Announcements


General Announcements made about the goings on in the Barony of Bhakail.

September 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Barony of Bhakail Meeting: September 13, 2022

 

Old Business

Commons

Bhakail Champions and Commons is happening this Sunday. Gretchen reported that a full schedule of events is being finalized. The event is in good shape for potluck and troll. Settmour Swamp Ducal Challenge is the day before, at which friends of Bhakail are being elevated, so there is a full weekend of nearby events to enjoy.

Pennsic

After three years away, Pennsic 49 was a homecoming for all who attended.  A million thanks go out to everyone who was able to join us in Bhakail’s camp who helped make it a success. There will be a virtual post-Pennsic camp meeting scheduled soon, so please come with your constructive ideas and suggestions for how to make next year even better. 

River Wars 

The event is scheduled for Sept 23-25, with local competitions where all the local baronies will compete. Bhakail Baronial Champions for archery and thrown weapons will be happening during this event. Friends of Bhakail, Don Lorenzo and John Marshall will be elevated at the event, so plan on stopping by their vigils. Note that there will be no day board, but food trucks are being planned.

PAX Unplugged

Chana reports that once again, we are thrilled to be hosting a medieval gaming demo booth at PAX Unplugged this year!  It will be held at the Philadelphia Convention Center on December 2, 3, and 4.  Please reach out to Chana if you might be able to help staff the table.  You are welcome to wear garb if you’d like, but it is not mandatory.  Last year we were able to reach a good amount of people and some even made an effort to join their local baronies and come to Bhakail events!

Shire Wars

Shire Wars is scheduled for October 14-16. The event organizers have confirmed that participation for each barony will have an expense of $431. 

Yule

Chana has a bid prepared for the event, and will be getting it sent in to the Seneschal and Exchequer soon. Mistress Juliana will be the feast chef, and does not anticipate any significant cost increases compared to past events. Currently considering an attendance cap of 250-300, feast cap of 120. An invitation has gone out to the Royals. The event will include the baronial brewing and A&S championships, and Chana also plans to extend an invitation to Athena’s Thimble to host a panel. 

New Business

Knight Marshal

Voted unanimously via show of hands to accept the Letter of Intent from Lady Motte Nachtfalter for Knight Marshal 

Salamander Pursuivant & Minister of the Lists

The current terms for each of these officer positions ends in October 2022, and a call for letters of intent will be forthcoming. See the attached letter of intent that has been submitted from Lady Maryna Borowska for Salamander Pursuivant.

Facilitating Transportation to Events

A discussion was held on how the Barony can help newcomers and others navigate transportation issues they may have that limit their attendance at events. Ideas generated are to are to construct and distribute a survey (on a rolling basis) to local members and newcomers so that information is available for the Chatelaine to share and connect people who need rides with those willing to offer car pooling. Information to gather would include:

  • The individual’s general location (eg zipcode, neighborhood, train lines they are near)
  • If they are willing/able to offer rides to others
  • If they need transportation to events 

Officer Reports

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Hello, Peoples of Bhakail!

This coming Sunday we celebrate Our annual Commons and Champions’ event.
We will also be holding two Order Meetings:
10:30 am, Order of the Horse
11:00 am, Order of the Salamander
Hope to see you all there!

Enjoy now these inspiring words:

Cuid de ridirean, bidh iad a ‘fuireach suas a’ sabaid ann an droch thogail
Cuid de ridirean, canar tarraing ris
Tha cuid de ridirean a’ miannachadh gun togadh an gàirdeanan caisteal dhaibh fhèin
Cuid de ridirean, tha iad ag iarraidh gun tuiteadh iad
Ach bidh iad fhathast a ‘dùsgadh, tha iad fhathast a’ faicinn an aoigh agad
Mo Thighearnan, chan eil iad fhathast cinnteach dè a tha iad a’ seasamh, oh-oh
Dè tha iad a’ seasamh airson?
(Waily ooh Waily, o) carson a tha iad a’ seasamh?
A’ mhòr-chuid de dh’ oidhcheannan, chan eil fios aca tuilleadh
O, oh, gu bràth, oh
O ooh gu bràth, oh-oh
Oh, oh, gu math, oh
O ooh gu bràth, oh-oh
Mar sin is e seo e, squires, is e seo cogadh
Dè tha sinn a’ feitheamh?
Carson nach bris sinn na riaghailtean mu thràth?
Cha robh iad riamh mar aon a chreideadh an hype
Sàbhail sin airson an dubh is geal
Feuch dà uair cho cruaidh, agus tha iad leth mar as toil leat
Ach an seo thig iad a-rithist a sheac an snaidhm sin
Tha sin ceart gu leòr (tha sin ceart gu leòr)
Tha martarach na do leabaidh a-nochd
Tha i a’ cur stad air do chnàmhan bho bhith a’ faighneachd cò thu, cò thu, cò thu
O, cò thusa? Mmh-mhm
Mmh-mhm
Uill, ridirean, tha iad a’ miannachadh gun tigeadh an t-òran seo gu crìch
‘Adhbhar b’ urrainn dhaibh cuid de charaidean a chleachdadh airson atharrachadh
Agus cuid de ridirean, tha eagal orra gun tuit iad a-rithist
Ach cuid de ridirean, bidh iad an-còmhnaidh a’ buannachadh (Bidh iad an-còmhnaidh a’ buannachadh)
Ach bidh iad fhathast a ‘dùsgadh, tha iad fhathast a’ faicinn an aoigh agad
Mo Thighearnan, chan eil iad fhathast cinnteach dè a tha iad a’ seasamh, oh-oh
Dè tha iad a’ seasamh airson?
(Waily ooh waily, o) dè a tha iad a’ seasamh?
A’ mhòr-chuid de ridirean, chan eil fios aca
Mar sin an e seo e?
Am bi crios geal orm airson seo?
An crochadh slabhraidh dleastanais airson seo?
Tha iad ag ionndrainn am Baran agus a’ Bhan-bharan airson seo?
Chan e, nuair a chì iad na rionnagan, nuair a chì iad –
Nuair a chì iad na reultan, bidh an clogaid a ‘fàgail
Nuair a chluinneas iad òran a
Tha iad coltach ri eala, mar sin thig air adhart
O thig air adhart, o thig air adhart, o thig air adhart (Waily, whaily, whaily!)
Uill, seo e sguireasach, tha sin uile
Còig mionaidean a-steach, agus tha iad sgìth a-rithist
Deich bliadhna de seo, chan eil iad cinnteach a bheil duine a ‘tuigsinn
Chan eil seo airson na trolls agus gnomes
Tha mi duilich a dhol às, a Dhòmhnaill, ach b’ fheudar dhaibh falbh
Cò air an raon a tha airson bàsachadh leis fhèin uile air an tiormachadh ann an grian an fhàsaich?
Tha mo chridhe briste airson mo Phearsa
Agus a’ bhreug ris an canadh iad “dleasdanas”
Agus an uairsin bidh mi a’ coimhead a-steach do shùilean mo phreantas
A dhuine uasail, cha chreideadh tu
Na rudan as iongantach
Faodaidh sin tighinn bho
Cuid de bhreugan uamhasach
O, oh, gu bràth, oh
O ooh gu bràth, oh-oh
O, oh, gu bràth, oh
O ooh gu bràth, oh-oh
An ridire sin eile, cha chreideadh tu
An aisling a bh ‘aca dìreach mu do dheidhinn fhèin agus dhomhsa
Mhol iad thu a-nis, ach tha sinn le chèile ag aontachadh
Is ann airson na b’ fheàrr nach do dh’èist thu
‘S ann airson na ‘s fearr a gheibh sinn ar n-astar, och
Is ann airson na b’ fheàrr nach do dh’èist thu
‘S ann airson na ‘s fearr a gheibh sinn ar n-astar, oh-oh, oh-o whaily, whaily, OOOOH!

Best Wishes;

Muin, Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

Having come out of the summer more or less unscathed, we find ourselves in a strange mix of the usual post-Pennsic crush of events compounded with the post-lockdown restriction on many things.  Our calendars may seem more packed, or we may just be out of practice with the pace of how things used to be.  Please keep all of this in mind when dealing with others and even more so, please be kind to yourselves if you don’t feel up to doing everything that’s appearing on the calendar.

That said, it’s time for events!  Champions and Commons is this weekend (!) with many other local events hot on its heels.  Well, and Ducal Challenge right before it.  Please look to our neighboring groups and consider attending their events coming up to reconnect with friends and support one another’s efforts.  Even more so if you could find time to volunteer!

Speaking of neighbors, there’s some exciting news coming for one of the local Shires and other news coming from the BoD, maybe as early as tonight.  I don’t know the details on the latter, or what Kingdom will add to it, but keep your eyes open.

We have a lot to look forward to, and a lot to celebrate.  Here’s hoping we all continue to do so safely and at whatever paces we each might like.

