By Kathyrn de Wrytar
Photography is not an art that you can receive a laurel for; however, Master Phillip the Pilgrim is working hard to find a way for photographers to be recognized. Looking forward to Pennsic XLIII, Master Phillip will be conducting a Society- Wide Photography Competition to recognize and honor those who have a love for the SCA and enjoy capturing our passion for the Middle Ages in pictures.
The idea, according to Master Phillip, has caught on quickly and interested photographers are gathering. Entries are not limited to recent photos, either. Remember that fantastic picture you snapped in 2000? That can be entered as well. Up to four entries a person allows entrants to participate in one or all of the judged categories: combat/action, royalty/at court, SCA Life, and Kids in the SCA. Judging will be made for the entries on creativity, photographic and artistic quality, and effectiveness in presenting aspects of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
The contest is not aimed at professional photographers, but rather those amateurs who love and live the society at large. By allowing entries from any SCA activity, Master Phillip anticipates that the variety will be interesting and allow members to see other events and kingdoms outside of their area. Since entries can be submitted through Master Phillip, it also gives a chance for those who cannot attend our beloved event to participate.
Submissions for the contest should be printed at a photo center to produce the best result for presentation. Conversions to black and white or sepia are welcome; however, excessively photoshopped entries are not allowed. Also not allowed are digital framing or multiple exposures in one photo. More specific discussion of the ins-and-outs of the competition will be made available shortly.
Judges for the contest next Pennsic will be a group of professional photographers and artists who will decide the finalists of each category. The new barn area will be used to display the photos to the populace where all will be able to cast a vote as well. Deadlines for entries will be May 1, 2014 to allow for the best preparation of submitted photos. Master Phillip is still considering a prize process, but hopes that Pennsic vendors and supporters will contribute to this exciting new way to celebrate the talents of our organization and the people in it.
In hopes that this contest will continue each year, Master Phillips is looking to the 50th anniversary of the SCA as a potential historic celebration of the event through photos. To explore the possibility, Master Phillip may have some technical issues to overcome; however, delving into the past will be worth the effort.
Since the planning and final arrangements were made during this war, the rules of competition and submission guidelines will not be available until September of this year. If you are interested in participating, or know someone who you want to encourage doing so, you can look for information on HYPERLINK "http://www.moyen.org"www.moyen.org or email HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com after September 1st.
By Kathyrn de Wrytar Features Reporter
Oyez! Oyez! Give attention to all those who enters the King’s court!
Did you ever wonder what really happened when a young lady killed her newborn, a knight killed a man when not in battle, or a child killed his friend? Was there such a thing as self-defense in the 15th century? Pao Hu Tso, a member of Silverhorde, Kingdom of Atlantia, has researched and documented the proceedings, function, and outcomes of actual court cases from the 14th and 15th centuries As Royal Judge of the proceedings, Tau led an audience on Friday through the court process, the conviction, and of course the sentencing of four actual persons of the time.
William of Three Towers, a boy of age 12, was charged with beating his play friend to death. Ramona II (playing Joan), was charged with murdering her infant son with a knife. Lady Tso Wen Chi (Emma), faced the court to claim that knights of the kingdom not only stole from her but also killed her husband. To defend himself, John hit another with a ‘baculum’, whence he died. Lord Mungu Chinua (John), and his counterparts creatively prepared personas with motives and backstories, to give more realistic understanding of their lives.
The audience was able to join in the fun and be part of the jury. As it happens they discovered that William’s family tried to bribe the coroner to hush up the boy’s death. Emma was paid her husband’s life’s wages for his death. Joan was sentenced with traveling the town with wax and a knife to show everyone her crime and how she committed it. And, self-defense was alive and well in the 15th century as John was promptly pardoned.
Mundanely John Summerville is a law professor and retired Army. His interest in medieval law and courts has been a part of his studies for a very long time. He uses the cases you will hear in the courses he teaches to graduate students.
Looking to future Wars, Tso would like to teach the class again, with a continued development of authenticity and audience participation.
Events Open to All
Photographer’s Tea Monday, 7-9pm AS8. Come by and talk shop. No topic too big, no camera too small.
EFENWEALT WYSTLE in concert Monday, 7:30-9pm at the Performing Arts Tent. Comedy! Tragedy! Authenticity! and a giant D20? Request played in exchange for mead or cider or just about anything made by Mistress Sylvia.
