PI Thursday August 10, 2017

Children’s Fete Celebrates 20 years at Pennsic

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Photo by Sean Sreamach
Emmeline, 5, getting her face painted at the children’s fete.

By Dvorianin Aleksander Leonid syn Keinen
Feature Reporter,
Pennsic Independent

The Children’s Fete on Wednesday morning was a rousing success. Held in the Great Hall, volunteers from across the Known World came together to offer a variety of activities for the children of our society.
At the beginning of the day, families were able to pre-register at the Great Hall at 9 in the morning and then were sent on to Family Point, where the Pennsic Mayor led a parade commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Fete up to the Great Hall and onto the day’s activities.
There was food (hosted by Sacred Stone Barony of Atlantia), arts and crafts of various types (hosted by several different baronies from Atlantia and the East Kingdom), face painting, music, and activities to let the children run around and be active, which included a bouncy castle and “palio races” (stick horses). The musicians not only provided an enjoyable atmosphere but also hosted an instrument petting zoo so that the children could get a chance to touch, strum, and drum on a variety of instruments.
While many of the activities were hosted by groups, a few intrepid individuals ran activity stations themselves, including origami, hosted by Rose Barefoot, the palio races, hosted by Baron Alric, and the ever popular “Whack a Warrior” arena, hosted by Dame Morwenna, with assistance from support and fighters from six kingdoms.
The youngest of the Fete’s individual activity hosts were Elizabeth McClaine, 12, and Kara, 13, both from Atlantia. The two girls took it upon themselves to run a station to apply temporary tattoos to all and sundry and appeared to be quite enjoying themselves. While both of them have been Pennsic attendees since birth, this year is the first they’ve been able to volunteer and said they decided to volunteer at the Fete because “it was the nice thing to do.”
The yearly “Whack a Warrior” arena is one of the most popular stops at the Children’s Fete. Dame Morwena says she’s been running that part of the event for seven or eight years and that several of the fighters who participated today have been assisting since the beginning. With the scheduling of the woods battle, there were definitely a few faces missing, but with eleven fighters there overall there were plenty of people for the children to run ragged. Dame Morewena cheerfully commented, “The ability to die many creative, dramatic deaths is invaluable to the kids, and often harder on the fighters than doing a round in the woods battle!” This year was the first year that the kingdom of Lochach participated, with a fighter who’s badge read only “Captain Lochach” as the representative for his kingdom.
This year, there was a great effort made to streamline security and keep the entrance lines down. The back doors of the Great Hall had netting strung across them to allow airflow, light, and emergency exit while keeping people from walking through the building (or small children from making a break for the outdoors!) A double medallion wristband system was in place to make sure that children left with the appropriate adults, as well. Each child who came in was given a wristband marked with their adult guardian’s medallion number and each adult received one with their children’s number, as an easy method to cross check that children were leaving with the same adult who brought them. The entrance was also arranged so that access was controlled and limited to those who had checked in, but streamlined enough that no family had to wait in line longer than five minutes once the event began.
Overall, the event was smoothly handled, entertaining a total of 294 children and 239 adults, with a total of 116 volunteers from 9 kingdoms, including Atlantia, the East, the Middle, AEthelmearc, Lochac, Ansteorra, Outlands, Northshield, and Meridies. The organizers I spoke with were very pleased to have had such good interkingdom cooperation and hope that next year there will be an even broader representation – and that the Fete wouldn’t conflict with the woods battle!
Lady Jacintha of Highland Foorde, the main coordinator, has offered her email address so that anyone wishing to volunteer next year or provide feedback on this year’s events may contact her at jacintha74@gmail.com.

