March 2023 Officer Reports
Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of March 13, 2023.
Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh
We’re about a month out from our next event – Waking of the Salamander – and have news of a bid in for Champions and Commons already, which is great news to get that set before we start really getting into event season and prepping for Pennsic 🙂
Society launched the new member portal, but be advised that there may still be some issues with it, so if you find anything strange, please let me know as well as Society. Notably, there’s some reports of member numbers changing and most painfully, no Seneschal has received the monthly membership report that usually comes out every month. We’re relying on pretty old data at this point…so if it looks like your membership has lapsed (including setting up EK member emails for becoming an officer, joining mailing lists, etc.) the system isn’t going to have that data updated and what we have is at least 3 months old. Other than that, things should be OK.
There are some Investitures to keep an eye on as Iron Bog, Buckland Cross and Hartshorn-dale will all be investing Baronial heads this year, with Iron Bog first up in June.
Rework on our Baronial policies continues and we should be opening up invitations to join in on reviewing those before we start proposing anything in earnest to the Barony at large. The early passes are focusing on redundancy with higher law, trimming what shouldn’t be repeated where it isn’t needed, etc. but we should be getting into meatier things next month.
Hope to see everyone at an upcoming event, practice or the like soon!
In Service, Mael Eoin
Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel
Rapier practice continues to be suspended while we look for a new practice space. It is undetermined when practice will resume.
Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki
Site Prep day planned for April 2nd.
First practices planned for Sunday April 9th. Thrown Weapons: 11 am – 1 pm. Archery: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki
Recently received new authorization databases. Contact me if you wish to check your status.
Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene
Currently working on the next bimonthly issue of The Salamander, which will be published before the end of March. Please send me any content you want to contribute.
Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria
Members of the Barony continue to participate in the arts and sciences. In February a virtual class was held on the Introduction to Research If you were unable to make the class, feel free to email me to get a copy of the handout/power point at MOAS@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
If you are interested in teaching a class in person or virtually, please let me know! I would like to schedule future classes for the barony and friends.
Largess! There is a call for Largess for various gift giving opportunities. Please email me if you are interested donating your time to make things for the Barony to give as Largess.
The entries into the Kingdom A&S Competition and Display are now live on the kingdom MOAS website: https://moas.eastkingdom.org/crowns-arts-sciences-competition-and-display-2023/
There are A&S opportunities at the following local events:
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), A&S Competition theme: three items for your first sea voyage of spring;
April 15-16, 2023: East Kingdom Brewers’ Collegium, Crown Province of Ostgardr (Peekskill, NY) featuring classes for brewers of all skill levels as well as paneling and judging of period brews;
April 16, 2023: Service Schola in the Barony of Carillion (South River, NJ) with classes on various volunteer positions in society;
April 22, 2023: Waking of the Salamander (Media, PA) camping and outdoor cooking and other arts and science activities!
May 13, 2023: Sign of the Dancing Fox, Shire of Nordenhalle (Kingston, NY) Music, Song, Dance, and fox related Arts and science challenges.
May 20, 2023: Al-Hafla, Buckland Cross, (Bucks Count PA TBD), Music, Dancing, Game, and food.
There continue to be virtual events throughout the known world.
Atlantia University next session: Sunday June 11, 2023 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 would love to see what you are working on! Please send me pictures of your projects!
Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker
Our newcomers are coming to social and events, and we love having them! Please remember that not all newcomers know SCA jargon yet – they might have questions about things that seem self-explanatory for people who have been in the SCA for a while. Explain things! Answer questions! Help them!
Pennsic: I have emailed our encampment email list and posted on social media – If you have camped with Bhakail at the last few Pennsics and wish to do so again, you MUST pre-reg by April 1st. After April 1st I will be opening up camp pre-regs to our active newcomers who have expressed interest in camping with us and have been on the waiting list. You risk losing your spot in camp if you have not reserved it by April 1st.
PAX Unplugged: Dates have been announced to vendors only – December 1, 2, and 3, 2023. If you are interested in helping at the booth this year, please contact Chana. Fight demos are still uncertain, I will let the Barony know when and if they get approved.
Webminister – Finnolfr Hrafnsson
I have begun researching a redesign of the Bhakail Website. I have been looking at other pages for ideas, and want to make the page a little more user friendly, particularly for newcomers. I am open to ideas, thoughts, and suggestions! Please send anything to me at email@example.com.