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  {===========}         #78 December, AS XXXVII (2002, C.E.)

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This is The eSentinel, a publication of the Crown Principality of The North, Kingdom of An Tir, of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. It is not a corporate publication of the SCA, nor does it delineate SCA Policies. The eSentinel is available by subscription through the Chronicler. Subscriptions are $1/yr. More information is available on the Northern Sentinel Website: http://north.antir.sca.org/sentinel/
Permission is granted to forward a single copy to any given individual once only as a sample. Any other distribution is theft and harms the Principality.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
- Event Calendar
- By The Light of A Northern Star
- From the ...
... CP List Mistress
... SCA Board of Directors
- Crown Principality General Guild Meeting
- Upcoming Events in the North
- Because I Can....
...Top 10 reasons for being a Musketeer
- Compendium of Resources

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EVENT CALENDAR
http://north.antir.sca.org/events/

DECEMBER
7 Baroness' Tourney - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
7 Winter Gathering - Hartwood - Nanaimo, BC
14 Yule Revel - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
14 Feast of The Holly - Ravensweir - Quesnel, BC


JANUARY 2003
4 12th Night - Appledore - Oliver, BC
10-12 Kingdom 12th Night - Adiantum - Eugene, OR

FEBRUARY
8 Feast of Candles - Frozen Mountain - Nelson, BC
15 Lover's Revel - Eisenmarche - Coquitlam, BC
28-1 Kingdom A&S Championship - Montengarde - Calgary, AB

MARCH
22 Daffodil Tourney - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
29-30 Spring Ithra - Shittemwoode - Bellingham, WA


APRIL
5 Shire Banquet - Eisnemarche - Coquitlam, BC
11-13 Sir Edward's Tourney - Shittemwoode - Bellingham, WA
26-27 CP Guardian & A&S Champ - Lionsdale - Abbotsford, BC

MAY
2-4 Fur and Feather Tavern - Dregate - Omak, WA
16-18 May Crown - TBA

JUNE
14-15 Principality Event - TBA
20-22 PJ Party Meets The Mummy - Appledore - Oliver, BC

JULY
4-6 Mermaid's Tourney - False Isle - Powell River, BC
18-20 July Coronation - TBA

AUGUST
15-17 Homecoming - Danscombe - Kelowna, BC
15-17 SST - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
22-24 Warren War - Shittemwoode - Bellingham, WA

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By The Light of A Northern Star....

This is, depending upon who you talk to, the slowest time of the year in the SCA. OF course, you couldn't prove that by the flashing needles of all those trying to get their 12th Night Court garb finished. And still get all the Christmas shopping/parties/required appearances done....
This of course doesn't mean that there aren't issues that are being dealt with, and politicking being done. His Majesty, for example, has requested that those who have opinions about the proposed Sumptuary Customs as will be declared at 12th Night to write him via regular mail. If you care enough about th issue, you'll care enough to spend 75 cents or so on a stamp. The proposed version can be seen on the An Tir Web-page, as part of the Virtual Throne Room. There is also an alternate proposal, as put forward by Mistress Laurellen de Brandevin. Those interested should contact her, or check The Steps and The Cathedral for more information.
But really, aside from that, it's quiet in our Fair Kingdom, and Crown Principality.
Eh? What's that? Oh, of course....
Congratulations go to our new Guardian of Rapier, the Scar of The North, Maestro Guidobaldo d'Aquilla. And to our new Rapier Marshal, Don Diarmuid de Rosas, who takes over from Lord Enoch Sutherland, who just happened to be the other finalist in the Crown Principality Rapier Tourney. Oh. And did I mention Enoch is one of Maestro Guidobaldo's cadets?
Small world sometimes, eh?
Happy Holidays, everyone!

Lord Erasmus The Traveller, GdS

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From The Crown Principality List Mistress

I will be stepping down as Lists Mistress for the Crown Principality at 12th Night and am thus accepting applications for the position. They can be sent to: <dominiqua_perreira@yahoo.com>.

Lady Dominiqua Perreira

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From The SCA Board of Directors

Much misinformation has been circulating about the Non-Member Surcharge as it applies outside of the United States. I hope I can clear up some misconceptions and set the record straight.
As everyone is aware, the Non-Member Surcharge, which will go into effect on January 1, 2003, is $3.00 US. However, everyone is also aware that the value of the US dollar fluctuates in relation to other currencies. Clearly this poses a problem for event autocrats and attendees as well as exchequers. Therefore, International non-member surcharge rates have been established. We recognize that the exchange rates will fluctuate, and shall accept the consequences of that fluctuation.

The International Non-Member rates are:
In Europe: 3 Euros
In Canada: CND $4
For rates in other countries, please consult with the Treasurer of the SCA Inc., Tom Bilodeau (Master Tirloch of Tallaght).
At its October meeting, the Board was presented with and accepted the following default implementation recommendation from the SCA Treasurer and the Society Seneschal:
- Each Kingdom will collect the NMS and forward
monies in US funds to the Corporate office on a
quarterly basis.
- The Kingdom Seneschal and Kingdom Chancellor of the
Exchequer will be responsible for ensuring compliance.
- Implementation alternatives may be presented to,
and approved by, the Society Seneschal and Treasurer
of the SCA, Inc. Final approval of alternatives will
be reviewed by the Board.

What does this mean for international branches? First, the local groups will forward the non-member surcharges collected to the Kingdom Exchequer, who will collect the funds and forward them to the US on a quarterly basis. Only then do the funds need to be converted to US Dollars. The conversion fee may be taken out of the money to be sent to the SCA Corporate office, so neither the Kingdom nor any local group needs to absorb the cost of currency conversion. The Kingdom may work out internally how the funds shall be transferred from the local group to the Kingdom treasury. Should the Kingdom feel another arrangement, such as a different collection period other than quarterly, is more appropriate, they may work with the Society Seneschal and the Treasurer of the SCA to work out a more agreeable arrangement.
I hope this information is helpful in understanding the implementation of the Non-Member Surcharge.
Sincere regards,

Meg Baron
President, SCA Inc.

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to: SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas, CA, 95036. You may also email <comments@sca.org>

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Crown Principality General Guild Meeting, Nov 23, 2002

Present
Agness Cresewyke; Antir Guild Deputy
Aelana Cordovera; CP A&S, Book Arts, Costumer's Ed Dep
Isobel fitz Gilbert; LG Mistress of Arts
Aline de Bruges; False Isle A & S
Beatrice Fraser; Lacemakers
Duncan Macquarrie; Cartography
Linnet Kestrel; Painters
Madeleine de Bellemare; Weavers & Spinners
Aaron of the Black Mtns; Armourers Guild
Corinne Hennenberg; Gadgetry Guild
Daniel of Stafford Pele; Woodworking
Tanikh bint Farida al Bakim; Herbal
John; Kumihimo (Archers)
Seanan O'Daire; Medieval Science

