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The Salamander Newsletter

Coronet Report – June 2018

To the Barony of Bhakail, the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust, and their friends and neighbors, from Baron Rowen and Baroness Suba, greetings and wishes of good health!

Barony Beyond the Mountain Investiture – 5/19/18

We traveled to BBM to see Our Cousins, Dorigen of Lewes and Eloise of Coulter step down, and Our new Cousins, Mark Red Hand and Gwenllian ferch Llewelyn Invested as the new Baron and Baroness Beyond the Mountain. We met with the incoming Baron and Baroness, along with the rest of House Runnymede, and gave them a gift of an embroidered table runner made by Lady Rosaiea Posaiea.

Hunter’s Picnic – 5/26/18

We joined friends in the Shire of Caer Adamant at Hunter’s Picnic, a small and very friendly afternoon stewarded by Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorne and Lady Mairi Crawford. Baroness Suba joined the discussions at the Athena’s Thimble solar. Eirani inn Sporr was the Head Cook and set out a delicious lunch with help from Lady Mairi Crawford, Lord Sean O’Morain, Mistress Hedewigis Ockenfussin, and Lord Hallbjorn Tryggvason. Thank you to our friends in Caer Adamant for a fine day!

King’s & Queen’s Armored Champions / Sommer Draw – 6/2/18

After traveling to the Barony of Bergental, we stepped out of our roles as Baron and Baroness and helped herald the tourney to choose the new Armored Champions. Vivant to the Honorable Lord Arne Ulrichson, newest King’s Champion, and to the Honorable Lord Ozurr the Boot-Giver, newest Queen’s Champion!

Upcoming Event – Iron Bog Investiture / King’s & Queen’s Archery Champions – 6/16/18

We plan to travel to the Barony of Iron Bog to see Our Cousin Creatura Christi of Oaks step down and Our new Cousins and friends of the Barony, Declan Gobha and Aibhilin inghean ui Phaidin, Invested as the Baron and Baroness.

Upcoming Event – Barren Sands Demo – 6/23/18-6/24/18

The Barony has been asked to help staff a demo being held by the Shire of Barren Sands. The demo will be held at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, 1000 Village Dr, Millville, NJ 08332. They will need help staffing the demo both Saturday and Sunday. The site is open to the public from 10am to 5pm on both days. Camping is available at the site. This demo is not currently listed on the EK Calendar and details are only available on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/events/191477601368406/

Upcoming Event – Pennsic – 7/28/18-8/12/18

As we get closer to Pennsic, we will be discussing with the camp the options for hosting both Filk Night and Period Games & Music night. Filk Night is traditionally held on middle Friday. Period Games & Music is traditionally held on Tuesday of War week, however, this year EK Court will be held that night. We have spoken to Our Cousins of the Barony of Flaming Gryphon in the Midrealm. They would like to continue our ongoing chess match at PG&M, so we are considering holding that party on Sunday night this year. We will also be holding a brief Court at Pennsic, though the date and time haven’t been confirmed yet. We were considering doing it a half-hour before we are to line up for Opening Ceremonies.

Upcoming Event – Champions and Commons – 8/26/18

We will be choosing our new Baronial Armored Champion, Ladies’ Armored Champion, Baronial Rapier Champion, and Ladies’ Rapier Champion at this event. We are looking forward to an excellent day of fighting. We will also be holding Order meetings for the Salamander and the Horse. We are also planning to hold a sizable Court, so that Our Court at Yule will be shorter in case it becomes a Royal Progress. We encourage everyone from the Barony to join us at Commons and spend the day.

Retiring Officer – Chronicler

Please note that the Barony is searching for a new Chronicler. We would thank Lady Lianor de Matos for her service and for continuing in the role as we look for someone new to manage this office. For Lianor, Vivat!

Retiring Officer – Chamberlain

We would like to thank Lord Martyn de Haliwell for his service to the Barony as Chamberlain! Your efforts organizing, storing, and moving the Barony’s property have been well done and much appreciated! Vivat!

In closing

Thank you all for your efforts with the Barony. Everyone’s positive actions, from participating in fight practice, to crafting, to helping run the daily life and events of the Barony, enriches us. We appreciate all you offer. Until next month,

Pray know we remain,

 – Rowen and Suba


May 2018 Officer Reports and Meeting Notes

We opened at 8:00pm.

OLD BUSINESS

  • Pennsic

Chana reported – There is one week left to pre-reg to stay with Bhakail if you stayed with Bhakail last year. Please do so soon. We are going to be very full this year. There will be another meeting soon, after the first weekend in June. Camp fees go to Suba.

  • Philadelphia Renaissance Fair

Chana reported – There was a demo this past weekend. There were a few small organization issues since this is a new faire, but it went very well. We have already gotten an email from a contact made there. There was a huge draw from the fighters. We have been unofficially invited back for next year. 

  • EK 50 Year

Bryan is looking to put together some stuff for the history demo, but that involves arriving early to set things up, on Wednesday. Rosie and John Patrick have volunteered to be there Wednesday to set up the Barony’s history booth. There was some confusion about registering Bhakail as a camping group, so arrangements weren’t made. There will not be a Bhakail camp. People from the Barony who wish to camp may wish to reach out to the Tadcasters or the Shire of Barren Sands.

  • Bylaw Ammendments

At the April meeting, Baron Rowen had proposed striking sections XV.A and XV.B of the Bylaws, which discussed mandatory quarterly Baronial Council meetings. The sections were read to the meeting. The floor was opened to discussion about striking these sections. It was suggested that we not have things in the Bylaws that we don’t need. It was brought up that the Baronial Council was created to take care of business that was not getting done at business meetings. However, business has been getting done at the meetings. Additionally, we have not had a Baronial Council in some time and this has not affected the operation of the Barony. It was suggested that, rather than removing the whole section, we only remove the requirement to hold it quarterly and instead have language calling for it as needed. It was pointed out that sections defining the Baronial Council can’t easily be removed, as the definition is necessary in other sections of the bylaws discussing how to deal with possible issues with the Seneschal or Coronets. It is also mentioned in other places in the bylaws.

There was also a motion to change the wording throughout the Bylaws from Greater Officers and Lesser Officers, as defined in Section III.A and III.B, to Required Officers and Additional Officers. There must be a suggested wording change for the Bylaws for this amendment to be enacted.

Muin proposed that the two opinions be written up for presentation at next months meeting where we will continue the debate. Lianor seconded and a majority voted to approve this.

  • Fighting Tabards

Rosie said they are coming along nicely. Five or six are halfway done. 

  • Barren Sands Demo

This will be June 23 and 24. If anyone is available and interested there will be free admission for SCA people and there is weekend camping. They are checking on above ground fires. We will be sharing the space with LARPers. Wet site after the demo for the day is over. They would like to have A&S, fighting and fencing.

  • Commons and Champions

Sabine is looking at putting together a bid for this event. The bards have requested a bardic track. It may be the case that the Coronets need to choose a new bardic champion, as the current one is moving to Michigan. 

  • Zip Code Committee

We have received a much expanded request for zip codes from the Bailiwick which is going in for review. A map was circulated so we could see what things were being requested. The committee will come up with recommendations to present.

  • Officers needed

Martyn will be stepping down and the office of Chamberlain will be vacant as of June. While not a required office, this is a useful office for the Barony as the is a good bit of Baronial property to keep track of. A request has been made for Letters of Intent. Those interested should speak to Muin and Martyn.

Lianor wishes to step down as Chronicler as soon as a replacement can be found. Chronicler is a required office for the Barony. A request has been made for Letters of Intent. Those interested should speak to Muin and Lianor.

NEW BUSINESS

  • BoD Commentary

Board of Directors has requested commentary on a new Mission Statement which can be found here – http://socsen.sca.org/request-for-commentary-mission-statement/

The BoD has also requested commentary on proposed anti-hate speech language found here – http://socsen.sca.org/request-for-comments-hate-ban-language/

  • Yule 2018

Martyn has a bid proposal ready to go to the financial committee before the June meeting. There has only been one change from last year and that is to hire a professional cleaning crew to come in after the event. The amount would be between $350 and $400. This would be the cleaning crew from St. Kevin’s which was used after Baronial Investiture in 2017. Several people agreed that this would be a great idea. Site fee would probably to up a dollar. John Marshall organizing the food for the day.

  • Hunter’s Picnic in Caer Adamant

Caer Adamant has an archery, thrown weapons, and armored combat event coming up, Hunter’s Picnic, on May 26.

  • New Heirs to the EK

Vivant to the new Prinz and Princess, Wilhelm and Vienna!

