November 6, 2014
oin the Barony of Eskalya on November 8, A.S.
XLIX, at a celebration of the calamitous
Fourteenth Century. The focus of this event will
be an evening feast, prepared by the estimable
Mistress Clare Elena and served within the
trappings of a fourteenth century English manor
Classes will be held through October to help
A tentative menu is as follows:
Broth Pottage of turnips
Chicken in Saracen sauce Royal Tarts Vegetable
Dariole Apple tart Fruit and Cheese
The goal of this feast is to have a pleasant
dinner, perfect for a well-to-do yeoman or merchant
family. We aim to be both frugal and perfectly
More information will be posted as it becomes
Cynesigesdohtor (Claire Knudsen-Latta).
Barony of Selviergard
December 6, 2014
Join your fellow Selviergardians as we mark
the end of another year and celebrate the joy of
the season. His Excellency, Halfdan, invites you
to embody your favorite holiday carol and
partake in trollish fun!
The traditional Lord and Lady of Misrule
rock/paper/scissors contest, as well as a Viking
gift exchange, heavy and rapier tourneys will be the
highlights of the day. Holiday singing and cookie
decorating will round out the activities. Feast is a
sponsored potluck with turkey and roast pork being
provided by the barony. Heavy and rapier tourney fee
is one unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.
For the Viking gift exchange, all gifts must be
wrapped, suggested 10 dollar limit, rules will be
announced at the event.
Food: Please bring potluck
contributions to feed 8. By mundane last name: A-D
Appetizers, E-M Side Dish or Salad, N-S Bread and
cheese, T-Z Dessert
Site Information: Houston
Community Center Hawk Lane, Houston. Site opens at
Site fee: Adult to 13 years: $5:
12 and under free. $5 NMS applies.
Autocrat: Dagmar the Red (Cindy
This is the complete list of Arts and Sciences
Competitions at Winter Coronet--with a total of 18
separate competitions to date and covering almost
every possible subject—come and enter as many as
possible. If you just want to show off a project,
finished or not, an A&S display table will be
Some items may be entered into multiple competitions
(given sufficient creativity)…with the exception of
the two brewing competitions—it is asked that
separate brews be used for each. A strong suggestion
is that if you do a multiple category entry, please
provide separate documentation for each category.
If there are any questions, please contact the
Oerthan A&S Officer Bránn Mac Finnchad or the
Coronet A&S Coordinator Margery Garret.
Dust off those tools, and get to crafting, punning,
and general mayhem!
Principality A&S Competition:
Manuscripts as…documentation! The competition is to
produce an item based on an example from a period
illumination. This can be clothing, tools…even a
display of nasty martial arts techniques (as long as
they are safe for participants and onlookers);
another option is the scrollwork route—make a scroll
in the style of a specific example (or a bound
book!); and lastly (for the moment), you could
decorate an object in the finest manuscript
style—whether it is a chest, plate, or…err…banner!
A copy of the inspiring page or pages must be
included in the entry. As always, written
documentation is appreciated, and garners extra
points. If you have any questions about your idea,
and whether it counts, please contact Brann mac
Finnchad forthwith—particularly if you get your
heart set on a piece reproducing a piece which is
found in artwork which is not actually a manuscript
page (such as a woodcut, or tapestry…but no
His Highness’ Whim: Norse (or
Viking) Armor in Any Mode. This can be actual armor,
something bardic, or even a subtlety that looks like
armor. Documentation is, of course, a bonus.
Her Highness’ Whim: “Viking”
Accessories. Anything and everything Norse (Belts,
Bags, Jewelry, horns were all specifically
Their Highness’ Whim: They would
like to see Banners at Winter Coronet. The Banners
should be no larger than 2' wide by 4' long, and can
be made using any materials and techniques you want
to use. Classes on silk painting will be offered at
the William Tell and/or Fall Captaincy events.
