The event will be held in Springfield, MA, and full event details can be found online at the East Kingdom Website.
The Gazette thanks Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick for writing this article at our request for our series of background articles on the East Kingdom and the SCA.
Few things evoke the feeling of living in the past quite so easily as the sight of a caparisoned horse charging down a list, rider with lance at the ready. While actually becoming a rider or owning a horse of your own involves a significant outlay of both time and money, having equestrian activities at your event is surprisingly easy.
Mostly what equestrians need is space, and the proper paperwork done. We bring the rest. We are very self-sufficient, sometimes so much so that you don’t even realize we’re there!
- Our own games equipment.
We use a lot of specialized targets, stands and lane markers. We don’t expect a site to provide us with anything more than few hay bales to stab and we can even manage without those.
- Our own horse-containment systems. While we LOVE it when an event can provide us with a horse barn to use, not all barns are suitable for horses, particularly at fairgrounds. More than one horse has demonstrated his ability to simply walk through the walls of a pen designed to hold goats. For this reason, most owners bring portable stalls for their horses unless we know for certain the site has horse stalls available for our use.
- Our own marshals/scorekeepers/list ministers. You do not need to have horse-knowledgeable people on your event staff, you just need someone to act as liaison between the autocrat staff and whichever equestrian marshal is assigned to your event. There is always room for someone who wants to come help us keep score, or herald the competition but we do not require the hosting group to be able to provide those things for us.
A competition field We don’t need a perfect, groomed riding arena. A mostly flat, mostly level field that isn’t muddy or rocky or full of holes will do. If it has a fence, great! If not we can set up boundary ropes to help define where spectators should be vs the active competition area. 75 feet by 150 feet is a good minimum size, though we’ve been able to work with slightly less if it has permanent barriers (fencing or trees) on at least two sides. This does NOT have to be a separate field from the main area of the event as long as the field is large enough to share safely. In fact, we prefer to be part of or adjacent to the main event area if at all possible.
- Water. We bring our own buckets and a small amount of water with us, but we cannot transport enough water to last an entire weekend. A horse can drink as much as 20 gallons per day when it’s hot, and 10 gallons per day is the minimum amount of water that should be provided to each horse. A hose near the horse area is fine. Lakes or streams don’t count.
- Somewhere to dispose of manure. We bring our own tools, and we clean up after the horses ourselves, we just need somewhere to dump the output. This can be a dumpster rented for the purpose or a dump pile on site. Most garbage collection companies rent manure dumpsters to farms – just be sure to specify that you are looking for a quote on a manure dumpster, not a trash dumpster. They’re often considerably cheaper than trash dumpsters because the company can sell the manure as compost.
- Trailer parking. Horse truck and trailer rigs are not as big as semi-trucks but they’re easily the largest vehicles on site at most any event and they need a good bit of room to turn and maneuver. This does not need to be near the regular parking, but near the horse area is a bonus.
- A clear emergency lane from the equestrian area to the road off-site. If a person is injured, the paramedics can bring in a stretcher if they can’t get the ambulance right there. If a horse is seriously injured, we must be able to get a trailer right to where the horse is. Luckily a horse injury that severe has only happened once in all the years we’ve had equestrian events in the East but it made a mighty big impression on those people who found their tents being torn down in a big hurry so the emergency trailer could get through.
- Room to overnight horses. This one applies primarily to camping events but you’ll get more horses attending a single-day event if there is somewhere for them to stay overnight nearby. Unlike us, horses can’t ride in the trailer for 6 hours, compete all day and then trailer home another 6 hours. If there is a suitable horse barn, we don’t have to camp right next to the horses, though we like to. If we’re using portable pens we absolutely must camp with the horses so we can supervise them, both so that we can keep them contained and so we can keep them and you safe. Plan on 20’x20’ per horse for portable pens, plus space for walking lanes between them. For single day events it sometimes works to set up overnight pens on the same field as will be used for competition.
