Officer Reports


Updates from Bhakail’s Officers

June 2024 Business Meeting Notes

Events

Waking of the Salamander

Paperwork for WotS3 has been finalized.

Champions and Commons Bid

A bid is in the works.

Yule Bid

Bids are welcomed! There is a volunteer for cook.

Old Business

Exchequer

Martyn de Halliwell has submitted a letter of intent to take the position of Exchequer. A vote was taken and he was elected.

Knight Marshal

As announced last month, Sir Aaron the Swift is moving out of the Barony and needs to step down as Knight Marshal. A bid to replace him has been submitted by Ezra De Bazzi.  A vote was taken and she was elected.

Minister of the Lists

Bryan Mac Dhunghaill has submitted a letter of intent to take the position of Minister of the Lists. A vote was taken and he was elected.

Seneschal

There has been a letter of intent submitted for Seneschal by Margarette la Gantiere.  A vote was taken and she was elected.

New Business

Demo in Crown Province of Østgarðr

The Crown Province of Ostgardr is hosting a medieval board games demo at The Brooklyn Strategist game store during their free Roleplaying Game Day on Saturday, June 22. Chana will be attending, so if you are interesting in going please contact her.

Hosting of Thrown Weapons Practice

Since Mikael has stepped down as Thrown Weapons Marshal, permission was asked of the new Knight Marshal to continue hosting practices at his house. Permission was granted.

Update on Baronial Polling

No major updates since the last communication emailed to the baronian email list by Mael Eoin. 

Additional Officer Reports 

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

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

I see the Barony has ALSO yet to spiral into a quasar, a singularity, nor has it danced into the heliosphere of Our sometimes beloved Sun…so, I am declaring victory! Two months in a row.
HUZZAH!

Regardless of all else, We are hoping to see as many of you all at upcoming events both within AND without the bounds of Bhakail! 

Remember:
Hydration.
Do not overexert.
Do not overextend!
Remember the Olio!
Help others when you see they need it.
In the course of the year to come, be calm, and patient.
With yourself AND others.

Be well;
Muin,
Baron of Bhakail

Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Emery de Champagne

I’m writing to let you know that Ivy held their recurring business meeting tonight. Things are shaping up for a wonderful Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium! 

I’d like to extend a reminder that pre-registration is REQUIRED by June 20th.

Additionally, we are still on the lookout for a few more volunteers; anyone interested in helping should contact Brunissende Dragonette by email (147109@members.eastkingdom.org) or via the event discord.

 

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 


June 2024 Officer Reports

Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of June 11, 2024.

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practice continued to be held at the Reform Lutheran Church in Media, PA. Attendance  has been moderate at around 10-15 fencers per practice. There were no incidents.

Archery Marshal – Lady Ellyn Grene

Practices continue to be held on Sunday afternoons at Mikael’s house, weather permitting. Please contact me at 212045@members.eastkingdom.org if you have any questions or need directions.

Congratulations to Margarette la Gantiere for achieving her first East Kingdom Royal Round ranking (Archer) as of May 2024, and to Dragmall Vidnir for rejoining the RR ranking list!

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

I’m running a bit behind schedule for the next issue of the Salamander, and hope to have it published later this week. Please contact me if you have any last minute submissions for the issue.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Honorable Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Bhakailis are hard at work cooking, practicing music, shearing sheep, felting, weaving, sewing and making hats! Reminder: Margarite is doing a class on making a Bicocket on June 15!

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

  •       June 22, Novice Day (Rusted Woodlands (NJ), day of competitions geared toward novices and newcomers.
  •       June 29-30, Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (Philadelphia PA).
  •       July 6, Black Rose Schola and Tournament (Carlisle, PA). Classes and a heavy weapons tournament.
  •       July 13, SCA: C is for Creative, Eisental (Nazareth, PA). A day of classes and workshops!
  •       July 26 to August 11, Pennsic, Aethelmarc (Slippery Rock PA). Pennsic university hosts a wealth of classes!

Several Known World events are occurring within a relatively close distance this year!

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, June 29-30 in Philadelphia. Currently calling for classes: https://www.kwhss2024.org/2024/02/19/a-call-for-classes/

Known World Cooks and Bards, August 29-2 in Deposit, New York (currently looking for event staff! https://kwcooksbards24.aethelmearc.org/)

Known World dance and Music Symposium, July 4-7th in Danville Indiana (a 11 ish hour drive away). https://www.kwds.org/

If you are interested in teaching or hosting arts and science classes locally, please let me know! I would like to schedule additional classes for the barony and friends.

The Kingdom MOAs office now has a calendar for arts and science events across the kingdom! https://moas.eastkingdom.org/event-calendar/

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

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

We have had a couple active newcomers recently!  Social and archery/thrown weapons practice have shown to be excellent places for new people to learn about the SCA in a relatively low-stress environment, and I’m very grateful to everyone who has made them feel so welcome.  We will also welcome some newcomers at Pennsic this year!  I plan on holding a Rummage Sale (“Plague sale” started sounding a little too on-the-nose after Covid brought an actual plague) at Commons again this year.  As always, if anyone has Gold Key to donate, let me know!

Pennsic – Online paid pre-registration ends on June 14th, please get your pre-regs in before then so your camp masters don’t have to track you down!


May 2024 Business Meeting Notes

Events

Waking of the Salamander

The event went well. 

Champions and Commons Bid

A bid is in the works.

Yule Bid

Bids are welcomed! The Seneschal hopes to have things largely settled by Pennsic.

Old Business

Baronial Polling for Baron/Baroness

Meet the candidates nights have been scheduled and details will be advertised soon. The dates are:

  • Next Tuesday, May 21 at baronial social
  • Next Thursday, May 23 at Yards Brewing Co. in Philadelphia
  • Sunday, May 30th, virtual

Minister of Arts and Sciences

The position is due for renewal. Scolastica has indicated her interest to continue for an additional term, and she was voted in by acclamation.

Seneschal

There has been a letter of intent submitted for Seneschal by Margarette la Gantiere. A vote will be held at the June meeting.

New Business

Exchequer

Beck of Copeland has stepped down from the position of Exchequer and was thanked for her service. Philadelphia is currently acting as Deputy Exchequer. Letters of intent are sought for this needed officer position. Please contact the Seneschal if you are interested in volunteering.

Knight Marshal

Sir Aaron the Swift is moving out of the Barony and needs to step down as Knight Marshal. Volunteers are sought to take the position.

Additional Officer Reports 

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

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

I see the Barony has yet to spiral into the Sun…so, I am declaring victory! HUZZAH!

Regardless of all else, We are hoping to see as many of you all at upcoming events both within AND without the bounds of Bhakail! 

Remember:

Hydration.
Do not overexert.
Do not overextend!
Remember the Olio!
Help others when you see they need it.
In the course of the year to come, be calm, and patient.
With yourself AND others.
Looking forward to seeing all the happy faces at WotS3!

Be well;
Muin,
Baron of Bhakail

Knight Marshal – Sir Aaron the Swift

Fight practices are running and healthy with great turn out now that the weather is nicer. If your Tuesday evenings are busy, I suggest the Barony of Iron Bog local practice or Southern Army Sundays (both taking place on Sundays) as an alternative. Feel free to reach out if you need further details.

On another note, I will be moving out of Kingdom in the next couple of months. If anyone has interest in the Knight Marshal role please let me know.

 

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 


May 2024 Officer Reports

Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of May 14, 2024.

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

We’ve had another great Waking of the Salamander, kicked off our Baronial selection process and are nearing the home stretch before Pennsic…  With the warm weather starting up (…maybe…depending on the day…) we’re seeing more and more camping events, so check the Kingdom calendar for your favorite events and get out to see one another and participate in your favorite activities as we get into that season once more 🙂

Looking ahead, bids for Champions and Commons are tentatively due this month; we have some interested folks looking to submit one but they’ll be working with the Council of the Exchequer on moving that forward and we don’t have a formal bid form for the meeting.

Business-wise, we have the position of Seneschal formally open for letters of intent and one letter in, currently.  If we have just the one, we’ll be doing a vote of acclamation at June’s meeting.  Beck has stepped down as Exchequer, so we need to open that role and are soliciting letters of intent immediately; Mistress Philadelphia is helping in the interim, should anyone need anything along those lines.  I would like to thank Beck for her service in the role.

Lady Scolastica’s term as Minister of Arts and Sciences is up this month; as it is not an office with a term limit, she can (and is willing to) remain in the role, though we do have to announce that the role is eligible to turn over, should anyone want the job.  If you are interested in the role, let me know, or if you are interested in maybe being a deputy, let Scolastica know 🙂  We’ll see if we get any letters of intent and have a vote of acclamation otherwise.

It has been an honor serving the Barony as Seneschal and I look forward to serving in other ways going forward but for the immediate future, I’ll be focusing on cooking and brewing A&S&S (arts and sciences and service) 😀

Social Media Deputy – Dillena o’r Gwyrddol

We’ve had a wonderful month in the realm of social media! 5 new members have been welcomed into our Facebook group. We’ve had 81 posts, 279 comments, and 1045 reactions! Over the course of the month, 544 of our facebook members have been active. 

Our new Instagram account @baronybhakail now has 81 followers. We invite you to stop by and drop a like or comment on our posts!

As always, I appreciate you all for helping make our online space a success!

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practice continues to be held at the Reform Lutheran Church in Media. Attendance has been moderate. There were no incidents.

Archery Marshal – Lady Ellyn Grene

Practices continue on Sunday as weather permits. Hopefully we will get some dry Sundays again soon.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Practices continue on Sundays.  Spring report submitted to Kingdom.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

The next issue of the Salamander is scheduled for publication by the end of May. Send me any content you would like included!

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Honorable Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Bhakalis are hard at work on many fun and interesting projects, preparing for Pennsic and working on the scribal arts. There are two classes upcoming, one hosted by Master Mael Eoin on Cooking/Brewing on May 19th! And Margarite is doing a class on making a Bicocket on June 15! 

Don’t forget to subscribe to the email list for important announcements and details! 

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

  •       May 18, B.O.E. Ultimate Tournament (Mulica Hill, NJ), A&S Display, theme to be announced.
  •       May 18, At the Sign of the Dancing Fox (Kingston, NY), Dancing, games, and an A&S challenge to create a banner commemorating spring and foxes, as well as cooking and a competition to clothe the fox!
  •       May 24-27, Quest for Wit & Wisdom (Pittstown, NJ). Artisans’ Row, Comeptition and presentation of Shakespear’s Pyramus and Thisbe.
  •       May 31-2, Academy of St. Clare of Assisi Embroidery Schola (Millmont PA, (Aethelmarc)), Embroidery schola!
  •       June 8, Atlantia University, Barony of Bright Hills, (Hampstead Maryland) and Online June 9th! A full day of classes in all subjects.
  •       June 22, Novice Day (Rusted Woodlands (NJ), day of competitions geared toward novices and newcomers.
  •       June 29-30, Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (Philadelphia PA).
  •       July 6, Black Rose Schola and Tournament (Carlisle, PA). Classes and a heavy weapons tournament.
  •       July 13, SCA: C is for Creative, Eisental (Nazareth, PA). A day of classes and workshops!
  •       July 26 to August 11, Pennsic, Aethelmarc (Slippry Rock PA). Pennsic university hosts a wealth of classes!

Several Known World events are occurring within a relatively close distance this year!

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, June 29-30 in Philadelphia. Currently calling for classes: https://www.kwhss2024.org/2024/02/19/a-call-for-classes/

Known World Cooks and Bards, August 29-2 in Deposit, New York (currently looking for event staff! https://kwcooksbards24.aethelmearc.org/)

Known World dance and Music Symposium, July 4-7th in Danville Indiana (a 11 ish hour drive away). https://www.kwds.org/

If you are interested in teaching or hosting arts and science classes locally, please let me know! I would like to schedule additional classes for the barony and friends.

The Kingdom MOAs office now has a calendar for arts and science events across the kingdom! https://moas.eastkingdom.org/event-calendar/

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

Newcomers continue to contact the Barony, but seem to be slow to come to socials.  Hopefully with the warmer weather, we will see more people!  I will also be working at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire for the next four weekends, and have gotten many interested people from the event in the past.

Pennsic Report – you have one month left to pre-register online for Pennsic.  If you have not done so already, please pre-reg and contact your camp master to get them the necessary information for you to camp at Pennsic.


April 2024 Officer Reports

Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of April 9, 2024..

Archery Marshal – Lady Ellyn Grene

Weekly practices have resumed on Sunday’s, 1:30-3:30pm at Mikael’s. Also happy to report that there have been two brand new archers at practices in the last month.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Practices have started up again.  Sundays, 11am – 1pm at my place.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

I’m still working on the March newsletter; came down with a cold that put me out of commission for a few days and still trying to get caught up.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Honorable Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Bhakalis are hard at work on many fun and interesting projects. Last month we had a trip to the Museum and a Greek diner which was a great success.

Our next trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be on April 12th. Museum entry is “Pay what you wish” on Friday evenings from 5-8:45 and offers $10 parking (please remember to validate your parking at the museum desk). Plan to meet in the cloister between 5:45 and 6pm. Late arrivals are welcome, feel free to email/message me to find the group. We will plan to get some food/beverage after the museum.

Stewards of the Waking of the Salamander are searching for teachers for classes appropriate for teaching out of doors. Please contact the stewards for information. 

Additionally, our bardic and gaming championships will be held at Waking of the Salamander this year. Start practicing your 9-mans morris techniques now! 

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

  •       April 19-21, Waking of the Salamander III (Media, PA). Bardic and Gaming competitions with a day of classes focused on outdoor activities.
  •       May 11, East Kingdom College of Performers Challenge Assembly Day, (Langhorne, PA). Day of bardic challenges and classes.
  •       May 18, B.O.E. Ultimate Tournament (Mulica Hill, NJ), A&S Display, theme to be announced.
  •       May 18, At the Sign of the Dancing Fox (Kingston, NY), Dancing, games, and an A&S challenge to create a banner commemorating spring and foxes, as well as cooking and a competition to clothe the fox!
  •       May 24-27, Quest for Wit & Wisdom (Pittstown, NJ). Artisans’ Row, Competition and presentation of Shakespear’s Pyramus and Thisbe.
  •       May 31-2, Academy of St. Clare of Assisi Embroidery Schola (Millmont PA, (Aethelmarc)), Embroidery schola!
  •       June 22, Novice Day (Rusted Woodlands (NJ), day of competitions geared toward novices and newcomers.
  •       June 29-30, Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (Philadelphia PA). 

Several Known World events are occurring within a relatively close distance this year!

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, June 29-30 in Philadelphia. Currently calling for classes: https://www.kwhss2024.org/2024/02/19/a-call-for-classes/

Known World Cooks and Bards, August 29-2 in Deposit, New York (currently looking for event staff! https://kwcooksbards24.aethelmearc.org/)

Known World Dance and Music Symposium, July 4-7th in Danville Indiana (a 11 ish hour drive away). https://www.kwds.org/ 

If you are interested in teaching or hosting arts and science classes locally, please let me know! I would like to schedule additional classes for the barony and friends.

The Kingdom MOAs office now has a calendar for arts and science events across the kingdom! https://moas.eastkingdom.org/event-calendar/

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

Our few newcomers have started coming to events and seem to be having a great time!  As always, it’s nice to see new faces sharing our hobby.

Pennsic: Our first deadline for camp has come and gone, so I have opened up space in our camp to our waiting list.  It is now first come, first served for space.  If you want to camp with Bhakail this year, I suggest you pre-reg as soon as possible.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


March 2024 Business Meeting Notes

Events

Waking of the Salamander

Waking of the Salamander is next month, April 19-21, and is all set to go. Stay tuned on the EK event webpage for any updates. 

Commons Bid

Bids are being accepted.

Yule Bid

Yule will be a baronial investiture this year, and early bids are encouraged. Martyn de Halliwll is working on a bid, and if anyone is interested in helping with this bid please contact him at 181171@members.eastkingdom.org.

Old Business

Acquisition of Shade Tents and Tables for Events

Chana has priced out canvas, it would be approximately $200 for the material to make covers for the EZup frames that the barony owns. A vote was held in support of the purchase, which will be submitted to the finance committee for final approval.

Residency Variance for Baronial Election

A polling was held this month to see if there is support from the populace of Bhakail for Rowen Cloteworthy’s residency variance. This variance would be required from the Board of Directors in order for him to run for Bhakail Baron, with Sabine de Kerbriant as Baroness in the upcoming election.

The polling was closed during the meeting and the results were announced, with the Barony not in support of the variance.

So far there are two separate letters of intent for the Coronet that have been submitted, and the final deadline for letters to be submitted is by the April business meeting (April 9, 2024).

