May Meeting Notes and Officer Reports

Posted on May 17, 2016 By

Meeting Opened 7:47

16 in attendance

Baronial Officer Reports for May


After the very busy year we have had so far, we have had a quiet time since our last Baronial meeting. We attended the Canton and city social, and a few workshops, but no events. It is good to see so many activities taking place during the week, and we are excited to see them continue and grow in the coming year.


Upcoming events:

2016-06-12 “Knight in the Garden” Demo – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

2016-06-25 – (canton) Baronial Bardic Championship and possible Court of Love – Master Rowen Cloteworthy

Call for Bids – note that bids can be workshopped after being presented:
Champions/Commons 2017 – preferred by September 2016 meeting.
Yule 2017 preferred at or before September 2016 meeting.
Any new event idea is welcome and does not require a competing bid.

Exchequer – check emails? sent to bhakail list


Reports are now regularly being posted to the Bhakail website. Have other content you would like to appear there? Talk to the appropriate officer.

I now finally have the necessary components to start the fancy version of the Salamander, so stay tuned for that as well.

I am still seeking a deputy Chronicler, mostly in case of emergencies when I cannot make meetings. Thanks!



Salamander Pursuivant’s Report, 2016-05

I could find no Bhakail submissions on the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) that closes May 31, 2016. This letter includes all items that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month.

On the Eastern ILoI that closed April 30, 2016, there is a resubmission of device for Þorsteinn Hroðbjartsson – “Per pale azure and argent, a fox rampant contourny and a seal haurient embowed counterchanged, on a chief or five hop cones inverted vert.”

There were several Bhakail items on the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) dated April 24, 2016. This letter states what items will be forwarded to Laurel for consideration and what will be returned to the submitter. Items forwarded and approved by Laurel should be registered in another six months.

– Ayleth le Frye’s device, “Vert, a phoenix Or rising from flames gules and in chief three triangles Or” has been forwarded to Laurel.

– Berrick Grayveson’s alternate name – Jack Cross – has been forwarded.

– Isabel de Kerbriant’s name and her device “Or, a heart gules and a chief dancetty vert” has been forwarded.

– Iseaulte of the Clews’ new name change has been forwarded.

– Revena de Witte’s new name change has been forwarded.

– Barony of Bhakail’s Order name – Order of the Horse – has been forwarded.

I could find no Bhakail registrations or returns on the February 2016 Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR), released April 28, 2016.

On the January 2016 LoAR, released March 28, 2016, there was a registration of device for Andrea Caitlin MacIntire. “Per chevron azure and gules, a chevron rompu between two quatrefoils pierced and a fireball argent.” There was a registration of name and device for Jadwiga Piwowarka Miodunka, “Gyronny argent and gules, in pale a demi-weasel sable issuant from a mug purpure.” There’s also a name and device registration for Roseia Posey, “Argent, a lighthouse gules between three fountains.”

Knight Marshal

This Past Tuesday we held a Tournament to decide the Shire of Hartshorn Dale’s Heavy Weapons Champion

I think the event went very well.

Baron Simon Montgomery was the overall winner and the New (and first) Shire Champion

Barri of Angelsea won as the lady’s chivalry  champion.

I would Like to Thanks Lady Judith and all other two lady’s that helped with the MoL (sorry I do not know their names)

We continue to have practices every Tuesday at stage one, and turn out seems to be getting better every week.

we have a few new heavy fighters in the Philly area that I am working on getting armored up and ready to fight.


Happy SCAdian New Year, everyone!

We’re working on an updated schedule for Monday night A&S meetings: it looks like second Mondays will continue to be field trips to Caer Adamant and third Mondays beadmaking, with the other two Mondays becoming a changing performing arts/bardic topic of the month and an open workshop to be scheduled as needed/wanted. Suggestions are welcome.

Upcoming A&S-related events: Please take a look at Artisans’ Village, our upcoming Knights in the Garden demo, and the Court of Love/Bardic Championship — there are a number of opportunities for teaching, demonstrating, performing, etc. at all three. I’m happy to answer any questions, and am also recruiting musicians and singers for all three events!

I am also seeking a deputy.

Of interest:

– This Saturday, May 14, Piffaro is performing “Harmony of the Spheres,” a special astronomy-themed program at Temple with singers Les Canards Chantants; see

– The Bloom Consort will be performing a free concert of Renaissance vocal music celebrating the life of William Shakespeare onSunday, May 22 at the Central Parkway Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, at 20th and JFK Boulevard

– The Philadelphia Museum of Art continues to offer a number of regularly scheduled tours of interest to SCAdians, including “Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor” and “European Art 1100-1500” — for dates and times, check their online schedule at

– Plan ahead: the next Glencairn Medieval Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 23


Greetings to the Barony

On May 3rd there was a Tournament held our Canton to determine a Champion for the Shire of Hartshorndale.  Mistress Gisela and I served as MOL for the Tourney.

I am also pleased to announce we have a MOL in training.  Lady Eleanora has had her first experience at the MOL table and will continue to train with us until she is ready to be warranted.  I am excited to have the additional set of hands and eyes at the MOL table.


We have been getting more queries from new people and having people come out to the Social. Last fighter practice Josh from Drexel brought two guys with him. Two of our new people have plans to attend May Be in Iron Bog and I’ll help their family get Gold Key.

