by THL Jack Marvell for the Pennsic Independent
War begins Sunday, and this time around one of the battles will be fought in the arena of service.
Syr Silverthorn is the Deputy Pennsic Mayor for Martial Activities. “The biggest news this war is the Service War Point on Tuesday,” he said. “Since this is a new thing they wanted to limit it to one day,” Syr Silverthorn said, adding that volunteer service was needed and appreciated every day. “The marshals are always looking for more marshals.”
The Volunteer War Point will be held on Tuesday from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Each location will be asked to track the names of the volunteers, the hours they work, and their allegiance. Whichever side has the most volunteers at work that day will win the point.
Those looking for volunteer projects on Tuesday should come down to the battlefield to help with set-up for the Armored Tower Battle. A great many hay bails will need to be moved, Syr Silverthorn said. “The more people who come out, the less work for everyone, and everybody gets to have a vacation instead of a few people working ugly, ugly hours.”
There will be a great deal of maintenance work going on the background to “make Pennsic more efficient and cost less” including replacing the PVC pipe used in the perimeter fencing on the battlefields, Syr Silverthorn said. “I'm hoping it will save labor down the road.”
In service of communication, Syr Silverthorn has established three Facebook groups related to Pennsic for the martial communities. Armored combat: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/172919242851914/
Target archery and thrown weapons: https://www.facebook.com/groups/133880196761416/
“It is an electronic medium that can a great addition for communication,” he said.
Silverthorn will use the Pennsic groups to keep people updated and to answer questions. He does ask that those who choose to use electronic devices to be considerate of those attending Pennsic who prefer a more period experience. “People should use their smart phones in a courteous way,” Syr Silverthorn said, offering these tips:
Keep the device out of sight if possible.
Turn down notification sounds.
Ensure silence during courts and large group activities.
War Point Schedule Overview (47 possible points)
10 a.m.: Champions Battles
• Allied Champions (1pt)
• Unbelted Champions (1pt)
• Belted Champions (1pt)
• Heroic Champions (1pt)
1 p.m. (following the Champions) Rapier Field Battles (3pts)
10 a.m.: Armored Field Battle (5pts)
1 p.m.: Rapier Champion (1pt)
1 p.m.: Siege Contest (1pt)
11 a.m.: Armored Woods Battle (7pts)
2 p.m.: Rapier Woods Battle (3pts)
10 a.m.: Archery Champions Contest (1pt)
10 a.m.: Armored Tower Battle (9pts)
1 p.m.: Rapier Bridge Battle (3pts)
2 p.m.: Thrown Weapon Competition (1pt)
Archery Populace Shoot Point Announcement (3pts)
10 a.m.: Armored Bridge Battle (5pts)
Service Competition Point Announcement (1pt)
Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
It’s the final day of War—and suddenly you realize that you have leftovers. Cans of unopened soup, boxes of cereal, bottles of water, perfectly good broccoli and carrots, even bottles of shampoo or extra socks. They won’t fit in the car because of all the armour and fabric you bought. What to do? In past years, it would be off to the dumpster, but not this year. A group of locally-based SCAdians known as the Paladin’s Pantry are making it possible for those leftovers to go to those who need it most.
THL Morien McBain says the idea came to him two years ago when he and his lady were unpacking from Pennsic, and realized how much food they had brought back with them because no one else could or would take it.“ There was cereal, powdered milk, soda neither of us would drink, canned goods we hadn't bought, and a lot of it went straight into our collection bin for our donations to our local food bank. It occurred to me how much stuff there must be that people buy, but wouldn't necessarily eat once they got home.”
A teacher, THL Morien had run food drives at the school where he teaches, so the idea of putting one together for Pennsic seemed natural. “ It worked like a charm! Scadians are some of the most generous folks you are likely to meet, rich in compassion, and once Their Excellencies Uiliam and Constance of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands got on board, things really took off” Last year’s drive was not advertised other than by word of mouth, but they collected two trunkloads of non-perishable food in just two days. This year, the drive is being advertised on social media and message boards. “So far the feedback we've been gotten has been very heartening!” said THL Morien.
Donations will be kept as local as possible. The Paladin’s Pantry is working with Portersville Food and Fellowship for food items and the Salvation Army in Butler for non-food items and any food that the Food and Fellowship does not need or cannot use. THL Morien stated, “We're hoping for non-perishable unopened foodstuffs and beverages (no alcohol, please!), plus certain perishables like apples, bread, nuts, and so on. By and large, the things food banks most often need are canned chicken or tuna, peanut butter, chunky soups, rice, baby formula, pasta (preferably whole wheat), oatmeal, cereals, canned vegetables, tomato sauce, pasta sauce, dried beans and peas, and dehydrated milk, but we'll take anything people can share! We sadly can't accept fresh meat and dairy, as we don't have the means to keep it cool until delivery”
“Personal hygiene supplies like shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, diapers and baby wipes are also very welcome. In addition, this year we're expanding our program to include the collection of used tents, coolers, cots, sleeping bags, coats, rain gear (especially those in child sizes), and other camping sundries that will be of use to homeless individuals and families.”
