Words from our local Seneschals

                                                                                                            For the month of: December 2016

Aarquelle                                                                           Seneschal: Syr eErwyn y Teigr

December was a quiet month for Aarquelle.  Weather and holidays limited our practices, and in some cases our travels.  We held out annual holiday party, with over 50 people attending.  We are now gearing up for Viking Vinter Vunderlandt

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                  14 January 2017 ~ Viking Vintr Vunderlandt

                  February ~ As You Like It

8 April 2017 ~ Kingdom Arts & Sciences Collegium

14-16 July 2017 ~ Highlands Rapier Camp and War Collegium

Al’Barran                                                                           Seneschal: Ymanya Murray

The December Populace meeting was cancelled, in favor of the al-Thing coinciding with Midwinter War Practice.  Midwinter went well, Shyla and her team put together a smooth and enjoyable event.  Many people pitched in to make the event successful, from planning, onsite and the amazing feast crew.

Mistress Melodia has been selected as the next Seneschal of al-Barrran.  I could not be more thrilled, both to work with her over the transition and to leave the office in her hands.  I could not have a better successor.  She is already working with the city, planning Ren Fair in earnest.

The financial committee has approved extending the al-Things, to see if they are supportable long term.

SPOTLIGHT:  I cannot thank Elisee enough for jumping in and taking over Midwinter feast, when the original feast coordinator could no longer do it.  It was especially awesome given that we didn’t have the kitchen.  Her whole crew was incredible.

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Blackwater Keep                                                  Seneschal: Devon

Not much has occurred during the holiday season.  We have continued to have monthly group meetings, A&S meetings and fighter practices.  We are planning on having a full day get-together, in late February or early March, to do some workshops and have fun.

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Blaiddwyn                                                                        Seneschal: Mordygan MacGregor

Blaiddwyn is on winter hiatus.

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Bryngalou                                                                                          Seneschal: Einarr Skallagrimmsson

Everything is positive!  We have motivated and involved member; good participation and input!

We had a relatively quiet month, with the holidays, but did find tme to get together to paint Shire banners.  Thank you to all who dedicated their time on the project.  We are looking at a way to hold more A&S classes, such as on a weekly or biweekly basis.  Shire members have volunteered already to teach several classes and set up sewing times to teach garb making.

St. Brigid’s Day feast is upcoming, and the whole Shire has dedicated much of their time and effort to get this event ready.

Upcoming events:

                  21 January 2017 ~ St. Brigid’s Day Celebration

Caer Galen                                                                       Seneschal: Keridwen Andersdottir

Midwinter 2016 was fantastic!

A 2017 planning session, and monthly meeting was held at Dwen’s house (complete with tacos and margaritas!) Keridwen will be running Caer Galen Defender, and Enduro will be run by Rowenna and Nico.  A Battlemoor land coorindator volunteered, Lady, Annabel, as well as acting as intermediary between the Battlemoor autocrat team and Caer Galen.  THL Shoshanna will be autocrat for Toys for Tots, in the fall.  We did some brainstorming on Midwinter 2017, considering a Mongolian theme.

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                  7-9 July 2017 ~ Caer Galen Defender

                  28-30 July ~ Enduro

Caerthe                                                                                 Seneschal:



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                  7 January 2017 ~ Twelfth Night

Citadel of the Southern Pass           Seneschal: Marco D’Este

The group is in a really healthy spot and continues to grow in overall attendance.  Our local brewery group continues to experiment with different types of drinks, we held an impressive candle making class that went very well and our Calyx Harmoniae impresses every time the Barony gets to hear their amazing voices.  We have openings for the officer positions of Rook Herald and Chronicler, the A&S officer change-over went really well.

The Citadel has been working hard to prepare for 12th Night; everything should be in order and ready to go.  Feast, Court and War Practice are well planned and good to go. 

SPOTLIGHT: Brandon Sivret has been working for over four months on arming the local populace with gear for Estrella War.  Out of his own kindness, he has helped to produce three full kits and continues to produce even more.  He has also produced several crossbows, so we should see more bolts in the air this year.  He has been taking time out of his life to teach people that it is not impossible to get out on the field. 

