By Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent
Wednesday’s 11th annual Pennsic Children’s Fete in the Barn was a resounding success. Like Mary Poppins, it was practically perfect in every way.
From improved traffic flow which had no one waiting in line to register for more than 20 minutes to the estimated 500 balloon animals created on the spot by three balloon artists to the hot, sweaty parents who trudged out of there, laden down with booty and goodies at 4 p.m., it was simply a wonderful afternoon.
First and foremost, it was a wonderful afternoon for the 351 children who attended the festivities. They were streaming in all afternoon, almost right up to the last minutes, according to Baroness Cairistiona (Atlantia) who was in charge of registration.
If you were Madeline (4), it was wonderful to have a purple, pink, and silver sparkly butterfly painted on your left cheek that matched your very special pink and purple dragon friend that you brought to the party. The dragon is a very new friend—no name yet, although Madeline confided that she knows this is a girl dragon.
If you were Justin (9), it was wonderful to be handed what you immediately declared to be “the best balloon snake I have ever seen.”
If you were Rebecca (7), it was wonderful to take three pairs of balloons and some rice and find they could be turned into three juggling balls of your own.
And if you were any number of young lords (and even some young ladies), it was wonderful to use a foam boffer sword to rush an armored adult fighter (who is also armed with a boffer or pool noodle), bring him to his knees with a cry of “Surrender to me now!”… And then find that you have just “killed” His Majesty Conrad, King of Caid. Even better, His Majesty also gives you suggestions to improve your fighting technique so you can try to “kill” him again.
For the 115+ adult volunteers, some of whom had been working for a year to bring this day about, the big payoff was seeing the smiles on the children’s faces and hearing their expressions of delight as they completed a picture, a necklace, or a figure in clay.
But there was something else perhaps just as important. All one had to do was look at the many pink gowns worn by the women working at the Fete, notice how many large, burly men were wearing pink tunics or baldrics, see the pink name tags of the volunteers which were embellished with the familiar twist of pink ribbon representing the fight against breast cancer. The Pennsic Children’s Fete, for the adults who work to make it happen, is a memorial to its founder, Duchess Arielle of Atlantia, who lost her fight against breast cancer just two weeks before last year’s Pennsic. The continuing success of the Children’s Fete and the pleasure it brings to the children of Pennsic are Her Grace’s legacy to Pennsic and to all of us.
Countess Rowan of Atlantia had high praise for this year’s director of the children’s party, Herrin Emeludt Hansler, who is also the Chancellor of Youth Activities for Atlantia. Her Excellency mentioned the year of organizational meetings, the email list, the solicitation of donations of time and supplies from other groups and from the royalty of other kingdoms, and many other tasks that were part of what she deemed “an excellent job” by this year’s director.
Parents and children saw some of the results of improved traffic flow (just one entrance point and just one exit point) and improved security measures for the fete this year. Large tables blocked most of the open side of the Barn to keep anxious children from just rushing in to join the fun before they’d been registered. Parents wore pin-on tickets for each child in their care, and a 6-foot-plus muscular door “dragon” kept on eye on the exit spot so children would not leave in the company of anyone other than a parent.
Countess Rowan also praised HRH Princess Brianna of Atlantia and the other members of her household who hold fundraisers every year to finance the refreshments served at the fete and then handle the serving of those refreshments at the party. This year, the liquid refreshment was a choice of lemonade or water—both very welcome in Wednesday’s heat and humidity.
The inflated jumping castle was just as popular this year as it was when it was first introduced last year. Andreas (Atlantia), who has been involved with the children’s party since its very first year, was keeping admirable order at the castle, where there were weight and number limits on how many could jump at a time, and where Andreas made sure that each set of jumpers kept to their limit of exactly 3 minutes. Just like last year, the castle was one of the first places the children formed lines as they entered.
Many youngsters left proudly clutching the muslin tote bags on which they had creatively and colorfully painted iron-on transfers of heraldic images. This very popular all-in-one activity and souvenir was the work of Baronessa AnnaBella di Cherubino and Baroness Elsbeth Donofrey, both of the East. Her Excellency AnnaBella donated the plain muslin tote bags and ironed on the transfers of the heraldic images that Her Excellency Elsbeth had drawn. Older children received slightly plainer totes so that they could create their own heraldry.
Not every volunteer at the party was a veteran. Evelyn (14, Atlantia) is attending her very first Pennsic. While her mother was part of the band of bardic performers who performed both as a group and individually as they roamed the party, Evelyn was a “fan girl” for Countess Rowan and other noble volunteers.