- Proper paperwork. Any SCA function that has horses at it as part of the event must activate the equestrian insurance rider whether the site requires proof of insurance or not. The insurance rider is $50 and instructions for ordering it can be found at http://sca.org/docs/insurance.html. Additionally, every single person that enters the event must sign an equestrian waiver at the gate. Promising not to go near the horse area is not sufficient. In the case of an accidental escapee, the entire event may end up being “the horse area” for a short period of time. We hope that doesn’t happen but the waiver covers the SCA in case it does. There’s a very funny story about the time several of the horses escaped the pasture at Panteria and visited the royal feast. That was probably the last time we ever trusted the permanent fencing at a site without inspecting every linear foot of it first!
Photos kindly provided by Baron Fergus MacRae and Mistress Brita
The 2015 Kings and Queens Arts and Science Championship will take place on Saturday March 7th in the Barony of L’lle du Dragon Dormant (Montreal). Please see the Kingdom Announcement for full event details.
The championship will be judged as a body of work. Entrants shall enter a minimum of two items and a maximum of five. No item should have won a previous King’s or Queen’s Championship. Each item should have been made within three years of the competition.
The items can be from a single discipline or from multiple disciplines. The winner of the competition is the Queen’s Champion of Arts and Science. The King determines the Kings Champion of Arts and Science.
Please see the complete announcement here: King and Queen A and S Championship Announcement
Competition Registration Information Continue reading
I am pleased to invite you to attend KWHSS in the canton of Eoforwic (Toronto, ON, Canada) in the Kingdom of Ealdormere June 26-28, 2015.
The website and registration is now live! Please click here to visit the KWHSS 2015 Website.
We would also like to extend an invitation to all heralds and scribes to teach at the symposium. The class proposal form is now live on the website as well.
You may also send an email to email@example.com if you would like more info or to propose a class.
Over the years, there has been an excellent relationship between our two kingdoms, and we are very much hoping that many of our friends will make the trip to teach, share and learn. We are very much hoping to see many of you this coming June!
Want more information about past Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposiums? Here’s the webpage.
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.
On Saturday October 25, in Carolingia, over 70 Easterners participated in a new way to hold an event. There was a autocrat, gate, classes, even a musician playing in the social hall throughout the day. There was even a dayboard, unconventional as it was. (Those who pre-registered had the option of ordering a burrito lunch catered in) What there wasn’t, was garb, court, or people in persona.
The Barony of Dragonship Haven once again welcomes the artisans and scientists of the Kingdom to their annual St. Elegius Arts and Sciences Faire and Competition on November 15th in Meriden CT. In addition to the arts & sciences competition, the day will include several martial activities, the Master Alexander Challenge, a hearty day board, and a dessert revel to celebrate the Barony of Dragonship Haven’s Birthday.
St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition
The St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition is designed to be something like a martial tourney divided into different levels of competition based on the competitor’s skill level, and judged in a face-to-face style that is allegorical of armored combat.
Each contestant declares his or her entry as belonging to one of the following levels. Entrants are allowed to choose the correct level for each entry and to enter different items at different levels.
Novices have entered a few small competitions (or none) and feel rather inexperienced in Art and Science contests. (Analogy: Novice Tourney) Entries will further be divided into ‘New to A&S Contests’ and ‘New to the SCA’ (>3 years) at the registration table.
Artisans have entered competitions and have gotten feedback & refined their entry so it shows to best advantage. (Analogy: Cadet’s/Squire’s Tourney)
Experienced competitors have entered several local or Kingdom-wide contests. This group also includes any Laurel whose entry is anything-BUT-what-they-were-laureled-for. (Analogy: competes in King & Queen’s Champion Tourney)
Laurels & masters are either members of the Order of the Laurel entering examples of the work(s) for which they received their recognition, or any non-Laurel who chooses to enter in this group, thus they are scored on their their mastery of an art or science. (Analogy: competes in Best of the Knowne World Tourney)
- Face-to-face scoring is the order of the day so come prepared to talk about your work. We contend that A&S contest is a form of tourney, so it’s an in-person sport. You must be present to score & be scored.
- Since the combatants declare the winner of a martial bout, St. Eligius entrants will score entries in their contest group: novices scoring novice entries, artisans scoring artisan entries; Laurels scoring Laurels & masters entries etc. An orientation to scoring will be available for every entrant and a consultant will be available for each group. Use them for info, but make up your own mind.
- Not all entries from the same person must be entered at the same level. Please limit entries to not more than 3 in a level, or 5 total. (Note: a Laurel is never a novice or an artisan, but may properly enter as Experienced Competitor for new artforms and/or as Laurel/master entering something for which they received their Laurel.)