Slavic University, Oct. 26. Hughwsville, PA. Dayboard, entertainment, fashion show, A&S display, library. www.shireofacg.org. Lady Bryghida Zajacszowa
Used garb: Large to X-Large. Several eras. Make an offer. It all must go! A Leather Crafter, Booth 56, behind the barn.
Good garb - Bad garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont and Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
FLAT STEEL Corset stays - 1/4” and 1/2” wide at Dragon’s Magic #27
Tent repair supplies: waterproofing, seam sealer, stakes, emergency grommets, sewing on site. Period Pavilions, Space #28
Calligraphy books under $10. Many rare titles. Guild of Limners, #26, across from the Barn.
Tentsmith 14x8 officer marquee pavilion. 4ft walls. $800 incl futon floor and extras. Call Ivy (917)626-9138
Pergamena parchment sent their stock to the Guild of Limners - Whole skins down to 5x10 pieces. Finest quality from $8 - $200. Limited quantities
Hurry to Claus the Toymaker for your leper - Supplies have been limited since a carpenter from Galilee passed through.
Hard to find pigments -- minium, vermillion, azuro, indian yellow, red ochre. Guild of Limners, #26 across from the barn
18x24 pavilion w/poles, ropes, stakes. Ask at Merchant space #4. $800.
Benefit the Chirurgeons - buy an original Pennsic 42 T-shirt, $12. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Does your doll need garb? Costumes by Loren has garb for 18” fashion dolls plus dressed bears in many sizes. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
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.
Penners at long last! Beautiful handcrafted leather cases for your pens. Durer wished his was as nice as these. Guild of Limners.
WOOL SUITINGS: flannels, twills, gabardine, tabby-blacks, navy and colors at Dragon’s Magic #27
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.
For Sale: Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle. Guild of Limners #26.
Christmas is coming! Buy your wools now! at Dragon’s Magic #27
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.
FLAT STEEL Corset Stays at Dragon’s Magic #27
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners, #26.
FABRIC! One of the few pleasures that is neither illegal, immoral nor fattening. Dragon’s Magic #27
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
For sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
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.
Sword sale! Warehouse clearance. Dent, ding, discontinued. 2nd week of War, La Wren’s Nest B#185
Modern domed camping tent, 12x15, 3 room, good condition. La Wren’s Nest B#185
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.
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.
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.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick and chunky. Fair trade products. $8-$32, limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
Sparklies! Lots of sparklies, shinies and jinglies at Costumes by Loren. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Come see us at 166 Fleet Street.
VERY NICE colored LINENS! Dragon’s Magic #27
Warm cloaks, lots of styles, custom made on site. CLOAK AND DAGGER, 13 Bow Street
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment and hand bound leather books - The Guild of Limners, #26
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.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
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
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.
Porcelain dolls, stamped and gilt leather, woven tapestry panels, 24” hair pieces and much more. Space 28.
16x25 Oval slant wall marquis with full heavy duty floor. Tent and floor $4000. Add interior walls $4500. See Shauna, Shauna’s Camp, W11
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea marcatores vendunt encausto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Fencers - Art of Deuling by Salvator Fabris. Rapier fencing treatise of 1616 by Tommaso Leoni. At Viking Archery Supply. Booth 12 on Bow Street.
Viking Archery Supply, Booth 12 on Bow St. Custom strings made plus complete line of archery supplies plus jewelry, pottery and leather pouches.
Rubber stamps hand carved by Mistress Briana - Unique to the SCA all from period sources. Copyright free! Only at the Guild of Limners.
10oz Sunforger canvas for 14’ yurt. $150 cash. Call (412)519-5561
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.
10x18 pavilion, blue-green. $750. Ironwood, N32
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
LINEN TESTERS (thread counters) DRAGON’S MAGIC #27
HARP FOR SALE - Used - Silvershell 31 strings - nylon. Cherry wood, lovely sound. $1100 OBO ($1750 new). Call Linette (717)542-5938 to see in person.
We don’t want to take it home! 18x24 canvas day shade complete, $300, on-demand water heater, $75 OBO. Kitchen counter w/sink $50. Camp Gallowglass, N03. (678)536-9244. Pick up at end of War.
Son of Sandler thigh-high buckle boots, S29, $250 OBO. Call Jonathan (216)965-4764
Ursula’s Alcove is on Fleet Street, Sopt 166. Yarn, books and more.
Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners, #26.
Going out for business sale! Camp furniture, deer skins, tent sales and rental. Read my ad in the Merchant Book. Site #2.
Greybarr Traditional Archery has special on takedown bows. Free arrows with purchase. Largest selection of archery equipment at Pennsic. Space #91 next to West gate.
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?
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.
Archers! Bounty on NSA drones! See Culann the Lecher for details.
12 Step Meetings, AA, NA, OA, SA, GA, All welcome, 4:00 PM daily Denys the Decadent's Camp EO7, along Great Eastern Highway.
Memorial ship will sail Tuesday, July 30. Paint shields at Clan Cambion, Howard’s Fenway, E15
SCA-Judaica Yahoo List meet-up: Monday, 4pm AS10. This is open to anyone interested in doing things Jewish in the SCA or in medieval Jewish culture.
New ASL Student - Like to practice. Lisa (301)788-2477
Bard’s Haven is open for business. Celtic bardic on Tuesday. Sing for your supper nightly. E19.
Portrait photographer seeks interesting persons and locations for photoshoots. Text name, photo, concept to Marcus. (215)808-8480.
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.
Ever wonder, why me? Poor life choices.
My little mudpie, hope this is the best Pennsic ever. I love you so much. Pie.
Wanted to Buy
WANTED before War’s end: 5x12 trailer or larger. Call Pieter (765)586-5990 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Pennsic University Pavilion opens its gates
Photo by Master Phillip the Pilgrim
University Scheduler “Thing” Now Open for Pennsic-wide Events
By Kathyrn de Wrytar Features Reporter
Powerful new scheduling software developed by Pennsic University has not only made it easy to accurately list this year’s courses, but has now been deployed to add events that occur across the entire War.
The program can be accessed from smartphones and mobile devices and should make it easy for Pennsic participants to quickly customize their own War calendars. It is named after the Old Norse word for a folkmoot or assembly, and can be accessed at thing.pennsicuniversity.org.
Baroness Gwynnyd of York, University Chancellor, said that University officials quickly realized the tool they developed had the capability to help people far beyond the classroom. The system already includes the Battlefield schedule, as well as War-wide events such as children’s activities and some public gatherings.
“Though this came through the university, and was originally done to make scheduling classes easier, it became obvious that it scaled easily to other parts of Pennsic,” she said.
The system is not meant to replace the printed Pennsic schedule, but university officials note that Thing carries the most up-to-date scheduling information, including class cancellations.
Individuals who access the system benefit in two primary ways. One, they may upload an event of public interest at Pennsic and within minutes the event will be available to all other electronic schedule users. Pennsic staff moderate the schedule to ensure that listings are appropriate. Appropriate events are those that are open to the public, follow Pennsic policies, and are of broad interest. This could include informal events, such as public parties.
The second benefit to individuals is the ability to search and select Pennsic events and classes based on their own particular interests, and to download a calendar of those events directly to their computer or mobile device.
“If you’re interested in heraldry, you can make a list of just the heraldry classes, or you might want a combined schedule of heraldry and dance events, the battles you are fighting in, and the parties you want to attend,” said Baroness Gwynnyd.
From the “schedules” listing in the upper left-hand corner of Thing’s menu, users can download either the entire schedule or a customized schedule for classes in formats including pdf, html, csv, and iCal.
Anyone can look at the schedule without creating an account. To save, modify, or share a schedule, users need to create a log-in account; to add an event to the schedule click the “Become an Instructor” button. Logins are free, though users must give a minimal amount of contact information to establish their account.
The Chancellor notes that adding an event or class to Thing does not automatically give approval for the event and inappropriate events will not be added to the schedule. Normal Pennsic reservation and administrative processes must be followed by those offering classes or events.
Thing was programmed by Lord Griffon de Willingham, of Artemesia, in an effort led by Baroness Gwynnyd and supported by the entire Pennsic University staff. Thing is written on an html development system called Ruby on Rails; the Chancellor said the program is entirely modular and explained that Pennsic University hopes to develop and add many more features as time goes on.
“This is a work in progress, and all of the effort has been donated for the good of Pennsic and the SCA. So far everybody who has used it has told us they are delighted. We are also looking for programmers who would like to be part of this effort. They should stop by University Point or contact email@example.com,” said Baroness Gwynnyd.
Further information on Thing and some limited computer access to it is available at University Point.