Based on the response so far, the Paladin’s Pantry is anticipating a great many more donations than last year. “We hope lots of folks will bring their donations by The Lusty Wench Tavern encampment in E17 (look for the pub sign and the tall banners), but if people call or text us at (304) 283-5640, we'll arrange pickup at your camp.” Volunteers are needed to help collect the largesse during the second week of War. The first load will be dropped off at the pantries on Thursday, with additional runs being made on Friday and during final teardown on Saturday. THL Morien is also happy to answer any additional questions by phone or text at the number above.
Musicians welcome travelers to Pennsic
Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim
by Syr Kyppyn Kirkcaldy
Pennsic War 42 is here and with it the Armored Points Battles! This year we will be entertained by new battles as well as traditional battles with a twist. Beginning at 10am on Sunday July 29th, a day of Midrealm-East and Ally tournaments will be the first contested war points. The populace is encouraged to attend as the Allies play a competitive game of capture the flag. The Unbelted Champions from Midrealm-East and the Midrealm-East Chivalry Champions fight for war points and bragging rights to another year of victory. The last battle of the day will be a Heroic Champions battle where teams of Chivalry and Unbelts fight single combat bouts for the pleasure of the populace and a war point. Come see these top competitors vey for the chance at victory and prestige!
Starting at 10 am Monday July 30th, the traditional field battle will begin with top Midrealm-East warriors fighting single combat for the glory of their respective Kingdoms. Baron Angus of the Barony of Fenix states, “The field battles have always been my favorites. Without resurrections, it becomes skill on skill.” This years field battles have a twist as the two opposing Kingdoms switch sides for each of the three field battles. The populace can follow their Kingdom to each side, or gain a different vantage point each battle.
Tuesday, July 30th at 11am, the Woods Battle will bring something new. For the first time both armies will be able to use the entire woods for combat! Hills and ravines will become new obstacles as the commanders of each army use the new terrain for their advantage.
Thursday August 2nd brings the most anticipated battle of the year - The Tower Battle. Master Padraig of the Barony of Smoking Rock believes the battle will be “fluid with changing victory conditions every 30 minutes.” As this will be the first time this battle has been fought at Pennsic, many fighters and marshals are excited about its execution. Baron Phelim Gervase of Ansteorra looks forward this battle because, “It will use tactics and not depend on just numbers for strategy.” As this battle starts in the morning, a battlefield change must happen for the Rapier battle in the afternoon. Syr Silverthorn, Deputy Mayor for Martial Activities would ask that volunteers who would like their kingdom to win their service war point can come out and help the battlefield staff move hay bales and assist with the battlefield changes. Come support your Kingdom and the Pennsic staff!
The last heavy weapons war point battle of the week is on Friday, August 3rd.- Armored Bridges. This battle, loved by spearmen everywhere, will allow the Midrealm-East armies to square off across five bridges starting with a champion from each side fighting single combat in the middle of each bridge. Each bridge will contain single combatants fighting a different weapon style, as each side attempts to control their bridge. Siege weapons will be used on all five bridges in all battles. Once again, each side and their allies will switch sides of the field after each battle and the last two battles will use combat archery. Many SCAdians travel very far to find a battle in which they can participate in combat archery. Mistress Sylvia de Vey from the incipient Barony of Endeweard has been looking forward to the bridge battles this summer. “I rearranged all of my schedules so I could shoot combat archery.”
As always the populace is encouraged to support our fighting community by watching the battles and cheering on your group or Kingdom. As volunteering is a war point this year, serving Pennsic as a water bearer, marshal, or even moving hay bales in battlefield prep are essential needs that each battle needs to run successfully. Support your local fighters!
Events Open to All
Photographer’s Tea Monday, 7-9pm AS8. Come by and talk shop. No topic too big, no camera too small.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
12x12 Panther Marquee, center pole, 7’ walls, full setup package w/accessories. Excellent condition. $1000 (retails $1800 new)/ View/more info at Willow Point NA (Furies Keep). Ask for Theresa/Fionnghuala or call (216)952-2839.
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 I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE from Claus the Toymaker - How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 42 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Calligraphy books under $10. Many rare titles. Guild of Limners, #26, across from the Barn.
