Baronial Business


The Salamander Newsletter, Meeting notes, and Officer reports.

Polling to extend Baron Muin’s term by one year

Greetings unto the Barony!

Per our customs, our seated Baron(s) and/or Baroness(es) serve an initial term of 4 years with the possibility to extend another 1 or 2 years. That request must be made no later than 9 months before the end of the 4 year term.

His Excellency is requesting a single year extension and we need a simple majority of responses of eligible members to grant his wish to continue serving the Barony.

Our policies state that we must have a formal polling of local, paid members via anonymous ballots. As such, I have set up a poll which I will send to anyone that requests a ballot. Once I check your eligibility (anyone residing within our borders or an officer residing outside of our borders and that your membership is up to date) I will provide a link to the ballot and a unique code for you to use. The code can only be used once and while I can tell who was given which code, I cannot see actual votes cast, nor can I see any results until the vote is closed, which I will do at the February business meeting.

Just send an email to seneschal@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

Any questions or comments, please let me know, and thank you for participating!

In Service,
Mael Eoin


January 2023 issue of The Salamander

Here is the new issue of the Bhakail newsletter, The Salamander. This issue includes event details for Bhakail Tavern – At the Sign of the Wolf, Raven, and Winged Cat (January 28 at the German Society of Pennsylvania), information from Scolastica Caparelli on the Arts & Sciences opportunities at upcoming events, and another fun and educational puzzle from Rowen Cloteworthy.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this issue. Please contact me at chronicler@bhakail.eastkingdom.org  if you would like to contribute an article, artwork, or other content for an upcoming issue.
Yours in service,
Ellyn Grene (Bhakail Chronicler)

January 2023 Business Meeting Notes

Barony of Bhakail Meeting Notes: January 10, 2023

Old Business

Yule 2022 

Financial reports are being finalized, and the event is showing a profit.

Exchequer Council Members

A call for volunteers to serve as new members on the Exchequer Council was put out last month. Four individuals have volunteered: Lady Motte Nachefalter, THL Bryan mac Dhughaill an Boghadair (aka Bryan the Archer), m’lord Guillaume de St. Ferriol, Doña Damiana Almodóvar de Sevilla. Mistress Philadelphia will be inviting them all to serve on the Council. Mikaeil has also volunteered, and a call will be made for a sixth volunteer. Mael Eoin suggested that the terms be staggered so turnover does not all occur at the same time. 

New Business

Shire Wars Charter

Have been invited to be a signatory to the Shire Wars charter. Bhakail already supports Shire Wars financially and by participating. If Bhakail signs, we would be responsible for staffing and running one Shire Wars in rotation with the other participating Shires/Baronies. The charter is in this months agenda, and everyone is urged to read it before the February business meeting.

Shire Wars 2023

Looking for a group to run Shire Wars 2023. If any individual in Bhakail is interested in volunteering to run the event, reach out to Mael Eion.

Baronial Events

Tavern At the Sign of the Wolf, Raven and Winged Cat

No major updates at this time. 

Waking of the Salamander

The event announcement is in progress and will be posted for pre-registration soon. There is no cap on the number of people who can be on the site.

Champions and Commons (pending)

No updates at this time.

Yule 2023 (pending)

Mael Eoin put out a survey to gauge the general opinions on the current site or moving to a new site. In general people enjoy the atmosphere of the German Society and parking was not viewed as a major issue for most respondents. Mael Eoin proposes that Yule 2023 continue at the German Society this year, and also urges people to continue investigating other potential sites for the future. Concern was expressed about accessibility and the kitchen facilities at the German Society; for feast possibilities including “bring your own feast” were mentioned. Taichleach proposed forming a search committee to look for alternative sites, and a request for volunteers will be advertised.

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 


Barony of Bhakail Business Meeting: Jan 2023 Officer Reports

Following are the monthly officer reports submitted for the Bhakail monthly business meeting of Jan 10, 2023. 

Meeting agenda: https://bhakail.eastkingdom.org/wordpress/index.php/2023/01/04/january-business-meeting-agenda/

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

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

We of Bhakail must rejoice, for Our Tavern event even now meanders ever closer, that Joyous Wreath of Holiday Cheers that sets boldly upon Our Barony’s Hearth; We will need Our People ready for the Bardic and Gaming Championships to choose Our newest Champions who would represent Bhakail in this coming year.

The Baronry is also currently in need of more scroll holders, if anyone either has spares lying about, or is willing to construct them, We would appreciate these efforts greatly.

As We approach the beginning of what COULD be Our Final Year as Baron of this amazing Barony of Bhakail, I would like to take this time to remind the Barony that the SCA draws each of Us to its welcoming arms with a variety of activities and interests. With upcoming Events, such as Waking of the Salamander, if you are thinking of aiding in the running of the event, yet do not know what to do nor where to start, think of those things you enjoy doing in the Society, and start with those things. Or, ask… you could always ask. Yeah. Ask.

This year is fast coming to a close, and We should all be thankful for the turning of the Seasons that will bring back the Sun, and leave this past year where it belongs, in memories, and lessons well learned.

In closing: Let us think now upon the Poetry of those Ancient Ghlaswegeon Peoples, with words by their most honored and noteworthy of encroonenator, Wee Jock MacJock of the revered line of the MacJocks, sometimes known as the Jock, to the Caledorii Mnathan nan Buadhan So-rèiteachaidh Let these words whisk you away to a time e’er now long gone. Let its inspiration give your soul wings!