New Business

No new business.

 

Additional Officer Reports 

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

Greetings the Peoples of the Barony, Our neighbors and Our Allies… and THAT guy;

Writing this to you all as I hobble about on one of my canes. 

As time has bowled recklessly forward, We are gleefully awaiting the next great event We may attend! 

I hope those wonderful people who have stepped up to run these events, and to work these events, know how precious their efforts are to the Barony of Bhakail, its people, and its currently hobbled Baron. 

We cannot wait for the joys that are WotS III, and Commons!

Many contests lie ahead, and we cannot wait to see Our people come out to compete!

We also have many Local and Regional events, meetings, and practices to look forward to as the Year once again rolls ever onward, such as the Weekly Social, Various Fighting practices, and Scribal Classes & Gatherings, wherein many integral and exciting things happen! 

I will reiterate how proud I was of all of the effort Bhakail put into the Largess Gifts that were given to Iron Bog at their Investiture, the Crown at Yule, and to Buckland Cross at its investiture! (Such a list!) 

We would like to note the various other Largess Projects that are on Our Horizons this quickly dwindling year, anyone interested in participating, please (again…) see Lady Scolastica, or Myself! 

Regardless of all else, We are hoping to see as many of you all at upcoming events both within AND without the bounds of Bhakail! 

Remember:

Hydration.
Do not overexert.
Do not overextend!
Just Say No to Mortal Wombat Systems.
Help others when you see they need it.
In the course of the year to come, be calm, and patient.
With yourself AND others.

Looking forward to seeing all the happy faces at Tavern!

Be well,

And Peace be upon You in these Sweaty, Unreasonable Times; 

Muin,

Baron of Bhakail

Knight Marshal – Aaron the Swift

As the weather is beginning to heat up, we are returning to the 48 Dickenson street site. Attendance is usually better at this location and we can fight as long as we’d like. As the weather could still turn sour, we are deciding location on an ad-hoc location. Please check or ask on the “Philadelphia SCA Fighter Practice Info” Facebook page for the most up to date information!

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Nothing to report from the office of the Chatelaine.

 

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 


March 2024 Officer Reports

Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of March 12, 2024.

Social Media Deputy – Dillena o’r Gwyrddol

We’ve had a truly incredible month in the realm of social media! 5 new members have been welcomed into our Facebook group. We’ve had 54 posts, 174 comments, and 711 reactions. Over the course of the month, 550 of our facebook members have been active. 

Our new Instagram account @baronybhakail now has 75 followers. Feel free to interact with our content and tag us in your own posts as well!

Very special thanks to Lucius Aternius Calidus, who created the series of posts we shared for Black History Month! His amazing work on this series was recognized by SCA DEI and was eventually shared on the Society’s main Facebook page. Great work Calidus!

As always, I appreciate you all for helping make our online space a success!

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Practice continued to be held at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, PA.  Attendance is still in the 15-20 range. 

For Lent (through the month of March) practice is held a 1/2 hour later than usual: 8PM-10PM.

Archery Marshal & Thrown Weapons Marshal – Lady Ellyn Grene and The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Practices will start back up soon! A survey was shared to the Bhakail email list and Facebook groups to identify the best day of the week for practices for the year and a practice prep day. Based on the survey responses, practices will continue to be on Sundays, and as long as weather cooperates, there will be a practice site prep day on Sunday, March 17. Further details will be announced.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Lists continue to be listed.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

If you have any content for inclusion in the March issue, please try to get it to me by no later than March 22.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Honorable Lady Scolastica Capellaria

Bhakalis are hard at work on many fun and interesting projects. We are planning on a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the evening of March 15th to celebrate the Ides of March. Museum entry is “Pay what you wish” on Friday evenings from 5-8:45 and offers $10 parking. We will plan to get some food/beverage after the museum. 

Stewards of the Waking of the Salamander are searching for teachers for classes appropriate for teaching out of doors. Please contact the stewards for information.

Additionally, our bardic and gaming championships will be held at Waking of the Salamander this year. Start practicing your 9-mans morris techniques now!