OFFICER REPORTS

  • Coronets

Rowen and Suba reported – Report was posted online and can be found here – http://bhakail.eastkingdom.org/wordpress/index.php/2018/06/06/coronet-report-may-2018/

  • Seneschal

Muin reported – Self care, people! He has noticed quite a few Bhakailis looking like they are on the edge of burning themselves out. It’s great to do a lot of things for the Barony and for the other local groups and to be at every event, but take a little bit of time for yourself and do some self care. Because a burnt out Bhakaili is not our goal. We would rather you miss the occasional event and see you at more events in the long run, than to never see you again. Just a personal opinion.

  • Herald

Ragna reported – The Herald’s report is available on the website here – http://bhakail.eastkingdom.org/wordpress/index.php/2018/05/08/salamander-pursuivants-report-2018-05/

  • Knight Marshal

Vachir reported – The Philly Ren Fair was great and a lot of people were interested. Fighter practice is going great. Fighters have been moving outside, if we would like to switch to the smaller room. Vashir took Will as a man-at-arms at the Ren Faire.

  • Rapier Marshal

No report

  • Captain of Combat Archers

Jibril reported – Bring your combat archery gear and armor next week, so we can shoot at the fighters. They will also help finish up not done kits.

  • Exchequer

Philadelphia reported – All the “Dedicated Funds” have been recently reviewed. The activities which are being supported have received the money or at least are aware of the money earmarked for them.

The next project is contacting everyone who has an outstanding uncashed check from the Barony. If the checks aren’t cashed after 3 years, we’re supposed to escheat the money to the government. (If the check has been lost, we’ll reissue a new one.)

Site rental deposits have been paid for Champions & Commons to be held on Sunday, 8/26/18, and Yule Revel to be held on Saturday, 12/8/18.

Bhakail received a (whopping) $0.35 as settlement from the TD Bank “penny arcade” lawsuit.

  • Chamberlain

Martyn reported – The Barony has stuff, and I am in need of a replacement. Nominations for Chamberlain are open. Olease reach out with any questions!

  • Chronicler

Lianor reported – I am still seeking a replacement for the office of Chronicler. Please let Lianor or Muin as the Seneschal know if you are willing to take this position.

  • Minister of Arts and Sciences

Hrafnhildr reported – A&S at Ellen’s has restarted on Thursday nights, starting around 6:30pm. Caer Adamant has some A&S things coming up as well, including a July 4th silk banner painting workshop.

  • Minister of the Lists

No report.

  • Chatelaine

Chana reported – Bhakail is still gathering newcomers, and we love having them!  Our demo at the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire was a huge draw, people loved watching the fighters and crafters, and have expressed interest in joining our fine Society.  With fighting/camping season coming, we hope to bring our newcomers to some weekend events and get them to see the breadth of what the SCA has to offer!  For those who have expressed interest in combat archery, we will now be starting practices during socials on Tuesday nights.  Hooray for warm weather!

  • Chancellor Minor

Rosie reported – If you want any type of youth activities, let me know.

  • Webminister

Runi reported – We have a website. We have set up people with emails, and the officers list is working again. There are a few comments that we deleted since they were spam. It was noted that we should archive the Canton of Black Icorndall’s social media and website pages, as well as move the information about the Social to the Barony’s website.

  • Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Martyn reported – Information on Ivyeinrust’s meeting can be found on the Bailiwick’s website – http://ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org/april-2018-bailiwick-meeting-minutes-summary/

Meeting closed at 9:18pm


Coronet Report – May 2018

Greetings and all good things to the Barony of Bhakail and the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust and those others who read these words, from Baron Rowen and Baroness Suba!

Balfar’s Challenge – 4/21/18

Baron Rowen and Baroness Suba attended Balfar’s Challenge in the Barony of Dragonship Haven. There was word from the Court of Their Majesties, Brennan III and Caoilfhionn III. Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcacova was inducted into the Order of the Maunche! Vivat! There was also word from the Court of Their Excellencies Dragonship Haven, Joseph and Brose. They have given Their Barony’s Award of the Fiskur, a service token, to Lord Morwill MacShane, Lady Triona MacCaskey, and Lord Kamejima Matasaburou Takauji called Taka. Vivant!

Scribal Schola in the Shire – 4/28/18

Baroness Suba had a wonderful time learning new skills in calligraphy and illumination and was pleased to help our neighbors in the Shire of Caer Adamant in supporting their event. It is hoped that this event will happen again. Regretfully, modern obligations prevented Baron Rowen from attending.

Philly Ren Faire Demo – 5/5/18-5/6/18

Baron Rowen attended the demo held at the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. Baroness Suba was unable to be there, as She was attending to obligations at Crown Tourney.. We would like to thank everyone who came out to support this demo. In addition to our Barony, we were aided by residents of Iron Bog, Barren Sands, and Hartshorn-dale, and we very much appreciated their support. We had armored fighters, rapier fighters, musicians, and artisans working on many types of crafts. We feel we had a good showing, particularly on Saturday, and would like to thank Maitresse Sabine de Kerbriant for organizing the Barony’s participation both days.

In addition, Our Knight Marshal, Baron Vachir Arslajin took Wilhelm Grün as his Man-at-Arms at the Demo on Saturday. Vivant to Vachir and Wilhelm!

Crown Tournament – 5/5/18

Baroness Suba was pleased to attend the East Kingdom Crown Tourney in the Barony of Ruantallan. Vivant to our new Prince and Princess, Sir Wilhelm von Ostenbrücke and Mistress Vienna de la Mer! In addition, friends of the Barony were also competitors. Baron Fearghus O’Conchobhair competed for crown and for the honor of Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal.

The Scribal Art of Bhakailis and Friends

The works of the the scribes of Bhakail and its friends continue to be displayed in Royal Court. We have heard that given out were scrolls created by Lady Triona MacCaskey, Lady Mairi Crawford, Lady Mýrún Leifsdóttir, Lady Shoshana Gryffyth, and Baroness Mari Clock van Hoorne.

Board of Directors Seeks Commentary

There are two issues on which the Board of Directors of the SCA is seeking input.

The SCA Board of Directors is seeking commentary on their proposed language addressing hate speech. http://socsen.sca.org/request-for-comments-hate-ban-language/

Commentary on a new SCA Mission Statement and Statement of Core Values is sought by the Board of Directors. http://socsen.sca.org/mission-core-board-request-for-commentary-revised-mission-statement-and-core-values/

If you have input you wish to give on these issues, please contact the BoD via the links above.

First Year

As we come up to the end of our first year as Baron and Baroness, we cannot thank the Barony enough for the support you have shown us and the enthusiasm you show for the Barony and the SCA. You each make us proud to be Bhakailis. Waauugghh, Bhakail!

 

Pray know we remain,

 – Rowen and Suba


Coronet Report – October 2017

Greetings to the Barony of Bhakail, the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust, the Canton of Black Icorndall, and friends!

As Baron and Baroness, we continue to travel quite a bit to represent the Barony. We wrote last month that we attended Brennan and Caoilfhionn’s Ducal Challenge in the Barony of Settmour Swamp on September 9th. We didn’t include that Lady Myrun Leifsdottir and Lady Triona MacCaskey contributed art to the Challenge, Lord Ian Douglas fought in the fencing tourney, and Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcacova won the A&S competition, making her Settmour Swamp’s new A&S Champion.

We also traveled to Barony of An Dubhaigeainn for the Investiture of Baron Titus Aurelius Magnus and Baroness Sorcha of Stonegrave. We brought gifts for Their Excellencies, crafted by the talented artisans of Bhakail. Lady Roseia Poseia cross-stitched the arms of An Dubhaigeainn onto a table runner and Lady Iseaulte of the Clews made some lovely sekanjabin. Also, we were pleased to see Lady Aurelia Alfaiata d’Alcacova apprentice to Mistress Vienna de la Mer. We wish them both the best in this new endeavor!

This past weekend, we attended the Last Court of Ioannes and Honig and the Coronation and First Court of Ivan and Matilde. Many exciting things happened and we were pleased to be there. In the morning, before Last Court began, Baroness Suba took Lady Jehannette Bouchart as her first protege. We wish them both much success in that relationship. During Last Court, Baron Rowen was given Honig’s Queen’s Cypher for his work as the Royal Court Herald.

