Baron Angus and Baroness Tadea of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant have announced that their successors will be the sisters Lady Jeanne de Robin and Lady Genovefa Clerica, as decided by Their Majesties Edward and Thyra. The Investiture will be held in conjunction with the East Kingdom Arts and Sciences Championship on March 7, 2015. More information about the event is available on the East Kingdom Event Calendar.
The Barony of Settmour Swamp’s annual celebration of the Thawing of the Mud will be held on the last weekend of March at Waterloo Village, our new location in Stanhope, NJ. As usual, Mudthaw will include tournaments of armored combat, fencing, and youth fighting. The arts and sciences will also be celebrated through competitions and displays, as well as an artisans row.
Please note that our new location does not allow alcoholic beverages to be brought on site; however, a cash bar will be serving beer and wine for much of the day.
For more information, please see the event announcement at http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.html?eid=2790.
Investiture of the new Baron and Baroness of Concordia, Jean Paul and Lylie, took place on Saturday among the festivities of Bjorn’s Ceilidh, our celebration of the Celtic New Year. Previous Barons Pierre, Angus, Balthazar and Emerson passed down the coronets to Their Majesties, while reciting the lineage of our Barony, so all would know our history.
After First Court everyone joined in the festivities. The King and Queen could not pass up a chance to dance with their subjects, and the Baron and Baroness showed off their newly learned skills.
Many newcomers took part in our traditional games of sheep toss, haggis hurl and arm wrestling, and were skilled enough to take home prizes.
Among the pleasures of the second Court, Constantine became a member of the Order of the Tiger’s Cub, and Lady Pakshalika Kananbala was welcomed into the Order of the Silver Crescent.
The afternoon ended with a game of live chess. There was much worry when Queen Thyra was taken out of the game early, but her side played skillfully, and she was brought back in when a pawn reached the end of the board. The game was brought to a successful conclusion in time for everyone to enjoy a sumptuous feast. The evening ended with the traditional remembrances of those who have passed before us, and the lighting of the new flame for the new year.
During court at Crown Tournament yesterday, the East Kingdom seneschal formally announced that the Incipient Shire of Hadchester, having formally met all the requirements, is now a full fledged Shire. This brings the total number of SCA groups in Maine to four:
- The Province of Malagentia, which include two incipient ridings, Giggleswick and Raven’s Bridge. It covers the southern part of the state, including Portland and Lewiston.
- The Barony of Endewearde, which includes two incipient cantons, Basingstoke by the Sea and Wyndriche. It covers the central part of the state.
- The Shire of Smithwick, which includes the northern part of the state.
- The Shire of Hadchester, which consists of mid-coast Maine.
This status is the culmination of years of hard work. Vivant!
Feast of the End of the Gaunt Days
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Our fair kingdom enjoyed the fruits of another bountiful harvest, then celebrated and hunkered down for a long winter. Then came the Gaunt Days, as larders became emptier and emptier. From Mid-February we can almost see the End of the Gaunt Days! Let us come together at table, bringing whatever we can to celebrate our survival! The Feast is a chance for the clever victualler to show off their cunning in making tasty fare from the remains of the pantry. What food do you have, when no other can be found fresh? Did you pickle? Smoke? Dry? Collect up the eggs? Ferment?
This pot-luck gathering is part foodie-schola, wherein anyone can come and either just enjoy the day, or show off your finest concoctions for judging and sharing (or just sharing), and part schmoozefest. The day starts with judging so that by lunch and throughout the day the rest of us can sample, learn techniques and swap tips.
Those who bring a dish that feeds 4 or more can have it judge for a chance at stunning prizes and our deepest gratitude! Before the event, it might be a good time to hold workshops and teach someclasses on preservation? Several guilds have sent representatives in the past and we look forward to them attending again.
Prize categories are: People’s Choice, February Fruits, A Mighty Impressive Pickle!, Season’s Meatings, Lenten Lunchtime, The Best Root Home, What Vegetation Survived, Behold the Power of Cheese!, Drinks that Are not Just Melted Snow, Toothsome Stews and Soups, Sweets for the Sweet, and the nebulous None of the Above.
The site is not dry, but do try not to stagger out into the street.
Costs: $0. Students and the elderly are half price.
Donations are gratefully accepted.
We remember those who are going through their own Gaunt Days. Donations to The Jonnycake Center – our local food bank – are gratefully accepted at the door.
The Event Steward, Meister Ulric von der Insel, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-330-0357 before 9pm.
Site: Wishford Hall, 1034 Main Street, Hopkinton, RI
Directions: From I-95 north or southbound, take exit 3 to route 138 west.
I don’t often post things like this, but as a former resident of Settmour Swamp, I think everyone should see the 35th Anniversary Issue of The Mudpuppy, put out by their fabulous chronicler, Baroness Ursula of North Woods. As the SCA Archivist said when he received it “WOW!!! Just WOW!. This issue has raised the bar to cross for group history distribution.”
Emperor Brennan mac Fearghus and Empress Caoilfhionn inghean Fhaolain have officially affirmed Dame Isobel Mowbray and Lord Guthfrith Yrlingson as the new Baron and Baroness of Ruantallan. Their Investiture will be on November 29. Isobel and Guthfrith shared a little about themselves with the Gazette.
We both joined the SCA over 20 years ago in Lochac. Our first group (where we met) was the College of St. Ursula in the Barony of Rowany. Fourteen years ago we moved to the Barony of Ruantallan ( East Kingdom ), and have lived there ever since. Isobel has served as baronial A&S Minister in the past, and Guthfrith as Knight Marshal. Currently Guthfrith is joint Tir Mara principality deputy for fencing.
Our personas are firmly rooted in late fifteenth century England these days (despite the C10th Danish name Guthfrith…hmmm). Guthfrith has a wide range of interests including heavy, rapier and siege combat, archery, woodworking, metalworking and miscellaneous A&S. Isobel’s main passion is C15th costuming, but any A&S and particularly anything that creates more C15th ambience is fun (Isobel also looks forward to acquiring a longbow and learning to shoot things more accurately).
We are looking forward to our new roles as Baron and Baroness, and hope to serve the crown and the people of Ruantallan as best we can.
Their Imperial Majesties have asked to make it known that they have made their selection to affirm the will of the Barony. Please spread the word so that all of the East Kingdom can hear that Concordia has heirs. Jean Paul Ducasse and Lylie of Penhille have been chosen as the next Baron and Baroness.
Upon being told the news, Jean Paul and Lylie responded, “We BOTH are overjoyed and honored to have been chosen by our Baronial family, and Their Imperial Majesties, to be the Baronial representation of the Crown. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. For your enduring love and support as well as belief in us, you have our sincere gratitude. We truly are honored and overjoyed for the opportunity to serve the Barony and the East Kingdom. We have some truly great people to follow and wish only that our service will do you and those who have preceded us proud.”
Investiture is being planned to take place in November, in Albany, New York. Vivant!
Photo provided by Lylie of Penhill; photographer unknown.
Most everyone knows that the East Kingdom in the SCA includes parts of two modern countries, the United States of America and Canada, but how much do you really know about the Huge East Kingdom Crown Principality to the North East?