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

What more can be said by the Social Media office except, “OMG, so many new people in the FB group!” We had 17 new joins to the Baronial FB page between today and when we would have had an August meeting, most of them newcomers who have been introduced virtually to Baron Muin and Lady Chana. And we had an additional 6 subscribers, most newcomers, between the July and what would have been the August meeting. Announcements and information continue to be shared around between social media and email, including announcements of Baronial Order meetings at Commons along with lots of other information, descriptions of Orders and Awards, announcements for the upcoming HHD event, and the criteria for the upcoming Baronial A&S Champion Tourney at Yule.

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

No report.

Knight Marshal – Position open at time of the meeting

 

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practice continued to be held in the Mayfair Presbyterian Church in NE Philadelphia. Attendance has been moderate. We took two weeks off for Pennsic.

Pennsic happened. I was unable to attend this year and have little knowledge beyond Bhakail having a decent representation on the field.

Commons will happen in September. As the Bhakail Rapier Champion, Diego, is not a fencing marshal I will be likely running the tournament with his input regarding the format. 

The autocrat of Shire Wars and D’Oryen have requested that I take the mantle of Rapier Marshal in Charge (MiC) for Shire Wars this year. D’Oryen has been the MiC of this event  the past 2 times, and both feel that the MiC should rotate between the various shire’s MiCs. I have accepted the role of MiC.

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

Practices continue to be held on Sundays. In previous years we have continued to hold practice until Thanksgiving or so, depending on the weather.

His Excellency will be selecting His Baronial Champion at River Wars, so if you are attending River Wars and want to compete, be prepared!

I would like to approach the Exchequer/Financial Committee soon to request some funds to upgrade our practice equipment. I still have some research to do in order to provide estimates of what things might cost, so stay tuned.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Practices are continuing on Sunday Afternoons. There have been discussions regarding adding Combat Archery to the practices on an occasional basis.  

No Practice on Sunday September 18th due to Bhakail Commons.

Bhakail Thrown Weapons and Archery Champions are scheduled to occur at River Wars.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

I will be running tournaments at Champions and Commons.  FYI…the Kingdom MoL is stepping down and is starting to collect letters of intent for a replacement (I will not be submitting a LoI).

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Beck of Copeland is the new Deputy Exchequer. Progress is being made on getting the banking information updated with the new officers.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

As Yule approaches I will get with the Event Steward to make sure they have everything needed.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene

Thank you for the service from Brandr Stillingr, who has relocated out of Bhakail and stepped down as Deputy Chronicler. If you (yes you, the person reading this), is interested in learning more about the Chronicler and Deputy Chronicler positions, please reach out to me at chronicler@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

The last issue of The Salamander was published on July 26 and is available on the Bhakail website if you haven’t read it. We are currently working on the next issue with a planned publication date in late September. Content should be submitted to the Chronicler by Tuesday, September 20.  

Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

As Historian I will be attending Commons, River Wars, Harts and Horn, Shire Wars, Buckland Cross Championship and of course Yule.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Members of the barony are quite busy with arts and sciences and have shown interest in all manner of things from song and dance to embroidery and scribal activities.

At Bhakail Commons I will host a MOAS solar in the afternoon. All are welcome to bring their current projects, questions and ideas.

There are several opportunities for competitions and displays upcoming at local events. September 23-25 at Olympic River War in Iron Bog (Mullica Hill, NJ) there will be a display, baronial A&S competition, and classes in an artisan village.

October 8 at Harts and Horns in Hartshorn-dale (Douglassville, PA) there will be an A&S display and garbed plushy competition.

October 14-16 Shire Wars X in Shire of Montevale (Jonestown, PA) there will be classes, A&S displays/competitions and more To be Announced.

November 19th in the Shire of the Rusted Woodlands (Sparta, NJ) 100 Mins War and East Kingdom Novice Day will host an A&S competition.

December 10th Bhakail Yule (Philadelphia, PA) will host our Baronial A&S Competition and Baronial Brewing Competition.

Baronial A&S Competition Theme chosen by our current Champion Svana Vefari:

This year’s competition will focus around “Growth”. As artists, we find ourselves on an ever-changing and challenging journey while pursuing our particular area of A&S study. We would love to see how artisans have grown from where they began to where they are now. What have you learned? What “Ah-HAH!” moments did you experience? What explorations helped you refine your art and overcome trials? For those of you who are just starting out in your A&S journey, no worries. Please explain what you have learned so far and what goals you are working towards. Actual documentation for entries is highly encouraged and needs only be brief with a few sources. We look forward to seeing your entries and learning more about your Arts and Science journey. Please feel free to PM me or email me (Lindsay.nery@yahoo.com) with any questions or concerns!

Baronial Brewing Competition Theme chosen by our current Champion Siobhan the Harper:

This year’s Theme is Something to Keep Us Warm:

Any category beverage (beer, wine, mead, cordial, other) that will keep us all warm and cozy. Points awarded for taste and historical inspiration. So bring your best spiced mead or hyppocras, mulled wine, good hearty beer to enjoy by the fire, Wassail (using the brewer’s product), cordials, etc. As always, a full ingredient list is mandatory. Documentation is encouraged, but not required. Questions may be directed via Messenger to me.

As always, please check event announcements for details and let me know if you have any questions about entering competitions/displays and other activities. If you are interested in learning a new craft or need assistance with researching a particular area, please contact me at Moas@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Our newcomers can hardly be called “new” with the amount of involvement I see from them!  From baronial thrown weapons champions to scribal practices, I’m thrilled with the amount of people I see finding their path in the SCA from our Barony.  To support our newcomers, I will be holding a Plague Sale of old Gold Key garb during Commons – please remember to bring cash!  Everything will be $10 or under, and all the money from the sale will go towards new garb that will fill in some gaps in our Gold Key.

Chancellor Minor’s – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Youth Activities are available on request.  Please email  all requests to 181843@members.eastkingdom.org

I will be working with Lady Widow Kate with Youth Activities for Shires Wars.

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

I haven’t made progress on the new look and feel for our site, and I am torn on whether I should at this point as I feel I need to divulge myself of this office.  Being Seneschal for a very active Barony coming out of the past couple of years while also hosting weekly and occasional gatherings at our house on top of some big life changes has proven a bit much for my personal schedule.  As such, I think if anyone were to pick up the office, it should not be immediately after a refresh of the website, in case they wanted to take on that project themselves.

If anyone is interested in the position, please let me know; I will gladly show you around and support in any technical sense (I am no designer, though) 😉

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

Mistress Philadelphia reported that a newcomer is interested in restarting the Penn student group. 

Letter of Intent for Salamander Pursuivant – Lady Maryna Borowska

Please consider this my Letter of Intent for the office of Salamander Pursuivant, Bhakail Baronial Herald. I know Lady Ragna’s term ends in October so I wanted to put my name in now.

I was Ivy Pursuivant for the Bailiwick from late 2018 to mid-2022. I have experience as both a book and voice herald, having assisted in a number of Baronial and Royal Courts, as well as with heraldic submissions and commentary. Heraldry is one of my SCA passions and I would be thrilled to serve the Barony in this position. 

YIS,

Maryna

 

– Minute notes recorded by Lady Ellyn Grene

 


July 2022 issue of The Salamander

Here is the new issue of the Bhakail newsletter, The Salamander.
If you would like to contribute an article, artwork, or other item for an upcoming issue, please contact us at chronicler@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
Yours in service,
Ellyn Grene (Bhakail Chronicler)
Brandr Stillingr (Bhakail Deputy Chronicler)

July 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Barony of Bhakail Meeting: July 12, 2022

Old Business

Letters of intent for Exchequer

All groups are required to have an Exchequer, and a new ruling on terms means that Mistress Philadelphia must step down no later than June 2023. If a new Exchequer steps forward she can step down sooner. The Barony will be actively advertising to solicit volunteers  in multiple venues until the position is filled.

Pennsic

The schedule of events include:
Opening Ceremony on Saturday August 6 at noon
East Kingdom court some time on Tuesday August 9.
The Bhakail Games Night will be Tuesday August 9.
See everyone at Pennsic!

River Wars

No news, other than that Rivers Wars is now scheduled to be a Royal Progress. Don Lorenzo and John Marshall will be elevated at the event.

Event Steward sought for Champions and Commons

Maryna Borowska and new member Gretchen Schroeder have volunteered. The Seneschal has asked Maryna to be the Event Steward and Gretchen to be her deputy.

Event Steward (and bid) sought for Yule

Chana (event steward) and Bidan (head cook) are planning to put in a bid for Yule. They will be looking into reserving the German Society for the event.

Upcoming Demos

September 3: Marple Library (2 volunteers so far)  and Pagan Pride (0 volunteers so far). This is not enough to support a demo, so if you are interested contact the Seneschal asap.

September 18: Highland Mansion (conflicts with Champions and Commons), so Barony will not be able to support. The Seneschal will pass the information on to Hartshorn Dale and Buckland Cross.

PAX Unplugged will be the first weekend in December.