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

  •       March 16, Noval Schola (Collegeville, PA). A Day of learning and classes.
  •       March 23, Mudthaw (Washington, NJ). Baronial A&S competition.
  •       April 19-21, Waking of the Salamander III (Media, PA). Bardic and Gaming competitions with a day of classes focused on outdoor activities.
  •       May 18, B.O.E. Ultimate Tournament (Mulica Hill, NJ), A&S Display, theme to be announced.
  •       May 24-27, Quest for Wit & Wisdom (Pittstown, NJ). Artisans’ Row, Comeptition and presentation of Shakespear’s Pyramus and Thisbe.
  •       May 31-2, Academy of St. Clare of Assisi Embroidery Schola (Millmont PA, (Aethelmarc)), Embroidery schola!
  •       June 29-30, Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (Philadelphia PA).

Several Known World events are occurring within a relatively close distance this year!

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, June 29-30 in Philadelphia. Currently calling for classes: https://www.kwhss2024.org/2024/02/19/a-call-for-classes/

Known World Cooks and Bards, August 29-2 in Deposit, New York (currently looking for event staff! https://kwcooksbards24.aethelmearc.org/)

If you are interested in teaching or hosting arts and science classes locally, please let me know! I would like to schedule additional classes for the barony and friends.

The Kingdom MOAs office now has a calendar for arts and science events across the kingdom! https://moas.eastkingdom.org/event-calendar/

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!

 


February 2024 Business Meeting Notes

Events

Tavern

Tavern happened and the event stewarts did a great job!

Waking of the Salamander

Planning is moving forward, with dates of April 19-21. Bardic and gaming champions are now part of this event since they were not able to be held at Tavern. 

Commons Bid

Bids are welcomed for Commons

Yule Bid

Yule will be a baronial investiture this year, so planning needs to begin as soon as possible. The likely date is December 14, 2024.

Old Business

None

New Business

Society and Kingdom Business

  • Exchequer reports are due to the Kingdom. An extension is possible if requested.
  • Membership rates are increasing to $55/year for an associate membership, which is the minimum membership required to be an officer. 
  • The member discount for event fees (often referred to as the non member event fee) is increasing to $10 from $5. There is a scholarship (the Signorotti Membership Assistance Fund) available to aid in membership fees if required.
  • The president of the SCA is stepping down. Nominations are open.

Acquisition of Shade Tents and Tables for Events

Discussion of the purchase of one or two pop-up shade tents for baronial events. Considerations are cost, storage, and transportation. Mikael says there should be space for storage in his basement with the other baronial supplies. Chana may be able to make roofs for some frames no longer used by the Bhakail Pennsic encampment. Chana and Ysmay will be exploring the options. Need for tables at events was also discussed.

Residency Variance for Baronial Election

Sabine de Kerbriant and Rowen Cloteworthy are considering the submission of a letter of intent to run for Bhakail Baron and Baroness in the upcoming election. Due to Rowen’s mailing address, this would require a residency variance from the Board of Directors. The BOD meets quarterly, and thus this variance would need to be requested as soon as possible. To give the BOD time to respond, the option to move the date by which letters of intent are required to the April business meeting rather than March was discussed. Rowen proposed to hold an operational vote of the barony to see if there is sufficient support for them to appear on the ballot, assuming a variance is approved. The plan for an operational vote at the March business meeting was approved.

Confirming Baronial Residency for Polling

Several recent SCA pollings have had issues with incorrect polling data for the populace. Methods were discussed to informally survey individuals who are SCA members and believe they are residents of Bhakail so polling data can be as correct as possible.

Additional Officer Reports 

Coronet’s Report – Baron Muin maqq Minain

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

Writing this to you all from the comforting confines of my sickbed, hoping you are all doing well. 

As time has rolled inexorably forward, we have had wonderful reports from many sources of the great joy and fun had by those lucky enough to have attended Our Tavern event! I hope those wonderful people who stepped up to run the event, and to work the event, know how precious their efforts are to the Barony of Bhakail, and its ailing Baron. 

We may now, of course, focus Our Efforts to the preparations for both WotS III, and Commons!

Many contests lie ahead, and we cannot wait to see Our people come out to compete!

We also have many Local and Regional events, meetings, and practices to look forward to as the Year once again rolls ever onward, such as the Weekly Social, Various Fighting practices, and Scribal Classes & Gatherings, wherein many integral and exciting things happen! 

