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Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia, East Kingdom Seneschal, is looking for someone to head up the East Kingdom Display at the 50th Year Anniversary celebration. This should be someone who has an interest in the pageantry and history of the East, as well as the ability to work with a multi-kingdom group to make the 50th Year celebration shine. The following letter is from the coordinator of the display chairs, and details what is expected from the chair and the Kingdom display. Please contact Dueña Mercedes with questions or to express your interest in the position.
To the Great Kingdom of the East does Eleanor, Baroness of the Flame, in the esteemed Kingdom of the Middle send greetings!
The 50th Anniversary of the Society for Creative Anachronism is upon us! “50 Year” will be celebrated in the Middle Kingdom in the State of Indiana, at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex from June 16th to June 27th, 2016.
I have the pleasure of working as the Archivist for the event, alongside THL Elizabethe Alles, who is the Chair of Historic Displays, to ensure that all Kingdoms are represented at this most noble function!
We are asking that each Kingdom designate a Chair who will head your particular Kingdom’s display. This person will work directly with me in coordinating their displays, including the acquisition and collection of items if needed. If a representative cannot be on site for the event, any and all items can be sent to me and volunteers will set up the display. While these are static displays, having members of the Kingdoms on-hand to answer questions and tell stories is highly encouraged.
Each Kingdom will be allotted a 20-24’ (length) x 8’ (Depth) space located in the Hendricks Power Exposition Hall.
We are asking that all displays include the following:
o A banner or sign displaying the name of the Kingdom
o A large Kingdom device displaying the arms of the Kingdom
o King and Queen Lineage on a large easily readable display
o Pictures or items that are a part of the Kingdom’s history (example: coronets, gowns, casting molds from important items, mantles, old armor, new armor etc.)
o A 10 minute video on the history and traditions of the Kingdom (Please keep videos positive and uplifting, use proper SCA photo release forms and send digital copies of forms to Kelly Magill at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended but not required:
o Any written Kingdom histories
o Peerage Lineage
o Displays of Kingdom traditions
o Kingdom songs recorded or written for viewing and listening
o Lists and depictions of Kingdom level awards
o Maps of territories, baronies, shires etc.
o All the things that make your Kingdom unique!!
Though the event is a year and a half away we want to ensure each Kingdom is represented in the best way possible. Display Chairs should be chosen by February 28th 2015 in order to facilitate communication and provide time to plan and gather the materials needed for this project. A common information sharing webpage will be created when all Chairs have been identified.
I look forward to working with the Kingdom Display Chairs for all Kingdoms, and will assist in any way I can to make sure that all displays are successful.
Eleanor, Baroness Flame
The Middle Kingdom
Unto the populace of the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings,
As many of you know, I stepped up into the Kingdom Rapier Marshal position at Crown Tournament. One of the priorities of my early tenure in this position is to find replacements for some of my Regional Marshals. To that end I would like to officially put out the call for resumes from anyone interested in taking on the position of Central Regional Deputy Rapier Marshal. As the previous Deputy, Don Donovan, is now my Kingdom Deputy, I need to fill the void left by his departure for this new position. Anyone interested in taking on this position please send me your SCA resume to the Kingdom Rapier Marshal e-mail listed in Pikestaff. I will be accepting resumes until Thursday, November 27th, at which time I will close the window and review the resumes I have received up to that point. I look forward to hearing from any of you who wish to take this position on.
Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
The Pennsic Signal Corps (PSC) is looking for interested gentles to help with the battles at the Pennsic War!
The PSC serves the Field Marshalate. Members handle the official timing (at the pleasure of the field marshal), display the countdown and signal flags, distribute and return the radios used by the marshals on the field, and perform any other tasks required by the field marshal to help the battles run smoothly. The work of the PSC is not noticed when done well, but it’s an important volunteer effort.
The ideal candidates for this work have an interest in the battles but are not fighting, are available at least one day of war week, are willing to come to the site of the battle about 1 to 1.5 hours before
the battle begins and stay for about 30 minutes after the battle ends, are willing to cry times for the countdown and speak clearly on the radio, be able to stand for the length of the battle (or bring a folding chair), be able to lift up to about 15 pounds (though not very often), be willing to support the field marshal as needed, be enthusiastic, and be ready to have one of the best vantage points for the battles.
Interested gentles should contact Lord Nicolas of Windreach. Please feel free to distribute this information as desired.
TheGazette has received the following request for a volunteer:
As you may or may not know the Archery Community has a quarterly newsletter called “Quivers and Quarrels.” We have had a wonderful editor/Chronicler working on it but she needs an immediate replacement.
Are there any Archery enthusiasts you know who would flourish in this kind of role? The Q&Q Chronicler serves as a deputy to me and has a host of people supplying material for their newsletter.
If you know anyone who might be interested, please have them contact me at email@example.com. I will gladly answer any questions they may have about the job. This might also be a good training ground for future Kingdom Chroniclers.
Please spread the word.
This is a series of Q&A articles the Gazette is conducting with members of the Pennsic staff.