Autocrat’s Whim: 15th and 16th
Century clothing, complete with headgear. Think
English Tudors and Elizabethan, Flemish, Germans,
Italians….The desire is for a full outfit, top to
bottom, so headwear is a must. Documentation is
Winter’s Gate's A&S: This challenge
is in the form of Breads. Hard breads, soft breads,
rolls, buns, sweet, and/or savory; all breads are
welcome! Try your hand at a period recipe and give
baking a go. Tweak a period recipe to fit modern
needs if you need to (gluten free, no eggs, etc) and
just state in your documentation the changes made
and reasons why you chose the substitution you did.
Documentation is strongly encouraged. If a recipe
has already been redacted, or if you redacted it
yourself, state that in your documentation.
Eskalya’s A&S: Challenge in the
theme of alcohol. This year the focus is metheglin
and its various sub-categories (for questions
contact Leona the Mouse). Documentation is a huge
plus. The judging panel looks forward, as always, to
seeing what the brewers of Oertha can create. While
the entry does not have to have been made
specifically for the competition (i.e. after Summer
Coronet this year), no examples which are sold
commercially may be entered. In addition, it is
asked that you do not enter the same brew into both
Selviergard’s A&S: Tabletop
Catapults. The challenge is to build a working siege
engine (trebuchet, onager, or ballista) in fun size.
The competition is for distance, so wind up those
torsion skeins and dig out your weights. The ammo
used will be standard Oerthan (Stale marshmallows),
and the catapult must fit within a One Foot Cube.
Pavlok Gorod’s A&S: Bears in Any
Mode—bonus points if the entry is fuzzy, furry, and
possibly cuddly. As always, documentation also
Gryphon CellarMasters (brewers guild):
Meads, Beers, and Cysers. Period recipes with
documentation is a plus, but taste is paramount!
Shake off those carboys, clean out the bottles and
get brewing! One bottle (12 oz) will suffice, but
two is better!
Ivory Thimble (needle-workers guild):
A piece of finished period embroidery. Examples
include (but are not limited to) napkins, clothing,
favors, hats, and gloves. Bonus points for
Arachne’s Web (lace-makers guild): A sample of
period Lace. Extra points will be given for
documentation and additional points if it is
finished in a period manner (on clothing, napkin,
etc). Examples of period lace include: woven
netting, cutwork, woven lace, needle lace (Punto in
Aria), and bobbin lace. Fillet Crochet and Hardanger
are both acceptable as lace, but their period use is
gray…if you find documentation of pre-1600’s use,
you will receive extra, extra bonus points
Herbalists & Leechcraft guild:
Bruise balms. Documentation is encouraged and safe
to use brews are a must.
Measure for Measure (cooking guild):
Desserts. Create a dessert from a period recipe. The
dessert will be judged on its documentation, whether
it was redacted or from an already redacted recipe,
its appearance, and its flavor.
Silver Spindle (spinner and weavers guild):
Wool in any mode…Spun into yarn, woven, felted,
and/or sewn into something. Be creative. It’s a
fiber guild so needs to incorporate weaving,
spinning or felting into the contest entry. Buying
wool fabric and making something nifty will look
cool but not meet the intent of the contest.
However, spinning wool into yarn and embroidering
something, felting wool into fabric and embroidering
on it with purchased string, or weaving a piece of
fabric with purchased yarn are all acceptable
entries. As always, documentation is strongly
Sticks and Bones (gamer's guild): A
Byzantine Chess Tournament shall be run through
during the Coronet event by Mistress Étaín
Bards of Oertha: This challenge is
for the retelling of a Norse Myth or Saga. Any
method of "telling" allowed (mime, puppets, play,
song, etc.), with a 10 minute maximum time for the
performance. Entries may be done singly or in teams.
There will be bonus points given for authenticity of
the performance and also for documentation of the
tale and/or performance.
Guild O’Radnor (the punster’s guild):
Dust off your silly hats and come up with a
Viking themed Filk….If you don’t know what a filk
is, ask your local bard However, there are lots of
filk in your songbook, like “Colorful Bruise”, “Here
Comes Kylson”, and even “The Barneybub Song”. Have
fun and be creative!