The Dragon's Tongue

The official publication of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle, a body of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

2002 and 2003

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November 2003

The Dragon's Tongue - November 2003

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not  reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

11/15 Intrigue and Infatuation in Italy (Myrkfaelinn)
11/21-23 Fiber, Fabric & Fighting (Nithgaard)
11/21-23 Winterfinding (Port Oasis)
11/29 Heralds & Scribes (Stormsport)
12/6 Masked Ball (Rhydderich Hael)
12/6 Kriskindermart (Debatable Lands)
1/3 Æthelmearc 12th Night (Beau Fleuve)
1/17 St. Swithin’s Bog Annual 12 Night (St. Swithin’s Bog)
2/7 Winter Rose Ball (Sylvan Glen)
2/13-15 Tournament of the White Hart (Port Oasis)
2/21 Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins (Delftwood)
Fighter Practice  - Thursday nights at Mad Vlat’s.

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call our Minister of Art's and Sciences, Anne Diarmat

If you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact her as well.

 

November 16 - Finish your projects- textile and other at Mariana's
November 23 - possibly chainmail taught by Kory (location TBA)
November 30 - Thanksgiving week- no A&S
December 7 - Bodices II (location TBA)

 

 

 

Officers:

 

Seneschal: Eoghan Rurikson

        Deputy Seneschal : Mad Lord Vlat

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin

        Deputy Chatelaine: Lady George Anne

        Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Bianca Sadie

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Anne Diarmat

Exchequer:  Mariana of the Vayle

Chronicler: Lady George Anne

Chirurgeon: Lady Susannah of Leicester

Web Minister:  Eoghan Rurikson

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

        Deputy Knight Marshal:  Rundwulfe

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe

       

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:
Minister of Youth:
Thrown Weapons Marshal  


 

Business Meeting (11/6) notes:


We had a fairly good turn out, the members Present were Mad Lord Vlat, Lady Keran, Lady George, Lady Catherine, Rainagh, Dierdre, Blake, Anne and Marianna. The following items were discussed:

Academy Issues:

Jo will be paid this weekend at Æcademy; the checkbooks will be on hand

Currently, there are 55 on Board; we have increased the number from 60 to 80, and do not expect there to be a problem filling these.

An idea had been mentioned at a previous Arts and Sciences Meeting, to have the Shire cover the Non-Member Surcharge for people from within the borders of our shire. This would help to encourage non-members to attend future events. The shire should easily have the funds to cover this. A vote was held, and the motion carried.

Their Highnesses have sent their regrets, and Best Wishes for a successful event

We have not heard anything on whether his Majesty will be present or not. We currently have scroll blanks from Marianna and Lady George, Mead from Rhyno Hyde Meadery, and several other items for a gift basket
should he attend.

Fight Practice

Mad Lord Vlat is continuing to research the Wyoming Children’s Conference as an indoor location; however, there has been a turnover forthe head of the school. He has not been able to get a hold of the
current person in charge.

The Salvation Army on Upper Court St. has been mentioned as a possibility for an indoor fight location. Eoghan will be researching this and will report a the next business meeting

Miscellaneous:

The old bank account has been closed, with the new one open at Charter one.



Seneschal’s Ramblings

Greetings and Salutations do I give unto you!

I wished to send out my congratulations to everyone in the shire for a successful event! Our Autocrat, Lord Malcolm did a fantastic job, and Lady Mea the Bold from the Shire of Hartstone did a wonderful job arranging classes, and a good time was had by all. Our Lady Johanna and all our amazing cooks did a fantastic job, and Marianna did a wonderful job with her first lunch. Certainly worthy of what the kingdom has
grown to expect from our fair shire.

In Service to the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle, and the Kingdom of Aethelmearc,

Eoghan Rurikson

 

 

 

From the A&S Officer:

Please send all requests for classes to me ASAP, as well as all volunteers to teach, and volunteers to host. I would like to have the month of December planned before Thanksgiving due to the new baby.

Let me know what A&S activities everyone is involved with, including any new skills learned at AEcademy.

Anne

 

 

 



 

Medieval Holidays

During this holiday time of year, you might enjoy a look at the following holiday sites.

Around the Calendar
http://www.ucalgary.ca/~elsegal/Shokel/Calendar_Index.html

Calendars Through the Ages
http://webexhibits.org/calendars/index.html

Christmas Customs in Historical Records
http://www.vision.org/trdl/2000/trdl001221b.html

Halloween: New York's Upside-Down Holiday By David Earle, Stephanie Fike, and Michael Galkoski
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medny/earle.html

History of Holidays
http://www.billpetro.com/HolidayHistory/

Holidays on the Net
http://www.holidays.net/

Islamic Celebrations
http://islam.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iiie.net%2FB\
rochures%2FBrochure-26.html


Islamic Holidays and Observances
http://www.colostate.edu/Orgs/MSA/events/holy.html

Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah
http://www.hanukkah-traditions.com/

Mediaeval Holidays by Mark D. F. Shirley
http://www.durenmar.de/articles/holidays.html

Medieval Culture
http://users.ev1.net/~jacinth/culture.html

Medieval Holidays
http://www.angelfire.com/mo/LandkamerFamily/Holidays.html

Medieval Russia – Calendar, Holidays & Festivals
http://medievalrussia.freeservers.com/calendar.html

Medieval World Links – Christmas
http://www.geocities.com/MedievalWorld/LinksChristmas.html

Pagan roots of Modern Holidays
http://paganwiccan.about.com/library/weekly/aa032503holidays.htm

Popular Pagan Holidays
http://www.witchvox.com/xholidays.html

Russian Customs, Holidays and Traditions
http://russian-crafts.com/russian-customs.html

Russian Orthodox Church
http://russia-in-us.com/Religion/Christianity/Russian Religion

Russian Religion
http://www.departments.bucknell.edu/russian/religion.html

Sabbats of Witchcraft
http://www.2think.org/hii/holiday.shtml

Stefan’s Florilegium – Period & SCA Celebrations & Events
http://www.florilegium.org/files/CELEBRATIONS/idxcelebrations.html

Web Holidays.com
http://www.web-holidays.com/index.asp

-Keran Roslin
 

Member Survey

Greetings unto all who receive this missive:

The Directors are pleased to announce that the long-anticipated Member Survey is now online and ready for your responses. This survey asks your feedback on a number of topics related to membership, its structure, and the corporation. A separate section of the survey consists of basic demographic questions to help give us a better picture of the active participants of the Society.

You can take the survey online at the SCA's website: www.sca.org/survey, but please feel free to print off and distribute the survey so that those without computer access may complete it as well. You may also request a copy of the survey from the SCA's corporate office (PO Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789). Hardcopy responses may be mailed to the same address. Please, only one response per person.

Your participation is vital! There are over 28,000 members of the SCA, yet the Board of Directors typically receives responses from only a small percentage membership when commentary is requested. Your input is
very important to our organization's future development.

Please take a few moments to complete this survey before December 31, 2003. We are eager to hear what you have to say!

In service,

Meg Baron
President, SCA Inc.
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email
comments@sca.org



 

SCA in Remote and Far off Places
(culled from rec.org.sca)

From: Zachary Kessin <zkessin@c...>

I am starting a shire that is significant distance from the rest of the kingdom (IE you have to fly). and Was thinking that there are number of groups that are all far away from each other who could share experience
and ideas on how to keep a group going when the next shire is an expensive flight away.

I have created the "sca-remote-groups" mailing list, and invite anyone who is in a group off the SCA beatten path to join.

You can join at yahoogroups,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sca-remote-groups
sca-remote-groups@yahoogroups.com

YIS
--Yehoshua ben Haym
Yerushalaim

 

 

 


 

Corporate Board Meeting Notes

Anyone wishing to read the Board Meeting notes should contact Lady George and borrow her copy, or consider subscribing to get your own copy the next time you renew your membership. This is a good way to
understand our Society at the Corporate level.

 

 

 

Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you’d like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our
shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you’d like to see printed to chronicler@sterlyngevayle

 



Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@stny.rr
Fin

 

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

October 2003

The Dragon's Tongue - October 2003

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not  reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

10/10-12 Crown Tourney (Thescorre)
10/18 Serf & Turf (Hartstone)
10/18 A Day in Southwerk (Delftwood)
10/18 Baronial investiture (BMDL)
10/18 Scout demo at Camp Tuscarora
11/1 Baronial Investiture (Endless Hills)
11/1 Celtic New Year (Sunderoak)
11/8 Æthelmearc Æcademy (HERE)
11/21-23 Fiber, Fabric & Fighting (Nithgaard)
11/21-23 Winterfinding (Port Oasis)
12/6 Masked Ball (Rhydderich Hael)
12/6 Kriskindermart (Debatable Lands)
1/3 Æthelmearc 12th Night (Beau Fleuve)
1/17 St. Swithin’s Bog Annual 12 Night (St. Swithin’s Bog)

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call our Minister of Art's and Sciences, Anne Diarmat

If you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact her as well.

 

October 5- Business meeting at Mariana's
October 12- Bodices and corsets @ Mariana's, no men allowed. Men’s stuff @ Lord Vlat's. Ladies wishing to make bodices should bring an extra
shirt they wish to destroy and lots of duct tape.
October 19- Period winterwear by George - location TBA
October 26- Brewer's Guild @ Eoghan and Anne's
November 2- Last minute event preparation –TBA
November 6-Business meeting @ Vlat’s
November 9- Event wind down and potluck dinner -TBA

 

 

Officers:

 

Seneschal: Eoghan Rurikson

        Deputy Seneschal : Mad Lord Vlat

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin

        Deputy Chatelaine: Lady George Anne

        Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Bianca Sadie

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Anne Diarmat

Exchequer:  Mariana of the Vayle

Chronicler: Lady George Anne

Chirurgeon: Lady Susannah of Leicester

Web Minister: Eoghan Rurikson

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

        Deputy Knight Marshal:  Rundwulfe

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe

       

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:
Minister of Youth:
Thrown Weapons Marshal  


 

Seneschal’s Ramblings

Greetings and Salutations do I give unto you!
Now that I have sounded all formal (As this is the first of these that I have written, I thought I would start it off right). Well, Lady George has resigned from her position as Seneschal of our fair shire on the 15th of last month, as was discussed at the business meeting in September. Many thanks go out to her for her years of service as our Seneschal (not just this last stint), and we look forward to seeing what she does with all of the copious amounts of free time that she will now have. <grin>. Mad Lord Vlat and myself will be working together to figure out how to fill the shoes that have been emptied, and it is not going to be an easy job, but hopefully we will live up to everyone's expectations, and not their fears.

Business Meeting (10/4) notes:


This was a relatively small meeting, due to officers having conflicting things going on, however several things were brought up.

Æcademy Topics:
We were fortunate enough to try a pumpkin soup made by Marianna as an idea for lunch at Academy, and it was delicious (a wonderful way to start a meeting, who is cooking next time?)

Marianna will be asking for Volunteers to act as Tollner at Æcademy. If you wish to volunteer, please contact her at exchequer@sterlyngevayle.



Unfortunately Lord Malcolm was not able to attend, and sent his regrets. In an email across our e-list, he did state that plans for the event were going well, and that there would be an update on it in this issue
of the newsletter.

Administrative Issues:
I have requested that the officers please forward copies of their reports to me, so that I may include them in the seneschal's files.  This will enable both myself and Lord Vlat to see what is going on in the Shire, but more importantly, the next Seneschal will have all of this information available to them.

Demos:
Don't forget that Casey has asked for anyone willing/available to come help him do a demo for the scouts on October 18th. Please contact him for more information.

Our Demo Coordinator, Bianca has said that there are items in the works, and she will supply more information as it becomes available.

Axes and Ales:
It currently looks like we will be returning to Camp Sertoma this year for Axes and Ales.

I have proposed that the Shire pay the Non-Member surcharge for non-members that come to Axes and Ales. Additional fundraising can be done to make up this money. I would like to hear everyone's feedback on this, and it is on the agenda for the next business meeting, at Mad Lord Vlat's on November 6th.

Other: I was contemplating putting together an order for Rattan. Anyone interested please contact me. I will be asking our neighboring Shires/Baronies/Cantons/Dominions to see if they are interested in joining in our order.

In Service to the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle, and the Kingdom of Aethelmearc,

Eoghan Rurikson
 



 

 

 

 

To all Archers in Sterlynge Vayle:

Practice will continue to be on Wed and outside for the month of October the time will still be 6-7 until daylight savings makes us move it up an hour. For the winter months we will be moving to Neil Archery - Main St. Endicott on the First and third Wed. from 5-6 the cost is $2.50 per person. On the second and fourth Wed. we will continue to have classes on arrow making, quivers and arm band making etc. Anyone who would like to join us please e-mail me at mmyurko@aol for directions.

Mariana
 

 



 

Call for Teachers

Unto all who read these words does Lady Mea the Bold send greetings. I hope these words reach you in good health and spirits.

With fond memories of war behind us, I write you all today to inform you that Æthelmearc Æcademy will hold its fall session on November 8th, 2003 in the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle.

As the A&S deputy for this region, it is my pleasure to be coordinating teachers for this event. To that end, I call upon the talented artisans of this great Kingdom to consider sharing their knowledge. If you are interested in teaching, please visit the Æcademy webpage at http://www.aecademy.org/ and fill out a teachers registration form.

I will do my best to work with all of you to make your teaching experience as fun as possible. If you have specific questions, requests, or require further information feel free to email me at klausandmea@s... put 'Æcademy' in the subject line so I don't accidentally delete or overlook your missive ; )

Your In Service,
Lady Mea the Bold

Æcademy Update
AEthelmearc Autumn Academy November 8, AS 38 (2003 Gregorian)

Greetings Soggy Dragons; Plans are progressing well for the Shire’s hosting of the Autumn AS 38 session of the Academy.

The Academy session will be at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY. As of the most recent conversations, the War College will be conducting outdoor classes in the Close. That’s the green space behind the gray house located between the two paved parking lots.

The Common Room will be used for games, relaxing and Order Meetings if any are requested. The Dining Room will be divided and used for messy classes during the day and then cleaned and used to host dinner at 6 PM.  The Gym will be used for lunch, Tollner’s Table, and rained out martial classes if necessary. The Gym will be cleaned up and used for the Binghamton Contradancers open dancing at 7:00 PM. The Hoyt Room will be used for dance classes after the carpets are rolled up.

We will be using the Nursery on the second floor of Trinity House, for small children’s quiet times. The two large classrooms on that level are not available. The second floor of the Parish House will have the Royalty Room, Lords Changing and Ladies Changing, five small classrooms and a Scriptorium, where all scribal classes will be taught.

Marianna will be cooking lunch and Johanna the Blushing will be cooking Dinner. Both are doing a Harvest and Hunt theme. Johanna has a kitchen crew assembled. But we need dishwashers and pot scrubbers on Saturday.

We also need chair movers and table carriers on Friday evening when we set up and Saturday evening when we break down. We also need moppers and cleaners and furniture movers. His Majesty will need guards, having called on the local populace at each event to augment his personal guard.

Volunteer often and cheerfully, your service will not be unnoticed and will be appreciated.

- Malcolum



 

Demo possibility

Watch this space for more information about a possible demo for the Black Bear Farm Winery. The web site is http://www.blackbearwinery.com It is in Chenango Forks, about a mile up from Eoghan's campsite
demo actually. As I have more info I will post it. At this moment, there is no date set.

Thanks, Bianca

 

 

 


 

Helpful Hint

When you hold the ALT key, push 146 on the number pad. When you finish, you should see Æ and that's how you make the capital asche that starts our kingdom's name. Lowercase is ALT+145. This should work for most fonts and programs, as it is part of the ASCII alphabet. For more symbols, check out this webpage:
http://www.pensacolasgreatest.com/ASCII.html

 

 

 

 

Teen e-Lists

There are at least 2 teen egroups out there, so if you’re a teenager wants to speak with other teens of roughly the same age and interests about SCA related things, consider joining one of these two groups:

Moderated:
Post message: MeridianTeens@yahoogroups.com
Subscribe: MeridianTeens-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Not sure if it is moderated:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scateens
This latter group is more established, since June of 1999.


Æthelmearc Æcademy (Event Announcement)

The Harvest is in, the tithe barns full, the wounds and injuries of Pennsic healed, and the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle is proud to host the Æthelmearc Autumn Academy and War College session on Saturday, 8 November, AS 38 at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY.

Mark your Calendar; ready your notebooks and A&S Exhibits for a glorious day in Glorious Æthelmearc. As Æthelmearc’s Scholars, Teachers, Fighters and Craftsmen travel into the remote Eastern Marches of the Kingdom.  Remus Fletcher, Chancellor of the Academy has announced Classes in the Arts and Sciences are under the aegis of Lady Mea the Bold, Regional Arts and Sciences Minister. Martial Classes are under the direction of Sir Alonzo the Peacemaker, Dean of the War College.

The day will be filled with Classes, Roundtables, Symposia; an A&S Expo; a Games Room; good company and fine food, capped with the opportunity for those still standing to join an open session of the Binghamton Contradancers. Weather permitting there is space in the Close for martial activities. Fighters are asked to bring soft shoes in case they must move indoors to the great hall.

The site is Trinity Memorial Church at 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY.  The site is smoke-free and the main floor is handicapped accessible.  Open flames are permitted in the dining room and while the site is damp, Period containers are preferred. The site opens to the populace at 9:00 A.M. and closes to all at 10 P.M.

Comestibles and Potables will be the responsibility of the Cooks Guild with a splendid lunch board served up under the direction of Marianna diGuilianello, while a Harvest Feast will be orchestrated by Lady Johanna die Errotend.

The price for all this is a reasonable $8.00, including Lunch and $14.00 including lunch and Feast. As is our usual practice children less than five are Free and young persons five to fourteen are half price. Please remember the only true reservation is a paid reservation. You may make checks payable to SCA, the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle and send them to Georg-Karen Hawks (Lady George Anne).

Questions about Hotels, Crash space, and all other matters may be addressed to the Autocrat, Lord Malcolum fiz Willelm (Gerry Hough) gerryhough@yahoo

DIRECTIONS:

From the North or South, you make your way to I-81 and proceed to Exit 5. At the end of the Ramp turn left on US11 (Front Street) and proceed south to the intersection with Main Street (17C). Turn right onto Main Street and going to the first light, turn right onto Oak Street. Trinity is the gray stone church on the corner. Parking lots are located on the right hand side of the street next to Trinity House and beyond.

From the East or West make your way to NYS-17, I-86. If coming from the West, in the City you will bear to your left to I-81 North at “Kamikaze Kurve”. If coming from the East, in the City you will bear to your right to I-81 North at “Kamikaze Kurve”. Exit 5 from I-81 is the first exit after the Junction and you proceed as above.

 

 

 



Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to chronicler@sterlyngevayle


Fin

 

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

September 2003

The Dragon's Tongue - September 2003

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not  reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

9/5-7 Bards & Bows (HERE) CANCELLED

9/6 Demo at Twin Creek Recreation Park, Chenango Forks

9/13 Holy Prophets II (Hunter's Home)

9/13 Summer's End (Beau Fleuve)

9/12-14 Siege of Glengary (Sylvan Glen)

9/20-21 Tourney at the Old Mill Stream (Riverouge)

9/20 Coronation (Stelton Wald)

9/26-28 Weekend of Wisdom (Abhain Ciach Ghlais)

10/3-5 Harvest Raid (Heronter)

10/10-12 Crown Tourney (Thescorre)

10/18 Serf & Turf (Hartstone)

10/18 Scout demo at Camp Tuscarora

11/1 Baronial Investiture (Endless Hills)

11/1 Celtic New Year (Sunderoak)

11/8 Æthelmearc Æcademy (HERE)

11/21-23 Fiber, Fabric & Fighting (Nithgaard)

12/6 Masked Ball (Rhydderich Hael)

1/17 St. Swithin's Bog Annual 12 Night (St. Swithin's Bog)

 

 

Fighter Practice   - Thursday nights at Mad Vlat’s.

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call Anne. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact Anne.

9/7- Brewer's guild-Cherry mead-- Eoghan and Anne's

9/14- Heraldry submission night- Malcolm's

9/21- A&S discussion-- bring your current projects, questions, etc.

Location available- default Anne & Eoghan's house

9/28- Leather working- Rundwulfe and Georg-- Rundwulfe's

10/5 Business meeting, TBD.

 

 

 

Officers:

Seneschal: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

        Deputy Seneschal : Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam (gerryhough@yahoo)

        Deputy Herald: Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin (keran@hancock)

        Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds)

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Anne Diarmat

Exchequer:  Mariana of the Vayle

Chronicler: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

Chirurgeon:  Lady Susannah of Leicester (sfreiser@stny.rr)

Minister of Youth: Lady Suisan of Thorntoon

Web Minister:  Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

Deputy Knight Marshal Wee Lord Angus (skandall@stny.rr)

                                            Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat)

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat)

Thrown Weapons Marshal  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds)

 

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:

 


 

Business Meeting notes:

 

Welcome back from Pennsic! At the meeting held 8/28/03, there were minor shifts in the officers, and a few arrangements made for future events and demos.

As of Sept. 15, I will be stepping down as seneschal. Eoghan Rurikson was chosen by coin toss as our new seneschal, while Vlat shall remain in training as deputy. The files have already been handed over.

As of Aug. 28, Deidre officially resigned, and Mariana stepped up as Exchequer. It is our sincere hope that this minor reduction of stress for Deidre will greatly aid the recovery of her health. It is our hope that Mariana will remain healthy and unstressed.

 

Also as of Aug. 28, Mariana resigned as A&S Officer, to concentrate more upon the Exchequer office and finish the Archery Marshallate requirements. Anne Diarmat has stepped up to take over the task. Please offer your home to her to arrange to host, and please send class suggestions/requests to her. 

 

Camp Sertoma has contacted us, to let us know that they had found 2 checks uncashed from last year. They wondered if they had fallen into disfavor with us, due to the cancellation of Bards & Bows. We have written them fresh checks, and donated an additional $100 to the camp, as a deposit forfeiture and gesture of goodwill. Brian tells me that they plan to buy an ice machine with our donation this year, and we rejoice with that news. We have tentatively booked them again for Bards and Bows, second week of September 2004.  If our plans for Tuscarora fall through, we will also return to Sertoma.

 

I did go see Camp Tuscarora this past Wednesday. There's not a lot of flat, open land, and Royal Rounds for Archery are not likely to be feasible. The kitchen is almost as well appointed as Amahami, but the Great Hall is unheated. We will not be allowed to have fires in the double fireplaces. But there is a place to have Children's Actvities and limited merchanting indoors. There is even a pavillion to have fighting indoors if long weapons are not used. The hall will seat 200 comfortably. There is even a Chapel outdoors to hold Court in a grand style. And they have a Large parking lot, and overflow parking (compared to previous places).

 

Plans for Æthelmearc Æcademy are progressing nicely. Johanna will cook- HOORAY! SPOON!! and Mariana will make lunch- Spoon for her bravery at cooking for the first time! Lady Mea the Bold is planning the classes – do send her requests for what classes you would like to see. Also, feel free to visit the Æcademy's webpage and see what is planned classwise. http://aecademy.org/ We even have a place to fight On Grass this year.

 

We have 2 demos planned. Sept 6 fast approaches, and we will be having a demo at the Twin Creek Recreation Park in Chenango Forks. Please see contact Eoghan for more details. We hope to have fighting, beermaking, and cheesemaking.

 

There will also be a primarily fighting demo with the Scouts at Camp Tuscarora on Oct. 18. Bring your armor and your appetite- hang out for the day, and all food will be provided. If you reserve ahead of time with Casey, you may even get a free t-shirt.

 

As always, it has been my joy to serve this shire. We have grown, and grown stronger, and I know it's not my fault- it's due to the effort of all of you. Thank you all.

Yours in Service,

George Anne

 

 



 

With Regrets

 

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Labor day event Bards & Bows has been cancelled. I apologize for the inconvenience. Please help us focus our efforts on the Æcademy

instead.

 

-George Anne

Call for Teachers

 

Unto all who read these words does Lady Mea the Bold send greetings.

 

I hope these words reach you in good health and spirits.  With fond memories of war behind us, I write you all today to inform you  that Æthelmearc Æcademy will hold its fall session on November 8th,

2003 in the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle.

 

As the A&S deputy for this region, it is my pleasure to be coordinating teachers for this event. To that end, I call upon the talented Artisans of this great Kingdom to consider sharing their knowledge. If you are

interested in teaching, please visit the Æcademy webpage at http://www.aecademy.org/ and fill out a teachers registration form.  I will do my best to work with all of you to make your teaching  experience as fun as possible. If you have specific questions, requests, or require further information feel free to email me at klausandmea@s... put 'Æcademy' in the subject line so I don't accidentally delete or overlook your missive ; )

Your In Service,

Lady Mea the Bold

 



 

The Fireworks at Pennsic

 

For those who didn't get to see them or those who want to relive the experience, Master Philip the Pilgrim from the Middle has taken some quite decent photos that he has put up on the web:

http://www.dnaco.net/~preed/fireworks/index.html

 

 

 


 

Banns

 

To those of the known world aware of my Love of the fair maiden Bianca, I have expressed my Intent and Life-long intent to wed my Love.

 

I, Bianca, have graciously accepted Rundwulfe's proposal.

 

Blessings... are welcome. Lawyers seeking fees will be caught, beaten to unconsciousness, and toyed with for hours or days until we grow weary of their existence.

 

This is the third and final time of asking.

 

[Note: This is a very old tradition to appear in newsletters in the SCA.]

 

 

 

AEthelmearc AEcademy (Event Announcement)

The Harvest is in, the tithe barns full, the wounds and injuries of Pennsic healed, and the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle is proud to host the Æthelmearc Autumn Academy and War College session on Saturday, 8 November, AS 38 at Trinity Memorial Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY.

Mark your Calendar; ready your notebooks and A&S Exhibits for a glorious day in Glorious Æthelmearc. As Æthelmearc’s Scholars, Teachers, Fighters and Craftsmen travel into the remote Eastern Marches of the Kingdom.  Remus Fletcher, Chancellor of the Academy has announced Classes in the Arts and Sciences are under the aegis of Lady Mea the Bold, Regional Arts and Sciences Minister. Martial Classes are under the direction of Sir Alonzo the Peacemaker, Dean of the War College.

The day will be filled with Classes, Roundtables, Symposia; an A&S Expo; a Games Room; good company and fine food, capped with the opportunity for those still standing to join an open session of the Binghamton Contradancers. Weather permitting there is space in the Close for martial activities. Fighters are asked to bring soft shoes in case they must move indoors to the great hall.

The site is Trinity Memorial Church at 44 Main Street, Binghamton, NY.  The site is smoke-free and the main floor is handicapped accessible.  Open flames are permitted in the dining room and while the site is damp, Period containers are preferred. The site opens to the populace at 9:00 A.M. and closes to all at 10 P.M.

Comestibles and Potables will be the responsibility of the Cooks Guild with a splendid lunch board served up under the direction of Marianna diGuilianello, while a Harvest Feast will be orchestrated by Lady Johanna die Errotend.

The price for all this is a reasonable $8.00, including Lunch and $14.00 including lunch and Feast. As is our usual practice children less than five are Free and young persons five to fourteen are half price. Please remember the only true reservation is a paid reservation. You may make checks payable to SCA, the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle and send them to Georg-Karen Hawks (Lady George Anne).

Questions about Hotels, Crash space, and all other matters may be addressed to the Autocrat, Lord Malcolum fiz Willelm (Gerry Hough) gerryhough@yahoo

DIRECTIONS:

From the North or South, you make your way to I-81 and proceed to Exit 5. At the end of the Ramp turn left on US11 (Front Street) and proceed south to the intersection with Main Street (17C). Turn right onto Main Street and going to the first light, turn right onto Oak Street. Trinity is the gray stone church on the corner. Parking lots are located on the right hand side of the street next to Trinity House and beyond.