- Performance entries should NOT be longer than 5 minutes for solos, or up to 10 minutes for groups.
- Research papers are limited to 8 pages and must be received in electronic format by the competition coordinator 2 weeks before competition (Nov 3rd). They will be read by non-contestants, but face-to-face scoring will still occur.
- All food, beverage, and cosmetic entries must have a full ingredients list to avoid foreseeable allergies.
- Works too bulky to transport may be entered using photographs and write-ups. Works-in-progress are welcome.
- There is no age limit on entries. Bring your best even if you made it 20+ years ago.
- A St. Eligius 12 Question sheet should accompany entries in this contest (strongly recommended). It is OK to say “see documentation”; and provide a more formal write-up. Any pictures of related items or extant examples should be included to help those scoring your work. Your documentation from prior competitions/displays can be included for completeness. Sources should be generally regarded as reputable and applicable to the entry.
- Use of smart phones or computers to show images or references or is permitted but not required. No equipment will be supplied, but you may share or borrow. NO internet access is available.
Prizes will be awarded during court to the gentles achieving the highest single-entry score in each of the 5 groups: Novice 1 and Novice 2, Artisan, Experienced competitor, Laurels & masters.
Special competitions also being held concurrently.
St. Eligius 12 question sheet is NOT needed for these competitions.
Scoring is subjective on a 0 to 100 scale as shown on score sheet.
In honor of our patron, St. Eligius, we are asking that entries include a brief description of your experience of a Medieval Moment during the preparation of your project. Please describe (verbally or in writing) something that brought you closer to the artisan who originated the work you have adapted or used for inspiration. Descriptions may be written or verbal. A good story always scores well. See question # 11 in St. Eligius 12 Questions.
Master Alexander Challenge
In the spirit of Master Alexander the Younger, please enter an example of your work in an art that is new to you within the last year. New techniques within the art that you already practice do not count (i.e. glassblowing to enameling of blown glass beakers is an expansion of a skill, not a new-to-you art form.) Scoring will be only on the entry’s meeting the criteria of the art being new to you, and not on full documentation or mastery of the art. Minimal documentation of methods and how this is new to you is required. The intent is to give a supportive venue for trying new arts without the rigors of open competition. The prize is will be chosen and presented by Lady Cassandra de Matisse or her representative.
Display 3-5 examples of your work showing how your skill has progressed over the years. Works should include something from very early in your career (even if that was last week). Works may (but need not) be entered for individual scores. This competition is a chance to show your development as an artisan. Documentation should be very brief with rough dates of completion.
Bring your best non-period items with a medieval flair (e.g. camp furniture, phone holder, lawn ornament) for recognition in this category.
Vote with beans for your favorite entry. Most beans wins.
Catch the Baron’s eye and gain his praise and a prize.
Beyond the Arts and Sciences Competition
Those artists and scientists who prefer not to be involved in scoring and being scored are warmly encouraged to DISPLAY their works for the delight and amazement of the populace. Please consider showing your works and let us see what you’re up to! Works-in-progress are welcome.
Those with a more martial inclination are well-provided with activities during the day as well. List fields for both armored and rapier combat will be available and the Barony of Dragonship Haven will be holding tournaments to choose their new Champions in both disciplines.
Greetings all! – Upon this coming 18th of October, the people of the Canton of Black Icorndall in the Barony of Bhakail invite you to join Their Majesties Edward III and Thyra II at a grand tourney highlighting the skills of the East in the arts of defence. Their Champions, Don Donovan Shinnock and Don Thomas of Effingham, will oversee the tourney as Their Majesties attend to the selection of the next King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champions.
Children are welcome but we ask you to please supervise your children at all times. We are planning to have children’s activities. More details to follow.
There will be a dayboard provided. There will not be a feast, but there are a number of excellent restaurants located one mile away in nearby Media, PA. – http://visitmediapa.com/dining
We are working on coordinating crash space. In the meantime, we can recommend the Days Inn (http://www.daysinnspringfieldpa.com/) or the Courtyard Marriott (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phlgf-courtyard-philadelphia-springfield/), both located three miles away in Springfield, PA
No animals are allowed on site except Service Animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (guide dogs, signal dogs, or other animals individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability).
