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  {===========}         #58 April, AS XXXV (CE 2001)

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.



Crown Principality of The North
Event Schedule

7-8 Spring Ithra - False Isle - Powell River, BC
7 Rogue's Revel - Tir Bannog - Smithers, BC
14-16 Ithra of the Arts - Dregate - Omak, WA
21 Sir Edward's Tourney - Shittimwoode - Bellingham, WA
21 Winter's End Tourney - Ramsgaard - Kamloops, BC
28 Swimming Serpent Tavern - Dregate - Omak, WA
28 Tribute To Shakespeare - Hartwood - Nanaimo, BC
28-29 Ithra/Costumer's Guild - Krakafjord - Vernon, BC

5 Bardic Revel - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
18-20 May Crown - Dregate - Omak, WA
25-27 SeaLion War - Seagirt - Victoria, BC

5 Five Champions - Krakafjord - Vernon, BC
8-10 25th Anniversary - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
8-10 Spring Revel & Tourney - Coill Mhor - 100 Mile House, BC
15-17 Archery Althing - Dregate - Omak, WA
15-17 Spring Murder - Ravensweir - Quesnel, BC
22-24 Championship Tourney - Lionsdale - Chilliwack, BC
29-01 Fields of Gold - Tir Bannog - Smithers, BC
29-02 Just Cause Tourney - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC

6-8 Mermaid's Tourney - False Isle - Powell River, BC
6-8 20th Anniversary - Appledore - Kelowna, BC
13-15 Sergeant Trials - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
20-22 July Coronation - Terra Pomeria - Polk Co., OR
27-29 Raven's Key Rebellion - Hartwood - Port Alberni, BC

3-6 Clinton War - Lions Gate - Clinton, BC
17-19 El marr Fudd/Warren War - Shittimwoode - Bellingham, WA
17-19 Birthday Bash - Hartwood - Nanaimo, BC
24-26 Seagirt Summer Tourney - Seagirt - Victoria, BC
31 September Crown - Vulcanfeldt - Yakima, WA

1-3 September Crown - Vulcanfeldt - Yakima, WA
7-9 Tournament of Armies - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
15 Sergeant Trials - Lions Gate - Vancouver, BC
15-17 September Revel - Dregate - Omak, WA
21-23 Forest War & Feast - Coill Mhor/Ramsgaard - 100 Mile House, BC
22-23 Scribal Ithra - St. Giles - Victoria, BC


Crown Principality Officers

Seneschal: HL Ljotr Einarson (Mitch Steck) (250)542-6988

Chronicler: Lord Erasmus the Traveller (250) 380-9947

Arts & Sciences: HL Aelana Cordovera (604) 876-9105

Chatelaine: Sgt. Ekatarina Borisnovna (250) 479-8174

Chirurgeon: HL Aaron of the Black Mountains (604) 524-2824

Constable: Johanna Katarina Morgenstochter (604) 702-0822

Exchequer: Skya of Wrath (250) 549-4100

Herald: Lady Li Ban ingen Eachthiarna (250) 639-9301

Marshal: HL Griffin ap Bedwyr (604) 466-0654

Rapier Marshal:Lord Enoch MacIain Sutherland (604) 742-2003

Archery Marshal: Byron Fletcher (604) 521-0348

Dean of Pages: HL Malcolm of Lamont (250) 498-3084

Waterbearer: vacant

Compendium of Resources

Their Majesties of An Tir,
Prince and Princess Of The North

Duke Davin Ravensfuri and Countess Groa
(Damon Hill & Gretchen Hubbert)
1520 NE 102nd
Seattle, WA, USA

Scourge Of The North
(Heavy Champion)
Sir Einar Guntharson & Thora Golvik

Skewer Of The North
(Rapier Champion)
Kallyn Rozvardo

Scorer Of The North
(Archery Champion)
Sir Einar Guntharson

Scholar Of The North
(Arts & Sciences Champion)
Sarra du Corbelle

Skald Of The North
(Bardic Champion)
Petro Rosvardo Thorvaldson


By The Light of A Northern Star....