Medics to the Rescue at Woods

By Uilleam Friseal
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Marshals and medics were busy strategizing for the worst case scenario as fighters hurried into the woods. The buzz of excitement could be heard emanating from the resurrection point as soldiers gathered for final instruction from the Marshals. At the 10 minute warning combatants made themselves ready, checking that they had all their armor and that their weapons in proper condition to fight. When the five minute warning was announced there was an eruption of war cries and household units taking formation, making final decisions on strategy. As time got even closer units moved into the woods, taking stance at the edge of the resurrection line to pound their shields and intimidate their opponents.
At the sound of the cannon the soldiers charged deep into the woods towards their foe, the trees swayed as large formations plowed through to join the fight. Watching the Woods Battle from resurrection point was not unlike a battle scene from a movie, fighters shouting orders to regain formation and to hold specific positions.
The bees were almost more dangerous for combatants than the fighting itself, with an uncountable amount of fighters rushing back to resurrection point in order to remove stinging bees from under their armor. Commander Random Wronghand of House Clovenshield reported that combat to that point was fairly clean and featured a lot of back and forth between both sides. He also reported that all fighters he encountered, friend or foe, were in high spirits and enjoying what is a favourite battle to many combatants.
It took longer than Marshals expected, but a hold was called for multiple injury checks. Medics rushed into the woods, fighters forcing each other off the road to ensure medics could reach the injured as quickly as possible. Just after the hold was lifted the cannon sounded as a total hold so that Marshals could check banners, but some fighters ignored the cannon and continued to fight. In the confusion of another medical hold that was made necessary, combatants once again ensured the road was clear for quick evacuation.
As time ran on, more and more fighters began to ignore holds, even when a medical hold was called. However, reports from the battle heard at resurrection point told of high spirits and great fun being had by every encountered fighter.
With ignored holds, it was made very clear that many fighters waited all year to spend as much time as possible fighting in the Woods Battle. By the end, resurrection point was filled with exhausted fighters, who used the last of their energy to keep giant smiles on their faces.
Marshals announced after deliberation of contested points that the battle ended in a tie, with two War Points going to each Alliance. Evelyn and I send wishes for a speedy recovery to the fighters removed from battle.

Unclassifieds 8-10-17

Contest Results
Curious Owl Farm All English Open Fun Show. Silex MO32-Open 2’6” Jumper 1st place-Chloe Dubois; 2nd place-Dawn Cupano; 3rd place-Sandra Ermo.
News from Ulster’s County Fair! 4-H Highlights include Lacemaking: 1st place - Zara Schwartz, 2nd place - Joesphine Williams, 3rd place - Patricia Koenig.

Events
Super Secret Wizard Rock Show for Potterheads! Featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Hum-dingers. Thur 10 Aug 9PM Thanet House N15 Bring a Chair. shhhh... It’s a secret...
50 year Tapestry is Here! Come take the tour between noon and 7pm behind merchant space 4 on the path to the Ampitheater. Open until Friday special times by appointment for dept heads and Royals.
House de Londres is having a Brewers Roundtable on Thursday at 1pm. Bring your beverages for a candid discussion. Recipies and styles will be discussed. Every question is a good question. Be Welcome! Master Seande Londres

