The Gazette thanks Lady Aaradyn Ghyoot for this account and the accompanying photos.
Known World Dance Symposium - billed as a “dry name for an awesome event” – this was more exciting a time than even our hosts could have imagined! Deeply entrenched in the front lines, bransling in the streets was just one of the many things this Eastern reporter witnessed at the symposium. For, when a fire alarm goes off during classes, what else are we do to but take to the streets? An event, a demo… at that point, none could tell. A drink here, a drink there, the tavern was well stocked with local brews, tasty sodas and much needed waters, and those stores were well depleted daily by hordes of thirsty dancers. From the first moments of the meet and greet to the last moments of clean up, the Altes Rathaus was filled with music and dance day and night.
The opening night in the lower hall, where musicians gave us hints at the melodies we would soon tread the stones too, saw attendees in garb and in mundanes alike, swaying to the music that echoed wonderfully off the heraldic pennants and stone walls. We met and greeted each other, finding common languages and learning a little of foreign tongues. The talking and jam sessions lasted late into the night, and the last hangers on were shooed out of the hall at nearly the stroke of midnight. Out into the empty, quiet streets we went, and on toward waiting beds.
Thursday opened with much fanfare, or at least much coffee, and classes started quickly and with great attendance. The ladies at gate were efficient and ever so kind, assisting all and tirelessly answering questions from the passers by whose interest in the old building and the oddly dressed gentles entering it drew them close all day. The lower hall rung bright with the sounds of English Country Dance, and the upper Hall was filled with the swishing feet of Italian dances. The kitchen, ever bustling, presented the dancers with meals all day, filling all with delectable meals of period origin. This humble reporter was gifted with the head cook’s own copy of the recipe book, a wonderful gift from a wonderful chef! Each night closed with a Ball, and Thursdays saw the Gentlemen on one side and the Ladies on the other, with a Caroso Ball our entertainment. It gave excellent opportunity for discussion, and exquisite opportunity for new dance partners!
Friday dawned, and sleepy dancers (as the nightly dancing didn’t end till almost 1am!) again filled the halls with echoes of called steps and beautiful music. The cooks again delighted the populace with tasty meals… and were tragically interrupted by the howling of mechanical alarms as we were forced out of the building and into the streets. So palpable was our pain and disappointment of having been robbed of dance time in the beautiful halls, that bransles broke out in the street as dancers refused to let something so modern as a fire alarm stop them. The musicians played on, ringed protectively in hordes of dancers as onlookers drew out cameras to document the goings on that covered the fair streets of the medieval city. The dancing continued, even as the blaring sirens and flashing
lights of the fire department arrived, and making way for the monstrous vehicles, the dancers closed ranks again and continued, wasting no time of their dancing event simply standing and waiting to be allowed back in. Our own Duchess Thyra joined their dancing, smiling bright to keep spirits up. So long was our delay that the staff, having figured some way back in momentarily, returned to the streets with meat pasties and mushroom pies, and pitchers of water to
keep the dancers going. All was met with much applauding, and more dancing. At long last, the bransles waned and the building was declared safe, and the event continued as well all moved inside again, and back onto the carefully planned schedule. No ill effects were felt from the kitchen, and all the foods were well prepared and presented. The Ball that night went late again, as is their way, and the dancers were up to the end… Duchess Thyra being among the last to leave the grand Upper Hall in the wee hours of the night.
Saturday came, and with it a surge of new dancers! The halls, full before, were now packed with the happy faces of dancers young and old. The staff, in their grace, took this in stride and everything continued to run beautifully. The kitchen, having already filled all to the brim with excellent fare, produced even more wonderful dishes for the waiting masses. The classes were well attended again as everyone prepared for the Grand Ball that night. Court for their most generous Highnesses of the Kingdom of Drachenwald and their gracious Excellencies of the Barony of Knights Crossing was also held as graceful dancers performed for them in honor of the event. Then, in a hall decorated for the occasion with long tables in white linen and colors announcing brightly the host Kingdom (a more amazing feast hall this reporter has never seen the ambiance was perfect and I was, for a moment, transported to another time completely) a grand feast was held for all assembled. The dishes presented were full of flavor and dressed beautifully, and the kitchen amazed us all. Then tragedy and disaster struck again! Our feast was again disrupted by the infernal screams of mechanical alarms, and flashing lights as
though from hell itself rained down on our fair scene! Good gentles all, adorned in their finest for the feasting and coming Ball, fled the hall in a riot of color, spilling out again into the streets of Miltenberg with goblet and napkin in hand. Finding ourselves again in the street, we did what all dancers do when evicted suddenly from such gorgeous surroundings we bransled. Much laughter did come from the populace as we danced in the streets for our smiling Royalty and Baronage, and again we made room as the rushing vehicles came to see to our safety. It was declared fine, and we returned to the feast, only the dessert suffering slightly for the delay we had a lovely compote and cookies instead of milk pies. The Grand Ball was as full and amazing as it sounds, and as an added treat we were entertained through dance by Countess Judith of Northumbria and her merry troupe, recreating for us scenes from mythos.
