Words from our local Seneschals

                                                                                                            For the month of: February 2017

Aarquelle                                                                           Seneschal: Syr Gerwyn y Teigr

  February got pretty busy here in Aarquelle as we began preparations for our advancement to Barony status. Alongside of this, we are working on the Kingdom A&S Collegium. We've got a month or so of very exciting work ahead of us!

Upcoming events:

                 8 April ~ Kingdom Arts & Sciences Collegium –AND- Baronial Polling (Salida)

29 April ~ Aarquelle Newcomers & Investiture (Pueblo)

14-16 July ~ Highlands Rapier Camp and War Collegium (Buena Vista)

al-Barran                                                                           Seneschal: Melodia Shaw

 Al-Barran has been doing well this past month.  We had our meeting early in February, because of war.  War was heavily attended, and we had a new gate for the Barony camp entrance.  Plans with the City of Albuquerque are moving forward for the Ren Faire.  The Grand Outlandish autocrat team has been selected, Lady Bellatumara and Sir Fierien, and planning has begun. 

We have created a Google drive to archive reports and files on events, so future officers and autocrats have access.  We are looking into creating a cookbook to sell as a fundraiser. 

Upcoming events:

                  29 April ~ Albuquerque Renaissance Faire (demo)

                  25-29 May ~ Grand Outlandish

Blackwater Keep                                                  Seneschal: Devon Nightshade

We continue to meet monthly for business / general meetings, fighter practices on at least a twice weekly basis, and A&S meetings twice a month.  We are currently looking to change out meeting site, to a quieter place. 

Planning is ongoing for the Collegium and Defender.

Upcoming events:

                  15 April ~ Blackwater Keep Collegium and Defender

Blaiddwyn                                                                        Seneschal:

Blaiddwyn will be holding coordination meetings on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month, starting March 30th.  We will be in the Scholars room on the second floor of the Student Union Building, which is centrally located on UNM campus (Next to Popejoy Theatre) from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Upcoming events:

Bryngalou                                                                                          Seneschal: Kveldulfr Valbrandsson

The Shire of Bryngolau sponsors numerous activities for our members.   We host a weekly fighters practice where individual and group combat is practiced and informal instruction takes place.  SCA combat is a combat discipline developed by the Society for Creative Anachronism based on historical combat practiced in medieval Europe.  Open project A&S every other Wednesday, at the Los Alamos, NM library meeting room, 5 PM until 8:30 PM.  Hopefully this will be an ongoing event.  Please plan on joining us. Help with projects will be available!

Upcoming events:

                  May ~ May Day

Caer Galen                                                                       Seneschal: Keridwen Andersdottir

Doing well -- Lots of enthusiasm from Estrella war where a great majority of Caer Galen attended.  Mistress Asta is working on reducing the amount of loaner-garb for folks, having 6 full tubs of it. She will gift some to Arquelle's Newcomers as well as to some other newcomer events.  Midwinter site is reserved, and will be on the Kingdom calendar soon.  Planning is underway for other summer and fall events.

Upcoming events:

                  7-9 July 2017 ~ Caer Galen Defender

                  28-30 July ~ Enduro

                  15 October ~ Toys for Tots

Caerthe                                                                                 Seneschal: Gauvain Eisenbein

We will be holding a A&S get together at Kovac and Estefania’s House in Englewood.  If there is a weekend event that weekend, the get together will be postponed until the next scheduled gathering.  

We have a lot of the tools necessary for everything from making tents to making armour and a spattering of other arts.  The only thing we ask is that you bring your own materials or cover the costs if you need something that we keep on hand. If you are looking to make something in particular and wondering what help we can provide via knowledge or tools, please don't be afraid to ask.  We are always happy to help however we can.

We hope to see your smiling faces soon.

Upcoming events:

                  25 March ~ Newcomer’s Collegium        

                  26-29 May ~ Condorrieri

Citadel of the Southern Pass           Seneschal: Marco Paolo D’Este

 War was amazing. We had a great turnout of members for the Citadel. Congratulation to Lord Raul for placing 2nd in the brewing competition with his mead and his outstanding participation in archery!

Our Archery program is still very successful with attendees ranging from 50-75 people. Citadel Archery completed the Gwyntarian Winter Challenge (http://web.raex.com/~obsidian/wint.html) started in January (results posted). We had a beautiful sunny day with mild winds at the Museum except for one "dust devil" that came through the middle of the range upsetting targets, bow stands, etc. We had a very active crowd of about 35 keeping us busy.

