Once again Lady Lorelei Skye, Dean of the Performing Arts College at Pennsic, has shared the final schedule for Pennsic Performing Arts – and invites you to enjoy the many new and returning performers, events, and more!. The opportunities for entertainment of all sorts are plentiful and varied. You can find the entire schedule below, or it can be viewed at the Pennsic website. Continue reading
One hundred and thirty people are needed to recreate the first recorded mumming on the night of Tuesday, August 4th at Pennsic. Mistress Catrin and Master Gaius are using the temporary city of Pennsic as a stand in for Cheapside during 1377. Anyone interested in participating can sign up at this website.
In 1377, a procession of masked citizens dressed as knights, squires, cardinals and devils visited the prince and give him presents. A similar procession is being arranged with a few changes for safety and available resources. For instance, no horses will be used and lanterns will stand in for wax torches. This procession will move through Pennsic. There will be musicians arranged by Mistress Sabine de Kerbriant. In addition, Mistress Judith FitzHenry is creating devil masks and Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe is handling the logistics of signing up people. Additional information is also available at the website, including the original text.
So. You have decided that you want to create an SCA feast by offering to be a head cook.
Welcome. We are a small, but happy, crew that delights in newcomers, and we are more than willing to share our kitchens, floor space, and techniques with you.
Pull up a chair, cozy up, here’s your beer.
To begin, you should know that it’s hard work, but some of the most rewarding work I have ever been a part of. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a feast hall full of happy diners who have eaten all that you have prepared and knowing that you met your expectations and your budget!
The first thing I highly recommend is that you go into and learn in other people’s kitchens. This is the best way to get an idea of the similarities and differences between feast cooking and a modern party planning kitchen. You’ll learn how to deal with volunteer help with different abilities, site restrictions, and maintaining the menu and serve time no matter what you are exposed to. The experienced head cook will duck and parry and will continue until all the food is served and eaten.
To start, you must know the group you will cook for. Are there written rules to follow? Is this a themed event? What type of budget are they aiming for? What type of food are they looking for?
Once these basic answers are given, you will need to determine your menu . What time, place, and budget will you be working with? Who is in charge of setup, who is in charge of clean-up? I highly suggest that your kitchen staff should NOT be the cleanup crew. You will be exhausted.
First and foremost: Go with the autocrat to see the site. Turn on everything. Make sure the ovens heat up. Bring a thermometer to test them. Make sure that the sinks really drain.(Really. Experience here.) Tailor your menu to the equipment you have available. Plan ahead if you will need to outsource other equipment. Be sure you know exactly what equipment is available to you — what the site will let you use, what local group has, what you have. Add oven thermometers to your kit … ovens that work on visit day don’t always work as well on cook day.
Second: Build a menu of things you know will be both tasty and easy to execute. Recruit your friends for taste testing and kitchen help! Go over your menu often until you can do it in your sleep. Then practice some more.
Third: Use in season or easily obtained items in your first feast. Your fabulous idea of serving quail and asparagus in the middle of winter will break your budget. It can be done, but it requires a great deal of preparation, and it is better to be shelved until you have some experience under your belt.
Fourth: Keep the communication open. This can make or break your kitchen. Even the smallest glitch in this can cause your kitchen to grind to a halt. This is probably the most important item other than the food itself. Stress can increase the anxiety levels of your staff, and lack of interpersonal communications can break down the efficiency of your kitchen. Keep the flow by having a well located chore list for people to follow (Erasable white boards are awesome here). If it is a large event, designate crew chiefs to be available to answer questions from volunteers if you are not available. Have separate food, drinks, and things for your staff to make their volunteer experience nicer.
Fifth: If you have an event where the start time is uncertain (i.e., Court is running late), a cold first course can be a lifesaver. You can get it prepared well ahead and let it sit in the refrigerator, and it’s ready to go as soon as your diners are seated. Keep an eye on the timing. If the event is causing a lag, adjust the kitchen to that lag. Monitor food handling, food storage, and oven temps with appropriate modern techniques and practices. Cold food is cold, warm food is warm, and nothing stays out at room temperature unless it is safe to be so.
Sixth: Send the food out. Keep to your schedule. Make it pretty if you can. But overall, make it go out. It will be hectic and amazingly hard for about a hour, but know that with time and experience, this hour gets easier and easier to work. Fill bowls, cut things, slice and plate, and pass it to your servers. Push through and send out everything from your kitchen until it’s all gone.
Seventh: It’s done. Turn off the burners. Sit your staff down. Eat your food. Put your feet up. Toast your volunteers. Rest until you need to gather up your gear for the night. Socialize with attendees if you still feel able to. Thank the autocrat for their hard work.
Extras, as time and more experience allow: Provide music in your kitchen, encourage turnover breaks if you get a lot of volunteers, send people away from the kitchens to see the event if you have the time. Have someone in the hall just to monitor course flow, and adjust timing as necessary. Having a musician friend who can fill in a food course serving gap is a great friend to have.
For yourself in general: Invest in really good arch-supported shoes or boots. Have your own food and drink available. Designate someone not on the kitchen staff to monitor your food and drink intake. Take bathroom and hall monitoring breaks. Wander the hall during service to see how the food is being received. Being able to see your dream of a medieval feast completed as you imagined it is probably one of the greatest joys of a cook. I highly recommend it and would be very happy to help you in experiencing it for yourself.
Have you just finished some fascinating original research? Can you tell us about a day in the life of your persona? Do you have a fabulous method of producing something in a medieval style? The East Kingdom is rich in artisans and scientists, and the East Kingdom Gazette is beginning a pilot program to provide a platform for their written work. Beginning July 1, the Gazette will publish articles from a guest Artisan or Scientist. We initially anticipate publishing one a month, but may publish articles more frequently if response is particularly strong. Please see below for our inaugural call for papers!
– There is no limit to the number of submissions, but each author will be limited to one posted article per calendar year.
– Articles should focus on arts and sciences topics that exist within the SCA period. Examples include: how to recreate a period X or Y; history lessons; a day in my persona’s life; experimenting with period techniques; original research. If you are uncertain about the suitability of a topic, please ask our Article Curator, Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
– Links to existing personal websites are welcome within an article, but should not replace the article.
– The Society champions courtesy, and properly crediting the work of others is both courteous and required. Images that are not your original photos must be fully cited. Substantial quotations from other sources must be likewise fully cited. For examples, please see: http://www.wikihow.com/Cite-Sources.
– The Gazette reserves the right to fact-check all articles, and also to edit for grammar and clarity. All resulting revisions will be given to the original author for review.
Any questions about this pilot will be cheerfully received by Mistress Dreda; she looks forward to your submissions!
Est-ce que vous venez de terminer une recherche fascinante et originale? Est-ce que vous pouvez une journée de la vie de votre personnage ? Vous venez de découvrir la méthode pour produire un article de façon authentique. Le Royaume de l’Est moissonne de très bons artisans et scientifiques. La Gazette du Royaume veut soutenir ces bonnes gens et leurs offrir une plateforme pour leurs documents écrits. A partir du premier juillet, la Gazette va publier certains articles d’artisans invités ou de scientifiques chevronnés. L’objectif est de publier un article par mois ou plus selon la réponse obtenue. Lire les informations suivantes afin d’obtenir tous les renseignements nécessaires.
– Il n’y a aucune limite, vous pouvez soumettre autant d’articles que vous désirez, mais un seul sera publié par année.
– Le sujet des articles d’Arts et Sciences doivent représenter la période où évolue la SCA. Par exemple : Comment recréer la période X ou Y; Leçons d’histoire, une journée dans la vie d’un paysan anglais au 12e siècle. Si vous êtes incertain de votre sujet, veuillez écrire à : Curateur d’articles : Maitresse Aldreda de Tamworthe (email@example.com)
– Liens vers des articles personnels sont les bienvenus mais ne remplace pas l’article.
– La Société encourage la courtoisie et les droits d’auteurs. Créditez les ouvrages d’autres sont nécessaires. Les images ou photos qui ne sont pas les vôtres doivent êtres crédités. Toutes les sources doivent être citées. Pour plus d’informations, voir : http://www. wikihow.com/Cite-sources.
– La Gazette se réserve le droit de vérifier l’exactitude des articles et d’éditer, de corriger pour plus de clarté. Les articles réédités seront envoyés aux auteurs pour accréditation.
