A few A&S updates
Firstly, there is an extra class being run this weekend. Rachel will be hosting a class at 1pm: Entering A&S Competitions for beginners. Should be a great class for people to learn some of the ropes and get up the confidence to enter.
Secondly, Helouys and Lady Emeline are going to hosting a series of focused dance workshops to get people festival dance ready and working towards their Silver Rondels. The sessions will start on Sunday the 15th of March, go from 12.30 – 2pm, and run for 5 consecutive weeks. These classes are for both beginners and those who need to brush up on their skills. The last session will be the Sunday before Festival so it should be fairly fresh in everyone’s minds and it will be a mini garbed ball so that beginners can get used to dancing in skirts and slippery shoes.I’ve added each of the sessions to the class list below. Remember: dance is lots of fun and great exercise. Come join in!
Don’t forget on Wednesday evening we have a class on Identifying Fabrics and on Friday we have Courtly Graces. Sunday includes brewing with Rurik (please give me a yell if you want to get involved) and A&S competition introduction by Rachel.
Lastly, I need a little help with banners. If anyone can lend a hand hemming on Wednesday or Sunday I would be beyond appreciative.
26th Feb – Wednesday 7.45pm – Fabric Identification
28th Feb – Friday 6.30pm – Courtly Graces
2nd Mar – Sunday 12noon – Brewing with Rurik
(booking required for practical, cost TBA)
2nd Mar – Sunday 1pm – Entering A&S Competitions for Beginners
5th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Easy potluck plates
and simple period dishes
12th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Ye olde wattle
bottle covers (gold coin donation for fabric)
15th Mar – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 1, Cassandra and the Knowne World Pavane
19th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Intro to blackwork
embroidery styles and stitches
23rd Mar – Sunday 12noon – Workshop, Make your
own weapon rack (bookings required for practical, cost $35)
23rd Mar – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 2, Pinagay and the Black Allemand
26th Mar – Wednesday 7.45pm – Basic history and
styles of period beadwork
30 Mar – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 3, Ruffty Tufty
2nd Apr – Wednesday 7.45pm – A class on period
6th Apr – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 4, Review
9th Apr – Wednesday 7.45pm – Designing and
registering your coat of arms
13th Apr – Sunday 12.30pm – Dance Session 5, Mini Garbed Ball
30th Apr – Wednesday 7.45pm – Event Feasts
7th May – Wednesday 7.45pm – Period Toys and
Who feels like some awesome A&S classes and projects?
Firstly, there are projects lined up for Sundays but there will still be plenty of room for anyone that wants to grab some space and work on a personal project! Come join us, there is tea, coffee and occasionally more talented people then I bring cakes.
Secondly, A&S will be running Wednesdays at the Ainslie Hall from 7.30pm till 9pm. This is awesome! Tea and coffee will be available, some of us will probably be ordering food to come to the hall and if you have already eaten that is fine as well. If you are interested in running a class, please get in touch with me ASAP, the beginning of the year is starting to fill up quickly!
Thirdly, you may notice that there are no times filled in for after the 16th of Feb. With a possible change to what times we will have access to the hall, I am listing these classes but I won’t be able to give an exact time until the baronial meeting.
Also, if there is a type of class you would like to see run, let me know! It’s a lot easier to organise classes if I have an idea of things that people want to learn about!
So, without further ado!
Silk Banners – Kicking off on the 12th of January at 12 noon. This will be running every Sunday for the next 4 weeks, hopefully to have them ready by Border War. For the first weekend we will be designing and drawing up our cartoons for the banners. Come along, learn some new skills, participate in a big baronial project and have fun with awesome people! Even if painting isn’t your thing, there is a list of other things that will need to be worked on as well.
Wednesday 15th January, 7.30pm – Basic twisted wire rings, hosted by Manda Swadling. The Baronial coffers are lacking in the taxes that they deserve! I will be bringing beads, wire and some tools so that we can fill the Baronial box with lovely twisted wire rings. If you have a pair of long pliers, or red and white beads that you would like to add to the collection, please bring them along.
Wednesday 22nd January, 7.30pm – Tassels and finger loop braiding, hosted by Manda Swadling and Tim Liersch. The Baronial coffers are lacking in the taxes that they deserve! I will be bringing lots of cotton so that we can make so lovely bits for the Baronial box.
Wednesday 29th January, 7.30pm – How to run lists, including a practical presentation, hosted by Shona Klocke. Ever wanted to learn how to run a list for a tourney? Very handy skill to learn for all those who enjoy taking the field and for those interested in participating without the bruises!
Wednesday 5th February, 7.30pm – Voice Heraldry 101, hosted by Micheal Stankiewicz. Voice heraldry can seem intimidating at first, but this session will guide you through not only voice heraldry but also through some basic public speaking tips. How to tackle those hard names, voice projection and how to get the populaces attention!
Wednesday 12th February, 7.30pm – Ladies Burgundian Fashion, hosted by Wendy Weber. More details to come!
Wednesday 26th February – Simple steps to improve event photography, hosted by Manda Swadling. Want to take amazing photos at events? The probability is that you already have been, you just need a few extra tips on how to make your photos really shine. This is a very straight forwards class, anyone with any type of camera can learn these very simple steps. I’ll also cover some basic camera buying tips for those looking to change cameras.
Wednesday 19th of March – Intro to black work styles and stitches, hosted by Naomi Lea – More detail to come!
March 5th – Easy potluck plates and simple period dishes, hosted by Mistress Kiriel
March 26th – Basic History and styles of period beadwork, hosted by Alex Rapp
April 2nd – A class on period plays, hosted by Chris Struz
I was having a discussion with His Excellency Master Crispin about the 10 meters of silk that I bought and put aside for the barony this year. The time has come for us to build up not only a mighty war band but to ensure that our fighters and campsite are gloriously decked in red and white silk banners.
To do this is going to require a few populace who are capable of designing the banners, a few people capable of making the wood frames, a lot of people willing to paint and hem the banners and a few people capable of making protective bags that they can be stored in.
Lastly, I’ve heard that an army is gathering in Borderscross for an assault that they plan on carrying out in Feb. It would be fitting to have our warriors and campsite banners at least partially ready by then.
If you would like to get involved, ping me and I will start up a discussion group. This should be a really fun project and should add a lot of bling to various occasions. Even if you don’t have any silk painting skill, ping me anyhow because we are happy to teach the enthusiastic. I would also like to break this into small bite sized projects so as not to overwhelm any one person 🙂
Lady Sophia van Dorne
Results are now available for the first round of the 2013 Politarchopolis Pentathalon (10 March 2013) – a big congratulations to the Descartes Specials who took out first place!
Points for the team were as follows:
La Cocinara Locas – 135
Team Andronicus – 135
Burbage – 132
The Three Amigos – 121
Descartes Specials – 153
Rouge et Valois – 143
Sew & Swear – 146
House of Hurts – 97
Huge congratulations to all who worked to create their projects. With entries ranging from hand made sugar, candles, soap, inks, sauces, wines, pickles and pottery, Politarchopolis should be very proud of the knowledge and creativity of its populace. Some of the teams are sharing their progress along the way. You can keep in touch with the progress of the Three Amigos here.
Entries for Round 2 of Pentathalon are due on the 19th of May 2013.