From the East or West make your way to NYS-17, I-86. If coming from the West, in the City you will bear to your left to I-81 North at “Kamikaze Kurve”. If coming from the East, in the City you will bear to your right to I-81 North at “Kamikaze Kurve”. Exit 5 from I-81 is the first exit after the Junction and you proceed as above.

Shire Policy:

This is the policy for the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle, in the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. It is subordinate to Kingdom Law & Policy, Corpora, and civil law.

 

I. Publication of and revisions to policy.

A. Sterlynge Vayle's policies must be published in the "The Dragon's Tongue" in full at least once every two years. It should be on the webpage, and available by request from the Seneschal. When published,

they supercede all former policies.

 

B. Changes or additions to these policies become official upon their publication in the newsletter, and must be approved by a majority of the card-holding members at an official business meeting.

 

C. Business Meetings

Business meetings shall be held the first week of every month except for the month of August (because of Pennsic), and shall be announced in the newsletter the month before. All officers should attend or send a proxy. The September meeting may also be held the last week of August.

 

II. Shire Officers

A. Terms of Office and Election of Officers

Officers shall hold one year terms, except Exchequer and Seneschal, which shall have two year terms. All elections shall be held at the March business meeting, with the Exchequer election occurring in odd numbered years, and Seneschal election in even-numbered years.If an Officer resigns unexpectedly, the Deputy will take over the duties of the office, and solicit letters of intent for a successor. In the event of there being no Deputy, the Seneschal shall appoint an interim officer. If no candidates step forward, the first person to leave for the bathroom during the business meeting shall be nominated for that office, if they do not hold an office already. The person so nominated is not forced to accept the interim post.

 

The Shire officer may pick a deputy from those who volunteer. If the shire officer exits office, the deputy becomes the interim officer until the next Shire Business meeting. Then the Interim officer must be ratified. If the Interim officer is not ratified, a new election must be held at that meeting.The election shall be by a show of hands at the meeting, with all Shire members eligible to vote. Any member of the Shire wishing to vote but unable to attend the meeting may send in their vote "by proxy" up to one week prior to the election, either in writing, on the phone to the Seneschal or via e-mail, and the Seneschal shall read those votes

into the voting record. The term of office for the newly elected officer shall begin at that meeting, with the outgoing officer transferring all files, records, and shire property associated with that office to the new officer in a timely fashion.

 

All officers are required to fulfill their duties as per kingdom law. This includes being warranted, possessing a blue card, and filing timely reports. Officers are required to contact their kingdom officer within 30 days of taking office. If an officer does not do this, they shall receive a verbal warning from the Seneschal and a 10 day grace period to remedy matters. If the officer is still unable to begin their duties, they shall receive a written warning from the Seneschal and a further 10 days. If no attempt is made to remedy matters, a new officer will be elected at the next business meeting.

 

B. Removal of warranted officers

A petition of 5 signatures of blue card holders is required to call for a vote to remove an officer. At the next business meeting, a 2/3 majority may vote to eject an officer. Proxy votes are allowed. Once the signed petition is given to the seneschal, the officer petitioned against shall be shown the petition. This should constitute a fair warning to improve the situation. As per kingdom law, the Exchequer may only be removed by the Kingdom Exchequer, but this vote of no- confidence shall be immediately given to the Kingdom Exchequer for their judgment.

 

C. Exclusions to Office Eligibility

The Seneschal and Exchequer cannot be Royalty and retain their office. Before entering a Crown or Coronet Tourney, they must prepare their deputy to be their successor. At the moment they win, their office transfers to their deputy. As per kingdom law, the Seneschal and Exchequer may not reside at the same address.

 

III. Financial Expenditures

Expenditures greater than $50 must be approved by a majority of the officers. Expenditures of $50 or less must be authorized by the Seneschal and Exchequer, or by a majority of officers at a business meeting.

 

IV. Event Hosting

A. Autocrats are required to have blue cards and be at least 18. While they are autocrat, they become ad hoc deputy seneschals. The autocrat or the seneschal must remain onsite while the event gates are open. If the autocrat is a martial officer, they must arrange for a deputy to marshal that activity for the event.

 

B. The autocrat of an event may require any person behaving disruptively to leave the event. If a minor is behaving disruptively at an event, the autocrat may require the adult(s) responsible for that minor to leave the event as well.

 

C. Sterlynge Vayle shall require proof of age at the door for any events where alcoholic beverages may be consumed.

 


Contributions wanted:

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Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

July 2003

The Dragon's Tongue - July/August 2003

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not  reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

8/1-17 Pennsic

9/5-7 Bards & Bows (HERE) CANCELLED

9/13 Holy Prophets II (Hunter's Home)

9/13 Summer's End (Beau Fleuve)

9/12-14 Siege of Glengary (Sylvan Glen)

9/20-21 Tourney at the Old Mill Stream (Riverouge)

9/20 Coronation (Stelton Wald)

9/26-28 Weekend of Wisdom (Abhain Ciach Ghlais)

10/3-5 Harvest Raid (Heronter)

10/10-12 Crown Tourney (Thescorre)

10/18 Serf & Turf (Hartstone)

11/1 Baronial Investiture (Endless Hills)

11/1 Celtic New Year (Sunderoak)

11/8 Æthelmearc Æcademy (HERE)

11/21-23 Fiber, Fabric & Fighting (Nithgaard)

12/6 Masked Ball (Rhydderich Hael)

1/17 St. Swithin's Bog Annual 12 Night (St. Swithin's Bog)

 

Fighter Practice   - Thursday nights at Mad Vlat’s.

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call Mariana. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact Mariana.

 

July 3 Business meeting, Hosted by Vlat

July 6 Hosted by Mariana

July 13 Hosted by Mariana

July 20 Hosted by Eoghan

July 27 Hosted by Malcolum

Aug 3 & 10 No Meeting planned

Aug 17, 24, & 31 TBD

 

 

 

Officers:

 

Seneschal: Lady George Anne (seneschal@sterlyngevayle)

    Deputy Seneschal : Eoghan Rurikson (deputyseneschal@sterlyngevayle)

    Deputy Seneschal : Mad Lord Vlat

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam (herald@sterlyngevayle)

    Deputy Herald: Eoghan Rurikson (deputyherald@sterlyngevayle)

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin (chatelaine@sterlyngevayle)

    Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Bianca Sadie (demos@sterlyngevayle) 

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Mariana of the Vayle (moas@sterlyngevayle)

Exchequer:  Lady Deirdre the Hidden (exchequer@sterlyngevayle)

Chronicler: Lady George Anne (chronicler@sterlyngevayle) 

Chirurgeon:  Lady Susannah of Leicester (chirurgeon@sterlyngevayle)

Web Minister:  Eoghan Rurikson (webminister@sterlyngevayle)

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

Deputy Knight Marshal Wee Lord Angus ( deputyknightmarshal1@sterlyngevayle)

                                            Rundwulfe (deputyknightmarshal2@sterlyngevayle)

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe (mol@sterlyngevayle)

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:
Minister of Youth:
Thrown Weapons Marshal  

There was/is no business meeting for August, due to Pennsic.

 

July Business Meeting notes

 

Lady George was unable to attend July's business meeting, and sent her regrets. Her deputies Mad Lord Vlat, and Eoghan Rurikson attempted to run the meeting, with marginal success. A variety of things were brought up:

1) Deirdre the Hidden has requested to resign, as soon as a suitable (ie- willing) volunteer can be found to take over the position. Everyone present thanked her for her service and the excellent job she has done straightening out the books. Anyone interested in this position, please contact the Shire Seneschal.

 

2) Demos were discussed, with the possibility of trying to plan for some of the local area's firemen field days. Also mentioned was the Broome County Fair. The Deputy Chatelaine in charge of Demos, Bianca Sadie, said that she would have some information to present at the next business meeting.

 

3) The Spedie Fest. It was decided that as it has almost come upon us, to not do a demo at the Spedie Fest this year. The idea of trying to do this next year was brought up. The people that were present definitely seemed interested.

 

4) Anne Diarmat mentioned that the Aethelmearc Chiurgeons had requested that people save their milk caps for Pennsic. The 1 gallon milk jugs are used for water and Gatorade at all of the martial activities, and the lids are constantly getting lost.

 

5) With the outstanding success of the Silent Auction at Axes and Ales, The Clan Chiefs of the Clan Diarmat have volunteered to run a silent auction at either Bards and Bows, or Aethelmearc Academy. The general consensus from the people present, was that Academy would be the better  choice. It was also proposed that it be to benefit the kingdom scribes and illuminators. I will be looking into how we can go about donating either the money raised toward supplies, or going out and buying the supplies themselves.

 

6) Mad Lord Vlat mentioned the indoor sight that he was trying to line up, the Wyoming Children's Conference. We are still waiting on an insurance certificate, before any other progress can be made.

 

7) Every year, the Barony of Endless Hills hosts an event - Tourney and the Old Mill Stream. The following day, a demo is held for the Old Mill Museum. Last year many shire members made it out to the event. This year, we are hoping to see more of us at the demo as well.

 

8) It was voted on, and passed, There will be no business meeting in August, due to Pennsic, and all the preparations and recovery that requires. The next business meeting will be the first Thursday of September.

 

9) After Old Mill was mentioned once, it was only logical to bring up other information regarding the site. Sir Murdoch Bayne of the Barony of the Endless Hills is setting up an area for local fight practice/gatherings. He will be trying to set this up at least once a month. When dates are decided on, they will be posted to both the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle and the Barony of the Endless Hills lists.

 

10) Locations for meetings was brought up, both A & S and fighter practice. Lord Vlat, and Lady Catherine have volunteered their house, should a location be needed for an Arts and Sciences meeting, and Rundwulfe mentioned his willingness to host a fight practices. 

 

Present Officers: Rundwulfe (Minister of the Lists), Lady Keran Roslin (Chatelaine), Mad Lord Vlat (Knight Marshal), Deirdre the Hidden (Exchequer), Eoghan Rurikson (Web minister) Other people present: Bianca Sadie (Deputy MOL, Deputy in charge of Demos), Anne Diarmat, Lady Catherine Kohout, Blake, Wee Angus (Deputy Knight Marshal), Maximus, Connie.

Yours in Service,

Eoghan Rurikson

 

 

 

 

With Regrets

 

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Labor day event Bards & Bows has been cancelled. I apologize for the inconvenience. Please help us focus our efforts on the Æcademy instead.

 

-George Anne

 

 



 

Welcome Northshield, our newest Kingdom

I've heard recently that the principality of Northshield shall go kingdom with Crowns coronated in the Spring of 2004, making our total of kingdoms 18. This kingdom carved from the Middle Kingdom and consists

of Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the western half of UP Michigan.Of course, the heart of the pierrage shall always reside in Pierre, ND, but you could probably have been spared that pun.

-borrowed from the Rialto and re-written

Concerning Waivers

Greetings, good gentles, from your friendly, neighborhood AE Waiver Secretary! <Please feel free to forward this explanation to local groups' list, as necessary.> Many thanks once again to all the marshals and autocrats who diligently filled my mailbox with waivers over the winter.  However, there have been some lapses in the past couple of months...<tap, tap, tap>

 

In compliance with the SCA Inc. policy, if you have collected "consent to participate and release from liability" waivers from your martial practices or events, please do mail them to me ASAP.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact me privately (katjaorlova@y...) and see if we can meet at an upcoming event so as to save your group some postage costs. <smile>

 

Secondly, I keep hearing a common, continuing misunderstanding about these waivers that I hope to clear up: With one exception, the only adults who have to sign waivers at practices or Trolls are those who

 

1. are not members or

2. cannot produce their membership card.

 

In other words, Troll generally does not need to have everyone who trolls in sign a waiver. If you have a valid, current SCA membership card, that means you signed the waiver on the application form. You don't need to sign another one at every event you attend. Really! Not even for kids if they have a blue card to show.

 

The exception is that some sites (not the SCA) require everyone who attends the event -- member or not -- sign an additional waiver. A good example of this is Cooper's Lake at AE War Practice.Don't know where to mail the darn things? My mailing address is in the front inside cover of every AEstel and is AE Waiver Secretary.

 

Need more waiver forms? PDF versions of the waivers are available at the SCA website at http://www.sca.org/docs/waivers.html.

 

In Service,

Katja

 



 

New Web Address for A&S

 

The A&S and Aecademy sites have found a new web host. The A&S site can be found at www.aeans.org and the Aecademy site can be found at www.aecademy.org. If you have links to internal site pages that

reference either siriustech.net or valgardr.net you will need to update your links.

 

The A&S site now has bulletin board system. (www.aeans.org/forum/)   I've added some base forums to start with but feel free to suggest others.

 

-Valgardr

 

 

 


 

Still Wanted

 

If anyone with woodworking skills would like to make the wooden part of a close-stool for next Ice Dragon, I'll provide documentation and help with the fancy bits and finishing. Please contact George via thegeorg@stny.rr

 

 

 

 

Banns

 

To those of the known world aware of my Love of the fair maiden Bianca, I have expressed my Intent and Life-long intent to wed my Love.

 

I, Bianca, have graciously accepted Rundwulfe’s proposal.

 

Blessings... are welcome. Lawyers seeking fees will be caught, beaten to unconsciousness, and toyed with for hours or days until we grow weary of

their existance.

 

This is the Second time of asking.

 

[Note: This is a very old tradition to appear in newsletters in the SCA.]

 

Kingdom Gate seeks volunteers

 

Greetings unto the populace of AEthelmearc from Baroness Liadain ni Dheirdre Chamhanaigh, AEthelmearc Royal Encampment Coordinator for Pennsic XXXII.

 

Good gentles,

Some time ago, THL Kalen, the Kingdom Chamberlain, sent out a request for volunteers for setup/teardown of the Kingdom encampment at this year's Pennsic War. This notice is in reference to the schedule of

days and times she included in that missive.

 

Please note: THE SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED!!!

 

SETUP: Setup for everything will now be: Sunday, August 3rd beginning at 9 am.

 

We are in need of two work crews.

 

The first crew will focus on the sheet walls, 2 sunshades and large pavilion. I anticipate that with enough people, this crew will be finished by 11am.

 

The second crew will be on the gate. As the gate pieces are quite heavy - we are in need of strong folks to help unload the pieces from the trailer and set them up. The gate will most likely take longer than

two hours. However, it is our goal to make things move more efficiently and smoothly this year as we now have some experienced, focused folks on the crew with a plan! Thank you Baron Master Tofi and Count Sir Rurik! :)

 

TEARDOWN:

 

Teardown of both the royal encampment and the kingdom gate will begin at Noon on Saturday, August 16th.

 

Again, we will be working with two crews.

 

FREE FOOD!!!

 

Lunch will be provided to all volunteers helping with setup and teardown. In light of this, it is important that I hear back from folks who may be willing to assist in the endeavor so I may get an idea of how

much food we need! Also, please indicate any dietary restrictions you may have.

 

Do note that if you volunteer to assist with either setup or teardown - you are not required to stay for the entire process - if you only have an hour to give - we'll take it! :)

 

We realize you all have camps and setup/teardown of your own - however, any assistance that you would be willing to give to support our great Kingdom in the matter would be greatly appreciated by all.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.. or even better - to sign up!

 

In service,

Liadain

helgadain@e...

 

 

Armor Changes:

 

Please take note of the following change in Society Rules. Our Kingdom will be adhering to those changes by This Pennsic since the Rules for Pennsic already requires Society minimum armor for those described

below.

 

In Service,

Palymar

 

Armor Rule Change

 

All participants on the field during armoured (heavy weapons) combat shall meet the Society minimum armor standards for a fully armoured, heavy weapons combatant. This includes but is not limited to combat archers, scouts, siege engineers and other combatants who may have in the past used "light" armor allowed under the Missile Weapon equipment standards. It would not include marshals, water bearers or churigeons.These standards can be found in the marshals handbook or online, on the Society Marshal's website here: http://www.sca.org/officers/marshal/combat/armored/armor_standards.pdf

 

The only exception to this rule shall be those missile combatants equipped with the "Archers Gauntlet'' All missile combatants may wear an archers gauntlet on both hands. Full hand protection is recommended for an archer's bow hand, and whenever conditions place the hand holding a throwing weapon at risk of being struck. The "Archer's Gauntlet'' shall be a minimum of an ice hockey glove with the fingers cut off, so that the back of the hand and the wrist are protected. Other gauntlets such as demi-gauntlets may be used in place of the "Archers Gauntlet'' described above, so long as they provide equivalent or greater protection.

 

Participants have a maximum of 18 months to upgrade their helms to 16 gauge or better, if they need to do so. That change will be effective (January 1st, 2005)

 

All participants will have a maximum of 6 months to upgrade any other armor that they need to fit the Society standards. That change will be effective (January 1st, 2004)

 

This ruling applies to all combatants currently using full or non-contact archer/missile combatant armor or non-contact scout armor during heavy/armored combat.  This rule change will replace the non-contact armor rules in the marshals handbook and missile user light armor standards in the missile combat handbook.

 

In effect this means that participants:

1. That had 18 gauge helms now need to get a 16 gauge (or better) The minimum armor for all participants is: 2. Neck Armor: 3. Kidney protection 4. Groin protection. 4. Hand and Wrist Armor: A minimum of 2 Archers gauntlets. 5. Rigid knee and elbow protection. b. All individuals will wear sturdy footwear while engaged in combat activities.

 

Please check the society standards for specifications on what is allowed or not. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Thanks,

Tessa the Huntress, Deputy Society Marshal for Combat Archery

Tessathehuntress@e..

 

 

 



Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@stny.rr

Fin

 

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

June 2003

 

The Dragon's Tongue - June 2003

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not  reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

6/14 Defending the Borders (St. Swithin’s Bog)

6/14 Baronial Championship Tourneys (Rhydderich Hael)

6/21 Æthelmearc Academy (Debatable Lands)

6/21 The Brass Ring Thing (Beau Fleuve)

6/28 On the Crimson Shore (Stormsport)

7/4-6 Pax Interruptus (Thescore)

7/12 Hare Raising Hounds (Delftwood)

7/12 In the Court of the Kahn (Debatable Lands)

7/11-13 The Defender’s Tourney (Sylvan Glen)

7/12 Pirate Festival Demo (Rhydderich Hael)

7/19-21 Honor and Chivalry (St. Swithin’s Bog)

7/26 Summer Picnic (Sunderoak)

8/1-17 Pennsic

9/5-7 Bards & Bows (HERE)

9/13 Holy Prophets II (Hunter’s Home)

 

Fighter Practice  - Thursday nights at Mad Vlat’s.

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call Mariana. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact Mariana.

June 8 Roman & Persian Garb, Hosted by Eoghan

June 15 Pennsic Panic, hosted by Malolum

June 22 Sew garb! Hosted by Mariana

June 29 TBA

July 3 Business meeting, Hosted by Vlat

 

 

 

 

Officers:

 

Seneschal: Lady George Anne (seneschal@sterlyngevayle)

Deputy Seneschal : Eoghan Rurikson (deputyseneschal@sterlyngevayle)

Deputy Seneschal : Mad Lord Vlat

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam (herald@sterlyngevayle)

Deputy Herald: Eoghan Rurikson (deputyherald@sterlyngevayle)

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin (chatelaine@sterlyngevayle)

Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Bianca Sadie (demos@sterlyngevayle) 

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Mariana of the Vayle (moas@sterlyngevayle)

Exchequer:  Lady Deirdre the Hidden (exchequer@sterlyngevayle)

Chronicler: Lady George Anne (chronicler@sterlyngevayle) 

Chirurgeon:  Lady Susannah of Leicester (chirurgeon@sterlyngevayle)

Web Minister:  Eoghan Rurikson (webminister@sterlyngevayle)

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

Deputy Knight Marshal Wee Lord Angus ( deputyknightmarshal1@sterlyngevayle)

                                            Rundwulfe (deputyknightmarshal2@sterlyngevayle)

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe (mol@sterlyngevayle)

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:
Minister of Youth:
Thrown Weapons Marshal  


 

Business Meeting notes:

 

 

Thank you everyone for your efforts for Axes & Ales this year! We did in fact post a profit of $250, roughly.

 

Thank you Rundwulfe for organizing the demo at Sam’s Club- and welcome to the new faces in the crowd! Please pester us with any questions that you may have.

 

There is discussion about participating in the Spiedie festival for a demo.  Eoghan is looking into the details and will report back to us.  If you are willing to help out with this demo, please contact him or post

to the list.

 

Everyone thank Mariana for gracefully being volunteered as Arts & Science officer! If you have any ideas for classes, or a desire to teach a class, please contact this wonderful woman!

 

Bards & Bows continues to progress- this will be the weekend after Labor Day. Malcolum will also autocrat our fall schola, which will hopefully be the second weekend in November. We are putting in a bid to host

Æthelmearc Æcademy at the schola.

 

Vlat has entered negotiations with the Wyoming Children’s Conference, in the hopes of finding a place for us to practice fighting and meet for A&S at the same time. It’s great to have a place indoors so our fighters

may stay in fighting condition all winter.

 

Yours in Service,

George Anne

 

 

 

Congratulations to Our New Royalty!

 

Sir Henri d'Artois fighting for Mistress Berengaria d'Hainault was victorious over Viscount Master Robin Wallace who fought for Vicountess Mistress Isabeau de l'Isle. Sir Henri made it to the finals by defeating Baron Tristen Sexwolf fighting for Baroness Narah bint Durr while Viscount Robin advanced by defeating Sir Maynard von dem Steine who fought for Lady Christina de la Rosa.

 

THL Khalek Shuuray Od, fighting for Lady Braanwyn Ferch Gwythyr, was asked to hold the Shield of Chivalry.

 

Although it was a very wet day, the hospitality of the people of the Barony of Blackstone Mountain and the honor of the combatants on the tourney field made it a bright day indeed!

 

Congratulations to all who participated and to the staff for a lovely tourney.

 

Dorinda

(reprinted with permission)

 

 

 



 

Pennsic News

It is my honor and duty to inform you that the group SHIRES OF BARREN SANDS AND STERLYNGE VAYLE is registered for the Pennsic War in August 2003. I have again requested the E13 land section as our first choice for a camping area.

 

If you intend to camp with this group, please put - Shires of Barren Sands and Sterlynge Vayle - on your registration form. Exact names are very important when registering. Also remember that preregistrations with this group name, for those who intend to go to Pennsic but do not intend to camp, provide additional land for those who are camping.

 

If you are not intending to camp with BS/SV, please contact the group or land agent for the group you intend to camp with and remember to meet the registration deadline.

 

If you are camping with BS/SV, please remember to let me know your tent size, names and arrival date. Thanks. Should you wish to attend Land Grab with me or learn the job of a Land Agent please contact me (keran@hancock).

 

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

Chatelaine of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle

Companion of the Order of the Sycamore

Companion of the Order of the Cornelian

Still Wanted

If anyone with woodworking skills would like to make the wooden part of a close-stool for next Ice Dragon, I’ll provide documentation and help with the fancy bits and finishing. Please contact George via thegeorg@stny.rr.com

 



 

Just a Notice

I would like to congratulate Rundwulf on the acceptance of Squiredom from Sir Murdoch Bane. This is an important decision, and I wish him well with his new position. Unto Sir Murdoch Bane, Thank you for

shopping at K-Mart.

-Mad Lord Vlat Kohout, knight marshal

 

 

 


 

Lost and Found for A&A

 

The following items were discovered in the midst of the cleaning of this marvellous site. Please send me an email if you can identify any of this.

 

Crystal wine glass

pottery mug

wool tunic

knitted material tunic

thin cloak

a woman or older girl's outfit (t-shirt, running pants & undies)- this could have been left by an earlier visitor to the GS camp

 

 

 

Banns

 

To those of the known world aware of my Love of the fair maiden Bianca, I have expressed my Intent and Life-long intent to wed my Love.

 

I, Bianca, have graciously accepted Rundwulfe’s proposal.

 

Blessings... are welcome. Lawyers seeking fees will be caught, beaten to unconsciousness, and toyed with for hours or days until we grow weary of

their existance.

 

This is the first time of asking.

 

[Note: This is a very old tradition to appear in newsletters in the SCA.]

 

About the Webpage:

 

FYI www.sterlyngevayle.com now links to our website. Unlike the .org address, this is not a forward, it is parked. I will be switching www.sterlyngevayle.org over to being parked in the next day or so, so there may be a down time of 8 -24 hours. When it is backup, the address at the top of the page will remain sterlyngevayle.org, and not switch to stelryngevayle.clandiarmat.com which is what it currently does.

 

Also after it is switched over, we will be able to have the officer positions such as knightmarshal@sterlyngevayle.org and seneschal@sterlyngevayle.com. These will be forwarders to your current account, not a new email. (although that can be arranged if people wish). If anyone else would like a sterlyngevayle.org email address, please let me know after the change (for example: thegeorg@sterlyngevayle.org). These will also forward to your current account. The biggest advantage to these, is that there is no waiver or permission slip required for officername@ addresses.

 

Thanks

Eoghan Rurikson

WebMinister for the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle

Clan Chieftain of the Clan Diarmat

 

 

Register to Teach at Pennsic

Greetings to the Teachers of the Known World from the Staff of the Pennsic University,

The time fast approaches for us to finalize the Pennsic 32 Book of Classes.If you have not yet registered to teach a class at Pennsic we invite you to sign up now through our web pages at http://gozips.uakron.edu/~jana/AANDS.

Classes taught at the Pennsic War can be on a wide variety of subjects. However, the subject matter should deal with the time period and the interests of the Society for Creative Anachronism: specifically the Medieval and Renaissance periods, its peoples and its cultures. Classes can also cover specific aspects of our Society: its background, its history and its organization.

If you'd like to teach at Pennsic please use the Online Teacher Registration Form http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn32/AANDS/asform.html to apply to teach.

You must fill out and submit a new form for each class you would like to teach. While we would like to please everyone, submitting the form does not guarantee that we can accommodate your request for a specific time or location. All classes are assigned on a first come basis. Classes for some locations (Performing Arts, Dance, Middle Eastern Dance, Children's Point, Coxcomb Academy, Games) will be passed along to the appropriate schedulers, or you may contact them directly--contact info for schedulers can be found on the main A&S pages at http://gozips.uakron.edu/~jana/AANDS. If you have a need to schedule an A&S tent for events, officers, guild, or populous meetings please email Mistress Chai directly at aands@pennsicwar.

Wishing you all an educational Pennsic War!

- Mistress Chai'usun

 

 


Information from Our Southern Neighbors:

 

I'm finally getting around to getting the info to you about the demo on June 29 at the Everhart Museum. Sorry it has taken me so long!

 

Basically, here's what is being planned so far:

 

    Murdoch will be in charge of the heavy weapons; Mike (Goimir) will be doing a gaming table set-up; Stephan will be doing puppetry ... think he said he will have someone helping him... he's going to use a wall tent with the back wall partially zipped open for the "stage" and will have some old socks and fabric scraps, etc. to help kids make hand puppets; Gijchar and Annora (Jenna) will be there with his forge; we'll have a bake sale and some other things for sale (the Stitcher's guild has made some "pouches" and fans... maybe there will be more. Nick will have some of the info handouts there. The barony is buying a 20' x30' pavilion from Gilbert and Aoife... finally got that one pushed through.... so we'll use that for the bakesale and some shade.

 

    I have to get busy and do some contacting of people.... we could have a A&S display... maybe.... Katie has said she'd be interested in doing some illumination but she will have her toddler daughter in tow... but I'd love it if you two Keran would be able to show some of your work and talk with people.

