teachers for more detailed information.
Anything else you can think of?
I think a lot of people are intimidated by the fact that classes take place within the boundaries of a royal encampment. I know I was at first! But Æthelmearc provides such a welcoming atmosphere that no one should be concerned. Also, the accommodations we can provide for teachers and students are better than they can find anywhere else at Pennsic. We have a clean, well-lit space that is exclusively for the use of the Scribal College. You don’t have to be an experienced scribe, or even have ever done a scroll, in order to enjoy all that the Scribal College has to offer.
You can find contacts for our Æthelmearc Signet office staff on the Æthelmearc College of Scribes and Illuminators website.