Am bu chòir dearmad a dhèanamh air an neach-eòlais
Agus nach deach a thoirt gu inntinn?
Am bu chòir dearmad a dhèanamh air an neach-eòlais
Agus làithean na h-aingidheachd ?
Airson auld lang syne, a ghràidh
Airson auld lang syne
Is òlaidh sinn cupan caoimhneis fòs
Air son auld lang syne
Agus gu cinnteach ceannaichidh tu do chupa
Agus gu cinnteach ceannaichidh mi mo chuid!
Gabhaidh sinn cupan caoimhneis fathast
Air son auld lang syne
Tha sinn le chèile air pleadhadh anns an t-sruth
O ghrian maidne gu oidhche
Na cuantan eadar sinn a Thighearna agus at
Bho làithean auld lang syne
Do sheann luchd-eòlais na dìochuimhnich
Agus cha deach a thoirt gu inntinn a-riamh
Bu chòir dearmad a dhèanamh air seann neach-eòlais
Air son auld lang syne ?
Do sheann luchd-eòlais na dìochuimhnich
Agus cha deach a thoirt gu inntinn a-riamh
Bu chòir dearmad a dhèanamh air seann neach-eòlais
Ann an làithibh auldlang syne ?
Airson auld lang syne, a ghràidh
Airson auld lang syne
Is òlaidh sinn cupan caoimhneis fòs
Air son auld lang syne

Be well,

And Peace be upon you in these Slowly Enlightening Times;

Muin,

Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

Happy New Year!

I’ve already missed my own mark of being more prepared on this month’s change in business meeting planning, communication and execution…but the holidays were maybe the worst time of year (…well, maybe aside from Pennsic) to launch something new.  My bad.  Thankfully, we’re not being graded on it and we’ll give it a good chance before deciding whether to stick with it or change it.

We’ve had a lot of good feedback on the Yule survey, and I think between that and the desire to pin down a place on a site’s calendar before they fill up, we should plan on using the German Society again for Yule ‘23.  I had a lot of hope for Lulu Temple, especially with expanded space for activities, but the significantly increased cost coupled with a loss of ambiance really worked against it.  More to come on future Yule plans, but the long and short of it is that without legwork being done to find new sites, there’s a lot to recommend staying where we are.  If anyone is interested in helping with finding new sites, let me know.  Myself and the other officers aren’t able to do it at this time and we need more volunteers.  Likewise, if anyone wants to bid to run Yule this year (or any year going forward!), please reach out.

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

Eleven new folks have joined the Barony’s FB group this month. We had a combination of new folks, a couple people from other groups, and a couple returning SCAdians recently moved into the Barony. All the newcomers were given introductions to Baron Muin and Lady Chana. Information-wise, we’ve posted contact info about the Baronial email list and the Kingdom’s Discord server. Photos from Yule were shared and information about the coming Gaming and Bardic Champs at Tavern was distributed, along with other bits and bobs. Until next time…

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

No report.

Knight Marshal – Lady Motte Nachtfalter

Practices are expected to continue indoors at the locations listed from December’s report (Ultimate Archery, 120 E Kings Hwy Suite 404, Maple Shade NJ 08052, OR Lonnie Young Recreation Center, 1100 E Chelten Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19138. Site location will alternate weekly, with updates communicated to the fighting Facebook groups.)

Practices continue to be held, with Sir Bari or Sir Elglin acting as marshals or other suitable individuals as needed.

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

We finally heard back from our new landlords….and he promptly kicked us out of the church basement. In theory it is so the needed repairs can be started but while he says he is open to us using the site in the future the impression I get is that he wants a lot more money for the site once repairs are done. 

We have collected our loaner gear and will store it until we have a new place for it. 

We are working under the assumption that future use of the space will be too costly for the benefits and are looking to get a new space. Several folks have been contacted to see what we can get.

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

No report.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Practices are still on hiatus.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

I will be teaching a class on running various tournament styles at Caer Adamant’s Fighter Schola.

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

No report.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

No report.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene

I’m currently working on the next issue of The Salamander, which will be published in late January. If you have content to contribute, please have it to me by no later than January 17.

Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

No report.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Starting in the new year I would like to start hosting regular Zoom A&S lectures on different topics once a month. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about, or something you would like to teach, please email me at MOAS@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

Don’t forget about our Bardic and Gaming championships on January 28th in Philadelphia! Please check the event announcement for information on the Gaming Championship format! Bardic Competition Theme to be announced!

There are A&S opportunities at the following local events:

  •       January 7, 2023: Owlsherst Country 12th Night (York, PA) a day of games, music and dancing;
  •       January 14, 2023: Fighters Schola and Tournament of the Fallen Stag, Shire of Caer Adamant, Wilmington Delaware, learn about flighting techniques and history;
  •       January 28, 2023: Sign of the Wolf, Raven and Winged Cat, Barony of Bhakail (Philadelphia PA) Gaming Champion and Bardic Competition;
  •       February 4, 2023: East Kingdom Bardic Championships, Shire of Hartshorn-Dale, Douglassville, PA, Bardic Competition and Largess Challenge.
  •       March 4, 2023: Nova Schola in Shire of Hartshorn-Dale (Collegeville, PA) a day of classes and learning geared toward newcomers.
  •       March 25, 2023: Mudthaw in Settmour Swam (Hackettstown NJ)
  •       April 16, 2023: Service Schola in the Barony of Carillion (South River, NJ) with classes on various volunteer positions in society.

If you are interested in teaching a class, there is a call for classes for Nova Schola in Hartshorn Dale on March 4, 2023 in Collegeville PA. Please contact Alison Wodehalle 148153@members.eastkingdom.org.

March 4, 2023 is also the date of the Kingdom A&S competition! This year in Laval Quebec! Registration opens December 1. This year’s competition will again be a hybrid format of online displays and in person competition. For more information please read about it on the Kingdom MOAS website: https://moas.eastkingdom.org/displays-competitions/crowns-as-champions/

If you have any A&S interests that you would like to explore, need help researching something, or are looking for resources feel free to email me at MOAS@bhakail.eastkingdom.org. I also would love to see what you are working on! Please send me pictures of your projects!

