With Quarter Day (Fields of Gold) rapidly approaching, this is a reminder that although our spies are everywhere, we still rejoice to hear from our populace. If you feel that any member of our Barony, or any visitor from afar, is deserving of reward, let it be speedily known.
Recommendations are best in writing. Email addresses for us and for the Crown are below.
Many thanks to those who have recently sent words speaking kindly of those around them; we are keeping a list…
The Barony was invited to participate in the Woden Valley Festival on 8 November 2014. The Woden Valley Festival (WVF) is a community celebration of the Woden Valley, Canberra, held annually since 2007. It is hosted by the Woden Community Service (WCS) in partnership with sponsors, and is supported by the ACT Government.
The festival provides an opportunity for the community to gather in a positive and uplifting environment. It is a chance to talk with neighbours, discover local talent, develop new interests and get active. The festival also aims to provide a platform for local organisations to promote services and resources on offer to residents of Woden Valley and greater Canberra.
Big thanks to everyone who participated in the Woden Valley Festival demo yesterday. We had His Excellency, Crispin, Otto, Gabriel, Robbie, Maedb, Blanche and Henri throughout the day.
Our display items looked gorgeous on tables Mistress Rowan had loaned us, banners fluttered merrily and Gabriel and Sophia’s photo cards (contact details on the back) were in high demand!
We have received verbal thanks from the Woden Valley Community Centre and an invitation back for next year where they would like to put us in one of the central positions!
This Saturday we’re participating in the Woden Valley Festival at Eddison Park.
We are looking for artisans who can demonstrate their crafts, fencers who are ready to stab all the things and heavies who can bring the noise and singers, dancers and musicians. Unfortunately due to the festival’s insurance, archery displays are not possible. Pretty much if you are passionate about the sca – I need you
Our hospitaller, Gabriel has arranged some great new promotional materials and with Fields of Gold only a month away ( have you booked?) it is a wonderful recruitment and demonstration opportunity.
Please let me know if you can come along
10-4 this Saturday
The new Baronial Archery Champion is Wintherus Alban. Huzzah!
Woe to any who would attack our walls, for they shall not advance within bow shot for the hail of arrows that will be.
Our thanks to Lord Sigmund for his year’s exemplary service.
We congratulate all those who participated in this years’ championship. It has been a lot of fun.
We had 20 archers in the field round of the championship today, and a number of observers. The picnic lunch was ample and scrumptious, and we were blessed with gorgeous weather and magnificent views.
There were six fabulous entries in the A&S competition, ranging from the practical to the delicious. There was poetry, there were bunnies, there were cupcakes, as well as a masterfully decorated bow rack and a token effort by the incumbent champion.
Lady Avril of Ambledune won the A&S with her perpetual banner, featuring archery motifs and space to record the personal colours of each of our champions past and present.
As Baron and Baroness, we were proud to witness the prowess of our archers, to see their creativity and to enjoy the hospitality of their table. It was also lovely to have other members of the populace turn out to enjoy the day with us. Thank you, and we hope to see you all again very soon.
COMBINED PROGRAM – MUSIC AND DANCE STREAMS
9:00 – 10:00 Pythagorean tuning – Crispin Sexi
Warm-ups with Amoroso and/or the Black Allemande –
Helouys le Poer
10:00 – 11:00 Beginner Recorder and Reading Music – Kiriel du Papillon
Gratiosa/s – Estelle Canning
11:00 – 12:00 Rounds – Ailis Inghean Mheadhbha
Spagnoletta – Alliette Delecourt
12:00 – 1:00 Dance Band Practice – Leon Arundell organising
Newcastle – Brian le faucheeur
1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 – 3:00 Pipe and Tabor – Leon Arundell
Good Manners according to Four 16th Century Dancing
Masters – Joanna of the Beechwoods
3:00 – 4:00 The Viheula – Jehan
An Arc of Fine Dances—2 Domenico, 2 Chigi and 2 Arbeau
– John Garden
4:00 – 5:00 Musical Instrument Show and Tell with 3D printed period
instruments – Paul de la Ville.
