Pennsic is Coming: A missive from the East Kingdom Steward

Greetings all!

Preparations for EK Royal at Pennsic are well underway.  Please come by for a class, meeting, party, volunteer shift, or just to enjoy some shade in the Garden.  Below are a few announcements and requests from the Steward.

You are invited again this year to place potted plant arrangements in the Queen’s Garden. Same rules as last year: no more than 4 square feet, deliver anytime after 7/31, and include some heraldic or decorative indication of what group/household/guild/individual provided the display.

This year’s primary upgrade, courtesy of Leslie Birt and her crew, is decorative lighting for the battlefield tent for evening functions. It will not be as bright as the generator was but should provide a lovely soft illumination.  Jim Tazelaar and Judi Cole Tazelaar have also added a few more amenities to the State Kitchen thanks to your generous contributions to fundraisers so if cooking is your thing please stop by and see what we’ve got for cooking for classes or for official functions.

Next year’s planned upgrade is to replace the current labor-intensive shower arrangement with a simple shower trailer that can double as additional storage over the winter.  Toward that end the Steward is requesting tours of existing shower trailers. If you’ve built one or camp with one and are willing to show it off and talk about what worked and what didn’t, please contact Eleanor Fitzpatrick (

Signet Office Announcement – Backlog Scrolls Ready for Release at GNEW


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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.

Backlog Scrolls can be picked up at Great Northeastern War in Malagentia this weekend.  I will be in the barn on Saturday between 11am and 12:30pm near the A&S display.  

It is strongly suggested to email the Backlog Deputy ( to confirm that you will be picking up a scroll.  Local landed Barons/Baronesses and Seneschals are encouraged to pick up scrolls on behalf of members in their local groups if they know the recipient and the recipient cannot make these events.  More pickups will be organized as the year goes on. If you want to arrange pick up outside of these events, please email the Backlog Deputy ( to discuss.  

The following scrolls have been completed and are awaiting pick up.

Recipient Award Royals
Aiofe bean Conall meic Bradaigh Award of Arms Konrad and Brenwen
Aislinn Finnvanna of Leioness Court Barony Lucan & Marieke
Antonio Giancarlo Nicastri Silver Tyger Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Arturus of Aranmore KOE Omega V & Etheldreda IV
Aurigne Amordeppe Award of Arms Darius & Roxane
Bianca di Alessandro Award of Arms Kenric & Avelina
Caitlin Award of Arms Thorsen & Svava
Christiana of Hampton Tyger’s Cub Kelson & Geneviere
Ciaran d’alleherien Silver Tyger Kenric & Avelina
Concobahr Mac Lughdach Award of Arms Griffyth & Aikaterine
Constancia Aelfillnesdottir Silver Crescent Brion & Anna
Damian the Magyar Maunche Balfar & Luna
Declan Mac Aodhagain Award of Arms Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Dmitri Stephanovich Silver Brooch Ivan & Matilde
Domiana d’Acurio Award of Arms Timonthy & Gabrielle
Donal of Newcastle-on-Tyne Award of Arms Timonthy & Gabrielle
Dorian de San Kalogero Award of Arms Tsurunaga & Genvieve
Elizabeth mac Neachtain Silver Wheel Wilhelm &Vienna
Fiachra Failroch Award of Arms Darius & Roxane
Finnegan Aldwald Award of Arms Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Gwennyth of Tanglewood Award of Arms Randal & Marieke
Gwennyth of Tanglewood Silver Crescent
Hrotger of Aujum Award of Arms Ioannes & Honig
Ivan d’Feigorff Award of Arms Timonthy & Gabrielle
James of York Award of Arms Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Jibril al-Ghazal Silver Wheel Wilhelm &Vienna
Karina Newald Award of Arms Timonthy & Gabrielle
Lorencio Matteo Espinosa Silver Rapier Wilhelm & Vienna
Maeve O’Cleary Award of Arms Ivan & Matilde
Piers Cressner Award of Arms Ivan & Matilde
Razvan Fokovich Volkov Award of Arms Ivan & Matilde
Robert of Sugarbush Queens Honor of Distinction Isabella
Rowan of Westwood Award of Arms Kelson & Geneviere
Thora Ravenhair Silver Crescent Balfar & Luna
Thorbjorn Gunnerbroeker SIlver Brooch Brennan & Caoilfhionn
Wolfgang Krausfaher (was Ivan Jarnev) Award of Arms Bjorn & Morgen


*Any misspelling of names is an error on the part of the Backlog Deputy reading unfamiliar calligraphy without a cut sheet

*What is a backlog scroll?  Sometimes an award is given out at a court and there is no scroll available to give the recipient.  This could be due to transportation issues of the scroll or even that the royalty decided to grant a spur of the moment award to a deserving gentle.  When this happens, the reign’s heraldic staff records this and sends it to the Signet staff in their court reports. The awards that should have had a scroll generated become backlogs and are assigned out to volunteer scribes to work on in between live assignments.


Tournaments Illuminated Quest Article Request


Our upcoming Quest article is “Event Lighting at Night”.