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

We continue to have newcomers reach out, hopefully they will start joining us at events soon.

Yule – nothing from the financial committee yet about any profit or loss from the event, but we did receive our security deposit back, so that’s a plus.

Pennsic – Pre-reg will likely open in January.  Keep an eye out for information from your camp masters about pre-regging for Pennsic 50!

Webminister – Finnolfr Hrafnson

No report.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Mistress Philadelphia Brown reporting

Thélème at Penn has been rescheduled for Saturday, 9Mar24.

Emery is planning some recruitment activities this spring on Penn’s campus.
Martyn is working on the 4th quarter year-end exchequer report.

January business meeting agenda

Here’s the planned agenda for January’s business meeting; please see officer reports posted separately as they come in.

Old Business

 

New Business

  • Shire Wars Charter
  • Shire Wars 2023

Baronial Events

  • Tavern At the Sign of the Wolf, Raven and Winged Cat
  • Waking of the Salamander
  • Champions and Commons (pending)
  • Yule 2023 (pending)

Officer Reports

 


 

New Business items

Shire Wars Charter

We’ve been invited to be a ‘signatory’ to the Shire Wars Charter.  We need to decide whether we want to sign the Charter, which reads as follows:


“Be it known that We, the undersigned Shires and Their Majesties Ivan Ivanov syn Dimitriov vynuk Tzardikov and Matilde de Cadenet, wishing to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation amongst the local groups of the Western Region of the East Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism, affirm our intent to formally establish an annual regional event known as Shire Wars. This event will promote the joy in research and learning afforded by the Arts, Sciences, and Martial Activities of our Society in the spirit of friendly competition.

The Shire shall establish bylaws for its prudent governance, and will pursue these above stated goals in accordance with those bylaws.

Done this 20th day of January, Anno Sociatatis LIII by our hand,

(Signatures)”

The Barony has supported Shire Wars since its inception, with many members participating, sometimes serving as staff and often as a financial partner; there’s more we can do (agreeing to a rotation of providing/finding an event steward, etc.) and we can (currently) do this with or without signing the Charter.  There are bylaws/policies being worked on and I imagine if we sign, we’ll be bound by those; if anyone wants to help represent the Barony in those discussions and decisions, let me know.

Shire Wars 2023

This regional event is looking for someone to step up to run the event this year.  Some of the region’s groups have some big events already in progress this year and are unable to take on organizing Shire Wars this year.


December 2022 Business Meeting Minutes and Officer Reports

Barony of Bhakail Meeting: December 13, 2022

Old Business

PAX Unplugged 

Report from Lady Chana Freidl the Maker: PAX Unplugged was a HUGE success!  We had so much more interest than last year, from people across the country.  Having fighters really attracted a lot of attention, and enough SCAdians were there in the “audience” that we could all talk to the crowd about what they were watching.  I have big plans for next year, and I hope the leads we got this year join us!  I owe a GIGANTIC thank you to everyone who helped out, I couldn’t have done it without you!

Shire Wars

Planning is beginning, and the organizers would like a representative from the Barony. Next month’s meeting is on the last Tuesday of the month; please contact Mael Eoin if you are interested in volunteering.

Yule

Happened on Saturday, and was a success. 

Tavern

Planning is underway.

Waking of the Salamander

A bid has been submitted and is currently under review.

Yule 2023

Several people visited Lulu Temple to check it out as a site location. It is relatively expensive, so Bhakail will be looking to other nearby groups with which to partner. No bids have been submitted yet, so if you are interested in running Yule 2023 reach out to Mael Eoin. Need to think of strategies to keep people to stay and help with cleaning. Contact Philadelphia if you have ideas on alternative sites!

Officer Positions

  • Chatelaine: Term ends in December. Chana has indicated her willingness to continue. A vote was held and Chana was reelected.
  • Webminister: Finnolfr Hrafnson submitted his willingness to take on the position. A vote was held and Finn was elected. 
  • Emergency Seneschal: Taichleach Eoghanacht expressed willingness for the position. It is an appointed position and Mael Eoin appointed Taichleach to the position. 

Officer Reports

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

No report.

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

Greetings to the Barony!

We’ve had a very busy month, between Yule and PAX Unplugged, not to mention all of the regular weekly activities throughout the Barony.  As we hit the holidays and the end of the year, I hope things are easy, relaxing and energizing for us all.  The past three years have been very difficult – unprecedented in our lifetimes – and while we’re not back to every routine, activity and other opportunities that might have been regular in years past, we’re resuming some activities and forging ahead with other new ones.

As an officer and Peer, I am looking forward to supporting the events and activities that we are planning and would encourage anyone with interest in helping out to reach out to myself or any other organizer. Whether it’s to help staff an event, learn how to run events or head up kitchens or look into a Baronial office as an assistant, either to help in the role or with an eye to taking it on fully at some point.

Specifically as Seneschal, my deputy Taichleach and I will start meeting regularly to review the Baronial customs (“bylaws”, though we aren’t to call them that) and propose an updated version that reflects how the Barony operates today, especially where our practices are at odds with what we’ve previously adopted. Likewise, we encourage all officers to consider their own existing policies (and/or create new ones if none exist).

On a personal note, I’d like to say I was grateful for the Yule we had and the massive demo effort of PAX Unplugged.  There’s a lot of opportunity, there, but like many things, it would benefit from more volunteers, whether to staff the booth on occasion throughout the weekend, help make games or the like to give away or help with activities like dancing, fencing and the heavy combat that debuted this year. 

