Laurels’ Prize Tourney in Carolingia, March 2017


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This coming March, the Barony of Carolingia will host a Laurels’ Prize Tourney – what challenge will you choose to meet?

Laurels Prize Tourney, March 25, 2017, Barony of Carolingia

A Laurels Prize Tourney is an event where members of the Order of the Laurel issue challenges in their area(s) of expertise, to be met by any interested party. (Really! You do not need any award or rank to answer a challenge – just a desire to engage with the question and share your results.) There are challenges of all kinds, from fiber arts to food, from material culture to performance.

At the event, entrants will meet with the Laurel who issued the challenge, and have the opportunity to talk in-depth with them about their work. They will also have the opportunity to display their work to all interested attendees; those who choose to answer a performance-based challenge will have the opportunity to perform their answer for not only the Laurel who issued the challenge, but also interested attendees from the event in general.

Each Laurel defines the terms of their challenge; each challenger will also decide how they wish to reward those who meet their challenge; some may choose a single winner, and some may reward every entrant who answers. There is no overall competition – there is no “Tourney Winner” for the day. The focus is on shared learning and intensive feedback, as well as the joy of sharing focused, excellent work.

Curious about the challenges? Take a look and see what strikes your fancy, and come to Carolingia this Spring to share your results! Challenges are still being added, so check back often to see what’s new.

For Those Intending to Enter Crown Tourney


img_9507-2Greetings unto all those intending to enter Fall Crown Tournament.
Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Brion and Princess Anna with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. Joint letters are preferred if you are using the following link, or if you are using email.

The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, October 1, 2016.
If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated.

Their Highnesses would remind all entrants that should they win, they will be named Prince and Princess of Tir Mara for their time as Crown Prince and Princess of the East, representing the noble people of Our fair Crown Principality. Please bear these responsibilities in mind should you choose to enter the Crown Lists this Fall. TRH also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.

In Service to the East, I remain
Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom

Unofficial Court Report for the Closing of the Inne at Coldwood


badge HeraldFollowing is the unoffical court report from the Closing of the Inne at Coldwood, held this September 24.

Gavin Asgarson – Gawain
Lilli of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Allie of the Valley – Tyger’s Cub; scroll by Heather Rose de Gordoun
Emrys of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Lisabetta Medaglia
Emily of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Constance de St. Denis
Volkmar of Mountain Freehold – AoA; scroll by Myrun Leifsdottir
Beytill Aidenson – Silver Tyger; scroll by Mari Clock van Hoorne
Phelippe du Peirgore – OTC; scroll by Altani Khatagidai
Katherine Slough – OSC; Illumination by Lisabetta Medaglia, calligraphy by: Faolan an Screcain
Brien MacShane – Chivalry; scroll by Vettorio Antonello

Editor’s Note: A banishment was announced in this court.  For more information, please see the official announcements in Pikestaff.

The reporting herald was Donovan Shinnock.

Unofficial Court Report – Equestrian Champions


On August 27 in the Shire of Quintavia, Their Magesties Kenric and Avelina gathered with their populace to choose their new equestrian champions. Following is the unofficial court report.

Lillian Stanhope  – King’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gwenillian Rhiannon of Dragon Keep – Queen’s Equestrian Champion; scroll by Katherine Stanhope
Gritta of Strangewayes – AoA; Illumination by: Lily atte Valleye, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Fortune St. Keyne – Burdened Tyger; scroll by Fiona O’Maille o Chaun Coille
Alexei Dmitriev – Burdened Tyger
Shire of Quintavia – Company of Fellowship
Duncan Kerr – Silver Tyger; Illumination by: Myrun Leifsdottir, Calligraphy by: Nest verch Tangwistel
Ciarnat ni Bhroin – Maunche; scroll by Sunniva Ormstung
Doucet de Verdun – Pelican; scroll by Harold von Auerbach

The herald of record was Donovan Shinnock.

Eastern Results from the July 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns


badge HeraldThe Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the July 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings. Continue reading

New Order of High Merit — the Order of the Golden Mantle

goldenmantleAt the Curia of Kenric III and Avelina III at the Great Northeastern War this past July, Their Majesties deemed the time right to create an Order of High Merit, conveying a Grant of Arms, for prowess and service in the ancillary martial arts of combat archery, scouting, siege, and thrown weapons — the Order of the Golden Mantle.

EK Law, section IX.B.8. now reads:

“The Order of the Golden Mantle may be given to gentles in the East Kingdom who have distinguished themselves by prowess in an auxiliary capacity on the field of battle and the target range, in the areas of Siege Weaponry, Scouting, Combat Archery, and Thrown Weaponry, and demonstrated service to the Kingdom in these areas by marshalling, commanding, building equipment, teaching, and helping to promote and expand the knowledge of these arts. The Order of the Golden Mantle includes all gentles who previously received the Order of the Golden Mantle (as an Order of Honor) and the Order of Artemis.”