With the blessing of Their Excellencies Tariq and Elieth, the Citadel of the Southern Pass now has a Clothiers Guild!  Beginning in April, the Guild will meet from 6:30p -- 9:30p on the first and third Friday of each month.

We are happy to announce that Lord Esteban de Leon (Gabe Carrejo) has volunteered to become Deputy Chatelaine! Lord Misha'al has had to step down as our Baronial Knight Marshal. It is our pleasure to announce that Lady Aoife Ruadh Inghean Ragnaill has joined our officer corps as Deputy Seneschal.

We'd like to announce the First Annual Saint Thomas Aquinas Renaissance Faire! Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church has asked the Citadel to help them organize this event in the hopes that this will be the first of many successful events. The Faire is scheduled for July 28 - 30, 2017 and more details will be shared as they become available.

Upcoming events:

                  30 April ~ May Day

Draca Mor                                                                                 Seneschal: Saeunn Hrafndottir

The Shire continues to work on finding an appropriate site for STAG, and planning continues.  The Mor You Know A&S event is shifted to fall of 2017, the site for this event has been identified but dates need to be determined and the paperwork completed. May 12th-14th, the Shire will be holding a Demo at the Grand Junction Renaissance Fair.

Various Local A&S classes (lampworking, arrow fletching, illumination, nalebinding needle making (antler and bone)) dates will be determined.  Starting March 10th, 2017 Egil Thorsen will be participating in a Viking Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Baroness Aniss has entered the Tribaronial A&S Competition (card weaving, etc.)

Upcoming events:

                  12-14 May ~ Grand Junction Renaissance Fair (demo)

Fall 2017 ~ The Mor You Know

Dragonsspine                                                            Seneschal: Mary of Lyonshall

Dragonsspine continues to come together as a more integrated group, which pleases me greatly.  We have had three successful demos, several A&S classes and new fighters to fighter practices.  We are seeking officers for A&S officer, Minister of Children and Chronicler.

War was great!  Dragonsspine had a much larger group attending this year. 

Upcoming events:

                  1 April ~ Carnival of Venice

                  6 May 2017 ~ Coronation

                  4 November ~ Holiday Bazaar

Drygestan                                                                                           Seneschal: Christine Woyade

Estrella made it a slow month for the Shire.  We had two A&S classes, and two fighter practices.  We will be resuming out usual activities soon.  We have selected a new location for the Shire trailer, and are awaiting good weather to make the transfer.

A date for Drystone III and St Matin’s Collegium have been selected, with approval of the budget and preliminary plans. 

Upcoming events:

                  23-25 June ~ Drystone III and St Matin’s Collegium

15-18 September ~ Santa Fe Renaissance Faire (demo)

Fontaine dans Sable                                       Seneschal: Adriana Lopes de Rodas

February was a quiet month except for preparing for Estrella. However, the barony has a busy spring and summer ahead of us. We have 1 new family that has joined us, and we have several events, demos, and position changes coming up. Muster has been well attended, and will continue on Wednesdays at Sunrise church until the weather is more fair (late April or early May).   The Largesse Guild will be starting back up during Wednesday Muster. We also have our 5th Wednesday Social night and potluck scheduled for 29 March. 

We are planning a Medieval Faire in June, and have opened to bids for event steward.  We have been invited to a demo at San Juan County Fair in August.  Our goal is to present a big show of fighters, A&S and all other aspects of the SCA.  We have also been invited to a demo at a private school in Farmington.

Upcoming events:

22 April 2017 ~ Sworded Affaire & Baronial Investiture

 10 June ~ Medieval Fare DEMO

Gleann Medonach                                              Seneschal: Michaela Kunrat

The group has been quiet, nothing to report.

Upcoming events:

Hawk’s Hollow                                                         Seneschal: Grellan O'Conchobhair

The Chatelaine office has heard that a school had interest in a demo. We tabled the question if an after school demo would be better or a Saturday morning until a better definition on what schools expect, etc, could be determined.

THL Yuki has Goldkey items at her house for next month’s Newcomers.  Our new Chatelaine also would like to do a Newcomers paper, and will contact the Kingdom Chatelaine regarding that matter.  An A&S display table for events would be nice; we need items to display from the Populace.

Marcus was suggesting an A&S night at TASC and is checking for availability in April.

Upcoming events:

                  6 August ~ St Sebastian’s Archery Tournament

Hinterland                                                                       Seneschal: Rowan

The group has been quiet, nothing to report.

