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    Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
    7:15 pm
    [gluckliche_eme]
    A Friendship Challenge
    Friendship Banner aaab

    Be the change you wish to see – take that first step and join the Kingdom of Atlantia in the Friendship Challenge that I presented to the Kingdom this spring. This challenge is meant to help strengthen and grow our Kingdoms, the Society, as well as us as individuals. Over the next year, I chall
    enge all of you to seek to build and strengthen: friendships, relationships between individuals, households, local groups, Kingdoms, and our Society as whole. Consider it a year of tending our garden to help the SCA grow and flourish together.

    Some ways to do this could be:
    1. Hosting joint meetings/fighter practices

    2. Opening up your home/hosting a SCA Social, A & S, Newcomers, or All (Social, A & S, & Newcomers all at the same time) Nights
    3. Inviting people to join you in your activity that appear to be alone at an event or meeting
    4. Introducing yourself to new people or people you don’t know very well
    5. Sharing your A & S or fighting talents by teaching them to others within the Kingdom
    6. Tell someone that you are thankful/grateful for something nice that they did
    7. Volunteer and offer to help at events or activities, even if it is not your household or local group is not hosting it
    8. Encourage others and help them along the way as they find their way through the SCA

    These are only a few ideas. I will promise you this right now, if you invite me to an activity, I will do my best to be a part of the event/activity. I will do my best over the next year to encourage and cultivate friendship and the growth of individuals and the SCA as a whole. Will you join me in this challenge? I hope so… nothing is fun without having friends by your side : )
    --
    Always Yours in Service and Friendship,

    Herrin Emeludt Hänsler (mka Emmie Smith)
    Southern Regional Deputy Chatelain, Kingdom of Atlantia
    Emergency Deputy Chatelain, Kingdom of Atlantia
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
    1:09 pm
    [girl_fawkes]
    Border Spat: Infestation October 19th
    Rumors of plague have been heard across the Known World! Their Excellencies of l’Ile du Dragon Dormant and of Skraeling Althing invite each Shire, Barony, Principality and Kingdom to send their best and brightest to join together in a festival of contests of skill and prowess. Rapier and heavy fighters will compete with their cunning and fortitude; artists and scientists will display their work and share their skills; all of the populace (including the children!) will compete for the favour of their Excellencies, that they may lend their support and patronage to the alchemists of our fair lands and determine whether Barony of l’Ile du Dragon Dormant of the East Kingdom or Barony of Skraeling Althing of the Kingdom of Eldormere has the greatest skills to rid our land of this mysterious plague. The Barony which succeeds in saving us from this blight will be feted as we join in a great feast at the close of our harvest festival. A hearty day board will be provided for all.

    Event Details Under CutCollapse )
    Please use the online form to register and to get the mailing address for mailing payment: http://goo.gl/7J0Kux

    Autocrat contact information:
    Caterina di Mori (MKA: Katharine Childs) greenstockings@gmail.com

    x-posted to sca_east, apologies to those who receive this message twice
    Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
    9:01 pm
    [gluckliche_eme]
    ISO Volunteers and/or Donated Supplies for the Known World Children's Fete
    Greetings!

    We are seeking the help of volunteers with this years Known World Children's Fete at Pennsic. The Fete will be on July 31, 2013 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Great Hall. Can you sing a song, dance a jig, paint a face, smile and laugh a lot, color a picture, have fun or any sort of other activities? Then we could use you.

    We are truly in need of individuals or groups that can offer their time to run and/or sponsor activities (arts and crafts, games, dancing, supplies, prizes, etc.). Some of the popular activities are:

    • Face painting
    • Fighters for foam sword play
    • Storytellers
    • Jugglers
    • Puppeteers

    We are also looking for volunteers to:

    • Assist with the sign-in for the children.
    • Persons to help endure the other volunteers are getting water and other refreshments
    • Fete security to ensure registration/sign-in and safety.
    • Assistance with set-up and/or break-down. (To assist with set-up, please be at the Fete by noon)

    For supplies, we are in the need of:

    · Facepaint

    · Foam swords

    · Paper towels

    · Dixie Cups


    You do not have to be there for the entire 3 hours... but any help you may offer would be greatly appreciated. The Fete is great fun. If you want action and excitement, this is the place for you!