The previous Orders of Honor — the Golden Mantle  and the Order of Artemis  — are now closed, and the members of both previous Orders of Honor are now Companions of the Order of the Golden Mantle.

As an Order of High Merit, the Golden Mantle is now a polling order. All current Companions are invited to join the Order’s polling list and its discussion list — please start HERE, and be sure to join both lists so you can participate in the discussion and the pollings.

Shire Wars Coming Up Soon!

Are you looking for a way to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the battle of Hastings? You can’t get to England this year to march from Stamford Bridge to Hastings? Come instead to Shire Wars, Oct 14-16 and choose sides in many competitions, including chivalric combat, fencing, and thrown weapons. Are you a marshal for a martial art ? A dab hand with a sponge and dishtowel? Good with a knife & chopping block? Great with wee ones? Able to tell a tall tale (or a short one)? Come help the cause (whichever side that is)!

Bardic, dancing, classes, merchants and artistic displays will be at the main hall. Please bring displays of heraldry, yours or your groups. A mid-day meal will be cooked by the battlefield. A feast of Anglo-Saxon and Norman courses will be served in the early evening.

Tent camping sites and cabin bunks are available.  For more information please see the East Kingdom Event Announcement as well, for those on the Book of Face,  the Facebook Event Page.

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Q&A: Outgoing and Incoming EK Brewers Guild Masters



Photo courtesy of Pan Kythe Szubielka

Last weekend, the Guild Master of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild passed from Mistress Sylvia du Vey to Master Magnus Hvalmagi.  To mark the occasion and educate the populace about their brewing opportunities, the Gazette posed questions to the outgoing and incoming Guild Heads.

Please give us a brief overview of the guild and the role of the Guild Head.

Mistress Sylvia: The guild head has a duel responsibility to both be a cheerleader and an effective administrator.  It is important to encourage brewers of all experience levels to participate and stretch for that next level of excellence.  It is pretty critical to make sure that the guild is as welcoming and accessible as possible.  That job belongs to all of us, but most especially the Guild Master.

The administrative piece involves a lot of record keeping and communication.  We have quarterly reports to file with the MOAS as well as records on every brewer who has paneled anything in the past three and a half years.  Those records are updated and sent to the brewer each time they panel a new item, along with notes about their next steps.  Good records are essential in helping us move forward as a group, especially one that spans such a large geographic area.

Master Magnus: The East Kingdom Brewers Guild is a kingdom-wide organization whose aim is to support and expand historical brewing arts in the East. We have members all over the place and lots of expertise to help brewers develop and hone their craft – and also, we have lots of good things to drink.😉

The Guild Head is sort of the general administrator (we file a quarterly report with the MoAS), and is also the sort of the leader/visionary/what have you of the Guild. We provide vision, guidance, direction, encouragement, support, and all that good stuff.

Which activities of the guild excite you the most and why?

Mistress Sylvia: I am super excited that we have been able to provide so many opportunities to panel and progress within the guild. Members are able to get very specific feedback about what they are doing well and what they can do to improve in their craft from other brewers who are equally invested in medieval recreation.  There is still work to be done, especially in the farthest reaches of the East Kingdom, but we are working on that by utilizing the SCA pony express and remote paneling opportunities.  This is less than ideal, face-to-face is always better, but remote panels are better than no panels.  I love that our guild is a work in progress and that we are continuing to strive to meet the needs of brewers all over the East.

Master Magnus: Brewing in general excites me, and experimental archaeology in particular excites me – so for me the guild is a really exciting place! – but I think the coolest thing we do is our Paneling process. We have a well-developed rubric, and we sit down with a brewer and their work and perform a critical evaluation, with the goal of helping them improve as a historic brewer. It’s a pretty intense process to be honest, but it’s a really powerful tool that can help a brewer make great leaps in what they’re doing.

How has the guild changed over the last several years?

Mistress Sylvia: When I was promoted to Guild Mistress, it was the hope of my predecessor, Mistress Suzanne de Londres, that I would pull more brewers into the guild and reenergize the work that we do.  I think that we have accomplished those goals.  The guild is definitely more active and more visible.  We are trying to be active and supportive of the kingdom with our art.  Additionally, we have more digital presence, including an email group, Facebook page, and a new and improved webpage.  Our webpage houses our guiding documents, which is a good resource for brewers all over.  The biggest change?  We are super busy!

Master Magnus: When I joined the SCA years and years ago when rocks were soft (in 2010), the EKBG was in a lull. Sylvia took over and revitalized the Guild as a whole. She started pushing for more panel opportunities, more presence, and regularly scheduled activities at events all across the kingdom. I’d say there’s been a big jump in activity and presence in the kingdom lately.

Are there plans for growth or new activities in the future?

Mistress Sylvia: It has always my goal to lay a foundation that another Guild Master could capitalize upon. We have a really nice infrastructure in place with our policies and procedures.  The guild is primed and ready for our next steps. The transition to a new guild master began about a year ago in order to make sure it was seamless and healthy for the group. I am anticipating continued growth and more fun under Master Magnus’s care.