– Toutes questions au sujet de cette nouveauté peuvent être adressée à Maitresse Dreda, elle attend vos soumissions et a hâte de vous lire.
Their Royal Majesties have asked the Gazette to distribute the following announcement which can also be found in the June issue of the Pikestaff
Greetings to the East Kingdom!
We are very excited to announce that this year there will be an Arts and Sciences War Point at Pennsic. The following individuals have all committed to serving as our Eastern champions for the war point at Pennsic:
- Agatha Wanderer (Queen’s Champion)
- Naomi bat Avraham (King’s Champion)
- Elysabeth Underhill
- Katheryn Fontayne
- Osazuwa n’Kante
- Rosina von Schaffhausen
- Guthfrith Yrlingson
Please come and support our champions on Wednesday of War Week in the Aethelmearc Royal Encampment! All Maunches and Laurels are allowed to vote but the populace is encouraged to attend to see all the wonderful work being done in the Kingdoms of the East, Midrealm and Aethelmearc!
In Service to the East,
King Omega and Queen Etheldreda
Salutations au Royaume de l’Est ! Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que cette année, un point pour les Arts et Sciences sera accordé à Pennsic. Les personnes suivantes ont toutes promis de servir en tant que nos champions de l’Est pour le point de guerre à Pennsic:
Agatha Wanderer (Championne de la Reine),
Naomi bat Avraham (Championne du Roi),
Rosina von Schaffhausen,
et Guthfrith Yrlingson.
S’il-vous-plaît, venez supporter nos champions le mercredi, dans la Semaine de Guerre, au Campement Royal d’Aethelmearc ! Les gens faisant partie de l’Ordre de la Manche, ainsi que de l’Ordre du Laurier, seront alloués un vote, mais la population est encouragée a assister et apprécier tout le merveilleux travail accompli dans les Royaumes de l’Est, du Milieu et d’Aethelmearc !
En Service pour l’Est,
Roi Omega et Reine Etheldreda
Forwarded from the SCA Publications Manager
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From the editor of Tournaments Illuminated: Our upcoming Quest topic is “Hints For Brewers“, with Guest Editors Brian Kettering | Donal O’Brien and Elspeth Payne / Sorcha Crowe.
Beverages, sauces and syrups: The brewer’s art encompasses many libations and potations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, still and sparkling, convivial cups and condiments. Whatever the end product, brewers practice a sort of liquid alchemy. Share the skills that make the magic: Hints, tips and tricks on any aspect of the brewing art, any product, any stage of production.
Send your “tun” of information (up to 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1 and it may be included in the 3rd Quarter 2015 Issue of Tournaments Illuminated. If you’d like to include images of your process, please write for photo specs.
Submission of any work to TI constitutes permission to publish said work without compensation in any form, including, but not limited to, electronically on a publicly accessible webpage. The author retains all original copyrights to the submission.
The following article was graciously written by Lord Gundormr Dengir.
At their decoronation, we presented Edward (III) and Thyra (II) with a scroll, commemorating their reign and bemoaning its end, however timely. As described in a previous article, this was done in the form of a Mortuary Roll. These were sent upon the death of an Abbot, Prioress or other high-ranking member of a religious community to other, related foundations. The roll began with an obituary for the deceased and then, upon arrival, each house added a short prayer called a Titulus. When it had completed its travels the roll, perhaps with more than 100 inscribed tituli, returned to its source to be kept in the archives. Our roll project was organized by Gun∂ormr Dengir and Eleanor Catlyng, with contributing calligraphers including Andreiko Eferiev, Kayleigh McWhyte, Lada Monguligan, Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook and Reijnier Verplanck.
The first membrane contains a poetic obituary to each monarch (written by Aildreda de Tamworthe and Steffan ap Cenydd), done in the style of the 10th century Planctus for William Longsword, a memorial poem to a slain Duke. Each poem consists of six stanzas which end with the plaintive refrain, Heu nobis umbratis — Alas for us in shadow. The poems are illuminated with 2 panels (painted by Aaradyn Ghyoot and Eva Woodrose) where the end of the reign is foretold with evil signs and portents, including a flaming pineapple streaking across the heavens. Below, the whole population from the lowly to the mighty hedgehogs and noble flamingos, lament the end of the reign. These were done in the style of one of the most impressively decorated of the surviving medieval mortuary rolls, BL MS Egerton MS 2849, the mortuary roll of Lucy of Hedingham (✝1230).
The remaining membranes contain all the tituli — titles. In these brief formulas each local group promises to remember the departed royalty and asks that we recall their members as we remember Edward and Thyra. The period text, which asked us to pray for the souls of the departed, was rewritten (Latin assistance by Rahel Carolingiæ and Steffan) so that we are implored to remember them for their deeds, wisdom or fame. Baronies, Shires, Principalities, and Cantons, as well as individuals from across the East, contributed the names of their members, as did Kingdoms as far afield as the West and Drachenwald.
The entire scroll has been digitized and has been annotated with translation and scribal attribution. Within the tituli, period practice was to simply give the first name of the person with their title following, if any. We followed that format for the actual scroll, though in the digitized version we’ve also included the full names of all those commemorated in the text.
Duchess Thyra intends to display the Roll at upcoming events. While it may be some time before we are ready to undertake another similar project, we hope that others might be inspired to take part in it in the future. If you would like to learn more about the project or become involved in a future effort, please feel free to contact us: Eleanor, Gun∂ormr, or Thyra. While many deserving subjects were honored through this project, we know that there are many more who could have been so recognized. We would also be happy to begin collecting additional names towards that end as well.
This Saturday, May 9th, the Barony of Iron Bog will be hosting it’s 2nd Maybe event. So Maybe come try something new. There will be loaner gear available for martial activities and teachers will be there for many A&S activities. Including bead making, illumination, bardic, cooking, fiber arts, metalworking, woodworking, and more. This event will also feature 2 tournaments to find Iron Bog’s new Rattan and Rapier champions for the next year. Please think about visiting the Barony for this wonderful day of fun.
This reminder was submitted by Lady Lissa Underhill…
Artisans Village is a month away. Thinking of taking up one of our Artisans Challenges?!
We have 18 wonderful challenges representing a diverse array of arts, including cooking, scribal, costuming, glass bead/jewelry making, and the performing arts. We also have several research and persona based challenges, some of which would be applicable for a wide variety of arts or sciences.
Please view the list of challenges below, and go to the event website for more information about each challenge:
We hope to see you and your work at the event!
LIST OF CHALLENGES and SPONSORS
Galen, What Should I Make for Dinner?
–Tristan de Worrell
–Judith bas Rabbi Mendel
Create a 16th Century Italian Item of Clothing or Accessory
The Gift of Tongues
–Galefridus Peregrinus and Judith bas Rabbi Mendel
An Untraveled Path Challenge
–Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Mistery of Grocers of our City of London
–Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
All In A Day’s Work
Write a Biography
–Markesa Manuel de Carvalhal
–Sarah le Payller
Wire-wrapped bead challenge, in two parts.
–Sarah le Payller
Funny, It Does Look Jewish
–Reb Eleazar ha-Levi
— Carowyn Silveroak
Kingdom Inspired Largesse
–Rainillt de Bello Marisco
Recreate a Period Glass Bead
–Elysabeth (Lissa) Underhill
Thinking Inside the Box: Formal Poetic Forms
–Aildreda de Tamwurthe on behalf of the East Kingdom College of Performers
“Tik, tak! hic, hac!”: Art about Artisans
–Sabine de Kerbriant
Getting your nibs wet
Have you always wanted to teach at Pennsic? Are you a veteran teacher, but find yourself procrastinating this year? Don’t delay! While classes will be accepted right through Pennsic, the deadline to have your class appear in the Pennsic site book is May 1.
It’s a very easy process to sign up. A link for teacher registration appears on the Pennsic War home page. The registration process is very user friendly. With just a few clicks of the mouse you will be able to create your class.
Take a minute to look at all the wonderful classes that have already been scheduled. Then commit to sharing your knowledge and passion for the arts and sciences with the Pennsic populace. If you have questions about registering your class, contact Capt Elias Gedney, Chancellor, or THL Artimesia LaceBrayder, the Registrar.