Thursday, February 22, 2018

Wolfgang’s Crusader Ale, and other anachronistic brews - Remembering a friend

In memory of THL Wolfgang Starcke - a brewer, a teacher, a barkeep - the Æthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers is hoping to assemble a SCAdian brewing book. Of you we ask to please share with us your recipes – help us remember Wolfgang as we hope he would appreciate.

The general idea is to collect recipes and anecdotes (preferably anecdotes to go with the recipes) from all the brewers and others that Wolfgang and his brews have influenced over the years. We're hoping for a mix from the lowliest Pennsic utility brew to the loftiest of documented Ice Dragon entries.

Show us your recipes, show us your memories, show us your photos, sketches and illustrations. Share what you know he liked, or not, or what you think he might appreciate. Help make Wolfgang an even more lasting presence in our community, and an inspiration for those who come after – now, as well as in life.

The Kingdom of Æthelmearc Brewers Guild has dedicated a page (also found via the Events & Activities tab) to this endeavor at:

http://brewers.aethelmearc.org/cookbook.html

You can use the link at the bottom of the page to enter your submission, including contact information, your story or anecdote, historical inspiration, if applicable, and modern recipe. For your inspiration, and to take a sneak peek at previous submissions, we chose to offer you the option of viewing previous submissions. How the final Brew book will look like depends on the type and volume of submissions: so let's all pull together and aim for something BIG!

Yours in Service,

Elska, Maggie Rue and Madoc Arundel.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Announcing the Golden Bee Herald!

Please accept our apology for taking so long to announce this. Just before Summers End 2017 Master Dagonell Collingwood approached Her Excellency and I with the idea of recognizing one of our populace, THL Eleanore Godwin, for her hard work as a submission Herald. The submission herald is responsible for managing the submission process for names and armory (devices). Her Excellency and I, having worked with Eleanore locally, agreed completely. In our opinion, the names and devices people choose is an important part of a person’s sense of belonging to our Society. Often it is one of the first things a person participates in when they join the society, and the Heralds that assist with this are on the forefront of the participation. They are as much a part of making new members feel welcome as a Chatelaine or demo coordinator. Eleanore is a perfect example of this and she is often assisting people not only behind the scenes but at practices an events.


Instead of one of the many Baronial or Kingdom awards (of which she has many) Dagonell suggested we name her Baronial deputy position as “Golden Bee” Herald in her honor. While the title holds no precedence, and will move from Eleanore to the next deputy, we felt it was a fitting way to recognize her hard work and dedication. This was announced in court at Summers End and she was presented with a heraldic tabard as a symbol of her office. Please take a chance to congratulate her and thank her for her work when you next see her.


Magnus and Miriel

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Populace in Focus - Cacht inghean Cheithernaig & Joshua Mullett



Real Name:  Caroline Kearney & Joshua Mullett

SCA Name: Cacht inghean Cheithernaig. Joshua is still working on his.

Years in the SCA: Caroline has been in for 7 years, and Josh 7 months.

Persona: Caroline has a Celtic persona and Josh is Japanese (or thinks that's what he wants to do).

Tell us a bit about your life outside the SCA:

Caroline: I have a wonderful boyfriend named Josh Mullett and a great job at Whole Foods. I have a 5 year old daughter.

Josh: I work as a chef in training and hope to become an electrician. I have a two and a half year old black cat named Raiden and a bearded dragon named Falcor.

What SCA activities do you participate in?

Caroline: Archery, and an interest in fencing. I like to do sewing and fiber arts.

Josh: Archery,  and still trying to find a balance with mundane life

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (offices, etc):

Caroline says, "I've been a part of the SCA for 7 full years and I am now starting my 8th. I try to bring new people to the SCA and generally feel welcomed and accepted in a loving environment". Josh added, "I’ve attended a Coronation and the Hornwood archery festival. I also attend fight practices. I’m glad that I started participating in the SCA".  Both commented, "I really like being a part of the SCA. Not once did I feel unwanted or out of place. I felt like I was among like-minded individuals".