Continuing An Arc of Fine Dances
6:00 Feast, followed by a Ball
10:00 – 11:30 Red Book of Monserrat Voice and Instrumental Jam
Session – Annabel deSwinburne
Gloria D’Amore – Joanna of the Beechwoods
11:30 – 1:00 Writing four-part harmony using Campion’s method
– Crispin Sexi
Parsons Farwell & Variations for Rostbolli Gioso – Alliette
1:00 – 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 -3:00 Discussion of now and future music and dance events.
The fundraising raffle today was drawn at 5pm by their Excellencies, Crispin and Joan.
1st prize, ticket #44 Clem Avenell won the breast plate
2nd prize, ticket #42 Sally Avenell won the shield painted
3rd prize, ticket #101 Cathy Skippington won the silk banner
Big thanks to all involved who helped sell tickets and particularly Baroness Alesia for all her hard work coordinating as well as painting the banner. Thanks also to Lord Gabriel and Sir Kitan for their donation of their time and efforts in crafting the shield and the breast plate.
The raffle has raised $700 for the Barony so well done everyone who assisted.
Offices currently vacant include – Arts & Sciences, Herald, Chronicler, Webwright & Chandler.
Ever thought about being an Officer of the Barony – WE NEED YOU!
Currently the offices of Herald, Arts & Sciences, Chronicler and Webwright are currently vacant and we are keen to find fabulous individuals to fill those roles. What’s in it for you, I hear you ask? It’s a chance to meet a whole bunch of people, share your ideas and inspirations, promote excellence in a particular field and just have a go. You are supported by your Kingdom Officer (and their network of people across Lochac), your friendly local seneschal and other baronial officers as well as their Excellencies, the Baron & Baroness. Most offices will only take a couple of hours a week at maximum (and not all the time).
If you are interested in learning more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, letting me know which office you are interested in applying for. If you think this sounds awesome and you want to apply, please email the appropriate Kingdom Officer (http://lochac.sca.org/lochac/regnum/index.html) stating your interest and any relevant skills/experience, ccing your local friendly seneschal (email@example.com).
Being an officer in the SCA is a great way to learn, contribute and meet people.
We’d love to have you on the team!
Officer Positions – Answers to questions I’ve received (as I figure this might be good general information.
Q:Are there already preferred applicants for the roles?
A: Nope, every application is taken on its merits, discussed with the relevant kingdom officer and the Baron & Baroness.
Q: Have you received any applications so far?
A: Yep, one for webwright (however they would like a short term to mentor somebody in the role so this would be a temp fix) and one for chandler.
Q: I don’t have much experience – can I apply?
A: Depending on the office, experience can help but they can also be an amazing opportunity to learn and we can discuss what supports that may be available.
The Hall will be open from 2pm today for project work. Heavy combat and Rapier will also run. See you there!
Good evening gentles.
As you are all no doubt aware two weeks ago I put in a call for expressions of interest regarding the role of Seneschal of Politarchopolis as I was planning to step down.
It is my pleasure to announce that Lady Anne de Tournai has been provisionally chosen to be the new Seneschal.
As of today there begins a two week commentary period in which members of the populace may email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Kingdom Seneschal at email@example.com with any comments or concerns you may have.
At the end of that period, unless any insurmountable issues arise the office will pass shortly thereafter at a suitable event.
This is a very limited guide, which I wrote a few years ago. It has been requested that it be published again, and that does seem a good idea. There is much more which could be said, but if you are looking for a basic plan for how to behave at fancy events, this will do. Hope it is helpful to someone!
Considering the Royal Visit coming up VERY soon, here are a few words on SCA etiquette…
In the SCA, we have various levels of hierarchy, from Kings, nobles and merchants, right down to those who portray themselves as peasants. We all play at being medieval, and knowing how to behave in a medieval setting is part of that.