New Business

Knight Marshall

The Seneschal thanked Lord Egill for his service as Knight Marshall, and announced that Egill has stepped down and the position of Knight Marshall is open. There is one candidate who has submitted a Letter of Intent so far, Lady Motte Nachtfalter (see attached). Additional letters of intent are welcomed before the next business meeting in September.

Shire Wars

The event organizers reached out to see if Bhakail wants to participate this year. The dates have not yet been announced on the East Kingdom calendar. The decision was made to participate. 

Officer Reports

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Hello the Peoples of the Barony, Our neighbors and Our Allies;

We of Bhakail now have the honor of sweltering in the Summer Sun, as befits Salamanders, and for this you may be Thankful! The Pennsic War, that big-tent carnival draw so many look forward to, is right around the proverbial corner, and We all now work, each in Our own various ways, in preparations. 

In this vein, We had planned, some two years passed, to participate in an exchange of Largess and Favors with the participating members of House Runnymede. With the plague that has gripped the land, this activity has been pushed off until THIS year at Pennsic!

As such, donations from talented, generous, and amazing artisans of the Barony have begun to roll in, and We art STUNNED at the absolute beauty to be found here. 

Bhakail will be trading Largess with the Barony Carolingia!  (Changed from previous, for reasons… dire, dark, sand encrusted bathing suit reasons…)

Any of Our fine craftspeople and artisans who wish to contribute to this Largess Basket, please contact the Baron. 

Post Pennsic, Our Commons event is undulating ever closer, a chunky mantaray in the surf; We will need Our People ready for the Heavy Weapons and Rapier Championships to choose Our newest Champions who would represent Bhakail in the coming year. 

DEMOS! We have many demos coming down the pike, and if you want to show off for the public, and possibly recruit new members from amongst the public, please let the Seneschal know of your wish to participate. 

(Remember, he’s Our Seneschal, not Our Seneschan’t!)

When you have time, send your fondest congratulations to Honorable Lord Mikael Melrakki for his amazing show of thrown weapons prowess! He has claimed through his expansive arts the Golden Axe!

And both he and Ellyn Grene made the 16 in the EK Thrown Weapons Championships!

In closing: Let us harken now to the Wise, and Winsome Poetry of Ancient Caledonii Peoples, with words by noted wordynessman, Eoghain the Long-wInded, sometimes known as the Least Grandson of the Revered Tjolk! Let these words whisk you away to a time e’er now long gone. Let its inspiration give your soul wings!

Bidh rathaidean a ‘dol gu bràth,
Thar creag ‘s fo chraoibh,
Air uaimhean far nach d’rinn grian riamh,
Ri sruthaibh nach faigh a chuan ;
Thar sneachd air cur a’ gheamhraidh,
Agus tro fhlùraichean blàth an Ògmhios,
Thar feur ‘s thar cloich,
Agus fo bheanntan anns a’ ghealaich.

Bidh rathaidean a’ dol a-riamh air adhart
Fo neòil ‘s fo rionnag,
Ach dh’fhalbh na casan a bha air seachran
Tionndaidh gu do dhachaigh mu dheireadh thall.
Sùilean a chunnaic teine agus claidheamh
Agus uamhas anns na tallachan cloiche
Seall mu dheireadh air cluaintean uaine
Agus craobhan is cnuic air a bheil iad eòlach o chionn fhada

Be well;

Muin, 

Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

Business meetings are important for proposing and making decisions around the official activities of the Barony.  Bhakail continues to exist and, more, be a thriving and entertaining place to participate in SCA activities because of our engaged members, officers and newcomers. Thank you, all, for being here (or reading about it in the minutes).

I was about to lay out some plans and start some balls rolling, but especially since this is our last meeting before Pennsic, I’ll save it for once we’re all back. Being newly in the office, I was asked to write something up for the newsletter, so there’s some of it in there. Needless to say, we’re going to have some good events through the end of the year and have lots of opportunities for folk to get involved and try new things.

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

A slow month here. We had four new people join the FB group, a couple new to the Barony and who’ve been introduced to Chana electronically. Information is still going back and forth from important Kingdom and Pennsic announcements to the FB page and email list. Things like requests for Consort’s Favors, a post from the Consort’s Bard, requests for Bhakail Pennsic tent info, and the like.

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Anyone interested in producing scrolls for future Baronial Courts is welcome to contact me.

Heraldic Submissions:

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

July 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I recognized as belonging to members of the Barony.

From the Eastern Letter of Intent (LoI) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

June 2022:

—  John Patrick’s new name (John Patrick) has been forwarded on to Laurel.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

May 2022:

— Muin maqq Minain’s new badge ((Fieldless) On a hand sable an annulet Or) has been accepted by Laurel. 

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

Knight Marshal – Lord Egill Illugasson

No report.

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Rapier practice continued to be held at the Mayfair Presbyterian Church. Attendance was light and there were no incidents

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

Archery practices have continued! Ellyn Grene became a marshal in June at SRWC and ran several practices last month while I was traveling. Contact me with any questions about archery or practice!

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Thrown Weapons/Archery Practices: Continuing on Sundays.  Come get a little practice in before you throw your Populace War Point at Pennsic.  Thrown Weapon practices will be canceled on 7/31, 8/7, and 8/14.  Archery practices may occur if there is interest, if so contact Maryna.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

If you wish to be authorized before Pennsic, you will most likely not get your card in time as the deadline was June 26.

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Working on second quarter report.

Anyone with expenses to be reimbursed or approved refunds who haven’t yet received the check, please let me know.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

We have stuff.

Chronicler – Ellyn Grene and Brandr Stillingr

We are working on the next issue of the newsletter, keeping to our goal of publishing an issue every other month. We have asked for content to be submitted by July 15 so we can make sure we have the issue out before Pennsic.

Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Still working to gather Bhakail history! Not sure of the next event I will be going to.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Members of the Barony continue to make art! They are brewing beers, weaving wires, stabbing fabric, and making garb for Pennsic.

Lady Angela Mori and Eleanora Tylemaker continue to host arts and science zoom meetings on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm.

There have been several calls for Largess. The barony is in need of Largess to be exchanged with the Barony of Carolingia. Please contact his excellency with questions. Largess items will need to be collected by the first week of Pennsic.

The kingdom is in need of medallions for certain orders including the following: Order of the Silver Tyger, Order of the Silver Mantle, Order of the Golden Mantle, Order of the Troubadour, Order of the Golden Lance and Order of the Terpsichore. If you have any questions, please let me know and I will point you in the right direction.

The queen is in need of favors! Information on how to make a favor can be found here: https://ri.eastkingdom.org/index.php/375-2/

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is July 22-24th. Hosted Virtually by the Principality of Vindheim and the Kingdom of Ansteorra. More information can be found at: https://sites.google.com/view/kwhss/home

The East Kingdom MOAS has published the fourth online arts display! View the entries here: https://moas.eastkingdom.org/fourth-east-kingdom-online-as-display/

The Pennsic A&S display will take place on Sunday, August 7 from 1-5 pm in the Great Hall (where it has been for the past few years). Please note that online registration ends August 5. https://www.pennsicwar.org/AnSDisplay?fbclid=IwAR3UreqMpuWtgvk5iReUR-wkk5dwJAkl1E12NYDrh44CO4FS62En3nhYnU0

If anyone has anything they would like to learn more about, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

We continue to welcome newcomers at social each week and more people are reaching out through the website to get more information.  Hopefully once events start picking up, we’ll be able to welcome newcomers there too!

Chancellor Minor’s – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Youth Activities are available on request.  Please email  all requests to   181843@menbers.eastkingdom.org

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

The website redesign continues; we likely won’t have anything wrapped before Pennsic, but hopefully before Champions and Commons we can have the new look available.

If anyone would like to help with design (I am not a web designer) and/or take over the role of Webminister, let me know.  I can keep doing it, but would like to shift things off my plate since I would like to focus on the role of Seneschal and other group, regional and Kingdom efforts stemming from what we’re doing locally 🙂

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

Mistress Philadelphia reported that the Bailiwick will likely participate in the Penn student activity fair in September.

Letter of Intent for Knight Marshal – Lady Motte Nachtfalter

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene


June 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Barony of Bhakail Meeting: June 14, 2022

Old Business

Waking of the Salamander

Event Steward Angela Mori reported that WotS was a nice event, with a good but small turnout. There was music, newcomers, a lot of storytelling, a birthday, and a very large dog that walked through camp. The venue was good, with some foot traffic to bring in passers-by. There have been discussions of having a similar event next year, on a different weekend with two nights of camping rather than three. Under consideration is having this be a cooking event and possibly with fighting. Potential dates for 2023 that are being tentatively explored include May 12-13 and May 19-20, which do not appear to conflict with other events. The site will accommodate up to 100 people for camping, and the pavilions will accommodate additional day trippers.

Letters of intent for Exchequer

The Senechal has not yet received any letters of intent, and will continue advertising. June 2023 is the hard deadline by which there must be a replacement.