 

    The "thingy" will start off at noon with a "procession" and an opening welcome... the fighting will be about every half hour or 45 min and last 15-25 min or whatever Murdoch decides on so there will be a rest for the fighters... then during their rest, Stephan will do a puppet show ... make puppets during the fighting. At 2 PM there will be a "herald" with a brief  scheduleannouncement again (we thought it would kinda' let people know that this thing really was organized. And at 4 PM there will be a closing... prizes to fighters, thank you for coming etc.

 

    If this DOES turn out to be a success, then I'd like to have it run a little longer each year and add fencers and turn it into a mini medieval faire of sorts ... NOT a Renn Faire but a large demo with vetted merchants that will draw a large crowd. If it goes well, the museum might be encouraged to have a related exhibit and pull people inside too. The museum will be having their "brass rubbing" tables out... they cost about $5? or something like it.

 

Let me know if I forgot anything....

 

-Maria P / Linda

 

 

 

Linked to Your Wardrobe:

Being a woman with a bent ("twist" or whatever) toward garb, I've collected some intriguing clothing related links. Go forth and wander virtually among pretty things.

 

Costuming Links from the Barony of Madrone (Seattle, Washington) http://www.baronyofmadrone.org/sewingguild/costuming.asp

LACMA - Costume and Textiles http://www.lacma.org/art/perm_col/costumes/costume2.htm

Medieval Clothing Pages: Articles by Cynthia Virtue http://www.virtue.to/articles/ Included are articles on Hats, Hair, Clothing, Accessories, and Miscellaneous subjects.

Northampton Central Museum and Art Gallery http://www.northampton.gov.uk/museums/Collections/Boot_and_Shoe/history_of_shoes.htm

Shoes, shoes, shoes...

Oriental Costumes and Their Designs by Max Tilke http://www.indiana.edu/~librcsd/etext/tilke/

Pennsic XXVII Costume Exposition http://homepages.wmich.edu/~rowen/p27/pencos27.html

What the best dressed were wearing. This should inspire you to sew.

Wardrobes of the Knowne World Unlock'd A Resource for Researching and Constructing Historic Clothing Worn in the Society for Creative Anachronism http://sca-garb.freeservers.com/

Here be Laurels and some of the best of the SCA's costumers.

-Lady Keran Roslin

 

 

 

Latest From Lady Briant of the Vayle -

Greetings Dragons!

I made it to the Outlands (Wow is Nebraska flat). I discovered that busses were NOT designed for dragons, no matter how soggy they are. I haven't gotten much chance to do SCA stuff here, I've been trying to get used to everything else. Like the fact that I have a Starbucks less than a block from where I'm sitting (not to mention a Baskin Robbins, and a Japanese Rice Bowl place among others). There is a book store in Denver called the Tattered Cover - 4 stories high. I haven't been there yet, but only because I need to buy food before immersing myself in books. I'm going to be going there as soon as I can though - at least to look and drool.

I miss you all lots! Feel free to email me at ladybriant@

Love,

Briant

 

 

 

 

Right from the Dragon’s Mouth- A Dragon Abroad

Greetings Soggy Dragons! Tis I, Roxy, sister to Sterling - dragon of the Vayle. Recently I left the shire on a quest to travel to other Kingdoms and see what things are like elsewhere in the Known World. (Besides, all the damp was bad for my scales.) To that end, I flew out to the Kingdom of the Outlands (I had heard that it was a bit drier here, and wow, is it ever!)

I made arrangements to attend an event known as the Grand Outlandish Tournament. It is the 30th year this event has occurred. I was taken in by a group known as the Inn of the Wandering Dragon. I thought that it was very appropriate, and almost too much the coincidence. So, it happened that the 4 of us went merrily away to the event in New Mexico.

A few words about New Mexico - there are a lot of cacti, and lots of dirt. There is not a great deal of grass. Camping with cactus is an experience. The boundaries of your camp may be the Yucca plants, or cactus. My scales dried out marvelously there though, but it was rather hot, and I had to drink a lot of water. I actually kept hoping it would rain to keep the dust down (no grass, remember?)

The event itself was marvelous. I was surprised to feel very much the foreigner as I was one of the few NOT in Middle Eastern garb. It seems that the desert clime has influenced many of the inhabitants of the Outlands to dress as those of the Mid East would. Turbans and veils abounded. One thing that particularly caught my attention was a 'Baroness's Tea'. Her Excellency, Baroness Fermina Caballo, of the Barony of al-Barran hosted this most excellent afternoon. The weather was exceedingly warm, and this lovely Lady organized an oasis in the midst of the desert. There was a small wading pool of cool water for our feet, and several women doing mehendi on those who wished. Cooling peach sorbet was brought to us, as well pita bread and hummus, cooling fruits, meringues, and other light foods. Iced water and lemonade were available, as well as an excellent sangria. There were a number of women providing middle eastern music, and ladies took turns dancing to the enjoyment of all. There were a number of babies in attendance, and there were 'guards' at the doors to welcome the ladies of the event to the oasis, and to turn away any men. It was simply marvelous, and was a wonderful way to meet new people.

I discovered that other customs within the Outlands are different from those of AEthelmearc. For example, in the tradition of the East Kingdom, those of AEthelmearc can wear a simple circlet when given an AoA. I spent a good deal of time wondering why a number of gentles called me "Your Excellency" when I was wearing my silver circlet. It was the last day of the event when a kind Countess joined the Inn for dinner, and I discovered that the only circlets/coronets were worn by those of the rank of Baron or Baroness or better. I did see many Barons and Baroness's with the more noticable 6 pearls, but I also saw that no one really wore a circlet at all - regardless of rank.

Court was another experience. Their Majesties created a number of new Lords and Ladies during their final court (there was 2 courts a day, one in the morning, and one in the evening). I was surprised to hear scrolls that were obviously a template. The words were the same for each scroll, with the only changes being the name of the gentle, and the gender. If the gentle did not have arms passed at the time of the award, it was written onto the scroll that they should seek out the heralds and have some created - there was no space left open to scribe them in at a later time. Unlike AEthelmearc, they do not shout Vivat. Instead they "Huzzah", with the herald leading with a "Hip Hip Huzzah" before each.

When the Baroness and Baron closed their court, I was in for another surprise. They do not just "Close Court". They cheer. I found all those around me responding to "Long Live the Baroness!", "Long live the Baron!", "Long Live al-Barran!". I was slightly more prepared for the closing of Their Majesties Court with the shouts of "Long Live the King!", "Long Live the Queen!", and "Long Live the OUTLANDS!". I had to contain myself to not shout AEthelmearc. I felt my invading force might be a bit small to take on the entire kingdom.

The event was wonderful, and I think I may stick around the Outlands for awhile to see what other interesting things I may learn. Think of me when you see the "Deer Crossing" signs. (Outlands Heraldry is every where, I think they are trying to take over the Known World.)

In Service,

Roxy

 

 

 

Pennsic Blood Drive

Greetings,

I am Lady Angelique d'Herisson from the Middle Kingdom and I am organizing a blood drive at Pennsic War this year. I would like to make the populace aware of their opportunity to help others win their battles for life as we fight ours for honor.

Here is a short description of the blood drive:

Pennsic Blood Drive: *Be a Hero, Help Save a Life at Pennsic War* Friday, August 8 and Monday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Zion Baptist Church, 148 Curry Road, Slippery Rock, PA

The church is within walking distance from the Pennsic grounds (just below Mt. Eislinn by the Woods Battle) and will also be on the hay wagon stop for the two days.

Interested donors please contact Lady Angelique at scahedgehog

 

 

 

Online Membership!

Greetings unto the members of the Society:

At last, Online Membership is here! With a few clicks, using your Visa or MasterCard, you can now become a new member of the SCA, or renew your membership, online!

 

You'll instantly be able to print a Proof of Membership form, which will serve as your temporary membership card until your permanent card arrives in the mail. Please note that you will receive a WHITE (non-waiver) card! You will need to print out a Waiver form (the website will direct you to this form), and mail or fax it to the Member Services office (contact information below) in order to receive your waiver-on-file ("blue") card. We do need your physical signature on a waiver form on file in the Member Services office in order to provide the waiver-on-file card (please print and sign your legal name, and don't forget to date the form).

 

Visit the SCA website at www.sca.org to use this exciting new service!

 

And, while you're at the SCA.org site, you might take a moment to investigate the great possibilities of Known World Mail, the SCA's e-mail service, or to check out the offerings of the Stock Clerk -- you never know what you might find!

 

In service,

Meg Baron

President, SCA Inc.

 

Mail your completed waiver form to:

SCA, Inc.

P.O. Box 360789

Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

 

Or fax it to:  408-263-0641

 

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.

Box 360789

Milpitas, CA 95036

 

You may also email comments@sca.org

 

 

 



Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@stny.rr

Fin

 

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

May 2003

 

The Dragon's Tongue - May 2003

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not  reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

5/3 May Day Schola (Endless Hills)

5/9 Sam’s Club Demo (HERE)

5/10 Crown Tournament (Blackstone Mountain)

5/9-11 Will’s Revenge XI (Abhain Ciach Ghlais)

5/15-18 War Practice (Stelton Wald)

5/30-6/1 Sylvan Crusade (Æthelmearc sponsored event)

6/7 The Mists of Albion (Thescorre)

6/7 Sir Gowain and the Green Knight (Courtlandslot)

6/6-8 Melee Madness in the Meadows (Endless Hills)

6/14 Defending the Borders (St. Swithin’s Bog)

6/14 Baronial Championship Tourneys (Rhydderich Hael)

6/21 Æthelmearc Academy (Debatable Lands)

6/21 The Brass Ring Thing (Beau Fleuve)

7/12 Hare Raising Hounds (Delftwood)

7/12 In the Court of the Kahn (Debatable Lands)

7/19-21 Honor and Chivalry (St. Swithin’s Bog)

 

Fighter Practice  - Thursday nights at Mad Vlat’s.

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call Mariana. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact Mariana.

May 4 Celebrate the anniversary of the Society! Hosted by Mariana

May 11 Brewer’s Guild, hosted by Eoghan

May 18 Hosted by Malcolum

May 25 Hosted by Mariana

June 1 Business meeting (end of quarter!), Hosted by Mariana

 

 

 

 

Officers:

Seneschal: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

Deputy Seneschal : Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam (gerryhough@yahoo)

Deputy Herald: Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin (keran@hancock)

Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds)

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Mariana of the Vayle

Exchequer:  Lady Deirdre the Hidden (majka@stny.rr)

Chronicler: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

Chirurgeon:  Lady Susannah of Leicester (sfreiser@stny.rr)

Minister of Youth: Lady Suisan of Thorntoon

Web Minister:  Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

Deputy Knight Marshal Wee Lord Angus (skandall@stny.rr.com)

                                            Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat.com)

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat.com)

Thrown Weapons Marshal  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds.net)

 

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:

 


 

Business Meeting notes:

 

Thank you everyone for your efforts for Axes & Ales this year! I have heard absolutely nothing bad about this stunning event. The ranger Glen invited us to bring horses next year, so we could consider that in addition to the rest of the activities.

 

There will be a demo shortly after the event at Sam’s Club. Keep an eye out for more information about this May 9th demo on the mailing list. Rundwulfe is organizing this.

 

There is discussion about participating in the Spiedie festival for a demo. Eoghan is looking into the details and will report back to us. If you are willing to help out with this demo, please contact him or post to the list.

 

Everyone thank Mariana for gracefully being volunteered as Arts & Science officer! If you have any ideas for classes, or a desire to teach a class, please contact this wonderful woman!

 

Bards & Bows continues to progress- this will be the weekend after Labor Day. Malcolum will also autocrat our fall schola, provided the church has room for us in their calendar. He shall see. He is also still hunting possible halls to host 12th night. If you know of a place where 250 to 300 gentles may dine, that allows us to cook, and has wandering places (and hopefully fighting area) for 500 or more, please contact Macolum ASAP.

 

Vlat has entered negotiations with the Wyoming Children’s Conference, in the hopes of finding a place for us to practice fighting and meet for A&S at the same time. It’s great to have a place indoors so our fighters may stay in fighting condition all winter.

 

Yours in Service,

George Anne

 

 



 

Pennsic News

It is my honor and duty to inform you that the group SHIRES OF BARREN SANDS AND STERLYNGE VAYLE is registered for the Pennsic War in August 2003. I have again requested the E13 land section as our first choice for a camping area.

 

If you intend to camp with this group, please put - Shires of Barren Sands and Sterlynge Vayle - on your registration form. Exact names are very important when registering. Also remember that preregistrations with this group name, for those who intend to go to Pennsic but do not intend to camp, provide additional land for those who are camping.

 

If you are not intending to camp with BS/SV, please contact the group or land agent for the group you intend to camp with and remember to meet the registration deadline.

 

If you are camping with BS/SV, please remember to let me know your tent size, names and arrival date. Thanks. Should you wish to attend Land Grab with me or learn the job of a Land Agent please contact me (keran@hancock).

 

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

Chatelaine of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle

Companion of the Order of the Sycamore

Companion of the Order of the Cornelian

Still Wanted

If anyone with woodworking skills would like to make the wooden part of a close-stool for next Ice Dragon, I’ll provide documentation and help with the fancy bits and finishing. Please contact George via thegeorg@stny.rr.com

 



 

Notice of Official Name Change

 

No, this isn’t about Norbert.

 

My SCA name has passed the Society of Heralds in the April Æstel so please change my name on the Dragon's Tongue and elsewhere; I no longer want to be called Sue the Pure.

My approved/passed name is: Lady Susanna of Leicester

 

Thank you.

- Susanna of Liecester

 

 

 


 

Lost and Found for A&A

 

The following items were discovered in the midst of the cleaning of this marvellous site. Please send me an email if you can identify any of this.

 

Crystal wine glass

pottery mug

wool tunic

knitted material tunic

thin cloak

a woman or older girl's outfit (t-shirt, running pants & undies)- this could have been left by an earlier visitor to the GS camp

 

 

 

Thank yous for Axes and Ales!

 

Unto the members of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle does Lady Briant, Autocrat of Axes and Ales V send greetings.

 

I would like to take this time to thank all those who made Axes and Ales V a success: Eoghan Rurikson, and Anne Diarmat - without whom I NEVER would have managed to get everything done. Thank you for coming up on Friday to help set up, organizing the Silent Auction on Saturday, helping clean up after feast, and for appearing on Sunday for clean up.

 

Lady George Anne - for set up, sitting troll, for running the brewing competition, for cleaning up the site.

 

To Mad Lord Vlat and Lady Kathy - for helping clean, sweep, mop, and staying so late on Sunday.

 

To Deirdre the Hidden for all her help with Troll.

 

To Mariana for sitting troll with me on Friday night and NOT panicking when we were besieged with a gaggle of people.

 

To Sir Murdoch Bayne, and THLady Riogonach and their staff for the fantastic feast.

 

To Earl Sir Yngvar the Dismal for stepping in to run the Heavy Weapons Tournament.

 

To Baron Tigranes for the fantastic tokens.

 

To Duke Sir Morguhn Sheridan, Duchess Meirwen, Lord Matt, Wolf, and countless others that helped with cleaning.

 

To Isabella who fixed a yummy breakfast.

 

To all those others who lent a hand over the weekend.

 

Truly, without the help of everyone this event would not have been nearly as fun to autocrat or to attend. So I thank everyone for all of your help, hard work, and cheerfulness. It has been a pleasure to serve you.

 

- Briant

I Will Miss You

 

I would like to thank everyone for the wonderful scroll I received at Axes and Ales V this past weekend. You are all such wonderful friends, nay - such a wonderful family, as that is what you have all become to me. The kindness of you all touched me deeply, and I will never forget any of you in my travels to other kingdoms. Sterlynge Vayle will always be 'home' to me no matter where I go. I will truly treasure that scroll for the rest of my days. Thank you all so much. (Yes, Vlat, you did get me good.)

Love,

Briant

On Autocratting:

Autocratting - or how to remain sane in the midst of chaos.

Having had the insanity to autocrat the same event 3 years running, I felt that perhaps someone else might benefit from my rather odd perspective on this topic. During that time I have learned a number of things about what to do, and what not to do, and I would like to share them with others who may wish to autocrat an event.

Firstly, a good deal of autocratting is simply organization. Organization is essential to autocratting - especially when you are using a new site. Do not expect that the group you have reserved the site with is as organized as you are because they aren't. Check in with them at least once a month to confirm the reservation, and get your contracts, and any dispensations you may need. Also find out what sort of insurance certificate they need well in advance. It is definitely helpful to make a timeline of sorts with when each item needs to be completed by. (i.e. The insurance certificates need to be requested at least 30 days before the event in order to avoid an extra $100 charge.)

You can also add to those things such as marshals (and confirming them!), funds for the feastocrat, checks that need to be written, when event announcements need to be in, and when to post them to the Kingdom list. It is also helpful to have a budget, and a 'running tally budget' so you can tell at a glance how the event is shaping up financially. Backup all your information onto a disk as well, there is nothing so horrid as finding the reservation list has been corrupted. I also have begun keeping a list of the Marshals in Charge of different activities, as well as their 'helpers', and a list of the event staff. Keep emails and phone numbers on this listing as well, so you can always find the contact information that you need. Start working on the event flyer early; also begin thinking about, and printing signs that you may need.

Secondly, autocratting is social. Yes, I said social. You need to talk to a lot of people in order to set up a successful event. Even if you think someone will do something, confirm it with them. Keep in contact with everyone who is working on the event. It is very easy to do this if you attend a large number of events, if you do not do so for one reason or another make sure to email or call your staff to check in. Talk up the event to others when you see them, and show enthusiasm for it - it really is contagious.

 

Thirdly, a good autocrat delegates. You do NOT have to do everything Yourself. If you try to, the only thing you will do is drive yourself nuts. This is not a good thing. Remember your job is to find people to assist you with the event. Make sure that they are doing what they said they would. You do not need to 'oversee' the kitchen - leave that to your feast o'crat; you do not need to organize a tourney - let your marshals do that. Trust in your staff to do their jobs, but make sure that you are available to answer any questions, or offer ideas if you are asked. Remember, you do not need to do the whole set up and clean up on your own either. It helps to make a list of what needs to be done then Delegate, delegate, delegate. I made a list for myself, and one of general tasks that needed to be completed. It worked out fantastic. Everything got done very quickly, and everyone knew what had to be done, and what had been done already.

 

Accept the fact that something is going to go wrong. Make alternate plans ahead of time. What will you do if it begins to rain? Where will you put the different outdoor activities? Think of the worst case scenario, then plan out what you will do. Trust me, if you do this ahead of time then anything that does happen will not be the crisis you think it will be. This is not to say that you can plan or expect everything that will happen, but it will help you stay calm - even if it suddenly decides to rain all day.

 

Lastly, Have FUN! This is an event. You cannot control the weather. You CAN decide that you will have fun regardless of what happens. On the day of the event your only job should be to walk around and makesure that everything is going well, that your marshals have what they need, and that the attendees are having a good time. Remember to take some time for yourself, make sure you eat lunch, and make sure that you drink lots of water.

In Service,

Lady Briant

 

Register to Teach at Pennsic

Greetings to the Teachers of the Known World from the Staff of the Pennsic University,

The time fast approaches for us to finalize the Pennsic 32 Book of Classes.If you have not yet registered to teach a class at Pennsic we invite you to sign up now through our web pages at http://gozips.uakron.edu/~jana/AANDS.

Classes taught at the Pennsic War can be on a wide variety of subjects. However, the subject matter should deal with the time period and the interests of the Society for Creative Anachronism: specifically the Medieval and Renaissance periods, its peoples and its cultures. Classes can also cover specific aspects of our Society: its background, its history and its organization.

If you'd like to teach at Pennsic please use the Online Teacher Registration Form http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn32/AANDS/asform.html to apply to teach.

You must fill out and submit a new form for each class you would like to teach. While we would like to please everyone, submitting the form does not guarantee that we can accommodate your request for a specific time or location. All classes are assigned on a first come basis. Classes for some locations (Performing Arts, Dance, Middle Eastern Dance, Children's Point, Coxcomb Academy, Games) will be passed along to the appropriate schedulers, or you may contact them directly--contact info for schedulers can be found on the main A&S pages at http://gozips.uakron.edu/~jana/AANDS. If you have a need to schedule an A&S tent for events, officers, guild, or populous meetings please email Mistress Chai directly at . aands@pennsicwar.

Wishing you all an educational Pennsic War!

- Mistress Chai'usun

 

 




 

Here’s some links from my collection:

http://www.tudorgroup.co.uk/ http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/2963/

http://smoke-fire.com/

http://store.doverpublications.com/

http://www.medievalshoes.com/ http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/shoe/SHOEHOME.HTM

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sterlynge-vayle/

http://costume.dm.net/

http://www.quicklatin.com/ http://www.chronique.com/Library/MedHistory/Archeologia-chivalry.htm

http://www.glove.org/ (not period, but good documentation) http://www.medievalbeads.com/docs/docs-13th.html#

http://members.aol.com/nebula5/costume.html

http://www.currentmiddleages.org/ulfredsheim/agenda.html

http://theplumber.com/#history http://www.millikin.edu/staley/fluff/peep_research.html

- George

 

 

 

 



Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@stny.rr
Fin

 

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

April 2003

The Dragon's Tongue - April 2003

 

 

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

4/11-13 The Lady and the Lion, A Weekend in the 12th Century (Thescorre)     ---   Note: Site change!

4/25-27 Axes & Ales V (HERE)

4/26 Fool’s Event (Sunderoak)

5/3 May Day Schola (Endless Hills)

5/9 Sam’s Club Demo (HERE)

5/10 Crown Tournament (Blackstone Mountain)

5/9-11 Will’s Revenge XI (Abhain Ciach Ghlais)

5/15-18 War Practice (Stelton Wald)

5/30-6/1 Sylvan Crusade (Æthelmearc sponsored event)

6/7 The Mists of Albion (Thescorre)

6/7 Sir Gowain and the Green Knight (Courtlandslot)

6/6-8 Melee Madness in the Meadows (Endless Hills)

6/14 Defending the Borders (St. Swithin’s Bog)

6/14 Baronial Championship Tourneys (Rhydderich Hael)

6/21 Æthelmearc Academy (Debatable Lands)

6/21 The Brass Ring Thing (Beau Fleuve)

7/12 Hare Raising Hounds (Delftwood)

7/12 In the Court of the Kahn (Debatable Lands)

7/19-21 Honor and Chivalry (St. Swithin’s Bog)

 

Fighter Practice   - Thursday nights at Mad Vlat’s.

A&S Meetings:

April 13 What the offices do, hosted by Malcolm

April 20 Event Panic, hosted by Robinson

April 27 No meeting- clean up site instead

May 1 Business meeting hosted by Vlat

May 4 Celebrate the anniversary of the Society! Hosted by Mariana

 

 

 

 

Officers:

Seneschal: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.)

Deputy Seneschal : Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam (gerryhough@yahoo)

Deputy Herald: Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin (keran@hancock)

Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds)

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

Exchequer:  Lady Deirdre the Hidden (majka@stny.rr)

Chronicler: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

Chirurgeon:  Lady Susannah of Leicester (sfreiser@stny.rr.)

Minister of Youth: Lady Suisan of Thorntoon

Web Minister:  Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat.)

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

Deputy Knight Marshal Wee Lord Angus (skandall@stny.)

                                            Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat)

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat)

Thrown Weapons Marshal  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds)

 

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:

 


 

Business Meeting notes

Plans continue at rapid pace for Axes & Ales! Contact Lady Diedre to schedule your time at troll! You may call or email her via majka@stny.rr.com to schedule your one hour shift.  There will be a demo shortly after the event at Sam’s Club. Keep an eye out for more information about this May 9th demo on the mailing list.  There is discussion about participating in the Spiedie festival for a demo.  Eoghan is looking into the details and will report back to us. If you are willing to help out with this demo, please contact him or post to the list.  Unfortunately, mundane concerns have forced Siobhan to resign the office of seneschal. I am deeply appreciative of her efforts, and I understand how hard it was for her to resign. Thank you, Siobhan, for all of your  efforts!

Yours in Service,

George Anne

 

 



 

Axes and Ales V

April 25th-27th, Shire of Sterlynge Vayle - Sanford, NY

    Once again the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle invites you to join them for more axes, more knives, more brews – did we mention more axes – at their 5th Axes and Ales held April 25-27th! This year we have a new site – Camp Amahami in Sanford NY (no street address). The site opens at 6pm on Friday night and closes at noon on the 27th. Anyone still there after noon will be drafted to assist in clean up duties.  As always there will be a thrown weapons competition, and a Heavy Weapons Tourney run by Earl Sir Yngvar the Dismal. Of course, no Axes and Ales would be complete without the brewing slam, and this year is certainly no different - so come and bring your potables for sampling and enjoyment! (State laws for the consumption of alcoholic beverages will be enforced.) Returning this year is a brewing competition! (Documentation is recommended.)

    There will be a silent auction to benefit the Kingdom Chiurgeons. Any donations please contact Eoghan Rurikson at eoghan@clandiarmat.  Current items can be seen at http://auction.clandiarmat.com/  A delightful feast for 80 gentles is being prepared by Sir Murdoch Bayne and Lady Riogonach. Any questions on things culinary or dietary restrictions may be directed to them at SirMurdoch@aol.  Please note that the site is a Girl Scout camp and is damp, with open flames being  allowed. Please police your butts.

    Fees for event are: $13 onboard (lunch and feast), $6 offboard (lunch only), children 5-12 are half price, and babes in arms are free. Please be aware, the NMS will be collected at the gate, so plan accordingly with membership cards or additional funds. The site is heavily wooded,  and tent space is very limited. However, our new site does have heated cabins in two styles. The first is a ‘barracks style’ with bunk beds and this is very limited. There is a $3 per person, per night fee for bunk space. The second is ‘cushy crash space’ with heat and mattress, no fee is being charged for the ‘cushy crash space’. Please include payment and preference with your reservation. Make checks payable to:  SCA, Inc. - Shire of Sterlynge Vayle.

    The reservationist, and autocrat is Lady Briant (ladybriant@tds).  There is a limited amount of space available for merchants, and we ask that you contact the autocrat for more information on space availability. Please feel free to contact the autocrat with any questions, or if you are in need of driving directions from another location.

Directions:

FROM THE WEST, NORTH, SOUTH: Take your best route to I-86E/Rt. 17E. Take exit number 82 (Sanford/McLure) {Please note this is PAST our traditional site.} Turn left onto route 41 North and * continue approximately 4.5 miles. Turn Right onto North Sanford Road, and bear left at the fork. Continue for about .9 miles, and turn Left onto a gravel road. Continue up the road for around 2 miles. The main lodge  (Fletcher) is on the right.

FROM THE EAST: Take your best route to I-86E/RT 17E, and exit at number 82. Turn right onto route 41 North and follow from * above.

 

Name the Pennsic Food drive!

    How many of you were in this situation in Pennsics past? As we packed up camp, we found ourselves with cans and boxes of non-perishable food and water that we just didn't have room for in the car. We hated to throw away good food, but no one else we talked to had room either. That gave me an idea..... so I applied to the Mayor for this year and was granted permission to set up a food drive this year. We will have collections of the left over, non-perishable food that folks just don't want to, or can't take home. The Butler Salvation Army will be pleased to pick upany non- perishable food we collect. More details on that will come. 

    Before I can start arranging collection sites and such, however, I need a name for the food drive. Now, “Food Drive" is good enough, but I thought with all the people in the Known World, someone would be able to come up with a nice, snappy name. So, I'm having a contest! Please submit your suggestion(s) for a snappy name by Email to pennsicfood@housemarshall.  Please put "Snappy Name" in the subject line.  Submission deadline is April 10 and the winner will be announced   the following Monday. 

