For the month of: May  2017

Aarquelle                                                                           Seneschal: Generica McKenna

We’re a BARONY now !!

The monthly tourneys are very well attended. This was a great idea, and it's doing a lot to help our fighters work as a unit, draw in visitors at the park and give people a reason to get excited once a month. We generally have 30+ people at fighter practices in the center of the barony.  We have members returning after a long absence and new members as well. There are newly authorized fighters.  We are working on ways of supporting the outer edges of the Barony, as well. We're working on ways to stream meetings and A&S.

Upcoming events:

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

                  30 September ~ Aarquelle Defender

                  13 January 2018 ~ Viking Vinter Vonderlandt

al-Barran                                                                           Seneschal: Melodia Shaw

 May was a big month for al-Barran as it was Grand Outlandish time. The event went well with over 400 people in attendance. The site for Outlandish has had many upgrades this year including: permanent Showers, a bridge on the melee field, a hydration station, and many new gates to campsites. With the Barony's volunteers for labor and the donations of materials much has been accomplished.  I would like to congratulate Lady Beletumara and Sir Fierien on a great event!

We have decided to continue doing the al-Thing at the Boys and Girls club. We will also be having 2 mini events to help pay for the site, and to keep the costs down, we have agreed to do an hour class a month for the Club

Upcoming events:

                  22 July ~ Knock on Wood

22-24 September ~ al-Barran Champions

16-17 December ~ al-Barran Midwinter and War Practice

10-11 March 2018 ~ Crown Tournament

Blackwater Keep                                                  Seneschal: Devon Nightshade

 Group continues business much as usual. We continue to have monthly meetings. Due to folks being busy and the heat we've had fewer fighter practices. We continue to have about two A&S meetings a month and folks continue to work on A&S related projects.  We will be participating in the both the Curry and Roosevelt County fairs with static displays and we will be having our Peanut Valley Festival demo again this October.

Upcoming events:


Blaiddwyn                                                                        Seneschal: Gerlin von Tiesenhausen

 Summer Hiatus

Look forward to the return of a Masked Ball in the form of a Dance Macabre!  We are looking for other spaces on campus to hold fighter practices and will be updating the website.

Upcoming events:

August ~ Fall Welcome Back demo

Bryngalou                                                                                          Seneschal: Kveldulfr Valbrandsson

Things are going well in the Shire.  We gathered this month for a potluck/meeting and discussed many exciting ideas for activities and general merry making.

Mayday went very well! We had a good turnout with friends from elsewhere and some new faces interested in learning more about us.  Mountain Pas is definitely coming again this year, though we have not nailed down a date yet.  We have begun looking at events for next year, as well. 

Upcoming events:


Caer Galen                                                                       Seneschal: Keridwen Andersdottir

  Caer Galen is gearing up for a busy summer and fall season. 

This will be my final communique as Baronial Seneschal.  As I look over the past 2.5 years, I can see that while I made mistakes, I also learned from them, and fixed things where I could. I have *amazing* volunteers who helped me and supported me. The Barony did not explode into a huge dumpster fire, and for that, I feel somewhat responsible. I will be stepping down at Defender, and Rowenna will take up the burden. I am certain she will do an *amazing* job.  Thank you for believing in me.

Upcoming events:

                  7-9 July 2017 ~ Caer Galen Defender

                  28-30 July ~ Enduro

                  15 October ~ Caer Galen Toys for Tots

                  9 December ~ Caer Galen Midwinter

Caerthe                                                                                 Seneschal: Gauvain Eisenbein

The populace is preparing to attend summer events.  Planning and preparation are well underway for several Kingdom level events in the fall. 

