House Capuchin Shield2Some weeks just go sideways! That’s what happened with this week’s newsletter, sorry for the skimpiness. Your Scribe has come down with… something… who knows what, but didn’t have enough energy after Friday to do anything. We figured it was smarter to get a report out with an apology than to let it wait until next week!

Yes, there’s a basket under that.

The East Kingdom Gazette’s obituary for Edward Zifram is right at the beginning of the report, then classes, lots of food links, some sewing projects and some good funnies!

So this coming week will probably be the usual for Plague Times. There are lots of classes in the Pennsic List…. recordings of most from the weekend and each day will have new ones. Virtual Realm Project Day on Sunday again.

For rag dolls of various ethnicity (there’s black in the upper right hand corner)

All meetings are on hold for the moment, although Project Day and the Monthly Potluck are being held in the Virtual Realm. We’re also doing mini-potlucks, just Anja & Loren and one other “pod” at a time. Let us know if you’re interested!

  • Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm
  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Progress on Sunday

    Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm

  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Virtual Potluck – 8/16, 9/20
  • Next Winter Feast tentative Date is 2/15/21, Probably not being held….

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here: and number three is here:

From the East Kingdom Gazette

In Memoriam: Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy

Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy. Photo courtesy of Duchess Dagmar Halvdan

Viscount Edward Zifran of Gendy, 103rd Knight of the Society and 7th Tyger of the East, passed away on July 15th, following a stroke.

Edward’s impact on the Society as a whole cannot be overstated, and yet that impact was achieved largely by building individual relationships. A quiet and thoughtful man, self-conscious and humble, he could say a great deal with just a simple nod.

In his own SCA biography, he wrote, “He has spent the last thirty years or so, trying to be the best knight he can, sometimes succeeding but usually failing. He tries to live by a very simple code:

Edward (top left) with Viscount Elrond Blacksabre and Viscountess Gilrean of Regen. Photo via Facebook courtesy of Wyn Drofsnam

My life for my King
My soul for my god
My heart for my Lady
And my Honor for myself”

Already legendary when he moved to the East, Sir Edward began his SCA career in Anno Societatis 8 or so, in the Barony of Madrone, in what was then the principality of An Tir in the West Kingdom. He was given an Award of Arms by King William of Hoghton I and Queen Donna I of the West in AS 9, and was quickly thereafter recognized for his prowess in the list. He was made a companion of the Order of Chivalry on June 21, AS 10 by King Andrew II and Queen Patrice I of the West. The following year he prevailed in combat to become the sixth Prince of An Tir, reigning with Fiona di Varanus. He was made a Viscount by Elrond and Gilraen on January 3, AS 10. Subsequently, he reigned as Prince of An Tir thrice more – in AS 11 and 12 with Alma Tea av den Telmark, and in AS 14 with Dorthea of the Dunes. While in An Tir, he was the Founding Seneschal of the Shire (now Canton) of Entice, the Shire (now Canton) of Xerophil, and the Shire of Shittimwoode (now the Shire of Thornwold, first Shire of An Tir), where Sir Edward’s Tournament is still held annually in his honor. He is still known in An Tir as one of the leaders of the “An Tir Rebellion” which eventually led to An Tir gaining Kingdom status.

Viscount Edward on the field at Pennsic. Photo courtesy of James Palumbo

Mistress Elizabeth Talbot, his former wife and longtime friend, recalls, “Ed discovered the SCA on the west coast around the age of 19 or 20. This game gave Ed many things his childhood had not. It gave him a place to belong, a voice and a (rattan) sword to fight for excellence and fairness, aspirations to art and beauty in life, and something greater than himself to serve. He poured his heart into those callings. In order for Ed to be at ease with the world, he needed to be in fealty to his king and queen, and to serve his kingdom and her people.

“Without his oath of fealty to his monarchs, Ed felt naked. One summer the Northern Masters of the East played a game with the Queen where she took their knight’s belts from them in a prank and they had to sing or do some service to get their belts back. The Queen teasingly took Ed’s as well, but for Ed, his belt was essential to his sense of being. He was anxious and miserable until she put it back on him with an apology, a week later.

“When I asked Ed what he meant by the world ‘chivalry’, he replied, ‘giving your opponent every opportunity to beat you.’ Fairness was everything to him.”