    Now, not only do we need a snappy name, we also need a logo, something I can put on the collection bins so everyone knows they're for the food drive and not for anything else... so, another contest! Submit your suggestions (either described or a simple jpeg), also by Email to pennsicfood@housemarshall.  For this one, please put "Design" in the subject line. Same submission deadline, with winner announced the following Monday.

Since this is a food drive, the prizes will be food related as well.

 



 

 

Pennsic News

It is my honor and duty to inform you that the group SHIRES OF BARREN SANDS AND STERLYNGE VAYLE is registered for the Pennsic War in August 2003. I have again requested the E13 land section as our first choice for a camping area.

If you intend to camp with this group, please put - Shires of Barren Sands and Sterlynge Vayle - on your registration form. Exact names are very important when registering. Also remember that pre-registrations with this group name, for those who intend to go to Pennsic but do not intend to camp, provide additional land for those who are camping.

If you are not intending to camp with BS/SV, please contact the group or land agent for the group you intend to camp with and remember to meet the registration deadline.

If you are camping with BS/SV, please remember to let me know your tent size, names and arrival date. Thanks. Should you wish to attend Land Grab with me or learn the job of a Land Agent please contact me (keran@hancock.net).

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

Chatelaine of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle

Companion of the Order of the Sycamore

Companion of the Order of the Cornelian

 

 

 


 

From the Knight Marshal

First of all, I’d like to welcome our new deputy marshals in training, Rundwulfe and wee Lord Angus.

 

Now, on a separate note, what makes a footman effective on the field? The answer is of course is his part in a unit. Now, what makes that effective? This is the ability to move and to function cohesively.

How is this accomplished? This is what this article describes.

This first and probably the most important is to train together and on a regular basis. By doing this, each individual of the unit learns the strengths and weakness of the others within the unit, thus learning how to compensate for weaker or less experienced members, and drawing on the unit’s strengths.

The second step in the process is to make sure that all members of the unit from the newest rookie to the oldest and most grizzled veteran know how to move en masse. This is done through drilling, though not as much fun as the clubbing of an innocent. It is and extremely important step. 

Another very important point is command.  It is not only enough for each member of a unit to know his or her unit’s commands- he or she must be able to take the mantle of command and issue those same commands when the need arises.

Though this article is short and lacking in any great detail, I hope that in articles of the future I can elaborate on the above steps.

For now, I hope that with the weather changing (ever so slowly) for the better to see more of proud and honorable fighters of our beloved Shire at the weekly practices.

Yours in Service,

Mad Lord Vlat Kohout

Knight Marshal of Sterlynge Vayle

 

Brewers Guild Melomel

On 3/16 the brewers guild met again at the house of Eoghan and Anne, to begin the brewing of a Raspberry Melomel. Members present were Lady George Anne, Anne, Eoghan Rurikson, Rundwulfe, Lady Briant of the Vayle, Lord Malcolm, Lady Keran Roslin, Wee Lord Angus, Lady Deirdre the Hidden, Mad Lord Vlat, and Lady Catherine Kohut.

 

Ingredients:

14.9 lbs Raspberry Honey (from Down to Earth in Endicott, NY)

1 pint of Belgium Red Raspberry Juice (from StPats.com)

4 Gallons of Spring Water (from Spring in Lisle, NY)

1 Packet of Lavlin EC 1118 Champagne Yeast, (from Doc’s Homebrew in Binghamton)

 

Primed the yeast by emptying the packet into warm water. Heated up two gallons of the water, just shy of boiling. Added the honey to the must. After all 15 lbs of honey had been stirred into the water, we added the Belgian red raspberry juice, and enough water to bring it up to 5 gallons. Then we siphoned the must into a six-gallon carboy, and added the yeast.

 

Next Issue: Notes from The Closet of the Eminently Learned Sir Kenelme Digby, Kt, Opened.

Note from the Webminister:

    Greetings to all good gentles! The web page has had quite an overhaul since the elections. Currently I am setting up forms for information requests. I am setting up one for the Chatelaine (Request for information on the shire), and one for the A&S minister (class requests/comments/offers to teach). I will also be making up a demo request form. Should anyone wish a specific Request For Information for their office, or have any suggestions for one, please let me know.

    Anyone who would like a page on the “member’s pages”, please contact me. I have a form with basic questions available, and any other information that you would like on your page can be put there. I will also be looking for digital copies of everyone’s arms for the site.

    Anyone who has copies of Dragon’s Tongues, please contact me. I currently have all of 2003, all of 2002, some of 2001 (January, February, May, June, September, October, November, December), April – December of 2000, and May of 1999. I would like to get all of the available issues up on the website. I am also in the process of setting up an index, so that the articles can be searched easily. Various issues from the Sterlynge Vayle Recorder (1983-1985), from the incipient Shire of Sterlynge Vayle, will be up slowly. (Volunteers to assist in the typing of the old newsletters are welcome, and appreciated.)As always, anyone with any suggestions, comments or complaints about the current website, please email me at eoghan@clandiarmat.com.

Yours in Service,

Eoghan Rurikson of the Clan Diarmat

 

Site change for Lady and the Lion

Greeting all who are attending the Lady and the Lion event. Due to damage from the ice storm we have been forced to move our site. The event has suffered several changes which we could do nothing about and are beyond our control.The event is to be held at the Fairport VFW on Rt. 31F. The Event will be only a day event on Saturday April 12. The event fees remain the same.

Directions:

From the East: Take I-90 to exit 45. At the exit take 490W towards Rochester. Take the exit for Fairport Rt 31 F. At the exit veer right and follow Rt 31 F through Fairport. 31 F takes a jog after the Village to go over the Canal so be prepared. The site is on the left hand side 0.5 miles from this jog. It has a tank and Helicopter out front so it is hard to miss.

From the West: Take I-90 to exit 47. At the exit take 490E through Rochester. Take the exit for Fairport Rt 31 F. At the exit veer right and follow Rt 31 F through Fairport. 31 F takes a jog after the Village to go over the Canal so be prepared. The site is on the left hand side 0.5 miles from this jog. It has a tank and Helicopter out front so it is hard to miss.

From the South: Take 390 N to 590 N. Take this to 490 E. Take the exit for Fairport Rt. 31 F. At the exit veer right and follow Rt. 31 F through Fairport. 31 F takes a jog after the Village to go over the Canal so be prepared. The site is on the left hand side .5 miles from this jog. It has a tank and Helicopter out front so it is hard to miss.

 

 




Still Wanted

If anyone with woodworking skills would like to make the wooden part of a close-stool for next Ice Dragon, I'll provide documentation and help with the fancy bits and finishing. Please contact George via thegeorg@stny.

 

 

 

 



Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@stny.
Fin

 

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

March 2003

The Dragon's Tongue - March 2003

 

 

 

 

Calendar of Events: 

 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

3/29 Baronial Championship (Blackstone Mountain)
3/29 Feast of Three Bears (Stormsport)
4/5 Coronation (Hunters Home)
4/11-13 The Lady and the Lion, A Weekend in the 12th Century (Thescorre)
3/15 Ice Dragon (Rhydderich Hael)
4/25-27 Axes & Ales V (HERE)
4/26 Fool's Event (Sunderoak)
5/9-11 Will's Revenge XI (Abhain Ciach Ghlais)
5/16-18 War Practice (Stelton Wald)
5/30-6/1 Sylvan Crusade (Æthelmearc sponsored event)

Fighter practice  - Thursday nights at Mad Vlat’s.

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call George. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact George.

March 16 Brewer's Guild meeting and How to make Raspberry mead at Eoghan's
March 23 Racking the Raspberry Mead at Eoghan and Anne's
March 30 Eoghan shall host a coffee clutch or TBD
April 6 Business Meeting, Siobhan's
April 13 Your idea here

 

 

 

 

Officers:

Seneschal: Siobhan Thomas  (Rhiannon15ad@hotmail)   

Deputy Seneschal : Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr.)

Herald: Lord Malcolum FitzWilliam (gerryhough@yahoo)

Deputy Herald: Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin (keran@hancock.)

Deputy Chatelaine in Charge of Demos:  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds.)

Minister of Arts & Sciences: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

Exchequer:  Lady Deirdre the Hidden (majka@stny.rr)

Chronicler: Lady George Anne (thegeorg@stny.rr)

Chirurgeon:  Lady Susannah of Leicester (sfreiser@stny.rr)

Minister of Youth: Lady Suisan of Thorntoon

Web Minister:  Eoghan Rurikson (eoghan@clandiarmat)

 

Marshal Officers

Knight Marshal: Mad Lord Vlat

Deputy Knight Marshal Wee Lord Angus (skandall@stny.rr)

                                            Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat)

Minister of the List: Rundwulfe (rundwulfe@clandiarmat)

Thrown Weapons Marshal  Lady Briant of the Vayle (ladybriant@tds)

 

Vacant Offices:

Fencing Marshal:

 



Business Meeting notes

Due to the horrible weather, the meeting at Vlat's was cancelled, and pushed to mix with the candlemaking on Sunday's A&S meeting at Eoghan's
new apartment.

Old Business:
Axes & Ales plans are progressing nicely. Please contact Lady Briant for more updates. Please consider volunteering. Please send in your
reservation!!! The only reservation is a paid reservation.

The hunt for possible 12th Night sites continues, but it looks pretty dim. Think of a place where 500 folks can mingle comfortably, park, and
potty, and sit 300 for feast. Do you know a place? That's available? That we can afford?? Contact Lord Malcolum.

Bards and Bows is still in planning stages. Contact Lord Malcolum for plans.

Offices and Elections:
Exchequer: Lady Deidre the Hidden (has graciously agreed to continue. We love you Deidre! Mariana of the Vayle  will be deputy.
Herald: Lord Malcolum fitzWilliam  has graciously agreed to continue and Eoghan Rurikson  has requested to be the deputy.
Knight Marshal: Lord Vlat Kohut  has graciously agreed to continue and has request Rundwulfe  and Wee Lord Angus MacFergus to be his deputies.
Thrown Weapons Marshal: Lady Briant of the Vayle has graciously agreed to continue.
Fencing: Vacant
Archery: Vacant (although Mariana has started to get qualified)
Arts & Science: Lady George Anne has been pestered to continue.
Chatelaine: Lady Keran Roslin has graciously agreed to continue.
Web Minister:
Eoghan Rurikson won the election over Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>. The Shire thanks <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> for all of his marvelous efforts.
Chronicler: Lady George Anne has graciously agreed to continue.
Minister of the List: Rundwulfe has volunteered for this post, relieving Eoghan Rurikson..
Youth Minister: Lady Suisan of Thorntoon has graciously agreed to continue.
Chirugeon: Lady Susannah of Leicester has graciously agreed to continue.

Unfortunately, Siobhan was ill, so this is George reporting. I apologize for any errors.

Yours in Service,
George Anne

 

 

 



 

Axes and Ales V

April 25th-27th, Shire of Sterlynge Vayle - Sanford, NY

     Once again the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle invites you to join them for more axes, more knives, more brews – did we mention more axes – at their 5th Axes and Ales held April 25-27th!    The site opens at 6pm on Friday night and closes at 12 noon on the 27th.  Anyone still there after noon will be drafted to assist in clean up duties.  This year we have a new site – Camp Amahami in Sanford NY. (no street address).

    As always there will be a thrown weapons competition, and a Heavy Weapons Tournament

    Of  course, no Axes and Ales would be complete without the brewing slam, and this year is certainly no different – so come and bring your potables for sampling and enjoyment! (State laws for the consumption of alcoholic beverages will be enforced.) Returning this year is a brewing competition!  (Documentation is recommended.) 

   There will be a silent auction to benefit the Kingdom Chiurgeons.  Any donations please contact Eoghan Rurikson at eoghan@clandiarmat. Current items can be seen here.

    A delightful feast for 120 gentles is being prepared by Sir Murdoch Bayne and Lady Riogonach.  Any questions on things culinary or dietary restrictions may be directed to them at SirMurdoch@aol..  Please note that the site is a Girl Scout camp and is damp, with open flames being allowed. 

    Fees for event are: $13 onboard (lunch and feast), $6 offboard (lunch only), children 5-12 are half price, and babes in arms are free.  Please be aware, the NMS will be collected at the gate, so plan accordingly with membership cards or additional funds.  The site is heavily wooded, and tent space is very limited.  However, our new site does have heated cabins in two styles.  The first is a ‘barracks style’ with bunk beds and this is very limited.  There is a $3 per person, per night fee for bunk space.  The second is ‘cushy crash space’ with heat and mattress, no fee is being charged for the ‘cushy crash space’.  Please include payment and preference with your reservation.  Make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. - Shire of Sterlynge Vayle. 

    The reservationist, and autocrat is Lady Briant (Deborah Gorton, 57 Chapel Street, Windsor, NY 13865 (607) 655-3919 ladybriant@tds)  There is a limited amount of space available for merchants, and we ask that you contact the autocrat for more information on space availability.  Please feel free to contact the autocrat with any questions, or if you are in need of driving directions from another location. 

Directions:

FROM THE WEST, NORTH, SOUTH: Take your best route to I-86E/Rt. 17E.  Take exit number 82 (Sanford/McLure) {Please note this is PAST our traditional site.} Turn left onto route 41 North and * continue approximately 4.5 miles.  Turn Right onto North Sanford Road, and bear left at the fork.  Continue for about .9 miles, and turn Left onto a gravel road.  Continue up the road for around 2 miles.  The main lodge (Fletcher) is on the right. 

FROM THE EAST: Take your best route to I-86E/RT 17E, and exit at number 82.  Turn right onto route 41 North and follow from * above.

 



Kim sends Greetings!
Kim, one of our newer members who lives on the far east and hilly border of our Shire, sent an email to let everyone know that she and Breena are
doing fine stranded on top of their mountain this winter. She is looking forward to escaping soon with the thaw. She sent this note to be shared
with you all:

I know you were looking for little things to put in the newsletter.Well, I don't know if this is important enough, but I've been
constructing a complete norman outfit. Nothing big...just the shift, cote, surcoat, proper headgear, and underwear. I have to use cotton so
its not all that practical for the 1100s but it looks nice so far. I've bought documented shoes from that period and am also working on getting
feastgear that is similar to that period. It's all documentable save for the drawers (I'll be making braies). Umm...if you want pics I can send
them to you but the dresses aren't all the way done. I figured you might just want to know because I've been working really hard on trying to
make this as authentic as I can. Oh well...that's all...
Bubye,
Kim

 



 

 


Sites for a Winter Day

Since the weather doesn't seem to be getting any warmer,
I thought that some of you might enjoy an indoor amusement
that feeds your medieval knowledge. I did searches for
Tudor England and medieval Germany on hotbot.com and
found the following. Hope you enjoy them.

Interested in Tudor England? Take a look at:
http://englishhistory.net/tudor.html
http://tudors.crispen.org/
http://www.tudorhistory.org/
http://www.snaithprimary.eril.net/tudors.htm
http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page11.asp
http://www.historyonthenet.com/Tudors/tudorsmain.htm

Want to know more about medieval Germany? Take a look at:
http://www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/subjects/germany/germany.html
http://mars.acnet.wnec.edu/~grempel/courses/germany/lectures/02medieval.html

http://historymedren.about.com/cs/medievalgermany/
http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/germ/1500.html
http://orb.rhodes.edu/encyclop/high/Germany/Gerindex.html
http://www.germanculture.com.ua/library/history/bl_carolingian.htm
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/boniface1.html
http://www.doctorbeer.com/joyce/emb/embroid.htm
http://home.bawue.de/~wmwerner/essling/english/glas01.html
http://www.uni-bamberg.de/~ba5am1/artikel/zlin/shoes.htm
http://freespace.virgin.net/matthew.haywood/main/Medieval_Germany.htm

These URLs sometimes wrap, so please edit accordingly.

- By Lady Keran Roslin

 

 

 



New Website

The new website is up at http://www.sterlyngevayle.org . Currently this
is just a forwarder. I will be contacting the various webministers to get the links changed. Please let me know if you have
any suggestions, or items you would like changed or added.

- Eoghan Rurikson

 

 

 




Still Wanted

If anyone with woodworking skills would like to make the wooden part of
a close-stool for next Ice Dragon, I'll provide documentation and help
with the fancy bits and finishing. Please contact George via
thegeorg@stny.rr

 

 

 

 



Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured
SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only
please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@stny.rr. 

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

January 2003

The Dragon's Tongue - January 2003

 

The Dragon's Tongue

January 2003

Calendar of Events: 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

1/11 Kingdom 12th Night (Sunderoak)

1/18 St. Swithin's Bog 12th Night (St. Swithin's Bog)

1/25 Viking Mead Hall (Nithgaard)

2/1 Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins (Delftwood)

2/7-9 Vetr Þing ok Veiða [Vetr Thing ok Veida] (Debatable Lands)

2/8 College of Three Ravens (Thescorre)

2/21-23 Tournament of the White Hart (Port Oasis)

3/15 Ice Dragon (Rhydderich Hael)

4/25-27 Axes & Ales V (HERE)

4/26 Fool's Event (Sunderoak)

5/9-11 Will's Revenge XI (Abhain Ciach Ghlais)

5/16-18 War Practice (Stelton Wald)

5/30-6/1 Sylvan Crusade (Æthelmearc sponsored event)

 

 

 

A&S Meetings:

If you need directions, please email or call George. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact George.

Jan. 12 Shire 12th Night, Briant's

Jan. 19 How to Document for A&S, Mariana's

Jan. 26 Coffee Clutch (with Superbowl on in other room), Mariana's

Feb. 2 Business Meeting, Siobhan's

Feb. 9 Your idea here

 

 

 

Business Meeting notes:

Alas, due to the weather and holiday happenings, I don't think anyone went to the Business Meeting at Vlat's. Thank you for agreeing to host us anyway, Vlat. The next business meeting will be Sunday, February 2 (Groundhog Day!), at Joan's house at 5pm.

 

I hope to see you all there. We cannot grow as a Shire without the input of every member. Your ideas and suggestions are needed to make this playground enjoyable for all. If you have no ideas or suggestions that's ok too, your opinions of someone else's suggestions or ideas are wanted. Your voice cannot be heard if you do not attend. 

 

 

 

Shire 12th Night

The season of Twelfth Night shall be celebrated upon the 12th of January from 5pm - 8(ish)pm at the home of Lady Briant. All are invited to attend, the 'site fee' is an (edible) dish to pass. If you wish to consume alcohol, please bring your own. Lady Briant reserves the right to remove car keys from the possession of anyone she feels is unsafe to drive, as well as the right to refuse to serve alcohol. Garb is optional.

 

Directions for most everyone:

E-mail Lady Briant for directions. 

 

I look forward to seeing everyone.

 

Briant

 

 

 

The Brewer's Guild Notes

We have made a honey pale ale at Siobahn's, with material she provided (so she gets to drink most of it). She'll be bringing some of it to 12th Night, if you want to sample it! 

 

Here's the recipe:

6 lb. Extra light dry malt extract

2 oz. Haullertaur (misspelled) hops

1 T Irish moss

3 lb. (roughly) of Apple Blossom honey donated by Eoghan

Dry Pale Ale yeast (didn't see what kind)

2/3 c light Karo syrup (for bottling sugar)

 

On Dec. 15, we boiled roughly a gallon and a half of water on the stove. When it started to boil, we added the DME, and kept stirring. I portioned out the hops into one bag of disposable cheesecloth, and one very large tea ball strainer. We heated a glass of water in the microwave and added the seaweed to let it hydrate. We all took turns stirring (Siobahn, Eoghan, James, Vlat, George, and a few others). At one point, I knocked over the seaweed water and it needed to be rescued, but I forgot to add it at the halfway point like I should  have. At 45 minutes into the boil, I added the one ounce of the hops. At 55 minutes into the boil, I added the other ounce of hops, and the irish moss. After an hour, we turned off the heat, and stirred in the honey.

 

Siobahn produced an amazing amount of ice for the ice bath. We put the pan in the sink for a water bath, and added ice cubes directly into the wort, as well as in the sink of cold water. Siobahn stirred the  wort one way, and I stirred the water in the sink the other direction for maximum cooling effect, and we got the temperature down to comfortable for yeast very quickly. Eoghan made a starter for the beer yeast, and pitched it in. We then poured the wort into the fermenting bucket, rinsed the pan to have enough water to make a 5 gallon batch, sealed the top, and the poor fellow who slept on the  couch that night listened to it sing all night long.

 

Dec. 22, the beer was racked into a carboy.

 

Jan 5, we bottled. Eoghan and Siobahn scrubbed the bottle labels off  while I heated a saucepan of water on the stove. I added 2/3 cup of light Karo syrup, while explaining that it's not exactly the same as corn sugar, since they do add vanilla flavoring to it. It's better than Karo dark, since that one adds molasses and can strongly flavor the beer. Other things used for priming include plain sugar, honey, and Belgian candy sugar. All of which I've used, and usually I can't tell a  difference.

 

We did have trouble with Eoghan's capper. If you used it too fast or weren't exactly straight on, it would snap the bottle neck. I think we ruined 4 bottles of perfectly good beer that way. Siobhan shattered the first, then Eoghan, then I cracked two. After a while, I could recognize when it would start to go, and could stop before breaking the bottle. Donations to the "Get a new capper for Eoghan" fund are  appreciated, or other folks can bring their own capper next time – I will if I remember. 

 

 

 

Because there is space

I'm going to ramble a little about my favorite research topic: toilets. The earliest comfortable seat found is in Ahkenaten, Egypt. It's carved sandstone seat curved to cushion the bum, with hole and front slot. Underneath is space for a very large jug, which can be removed from outside the building every day. The Roman emperor Commodius (and no, I did NOT make that name up) is best known for creating the Roman sewer. The Cloacina Maxima was the main tunnel, made of brick, and was so large, one aedile sailed up it in an oared vessel to inspect it. There were seven branches of the sewer, and folks paid for the right to be connected to it. Those who were connected had the main privy next to the kitchen hearth for easy disposal of kitchen waste. Frankly, I can't imagine the smell of  ome cooked food in such a house. While there were lids for the seats- there was no other vents for the sewer, so the gas always escaped when one opened a lid. Several enterprising merchants provided pisspots in front of their shops so that they could collect the urine and sell it to dye manufacturers and other industries where urine was an important ingredient. It's one of the best mordants because of the ammonia it contains.

 

The largest privies are in cloistered abbeys. Because every monk's time is so tightly regulated, they all have to go at the same time. So there are privies that seated over a hundred people at once. What's worse, is the monk diet usually made them constipated. Makes you happy you haven't taken vows, eh? The first flush  toilet similar to modern toilets with cistern above, bowl to catch the refuse and be rinsed out, and mechanism for carrying the water and filth away, was built in 1596 for Queen Elizabeth by her godson Sir John Harrington. This poor man is why everyone still calls it a John, or Sir Harry. He wrote "The Metamorphosis of Ajax", published that year and reprinted in 1927. Sadly, he was widely ridiculed. The Queen never used her flush toilet.

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@servtech.

 

December 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue - December 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

December 2002

Calendar of Events: 

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

12/14 Masked Ball (Rhydderich Hael)

12/14 Baronial Investiture (Blackstone Mountain)

12/28 Yule Event (Delftwood)

1/11 Kingdom 12th Night (Sunderoak)

1/18 St. Swithin's Bog 12th Night (St. Swithin's Bog)

1/25 Viking Mead Hall (Nithgaard)

2/1 Feast of the Seven Deadly Sins (Delftwood)

2/7-9 Vetr Þing ok Veiða [Vetr Thing ok Veida] (Debatable Lands)

2/8 College of Three Ravens (Thescorre)

2/21-23 Tournament of the White Hart (Port Oasis)

3/15 Ice Dragon (Rhydderich Hael)

4/25-27 Axes & Ales V (HERE)

4/26 Fool's Event (Sunderoak)

5/9-11 Will's Revenge XI (Abhain Ciach Ghlais)

5/16-18 War Practice (Stelton Wald)

5/30-6/1 Sylvan Crusade (Æthelmearc sponsored event)

 

 

 

 

A&S Meetings:

 If you need directions, please email or call George. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact George.

 

Dec. 15 Let's Make Beer – the cooking, Siobhan's

Dec. 22 Let's Make Beer – raking, Siobhan's

Dec. 29 Let's Make Beer – bottling, Siobhan's

Jan. 2 Business Meeting, Vlat's

Jan. 5 Coffee clutch or Cordials, Siobhan's

Jan. 12 Shire 12th Night, Briant's

 

 

 

 

Business Meeting notes:

 

    The December Business meeting was held this past Sunday, December 8. This is the end of this quarter, and if you are an officer, please have your reports sent on time.

 

    The event announcement for Axes & Ales V was discussed. Edie and Briant need to discuss fees for the cabin accommodations. It was decided that if they will be using a mattress on the floor there should be no fee. While the NMS was discussed, we did not discuss if we should be changing the 5-12 to 5-18 for the sake of non-members with kids. We also discussed having the shire cover the NMS for those willing to wear some sort of bright sash that indicates a newbie and therefore someone who must be guided. It was feared that if we generally allowed waivers for anyone declaring to be a new member that some folks may state they are newbies to get $3 off admission and exploit our generosity. Plus, true newbies DO need advice and questions answered. 

 

Since we have heard nothing (as far as I know) about the Coronation, it is assumed that we have lost the bid.   

 

The rest of the meeting focused on the Brewer's Guild.

 

The next Business meeting will be on January 3, at Mad Lord Vlat's home in lieu of fighter practice at 6 pm.

 

    I hope to see you all there.  We cannot grow as a Shire without the input of every member.  Your ideas and suggestions are needed to make this playground enjoyable for all.  If you have no ideas or suggestions that's ok too, your opinions of someone else's suggestions or ideas are wanted. Your voice cannot be heard if you do not attend.     

 

 

 

Shire 12th Night

 

    The season of Twelfth Night shall be celebrated upon the 12th of January from 5pm - 8(ish)pm at the home of Lady Briant.  All are invited to attend, the 'site fee' is an (edible) dish to pass.  If you wish to consume alcohol, please bring your own.  Lady Briant reserves the right to remove car keys from the possession of anyone she feels is unsafe to drive, as well as the right to refuse to serve alcohol.  Garb is optional.

 

Directions for most everyone:

    <removed 3-09>

I look forward to seeing everyone.

 

Briant

 

 

The Brewer's Guild reopens

 

    Once upon a time, when Eanraig the Bonesetter was seneschal, a brewer's guild was declared. Eanraig called us the Bung Hole Brewers which always scandalized his poor wife Freydis, and wasn't very popular with the other members of the guild (George and Jakys). Eanraig did all of the teaching, and many recipes exchanged hands. Freydis and George collaborated on a cranberry apple mead. The other fun moment happened when Eanraig let George try some rose mead, and George discovered what happened when she ingests roses.

 

When Eanraig left, all of the officialness of the Guild left with him, and the years passed by.

 

    Eoghan Rurikson, Lord Vlat Kohout, Siobhan, and George decided to revive the Guild at the last meeting. We have other brewers in the shire now, including Lord Ddrag y Nos and Ian (Chad) (if I remember right). The new Guild has resolved to meet once every other month or so and share what they have been working on, as well as recipes and classes on how-to.

 

    Siobhan has requested lessons on how to make beer, so starting next Sunday, we'll make beer over the next three weeks at her home. All brewers are welcome to show up and critique George's technique- and all those who would love to learn to make beer are welcome. Non-brewers are welcome at Brewer's Guild meetings, but please bear with us as we talk shop.

 

Anne has requested a cordial making class. We'll probably do this in January. George will teach this if no one else offers.

 

    If folks need another night to meet than the regular A&S meeting night for the Brewer's Guild, please pass suggestions of place, time & date on to George. I'd personally like to urge all who have an interest to attend.

 

 

From the Knight Marshal:

 

Vlat would like to personally thank everyone for their support and to wish everyone a great holiday season.