For Sale
We’ve Moved! Come see us at #93 Street of Gold. The Treasury - Authenticity is our thing!
Small Women’s and Children’s Garb. Neverland Designs Space #121
Bad Garb Bingo! Have fun as you mock your fellow SCAdians. Only $5.00 from Claus the Toymaker #26.
Turned Wood Nib Holders, Pens, Crochet Hooks, Needle Cases. Neverland Designs Space #121
SPACE #4 MID-EAST MAGIC USED GARB KIDS GARB CHEAP
Looking for Spotted Pony Traders’ Deer and Elk Leather? We have it at the Little Dragons Hoard; space #119
Viking Wedge Tent. 7ft Panther. Green Excel Canvas. Brand Spanking new! $480 Camelot Treasures Booth 30
Vardo for sale. Beautiful peacock theme. Sleeps 2 comfortably $3500 firm. See in E18 call Anjuili 603-591-3111
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?
The Crossing(space 48) has horse tails. Visit to learn more.
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.
Large Bison Hide available at The Crossing (space 48)
Bad garb, bad garb, what’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you! - Claus the Toymaker
Have the tent to have a complete Pennsic Experience 18’x24’ Panther new canvas, only complete. Available at The Crossing, space 48.
Bad Garb Old Maid Game - Yes we have ‘em! - from Claus the Toymaker (who else?)
Fly into the sky with a 8’x8’ 3 sides blue trim fly at The Crossing (space 48)
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
Snoods plain to amazing-custom too! Lady Guen #121
Hurry to Claus the Toymaker for your leper - Supplies have been limited since a carpenter from Galilee passed through.
Beat the Heat in cool, comfy 100% cotton Tunics, Kitons, Angel-wing dresses, and cloaks in Knotwork and Middle Eastern Patterns. Kurta available in all sizes. We also have jewelry, doll clothes, bears and other pretties for anyone on your shopping list. Costumes by Loren 166 Fleet Street
New 12’ Yurt for sale $2500 OBO. High quality and built to last. Easy set up in less than 45 min. See Pente E18, Infinity. Come learn about Yurts!
Coleman 13.5’x9’ tent $75; twin air mattress $20; XL twin foam mattress $10. See Katherin at Newbridge in N08.
Hand-forged Knives by Forged in Fire Champ Chris Farrell-perfect gift for those missing Pennsic! #153
Fairy Tale Fans! Claus the Toymaker has two new Adventure books about magic and especially Oz! Check them out!
Fresh henna paste made daily onsite. Booth 37
Wooden Puzzles that last from child to child. Can be personalized no extra charge. Claus the Toymaker
Aglets and boning and lacing rings- Lady Guen #121
Map of the Knowne World puzzles-$20. From Claus the Toymaker
Kettle BlackArts and Handmade Leather goods. Available on Etsy, Facebook and YouTube. See the purple haired couple. Ask for a free hug
Fun scruillous books - some that have been out of print for years. Guaranteed to make you smile - Claus the Toymaker
T-shirts(Pennsic46) $15 or 2 for $25 Booth 90 S to 4X
Best henna crop in years just in at space 37. Powder and paste for sale. Creamy, dark, lasting color!
Shelterlogic 10’x20’ walls NIB $75 E-18 617-230-4781
Pavilion & Bar & Sheet Walls for sale $2000 OBO. Complete Panther 14’x16’ marquee w sunroof and shelf. 16 ft finished wood bartop with real oak barrels. 100 Yards of 6 ft canvas walls w/nylon webbing and grommets @ 10ft. Poles & portable holes included. Set up across from Great Hall. Text 513-591-9869
Large wardrobe trunk no lock or hangers $50. 443-801-1014
20’x24’ Pavilion. Full set of walls, ropes, and poles. Set up for viewing. Available immediately. Egill 712-305-8185
10’x16’ Tentsmiths w/fly, dags, roof window, mud flaps, dagging $1000. Everything included. 203-494-9569 BO8SORD
129 Stainless Steel Arms, Legs, and Chest for sale. $1200 or best offer. Small sized trades welcome. Items displayed at Greybar Traditional Archery 091
8’x7’ Coleman Max tent. Easy up, easy down. 5 min max. On site, not set up. Great for younger members. Parents gain some privacy! Text Chelsey 978-764-1838
10’x20’ Pavilion for sale. Roof, joints, poles. Great 4 common area. 215-470-8545 House Vondraken E-12 $500.
16’x16’ Center pole square marquee tent slant walls. Used but in good shape. Canvas, poles, ropes, stakes $500 Good Friends Camp N01 Heidi
20’x20’ Vinyl Sunshade with tube steel center pole and 8 side poles. No pegs or ropes. $200 519-577-7881
Well kept 14’x14’ Pavilion avail @ end of war. Inclu stuff listed FB Yardsale. Text 678-350-3428 to view.
GOING HOME SALE AT THE CROSSING! Reasonable offers accepted, find us at space 48.
Aromor-gaunts $150 nearly new. Wolfshead spun helm $150 OBO. Combat ready shield $150 OBO. Sz 42 arming cote $100 OBO. Call 856-981-0992 ask for Cait in N20.
Ashford spinning wheel for sale. Beautiful condition. Many extra’s. $250 or reasonable offers considered. Text or call 814-572-5722. Thank you.
Tentsmiths Regent 20’x20’ for sale. Includes poles. Only used at Pennsic. Inquire at Good Friends Camp N02. $1400.00
Viking Wedge tent for sale 15’x19’ . Used 6 times $600 OBO includes frame and ground cloth. Haul away at end of War. Ask for Tath at Talbots Keep. (B07)
Yamaha Bass Plastic Recorder $250/OBO All extras included. #YRB302B Text 919-429-1361
Calontir Trim can now run custom trims with a 500m minimum order. All the cool Baronies and households are doing it. Stop by space 50 for details.
Quarter Iron stock 1 1/4 inch x 24 in long. $3 each or 25 for $60 or Best offer! Barony of Carillion Block N10, corner of Brewer and Fletcher. Ask for Tysha.
Beware! Someone or someTHING has a taste for killing! ‘The Mermaid and the Monster’; Volume III of the Edward the Red Mage Mysteries, now available at The Amber Lady, #29, Street of Dreams. Original fantasy by SCAdian author Angela P. Wade. Volumes I and II also in stock!
15’x21’ Tentmasters tent, 7’ walls, canvas & poles, fair servicable cond, pick up 12 Aug, $500 offers, see at Nightshade Leather #204
Panther 18’x24’ new at Pennsic Canvas only or complete. Very reasonable. Site 48 or 724-421-5394
Going out of business sale. Prices very reasonable. Site 48 or 724-421-5394.
$10 T-shirt Sale!! Pennsic46 T-Shirts booth 90. Credit cards accepted. S to 4XL while they last!
Full sized rope bed, tote weight. $150/OBO. Camp Mority E09. See Marellus or Gate Guards. No mattress.