Sunday dawned and the last of us gathered again in mundanes, to tear down the event and clean those great halls. Carrying stacks of chairs and moving piles of food we hand many hands to help carry the SCA out of the Altes Rathaus and leave those halls as they were before. Slowly the staff departed for their own lands, and this reporter, after many hugs, wandered off as well, back into the warm light of the afternoon and the sounds of a modern medieval city.
Baron Adhemar de Villarquamada passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 8th, following a chronic illness. Baron Adhemar was active in the Society for more than twenty-five years. For fifteen of those years he served as the Baron of Dragonship Haven, stepping down only last month. He was recognized as a Master of the Laurel by Brion and Anna in 1999 for his skill with illumination, calligraphy, and costuming, and as a Master of the Pelican by Darius and Roxane in 2002 for his long service to the College of Heralds and his Barony.
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Their Majesties have arranged for photographs to be posted to their website of the work given to them by artisans of the East to be used as gifts by them. Queen Thyra described how important these gifts are to them and to the East Kingdom, as well as the depth of their gratitude, in this way.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of the artisans of the East. Strengthening the ties between Kingdoms is very important to Us, and one of the ways we can do that is on a personal level between the Royal Cousins. The giving of gifts, particularly from royal hands, has been a tradition for millenia. In our Society, while the Royalty only reign for a short time, their memories of the gifts they receive are vivid, and they speak well of the kingdom that gave those gifts for years afterward. We have been the recipients of many beautiful things, and we wanted to make sure that the East gave gifts in kind.
The royal gift exchanges aren’t as visible as A&S displays, but they do give the artisans a different exposure. Their items are admired and treasured. Still, it requires a depth of loyalty to the East and a wealth of generosity to give away the products of their time and effort to royalty they do not know and may never meet. We are humbled and inspired by them, and would like their works to be remembered.”
The artisans’ work can be seen here.
Leurs Majestés ont organisé un système sur leur site internet, afin de publiciser tous les artisans de l’Est ayant contribué à la banque d’items pouvant être offerts par Nos Monarques en guise de reconnaissance ou d’amitié. La Reine Thyra a voulu exprimer combien ces présents étaient importants pour eux, ainsi que pour le Royaume de l’Est, par ces mots.
“Nous sommes tellement reconnaissants pour la générosité des artisans du Royaume de l’Est. Renforcer les liens entre Royaumes est d’une grande importance pour Nous, et Nous pouvons entres autres nous acquitter de cette tâche de manière personnelle entre Cousins Royaux. L’offre de cadeaux, particulièrement venant de mains royales, est une tradition vielle de plusieurs millénaires. Dans notre Société, même si la Royauté ne règne que pour une courte période de temps, les souvenirs des cadeaux reçus restent vifs et évoquent les qualités du Royaume qui les a offerts pour bien des années à venir. Nous avons été les récipiendaires de bien belles choses, et voulions nous assurer que le Royaume de l’Est pourrait en offrir de toutes aussi jolies.
Les échanges de cadeaux royaux ne sont pas aussi visibles que les expositions d’Arts et Sciences, mais ils donnent aux artisans une forme différente de visibilité. Leurs objets sont admirés et chéris. Malgré tout, cela requiers une profonde loyauté envers l’Est, ainsi qu’une générosité sans pareille pour donner ainsi le produit de leur temps et efforts pour une royauté qu’ils ne connaissent pas et peut-être ne rencontrerons jamais. Nous nous sentons humbles et inspirés par ces personnes, et voulons que leurs travaux ne soient pas oubliés.”
Traduction: Behi Kirsa Oyutai
The East Kingdom is saddened to hear of the loss of the Calontir Falcons on the way home from Gulf Wars. Master Freiderich von Blumenkamp of Calontir, Lady Lora Ann Rós and their son Liam’s car caught on fire on the return trip. Although all the humans escaped safely, unfortunately, none of the birds escaped. Artemis, a 21 year old Harris Hawk, Cinnamon a 5 year old Red Tailed Hawk. Winter a 4 year old gyrfalcon, Lady a 16 year old Aplomado falcon and Ra’n, a 4 year old American Kestrel died in the fire.