As befits a most gentle and accomplished Knight, he was also a poet and artisan of some renown. His first Society recognition was as the Bard of the Barony of Madrone in AS 8, and he was recognized for his skill with needlepoint and canvas work as a Companion of the Order of the Laurel in what was now the Kingdom of An Tir on June 26th, AS 18.

By the following year, Viscount Edward had moved to the East, where he quickly became a fixture at the Union Square fighter practice in Østgardr, donning armor and fighting bouts in the middle of Manhattan, where he helped teach several generations of SCA fighters.

He also began using his extraordinary organizational talents for the running of the Kingdom, and, eventually, the SCA, Inc. He served as a member of the SCA Board of Directors from 1994 – 1995, and was President and Chairman of the SCA, Inc from 1995 – 1998. In AS 24, he was named a Companion of the Order of the Pelican by Morguhn III and Maurya for his service to the Society. From 2005 to 2009 he served as East Kingdom Seneschal, where he helped to implement Kingdom policies that led to broad and long-lasting improvements for the Society as a whole, and after his term ended he continued to act as a beloved mentor to many of the Seneschals who served after him.

Viscount Edward, the man in red. Photo courtesy of Duchess Dagmar Halvdan

Former East Kingdom Seneschal, Baroness Hedewigis Ockenfüßin, OP, recalls “Before I became East Kingdom Seneschal, I spoke with several who had held the position before, including Ed. His confidence in me, and his assurance that I could contact him at any time, convinced me to take the position.

“He was invariably the first one to whom I would turn when I needed to talk out a particularly sticky issue. Not only did he have encyclopedic knowledge of EK Law, Corpora, and all manner of policies and procedures, he had institutional knowledge that came not from longevity, but from a love for our game. It is said that every rule has a name, and Ed usually knew that name.

“Listening patiently, inserting the occasional ‘mmhmm’ (or replying with *nods* if the discussion were happening via text), he would occasionally ask a question, but he would never tell me what to do. Using him as a sounding board enabled me to reach a supportable position with confidence.

“Ed was a true Peer in every sense of the word. Walking the line between ‘game side’ and ‘business side’ is not easy, but he had it mastered. I miss his hugs, his wit, his humility, his grace, his voice, his smile. He left the world a better place.”

Even with all his other roles, it is through his work at Pennsic that many throughout the Known World knew him best. In a golf cart or behind a table, red hat on his head, cigarette in his mouth and coffee in hand, he worked tirelessly for decades to keep Pennsic running. Over the years, he held a wide variety of Pennsic staff positions, including running the motor pool, acting as media liaison, and serving as Pennsic Exchequer. He was Lord Mayor of Pennsic only twice, for Pennsic 33 and again for Pennsic 45, but during the years between one of the most important roles he held was as an integral part of the land staff, starting at Pennsic 15, where he helped to codify and build the current “land grab” process. He often was one of the first staff members at Pennsic, arriving in late June or early July, and over the years he built close relationships with the Cooper family and the Cooper’s Lake staff.

Viscount Edward hard at work. Photo courtesy Duchess Dagmar Halvdan

“He used this sense of right and wrong to serve on the SCA’s Board of Directors and to work with both the Coopers and several kingdoms’ worth of autocrats and royalty on Pennsic,” Mistress Elizabeth Talbot continues. “He was determined that land allotment would be fair for every attendee, no matter how exalted the titles of the person in front of him. He helped write the rules for the current system, back when the Coopers first decreed a set beginning point to Pennsic, so they weren’t stumbling across the regulars six weeks before the fighting began. With all that, he always set his own tent in the boggiest part of Østgardr’s encampment, until I convinced him we needed a camp roomy enough for our retainers and friends.

“I once watched him agonize for days over Pennsic monies that he had dutifully collected for the Pennsic party. He’d done so well busking that there was a surfeit. He was frantic when his monarchs breezily told him, ‘oh we’ll just take the rest for our travel fund’, because that wasn’t what he’d told the givers they were donating to. Pennsic entertainments were for everyone, but a travel fund was a personal use. He put on his coronet and chain, and explained to them why that wasn’t fair.

“Because he was known for this impartiality, monarchs, Coopers, and populace alike trusted him. This trust was why Ed and I found ourselves given temporary status as Regent and Regentess of the Midrealm one Pennsic, in order to get a reclusive Midrealmer, known for avoiding courts and royalty, a service award he richly deserved. Because Frog would answer Ed’s call on the walkie talkie, but no one else’s.