Rapier Marshal

Archery Marshal

Combat Archery Marshal

Updated rules are getting posted in the next 24 hours, or contact Jibril. They need new archers, and they are working on getting them authorized. There is loaner gear available. He should be available at socials, and they can do practice there as well.

Thrown Weapons Marshal


Chancellor Minor

Instructions for the PA required background checks have been provided by the East Kingdom Chancellor Minor. I will be starting the paperwork this weekend.

I will be running youth activities at Court of Love. If you are interested in helping out for an hour or so please let me know at

If you are planning an upcoming event and want to include youth activities please let me know.

Web Minister

Subordinate Groups


A&S glows bright in the Canton tonight

So many arts to be seen

A kingdom of crafty fun,

And we love our crafty queen.

Muin is howling like this swirling storm outside

Couldn’t keep it in, Gods knows he tried!

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see

A new Exchequer, elected to always be

Michelle, it’s real, reports to show

Well, now they know!

Icorndall, Icorndall

Canton hold us back anymore

Icorndall, Icorndall

Craft away and gild the door!

We don’t care

What they’re going to say

Let the East rage on,

The Spring never bothered me anyway!

It’s funny how some distance

Make the Mongols all look small

And the ponies they rode in on

They can’t get to us at all!

It’s time to see what I can do

To test the limits and break through

No right, no wrong, no rules for us we’re  free!

Icorndall, Icorndall

I am one with the beads and fire

Icorndall, Icorndall

And cheese we always fry!

Here we stand

And here we’ll stay

Let the Canton rage on!

Our power flurries through the air onto the ground

We embroidered spirals in frozen fractals all around

And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast

We’re never going back,

Youth Fighting with Flat snaps!

Icorndall, Icorndall

And we’ll rise like the break of dawn

Icorndall, Icorndall

That perfect Squirrel is gone!

Here we stand

The Light of the East!

Let the bacon fry on,

The cold never kept us from a feast!


We’re still here and doing great. Our next meeting (May 19th) will be in a new location – check the Bailiwick’s mailing list for the update on that.

The Bailiwick is really excited about our upcoming event in Penn’s rare book department, and I just made a (if I do say so myself) snazzy page introducing you to the materials. Have a look –

Okay, I’m really proud of myself for just writing it. And look at the page design Lianor did for us!

Also, come look at Rare Books and teach a class.

Committees and Meeting Notes

Baronial Council

Nothing to report.

Council of Exchequer

They are working on financial policies, report is forthcoming for next month.

“A Knight in the Garden aka Knight School” demo

The Shire of Hartshorn-dale and the Barony of Bhakail have been asked by the beautiful historic site, The Highlands Mansion and Gardens in Fort Washington, PA, to present a family-friendly afternoon of teaching/demonstrating martial arts and arts which a knight or nobleperson would learn.

We’re hoping to shortly finalize the list of SCA participants and activities, so if you are available and interested, please let me know. This demo will be on Sunday, June 12th, noon to 4 p.m. (This is the weekend after Artisans Village and the Sunday of Southern Region War Camp weekend.)

This will be a fun afternoon in a lovely site, so if you are available to help with any of the activities, please let me know!

Yule 2016

Needs lots of volunteers: setup, gate? Philly is the head of cleanup crew. They have a cook for an English feast, and the day board. Damiana is the reservations clerk. There are people for tea and tending bar.

Old Business

* Bylaws amendments voting

All amendments other than C have been approved by ballot vote. 16 voted for, 1 voted against.

This is a list of those members who voted in this polling:

Geoffrey of Lone Oak

Philadelphia Brown

Lianor de Matos

Michelle deMoras

Mael Eoin Mac Echuid

Ysmay de Lynn

Judith the Confused

Xanthippe Ouranina


Al-Suba Al-Hadid Min Bhakail

Emily Bachelor

Serena Bachelor


Rowen Cloteworthy

Eleanora the Tilemaker

Girsel MacLeod

Gisela Szabo

New Business

Stary Olsa doing rock covers on medieval instruments, coming to the Stage One in September (17th or 19th) watch for Facebook event. They would be greatful for help with ambiance. First ever US tour. There was a quick vote and it was approved for the barony to use our banners and such for decoration.

Announcements and Reminders

* Next Baronial Business meeting will be Tuesday June 14th, 2016.

* Previous amendments will be updated along with the most recently approved ones.

* Dance hosted by Caer Adamant in Kennett Square on Second Tuesdays 7-8:30pm.  Class is held in the Kennett Friends Meeting building (125 West Sickle Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348). Garb optional. Bring a snack to share. Small donations to offset the site cost encouraged. Dances taught by Lord George Kopman from Hartshorn-dale. Contact: Baron Padraig O’Gealagain at, (302) 378-7444.

* Pennsic is coming. Hand in the forms and moneys.

* Artisan’s Village is approaching. Check out the challenges. Barony people cooking. Please volunteer to help.

* May Be Event is approaching in Iron Bog. Viking Thing at Owlshurste and Canal Demo. All the weekend of May 21st.

Sabine moved to adjourn, Judith seconded.

Meeting closed at 8:18pm

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