Thanks to the heat and humidity, and the closed nature of the barn, there were many other adults fanning themselves as well, whether with proper fans, straw hats, or even just sheets of paper. The kids were having too good a time to care about the weather.
After all the children had departed, some rather reluctantly and some of the youngest ones dozing in their strollers or wagons, Herrin Emeludt summed up the afternoon with these words: “We had a lot of fun and we will do it again next year.” Her Grace Duchess Arielle would most certainly approve.
By Lord Dominic Seamor
Martial Reporter, Pennsic Independent
“The support we’re gotten from the entire Pennsic staff has been wonderful, all the way up to the Mayor” said Pennsic 39 Archery Marshal-in-Chief Baron Master Mark Squirrelsbane. He credited this level of support with helping to create the greatly improved turnout for the first of two War Points to be earned in the Mass Populace Archery Shoot this year. Transportation has assigned additional buses to greatly reduce the wait for a ride out to the range and the Martial Activities staff has provided increased levels of support, making the Archery Range a comfortable (as comfortable as any place can be in the heat and humidity of this Pennsic) place to shoot.
The populace has responded to this encouragement by coming out to the Archery Range in greater numbers than the last War. All shooters faced three challenges: the Clout Shoot, the Soldier Shoot and the Castle Window Shoot. The Clout Shoot tested their ability to hit a distant target, while the Soldier Shoot gave the shooters images of charging warriors to hit. Both these shoots limited the archer to six arrows or bolts. The Castle Window shoot was a 30-second timed shoot where the archer could fire as many times as he or she could load, aim, and release. Points were totaled by kingdom for each of the three shoots, with the kingdom winning two of the three shoots taking the War Point.
Yesterday the archers of the East Kingdom took the War Point, winning the Clout Shoot with 1764 points versus 1575 points, and also taking the Soldier Shoot by a score of 2323 to 2091. The Castle Window Shoot was also won by the Eastern shooters by 1316 to 1056 points.
Everyone is reminded that there is still one more Archery War Point in contention, and you are invited to the Archery Range to add your contribution to the push for victory. Look for the white and red banner on the leftmost tower of the Battlefield Fort to know when the Archery Range is open, or you can go to Information Point and ask them to contact Archer One on the radio. The Archery Range is scheduled to be open for the second Mass Populace Archery Shoot from 10a.m. to 6p.m. on Thursday the 12th, and from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on Friday the 13th.
Knowne World Petanque Tournament results: Corner’s Girls made it to the final. So did Chalkman/Lusty Wench. Chalkman/Lusty Wench won 13 to 5. Well done Hennesx & Mym. To all the good friends who show, thanks! See you next year. Le Rieur Sanglier
Bardic Bounty on Bad Garb. Shame a lame out of their mundanes! Bounty is redeemed at Bard’s Haven.
Events Open to All
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Hey Harry Potter fans! Wizard Rock show featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers. Thurs 9 p.m. behind Camelot Treasures booth 30. Enter from Servant’s Path. CDs available.
MEAD TASTINGS AT THE BEE FOLKS! Come join us Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 7-until-we-kick-you-out. Bring your own bottle and cup. #114.
Middle KMOAS open hours 2-4 Tues & Thurs Midrealm Royal.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for others manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.
Samurai Chef - Introducing period Japanese food and Dining. Thur @ NOON Clan Yama Kaminari (E03)
TURKU in concert 8:30 p.m. Thursday August 12th. “The Turks are on the Walls” at the Fortress on the Main Battlefield.
12’-19’ yurts 4 sale! $1500 & up. Must sell. Ask for Pente 919-360-0048 E01 Camp Infinity. Will deal.
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
10ft Sybley style canvas tent 18” sidewalls 3 screened windows 3 ceiling vents heavy zipoff rubber floor. Used for 1 event B4 Pennsic pd. $800 sell $550 E31 Revelwood by Classic Swimhole ask for Deryk.
12 ft. Diameter yurt by Yurts of America. 6ft. side walls. New this Pennsic. avaialble on Sat. Aug. 14th, $2800 see Rask at Cloak & Dagger Booth 13.
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 Call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
4 sale gothic heavy weapons breast & back $120. Pauldrons $85. Dress sallet $100. Call 610-357-2718
4ft Great Sword new. Paid $40 sell $30. N30 Southwind.
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4400 254-652-7522
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Are you tired of having your skirts drag? Costumes by Loren has lots of garb both short and long. Bright colors and patterns in easy to care for cotton. 166 Fleet St.
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?
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
CLOAK & DAGGER Booth 13 has archery supplies by Viking Archery Supply again this year.