Pennsic 

Bhakail Camp Master Lady Chana Freidl the Maker reported that the Mayor put out his last Pennsic update recently to announce with much joy that Pennsic will indeed happen. Pre-registration ends on June 16th for online prepaid (which secures land for your camp) so if you have not pre-regged yet, you need to do it. Please also remember to pay your camp fees. Listen to your camp masters; they are trying to make Pennsic great.

River Wars

Mikael melrakki is the new Bhakail liaison to the planning committee. No updates on event planning to report.

Commons

An event steward is needed. In a pinch Angela Mori will act as steward but prefers that someone else steps forward. The space is already reserved.

Yule

An event steward is needed.

New Business

New Kingdom rules regarding home owners and local practices

At the April 2022 SCA Board of Directors meeting, a new policy was approved on the use of property owned by SCA members for events. Alesia and Mikael have been in contact with the East Kingdom Seneschal to clarify how this policy relates to local practices. In part the new policy states: 

“If the member-owned property is being used strictly for local meetings or practices, and no monetary or other consideration is being given by the SCA to the site owner, the site owner may oversee the meeting or practice if they hold a local office whose duties would normally include such oversight, such as local branch seneschal or marshal. A “local meeting or practice” cannot be advertised outside the local area, cannot appear in the kingdom newsletter or on the kingdom calendar unless the kingdom customarily lists all such local meetings or practices, and cannot be a multi-day event.”

Further clarification will be requested on how this policy may impact TW practices hosted by Mikael at his home, since technically Mikael is a regional TW officer, not a local officer. 

Other Business

  • None

Officer Reports

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

To the Peoples of the Barony of Bhakail, Our Allies, and Friends;

June is now well and truly upon us, as evidenced by the sheer volume of sweat being produced domestically. 

As We greatly enjoyed the Waking of the Salamander last month, I feel it is incumbent upon the Barony to continue to hold this event. It was a delightfully low key event, and We were able to both enjoy the company of well known companions, as so too did we meet new people, and welcome them into Our Company. 

Our next lookout is this coming Commons event, and we are greatly anticipating the contests to be held at that time. 

We are still working on a basket of favors and treats for our sister Barony to the North, L’lle du Dragon Dormant. I hope many will contribute. 

In this spirit, let us now contemplate the wisdom of the Ancient Seafaring Peoples of Iceland, and one of their traditional Airs to see us through the sweat labors that lie ahead!

Puff töfradrekann bjó við sjóinn
Og ærslast í haustþokunni í landi sem heitir Honah Lee
Little Jackie Paper elskaði þennan ræfil Puff
Og færði honum strengi og þéttivax og annað fínt dót
Ó, Puff töfradreki bjó við sjóinn
Og ærslast í haustþokunni í landi sem heitir Honah Lee
Puff töfradrekann bjó við sjóinn
Og ærslast í haustþokunni í landi sem heitir Honah Lee
Saman myndu þau ferðast á bát með bylgjuðu segli
Jackie fylgdist með risastórum hala Puffs
Göfugir konungar og höfðingjar hneigðu sig hvenær sem þeir komu
Sjóræningjaskip myndu lækka fána sína þegar Puff öskraði nafn sitt
Ó, Puff töfradreki bjó við sjóinn
Og ærslast í haustþokunni í landi sem heitir Honah Lee
Puff töfradrekann bjó við sjóinn
Og ærslast í haustþokunni í landi sem heitir Honah Lee
Dreki lifir að eilífu, en ekki svo litlir strákar
Málaðir vængir og risahringir rýma fyrir öðrum leikföngum
Eitt grátt kvöld gerðist það, Jackie Paper kom ekki lengur
Og Puff, þessi mikli dreki, hann hætti óttalausu öskrinu
Höfuð hans var beygt af sorg, grænar hreistur féllu eins og regn
Puff fór ekki lengur að leika sér eftir kirsuberjabrautinni
Án ævivinar síns gæti Puff ekki verið hugrakkur
Svo Puff, þessi mikli dreki, rann því miður inn í hellinn sinn
Ó, Puff töfradreki bjó við sjóinn
Og ærslast í haustþokunni í landi sem heitir Honah Lee
Puff töfradrekann bjó við sjóinn
Og ærslast í haustþokunni í landi sem heitir Honah Lee

Be Well;
Muin, Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar 

The Kingdom continues to open up, the event calendar seems to get a new event listing every day.  Please keep in mind the mask requirement for indoor events is still in place and it applies to pavilions and pop-ups with 3 or 4 sides at outdoor events as well.

Pennsic is happening and many of us are looking forward to attending. At this time there is still a mask mandate in Ǽthelmearc, masks must be worn indoors. Merchants can decide if masks must be worn in their booths, please be courteous and follow their requirements.

Waking of the Salamander was a very relaxed and fun event. Live music and so many stories. Really looking forward to doing it again next year.

Tonight, I step down as Seneschal. Due to the pandemic, it has been a different journey than I expected with more challenges than I ever imagined. Congratulations to my successor, I know the Barony is in good hands.

In service to the Barony 

THL Alesia de Maris

Outgoing Seneschal of Bhakail

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

We’ve gotten eight new subscribers to the FB page this month and fully half of them are new to Bhakail. They’ve all been put in touch with Lady Chana. Information keeps flowing between the Kingdom, the Barony’s FB, and the Barony’s email list, including things like event announcements, retainers needed for Her Highness, awards received by Barony folks, and panels on A&S documentation.

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Anyone interested in producing scrolls for future Baronial Courts is welcome to contact me.

Heraldic Submissions:

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

June 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I recognized as belonging to members or friends of the Barony.

From the Eastern Letter of Intent (LoI) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

May 2022:

—  Finnólfr Hrafnsson’s new name (Finnólfr Hrafnsson) and new device (Or, a raven rising wings displayed regardant sable within a bordure parted bordurewise wavy sable and Or) has been forwarded on to Laurel.

—  Meadhbh inghean Eoin’s new name (Meadhbh inghean Eoin) and new device (Sable, two wolves sejant addorsed and in base a crescent pendant argent) has been forwarded on to Laurel.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

April 2022:

— I did not see any submissions which I recognized as belonging to members or friends of the Barony.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

Knight Marshal – Lord Egill Illugasson

No report

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practices continue, although one had to be cancelled after a COVID exposure. Other than that things seems to be back on track. The technical issues with the baronial email address for rapier have been resolved.

Archery & Thrown Weapons Marshals – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki reporting

Practices continue on Sundays. Ellyn Grene is now an archery marshal so we should be able to have archery practices regularly through the summer.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Pennsic is coming.  Check your authorizations. Authorizations must be submitted to the Kingdom MoL by June 26th to be guaranteed to have the paperwork processed by Pennsic.

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Nothing to report.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Chronicler – Ellyn Grene and Brandr Stillingr

The Salamander was published in May and we are beginning to work on the July issue. If you would like to contribute an article, artwork, or other content to an upcoming issue, please contact us at chronicler@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

I am continuing to visit events to get stories. I attended Earl Horic Memorial Sovereign and Consort’s Championship of Arms and I will be attending the demo in Dover DE. The cookbook was printed on a dot-matrix printer, the scanned is hard to read and It will take me a little longer to retype it.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

At the weekly socials members of the barony have worked on leatherworking, garb making, fiber arts, cooking, apothecary and participated in bardic song and dance. 

Lady Angela Mori and Eleanora Tylemaker continue to host arts and science zoom meetings on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm.

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is July 22-24th. Hosted Virtually by the Principality of Vindheim and the Kingdom of Ansteorra. More information can be found at: https://sites.google.com/view/kwhss/home

The East Kingdom MOAS has put together We’ve Always Been Here: Queer History through the Ages. New stories are published daily and can be read at https://moas.eastkingdom.org/weve-always-been-here-queer-history/  

The Fourth online Kingdom A&S display is forthcoming! Check the MOAS website in the next week or so to see the display.  https://moas.eastkingdom.org/

Going to Pennsic? Don’t forget to take some classes while you are there! Pennsic University Class lists are available at https://thing.pennsicuniversity.org/

If anyone has anything they would like to learn more about, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Our Baronial social continues to welcome newcomers every week and we’re having a great time getting to know them!  A few were able to attend the Waking of the Salamander and have other events in mind as well.  Gold Key has proved helpful and plentiful, and I’m always taking donations.

Chancellor Minor’s – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

The website has been updated with recent changes and updates are continuing.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

Philadelphia reports that Ivy is meeting, but it is not up to full activity until Penn is fully opened.

Voting for Senechal

Maister Mael Eoin mac Echuidh was elected as the new Senechal. He thanked Alesia for her leadership in keeping Bhakail engaged and active during the past years. 