What do you both hope to accomplish in the SCA in 2018?

Caroline wants to start fencing. Josh hopes to improve his archery, meet new friends and go to as many events as possible. Josh also commented, "Get my SCA name and device approved".

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of?

Both agreed, "Just have fun and enjoy it there are many opportunities Don’t be afraid to try new things".

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have what would it be?  

Both again agreed, "I'm not entirely sure I'm still learning what I can bring to the table".

Monday, February 19, 2018

Populace in Focus - Baroness Rosemund von Glinde

Real Name: 

Wendy Hart

SCA Name and Title:

Baroness Rosemund von Glinde

Years in the SCA:

I joined back in 1991 or so, took a break for a while, so I’m not sure how you count the years…

Persona: 

13th Century German

Group or Household affiliations if any:

Tribe of Tuatha Fieren

Tell us a bit about your life outside the SCA. 

I’m an underwriting assistant for an insurance wholesaler, and I do inspections.  It’s SO much fun!  A lot of solving mysteries. I grew up in Western New York, and outside of a few month of living in Australia, I’ve always been here.

What SCA activities do you participate in? 

Scribal, siege weapons, cooking, thrown weapons.

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (offices, etc): 

I was the exchequer  for  the Hael, a VERY long time ago, oh, and I was the 5th Baroness of the Hael…and I LOVED it!

What are your goals in the SCA? 

No stress, have fun, learn new things that grab my attention, as they come along, help new people as much as I can.

If you could accomplish only one thing in the SCA in the year 2018 what would it be?

It’s GOING to happen!  I’m going to put on armor and fight in battles at Pennsic, doing siege weapons! I NEVER thought I’d say THAT sentence, EVER….LOL!

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of?  

There are NO expectations here. The only expectations are the ones you impose upon yourself.  If you want to become a peer, go for it!  If you find the prospect of being an “authority” in anything intimidating, then no worries.  Do what makes you happy, and the rest will fall into place.  There is a niche for anyone and everyone in the SCA.

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have what would it be?

Metalworking.  I would love to be able to take a piece of stainless steel, and form it into a beautiful coronet or crown.

Additional comments?

I’m always available for anyone to come and ask questions-if you see me at an event, by all means, don’t be afraid to come up and say hello, and ask me how something is done.  If I don’t have the answer, I’ll certainly point you in the direction of another gentle who does.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Populace in Focus - Lady Artemisia da Manarola

Real Name: Autumn Diana Standingwolf

SCA Name and Title: Lady Artemisia da Manarola

Years in the SCA: Nearly 5 years

Persona: Cortigiana Onesta – Italian Renaissance

Group or Household affiliations if any: None

Tell us a bit about your life outside the SCA:

I’m as diverse a person as my AncestryDNA profile suggests. I speak French poorly but enjoy my immersion visits to Montreal immensely. A love of Early Music and Renaissance Faires led to an obsession with all things Irish (Great Big Sea!). While I’m as comfortable on stage belly dancing as I am on the back of a dog sled (actually canine bike-jor), I’m often hidden behind the scenes running things but you're most likely to find me in line for a large double-double.

What SCA activities do you participate in?

Dance, Fiber Arts (on my own), Making Largess, Service.

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (offices, etc):
I’m the Dance Mistress, Web Minister, and I’ve run a demo. I’ve participated in several demos outside of the Hael, and one demo outside of Aethelmearc.

What are your goals in the SCA?

I’d like to show people the Arts (& Sciences) in action. I’d love for people to see things being made. I have plans to host Courtesan Style Salons in which the arts are very prevalent. I’d love to perform music for the Hael’s events (when I’m skilled enough). I’d like to provide all manner of entertainment. I also want to advocate for those who feel uncomfortable or lost.

If you could accomplish only one thing in the SCA in the year 2018 what would it be?

Get the combined Hael-Thescorre dance practice up and running with lots and lots of people.

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of? 

Take your time and explore everything that interests you. Also, learn how to behave in Court. Make sure someone tells you how to address people and when to bow and kneel. If you know all of that it will make things so much easier!

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have what would it be?

While I really wish I could understand the secret language of the Heralds, if I had to choose one thing, it would be to be able to illuminate things. I can barely draw stick figures.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Groups in Focus - Hael Cats!

Today's Group in Focus is the barony's new rapier unit known as the "Hael Cats". His Excellency and I have enjoyed fighting as a part of the group for the last two Pennsic's and we are really happy for people to get a chance to learn more about the unit and how it is growing!

Does the group have a device or heraldry?

Not yet, hoping too soon!

Who is the head/leader of your group?

No one officially. I (Miriel du Lac) have been guiding the Main base of the fighting unit for the last 2 years, while Wolfgang Starke had been leading the Cats harrier group.

When was the group started?

About two years ago.

Is the group still active?

Oh yeah and we are hoping to grow even more.

Approximately how many members are in your group?

We have about six primary members and a group of floating fighters from the barony and other areas who join us on the field at times.

What type of group is it (fighting household, A&S, mixed)?

Baronial Rapier Unit



Is the group primarily in the Rhydderich Hael?

Yes. Who do have some fighters from other areas who like to line up with us when they can though.

Please provide a brief history of your group.

The Rapier Warlord for Æthelmearc was asking fencing groups to sound off so they could have a count for Pennsic. After discussing it with the Hael fencers we decided that we wanted to make an actual unit and name for the Rhydderich Hael Rapier fighters on the field. And the Hael Cats were born.



Is your group accepting new members?

Yes! We hope to grow even larger and already have more fighters this year!

Who should interested people contact?

Baroness Miriel du Lac: Sara Joy Herringshaw on Facebook or lertia@yahoo.com 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Groups in Focus - Hael Hounds!

In addition to interviewing people in the Hael, Her Excellency and I wanted to interview groups, units, and households that dwell in or play with the Hael. Some of these groups are directly attached to the Barony and others just have members that live in the Hael. This time around we are taking a look at the Baronial archery unit the "Hael Hounds".

Does the group have a device or heraldry?

We have an unofficial badge that we use: 

Who is the head/leader of your group?

Yes, Cynwulf Rendell is the leader and Eleanore Godwin is the “Den Mother” of the Hounds

When was the group started?

The modern incarnation of the group started when Cynwulf Rendell took over as Captain of the Archers of the Hael in 2014.

Is the group still active?

Hael Yes!  And damn proud of it!

Approximately how many members are in your group?

Twenty four members and growing!


What type of group is it (fighting household, A&S, mixed)?

Archery/Service

Is the group primarily in the Rhydderich Hael?

Yes; the modern incarnation requires members to reside in the Hael.

Please provide a brief history of your group.

It was actually formed by THL Thomas of the Bearwoods and THL Belgrande the Bladegatherer  decades ago.  My understanding is the earlier incarnation was a humorous, loose-knit group of archers. Now, we take being a “Hael Hound” seriously. We serve the Barony proudly, and honorably on the archery field, and our Kingdom when called. You ask what a “Hael Hound” is. A “Hael Hound” is part Dog of War; part Sea Dog of the Barbary Coast, part Cerebus,the three headed Dog of Hell, and part King Charles Spaniel with gentleness and loyalty. That is what it is to be a “Hael Hound'!


Is your group accepting new members?

Yes! The more the merrier!  It's not too hard to become a “Hael Hound”. Be a member of the Barony, attend practice regularly to sharpen your skills, and shoot for the Barony in a tournament or two.

Who should interested people contact?

Cynwulf Rendell/Ralph Spencer, Captain of Archers: archerymarshall@wnysca.org or Eleanore Godwin/Wanda Spencer: wcsteachhistory@yahoo.com