At Society events, night can have its own magic; darkness masks many a 21st C silhouette and pushes the modern world even further away. Torchlight tourneys are a beloved tradition and the flicker of flames from campfire and lantern casts a more timeless glow on faces, clothes and gear. But in this day and age where live flame is highly restricted at many a venue and sometimes forbidden entirely, how do you provide safe and sufficient lighting at nighttime and observe site rules without losing that Society period feel? Share your knowledge (in 300 words or less); send your best suggestions to and they may be included in the 3rd Quarter 2019 issue of Tournaments Illuminated. If you would like to share a photo, write and ask for image specifics.

Submission of any work to TI constitutes permission to publish said work without compensation in any form. The author retains all original copyrights to the submission.

SCA Board of Directors Seeks Applicants for Census Committee


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SCA shield logoThe Board of Directors is accepting applications from participants interested in being a part of the 2020 Census Committee.

The mandate/scope of the committee is to design and prepare questions for the 2020 SCA Census, to launch and administer the census, and to analyze and report on findings based on the census data collected. It is anticipated that the 2020 SCA Census will be based in large part on the 2010 SCA Census, with the addition of questions related to issues currently of interest in the Society.

Applicants should be broadly familiar with all aspects of SCA culture and represent a diversity of opinions/backgrounds. They must be willing to work collaboratively with other Committee members and the Board of Directors. Experience in conducting and analyzing surveys and polls is useful, but not a prerequisite.

Applicants should direct a resume and a letter of application to Deadline for applications is July 18, 2019.

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

You may also email

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

In Memoriam: Lord Seamus Mac Neachtain



Lord Seamus on the field at Pennsic. Photo courtesy of Svanna Vefa.

On Sunday, word was received in the Kingdom that Lord Seamus Mac Neachtain, of the Shire of Owlsherst, has passed away. An imposing figure on the field, he was as well known for his generosity, kindness, and leadership as he was for his martial prowess.

Lord Seamus was currently serving the Kingdom as the Captain of HRH Margarita’s guard, and was the only unbelted fighter that advanced to the final 8 combatants in the most recent East Kingdom Crown Tournament. He was widely-respected as the Armored Combat Commander for the Southern Army, leading the South to the prestigious Blue Tyger Legion at Pennsic 47, and he was a three-time member of the unbelted East Kingdom Armored Combat melee team. A squire to Count Ruslan, he was a member of House Gleipnirvirki, fighting as part of the Hrafnox unit. Continue reading

Schedule, Curia Agenda, and Site Book Now Available for Great Northeastern War XXXIII


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The site book and class schedule for Great Northeastern War, taking place in Malagentia July 11 – 14, are now available for download from the Great Northeastern War website.

A limited number of paper copies will also be available at the event, however the event staff is making the book available for early download so that attendees can plan their weekend and download the information to a mobile device if they wish.

Link for the full site book (.pdf format)

Link for the Great Northeastern University class listing, via the interactive University portal (via the Thing):
The Thing allows you to view classes through Excel, iCal, or view interactively on the website.

Link for the Great Northeastern University class listings as a .pdf.
Click here to download

Answers to most other questions about the event, including directions, gate opening times, fees, pets, and site rules, can be found at the event website:
Great Northeastern War Website

Please check the web page and the Event page on Facebook for updates and corrections.

East Kingdom Curia will be held at Great Northeastern War on Sunday, July 14 at 9:00 am in the barn. Curia allows the Crown to solicit and listen to advice on proposed changes to East Kingdom Law. You can learn more about Curia and view the agenda for this Curia at the East Kingdom Seneschal’s website.

Birka Hotel now Accepting Reservations


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A message from Mistress Fia Kareman, Autocrat, A Market Day at Birka XXXI

Good afternoon!

You have been very patient, and now that the New Hampshire primary appears set in stone (although that could change…) it is now time to announce the details regarding A Market Day at Birka XXXI (2020).

The details are as follows:

A Market Day at Birka XXXI will be held at the Doubletree hotel in Manchester on January 24 – 26, 2020.

The room block will open for reservations at 2:00pm on Monday, July 1, 2019.

You should call the hotel directly at 603-625-1000 and not the national hotel reservations line. Ask them for the Birka rate, which is $149.00/night for 1-4 people. However, due to high call volume they may switch you to a special national line which we’ve been told should work just fine.

The Birka website has *not* been updated and it has not yet been submitted to the EK Calendar, nor has a Facebook event page been made. Those will all happen within the next few days.  🙂

This information is now public.  Feel free to forward it as you please.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at  🙂

Kings and Queens Rattan Champions Finals



The final combatants in today’s rattan champions tournament are:

Pan Jan Janowicz
Earl Horic

Finals will be best 3 of 5 bouts, starting with longsword (best of three counted hits), sword/buckler, axe, two sword, and finally bring your best.

The Gazette thanks Martin Wasser Speier for on-site reporting and photos.  Any mistakes belong to the Gazette, and not the MoL or on-site reporting.