 

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 

 


Ballot for the upcoming polling for Seneschal

Here is the ballot for the upcoming polling for Seneschal.
Please complete the form and return it to the seneschal email, seneschal@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
I also encourage you to attend the June Barony meeting on Tuesday June 14th. The meeting will take place on Google meet.
If you have any questions please contact me.
THL Alesia de Maris
(Outgoing) Seneschal of Bhakail

May 2022 issue of The Salamander

Here is the newest issue of the Bhakail newsletter, The Salamander.
Thank you to all who contributed to this issue. If you would like to contribute an article, artwork, news, photo of your favorite scroll or A&S project, or other item for an upcoming issue, please contact us at chronicler@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
Yours in service,
Ellyn Grene (Bhakail Chronicler)
Brandr Stillingr (Bhakail Deputy Chronicler)

May 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Barony of Bhakail Meeting: May 10, 2022

Old Business

Pennsic

Report from the Bhakail Camp Master:  Pennsic is coming, and is not likely to be canceled unless something crazy happens in the next month or two. Bhakail’s camp is shrinking for the year, with some people still dropping out due to concerns about COVID. We will have to figure out a seniority policy for next year because otherwise camp would be VERY full. The issue is that the policy in the past has been that people who camped the previous year are given priority for the next year–with some long-time Bhakail camp members skipping this year due to COVID, we need to make sure they still have space next year. Policies for next year will be discussed at upcoming Pennsic specific meetings.

Please email your camp master if you haven’t responded with camp fee, camp form, or have any questions or changes in plans. 

There was a question about newcomers who have asked about camping with Bhakail this year, but knowing that the barony space is usually full, should they register with Bhakail? Chana said any newcomers should reach out to her (campmaster@bhakail.eastkingdom.org). 

Letters of intent for Exchequer

The Senechal has not yet received any letters of intent, and will continue advertising.

Site for a possible future camping event

Alesia has reached out to the contacts for the girl scout camps and is still waiting for an answer regarding pricing, etc. 

Waking of the Salamander

Event Steward Angela Mori reported that all bases are covered, and there were the following questions/remarks during discussion:

  • Muin requested that Court be on Sunday
  • Alesia commented that there is no pre-registration required with the new policies from the Kingdom. Event cap is 100 (set by the site), with 30 current pre-registrations.
  • Angela asked if there is somewhere in Media to pick up a load of firewood?  
    • Mael Eoin referred to Ryan Young (Bhakail adjacent)
    • Mikael also said he is willing to donate wood if someone can pick it up
  • Eleanora the Tylemake will help with site tokens
  • There will be no feast, and if people are interested in group cooking they can reach out to Angela (204522@members.eastkingdom.org) to coordinate 
  • It is unsure if there will be fighting, as most fighters will be at War of the Roses that weekend
  • There is an opportunity for anyone interested in teaching a class on any topic; reach out to Angela (204522@members.eastkingdom.org) if interested in volunteering 
  • Taichleach reported that the Gaming Champion will be bringing games
  • Angela will be brining a pavilion for shade and there is some tree coverage, but bring pop ups if you can 
  • Angela would like to have a get-together of people who have had different positions in the SCA to talk about what volunteer opportunities are available and what behind-the-scenes work is required to keep things working. 

Commons

  • The site reservation has been taken care of
  • Event is scheduled for September 18, 2022
  • Angela is interested in being event steward as is Roseia. Angela would like to turn it over to Roseia to run and is willing to help as she can. 

New Business

River War

Roseia was the Bhakail liaison to the planning committee, but is stepping down because she is not able to attend River War. Sterling wants the event to have a Medieval Olympics theme, and is “Looking for people to help him plan shenanigans.” The liaison needs to be available to attend virtual planning meetings and discuss events. Mikael has volunteered to be the liaison, since he is already on staff for River War.

Yule

Alesia noted that we need an event steward. Brandr is willing to co-steward.

Election for Minister of Arts and Sciences

A call for letters of intent for the position of Minister of Arts and Sciences (MoAS) was published in April. One letter was submitted, from Scolastica Capellaria. A vote was taken and Scolastica was elected unanimously. Eleanora the Tylemaker volunteered to serve as deputy. 

Letters of Intent for Seneschal

A call for letters of intent for the position of Seneschal was published in April. Two letters were submitted, from Martyn de Halliwell and Mael Eoin mac Echuidh (see the letters of intent appended.) A formal vote for Seneschal will be taken at the June business meeting. 

Other Business

  • Muin – Agreed to participate in a largess exchange at Pennsic among members of House Runnymede. He is seeking donations of largess specifically to the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant (https://dragondormant.eastkingdom.org/); if interested contact Muin directly at baron@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
  • Eleanora is working with a library group making garb at a demo. The library is looking for fabric donations for cloaks and tunics (viking), and is also willing to pay for sewing machines (up to $50).

 

Officer Reports

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Hello the Peoples of the Barony, Our neighbors and Our Allies;

The sleepy months of Winter are now behind us, and We are now in the grips of the pollen laden Spring! Huzzahchu!

With that said, the event, Waking of the Salamander is right around the corner! Whether you choose to camp with Us, or day trip, the Event will be worth your salt!

On a related note, We had planned, some two years passed, to participate in an exchange of Largess and Favors with the participating members of House Runnymede. With the plague that has gripped the land, this activity has been pushed off until THIS year at Pennsic!

Bhakail will be trading Largess with the Barony of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant!

Any of Our fine craftspeople and artisans who wish to contribute to this Largess Basket, please contact the Baron. 

In closing: Let us harken now to the Wise, and Winsome Poetry of Ancient Icelandic Peoples! Let these words whisk you away to a time e’er now long gone. Let it’s inspiration give your soul wings!

Bræður mínar fagna!
Sveifla, sveifla, sveifla með mér
Hækktu val þitt og hækkaðu röddina!
Syngdu, syngdu, syngdu með mér
Niður og niður í djúpið
Hver veit hvað við finnum fyrir neðan?
Demantar, rúbínar, gull og fleira
Falinn í fjallabúðinni
Fæddur neðanjarðar, sogaður úr steinspene
Alinn upp í myrkri, öryggi fjallaheimilisins okkar
Húð úr járni, stál í beinum okkar
Að grafa og grafa gerir okkur frjáls
Komdu bræður syngdu með mér!
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa, grafa hola
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa holu
Sólarljósið nær ekki svona lágu
Djúpt, djúpt í námunni
Aldrei séð bláa tunglið ljóma
Dvergar munu ekki fljúga svo hátt
Fylltu í glas og nældu þér í mjöð!
Fylltu magann á veislunni!
Stunda heim og sofna
Að dreyma í fjallgarðinum okkar
Fæddur neðanjarðar, vaxinn í grýttum móðurkviði
Jörðin er vagga okkar; fjallið skal verða gröf okkar
Horfðu á okkur á vígvellinum; þú munt mæta dómi þínum
Við óttumst ekki það sem er undir
Við getum aldrei grafið of djúpt
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa, grafa hola
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa holu
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa, grafa hola
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa holu
Fæddur neðanjarðar, sogaður úr steinspene
Alinn upp í myrkri, öryggi fjallaheimilisins okkar
Húð úr járni, stál í beinum okkar
Að grafa og grafa gerir okkur frjáls
Komdu bræður syngdu með mér!
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa, grafa hola
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa holu
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa, grafa hola
Ég er dvergur og er að grafa holu
Grafa, grafa holu, grafa holu…

Be Well;

Muin, Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

The kingdom has dropped the requirement that you must pre-register for events. This now opens the kingdom a bit more and it means that if you are interested in attending the Waking of the Salamander you can attend without making a reservation.

Bhakail Commons is coming up in September. By tradition this event is held on a Sunday and is free. It is a good event for newcomers or for bringing friends and family who are curious about the SCA. 

We are looking for an Event Steward for Yule. It’s never too early to start planning so let us know if you have any questions or are interested in being on the event staff. 

Events are happening. Please stay safe.

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Another month of social media. Photos of our new Prince and Princess have been shared to FB and email, along with a link to a video of them being Crowned. Information about this summer’s KWHSS has been posted. There’s been information on a talk at Penn, a class on improving folks’ wiki pages, information about largess for the Crown, an event and a demo shared from our friends in HHD, and more, along with six new subscribers to the FB page, including some people new to the Barony or planning to move here shortly, all of whom have been introduced to Lady Chana as Chatelaine.

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Heraldic Submissions:

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

May 2022:

—  John Patrick has submitted a new name (John Patrick).

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

May 2022:

—  No letter has yet been posted.

April 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I recognized as belonging to members or friends of the Barony.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

March 2022:

— Brandr Stillingr’s new name (Brandr Stillingr) has been approved by Laurel.

 Tighernán órdha‘s new name (Tighernán órdha) has been approved by Laurel.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

Knight Marshal – Lord Egill Illugasson

No report

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practice is going forward, have not heard from the church regarding practice space

Archery and Thrown Weapons Marshals  – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakkI reporting

Practices continue on Sundays. Check the Bhakail Calendar for details.  Practice on Memorial Day Sunday is up in the air, depends on whether anyone wants to come over after WotS

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

The 1st quarter report was submitted to the Kingdom.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Will contact Barry to see if she needs anything for WotS.  Will do the same with Commons when the steward is decided.  As historian, still going out to events and asking for stories.  Next one is Earl Horic’s Memorial Event.  

