Another Pennsic War has come and gone, and now it’s time for the artisans of the East to focus on just one thing: entries for Artifacts of a Life!
Artifacts of a Life III will be held in the Barony Beyond the Mountain (New Britain, CT) on September 30, 2017. Artifacts is a different sort of arts competition: entries must be “themed” – the theme is things that would have been used/owned by a single individual sometime in period. Possibly they are the items that would have been left in a will, or even just the day to day paraphernalia of life. They do not have to be items owned by your persona, but they do have to be linked to one person in one time/place.
There are three categories: Typical, Elite, and Village. The Typical category must include 3 to 5 items from a single culture and time. The Elite category will include 6 to 9 items from a single culture and time. And for the communally ambitious, the Village category will allow you to work with others in a team to collaboratively create 6 to 9 items. To flog the horse, all of the items in an entry must be placed within a uniform time and culture.
And prizes! Did we mention the lovely prizes? As at the first two events, we will be bestowing hand-made wooden chests stuffed with materials to make the fingers of even hardened artisans twitch with avarice.
The event announcement is here. The event website, with information about the rules, and pre-registration is here. Please watch both spaces for updated information, as details about the event itself are always changing.
PLEASE NOTE: Entry in the competition REQUIRES pre-registration with Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn (vynehorn (at) gmail.com) by September 23, 2017. Please see the contest rules at https://sca-artifactschallenge.blogspot.com/p/contest-rules.html for more information.
If you have not specifically notified her of your intention to compete, we will not be able to accept your entry. This is for the benefit of the contestants. Knowing at least roughly what you plan to enter allows us to recruit the best possible judges to give you the best possible feedback. Without pre-registration we will not have sufficient/appropriate judges.
If you are available and interested in judging for Artifacts, please let us know. Recruiting judges is by far the most difficult aspect of the event, and if you can assist we would be most grateful. Please contact Mistress Elizabeth or Baron Jehan du Lac via the website or event announcement.
As a thank you to those who give of their time to judge, a hearty and delicious dayboard will be provided to judges at no cost.
Be Merry, Good Friends! Bergental and the Barony Beyond the Mountain unite once more to celebrate Yule and you are all invited guests. Traditional festivities include merchants, performances, music, games and family activities, A&S Classes, Heraldic Consultation, the Yule Ceremony, a Mysterious Stranger and a few surprises.
Our joyous Yule festivities will be graced by Their Royal Majesties King Edward and Queen Thyra.
First Congregational Church of West Springfield
20 Lathrop Street
Springfield, MA 01089
The Site Opens at 10am and Closes at 10pm
Site Fees, including Dayboard:
Adults: $10 prereg/$13 at the door
Children ages 6-17: $8 prereg/$10 at the door
Family cap for site fee = $36 prereg/$46 at the door
$5.00 non-member surcharge added where applicable and in addition to the family cap.
Pre-registrations MUST BE RECEIVED by Wednesday November 26th.
If you live in Canada, please contact Mistress Pagan to arrange pre-registration without extra currency conversion fees.
Feast Fees: $10 per person occupying a chair, regardless of age, and in addition to the family cap.
WE WILL NOT be accepting feast reservations after the cut-off date of November 26th.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER if you wish to eat the feast!
Make checks payable to: “SCA MA, Inc., Barony of Bergental”.
Send Reservations to:
Mistress Pagan Graeme (Yolanda Graham)
36 Stratford Terrace, Springfield MA 01108
Autocrat contact info:
Mistress Eleanore MacCartheigh (Phred Jenkins)
Lady Ciara McRobbie (Anne Akin)
The Stewards of Artifacts of a Life II, Baron Jehan du Lac and Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn, requested that we spread the word. Start working on your entries now, so we can all be amazed by what you accomplish in a year!
The Barony Beyond the Mountain and the Barony of Carolingia invite the populace of the East to join us on September 26, 2015 for Artifacts of a Life II — an arts and sciences competition with a focus on persona development.
Have you ever looked at your modern family heirlooms and wondered what your SCA persona would leave in your will, or the objects you would have valued during your life? Have you ever wanted to create your own set of grave goods? Of course you have!