Last Court concluded and the Coronation of Ivan and Matilde began. There was some beautiful set dressing, setting the scene of St Basil’s Cathedral. Assistance in the set construction was provided by Baron Vachir Artslanjin and Lord Egill Illugasson. Their Majesties processed in to some lovely choral music and additional incidental music was played throughout the Coronation and First Court. Maitresse Sabine de Kerbriant, Lady Margretha La Fauvelle, Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Lady Siobhan ingean ui Dhonnabhain, Lady Adelisa Salernitana, and Lord Sean O’Morain all helped contribute to the ambiance of the day. The Greater Officers of State were called forward and it was announced that Maistir Mael Eoin mac Echuid had taken on the role of Kingdom Webminister. We, as Baron and Baroness of Bhakail, swore fealty to the Crown along with the rest of the gathered Landed Baronage.

During the day, Lady Margretha La Fauvelle took Lord Phelippe le Vigneron as a student. Later in the afternoon, First Court began. The Queen’s Guard were called first. Each guard was given some inkle woven trim as a favor from the Queen, crafted by Lady Beatrice de Warynton and Lady Chana Freidl the Maker and our own Baroness Ysmay de Lynn was named to Queen Matilde’s Guard. During Court, Lady Myrun Leifsdottir was awarded Silver Brooch and Lady Margretha La Fauvelle was given a Writ for the Order of the Laurel, to be answered at Yule. Both Lady Triona MacCaskey and Lady Myrun Leifsdottir contributed scrolls to the Court of Their Majesties.

We have several upcoming events. Many Bhakailis will be supporting Shire Wars, hosted by the Shire of Buckland Cross the weekend of October 21st. Maistir Mael Eoin mac Echuid will be coordinating the dayboard and feast and we encourage those interested in the kitchens to offer him help. We had considered holding our Thrown Weapons Champions there but, considering the distance, We believe We’d rather hold the competition in the spring at a local event in order to elicit more Baronial residents as competitors.

On Sunday, November 19th, the Barony is hosting a demo at the Philadelphia German Society. This will be “Lunch with Luther”, including dishes that Martin Luther might have eaten 500 years ago. Mistress Juliana von Altenfeld will be coordinating the kitchen, and We’d ask that those who are able come out to assist with this. There has also been a request for music from the German Renaissance. Please let Us know if you need contact information for Mistress Juliana or for Mistress Philadelphia Brown, who is coordinating this demo for us.

Coming soon after will be the Barony’s Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany, to be held on December 9th. We are fortunate to be hosting Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde for the day. Assistance is still needed in many areas and We would encourage everyone in the Barony to help with this event. Please contact Mistress Philadelphia for more information. In addition to the day’s festivities, We will be hosting Our Baronial Brewing Championship and Our Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship. We would like to thank Lady Cassandra Cassandra Arques de Northmannia and Lady Shoshana Gryffyth for their help setting the rules for these competitions. You can find more information on the requirements for entry at the event website, http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.php?eid=3221.

Lastly, we believe a bid is being put together for Tavern, to be held Saturday, January 27, 2018. When this event comes together, it is our intention to hold Our Gaming Championship and Our Bardic Championship there.

As always, our deepest thanks to our retainers and those others who have helped us in Our travels, and all who help the Barony shine in large and small ways. We are very grateful for you all.

Pray know We remain,

For Barony, Bailiwick, and Canton,

 – Baron Rowen and Baroness Suba


October Salamander Addendum

The following is an Addendum to the October Salamander:

If you have not yet heard, Lord Wulfgang Gruenwald passed away suddenly and the services will be on Tuesday evening. Since a large number of Bhakailis were close to him, I have consulted with Their Excellencies and we agree that it is fitting to postpone the business meeting so that everyone who wants to go will be able to do so without worrying about any other obligations from us.

Lord Wulfgang (Bacon Bob) was kind and generous to many of us and he will be sorely missed.

Yours in Service to the Dream,
-Suba
Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheika (Baroness Suba)

The next Business Meeting for the Barony of Bhakail will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30pm during the Canton Social at Stage One – 101 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford, PA 19063.

The formal polling for Seneschal will take place, and nominations for the Coronet will close at the end of business. Ballots for Seneschal can be found here: Formal Polling Ballot Seneschal.


October Salamander

October 2016 Salamander

Meeting Start Time: 8:02pm

OLD BUSINESS

Seneschal Candidates – We have two candidates for Seneschal: Muin and Martyn, because we have two candidates we will move this item to the next meeting with paper ballots in a formal polling [see attached ballot]. Absentee ballots are OK. Ballots should be anonymous because you don’t want any identifying information on the ballot, please put your name and membership number on the envelope in order to have your ballot counted; envelopes can contain more than one ballot, with more than one name / member number listed on the envelope. People can mail them by November 1st or pass them along to someone attending the business meeting.

Exchequer Candidates – [REVISED] At the meeting there were two candidates for Chancellor of the Exchequer, following the meeting, Mistress Philadelphia Brown withdrew and has agreed to become m’lady Sigvin Jansdottir’s deputy, upon successful confirmation as Exchequer at the November Business Meeting via an Operational Polling.

At-Large Council of the Exchequer Candidates – We only received one candidate for the 3 open seats on the Council of the Exchequer, which stands at 4 members currently. Per the Bylaws, the CoE must have an odd number, and two of those must be non-Great-Officers. Mistress Judith the confused nominated herself to continue holding her seat, but as she is a Great Officer, she cannot be eligible for the one open position, as two additional candidates would be required. The selection of new members of the Council of the Exchequers was tabled, and the nominations will remain open until the November Business Meeting. Several members of the CoE complimented Judith’s contribution to the CoE, and nominations will remain open in the hopes that we can fill the remaining 2 vacancies.

Chatelaine Candidate – Lady Marta de Lyon was the only candidate for Chatelaine and made the following statement prior to an operational polling that confirmed her in the office: [paraphrased] “I volunteered to take the position of Chatelaine because new people in the SCA are important to me, and something I care a lot about. As well as getting increased membership for the SCA, I will do everything I can to make new people feel welcome and find their way in the SCA.” At this point nominations were closed, and Lady Marta was confirmed as Bhakail’s new Chatelaine. Her current term will expire in October 2019.

Coronet Candidates – There are currently no official candidates for the Coronet of Bhakail. Nominations will remain open through the close of business at the November Business Meeting.

Bid for Yule 2017 – A deposit has been sent to the German Society to secure the date. A full bid is expected from Mistress Philadelphia soon.

Tavern 2017 – from Ayleth le Frye: the event is happening and the event and the announcement should be available on the East Kingdom website soon.

Herald Position during upcoming Kingdom Polling for the Coronet – Master Rowen reported back that TRM Brion & Anna have approved his continuing on as Salamander Pursuivant during the polling process.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Baronial Council – Nothing to report.

Council of the Exchequer – Nothing to report.

Yule 2016 – via Ayleth (Xan’s Deputy Autocrat) – There is now a page for Yule on the Bhakail website. It will continue to be updated, and now has the feast menu posted. Lord John Marshall has been put in contact with the GSP so he can arrange for a visit of the kitchens and Xan has passed along specs to both John and Martyn regarding both kitchens. Xan has asked people consider volunteering to make robin hood hats, as well as motor board hats (for Cambridge and Oxford), and has spoken with Philly about that. Duchess Diana has volunteered to be the Dance Instructor. Updates will be posted on the EK Calendar announcement page.

Those wishing to volunteer should contact the autocrat; door wardens are greatly needed (Cailin and Patraic have volunteered for shifts). Regarding clean-up: Philly is currently looking for much-needed volunteers & Muin is donating gifties for people who stay to help clean up.

Damiana is still accepting checks and cash for reservations.

Tavern 2017 – via Ayleth (Autocrat) – Volunteers needed: door wardens, clean-up crew, set-up crew. The event will be the last Saturday of January (28th), starting at 11am. Reservations will be accepted soon.

OFFICER REPORTS

Coronet: Read the Salamander.

Seneschal: in addition to the report listed later in this issue: the consensus regarding doing Champions and Investiture after Pennsic, or combing the two as a full weekend event with camping is not clear. [There was considerable discussion at this point in the meeting, and it was my (Martyn’s) understanding that the issue would remain open until a plan for succession of the Coronet was in place, as a lot of the planning will rely on TRM and/or Their Heirs.] The 3rd Quarter Seneschal Report was filed last month.

Chancellor of the Exchequer – 3rd quarter report finalized and is going out this week. We just submitted the final changes for the bank account signature card.

Herald – report was sent out earlier today via the Bhakail list. There are a number of items for court at Yule, if you are interested in volunteering to do any heralding and/or scrollwork, please contact Rowen.

Chronicler – read the salamander (via Martyn).

Knight Marshal – report read (via Suba).