Chronicler – Ellyn Grene and Brandr Stillingr

We have been working on plans to begin publishing a newsletter to be sent out by email. Our goals are to publish a newsletter every other month, and to have the first issue sent out the week before Waking of the Salamander.  Has a hard drive for baronial history, also working on a paper record.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Angela is doing a virtual A&S Zoom every Thursday from 6-9pm. Hartshorn Dale also has an A&S meetup every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month on various constructive A&S topics.

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report.

Chancellor Minor’s – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

Work on redoing the site continues; I’m trying to keep some aspects of our custom layout, but the “custom” parts that show the latest posts in three categories (Announcements, Events and Activities) can be hard to implement well.  

I think we can drop Activities as a front-page must-see since we don’t have people providing content for our activities as we do them, so they get outdated pretty quickly.  Same for Events as we often don’t have a good write-up for our events and have many months in between Tavern and Commons where anything interesting might be featured.

I’m open to thoughts on what should be on our front page, but I think we should feature some photos (which have been provided already) showing regular Bhakail activities that people can expect to find happening locally when they find us online. Other things (like business meeting minutes) shouldn’t be featured too prominently as they’re not going to be appealing to visitors, but need to be published online somewhere.  Just not prominently as a feature of the Barony for newcomers 😉

If anyone’s interested in helping in any of this, and/or is interested in the office in general, feel free to reach out 🙂

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

Martyn reported that he met with Livia and filed the quarterly reports. Two Penn sophomores have expressed interest in joining, which would mean space in Penn’s student activity fair.

 

Minute notes recorded by Brandr Stillingr and Ellyn Grene 

 

Letter of Intent for Seneschal – Lord Martyn de Halliwell

Unto Lady Alesia de Maris, esteemed Seneschal of the mighty and great Barony of Bhakail does Lord Martyn de Halliwell send greetings!

Thank you for your service to the Barony over the last three years. When you first stepped up in 2019, none of us could have foreseen what was to come less than a year after you took on what was already a complex and sometimes difficult job. The work you’ve done has been excellent, your leadership has been exceptional, and the Barony is a better place today because we have had you as our Seneschal.

This is my Letter of Intent to serve as the next Seneschal of the Barony of Bhakail, beginning in June 2022, if that is the will of the Populace of the Barony.

Although you’ve known me since I first showed up in your living room 16 years ago when you hosted a Newcomers Gathering, not everyone in our fair Barony knows me so well, and I would like to share some of my background and qualifications:

I already have experience serving as a Seneschal within and for the Barony: I was Acting Seneschal for Bhakail and Interim Seneschal for Black Icorndall, and have also served a term as Seneschal of Ivyeinrust. In addition, I’ve been the Emergency Deputy for the Barony for the last 3 years and Chaired our Bylaws Committee in 2013, which successfully completed a substantial rewrite of the Baronial Bylaws.

In other roles, I have previously served as Deputy Mayor of Event Resources for Pennsic XLIV and served Bhakail twice as it’s Chronicler and twice as it’s Chamberlain. I’ve been the Autocrat/Event Steward for 5 Bhakail events, including two Yule Revels, and have nearly all the service I’ve done in the SCA on my EK Wiki page, found here: [https://wiki.eastkingdom.org/wiki/Martyn_de_Halliwell]

Outside the SCA, I have often used experience I’ve garnered in my 15 years in the SCA to help other organizations host better events and build programs with better volunteer “health” management, with special emphasis on the importance of self-care, creating a caring community of volunteers, and the art of delegation.

I most recently spent the last two years as the State Chapter President for a large young professionals organization which I grew from 12 to 27 active chapters, restructured it’s Charter, established *successful* working Committees, created trainings for event planning and volunteer management, and successfully implemented a program that had our all-volunteer organization create dedicated self-care time and meet overall organizational health goals. I also re-established the organization’s presence in a larger, national organization where I currently hold the position of Mid-Atlantic Region Director.

I currently sit on the Executive Committee & Board of that organization as it’s Immediate Past President, in an advisory role, and serve on three other organization’s Boards in the Philadelphia region.

In the past, I have taken on several roles in the SCA because I felt I “had to” or because I hadn’t properly glued my helium hand to the floor at the start of a meeting. Thankfully, I have grown a lot since then, and I am writing this Letter of Intent today not because I feel I need to, but because I *want* to.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve the Barony as it’s next Seneschal. To listen to its populace, to find ways to work with everyone to not only ensure our compliance with Society and Kingdom, but also ensure that that compliance does not become burdensome to our Officers and other volunteers. To make sure that we not only grow the Barony, but do so in a way that is healthy and sustainable.

I look forward to continuing the important work of coordinating between Officers and other volunteers to continue growing the Barony and ensuring we retain our existing membership, continue the success of our in-person events as we hopefully continue to exit the worst of the Pandemic and step into the next phase that is seemingly upon us.

If anyone wishes to discuss my letter or anything else, I can always be reached via email at 181171@members.eastkingdom.org or via call/text at 484-557-8757

Bhakail has always been my home and I have gained so much in my life from having the SCA be a part of it. It is my genuine hope to have the opportunity to give back to the Barony now and use everything I have learned to help the Barony continue to flourish.

In service,

Martyn 

THL Martyn de Halliwell, OSC, OM, OT

aka TJ DeLuca (he/him)

 

Letter of Intent for Seneschal -Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

Greetings,

I would like to state my intent to run for Seneschal of our Barony and to thank Alesia for her service and stewardship of our group, especially through the difficulties of the past couple of years.  Other groups have not fared as well, stayed as active or even grown like Bhakail has during your term and I would like to acknowledge your role and thank you for that.

I am throwing my hat with the intent to see some specific items through.  If anyone else is considering the role, I would like to discuss supporting one another, whatever the outcome.

Specifically, I would:

* Solicit for an active, engaged Emergency Deputy Seneschal who would also be interested in the Seneschal role at some point.

* Offer the opportunity for anyone to be a Deputy for visibility into the job, especially new (or newer) members.

* Encourage the Emergency Deputy or other Deputy Seneschal to regularly do routine duties to become familiar with the role (run meetings as allowed by our Bylaws, etc.).

I would ideally serve no more than one term, and support one of the above folks in going for the role.

Projects I want to see happen:

* Review and redo our Bylaws; it’s been 6 years since the last review and they were intended to be reviewed regularly. We should consider changing/removing anything that’s not working out for us, if how we operate now is at odds with our Bylaws (or else make sure we’re following what’s been shared with Kingdom as our Bylaws of record).

* Actively help realize a Southern and/or Western Region identity.  Actively work with other groups and individuals, supporting one another to have successful events (via staffing, cross-promotion, etc.) and avoid conflicts wherever possible.  

* Host or facilitate regular “How to be a…” classes to help people understand what different offices are, what being an officer looks like for specific offices, etc. plus go over event roles, too (event steward, head cook, etc.).  Actively demystify some of the roles in the SCA where we don’t always know what goes on until you do it.

* Have more discussion ahead of and publish an agenda for business meetings.  Encourage more of an audience by leveraging the mailing list as our main venue for group discussions.  

Why I think I’d be good for the role:

* The business side has been part of my SCA experience since I started out; whether I’ve been an officer or not, I make a point to go to business meetings.  I’ve held offices since the early days of my involvement, from Canton through Kingdom levels, including Baron, Herald, Knight Marshal, Seneschal, Exchequer, Chronicler, and Webminister.

* I like making things efficient and hopefully easier for everyone, since we’re all volunteers.  If we have rules to adjust, let’s adjust them.  If we have extra items in our Bylaws not adding value or potentially causing issues, let’s consider their place.  If Society or Kingdom already has a rule to cover something adequately, we don’t always need more definition or restriction, especially if the higher laws have changed.

* I’m active and engaged; since moving to the area, I’ve been part of our activities and events, from helping to start the Social, holding offices, and running or staffing events.  I’ve also made a point of focusing on newcomers, including creating a successful newcomer household that has expanded to other Baronies as well as encouraging and supporting newer members to step up to offices, take on roles at events, and more.

What else am I doing now (full disclosure of existing commitments):

* New Groups Deputy Seneschal for the East Kingdom: This would not be a conflict (I checked with our Kingdom Seneschal already) and if a conflict did arise (if we had a new Canton form or if Black Icorndall wanted to come back, etc.), I would drop that role.

* Bhakail Webminister: I would look to hand this off.

* Coill Tuar Webminister-at-Large: I would look to hand this off.

* Plenipotentiary Deputy Kingdom Webminister: this means as much or as little as I want, to stay engaged with the Kingdom and Society Webministry.  There’s no defined duties, other than any projects I want to work on.

I realize there’s a lot here, but it was a tough decision and I wanted to make sure if I did put myself forward that *I* knew why and should be able to convey the reasoning along with any considerations I should make known around former or current roles.