Upcoming events:

15-17 September ~ Caerthen Champions

14 October ~ Stag’s Emprise

21 October ~ Stag’s Con

5-6 May 2018 ~ Coronation

Citadel of the Southern Pass           Seneschal: Aoife Ruadh inghean Ragnaill

 May in the Citadel can be summed up with two words: Event Preparation. Team Citadel was very busy with activity and preparation for our Mayday event (May 14th) and Grand Outlandish. Additionally, the barony spent time catching up on the planning for our upcoming Hastilude event. Attendance at Mayday also allowed a chance to celebrate the mothers in the barony, as Her Excellency Elieth hosted a Mother’s Day Tea. Throughout the Mayday event, 45 barony members (including 13 children) made an appearance or spent the day celebrating.  Their Excellencies and other members of the populace did attend the neighboring Shire of Nahrun's Quarterly Persona Feast.

Citadel remains solid in consistent attendance and active engagement by current members. The A&S nights, including Clothiers Guild, are well-attended— under the guidance of Their Excellencies Tariq and Elieth and THL Edmund, plans were approached to begin a Scribal Guild. On the martial side, the Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday fighter practices are regularly attended and our fighters proved they are at the top of their game at the Grand Outlandish tournaments. The Brewers Guild is in the process of updating policies/charters to clarify some structural procedures and help the group grow. Unsurprisingly, the archery program is still boasting a rather large attendance, and the partnership with the City of El Paso Museum of Archeology is creating opportunities to meet many members of the public. We continue to get newcomers from this program and it will be up to the leaders of the various activities to maintain the interest of these contacts and help them translate to memberships and activity.

The Seneschal’s office is undertaking the creation of an event planning class, specifically geared to the distinctive flavor of activities of the El Paso area and participants (unique aspects and traditions of Citadel).

Upcoming events:

7-9 July ~ Hastilude

Draca Mor                                                                                 Seneschal: Saeunn Hrafndottir

 On May 12th-14th, the Shire held a Demo at the Grand Junction Renaissance Fair. We have acquired two new Shire folk. One just turned 18 and has been waiting for years to come of age to be able to fight in the SCA and another relocated here from Rio de las Animas, we are delighted to have both of them join our family!

The shire folk continue to have many independent A&S projects in the works! Lady Muirenn ingen Ui Thaidc has boldly stepped up to the daunting post of Web Minister and through much hard work and study has been working on getting The Shire's web site up to date!  Discuss local A&S days to get new members up and running. Working to increase opportunities for fighter practices since members are spread out geographically.

Upcoming events:

30 Sept – 1 Oct  ~ The Mor You Know 2

Dragonsspine                                                            Seneschal: Mary of Lyonshall

 The group is doing well, with no problems at this time. 

Dragonsspine has new Chronicler and A&S officers

Final reports are in for Carnival of Venice and Coronation; both events went well We are working on putting an event together to benefit a local charity.

Upcoming events:

                  4 November ~ Holiday Bazaar

Drygestan                                                                                           Seneschal: Christine Woyade

At our fighter practices, we are having good numbers and organized classes each night. Our new Knight Marshall is doing a great job.

June 23 we will be hosting Drystone III and St Martin's Collegium up in the mountains above the Shire. Drystone is moving along and should be a good time. The new site is mapped, the autocrat team is hard at work, and Sir Rowland has done a great job with the class schedule.  We look forward to a great event.

Upcoming events:

                  23-26 June ~ Drystone III and St Martin’s Collegium

15-18 September ~ Santa Fe Renaissance Faire DEMO

Fontaine dans Sable                                       Seneschal: Adriana Lopes de Rodas

 May was a quiet month for baronial activities. We started Gab n Garb back up on the 3rd Saturday, and it had a fair showing in May. Wednesday Medieval Muster has been consistently attended, though few heavy fighters have been attending. The A&S officer and the Largesse guild leader have had regular activities for the non-fighters.

Fontaine has 3 demos coming in the next 2 months. Our first demo will be at the Farmington Public Library on Thursday, June 15. The theme of the Library Teen Zone activity for the week is Medieval, so we were invited to demonstrate the fighting and arts and sciences aspects of the Middle Ages. We will demonstrate light and heavy fighting, as well as weaving and possibly illumination and calligraphy.

The next demo is our Medieval Faire and Demo in Aztec, NM on Saturday, June 17. This event serves as our Toy Box, so it is a charity drive for the local Food Pantry. The autocrat of the event is Wyolet Bertrem. It will include a Rapier Tournament, Heavy Tournament, and Archery Tournament the following day, along with demonstrations of various types of A&S and children's activities.

The last demo will be August 18 and 19 at the San Juan County Fair. We were invited to demo in the coliseum. We will be calling on Rio and al-Barran for additional fighters, drummers, dancers, and artisans to make this demo as large as possible.

Upcoming events:

17 June ~ Toy Box Medieval Fare DEMO

18-19 August ~ San Juan County Fair DEMO

Gleann Medonach                                              Seneschal: Michaela Kunrat

Nothing new to report

Upcoming events:

Hawk’s Hollow                                                         Seneschal: Grellan O'Conchobhair

Highland Games and Pirate Festival demo preparation has begun, as has work on St Sebastian’s.  All is going well.  We are looking forward to the upcoming events, and excitement to participate is in the air.

Letters of interest are being accepted for Seneschal.

Upcoming events:

                  6 August ~ St Sebastian’s Archery Tournament

                  7-10 September ~ Estes Park Scottish / Irish Festival DEMO

                  15-16 September ~ Northglenn Pirate Fest DEMO

Nahrun Kabirun                                                    Seneschal: Hayate Tachibana


Things are still going very well, attendance for all group functions is still high. Member activity continues to be in very good standing.  I am very proud of how the shire is continuing forward.  Most things are handled without issue, and happily.

Discussion for farmer's market demo and possible demo at the farmer's market night time event and the for the Las Cruces renaissance fair

Upcoming events:

18-20 August ~ Clann Wars

                  11-12 November 2017 ~ Coronation

Plattefordham                                                           Seneschal: Zvir L’vov syn Gorin

Had our May tournament here; it went well. The entrance fee was a prize for someone else. The top winner got to pick first of the prizes, the second place second and so on down the line. So everyone got something.  

Talked about building a BC, and creating new comer pins - Lord Thomas had some prices and decided to look into pricing at one of the local shops first.

First, we are getting ready for Norther Realms War and our local event of Here There Be Dragons.

Upcoming events:

                  22-25 June ~ Northern Realms War

                  21-23 July ~ Here There be Dragons

Ram’s Keep                                                                    Seneschal:

The group is dormant.

Ravenhyrst                                                                     Seneschal: Anrique de Braga

 Nothing new to report.

Upcoming events:

Rio de las Animas                                               Seneschal: Geua filia Guy

 The shire is doing well.  The shire recently celebrated the life of Baron Gerhardt.  We held a heavy tourney in his honor, as well as the archery course.

Fighter practice is active and well attended.  We are busy with individual A&S projects. Herald consults are up to date.  Some new members who have gained and moved for the summer with one having transferred to Draca Mor; letters of introduction have been supplied.


Planning for our Defender is well in hand.

Upcoming events:

28-30 July ~ Defender of the Silver Pass

Scola Metallorum                                                Seneschal: Istvan

Summer hiatus

Upcoming events:

Saint Golias                                                                    Seneschal: Niccolo

 Summer hiatus

Upcoming events:


Unser Hafen                                                                 Seneschal: Soren Thorvaldsson

 We are rolling along with an active fighting community, active equestrians and support for our autocrats.  We have started posting notes from the business meeting on our website.

We had a great showing at Condotierri to support Sir Felix. We have a date for our Newcomers event this fall.   Of Wind and Fire is ready to go, and Crown Tournament planning is going smoothly.

Upcoming events:

                  30 June – 2 July ~ Of Fire and Wind

11-13 August 2017 ~ Crown Tournament

White Mountain                                                     Seneschal: Mingus O’Brien

The group is quiet during summer.

Upcoming events:

Windkeep                                                                         Seneschal: Gwenhwyvar ferch Tewdrig

  We brought out the flyers again. We moved fighter practice outside and it's been attended, when weather permits - even with the day of the week changed. Armoring is well attended. Members are donating largess to kingdom.

Otherwise, we are working on Windkeep Defender in Sept.

Upcoming events:

                  23 September ~ Windkeep Defender