I wish things were such that we could’ve seen one another, if we didn’t have the opportunity, and I appreciate the chance to see as many folks as I have through our practices and events this year.  Figuring out individual balances and accommodations we need to make to keep doing what we do is a challenge and I expect this next year will be no different there.

Stay warm and safe and however you celebrate this time of year, may it be filled with light and laughter.

Mael Eoin

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

This month saw seven new people join our FB page. Several who are members in other groups, one a SCAdian recently returned to live in the Barony, and a couple newcomers. As always, much information has been shared. This month there were communications on Pax, Yule, how to subscribe to the Baronial email list, information on the Kingdom’s Discord server, information for beginning scribes, and information from our Seneschal on how he’ll be restructuring the meetings and reporting requirements. As always, information is passed back and forth between the email list and social media. Until next time,

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

No report.

Knight Marshal – Lady Motte Nachtfalter

Fighter practice continues into the cold months. In a burst of ingenuity and generosity, our Tuesday practices are moving indoors to alternating sites.

12/06 & 12/20
Practice will be held at:
Ultimate Archery
120 E Kings Hwy Suite 404,
Maple Shade, NJ 08052

These accommodations were made courtesy of Sterling del Rosa and are not to be misconstrued as an “unlawful occupation” of Bhakail forces outside the Barony. Attendees are asked to donate $5 toward site cost.

12/13 & 12/27
Practice will be held at:
Lonnie Young Recreation Center
1100 E Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19138

These accommodations are made courtesy of Osa N’Kante and we are thrilled for his assistance and participation.

Site location will alternate weekly, with updates communicated to the fighting Facebook groups.

Preparations for war continue apace.
New business request: Could I get access to the Bhakail KM email address and it’s backlog? Just in case new folks are reaching out and I’m not aware. Thanks!

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Bhakail rapier practice continues to be held at the Mayfair Presbyterian Church in NorthEast Philadelphia. Attendance is moderate and we have had a couple of new people checking out the practice this month. There were no incidents.

We have sent the email to the new building owners a second time and there has still been no response. We have been told they are slow to respond.

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

No report.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Thrown weapons and archery practices are on hiatus, until Spring.  If a long period of unseasonably warm weather occurs, an impromptu practice may occur.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

As you probably know, the Baronial Council of the Exchequer (aka the Baronial Financial Committee) manages the Barony’s assets (cash and non-cash), approves budgets for events and other expenditures, and is responsible for the Baronial Financial Policies.

The Baronial Council of the Exchequer is made up of five OR seven voting members:

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer,   
  • Seneschal,   
  • Coronet (one vote whether a single Coronet or two Coronets), and  
  • two at-large members OR four at-large members.

The Deputy Seneschal and the Deputy Chancellor of the Exchequer are kept informed of the Council of Exchequer discussions, but they do not have a vote on CoE issues.

The four current at-large members of the Council of the Exchequer have each served longer than their standard terms. and it is time to give them many, many thanks for all their years of service and let them enjoy a well-earned respite. Vivant, Mistress Judith the Confused, Mistress Gisela Szabo, Doña Damiana Almodóvar de Sevilla, and Lady Livia Petralia!

If you are interested in being an at-large member of Bhakail’s Council of the Exchequer, you must be at least 18 years old and a paid SCA member. If you have any questions about the duties of the CoE or interest in becoming one of the new at-large members, please contact me (exchequer@bhakail.eastkingdom.org)  before the January Barony Meeting, if possible.

Thanks very much!

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

No report.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

The latest issue of The Salamander was sent out November 29. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the issue. The next issue is scheduled for late January, so please contact me if you want to contribute anything.

Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Had a good Yule, talked to a lot of people and got some help with recreating the electronic history from Beck of Copeland. Scanning has begun. Chana has offered me pictures, I want to start putting together a slide show for the 50th calibration. So I am going to ask for pictures and stories again. His Excellency Buckland’s Crossing said he would send me the documentation about the formation of Buckland’s Cross. I don’t know what event I will be going to in the near future.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

This past weekend at our Yule Celebration a New A&S champion was crowned: Katrein Topffer for her illuminated playing cards. Aiden Underhill won the brewing competition with his red currant liqueur and Caudle. Stay tuned for future announcements of next year’s themes! Both competitions were well attended with many Bhakailis showing of their stuff including embroidery, pottery, leatherwork, lacemaking as well as many delicious beverages!

Don’t forget about our Bardic and Gaming championships on January 28th in Philadelphia!

There are A&S opportunities at the following events:

  • January 7, 2023: Owlsherst Country 12th Night (York, PA) a day of games, music and dancing;
  • January 14, 2023: Fighters Schola and Tournament of the Fallen Stag, Shire of Caer Adamant, Wilmington Delaware, learn about flighting techniques and history;
  • January 28, 2023: Sign of the Wolf, Raven and Winged Cat, Barony of Bhakail (Philadelphia PA) Gaming Champion and Bardic Competition;
  • February 4, 2022: East Kingdom Bardic Championships, Shire of Hartshorn-Dale, Douglassville, PA, Bardic Competition and Largess Challenge.

If you are interested in teaching a class, there is a call for classes for Nova Schola in Hartshorn Dale on March 4, 2023 in Collegeville PA. Please contact Alison Wodehalle 148153@members.eastkingdom.org.

March 4, 2023 is also the date of the Kingdom A&S competition! This year in Laval Quebec! Registration opens December 1. This year’s competition will again be a hybrid format of online displays and in person competition. For more information please read about it on the Kingdom MOAS website: https://moas.eastkingdom.org/displays-competitions/crowns-as-champions/

If you have any A&S interests that you would like to explore, need help researching something, or are looking for resources feel free to email me at MOAS@bhakail.eastkingdom.org. I also would love to see what you are working on! Please send me pictures of your projects!