Upcoming events:

Nahrun Kabirun                                                    Seneschal: Hayate Tachibana

 Weekly A&S continues, with an average of 30-50 per week.  Armor workshop also has heavy attendance. 

Planning committees meet regularly.  Siege of the City event is in final preparations.  Masked Ball event has an approved budget, and discussions continue with the Las Cruces Arts Council on the Ren Faire.  Finally, we continue preparations for Coronation this fall.

Upcoming events:

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

20-21 May ~ Masked Ball

                  11-12 November 2017 ~ Coronation

Plattefordham                                                           Seneschal: Zvir L’vov syn Gorin

Our group is doing well; preparing for our big event of the year, Northern Realms War, in June, with the Northshield shire of Noriguard.  We are also preparing for Dragons.  We have A&S classes planned: sourdough and banner making. 

The Shire shed needs to be moved, and an inventory of the Shire belongings made.

Upcoming events:

                  June 2017 ~ Northern Realms War

                  21-23 July 2017 ~ Here There be Dragons

Ram’s Keep                                                                    Seneschal:

The group is dormant.

Upcoming events:

Ravenhyrst                                                                     Seneschal: Anrique de Braga

We welcome you to attend our local meetings and events, every other Friday we have an A&S Night. The dates and times will be posted on the group Facebook page. Please come join us. Feel free to contact me if you any questions.

Upcoming events:

Rio de las Animas                                               Seneschal: Geua filia Guy

I'm pleased with our progress at present, and will adjust as we need to.  We held March gathering and after a short meeting with lunch; we had a delightful Bardic which everyone participated in. Heraldry is doing nicely with 3 consults and several submissions to Northshield as well as some membership there.  

Scribal has a few scroll blanks ready.

A group of us attended Crown Tournament, helping as we can.  Heavy fighting and archery are waiting for good weather and snow melt.  

Upcoming events:

                  28-30 July ~ Defender of the Silver Pass

Scola Metallorum                                                Seneschal: Istvan

Returning from winter hiatus

Upcoming events:

9 April ~ Light Metal Mayhem

Saint Golias                                                                    Seneschal: Bela Istvan

Everything is well here at Golias.  Those fighters who went had a great time at Estrella. Beyond that, it is business as usual here.

Upcoming events:


Unser Hafen                                                                 Seneschal: Soren Thorvaldsson

Our Barony is doing well; we have two fencing practices each week, and one heavy practice.  Our fighters have taken up a collection to offset funds for the cost of our winter fighter practice site.

We hosted a Tri-Baronial A&S event in the beginning of February, that was well attended, including the Crown.  We have set a date for a summer demo at a local Medieval Festival.  By helping out, we can use the site for free at another time.  We will be hosting Fall Crown Tournament, event planning is coming along well.  An idea for a small camping event has been brought forward.  

Upcoming events:

                  11-13 August 2017 ~ Crown Tournament

Villaleon                                                                              Seneschal: Unna Farulfsdottir

 We are holding our own, with the possible addition of a few new members.  We are continuing to work on the meeting and fighter practice schedules, alternating between Walsenburg and Trinidad.  A&S days, and an event at one of the state parks, are in the beginning stages of planning. 

Progress is being made on Juan’s scroll, working with the Spanish Peaks Librarian.  We plan to have a demo day when the scroll is completed.  In a long term project, Millicent of Essex is working on a SCA themed concert for local veterans, in which shire members would participate, in garb.

Upcoming events:

White Mountain                                                     Seneschal: Mingus O’Brien

The Shire holds Fighter Practice every Sunday from 3pm-5pm at Alameda Park in Alamogordo, New Mexico. We meet in the southernmost corner of the park. If you’re new and would like to join us, please contact us so we can make sure loaner armor is available for you if you’d like to try it out! If you’re not interested in fighting, that’s okay too; we’d still love to meet you! Please join us on the third Sunday of the month from 3pm-5pm for our Populace Potluck! This is a great opportunity to meet the fighters, artisans, and officers who reside here in White Mountain. Garb is encouraged, but not required, just bring something to share!

Upcoming events:

Windkeep                                                                         Seneschal: Gwenhwyvar ferch Tewdrig

Everything in Windkeep is the same ol’ – same ol.  We are looking to secure an indoor site for winter practice, and are hoping to meet with a site owner and have it set up by next Fall.  We have had two largesse nights, both successful.  There have also been new fighters to fighter practice. 

We are working on a defender tourney, but have not secured a date yet.

Upcoming events: