Open fire historic cooking on the menu at The Great Malagentian Test Kitchen

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You are cordially invited to the first Great Malagentian Outdoor Test Kitchen, your opportunity to take a recipe or two and experiment during the day over a fire with how to make it work – and learn from everybody else who is doing the same!

Want to learn how to roast a rabbit over a spit? Buy a few from a local butcher, research the techniques and come to this event with the plan to do several during the course of a day. Want to learn how to cook stew, or biscuits, or whatever tickles your fancy over an open fire? Do some research, get the materials and bring them to this event. Want to learn exactly what sort of wood needs to be used to make a perfect coal fire? How does cherry wood or apple wood change the taste of your meal? Bring several types and experiment! Continue reading

Dates for A Market Day at Birka 2020 Not Yet Set

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The following is a message from Mistress Fia Kareman, regarding recent questions about the dates of A Market Day at Birka in 2020.

It’s only mid-April, but the Officers and People of Stonemarche, as well as the hotel, have already started getting asked about the dates for Birka 2020.

So to quell any rumors, please know that the dates for Birka are NOT being announced yet since NH has the “first in the nation” primary next Jan/Feb, and the date is not finalized yet.

Until it is, we can’t finalize the dates with the hotel. (The primary brings in a LOT more people and money than we do.) Once we have final dates, we will announce them on Facebook, via the EK email list, and put it on the website.

Additionally, if you would like to receive an email, please email me at autocrat@birka.org and I will put you on a list to receive a personal email when the dates are announced.

Once the dates are final, we’ll also be putting it on the EK Calendar and creating a Facebook event page.

Please also be aware that we are working with the hotel to set up the room block and will announce the date the block opens before it does so everyone has the same chance to get a room. 🙂

If you want to reserve a room before the room block opens, you may do so, but it’s at their regular (much higher) rates. Until then, feel free to watch the website, www.birka.org, and send any questions you have to me and we’ll get them answered.

Mistress Fia Kareman
Birka XXXI (2020)

Unofficial Narrative Court Report – Final Court of Wilhelm and Vienna, held at Coronation of Ozurr and Fortune

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King Wilhelm looks on while Queen Vienna speaks as they sit upon the Thrones of the East during their last court.

Photo courtesy of Disa Michel

Bright and early in the morning on April 6th A.S. LIII, known in the common era as 2019 Their Majesties Wilhelm and Vienna arrived at the Coronation of Their successors, Ozurr and Fortune. Before the Coronation ceremony it’s self would begin, They had some final awards and accolades to bestow, and so Their Final Court began not long after They arrived.

The very first name the herald called that day was Anne De Basillon. She was brought forward by an honor guard, and as she knelt before her King and Queen, King Wilhelm teased her that this last year was like 1000 quests for her. He then urged her to be quiet and listen, which she finally did, as a scroll, which had been written by The King himself and made by Katherine Stanhope, was read. This scroll spoke of her many fine qualities and named her a Baroness of the Court. Then she was given both a long term loan of Baroness Maria von Ossenheim’s personal coronet, and a leather battle coronet made just for her.

Next the Queen called for Malcolm, Brigantia Herald of the East, for he had business with the court. Once he had come forward, he turned and called for Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah and Wulfgar Silfrahárr to come before their King and Queen. Once they were standing before Wilhelm and Vienna, The Queen took Treannah’s hand and spoke of their long history together, of how young She had been when they first met, and how glad She was that Treannah had been Their herald, and asked that she accept the Queen’s Cypher, which Treannah most gladly did. The King then addressed both Treannah and Wulfgar, and spoke about how they may have come to this reign as Vienna’s friends, but how now He counted them among His as well, and He asked Wulfgar to accept His Cypher, which he gladly did. Continue reading

Narrative Court Report for Mudthaw/K&Q A&S Champions

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Photo by Baroness Cateline La Broderesse

Early in the morning on March 30th A.S. LIII, known in the common era as 2019,  Their Majesties Wilhelm and Vienna traveled to Their Barony of Settmour Swamp.  This day was the traditional thawing of the mud as well as King’s and Queen’s Arts and Sciences Champions, and there was much to do.

Once all were gathered and the King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Baron and Baroness had all processed and taken their seats, it was time for Morning Court. Continue reading

Eastern Results from the January 2019 LoAR

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Submitted by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich.

badge HeraldThe Society College of Arms 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 King 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 January 2019 Wreath and Pelican meetings. Continue reading

Agenda for April 13, 2019 BoD Meeting

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SCA shield logoThe agenda for the April 13, 2019 Board of Directors meeting is now available at the following link:

https://sca.org/BOD/agendas/April-13-2019-Audience-Agenda.pdf

If you wish to send in comments, please use “April 13, 2019 BoD Agenda Comment” as the subject line.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

Backlog Scrolls Ready for Release

Signet Office Announcement – Backlog Scrolls Ready for Release

A message from the Backlog Deputy of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet

Greetings! I’m Æsa feilinn Jossursdottir (known by most as Feilinn), your Backlog Deputy. I have another round of backlog scrolls ready for delivery to their recipients.

The first opportunity to pick up Backlog Scrolls will be at the Coronation of Ôzurr and Fortune in Østgarðr on April 6th. Pick up will take place while their Majesties are sitting in state.

The next opportunity will be at Crown Tournament in Caer Adamant on May 4th. Pick up will be available with me during the day until the fighting pool has been condensed to the final eight combattants. Continue reading

Refunds for Estrella War

Forwarded to the Gazette by Mistress Katherine Barr, East Kingdom Seneschal


The Estrella War Financial Committee has determined the refund request process for those pre-registered participants who were unable to attend the event.

Unfortunately, Estrella has never faced these type circumstance, so we were unprepared for the repercussions that the Populace experienced. We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience.

The Financial Committee has collated the data and have prepared to refund event fees for those individuals who were pre-registered and did not check into the event. Refunds will include PayPal fees and the $5 Non-Member Registration where appropriate. We must receive your request no later than April 30, 2019. Requests after that date will not be considered for refund. Checks will be mailed by May 31, 2019. Please direct all questions to EWRefund@EstrellaWar.org.
Please follow this link to the refund request form: https://forms.gle/wiVzz67898FRTNd29

Morgan and Elizabeth
King and Queen of Atenveldt

Kings and Queens Champions Results

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From a field of 23 competitors, six were chosen for the finals.

Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson’s entry “Thirst Waters: Chinese Sherbets, a middle-eastern condensed beverage syrup” won Kings Champion.

Ástríðr Musi won Queen’s Champion with “Grafell: A reproduction of a viking cloak.”

Also in the finals were Amalie von Hohensee’s Silverwork book cover, Leonete d’Angley’s entry on the tools and product of a 15th Century limner, Mærhild æt Anstige’s Bengali Export Embroideries, and Mariette de Bretagne’s work with Japanese calligraphy.

Pictures and reporting courtesy of Simona bat Leon, any mistakes are solely the fault of the Gazette.