Minister of Arts & Sciences – No report.

Minister of the Lists – No report.

Chatelaine – No report from Violet as outgoing Chatelaine. From Marta: We have a number of new people who contacted the Barony; there are 5 new people I am currently working with this month, which is great! I need someone to assist me with Gold Key and making sure we have loaner garb. I would love to have volunteers to make sure we have garb for newcomers for upcoming events.

Rapier Marshal – No report. It was noted that Don Melchior was the highest-scoring fencer at the Ladies of the Rose Tourney held at GGG in Carillion.

Chamberlain – Report posted to the Bhakail list earlier today.

Chancellor Minor – We have youth activities planned for Yule: making masks, game boards, doing gaming, having a parade, and will be bringing along “stained glass” painting activity, which went over really well last year, so we have stuff to do and help! Lady Roseia is now my official deputy.

Webminister – We have a website. I would love for people to post things to it. More on that after the meeting, anyone who wants to learn, my deputy Webminister (Ayleth) will be walking everyone through the posting process. If not, click through the tutorials posted to the website. We’ve uploaded some basic content and the calendar was updated. We are working on more social media stuff (twitter will be going live soon), anyone else we can pull in from any area is a great thing, and social media presents a new recruitment area for the Barony.

Ivyeinrust – No report. It was noted that their next meeting was 10/19 at Penn, and City Social is now the last Thursday of the month and was held on 10/27 at Bierstube.

Canton – read the Salamander, the report is hilarious. Next meeting was the following Tuesday at the Canton Social. The Seneschal (Muin) is stepping down, as he is a candidate for Baronial Seneschal.

ANNOUNCEMENT & REMINDERS:

On February 25th there will be a Roman-themed event in Caer Adamant.

The next business meeting will be held Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30pm at Stage One (101 Plush Mill Rd, Wallingford PA 19063). It will be during the Canton Social, there may be fighting outside or in another room.

Come visit the PA Ren Faire! Uphill of the Chessboard is where you can find us!

Motion to Adjourn was approved without dissent and the meeting closed at 8:56pm.

These are a summarization of my notes from the meeting. – Martyn

 

Formal Polling Ballot Seneschal

 

Click here for the October 2016 Officer Reports


June Business Meeting and Council of the Exchequer Proposed Policies

Baronial Officer Reports for June, as well as Council of the Exchequer Policy Proposal

Meeting opened at 7:44

COUNCIL OF EXCHEQUER MEETING Minutes – March 18, 2016

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING CASH RECEIPTS

BEST PRACTICES

The best practice is to have the Reservation Clerk and Gatekeeper head be the same person.  This is absolutely imperative for a Royal Progress event (and Yule Revel, too).

Advantages are that all the letters and information is brought to the event and there is continuity of knowledge.  This should be the standard, not the exception, for all well managed and handled events.

It is recommended that the event steward not be the Reservation Clerk.  It is prohibited for the event steward to be the Gatekeeper.

COLLECTION OF CASH

  1. Every time funds are collected, e.g., donations accepted in lieu of site fee, fundraising, etc., the funds are to be turned over to either the Exchequer, Exchequer deputy, or the Seneschal during the event or the very next day.  Funds are not to be held for any length of time.
    1. If cash is collected for a future event, then a receipt is to be made out to the person with the information (either by cash receipts book, or email that person (payor) and cc’ing the event Reservation Clerk and Exchequer.)   The cash must be deposited within a week.
      1. No cash is ever to be returned from cash collected.  NO CASH DISBURSEMENTS EVER!
  2. Reservations Clerk must deposit checks at least weekly prior to an event.  It doesn’t matter how many checks or how few checks there are. 
    1. Minimum requirements:
      1. Must be familiar with check/cash bank depositing procedures
        1. Write a bank deposit slip
        2. Write bank endorsement info on back of check or use barony stamp
      2. Able to get to bank easily and frequently at least weekly for a minimum of 6 weeks prior to event.
      3. Familiar with electronic spreadsheets (Excel or Excel compatible).
      4. Familiar with email.
    2. Checks are to be copied (and cash deposit slip) and deposit information communicated to Exchequer.
    3. Cash/checks are to be entered into an Excel sheet pre-registration template.  This will be available on website and/or provided through email.
    4. The only preregistration is a paid registration. Other than event attendees from another country, preregistrations must be accompanied by payment.
    5. Exchequer will review spreadsheet after deposits to reconcile against bank statement.
      1. There may be more than one such reconciliation.
      2. There should be one just before the event but after last deposit done.
      3. There may be a situation where the last checks received are held until after the event.
        1. Let Exchequer know this when file is reconciled prior to event.
    6. Must bring final copy of Pre-Registration list to event.
    7. Bring all documents to the event and eventually turn them over to the Exchequer.
    8. Record retention is 7 years by the Exchequer Office.
  3. Obtain the latest copy of the East Kingdom membership list from the Seneschal and enter the membership #’s on the pre-registration list and indicate if they have a waiver on file (this really speeds up the Gate)
    1. Required for RP events
    2. Recommended for large events, especially Yule
  4. Cash Streamlined Walk-In form preferred.  This will be available on website and/or provided through email.
    1. Ease of counting cash.
    2. There should be multiple clipboards available for use, then review by Gate when collecting cash.
  5. Different form to be used for checks Walk-In form as we require full name, address, and email.  This will be event specific.
    1. Necessary if check bounces.
  6. When Gate closes, the Exchequer or designee and Gatekeeper are to review the gate reconciliation documents, count cash, and turn over the cash. A minimum of 2 people are to independently count the cash and checks.   If this is not possible, then the Gatekeeper must meet with the Exchequer within 2 days of the event.
    1. No cash is to be returned by Gate to refund anyone who is not attending the event. 
    2. All refunds are processed by check through the Exchequer.  Again, NO CASH DISBURSEMENTS EVER!
  7. All advance refund requests are to be sent to the Exchequer.

Potential available feasts and protocol

Best practice is not to sell feasts for seats that have not been officially released.  A waitlist for feasts may be kept at Gate with a specific time for such feasts to be sold.  The Herald will call for names on the list in their order at that specific time.   There are no guarantees.

INSTANCES WHERE RESERVATION CLERK MAY BE REMOVED:

The Reservation Clerk and Gatekeeper serve at the discretion of the Exchequer and are subject to review only by the Seneschal and Event Steward.

Coronets

Greetings all, 

Once again this month, Bhakail has much to be proud of. Muin spent all day teaching chasing and repose at Iron Bog’s Maybe event, and the feedback I received both that day and in the weeks the followed were glowing. I am looking forward to seeing new art in the area soon. 

We were also honorably represented by our champions at this event. Va c hir, our rattan champion, entered the lists and fought bravely and well. He made it into the final 4, but as it was Iron Bog’s championship, he requested to be removed from the running. The Baroness es  of Bhakail and Iron Bog discussed the situation, and agreed that stepping out of the running was both honorable and gracious. 

On the fencing list, Berrick, our rapier champion, Morwyl, our rapier lady’s champion, and Lorenzo, our Arts and Sciences champion, all were the picture of honor and dignity. Berrick and Morwyl also had to step out of the running as Iron Bog’s champions and both fought beautifully that day. Lorenzo also fought well, and spent much of his time teaching and encouraging, as usual. 

Eldritch  and Berrick took time out of their day to give me an impromptu fencing lesson, this being  the “Maybe I’ll try something new” event , and this time it seems to have stuck. I have made it to one fencing practice since then, and hope to make it to many others. 

I would also like to give special thanks to Sue Ellen who tried her hand at retaining for the first time. She was attentive and charmingly insistent that she be allowed to keep my cup filled. I look forward to working with her more in the future. 

There were so many folks who helped out at Artisan’s Village, I’m sure that we are going to miss some of them here. There was so much activity and fun to be had that day. We are so pleased by the many people who came out to help and enjoy the day. 

Mael Eoin would like to mention that Artisan’s Village was a wonderful time, with no small amount of help from Triona – who provided Friday’s traveler’s dinner – and then Violet and Julia who both helped immensely in the kitchen for dayboard.  (It was Julia’s first event, too, and she had a great time throughout the event.)

Sabine ran the Musician’s Village which supplied dance music when a group of dancers happened to gather before them. Suba was there to support the music, and take up parts when music was passed around and gathered folks were enticed into some sign singing. We sounded pretty good if you ask me 🙂 

Annetje ran an outdoor cooking village that showcased techniques, equipment and methods that were used in period. Martyn was able to come out of his long confinement and help out there. 

Alesone ran a science village and made some tasty, tasty science. I believe they made preserves. 

