Tuesday August 4 2009

Ask Doctor Best

That learned scholar, Doctor Henry Best, is available to answer your personal questions on matters grave or frivolous, through consultation of portents in the heavens. Please remember that, although he is educated in astrology and a myriad other areas of natural philosophy, holding a PhD from the University of Atlantia, Doctor Best is not a licensed psychotherapist.

Dear Doctor Best,
I’m about to fight in Crown and I’m unsure who to ask to be my consort. I am including birth data for both my wife and mistress.
Hot Stick

Dear Stick,
Young man, I would be remiss if I failed to say I see turmoil and strife in your future. As you are a Leo with Venus in Scorpio, I know my words will be wasted on you, but regrets of my own misspent youth professional ethics move me to make the attempt regardless.
These charts show your wife would make the better queen but your mistress is prone to greater violence. You could eschew astrology and decide with your dowsing rod. You could introduce the two of them and ask their opinion. I will sell tickets, donating your half towards your medical bills.
Never fear, once the excitement of this upcoming crown draws to an end, you will be able to approach your next tournament with a clean slate.

Good Luck,
Doctor Best

Dear Doctor Best,
Who is going to win the war?
Call Me Legion

Dear Legion,
You’d be amazed how many people have asked me this one. I’ve collected a great deal of data on this. It’s a complex problem, involving birthdates of the East and Middle kings, coronations, and of course the final piece of the puzzle, the cannon sounding the “birth” of the war itself. I was fairly confident I was equal to the task, until I saw the points rules for this year. That’s more complicated than astrology!
Nonetheless, I have my prediction in a sealed envelope, in the secure custody of the Pennsic Independent office. It would, of course, be unethical of me to publish the final results of the war ahead of time, as it would spoil the fun for everyone.

Do you have a question? Bring it to Dr Best’s office at Sun Baked Studio, on Battle Road. Whenever possible, include birth date, time, and place for all parties involved. Your identity will be held in strictest confidence. “Ask me any question, and I’ll give you any answer!”

Og on Manners

Good manners… Period or not period?
There is a class on this at Pennsic this year. I am sorry I will miss it. There are a lot of great classes. You are so lucky to be there. We have all seen the Henry VIII thing biting the turkey leg and throwing it over his shoulder while wiping his face on his sleeve. MYTH! The higher up you were on the royalty food chain, the more good manners were important. Needed. EXPECTED!
There are many books on manners that are period. They have rules like, “Do not blow your nose on the table cloth.” For there to be such a rule, someone had to be breaking it. People ate with their hip knife and a spoon they often carried with them.
Forks, as we all know, are late period. I'll use one anyway.
Barbarians ate with a sword. Knights ate with a dagger. Gentlemen ate with chopsticks. Leftovers were gathered and given to the poor. Bread was a big part of any meal. Many loaves per guest per remove.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To good manners, period or not! Let’s do it anyway. Why? Because it would make our mothers proud! TO OUR MOTHERS.
Drink well
Drink often
Drink with…




Pennsic Geocache
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Events Open to All

Get Ready for the Atlatl Battles. Make your own Atlatl and darts Workshops, Monday, August 3, 10 a.m. or Tuesday, August 4, 10 a.m. Kits available $40 each. Thunderbird Atlatl Tent, Street of Gold. Call 607-743-4379. Mailing tubes available to send your sets home $6 each.

Dame Hauviette d'Anjou (Chef Channon Mondoux, as seen on the Food Network, and heard on NPR's 'Here on Earth-Inside Islam') will autograph Celebration at the Sarayi: Reliving a Feast in the Palace of Suleyman the Magnificent Thurs Aug 6, 2-4pm, at Poison Pen Press (Bookseller's Row, Booth 63). Join us for a book signing and tasting of recipes from her e-cookbook. Bonus recipe & sample spice mix with purchase.