Artifacts I, held in 2013, was an inspiring display of work from the populace of the East Kingdom. Entries included a fishing net, starched and dyed Elizabethan ruffs, clothing from various time periods and cultures, furniture, religious items, combs, sewing implements, lace, jewelry, game boards, arrows, mosaics, weapon sheath, eating utensils, and much, much more.
How It Works
Like last time, entrants may choose to enter either the Typical or Elite categories. In the Typical category, entries must consist of 3-5 items from a single culture and time. The Elite category requires entries consisting of 6-9 entries from a single time and place.
New for Artifacts II
If you’d like to participate as part of a team, our new Village category allows you to work with a group of folks to create 6-9 items. Again, they must all be from a single time and place. More details on the Village category will be forthcoming.
Entrant and Judge Feedback Requested
If you participated in Artifacts I as an entrant or judge and have any thoughts on how we can improve the event, or if you have any questions, please contact the event stewards: Baron Jehan du Lac or Mistress Elizabeth Vynehorn.
We hope to see you in Carolingia!
Greetings from the good gentles of the Barony Beyond the Mountain. As the weather warms, young men’s and women’s fancies turn to thoughts of… bows, great weapons and medieval life, of course! Come join us for a day full of learning and competition. Our archers have set forth a challenge to all comers, our warriors are teaching the finer points of great weapons, and our artisans are giving classes on daily life in medieval times.
Archery Challenge: This will be a team competition, to see which Barony or Shire has the best archers as a group. ALL archers present may compete. The top 5 scores from each barony/shire will be totaled, to determine each Barony’s/Shire’s score. The highest scoring group wins!
Great Weapon Schola and Tourney: The very best great weapon warriors and teachers that the Knowne World has to offer are right here, and now is the perfect opportunity to come and learn from them. Mayfaire will feature a variety of classes in polearm, greatsword, spear, axe, etc. with an emphasis on hands-on learning. This is an incredible opportunity to either pick up a new weapons style, or refine your existing form with truly expert advice. Following the Great Weapon Schola will be a bear-pit great weapon tourney based Tarl’s Little Polearm Tourney from Pennsic.
“Day in the Life” Schola: For those inclined towards the Arts and Sciences. Class schedule to be announced.
At Bergental/BBM Yule on Dec 8th, we’ll hold a COOKIE SALE to benefit the Royal Travel Fund. This has become a very popular part of our festive celebrations over the past few years. We need your cookies! Please bake and donate!
Cookies do not need to follow period recipes. We do ask that you include a copy of your ingredients list, so anyone concerned about allergies can check it. Please put them in ziplock bags or the like – we cannot be responsible to return containers.
You may bring your cookies with you to the event or you may entrust them to someone on the Atkins diet to deliver for you. You may get them to me directly: I will be at Bergental practice Wednesday night, and at the Bergental Baronial meeting on Monday, December 3, 2012.
Many thanks & happy baking!
Mistress Jovonne d’Esprit
d/b/a the Cookie Elf
UPDATE: the site was NOT affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Fall Feast of Simplefare will go on as scheduled. Please come and have a VERY good time!
Good gentles, this is a reminder that the annual Fall Feast of Simplefare will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012 in the Barony Beyond the Mountain.
During the day, there will be rattan and fencing tourneys outside on the lawn, and as usual, there will be board gaming and merchants inside. A heraldic consultation table will be available for those who desire assistance with registrations. There will be classes: Drop Spindle Spinning, Beginning Embroidery, Loud 101 – Beginning Tournament (and Court) Voice Heraldry, Heraldry (Arms and Devices) for the Totally Confused, Beginning Leatherwork, and Beginning Calligraphy.in in Manchester, CT.
The menu will be the traditional Simplefare feast of the last thirty years that you know and love — mustard soup, chicken, bratwurst, roedd groedd mit floedd (red berries with cream,) vegetables and desserts. Mustard soup and roedd groedd mit floedd – what more needs to be said? This is the feast they told you about when you first started.
The official event announcement can be found at http://eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.html?eid=2355. The reservations deadline is coming up quickly – while seats *may* be available at the door, why take the chance of only being able to smell all that delectable food and not be able to taste? You know you want to…
Reserve early, reserve often! Join us for a day of fun and a harvest feast suitable to get you through the cold winter.