    If you cannot physically volunteer at the Fete but you, your household, local group, Barony or kingdom would still like to help in some way... maybe sponsoring an activity will be the best way for you to assist us in having a wonderful Fete.

    Please continue to encourage and promote participation in the Children's Fete! If you will be at Pennsic, but you had not previously volunteered with the Children's Fete this year, we are asking you to please reconsider.

    Thank you for your time, effort and consideration in this matter and the fete as a whole! Please contact me offline if you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring and activity you may contact me. Herrin Emeludt Hansler, at eme.hansler@gmail.com

    THL Aine will be the Fete Coordinator on site, she may be reached at: youth@atlantia.sca.org and Duchess Brianna is the Sponsoring Rose, she may be reached at: brianna@roanwoulfe.com At Pennsic you may leave a message for THL Aine or Duchess Brianna at the Barony of Sacred Stone, Kingdom of Atlantia encampment.

    Lady Jacintha is assisting with coordinating all volunteers, she may be reached at: jacintha74@gmail.com At Pennsic you may leave a message for Lady Jacintha at the Barony of Highland Foorde, Kingdom of Atlantia encampment.


    Yours in Service,

    Herrin Emeludt Hansler
    Kingdom of Atlantia
    Friday, June 28th, 2013
    10:55 pm
    [dreadfulpenny00]
    SCA commercial
    This was posted on YouTube yesterday by Chuck Rainey, the Society Media Relations Officer. Credit for the video goes to Andy Keleman. I'm assuming that because the Media Relations Officer posted this personally, it's okay for use as promotional material for the SCA. Frankly, I'm pretty proud because of the fact it features the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and my future brother-in-law is in it! (He's the guy in the red tabard at 0:25!)

    Monday, June 10th, 2013
    12:19 pm
    [redstapler]
    Pennsic XLII Skateup!
    Hey SCA Livejournalers!

    Do you play roller derby? Will you be at Pennsic this year?

    THEN DO I HAVE A GROUP FOR YOU!

    The Sisterhood of the Four Axles (link goes to the FB group) is looking for people who will be at Pennsic who want to get some time on skates while they’re away from home.

    We are hoping to have an afternoon tea on one day, and go on our skate on another.

    Please be aware that we’ve been going on our skate on Wednesday afternoon, which can conflict with Fizzball. The benefit of this is that the rink we go to is free on Wednesdays. More information as we get it!

    Please reblog this!

    Hope to see you there!

    -Jilly Hitzinger
    Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
    2:56 pm
    [dreadfulpenny00]
    Scadian Music
    I want to put together a Scadian song book for my boyfriend (a squire) as a Christmas gift. Does anyone have any recommendations of popular songs (especially any that are particularly popular in Æthelmearc)?

    I'm also looking to learn how to play the recorder (or something similar, like a period flute) and maybe learn a couple of songs. Does anyone have any suggestions for a beginner?
    Monday, May 6th, 2013
    2:38 pm
    [akirashima]
    Egil's Bones
    http://www.viking.ucla.edu/Scientific_American/Egils_Bones.htm

    An Icelandic saga tells of a Viking who had unusual, menacing
    features, including a skull that could resist blows from an ax.
    He probably suffered from an ailment called Paget's disease

    by Jesse L. Byock
    Sunday, March 10th, 2013
    9:53 pm
    [medievalbooks]
    For those folks thinking of teaching at Pennsic :)
    If you have a list of those books that you will be
    recommending for your class, please join the following link and let us know.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Pennsicbookshops/?yguid=56429361

    Students come to the booksellers asking for specific books and it
    makes us very unhappy when we don't have the title. I am also trying to get hold
    of those booksellers that sell/will sell at Pennsic.

    Some of us sell used books, some sell new books. We all want to help students
    and teachers.

    We tried this for the past two years and it has been a success. I or the other
    booksellers, will be in contact with the individual teachers to let them know
    how many copies of a certain text we will be able to have on hand, when it gets
    closer to the date of Pennsic.

    Please don't send me private requests. I have a hard time keeping track of
    requests outside the yahoogroup created for this purpose. And I really do want
    to help folks in this regard. If, however, this is a problem...will see what I
    can do :)

    Thankyou
    Gwyneth
    The Haunted Bookshop
    Bookseller's Row
    Sunday, January 20th, 2013
    7:36 pm
    [isabelladangelo]
    Allergies and Feasts
    This is something I've been thinking about for a while and I know it's come up a few times recently. I'm not entirely sure where to post it so I figured I'd start here.

    I don't attend feasts due to my allergies because that would be cruel and unusual punishment for any cook. ;-) However, there are people with fewer food allergies that attend feasts. Given that, I know many cooks don't use period ingredients but I'm wondering how you choose what ingredients to use and how closely you read those ingredients? For instance, I can't have margarine because nearly all of them have buttermilk or milk in them and those that don't - vegan- have corn. Now, granted, someone like me with both allergies is a long shot but I do know of others that have a milk allergy in the SCA. I typically just use olive oil as a replacement for butter in any period recipes -as they did in period- but I know olive oil might be too expensive for a large feast.

    So, as a cook, how do you deal with the food allergy - ie, something that is not a choice (trust me, I'd happily eat cheesecake all day if the ending result was not the ER)- when creating a feast?
    Thursday, January 17th, 2013
    4:15 pm
    [elenbarathi]
    Update on Master James the Obscure
    Master James had his heart surgery (aortal valve replacement) on the morning of the 16th, and everything went fine. I talked to him on the phone today; he's sitting up, eating real food, and sounding cheery and coherent, though a bit hoarse from the respirator and sleepy from the pain meds. He says he is not having too much pain, and the nurses are being very good to him. ;-D

    We expect him home from the hospital on Jan. 28, and it looks like he will probably be fit to go to Kingdom A&S in March. Many thanks to all his friends for their good wishes!
    Saturday, January 12th, 2013
    11:53 am
    [witchofnovember]
    Gypsy Wagons and mobile cottages
    I am researching micro homes especially those built on trailers. Since most of these are custom built by the owner they can look like what ever tickles the builder's fancy. and my fancy runs to something that would look like a witch's cottage, farmer's croft or gypsy wagon.

    So, my question for autocrats and such is the disposition of trailer based on appearance or other factors like weight?
    Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
    10:30 am
    [elenbarathi]
    Awesome lecture series
    Passing this along from lobstermage, who writes:

    "So, everyone should watch this series of video lectures about the Early Middle Ages, courtesy of Yale Open Courseware:

    http://www.youtube.com/course?list=EC77A337915A76F660&feature=plcp

    ...because any professor who writes "We can haz plunder" on the blackboard before the start of a lecture about the barbarian kingdoms is totally worth listening to for 15+ hours of your life, amiright?"
    Thursday, November 29th, 2012
    12:38 am
    [wldrose]
    An 11th-century book by a revered Baghdad Muslim scholar turns out to be a tongue-in-cheek guide for party crashers, according to the researcher who translated the book into English.

    The tome was originally authored by al-Khatib al-Baghdadi, a well known scholar of the Prophet Mohammed's teachings.

    According to Emily Selove of the University of Manchester, who did the translation, he wrote the book to remind readers "that every serious minded person needs to take a break."

    Cut to save your friends pageCollapse )

    Selections from The Art of Party-Crashing
    in Medieval Iraq

    al-Khatib al-Baghdadi
    Translated from the Arabic and illustrated by Emily Selove


    (edited to put in an LJ cut  and add If you leave mean spirited  anonymous comments I will delete them)
    Friday, October 19th, 2012
    6:55 pm
    [wldrose]
    Bulk cooking
    Cooking for events falls in to two categorys I believe. One is period recipes that are as close to period as we can get, and the other is periodoid cook for a large group with as little as possible be glaringly modern.

    (truth be told I am much closer to the second myself)

    No matter what combination of the two you use cooking a feast the first few times can be scary. I have found that these army recipes are a great guide to figuring out how much of what to cook and for how long. They make 100 portions each but are easy to scale up or down. While none are period some of them like beef barly soup,  Gingerbread, or Honey Glazed duck and many others are easily peroidoid.

    You might want to keep this url for newer cooks to take a look at while they do research.

    http://www.quartermaster.army.mil/jccoe/publications/recipes/index/full_index.pdf

    (I know there are lots of great period recipes and many areas have books for large quanty cooking but more data cant hurt)

    Y.I.S. Ash Aka Ashley of Ashley, Clan Kilkenny, East
    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
    5:18 pm
    [the_nyctomancer]
    SCA in a webcomic
    http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20120221

    Every year "Least I Could Do" does a contest where a reader gets to go on a date with one of the cast, and this year the winner is a Scadian!