Guild Members processed into court carrying an implement of their trade, and introduced themselves.
As the meeting gathered we introduced ourselves and brainstormed other Guilds that exist elsewhere in the Kingdom or have existed in the past.
Blacksmith, Shoemaker, Equestrian, Spirit, Mead (sub guild of Herbal?) Madrone Brewing and Vintners, Culinary, Queens Dance Company, Ad Nauseum, Siege Engines, Boyer's & Fletcher's Guild, Metaphysical Guild, Blathan Or, Drummers, Northern College of Scribes,
A discussion of how to publicize Guilds followed: Tables at events; flyers, for tables, biffy posters, gate; herald meetings at events; make a list of Guilds to pass out or post; Web page north.antir.sca.org/guilds ______ (insert your guild here); interested contact Duncan Macquarrie at (250) 382-4868; guild displays, contests, GUILD WARS hiring mercenaries; List events, competitions at Antir.sca.org, officers, A&S and Champions list (send to Linnet for posting); shire Newsletters, advertising, articles on Guilds
Guild Reporting - Linnet [as Kingdom A&S] requests that Guilds report twice a year 12th Night and July Coronation to the Kingdom Guild Deputy if you want recognition as a Kingdom Guild to the Northern Principality A&S Minister if you want recognition as a Principality Guild. And to your Shire A&S Minister if you want recognition as a local Guild (A&S Ministers are always looking for something to report).
To become an official Kingdom Guild (or Principality Level) you must, have a presence for at least one year, report. have members in more than one Shire, have members who have a membership in the SCA, have a Guild Charter, (for examples contact Aelana)
You need not have a Guild Ranking system in place; levels such as apprentice, journeyman, master (Scholar) (Craftsman) (Artisan) are optional. Some Guilds do this and some are purely social, with teacher and student roles changing as appropriate
Searcher: many medieval guilds had an officer who searched out artisans doing guild level work who were not members of the Guild. Our guilds could use this as a way of searching out potential guild members. "Offenders" could be offered membership or pay a fine :-).
Guild socials can be held at events, Painters regularly have a Guild Dinner (at least once a year Herbalists have teas, Spirit guilds should be well attended ;-)
Competitions, eg Gadgetry wars, Eisenchef competition, Emblem, Banner or Implement Processions should be a regular feature of Principality events.
Keep a guild Event Kit of Banner, Flyers and basket of goodies to show to take to events.
Daniel suggests that since painters make their own wooden panels Linnet suggests that as woodworkers paint their wooden things there is a potential for Guild Wars with hired mercenaries. Clinton for example. Eisenmarch also has merchant wars we could join on to.
Performances - Medieval Guilds sponsored Mystery Plays, we could hire players to perform at feasts etc.
Banners - Winning mercenaries or players win a prize and sponsoring Guild bets a ribbon for their Banner. Give Tokens eg Costumer's give the "Gilded Lily" to spectacular costumes, member or not.
Painters give painters shell to spectacular painted hangings, member or not.
False Isle have appliqued shields and devices on banners for hall decoration for events and feasts

A&S COMPETITIONS 2003

Kingdom Competition in March in Calgary this year.

Northern in Lionsdale in April this year.

Both feature Single entries and Displays so get working on your entries.
Documentation can be as simple as aXerox picture and a 3 X 5 card time, place, how they did it, How I did it

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Upcoming Events in the North

Baroness' Tourney, 7 Dec, 2002
Lions Gate (Vancouver, BC)

Although the name has changed, the event is still the traditional winter tourney for unbelted fighters to show their mettle, and for all gentles to enjoy rapier, dance, arts and sciences, bardic activities, games, shopping for gifts among the merchants, socializing, and a quiet meal with their friends. There will also be contests going on through the day contact the autocrat for more information.
As always there will be an area for donations to the food & toy banks. Please feel free to drop off donations, they are gratefully accepted and will be delivered to the appropriate charities after the event.

SITE INFO: Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Grounds 6050A 176 Street, Cloverdale, BC, Canada. NO open flames (ie.candles) are allowed in this hall, ambient lighting will be provided. Site is open 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight. Lists open at 10:00 am and the tourneys to begin after court.

SITE FEE: Adult $ 10.00 Cdn ($7.00 USD); Under 12 $ 5.00 ($3.50 USD); Under 5 free. Mundane Family Cap $ 25.00 Cdn ($17.50 USD). Make cheques payable to "Barony of Lions Gate".

DIRECTIONS: From South - using Pacific Truck Border Crossing - continue on 176th St. through Cloverdale to 64th Ave. *Follow signs from 64th Ave
>From North - Hwy 91A or 99 take Highway #10 to 176th St. Turn left through Cloverdale to 64th Ave. *Follow signs from 64th Ave
>From East - Hwy #1 to 176th St. exit South to 64th Ave. *Follow signs from 64th Ave.

MERCHANT ORGANIZER: Lady Genevieve Barbota; Ph: (604) 872-8550 (home), 604-318-6337 (cell); Email <dragonward@shaw.ca>

AUTOCRAT: The Honourable Lord Severin ap Selwyn (Oliver Schneider), PH: (604) 931-1040; Email <severinapselwyn@hotmail.com>. For emergency contact during the event, the Autocrat's cell phone will be on: (604)612-1050

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Winter Revel, 7 Dec, 2002
Hartwood (Nanaimo, BC)

Now the crops are in and the weather is cooling, we wish to take the time and share in the joys of each other's company. During this night, there will be much dancing, music, games and sundry entertainments, including a Promise Tree. Our Shire is happy to share a roast beast and divers other potluck contributions with our guests, and we welcome contributions you might make to the feast table.