Third Atlatl Battle - Tuesday, August 4, Battlefield West, 7 p.m. More information contact Thunderbird Atlatl, Street of Gold, or call 607-743-4379.

For Sale

Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in a gallon of water in 2 weeks. 12 flavors $8 or $7.50 for 2+. Taste samples daily at 2pm & Midnight Madness at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com

1 War Guarantee on All Mugs AÕs Round Pottery #51

Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!

15x18 Panther Marquee TOP ONLY $250 123 PLUNDER LN

Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.

16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdechavel, N33. Ask for Harley.

ALL CLOAKS $45-SILK, LINEN, HEMP, COTTON-shop early for best selection-Space 202

Are your cats mad at you? Can you get back into your house? Toss in one of our Falcons Mews cat toys Terra Incognita #171

18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at TGertoggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!

Does your thread end up in a mess?
Have we got the solution for you!
Thread Condoms! Booth 171

ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.

Bactrian camel yarn straight from Mongolia. Stop in and pet the yarn for luck! 166 Fleet Street.

24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104

ÒBad Garb BingoÓ 4 card set game new this year. Limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.

Does plastic ruin your look? Wooden straws ! Correct for our period, food safe, and environmentally sound. Several styles suitable for high table or boudoir. Handmade in the US only $20 Dancing Pig #18 Bow St

Yurt . Camp Infi Nity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE

Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.

SS & Brass Corinthian helm, padded & strapped, lightly used. Beautiful worksmanship but needs owner w/ smaller nose than mine. $500 OBO. See Gideon, Dragonship Haven, B08

Celtic Knotwork cotton and lots of dangley shinys at Costumes by Loren. Doll Clothes and dressed bears also. New sales every day. 166 Fleet Street

Beading needles now in. Lady GuenÕs Closet #123

DonÕt be a strumpet! cover your pate with a hat from UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.

SCA Road Signs - ÒFighter Practice AreaÓ, ÒDanger Viking TerritoryÓ and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24

Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!

Buy it here, break it here, we replace it AÕs #51

BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?

Own last yearÕs musical sensation! Forbidden Pennsic recordings available @ Cabochons on Bow Street!

Corset tip * Use stay 1/2 Ò shorter than pocket to prevent poke-through. DM # 25

For the best selection of Folkwear Patterns at war, visit UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.

THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, books, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.

Steel corset stays, steel hoop boning! Booth # 25

Tent awning, complete setup kit. DBL. Bell wedge Panther. VG condition. 5 yrs. old. All poles shortened. W/ sleeves. Interior pole conversion A-frame. N15. The Black Dragons - Apollonia. + More features $800

ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XXXVIII that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.

DonÕt buy threads in the dark! Our specials run all war... Fabric Dragon: Silk, linen, wool thread #42

Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, Space#26

Evil Abra says, ÒCheck your silver prices!Ó We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Pennsic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.

Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.

Henna Paste made onsite by Ghazalah. Fresh means best color! Also sifted powder, @ your Innervagabond

Cover your hair in style with a Lady Guen Snood - Space #213 Plunder Lane

Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.

Cloaks & Totes. From Misty TowerÕs Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing Space 26

New Efenwealt Wystle CD! OMG! ItÕs all period music circa 1200. Camelot Treasures # 30

Going out of beading sale! No time left to bead means IÕm selling off my Amber Necklaces cheap! 25% off! Dancing Pig #18 Bow Street

WolframÕs Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane-Tankards, Feast Gear, Oriental Table Wear and Miscelania Now featuring Weapons-Swords, Knives, etc-Have a civil meal with your foe before you kill them!!!

Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have Ôem! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)

Hundreds of sheaths and scabbards to fit your blade. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.

Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.

Need soap - fighter balm - bug spray - massage oil - natural ingredients only - #42 Fabric Dragon

Evil Abra says, ÒYou can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!Ó See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.

Tents ! 2-16x16 Rounds-2nd Pennsic in use $900 ea. 1-16x21 oval-1st Pennsic $1200. PU@EOW. Next to Battlefield on Tours-Black Pearl Tavern B08.

ÒPennsic for DummiesÓ by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.

Highland cowhides- luxurious soft long hair & over 36 square feet, Bonde or Dun (Frosted Brown). $800 Fondle & buy at Dancing Pig 18 Bow St.717-253-2764

Pretty Pots Make Purrfect Petsitter Presents AÕs #51

Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24

Is Fabric Dragon (#42) drinking enough water?
The Answer is 42. The question is Where can I get Fantasic Perls, Silk floss, Scissors and more?

Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital format) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)

Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilionª. Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26


Large leather bag with shoulder strap for magical laptops, books or sketchpads (15x12x3.5). Handmade of soft & sturdy leather. Get yours at Dancing PIg Pottery #18 Bow St. or www.ambrosiafarm.com.

Evil AbraÕs empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open Ôtil 11 pm nightly!

DonÕt be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.

Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.

Silk Embroidery threads Come check our great prices Japanese, Chinese, English, Terra Incognita 171

The answer is 42! the Question is Where is Fabric Dragon? Yup we moved again to space #42

Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.

Up to 50% off Period Pavilionsª, new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, space #26

Tired of tent living? Take home the vardage-part vardo/part cottage N1Z House Fallen Star

Sewing thread, safety pins, glasshead pins. #25

Bad garb, bad garb, WhatÕcha gonna do? WhatÕca gonna do when the punchlineÕs you?- Claus the Toymaker.

SHOWER !!! Expertly built, stores flat! Easily put up and taken down. 40 gallon hot water tank and utility sink included! N10 Corner of Brewer and Fletcher. NO OFFER REFUSED -- REALLY!!!

Visit HostetlerÕs Bakery at the turn off 422.



Mommy Glynis & Daddy Fergus: Please remember to bring home a cow and a tuna from Pennsic - thanks! Your pets, Mischief, Freya, & Loki

Courtials of formia Anest of Geata is at N13

12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the DecadentÕs Camp AA NA OASA all welcome.

Amongst the green grass - Sex in the Middle Ages Class will be Wed 6PM AS4 Ages 18 or Parents OK

N18 short boat taking on water. Tomasso needs caulk. Tomasso loves the caulk!

Inkle weaving 10AM Tuesday Lucet basics 2PM Tuesday Card weaving 10AM Wednesday Pine Box Traders space 192 Check here daily for classes


Good Gentles.....How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.

Broken Target Arrows Wanted AÕs Round Pottery #51

DAIGAKURYO - EAST ASIAN UNIVERSITY class schedules available at Clan Yama Kaminari (E03). ®thelmearc Royal (N04) MinervaÕs Spindle (158) and A&S Point.

Non-denominational prayer meeting every evening @ 7:30 pm in front of the castle. Look for the banner. All are welcome!

ONT: Volley of Arrows 2009 ~ The Yeomen and the Bards - www.vestyorvik.org/event.html

Give yourself a tax break- brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or www.ambrosiafarm.com

Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159

Help Wanted

WANTED kid wrangler for 3 girls -- 6,9, & 11 -- paid gig. If interested contact Jamie or Audrey at Booth 144 By My Hand Designs.

Lost & Found

Clan ShadowoodÕs shield has been stolen with no ransom. We want it back. If you know of its whereabouts come to E27 (conveniently located next to Wulf Den) and sing like a canary. Win cash and prizes!

MISSING: A blue and black dragon with blue wings. If found, please return to White Wolf and the Phoenix at 133 Plunder Lane.


A memorial service was held for Baroness Mistress Margaret von dem Schwartzwald (aka Gretchen or Andrea); former Baroness Middle Marches. Everyone is invited and encouraged to drop by Mdrealm Royal Camp to write a note in a memory book to be given to her husband, Syr Thomas ap Llewylen, and daughter, Katey.

The memorial ship will sail again Thursday at dark thirty. To paint a shield or place a memento see Unnr in Enchanted Ground W09.


DeLondres Household invites our friends to their Annual Bardic Party Tonight @ 9:30pm X-05 Along the Low Road

Friends of Lord Fiachna Mac Clennetig and Lady Asta Vagnsdottir, MKA Tom Tennant and Tammy Johnson, are invited to our private engagement party held at the Chalkman 1 hour after court on Tuesday August 4. Cake is provided but bring your own alcohol.

Wanted: Pipers! Do YOU have what it takes to win the Mtn. Confederation's Annual Piper Competition? Competition is Tues. in E12, 8:30ish pm. Pipers please come a bit early! All fans great and small are welcome, ID needed to drink.

Baroness Gaerwen of Trafford will sit her vigil for Laurel from 2:00 to 6:00, Wednesday in Rowanhall Camp W13 beside the bath house. All Welcome.

We laughed at the vibrating teen during lunch Fri-feel like laughing again?Stop by Odyssey Coffee in the afternoon and look for the redhead in back.

DVG: Have you had enough to drink? ~T

Emer, Ulfr wishes you love,romance and affection on this, the anniversary of our star-crossed meeting. I am yours.

Erin Don't drink it if it's called Surprise! :> J&A

MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!

THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau ÔMud-ChevalÓ

Wanted to Buy

Looking for Kosher meat to buy -- E23 Hedge Hog.


Small trailer for storage at Pennsic. Approx. 4x8.
Please contact Iron Bog in N20 or 856-343-7292


By Johanna Ungulata

The Pennsic Independent has received warning of a great danger facing the populace of the Pennsic War. The Soothsayers of the Circus of the Damned have predicted that a swarm of vipers will plague the marketplace and food court, starting Tuesday morning. Based on the accuracy of their plague predictions in past years, we believe that the populace of Pennsic should make whatever preparations they can against this latest terror.
Rania Iskremorova of the Circus of the Damned warns, “The signs are all in place for a huge number of deadly vipers to invade the marketplace and food court areas starting on Tuesday morning. They will be small, quick, and newly hatched, and we believe that the children of Pennsic will be best equipped to capture them. Their boundless energy and nimble fingers will make catching these vipers a simple task. Adults will have much more difficulty handling these beasts. They should step aside and leave this problem to the kids.”
The PI has confirmed that the creatures do exist. Johan Cervus, Pennsic’s Animal Control Officer, told PI reporters, “We’re not sure where they came from, but they’re definitely heading toward the marketplace. They seem to be particularly hostile when approached by adults; the only specimens we have in captivity were caught by children.”
Lord Cervus has made this plea to the children, “Although it may be dangerous, I need to ask every child to scan the roads and pathways of the food court and marketplace to try to locate and capture one of these vipers and turn it in to the Circus of the Damned during the Children’s Fete on Wednesday between 1-4 pm. The best thing we can do is keep these creatures separated, so each child should only try to capture ONE VIPER.”
The Circus of the Damned has negotiated with the Kingdom of Æthelmearc to create a protected Snake Sanctuary, so that the captured creatures can live out the rest of their lives in peace and prosperity. King Maynard and Queen Liaidain of Sylvan Æthelmearc were pleased to be able to care for these creatures and proclaimed, “As it is Our duty to protect all creatures within Our lands, We shall ensure suitable space is available for the proposed Snake Sanctuary.”
Every child who captures a viper and turns it in at the Children’s Fete will be rewarded with a Royal Commendation signed by several of the visiting monarchs, as well as a prize from the Circus of the Damned. Any child not finding a viper on Tuesday in the marketplace is requested to please come to the Children’s Fete in the barn on Wednesday to help keep the creatures contained. While the members of the Circus of the Damned are fine entertainers, they are somewhat lacking in their zoo-keeping skills and will need all the help they can get while they prepared these feisty critters for the move to their new home.