General
Scruffy old walrus requests flirtatious ladies for ego boost. There’s mead. Culann,Bards Haven,E19
SCA Music to keep your Pennsic going all year long. Efenwealt Wystle, Heather Dale, Ken Theriot, Music-a, Subtaranea, Wolgemut and many other fine performers. Camelot Treasures Booth 30 Bards R Us.
HEY PEOPLE! PLEASE LOWER THE SEAT COVERS IN THE PRIVY!!! It causes odors to escape thru the pipe not accumulate in the privy grossing out the next user of the privy. This is a public service announcement.
Hoobah Foscadh for fighting in all 46 Pennsic Wars.
Help Wanted
KWP needs the services of a Notary. If you have your stamp and are willing, please contact Jayme at 717-649-1823.
Lou’s toenails won’t chip themselves. Assistance required. Please inquire with House Three Skulls W07. Compensation will be provided for services and hazardous material exposure.

Memorials
The Nineteenth Memorial ship will sail tonight
(weather permitting). Procession will gather at White Wolf & The Phoenix 120 Plunder Lane, 9 pm. We will process to Runestone Parky then to the causeway (Block W-12) for the Launch.
RIP Michael Kelly 1976-2017 You will be missed.

Personals
One Magical silver apple for sale! Find Seamus the Tinker.
Jessica King, FuegoLibre, Lady Calpuleh of Renaissance and Fenix Freehold
A messenger appears at the EarthRunes Rath. No haste, no concealment; he wears blue and silver with quiet pride. He delivers a sealed envelope, and then takes himself away again with dignity.
To the good Gentle who hit my Honda Civic last year, Thank you for your honesty. You helped make the dream real.
Be it known that at the Port Tortuga Party, Saxl Tunnkrr lost his man-card. He will henceforth be known as Sissy Tunnkrr. Proclaimed by Peter Stumpf and witnessed by Diana of Windmasters Hill.
Sparred at flexible weapons class Sunday, you had short hair and I cracked my knees when rolling. Meet for ice cream at cooper’s store at 4pm?
OG sends his love and best wishes to all! He hopes to be here in person next year. Drink more beer!!! Love OG