Cotton reuseable soap scrubbies, organic catnip toys, 100% cotton fingerless gloves, & more- space 42.
Display/armor stand. Packs small, wood, painted or stained. N05/Clan Lurkr. $25
Don’t be roadkill! 5’ rule reflective trim. Space 42
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Fitted cotehardies 2 Simplicity pattern size 18, back lacing, 1 brown, 1 green silk like material, floor length long sleeve . E01 Silverhorde, Jackie or Kathy $60 each.
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 #26.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
FOR SALE: Bathhouse - Trailer. Cost $1500 to build. Needs some work. Will sacrifice for $400. See Eleanor at merchant space #6. Trailer is set up in Meridies Royal, N01.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
Free 15 year old arming pavilion yellow + green. All poles, stakes, ropes and hooks N09 -Denis de Dijon cell: 301-318-0794
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
John Lyttleton’s next CD available for pre-sale $20. See Master John in camp with Emerson N03 by 8/13
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Lost your needle? Dragon’s Magic has packs of needles on sale - 50 cents
Manicure/Pedicure offered by Dau 412-874-4314 Manis $5-7. Pedis $10-12 done @ barn. Parties available @ your site $25 guaranteed for a party. Text me.
Micarta rods for making hilts. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE, 10% off most items Mediaeval Miscellanca, Space 28.
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
For Sale 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.
Pavilions 4 sale - 10x15 $650, 17x23 $800 - see Eleanor at Blue Unicorn Space 183
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker #26.
Period Patterns™- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Queen size rope bed $200 call Coleta 513-324-4252
For Sale 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 #26, across from the barn.
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
Steel and aluminum fence wire for mail making. Several spools. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
UNIQUELY YOU! DRESSMAKER’S FORMS - the only one that corsets properly. Fit the cover exactly to your body change it as you do, the form still fits you. A 2nd cover = share with a friend. Available on site, save the shipping. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Woods Battle? We have bite & rash cream! Space 42
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Yes, there’s quality real cheesecloth at Dragon’s Magic #27.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
ATTENTION MUSICIANS! RADIO FREE MONGOLIA WANTS YOUR DEMO CD’S FOR AIRPLAY. PLEASE LEAVE THEM AT BOX #1, HORDE CAMP GATE.
Don’t be afraid to find new forms of activation!
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
For Sale 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.
Free rabbit cage. Light wire. Inquire at EK Royal.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
KNOWN WORLD CHOIR CONCERT Thurs 5:30pm Performing Arts Tents.
Leatherworking: “Come join us for Leatherworking Day on Artisans Row, and get a hands-on introduction to leather work and decoration from some of the most experienced leatherworkers in the Society.”
Open Solar with Master Cariadoc: “Come join Master Cariadoc and his guests in fascinating discussions of his many areas of interest. Come meet the man called one of the truly legendary figures in our Society.”
Overheard: The solar showers are extra warm this year, but they smell like dragon pee!
Rider/Gas share back to Las Vegas NV. Leaving Sat. Night. Driving truck, haul/drop off also acceptable. 7023433301 Text Best.
Sandust Wanted. See Metilda of Lochleven/EK Royal.
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Soaps & Lotions: “Come on over to Artisans Row for a day of clean play and sweet-smelling enjoyment. Soaps and Lotions arrive on Artisans Row just when we need them most!”
Welcome to your first Pennsic - Debra- From Erlan.
BREAKDOWN HELP WANTED! Good pay, food, fun crew. Bonus if work til truck is loaded! Start Sat. at 10. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Lost & Found
Book Production Spindling lost AS 13, return to Clan O’Choda and Ehanhs
The Eleventh Memorial Ship will sail this Thursday, August 12th at about 9:30 pm from the base of the causeway, at the border of blocks W-12 and W-14. It can be seen at the Stave Church Thursday afternoon. Procession @9p.m. to the Runestone, and on to the lake. Shields may be painted during the week at Tancred’s Tangled Woods, or Thursday afternoon at the Stave- Church.
Aett Kveldulf raises its horns to their fallen sister, Silkisif of Svanhill. Valhalla welcomes a courageous and tender heart, which our mead-hall is the poorer for the loss thereof. Charge your glass, who read this: to Silkisif!
Lord Wolfhunter - You will always be in our hearts and you will forever be remembered 1967-2009.
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.
Clan Blue Feather encampment party Thurs. Aug. 12. Bad garb night! Come in your worst outfit.
Come to Settmour Swamp for a Polynesian Soire (Tiki Party) to celebrate LapuLapu’s victory over Magellan’s millitant encroachment. We will be offering Quality BEER and CIDER as well as some delicious Polynesian cocktails. A ROASTED PIG, HAGGIS, and snacks will be offered too!
