A spirited charge in the Rapier Flag Battle .
Photo by Tarmach ben Yehuda
By Master Liam St. Liam
On a day when traditional rivalry roles were reversed, the East-Midrealm Coalition joined forces, raced out to an early lead and was in solid control on its way to a 28-12 victory over the Atlantia-Æthelmearc Alliance to claim two war points in the Fencing Champions Tournament.
The Alliance drew first blood when the Honorable Lord Christian De Launey, the Æthelmearc Queen’s Champion, defeated Don Donovan Shinnock, the Eastrealm King’s Champion, in the opening bout.
The Coalition then reeled off 12 straight victories for a 12-1 lead and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. The afternoon featured perhaps a dozen points of honor, with fighters giving up their own arms after taking their opponents’ and with one exception, every bout was very clean.
Lord Alexander Drache, the Midrealm Queen’s Champion, won the second bout, followed by Lord Vindris Sigtrysson, the Midrealm King’s Champion, and EK Queen’s Champion Baron Jean Paul du Casse. At that point it was 4-1 for the Coalition.
Eight more victories followed, from Jarl Arch Teryx of the Middle, Don Domin d’Aleace of the Outlands, Don Nightshade of the West, Lord Davius St. Jacques, Warder Maximilian Zauberer of the Midrealm, Lord Rurik the Red of the Middle, Lord Magnus Morti of the East, Don Alessandro Andretti of Ansteorra, and Don John Radburne of the East.
The Alliance turned the tables with victories from Lord Mateo de Cadesia of Atlantia and Æthelmearc fencers Lord Orlando di Benne del Vinta and Don Iago Benitez. The Coalition took the momentum back with victories from Don Wyatt, Don Pascual de la Mer and Don Ian Raven of Tadcaster, all Easterners, and Warder Cecil DuPoint of the Midrealm to push the lead to 16-4 at the halfway point.
Master Dante de Pietro of Atlantia defeated Sir Antonio Patrasso in a highly-contested bout. Warder Don Adam Carmichael of the Middle won, then THL Jeffrey ap Clydd of Atlantia made it 17-6. The back-and-forth continued with Don Aubulet Trapon of the Midrealm winning, followed by Lord Armand Schnitore of Atlantia and THL Connor Livingstone of Atlantia.
At that point it was 18-8, and the Coalition clinched the tournament with wins by Master Uadahlrich (Midrealm), THL Frasier MacCleod (East) and Warder Torquil Mac Galliray. Don Alfonso Pontenelli of Ealdormere was a winner, as were Lady Azriel le Fey of the Midrealm, Don Adon Aylwyn of Atlantia, Don Ogedei Becinjab of the East, and THL Kaitlin ingen Feichien of the Alliance.
Don Orlando Sforza of the East won his bout, as did Don Elyes Tagar of Artemesia, Don Hrothgar Faellen of the Alliance, Don Thore Behune of the Coalition, Lord Sean MacPhaerson of the East and THL Wistric Offun of the Alliance.
By Mary of Montevale
First you get your face painted; then you fight. And finally you stand in line to get a balloon animal.
Margarita of Siena (Æthelmearc) served as the “gatekeeper” for the stage where only four or five children at a time could get their faces painted. Her father was there too, a white-bearded older gentleman who is not active in the SCA but who is attending Pennsic for the first time in order to spend time with his daughter. In fact, he had trolled in only about 20 minutes before the party began - his reaction to the War was, “Wow, this is big!”- and now he was painting young faces as cats and tigers.
It’s important to do these things in the right order, since those three stations at the party in the Barn are the busiest ones and always have really long lines. Unless you’re a boy. Then you can do the boffer fighting first, and the balloons second. Then, go back to the boffer fighting because a lot of boys don’t care that much about face painting... except if you can get to be a pirate.
Children’s Party Coordinator for Pennsic 41 Duchess Isabel Grimault (Atlantia) said the size of the boffer pit was doubled this year because it is so popular with both boys and girls. I noticed how wonderful the armored fighter volunteers were at dying with drama and style.
