We are saddened to report the passing of a former citizen of the East Kingdom, Mistress Esperanza Halevi (mka Esther Tucker) in the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands on April 11, 2016. A detailed memorial article has been published by the Aethelmearc Gazette here: Sad Tidings: Mistress Esperanza Halevi
Mistress Laura Hawkwood (also known as Laura de Segovia), 43rd Laurel of the East, passed away in Carolingia on Tuesday, April 12th. She was awarded arms in AS X at the coronation of Alaric and Yseult, and was one of only 14 inductees into the now closed Order of Fatima, which honored illustrious clothiers and seamstresses. (She also helped design the badge for this order, as well as the badge for the Queen’s Order of Courtesy which is still in use today.) In AS XX, she was recognized as a companion of the Order of the Moon by the Baron of Carolingia for her achievements in the arts which further the progress of those arts in the Barony of Carolingia. She was a founder of House Silverwing, and active in the heraldic community.
Her obituary is available on-line here.
A number of regular Pennsic merchants will be there, as will many merchants those from the East who haven’t traveled to western wars and events may not have seen before, so take a moment to check out the list:
On a soggy Thursday afternoon, Caoilfhionn Banri opened her court at the Gulf Wars in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann. She called before her Millicent Rowan and Gregor Mac Eoain and inducted each into the Order of the Silver Rapier. She further awarded Gregor Mac Eoain Arms and made him a Lord of the Eastern Court. Court was then suspended.
That night, the winds did howl, the rain poured down, and the East gathered in the Royal cabins to wait out the severe weather. When it was calm again, the populace poured out to survey the damage. The mighty Eastern force, helped right blown over tents, clear storm damage, offered hot food and beverage to those who no longer had any.
On a damp and gray Friday morning, Caoilfhionn reopened her court. She spoke of pride in her forces both on and off the battlefield. She spoke of bravery and comportment on the list shown by the fighters who fought at her side and in her name.
She called before her Sorcha Dhocair and inducted her into Order of Valor of the East.
She then began to speak of the generosity of her Eastern Force. She saw people come together to help friends, neighbors and strangers pick up the pieces left by the severe storm. She remarked upon how food and beverage magically showed up into the royal cabin to feed everyone who had taken up refuge there. She spoke with pride on how a little wind could not stop the East. And with that, she inducted the Eastern force into the Company of the Pennon of the East.
- Aethelhafoc Caegfindan
Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Asa in Svarta
Collin Monro of Tadcaster
Cristoff Gocherhan von Loch
Elglin of House Eagle
Elizabeth Elenore Lovell
Gregor Mac Eoain
Jan Janowicz Bogdanski
Juliana von Altenfeld
Martin Wasser Speier
Medhbh inghean Ui Cheallaigh
Melisande of the Gryffon Wood
Nuno Cabral do Mar
Ommadan an Luch
Raziya Bint Rusa
Thomas of Effingham
Violante du Porto
And thus closed the Court of Caoilfhionn Banri at Gulf Wars in the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann.
I swear these words to be right and true. I respectfully submit these into record by my hand.
Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, OL.
Mistress Rose Otter passed away on January 29th. A longtime resident of Carolingia, Rose was well known in the fencing and arts communities of the East over the course of her more than 20 year SCA career. For many people, their first introduction to the SCA was Rose’s kind and generous presence. She leaves behind many who will miss her including her household, Sharc Pit, of which she was a founding member.
Mistress Rose was recognized on many occasions by both the Eastern Crown and the Barony of Carolingia for her talents and her service to the East and her beloved Barony. She was awarded arms at the first court of Tsurunaga and Genevieve in April of 1993 and was recognized as a companion of the Order of the Laurel seven years later at Pennsic XXIX by Balfar III and Luna III. She was also a companion of the Maunche and the Silver Crescent. She was given the Queen’s Order of Courtesy by Isabella II in 2003 after a trip to Tir Mara during which the airplane’s engines burst into flames and Rose helped keep the passengers calm, then took care of her Queen in the airport bar. Rose was inducted into the Order of the Burdened Tyger by Darius II and Roxanne II for her work on an event at Pennsic for Their Majesties. In addition, she was a member of Carolingia’s Orders of the Perseus (for courtesy and skill on the fencing field), the Moon (for her achievements in the arts), and the Daystar (for service). A highly skilled needleworker and knitter, she shared her gifts with many, both by teaching and by giving away her work. She also published research on a recreation of A 16th-Century Style Knit Purse in Tournaments Illuminated in 2004.
We are pleased to share the following remembrances of Mistress Rose. We welcome anyone to add your own memories of her in the comments. A memorial service will be planned for March. Letters of condolence to the family can be sent to Mistress Eleanor Catlyng, who will forward them. They should be addressed to Anne McNulty c/o Lisa Goldthwaite, 579 Winter St, Framingham, MA 01702.
From Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
One could talk about what Rose did in the SCA: she fenced, she sewed, she embroidered, she dabbled with anything that interested her. One of her greatest joys was making elevation cloaks for her friends. For Rose, anything worth doing was worth sharing. She was generous, immensely practical, and as dependable as the Rock of Gibraltar.