ATTENTION FIREDANCERS and DRUMMERS: The Swamp will hold a firedance competition. See Arnacai in Settmour Swamp for an audition Wednesday at 7PM. Prize for the Winner! Drummers will also receive a special gift.
Japanese Incense Ceremony followed by a Japanese Poetry Party Friday @ Clan Yama Kaminari (E03) Incense Ceremony @ noon Poetry Party @ 1:00
Baroness Judith Have a great day! Love Your Secret Pal
CAMPMATE BEAT YOU TO THAT MIDNIGHT MADNESS DEAL? BLAME ANGUS
ELL Congratulations on finding a man - YEAH- OG grieves in his beer =YECK= salty beer.
Expressions of affections are always in order - I Love You Joseph of the Red Griffin!- - B’ Rose.
Freeport boy looking for Lower Burrell girl.
Habibi- Thank you for being the foundation on which my new chapter is based. I love you more than words can say. Yours always, Nafoora
Happy Birthday, Rose. Meet me at the food court Friday nite at 6pm for dinner and presents for you and Micah.
Help shape the future of the past. Participate in the SCA census. Available online for free at Mystic Mail 9-11a.m. and after 5p.m.
I saw a werewolf talking with the Hus. His hair was perfect. - T.L. in N08.
Last year outside Barducci, my head between your thighs, you saw things you never saw before. YOU, Canadian (I never got your name) know how innocent this is. Meet me? Fritz, Buorgaror, W09
Master John Michael Thorpe and THL Fionnghuala inghean Diarmada: WE MISS YOU! -Lion’s Tower & Singing Stone
My Pennsic Virgins - Though I may not remember your names, I’ll always remember meeting you! - Zoe.
N XL˚ LVII.DCCLXXVIII, W ØLXXX˚ ØVIII.CDLVII. “Heath Saint Sicce.” Bring a Pen!
To the Lord who returned Lady Tatiana’s amethyst crystal she thanks you with all of her heart.
Wanted Hungamunga talk to Wolfgang in OGLAND.
By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
After 13 War Points:
East Tygers 9, Midrealm Dragons 4
Allied Champions Battle
With the rapier champions battle being won by the Midrealm on the last bout Wednesday, the Allied Champions battle turned out to be a similarly tight fight.
After some words of encouragement from HRM Edward of the East and HRM Radagaisus of the Midrealm, 120 champions and allied champions lined up on each side for an SCA-style game of capture the flag. Each side had to run the opposing side’s flag back to their own banner to earn a point. The first team to seven points (or the side with the most points after an hour) would claim the war point. Resurrections occurred at two-minute intervals throughout the battle.
As usual, the fight was one of the most intense at Pennsic. The Eastern allies claimed the first two banners; only to see the Midrealm allies rally.
At the end of the hour, the marshals determined the score was tied at 2-2. Thus, the fighters were lined up once more, this time for a last-man-standing fight to determine the War Point.
The ensuing brawl eliminated nearly every fighter on the field. However, a small group of Atlantians was able to stick together and drive off the final Midrealm Allies, giving the War Point to the East.
Unbelted Champions Battle
This year’s unbelted champions tournament was a best-of-three fights affair pitting teams of 15 vs. 15 against each other.
A large number of the populace from both sides ended up watching this brawl.
The first fight pitted an East team comprised mostly of Northern Army warriors against a team of Dragons, mostly from Constellation. The Midrealm’s force was able to reform quickly and claimed the first fight.
The second fight was huge brawl between an East squad anchored by House Bloodguard and Midrealm team led by Oaken army members. It was quite a smashing affair with a high attrition rate, but the Dragon forces won out.
Although the Midrealm forces had already claimed the War Point, the Dragon sent out its third team anchored by Pentamere and Midlands to face and East squad led by VDK. The fight went the same way as the first two, as the Midrealm forces rolled over the field.
Belted Champions Battle
The East’s 20-man team of knights and masters sought to avenge its unbelted team’s defeat as it met a force of 20 Midrealm chivalry shortly after the unbelted battle. The fight was a whirling dervish for a good while, but the East’s forces were able to maintain their cohesion better and swept the field to claim the War Point.
Thursday’s Big Battle: The Bridge Battle
The bridges are back at Pennsic as the two Great Armies renew their fight Thursday at 10 a.m. This year, there will be three battles over five bridges with victory in each battle being worth one War Point. An army must control the majority of bridges or sweep the field to earn victory. There will be no resurrections. Be aware combat archery and siege weapons are allowed in the third fight.