After we began dating, I would hear snippets of his outrageous past behavior, like declaring An Tir independent of the West, or getting tied to a tree with ribbons by all of his women friends. Or taking up needle arts as a way to meet all the women sitting together stitching. Tales of his fighting prowess were also everywhere. By the time we married, he had given up fighting mostly. He had begun to suffer physically from his mundane work. Ed rarely talked about those past adventures. He was fiercely focused on the present and the future. He grew to enjoy the project planning more, particularly Pennsic planning, and his service as a member of the Board of Directors. His sharp, focused grasp of legal and financial concepts contributed to the security of Pennsic and the Society at large for all of us. Pennsic is also how most of his friends knew him. It will always be His Place.”

Duchess Dagmar Halvdan, OP, of the Middle Kingdom, Mayor of Pennsic 48, shares “He was my friend and a core of my Pennsic. And now with us not gathering together there this year, there is a coming to terms that Ed will be some combination of eternally there and yet not physically present when we next arrive.

“There will be many things different next year but for me there will still be the paint cart. Ed ‘interviewed’ me for the position (aka told me to listen to the metal detector and go find the pins that serve to mark Pennsic blocks and roads). Over the last few years as I assumed more and more of it, I would resort to calling ‘he who knows all’ only after my own long fruitless search for a particular pin. After a few minutes and a successful ping from the metal detector indicating the location of the long-sought-after pin he would smile. Then he would slightly tilt his head, and quietly radiate the message ‘Did you see that magic I did? See and be amazed ,… you too someday will do this magic.’ And suggest we both needed coffee.

“He would often ask new volunteers, ‘When do you want to be Mayor of Pennsic?’ for in his world everyone had magic to bring and it was merely a matter of getting the timing right. Ed, you see, made you believe in magic. So in the spirit of that memory – pour a cup of coffee and see what it inspires and figure out what magic you are planning.”

The magic that Ed made was recognized in more ways than we can list here and by many Kingdoms. He was a Baron of the Court of AEthelmearc, of Atlantia, and of the East. He held an Augmentation of Arms from both AEthelmearc and the East, and was made a member of the Order of the Dragon’s Heart of the Middle Kingdom, despite never having been a subject of that Crown. In AS 41, Griffyth and Aikaterine named him the seventh Tyger of the East.

Mistress Katherine Barr, also a former East Kingdom Seneschal and Edward’s long-time friend recalls, “Viscount Sir Edward was a legend, yet Ed was one of the most humble men you could meet.

Ed in casual conversation, outside his trailer at Pennsic. Photo courtesy of Duchess Dagmar Halvdan

“When Edward was made a Tyger of the East, he called me shortly after. His first words were to the effect of ‘Katherine, what the **** am I doing in this Order?’ As for many of us, it was awe-inspiring to him to be made a part of an Order composed of those considered to be pillars of the Kingdom. He truly couldn’t comprehend that he belonged in that group of people. That was Ed.

“Ed was my mentor, my hero, and my friend. Like he did with so many others, he helped shape me into the person I am, both within and outside of the SCA. I will miss him dearly.”

“Ed spent most of his life looking for a family to belong to,” Elizabeth Talbot concludes. “It is beautiful that, in trying to find room for himself in one, he made so many for the people around him, always with his big heart, extravagant gestures, and dry humor at their centers. It still seems unreal to me that he could be gone, because he was timeless and eternal. I sat by his bedside and I still can’t bring his passing into focus.”

“And upon the 8th day, the Lord looked upon what he had created and said:
‘I need someone to keep everyone in line’, and so he created Ed.
‘I need someone to poke, to prod, to guide, to grumble and bitch, to find the flaws, and to remind people of the proper ways…’ so he created Ed.
‘I need a honorable warrior with chicken legs and scraggly beard, and a wisdom of the ages’… so he created Ed.
‘I need a wizard in red, with fire in his veins and smoke in his lungs’.. so he created Ed.
‘I need a wise soul, bathed in chivalry, to lead and advise, to care and discipline, to work and entertain, to bring respect and laughter to the world, to show that service is life and life is service,… and to drink all the coffee’.. so he created Ed…” — Master Tommaso Valeriano

In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the Portersville Food Pantry or to your local food bank in Ed’s name (Edward Morrill). Childhood hunger and food insecurity was a concern for Ed.

At this time, the family is planning to hold a memorial at Pennsic next year. Details will be forthcoming.