Q&A with The Honorable Lady Helena Sibylla, Deputy Mayor of Cultural Affairs for Pennsic War 42
What Pennsic activities does your office cover?
Cultural Affairs includes most of the non-martial activities at Pennsic. We include Performing Arts, Pennsic University, European Dance, and Middle Eastern Arts. The Period Games Tent, Artisans’ Row, and the A&S Display are also part of this division.
Do you need volunteers? What kind of skills would be useful for them to have?
Yes, we always need volunteers! The most needed section is the University, where we need volunteers to help staff University Point throughout the War. It would be useful for volunteers here to have some basic knowledge of the layout of the Pennsic grounds so people can be directed to all the different locations where we have classes and activities. Being patient is also helpful – people have lots of questions!
Is there a particular activity or change to an activity that you’re excited is happening?
I’m always excited about the University – this is where I got my start as part of the Pennsic staff team – the sheer number and variety of classes we offer is really amazing. The new arrangement of the University and Performing Arts block will also be interesting to see this year, since there will be something of an enclosed courtyard that is different from the previous arrangement.
What one thing do you wish people knew about your activity?
I wish more people realized the amount of activities we offer throughout Pennsic! I think sometimes people get focused on their one particular area of interest and miss out on fun stuff happening elsewhere. Come and see a performance! Take a dance class! There’s lots more to Pennsic than just fighting or parties. :)
What about your area of responsibility interests you?
I really like the variety of Cultural Affairs. It’s a big division with a lot going on, so it keeps me on my toes!
What advice would you give someone who wants to hold your position in the future?
Familiarize yourself with as much of the Cultural Affairs division as you can. Try to volunteer in some different places to get a look behind the scenes and see how each department functions and what’s needed. There are always things you won’t find out until you’re the one responsible for solving a problem, but it helps to have some understanding of how things work.
On a personal note, what part of Pennsic do you most look forward to?
I really enjoy the camaraderie of our camp and its neighbors – we all work together on many things to make the Pennsic experience enjoyable for all of us. It’s also nice to get away from many of the electronic demands on our daily lives. Finally, I really, REALLY love it when the big military airplanes do their flyovers!
Many of our readership will be joining our noble King and valorous Queen on the fields at Pennsic. Those of us who will remain at home to tend homesteads and fend off bandits and otherwise maintain the King’s peace throughout the realm will be eager for news from the battlefields and parties and courts and classes.
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At this year’s Pennsic War, the big-hearted people of the East Kingdom will have yet another opportunity to demonstrate the greatness of our Kingdom. At the suggestion of the Queens of the East and Middle Kingdoms, a new war point for volunteering is being instituted. For the 24-hour period spanning Tuesday, July 30th (the Tuesday of War Week) from midnight to midnight, each and every volunteer will be counted. Every location at Pennsic that is staffed by volunteers will record the name and Kingdom affiliation of each volunteer during that time period. The side with the most hours volunteered will be awarded a War Point towards Pennsic victory.
For those unfamiliar with all of the jobs that are filled by volunteers at Pennsic, this article from Pennsic 41 (2012) has a great detailed list of many of the departments that need volunteers and what skills and labor are needed. [EDIT: Please note that this is an old list of volunteer opportunities and is *not* the definitive list for this year’s Volunteering War Point] Everyone can do their part for the war in more ways than one by signing up to help with their favorite activity.
From the Brigantia Principal Herald of the East and the East Kingdom Minister of the Lists:
The time has once again come for the selection of the Prince and Princess of Tir Mara, Heirs to the Throne of the Kingdom of the East. This glorious day does not happen spontaneously. It requires many hands and many feet. I applaud the good people of the Province of Ostgardr for the work they have done, and will continue to do, for this event.
That being said, the tournament doesn’t run on the event support staff alone. The Heralds and Ministers of the Lists will need assistance running the actual tournament. If you wish to volunteer to get a front row seat to some of the best fighting of the Spring and a view into the inner workings of running large tournaments please volunteer to be a List Runner, MoL, or Herald for the event.
If you wish to be a List Runner or a Herald for the event please contact Ryan, Brigantia Principal Herald of he East. If you wish to assist the Minister of the Lists please contact Sabina, East Kingdom Minister of the Lists.
As you may have heard, there will be many Royals (including, we hope, TRM and TRH AEthelmearc, TRM Trimaris and TRM Acre) visiting us from Foreign lands at the upcoming Market Day at Birka XXIV being held January 25th and 26th in the mighty Barony of Stonemarche (Manchester, NH).
With so many illustrious Royal guests, it would be right and proper to make sure the Royal Room is well guarded so that our guests feel that they and their belongings are secure.
If you are of a mind to help in this endeavor, please sign up for a shift (or two).
If you would like to sign up as a group (e.g. Shire, Barony, Household), please feel free to put your group’s name in both signup slots for that hour. Please also feel free to sign up for multiple times, should you be inspired to do so.
Please send any questions to Lord Matthias Grunwald, Captain of the Guard.