It's all about "communication."
Be it from branch to branch, officer to officer, Kingdom to Kingdom,
single person to the BOD.
Without it, we're screwed.
Keeping the lines of communication open is something that, in the
mundane world, is a requirement. To the militaries of the world, it
is a matter of literally, "life-or-death." For businesses, it is the
difference between profit and bankruptcy.
For the SCAdian, it is the difference between understanding and ignorance.
Newsletters, like this one, are there for the purpose of being a
resource; information at your fingertips. We give information about
events going on at the local, Principality and Kingdom levels. We
present officer reports so that you may have an understanding of what
is going on within our local/regional/kingdom-wide Game.
Newsletters can also present articles that one can use to further
one's exploration of a particular topic. And those topics are
endless: Armouring, embroidery, brewing, research techniques, weapon
construction, costuming, jewellery-making, painting, how to produce
documentation, wood-working, even
simple columns of opinion on a pressing discussion of the day......
The list is virtually endless.
But you'll never see them unless they're submitted.
Chroniclers are caught between a rock and a hard-place when it
comes to articles. We want them badly, because it makes for
something more than just an officer-report and event-copy newsletter.
Not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with such a creation,
but some of us want something more than that. But it comes with a
cost, you see.
Chroniclers can only make just so much room for articles in a
newsletter, because of cost: It costs money to send that extra sheet
or two of paper through the mail. Some branches have solved this
problem by going to a web-based or email-based publication. But
these branches are currently in the minority, and are likely to
remain so until such time as the majority of our world is hooked up
electronically. So, until then, you are stuck with paper, and paper
has weight, and postage is calculated by weight.
So we have to pick and choose articles. And make a point of
putting down, in writing, guidelines for submissions. Because a
wonderful article may not be suitable due to length, content (yes,
there are things that we won't publish; we even have guidelines from
the BOD about it), edit-ability, lack-of, or too
much/many graphics....
It really is enough to make a Chronicler start pulling out their hair.
Repeatedly. And often. In big clumps.
So, my Guidelines for Submissions to The Northern Sentinel are pretty
simple: No more than two pages in length, single-spaced in a 12-point font
(like Times New Roman or something similar). If your article is more than
that, see where you can split it into two or more parts. Graphics should be
included with the article at the time of submission. Paper or electronic
format is fine. No profanity or the like, this is a "family-oriented"
newsletter if you wouldn't want your grandmother to read it, don't send
it. If it is copyrighted, I need your permission, in writing, to print it.
If it is time-sensitive, tell me up-front so I can make sure it goes in a
quickly as possible.
If it's important enough for you to put it down on paper, trust me, it
is going to be important enough for people to read it. It's a way for you
to communicate your thoughts and ideas, your research, techniques and
skills to others.
And like I said, it's all about communication.

Erasmus the Traveller, GdS.


>From The Seneschal

Unto all the Populace of the Crown Principality of the North
I would like to applaud all of the Seneschals of the CP of the North for
100% reporting last period. It is very evident that we are an extremely
busy area with all sorts of Events, A&S projects, Bardic Development under
way. It is a pleasure to see. I would also like to thank all of you that
support your branch Seneschal, in any way, as this is a very time consuming
but rewarding job.
Work is continuing towards our eventual goal of Principality.
Subcommittees are being firmed as we speak. Should you wish to contribute,
please sign onto the Northern Principality discussion list
<northern-principality@antir.sca.org> and let your thoughts and ideas be
known. This is a tremendous amount of work and all assistance will be
greatly appreciated.
I am looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can during this
upcoming tournament season. It's going to be a great summer!
Yours in Service

HL Ljotr Einarsson JdL MI AA
Seneschal, CP of the North


>From The Arts & Sciences Minister

This years's Five Champion's Event will be held in June, at a place to
be determined by mid February. Ljotr reports 5 Shires have put in bids, so
far. This will be the First Crown Principality Championship so we're
hoping for lots of entries in all categories. In addition I am encouraging
displays by previous champions so that the fine work being done by our
Champions can be an inspiration to us all.