Two people entered my Artisan’s Challenge, that challenged folks to add trim to their garb, and I saw many Bhakaili faces when it came time to judge the challenges. It’s always good to see the exchange of ideas and passions between like minded folks. 

Lastly for Artisan’s Village, Melanie – another one of our many new friends – managed to collect enough beads from the various Villages and turned them in for a chance to win a prize at the end of the day…which she won!  It was a lovely basket with gifts from many artisans who were involved in the event.  Congratulations, Melanie!

This last weekend we attended Southern Region War Camp, where  Va chir rece i ved his  Silver  Tyger, which is the new  AoA-level fighting award. Also, Bruni received her writ for her Laurel which will be awarded at Pennsic.

Many folks camped out, too, and this year saw the expansion of the usual few campers with big representation from Caer Adamant and the Tadcasters .  While the heat and humidity sucked the desire for anyone to play midnight bocce, people hopped from camp to camp and had a good time both Friday and Saturday nights.

Bhakailis could once again be found in the kitchen. Martyn was running the day board, and many folks came out to lend him a hand. The food was tasty and plentiful. Ask him about his farts when you get a chance. 

In Service,

Ysmay and Mael Eoin

Baroness and Baron of Bhakail

Seneschal

Upcoming events:

2016-06-25 – (canton) Baronial Bardic Championship and possible Court of Love – Master Rowen Cloteworthy

Get rest of calendar from Suba

Call for Bids – note that bids can be workshopped after being presented:
Champions/Commons 2017 – preferred by September 2016 meeting.
Yule 2017 preferred at or before September 2016 meeting.
Any new event idea is welcome and does not require a competing bid.

Exchequer

Attached please find Exchequer report for the period January-May 31, 2016.  Also attached is a draft of Financial Policies to be discussed and voted upon at the June meeting.

Chronicler

Reports are now regularly being posted to the Bhakail website. Have other content you would like to appear there? Talk to the appropriate officer.

The Summer Salamander Quarterly went out in May through email, on the website and on Facebook. If you would like to contribute, please let me know.

I am still seeking a deputy Chronicler, mostly in case of emergencies when I cannot make meetings. Thanks!

Historian

Herald

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report, 2016-06

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 2016__

  • I didn’t see any Bhakail submissions on the ILoI for June.

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

__May 2016__

  • Þorsteinn Hroðbjartsson’s device submission – “Per pale azure and argent, a fox rampant contourny and a seal haurient embowed counterchanged, on a chief or five hop cones inverted vert.” has been forwarded to Laurel.

__June 2016__

  • Not released yet.

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

__March 2016 Acceptances__

  • Rowen Cloteworthy’s heraldic title – “Red Lozenge Herald” has been registered.

__March 2016 Returns__

  • Rowen Cloteworthy’s Augmentation of Arms. “Lozengy argent and sable, a chief gules and for an augmentation a canton purpure charged with four millrinds in cross Or.” has been returned with the following note: This augmentation is returned for contrast issues. SENA A3a3 states “Because an augmentation adds complexity, augmented devices are often allowed to violate certain style rules, such as allowing charges on tertiary charges or a complexity count of greater than eight, as long as the identifiability of the design is maintained. However, they may not violate the rules on contrast.” While the canton is overall and has good technical constrast with the field, it also substantially overlies the gules chief and mostly touches black parts of the neutral field. Thus, the purpure canton largely lies against a color background and does not have good contrast. In consequence, this must be returned.

I’m working with a few people on names and devices, including Zhelana, Marta, and Melanie.

Their Excellencies Bhakail will be holding a Baronial Court on June 25th at the Court of Love event. Those interested in helping with Court should contact me.

Anyone interested in producing scrolls for Baronial Court should contact me as well.

Knight Marshal

Tuesday night practices are getting bigger and bigger. We have 4 novices coming out frequently, and we are now at the point of making or asking for funds for new loaner gear to keep up with demand. 

A&S

Kingdom report went in on time. First Monday of next month is the Fourth of July and so that will be moving to the third Monday at Sabine’s. She is inviting others over to find a persona appropriate song.

MoL

It was encouraging to see the Barony well represented in all aspects of the Martial Disciplines at SRWC.  Mistress Scheherazade, Mistress Gisela and I spent the day at the MOL Tables at Troll and at Youth Combat.  Rumors of War surround us.  Now is the time to get your Authorizations up to date and perhaps add another weapon.

Chatelaine

We have new people regularly coming out to the social and events. I’ve offered to provide loaner garb. I’d like to thank all the fighters who have helped armor up new people and offered to teach.

Rapier Marshal

Fencing happened.

Archery Marshal

Combat Archery Marshal

Thrown Weapons Marshal

Chamberlain

I have received the request from Master Rowen for gear for Court of Love & Baronial Bardic Champions, and we are working on arranging transport for the necessary equipment to the event. I plan to attend the event myself, but cannot guarantee my arrival time at this stage.

If anyone has any upcoming requests, please let me know as soon as possible. I plan to get an estimate to Doña Damiana regarding shelving for safer, more organized, and effective storage of Baronial property.

Chancellor Minor

I am still working on updating my certifications as a youth officer.

There will be youth activities at the Court of Love on June 25th. All children as welcome, children under 5 should be accompanied by an adult or child over the age of 10. As this event will be outside we will be making fairy huts using acorns, twigs, leaves, bark, etc found onsite. I will have another activity or two and games available as well.

Web Minister

Subordinate Groups

Canton

The Canton continues to roll along.

Fight practices go well.

Youth Fighter Practices are continuing to gain steam.

There it is.

Ivy

Theleme, and next business meeting (different date and time and make sure its there)

Committees and Meeting Notes

Baronial Council – nothing to report

Council of Exchequer

Meeting minutes for this council were distributed and are attached. These are a proposal for policies for running of event gate and reservations, collection of cash, potential available feast seats, and the possible removal of reservation clerks. Please review these as the barony will vote on them at the next meeting. This will be sent out various ways. Be watching.

Yule 2016

Needs lots of volunteers: setup, gate? Mistress Philadelphia is the head of cleanup crew. They have Lord John as a cook for an English feast, and the day board. Damiana is the reservations clerk. There are people for tea and tending bar. Looking for a deputy steward. Will be depending on heralds.

Yule 2017

Mistress Philadelphia has submitted a bid for this event.

Commons and Champions

Alecia let us know things are going on fine. There will be something for the kids, Bryan is coordinating potluck (please bring complete list of ingredients), barony is providing chicken. Site is dry. Dogs are permitted. There will be court. She will be sending out requests for volunteers shortly.

Court of Love

Bhakail bardic champions, everyone come! Sabine would like people to bring banners and such to create ambiance, along with poles or M3 strips to hang them by. Jibril will be cooking lunch. If you know you are competing let them know in advance.

OLD BUSINESS

none

NEW BUSINESS

Knight Marshal nominations – Colin has been serving as deputy knight marshal and is endorsed by Joe, if there are no other nominees by the end of polling next meeting, we will confirm him as knight marshal then.

Facebook page vs. Facebook group – the group is the one being used and updated, but the other is not being used or reaching people, and the G+ page is also not being used. If these are not willing to be posted to we should shut them down. Before deleting the Facebook page we should notify the members on there that we are moving to the group. The webminister team will be handling this. The same will apply to the G+ page.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to all who participated in the “A Knight in the Garden / Knight School” demo on Sunday, 6/12/16, at The Highlands Mansion and Gardens in Fort Washington, PA!

 

Wow, wow, wow!! 

 

What an impressive, fun, educational, and inspiring bunch of classes taught by SCAdians at The Highlands demo on 6/12. 

 

Many, many thanks to: 

 

Lord Bryan Mac Dhunghaill an Boghadair (aka Lord Bryan the Archer) for his Heraldry class; 

 

Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar for her Tabard-making class; 

 

Mistress Gisela Szabo for her Calligraphy class; 

 

Lady Angela Mori for her Leatherworking class; 

 

Lady Elizabet Marshall for her Embroidery class; 

 

Lady Aislinn Ysobel d’Argentan for her Spinning class; 

 

Lady Alanna of Ravenstar for her Making a Window Decoration in the “Stained Glass” Style class; 

 

Duchessa Diana Alene Tregirtse, Baron Hrolf Hrafnsen, Lord Ari Thorbrandsson, m’lady Sarah le Payller, and Lord Kolozsvári Arpád for their Renaissance Dancing class; 

 

Maistresse Sabine de Kerbriant, Master Arden of Icomb, and Mu’allima Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid al-Bhakailia for their Renaissance Music class; 

 

Lord Aurddeilen ap Robet for his Lawn Billiards class; 

 

M’lord Joseph of Narberth and m’lady Antoinette of Colwyn for their Renaissance Games class; 

 

Lady Abigail of Lorraine of Buckland Cross for her Decorating a Hobbyhorse class; 

 

M’lord Thomas of Bhakail for his “Jousting” with a Hobbyhorse class; 

 

Lord Lorenzo Gorla, Baroness Wentlianna Bengrek, and Lady Yvaine Catlin d’Acley for their Renaissance Rapier Combat class; 

 

Mistress Judith the Confused, Mistress Scheherazade al-Zahira, and Lord David the Fish for their Ceremony of Completion of Classes. 

