This report is getting incredibly long with all the pix from the demo. I’m going to peel off the links and put most of them in the next one, especially since this one may not post until the weekend! (and it’s posting on 7/31!)
Herbs in the Garden on Wednesday. Masks required. We’re keeping right on with the virtual meetings side-by-side with the actual.
- Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Thursdays, 7am-9pm, on hold
- Herb Workshop, In the Garden – Almost weekly over the summer. Please ask to join the facebook chat!
- Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
- Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, 1 to 4pm
- Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
Next Potluck – Next Potluck – 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18
Winter Feast LVI, Norse Theme. Page here – https://housecapuchin.com/winter-feast/winter-feast-norse-feast-as-lvi-february-2022/ More pages coming!
Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here: https://housecapuchin.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and new one here: https://housecapuchin2.wordpress.com/portfolio/ and number three is here: https://housecapuchin3.wordpress.com/portfolio/
Misc – About Knightdom – Thoughts of a Peasant (by Perdita von Bremen / Petra Brandes)
During the event “Bring out your Dead”, when I was serving the knights’ table, they sat me down and asked: “What do you expect from a knight?” Someone later said I should write down my answer and post it in Drachenwald, or at least in Knights Crossing.
When the knights asked me that question I thought a moment and answered: “Kindness. Because out of kindness comes everything else.” And they had me explain.
Kindness expresses itself in many ways.
A kind person does not steal a victory, but gracefully accepts defeat.
A kind person never says things behind somene’s back that he would not want to have screamed aloud by a herald, but finds something good to say about everyone (or shuts up).
A kind person is never condescending to anyone, no matter the status.
A kind person takes a rejection with equanimity and does not press his advances on an unwilling person.
Kind persons praise the achievement of others, pick up crying kids, help those in distress, don’t hog the limelight… so many things. In former times all this was called manners.
In other words: When you are kind, you don’t treat a tavern wench different from a king. If you want to be a knight, let kindness be your first virtue.
About virtues: I don’t expect a knight, any knight, to be the epitome of all that is virtuous, but I want them to inspire me, to make me want to learn from them.
Elffin of Mona once taught me something important. It was a long day in the listfield, and he came to where I sat in the shadows, sweaty and exhausted. I had no idea who he was, but got an inkling when several people came up to him and addressed him as ‘Your Majesty’. I asked whether he wanted me to leave, and he said no. So I happened to listen to what people had to tell him
Frankly, I would have been bored stiff in his place, but he never wavered from friendly, genuinely interested listening to even the most trivial stuff. When everybody was gone I asked, if he was not bored by some of it, especially when some only came to say: “Look! I have done this!”
He answered: “No, I am never bored. People are interesting, and you never know what they have to say until you listen to them.”
“Even, if they only tell you they’ve brought a chair from here to there?”
“Even then. He did his part of service to the crown, and it’s my duty to notice and appreciate it.”
Boy, was I impressed! Here I was, newbie par excellence, and a king – who did not even know my name – was genuinely interested in me and taught me the most valuable lesson of them all.
These days I want to look at a knight and think:
‘I like how they turn the whole body to people when they address them. I want to be able to do that.’
‘I like how she makes me feel like the most important person in the room, when she talks to me. I want to do that, too.’
‘I like how he remembers that people want to talk to him and comes back to them. I should do that, too.’
Dear knights and squires: Make me want to learn from you. That’s all I ask for – other than adhering to ‘Wheaton’s Law’.
Then a knight brought up the fact that he had advanced in years and does not feel so ‘knightly’ anymore.
Sir, now begins the most difficult part of your job, and I don’t envy you that task.
You have to teach your eager squires that there is more to being a knight than being able to wield a weapon and have success in the listfield, more than the splendour and grandeur of a white belt and a chain.
Every idiot can pick up a weapon and fight. Even I can, and maybe even successfully bonk someone on the head in the listfield (while desperately gasping for air). Won’t make me a knight though. I could by some freak happening be awarded belt and chain and strut around in finery – it still won’t make me a knight. Being a knight is something completely different.
The hardest fight of a knight is not on the listfield, but beyond it: It is teaching that being a knight is a state of mind, and if a squire can’t bend his mind around that, he will never be a knight, even if he were to be accorded the outer accoutrements of one some day.
So there, these are my thoughts about knightdom and what I expect from a knight.
Author’s note: If you think this well enough written to share somewhere else, you may do so. Just don’t delete my name.
Ongoing meeting/event! Adiantum Arts & Sciences Update
With the arrival of summer, we will once again begin meeting in hybrid meetings, outdoors, beginning on Tuesday July 19th.
On that date we will begin an 8 week series of classes and activities leading up to a mini Medieval Pilgrimage across our small town.
July 19th we will meet hybrid via FB live. This will be a short history of Pilgrimages in the middle ages. It should be noted that not all pilgrimages were spiritual and this activity will inform about both the spiritual and personal reasons historically recorded for pilgrimages. This activity will be crafted in a way to allow those of all beliefs to feel welcome to these activities.
August 2: A brief history and hands on construction of Pilgrims Bags. This will also be hybrid FB Live and in person event.
August 16: a short diversion from our theme to a class on the history and construction of Arrow building 101, scheduled months ago. HL Alan Bowyer will be our guest presenter.
August 30: historic background of and hands on construction of walking sticks for pilgrimages
September 13: history of and hands on construction of bag shoes presented By HL Hrodr-Navar Hakonsson Steve Alter OP
Saturday September 24th: pilgrimage across our small town with a couple of stops along the way and a celebration at the end of the day:
2 stops at local ‘churches’, (one is presently a restaurant and the other a community service center). The walk will end at a local church and conclude with a celebratory feast.
Participants will receive a scallop shell token to hang on their walking sticks and a passport at the beginning of he walk.
Each will receive a pewter token and a stamp on their passport at each stop.
On arrival at the destination they will receive a Compestella (certificate of completion), and will join in a celebratory 14th century Festus of a similar nature to that prepared historically at pilgrimage stops.
The distance covered in this pilgrimage will be minimal, about 1.5 miles, with 2 stops en route.
We will be in garb, using our bag shoes, walking sticks, and pilgrims bags and we will carry banners. Our Chatelaine, Dame Johanna Trewpeny will be a member of our company, should we encounter mundanes curious about our presence and our purpose. This will be a rain or shine event, so dress for the weather. And we will be using FB Live as we progress.
More details will be posted this evening on each event, as FB allows me (we have been arguing all day about whether i should be able to edit via my phone).
So there are a whole lot of fun events coming up! Lets enjoy the beautiful weather and each others company while we learn more about the past by bringing it into our future!
Yours in Service,
Aila’ntha of Williams Keep
JUL 29 AT 3 PM – JUL 31 AT 6 PM – Mooselmas – Laverne County Park – Event by Shire of Tymberhavene and Maat Pittman
Please join the Shire of Tymberhavene as they take advantage of the gift of a fifth weekend in July, cool coastal temperatures, and the birth of the one and only Viscount Moose… err Viscount Seamus O’Cailleigh! (His 40th, but that’s a secret, shhhh). To celebrate the holiday of the Moose, activities to be determined exactly, will include, Art, Art, Art and Science, Science and some more Science. If some dear friends of the Moose decide to marshal some kind of sweaty activity and the Moose agrees, it shall also be allowed. Site is Tymberhavene’s favorite! You know the one!! Hot showers and flushing toilets!
AUG 12 AT 3 PM – AUG 14 AT 12 PM – The Long & Short of It – Event by Barony of Terra Pomaria and Stephen A Trickel – 9755 Willamette St, Aumsville, OR 97325-9625, United States
The Long and Short of it is a summer gathering for Terra Pomeranians and friends. Championships will be held for Heavy Fighters, Archery both young and old, and thrown weapons. Prize Tournaments for Rapier, Cut and Thrust, a Youth A&S challenge, and Equestrian Challenges in memory of Mistress Lady Macha the Determined. A potluck will be held Saturday, with a roast provided by the Thegn Clovis and Baronesa Ximena. All attendees are encourage to bring a tasty dish to share
September 2 , 2022 until September, 5 2022 – SEPTEMBER CROWN 2022 – Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Event Center – 1200 Fairgrounds Rd NW Bremerton, WA 98311 – Please join your friends and family from around the Kingdom (and those traveling from far distant lands) as we witness the fierce competition amongst those who would vie for the Sable Lion Throne of An Tir. The warriors who would claim such title must be fierce in deeds and chivalrous in nature. The finest representatives of these traits will be present at this most worthy of occasions. September Crown is also the occasion of the Kingdom of An Tir Protector Championship (archery and related), as well as the An Tir Kingdom Equestrian Championship. Both competitions will be glorious to watch. The location is within the beautiful lands of The Barony of Dragon’s Laire, where Their Excellencies Kloe of Thira and Arion the Wanderer await your arrival. We will do our best to ensure your stay with us is something to bring memories lasting a lifetime.
JAN 13, 2023 AT 12 PM – JAN 15, 2023 AT 5 PM – An Tir 12th Night 2023 – Valley River Inn
Event by Barony of Adiantum, Pam Perryman and Esther Reese
Hello From An Tir 12th Night 2023!
12th Night 2023 will be held in the Barony of Adiantum (Eugene, Oregon). Our event site is the lovely Valley River Inn, which is happy to host the SCA again.
For those new to the site, the “SCA block” is the entire hotel! The staff is friendly, with many having been our hosts at past events in their hotel. They know us, and they love our events. At 12th Night 2020, fifty-three+ hotel staff worked with Gold Key to wear garb during the work shift. It’s a welcoming space that’s all ours for the weekend!
Your event Stewards are Dame Yseult of Broceliande Ol, OP (Pam Perryman) and Honorable Emma Haldane (Esther Reese).The best way to reach them is to send an email to email@example.com.
The event email will be checked at least once a day, and usually several times a day.
Site Fee is $30.00, with a $5.00 discount for SCA members. There is no pre-registration or payment; pay and sign in at the gate.
The event page is hosted on the An Tir server, on the calendar page.
That will always be the most up-to-date place for information: https://antir.org/events/twelfth-night-2023/
Dance Vids – Branle Cassandre – Adéla Jelínková
Zpívaný branle Casandre. Thoinot Arbeau (1589) – Vodní hrad Budyně nad Ohří
Single branle Cassandre. Thoinot Arbeau (1589) – Water castle in Budyně nad Ohří
tanec/dance Rond (cz) hudba/music Peregrin (cz)
Early Week – Eating up leftovers is fun. 🙂 I’m not kidding, I really enjoy getting to try stuff later when I’m not so wiped out (which I always am on Sunday) Monday was all clean-up and put-away, then Tuesday was Adiantum’s A&S night. After that Anja started pulling out the display stuff and packing. …and packing …and packing…. and then pulling it all apart to cut down the bulk….
Cookery – Some fun recipes for a Christmas Feast or any time you need sweets. https://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2020/12/great-medieval-bake-off-christmas.html
Herb Bunch – There wasn’t much at home this week, so photos from Helen and Hobbit John’s garden.
Lane County Fair Demo
Pix from Maguerite
Project Day – Was all driving back from the event and unpacking, although Anja did manage to get online for part.