Crown Principality Arts and Sciences Championship 2001
DUTIES : The Champion will be expected to serve as inspiration and
role model to others, especially through arts and sciences displays and
WHO MAY ENTER : the competition welcomes all those who have three
entries and are competing for Crown Principality Champion.
Those who have fewer pieces, and who are not going for crown
principality champion, are also welcome to apply. You may submit entries
previously entered in other contests, as long as they did not win at crown
principality level or above.
LETTER OF INTENT : To Aelana by May 15, 2001. Please include a list of
three intended entries with a sentence or two about each, to assist in
selecting expert judge. The entries as a whole, must exhibit a diversity of
ENTRY GUIDELINES : In order to qualify for the championship the entrant
must include:
one Research Piece
one Active Presentation piece
and one Passive Display
A Research Piece may be a paper, a lecture, a class or display item.
Papers must be submitted 2 weeks before the contest to allow judges to read
A Presentation may be a 20 minute lecture, class or story, puppet show,
song or poem.
A Display does not require the entrant's presence in order to be clear,
and may be pictures mounted on poster board, a display of labelled items or
an entry showing various stages of completion.
STUDENT JUDGING : In this format, experts, as well as potential
contestants, Arts & Sciences Ministers or delegates wishing to learn
judging skills, may take part in the judging process. Please let me know
in advance.

Guidelines for Evaluation
Score Attribute

____ Does the entry meet the category specifications
(eg research, active presentation, or passive display?)
___ Documentation - for research piece
(has the person done research as appropriate?)
___ Authenticity
(how historically accurate is this presentation?)
___ Workmanship
(how well executed is this presentation?)
___ Complexity
(how difficult, how much "from scratch" ?)
___ Emotional Effect
(did this presentation move you, create a medieval mind set?)

Even if you do not think you are advanced enough to win, the Crown
Principality A&S Championship is a great opportunity to get feedback on how
your work is progressing. We encourage you to enter as a one entry
contestant or Student Judge to begin to learn one form of the judging
Yours in Service

Aelana Cordovera, MI, AA, J de L, Golden Swan,
Arts & Sciences Minister, Crown Principality of the North


Bunnies Become Barony

Shittimwoode, the oldest Shire in the Kingdom of An Tir, voted last
month in favor of assuming Baronial Status. If accepted by Their Majesties
and the SCA's Board of Directors, this would give The North its third
Barony, after Lions Gate and Seagirt.
The discussion about changing status from Shire to Barony has been
difficult but never angry. Your correspondent was not in support of this
change, but was impressed by the ardor at which the pro-Barony forces
worked hard to accept anti-Barony issues.
One step which was very helpful for all of the people who cared about
the Shire was working on how the transition was to take place (form of
ballots, who could and couldn't vote, who could run) and the powers of the
Baron and Baroness after they assumed Their Stations. This pre-decision
work helped calm the fears of folks who were concerned that Shittimwoode
would lose it's lightheartedness or its ability to work together.
I don't know if Shittimwoode's experience will be helpful in the
transition of The North from Crown Principality to Principality, but I do
know that, on a smaller scale, working with folks who are not in favor of
the process creates a better result.
Yours in Service to The Dream,

Meresigha Stonegatta

P.S. Next, the Shire will be sending our impressions of Baronial
Candidates to Their Majesties. They will make the final decision as to who
our new Baron and Baroness will be, of course.
At the same time, we're having remarkably similar discussions
about regalia as is The North.



False Isle Ithra Session - April 7 & 8, 2001
Ithra Catalogues/info: Registrar: Saeunn Hrafnsdottir (mka Valerie McKeen)
6965 Crofton St., Powell River, BC V8A 1W8; 1-604-487-4333 OR
604-485-5188. saeunn@prcn.org OR mckeen@library.prcn.org (work)
Chancellor: Amanda Kendal - 1192 Shavington St., North Vancouver BC,
Canada, V7L 1K9; (604) 988-0304 <kendal@lightspeed.bc.ca>


Dregate Ithra Session - April 14 & 15, 2001
Ithra Catalogues/info: Registrar / Chancellor: Amanda Kendal - 1192
Shavington St., North Vancouver BC, Canada, V7L 1K9; (604) 988-0304
Registrar: Lady Olivia Whytrose - POB 1045, Omak WA USA 98841; (509)
825-2324 ladyolivia@xcentric.net


Krakafjord Ithra Session and AnTir Kingdom Costumers Guild Challenges -
April 28 & 29, 2001
Ithra Catalogues/info: Chancellor: Amanda Kendal - 1192 Shavington St.,
North Vancouver BC, Canada, V7L 1K9; (604) 988-0304 kendal@lightspeed.bc.ca
Registrar: Yrsa Kettilsdottir (mka Cristin Olafsson) can be reached at
(250) 490-4771 or cristin-kyndra@home.com.