 

Despite the weather, the Thursday night meetings continue at Vlat's, although we'll be mostly working on armor creation/repair.

 

The shire fighters will mainly be convoying up to Myrkfaelinn for their Sunday indoor practices this winter. Please contact Vlat for details. 

 

 

Some mead basics:

 

The theory behind the creation of booze:

sugar plus yeast equals alcohol plus carbon dioxide.

 

    However, yeast is a biological organizism and too much food and it chokes, and too much of the yeast's excretia (i.e. booze) will poison it and kill it. Therefore you can't give it too much sugar, and it will only go up to about 18 to 20% alcohol before dying off. Note: I do not recommend asking your bartender what his favorite form of yeast excretia is. Nor is that an accepted pick up line in most circles.

 

    All yeasts are not created the same. Bread yeast is bred for digesting gluten and sugars found in flour. I do not recommend it for wine or beer. Nor can it take the alcohol- it tends to die around the 6 or 7% mark. So you will need to find the local booze making shop. Or you can order on the web.

 

    Wine yeasts are designed to go for specific flavor profiles. How do you like your wine? Dry? Sweet? Nutty? I recommend Champagne, Cotes des Blancs or Flor Sherry for those respective flavor profiles. If you don't know or care, get Champagne yeast. It's a great default because it's a very forgiving yeast. Several mead makers use Montrachet yeast... I personally can't stand the flavor of that yeast and have heard several horror stories about slow starts and very long ferments.

 

I babble a lot about yeast, because in a mead, you can taste it.

 

    Mead has three serious ingredients- honey water and yeast. The honey is 97% fermented (digested by the yeast), so very little of it is left to leave much body and flavor.

 

    For water, I've used tap water and well water, and know folks who use water from a spring. Do not use distilled water- it lacks flavor. If the water tastes good to you, use it.

 

    The other thing you will really need to get from the homebrew shop is a racking cane. If you have another source for food safe tubing that you can use to siphon from one jug to another, that's fine too. IF you need an explanation of how to siphon, I can do that... but here's the key: gravity is your friend. Physics, it's not just for rocket scientists any more.

 

    The hardest ingredient in mead is time. Beer can be made in a month. Mead takes 6 months to a year. Sometimes more. I tend to let mine sit in the carboy two years, and then it's crystal clear and delicious. When you are starting to brew... the waiting is the hardest part.

 

    The only warning I have about mead... the hangovers can be Very Nasty compared to other booze. Personally, I find it's the sulfites and the lack of vitamins in the booze. So I skip the sulfites while making my meads, and sometimes take a B complex vitamin when I know I'm going to binge, and I don't have nightmare hangovers.

 

    The hardest part about making mead is the risk of infection. Beer is very difficult to make for this reason alone. How to avoid infection is simple- sanitize everything. Clean really really well.  Once the batch has successfully gotten underway, the high alcohol content usually works as a natural buffer and protection from most infections. Homebrew shops will sell you specific sanitizing solutions, but that's not needed for your first batch and you are seeing if you like doing this. I've used straight vodka and rinsed stuff with that. Or just lots and lots of very hot water.

 

To make a one gallon batch with stuff you probably already have at home:

 

    Get two one gallon jugs, 2 or 3 lbs of honey, and a packet of wine yeast. Feel free to get Orange honey or other flavored, but I don't recommend a dark honey like buckwheat for your first batch- the flavor is Very Strong. Make sure you like the taste of the honey- your mead will taste like the honey 5 seconds after you've swallowed it (if that makes sense). Optional is yeast nutrient- this gives the yeast some vitamins and helps them grow strong. Get that at the homebrew shop and follow directions for proper amounts. You will also need a large spoon, a 6 quart pan, a funnel, and either a ballon that fits over the top of the gallon jug, or some plastic wrap and a rubber band.

 

    Put 2 quarts of water into the pan on the stove. Heat until boiling. Turn off heat. Add the honey. Feel free to take some water and rinse the jars and add that to the pot. Stir until honey is completely dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature. (some folks will actually bathe in ice or add ice, but I'm lazy and don't bother). Using the funnel, pour into the gallon jug- and let it splash a lot. Getting oxygen into the liquid is good- at this point. Add the yeast (and nutrient if you got it). Use a little water to rinse the pan and add that- and make sure the liquid in the jug is about an inch below the shoulders of the jug-- there needs to be room for the CO2 to bubble out of it. And it should make a little layer of bubbles in about 24 hours.

 

    Put the balloon or cling film on the jug as soon as you have finished adding everything to it, and set it in a place where it won't be disturbed. You are NOT putting a tight seal on it, because otherwise the escaping CO2 would build up pressure and break the bottle.

 

    After about a week and a half, there should be a layer of crud at the bottom of the jug, and no more foam. Carefully siphon the liquid into another jug, leaving the crud behind. This time, add water so that there's only a couple of inches from the top of the jug- up to the base of the neck. Cover as before. From here on, more oxygen is bad for it.

 

    After another 3 months, siphon off the liquid again into another jug, cover and let it sit again. Go as long as you can stand, preferably another 3 months, then you can bottle and drink. With a one gallon batch, you can probably just leave in the one gallon bottle. For larger batches, you'll need to invest in a corking device and either new wine bottles or clean & sterilize some old wine bottles you may have lying about.

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@servtech.

 

November 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - November 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

November 2002

Calendar of Events:

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

11/22-24 Heralds and Scribes (Nithgaard)

11/23 Viking Winterfinding (Port Oasis)

11/23 Something Fishy in the State of Denmark(Myrkfaelinn)

12/14 Masked Ball (Rhydderich Hael)

12/14 Baronial Investiture (Blackstone Mountain)

1/11 Kingdom 12th Night (Sunderoak)

1/18 St. Swithin's Bog 12th Night (St. Swithin's Bog)

2/7-9 Vetr Þing ok Veiða [Vetr Thing ok Veida] (Debatable Lands)

2/8 College of Three Ravens (Thescorre)

2/21-23 Tournament of the White Hart (Port Oasis)

 

 

 

 

A&S Meetings

If you need directions, please email or call George thegeorg@servtech. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact George. 

Nov. 10 Making Scroll Cases,  Mauriana's

Nov. 17 Coffee Clutch, Mariana's

Nov. 24 Coffe Clutch, Mariana's

Dec. 1 Recipe Redaction, Mariana's - See Article

Dec. 5 Business Meeting - Mad Vlots's

Dec. 8 Meeting of the Brewer's Guild, Mariana's

 

 

 

Seneschal's Ramblings/Business Meeting notes

Greetings Good Gentles of The Vayle:

   The November Business meeting was held this past Sunday, November 3. The only business discussed was the web page. Lady George has spoken to Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>, who due to many recent mundane influences has been unable to maintain the page. Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> assures us all is now well and he is back on the job. Thank you <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> for your contribution to the Shire and welcome back. Thank you to all the fighters and artisans who attended the Walton Demo in October. I myself had a wonderful day in spite of the rain. Every event and meeting I attend I learn something new, from and about each of you. I thank you all for making my dream that much richer for being a part of such a wonderful group of people.

    The next Business meeting will be on December 5, at Mad Lord Vlat's home in lieu of fighter practice. I hope to see you all there. We cannot grow as a Shire without the input of every member. Your ideas and suggestions are needed to make this playground enjoyable for all. If you have no ideas or suggestions that's ok too, your opinions of someone else's suggestions or ideas are wanted. Your voice cannot be heard if you do not attend.

 

In Service to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and The Shire of Sterlynge Vale.

Siobhan Thomas, Seneschal

Joan Lulay

 

 

 

 

Fall Crown Tournament

    This lovely event was hosted by our neighbors, the Barony of Endless Hills. Despite the cold and threatening snow, a good time was had by all. The fights were clean, the pageantry and honors shown were splendid, and a winner was declared. 

    The four finalists were Sir Murdock Bayne, Duke Sir Christopher of York, Sir Maynard (formerly just Brother Maynard), and Sir Michael of Northfield. Sadly, Christopher defeated Murdock, while Maynard defeated Michael. (Why no, this isn't biased by local reporters rooting for the neighbors). In a close and very clean fight that I was very happy to watch, His Grace defeated his former squire in three out of five boughts of arms.  Immediately after the contest, Christopher escorted his inspiration and love Duchess Maurya Sableswan before Their Majesties Rurik and Elspeth to be installed as Their Sylvan Highness and Their Heirs, the Prince and Princess of our fair kingdom of Æthelmearc. This summer shall be Their third Reign. And there was much rejoicing.

    The Honorable Lord Angus MacBain was given the burden of the Shield of Chivalry for his honor and courtesy in fighting for that day.

 

 

 

 

Recipe Redaction

Try your hands at this Recipe. Original and translation are below along with one interpretation on how to make it. Bring your dish to sample to the Dec. 1 meeting, and we will discuss what was good and bad, and share ideas about how too do recipe redaction at the meeting.

Fruit Patties

Recipe from "The Medieval Kitchen" Recipes from France and Italy, page 194.

The French:

Rissoles au Commun

L'en les fait de figues, roisins, pommes hastees et noix pelees pour contrefaire le pignolat, et pouldre d'espices: et soit la paste tres bien ensaffrenee, puis soient frites en huille. S'il y convient lieure, amidon lie et ris aussi.

The English translation:

Ordinary Rissoles

These are made of figs, raisins, roast apples and peeled walnuts to resemble pignolat, and spice powder; and the dough should be well flavored with saffron, then fried in oil. If they need thickening, starch will bind them, and so will rice.

Note: According to the recipe, the have no medieval recipe for the pignolat mentioned in the text, but Nostradamus described it in the sixteenth century as a light nougat made with pine nuts.

 

One redaction:

For the pastry:

(25 to 30 small patties)

1 ¾ cup flour

9 tablespoons butter

5 fl. Oz. Water

5 threads saffron

salt

For the filling:

1 large apple

3 tablespoons raisins

scant 4 oz dried figs

½ cup walnut meats

¼ teaspon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch ground cloves

1 teaspoon rice flour if needed

oil for deep frying

sugar

 

Several hours ahead of time, bake the apple until cooked through and make the pastry. Infuse the saffron in the water until nicely colored; ct the butter into the flour, then add the saffron infused water and a good pinch of salt. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until needed.

For the filling, remove the peel and core from the baked apple. Coarsely chop the apple flesh, raisins, figs and walnuts. Add the spices and combine well. If the filling seems to moist, add the rice flour.

Roll the dough out thin and use a round cutter or a drinking glass, cut circles about 2.5 inches in diameter. Put a tablespoon of stuffing onto each circle, lightly moisten the edges of the dough with water, and fold over to form little turnovers. Seal the edges with the tines of a fork.

In a deep fryer or other pan, heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Fry until golden. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar. Serve cold. Note: Nothing in the original recipe says anything about amounts of ingredients. So feel free to vary it from what is written here. Just write down what you DO put in, in case it is well liked and you wish to repeat, or someone else wishes to repeat.

 

On A&S

Please do send me ideas for classes that you want to take, or ideas for things you would like to learn. That's my job- to help you learn what you want to learn. And even if you just want to come to a meeting to be social (even if we're doing a class on Armenian bag cheese and you have no interest in that topic), everyone is welcome. Please also send me a list of whatever projects you have been working on, or just finished. The list of these projects IS considered by several folks when contemplating awards, or if a person is suitable for a kingdom level position. I send these lists to kingdom quarterly, but reminders to y'all on the list every month.

 

Georg

 

 

 

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October 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - October 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

October 2002

 

 

Calendar of Events:

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc. 

10/12 Weekend of Wisdom (Abhainn Ciach Ghlais)

10/19 Surf and Turf IV (Heartstone)

10/26 Crown Tourney (Endless Hills)

11/9 Celtic New Year (Sunderoak)

11/16 Æthelmearc Æcademy (Hartstone

 

 

 

A&S Meetings

If you need directions, please email or call George. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact George. 

Oct. 13 Scribal workshop I (Scroll layout) Michelle's/Mariana's

Oct. 20 Scribal workshop II (Painting) Malcolum's

Oct. 27 Scribal workshop III (Calligraphy) Michelle's/Mariana's

Nov. 3 Business Meeting, Joan's

Nov. 10 Making Scroll Cases, Mauriana's

Please note: the much anticipated Dancing class with Suzanne the Pure and Brennus was postponed due to a death in Brennus' family. We send positive thoughts in his direction, and hope this class is rescheduled soon. 

 

 

 

Seneschal's Ramblings/Business Meeting notes

    We had very little business to discuss this month at the Business Meeting. Although we have made a change to the shire policy, "there will be no Business Meeting in the month of August". This is due to the KAOS some of us experience in preparation for the Pennsic War. Malcolum has been kind enough to let us know the status of out proposal for Spring Coronation. We should have a decision expected between the 10th and the 15th of October. Thank you my Lord. Lets not forget the Demo for October 12. Lady Briant has done a fine job in coordinating this Demonstration it would be a shame to let her down. I am looking forward to seeing you all there. 

    The next Business Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 3rd, at my home in Binghamton. We will start at 5:00. Please do come so that your ideas and input can be heard by all, after all it is your Shire too. E-mail for directions.

 

In Service to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and The Shire of Sterlynge Vale.

Siobhan Thomas, Seneschal

Joan Lulay

 

 

 

For the fall Good Gentles,

Autumn is a busy time in the SCA and there are events every weekend. Enjoy the variety and the abundance. Take a few minutes to help out when you can. I know you'll be chivalrous, honorable and a credit to the shire wherever you 

go.

Travel safely.

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

Chatelaine

 

Silver Alce

The award earned by excelling in the youth fighter program is a Silver Alce. This was not mentioned last month. My apologies.

 

George

 

 

 

October Demos

    Two medieval demos are planned for Walton NY in October on the 12th and on the 19th. RSVP Lady Briant ladybriant@tds  if you have an interest in coming. Please direct questions and offers of help to Briant. The first is at the Walton Fair Grounds. It is a daytrip Demo which will take place at the local Fair Ground as part of an American Cancer Society Craft Fair. The site is open to the public 10-4 Sat. October 12. Attendance is expected to be 4,000 to 5,000.  This Demo would be helpful to raise awareness of the SCA and it's activities with the goal of increasing local membership. Logistics for set up of tents and the Demo schedule is flexible. Fighters please bring your stuff. Fencing would be nice to display if there is interest. Artisans and materialists please plan to display your wealth to the public. Merchanting has not been discussed but should be fine if you make prior arrangements. 

    We can make a firm schedule once we get some idea of the number of people who will attend. Crash space is available. If there is interest for a post revel I would enjoy the company. The second Demo is a Viking Village along the riverside in Walton. I was approached for the Oct 12 Demo while making plans for this latter Demo on Oct 19. This event is open to the public Oct 19 Sat 10AM to 10PM. The purpose is to provide information and a fun day for all who wish to attend as well as raise awareness of The Norse Recreation Society "Norseland". Participants may arrive Fri evening and camp until Sunday. Hearty stew will be served Fri evening, Sat breakfast and evening feast are also provided. The site is discreetly wet. No original containers visible. Fire pits are limited. Indoor crash space can be made available. The theme is Viking. Non Viking personas 800-1100 are fine, i.e. Celt,Saxon,Frisian,Byzantine,etc. Camping is reserved for Viking era tents, i.e. A-frames, Yurts other early period mobile living space. If you need loaner garb or tent space to participate, some can be available if you call ahead.

    Activities planned are Rattan and "Modified" (novice fighters) Rattan fighting, blacksmithing, live weapons (except archery), board gaming, weaving and other fine arts, and an evening Bardic Circle. We are striving for an authentic look but anachronisms are understandable. Participants do not have to conduct themselves in strict persona. Norseland is much like the SCA but has a narrow temporal focus. The bardic circle would welcome tellers of Viking tales but any non-mundane stories, songs, filks or other music will also be welcome. I hope to test the noise tolerance if we get enough drummers.

    Directions: From the West take your best route to I-88 exit at Bainbridge rte 206. Follow 206 East for about 20 miles to Walton. Turn left at the flashing light onto Delaware Ave. Turn right at the second light and cross the bridge. The Viking Village will be on the left, enter through Riverside Church to check in and unload. To get to the fair grounds follow the same directions but turn right once you cross the bridge. The road turns sharp left then the Fair Ground has several entrances on the right. We should have an entrance marked for SCA.

    From other points North and East take your best route to Oneonta. Follow Rte 28 (west?) over the mountain. Turn right on 357 to Franklin. After Franklin turn left at the sign for Walton. In Walton turn right at your first stop sign onto Townsend St. Follow Townsend to the end and turn left at the light then right at the next light and cross the bridge. The Viking Village will be on the left, enter through Riverside Church to check in and unload. To get to the fair grounds follow the same directions but turn right once you cross the bridge. The road turns sharp left then the Fair Ground has several entrances on the right. We should have an entrance marked for SCA.

 

In Service,

Olaf Thornstein of Norseland

AKA Dr. Richard Schmidt

 

 

 

 

So someone wants to fight for you.

    What you do when someone fights for you in part depends on how you feel about the person. Obviously, do nothing that you are not comfortable doing. Flirting is very common in the SCA... do be honest and open about your feelings so that no one is hurt. While being fought for, you should watch them fight. Bring a folding chair if needed. As one being fought for, you can stand up to the ropes, and cheer him on. (For convenience sake, I'm saying him here, though obviously a lady can fight for lord, a lord can fight for a lord, a lady can fight for a lady, etc, unless stated in tourney rules like in Crown) 

    When a fight happens, the herald (the announcer) will call for the opponents to salute "the one who inspires you this day" (which would be you), the royalty, and the crowd. Usually, when they salute you, they will either wave their weapon at you, bow, kneel to you, or even come all the way over to you and kiss your hand. Romantically attached people sometimes even kiss. Depth of feeling, or of chivalry, often decide how they will act. And sometimes, there is some "I can be more romantic than you" competition going between the fighters too. So just cause he is kissing your hand every single time, doesn't mean he's head over ears in love. I have also seen proposals happen on the field at this time, and I suppose many a proposition. It is also always a nice gesture to get to know someone better as a friend who would like to get to know you, and to add excitement to your day. After all, it is a lot more interesting to watch, when you have some one to cheer for! Also as a fighter, it really IS inspiring to know that to at least one person out there, you aren't just cannon fodder- that someone genuinely cares if you win or lose.    

    Care for your fighter in addition to rooting for him. A nice thing to do is help your fighter don armor and remove it when done. Make sure he gets enough water, and try to get him some lunch or snacks, if he will eat anything. Water is important... all that armor is heavy, and fighting is hard work. They will be sweaty. Gatorade is ok too, if they like it. Sunblock if they need it. If nothing else, the chirugeons will love you. If you like, you may give him a favor to carry that day. My favorite when I'm feeling really naughty is a piece of ribbon from my corset, and even naughtier is allowing them to cut it off. But few people really need something so . intimate. A hair ribbon will do as well, or even a veil or scarf .. these are impersonal enough for a friend. And you needn't offer anything at all, if you are not comfortable. More romantic gestures include a glove or a square of fabric with a beltloop that you have embroidered with your device, or anything else that has meaning for you. A favor with a device on it proclaims to everyone, "This one is fighting for ME." At the end of the fighting, they should offer you the favor back.

     Sometimes, you can let them keep it- if it truly means little to you, or you want them to be labeled as yours, or you can ask/they can offer to hold on to it to fight for you again sometime soon. See how the romance sneaks in? So ladies, I recommend tying your hair back with an extra ribbon, and when some hopeful fighter approaches you bravely to ask if he may fight for you this day, remove one from your hair, and tie it around his arm. Let him choose the arm (or other location). And if you have a great day cheering him on, let him keep it. Lords should also have an extra ribbon in their pockets too. You never know; you might make a new friend, or start something more. 

 

 

 

A Combat between Sir John de Mello and the Lord de Chargny, 1435

   On the 11th day of August in this year, a combat at arms took place at Arras, in the presence of the duke of Burgundy, as judge of the lists. A handsome scaffold was erected for him in the great market-place, on which were seated behind him the dukes of Bourbon and of Gueldres, the counts de Richemont, constable, de Vendome, d’Estampes, and many other great lords. The combat was between Sir John de Mello, a very renowned knight banneret of Spain, appellant, without any defamatory quarrel, but solely to acquire honour, against Pierre de Bauffremont, lord of Chargny, knight banneret also, a native of Burgundy, and knight of the Golden Fleece. The terms were, to break three lances only. When the lord de Chargny had acceded to this request, he in his turn demanded from the Spanish knight a combat on foot with battle-axes, swords and daggers, until one of them should lose his arms, or place his hands on his knees, or on the ground, -subject, however, in all cases, to the decisions of the judge of the field.

   These proposals having been for some time agreed to by the two knights, on Thursday morning, about ten o’clock, the Spanish knight appeared in the lists, attended by four others, whom the duke of Burgundy had ordered to accompany him, -namely, the lord de l'Or, governor of the Rethelois, the lord de Ligny, the lord de Saveuses, and the lord de Sainzelless, with four or five of his attendants, one of whom bore on the end of a lance a small banner emblazoned with his arms. The other knights carried his lances; and thus without more pomp, he made his obeisance to the duke of Burgundy, and retired from the lists by the way he had come on the left hand of the duke. He waited a considerable time for his adversary, who at length appeared grandly accompanied by the counts d’Estampes, de St. Pol, and de Ligny, together with the earl of Suffolk, all bearing his lances.  Behind him were four coursers, richly caparisoned with his arms and devices, with pages covered with robes of wrought silver, and the procession was  closed by the greater part of the knights and esquires of the duke of  Burgundy's household. Having made his bow to the duke, as the Spanish  knight had done, he withdrew to the right of the lists.

   When they were ready, they ran some tilts with lances, without any  injury on either side. Then the Spaniard mounted a courser which the duke of Bourbon had lent him, for his own shied at a lance. They broke their lances with great courage against each other, until the number agreed on had been performed. Neither were wounded, although the helmet of don Mello was a little broken. They then quitted the lists, with the assent of the duke of Burgundy, and returned to their lodgings accompanied as before.

   The Spaniard wore over his armour a vermillion-coloured mantle, with a white cross on it, like to the badge of the French, which created a disgust in some of the Burgundian lords, as it seemed to mark a partiality for their enemies. When he was informed of this, he excused himself by saying, that in consequence of the strict alliance which had so long continued between the kingdoms of France and Spain, he could not with propriety wear any other badge. 

   On the morrow, which was a Friday, the duke of Burgundy proceeded to the lists, between eight and nine o'clock in the morning, grandly attended by his chivalry, and with him came the princes who had accompanied him the preceding day. Shortly after, the lord de Chargny, the appellant, appeared with the same persons as on the first day, who carried the weapons he was to combat with. He was mounted on a courser covered with housings of his arms, and followed by four pages mounted in like manner, and by the greater part of the knights and esquires of the duke of Burgundy’s household, with some other nobles.

   Having thus entered the lists, he went to dismount at his pavilion,  and thence on foot to make his obeisance to the duke; after which he retired to a seat, where he waited a full hour for his adversary. When he arrived, he was accompanied as on the preceding day, -and the knights and esquires whom the duke of Burgundy had appointed to attend him bore his weapons for the combat. Behind him were his servants, one of them carrying a small banner at the end of a lance. On his entering the lists he saluted the duke, and withdrew to his pavilion. While he remained there, he was frequently admonished by the knights that attended him, who gave him the best advice in their power for the success of his combat, but he paid not any attention to what they said, nor would discover to them his plans, telling them not to be any way concerned about him, for that, with God's good pleasure, he would do his duty.

   Everything being ready, the king-at-arms, called Golden Fleece, proclaimed, in three different parts of the lists, that all who had not been otherwise ordered should quit the lists, and that no one should give any hindrance to the two champions under pain of being punished by the duke of Burgundy with death. Eight gentlemen armed were appointed to stop or raise up either of the champions, as the judge of the field should direct. When the proclamation was made, the lord de Cliargny issued out of his pavilion, holding his battle-axe in his right hand, the iron part toward his adversary, and thus advanced a little forward.

   The Spanish knight advanced at the some time from his pavilion, having a kerchief thrown over his helmet that covered his visor, which was half raised.-but this kerchief was taken away, when he was advancing, by his servants. They made for each other with vigorous strides, brandishing their lances; but the Spaniard all this time had his visor raised. The lord de Chargny, without waiting for his adversary, threw his lance at him as he approached, while the Spaniard advanced to throw his, and hit him on the side, where he was wounded, as well as in the arm, for the lance hung in the vambraces of his armour, whence the lord de Chargny soon shook it off on the ground. The two champions now approached with great courage, and handled their weapons very nobly; but the lord de Chargny was much displeased that his adversary did not close his visor.

   While they were thus combating, the duke of Burgundy gave his signal  for the battle to cease, and ordered the champions to be brought before him, who seemed very much vexed that an end had be put so soon to their combat, -more especially the Spaniard, who twice declared aloud that he was far from being pleased that so little had been done; for that he had come at a great expense, and with much fatigue, by sea and  land, from a far country, to acquire honour and renown. The duke told him that he had most honourably done his duty and accomplished his challenge. After this, they were escorted back to their lodgings in the same manner as before. The Spanish knight was much noticed by very many of the nobles present, who greatly praised him for his courage, in thus having fought with his visor raised, -for the like had not been before seen.

   When this combat was over, the duke of Burgundy paid great respect  and attention to the Spanish knight, by feasting him at his hotel on the Sunday and following days, -presenting him at the same time with many rich presents, to reimburse him for all the expenses he had been at. The knight soon afterward took leave of the duke and his company, and departed from Arras on his return to his own country. 

From: Monstrelet, Enguerrand de, The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet. trans.
Thomas Johnes, two vols., (London, 1877), Book II, Chapter clxxxi.

Reprint granted from Will McLean.

-<NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>

 

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg@servtech

 

September 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - September 2002

The Dragon's Tongue

September 2002

 

 

Calendar of Events:

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

9/21-22 Tourney by the Old Mill Stream (Endless Hills)

9/28 Fall Coronation (Debattable Lands)

10/4-6 Harvest Raid (Heronter)

10/12 Weekend of Wisdom (Abhainn Ciach Ghlais)

10/19 Surf and Turf IV (Heartstone)

10/26 Crown Tourney (Endless Hills)

11/9 Celtic New Year (Sunderoak)

11/16 Æthelmearc Æcademy (Hartstone

 

 

 

A&S Meetings

If you need directions, please email or call George. Also, if you have ideas for classes to teach or learn, please contact George.

Sept. 15 4-5pm Newbie meeting and T-tunic help

5-7pm Basic shoes with George, at Malcolum's

Sept. 22 Master Simon is hosting another pottery class at his place.

Sept. 29 Jewelry making with Master Billy at Creek House.

Oct. 6 Coffee clutch, at Michelle's/Mariana's

 

 

 

Seneschal's Ramblings/Business Meeting notes

Greetings and Salutations unto the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle,

    We held our business meeting on Sunday September 8,2002, many things were discussed and decided all to the good of the shire. Unfortunately due to the resignation of Kseniya the Mad the Office of Arts & Sciences was vacant. There were three volunteers Lady Briant (Debbie Groton), Eoghan (Robinson Neidhardt), and Lady George (Georg-Karen Hawks), it was agreed by all present that Lady George would fill the office for the rest of this term. Mariana agreed to become the deputy officer. 

    We have a Demo Coordinator. "A what?" you ask. This would be the person we decided was most capable of doing this job, (coordinating the demos). That lucky person would be Lady Briant Huntington. If you want to set up a demo or some one has contacted you about a demo please contact or forward the contact information to Lady Briant. At this moment Lady Briant has her hands full with two demos being arranged for October, they will be on the 12th and 19th in Walton NY.

    Sterlynge Schola has been canceled due to conflicts with other events and Church availability on alternate dates. The decision was made not to try for this winter due to our fair cities propensity for inclement weather. Other event options are being investigated. Planning is ongoing for our new fall event. Bards and Bows for September of 2003. 

    It is nice to see so many people working so hard together to get things done here in the Shire. I for one am proud to say, "I am a member of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle." Hoping to see you all at the next meeting of the minds, which is to be held on Thursday October 3, 2002, at Mad Lord Vlat's. Lets keep up the good work and have lots of fun doing it. 

 

In Service to the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and The Shire of Sterlynge Vale.

Siobhan Thomas, Seneschal

Joan Lulay

 

 

 

Pennsic Land Allocation System

    The land allocation system for the Pennsic War is evolving. From the days when there were literally fist fights over land and group placement, the system has evolved through a lottery, seniority and various modifications to the present system. A survey and burial of corner iron is in the works for all the Pennsic camping area. It is hoped that the Land Office will be staffed with the same individuals and that E blocks, N blocks, etc. will have a consistent land block representative provided by the Land Office.

    This helped this year by allowing Land Agents to stand in one line when handing in the signed block map and getting car passes on Land Grab Saturday morning. Consistency from the Land Office will need to be accompanied by consistency of group names from year to year. In this way, the group histories can be maintained and seniority within a block retained. Groups can now register for Pennsic land January through May. The Pennsic website will assist Land Agents by providing contact information for other groups assigned to the block and giving the individual Agents a list of the campers within their group. The computerized registration system for individuals keeps this list up to date through the registration and withdrawal deadlines. 

    Preregistration has become a necessity as land becomes tighter and tighter. Groups will probably have little extra space and single camping may be limited in the future. The present land officials are hoping that per person allocation will remain at 275 sq. ft. and the land organization will no longer be dependent on the MidRealm or the East Kingdom. It is hoped that the land system will be independent and consistent from year to year. There are plans to develop more land if possible. This year what had formerly been paid parking became camping land. The Kingdom of Caid chose to place its Royal Encampment in this new land near the battlefield,

    The Pennsic Land Staff deserves our thanks for their year around hard work. Just the formidable task of surveying the Serengeti in the snow this winter is awe-inspiring. If you are interested in surveying or working with the Land Office, they are looking for volunteers.

 

YIS,

Lady Keran Roslin

Pennsic veteran and Land Agent

 

 

 

On Awards

Many folks have expressed confusion about the kingdom's award system. I say kingdom, because most of the non-peerage awards vary between kingdoms. This article only deals with Æthelmearc's awards, as I do not claim to understand any other kingdom as well as I do ours. All kingdom level awards are mentioned in the Order of Precedence, listed here: 

http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/~grm/aethelmearc-op.html  which is a listing of everyone in the kingdom who has ever received an award. First, there is a difference between awards of Merit and awards of Distinction. Those of distinction do not convey arms, or rank. That means, if you get one of these awards, your name doesn't change. But that doesn't mean we don't think you're special. These awards are: 

Order of the Cornelian: given to honor courtesy. The token is a carnelian gemstone. Keran and Malcolum have been given this honor, for their poise and unending tact.

Order of the Sigil of Æthelmearc: given for service to the Crown. The token  is the Æ (Aesch) of Æthelmearc. Briant and myself have attained this by retaining directly for Royalty.

Order of the Silver Buccle: given to outstanding children (age 14 and under). The token is a silver buckle.

Order of the Jewel of Æthelmearc: given to recognize those outstanding individuals who exemplify skill, courtesy, chivalry and service. The Crown may recognize only one new member per reign, and consults with the members of the order before bestowing the award. The newest member is presented with a escarbuncle set with a gem, dependent from a chain, which is passed on to the next recipient.

The Champion of Æthelmearc is the other finalist in the Crown Tournament. If the Crown Prince and Princess are unable to ascend the thrones, the Champion and his/her consort become the new Crown Prince and Princess. If the King and Queen are unable to complete their reign, the Champion becomes Regent. Order of the Garnet (a principality order, now closed): given to former consorts of Æthelmearc, who displayed gentility, grace, statesmanship, courtesy and chivalry during their reign. Companions are styled "Lady of the Garnet." Their duties are to promote courtesy and chivalry, to be an example of proper etiquette, to give counsel to the Coronet, to devise quests to promote the ideals of the order, and to give tokens of favor to those who perform extremely courteous/chivalrous acts, or to those who are constantly courteous/chivalrous. They have the privilege to select a Champion of the Garnet, and to convene a council to advise the Coronet on matters of courtesy and honor. The token of the order is a garnet. The Ladies of the Garnet retain their rank and precedence and may aid the Order of the Rose. I am missing the newest award of distinction for those involved in the YouthFighter Activities. Forgive me.

    Now, on to the awards of Merit- the awards that convey rank, and get those fancy & confusing titles in front of your name. This is where most people get all confuzzled, and just avoid everyone with hats if they don't understand it. There are three levels of these awards: Award of Arms (AoA), Grant of Arms (GoA), and Patent of Arms (PoA, also known as a peerage). There are four basic branches of these awards: service, arts and sciences, fighting skills, and holding land, the latter only applies to GoA and PoA awards.

    Please note that everyone in the society is allowed to arrange with a Herald for that colorful banner thing to be uniquely yours. For convenience sake, most call it their arms. However, if you have not been awarded arms yet, it is more properly called a device. Receiving an AoA allows one to be called Lord or Lady for a title. The sovereigns may simply hand out an AoA without an attached award of merit, and in fact, most people receive their AoA this way. 

The three Awards of Merit are:

Order of the Keystone: This is given for service to the kingdom, or to your local group. Autocratting, teaching, holders of local offices, dependable volunteers 

Order of the Sycamore: This is given for arts and sciences. Demonstrations, competitions, performances, articles, scribal work 

Order of the Golden Alce: This is given for martial activities. Known prowess and often willingness to teach in any of the martial fields, including heavy weapons, throwing weapons, fencing, archery, and even equestrian.

Receiving a GoA allows one to be called the Honorable Lord, the Honorable Lady (both also known as THL), or to be referred to as her ladyship, or his lordship. While one could receive a naked GoA at the discretion of the Crown, it is usually attached to an Award of High Merit. These are also more confusing. These awards are polling orders: companions are invited to discuss who should be included in their ranks, and give their recommendations to Their Majesties.

Order of the Millrind: This is given for service to the kingdom. Regional officers, lesser kingdom officers, frequent volunteers for organizing Pennsic things, etc. Order of the Fleur: This is given for Arts & Sciences. More teaching, articles, websites, performances, scribal work 

Order of the Gage: This is only for heavy weapons. You may hear the occasional joke about cooking skill. as a lovely coincidence, many bearers of the award are also good cooks. But this is only for fighting prowess in armor.

Order of the White Scarf: This is for fencing skill only. It is the highest award one can achieve for fencing. Her Majesty is usually requested to join the Order as a courtesy. Also, the title Don and Dona is often used by members. They will also take Cadets to aid in their training, and these will wear blue scarves.

Order of the Scarlet Guard: This is for archery skill only. A large tassel is given, and usually no paper scroll, as many archers view paper as something to shoot.

Order of the White Horn: This is for "Other" martial activities. Thrown weapons, equestrian activities, and siege engines all fall in here. 

The GoA is also the rank of Barons and Baronesses, which are also called Your Excellency. All baronies in the kingdom have landed barons and baroness to hold these lands, and may hold baronial Courts and give baronial awards as their lands allow and they see fit. But you've probably noticed there are more barons and baronesses running around in this kingdom than we do baronies. These are Court Barons or Court Baronesses. This award is given at Their Majesties' discretion, and is usually given to landed barons and baronesses when they step down. It is also given to anyone that They wish to honor highly without giving an award of distinction. All barons and baronesses wear hats with 6 points or six pearls. Landed ones usually have their baronial colors or device on their hats. 

    And now, the peerage. When one is recognized as a peer by one of the Orders:

Pelican is service, Laurel is arts and sciences, and Chivalry is for heavy weapons- one may choose to be called: Master, Mistress, Dame, Maestro, Don, Dona, or one of several translations of these. Sir is reserved for knights only, which means that person has been recognized by the Order of the Chivalry, and has chosen to swear fealty for every reign. None of these have special hats (except the laurel wreath). Pelicans often have a pelican in its piety some where in their jewelry or garb to mark them. The pelican was believed in the middle ages to pierce its chest and feed its young, hence "in its piety" and the demonstration of the service pelicans give. They may take protégées to foster, and these are often marked by yellow belts. Laurels wear laurel wreaths, given by the Greeks for many reasons including scholarship. They will often take apprentices, and these usually wear green belts.

    Members of the Chivalry usually have white belts, gold chains, and spurs. If they decided not to become knights, and become Master of Arms instead, they will be called Master (often when they aren't looking) and wear a white baldric or sash. They will take squires which wear red belts or baldrics. They or their squire can also take Men at Arms, but this is a more informal arrangement and is usually for a finite time. The taking of a protégée, apprentice or squire usually happens in Court and with a formal agreement. The goal is for the peer to see that their protégée, apprentice, squire is suitable for the Order by providing training, recommendations, tasks, etc, and then sponsoring them when they are ready. It is a very serious thing and not a step to be taken lightly. And now, the Royalty and former Royalty with yet more confusing titles, and their hats.

    Before Æthelemearc was a kingdom, it was a principality of the East. Those who completed their reign of the principality achieve the title Viscount or Viscountess, and their hat has either one point or many. Curently, Their Royal Majesties, or sometimes, Their Sylvan Majesties, are the king and queen. Their Heirs are Their Royal Highnesses, also known as the prince and princess. Occasionally, a set of Royals will translate these titles to their personae. Scribes often refer to the king and queen as Rex et Regina, which is the Latin form. Look for anything with escarbuncles. Silver usually means TRM, gold usually means TRH, but this is not set in stone, and is up to TRM to decide.

    Once the reign is over, they are usually created Earl or Count and Countess. These hats are embattled. Think of offset blocks or the top of a castle battlement. These gentles are called Your Excellency. If they have reigned as king and queen more than once, they become Duke and Duchess and are hailed as Your Grace. These hats have four points, and strawberry leaves. Of course to add to the hat confusion, one may always choose to wear a hat of a lower rank that they have earned, or none at all. If you cannot think of what to call someone, "my lady", "my lord" or "Your Excellency" is a wonderful default. If you are wrong, they should politely correct you. And possibly, they may explain all of the above better than I can. 

 

YIS,

George

 

 

 

October Demos

    Two medieval demos are planned for Walton NY in October on the 12th and on the 19th. RSVP Lady Briant ladybriant@tds  if you have an interest in coming. Please direct questions and offers of help to Briant. The first is at the Walton Fair Grounds. It is a daytrip Demo which will take place at the local Fair Ground as part of an American Cancer Society Craft Fair. The site is open to the public 10-4 Sat. October 12. Attendance is expected to be 4,000 to 5,000.  This Demo would be helpful to raise awareness of the SCA and it's activities with the goal of increasing local membership. Logistics for set up of tents and the Demo schedule is flexible. Fighters please bring your stuff. Fencing would be nice to display if there is interest. Artisans and materialists please plan to display your wealth to the public. Merchanting has not been discussed but should be fine if you make prior arrangements. 

    We can make a firm schedule once we get some idea of the number of people who will attend. Crash space is available. If there is interest for a post revel I would enjoy the company. The second Demo is a Viking Village along the riverside in Walton. I was approached for the Oct 12 Demo while making plans for this latter Demo on Oct 19. This event is open to the public Oct 19 Sat 10AM to 10PM. The purpose is to provide information and a fun day for all who wish to attend as well as raise awareness of The Norse Recreation Society "Norseland". Participants may arrive Fri evening and camp until Sunday. Hearty stew will be served Fri evening, Sat breakfast and evening feast are also provided. The site is discreetly wet. No original containers visible. Fire pits are limited. Indoor crash space can be made available. The theme is Viking. Non Viking personas 800-1100 are fine, i.e. Celt,Saxon,Frisian,Byzantine,etc. Camping is reserved for Viking era tents, i.e. A-frames, Yurts other early period mobile living space. If you need loaner garb or tent space to participate, some can be available if you call ahead.

    Activities planned are Rattan and "Modified" (novice fighters) Rattan fighting, blacksmithing, live weapons (except archery), board gaming, weaving and other fine arts, and an evening Bardic Circle. We are striving for an authentic look but anachronisms are understandable. Participants do not have to conduct themselves in strict persona. Norseland is much like the SCA but has a narrow temporal focus. The bardic circle would welcome tellers of Viking tales but any non-mundane stories, songs, filks or other music will also be welcome. I hope to test the noise tolerance if we get enough drummers.

    Directions: From the West take your best route to I-88 exit at Bainbridge rte 206. Follow 206 East for about 20 miles to Walton. Turn left at the flashing light onto Delaware Ave. Turn right at the second light and cross the bridge. The Viking Village will be on the left, enter through Riverside Church to check in and unload. To get to the fair grounds follow the same directions but turn right once you cross the bridge. The road turns sharp left then the Fair Ground has several entrances on the right. We should have an entrance marked for SCA.

    From other points North and East take your best route to Oneonta. Follow Rte 28 (west?) over the mountain. Turn right on 357 to Franklin. After Franklin turn left at the sign for Walton. In Walton turn right at your first stop sign onto Townsend St. Follow Townsend to the end and turn left at the light then right at the next light and cross the bridge. The Viking Village will be on the left, enter through Riverside Church to check in and unload. To get to the fair grounds follow the same directions but turn right once you cross the bridge. The road turns sharp left then the Fair Ground has several entrances on the right. We should have an entrance marked for SCA.

 

In Service,

Olaf Thornstein of Norseland

AKA Dr. Richard Schmidt

 

 

 

Two Challenges Fought at Arras, 1423

   Poton de Saintrailles and Lyonnel de Wandonne Perform a Combat at Arms at Arras, in the Province of the Duke of Burgundy

   In these days, a combat at arms was performed at Arras, in the presence of the duke of Burgundy as judge of the lists, between Poton de Saintrailles and Lyonnel de Wandonne. Poton had demanded of Lyonnel to break six lances with him, and Lyonnel, in return, had required, afterward, a combat with battle-axes so long as they should hold out.  When the preparations had been finished, and the day of combat was arrived, Poton entered the lists first as the appellant, handsomely  accompanied by his friends, and having made his reverence to the duke,  who was seated as judge, he retired to his pavilion. Soon after, Lyonnel  entered the lists, attended by Sir John de Luxembourg, who, during the fight,  supplied him with lances, and some other lords and friends. He, like  Poton, went to make his bow to the duke, and then retired to the end of  the lists, when the combat began. Many strokes were given with great vigour, and several lances broken and damaged on both sides. However,  towards the end, the helmet of Lyonnel was somewhat fractured by the  point of the lance of is adversary, and his head slightly wounded. When the duke saw this, he put an end for this day to any further combat on horseback.

   On the morrow, the duke of Burgundy returned to the lists about ten o'clock in the morning, accompanied by the count de Richemont and the lords of his council, to be ready for the champions who were to fight on foot. Shortly after came Lyonnel, attended as before by Sir John de Luxembourg, and, having made his obeisance to the duke, withdrew to his pavilion to wait for his opponent. Poton was not long in making his appearance, and, saluting the duke retired to his pavilion also. Upon this, the usual proclamation was made by a herald, for all persons to clear the lists, and to give no hindrance to the champions on pain of death. Lyonnel de Wandonne then, as appellant, issued from his tent, his battle-axe on his wrist, and marched with long strides toward his adversary, who, seeing him approach, advanced to meet him. Lyonnel made a gallant attack, and gave Poton many back-hand strokes with his battle-axe, without drawing breath. Poton coolly received and parried them as well as he could; but, watching his opportunity, closed with Lyonnel and struck him such repeated blows with the point of his axe under the vizor of his helmet that he broke it, and the face of his opponent was clearly seen. On finding his danger, Lyonnel grappled and seized the end of the axe under his arm, and Poton, taking hold of the broken part of the helmet, scratched his face with his gauntlet. While the struggle lasted, Lyonnel nearly replaced his visor, but the duke put an end to the contest by causing them both to be conducted to him by those who had charge of the lists, and ordered them henceforth to be good friends, for that they had well performed their combat. On this they returned to their lodgings, where Poton kept up a great expense with his companions.

   The next day a tilting took place with lances between Rifflard de Champremy, attached to king Charles, and the bastard de Rosebecque.  They broke many lances, but, in the end, Rifflard was pierced through his armour and side but not mortally hurt. The duke then put an end to the business; and each party retired to his lodgings with his friends.  Within a few days after this last combat, Poton, with his companions, went back to the county of Guise.

From: Monstrelet, Enguerrand de, The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet.

trans. Thomas Johnes, two vols., (London, 1877), Book II, Chapter viii

Reprint granted from Will McLean.

-<NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>

 

 

 

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July 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - July 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

July 2002

 

 

 

Calendar of Events:

 

   If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

7/19-21 Bog-Halla (St. Swithin's Bog)

8/2-18 The Great War, Pennsic 31

8/30.9/2 Baornial Champs (Thescorre)

9/21 Fall Coronation (Debattable Lands)

9/21-22 Tourney by the Old Mill Stream (Endless Hills)

9/27-29 Weekend of Wisdom (Abhainn Ciach Ghlais)

 

 

 

 

Pennsic Update

   After a false start in which the Pennsic Land Office terrified all the Land agents with the wrong block assignments, the correct block assignment for the Shires of Barren Sands and Sterlynge Vayle is again E13. Fifteen gentles have preregistered to camp. This year's neighbors within the block are: House von Draken, Teaghlach Croi Te, Lucerne, House of Three Roses, Clan of the Burning Hand, and Marche of Gwyntarian.

   Land Grab is August 2 so your tent size and arrival date MUST be sent to me well before July 31. The tent's actual footprint, including any fly or sun shade, and which side of the tent contains the door is needed. I need a confirmation of this information even if you have exactly the same tent as last year. If you are not camping with BS/SV, the Land Agent for the group where you will be camping will also need tent size info. It's the only way to do an organized land plan. 

 

I look forward to seeing you at Pennsic.

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

Your Land Agent

 

 

 

Pennsic Tips

What I learned about Pennsic -

1 - It's cooler in the shade than in the sun so make sure you have some shade in camp.

2 - Your tent is not usually enough shade. It needs to be shaded and so do you. Lady Svea does not refer to the tent as the Indian Sweat Lodge totally in jest. Tent temps can be 20 or more degrees higher than the air temp. around them. At a 90 degree air temp., it may be 120 degrees in the tent. I don't keep my cooler in there and don't go there to have a little nap in those circumstances.

3 - Try not to stand gabbing in the sun. Sun screen only lasts a few hours & then you need to put it on again.

4 - Battery operated fans are handy in camp when the air is still.

5 - Drink water on an hourly schedule on hot days. By the time you notice thirst on a really hot day, you are already on the way to dehydration.

6 - Fighters & fencers should take personal water or Gatorade to the field with them. The chirurgeons say you should dilute your Gatorade to avoid sugar shock. None of that I'm too tough stuff, please. 

7 - Students and shoppers also need to carry their water. None of that, it's too heavy stuff, please.

8 - Caffeine and alcohol are not your friends in the heat.

9 - Learn from the example of others. One of my Pennsic friends spent an entire week in a New Castle motel after Pennsic was over recovering from heat prostration. She was shaky, irritable, cold (in 100 degree temps), exhausted, headachy, and miserable. Explain that one to the boss. Sorry, I have to recouperate from my vacation will not be popular.

10 - No one should leave camp without water unless they are on their way to buy some. 

11 - In the heat, wear light colors, loose clothing, a hat or a veil or both, and slather on the sunscreen. The traditional clothing of the Middle East is modest as required by the Koran but it also protects the wearer from the brutal effects of the sun. The things they wore in England and Scandinavia in Period were not really intended for the heat at Pennsic. You are going to a place where you may spend 12 plus hours a day in the sun, day after day.

12 - Take care of the people around you. Ask people if they have had their water. Offer liquid but avoid drinking out of other people's personal cups/bottles. When was that cup/bottle washed last? 

13 - Food goes bad very quickly in the heat.

14 - Your neighbors have shorter tempers in the heat.

15 - Bail out for an afternoon or evening if things are too much. Local motels, restaurants, malls & theaters will be happy to have your business.

16 - Reserve a motel room ahead if you know you'll want a break. Super 8 is 1-800-800-8000. You want reservations in New Castle, PA. The $5 for the VIP card is worth the money. The Giant Eagle grocery is across the street. There are other motels but I can't help there.

 

YIS,

Lady Keran Roslin

Pennsic veteran and Land Agent

 

 

 

Pennsic Directions

   Go West on Route 17 (86). When it reaches Route 90 go south & west toward Erie & Cleveland. Take Route 79 south. After another hour, approx. & a ways after you pass the Route 80 exit, start looking. You will eventually see Pennsic on the right side of the highway. (First will be a hill covered with parked cars & then tents.)  Leave Rt. 79 South at the Rt. 422 exit and go west toward New Castle. Curry Road will be a relatively short distance on the right [You will see a sign which says 422 Auto Auction or something like that. (It's a big parking lot.] Be careful as the turn is unusually bumpy & loose gravel. Curry Rd. is 2 lanes and the bridge on it is one lane.] After the bridge, there will soon be a 90 degree turn to the right and you'll go up a little hill. On the left you'll begin to see the battlefield. Troll is straight ahead. Some homeowners rent parking spaces along the way. There is no advantage to these for us as we're on the other side of the campground. Don't be fooled.)

   Troll - Your car may be directed into a line along the battlefield if Troll is really busy. When you get to Troll (probably a tent on the right side of the street just beyond the food court), take $, prereg confirmation, blue card, license #, etc. with you. If this is your first time, you may be filling out forms. You will be asked to list an on site contact person, camp, & and off site contact person. The people at Troll are SCAdians. 

   They will help if you are confused but they do try to be speedy. Thank them. The Coopers' staff will be the people wearing blue hospital scrubs. At Troll you will get paperwork, medallion, Pennsic booklet, garbage bag, and receipt. Someone will say - Have a nice War. When you get your medallion, put it on & make sure you are wearing yours & not your spouse's, child's, S.O.'s, or the neighbor's. Medallions are keyed to health & allergy info. You must wear your medallion at all times on site & you need it to return, if you go off site. You will be given a hang tag for your mirror. Tape this on your windshield down by your registration so it can be seen when you drive on site. The PA police wait outside the site because hang tags aren't legal in PA & they can make big bucks on us. You have now entered the Middle Ages, but you don't need garb until you  unpack.

 

Have a nice War!

Keran

 

 

 

Pennsic Shopping

   I get to use my favorite phrase - "Time to shop" for this one. I would love to have the money to buy just the things I could use at Pennsic. Actually I'd like everything, but ...... You are about to enter the world's largest medieval shopping mall. It's goal is to separate you from your cash. Your goal is to be a smart medieval shopper.

   Before you buy - Orient yourself & keep track of where the things which interest you are sold. Write down the name of the booth or some way to find it. Check to see who else has that item. Prices vary from merchant to merchant. Ask other SCAdians for recommendations Once you decide, buy before it's gone. Is this a special item you can't get elsewhere? Is it really what you want? Can you make a deal? Can you make this item or can you barter with another shire member for it? Is it cheaper at home or off site. If you can get it at K Mart at home, maybe that would be smarter. There will be less transportation that way. Do you need it now? Can you wait for the Moonlight Madness sales? How will you get it home? Is it period? Do you care? Shop with a friend. Repeat - It's only a game a couple times if you really have shopper's fever. This is especially true at book sellers' shops, for me.

   Need cash? The onsite bank will cash your traveller's checks most weekday afternoons. There will be an ATM onsite, but the lines are long. (Funny experience - watching Royals from several kingdoms stand in line with their retainers at the ATM. - We may bow to Royalty, but we won't let them budge in the ATM line :-)

   Need stamps and picture post cards? - There will be an onsite Post Office. Remember to take addresses with you. If you are so inclined, the chocolate milk at Pennsic is purported to be the best anywhere. I can not say so from experience as I was lactose intollerant for years & still must be very careful. 

 

YIS,

Keran

 

 

 

Plan your days at Pennsic

   Why are you going to Pennsic? To fight? To learn? To shop? For the experience? Plan your day around your interests. Check out the battles, classes, concerts, theatrical performances and meetings scheduled. Which party, court, class, meeting, or bardic circle are you attending during the evening? Where will you be shopping? What things do you need to bring with you so you can do what you want? What things will you need to get there? What things are useless in the Middle Ages? (All electrical appliances) What projects do you intend to do while you are there? Is there enough time to do them? Is it worth taking them with you? Is advice needed for this project? There will be an expert at Pennsic. Did you bring paper and pen/pencil so you can exchange addresses & email with new friends & experts?

   Are you prepared to keep a journal of your experiences? If this is your first time, Pennsic days can run together very quickly. You will want to be able to recall what you did when & what you'd do differently next time. You'll want to tell your Pennsic tales at home. You'll want to remember your best days, best teachers, best battles, best buys, etc. Write down good ideas you see or hear for next year.

 

YIS,

Keran

 

 

 

Volunteer at Pennsic

   Pennsic runs on volunteers. SCAdians give up their time just to make this the best War ever. Thank them. Offer to Troll, teach, cry the camp, guard the AEthelmearc encampment, help your teacher carry the class supplies back to camp, carry water on the battlefield, help security, register lost & found articles, watch children, etc. Your War needs at least 2 hours of your time. Don't stress yourself out by over volunteering. Too much of a good thing isn't a good thing any more.

   Your camp also needs you. When going to the store off site offer to pick up something for someone else. If someone picks up something for you, remember to pay them promptly.

 

YIS,

Keran

 

 

 

Confessions from Keran

   We all know the truth. This is not the Society for Compulsive Authenticity and the mundane world intrudes even when we're trying to be medieval. Only "The Enchanted Ground" at Pennsic guarantees a - nothing mundane can be found here- camp. We all do the best we can. Here are my compromises. 

Mundane things in a Medieval World -

I carry a blue plastic bucket to the showers, but I cover it with my cape or towel.

My basket contains: pencils, a carry cloth, water, camera, paper, fan, sun screen, a granola bar, a tiny tube of soap, etc.

I carry a pocket watch or clip a watch inside my basket.

My wristwatch is too obvious.

I keep my camera in a fabric bag.

I surround my soda or water bottle with a washcloth & hide it in a fabric bag.

I have a paperback sized, leather-covered notebook for class notes.

I wear glasses & sunglasses. Duke Sir Cariadoc locks his specs in his car when he arrives & looks at the world fuzzily, as he would have been in the Middle Ages. That's over the top for me.

I wear sneakers at times. I also wear shoes, boots or sandals.

My cooler is covered with a quilted fabric pad for insulation, but it also covers the red plastic. I throw a piece of fabric over mundane things I need to cover.

My portable lights are flashlights. I have solar lights for camp. I don't like flame in my tent so I use battery operated lights there.

My battery candle is handy for that.

My hat boxes are plastic.

My pencils click.

My tent is a mundane plastic garage, which has stood through heavy storms.

I know the truth and am not ashamed. I'm a 21st century medievalist who loves those blue plastic bins and cold Coca Cola.

 

 

 

Pennsic Weather

The weather at Pennsic is changeable and sometimes violent. Sounds like home, right? When there are dark clouds in the west, go back to your tent & close the windows or better yet close them when you leave. Temps may vary from 45 degrees to 105 degrees so be prepared.

 

YIS,

Keran

 

 

 

About Veils

   Ladies - a few words on the uses of a veil - It hides your hair - the medieval thing to do. You can hold it on with a circlet, a hat, ribbons, flowers and/or pins. It protects you from the sun, the dust, the heat or cold & the prying gaze. It's a towel, a napkin, and a fashion accessory. It can be incredibly alluring, privacy insurance, and bug netting all at once.

   You will miss your veil after you leave Pennsic. Ladies - I commend the veil to you. You can embellish it, wrap it, and/or dampen it. It will garner appreciation from those around you. Lords - A beautiful veil makes a thoughtful gift, provides your lady comfort, and is pleasant to look upon. It is best made of cotton, linen or silk (no polyester). The weight should be that of a man's fine handkerchief or lighter. Veils were generally round, oval, white or cream in Europe and rectangular and variously colored in the Middle East. European veils were often decorated with pearls on the edges and/or embroidered around the edges. Middle Eastern Veils were also embellished.

Lords - A compliment to a lady's veil is polite but not intrusive. Such a compliment is unexpected in the SCA because, despite the work which goes into them, veils are much taken for granted in the modern Middle Ages. (Examples - My lady, your veil is most comely or What a beautiful veil, my lady or A fair lady in a beautiful veil doth my heart good.) Not too tough, right? It will definitely be both period and appreciated.

 

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

 

 

 

One more thing

Are you tired of these yet? Here's my last one.

Terms & vocabulary -

A&S tent = tent where classes are held. There are lots and all are not in the same place.

Barn = 3 sided barn behind Cooper's Store Court will be there.

Dragon = dumb SCA word for automobile

Garbage - Dumpsters are provided. There is one just up the hill from our campsite.

Ice - block and cube are available at Cooper's Store

Moonlight Madness - evening shopping sales on Wed. late afternoon and night. Take a light as they are open late..

Merchants - Want: a harp, a helm, a clasp, silk, garb, a cement gargoyle, a toy, a woad plant, trim, beads, trinkets, jewelry, amber, bee's wax, boots, books, armor, a bow, shell gold, a fan, an embroidery pattern, a caricature, a CD, a basket, striped socks, an actual medieval illuminated page, fabric, etc.? Someone will have it at Pennsic.

Places to meet someone from camp after class = Food Court, St. Aidan's Square, barn, Bath House, etc. Choose landmarks both of you can find.

Porta Castle = portajohn with hand sanitizer.

Pennsic Plague = flu like illness from poor sanitation. Wash your hands whenever possible.

Slavic Interest Group = Scadians with an interest in Eastern Europe (among my favorite people)

St. Aiden's Square - The place where you find information, newcomer's point, preferred parking, class list changes, etc. across from Cooper's Store. 

Stealth Crown = a Royal minus crown & retainers. Common in the western U. S. where a Crown and $1 won't necessarily get you coffee. Western tin hats always point out how nice people are to them in the eastern U.S. Remember kingdom customs and sumptuary laws differ.

Parking - There are 3 kinds of parking - private, preferred and regular/general (Terms may vary.) Regular/general parking is included in your entrance fee. You take the car there & there are lots of other cars so you need to remember where you left yours. It is really embarrassing to lose your car. There is a bus which goes to the parking lots during daylight hours. If you must go at night, take a good flashlight and a guide. Preferred parking requires a cash donation (approx. $20) to a charity & a new hang tag. It is very useful if you plan to go off site frequently. The first rows of Preferred are Handicapped Only. You will be towed if found there. Private parking space is sold by people who live nearby. Unfortunately it's nowhere near where we camp so it's no help. I advise you to cover your car windows on the inside. Silver sun shields, cardboard, or whatever. Your poor car is left in the sun for days. Without some protection, the air inside gets very hot and your upholstery fades. Park so you can roll out of the space. Sometimes the wet grass is slippery & backing uphill is difficult. Your car will be dust or mud coated. There is no use washing it until you leave.

Transport inside Pennsic - Most transport inside Pennsic is by foot. There are hay wagons which go around the camp on 2 preset routes. The buses go to parking lots seem to be rarer as the years go by. 

Weather - Pennsic weather comes from the west. Look there every few hours. Things change.

Gas - Buy it at the second Salamanca exit off Rt. 17 (86) because it is on the reservation. Turn right at the bottom of the exit. I prefer the second station on the right because it is tribally owned. Gas there is often $.30 less than local low prices. If you aren't going to Pennsic I will see you when I return. I hope that you have joy and kindness in your life for these next 2 weeks & always. For those of you who are Pennsic Bound, you may wish to ask others for your next Pennsic Tip. It has been a pleasure to tip you. May your journey be short, your companions pleasant, your weather fair, and your life glorious. I will await your coming & the chance to - Welcome you Home to the modern Middle Ages. Go with God.

 

YIS,

Keran

 

 

 

The Seneschal of Hainault Performs a Deed of Arms in Valencia, 1403

Some light reading submitted by <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>

 

   In this same year, an enterprise of arms was undertaken by the gallant seneschal of Hainault, in the presence of the king of Arragon. The combatants were to be four against four, and their arms battle-axes, swords and daggers: the combat was to be for life or death, subject, however, to the will of judge of the field. The companions of the seneschal were, Sir James de Montenay, a knight of Normandy, Sir Tanneguy du Chastel, from the duchy of Brittany, and a notable esquire called Jean Carmel. Their adversaries were from the kingdom of Arragon, -and their chief was named Tollemache de Sainte Coulonne, of the king of Arragon's household, and much beloved by him: the second, Sir Pierre de Monstarde: the third, Proton de Sainte Coulonne; and the fourth, Bernard de Buef.

   When the appointed day approached, the king had the lists magnificently prepared near to his palace in the town of Valencia. The king came to the seat allotted for him, attended by the duke de Caudie, and the counts de Sardonne and d'Avemie, and a numerous train of his nobility. All round the lists scaffolds were erected, on which were seated the nobles of the country, the ladies and damsels, as well as the principal citizens of both sexes. Forty men at arms, richly dressed, were ordered by the king to keep the lists clear; and between their barriers was the constable of Arragon, with a large company of men at arms, brilliantly equipped,  according to the custom of the country. Within the field of combat were two small pavilions for the champions, who were much adorned with the emblazonry of their arms, to repose in, and shelter themselves from the heat of the sun. On the arrival of the king, he made known to the seneschal, by one of his knights, that he and his companions should advance first into the field, since it had been so ordered, as the Arragonians were the appellants. The seneschal and his companions, on receiving this summons, instantly, armed themselves, and mounted their coursers, which were all alike ornamented with crimson silk trappings that swept the ground, over which were besprinkled many escutcheons of their arms. Thus nobly equipped they left their lodgings, and advanced toward the barriers of the lists. The before-named esquire marched first, followed by sir Tanneguy and sir James de Montenay; and last of all, the seneschal, conducted by the seneschal du Chut; when, having entered the lists, they made their reverences on horseback to king Martin of Arragon, who paid them great honour.

   They then retired to their tents, and waited an hour and a half for their opponents, who arrived like the others, in a body on horseback. Their horses' trappings were of white silk, ornamented with escutcheons of their arms. When they had made their reverences to the king, they retired also to their tents, which were pitched on the right, where they all remained for full five hours thus armed. The cause of this delay was owing to the king and his council wishing to accommodate the matter, and prevent the combat. To effectuate this, many messages were sent from the king to the seneschal, proposing that he should not proceed farther; but he prudently made answer, that this enterprise had been undertaken at the request of Tollemache, that he and his companions had come from a far country, and at great trouble and expense, to gratify his wish, which he and his companions were determined upon doing. At length, after much discussion on each side, it was concluded that the combat should take place. The usual proclamations were then made in the king's name; and the king at arms of Arragon, cried out loudly and clearly. That the champions must do their duty. Both parties instantly issued forth of their tents holding their battle-axes in their hands, and marched proudly towards each other.

   The Arragonians had settled among themselves that two of them should fall on the seneschal, in the hope of striking him down: both parties were on foot, and they expected he would be at one of the ends of the lists above the others, but he was in the middle part. When they approached, the seneschal stepped forward three or four paces before his companions, and attacked Tollemache, who had that day been made a knight by the king's hand, and gave him so severe a blow with his battle-axe, on the side of his helmet, as made him reel and turn half round. The others made a gallant fight with their opponents; but sir James de Montenay, throwing down his battle-axe, seized sir James de Monstarde with one of his hands under his legs, and, raising him up with his dagger in the other, was prepared to stab him; but, as the affair on all sides seemed to be carried on in earnest, the king put an end to the combat. 

   According to appearances, the Arragonians would have had the worst of it had the combat been carried to extremities; for the seneschal and those with him were all four very powerful in bodily strength, well experienced in all warlike exercises, and equal to the accomplishment of any enterprise in arms that might be demanded from them.

   When the champions were retired to their tents, the king descended from his seat into the lists, and requested of the seneschal and Tollemache, in a kind manner, that the remaining deeds of arms might be referred to him and his council, and he would so act that they should all be satisfied. The seneschal, then falling on one knee, humbly entreated the king that he would consent that the challenge should be completed according to the request of Tollemache. The king replied, by again requiring that the completion of the combat should be referred to his judgment; which being granted, he took the seneschal by the hand. And placed him above himself, and Tollemache on the other side. He thus led them out of the lists, when each returned to his hotel and disarmed. The king sent his principal knights to seek the seneschal and his companions, whom, for three days, he entertained at his palace, and paid them as much honour as if they had been his own brothers. When he had reconciled them with their opponents, he made them fresh presents; and they departed thence on their return to France, and the seneschal to Hainault.

 

From: Monstrelet, Enguerrand de, The Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet.

trans.

Thomas Johnes, two vols., (London, 1877) , Book I, Chapter xiv.

Copyright Will McLean, 2001 reprint permission granted

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - June 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

June 2002

 

 

 

Calendar of Events:

   If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

6/14-16 Myrkfaelinn Summer War Practice (Myrkfaelinn)

6/15 Æthelmearc Academy (Port Oasis)

6/22 Baronial Birthday and Champs (Debatable Lands)

6/22 Pre-Pennsic Archery War camp (Concordia, Voorheesville, NY)

 

 

 

Senescal's Ramblings

Greetings unto the Soggy Dragons of Sterlynge Vayle,

   A great time was had by all at Axe's and Ale's, attending were 139 people in all; onboard were 80 adults and 12 children. The Tournament was a huge success, many thanks to the company of the White Swan, Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>, and all of our visiting gentles for a wonderful display of Honor and Chivalry on the field. Congratulations to Lady Dierdre the Hidden upon receiving her Award of Arms (I would tell her in person if I could find her).

   At the Business meeting on June 6 we were lucky enough to acquire two new officers. Lady Briant Huntington has been kind enough to take on the position of Thrown Weapons Martial, and will be announcing practice schedules in the near future. Eoghan Diarmat has offered his services as Master of the Lists. The schedule for business meetings has been changed.

   We will now be holding meetings every month rather then only on a quarterly basis. The change to Shire policy will read as follows:

Business meetings should be held the first week of each month; the date shall be announced in the newsletter the month before. All officers should attend or send a proxy. There will be a minimum of one meeting quarterly, March, June, September and December. The September meeting may also be held the last week of August.

   Next months meeting will be on Sunday July 7 in lieu of Arts and Sciences, but please feel free to bring any portable projects you may be working on. We have also received word on the sheet walls that Lady Keran Roslin has been working on. She has one six-foot section complete, and believes a second section of the same size will be finished in time for Pennsic. Thank you Keran.

 

Ever Yours in Service

Siobhan

 

 

Pennsic Registration

   Once again, the blessed Lady Keran Roslin will be our land agent for Pennsic. Should you wish to camp with the shire, please use the phrase "The Shires of  Barren Sands & Sterlynge Vayle" for your group registration information. Also, please contact Keran to let her know how many you registered, and your tent  footprint. Volunteers are also sought to help with laying of the grid and other grunt work for Land Grab. If you haven't registered by now, you are probably not camping with us. Deadline was June 1st.

 

 

Reminder

Greetings Good Gentles,

   The weather has finally warmed. Axes & Ales is a glorious memory for this year. Therefore, it is time to take a good look at our camping gear and start making lists for summer events like Pennsic. Need to repair or replace worn or broken items? Need to update your gear? Need a trip to Eureka or the lumber yard? Need more light weight garb? Require a fabric field trip? There are only 2 months until Pennsic. May all your trips to yard sales be productive ones.

 

 

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

 

 

Thank you to everyone of the Vayle that helped with the event:

   Thank you very much for all of your help and support in making Axes and Ales IV the incredible weekend it was. All of the feedback I heard was fantastic. Everyone expressed what a great time they had. Your efforts, be they at troll, in the kitchen, setting up tables, or running a list, were what made the event for everyone who attended.

   If you have any feedback that will enable me to do a better job with Axes and Ales V please send it to me in a private e-mail. Also, if there is something particular that you would like to do for that event, please also contact me. Yes, I know... I'm planning way far in advance. However, this is a new site, and the 5th year of the event, and I'd like to at least have some of it worked out a bit.

 

In Service,

Briant

 

 

   First, I would like to say thank you to Lady Briant and Lord Malcolm, autocrats for A&A for all their hard work in making it a wonderful event. I would also like to thank Cheryl, Siobahn, Lady George, and Anne for their help at troll, and I would be grateful for their input on any way in which we might make improvements. The officer badges done by the sewers are beautiful, I always envied those who can do hand sewing! Thank you to all of those who wrote to their Majesties on my behalf, The AOA was a tremendous surprise, it means more to me than you could ever imagine.

   143 Vivats for Lord Angus, the only man I know who is as chivalrous in the mundane world as he is in the SCAdian world. Your armor might not shine, but your heart most certainly does. Well done, My Lord, and much deserved!

 

Lady Deirdre the Hidden

 

 

Greetings from Malcolum...

   A belated, but no less sincere thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of Axes and Ales IV. I am only just recovered from the brayne spraynes of the weekend. I'll not try and name all those who worked so hard, because I'll forget someone and I don't want to slight anyone. Vivats, Vivauts and Vivants to the Soggy Dragons.

   Many of you are aware that planning has already begun for Axes and Ales V, scheduled for 27 April, AS 37 (2003 GREG.). I'm sure that Lady Briant Huntington would like you all to volunteer early and often as we mark this milestone in the evolution of the Axes and Ales Event's history. It will also be moving from Camp SERTOMA to AMAHAMI, the Girl Scout Council's Outdoor Education Center and Camp in the Town of Colesville. AMAHAMI is a much larger site with cabins as well as camping areas, and I'll bet Briant is already calculating how many more Soggy Dragons will be needed to present this event.

   But, we're not abandoning SERTOMA -- some of us are already talking about developing a new SERTOMA event, tentatively titled "Bows and Bards" for September, AS 38 (2003 GREG). A day of varied Archery contests and Bardic classes, swaps and circles is the central theme along with a traditional heavy rattan event -- Vlot, what about a "woods battle"?

 

YIS

+Malcolum

 

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Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg(at)servtech(dot)com.

 

 

May 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - May 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

May 2002

 

Calendar of Events:

   If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

5/24-27 Axes & Ales IV (Sterlynge Vayle)

5/31-6/2 Sylvan Crusade (kingdom level)

6/1 Baronial Champs (Thescorre)

6/7-9 Melee Madness in the Meadow (Endless Hills)

6/7-9 War and Schola (Barren Sands, Daretown, NJ)

6/14-16 Myrkfaelinn Summer War Practice (Myrkfaelinn)

6/15 Æthelmearc Academy (Port Oasis)

6/22 Baronial Birthday and Champs (Debatable Lands)

6/22 Pre-Pennsic Archery War camp (Concordia, Voorheesville, NY)

6/29-30 The Hunt (Stormsport)

 

 

Axes & Ales IV

   LET THE WORD GO FORTH that the Soggy Dragons of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle, once again will host a wondrous weekend of martial and peaceful activities at Axes and Ales IV, May 24-26, A.S. XXXVII (2002 Gregorian). [PLEASE NOTE this is a month later than is the Dragons' custom because of construction at the site.]

 

   The site opens officially at 5:00 PM, Friday evening, May 24th, and will close at 1:00 PM Sunday afternoon, May 26th. Camping  is free (first come, first served) and crash space is available in the Hall.

 

   Saturday promises a full schedule with something for everyone. Did we say this is Axes and Ales? We did and there will be the Traditional Axes and Ales Tourney run by THL Cynwulf Rendell, AEthelmearc's Thrown Weapons Marshall. This Tourney will be followed by the AEthelmearc Kingdom Thrown Weapons Championship Tourney, in the presence of Their Sylvan Majesties, James and Elina, and run by Master Charles of Alden, reigning Kingdom Champion. Master Charles promises a rigorous time for all challengers as befits the high caliber of AEthelmearc's throwers.

 

   Did you say you don't throw? Your Lord doesn't! You ask what other martial choices will there be? Well, we can tell you there'll be rattan. Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>, Captain of the Most Noble Company of the White Swan tells us The Companions of the Company of the White Swan do henceforth wish it to be known that there shall be a noble Deed of Arms at the event known as Axes and Ales IV. And at that Deed of Arms there shall be noble and rich prizes given by the ladies and damsels. For the best, bravest entry, that is to say for the splendor of their array and retinue, and the nobility of their bearing within the lists, there shall be given a chain maille coif and a dozen roses. As is the ancient custom and to better please the ladies, the Company asks that you outfit yourself with all that pertains to noble Deeds of Arms. This being appropriate harness, with crest and coat of arms. Moreover, those who wish to take part in the deed of arms should come to the helm show beforehand. Display your crest, achievement, banner, or at least your shield painted with your arms. For more on how to prepare yourself for a tournament visit the Company of the White Swan web page.

 

   His Grace, Duke Sir Morghun Sheridan has consented to devise and run a Fencing Tourney. If the weather cooperates, there may  even be targets and Marshals available for the archers.

 

    If challenges martial do not interest you, there will be classes available in the main hall. And, should you wish to teach, please contact Lady George Anne. Classes relating to alcohol are preferred.

 

Children's activities, including crafts, explorations and games are being directed by Lady Siusann of Thornetoon, Chancellor Minor.

 

   Schedules and Waivers will be at Troll. Merchants are welcome and encouraged, your only fee will be a donation for a Silent Auction to benefit the AEstel. You must provide your own tables and shelter as the Hall is too small to accommodate. After events martial and brewing and the Court of their Sylvan Majesties wherein their Thrown Weapons Champion receives the ceremonial axe, a splendid Feast for 120 lucky gentles prepared under the direction of Dame Aoife Finn of Ynys Mon, will be served forth.

 

   Following dinner, those still standing may take what pleasure they may in dance, revels, songs and assorted frivolity as the Soggy Dragons' host their infamous Mead Slam.

 

   The location of all this fun is the Damp Dragon Inn located at Camp SERTOMA, Johnson (no number listed) Road, Kirkwood, NY. The site is discretely Damp (period containers please, and you must remove all empties from site). Open flames are permitted at Feast.

 

   Cost: Onboard: $13.00 (includes Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Lunch Saturday, and Feast); OffBoard: $7.00. Children 6 to 12 are half price and Babes up to age 6 are free (if they will need a seat in the Feast Hall please let us know). Maximum charge per family will be capped at $40.00. Since the only real Reservation is a PAID Reservation, you may request the mailing address of Deirdre the Hidden, Exchequer and Reservationist, by e-mail.

 

   Questions can be directed to Co-Autocrats: Lady Briant Huntingdon (mka Deb Gorton) at ladybriant(at)yahoo(dot)com  , or Lord Malcolm fitzWilliam (mka Gerry Hough at gerryhough(at)yahoo(dot)com )

 

   Directions: After finding your best route to the Southern Tier Expressway, also known as NYS 17 or I-81; then make your way to Exit 76 and at the end of the ramp, follow the SCA signs to the gates of Camp Sertoma.

 

 

Senescal's Ramblings:

Greetings and Salutations to the Vayle,

   I would like to start by graciously thanking every one in the Vayle for your patience during this transitional period. As I am sure some of you may have noticed I missed the dead line for last months Dragon's Tongue. I would like to apologize to all the Good Gentles of the Shire, and to thank Lady George, profusely I might add, for being so gracious as to fill in for me. My semester at school is over, and I am not likely to be as distracted from this day forward. I am still likely to blunder from time to time, please feel free to make suggestions as to how I may possibly improve. I hope I can live up to your expectations. I will certainly attempt to be as good a Seneschal as Lady George has been. I am sure every day will be a learning experience for us all.

   As we all know, Axes & Ales is right around the corner. As I understand there are still plenty of jobs for those who wish to volunteer. Kitchen help is never turned down, and we still need more people to sit troll, setup and breakdown and let us not forget, cleanup. Our wonderful Autocrats, Lady Briant, and Lord Malcolum fizWillelm have put much time and effort into making this the wonderful event that we have all come to enjoy. I hope we can all pitch in to assist in every way possible.

   One of our fighters, Liam  Ingles (Chad Kilmer), has been kind enough to offer his service in becoming a Martial for a Youth Fighting group here in the Vayle. I am sure he is studying the manual diligently at this very moment. We have between 4 and 6 children who, with their parents, are very excited at the news. Anyone with a child between the ages of 10 and 17, who is interested in fighting, can contact me for a copy of the Youth Academy Manual and more information on when this venture will begin in earnest.

 

Siobhan, (formerly Rhiannon)

 

 

Pennsic Registration

   Once again, the blessed Lady Keran Roslin will be our land agent for Pennsic. Should you wish to camp with the shire, please use the phrase "The Shires of Barren Sands & Sterlynge Vayle" for your group registration information. Also, please contact Keran to let her know how many you registered, and your tent footprint. Volunteers are also sought to help with laying of the grid and other grunt work for Land Grab.

 

An apology

This newsletter is not up to my usual standard. I have not been feeling well lately, and have not put forth my usual standard of effort.

 

A word about Sertoma

   Construction IS occurring on the site. There are ditches and piles of construction supplies. Please be very careful with small children, animals, and drunks. Choose your campsite with caution.

 

Contributions wanted:

   This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg(at)servtech(DOT)com.

 

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

April 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - April 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

April 2002

 

Calendar of Events:

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

4/20 Concoction of Cooks (Myrfaelinn)

4/20 SCA - The Musical (Heronter)

4/24-28 Blackstone Raids (Blackstone Mountain)

4/27 A Shoote Beyond the Wildwoode (Delftwood)

4/27 Music & Dance Collegium (Debatable Lands)

4/26-28 EK Spring War Practice (Owl's Rest, Etters, PA)

4/27 Spring Schola (Settmour Swamp, Blairstown, NJ)

5/3-5 Will's Revenge (Abhain Ciach Glais)

5/11 Spring Crown Tourney (Coppertree)

5/17-19 Æthelmearc War Practice (Stelton Wald/BMDL)

5/24-27 Axes & Ales IV (Sterlynge Vayle)

5/31-6/2 Sylvan Crusade (kingdom level)

6/1 Baronial Champs (Thescorre)

6/7-9 Melee Madness in the Meadow (Endless Hills)

6/7-9 War and Schola (Barren Sands, Daretown, NJ)

6/14-16 Myrkfaelinn Summer War Practice (Myrkfaelinn)

6/15 Æthelmearc Academy (Port Oasis)

6/22 Baronial Birthday and Champs (Debatable Lands)

6/22 Pre-Pennsic Archery War camp (Concordia, Voorheesville, NY)

6/29-30 The Hunt (Stormsport)

 

 

 

Axes & Ales IV

LET THE WORD GO FORTH that the Soggy Dragons of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle, once again will host a wondrous weekend of martial and peaceful activities at Axes and Ales IV, May 24-26, A.S. XXXVII (2002 Gregorian). 

[PLEASE NOTE this is a month later than is the Dragons' custom because of construction at the site.]

 

   The site opens officially at 5:00 PM, Friday evening, May 24th, and will close at 1:00 PM Sunday afternoon, May 26th. Camping is free (first come, first served) and crash space is available in the Hall. Saturday promises a full schedule with something for everyone. Did we say this is Axes and Ales? We did and there will be the Traditional Axes and Ales Tourney run by THL Cynwulf Rendell, AEthelmearc's Thrown Weapons Marshall. This Tourney will be followed by the AEthelmearc Kingdom Thrown Weapons Championship Tourney, in the presence of Their Sylvan Majesties, James and Elina, and run by Master Charles of Alden, reigning Kingdom Champion. Master Charles promises a rigorous time for all challengers as befits the high caliber of AEthelmearc's throwers.

 

   Did you say you don't throw? Your Lord doesn't! You ask what other martial choices will there be? Well, we can tell you there'll be rattan. Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>, the Shire's Knight Marshall and Captain of the Most Noble Company of the White Swan tells us The Companions of the Company of the White Swan do henceforth wish it to be known that there shall be a noble Deed of Arms at the event known as Axes and Ales IV. And at that Deed of Arms there shall be noble and rich prizes given by the ladies and damsels. For the best, bravest entry, that is to say for the splendor of their array and retinue, and the nobility of their bearing within the lists, there shall be given a chain maille coif and a dozen roses. As is the ancient custom and to better please the ladies, the Company asks that you outfit yourself with all that pertains to noble Deeds of Arms. This being appropriate harness, with crest and coat of arms. Moreover, those who wish to take part in the deed of arms should come to the helm show beforehand. Display your crest, achievement, banner, or at least your shield painted with your arms. For more on how to prepare yourself for a tournament visit the Company of the White Swan web page.

 

   His Grace, Duke Sir Morghun Sheridan has consented to devise and run a Fencing Tourney. If the weather cooperates, there may even be targets and Marshals available for the archers. 

 

   If challenges martial do not interest you, there will be classes available in the main hall. And, should you wish to teach, please contact Lady George Anne,  thegeorg(AT)stny(dot)rr(dot).com. Classes relating to alcohol are preferred.

 

   Children's activities, including crafts, explorations and games are being directed by Lady Siusann of Thornetoon, Chancellor Minor. Schedules and Waivers will  be at Troll.

   

   Merchants are welcome and encouraged, your only fee will be a donation for a Silent Auction to benefit the AEstel. You must provide your own tables and  shelter as the Hall is too small to accommodate. 

 

   After events martial and brewing and the Court of their Sylvan Majesties wherein their Thrown Weapons Champion receives the ceremonial axe, a splendid Feast for 120 lucky gentles prepared under the direction of Dame Aoife Finn of Ynys Mon, will be served forth. 

 

   Following dinner, those still standing may take what pleasure they may in dance, revels, songs and assorted frivolity as the Soggy Dragons' host their infamous Mead Slam. 

 

   The location of all this fun is the Damp Dragon Inn located at Camp SERTOMA, Johnson (no number listed) Road, Kirkwood, NY. The site is discretely Damp (period containers please, and you must remove all empties from site). Open flames are permitted at Feast.

 

   Cost: Onboard: $13.00 (includes Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Lunch Saturday, and Feast); OffBoard: $7.00. Children 6 to 12 are half price and Babes up to age 6 are free (if they will need a seat in the Feast Hall please let us know). Maximum charge per family will be capped at $40.00. Since the only real Reservation is a PAID Reservation, you may send your reservations to Deirdre, the Hidden, Exchequer and Reservationist, C/O Edie Burch, 20 W. Beecher Hill Rd. Owego, NY 13827. Please list both SCAdian and mundane names, address, and a telephone number or e-mail address so we may contact you if there questions.

 

   Questions can be directed to Co-Autocrats: Lady Briant Huntingdon (mka Deb Gorton) at ladybriant(at)yahoo(dot)com  , or Lord Malcolm fitzWilliam (mka Gerry Hough at gerryhough(at)yahoo(dot)com  or 607-771-0534 - please no calls after 9:00 PM.

 

Directions: After finding your best route to the Southern Tier Expressway, also known as NYS 17 or I-81; then make your way to Exit 76 and at the end of the  ramp, follow the SCA signs to the gates of Camp Sertoma. 

 

 

Good Gentles, 

   At Axes & Ales IV, we will shortly host many guests who will come to us to enjoy a great day of varied activities. It is our job to give them an event to remember. As hosts for A & A, we will be on display. Remember that grace and courtesy are as always the hallmarks of the best of the SCA. We all need to work together to make this a great event. Even if you only have a few minutes to help set up before in the days before the event, work at Troll, run errands, wash dishes or clean up on Sunday, your help is needed and valuable. As always, if you have newcomers or need the Chatelaine's help please contact me and it will be my honor to assist you. 

 

Yours in Service,

Lady Keran Roslin

Chatelaine

 

 

Pennsic Registration

Once again, the blessed Lady Keran Roslin will be our land agent for Pennsic. Should you wish to camp with the shire, please use the phrase "The Shires of Barren Sands & Sterlynge Vayle" for your group registration information. Also, please contact Keran to let her know how many you registered, and your tent footprint. Volunteers are also sought to help with laying of the grid and other grunt work for Land Grab.

 

 

 

Research Resource

   A recent press release from The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), in association with the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC), announces that they will be making abstracts of art and archeology technical abstracts available in a searchable database online. This service should be available June 8, 2002. AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature (http://www.getty.edu/conservation) will offer all 36 volumes of Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts and its predecessor, IIC Abstracts, published between 1955 and the present. By year's end, abstracts from the 20 AATA special supplements and almost 2,000 abstracts published between 1932 and 1955 by the Fogg Art Museum and the Freer Gallery of Art will be included as well.

   After registering, users can search with explained standard categories or more traditional search engine style. This service should be updated quarterly. It should be a fantastic research resource for SCAdians and other educators.

 

 

 

Pomp and Circumstance

Oyez, Oyez news on the Heraldic Front for the Soggy Dragons. Lady Keran Roslin, your smiling Chatelaine finally has a registered name and approved arms. Vivats to Keran!!! Lady George Anne, whose name was registered in February, AS 34 (Gregorian 2000) has replacement arms in AEthelmearc's External Letter of Intent that went to Laurel King of Arms for final approval in late December. Lady Briant Huntingdon has both name and arms in that same External Letter. If Laurel maintains the review schedule, we should have returns on these submissions in late June - early July.

   In AEthelmearc's current Internal Letter of Review, there are five submissions from the Vayle. Daffyd has name, arms and a badge in this letter. His Lady Fair, Natalya has name and arms. I expect to have completed research and documentation on both my name and arms submitted to Garnet Herald before the next issue of the Dragon's Tongue comes out. I'll let you know if I make it.

   Now if you are interested in registering your name and designing a set of arms, I'm available for consultation at most A&S Meetings, and I plan on being at most Fight Practices to help you get started.

 

See you there.

+ Malcolum

In Personae

PERSONA: Malcolum Willelm or Malcolumus Willelmi Malcolum is Anglo-Norman and for the period an elderly "Fideles" of Henry "Curtmantel". Henry, as the eldest son of Matilda Henrici and Geoffrey Le Bel, is Duke of Normandy and heir to the English crown of his grandfather, now that his mother, the Empress Matilda has resigned her claim. Henry will become king when his cousin, Stephen, Count of Blois dies. Henry is Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou by virtue of his marriage to Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine and Countess of Poitou. Henry became Count of Anjou with the death of his father, Count Geoffrey Le Bel. Malcolum and family are living in exile in AEthelmearc, because of the dangers of living in England and will remain here until that time when Henry has acceded to  England's throne.

   Malcolum is the fourth son of Willelm le "Grossteste", himself a younger son and AElgifu Maelcolumi. His father was a Fideles first of King William II "Rufous" and later of King Henry I." Beauclerc". His mother was a waiting woman, who accompanied Queen Matilda to the Court. Her father was a Scot and Malcolum is named for him. Being a much younger son, at the age of seven, Malcolum's father sent him to his great uncle, the Abbot Henry of the family's Abbey dedicated to Stes. Pusel and Laminas in Norfolk to be educated and dedicated to God as a monk. Malcolum remained at the Abbey until he was fifteen and his great uncle learned he did not have the right temperament for the cloistered life. Great uncle Henry sent Malcolum to his uncle John, Archdeacon of Liseaux. John had been sent away from the Abbey, for the same reasons 20 years earlier. Malcolum and Uncle John understood each other perfectly and got along well. John decided to take Malcolum with him to Outremer as a man-at-arms and had him trained as an archer.

~ Stay Tuned for More ~

 

 

 

What is Your Obsession?

   Are you a fabraholic? Do you need to own every book on your favorite subject? Do you own every style of elbow? Do you dress for Authenticity? Are you in search of the perfect whatchmacallit for your persona? What's your area of expertise? Write an article and tell us about it.

 

Making beer and wine

So, you want to make beer? You want to wash some wine bottles and help me bottle wine? Come to A&S at Georg's house this Sunday at 5! Take notes, so you can make your own. We'll also decide this Sunday what to make on the following Sundays.

 

   This is a three part series. Part 2 is 4/21, where we'll rack the beer we made and either start a mead or a wine. Part 3 is 5/5 (Pascha Easter) and we'll bottle the beer, and start whatever we didn't start last time. Bottle washing will happen all three days, and hopefully, we can bottle a batch or three all three days. I have 10 carboys that need to be bottled. And of course, there will be samples shared!

 

Note: We have the right to refuse to serve anyone we wish. I am violently allergic to perfume, so please don't wear any. All smoking will be done outside (and even my sweetie follows this rule). We have a dog that nips at the back of ankles, so wear good shoes. We also have four cats.

 

How to get to my house, since it's been a while since y'all came: E-mail thegeorg(at)stny(dot)rr(dot)com for directions.

* Well, ok, the first Sunday already happened before this newsletter went to print. We made a heather ale. I'll try to have the recipe printed out and included in the A&A IV program. I have enough supplies to make one more small batch of beer or a braggot, but I will need commitment from folks who wish to see the beer being made- therefore please contact me if you want to watch and learn with dates that you can make. Or, I can give you a list of supplies that you ought to order, and I'll come to your house to help you get started. Next week, we'll make a gallon of fruit mead, based on whatever fruit I find on sale at Sams, and that's what Briant and Kseniya expressed an interest.

 

Fighter Practice

Vlot would like to announce weekly fighter practice at his home on Thursday nights, weather permitting, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. If the weather is bad, there is usually a coffee clutch or something similar where folks gather to discuss, occasionally repair &/or create arms and armor. Send an e-mail for directions.

 

 

 

Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg(at)servtech(dot)com

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Costs are currently absorbed by the shire. Electronic subscriptions are preferred.

 

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg(at)servtech(dot)com.

 

 

March 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - March 2002

The Dragon's Tongue

March 2002

 

Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Subscription rate is currently $1 per issue.

 

Calendar of Events:

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

3/16 Gulf Wars

3/23 Return of the Three Bears (Stormsport)

4/4 Spring Coronation (Endless Hills)

4/6-7 Demo at Maple Syrup Festival (Canton of Stelton Wald)

5/3-5 Will's Revenge (Abhain Ciach Glais)

5/11 Spring Crown Tourney (Coppertree)

5/17-19 Æthelmearc War Practice (Stelton Wald/BMDL)

5/24-27 Axes & Ales IV (Sterlynge Vayle)

5/31-6/2 Sylvan Crusade (kingdom level)

 

 

 

Seneschal's Ramblings:

   After the business meeting and election of officers, it is my pleasure to state this is probably the last time I shall be writing these ramblings, and Rhiannon/Joan shall be wrting them from henceforth.

   When I took over the shire, Eanraig the Bonesetter handed me the Seneschal's Handbook and said, "Here is the new guidebook. If you do have the things in this book, you'll be a better seneschal than most of the seneschals I've ever known." I like to think I've done closer to 90% of what was in that book. (That book is now in its second edition, and was first released as Eanraig stepped down) The shire has grown a great deal in numbers of dependable volunteers, and I'm damn proud of you all. We would not be a strong shire like we are today without you.

   Please do what you can to help continue our shire's growth- local activity always means less drives, more friends, and to me, more  fun. I certainly never wish to return to the old days of barely legally existing as a shire, and usually on the wrong side of the line.

   I am happy about stepping aside. Too many people outside the shire and in equate me with the Shire. I am NOT the Shire, and I am confident that the shire will continue to grow without my overseeing all details. I have been feeling burned out of late, and it is a good thing for me to be free to enjoy other things more, as well as focus more on what I love about the SCA, instead of continuing to do what must be done, because nobody else will.

   Start planning now your role in Axes and Ales IV! This event will happen Memorial Day weekend. Please volunteer now! We will love you for it.

 

Yours in service,

George

 

 

 

Business Meeting Notes

Meeting of March 3, 2002, AS 36.

Held at Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> of the Vayle's home in Johnson City

 

Winter demo with the Girl Scouts was a huge success. We have even garnered new members, in addition to a cheaper larger site for A&A 5. The check was signed, paperwork filed, and the contract & check will be handed over to the GS ASAP.

 

Shire Sheetwall: <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> has received the goods, and is continuing coordination with Keran concerning this.

 

Armor: Robinson had the armor in his car. When it is delivered to the Knight Marshall, a further post to the e-list should be made.

 

Words were given to George to create the apology letter to Jo. It will be made by next weeks's meeting, and shall be taken to all shire meetings for as many signatures as possible.

 

It was decided that the Shire will foot the bill for photocopying and mailing of the shire newsletters. If you would like a paper copy of the shire newsletter, or to be put on the electronic submission list, please contact George ASAP. Obviously, electronic subcriptions are encouraged. Paper copies will still be given to all those who ask. Submissions gratefully accepted in any format, included scribbled on napkins.

 

Axes & Ales IV is progressing on schedule. <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> & the Company of the White Swan will handle the heavy weapons tourney. Charles of Alden and Cynwulf Rendel will handle Thrown Weapons (including TRM TW Championship). Duke Sir Morgan will  handle the fencing tourney. Dame Aoife will handle the cooking. George will handle the booze. Edie will be the reservationist. Please volunteer early and often to assist. We will need folks to run troll, herald, kitchen help, set up and clean up. We cannot run this event without your assistance. Briant and Malcolum are co-autocrats. Please volunteer an hour or two of your time at least to these wonderful people. That way, no one feels that they carried the event on their shoulders, and we ALL have fun.

 

Axes & Ales V has a site and a cook- Murdoch Bayne is delighted to come cook for us. If you would like to be in charge of any of the activities, speak up now. Start making plans now. Again, Briant is in charge. We love her for this- let's make it easy by volunteering.

 

We have decided to host a schola again with the church in early November. This is almost a sacred tradition with us- it will be the fourth year for a Sterlynge Schola. <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> has volunteered to be autocrat. Should you wish to offer your talent, please step forward.

As for the officer elections, the new officers are as follows, and I thank them for their willingness to step forward and make the Shire what it is:

Chancellor Minor: Lady Suisan of Thorntoon

Chirugeon: Lady Suzanne the Pure

Fencing Marshall: Lord Vacant

TW Marshal: Lady Vacant

Webminister: Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> of the Vayle

Chronicler: Lady George Anne

Arts & Science: Kseniya the Mad

Chatellaine: Lady Keran Roslin

Herald: Lord Malcolum fitzWilliam

Knight Marshall: Mad Lord Vlat Kohout

Seneschal: Rhiannon Thomas

 

I have agreed to stay on as deputy seneschal to help Rhiannon learn the office. Note also that Deirdre the Hidden is still Exchequer, as this office and the office of seneschal are two year terms, ending on alternating years.

 

Respectfully submitted,

George Anne

 

 

 

Pennsic Registration

   Once again, the blessed Lady Keran Roslin will be our land agent for Pennsic. Should you wish to camp with the shire, please use the phrase "The Shires of Barren Sands & Sterlynge Vayle" for your group registration information. Also, please contact Keran to let her know how many you registered, and your tent footprint.

 

Research Resource

Need Information? Find it difficult to find helpful magazine articles? Try http://www.findarticles.com  which includes 300 full text magazine/journal titles, including History Today.

Looking for historical info? Browse here. Historical Text Archive http://historicaltextarchive.com/links.php

This history Web site offers articles, books, maps, and photographs on various subject categories, including genealogy, history, religion, etc. It provides information on individual countries and has over 5,000 related links in its database.

 

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Contributions wanted:

This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg(at)servtech(dot)com.

 

February 2002


The Dragon's Tongue - February 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

February 2002

 

 

Calendar of Events:

    If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

2/9 Feast of the 7 Deadly Sins (Delftwood)

2/16 Fourth Baronial Birthday (Endless Hills)

2/16 Estrella War

2/22-24 Tournament of the White Hart (Port Oasis)

3/2 Ice Dragon (Rhydderich Hael)

3/16 Gulf Wars

3/23 Return of the Three Bears (Stormsport)

4/4 Spring Coronation (Endless Hills)

4/6-7 Demo at Maple Syrup Festival (Canton of Stelton Wald)

5/3-5 Will's Revenge (Abhain Ciach Glais)

5/11 Spring Crown Tourney (Coppertree)

5/17-19 Æthelmearc War Practice (Stelton Wald/BMDL)

5/24-27 Axes & Ales IV (Sterlynge Vayle)

5/31-6/2 Sylvan Crusade (kingdom level)

 

 

 

Seneschal's Ramblings

 

   The Girl Scout Demo DID happen, and was a great success. Thank you to Briant for the effort involved in organizing it. Thank you Deirdre, Malcolum, Keran & Murdoch for teaching. Thank you Cheri, <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>, Anton, Anton's lady Nina (and I hope I got her name right), Marcus, and Nora for all of your efforts as well. The Girl Scouts all adored us and many of the girls are already talking about next year. This demo will give us a huge discount on this lovely site for Axes and Ales V. If we do agree to help with a Girl Scout event next year, I think we are all agreed not to conflict with Three Ravens. It is far more exhausting to teach the same subject all day, than to teach a variety and take a few lessons as well.

   The next Shire Business meeting is fast approaching. It should be held March 3 at 5pm, and unless published elsewhere on the e-list, it will be at <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST>'s home. Feel free to call me to confirm this, as the date approaches.

   Start planning now your role in Axes and Ales IV! This event will happen Memorial Day weekend. Please volunteer now! We will love you for it.

 

Yours in service,

George

 

 

 

New Order Name Reviewed by Laurel

 

   The Order of the White Horn is the proposed name for the OHM for Martial Specialities (equestrian, combat archery, thrown weapons, etc). This is the new name for the Order of the Caltrop. The name and the badge (Fieldless, a hunting horn argent) is under consideration with the College of Arms at the present time, and we hope to have a final decision within a few months.

   This is a Grant of Arms level award in martial activities, above the Golden Alce. Those who have this award are THL, the honorable lord/lady, or their ladyship/lordship.

  

 

 

A Biographical Bedtime Story for the Gentles of Sterlynge Vayle

 

   Once upon a time, Svea the Short-Sighted (K. R.'s college roomie & best buddy) discovered the SCA. She made Viking garb, cooked and went to the 

meetings of the new Shire of Barren Sands (so named because during the Middle Ages that's all there was in that area of N. J.) There she met many great people and made some very good friends. Svea decided that her friend and former college roomie should do this medieval thing.

   Once upon a summer time many, many moons ago, while K. R. & Svea were on vacation, Svea took K. R. to Pennsic. They paid & in the parking lot, which was at that time on the Serengetti, Svea told K. R. to - "Put this on." K. R. asked "Why?" Svea said, "Because you can't get in without a costume." K. R. was not happy. There was no Food Court. There were no water machines.

   She was hot & wearing dark colored clothes intended for a woman who was 5 ft. 9. (K. R. is 5 ft. 2 on her tallest days.) K. R. was also very confused. The first gentle she saw was a guy wearing a gray piece of leather, a string, and a smile. Hmmmm. "What sort of place was this?" Svea & K. R. went to the Barren Sands camp where everything that everyone said was totally incomprehensible, except the words of the lady in armor. She just wanted to be unbuckled. K. R. could manage that first act of SCAdian service.

   Svea & K. R. found shopping, only 3 streets then & it was "Good." Cheap fabric & neat jewelry! Svea & K. R. went back to the motel at day's end & K. R. thought that her SCAdian experiences were over. Svea for years dragged an often complaining K. R. to various demos, shire meetings and Pennsics. K. R. made bad garb & Svea was no help as she was increasingly interested in Elizabethan. There was no internet to help and K. R. knew she did not want to wear a ruff & bum roll in 100 degree heat.

   One summer, Lady Svea took K. R. to an East Kingdom University and K. R. discovered classes. Happy K. R., who soon had been to more Pennsics (great shopping), meetings (good food) and demos (canned speech taught to her by the B. S. demo coordinator) than most members. K. R, in mundane clothes, once went to tour the ship "Golden Hind" with 5 SCAdians in full Elizabethan garb. A mundane woman wanted to know if K. R. was "their keeper?" Hmmm. (K. R. went to college in the 1960s. She has worn stranger things to Mickey D's!) [Pics will NOT be forthcoming!]

   One Pennsic while camped in the Elflands, K. R. & Svea met and fed Lord Frederick MacGregor. (See George Guba for that story.) Eventually one fateful Pennsic, K. R. went to Russian garb class & saw a little bitty pic of a lady in Armenian garb. Hmmm. Liked that! Did not want to wear European garb in hot weather and hated to transport Lady Svea's #*#*! hooped petticoats. K. R.'s skin does not like the sun and she complained lots less when she was attired properly. Happy, happy, joy, joy! Pennsics were changing. There was a big Food Court by then and many more merchants and classes. Lady Svea's and K. R.'s vehicles got bigger. They got more camping stuff.

   K. R. did research & went to Pennsics. She started wearing those funny hats and veils. The "walking wall of fabric" look appeared. At Lady Svea's, one day K. R. was reading the Pikestaff (East Kingdom newsletter) & discovered a Shire which met in Endwell, NY. Hmmmm. K. R. called & went to meetings of the Shire of Sterlynge Vayle. There she met Lady George, Lord Jakys, Lord Malcolum, Lady Suisanne, Lord <NAME REMOVED BY REQUEST> & many other friends.

   K. R. volunteered to be Chatelaine because no one should do the SCA the way she started. Someone should always be there to help and to explain what's happening. One year, Lady Svea & K. R. did the Land Grab for Barren Sands, where K. R. also has many friends. Barren Sands said sure Lady Georg & Lord Jakys could camp with them. Why not? Now K. R. does the Land Grab and last summer there were many gentles from Sterlynge Vayle and Barren Sands in camp.

   Sewing, teaching and painting scrolls have happily made K. R a very busy SCAdian. Kind Royals have honored K. R. with arms, a Sycamore and a Cornelian. Sterlynge Vayle and our glorious Sylvan Kingdom have given her many hours of fun.

   Hopefully this little story has amused you and everyone will live happily ever after.

 

Yours,

Lady Keran Roslin

 

 

 

Dear Towanda

 

Dear Towanda,

Someone told me that you are no longer playing and that someone else makes up these letters for filler. How can this be true? How can anyone write with the wonderful spunk and true perkiness that is you?

-Disillusioned in Delftwood

 

Dear Disillusioned,

I have bad news for you. The Easter bunny only lays eggs on those Cadbury commercials. Send me some chocolates, and I promise I'll watch them and find out if George eats them instead of me. Truly, no one else is able to emulate my goddess self, as only I can be all that is perky, flirtatious and beautiful. All men throw themselves at my feet daily, much to the annoyance of my beloved and patient John. Although… George does get awfully creative when she needs a few paragraphs for filler, and I truly don't mind.

 

The Amazonian Jungle Temptress,

Towanda

 

 

 

Contributions wanted:

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Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Subscription rate is currently $1 per issue.

 

 

January 2002

The Dragon's Tongue - January 2002

 

The Dragon's Tongue

January 2002

 

 

 

Calendar of Events:

If you would like more information about the following events, please contact the Chatelaine. She will also help you arrange carpools if others are attending, feast gear, loaner garb, etc.

 

1/19 Baronial 12th Night (BMDL)

1/26 al-hafla (Nithgaard)

1/26 Snowball Fight (Beau Fleuve)

2/2 College of Three Ravens (Thescorre)

2/2 Winter Demo with Girl Scouts at Camp Amahami ??

2/9 Feast of the 7 Deadly Sins (Delftwood)

2/16 Fourth Baronial Birthday (Endless Hills)

2/16 Estrella War

2/22-24 Tournament of the White Hart (Port Oasis)

3/2 Ice Dragon (Rhydderich Hael)

3/16 Gulf Wars

3/23 Return of the Three Bears (Stormsport)

4/4 Spring Coronation (Endless Hills)

4/6-7 Demo at Maple Syrup Festival (Canton of Stelton Wald)

5/3-5 Will's Revenge (Abhain Ciach Glais)

5/11 Spring Crown Tourney (Coppertree)

5/17-19 Æthelmearc War Practice (Stelton Wald/BMDL)

5/24-27 Axes & Ales IV (Sterlynge Vayle)

5/31-6/2 Sylvan Crusade (kingdom level)

 

 

 

Seneschal's Ramblings:

 

   While the Yule fire burns down, we still have time for scholas and learning. Do come to our A&S meetings and share and enjoy. If  there is a subject you wish to learn, please contact our new A&S officer Kseniya, and ask for help arranging lessons. No subject is  too obscure to not ask for help!

   What happened to our former A&S officer, I hear you cry. Congratulations to Briant for receiving a wonderful job opportunity in Elmira! While she will be seriously missed, and her offices vacated, she has still agreed to help with Axes & Ales as autocrat, and will continue to be our liaison with the Girl Scouts. She will not be far away, but she will no longer live within our borders.

   Speaking of the Girl Scouts, the Winter Demo is now in doubt. They have not been returning phone calls to Briant to finalize  plans, and we will not be able to have the demo if trends continue. Keep an eye on our electronic list, or call me if you have other questions as the date nears. I have left the announcement intact here, as this may yet still go forward.

   Start planning now your role in Axes and Ales IV! This event will happen Memorial Day weekend. Please volunteer now! We will love you for it.

 

Yours in service,

George

 

 

 

Winter Demo

 

On February 2nd the Girl Scouts are having a Medieval Themed "Winter Weekend". We have been asked to assist in this by providing classes for the girls. We really need a good number of people to do this demo, and add color to the site. The anticipated number of girls is 100, but we could get a few more, or a few less. If you would be willing to help, please contact Lady Briant. Donations of needed supplies are also appreciated. If you can think of any way we can get either a discount, or a donation of this stuff from area businesses, please let Briant know.

 

Calligraphy markers (at least 20)

calligraphic paper

fine brushes

assorted larger brushes

acrylics (or other paint depending upon medium)

white handkerchiefs or other medium (heraldry class)

distilled water

gouache (illumination)

pop caps

 

 

 

What's that Hat? A quick quide

 

Plain band less than an inch high: Award of Arms - Lord or Lady (but not limited to that in the kingdom of Æthelmearc)

 

Plain band an inch or more or with only one stone: Grant of Arms - THL, the honorable lord/lady or their ladyship, their lordship (but not limited to that in the kingdom of Æthelmearc)

 

Six points and or six pearls or six beads: Baron or Baroness, Their Excellency

 

One point: Viscount or Viscountess, Their Excellency (reigned at the Principality level, number of times doesn't matter)

 

More than 6 points: Viscount or Viscountess, Their Excellency (reigned at the Principality level, number of times doesn't matter)

 

Embattled- like the battlements of a castle and all square-like: Count, Countess, Earl, Their Excellency (King or Queen once)

 

Strawberry leaves, often with 4 points: Duke or Duchess, Their Grace (King or Queen more than once)

 

 

 

So You Have Allergies

 

   Welcome to the SCA! I would make a wild guess that more than 40% of us have some sort of allergies. These shouldn't hold you  back in your normal life, and therefore they should not hold you back in the Society either. There are some simple things that you can do that will help. Most of this is common sense. The rest is courtesy, on which our Society was founded.

 

Medication:

   Chirugeons are usually not doctors. They are not permitted to dispense medicine. Most chirugeons focus on first aid only. Please try to bring your own medication to events. If your medication requires refrigeration, you can write to the autocrat and request refrigeration space. If the site is too primitive to have a fridge, the autocrat will let you know and you can plan on bringing a cooler. Pennsic usually has a refrigerator available for medicine storage. Please make sure your medication is clearly labeled with what it is, dose, and your identification. While many local medical kits will carry Benadryl, aspirin, Tylenol, or Tums, there is no guarantee that anyone onsite will have any. I don't think there will be any local kit with a bee-sting kit. If you think it is possible that you will need it, bring it.

 

Food:

   There is a difference between food you don't like, and food that could kill you or violate your morals. Do not write the chef about food you don't like. I don't much like fish, but I won't write a chef to demand a fish free meal. If you are a vegetarian, do write the chef and request a few vegetarian options that cater to whatever level of vegetarian you happen to be. If you do not eat anything for religious reasons, like pork, do write and asked that all pork items be clearly labeled. If you are allergic to certain foods, do write the chef and explain how allergic you are. For example, I am violently allergic to roses. If I ingest roses, I get really light headed, and sometimes faint. I have a similar reaction when I smell roses. I can put up with sitting next to a dish that used rosewater as an ingredient - if the dish doesn't smell. So just the smell can have dire consequences. I have a friend who is so  violently allergic to chocolate that if you cut a slice of chocolate cake, and use the same knife to cut a vanilla cake afterwards, she'd still have amphylaltic shock if she was served the last piece cut. I  have another friend who can't tolerate wheat enough to eat bread, but can stand a little flour in the gravy. So try to explain how much can hurt you, and what can appear on the table with that ingredient and be safely ignored by you. Try to remember to write the chef if you plan on just eating lunch, and tell them you will only stay for lunch. I'm very bad at this myself. And as a result, I've had to sneak off and buy a lunch somewhere else, if there was nothing offered that looked like it could fit on my diet. 

   As a chef, please clearly label ingredients. Post menus with all ingredients well ahead of time so folks do not wonder what is in their food. While I have usually seen wonderful descriptions of what's in my dinner, the hosts sometimes forget to label the drinks, and worse, forget to label lunch. I grabbed a nice looking bun for my husband that looked visually like it had sausage in it off an unlabeled lunch table. He was very upset to find it had mushrooms instead. While not violently allergic to mushrooms, they do make him queasy for hours, so he avoids them. Even if folks haven't written to you as a chef, there will still be folks there with allergies, who are trusting their judgment to avoid what will discomfort them. So always label every food. Even the butters- it's nice to know if it's honey butter, garlic butter, or margarine. Once, our shire left a large bowl of sugar between the unsweetened ice tea and the hard boiled eggs. We really should have labeled it, because many, many folks sugared their eggs.

 

Perfume and smoking:

   I give this its own section, because it revolves around courtesy more than anything else. I'm violently allergic to perfume. And I'm not the only one who has trouble with it. I have been known to move myself upwind of smokers, incense, and perfume-laden folks. While some incense can add ambiance, I personally believe it should be seriously limited. I have asked folks to put out the incense if there was no way I could avoid smelling it. Do try to be aware of the folks who have difficulty with perfume or smoke, and please don't be offended if someone asks you to adjust yourself with the wind. 

 

 

 

Contributions wanted:

   This is your newsletter. Therefore any blank space is your fault. Have a research article you'd like to share? A poem, or story about a treasured SCA memory? Or anything vaguely related to our period of history or our shire? Now accepting artwork, as I have a scanner. Black and white only please, as it photocopies better. Send anything you'd like to see printed to thegeorg(at)stny(dot)rr(dot)com  or Georg Hawks, 519 Oak Hill Ave, Endicott, NY 13760.

 

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Note: This is not an official publication of the SCA, Inc., and does not reflect its policies, etc. If you would like your submissions to appear, please contact the Chronicler. Subscription rate is currently $1 per issue.