I will reiterate how proud I was of all of the effort Bhakail put into the Largess Gifts that were given to Iron Bog at their Investiture, the Crown at Yule, and to Buckland Cross at its investiture! (Such a list!) 

We would like to note the various other Largess Projects that are on Our Horizons this quickly dwindling year, anyone interested in participating, please (again…) see Lady Scolastica, or Myself! 

Now…As was announced at Yule during Court, Our term as Baron ends this coming year, At Yule, and so the Race begins! 

Who will step up to succeed Me?

Interested parties should submit a Letter of Intent to the Senescal ASAP! Final deadline for Letters of Intent is the March Barony Meeting!

THE CLOCK IT TICKING!!!

If you are interested, but want to know what being Bhakail’s Coronet(s) is about and like, message me, or ask me the next time you see me! 

Regardless of all else, We are hoping to see as many of you all at upcoming events both within AND without the bounds of Bhakail! 

Remember:
Hydration.
Do not overexert.
Say No to robot-love-pigeons.
Help others when you see they need it.
In the course of the year to come, be calm, and patient.
With yourself AND others.

Looking forward to seeing all the happy faces at Tavern!

Be well,
And Peace be upon You in these Sweaty, Unreasonable Times;
Muin,
Baron of Bhakail

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Practices still on hold.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

 

Minute notes recorded by Ellyn Grene 


February 2024 Officer Reports

Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of Feb. 13, 2024.

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

We’re now one month away from needing letters of intent for anyone considering being Baron(ess) and/or Baron(ess) of Bhakail.

His Excellency’s term is up in December, so we’re looking to get the process started and – hopefully – completed before time runs short on planning an Investiture.  Normally, 9 months would be enough room as polling and everything associated with it can take 2+ months, minimum, but then throw Pennsic in there and we all collectively lose a month or more, plus the Royals will turn over in April, adding a delay in the process…  In addition, there are still severe issues with the membership data at the Society level, so…expect more delays than on PA highways in road work season 😉

If you would like to know more about the role, pros and cons, things to consider, etc., please consider reaching out to current and former local Baronesses and Barons.

Along those lines, I’m still vacating my office after this term ends.  Anyone interested in the role should let me know ahead of June.  

On the Corporate front, the East requested a variance for leveraging Rapier as an alternate format for Crown, but the BoD rejected it.  There are a handful of other Kingdoms lining up, now, to build on the case, so as the BoD offers up reasons for rejection, each successive request expects to meet the new requirements as needed.  I don’t know if TRH and their heirs will resubmit, but it likely won’t be the last time the East tries for a test case.

Additionally, Sustaining membership fees are increasing to $55/yr and the non-member surcharge is going to be $10 per event.  Details were forwarded to the list this past week but if you have any questions, let me know.

Social Media Deputy – Dillena o’r Gwyrddol

We’ve had a wonderful month in the realm of social media! 4 new members have been welcomed into our Facebook group. We’ve had 72 posts, 185 comments, and 968 reactions. Over the course of the month, 521 of our facebook members have been active. 

Our new Instagram account @baronybhakail now has 67 followers. Feel free to interact with our content and tag us in your own posts as well!

As always, I appreciate you all for helping make our online space a success!

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

Rapier practice has been held regularly on Wednesdays at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Media from 7:30-9:30PM. Attendance has been excellent with 15-20 fencers per practice. Practice time will be moving from 8:00-10:00PM for Lent to avoid conflict with the church’s evening Mass. In addition, practice will be primarily open and closed by Eva for the next several months as I undergo further cancer treatments.

Archery Marshal – Lady Ellyn Grene

Practices are still on hiatus until the weather cooperates. 

As of January 2024, the East Kingdom archery royal round rankings have returned to the pre-COVID policy that scores expire after one year. Due to this, the number of EK archers with current royal round rankings dropped significantly as of the most recent scoring update of January 25, with only three Bhakail archers appearing in the rankings as of this report. Hopefully the number will grow once we start practices back up in the spring!

The East Kingdom Consort’s and Sovereign’s Archery Champions will be held on June 8, 2024 in the Shire of Midland Vale (Goshen, NY), approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Bhakail. This is a day event with no camping. The champions tournament is always a fun shoot and a great opportunity to hang out with the other archers in the kingdom. If you are interested in attending, contact me and we can look into carpooling.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

The latest issue of the Salamander was published on January 23, and the next issue is scheduled to be released before the end of March. Thank you again to everyone who contributed to the last issue! If you have any content for inclusion in the March issue, please try to get it to me by no later than March 22.

