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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
4:00 am
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
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!


Current Mood: thankful
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
1:15 pm
47 years old!
Happy Birthday SCA! AS 47 will be wonderful!

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
11:47 am
Putting the tail on thw weasel

I have a cunning plan!

Here is the first draft of a Pennsic class.

It will be taught from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.on the middle Saturday in East Kingdom Royal, but is part of Pennsic University and open to all.

I will probably reprise it on the middle Monday.

I would love to get some ideas about what to discuss in the class and some semi-commitment from peers who might coem visit, especially non-Eastern and royal peers.

SCA 102: Two hours. The first hour of this class will discuss topics such as awards, titles, officer positions and other items of interest to those who have a small amount of SCA experience. (Note: Brand-new folks are also welcome to attend). The second hour will discuss the peerages and how to combat "peer fear." We hope to have a number of peers, both Eastern and from other kingdoms, on hand to talk to participants and share their newcomer experience.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
12:28 pm
Some good news!
I wanted to make sure no one missed the following:

1. Prince Ajax of the Mists has accepted the offer of elevation to the Order of Chivalry. His ceremony will be at Pennsic.

2. Duchess Kaye of Calontir will be elevated to the Order of the Chivalry. I do not have a date.

3. Don Fergus McRae and the Laurel we all know as Vairavi will become baron and baroness of Carolingia in May.(East)

4. Svan of Anglespur is now Mistress Svan and is a member of the Order of the Pelican. (East)

I love this game.
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
11:37 pm
SCA feast menus and recipes, and the keeping thereof
I haven't looked around for this (since it only occurred to me five minutes ago, and I'm twenty minutes past my usual bedtime), so if it already exists, excuse please.

I'm on the Calontir list, and several people have raved about this past weekend's feast for Coronation; it struck me that if that many people loved what they ate, there should be a way to keep the menu and the recipes around somewhere publicly (preferably with, of course, references to the original recipes, annotations thereof, and appropriate bibliographic references).

Does there exist a mailing list, or group, or LJ grouping, or Yahoo group, or some such, that has menus and recipes from really, really good SCA feasts? The ones that people will remember fondly for ten years?

(cross-posted to SCA-cooks)

Alban, old, used, and retired shire assistant chief kitchen wench
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
5:16 pm
Pirate Shirt poll
Poll #1826432 Pirate Poll

Which design should be used as the shirt design?

Engineer (one on the left)
Agent (one on the Right)

Would you prefer black ink on an ash grey shirt or white ink on a black shirt?

Black ink on an ash grey shirt
White ink on a black shirt

One of these two designs will be printed up for Estrella wars, And I offer you to chose the design. The final shirt will be printed up as Black ink on a ash gray shirt, or white ink on a black shirt. Please don't ask to change the text from the two offered.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, February 18th, 2012
6:42 pm
Charity Auction
A friend of mine in Midrealm is hosting a charity auction on the Facebook page for her jewelry business.

The auction is to benefit Patty Rogers (Fauna of Rivenstar for those in the SCA), whose 12 yr old daughter is battling stage 4 neuroblastoma. The majority of the items are handmade including homemade soaps, a paracord bracelet, chocolates, and my friend's jewelry. There are instructions for the auction and each item notes how much of the proceeds will go toward the cause.

The auction ends on March 1st at 12 p.m. Eastern time.

Here's the link to the Facebook page (which you have to "Like" before bidding on anything in the auction): https://www.facebook.com/FrawgzDezignzJewelry

Here's the link to the auction's album (the first photo is the rules, which you have to agree to before bidding): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150481161662186.366621.222735537185&type=3

Note to mods: If this post is not allowed, feel free to delete it. I don't benefit in any way from posting this; it's merely to help a fellow SCAdian. :)
Monday, February 6th, 2012
2:39 pm
I think everyone will get a kick out of this. pg/pg13? sfw probably.

Saturday, January 7th, 2012
11:18 pm
RIP Chon of the Great Dark Horde
Sadly, I have another death to report. Wayne Himes, known as Chon of the Great Dark Horde, passed away last week. He is preceded to the Great Beyond by his long-time partner Chimbai, and leaves behind his new husband Allen and his daughter. Chon was long a friend to me since my wee days at Pennsic and was always a friendly face and a good friend. We all grieve his untimely and unexpected passing.

Current Mood: sad
Friday, January 6th, 2012
11:03 pm
Don Njall Olaf Hagerson - RIP
Anther friend here and in real life has died suddenly of a massive heart attack. Scott Jacqua (Don Njall) hagerson was a fencer, herald, blacksmith and archer, I met and became good friends with him and his wife Sandra in southern California (Caid). When I moved to Alabama, one of the first folks I knew in the region was Scott (he'd moved to Knoxville, TN the year before). Over the last year, he'd had several debilitating bouts with bronchitis and flu which weakened him.

Scott was a great friend and an advocate when I had few in Caid. He's been an amazing sounding board and offered excellent advice. I will sorely miss him.

Current Mood: shocked
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
8:01 pm
Umm, where did it go?
I sometimes would check out Sca-garb.livejournal.com. Today, it's gone!
Does anyone know what happened? Did it move? Gone forever?

I found a lot of good information there...
Monday, October 3rd, 2011
1:17 pm
Robin Hood Historiography
I'd wager that a significant portion of the SCA likes Robin Hood stories:


Robin Hood: A Historiography
By Nicole Carter
Ex Post Facto: Journal of the History Students at San Francisco State University, Vol.17 (2008)

Introduction: In Warner Brothers Pictures’ 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood, Robin asks his peasant followers to swear an oath which encapsulates the values with which Robin Hood is associated today:

Do you, the free men of Sherwood Forest, swear to despoil the rich only to give to the poor? To shelter the old and the helpless? To protect all women, rich or poor, Norman or Saxon? To fight for a free England, to protect her loyally until the return of our king and sovereign, Richard the Lionheart? And swear to fight to the death against our oppressors?

This rousing speech is met with a resounding chorus of ‘Aye’s.’ The medieval Robin Hood, however, was far removed from modern moviemaking.

The oldest extant literary reference to Robin Hood is found in Piers Plowman when the ignorant priest Sloth confesses, “I can noughte perfitly my pater-noster as the prest it syngeth, / But I can rymes of Robyn Hood and Randolf erle of Chestre.” Commonly dated to 1377, this reference suggests that a strong oral tradition concerning Robin Hood existed prior to that date, and that such a tradition was considered idle and foolish—a priest who should be able to recite prayers has instead spent time learning trivial rhymes.

From 1377 on, references to Robin Hood proliferated. Robin Hood appeared in texts, proverbs, topographical references and general comments. By one count, Robin earned 260 mentions by 1600. He became the subject of annual plays and games held around Whitsunday in late May or early June as a mock-king who presided over dances, sports, pageants, and processions.

Lots more at the link with PDF.
Monday, November 14th, 2011
8:28 pm
Heading down the home stretch
At noon this Saturday, a team of SCA members will be splashing into Lake George, on the edges of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York to raise funds for Special Olympics New York.

This is our fourth year that Agni Dentatri ("Sheep With Teeth") has participated in the Plunge.

Personally, it's my eighth plunge.

Please help one of our members if you can:


Feel free to pass on or repost.


Monday, October 31st, 2011
10:22 am
SCA team ready for annual Polar Plunge

This is my annual note here that a team made up of SCA members will be participating again in the Lake George (NY) Polar
Plunge for Special Olympics.

We are still looking for team members, and this year there is a "Chicken Coop," where people can sit in comfort eat chicken, have a beverage and watch us jump in.

In fact, you can actually collect donations and not even come if you need to be somewhere like, say Hundred Minutes War.

We are also looking for thanks to some excellent work by Baroness Leonete.

This is the team page: You can join or donate to individuals there.


Please pass this on where you see fit.

Thank you for your indulgence.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
12:55 pm
Period cooking
I'm looking for some websites or cookbooks that have period-style recipes because I'd like to try some period cooking. Also, what are your favorite recipes to use for feasts at events? (Looking to get a little recipe exchange going.) ^_^
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
9:51 pm
Looking for somoene

I am seeking out Jordre Pargon of Windhover's Reach. Atlantia in the early 80s. Occasionally the Seneschal for Kestrel's Keep.

Any direction would be helpful. Lost contact around 1986.

"Grizz's Kid" is looking.
Friday, October 7th, 2011
3:05 pm
How to convince people to become members
My Lords and Ladies.

We are trying to restart the Shire of Ma'ale Giborim (Israel) after several years of it being inactive. Here is the problem I am running into. An international membership costs $56 (US)! I need to be able to justify to myself that cost before I can try to sell it to our members. As far as I can tell membership includes:
  • a newsletter full of events all of which are several hours flight away.
  • Insurance that does not apply to Israel (According to the Society Sen)

Is there something I am missing?

--Yehoshua Ben Hayyim 
Shire of Ma'ele Giborim

Current Mood: aggravated
Sunday, September 18th, 2011
8:29 am
Looking For Hose/Tights
I'm currently on the look out for some hose/tights for my husband that I can buy online - his persona is 1500's Swiss and is going for This Look for his persona.

I do have the pattern for this, but at this point, I'm still very much a beginner in sewing and rather than spending a lot of money on material that I might mess it up, I'd rather look for someone, or someplace, that sells the hose pre-made, until I get more confident at my sewing abilities.

The colours I'm looking for is purple and green - either all one colour, or having one leg as one and the other as the other colour.

If anyone can help me out or point me in the right direction, it would be very much appreciated :)

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
4:46 am
Looking for a mentor
Greetings my lords and my ladies. I attended my first informal sort of event and loved it. It's given me an even greater drive that this (SCA) is really where I need to be. My unfortunate problem is and will be for awhile that of transportation. I'm limited in what I can attend my husband and I being unable to drive. I'd love to revive something in my area but the people who are in my area are either A) no longer active or B) are very busy people without the gift of time that I have. I think my area would be a great place for SCA. We have a decent sized University and a new and growing arts community. Brantford, Ontario is showing they want things like this here. I know a lot of people in the community have the same issue as I. We are a public transit dominated community. I wonder if there are others who have been interested only to find out the main groups are a bit far.

My main problem is I am new. There are so many many things I don't know. So I am hunting for a mentor. Someone to teach me what they know. Either someone in the area who no longer has the ability to start things up on there own (time, health issues, family commitments etc) or someone online who can mentor me via emails etc.

I am more than willing to learn and I REALLY believe in what the SCA stands for and teaches. I want to help it grow and spread. I want to be taught and teach. I am like those who first started. I believe the things the SCA stands for are things missing from our world even more now than back in 1966.

Hope Neudert (Grainne Inghean Ui Chonchobhair)
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