I look forward to seeing other candidates step up and whoever is chosen, I hope to work with anyone else to further projects for the benefit of us all, whoever is in the role and wherever the ideas come from.

In Service,

Mael Eoin mac Echuidh


April 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Barony of Bhakail Meeting April 12, 2022

Old Business

Tavern wrap up

Event Steward Tighernán órdha reported that Tavern “At the Sign of the Squirrel and Hound” had a great turn out, tickets sold out and most ticket holders came to the event. There was food, games, bardic, and games and bardic championships. Many people at Coronation mentioned how great the event was. The Exchequer thinks the event will make the expected amount once the cleaning fee is returned. All in all, a great success and the organizers feel good about it. Baron Muin heard from three different peers that they enjoyed Tavern immensely and look forward to attending the event next year. Competitive guitar tuning and the “Shakepeare off” were the highlights of the event.

For 2023, Tavern is currently penciled in for the typical date of the final Saturday in January.

Pennsic

Pennsic is happening. No changes in plans. Check your tents and talk to your camp masters.

Letters of intent for Exchequer

The Senechal has not yet received any letters of intent, and will continue advertising.

Waking of the Salamander

Will be held Memorial Day weekend at Ridley Creek State Park. Alesia will be filling out paperwork for the insurance certificates and submitting the $25 fee for the park.

 

New Business

River War update

Roseia Posey reported that the brainstorming team for River Wars had their first meeting. Nothing is yet set in stone, but ideas were discussed for the Olympic River Wars with Barony competing against Barony, ideas for A&S, kids events, Chess and an arm wrestling tournament. The next meeting is later this month, and Roseia will continue giving updates. If you have any ideas, forward them to Roseia. The brainstorming group wants to make sure all Baronies have input so it is a successful event.

Site for a possible future camping event

Alesia has been looking for a camping site in the confines of the Barony. She has found there are several girl scout campgrounds and has been in contact with them. Among the several campgrounds is Shelly Ridge in Lafayette Hill and another one in Gilbertsville (not in the Barony, but close in Hartshorn-dale). This one (presumably Gilbertsville) has a dining hall that seats 260, a large open space, cabins, and would allow tents to be put up. This site could hold up to 500 participants. Their contact will be getting back to Alesia with pricing, etc. These sites are not available to rent June-August due to conflicts with girl scout events.

Commons

Alesia reported that Barry has volunteered to run the event.

Yule

Alesia reported we will likely be using the German Society as the site for the event again, and need to find someone to run the event and volunteers to help. Alesia will be putting out a call for volunteers. Muin suggested that people thinking about running it, should think about the last few Yules you have been to and what you would like to add to it, do differently, or keep the same. Martyn, Bryan, and Philadelphia offered to mentor anyone who wants to put in a bid.

Call for letters of intent for Minister of Arts and Sciences

The MOAS (Minister of Arts and Sciences) for Bhakail is stepping down as her term of office is up. Alesia is accepting letters of Intent for this position until the May Barony meeting. She has received one letter at this time, and if more letters are submitted for the position it will go to a formal vote per the Baronial by-laws. Please send an email to seneschal@bhakail.eastkingdom.org if you want to submit a letter of intent.

Call for letters of intent for Seneschal

Alesia’s term as Seneschal is done at the June Barony meeting. After careful consideration she has decided not to ask for a second term. She announced at tonight’s meeting that she will be accepting letters of Intent for the position of Seneschal. If you want to submit a letter of intent please email seneschal@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

Other Business

  • Bryan has been calling for memories of Bhakail. He will be scanning photos and blurring faces if unable to get consent to post. Will be taking permission forms to events for collecting photos and stories. He has been reaching out through Facebook, and asking organizers to publicize it at events. Will be posting it on the Bhakail email list.
  • Martyn reported that the royal pavilion was damaged in Gulf Wars. He worked on repairing it for Coronation, and will be organizing a work group to do some further work on it before May Crown.
  • Mael raised the issue that the technical site (website, email) make it difficult to have co-officers such as the Co-Chroniclers that were confirmed at the March meeting. Due to this, Ellyn will be initially serving as Chronicler with Brandr as Deputy Chronicler, and they will swap positions next year.
  • Discussion was held about when and where to resume in-person social events and meetings. Possible locations might include a restaurant, Ridley Creek State Park, Mael’s or Mikael’s back yards. The thought is to start slow and give people time to ease into it in-person socials and see how it goes. Plan is to continue virtual business meetings going forward

 

Officer Reports

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

To Those who would read Our Words;

Greeting and good tidings from the Coronet of Bhakail.

Recently we held our annual January Tavern event, and I have heard from many good Peera and Gentles after the event that they appreciated and loved being there.

Out heartfelt thanks to the Event Steward and Feast-Board-Officiant.

Several wonderful libations were donated, and Muin thanks everyone for their participation.

As Spring has come, let us turn our hearts now to preparing for te Awaking of te Salamander, and think on the traditions of art, poetry, culinaria, and martial chicanery that we May engage therein.

A poem to get us Started! (In the original Kingo…Welsh. it’s in Welsh..!)

Nid ydym yn mynd i’w gymryd
O na, nid ydym yn mynd i’w gymryd
Nid ydym yn mynd i’w gymryd mwyach

Mae gennym ni’r hawl i’w ddewis
Nid oes unrhyw ffordd y byddwn yn ei golli
Dyma ein bywyd, dyma ein cân

Byddwn yn brwydro yn erbyn y pwerau a fydd yn gyfiawn
Peidiwch â dewis achos ein tynged
Dydych chi ddim yn ein hadnabod ni, dydych chi ddim yn perthyn

Nid ydym yn mynd i’w gymryd
O na, nid ydym yn mynd i’w gymryd
Nid ydym yn mynd i’w gymryd mwyach

With Hipe for a gentle year ahead;

Muin

Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Coronation was this past weekend; there are a lot of pictures on Facebook and it looked very impressive. The crowns are awesome.  Tavern happened and it was a lot of fun. The bardic competition became an audience participation event.

There are a number of events coming up including the Waking of the Salamander on Memorial Day weekend and Hunter’s Picnic in Caer Adamant on June 12th. The summer is looking good.

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Anyone interested in producing scrolls for future Baronial Courts is welcome to contact me.

Heraldic Submissions:

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

April 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I recognized as belonging to members or friends of the Barony.

March 2022:

—  Jacqueline Cross has resubmitted a new badge ((Fieldless) A raven displayed purpure).

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

March 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I recognized as belonging to members or friends of the Barony.

February 2022:

—  Muin maqq Minain’s new badge ((Fieldless) On a hand sable an annulet Or) has been forwarded on to Laurel.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

February 2022:

— Mael Eoin mac Echuid’s alternate name (Æskæll inn svarti) has been approved by Laurel.

January 2022:

— I did not see any submissions which I recognized as belonging to members or friends of the Barony.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

In service, Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Knight Marshal – Lord Egill Illugasson

On hiatus

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practice is still being held.

Archery & Thrown Weapons Marshals – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki reporting

Practice site clean up was held last Saturday. Did the clean up on Saturday. Didn’t yet get the materials needed to repair archery targets, but this will happen soon.

This year practices will be Sundays, and practices will start on Sunday April 17. Thrown Weapons will be 11am – 1pm, Archery will be from 1:30pm-3:30pm. More information will be on the Bhakail baronial calendar and can be found on the Bhakail Projectiles Practices FB Group.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Annual report has been submitted. If MOL services are needed for Waking of the Salamander, please get in touch with Mikael.

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Report is in process, nothing concrete to talk about.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report. He does have plans to organize and inventory Barony materials in the near future. The plan is to have a master list of what the Barony owns and where it lives.  He will be reaching out on the list for help with inventory

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Maryna Borowska

No report

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

There were three newcomers at Tavern, including one who entered the bardic championship. One was introduced to SCA through PAX. There are plans to do a plague sale (SCA adjacent) at Commons and use proceeds to purchase more/new gold key. Chana sas confirmed that baronies can trade gold key items between them to balance out inventories.

Chancellor Minor’s – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report, other than that Roseia supported the youth activities at Crown.

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

I’m continuing to work on a refresh of the Bhakail website.  We’ve had new people joining the mailing list and some turnover in officers and Champions happening this month, so I’ll be confirming details and doing updates as needed.

I raised an issue with “Co-Chroniclers” not being easy in the officer model on the technical side; we’ll need to indicate a Chronicler and a Deputy, however the work is expected to be split but have not yet heard what the decision was to make the necessary changes.

In Service, Mael Eoin

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Well met, Bhakail! –

Seven new subscribers to the Barony’s FB page. A few of the new folks to join the page are new to the Barony. They’re been given electronic introductions to Lady Chana as Chatelaine. Folks are still sharing information and memes and anything significant is passed back and forth between email and social media.

Until next time,

– Rowen

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

 

Meeting notes recorded by Ellyn Grene and Brandr Stillingr


February 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Keep an eye on upcoming events and refer to the kingdom Seneschal page for Covid-19 updates.