Panther double bell wedge w/awning and fitted floor. 12x16 complete setup package. Used 2x. $850 neg. at Foxheart on St. Lawrence Way or (301)802-6623
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.
Pergamena parchment sent their stock to the Guild of Limners - Whole skins down to 5x10 pieces. Finest quality from $8 - $200. Limited quantities
Costumes by Loren has garb in lots of Celtic knotwork and middle eastern patterns. Cloaks, tunics, kaftans, skirts and much more. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Does your doll need garb? Custumes by Loren has garb for 18” fashion dolls plus dressed bears in many sizes. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-annic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
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: 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.
GLORIOUS SILK taffetas at Dragon’s Magic #27
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
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
Hard to find pigments -- minium, vermillion, azuro, indian yellow, red ochre. Guild of Limners, #26 across from the barn
Hurry to Claus the Toymaker for your leper - Supplies have been limited since a carpenter from Galilee passed through.
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.
Knives sharpened, cleaned, small repairs, sheaths - Cloak and Dagger, 13 Bow Street.
MEDIEVAL POTIONS? Well only the kind to write with. Color and black ink making from period recipies. Come listen to the teachers then tell us of your experiences. FOURTH ANNUAL INK AND PIGMENT FORUM, Sunday 2pm, Guild of Limners booth opposite barn.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Modern domed camping tent, 12x15, 3 room, good condition. La Wren’s Nest B#185
MYSTIC MAIL IS FOR SALE!
Established in 2001, this is a popular, lucrative and unique merchant booth with growth potential. A great opportunity for the right buyer. Come by (Booth #188) and ask for details. Don’t delay, though, because we are accepting bids NOW and will make a decision by mid-War week. Serious inquiries only, please.
One person “Boy Scout” tents, good shape, all proceeds to troop. Make good armor garages. Cloak and Dagger, 13 Bow Street
PARCHMENT. Genuine made by Pergamina. Calf, sheep, goat, deer. Many sizes from 5x7 to whole skins. Manuscript and calligraphy quality. Limited quantity. Buy now! Guild of Limners, #26, across from barn.
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
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Pennsic in a Box: the perfect gift for a friend who couldn’t attend Pennsic 41. Images of people, places and things that make Pennsic special. From Claus the Toymaker, #26.
PERIOD PAVILIONS - new and used for rent and sale. 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.
Porcelain dolls, stamped and gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces and much more. Space 28.
PRETTY WOOLS - buy them before you need them! Coating, suiting, gauze-weight! PRETTY LINENS too! at Dragon’s Magic #27
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Copyright free! Only at the Guild of Limners.
Sparklies! Lots of sparklies, shinies and jinglies at Costumes by Loren. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
Sword sale! Warehouse clearance. Dent, ding, discontinued. 2nd week of War, La Wren’s Nest B#185
Tent repair supplies; waterproofing, seam sealer, stakes, emergency grommets, sewing on site. Period Pavilions, Space #28
Tentsmith 14x8 officer marquee pavilion. 4ft walls. $800 incl futon floor and extras. Call Ivy (917)626-9138
Used garb: Large to X-Large. Several eras. Make an offer. It all must go! A Leather Crafter, Booth 56, behind the barn.
Warm cloaks, lots of styles, custom made on site. CLOAK AND DAGGER, 13 Bow Street
Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
Bard’s Haven is open for business. Celtic bardic on Tuesday. Sing for your supper nightly. E19.
12 Step Meetings, AA, NA, OA, SA, GA, All welcome, 4:00 PM daily Denys the Decadent's Camp E07, along Great Eastern Highway.
Archers! Bounty on NSA drones! See Culann the Lecher for details.
ATTENTION BREWERS: Novices, journeymen and all interested in brewing! House DeLondres is hosting an open brewing round table. Two master brewers will be in attendance as well as other very accomplished brewers. Topic of discussion is “All Things Brewing.” Bring what you have for testing, evaluation and open discussion. Mon 4-6pm, Wed 4-6pm. X04 next to shower houses.
Bard’s Haven is Pagan friendly. We have mead too.
Reform Jewish Shabat services, #9 BowStreet, Silver Dragon Company. Today, 6pm. Oneg to follow.
WANTED before War’s end: Trailer for on-site storage. Call Pieter (765)586-5990 or email@example.com
Ladies social - Lesbian, bisexual, transgender womyn invited to Kingdom of Acre camp, Sunday, July 28, 3-5pm for afternoon “tea” - N13 - Come and enjoy good company, fun activities and good food.
To Helena, this war marks 2 years for us. Just sayin’. Love, Magnus