Thursday, February 11, 2016

Æthelmearc A&S Faire! April 23rd.

Her Excellency and I are big fans of A&S and want to support any event that features the talents of the Kingdom and the Barony. A new event on our radar is the Æthelmearc A&S Faire. The event is scheduled for April 23rd 2016 in the Shire of Hartstone. We plan to attend and encourage people to not only join us but consider entering something or sponsor an entrant. Here are some details on the event from the Ministers of Arts and Sciences as well as some important links. We suggest that you direct any questions about the event to either the Autocrat or the Ministers. Contact details are included in the links below. 

From: Fridrikr & Orianna, Kingdom Ministers of Arts and Sciences

To the gentlefolk of Æthelmearc, greetings!

On April 23rd, the Kingdom A&S Office, with the great help & generosity of the Shire of Hartstone, will hold the first Æthelmearc Arts & Sciences Faire. 

As part of the event, we will be holding an A&S Prize Tourney. As this type of tourney is new to Æthelmearc, we would like to briefly explain how it is designed to work.

First, the name “tourney” is a bit misleading. The tourney is actually an exhibition, open only to gentles who have a Sycamore or no kingdom A&S award. The purpose is to display the talents of these gentles.

Second, there will an evaluation of the displays that are entered. We intend to have teams of 3-4 evaluators, each of which will look at and comment on one or two displays per hour. The evaluations will consist of viewing the exhibit and the documentation provided, then discussing the exhibit with the entrant. If you were at Kingdom A&S Champions last October, then you will be familiar with the process we’ll using.

Third, we are asking companions of the Fleur and the Laurel to do two things: first, to sponsor entrants in the tourney. This means to provide guidance, advice, and moral support to the entrants sponsored, and to provide a small token or present which will be given to an entrant of the Tourney. For every entrant a Fleur or Laurel sponsors, that Fleur or Laurel should also provide a present. Second, we are asking the Fleurs and Laurels to attend the event and act as evaluators. This is anticipated to be an all-day task, or least take as long as there are exhibitions that have not been evaluated. We encourage the evaluators to look at all the exhibitions, even those they are not evaluating. After the tourney has finished, the evaluators will meet to discuss what they saw during the day.

At the end of the day, during court, the presents will be presented to the entrants by the Fleurs and Laurels. We also hope that the sitting Barons & Baronesses and the Royalty who are present will bring tokens to present to their favorite displays of the day.

Further details on the Prize Tourney and other A&S activities during the day will be forthcoming. Thanks for reading this rather long message. We hope that you will be able to attend the A&S Faire!

Important Links:  

A&S Faire Event Page

Minister of A&S Home Page

Friday, February 5, 2016

Investiture...a wonderful look back

Her Excellency and I received many wonderful words and gifts on the day of our Investiture, but just this week one last gift arrived. Before investiture we asked our friend Gerardo Vicelli if he would be kind enough to take photos and video during the event. Not only did he give up his day doing that but he also delivered this gem of a video. I think his work not only captures the event, but really serves as a wonderful glimpse into life in the Hael.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did. Vivat Gerardo you are truly a gift.

View the video here: Investiture 2016