Deference towards one’s social superiors was basic to medieval culture. It was very important to understand your place in the hierarchy, and your place was confirmed by the way people behaved towards you. There were many rules and customs about the way people should speak and move in each other’s presence. In essence, it comes down to this – you served those more important than yourself, and expected service from those less important.
The peasant served the lord served the knight served the earl served the duke served the king. There was no shame in serving those higher up than yourself; in fact, it was an honour, and the road to honours.
Nowadays we all feel far more equal to each other, and there is much less formality in our dealings with other people. To recreate medieval life, we have to adjust our modern mindset. We don’t expect everyone to behave perfectly. Just do your best to know the guidelines and observe them as much as you can.
In the SCA, we show respect to the holders of various positions. Some of these have obvious medieval status, such as Baronesses or Kings. Other positions are administrative, such as Seneschals and Reeves. All the people filling these positions are working very hard to make the game better for all of us, and they deserve our respect. However, the ceremonial ranks get extra deference at events, because that enhances the game for everyone.
If you met a real live king, would you jostle him out of the way to get at the food? Certainly not! That would just be rude.
As a newcomer to the SCA, it can be hard to know what is expected, especially if you haven’t been to ‘important’ events before, where formal courts are happening and everyone is on their best behaviour. So, for those who may be a little unsure, here are some basic notes on SCA etiquette…
The King and Queen are top of the heap (followed by the Crown Prince and Princess if they have been chosen). Under them come the landed Barons and Baronesses – that’s Joan and Crispin for Politarchopolis. There are some other levels, but they are much less of an issue.
The King and Queen are addressed as “Your Majesty”, the B&B as “Your Excellency”. Everyone else can generally be addressed as “my Lord” or “my Lady”, and you won’t go too far wrong.
There are conventions about how people behave around the ‘Pointy Hats’ – that’s anyone with a crown or coronet (coronets are like crowns, but less so). Whenever you pass near these people, you should bow or curtsey. When you approach them (or they approach you), curtsey again before conversation begins.
Anywhere there is an official spot set up for the Pointy Hats, bow when you pass it. Even if no one is there! This includes their dinner table – if you are passing within about ten feet of it, bow to the pointy hatted ones. Even if no one is sitting there, bow just the same. (If they are there, be extra polite!) The same goes for thrones, indoors and outdoors.
Remember that Pointy Hats have a lot of work to do at an event – they’re not just standing about looking pretty and receiving curtseys! They have to attend meetings, arrange courts, deal with all kinds of problems while you are having fun. And look good at the same time. And keep their tempers. So…
If Pointy Hats are talking to someone, don’t interrupt – it’s quite likely they are having a vital meeting. Wait and see if it’s okay for you to join the conversation. Pointy Hats usually have various people looking after them at an event – guards, ladies in waiting, chamberlains, pages. If you want to ask something, hand something over, or just socialize, try approaching one of their attendants. The attendants may be able to solve your problem, and will have some idea whether the Pointy Hats have time to talk to you just then.
Give the Pointy Hats precedence – this means they get first go at the food (they probably have people to arrange this). They also go through doors ahead of ordinary folk, and are seated first. It is polite to wait for permission before seating yourself in their presence. It is okay to ask for that permission.
Give them some privacy – if there is a room or a tent set up for their use, keep out unless you are asked in. Find somewhere else to dump your gear. If you are invited in, don’t overstay your welcome. They may need to chat privately with somebody, or just get away from everyone for a short time.
During court, or at the beginning of a meal, everyone will stand until the Pointy Hats are in place. As they pass through the hall, everyone bows. After the Pointy Hats are seated, the populace will be told they can also sit. Likewise at the end of the meal or court, everyone should stand (and bow) while the bigwigs leave the area. During the event, there should be lots of bowing and scraping every time anyone goes near a Pointy Hat – or near their thrones.
It’s not so hard really. Just take note of anyone with a crown or coronet, remember to bow any time you are near them, and give them some space to do their jobs.