But none of these things really sum up the essence of the woman. In thinking about her all day today, the thought that keeps coming to me again and again is that Rose Otter was laughter. It was incredibly easy to make Rose laugh, but her laughter was infectious and always shared, never mean or harsh. Giggles, chortles, full belly laughs — she had them all and they were all wonderful. Her laughter animated her and made her beautiful.
Rose’s Laurel vigil was how Sharc Pit learned never to set up a vigil
so that the candidate could see outside of the tent, because the boys
went above and beyond themselves to make her laugh while she was
supposed to be seriously contemplating her future as a Peer. I can
still picture here sitting there in the tent holding back giggles
until she nearly burst. And when the vigil was done, she said that her
friends making her laugh helped take away some of her fears about
assuming the mantle of a Laurel.
From Dame Elayne Courtenay to whom Rose was apprenticed
Mistress Rose Otter’s skills with the needle and giving of herself is best illustrated in a gift I received from her. Inspired by extant needlework and a baby harness for King James I (if I recall correctly back almost two decades since she gave me the harness), she cross stitched strips of linen and backed them with silk. The strips were joined with rings so that the two smaller ones crisscrossed the child’s torso and joined the lead at the back. The fine detail can be seen in the accompanying photo of a section of the lead. The hours that went into skillfully covering every inch of a fine gauge linen still astound me. That she would give of her time to create a beautiful piece of needlework on a utilitarian object meant to be used to keep a toddler safe in the big wide world of Pennsic speaks to her giving nature. The world is diminished without her skills and grace.
From Baron Aquel of Darksted Wood and Baroness Johanna Dudley
Aquel and I remember Mistress Rose for her gentle nature and generosity and for her many contributions to the barony during our time as Baron and Baroness of Carolingia.
Carolingia was her home, and we were all part of her family. She served as a fine example. It was important for her to do the right thing, and she did it with kindness. Rose spoke her mind with care and concern when it was necessary. She was quick of wit, with a sly sense of humor, and she was always first to offer a helping hand. She eagerly volunteered for many projects, teaching and encouraging others along the way.
A very skilled seamstress, at one time it seemed like she’d clothed the entire barony. She made and assisted with countless garments. She sewed everything from wee baby cloaks to protective fencing hoods. To this day, Aquel still treasures and wears several garments she lovingly made for him.
Rose was also the head of the baronial Needleworkers’ Guild during that time, fostering her love of needle arts locally and throughout the kingdom. I have fond memories of sitting together to embroider on the Great Carolingian Tapestry project, which she often set up at Fenmere fighting practices and at local events. Rose also created a knitting traveling show, and was very generous with her time and patterns.
In my mind, I am picturing Rose, blushing scarlet at some merry jest, and giggling until the tears of laughter rolled down her cheeks. We’ll miss her terribly.
Calling for Content for the East Kingdom 50th Anniversary Displa
With less than six months to go, the East Kingdom 50th Anniversary Display Committee is asking all members of the populace to begin submitting photos to be included in the exhibit. The booth design is based on a traveling art exhibit from a major East Coast museum and will feature several monitors filled with digital art, reflecting the rich, artistic diversity found in the Kingdom. Along with significant historic documents and related items, the exhibit will focus on the amazing array of scrolls that have always played an important role in the life of the Kingdom. Additionally, there will be space for images of old and new East Kingdom events, and the wide variety of beautiful relics constantly being created.
The committee is asking everyone to please submit photos of scrolls, old and new East Kingdom events, and any and all creative projects you have made, received, or acquired, as long as they have been made by someone within the Kingdom.
“We are constantly making beautiful items and giving them away. The East Kingdom is truly fortunate to have so many talented people. It’s everywhere… needle-workers, weavers, woodworkers, metalworkers, glassworkers, fighters with great kits, the list can go on and on,” says Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn, Chair of the Committee. “What a great way to honor someone, what a fabulous way to brag.” Members of the Committee will be on hand at both Twelfth Night, January 16th, and The Market Day at Birka, January 29 and 30, with a scanner to digitize any old photos you may have.
Submission and questions should be sent to- EK 50th. Many thanks for your service to the East Kingdom.
Avec maintenant moins de six mois à patienter, le Comité d’Exposition 50ième anniversaire du Royaume de l’Est demande à tous les membres de la population de commencer à soumettre des photos pour l’exposition. Le design du kiosque est basé sur une exposition ambulante d’un musée majeur de la côte est, et mets en vedette plusieurs écrans remplis d’art numérique, reflétant la riche diversité artistique de notre Royaume. En plus de documents historiques et items significatifs, l’exposition mettra l’accent sur les incroyables parchemins qui ont toujours joué un rôle prédominant dans la vie du Royaume. Additionnellement, de l’espace sera disponible pour des images d’anciens ou nouveaux événements du Royaume de l’Est, ainsi que la grande variété d’extraordinaires reliques constamment créées. Le comité demande à tous de soumettre des photos de parchemins, d’anciens et de nouveaux événements de l’Est, et de projets créatifs que vous avez faits, reçus ou acquis, tant qu’ils ont été fabriqués par quelqu’un de notre Royaume.