The party is a reason to wear your best or newest garb. That means you and your sister can wear identical blue-striped chitons. Or you, your sister, and your mom wear identical maroon red Viking dresses with brooches and swag. Mom has three strands of glass beads; you and your sister each have just one-that stuff can get heavy. Dad has a Viking tunic of the same maroon cloth, but he’s not at the party because he’s on the battlefield. Or you get to wear the hooded cloak that was bought from a merchant yesterday: one side of it is a shiny, metallic knight’s armor and helmet; the other side in a dragon with green spikes down the back and red horns on the head. Plus some more spikes, but it doesn’t let you breathe fire.
Many of the adult volunteers wear pink garb in memory of Duchess Arielle, who was the heart and soul of the Children’s Party for many years until her death from breast cancer three years ago. Some of the longest volunteer “careers” are those of members of her home barony and members of her household. One of these is HRM Brianna, currently Queen of Atlantia, the kingdom with sponsors the Party each year. Her Majesty pointed out that part of her pink ensemble this year were the custom made pink ribbon beads in the swag on her pink Viking apron dress. The dress is the same one she wore at the memorial service for Duchess Arielle in 2009.
There’s food too. You can pick a white cup with cookies, animal crackers, and goldfish crackers in it. You also get your choice of one lollipop - Blow Pop or Tootsie Roll Pop. There is water and lemonade to drink, and you can have as much of that as you want because it’s so hot in the barn. Lots of adults are using fans.
Volunteers with 15 years’ experience and other attending not only their first Pennsic Children’s Party but also their first Pennsic worked constantly to keep the refreshment table filled and everyone’s styrofoam cups refilled with water or lemonade. At least one first aid volunteer circulated with a spray bottle of cold water in order to mist down volunteers who could not easily leave their stations at various activities.
If you get tired of standing in line, there is usually no waiting at the tables where you can make things, draw shapes and glue sequins on a foam headband, and then wear it for the rest of the party. You can shoot “rocks” made of crumpled foil at a castle using a tabletop catapult. Color in a stained glass window with crayons. If you make a pipe cleaner fairy with cellophane wings you can pick the colors for the body and the frizzy hair.
The pipe cleaner fairies are a new hands-on activity this year. Presiding at that table was Eleanora Tyelmaker (East) who has done this activity for children in the Barony of Bhakhail.
Make a woven bookmark in your mom’s favorite colors to give to her. There’s a silly saying to help you get the weaving part right, “The weft goes weft to wight, and the warp goes the wong way.” Make an Italian flag on a pole with felt markers, small round gems. Girls can make the flag but call it a fan which is good because it is really hot in the barn, but it’s not good if you get glue in your veil and have to pick it out.
Chief bookmark supervisor Wynne (Atlantia) says all credit for the pun-y mnemonic does to newly-created Laurel Mistress Brienna of Lindsay (also Atlantia) who was “only” a Lady flax processor in Artisans’ Row on Monday. Lady Antoinette (Mid) was supervising the Italian flag/fan table and showed me how the banner worked as a fan as well as pointing out one flag whose creator had spent over half an hour affixing gems to his masterpiece.
You can paint a tapestry on cloth, hang it up to dry, and at the end of the party take it home. Lots of the girls chose to do the unicorn in the garden or the Celtic horse (because lots of girls like horses just as much as they like pink), but most of the boys painted the one of knights jousting on hoseback.
The pre-printed muslin tapestries were this year’s contribution by long-tome volunteer Mistress Anna Bella (East). The four patterns were designed by Mistress Ellespeth Donofrey (jousting fighters and Celtic horse) and Lady Barry White (unicorn in the garden and - of course - a cherub).
The Children’s Fete can be a lot of fun if you are at least four years old. If you’re too old, you can still get to come to the party by being a volunteer.
According to the head of Registration Cairistiona (Atlantia), serving her third year in this position, by 3 PM there were 322 children registered, a number slightly smaller than last year. Duchess Isabel, the event’s coordinator, told me there were 84 registered volunteers this year.
Oh, and you can sing a song that is part like one at home and part like Pennsic. “If you’re happy and you know it, shout ‘Vivat!’”
Queen Brianna, who was one of those singing and shouting Vivat! in the right places, says that Atlantia intends to keep on sponsoring the annual Children’s Party for as long as there is interest in having it at Pennsic.
Vivat! for Atlantia and especially for all the volunteers whose donations of time and money make it possible.