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

I’ve had a few new people reach out online, and hopefully they will be joining us at events soon.  We look forward to a couple newcomer feast tables at Yule this weekend, and I know a couple newcomers have already signed up to join us at Tavern.

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

Will work with Finn to get him access to the website as he transitions into the position of westminster.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

Philly reported that Thélème has been moved to 2024.

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 


Court Report – From the Court of His Excellency at Yule

Greetings and salutations from the court of the Great Calamity, Baron Muin maqq Minain!

On the tenth day of December, Anno Societatis 57, the peoples of Bhakail gathered together with friends and neighbors alike to celebrate the feast of Yule, their hearts and hearth warm despite winter’s chill.

In His Court, the following fine gentles were recognized for talents great and varied and spirits most generous:

Aiden Underhill  was inducted in the Order of the Salamander in recognition for his efforts keeping the Barony’s cups filled and their moods merry. So skilled is he in the making of fine and delicious beverage that he was also named the Baronial Brewing Champion for the coming year.

Katrein Toppfer was then declared to be the Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion for her demonstration not only of her talents, but of her dedication to growing the very same since last year. One small step forward, repeated again and again, is how we walk the path to greatness.

Two most worthy gentles, Lissa Underhill and Eva von Kölln, were then inducted into the Company of the Flame and Salamander in recognition of their talent and their teaching of the art of Defence. Surely the enemies of Bhakail tremble in the face of defenders with spirits as strong as their swordarms and wits even sharper than their blades!

It was then that Melchior Kriebel was then called into His Excellency’s court so that he may be recognized by all as what he already was in his heart and in his service — a member of the Order of the Crucible of Bhakail, who through their loyalty, tenacity, dedication, and service embody the ideals of the Barony itself. Though the challenges which have Plagued our lands these last years have been enduring, he has overcome every test and every trial, seeking through each one to better serve our populace. For this he has not only our thanks, but our greatest Esteem.

In recognition for their dedication to the day’s events Chana Freidl the Maker and Juliana von Altenfeld were awarded Flames, for without their efforts, our bellies surely would have gone empty and our day been filled with less joy.

It is by the acts of all these good folk that Bhakail burns so brightly and through those that aspire to their excellence that the flames of the Barony will grow brighter still. A hearty ‘vivant!’ to all!

WAUGH BHAKAIL!

In service,
Ragna Grímólfsdóttir
Salamander Pursuivant

November 2022 issue of The Salamander

Here is the newest issue of the Bhakail newsletter, The Salamander. This issue includes event details for Yule Revel (December 10th at the German Society of Pennsylvania), an article about the Foresters Guild by Silvanus Woodwose, and another fun and educational puzzle from Rowen Cloteworthy!

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 me at chronicler@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.
Yours in service,
Ellyn Grene (Bhakail Chronicler)

 


November 2022 Business Meeting Minutes and Officer Reports

Barony of Bhakail Meeting: November 15, 2022

Old Business

PAX Unplugged

Report from Lady Chana Freidl the Maker: coming so soon!  You must purchase tickets to attend on the PAX website (https://unplugged.paxsite.com/) and if you are going and would like to help at our booth, please reach out to me!  I will be taking names of volunteers but would ask that you come to the table at PAX to sign up for a time to play games with us – I don’t want anyone to commit to a time before the panel schedule comes out in case there’s something they can’t miss!

Shire Wars

Shire Wars happened, and planning is beginning for next year. Mael Eoin, as Seneschal, is currently involved in the discussion, and let him know if anyone else in the Barony is interested as serving as a Bhakail representative.

Yule

Report from event steward Lady Chana Freidl the Maker: We are just over a month away!  Please pre-register for both Yule and Feast when you can, we are not accepting registrations at the Gate.  This will be a Royal Progress, and we are thrilled to host Their Majesties at our event!  Exciting things to look forward to include the A&S Championship, Brewing Championship, sock exchange, dancing, and fun times.  Our mask variance was denied, so masks will not be required at Yule. There will be medical-grade masks provided at Gate, and I strongly recommend masking indoors whenever possible as cold and flu season kicks in.

New Business

Officer Positions

  • Minister of Lists: Mikael’s current term ended in October. No one else submitted a letter of intent and Mikael is willing to serve another term. A vote was held and Mikael was reelected.
  • Chatelaine: Term ends in December. Chana has indicated her willingness to continue.
  • Webminister: Webminister position is vacant. Finn is willing to take on the roll, collaborating with the Chronicler to get information out on a timely manner. Vote will be held in December.
  • Emergency Seneschal: Currently no one has expressed an interest in the position. If you are interested please contact Mael Eoin. This is a required position that must be filled.

Tavern

A bid had recently been submitted and is currently under review.

Waking of the Salamander

A bid has been submitted with tentative dates of April 21-23, 2023. Bid is currently under review.

Yule 2023

Mael Eoin reached out to Hartshorn-Dale, who have agreed we can use LuLu Temple as a venue for Yule 2023. Mael Eoin and Philly will be going on a site visit on November 23 to check out the site, and invite any potential event stewards or event staff to join them. There was discussion about moving forward and signing a contract to secure the site in advance of submission of an event bid if the visit goes well, and no concerns were expressed.

Officer Reports

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

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

We of Bhakail must rejoice, for Our Yule event is trundling ever closer, that Joyous Garland of Holiday CHeers that sets boldly upon Our Barony’s Hearth; We will need Our People ready for the A&S and Brewing Championships to choose Our newest Champions who would represent Bhakail in the coming year. 