While on site the Gazette interviewed Master Freiderich, the Gulf War Falconry Coordinator, and Lady Lora Ann. They taught us the difference between a falcon and a hawk, spoke about falconry as a blood sport in SCA period and also about the modern process of becoming a licensed falconer in the United States. From October to March they hunt with the birds about 3 times a week. In April the birds molting brings the hunting season to a close.
Most magically, Master Friederich, Lady Lora Ann and another falconer from Trimaris allowed visitors to the mews to hold the falcons on their wrists. All who saw the raptors were charmed by their beauty and grace. Both Her Majesty Thyra and Her Highness Etheldreda visited the Falconry tent, and many members of the populace posted photos and stories of their experiences to Facebook, considering it one of the highlights of the event.
A fund to help the family of falconers has been set up by Lord Andromir Vukovic of Calontir. From the announcement posted on Facebook: ” The account is titled Falcon Fund. The intent is to collect funds to be dispersed to Lora Ann, Fredrick, and Liam (The Brooks family) via their bank account or to a disposable gift card. This is a convenient way to those in and out of Kingdom to show their kindness…otherwise, collection points for those wishing to give “made/purchased” pieces will be announced at a later time or you may contact me via private message. To connect to the PayPal account, the name is Falcon Fund and the email associated is email@example.com. Should you still wish to donate, but not via PayPal…contact me privately…”. Lord Andromir Vukovic, Mundanely known as Andy Cardin.
Article text and photos were provided by Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn.
Our thanks to Muirgheal inghean Domhnaill, for supplying this older photo of Artemis.
Baroness Mylisant Grey, Gazette editor, took photos of the Eastern royalty just before opening ceremonies at Gulf Wars. An Aethelmearc royal also made an appearance in one of the photos.
Baroness Mylisant Grey, éditeur de la Gazette, a pris des photos de notres royals juste avant l’ouverture des cérémonies aux guerres du Golfe. Un Aethelmearc royal est aussi dans une photo, vous pouvez lui trouver ?
Diamond Tourney at Gulf Wars, Countess Marguerite reporting
The Diamond Tourney is one of the most prestigious tournaments at Gulf Wars. Sponsored by the Diamonds and Roses of Gleann Abhann it features Rapier and Armored combatants. Each sitting Queen is allowed one combatant of each. We are pleased to report that the finals consisted of
Count Cellach MacChormach Midrealm and
Dona Anastasia fighting for Queen Thyra of the East.
King Titus Germanicus of Aethelmearc and
Don Blayde of the West fighting for Queen Anna Leigh of Aethelmearc.
The victors were Count Cellach and Dona Anasasia for Queen Thyra. Vivat!
En francais par Maîtresse Bess avec Behi Kirsa Oyutai. Comtesse Marguerite est la journaliste
Le Tournoi du Diamant est l’un des plus prestigieux à Gulf War. Parrainé par les Diamants et les Roses de Gleann Abhann, on y présente autant des combattants en armure que des escrimeurs. Chaque Reine à droit à un combattant dans chaque discipline.
Comte Cellach MacChormach du Royaume du Milieu et Dona Anastasia se sont battus pour la reine Thyra de l’Est.
Le Roi Titus Germanicus d’Aethelmearc et Don Blayde, de l’Ouest, se sont battus pour la Reine Anna Leigh d’Aethelmearc.
Les vainqueurs ont été Comte Cellach et Dona Anasasia pour la Reine Thyra. Vivat!
Countess Marguerite, reporting.
This reporter is standing at Gulf War Opening ceremonies where the Peace Negotiations between Trimaris and Ansteorra have broken down. In an egreegious display of temper the King of Ansteorra Lachlann kicked grass on the shoes of the King Kurn of Trimaris. It looks like there will be War. The East has allied with Trimaris.
There was much entertaining banter during the declaration. Calontir declared for Ansteorra after receiving from them amazing largess (Large S). Athelmaerc declared their sides after inspecting the jewels of both crowns and deciding it was better in Trimaris.
En francais par Behi Kirsa Oyutai
Nous sommes présentement à la cérémonie d’ouverture de Gulf War, où les négociations de paix entre le Royaume de Trimaris et Ansteorra sont au point mort. Dans un flagrant mouvement de colère, le Roi d’Ansteorra Lachlann a donné un coup de pied et couvert de poussière les chaussures du Roi Kurn de Trimaris. Il semblerait que ce sera la guerre. Le Royaume de l’Est s’est allié avec Trimaris.
La déclaration fût marquée par d’amusantes badineries. Le Royaume de Calontir s’est déclaré du côté d’Ansteorra après avoir reçu d’eux d’impressionnantes largesses (Large S). Tant qu’à lui, le Royaume d’Athelmaerc, pour déclarer son alliance, a inspecté les joyaux des deux couronnes opposées, avant de décider que ceux de Trimaris étaient mieux.