Beer, Beef and Politics

Beer, beef and politics: Findings at viking archaeological site show power trumping practicality
December 3, 2014, Baylor University


Vikings are known for raiding and trading, but those who settled in Iceland centuries ago spent more time producing and feasting on booze and beef — in part to gain political clout in a place very different from their homeland, says an archaeologist.


A Friendship Challenge

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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

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.

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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

ISO Volunteers and/or Donated Supplies for the Known World Children's Fete


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
turkey dance

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!)


Pennsic XLII Skateup!

Hey SCA Livejournalers!

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


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
turkey dance

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?