Master Magnus: I have a four-part Vision for the Guild, which I’ll be sharing with Guild members and generally advocating during my tenure (this is a subtle hint saying that if you want to know what my vision is, you should come play with us). I’m looking at what I call a “Blue Ocean” strategy – we’ve got all these eager active brewers with lots of ideas and cool research, so let’s start exploring! I’m looking to expand the scope of the things we support in the Guild – non-beverage items like tools and bottles, pure research, non-alcoholic beverages, and a host of other things – as well as to empower the local branches to really grow and have a presence in their area.

I’d also like us to play more with the “mainstream” A&S community – the prevalence of dry sites sometimes limits where we can be, but there are ways to work around that.

Beyond that – I dunno, maybe we’ll form a vast trade empire and start minting our own currency. That’d be cool.🙂

Please tell us a little bit about your own work as a brewer and what about the activity interests you.

Mistress Sylvia: Mead making brought me from a lurker into a fully participating SCAdian. I am anticipating that my retirement from being Guild Mistress will allow me to focus a little more on my art.  Several years ago I changed the policy that brewing laurels would automatically become grandmasters in the guild. Instead, they become masters and must continue to brew and panel to become grandmasters.  This will be my next project as a brewer!  I have to panel ten period beverages outside my specialty (mead). I expect that process will take a few years to complete.  More brewing!

Master Magnus: How long ya got?🙂

The tagline I’ve been using (when I want to sound smart and impressive) is that I do “experimental archaeological reconstruction of pre-11th century northern European fermented beverages.” Really, I consider myself an experimental researcher with a particular interest in reconstructing the material reality of pre-modern brewing systems and techniques. I want to put my hands in every part of the process, figure out how and why it worked, and see what came out of that. Very nitty-gritty experimental archaeology stuff. Because, well, I’m a nerd and that’s what gets me excited!

Sometimes I actually make beer/mead/cider/weird stuff somewhere in there.

I also do stupid things like ferment Snickers candy bars because why not. A word of advice: don’t.

What one thing do you wish everyone knew about brewing in the East Kingdom?

Mistress Sylvia: There is room for every brewer, modern, medieval, ancient.  We all have something to learn from each other.  That being said, in order to move up in the guild, one must begin to brew with a medieval mindset.  If that seems intimidating, no worries!  There is so much help available, just ask!

Master Magnus: That it’s super easy to get into! We have brewers and local guilds all over, and we love when new folks show up and want to learn.

Mistress Sylvia: Finally, I want to shout out to the brewers of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild.  You placed a lot of trust in me to help the guild grow.  I so very much appreciate everything that members have done to support me and the EKBG.  When I reflect on the work we have done, I am humbled.


Polling Award Recommendations Due Oct 7



Photo by Lady Lavina Attewode

Photo by Lady Lavina Attewode

Their Royal Highnesses Brion and Anna wish to make it known that they will consider recommendations for inclusion on Their third polling through October 7, 2016.

Please remember that you need not be a member of any order to recommend someone you consider deserving. If you know someone you feel strongly about, there is an easy online form you can fill out to submit them for consideration.

Need more information about the East Kingdom awards polling process? This article gives a good overview. Need to find out whether or not someone has the award you are considering? Look them up in the Order of Precedence.

Arts & Sciences Salon to be Held on Saturday


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img_9311On Saturday September 24, the Barony of Concordia of the Snows will be holding the second Arts & Sciences Salon, at the Scotia United Methodist Church. This event is different than a schola. It is all about relaxing and getting to enjoy your favorite art or science with no pressure to move on to another activity. There is plenty of time to speak casually with the ambassadors, and others who are passionate about their arts. At the same time, newcomers really enjoyed themselves last year, because they had the opportunity to investigate many of the things the SCA has to offer. They could move from room to room at their own pace, sampling many activities.

While some of the most popular arts and sciences from last year (calligraphy & illumination, fiber arts, metal working) will be represented again, we have made room for several new topics. These include glove making – an essential accessory for everyone in the Middle Ages; pewter casting – from carving the mold to casting your piece; brewing; and medieval plants. More than a dozen topics will be represented. This year we are offering some informal classes and demos in several of the classrooms. This is not meant to keep people from wandering in at any time, but rather as an aid to organizing your day.

Last year our persona development area focused on English and Indian personas. This year we are also focusing on Japanese culture and personas. Of course, whatever culture you are interested in, our ambassadors will be able to give you help and advice on honing your persona.

Ambassadors and other attendees will be bringing along some of their favorite research materials to share during the day. The reference library will include books and computer files on topics that are not otherwise being covered during the day. This is an opportunity for access to hard-to-find information.

Since this is a day about learning, the A&S display has a theme this year – “Show us your mistakes!” Making mistakes is an integral part of mastering any art or science. We have all made many mistakes along the way. We are asking people to show us their mistakes and what they learned from them. The populace will vote on their favorite mistakes, and a prize will be awarded at the end of the day.

For more information, see the event announcement: