A Fair Day for June Faire

The wind that filled the bright banners of spring eventually bore the warm breath of summer. In my continuing adventures, I followed it across our kingdom’s deep blue waters to a festival of green hills, colorful tents, and curious mundanes. This was the summer treat of An Tir: June Faire. Continue reading

A Big Heart for Boar’s Hunt

Smoke curled through the longhouse, teasing at the occupants’ noses with the aroma of cooked meat. Cuts of all kinds would be shared, but one in particular was reserved for the völva. Barded in flesh, basted with berries, and but one per bovine: the heart.

This past Boar’s Hunt & All Champions, I managed to line up a number of challenges for myself. First, to simply participating in a serious SCA competition with documentation. Second, to complete not one, but two projects in roughly a month’s time (on top of other commitments). And third, to relate those two projects to each other in an intimate way. For this year’s challenge was tailored by Lady Marguerite fitz William, a Golden Swan— the concept of persona was vital.
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Tastes of the Time: Early-Period Ireland

Note: This article originally appeared in 2014 Q2 The Murmurs, Barony of Aquaterra’s newsletter. Be sure to check out the issue in full for more articles, updates, and SCAdian creativity!

Tastes of the Time: Early-Period Ireland

DSC_0071The Book of Kells shines as an amazing example of the artistic skill and dedication found in the young kingdom of Ireland. It’s illuminations and content have inspired many to recreate and develop their own Celtic-styled works. Yet, while we know those of the Modern Middle Ages may munch on chips and dip while creating manuscript designs, finding out what the Kells creators were eating is a more challenging venture. Continue reading

Delving into Our Decalogue

Note: This article originally appeared in 2014 Q2 The Murmurs, Barony of Aquaterra’s newsletter. Be sure to check out the issue in full for more articles, updates, and SCAdian creativity!

Delving into Our Decalogue:
A Quest for the ‘Ten Commandments of the SCA’

Ask a veteran of the Society about them and a knowing glean will come to their eyes, a recount of yesteryears and how things have changed soon to follow. Pose the same question to a novice, however, and you’re likely to get a look of puzzlement. For while well-known by many, the “Ten Commandments of the SCA” are a cultural element not easily found. Continue reading

Bears in the Hares’ Kitchen

Within central An Tir, showers in April are nothing to note on your calendar; it rains year-round, with brief reprieves during the summer months. Some years, our events are so frozen over it looks like we’re playing outside of Hel’s great hall. No, for us, April marks a different change: the start of camping season.

…Though, some of us find ourselves inside by the hearth a bit longer than others.
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