Open Position – Society Marshal – Deadline April 1, 2020

Battle of Eben-Ezer, AD 250

Applications for the position of Society Marshal are now being accepted.  The position entails administrating the marshallate activities of the Society and coordinating the activities of the kingdom Earl Marshals. Reports are required to be filed quarterly to the Board summarizing the martial activities of the Society and of each kingdom. The Society Marshal is also responsible for holding meetings to communicate with the kingdom Earl Marshals.

The successful candidate must be well versed in administrative techniques, problem-solving, and interpersonal communications. Knowledge of marshallate policy, rules, and procedures are essential. The ability to travel is necessary, as well as having a telephone and e-mail. Knowledge of the traditions and history of the Society is required.

A more detailed position description can be found here: https://www.sca.org/about/positions/marshal/

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with modern and SCA qualifications, hardcopy to:

Renee Signorotti
Society for Creative Anachronism
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

with courtesy copies to resumes@sca.org.  The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.

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

You may also email 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.

The Book of Kells Online

Book of Kells, Folio 32v, Christ Enthroned. c. 800 AD

As technology marches on, many resources that were difficult — even impossible — to obtain, have been made available digitally for scholars to view and explore. Recently, Trinity College Dublin added The Book of Kells to their online digital collection.

The Book of Kells is an illustrated manuscript of the Four Gospels, in Latin. It was produced by Columban monasteries in either Ireland or Britain (or possibly with contributions from both) in approximately 800 AD. The manuscript has a fascinating history of survival over the centuries. 

The Illustrations have had a major influence on the common perception of early Medieval, and especially insular Celtic, art since the first accurate reproductions were produced and published in the mid-19th century. The calligraphy has also come to represent Celtic lettering for many people. Elements and examples of both are often reproduced in SCA artwork.

The online collection is available at https://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v

Open Position – SCA Social Media Officer – Deadline April 1, 2020

Printer, 1568 by Jost Amman

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) has had different media channels for decades as the club has grown and changed. We want to continue to provide a consistent form of communication while pushing forward with new methods and channels.

As Society Social Media Officer, you will be working with the SCA Communications Team, consisting of the SCA Communications Officer and SCA President, while managing the Kingdom Social Media Officers, dedicated to distributing announcements, creating content and moderating the social media channels that the SCA uses.

Job Duties:

  • Develop, create and distribute Social Media content across the SCA Social media Channels.
  • Coordinate communication and support current SCA Social Media channels with the SCA Social Media Team
  • Update the SCA on the latest Social media platforms and trends
  • Moderate and coordinate SCA policies across official platforms with SCA Social Media Team
  • Regularly collaborate with Society Officers for Known World Events and Social Media Announcements
  • Create and gather exciting content from across the Known World to distribute on social media channels
  • Work closely with all Kingdom Social Media Officers to ensure all our Social media platform content follows Social Media Policies.
  • Develop, create and maintain new innovative improvements with the advancements of the internet and social media to the existing policies of the SCA Social Media as needed.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience with social media management and social media marketing efforts.
  • Knowledge of SCA Corpora and Kingdom Cultures
  • Ability to effectively communicate with cross-functional teams
  • Availability at odd hours and plugged into social media
  • Occasional travel

Further information can be found here: https://www.sca.org/about/positions/social-media/

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with modern and SCA qualifications, hardcopy to:

Renee Signorotti
Society for Creative Anachronism
P.O. Box 360789
Milpitas, CA 95036-0789

with courtesy copies to resumes@sca.org.  The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.

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

You may also email 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.

Feast for the Coronation of Lucian and Tamar

From “Janvier”, Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry. c. 1412-1416

Volunteers are needed for kitchen help and servers. Contact Lord Hirakawa Kagetora at coronation_feast@bfs-kc.org if you can help.

Feast Menu

 

Gustatio:

Panis quadratus (Bread) (V)
With pinzimonio (an oil dipping sauce) (V+)
A selection of cheeses (Feta, Quark) (V)
Olives (Various) (V+)
Moretum (Garlic Spread) (V, N)

Pulmenti:

Tisana barrica – (Chickpea, lentil, and pea soup) (V+)
Herbae rusticae – (Salad of various lettuce, greens, herbs) (V+)

Pisca Mensa:

Panitae Piscium – Fish in a Roman wine sauce (F)
Dolmades – Greens stuffed with lemon rice (V+)
Cucurbitis ex Oxygala – (cucumber in yogurt sauce) (V)

Prima Mensa

Agnum Particum – Roast Lamb with savory herbs
Carotae Aliter – Honeyed Carrots with cumin sauce (V)
Patina ex Rusticis (Field vegetables) (V+)

Oblatio:

A brief interlude

Secunda Mensa:

Fructus – Fresh Fruits (V+)
Nuces Cocto – Toasted nuts (V+, N)
Savillum (V)

In Memoriam: The Passing of Master Charles of Westermark

Word comes to us this day of the passing of Master Charles of Westermark

Charles was a stalwart of the Fourth Company of Calontir, aka “The Soup Kitchen”, for many years. He was a true servant of Calontir, a brother Pelican. A kind and gentle man who brought love and light to the world. He will be sorely missed.