Also are called for those who would hear the call to Service, and aid in producing these festivities, please be aware we will be hosting the Royals this Yule, and we will need All Salamandry Hands on the metaphorical Deck.

DEMOS! We have a possible demo coming down the pike, in the form of PAX-Unplugged, 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. Get Paxxinated against the Winter doldrums, and join Us at this Wonderful, and Game-filled event!

We look forward to the Post New Year Revels that are “TAVERN!” And the contests inherent in that day, as well. 

The Baronry is also currently in need of more scroll holders, if anyone either has spares lying about, or is willing to construct them. 

As we approach the beginning of what could be Our Final Year as Baron of Bhakail, I would like to take this time to ask if the Baron would hold a vote, and ascertain whether it would like this to BE my final year. Or if it will allow me to Serve the Barony for one more year. As is Our Custom, We leave this weighty matter up to the People of Bhakail, and Its Officers.

In closing: Let us harken now to the Wise, and Winsome Poetry of Ancient Galacianii Peoples, with words by their most honored and noteworthy of wordynessmen, Gascargana the Adle-Eared, sometimes known as the Connie, to his Roman buddies! Let these words whisk you away to a time e’er now long gone. Let its inspiration give your soul wings!

Na rúa, podes escoitala berrar: “Es unha vergoña”
Mentres ela pecha a porta na súa cara de borracho
E agora está fóra
E todos os veciños comezan a cotillear e babear

El grita: “Oh nena, debes estar tola
Que pasou co doce amor que ti e mais eu tiñamos?”
Contra a porta inclínase e comeza unha escena
E as súas bágoas caen e arden no verde do xardín

E así castelos feitos de area
Caer no mar
Finalmente

Be well,
And Peace be upon you in these Dark Times; 

Muin,
Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

We’re still tracking to have a good Yule event, and have noticed TRH are intending to attend as well.  How this will play out with the Baronial/Royal Room is being worked on, but it means the day will be all the more epic having Their Majesties and Their Highnesses in attendance 🙂

Tavern is being planned and we should see some more about that coming soon.

For Yule 2023, we have some exciting news, though we’ll still need a bid for anything to go forward.  After discussing with the impending Barony of Hartshorn-dale, we’re looking forward to returning to the Lulu Temple site that they and we have both used in the past.  All of the parking woes we deal with at the German Society will be no more, and the kitchen is significantly better in numerous ways.  Consider this the official solicitation for bids for Yule 2023…and the sooner we can start planning, the better 🙂  We will have some additional requirements if anyone is interested, so please get in touch with His Excellency and myself if you are considering putting in a bid so that we can discuss specifics.

Finally, we have some updates around COVID policies:

https://seneschal.eastkingdom.org/new-kingdom-wide-variance-effective-11-11-2022/

This change is in effect until March 1st, 2023.

What this means for Yule or any other event, we have to see closer to the event for specifics, but the thing to note about the CDC metric being used is it is specifically using the “Community levels” map/metric, not “Community transmission” or any of the other metrics.

If we were to hold Yule this weekend, we would be at a “Medium” level for “Community levels” and could not require masking:

“Transmission levels” at the moment for Philadelphia County, however, are “Substantial”:

We’ll keep monitoring the situation as we get closer and will act as the variance allows, but this is what Society has approved for our use at this time.

Stay warm and safe, and hopefully we’ll see one another soon, as and how we can.

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

A slow month in the world of new subscribers to the page. Just one person, though a newcomer to the SCA and the Barony. She’s been put in touch with Lady Chana as Chatelaine. Activity-wise, lots of posts with important info. The Heirs to the Tyger thrones, the trip to the Met, announcements about Yule, an A&S course the Honorable Lady Scolastica was teaching, and much more! Until next time…

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Anyone interested in producing scrolls for future Baronial Courts is welcome to contact me or our Baronial Signet, The Honorable Lady Mairi Crawford. 

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.

October 2022:

—  Martyn de Haliwell has submitted a new device (Per pale azure and gules, an orle of marlets Or). 

November 2022:

—  Margarette La Gantière has submitted a new name (Margarette La Gantière), new device (Argent, a winged cat rampant regardant sable and on a chief dovetailed sable three plates) and new badge (Argent, a winged domestic cat couchant sable and a bordure parted bordurewise sable and argent). 

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.

October 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I immediately recognized 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.

August 2022:

—  Finnólfr Hrafnsson’s name (Finnólfr Hrafnsson) and device (Or, a raven rising wings displayed regardant sable within a bordure parted bordurewise wavy sable and Or) have been accepted by Laurel.

—   Meadhbh inghean Eoin name (Meadhbh inghean Eoin) and device (Sable, two wolves sejant addorsed and in base a crescent pendant argent) have 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 – Lady Motte Nachtfalter

No incidents to report, practice continues intermittently at various sites under 95. Marshals in Charge vary between Sir Bari of Angelssey and Sir Elglin the Eagle.

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Bhakail Rapier practice continued to be held at the Mayfair Presbyterian Church in Northeast Philadelphia. There were no incidents and attendance was moderate.

We have emailed the new owners of the site to see about how we can continue using the site going forwards. As of today there has been no reply.

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska & Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Report submitted by Mikael melrakki

Thrown Weapons and Archery practices:

No practice on 11/20/22 due to 100MW.

Probably no practice on 11/27/22 due to Thanksgiving.

Practices in December may occur if the weather stays warm.

Check with Mikael or Maryna to verify if practices are occuring.  If not, see you in the spring.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Slooowwwly showing my wonderful new Deputy the ropes. I haven’t scared her off yet, AND she’s been very patient with how long it’s taking me to work on this transition.

Hard to believe that Pax demo, Yule Revel, and year-end report are all just around the corner! If anyone needs reimbursements, please let me know.