“Nous fabriquons constamment de merveilleuses choses, pour ensuite les donner. Le Royaume de l’Est est réellement fortuné d’avoir autant de personnes talentueuses. Elles sont partout… les travailleurs de l’aiguille, les tisseurs, les travailleurs du bois, du métal, du verre, les combattants avec d’impressionnantes armures, la liste pourrait continuer longtemps,” dit la Comtesse Marguerite inghean Lachlainn, Présidente du Comité. “Quelle merveilleuse façon d’honorer quelqu’un, quelle façon fabuleuse de se vanter.” Les membres du Comité seront présents à la Nuit des Rois (Twelfth Night), le 16 janvier, et au Jour de Marché à Birka (The Market Day at Birka), les 29 et 30 janvier, avec un scanner pour numériser de vieilles photos, si vous en avez. Les soumissions et les questions devraient être envoyées à – email@example.com.
Merci beaucoup de votre service pour le Royaume de l’Est
Time’s running out if you want to be a merchant at the SCA’s 50 Anniversary Celebration.
Applications must be mailed, and must be POSTMARKED no later than December 15, 2015.
Please follow the directions included in the application packet. The Merchant Coordinator’s address is included on the last page of the application.
This link will take you directly to the Merchant information page: http://www.sca50year.org/merchant.html
The first link on the page is a downloadable PDF that contains all the specifics for interested merchants, PLUS the merchant application.
Questions? Email the Merchant Coordinator: Merchants@sca50year.org
Greetings, people of the East!
Her most royal Majesty Caoilfhionn has issued a Garb Challenge to the good gentles attending the Market Day at Birka. She desires to see the skill with needle and thread of the populace in interpreting the theme, “Characters of Pixar.”
If you must, turn yourselves Inside Out in order to find the perfect Toy, Story book, or other accessory to adequately display your Incredible interpretation of the challenge. Even if it seems you might hit a creative Wall-e, or you are afraid Monsters, Inc-luding laurels, squire brothers and apprentice siblings may scorn you, you must be Brave, keep your chin Up, and stay strong by eating nourishing Ratatouille. Although it is a Bug’s Life out there for those artisans who think taking on challenges is like Finding Nemo, those wounds inflicted by pins, needles, and shears will soon turn to sCars of pride and victory!
En français Traduction par Behi Kirsa Oyutai
Salutations, gens de l’Est !
Sa très grande Majesté Caoilfhionn mets au défi toute la population venant au Marché de Birka de produire des costumes. Pas n’importe lesquels cependant; son désir est de voir le talent de nos artisans avec fil et aiguille lors de l’interprétation du thème, “Personnages de Pixar.”
The following tribute was written by Baron Harald von Auerbach.
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Josh Friedman, known in SCA as Lord Joshua of Allendorf passed away last night (11/29/15) at Brigham and Women’s hospital. He was comfortable and at peace surrounded by his wife Amy, his daughters Lauren and Jordan, brother and sister-in-law Seth and Sue, and mother-in-law Nancy Winograd.
In the early days of the Stonemarche, Josh was our premier archer, and his passion drew in others to create the original archery community that made us know as “the archery barony”. In 1991, he became the first Companion of the Sagittarius in Stonemarche.
Josh was also an excellent musician and played recorder with Sir Robin’s Minstrels to at the Birka Ball and other events. He also had a love of the music of GIlbert and Sullivan. Though he hasn’t been able to be active in Stonemarche activities for a while, I know there will be many who will miss his smiling face and quirky sense of humor.
Josh’s funeral will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, December 1st at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin St. Salem, Massachusetts, 01970.
The Friedmans will be receiving visitors at their home at 19 Topaz Dr. in Nashua, NH 03062 on Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at www.dana-farber.org.
Photo courtesy of Josh Bernoff
As you assuredly all know we were very hard on the supply of blank scrolls we had on hand over the last reign. We are getting quite low on blanks suitable for AoAs, and completely out of blanks for higher level awards. it would be especially great to have some blanks that are appropriate for Orders of High Merit such as the Maunche or Silver Crescent.
Therefore I am proposing a contest. I am going to put up a set of prizes including: a book of gold leaf (25 sheets), 10 (or 12) leaves of pergmegnata, a pad of Bristol smooth paper, and an assortment of tubes of gaouche. I am also willing to accept prizes if anyone has something they want to donate. The more the prizes the more the fun.
To win a prize all you have to do is get a blank to me by Birka. For every blank I will enter your name into a random drawing for the prizes. If you get me 4 blanks, you will get entered 4 times. After all the names are in the hat, I will get a random passerby to draw a name for each prize.
I will draw the winners at Birka. I haven’t totally decided when yet, but it will probably be at the end of the scroll display, before court. You do not have to be there to win. I will get the prize to you.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you (to) all (of the scribes) for the long hours you put in and great artwork you put out.
Mistress Nest verch Tangwistel
Tyger Clerk of the Signet”