Events Open to All
If an event offered you a weekend to do Heavy and Rapier Combat, Archery, Thrown Weapons, Equestrian, and much more, would you go? Would you at least look into it? River War - September 28-30 - Tall Pines Day Camp, Williamstown, NJ 08094, Barony of Iron Bog (EK). Come have much fun. See Lord Sterling De La Rosa (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions.
Memorial Ship burning: Thursday, Aug 9. Paint shields at Folump Enterprises Merchant Space 67, Market St., Starting 7:00 PM. Procession to lake at 8:30 PM.
15X15 Regent with Fly. Excellent cond. All trimmings inc. $900. House Argent Fist (B4)
Yurt for sale $400 or B/O. See Jimmy the Brewer Camp Biernmead N22
A new shipment of hair sticks just arrived at Lady Guen’s. Space 121
Feed your spinning habit! Gorgeous fiber at MTF #28
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.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Knitting needles & accessories. Misty Tower #28
Cloaks - 10% off to celebrate our 10th War. MTF #28
30 years in business - so we are taking 30% off everything but tents. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28
FABRIC! From the collection of Animal X! Internationally know costumer.
Two full-size pub bars, exquisite marble tops. Original price $3000. On sale for only $300 or best offer. You must pick up and move. Call 850-933-9300 or see Mairi or Octavio at E5.
Folding knives for sale! I have lots and lots of folding knives from $1 to $8. I don’t want to take these home. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
Mama Thunder dresses for sale @ Hobbitronics (#8)
For sale 2 teak x-chairs. $300. Vair & Ermine (N18). Ask for Ysane
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
Beading needles and wire now in space 121
12x20 Panther double bell wedge pavilion. Used once and carefully stored since. Includes tent, poles, stakes, ropes and awning. $900 OBO INQ at Hunters Home or call 858-735-0113 lv message
For Sale: THE GUILD OF LIMNERS in the little white house on Merchants Row sells ink, quill pens, pigments, various colors, madder, woad, all kinds of paint and tools necessary for scribes and artists.
French 6-pounder on naval carriage by South Bend. Serious inquiries only. 502-490-4475
Full Chain Mail Coif $75 See Farasha & Suad Merchants Space 60
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Bosch water heater for sale! Inquire for details at E04 Blood Moon Clan. Offers considered. You need details on this one. See Lorelei of Solace.
Kids garb at Neverland Designs #121 Plunder Lane
Large counter with cold storage for kitchen/bar and deep sink with counter space. $150. Contact Hunters Home in B-6 or call 724-679-1325
Ask Mawsho about real estate and romance at Merchant Site 2. All accessories for your camp. Read my ad in the merchant book.
Madness! 30% off almost all! Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
Pennsic Virgin badges - $3. Prior years also. Space 28
9 yard saris 7 yard: Just Plain Plunder #18
MASKS, hand-carried from Venice. Unique. Space 28
Master Hector’s Red Album and That Reminds Me Of A Story: On sale at Camelot Treasures on the Street of Dreams
Complete set of A. Kent’s novels about Richard Bolitho. 24 vols., paperback. Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
12x18 Marquee with dining fly. Ropes, poles, stakes inc. Good cond. $1200. House Argent Fist (B4)
Midnight Madness special! Buy a Pennsic 41 T for the chirurgeons and choose a free T from a past year - from Claus the Toymaker
Snoods in silk, cotton and metallic. Custom orders welcome. Space 121
New Learning CD by Mistress Rosalind Jehanne. Available at Camelot Treasures #30. Street of Dreams.
Tentmasters 12x18’ pavilion, poles, ropes and stakes. $1500 obo. See at Lochmere Camp on Battle Row. Viking Slat Bed (queen) $250 also available.
On-site lockers for cheaper than off-site! 8x8x10 - $500 & 16x8x10 - $750! See Baron Detreus, Full Moon Canada, SE Corner, B09
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.
For Sale: Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest quality. Sale price $20 per sheet. The Guild of Limners, #26 across from the Barn.
Paternosters from simple to divine. Space 121
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
Pavilion company for sale. Est. 1982. Set own hours, full/part-time turnkey, everything incl. See our ad in the gatebook. Period Pavilions, space 28.