SITE INFO: The Boy Scout Hut on Comox Road, Nanaimo. Doors open
5:00PM. Due to Scout's regulations, the site is dry. A non-alcoholic
punch will be provided.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Nanaimo by-pass (from the south, just take the overpass that will take you to Campell River; from the north, just stay on the highway) to the Third Street / Jinglepot Road exit. From the south, turn right, from the north, left) Follow to the first set of lights (Wakesiah Road) and turn left. At Bowen road, which conveniently is also the end of Wakesiah, turn right. Drive until you see the Tim Horton's, and make a right immediately after passing. Make another right directly after passing the Tim Horton's parking lot. You are hopefully now going up a parking lot, heading for a rock wall. Do not hit the wall; instead, turn right and come to the hall.

AUTOCRAT: Lady Gillian Fayrefax; Ph: 245-7227, email
<strimble@teacher.com>

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Yule Revel, 14 Dec, 2002
Seagirt (Victoria, BC)

Once again the days grow short. The sun sinks early in the West, and if we don't do something it might not come back again. Therefore, in the spirit of enlivening the dead of winter, I am pleased to announce the return of the Barony of Seagirt's Yule Revel. In conjunction with the Revel is the Feast of the Immaculate Confection, the Barony's annual dessert potluck. Bring your spiffiest sweets for the communal table. There will be singing and dancing and general merry-making, and if we're lucky the spring will come back eventually.
In addition, Baron Sir William will be holding the final testing for those competing to be one of the Scholars of Seagirt.
There will be a variety of dessert-related competitions, and Lady Antonia Fraser is sponsoring a yule-themed embroidery competition. Lady Antonia may be contacted at: <antoniawench@hotmail.com>
As noted, the potluck contributions will be judged as well as enjoyed. There will be prizes for: The most period dessert; The best-tasting dessert; The dessert with the best appearance; The best subtlety

SITE INFO: St Dunstan's Anglican Church, 1806 San Juan Ave., Victoria, BC

SITE FEES: Adult with a potluck contribution: $6; Adult without a potluck contribution: $8; Children ages 6-12: $4; Children ages 5 and under: free

DIRECTIONS: From the ferry: Take Mackenzie exit off HWY 17 (Pat Bay Highway). Turn left onto Mackenzie Ave. Turn left at Shelbourne St.
>From downtown: Follow Johnson St until it becomes Shelbourne St. Turn right at Feltham, Turn left at Tyndall. The church is on the right, at the corner of Tyndall and San Juan

AUTOCRAT: Lord Tirso el Velloso (William Wells); Ph: (250) 477-3222; Email <william_wells@telus.net>

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Feast of the Holly, 14 Dec, 2002
Ravensweir (Quesnel, BC)

The Theme is early Celtic/Norse period, with competitions including table decorations, Ravensweir's A&S Championship (contact the Autocrat for more info), and an A&S Open Display.
There will be a rapier tourney (inside). Scenarios are not available at this time. For further info contact Ravensweir Champion and MoS Erik Skerlenger - <keeblersprite@hotmail.com>
Merchants welcome in the afternoon - no table fee.
Potluck contribution should be sufficient to serve 6 and be persona specific (if possible). Assigned by first letter in mundane last name: A-G Fruit or Veggies; H-M Desserts; N-S Meat dishes; T-Z Breads

SITE INFO: Helen Dixon Center, 241 Kinchant St. Quesnel, BC

SITE FEES: $10.00 & potluck contribution. Children 12 & under free. Please make cheques payable to "Ravensweir, SCA Inc.

DIRECTIONS: From the south: Making your best way to Quesnel, cross bridge into town, turn right onto Carson at first set of lights. Go through next set of lights and turn right at Kinchant. The Helen Dixon Center (formerly a school) is immediately to your right. The entrance is around the back.
>From the North: Making your best way to Quesnel, follow the Hwy all the way into town until you are just passing the Quesnel and Cariboo Hotels. Turn left onto Carson. Go through the set of lights and turn left at Kinchant

AUTOCRATS: HL Sigrid Arden <kstanley@uniserve.com> & Lady Rowena Skerlenger <dametammy@hotmail.com>

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12th Night Coronation, 10-12 January, 2003
Adiantum (Eugene, OR)
http://www.adiantum.peak.org/12thNight/

The 12th Night Hotel is filling up fast! If you want a room in the hotel please reserve your room now!

SITE FEES: Member Adult $12, Non-Member Adult $15 (age 16 and up), Member Child $6,Non-Member Child $9 (age 6-15), Member Family $38, Non-Member Family $48 (per legally related immediate family only, see family pre-reg. form for eligibility), All Children under 6 are free.
Room reservations must be done separately from Preregistration; It is recommended you do this when sending in your site pre-registration by using the information below. Preregistration is recommended, but not necessary unless merchanting. Preregistration for individuals ends on November 30th, and for merchants ends on September 3rd. Preregistration forms are available on-line at our web- site or you can request preregistration form be sent to you by sending a self addressed stamped envelope to: Attn: Pre-registration forms needed, C/O 12th Night 2003, P.O. Box 25007, Eugene, OR 97402
Rooms reservations can be made either by phone or on-line thru the 12th night web page. The phone number for reservations: (541) 726-8181. Please let the reservations person know you are with the "SCA" or wish to reserve a room for "12th Night". When the 12th Night hotel is full information for room reservations at neighbouring hotel will be available at the web site. Cost for each room will be $79 a night plus tax. There are NO open Suites left! Check with hotel for limit on number of people allowed in a room please. Reserving a room at the hotel does not include preregistration for the event or site fees. There are NO pets allowed in any of the indoor meeting rooms, ballroom, merchant room, etc. The hotel can not schedule meetings, please send requests to the autocrats for review.

SITE INFO: Double Tree Hotel, 3280 Gateway Springfield, OR 97477 Phone: 541-726-8181 Site opens 3 PM Friday Jan. 10 and closes at 5 PM on Sunday Jan. 12th 2003.

AUTOCRATS: Meisterin Trudchen von Bayern (Trudi Stuber) & HL Karis Jessica Pursey (Jamie Parker); P.O. Box 25007 Eugene, OR 97402 E-mail: 12thNight@trudis.net (e-mail correspondence is preferred). Phone: (541) 343-8793 or (541) 606-3313 (leave permission to call back collect please).

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Crown Principality A&S Champions Tourney, April, 2003
Lionsdale (Abbotsford & Chilliwack, BC)
http://north.antir.sca.org/events/coronet/art_sci_champ.html

For those wishing to prepare for the Crown Principality Arts & Sciences Champions Tourney all the information you should need will posted to the web at the URL given above. For more information contact Aelana Cordovera by March 1, 2003 at 2621 St George St, Vancouver BC V5T 3R5, phone (604) 876-9105, or email sburrows@istar.ca.

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Because I Can....
...Top 10 reasons for being a Musketeer

10. Spiffy Tabard doubles as duvet cover.

9. Takes the "sting" out of being French.

8. No "bag" limit on Cardinal's guards.

7. Fleur De Lis envy.

6. Screw swords........... We got guns!

5. Pick up spare change posing for candy bar wrappers.

4. Lifetime membership to La Rochelle Bed and Breakfast.

3. Two words, Annette Funicello! (oops! that's Mouseketeers).

2. All for one, and one for all-applies to wenches.

and the number ONE reason for being a Musketeer is.....

1. The Queen's "diamond studs" (if ya know what I mean)

[Editor's Note: Just a reminder that I don't write this stuff; I just print it. Just like to make sure we've got that straight.....]

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Compendium of Resources (Recent Changes)

* Scar Of The North (Rapier Champion)
Maestro Guidobaldo d'Aquilla


Directory of Officers
http://north.antir.sca.org/curia/directory.html

Branches of The Crown Principality of The North
http://north.antir.sca.org/branches.html

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