Announcement – Pennsic Postponed Until 2022

Reposted from The Æthelmearc Gazette


Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US

From the Pennsic Mayor:

G’Day Everyone,

When taking office in the position of Mayor for Pennsic 49 I made a promise to everyone. That promise was that above all else, I would endeavor to run a fiscally responsible and safe Pennsic 49. It was my dear friend and mentor Viscount Sir Edward that said to me “The people that attend this event are Pennsic, take care of them.” I promised him I would. Then COVID 19 hit and the entire world was plunged into a crisis, the like of which we have not witnessed in our lifetimes.

Over the past few months, I have been in constant discussions with The Pennsic Seneschals Group (PSG), The President of the SCA Inc, Coopers Lake Management and my Pennsic Senior Executive Group. In addition, I have seen the comments from many of you and listened to the comments from my Deputy Mayors and their staff.

I have kept you all updated as much as possible so that you all understand my decision-making process and so that you understand the path I am walking when I make decisions. Although change is happening and things are getting better, I must deal with the now, rather than what I think it may be like in 3 months’ time and unfortunately our vendors needs for commitment and certainty are requiring us to make commitments earlier than we originally intended.

As Mayor of Pennsic 49, I was entrusted with, the welfare and safety of the entire Pennsic Family. It is therefore with great sadness that I must inform you today that, I have decided to Postpone Pennsic 49 for another 12 months to 2022. The new dates for Pennsic 49 will be 29 July 2022 – 14 August 2022. This has been an exceedingly difficult decision to make but I trust you understand the reasoning behind it.

This postponement will be heartbreaking news to many of you and especially to the community surrounding Coopers Lake.

It has been arranged with Cooper’s Lake Management, that those who have preregistered for Pennsic 49 may have their registrations rolled over to 2022. If you desire a refund, please go to http://www.cooperslake.com and log into your pre-registration account.

Even if Pennsic 49 cannot run this July 2021, I remain optimistic that the situation will improve over the next months. I know that some of you have lost loved ones to this pandemic and my Pennsic Team and I send you our condolences and best wishes.

I am looking forward to the time when I can share some time with you all at Cooper’s Lake and Pennsic War.

Yours in Service,

Sir Gregory of Loch Swan

Mayor

Pennsic 49

In Memoriam – Baroness Finola O’Clary

From the Kingdom Facebook page:


Baroness Finola O’Clary, Fyrd Mom

 

Departed this life on April 15, 2021, 7:40pm

She was kept in the greatest possible comfort and was peacefully asleep when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge; two nurses were in attendance and have both attested that the passing was such as one would hope for.

For obvious reasons there will not be a big public funeral at this time. In lieu of flowers persons who wish to make a tribute are welcomed to donate to the IV Company that Finola founded, or to do something in her honor: feed the hungry, clothe the garbless, welcome the newbie. In due season there will be some sort of wake. Details will have to wait for events to start up again in earnest.

Baroness Finola is survived by her daughter Colonel Jenna of Southwind, her son Rick the Rocket Scientist, his beautiful bride Lenny, and the grandson Christopher Scientistson.

(Although the Otherworld is said to have no time, at this moment Finola is probably still buried under a pile of dogs.)

Sing Non Nobis!

Announcement: Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021

From the  Board of Directors and the offices of the Society Seneschal, and President.

On March 23, 2021, the Board of Directors passed the following:

Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021 

I.    Whereas the challenge created by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic demanded heightened safety standards which led to a suspension of in-person activity in North America by the SCA Board of Directors;
II.    Whereas the crisis of the Pandemic is being addressed through a combination of social policy, as well as scientific and medical advancements;
III.    Whereas the SCA Board of Directors continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the membership and participants of the SCA; and
IV.    Whereas the directed suspension of in-person events in North America expires after May 31st, 2021; now, therefore, be it
V.    Resolved,  that the SCA Board of Directors lifts the suspension of in-person activity in North America, effective June 1, 2021, provided adherence to the items in this resolution;
VI.    Resolved, that all attendees in North America must follow all province, territory, state, and local health guidelines at SCA events. In addition, at all North American SCA events:
A.    Masks that fully cover the mouth and nose must be worn by all attendees over the age of 4 at all times and during all activities except for eating and drinking;
B.    Court, bardic circles, or any activity that involves voice projection shall also require that masks be worn at all times. Sound amplification devices are highly recommended;
C.    No day board, water-bearing, or food of any kind shall be provided by event staff or attendees to other attendees. All attendees must provide their own food and beverages;
D.    While consuming food or beverages, attendees are required to remain stationary and follow social distancing rules;
E.    No overnight camping  shall be allowed;
F.    All events shall be held outdoors;
G.    There shall be a maximum of 150 people at any event; and
H.    All events shall require preregistration.
VII.     Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors mandates applicable Kingdoms who have determined that it is safe to host in-person events before June 1st, 2021 or who propose any deviation from the above restrictions to request a variance from the Society Seneschal in order to hold the proposed event. The Society Seneschal shall have the authority to grant or deny these requests. These requests will be reviewed by the Board using the same review method used for variances to Corpora;
VIII.    Resolved, that small local gatherings including, but not limited to: guild meetings, officer meetings, and local martial activities including archery and thrown weapons shall remain at the discretion of the Crown and Kingdom Seneschal, in accordance with province, territory, state, and local health guidelines. Virtual events as alternatives continue to be a viable option;
IX.    Resolved, that enforcement of this resolution will be handled by the Society Seneschal and President of SCA Inc.; and,
X.    Resolved, that the SCA Board of Directors commends the hard-working officers, royalty, membership, and participants who have allowed the SCA to continue to flourish virtually as we lift this suspension and transition forward in a manner consistent with recommended health and safety standards.

The President and the Society Seneschal have been given the responsibility of implementing the resumption of events within the rules above and adjusting the strictures as needed with Board approval.

As per item (H) in the Resolution, SCA, Inc. has available the Event Module for the mandatory pre-registration process.  All kingdoms are encouraged to utilize this tool. More information will be forthcoming from the SCA Accounting Specialist, Mazelle Attiya.  If you would like to contact her about this available option, she can be reached at mazelle@sca.org.

Questions or comments should be sent directly to president@sca.org and seneschal@sca.org or your board Ombudsman.

This is our first step toward the resumption of SCA events.  Working with the corporate officers and with input from the various kingdoms, we will continue to assess the pandemic environment and make changes going forward as needed, either to add further restrictions or relax existing ones as the situation allows.

No matter what safety precautions we put in place, there is no substitute for each individual being educated about the risk to themselves and their loved ones, and making responsible choices to protect themselves and others from this virus.

We look forward to seeing many of you, in person and in garb, as we prepare to begin in-person events again.

Link to document: Resolution to Lift Suspension of In-Person Activity in the SCA as of June 1st, 2021

Announcement: Known World Sciences Symposium, A Virtual Event

Bookcases in the library of the University of Leiden, 1610

Greetings Good Gentles!

We are proud to announce that the Known World Sciences Symposium which had been previously planned for June 25 – 27, 2021 has now been merged with the University
of Atlantia Symposium on June 12, 2021 which will be held as an online event.
Class proposals are currently being accepted now thru April 9, 2021 and may be submitted at: https://university.atlantia.sca.org/admin/proposal.php?university_id=205
There is also a link on the University of Atlanta page at: https://university.atlantia.sca.org/index.php
THFool Dagonell the Juggler
Known World Symposiums Advertising Deputy to Society MoAS

Announcements: Corpora – Revised Introduction

At the March 2nd, 2021 conference call, the Board approved changes to Corpora, located within the Governing Documents of the SCA. This latest update includes the recently revised Introduction (commentary having occurred mid-late 2020). The intent of this revision was to better capture the spirit of inclusivity already embedded in our daily SCA lives, as well as to better reflect the ideals of the updated Mission Statement from 2017. Thank you all for your perspectives and input, which were invaluable in producing this final draft.

As a note, I currently intend to propose another minor redline for Corpora that will standardize some of the pronoun usage that has already begun to shift. As changes generally go out for commentary, the update process can feel a bit slow, but please know that we all are constantly working to ensure our governing documents reflect who we are and who we want to be.