Second Annual Rogue's Revel
Tir Bannog, April 7, 2001

Come, all ye gentles, to the Shire of Tir Bannog (Smithers, BC) and join
us for our second annual Rogue's Revel. The afternoon will be filled with
a variety of workshops, games and sundry activities for both young and old
alike. After a sumptuous pot luck repast, the magistrate will again be
visiting our Shire to hear and pass judgement on any and all complaints
made to the local constabulary. At this time I, Bernadette, do hope to
pass on the title of Chief Rogue to some other deserving gentle. After
court, the table will be cleared away to prepare for an evening of music
and dance.
The particulars are as follows:
Date Saturday
Time: 11:00 am - Midnight
Place: Upper room of Telkwa Municipal Building
Site Fee: $5/person, 12 and under free
ACTIVITIES: Rapier Workshop; Heavy Workshop; Archery Workshop and
Competition for both adults and juniors; Lord Tewl will teach a workshop on
how to properly do lists; Various activities for the wee folk; Workshop on
games (we can play, too!)
There will be a prize for the best presentation of a dish brought to the
pot luck dinner. This can be anything from a main dish to a dessert.
Gold Key will be available for any newcomers who are garb-less.
The site is discreetly less than damp (vaguely specific, is it not?)
Crash space is available upon request. Contact the Autocrat for more
AUTOCRAT: Bernadette Mareschal du Vallet (Brenda Zantingh)
(250)847-5995, bzantingh@bulkley.net


Sir Edward's Memorial Tourney
Shittimwoode, 21 April, 2001

Greetings from The Shire of Shittimwoode,
Sir Edward's Memorial Tournament will be held this year on Saturday,
April 21st, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington -
just north of Bellingham. This fantastic new site can hold more gentles,
more activities and more fighting that at previous Sir Eddie's tournaments.
The sight is just 4 miles south of the Modern border. Plus, our new space
will allow for indoor or outdoor fighting (depending on weather), Archery,
and Thrown Weapons!
Start the tournament season off right - come and fight for the title of
Champion of the Shire and win prizes fit for royalty. For example, a Sir
Thorvald made Helm, a Valentine Armoury Schlager, Rattan great and broad
swords with matching custom MacBrian hilts, 50 war blunts, and more. Not a
competitor? Enjoy the A&S displays and activities that will include an
"Industrial Park" with a forging practicum.
There are showers on site for the sweaty, a food booth during the day
for the hungry and evening feast. This year's feast is hosted and only $5
Merchants are encouraged, there's pleny of space and no merchant fee.
Contact the Market Officer (follow web link for information).
From the South: Take I-5 into Bellingham and turn right at Exit 256 A,
going north onto Meridian Street. (Meridian is Hwy 539.) Follow Meridian
straight north 11 miles to Lynden. At the second lighted intersection turn
right onto Front Street, between the cemeteries. The fairgrounds is 4/10 of
a mile ahead. Turn right at Gate 2. Follow Signs.
From North: Aldergrove crossing, Follow Signs.
Site is discreetly wet, period containers only! As this is our
traditional demo, the public is invited. Gate fee is: $6 US/ $8 cdn Under
12 $3.00. Site opens at 9:00am, feast at 6:00pm. Tickets in advance
AUTOCRAT: Padraig MacBrian, (Patrick Shannon) 5353 Olson Rd., Ferndale,
WA Hm: 360-384-0547 Autocrat@macbrian.com merchant@macbrian.com