Minister of Arts & Sciences – Honorable Lady Scolastica Capellaria

While we did not have our gaming or bardic competition at Tavern, a merry time of playing games, listening to song, and dancing was had by all in attendance!

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

  •       February 17, Bellringers 40th: Beauty, Bells and Brawn, Barony of Carillion (Manalapan, NJ). Period games and arts and science activities.
  •       February 25, Black Gryphon Inn (Edison, NJ). Canton Bardic Competition, brewers competition, A&S tournament, and dancing!
  •       March 2, East Kingdom Arts and Science Competition, (Worcester, MA).
  •       March 16, Noval Schola (Collegeville, PA). A Day of learning and classes.
  •       March 23, Mudthaw (Washington, NJ). Baronial A&S competition.

Several Known World events are occurring within a relatively close distance this year!

Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, June 29-30 in Philadelphia

Known World Cooks and Bards, August 29-2 in Deposit, New York https://kwcooksbards24.aethelmearc.org/)

If you are interested in teaching or hosting arts and science classes locally, please let me know! I would like to schedule additional classes for the barony and friends.

The Kingdom MOAS office now has a calendar for arts and science events across the kingdom! https://moas.eastkingdom.org/event-calendar/

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

Chatelaine – nothing to report.

Pennsic – heed your camp master!

 


January 2024 Officer Reports

Following are the monthly officer reports that have been submitted prior to the Bhakail monthly business meeting of January 9, 2024.

Seneschal’s Report – Máistir Mael Eoin mac Echuidh 

By now, Pennsic registration has opened and we’re looking at another year of events near and far.  Waking of the Salamander is being prepared and Tavern is lurking at the end of January for those not heading up to Birka.  We’ve got a new calendar to help visualize our upcoming events and when their bids are expected as well as any upcoming officer terms up for renewal (those offices that can renew; Seneschal and Exchequer have hard limits set by Kingdom, for instance).

Speaking of which, it’s again time to mention that I am not seeking a second term myself and the Barony will be in need of a Seneschal come June.  If you’re interested in the role, let me know and we can spend some time sharing the role in the run up to June; I’ll be happy to support afterwards, too, I just need to lighten my service load as more projects (self-imposed and otherwise) are looming 🙂

We’re also coming up on needing a polling for our next Baron(ess) and Baron(ess)!  Letters of intent are due by the March meeting so that we can start the process.  Given issues with membership data at the Society level, the process might be bumpy, so hopefully we can kick things off in March to ensure enough time at all levels to have a successful polling.

Here’s to a good year for us all and we’ll see you around, here and there!

Social Media Deputy – Dillena o’r Gwyrddol

We’ve had a wonderful month in the realm of social media 6 new members have been welcomed into our Facebook group. We’ve had 46 posts, 152 comments, and 829 reactions. Over the course of the month, 516 of our facebook members have been active. 

Additionally, we have a new Instagram account. We currently have 53 followers on our account @baronybhakail and we look forward to growing further over time. Please feel free to follow us and interact with our content so we can reach new people on this platform!

As always, I appreciate you all for helping make our online space a success!

Rapier Marshal – Don Melchior Kriebel

We have secured a new practice site! As of January we will be holding practices once again on every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, PA. Spoiler alert: As of this writing we have had our premier practice at the site and it was a smashing success with 20 fencers in attendance. Here’s hope all goes well going forward!

Archery Marshal – Lady Ellyn Grene

Nothing to report.

Thrown Weapons Marshal – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki 

Practices on hold until spring.

Minister of the List – The Honorable Lord Mikael melrakki

Nothing to report.

Chronicler – Lady Ellyn Grene 

The publication date for the next issue of The Salamander is fast approaching; please send me any content you want to contribute by no later than January 15.

Chatelaine – Lady Chana Freidl the Maker

Chatelaine – nothing to report.  Hoping to see if any new contacts from PAX come to Tavern, but I haven’t heard from anyone.

Pennsic – Pre-registration will begin soon, so please heed your camp masters!  If you have camped with Bhakail in the past two years and wish to again, please get in touch with me before pre-registering.  If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please also let me know.