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Greetings! 

As of February 1st, the East Kingdom will permit small gatherings of up to 15 people. This means we can resume fight practice, fencing practice and workshops. All announcements for these in-person gatherings must include the Board approved Health Acknowledgement. If you need the correct wording, please let me know. 

Tavern has moved to April 2nd. There are seven spaces left so get your reservation in!

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Waauugghh Bhakail!

 A slow new subscriber month this month with only four new people joining our FB groups. Information still flowing between the Kingdom’s social media pages and our page and email list. Things like recommendations for Kingdom Polling Orders and information about changes to in-person gatherings. Hartshorn-Dale has shared information for their upcoming Nova Schola and a request for help for an event in November. Until next month. 

I remain, in service,
  – Rowen

Exchequer Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

The year-end report got in on time. Still waiting on the final numbers from Yule.

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

No report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

No report.

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

No report.

Historian’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

No report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Due to extenuating circumstances in my personal life, I must step away from SCA activities for the time being. If anyone needs to contact me they can reach me at my East Kingdom email, or my personal email shantzmatt12@gmail.com. Thankfully this is occurring during the colder months, and I will return when able. 

  – Egil

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Rapier practice resumed last week. A small group showed up. It’s going to take some time to build up the number of participants. Right now, we don’t have to worry about the 15 person limit imposed by the kingdom.

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

Archery practices will start up again when the weather is reliably warm – likely mid-late March.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Practice on hold until the spring.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report. I have continued to get emails from people who are interested in the SCA. I have been suggesting Tavern as their first event.

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

Hello the Barony,

The days are getting longer, slowly but surely, and while case counts are still high, they are declining after the bid January spike, so in-person events are tentatively returning soon. 

Check the East Kingdom event calendar for events – there are a few scholas coming up, both local-ish and ethereal! I personally am also planning to attend the two big embroidery events (Academy of St. Clare in Aethelmarc and Embroidery Schola up north in the Barony of the Bridge), so let me know if you’re interested in carpooling!

Hartshorn-Dale’s Nova Schola will have a Garbed Plushie A & S Display for those wishing to enter!

The Baronial Bardic and Gaming championships are tentatively planned for the rescheduled Tavern event on April 2. It’s also a great event to show off any brews you’ve been working on 😉

Hartshorn-Dale is seeking participants for a demo August 11th – 13th. Let them know if you are available.

And as always, a reminder: I hope you’re all creating awesome things and doing cool art, but it’s OK if you’re not. Living in a pandemic is incredibly draining and taking care of yourself is the most important thing. <3

YIS,
  – Maryna

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

The website is keeping up with stuff, will check to make sure we have the new date for Tavern in the calendar. All officers must use their East Kingdom email addresses.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New business

  • Spring Camping Event – Lady Angela brought a proposal for a camping event on Memorial Day weekend, Waking the Salamander. The proposed site is Ridley Creek State Park. The site does allow for group camping and has two rustic campsites, with firepits and grills available. Both sites have been reserved. There was some discussion about the event conflicting with other events that are on the Events calendar or soon will be on the calendar. Alesia will put out an email on the seneschal list to see if anyone else is having an event that weekend. Voted to send the proposal to the finance committee.

  • Thrown Weapons and Archery – Practice will begin when the weather improves. Mikael will be looking for help with repairing targets and cleaning up in preparation of practices starting again.

  • Local event – Nova Schola will be held on March 5th in Hartshorn-dale.

Old business

  • Tavern – The event has been moved to April 2nd.  Got the new insurance paperwork, 7 slots left. The Gaming Champion will attend as long as circumstances allow. Still waiting to hear from the Bardic Champion.

  • Exchequer Deputy – The Exchequer is looking for a successor. Her term is up in June 2022.

  • Chronicler Deputy – Chronicler is stepping down; we continue to look for a replacement. This is a required office, and we need a replacement as soon as possible.

  • Event sites committee – No report from the committee. Alesia looked for campgrounds within the confines of Bhakail and found a Girl Scout camp in Lafayette Hill that rents their facilities to outside groups. There is a message on their website that they are currently not renting to outside groups in order to allow the local troops to make reservations. Alesia sent an email to the administration office that when they begin renting out the space again, we would be interested in it, perhaps in 2023.

  • Pennsic – Still happening, there will be an online Pennsic meeting on February 24th. If you plan on camping with Bhakail at Pennsic, please try to attend.

Meeting ended.


January 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Baron – People are worn out, burned out, spread thin. Please be respectful of the entire situation. Lots of people are struggling right now.  

Hello, Bhakail!

As Pliny the Elder was often known to say:

Nos auferet loquentes
Nescio quid dicam
Dicam usquam
Hodie alius dies ad inveniendum te
CONSTERNATIO
Veniam ad tuum amorem, bene?

Wise words indeed. We should all, in these trying times, pay heed. 

Be well. 

  – Muin,
Baron of Bhakail 

Note: For those who don’t speak Latin, Google Translate is your friend. https://tinyurl.com/Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Honorable Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar

Greetings! 

Due to a new rise in Covid, the Kingdom has put all in person events, workshops and practices on hold until January 17th. As soon as more information becomes available it will be put on the Bhakail list and put on the Facebook page.

Tavern is still on for January 29th but the date may be moved back to March. (Please see the Tavern report above.) 

We are seeing a rise in Covid among our members. Please continue to follow all recommendations and stay safe.

  – THL Alesia de Maris

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Waaauugghh, Bhakail!

A slower month this month for new subscribers to social media, just four new people joined the Baronial FB page. Information continues to pass between the Kingdom, the Barony, and our page when available.

– Rowen

Exchequer Report – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

I don’t have final financials on Yule, will have them soon. We may break even.

  – Philly

Chamberlain’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

No report.

Herald’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Anyone interested in producing scrolls for future Baronial Courts is welcome to contact me.

Heraldic Submissions:

From the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) – This letter includes all new names and devices that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month. It takes about two months for items to reach the next stage, the Eastern Letter of Decision.

January 2022:  Muin maqq Minain has resubmitted a new badge, (Fieldless) On a hand sable an annulet Or.

From the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) – This letter reports what items will be forwarded to Laurel to be decided on and what will be returned to the submitter for more work. It takes about six more months for submissions to reach the next stage, the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns.

January 2022: No letter has yet been posted.

December 2021:  I did not immediately recognize any of the items on this letter as belonging to members of the Barony.

From the Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR) – This letter says what items have been accepted by SCA’s College of Arms and what has been returned to the submitter unregistered.

November 2021: – No items for the Eastern Kingdom appeared in this month’s letter.

If you are currently unsure of the status of your name or device, please contact me at herald@bhakail.eastkingdom.org and I will provide you with an update.

In service,
  – Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Chronicler’s Report – Lady Triona MacCasky

No report.

Historian’s Report – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

No report.

Knight Marshal’s Report – Lord Egill Illugasson

Practice continues to be on hold until the 17th per kingdom policy.

  – Egil

Rapier Marshal’s Report – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practice on hold per Kingdom policy

  – Melchior

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

Practice on hold until the spring.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Practice on hold until the spring.

Minister of the Lists’ Report – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Chataleine’s Report – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report.

Minister of Arts & Sciences’ Report – Lady Maryna Borowska

No report.

Chancellor Minor’s Report – Lady Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

Nothing to report.

Webminister’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

Nothing new with the website. Still working on redesigning and doing whatever is needed.

  – Mael Eoin

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

New business

  • Pennsic – All indications are that Pennsic will happen this year. Pennsic reservations have opened. If you are interested in camping with Bhakail please contact Lady Chana, the Camp Master. Be on the lookout for messages from the Camp Master.
  • Baronial 50th AnniversaryThe 50th anniversary of Bhakail becoming a Barony is in the Fall of 2024. As part of our planning we are looking for stories and photos. These items will be put on the Bhakail website. If you have something you want to contribute, please contact Alesia for now. 
  • Yule LeftoversIn order to use up the left-over onions from Yule, Mael Eoin is thinking about making bread and onion soup with beer as a fund raiser. More information to come.
  • Ethereal SocialsThe weekly ethereal socials continue to happen on Tuesday’s. Anyone can attend, go to the Bhakail calendar and click on Bhakail Social. Reminder notices will be put on Facebook and the Bhakail list.

Old business

  • Tavern – We still have 15 open spaces. Had a discussion regarding going forward with the event. There is concern about moving forward with the current date and the possibility the Kingdom could extend the ban on in-person events, workshops and practices. The decision was made to contact the German Society and see if it is possible to move our reservation to March 12th. Mistress Philadelphia will contact the site tomorrow.
  • New Exchequer Sought– The Exchequer is looking for a successor. Her term is up in June 2022. 
  • New Chronicler Sought – Chronicler is stepping down in February 2022 and she is looking for a successor. 
  • Possible Spring camping event – Alesia has started looking for campgrounds.
  • Event Sites Committee – This has been put on hold for now.

Meeting ended.