Lady Bryn Millar of the Barony of Endewearde passed away on December 24th, 2017 following a short illness.
Lord Argus Erikson, aka Argus of the Seven Hills, passed on unexpectedly on February 1, 2017. His passing leaves a hole in the fabric of the Barony of Stonemarche. Usually one starts this sort of article with a summary of the person’s awards and offices. Doing that doesn’t do Argus justice.
He received his Award of Arms from Balfar and Luna in 2000. He served Stonemarche as Chatelaine for several years.
Eventually he handed off the formal office, and writing the reports to someone else, but he never really stopped being a Chatelaine. As I scanned the social media in the first day or two after we heard the news, the one thing I saw repeated over and over was the sentiment that he’d been one of the first people the writer met when they came to an event in Stonemarche as a nervous newcomer, and he welcomed them. He made them feel like they belonged there, and were genuinely wanted. Continue reading
The East Kingdom Gazette is saddened to report the unexpected passing of The Honorable Lord Wulfang Gruenwald, mundanely known as Robert Betts, on Saturday, November 5th, 2016. Wulfgang joined the SCA in 2009 after being brought to Ghosts, Ghouls, & Goblins and tossed into the kitchen by his Lady, Tysha z Kieva. He was awarded arms in 2011 by Lucan VIII & Jana V, received a Silver Crescent, Burdened Tyger, Tyger of Foreign Legions, as well as the King’s & Queen’s Awards of Esteem, and a Light of Carillion during his time in the SCA. A resident of the Barony of Carillion, he was protegéd to Maîtresse Jehannine de Flandres, and was a member of House Grog.
Visitation will be this Tuesday, November 8th from 6pm-8pm at O’Brien Funeral Home in Wall, New Jersey. Full details are available by clicking here.
Mistress Elsa de Lyon passed from this world on October 20, 2016, leaving behind two sons and their families, her mother and the remainder of her family – both chosen and blood relatives – and many, many friends.
Elsa began her journey in the SCA in 1991, in the Shire of Montevale. Her wish to spread her creative talents and help others made her a community leader in her Shire as a Minister of Arts and Science from 2001 to 2004, with a small break from officer work for a few years to again step up and become Seneschal for the Shire of Montevale for five years (2009-2014). Recently, she had become A&S Minister again, because she wanted to continue to serve her local group, and enjoyed this role.
Although she would also serve as a head cook at a few events in the western portion of the Southern Region over the years, many remember her best as a scribe in the East Kingdom College of Scribes. While she physically could not travel the Kingdom, her work would travel to the far corners of the Kingdom and across Kingdom borders to inspire others over these many years.
Elsa was a regular teacher at Pennsic, whether taking groups out for a weed walk, teaching basic calligraphy courses at the Aethelmearc Scribal Track and also helping with setup and breakdown at scribal gatherings at Pennsic. At home, she was a gentle lady, always willing to help others develop their artistic skills in informal one-on-one lessons, at demos, and in occasional local A&S workshops. Her skill was noticed by the Society Chronicler in A.S. 36 and she was nominated for a William Blackfox award for her work on the December 2001 cover of the Montevale Knightly Knews.
After being recognized with an Award of Arms, a Maunche, the Queen’s Honor of Distinction (Jana IV), and the Order of the Silver Crescent, Elsa was issued a Writ of Summons by Their Graces Brennan and Caoilfhionn in May of 2014, commanding her to appear in court at Southern Region War Camp to consider her elevation to the Order of the Laurel. On June 28, AS 49 (2014), Elsa was released as an apprentice by Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte, and her elevation was witnessed by all present including her household Clan Black Dragons, her son Ryan, and scribes from the Mac Whyte House.. Speakers for her elevation included Master Denys the Decadent of Aethelmearc, Sir Wulfbrand, Duchess Roxane, Mistress Farasha, and Elsa’s first Laurel, Mistress Brighid the Limner, whom had previously retired from the SCA and returned for this special occasion.
In recent years, Elsa made a point of traveling to Pennsic each year to see friends from afar, and could always be found working on something creative that would cause joy to both herself and others.
Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte shares the following memories of her student and friend:
“I had met Elsa at one of the first Known World Scribal Gatherings at Pennsic (about 16 years ago), held in Midrealm Royal camp at the time. I was in my first year as a scribe in service to the East Kingdom College of Scribes, maybe in my 3rd year in the SCA as a whole, and I recall being overjoyed to bump into someone from “back home”, despite the physical distance between us. We remained in touch through the castle.org mailing list for scribes and via email for many years after, and into the years when social media became available. In 2012 while I served as Tyger Clerk of the Signet, I was able to see her work a bit more often, and marveled again at her talent. Although she had the strong support of her local community, and although I viewed her as more of an equal if not my better in many ways, we spoke privately and we had agreed that an advocate for her behind the scenes was needed, and entered into a student-peer relationship, which became an apprenticeship at Pennsic the following year. We would continue to stay in touch, becoming closer within the last five years, albeit perhaps not as close as her SCA household and mundane family.
Our last meeting was at Pennsic 45, at which Elsa and I would meet every day, making the most of the time we had together since we rarely had opportunity during the rest of the year to travel to see each other; her schedule was just as busy as mine, but I would always hear of the success of her prize-winning daffodil bulbs (goodness, she could tell you a million different things about daffodils and other members of the Amaryllidaceae family) as a master gardener and competitor in local gardening shows, or occasions where she had time to teach others at demos or events. We also shared our concerns over the welfare of and recognition of gentles in the southwestern borders of the East Kingdom, and she took to heart her duties as a new peer in looking after others in her community, encouraging them to grow further in the SCA. When we parted ways at the close of this past Pennsic, we probably took several attempts at saying goodbye, knowing it would be a while before we would see each other again.
We made the most of the time we had, and the East was blessed to have this gentle woman among us, with a smile, laughter and gentle demeanor that influenced others across Kingdom borders. She was the kind of person I wanted to be when I grew up, long before I was a peer, and I and others have been honored to have known her simply as a friend, grateful for having her in our lives, and her example to live by.”
A memorial service for friends will be held at Gensel Funeral Home at 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201 on Saturday, October 29 2016. Please note that her family has requested that friends of Elsa wishing to attend please arrive at 1:00pm, one hour prior to the family service at 2pm.
It is with great sadness that the Gazette shares the news of the passing of Honorable Lady Adriana Ramstar, former Seneschale of the Western Region of the East Kingdom. You can read her full memorial on the Aethelmearc Gazette.
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.
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.<img class="wp-image-9599 size-medium" src="https://eastkingdomgazette.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/roses-work.jpg?w=258" alt="Beading and embroidery done by Rose for the Pelican cloak of Master Alexandre Lerot d’Avignon, an authority on t-shirt printing in london“. Beading and embroidery done by Rose for the Pelican cloak of Master Alexandre Lerot d’Avignon. Photo by Mistress Eularia Trewe
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.
Mistress Caryl de Trecesson has announced plans for a memorial service next month for her dear husband, Master Kali Harlansson of Gotland.
Mistress Caryl adds: “Everyone is welcome! The gathering is open format, drop by when you can, from 2pm till 5pm. There’ll be a somewhat more formal service in the middle at 3pm.”