32 foot former NASA touring trailer for sale! Trailer has two personnel doors with stairs and safety railing, an awning on one side and can be wired for electric. Perfect for storage or merchanting! Asking 6K, price negotiable. Call 814-897-6830 or email email@example.com
Tent 4 Sale! 12x12 Regency, 13oz canvas, floor & more. $750 OBO. Sorcha - Rivenstar. N18 - Battle Rd. 765-532-0449
Hangover, Headache, Heat Exhaustion COLD Neckcoolers could be the cure $5 BRIAR PATCH GARB #73
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
Porcelain dolls, stamped + gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces, 1066 t-shirts. Space 28
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Riveted maile shirt, large, 3/4 length sleeve, $250. Chalkman Pub E18 Stefan
Leather Works. Save your hands. Compound Action Revolving Punch 70% less pressure required to operate. See Isak - Booth 56 Leather Crafter
Claus’ Guide on “How Not to Get a Laurel” - Audacious and naughty - the truth is hard and very funny. See Claus the Toymaker. #26 across from the Barn.
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Only at the Guild of Limners.
Shower for sale, includes changing room & propane on-demand hot water. $300 OBO Serpentius N18
Mint Carousel pavilion 18’ Panther. Purple & gold asking $2000 OBO. Also a storage/box trailer. 6’x8’x5’ upgraded to larger one. Great onsite storage $150. Contact Garraed Harpwood E24 or 206-419-6640.
Sick of driving stakes and tripping over ropes- try a yurt instead. 215-896-5859
Tent for sale: 10x20 canvas...Inquire at Polyhymnia N10...Ask for Alaric...Pick up at end of Pennsic.
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?
Totes on sale! Celtic- $14. Other- $17. MTF #28
Panther 16x16 Regent, super ground cloth, 12x12 awning, poles, stakes, ropes. $1000 OBO. Call/txt 405.659.6737. Available Fri.
Trailer 4 Sale: 8 x 16 custom trailer, 2 axle. Rear ramp, side door. Interested leave msg @ Midrealm Royal for THL Briana Exchequer $500 OBO
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-annic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
Unused set of armor and ironmonger helmet $400 OBO. See Gareth at Axes & Arrows in N09
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 41 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Used good condition Boy Scout tents, fit one person plus gear. $35, all proceeds to troop. Cloak & Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
We have lots of new merchandise at Costumes by Loren! Earrings, necklaces, gemstones, doll clothes, teddy bears, and more. 166 Fleet Street. We take credit cards.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
Why melt? Cool comfortable cottons in bright knotwork or middle eastern patterns. Shop early for best selection. Costumes by Loren, 166 Fleet Street.
PERIOD PAVILIONS, new and used for rent and sale. 3 on site for immediate delivery and 12 more on site at end of war. Others in stock, can ship. We do custom pavilions - colors and intricate shapes and faux buildings our speciality. More details and pics plus free catalog at space #28.
www.SimplyTapestries.com Great Tapestries, Great Prices...
20x30 Pavilion. Ropes-Poles-Stakes included. $950 obo. See at Northern Cross on Runestone Hill or leave message. 814-881-8097. Karsten.
Yard sale block E18 in Misty Highlands on 8/9 & 8/10 from noon - 3pm. Books, goblets, and a small gorget. Yard sale prices! Ask for Lady Asta.
Yurt for sale,16’. $900.00 or best offer. Avail @ end of Pennsic. Camp Wicked Monkey, Myfan Way.
Documented period beads available at Reconstructing History, booth 145. Viking, Roman, Celtic and more.
Yurts 4 Sale. 10, 12, 15, 18’ Rich 815.641.1189 msg/txt
Professional cabaret dance costumes including Madam Abla $200.00 and up. Ask to see at merchant space 4.
Tentsmiths double-bell wedge tent (21x11 plus large awning) for sale: $450 or best offer. Come see it at the Black Dragons N15, ask for Shannon.
Yurts of superior quality, craftsmanship and design. Hurry! Only 2 left! Call 215-896-5859
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
Master Ark is not at Pennsic this year, but you can buy his jewelry at Intriguing Designs, booth #53 or online at www.MasterArk.com
Babcia says: Drink more water!
88.3FM Radio Free Mongolia. Background sounds for the Pennsic War.
Tent for sale 11x18 oval marquee w/custom 9” canopy blue trim dags N08 (15 foot red Japanese banner) Ask for Ruttiger
SUPER SECRET Wizard Rock Show for Potterheads! Thurs, Aug. 9th @9pm behind booth 30, Camelot Treasures. Featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers. It’s a secret.
Sewing machine free. Needs tune up. Too heavy to carry around. Inquire at
Wulfden. Ask for Malkyn.
Costumes by Loren now takes credit cards. 166 Fleet Street.
East Kingdom Seneschals meeting - Thursday 9. August 4-5 P.M. East Kingdom Royal
Household forming in Slippery Rock. Inquire Morningstar Blades. (#36)
Master José aka Mathew Gnagy will be signing books and showing off his unique technique at Ursula’s Alcove 166 Fleet St on Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm. Pick up or bring your copy of his new book, ”Knitting off the Axis”. He will also be available Friday at noon for those who can’t make the reception on Tuesday.
Semiproff artist looking for author. Goal: Graphic novel contract firstname.lastname@example.org ph 614.231.8339
Attention Occupiers! HQ for Occupy Pennsic is at Bard’s Haven/E19. Come by and tell us your stories!
Terra Incognita: Your premier source for cat bribes! Falcon’s Mew catnip and & toys, handmade breakaway cat collars. Don’t forget your cats! Located on Fleet Street, look for the lawn spinners out front.
I took a pic in the market last year of a young family for an illustration for a kids’ book. If the family wants a copy, contact me @ email@example.com
If you missed the book-signing, you can still come and see all the wonderful sweaters and get your copy of KNITTING OFF THE AXIS on Friday at noon at UrsulaCs Alcove. Master José will be there to sign.
Thanks for all the good wishes for my Dad, who had open-heart surgery last week. He’s doing very well but Mom needs a hand so I must leave early. Ld. Aleksandr, called Traveller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Driving thru MO? SCA friendly campground near I-44. Visit MTF-space 28 for more info.
LINEN TESTERS (thread counters) Dragon’s Magic #27
Babcia says: Long live Andreas and Kallista! And long live glorious Æthelmearc!
Thunder Dinner will be on Thursday Aug 9 at Trimaris Royal at 7pm/1900 followed by circle at Brigadoon.
Break-down help needed Sat+Sun. Hourly or longer. Good pay & food, bonus poss. Mediaeval Misc., Space 28
CARPENTER NEEDED for contract to alter Pennsic House. PA/OH preferred. Merchant Space #24
Strong back for hire, Fri 4-6 and/or Sat 10-12. $20/hr to help me break camp. Saarah in Oldcastle, D17. 540-846-2153.
Lost & Found
Lost Amber Color Pin. If found return to Maison de Lune Ask for Melissa or Gherkin. Thanks!
Lost: custom ramshead torc. Reward for return
Best Pennsic souvenier EVER, Snuzzler says “I miss Daddy, he go fight fight. He come back. I wuv him a LOT!” Love to Ragnesfolke!
Cat and Braap of Black Talon - Congratulations on your marriage - Aug 4, 2012
Congratulations to Laird Claymore on receiving his AOA at Aethelmearc War Practice! XO Thunderrrrr!!!!!
Lady Fursto Love You Claymore
Tyrvi, my love Happy 5th Anniversary. You are the best husband a woman could ever have!! Love Always Kelly Shannon <3 <3
Dear Mommy Rifka, miss you! Not here this year. Love, Alaron
To the lovely lady from Misty Highlands with the heavenly scent: Thank you for being part of my Pennsic.
For Lady w/ 3 knee operations. I have ur purchases 703-973-3491
To everyone who has helped out/given good wishes for my vigil/upcoming Laurel ceremony, THANK YOU! I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends! Medb
Lidia the Milkmaid: Hurry home! Love, Oliver the Ram
R...I mean A...Thank you for the best first Pennsic ever. 4X3 <3 <3 <3
Thank you, House Strangeways, for being awesome.
Wenowned wailer weqwires war wagon women wait and wisten while warbler worships. Top of Rune Stone Path.
Dear Pella or Harley or Susan-whichever
Just a small note to make us seem clever
Despite yurt and tent leaks thou remain oh so chipper
For without thee we never can find the Big Dipper.
And for poison ivy destruction thou art the most
We miss thee, we love thee, where’s our French Toast?
Kisses & Hugs from the Chateau.
Wanted to Buy
WANTED: Trailer, at least 4 x 8 wih 1.78 ball hitch. Ours broke down & was stolen from roadside. House Barra Camp N07 ask for Brock or Isabelle.