    Warning- Comic contains adult humor.
    Sunday, August 26th, 2012
    10:17 am
    [elenbarathi]
    Machiavelli in historical context
    Extremely insightful article on Machiavelli's political philosophies in the context of his life and times. at: http://exurbe.com/?p=1429
    Enjoy!
    Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
    11:44 pm
    [wldrose]
    OHhhh Arms and Armor
    Dressed to Kill, From Head to Toe
    Met Show Recalls Bashford Dean, Armor Curator

    The Metropolitan Museum began collecting arms and armor almost as soon as it began collecting paintings, and in many cases the donors were the same. The baronial impulse that drove rich Americans of the late 19th and early 20th centuries to hang old masters in the dining room also encouraged them to display suits of armor in the front hall. William Randolph Hearst, one of the most enthusiastic collectors, had an entire armory in his Riverside Drive penthouse: enough pikes, halberds, helms, hauberks, greaves, gauntlets, cuisses and cuirasses to outfit a crusade.

    Arms and armor officially became a department at the Met in 1912, and the museum is commemorating this centennial and the department’s founding curator with a small exhibition, “Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department,” that opened on Tuesday in the Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gallery.
    More of the storyCollapse )

    “Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department” runs through Sept. 29, 2013, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; (212) 535-7710, metmuseum.org.

    So come vist us in the Canton of Whyt Whey in the beautiful Crown Province of Ostgardr
    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
    4:00 am
    [tedeisenstein]
    I know some of you are medieval-music junkies, or know some MMJ's. And I believe some of you know I've acquired a few pre-17th-century books, some of which are musical in nature (e.g., Giovanelli's Novi [atque catholici] thesauri musici.) As far as I know, some of the music has never been published in modern editions, and I suspect (without much proof) that some of the music therein has never been recorded.

    The books I have have been digitized, thanks to a Nikon D300 digital camera, a fair amount of time, and tendonitis in the thumb that's pressed the shutter release way too often.

    I'm wondering if there's a good way to let medieval-music groups know that such a resource is available for their use and/or redaction and/or editing, translating, publishing, etc., etc., etc., without making me sound more like an idiot than I do now, posting this here. ("Hi. You don't know me, since I have absolutely no credentials in either the medieval music field or in performance. I happen to have these, like, really old books with, y'know, like, really old music that've been digitized. Wanna use them?" .....and the answer comes back, "Who is this idiot?") And then there's the problem that, as a non-medieval-music specialist, I don't know where to begin checking to see if I'm right in assuming no modern editions and/or no recordings.

    Any suggestions as to how to proceed? And how to persuade anyone that I do indeed have the books, that they are indeed digitized, and that I am willing to provide the images?


    ...and if anyone in the SCA knows of any groups wanting some really nice period music to sing at events....


    (Just to reassure all y'all here, I don't seem to have posted any good examples of what I have, but there is an indifferent set of images from Guidetti's Directorium Chori Ad Usum Omnium Ecclesiarum Cathedralium, & Collegiaturum here.)
    Sunday, July 29th, 2012
    2:08 pm
    [apryl_knight]
    Hedgie is Back!
    I just wanted to make an update. Hedgie, the official mascot of the Tulstin Troubadours, who went missing on the last day of Pennsic 2011, has finally made his way back home! Many thanks to Ken of the Lost for finding him and sending him back!

    http://www.facebook.com/HedgieOfTulstinTroubadours

    Current Mood: thankful
    Friday, July 13th, 2012
    9:18 pm
    [medievalbooks]
    Class at Pennsic
    Sauces and Mustards Roundtable 101.8/2/12 0:00 7:00 PM AS 10 and 8/6/12 0:00 7:00 PM AS 10
    My husband and I will be making up some small booklets with recipes that
    will be handed out in class for the attendees at Pennsic. Folks that are willing
    to share their recipes and sauces are encouraged to contact me so your recipe
    can be included in the booklet. I will be looking for folks willing to bring
    samples of mustards, catsup-mushroom ? or various sauces for folks to taste if possible. Having samples is not a requirement to attend of course, all who are interested
    in swapping information are invited!

    Gwyneth
    (The Haunted Bookshop)
    bookshop@charter.net
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