 

Also, many, many thanks to: 

 

Lord Bryan for creating/providing the broomstick horses and the “jousting” materials, the materials for the Heraldry class, the scrolls for the Class Completion ceremony, for helping to organize this demo, and for doing set-up and clean-up; 

 

Lady Alesia for creating/providing some of the supplies to decorate the broomstick horses, the tabard-making materials, the “stained glass” window decoration materials, and for helping to organize this demo, and for doing set-up and clean-up;  

 

Mistress Gisela for creating/providing the small flags and pouches as giveaways and the materials for the Calligraphy class, and for helping to organize this demo, and helping with clean-up;  

 

Lady Angela for creating/providing the materials and giveaways for the Leatherworking class; 

 

Lady Elizabet for creating/providing the materials and giveaways for the Embroidery class; 

 

Lady Aislinn for creating/providing the materials and giveaways for the Spinning class; 

 

Lady Alanna for helping to provide the materials for “stained glass” window decoration materials and giveaways;  

 

Lord Aurddeilen for creating/providing the lawn billiards sets, and for helping with set-up and clean-up; 

 

Mistress Judith for creating/providing some of the material for the Class Completion ceremony, and for helping to organize this demo; 

 

Lady Yvaine for creating/providing some of the tabard-making materials, and for helping to organize this demo; 

 

Lady Abigail for creating/providing supplies for the hobbyhorse decorating and helping with set-up;

 

M’lord Thomas for helping with set-up and clean-up; 

 

Lady Alanna for helping with set-up and clean-up; 

 

Lady Eleanora the Tilemaker for helping to create/provide some of the small flags, pouches, and tabards; 

 

Lady Gwendolyn verch Gwilliam for helping with various classes;  

 

Lady Kathryn Perry for helping to organize this demo; 

 

Lord Arpád for helping with clean-up;  

 

Lord Bryan, Lady Alesia, Lady Roseia Poseia, Lord Patraic O’Donagal, and m’lord Ibid for donating some prizes/largesse/giveaway materials.

 

I apologize if I didn’t specifically mention anyone who also helped with prep, or set-up, or clean-up for this demo. Thanks so much for everything you did! The attendees and the historic site LOVED the demonstrations/classes which the members of Bhakail, Hartshorn-dale, Buckland Cross, Iron Bog, and Carillion presented! Thanks again for a wonderful, fun, and collaborative demo!

 

–          Mistress Philadelphia Brown

 

PENNSIC is looming

We are up to about 80 people, which is close to filling up the block. We will have our own EK 50th anniversary. We are hosting East vs. Mid chess match again Flaming Griffin vs. Concordia, Known World Players read through as usual. They will be short on marshals so consider volunteering. Period bardic and games night is still happening. Also the filk night and cocktail hour. There are four days left to register. Make sure you get your forms in!

2016-06-25 – Court of Love and Baronial Bardic Champions

Their Excellencies Bhakail, Mael Eoin and Ysmay, held a Baronial Court at Court of Love and Baronial Bardic Champions in Their Canton of Black Icorndall on the 25th of June, Anno Societatis 51, also counted as 2016 in the Common Era.


After opening Their Court, They called for Their Bardic Champion, Lady Girsell MacLeoid, and thanked her for her year’s service to the Barony. They took back the Champion’s regalia and gifted her a necklace to remember her time as Champion by.

Their Excellencies then called for Lord Sean O’Morain and named him Their Bardic Champion. They praised his story and song in the competition and invested him with the regalia of the office. His success was recorded with a scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Cassandra Arques de Northmania with words by Lady Lianor de Matos. Lord Sean then took his place with Their Excellencies Court.

Lady Girsell then asked Their Excellencies’ permission to bestow a gift of her own and with permission given asked for Lady Lilie Dubh inghean uí Mórdha. Lady Girsell complimented her performances and presented her with an favour she had embroidered.

Next, Their Excellencies called for those newcomers to the event and gave out small tokens of thanks and Their hope that they would come to future events.

Maistresse Sabine de Kerbriant was called forward and thanked for both competing in the Bardic Championship and for coordinating the Court of Love portion of the event.

Sayid (Lord) Jibril ibn ‘Ammar al-Fayyad was summoned next and thanked for the sumptuous buffet he had laid out for the dayboard. Many of the dishes were highly praised.

Their Excellencies then called for Their Order of the Horse. The Order, once gathered, was found to be incomplete and to correct this Lord Calin Macsalny was asked to attend the Coronet. Their Excellencies praised his work as Constable and his gladly offered help at events and presented him with a medallion and with a scroll calligraphed and illuminated by Lady Shoshana Gryffyth with words by Baroness Ysmay de Lynn and Master Rowen Cloteworthy.

There being no further business, Their Excellencies closed Their Court.

These are the events as I recall them. My thanks to all the retainers, scribes, and heralds for their assistance throughout the day.

Pray know I remain,

In service to Canton and Barony,

Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Salamander Pursuivant

Tuesday July 12th 7:30 at Stage One, 101 Plush Mill Road, Media PA


Salamander Quarterly – Summer 2016

Greetings all! Here is the Salamander Quarterly for Summer, 2016

SalamanderSummer2016


May Meeting Notes and Officer Reports

Meeting Opened 7:47

16 in attendance

Baronial Officer Reports for May

Coronets

After the very busy year we have had so far, we have had a quiet time since our last Baronial meeting. We attended the Canton and city social, and a few workshops, but no events. It is good to see so many activities taking place during the week, and we are excited to see them continue and grow in the coming year.

Seneschal

Upcoming events:

2016-06-12 “Knight in the Garden” Demo – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

2016-06-25 – (canton) Baronial Bardic Championship and possible Court of Love – Master Rowen Cloteworthy

Call for Bids – note that bids can be workshopped after being presented:
Champions/Commons 2017 – preferred by September 2016 meeting.
Yule 2017 preferred at or before September 2016 meeting.
Any new event idea is welcome and does not require a competing bid.

Exchequer – check emails? sent to bhakail list

Chronicler

Reports are now regularly being posted to the Bhakail website. Have other content you would like to appear there? Talk to the appropriate officer.

I now finally have the necessary components to start the fancy version of the Salamander, so stay tuned for that as well.

I am still seeking a deputy Chronicler, mostly in case of emergencies when I cannot make meetings. Thanks!

Historian

Herald

Salamander Pursuivant’s Report, 2016-05

I could find no Bhakail submissions on the Eastern Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) that closes May 31, 2016. This letter includes all items that have been submitted to the Eastern College of Heralds in the last month.

On the Eastern ILoI that closed April 30, 2016, there is a resubmission of device for Þorsteinn Hroðbjartsson – “Per pale azure and argent, a fox rampant contourny and a seal haurient embowed counterchanged, on a chief or five hop cones inverted vert.”

There were several Bhakail items on the Eastern Letter of Decision (LoD) dated April 24, 2016. This letter states what items will be forwarded to Laurel for consideration and what will be returned to the submitter. Items forwarded and approved by Laurel should be registered in another six months.

– Ayleth le Frye’s device, “Vert, a phoenix Or rising from flames gules and in chief three triangles Or” has been forwarded to Laurel.

– Berrick Grayveson’s alternate name – Jack Cross – has been forwarded.

– Isabel de Kerbriant’s name and her device “Or, a heart gules and a chief dancetty vert” has been forwarded.

– Iseaulte of the Clews’ new name change has been forwarded.

– Revena de Witte’s new name change has been forwarded.

– Barony of Bhakail’s Order name – Order of the Horse – has been forwarded.

I could find no Bhakail registrations or returns on the February 2016 Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns (LoAR), released April 28, 2016.