The East Kingdom Gazette wishes to thank Mistress Katherine Barr, Mistress Elizabeth Talbot, Baroness Hedewigis Ockenfüßin, OP, Duchess Dagmar Halvdan, OP, Lord Brandr Aronsson, and Mistress Alidreda de Tamworth for their very great generosity and assistance in writing this article. 

Educational Events

Classes – 

SCA Iberia classes are up!

Medieval Mayhem – How to make a stand for Medieval Armour

Early Week – We chowed on leftovers on Monday: tarts for breakfast, bread, pickles, cacik, cheese and pickled eggs for lunch, soup and pork and carrots for supper. Of course, there were a lot of dishes to do, but the dishwasher is making life *so* much easier! The last of the pork, cacik and carrots got eaten on Friday, what didn’t go into a soup and we had pickled eggs, pickled mushrooms and garlic cheese with it for supper. That soup was boxed up that night and frozen.

Cookery – Of all the things…. I *knew* I had some almond meal! I found it Monday evening in a tote with a bag of flour. It never went on the shelf, but into the back. <sigh> On Tuesday we popped open the garlic cheese and sampled. It’s not quite done, but good and garlicky!

Janes Medieval Kitchen – Recipe 27 – Bursewes (pork fritters) – Finely chopped pork with onion and herbs coated in batter and fried

Janes Medieval Kitchen – Recipe 26 Eel Pie – This video shows how to make an Eel Pie. Medieval recipes tend not to include specific instructions so for this dish I have experimented and split the pie into 3 different ways of cooking the eel. 1. pre cooked and removed from bone, 2. raw removed from bone and 3. raw on the bone. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

Historical Italian Cooking – Isicia Marina – Ancient Roman Shrimp Cakes and Cucumber Salad – Today we prepare two ancient Roman recipes perfect for summer: a fresh cucumber salad with shrimp cakes, called isicia marina. A quick and flavorful main dish with seafood and vegetables, with the typical Mediterranean aromas that characterize ancient Roman cuisine.

Medieval Pasta – Tria di Vermicelli –

Sewing – Got the pouch bottom re-cut on Monday. I also started an “ethnic traditional” rag doll that’s rolled and tied, rather than sewn. Clothes will be sewn.

Progress 7/23 – She’s going to get a petticoat and skirt, over a tunic, a headscarf with temple rings, a swaddled baby (that’s why the overlong arms) and maybe an embroidered or trimmed apron!


Sartor Unboxing – Aveline de Ceresbroch

Sundials, etc. – 

Prior Wibert’s Waterworks  –

Dame Yseult says, “Want to spend some time looking at pretty glass? I just found this site. If you click on Gallery of Work, then Historical, slide sideways to Culture, you can select things like Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, etc., etc.” –

Herb Bunch – Harvested sweet grass, garlic and potatoes on Monday. We have a nice big chunk of beeswax that showed up over the weekend. Candles/threadwaxers/wood butter coming….

On Wednesday Anja went out to get some crocosmia dug out of the planters for a local lady who was looking for some. Every handful pulled was 20-50 bulbs! Tiny, but they grow fast. We left some big holes in the stand, but you can’t really tell from the parking lot. …and there were bulbs left *under* the ones pulled up! Anja filled the harvesting basket…. overfilled. Loren got the stuff into paper sacks, so that my basket won’t walk.

More harvesting on Friday and a lot of tending.

Project Day – Didn’t really happen at the shop. Anja is sick.

From the Virtual Project Day

Cynthia Ley – Hope you feel much better soon. Time to ponder things Anglo-Saxon?

~   MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett – Yups. (Arlys sent a book on Anglo-Saxon Foods)

Amy DeWilde – Made one extra lucet cord in black this am. I actually have a Sunday off.

Peggy Vlach – Probably won’t be working on projects today, but I did watch two of the Pennsic classes.

Cynthia Ley – One of my proteges came over and we went to Moonshadow, where we visited and shopped, and it felt wonderful!

Miscellaneous pix


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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 222 plus 4 puppets, 3 hippocras mix, 4 powder fort, 8 cheese spice and 9 powder douce packets, 10 tiny bobs, 7 pincushions, 3 pins, 4 snip case w/snips, lucet cords, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 4 small pouches, 12 bookmarkers, 14 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124), 2 emery strawberries.

Total as a Household = 4053 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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