Duchess Catalina de Arazuri remembers: “He was always kind and genuinely caring. I worked with him for countless wars. He greeted me with a smile every morning. I am very very sorry for your loss, and our loss.”

Honorable Lady Vǫlu-Ingibiǫrg says:  “Charles of Westermark has long been to me an exemplar of Pelican-hood. Even with his age, he was on site early six months ago to help with Lilies setup, he and Margaret also providing lunch to others who’d come to help.

But it wasn’t only the fact of his long service to Calontir; what made Charles an example to me was his manner. At the time of his vigil for Pelican, I had just learned “Song of the Slow Hound,” Mikal the Ram’s Norse-style poem-story about service. I went into the vigil tent and offered to share it. Charles agreed, and I of course forgot the words halfway through, stumbling to a halt in confused embarrassment. “That’s alright,” he encouraged, “take your time.” After a few frantic seconds longer, I remembered the next stanza and resumed. When I finished, he game me one of his joyful smiles, the kind that let you know it was okay if you flubbed the words or your delivery was rushed, because somehow, this wonderful person understood you were trying to express your admiration.

I will never forget his gentle smiles.”

Sing Non Nobis!

The Great Hobby Horse Roundup

Gleaned from Facebook:


Attached below are the instructions/template for the sock horses participants will be constructing for the Page School Equestrian Tourney at Gulf Wars in 2020.

The plan is to have the heads completed *Ahead Of Time* and *Off Site*. We are going for realistic looking heads so stuff the socks with polyfill accordingly. Colors of the socks utilized should be black, brown, grey, or white. We want to keep them similar to keep down the possible hurt feelings between kids.

Attached below are the instructions for the hobby horse heads. Final assembly will occur on site in the Equestrian area.

Also below is a finished horse head for reference.

I will provide the striped, dried saplings, foam padding, and sinew for final assembly on site.

 

 

In Memoriam: The Passing of Lord Gavin de Haga

Her Grace Issabell St. Charles announced the sad news that Lord Gavin de Haga has passed after a long illness.

Gavin was a Boga Fyrd brother and one of the founding members of the Shire of Deodar. Gavin was, mundanely, the father of His Grace Damien MacGavin. Gavin is also survived by his lady wife Mistress Alina Meraud Bryte and grandchildren Lady Elizabeth St. Phillipe, Milady Gretel MacGavin and Milady Meg MacGavin.

Sing Non Nobis!

 

In Memoriam: The Passing of Countess Morgana of Raglan

Sad news comes this week of the passing of Countess Morgana of Raglan.


Morgana loved this Kingdom and served as its 17th Queen. She also served as Baroness of Lonely Tower, among many other services she did for Calontir.

I remember Morgana as a vibrant, enthusiastic, encouraging and kind woman. Her presence was a constant of my earlier SCA career, and always a welcome one. She will be sorely missed.

Master Mathurin


Calontir has suffered another devastating loss. My friend Countess Morgana of Raglan has departed this world. My heart is heavy. I served the Kingdom as Waterbearing Coordinator when she was Queen. She was one of those who encouraged me when I was first learning how to make beads. I will miss this lady.

Master Mellitus


Morgana loved cats.  She would pick up and try to save any stray cat or kitten that came her way.  We were friends for over 30 years and had lots talks about cats, fiber and just about any thing else.  Moving back to Mag Mor I was looking forward to spending time with her.  I will miss her, she will be missed many.

Countess Salamandra


 

Sing Non Nobis!

From Their Royal Highnesses: Seeking Applications for Additional Advocates

As many of you are aware, several new changes have been made to Calon Law, and we will be seeking to fill the positions of two new Advocates. We strongly encourage our entire populace to make themselves familiar with these changes at https://calontir.org/kingdom-law-change/

The condensed information regarding the Advocate office is as follows:
-The Advocate office is now expanded to three officers, rather than one.
-Advocates will serve three year terms, with one officer rotating out each year.
-The Advocate office is now tasked with helping to investigate and arbitrate disputes between any members of the populace, not just in issues dealing with officers.

We are happy to hear from ALL members of the populace who would petition us for these positions. Because we wish them to be representative of the full variety of Calontir, all petitions will be seriously considered.

If you are interested in one of these positions, please email us at falcon-heirs@calontir.org with a few sentences about why you think this office is important and how you can help serve the kingdom.

We hope to conduct interviews at Toys for Tots and Kris Kinder, but will also look at video conferencing and local meeting options for those who cannot make either event.

Tamar and Lucian

In Memoriam: Vortimir Fire-tender

Unknown Artist. Minstrels with a Rebec & a Lute.
13th c. Manasseh Codex. El Escorial, Madrid. Public domain in the US

News that Vortimir Fire-Tender had passed from this world came to us on October 20, 2019.

These are a few memories from those who remember him well. Vortimir had not registered name or device, and the following remembrances have been lightly edited, so names may appear in different spellings as each person recalls them.

Sing Non Nobis!


Vortimir Fire-tender was for many years a fixture at the Bardic Encampment at Lilies. His mobility problems kept him close to camp and in his wheeled chariot, but he was a bright presence among the bards nonetheless. He and his lady wife Dis, also known as Mama Bard, would regale the camp with songs and stories. They welcomed all vagabonds and wayfairers with food, drink and fellowship. Many an afternoon was whiled away with Vortimeer and Mikal the Ram trading stories and lies.

Vortimir and Dis have not been at Lilies for some years, but all the bards who wandered in and out of the Encampment when they were there remember them well and with fondness. May he sit in Odin’s hall with Mikal and trade stories and lies for all time.

Master Mathurin Kerbusso


Vortimeer Fire-tender was the anchor of the Bardic Encampment at Lilies War.  Mobility issues made it difficult for him to leave camp, so he made it a place of welcome for everyone.  Because he was always in camp, the Bard Tent was designated a “safe place” at the War, where kids could always find an adult if they needed one.

But on Monday, the night of Bardi Gras, he would mount his trusty motorized steed and lead the parade around the war, throwing candy and beads, and leading children back to camp for a short kids’ party before the grownup party began.  He was also the one to put Bardi Gras to bed, staying up late swapping stories and songs with Mikal the Ram, and other hardy guests, until the wee hours.  The rest of the war, he made certain the water jugs were always topped up and available to ease the thirst of visitors and passersby alike.

Vortimeer wrote songs, some bawdy, some wholesome, and had an amazing tenor voice.  He could sing lead, or harmonize as needed.  He knew all the “Calontir standards”, and was always ready to sing.  Dis, aka Mom of Bard, would often perform with him, and he wrote many songs just for her.  I was honored to have a verse written about me in one of his songs.  (one of the bawdy ones, I must admit)
Early in his SCA career, he served as herald in the Shire of Wyvern Cliffe.  I remember him crying most of the Toys for Tots tournament, before it was too big a tourney for just one voice.

These are just some of my random memories of Vortimeer.  I hope others can fill in gaps that I have surely left.  I’ll close with lines of one of his songs (the name escapes me! dammit! ask Ma’az)

“My heart grows so heavy, my vision grows dim.
But I’ll think of you always, til we meet again.”

Mistress Dorcas Whitecap


 

It was a dark, star filled night at a Lilies War many years ago when I was winding my way down that dusty road through merchants row towards the lake. As I turned the bend I could hear voices raised in song coming from a tent just to my left. The flicker of candles and lanterns from within gave a warm and welcoming glow to the darkness around me. I could just see the shadows of people sitting in what appeared to be a circle, it was their singing that reached out to me and drew me closer.

I was young, shy, and painfully uncertain. I didn’t want to disturb a private encampment but I couldn’t resist the Siren of music. I stopped in the shadows just behind a large, throne-like chair in which sat a bear of man with long, amber colored hair. His voice was mellow and strong, well suited to the sentimental and emotional lyrics that were being sung under that tent. I looked around and, though I recognized some of the faces, I didn’t really know anyone there. I was going to slip back into the night but the man must have spotted me from the corner of his eye. He snaked out a hand and caught mine, drawing me closer. He had eyes that sparkled with laughter and mischief as he handed me a flashlight and a binder opened to a song.  He guided me around so I could sit on the edge of his chair and asked me to help him out. So there I was, holding a binder and flashlight, lighting the words of a cheerful, slightly suggestive, song that may have been about a lady and dragon but honestly I am not certain after all these years. This would be the first of many interactions with a man I would come to know as Vortimir Firetender.

He was a kind, gentle man filled with humor, empathy, and so much life despite all the hardships that came his way. I would chat with him at Lilies War and raise my voice with his in song and I loved hearing his stories.  He was there to encourage me when I faltered trying to find my way and my voice in the bardic circle.  I also worked with him and his lovely wife, Tess, at the KC Renn Fest a time or two. They were wonderful and generous people who took me in when my car died at a long ago Toys for Tots. Despite having a house already full of guests they fed me well and found me a corner to sleep in. I tried to express my gratitude but I never felt like it was enough. I will always have fond memories of Vortimir and wish that I hadn’t lost track of him. It broke my heart to hear of his passing, the world is a little darker and quieter without him in it
Yours in Service and Song,