On the January 2016 LoAR, released March 28, 2016, there was a registration of device for Andrea Caitlin MacIntire. “Per chevron azure and gules, a chevron rompu between two quatrefoils pierced and a fireball argent.” There was a registration of name and device for Jadwiga Piwowarka Miodunka, “Gyronny argent and gules, in pale a demi-weasel sable issuant from a mug purpure.” There’s also a name and device registration for Roseia Posey, “Argent, a lighthouse gules between three fountains.”

Knight Marshal

This Past Tuesday we held a Tournament to decide the Shire of Hartshorn Dale’s Heavy Weapons Champion

I think the event went very well.

Baron Simon Montgomery was the overall winner and the New (and first) Shire Champion

Barri of Angelsea won as the lady’s chivalry  champion.

I would Like to Thanks Lady Judith and all other two lady’s that helped with the MoL (sorry I do not know their names)

We continue to have practices every Tuesday at stage one, and turn out seems to be getting better every week.

we have a few new heavy fighters in the Philly area that I am working on getting armored up and ready to fight.

A&S

Happy SCAdian New Year, everyone!

We’re working on an updated schedule for Monday night A&S meetings: it looks like second Mondays will continue to be field trips to Caer Adamant and third Mondays beadmaking, with the other two Mondays becoming a changing performing arts/bardic topic of the month and an open workshop to be scheduled as needed/wanted. Suggestions are welcome.

Upcoming A&S-related events: Please take a look at Artisans’ Village, our upcoming Knights in the Garden demo, and the Court of Love/Bardic Championship — there are a number of opportunities for teaching, demonstrating, performing, etc. at all three. I’m happy to answer any questions, and am also recruiting musicians and singers for all three events!

I am also seeking a deputy.

Of interest:

– This Saturday, May 14, Piffaro is performing “Harmony of the Spheres,” a special astronomy-themed program at Temple with singers Les Canards Chantants; see http://www.piffaro.org/calendar/season/harmony/

– The Bloom Consort will be performing a free concert of Renaissance vocal music celebrating the life of William Shakespeare onSunday, May 22 at the Central Parkway Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, at 20th and JFK Boulevard

– The Philadelphia Museum of Art continues to offer a number of regularly scheduled tours of interest to SCAdians, including “Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor” and “European Art 1100-1500” — for dates and times, check their online schedule athttp://www.philamuseum.org/calendar/

– Plan ahead: the next Glencairn Medieval Festival is scheduled for Sunday, October 23

MoL

Greetings to the Barony

On May 3rd there was a Tournament held our Canton to determine a Champion for the Shire of Hartshorndale.  Mistress Gisela and I served as MOL for the Tourney.

I am also pleased to announce we have a MOL in training.  Lady Eleanora has had her first experience at the MOL table and will continue to train with us until she is ready to be warranted.  I am excited to have the additional set of hands and eyes at the MOL table.

Chatelaine

We have been getting more queries from new people and having people come out to the Social. Last fighter practice Josh from Drexel brought two guys with him. Two of our new people have plans to attend May Be in Iron Bog and I’ll help their family get Gold Key.

Rapier Marshal

Archery Marshal

Combat Archery Marshal

Updated rules are getting posted in the next 24 hours, or contact Jibril. They need new archers, and they are working on getting them authorized. There is loaner gear available. He should be available at socials, and they can do practice there as well.

Thrown Weapons Marshal

Chamberlain

Chancellor Minor

Instructions for the PA required background checks have been provided by the East Kingdom Chancellor Minor. I will be starting the paperwork this weekend.

I will be running youth activities at Court of Love. If you are interested in helping out for an hour or so please let me know at youth@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

If you are planning an upcoming event and want to include youth activities please let me know.

Web Minister

Subordinate Groups

Canton

A&S glows bright in the Canton tonight

So many arts to be seen

A kingdom of crafty fun,

And we love our crafty queen.

Muin is howling like this swirling storm outside

Couldn’t keep it in, Gods knows he tried!

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see

A new Exchequer, elected to always be

Michelle, it’s real, reports to show

Well, now they know!

Icorndall, Icorndall

Canton hold us back anymore

Icorndall, Icorndall

Craft away and gild the door!

We don’t care

What they’re going to say

Let the East rage on,

The Spring never bothered me anyway!

It’s funny how some distance

Make the Mongols all look small

And the ponies they rode in on

They can’t get to us at all!

It’s time to see what I can do

To test the limits and break through

No right, no wrong, no rules for us we’re  free!

Icorndall, Icorndall

I am one with the beads and fire

Icorndall, Icorndall

And cheese we always fry!

Here we stand

And here we’ll stay

Let the Canton rage on!

Our power flurries through the air onto the ground

We embroidered spirals in frozen fractals all around

And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast

We’re never going back,

Youth Fighting with Flat snaps!

Icorndall, Icorndall

And we’ll rise like the break of dawn

Icorndall, Icorndall

That perfect Squirrel is gone!

Here we stand

The Light of the East!

Let the bacon fry on,

The cold never kept us from a feast!

Ivy

We’re still here and doing great. Our next meeting (May 19th) will be in a new location – check the Bailiwick’s mailing list for the update on that.

The Bailiwick is really excited about our upcoming event in Penn’s rare book department, and I just made a (if I do say so myself) snazzy page introducing you to the materials. Have a look – http://ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org/events/upcoming-events/theleme-at-penn/theleme-rare-books-at-upenn/

Okay, I’m really proud of myself for just writing it. And look at the page design Lianor did for us!

Also, come look at Rare Books and teach a class.

Committees and Meeting Notes

Baronial Council

Nothing to report.

Council of Exchequer

They are working on financial policies, report is forthcoming for next month.

“A Knight in the Garden aka Knight School” demo

The Shire of Hartshorn-dale and the Barony of Bhakail have been asked by the beautiful historic site, The Highlands Mansion and Gardens http://highlandshistorical.org in Fort Washington, PA, to present a family-friendly afternoon of teaching/demonstrating martial arts and arts which a knight or nobleperson would learn.

We’re hoping to shortly finalize the list of SCA participants and activities, so if you are available and interested, please let me know. This demo will be on Sunday, June 12th, noon to 4 p.m. (This is the weekend after Artisans Village and the Sunday of Southern Region War Camp weekend.)

This will be a fun afternoon in a lovely site, so if you are available to help with any of the activities, please let me know!

Yule 2016

Needs lots of volunteers: setup, gate? Philly is the head of cleanup crew. They have a cook for an English feast, and the day board. Damiana is the reservations clerk. There are people for tea and tending bar.

Old Business

* Bylaws amendments voting

All amendments other than C have been approved by ballot vote. 16 voted for, 1 voted against.

This is a list of those members who voted in this polling:

Geoffrey of Lone Oak

Philadelphia Brown

Lianor de Matos

Michelle deMoras

Mael Eoin Mac Echuid

Ysmay de Lynn

Judith the Confused

Xanthippe Ouranina

SABINE DE KERBRIANT

Al-Suba Al-Hadid Min Bhakail

Emily Bachelor

Serena Bachelor

Quintus

Rowen Cloteworthy

Eleanora the Tilemaker

Girsel MacLeod

Gisela Szabo

New Business

Stary Olsa doing rock covers on medieval instruments, coming to the Stage One in September (17th or 19th) watch for Facebook event. They would be greatful for help with ambiance. First ever US tour. There was a quick vote and it was approved for the barony to use our banners and such for decoration.

Announcements and Reminders

* Next Baronial Business meeting will be Tuesday June 14th, 2016.

* Previous amendments will be updated along with the most recently approved ones.

* Dance hosted by Caer Adamant in Kennett Square on Second Tuesdays 7-8:30pm.  Class is held in the Kennett Friends Meeting building (125 West Sickle Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348). Garb optional. Bring a snack to share. Small donations to offset the site cost encouraged. Dances taught by Lord George Kopman from Hartshorn-dale. Contact: Baron Padraig O’Gealagain at ogealagain@juno.com, (302) 378-7444.

* Pennsic is coming. Hand in the forms and moneys.

* Artisan’s Village is approaching. Check out the challenges. Barony people cooking. Please volunteer to help.

* May Be Event is approaching in Iron Bog. Viking Thing at Owlshurste and Canal Demo. All the weekend of May 21st.

Sabine moved to adjourn, Judith seconded.

Meeting closed at 8:18pm


April Salamander and Barony Meeting Notes

Coronet Report

Gulf Wars:

At Gulf Wars, Master Alesone Grey of Cranlegh​ and Don Melchior Kriebel​​ were inducted into the Company of the Pennon of the East, along with friends of Bhakail Master Collin Monro, Mistress Juliana von Altenveldt, Mistress Asa in Svarta​​ and Lord James O’Galleghure.  We’re glad everyone came through the adverse weather alright and while it’s sad to cut a War short, all things considered, everyone being safe and sound was a great relief.