The updated document can be found here: https://sca.org/govdocs

Jessica Van Hattem (DEI)
equity@sca.org

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

In Memoriam: The Passing of Mistress Malkin Grey

This sad news has only recently arrived, over long winter roads.

Malkin Grey, mundanely known as Debra Doyle, 67, died October 31, 2020 of a sudden cardiac event at home in Colebrook NH.  She was best known in Calontir for the essential Calontir hits “Varangian Song”, “Raven Banner”, and “Song of the Shield Wall”, which she co-wrote with Peregrynne Windrider.  She and her husband James D. Macdonald also coauthored many SFF stories and novels in the 1990s and 2000s.

Ms. Malkin was born November 30, 1952 in Florida, and grew up mostly in Texas.  She received her AoA in Atlantia in A.S. 12 and was elevated to the Order of the Pelican there in A.S. 18.  Her final home was in the East Kingdom.

Varangian Song by Malkin Gray (Debra Doyle) and Peregrynne Windrider (Melissa Williamson)
Raven Banner by Malkin Gray (Debra Doyle) and Peregrynne Windrider (Melissa Williamson)
Song of the Shield Wall by Malkin Gray (Debra Doyle) and Peregrynne Windrider (Melissa Williamson)

Announcement: January 2021 BoD Meeting Goes Live

We are pleased to announce that we will be live-streaming meetings via GoToWebinar. After the meeting ends, a recording will be uploaded to our SCA YouTube channel.

Each meeting has a unique GoToWebinar registration link, which will be posted on this page.

Please register for The January 24, 2021 SCA Inc. Quarterly Board Meeting on Jan 24, 2021 10:00 AM PST at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7268442973953495820

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on joining the webinar.

Please note: Space is limited as we are trying to keep costs low. If you have registered and cannot join the webinar, please try again later as people will enter and leave as the meeting progresses.

In addition, we will take questions through the Webinar software during the Board Meeting, and hold a Q&A session after the main business is concluded.

For more information please click here: https://www.sca.org/board-meeting-agendas/


Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036

You may also email sca-comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Virtual Heralds Point

The SCA College of Arms will be hosting a Virtual Heralds Point for three weeks beginning on Sunday, Jan 24th. Whether you’ve been meaning to get something registered for a while but can’t find your local herald, or you’re a herald looking for a little more consulting work, this is a great opportunity to get something moving. Links to the sign-up forms can be found at http://heraldry.sca.org/heraldspoint/

The best part of this consulting table is that we’ll be taking electronic payments via PayPal for submissions. So if you’ve been putting off submitting, this is the time to do it!

The hope is that it will be very flexible, a submitter can enter their ideas and preferred forms of contact, and a herald will get in touch and try to help them through the process, either slowly by email over the course of a number of days, or in one hit over a zoom meeting, whatever it takes. Sign up today over at http://heraldry.sca.org/heraldspoint/

The Bavarian Herald Jörg Rügen around 1510. Public Domain in the US

Gulf Wars XXX – October 2nd Through 10th, 2021

Illustration of the Battle of Barnet (14 April 1471) on the Ghent manuscript. Public domain in the US

Christmas Greetings Unto the Knowne World,

We as the Crowns of Meridies, Ansteorra, Trimaris, and Gleann Abhann in conjunction with Our Kingdom Seneschals and the Event Stewards for Gulf Wars have worked diligently to find an option for Gulf Wars XXX scheduled for March 2021.

We are happy to announce that Gulf Wars XXX will occur on October 2-10, 2021. (Gulf Wars XXXI will be in March 2022.)

More information regarding Gulf Wars XXX in October 2021 will be forthcoming, but We look forward to seeing everyone in October at King Arrow’s Ranch.

We wish you a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

TRM Meridies, Timothy & Ysmay
TRM Ansteorra, Jason Drysdale & Margherita de Mantua
TRM Trimaris, Kurn O’Farrell & Maisie of Dunbarton
TRM Gleann Abhann, Caillin & Danielle
Mistress Kendra Dey, OP & Mistress Magdalena de Segovia, OP, Gulf Wars XXX Autocrats