For Yule Revel, the additional insurance and the outside cleaning company (for cleaning the floors, primarily) have been set up, just like last year.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

Currently working to gather content for the November issue of the Salamander. Please contact me by Nov 21 if you have something you would like to contribute!

Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Nothing to report.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

This past month I taught a class over zoom examining strategies to navigate Museum Databases. I give a huge thanks to Margarette la Gantière for leading the trip to the Met in my stead.

There are A&S opportunities at several local upcoming events including 100 Minutes War/EK Novice day (November 19th in Sparta NJ). Bhakail’s Yule (Dec 10 in Philadelphia) will have our brewing competition, A&S competition and Athena’s Thimble Panel/Solar as well as singing and dancing. Owlsherst’s Twelfth Night event (January 7 in York PA) will boast games, bardic and dancing. Please see the east kingdom event announcements for details.

If you are interested in teaching classes on just about anything, there is a call for classes for Nova Schola in Hartshorn Dale on March 4, 2023 in Collegeville PA. Please contact Alison Wodehalle 148153@members.eastkingdom.org.

March 4, 2023 is also the date of the Kingdom A&S competition! This year in Laval Quebec! Registration opens December 1. This year’s competition will again be a hybrid format of online displays and in person competition. For more information please read about it on the Kingdom MOAS website: https://moas.eastkingdom.org/displays-competitions/crowns-as-champions/

If you have any A&S interests that you would like to explore, need help researching something, or are looking for resources feel free to email me at MOAS@bhakail.eastkingdom.org. I also would love to see what you are working on! Please send me pictures of your projects!

As a reminder here are the prompts for our Yule A&S competitions!

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 to Siobhan the Harper.

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Our newcomers continue participating online, at weekly socials, and are looking forward to future events like Yule and Tavern!

Chancellor Minor’s – vacant

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

Three of us gathered online, recently, to discuss the office of Webminister and my intent to hand it off.  We had a good time with ideas and enthusiasm flowing, and I am announcing that as of this meeting, the position is open for candidates, with Finn offering to step up. He and Ellyn will be collaborating on content in general between their offices, which was a great outcome to see.

If no other candidates are forthcoming between now and December, we’ll hold an operational vote next month, otherwise we’ll plan a formal polling.

Looking forward to new perspectives and energy being brought to the website, and I’ll stick around to support and train as needed 🙂

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

No report.

 

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 


October 2022 Business Meeting Minutes

Barony of Bhakail Meeting: October 11, 2022

Old Business

Champion and Commons 

Event Autocrat Maryna Borowska reports: A great time was had by all! Lots of great food, a thriving plague sale, and there was some fencing. We had 63 gentles in attendance in total, and took in $72 in donations. Thank you everyone who helped out, particularly my deputy Margarette who did a LOT of the (metaphorical) heavy lifting, Chana for doing the plague sale, Scolastica for running the A&S Solar, and Angela for setting up the site rental.

Pennsic

Report from Camp Master Chana: We held a post-Pennsic meeting online at the end of September to go over things that went well or needed improvement for Pennsic 50.  I would like to step back from the role of sole Camp Master and either have a committee of deputies or turn over the position.  If you are interested in taking over some responsibilities, please contact me.

PAX Unplugged

No specific updates, but it is in the planning. There will be a signup sheet for people to volunteer shifts at the event.

Shire Wars

Is this weekend. 

Yule

Yule is happening. The Seneschal has submitted a masking variance, and is awaiting a response. The paypal link will be up shortly. The autocrat (Chana) needs an experienced volunteer to run gate.

Herald (Salamander Pursuivant)

Ragna had expressed her interest in another term as Herald, and Maryna subsequently withdrew her letter of intent that was published last month. During the October Meeting, Ragna was voted into a second term, which is for two years. The Seneschal thanked Maryna for her willingness to volunteer.

New Business

Officer Positions 

The current terms for several Bhakail officer positions will be ending over the next several months: 

  • The term for Minister of the Lists (MOL) ends October 2022. MIkael expressed interest in continuing in the office, and a call for additional letters of intent will be forthcoming.
  • The term for Chatelaine ends December 2022. Chana expressed interest in continuing  in the office. 
  • The term for Chancellor Minor ends in January 2023.
  • Mael Eoin had previously requested volunteers to replace him as Web Minister. Ellyn Grene and Finnolfr Hrafnson have expressed interest in helping with the website. 
  • The Barony is also in need of an emergency seneschal

Tavern

Rickard and Margarette intend to submit a bid.

Waking of the Salamander

Scholastica and Taichleach are planning to submit a bid. April 21-23, 2023 are the tentative dates, based primarily  on availability at Ridley Creek State Park.

Iron Key

Lady Motte requested approval for purchase of Iron Key (loaner fighter gear). Purchase was approved up to $150.

Yule 2023

Philly has been exploring other venue options for Yule in 2023. Discussion was held about site requirements in terms of parking, public transit options, accessibility, kitchen facilities, and costs. A variety of potential venues were discussed. The possibility of collaborating with other neighboring groups for Yule was also raised as an option to possibly consider.

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 basking in the Autumnal 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 must begin the arduous work, each in Our own various ways, in preparations for the big sweltering mishmash event. 

In the barely Post Pennsic times, 

Our Yule event is undulating ever closer, that chunky manta-ray in the rough waters off our metaphorical coast; We will need Our People ready for the A&S and Brewing Championships to choose Our newest Champions who would represent Bhakail in the coming year. 

DEMOS! We have a possible demo coming down the pike, in the form of PAX-Unplugged, 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 Lady Motte Nachfalter for her amazing show of marshal weapons prowess! She has claimed, through her expansive use of arts most smashy, the mantle of Baronial Heavy Weapons Champion this last Sunday at the Harts and Horns Event!