Mudthaw:

This was the first year at a new site and by all accounts, it sounded like quite a lovely setting for this, one of the largest events in the Region. We don’t have a lot to relate directly, but notably from the Court at Mudthaw, Alesone was named Seamstress to the Crown and also received a King’s Award of Excellence, Queen’s Award of Excellence and a Queen’s Cypher for her work during the reign.

We missed Mudthaw ourselves, though, as we had traveled to the Investiture for the Barony of Flaming Gryphon in the Kingdom of the Middle, continuing the friendships we’ve had with our Cousins there. Lady Astrid says hi (imagine all of the waving and hugging here), as do a number of other friends of the Barony (Mistress Zsof, Lady Alessandra “Female Bruce” Bruccioli among many others).  Our Cousins who were stepping down – Baron Dafydd and Baroness Meriel – were surprised and delighted to see us and look forward to seeing everyone at Pennsic at our chess night, and our new Cousins – Baron Edward and Baroness Allegra – look forward to continuing the friendship our two Baronies have forged (…in fire?).

The idea of forming ‘sister Baronies’ was mentioned, too, so if anyone would like to pursue that idea, we know a number of folks in Flaming Gryphon, we have the tradition of the chess match (which we’ll be hosting again this year) and, hey…both Baronies are a little flamey 😉  Any and all ideas along those lines, there’s a few people who would be interested in discussing it further 🙂

Coronation:

A number of us drove up to the Shire of Quintavia to attend the Coronation of TRM Kenric III and Avelina III and we were able to enjoy the hospitality of Our Cousins Carolingia, Baron Colin and Baroness Nicolette for a couple of nights. At Coronation, we swore fealty en masse with the rest of House Runnymede but also made sure to do so separately with our traditional oath for the Barony while presenting gifts on behalf of Bhakail. We also presented Duke Brennan and Duchess Caolfhinn with gifts after they stepped down. In Their last Court, they name Lady Lianor as a Seamstress to the Crown for contributions during their reign.

Seneschal

Upcoming events:

6/25/16 – (canton) Baronial Bardic Championship and possible Court of Love – Master Rowen Cloteworthy  (Note date change)


2016-06-12 “Knight in the Garden” Demo – Mistress Philadelphia Brown, Ft. Washington


2016 Last weekend in April and first weekend in May – Philadelphia Renaissance Faire

Dana will be having a merchant booth, but we will not have a coordinated presence.  She invites us all to come out and see her.  Everyone had fun last year so please come out and have fun.

Exchequer

The Council of the Exchequer met on March 18 to discuss the last financial policies to be proposed.  A final draft is being prepared for presentation to the barony at the May meeting.

Damiana

Chronicler

I am seeking a deputy chronicler.

Lady Lianor de Matos

Salamander Pursuivant (Herald) – Master Rowen Cloteworthy, deputy Mistress Sabine de Kerbriant

Heraldry continues.

Knights Marshal Report.

Melee season is picking up and we are concentrating a lot of our local practices on small unit tactics and melee support.

We are looking to host a Tourney for the Hartshorndale Heavy Champion.  I can Marshall, but I need a MoL, so any volunteers will be appreciated.  Please contact me if you are interested in being a MoL or this.

This will be taking place at the next regional practice at Stage One, which is 5/2/16.

Thanks!

Baron Vachir Artslanjin

Minister of Arts and Sciences – Mistress Sabine de Kerbriant

Participate in Artisan’s Village – first weekend in June    Challenges are out and there are different villages set up to concentrate on different subjects. – Reported by Baroness Ismay

Minister of the Lists

Greetings to the Barony

This month has been a good month for fighting and fencing.  It was wonderful to see the Barony represented at Mudthaw. I was honored to be the MOL for Youth Combat at that event.

There are rumors of war.  Time to make ready for Pennsic.  Make sure your cards are up to date.

YIS

Mistress Judith the Confused, MOL, Barony of Bhakail.

Chatelaine – Lady Violet Colson, deputy Lady Marta de Lyon

Sent in the quarterly report to Kingdom.  Slowed down on newcomer requests from the beginning of the year. 

Chamberlain – Lord Martyn de Halliwell

Despite my current encumbrance, progress has not been made on the gear we need to sort through.  But with all my free time, I anticipate that this project will be done ahead of schedule anyway.

Chancellor Minor

There will be youth activities at Court of Love. I will need a second person to assist with these activities in order to maintain the 2 deep rule. If you are interested in helping out for an hour or so please let me know at youth@bhakail.eastkingdom.org.

In service to the Barony,

Lady Alesia de Maris

Chancellor Minor

Web Minister – Lady Marta de Lyon

Not a lot of requests coming in.

Canton of Black Icorndall – The Honorable Lord Muin maqq Minain, deputy Master Rowen Cloteworthy

The citizens were delighted to celebrate our circumstances of second winter. 

Committee and Event Reports
Baronial Council
– Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail al-Sheikha

Wednesday, March 30th meeting was held. 

Summary of minutes for the last two meetings was sent to officers.  Still want to do a survey of populace and friends.  Will send meeting minutes to all members in future.


Council of the Exchequer – Doña Damiana Almódovar

Knight in the Garden” Demo – Mistress Philadelphia Brown

Sunday, June 12th  If interested in helping with the demo in Fort Washington.  Run by Bhakail and Hartshorn-Dale.  Looking for any activities which can be taught to children or adults.  Looking for more volunteers if you are free that day.


Yule 2016 Event Committee – Lady Xanthippe Ouranina

New manager is starting.  Still have not received back the cleaning deposit, but probably due to changeover in managers.  Philadelphia will contact them to find out the status.

Old Business

Bylaws amendment – deferred.   Wording completed, but no paper ballots Need a reminder in the Salamander to bring your ballots to the meeting or send in….  Need to do 10-days notice.

3 parts to these amendments… see last Salamander.

Champions and Commons bids (Mael Eoin) Yule 2017 dates at the German Society – From the German Society: Both December 9th and December 16th of 2017 are free on our calendar. I’ve penciled you guys in for both dates – just let me know when you decide which one you want!

THIS WAS TABLED FOR A VOTE IN APRIL

New Business

Propose changing the sequence of our business meetings ala Hartshorn-Dale.

I. Old Business

II. New Business

III. Followed by Officer Reports

Suggested by Baron Mael that it be written up as a Seneschal policy rather than into the By-Laws.  Suba will investigate the By-Laws which state that the Seneschal sets the agenda.  Gisela commented that we should consider the prior commitment to not spend time rehashing what everyone can read in the Salamander, and focus on Business.

Announcements or reminders

Mord – In May, I will be retiring as Iron Bog Rattan Champion.  At their May event, I will be sponsoring the championship in Iron Bog. 

Martyn – If planning on attending Southern Regional War Camp (second weekend in June) in Carillon, need for other cooks.  Much of the work will be done in advance.

Baron Mael – Artisan’s Village  Cooks also needed for multiple meals. 

Baroness Ysmay – Kenric and Avelina are asking for glass beads – Bead workshop on Monday night.  Also if anyone wants to create a gift box with or without beads to attend.

Lady Eleanora – Garb workshops continuing on Thursday nights starting at 6 pm at Eleanora’s house.

Classes being taught at Pennsic by various baronial members were described

Request for support from the Bhakail camp to provide Water for Youth Combat.

Pennsic Camp Committee– Baron Mael is the campmaster.

If you want to camp with Bhakail.  You must fill out and submit your camp form to Baron Mael in order to ensure that you have space.  It is due before Pennsic Registration closes. 

Baronial location for meetings

Discussion of comparison with other groups’ locations.  Does our space have to be ADA compliant?  No requirement that we must, but will make every attempt to keep this in mind.

Until we decide differently, will stay here.

Ansteorra’s coronation – Gabriel and Sonya are not K & Q of Ansteorra

Largess derby – must make 12 of each item.  The winner gets one of every item and then the rest are given to the Royals.  Would like to propose that this be considered to be done at Yule.

Adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Call for Bids – note that bids can be workshopped after being presented:
Champions/Commons 2016 – preferred by September 2015 meeting; we have two bids!
Champions/Commons 2017 – preferred by September 2016 meeting.
Yule 2017 preferred at or before September 2016 meeting.
Any new event idea is welcome and does not require a competing bid.

(Jacob) Philadelphia Zoo “Adopt a Tiger” demo – Summer 2017

(Sabine) Winter Nights Fall 2016