Business Meeting


Meeting notes, agenda, and outputs from Barony of Bhakail Business Meeting.

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 


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 


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 


Closing the poll for Salamander Pursuivant

Greetings!

After discussing the upcoming run-off with Ragna and Maryna, Maryna is withdrawing her letter of intent as Ragna is intending to continue in the role and it isn’t an office with a hard term limit.

I want to thank Maryna for being on top of the office’s term ending and to offer her candidacy, and for Ragna’s service so far and their interest in continuing in the role.

I also appreciate the chance to fulfill the Barony’s policy of anonymous voting; I’ll be closing that poll as a result and will be looking for another solution, should we need one going forward.  (The service I tried was great, but it’s $10 per poll.)  I’m working with the Kingdom to use Lime Surveys, which the Kingdom already pays for (and which the Kingdom uses regularly for polling order polls and the like).

We have some more offices coming up for renewal, and remember that _all_ offices should encourage having deputies, and that being a deputy doesn’t mean you have to succeed the current officer.  If you want to learn about an office, reach out to the officer and ask; whether you just want to learn the ropes, or are interested in taking on one or more aspects of the role, please consider it!

Thank you, and see you in a little over a week for the monthly business meeting 🙂

In Service,

Mael Eoin

Formal Vote at October’s meeting – Salamander Pursuivant

Greetings!

As mentioned recently, we’re trying a new voting service which allows for anonymous voting, which is otherwise tricky to do online.

Having successfully tested the system, I am posting the ballot form and notice today, 10 days ahead of the October meeting.
In order to _submit_ a ballot, you will need a code, which can be requested by emailing me. They’re not tied in any way to you or your email and I will show the ballot creation and tallying process at the meeting to show there is nothing tying individuals back to votes cast and answer any other questions around the service that might pop up.  I may ask for a deputy or two to manage the process going forward, if we determine it’s successful enough (and if we stick with meeting online, which has been the Barony’s preference thus far).
Ballot URL: https://www.opavote.com/en/code/5908345230721024
Codes can be requested via email or in person at Social or Archery practice this week.

In Service,

Mael Eoin mac Echuidh

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 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