And both Lady Motte and Lord Hopwel maqq Fosgan, the new Populace Champion, deserve Our fullest support and appreciation, for both of whom chose to Represent Bhakail, and made the fighting at the Harts and Horns Event a joy to witness.  

In unrelated news, Lord Dagfinn of the 404 received his AOA at this last River Wars event. 

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!

Delilah àlainn, milis mar apple pie
An-còmhnaidh a’ faighinn dàrna sealladh bho fellas passin’ by
Gach uair a chì thu i tha i còmhla ri fear eile
Delilah àlainn, sin an t-adhbhar carson

Be well; 

Muin, 

Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

Greetings to the Barony!

Fall events are well underway, though we are still wondering what participation and comfort levels are as things start to move indoors with cooler weather starting to show.

To that end, I’ve asked for a masking variance for Yule, at the request of the event steward, but we’ve yet to hear from Society on that. This may mean there is no requirement for masks, or that there will be that restriction in place. Please keep that in mind when registering, as we don’t know when we’ll know anything for certain.

If any practice or event wants a masking requirement variance (requiring vaccination checks are no longer allowed), please let me know.

Lastly, we’ve had some pressure to find new event sites, especially for our annual Yule event, but we need help to do so. The Barony understands the difficulties around parking and the kitchen at Yule, for example, but unless another site is found, the relationship we have with them makes it easy to accept bids that often don’t come in until after Pennsic, which is really pushing deadlines. 

Sites often book solid many months in advance, so we need to improve our event bidding and acceptance practices. We don’t currently have a policy around deadlines for bidding on events, but going forward, I think we need to get that policy in place, in addition to having folks discover potential new event sites. If you are interested in doing so, please let me know. 

For now, we have local events for the next few months settling nicely, starting to reach into next year, but we can never be too prepared, so if anyone wants to run events in 2023, the singer we lock in dates, contracts and plans for events, the better! 

In Service, 

Mael Eoin

Social Media Deputy – Magister Rowen Cloteworthy

A slightly slower month in new social media subscriptions, with only three and two of them from current members. Still, one more newcomer directed to Lady Chana. Chana has created a FB event for Yule and has made sure it’s been shared among the surrounding group pages. Iron Bog has shared information about their upcoming GeekFest demo. Folks continue to share items of interest and information continues to flow between social media and email.

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report – Lady Ragna Grímólfsdóttir

Anyone interested in producing scrolls for future Baronial Courts is welcome to contact me or our Baronial Signet, The Honorable Lady Mairi Crawford.

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.

September 2022:

—  Mael Eoin mac Echuid has submitted a new device (Per fess gules and argent, a lion rampant guardant counter-ermine, for augmentation its tail nowed and gorged of a baronial coronet Or and in base a chaine-shot azure). 

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.

August & September 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I immediately recognized 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.

June & July 2022:

—  I did not see any submissions which I immediately recognized as belonging to members 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 – Lady Motte Nachtfalter

Practices have been held this month without incident. There is a rumor that the Tuesday Bridge Goon practice is up to something. (please see artist rendition below):

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

No report.

Archery Marshal – Lady Maryna Borowska

Practices still ongoing on Sundays. November 20 is likely to be the final practice unless the weather gets weird.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Practices are continuing Sundays.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Ran Rapier Tournament at Commons.  Round Robin format.

Exchequer – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Currently working on 3rd quarter financial report and Champions and Commons event report. The rental deposit checks for Yule 2022 and Tavern 2023 have been sent to the German Society.

Chamberlain – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

We still have stuff.

Chronicler – Ellyn Grene

The latest issue of the newsletter was published September 30th. Thank you to everyone to contributed to the issue! The next issue is scheduled for November, so I’ll need to finalize the content by November 15. Contact me at chronicler@bhakail.eastkingdom.org if you would like to contribute.

Historian – Honorable Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair

Due to Everything going on in my life right. I am not committing to go to anything but Yule. I am waiting to see if the hard drive that had copies of the History is still viable after the fire.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Congratulations to Gisela Szabo and Taichleach Eoghanacht for winning A&S competitions at Harts and Horns last weekend!

I will be teaching a zoom class in conjunction with the Settmour Swamp MOAS on Wednesday October 26th, at 7:00 pm. The class is titled “The Wild Goose Chase: Navigating Digital Museum Databases”. More information will be posted when available.

I am planning a meetup/field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on November 5, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. to see the new exhibit on the Tudors. All are welcome to attend. Please email me at MOAS@bhakail.eastkingdom.org if you are interested in carpooling to the museum.

There are A&S opportunities at several local upcoming events including Shire Wars and 100 Minutes War/EK Novice day. Please see the east kingdom event announcements for details.

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.

As a reminder here are the prompts for our Yule A&S competitions!

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.

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

We had a bunch of newcomers join us at Commons, both taking on tasks as well as some joining us for their very first event!  They benefited greatly from the Plague Sale (we raised $277!!!) and have continued to come to social and getting to know the barony.  We’re so lucky to have such dedicated newcomers!  Many of them have plans to attend upcoming events, and we’ve even started talking them into camping with us at Waking of the Salamander next year!

Chancellor Minor’s – Honorable Lady Roseia Poseia

I helped the Barony of Carillion ‘s Chancellor Minor with Youth activity at G,G & G, and will be working with Lady Widow Kate with Youth Activities for Shires Wars.

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

Webminister – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

Not much movement on the new website, but we have two folks interested in the role – Ellyn and Finnolfr – so I’ll be introducing the system to them and see how they want to move forward.

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Honorable Lady Livia Petralia

Nothing to report.

 

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene