At the Cohasset Wars event over the weekend, Their Royal Majesties announced that the polling results from the populace of the Barony of Smoking Rocks (Southeastern Massachusetts) are in and that They are pleased to confirm that Ceawlin Alreding and Molly Blythe will be the next Baron and Baroness of Smoking Rocks.
The event announcement for the upcoming Cohasset Wars contains harsh words from Smoking Rocks to Carolingia. Smoking Rocks claims that Carolingia historically raided Smoking Rocks to capture its goods and once again its “gimlet eyes figure that raiding and rapine upon the land can be used to disrupt commerce and trade and Pariahs may be leveled against the Good peaceful Baroness of the now Barony of Smoking Rocks and lands seized and threatened”.
The Baron and Baroness of Carolingia have taken exception to their being depicted as having “grasping hands and greedy heart” and trying to intimidate Smoking Rocks so it will “flinch and yield to Their might and demands”. Baroness Imigla responded that the Barony has always respected all borders as part of respecting the laws of the East Kingdom, which they have sworn to uphold. In addition, Carolingia has sought to assist their neighbors whenever possible. Continue reading »
His Majesty East, Gregor, sent the following missive to the kingdom: “We are pleased to announce that the results of the polling for the first Baron and Baroness of the incipient Barony of Endewearde are in. We are delighted to accept the populace’s recommendation and have confirmed that Ane’ du Vey and Sylvia du Vey are Baron and Baroness elect. Congratulations to them and to the people of Endewearde. We are greatly looking forward to Investiture.”
The newest barony was rich in candidates for the polling and thanks have been extended to Mistress Brita Mairi Svensdottir and the Honourable Lord Fraiser MacLeod, Master Godric of Hamtun and Baroness Margaret of Rochester, Lord Gwillim Kynith and Lady Constancia de Vianne, and Lord Nero Calamus and Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge for their willingness to serve the barony.
The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Endewearde took place on Saturday, April 20 at historic Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine. Although we had a rainy start, we were able to set up activities in the covered areas of the fort. We had two fencing tournaments (small sword and cut and thrust) and an armored combat tournament (unmatched weapons, lowest on the OP gets to choose first); a tavern complete with a sumptuous dayboard, including two kinds of hot soup; dancing; and a wonderful Arts and Science contest and display on the theme of “Not Finished Yet” to go with the idea that our group is still growing and evolving. By afternoon the sun was out and it was a beautiful day. Fencing continued with scenarios based on Bare Blade Tavern, and happening in various locations throughout the fort, including a “stair pit”, a hunt for loot, and a battle for the gate. By 3:00 we were ready to retire to the tavern for cake and a celebration of our 25 years of history.
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On Saturday March 23, 2013 the Barony of Settmour Swamp will celebrate its birthday & the annual ‘Thawing of the Mud’ with a visit from Their Royal Majesties Edward and Thyra where They will invest the new Baronial heirs, Lord Erec L’Claire & Maîtresse Jehannine de Flandres.
Tournaments will be held for armored combatants, youth combatants, rapier duelists, and thrown weapons. The Arts will be celebrated with displays, as well as the traditional Mudthaw bread-baking competition.
So make plans to join us for this day of celebration.
Reservations are presently being accepted. Please view the full event announcement at <
Hoping to see you all there,
Baron Phillip Reed, OP
The primary duty of the office of the Chatelaine is to be the first point of contact to those new to the SCA, or new to the local area. The Chatelaine is expected to read and uphold the governing documents of the Society, the Kingdom, and the local group(s).
As an initial point of contact for those new to the SCA, the Chatelaine is the individual that will get newcomers “fitted” for their first event, and would be responsible for maintaining a Gold Key of garments, as well as dishes, or at the very least cups, for new contacts to use at their first event(s). Maintaining a Gold Key does not mean the Chatelaine is responsible for making all the clothes and donating all the dishes, although they should make sure the items are in good repair and ask for donations or assistance when needed. The Chatelaine is also responsible for making sure that this Gold Key makes it to local events.
The Chatelaine is also expected to know things… lots of things. That does not mean your Chatelaine will know everything, but a good Chatelaine will know where to find information. For instance, if someone wants to learn to cook 14th century food, the Chatelaine should either be able to point that person at someone relatively nearby who can either teach them or who will know someone who can teach them (like a cooking guild).
In this vein, the Chatelaine must keep an open relationship with their local officers. The other local officers will be invaluable help in providing directions and information. When Sally comes to her first event and starts hearing all these crazy names, she is going to want an introduction right away to the Herald that will help guide her into her new life. Same goes for Samantha that is going to need to meet quickly the Knight Marshal who can give her all of the information she needs about the next fight practice.
One of the most important things a person can do as Chatelaine in the East (and this is relevant to any group, really) is to know the Kingdom: the borders, the area oddities, the law of the land, that sort of thing. Certainly the Chatelaine isn’t required to know every single group and name them off by heart, but it is important to have a good idea of the states/territories the Kingdom includes. The East Kingdom begins with the State of Delaware in the South, then expands upward in a sort of a funnel shape into the eastern half of Pennsylvania and New York, includes all of New Jersey and other states north and east of that, and up in to Canada, where we get the honor of claiming those areas to the north of our most North and Eastern states.
The Chatelaine, being the first person that many people in the SCA meet, also has a duty to recruit new members, as well as try to retain both old and new members. It can be exceedingly discouraging for people to hang around feeling like they don’t fit in or they haven’t quite found their niche. It is imperative that the Chatelaine be at the very least a welcoming and warm person who always to try to keep people engaged. New recruits don’t always jump in quickly, so it’s important for a Chatelaine to always keep a lure out. Retaining people can involve making people feel like they, their help, and their opinions are wanted and needed – because they are. Chatelaine can be a very tiring, but very rewarding, job.
-Mari Clock van Hoorne
editing assistance provided by Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For
** This is the first in a series of articles about the different jobs commonly seen but not always commonly understood in the SCA.
At the Board of Directors meeting today, the petition by the Shire of Endewearde to become a barony was approved. The motion was made by Duke Martin Lochner. It was seconded by Duke John the Bearkiller. The vote was unanimous with the observation that this is a thriving group with all their documents in order.
The Shire of Endewearde in northern Maine held a demo at their local Children’s Museum Saturday, and was featured in a short article and video on the WABI TV website.
Be advised that you must watch a comercial to see the video, and the volume is very low.
The East Kingdom Gazette just received the following missive from Bhakail:
My noble friends,
The investiture of Ysmay and Mael Eoin will be held June 29th in the City of Philadelphia.
Yours in service to the dream of a chivalrous society,
~Tristan le Chanticler~
Seneschal of Bhakail
Upon 17 November in the forty-seventh year of the Society, Thyra, Queen of the East, did voyage to the Sylvan Kingdom of Aethelmearc there to attend a Collegium devoted to the Art of Cookery and, there finding the good lady Lysel von Heidelberg, citizen of the East Kingdom yet laboring mightily for the benefit of all, Her Majesty did award unto the said Lysel Arms.