February 2023 Officer Reports
Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of Tuesday, February 14, 2023.
Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh
We’ve had another successful Tavern and should hear more once everything is squared away with our Exchequer, but from all reports so far, it was a fun day! Especially amazing since a quarter of the attendees were newcomers! Vivant to our new Champions as well as outgoing Champions for their service over the past year.
Waking of the Salamander is coming up and as Tailleach is a new event steward, he would appreciate assistance on the event, if anyone experienced is available to support him.
Thank you very much to all who offered to step up for the Financial Committee! Thank you, too, to those who have served over the past few years – Mistress Judith, Mistress Gisela, Doña Damiana and Lady Livia. We’ll work with the new Webminister to get our new members added to the group – THL Bryan, THL Mikael, Lady Motte, and milord Guillaume.
We need to decide on whether we’re to sign the Shire Wars Charter and we’re still in need of a representative for the Shire Wars Committee. They’re still looking for an event steward, too, and a host group for this year’s event.
After Waking of the Salamander, we really don’t have anything until after Pennsic…except for Pennsic, but that’s on everyone’s plate. There’s important notes for this year, being Pennsic 50, so please pay attention to your campmasters and everything that’s required for this year. While we want everyone to be able to camp with us, we’re also trying to accommodate new members camping with us versus camping elsewhere and the deadlines for registration, camp fees and especially tent information are hard deadlines. Again: be on the lookout for missives from your campmasters and pay heed…they’re trying to be fair to as many people as possible but will be bumping people in the queue if dates are missed to accomplish that.
Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy
Six new requests to join the Barony’s FB page. A couple current members from other groups, a few new people who’ve been put in touch with Chana. Information continues to flow forth. A posting that the Honorable Lady Scolastica’s embroidery, exhibited at Birka, was reposted to the SCAsocial Instagram page. An announcement from our Baron that Lord Ian Douglas made the final round in Sovereign’s and Consort’s Bardic Challenge with, as Ian reports, presumably the first ever documentable magic show. Lord Aiden has been posting details of his upcoming Viking Hiking trips. Lady Chana posted photos from Tavern. There was a request with a survey from our A&S Minister for class ideas. Folks shared news about online classes. Neighboring groups continue to post their activities. And all is apparently well in Bhakail.
Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel
Bhakail’s rapier practice was closed in December due to a lack of practice location. We are still looking for a new location and hope to have some candidates soon. At present, however, Rapier practice is suspended.
Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki
Practices are still on hiatus.
Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki
Nothing to report.
Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair
I will need help in setting up a survey to find a weekend to collect and organize the baronial equipment.
Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene
The latest issue of the Salamander was published on January 25th, and the next issue is scheduled for March. I’d like to receive submissions by March 17, so please reach out if you have anything you would like to contribute.
Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair
I am receiving help recovering the electronic history. It is being worked on and I am still looking for stories, pictures and any old salamanders you may have.
Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria
To get a better understanding of what kinds of A&S activities members of the barony are interested in, I sent out a survey. Thus far, Bhakalis have expressed interest in a wide variety of arts and sciences, and have expressed a preference toward virtual meetings on either Wednesday or Sunday, and in person meetings on Sundays. The Survey can be accessed via if you are interested in participating: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DH5LDD6
If you are interested in hosting a class on a Sunday Afternoon, please let me know!
There are A&S opportunities at the following local events:
- February 4, 2023: East Kingdom Bardic Championships, Shire of Hartshorn-Dale, Douglassville, PA, Bardic Competition and Largess Challenge.
- February 11, 2023: Imbolc Schola, Barony of Settmour Swamp, Madison, NJ. A day of classes!
- March 4, 2023: Nova Schola in Shire of Hartshorn-Dale (Collegeville, PA) a day of classes and learning!
- March 25, 2023 Mudthaw in Settmour Swamp (Hackettstown NJ)
- April 16, 2023: Service Schola in the Barony of Carillion (South River, NJ) with classes on various volunteer positions in society.
- April 22, 2023: Iron Bog’s Bardic Championship (Moorestown, NJ);
- April 22, 2023: Waking of the Salamander (Media, PA) camping and outdoor cooking!
There continue to be virtual events throughout the known world.
- Atlantia University next session: to be announced https://university.atlantia.sca.org/
- Known World Italians: August 2023 (Currently looking for staff and teachers) https://knownworlditalians.org/
- Known World Scribes: To be Announced. In Person event June 23-25, 2023 in Northshield (Wisconsin). https://heraldry.sca.org/kwhss/
- Sunday with the Scribes: A weekly scribal lecture series https://scribal.art/swts/sncal/
- Costumers of Color: Silk Routes Symposium 2023, all lectures are available including many videos about non-western garb: https://costumersofcolor.org/events/list-of-classes/?fbclid=IwAR0BEEOg2ABOJmXoLU3OihDykTm0mcHu8WAjVo1XktpaqFkZyiR3fWWBoL0
If there are other virtual events/A&S opportunities out there please let me know!
If you have any A&S interests that you would like to explore, need help researching something, or are looking for resources feel free to email me at MOAS@bhakail.eastkingdom.org. I also would love to see what you are working on! Please send me pictures of your projects!
Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker
We have welcomed a HUGE amount of newcomers recently! At Tavern alone, we had 16 newcomers join us! I used the money made from the Plague Sale at commons to create feast gear sets for some of our active newcomers, and used the rest of it on more small- and medium-sized garb as most of our Gold Key is larger. Thank you all for helping make Bhakail a friendly place for our newcomers to feel comfortable.
Pennsic – Pre-registration is open, and for Bhakail’s camp, that means anyone who has camped with our camp before has until April 1st to pre-register to guarantee a space on camp. After April 1st, I will open up pre-registration to our wait list, which is full of newcomers who want to attend Pennsic for the first time.
PAX Unplugged – Dates for PAX Unplugged have been released – it will be held on December 1-3, 2023. Big plans are in the works, depending on how much space we can ask for at the convention.