Schedule: 8am – Site Set-Up
9am – Site Opens
10:30am – Tourney registration closes
11am – Tourney begins
Late afternoon – Tourney ends, Court begins
6pm – Site cleanup
7pm – Site closes
Site fees: $10 for adults ($12 at door). Dayboard included. Please add the $5 Non-Member Surcharge if you are not a member of the SCA.
$8 for children 6-17 ($10 at door). Free for children under 5.
Feast fees: Dayboard only. No feast. There are a number of excellent restaurants located in Media, PA. – http://visitmediapa.com/dining
Make checks payable to: SCA PA, Inc., Canton of Black Icorndall
Send reservations to: Please send the following information with your reservation: Modern and SCA names for all persons included in the reservation, proof of membership for all members included in the reservation (photocopy of membership card or copy of cover of recent Pikestaff cover with the members name is acceptable), contact information, and check or money order made out to “SCA PA, Inc., Canton of Black Icorndall”.
Reservations must be received by October 11, 2014.:
Honourable Lord Muin maqq Minain (Donald Downie) 404 Blakeley Rd.
Wallingford, PA 19086, 610-745-0519, OakAshThorn@gmail.com
Autocrat: Master Rowen Cloteworthy, (Rowen Stuffer), 113 E. Third St.
Media, PA 19063, 609-634-3230, HandyMonkey@gmail.com
King’s Rapier Champion (for tourney information): Don Donovan Shinnock (Timothy Walsh)617-512-4171, Timothy.Walsh@gmail.com
Site opens: 9am Site closes: 6pm
Site address: Stage One, 101 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086
– From the North – Take I-276 (PA Turnpike) to I-476 South (Mid-County Expressway). Take I-476 South to Exit 3 (Baltimore Pike). Make a right at the bottom of the ramp towards Media. Take East Baltimore Pike 1.3 miles. ** At the traffic light at Beatty Road (Acme shopping center on far right corner, PNC Bank on near left corner) turn left onto Beatty Road. Go one block to a stop sign and make a left onto N. Providence Road / PA-252 South. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Plush Mill Road. Go 0.1 miles; Stage One will be on your left.
– From the South – Take I-95 to I-476 North. Take I-476 North to Exit 3 (Baltimore Pike). Make a left at the bottom of the ramp towards Media. Take East Baltimore Pike 1.4 miles. Follow from ** above.
The site is also located near public transportation from Philadelphia, within a mile of both the Wallingford Station of the SEPTA Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line from 30th Street Station and the Media / Providence Road stop on the 101 Trolley from 69th Street Terminal. We are working to have a shuttle service available from those stops and will have more details as soon as we can.
The Province of Malagentia recently announced the schedule of classes for the Heavy List University event, being held this Saturday, April 12th in Eliot, Maine. Full details (including class times, event directions, lunch information, event location, and cost) can be found in the official East Kingdom announcement, or on the Malagentian website.
Classes include ‘Intermediate Sword and Shield’ (taught by Duke Kenric aet Eastseaxe), ‘Historiacal Polearm techniques’ (taught by Duke Vissevald Selkirkson), ‘Movement, Measure and Power in Armored Combat’ (taught by Duke Lucan von Drakenkalue), ‘Two Sword’ (taught by Master Julien de la Pointe), as well as classes taught by Sir Ankara Lig Niki, Syr Kyppyn Kirkcaldy, Baron Matthew Moraveous Avdenmork, Lord Tiernana, and Lord William Ravenhair. The day will also include a demonstration of historical cut and thrust techniques.
Posted on behalf of Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant
Bonjour mes amis!
Noisemakers IX is coming up in less than two weeks, and I’d like to invite everyone to take a look at the amazing list of classes and workshops! In addition to our commedia dell’arte track, we’re excited to offer a wide array of heraldry, music, storytelling, and language classes spanning beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Please also keep in mind the performance challenges (try something new in a very supportive setting!) and our baronial bardic competition, as well as the Pellycan roadshow.
Also, the menu for Lady Livia’s Roman dayboard is now posted. Please do take a look, and be advised that some dishes will contain rue (alternate versions without rue will be available for almost all items, although the online menu may not yet reflect that).
Check out all the details at the Noisemakers website.