House Capuchin Shield2 One of the every-so-often flaps went off early in the week. A letter was published on every kingdom group that many found offensive. We have the letter and a couple of responses, below.

Most of this week was cookery and just a little handiwork. The tourist season is winding down for Anja and Loren, but not done, yet.

All choppitied

We’re hoping to get more projects underway again this coming week. We’ll see.

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
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • KODAK Digital Still Camera

    Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.

  • Next Virtual Potluck – 10/18
  • 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:


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Seamus O’Caellaigh – Just sent to the BoD in regards to letter that was posted in every Kingdom Page. I do not know Her Excellency personally and she is sending out her letter across the SCA I thought my response should be as well.:

Greetings Board Members,
I wanted to reach out to you and tell you keep up the work you are doing to better our Society and to make the game we play more inclusive.
The letter submitted by Countess Brithwynn Artur of Trimaris is disheartening and makes me a little ill. What she is asking for is to protect those that are running off our membership. I have seen, and talked to, many of those that have stopped playing because those, like Her Excellency, who want to protect those that hate and spread discord. I know you know this, and support our Society and the movements we have made for LGTB, POC, and other Minorities, however, it can become disheartening to receive these missives and I want you to know I thank you for your work and hope you know that you have many people’s support.
I truly believe that we have lost so many more people out of fear and feeling like they don’t belong than we will ever lose for being “Too Inclusive”. Trump Supporters, Christians, and Conservatives are not those being “targeted” and we know that.
I stand with the Board of Directors. You can leave politics at the gate, but no more will we be be asked to leave civil rights at the gate.
Viscount Seamus O’Caellaigh OL
First Consort Heir to a Principality Throne (Because the BoD took a stand, listened to the people of our Society, and understood that inspiration doesn’t know gender, just as you are standing up now to those that speak out against Equality, Inclusion, and Diversity)
Joel Reid Jr. – Tuesday September 15, 2020
To The SCA Board Of Directors
Given that I’m sure you are being slammed with a glut of rebuttal messages to Helena-hooter-tooter-what’s-her-name from the barony of East Bigotonia’s post about her fragile caucasity, I’m going to keep this short and sweet and to the point.
She can rest assured I will send her all my thoughts and prayers on how hurt she feels that she and her ilk don’t feel welcomed in the SCA because they want to espouse views we fought a civil war and a world war to invalidate and repudiate. I will bless her heart from now until the end of her days, along with all the other “nice people” that think like her, but the plain cold truth is that we don’t stop being who we are when we don garb and walk into an event, and that colors how we interact with others. There is no “door” to leave politics at.
And further…..basic human decency is not a political viewpoint owned exclusively by one party or another. politics is farm subsidies, road spending bills, school board candidates and sales tax on sodas. Politics is not invalidating the equality of one person by diminishing their human rights and protections under the law because of their race, country of origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
So I’d recommend thinking quickly and intently on how you as a board want to be remembered for your term of office when it comes to deciding how proactive you want to be in guiding the SCA through the changing climate that it must coexist within…aka the mundane world. And this is the advantage of being on the right side of an issue, it only took me 320 words to say what you need to hear vs her 1500 word screed about wanting a KKK safe space.
Warmest regards
Baron Aeron Corrino,
Minister of A&S Barony Of Madrone

The letter that Seamus and Aeron are responding to. 

The time has come to end this hunt against those of differentiating opinions and the only way I can see this happening is to start bringing punitive actions against those people who engage in such activities. As such, I am calling on you, the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism to reinforce our rules of engagement and help the general populous regain peace and acceptance from the people who feel these activities are unacceptable. If no change occurs you will continue to see membership decline and lower turn out at events. With a slow death to a once beautiful society.
I have decided to take it upon myself to speak up for a large group of people who have concerns about how things are progressing within the SCA. There seems to be a great deal of tension between those few who regard themselves as Progressive and politically aware and the rest of the participants in the Society who are also aware yet respectfully leave their politics at the door.
It is my hope to impress upon you the fact that every day we have more and more people being harassed and ostracized over their personal and public posts on social media. I have personally witnessed members of the populace attack other members over their social media posts, and I don’t see this as an appropriate, honorable, or a chivalric way for someone in the Society to comport themselves, especially online where there is an implied level of anonymity behind which the aggressor may hide.
For approximately 45 years, the Society flourished by giving all newcomers the universal admonition to keep modern politics and religion out of the game. More recently, and especially since Donald Trump took office, the aforementioned group of players have grown more open and bold with their abuse of other players with whom they do not agree. Indeed, there seems to be little justice for members who get harassed and subjected to ad homonym attacks when it comes to being a Republican, a Trump supporter, a conservative, or a Christian.
I have always been under the impression that the SCA does not engage in these aspects of the modern world and ostracizing players for their personal beliefs or convictions in the modern world has strictly been taboo. It is alarming to see that over the last few years, when this subject has been brought to the attention of the governing body of our Society, the answers we get feel like they are long on excuse and short on results, they are placid at best. As a result, there is a large portion of the Society who no longer feel safe or even welcome in the game and are being pushed out by progressive players. These progressive players have taken it upon themselves to be the SCA police with no repercussion to their unfounded accusations or actions towards other members.
Lately, it seems as though the governing members of the Society are condoning the actions taken by the extreme-left leaning members of our Society. Peers are pressuring their students to either support BLM or risk losing the support they need to gain the next level of achievement in the Society, or worse still, losing their place within their SCA family.
I have seen with my own eyes Peers terminating their protégés and apprentices for a difference of political opinion and stating that while they respect that person they can no longer be associated with them because they voiced their opinions on Facebook, of all places. This is appalling, we have members of Royalty who are being held accountable for the actions of these protagonists, and while some Royals may condone this action, their are also some who feel at a total loss as to what they should do in these perilous times. I myself have seen first hand what kind of derision the populace can cause within itself when factions form. I, and many others like me, feel that this is extremely inappropriate behavior which will likely see the demise of our beloved game.
Facebook and other social media outlets like Reddit have opened up a free for all platform within the members of the SCA to be as toxic as humanly possible, with the remaining players trying to pick up the pieces and make the SCA whole again. This is both due to the ready availability and the relative anonymity it provides. This situation has reached a point where some players have experienced Doxxing by other players. When these doxxed players try to bring these accusing players to some kind of justice within the Society, they are bullied, bashed, and belittled.
I would like to suggest that this no longer be an acceptable behavior and that doxxing be a punishable offense. There is now a stigma towards the heavy fighting community with assumptions that they are somehow responsible for a majority of the racism and white prejudice in our society which also needs to be clearly addressed.
We have had landed Barons using their position to speak out about ridding themselves of conservatives, and with that came the follow up of another suggesting the theft of Knights chains to melt down into political movement paraphernalia.
We have DEI officers encouraging the populace to get involved with political movement groups and Black Mamas Bailout fund on official forums which in itself isn’t wrong but these are issues that should be applied to your personal life outside of the SCA not pressured to the populace through the pulpits of Barons, Peers and Royals.
Activities such as what I have mentioned above, in my opinion, are inappropriate for official gatherings and discussion topics of meeting minutes. These topics further the division that is currently taking hold of our society. The SCA has always stood for Chivalry, Honor, and Integrity and yet somehow we’ve gone astray and now revere virtue signaling and political activism.
The time has come to end this hunt against those of differencing opinions and the only way I can see this happening is to start bringing punitive actions against those people who engage in such activities. As such, I am calling on you, the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism to reinforce our rules of engagement and help the general populous regain peace and acceptance from the people who feel these activities are unacceptable. If no change occurs you will continue to see membership decline and lower turn out at events. With a slow death to a once beautiful society.
I thankfully submit these issues to your Board of Directors for deliberation.
With regards and in service to the dream,
Countess Brithwynn Artur of Trimaris

Classes – 

Lots of archery vids this week on Medieval Mayhem

Dreamweaving – Storytelling in the SCA

Early Week – A lot of cookery got done, early on. Anja’s doing some more experimenting.

l-r – celery and tomato, apple, melon

Cookery – This being potluck week, we started early in the week with the experiments. The first was to dehydrate some vegetables and melon to see how they’ll keep with the reduced bulk. Celery and tomatoes were first (8 hours), melon next (15-23 hours), apple (15-23 hours) and a couple of grapes (15- hours), just to try it.

Next up was “chicken flour”. This is a recipe from the Meister Hans cookbook 1460. (see recipes) We started with boiling some chicken breasts, then picked the two closest in weight. I had tried a little of this before, but wanted pictures, this time. One breast was fork-shredded and the other went into the small food processor, then both onto different trays in the dehydrator. After 8 hours both were dry enough to shatter. Both the food processor and mortar were in the dishwasher, so that had to wait. Late Wednesday they were processed. We couldn’t find the mortar, so it was just the ones for the processor. The ground turned out to be more “flour-like”.

The Benes, Yfryed got made Tuesday evening. We ate them with pickles.

Mock Pear

Tarts & Krapfen

Baking A Medieval Cheesecake – The History of the Sambocade

Sewing – Anja pulled out the table runner again and was trying to work out another pattern for the kisslock pouches. Amy brought in a batch of cords for the largesse pile.

Fishbone Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Herb Bunch – Harvested calendula seed on Tuesday and checked up on the plants. Yes, it turns out that those pretty yellow flowers are calendula…. I was fooled by the “marigold” part of the name “pot marigold”.

Did some research on the Egyptian Walking Onions. Weird plant. At the end of the growing season the stems with the bulbils fall over and root themselves, this the name, “Walking onion”.

Project Day – Anja spent a lot of the day working on a pattern, trying to work out how to cross the “twist” so’s to make a lattice. Other than that, she and Loren were pretty busy with the shop.

Peggy posted another scroll piece.

Potluck Menu


  • Becherovka (based on a period liqueur)
  • Tea


  • Pickled Brussels sprout
  • Pickled Mushrooms
  • Bread
  • Fig jam


  • Soup
  • Benes, Yfryed (recipe below)
  • A spoon dish of chicken (recipe below)
  • Kalamata Chicken (probably not period)
  • Egg and Cheese tartes (recipe last month)

Sweets and Afters





  • Beans – 1 can of pre-cooked butter beans (to make this quicker, and because those were the closest I have to broadbeans)
  • Oil or fat – I used bacon fat about ½ cup (and drained off quite a bit!)
  • Onion – One half medium onion
  • Garlic – ½ a dozen small cloves
  • Powder douce, about a teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Method
    1. Drain the can of beans through a colander and rinse well, then let drip mostly dry.
    2. Chop your onion fine and mince the garlic.
    3. Heat your oil or grease in a medium frying pan.
    4. Add the onion and garlic and cook until beginning to get soft.
    5. Add beans and heat thoroughly.
    6. Taste and add salt, if needed.
    7. Sprinkle with powder douce and serve hot.

BENES YFRYED. XX.IX. I. – Take benes and seeþ hem almost til þey bersten. take and wryng out þer water clene. do þerto Oynouns ysode and ymynced. and garlec þerwith. frye hem in oile. oþer in grece. & do þerto powdour douce. & serue it forth.

Beans, fried – Take beans and boil them almost till they burst. Strain off the water. Add chopped onion and minced garlic and fry in oil or grease. Sprinkle with powder douce.

Inspired by Boiled and Fried Beans Recipe from 1390! – Saint-Erne (recipe from Forme of Cury)

Spoon dish of chicken – from Meister Hans 1460 cookbook – 2 servings

  • 2 chicken breast

  • water
  • Salt
  • 1 cup Almond milk (make from the boiling broth)
  • Sugar (optional)
  • ½ tsp Galingale/Ginger


  1. Boil chicken breast in salted water until cooked through.
  2. Grind in a food processor.
  3. Spread on a dehydrator tray and run for 8 hours.
  4. Grind in the food processor again, so you have “chicken flour”.
  5. Put into a microwave safe bowl or cup.
  6. Add almond milk and galingale and cook in nuker, one minute at a time until it boils and thickens.
  7. Serve hot over bread or rice.

Recipe #130 Ain gemueß von hünern mach also – A spoon dish of chicken make thus

Item you shall take a boiled chicken and when it is boiled, take that boiled chicken and take the white (meat) of the breast and tear it apart finely (zer czaiss das). And when you have torn it apart, lay it in a pan and dry it well over a fire. And when it is dry, pass (zertreib) it through a sieve or pound it small in a mortar so that it becomes like a flour. And (take) pure almond milk and (with) the boiled milk (make/use for) sauce (prüe). If you would have it sweet, add sugar to it and let it boil a little.

A mock pear – This didn’t turn out quite right, as far as the dough. I’m going to repeat next week…..

Gah, it’s too damp, even with adding!

Recipe # 129 Ain essen gestalt als die piern mach also – Make a dish shaped like a pear thus

Item take well-selected Italian raisins and pound them in a mortar. Take blanched almond kernels and pound them together with that. Mix ginger and sugar into it. When that is done, knead it in your hand so that it is shaped like a pear and stick a stalk into it.


  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 cup Rose water
  • 1 whole clove and one that has just the spikes


  1. Put raisins plus ginger into a food processor and pulse until well ground.
  2. Add almond meal and sugar and pulse until well mixed.
  3. Dribble rosewater down the “snoot” of the food processor until contents reach the consistency of marzipan.
  4. Shape like a pear/pears, about 2 inch tall.
  5. Add the broken clove to the bottom with the spikes sticking out and the whole one, ball in, for a stem.
  6. Set on its side in a candy paper.

Miscellaneous pix

Music – La Quarte Estampie Royal

Chansonnier du Roi


Video Links

Dressing up a Tudor lady

Draken Harald Hårfagre– Sailing into New York City September 17 2016

Draken in the North Sea storm

INSIDE PRAGUE CASTLE: Old Royal Palace & The Story of Prague Castle Tours.

LIVE: Reenactment of the Battle of White Mountain
The event commemorates one of the turning points in the history of the Czech lands.
Although the Battle of White Mountain, which took place on November 8th, 1620, lasted only two hours, it had far-reaching consequences for the Czech lands.
The Bohemian uprising had been crushed. It was the triumph of the Habsburgs dynasty and they were punished all those who remained behind it or who had taken part in the revolt.

After this Battle, the Treaty of Westphalia obliterated religious freedom in Europe, the Czech church was outlawed, the diaspora began and Unitas bishop Jan Komensky fled for Poland, London, Sweden, Netherlands. Asked to be President of Harvard, he declined, hoping Sweden would liberate Czech. A pattern of wars and supression was set for the next four centuries. Has it stopped? Komensky, the famed ‘Dali Lama’ of his age, advocated world peace, science education for all children, and tolerance.

Medieval warhorse: Training a horse to carry a knight in armour


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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,1 woolen spool-knit cord, lucet cords.

Total as a Household = 4053 handed off

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Last updated 9/21/20