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                  21-22 January 2017 ~ Twelfth Night and War Practice

Draca Mor                                                                                 Seneschal: Saeunn

Our Yule Celebration was held in December.  A site has been found for The Mor You Know, and A&S event, tentatively planned for 22-23 April.  Plans are being made for a demonstration at a local Renaissance Faire in May.  A site for STAG is being investigated, and is planned to occur in late summer.  We are continuing to plan for two Kingdom level events, to occur in 2017.  Local A&S classes are being scheduled for the new year.

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                  22-23 April ~ The Mor You Know

Dragonsspine                                                            Seneschal: Mary of Lyonshall

The Barony is doing well.  We are looking forward to the upcoming events (Candlemas, Carnival and Coronation) and a good 2017.  We have selected an autocrat team for Carnival of Venice and the event is moving forward. 

Fighter practice is well attended, with a few new fighters.  Mistress Lydia is working on new classes and projects for A&S.  Letters are being accepted for the Chronicler office. 

Upcoming events:

                  28 January 2017 ~ Candlemas

                  1 April ~ Carnival of Venice

                  6 May 2017 ~ Coronation

Drygestan                                                                                           Seneschal: Christine Woyade

It has been a quiet holiday season, kicked off by a very productive populace meeting.  We decided on 2017 events, and solicited bids.  We plan to support Bryngolau’s St. Brigid’s Day Feast, instead of hosting a separate Yule.  We are planning to host several events this year, including Ren Faire, ComiCon and Drystone with the Company of St Martin.

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Fontaine dans Sable                                       Seneschal: Adriana Lopes de Rodas

December was an uneventful month for Fontaine, after a successful demo at the Farmington Public Library on 5 December.  Wednesday Medieval Muster continues to be well attended with Rapier and A&S participants.  We hope to see more heavy fighters in the upcoming weeks, before War.

The barony has a new Baronial Scribe, THL Anna Katherine and Mistress Elizabeth has agreed to become Deputy Seneschal.  Letters of intent to poll as the next Coronet of Fontaine are being accepted until 31 January.

Upcoming events:

14 January 2017 ~ Twelfth Night and War practice

11 March 2017 ~ Crown Tournament

22 April 2017 ~ Sworded Affaire

Gleann Medonach                                              Seneschal:



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Hawk’s Hollow                                                         Seneschal: Grellan O'Conchobhair

We have slowed during these winter months, with archery ongoing, and preparations for Caerthan 12th Night.  The new A&S officer is leading brainstorming discussions on an “A&S sweatshop” to create largesse for the Crown.  We are also looking at running an event, other than St. Sebastian’s, and have begun idea formation.

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Nahrun Kabirun                                                    Seneschal: Heinric Von Drachenburg

The Shire is in a great place right now, with the addition of 7 new people in December.  Students will be back from winter break in about two weeks.  We are holding regular, weekly, events attended by 35-40 people.  Fighter practice alone included visitors from other groups, and several first time fighters.  The weekly armor workshop night is still going strong; despite the cooling of the weather (I bet you CO people think that is funny!)

We have revived the City of Rocks event and planning is currently underway.  We have also selected a date for the masked ball, tentatively 20 May. 

The office of Seneschal is open to letters of intent, as I step down.  I am very confident in the officers, and my deputy, that the Shire is well suited to the transition.

SPOTLIGHT:  Big round of huzzahs to my deputy Seneschal Seamus, who gives sage advice and listens well, when people wish to scream.

Upcoming events:

31 March 2017 ~ Siege of the City (City of Rocks state park)

20 May ~ Masked Ball

                  11-12 November 2017 ~ Coronation

Plattefordham                                                           Seneschal: Artair MacUillium



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                  28 January 2017 ~ Candlemas

                  June 2017 ~ Northern Realms War

                  July 2017 ~ Here There be Dragons

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Ravenhyrst                                                                     Seneschal: Fergus Campbell



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Saint Golias                                                                    Seneschal: Bela Istvan



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                  4 February 2017 ~ Southern War Practice

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                  21 January ~ Thorsblot

4 February ~ Tri-Baronial Arts and Sciences Competition

12-13 August 2017 ~ Crown Tournament

Villaleon                                                                              Seneschal: Unna Farulfsdottir

We are working on scheduling A&S meetings, as well as fighter practices, to include as many Shire members as possible.  We will be working to get a scroll completed for Juan’s memorial service.  We will be deciding on what our next event will be next year, and will be helping with Viking Vintr Vunterlandt.

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Windkeep                                                                         Seneschal: Gwenhwyvar ferch Tewdrig



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