Winter's End Tourney
Ramsgaard, April 21, 2001

The Shire of Ramsgaard would like to invite one and all to their second
Annual Winter's End Tourney. We will have Rapier & Heavy combat (melee
format - numbers permitting) with classes in the morning. A&S banner
competition, dance classes and Pied Piper throughout the afternoon. The
day will be capped off by a tavern, with dancing and merriment for all.
The event site is the Heffley Creek Hall just North of Kamloops, (3 Old
Yellowhead Hwy, Heffley Creek, BC, (250)578-7945), and at the field across
the road. For Merchant space contact the Autocrat.
RSVP appreciated by March 31, 2001 - contact Autocrat: Duncan Darroch,
(John Devitt, 50 Edward St., Kamloops, BC, V2B 4G1, (250)554-3986,
Site opens at 9:30am, closes at midnight. DINNER to start at 6:30pm.
Site fee: Adults $5.00,6 to 16 years $3.00, 5 and under free; $12.00 modern
immediate family (max 2 adults). Merchants lunch will be available for a
nominal fee. Dinner tickets: Adults $6.00, 6 to 16 years $3.00, 5 and
under free. (All prices in Canadian funds). Please make cheques payable
to "SCA, Inc.- Shire of Ramsgaard". As this is a wet site all British
Columbia Liquor Laws will be strictly enforced with zero tolerance. All
potables must be purchased on site.
Directions: From Kamloops, take the #5 (Yellowhead) Hwy. North to
Heffley Creek, turn right off Hwy at the Sun Peaks signs, ** follow the Old
Yellowhead Hwy past the Heffley Creek store (keeping right). The hall is
one block past the store on the right. If traveling from the North along
the #5 (Yellowhead) Hwy. then turn left at the Sun Peaks signs and proceed
from ** above.


Swimming Serpent Tavern
Dregate, 28 April, 2001

Waiting for the ice to melt and free your ship? Looking forward to the
warm winds of summer and spring? So are we. The crew of the Swimming
Serpent, a privateer ship in service of Dregate and Lion's Gate under her
excellency Melissa Kendal of Westmoreland, invites all who sail the sea for
An Tir to stop in the Fur and Feather Tavern for a drink, a round of games,
good songs, warm food and songs worthy of any siren worth her weight in
Set your calendars for April 28, 5 p.m., as the doors of the tavern open
to all walks of society. The tavern is located in the Shire of Dregate
(Omak, Washington).
Dregate and the Serpent crew invite all to attend this nautical-late period
event. Personas are not required to attend.
Site fee purchases Dregate coins (no real monetary value) which are
usable to purchase hot food, mixers (site is discreetly wet), gamble, tip
serving wenches or bards or bet on rapier combatants as they fight in a
single elimination, random off-hand weapons tourney. The off-hand weapons
range from table clothes to bottles to certain food items.
Tourneys include fencing, bardic, filking, wenching, period darts and
Nine Man Morris.
Come take part in this living tavern as events unfold around patrons and
tavern staff. Nautical or late-period personas not required to visit the
AUTOCRAT: Andrew Williams (Bill Stevenson) P.O. Box 4195, Omak, WA
98841, (509) 826-1395, (509) 322-2506, billst@televar.com
SITE INFO: This event is at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Home Ec
Building, 11 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan, WA 98840. This event opens at 5
p.m. on April 28 and closes noon April 29. The site fee is $10 for adults,
$5 for ages 17-13 and free for children 12 and under. Make checks payable
to Shire of Dregate, SCA. Limited crash space available upon reservation
in Dregate homes and in the tavern. On-site camping is available for an
additional $12 through the Okanogan County Fairgrounds.
DIRECTIONS: The event is in Okanogan, Washington, which is one and
half-hours north of Wenatchee and one hour south of Osoyoos, BC on Highway
97. To find Okanogan on a map, look at north central Washington. It is
north of Chelan, south of the Canadian border on the western edge of the
Colville Confederated Tribal Reservation along the Okanogan River. The
fairgrounds are visible from Highway 97. Many signs will be posted. For
further directions contact the autocrat.


A Tribute To Shakespeare
Hartwood, 28 April, 2001

Hear Ye Hear Ye,
Come all ye weary travellers to the Shire of Hartwood for our tribute to
This event is planned for the 28th day in April doors open at 4:30pm,
pall-mall is planned at 2pm outside the hut (weather permitting)
This is a potluck feast. Mundane last names beginning with A-F bring a
bread or cheese dish, G-L bring a fruit or veggie dish, M-R bring a meat
dish, S -Z bring a rice or starch dish.
Entertainment includes Dramatic representation of Shakespearean theater
(hosted by Mal U theater students), various contests and maybe even a
little Elizabethan dancing.
Best period potluck contribution (documented/ online is fine) Prize
sponsored by M'lady Magdalina Riazanskaia.
Best Shakespearean Sonnet or Poem recited. Prize sponsored by M'lady
DIRECTIONS: Boy Scout Hall, 443 Comox, Nanaimo
For out of town guests, the way to go is off the new highway (parkway)
turn either right (from south) or left (from north) on the third street
exit. Follow this road until you hit Wakesiah and turn left. Go to the end
of Wakesiah, and turn right on Bowen/Comox (they are the same road ... we
have some seriously messed up city planners to thank for that one!) Go
through the lights at Macleary, and at the next set of lights, (Prideaux,
or Wallace, I'm not sure, but there will be signs!) turn right. About 1/4
of a block on the right is a driveway going up the hill to the Boy Scouts
hall. Again, just follow the signs!
Autocrat is Lillianne (in order to make it NSCA worthy) but hosted by
the shire of Hartwood. Direct questions to Tayla Delabrache (Tracey
Paisley) at paisley@island.net or Lillianne at penelope.a@home.com.
Please direct billetting questions to Madgalina at ladyink@hotmail.com


An Tir Kingdom Costumers' Guild Rankings/Challenges
Shire of Krakensfjord, April 28-29th, 2001

The An Tir Kingdom Costumers' Guild will be holding its next series of
Guild rankings and challenges in conjunction with an Ithra. The event
will be held at the Vernon Army Camp immediately south of Vernon on highway
97. Signs will be posted and the site clearly marked.
In addition to the Guild rankings/challenges, there will be attendance
of other guilds, a full Ithra session, and a tavern night. Camping will be
offered on site. Full washroom facilities will be available.
For information on the Ithra please contact the chancellor, Amanda
Kendal at kendal@lightspeed.ca.
If you are planning to participate in the challenges or rankings, please
advise either Guild Administrator Mistress Kateryne of Hindscroft <
kat@grendal.rain.com> or Guild Education Deputy Aelana Cordovera (Sharon
Burrows) <sburrows@istar.ca>, 2621 St. George Street,Vancouver, B.C.,
canada, V5T 3R5 so that we may arrange sufficient judges for the ranking.
Please include your name, telephone number (just in case we need to
contact you) and the rank you will be challenging.
If you need further information regarding criteria for the challenges,
please contact Aelana Cordovera and the above address.
SITE FEE: $5.00 Canadian. Please make site fee cheques payable to the
Shire of Krakensfjord and send them to Marinella di Ravenna, 4758-Gulch
Road, Armstrong, B.C. Canada. V0E 1B0. Please note the above address is
for crash space enquiries or advance site registration ONLY.
Email address for site information and crash space availability is
Arrangements are being made to have at food available on site Saturday
and there will be tavern style food available at the Saturday night
'Bardic tavern'.
AUTOCRAT: Yrsa Kettilsdottir (mka Cristin Olafsson) can be reached
at (250) 490-4771 or cristin-kyndra@home.com.
LOCATION: Vernon Army Camp, highway 97 Vernon. B.C. Canada.
DIRECTIONS: Follow any of the main routes to Vernon. If approaching from
the North (Kamloops or Salmon Arm) stay on the highway straight through
town (and it is, indeed, straight through) and watch for the signs on the
right. The site entrance is directly across from the Tourist Information
booth. If approaching from the south, the site will be on your left after
you pass the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College. Watch for signs.


Bardic Revel
Barony of Lions Gate, May 5, 2001

SITE: Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, BC
FEE: Adults $6, Children 5-12 $3, Children <5 are free, Families $18
(immediate mundane family) Cheques should be made payable to 'Barony of
Lions Gate'.
HOURS: 10:30am - midnight
Come attend our Annual Bardic Revel! We'll have games, dancing, bardic
performances, and A&S displays/contests - not to mention the socializing!
A&S CONTESTS: Calligraphy & Illumination, Jewelry, Leather, Metal,
Needle Arts, Weaving & Spinning, Wines Meads & Liqueurs, Wood. There is
also an Unfinished Projects Category with prizes for: Best Excuse, Close
But Not Quite, Longest (Time) Unfinished Item. The populace will judge the
A&S Contests, except for Wines Meads & Liquors and Unfinished Projects.
CHILDREN'S CONTESTS: Design a Shield, Colouring Contest, Kid's Favour.
Children's Contests will be judged by the children.
BARDIC CONTESTS: Limerick (must begin "There was a Baron from Lions
Gate"), SCA Filk, Shakespearean Sonnet, Brave New Bard. The Bardic Contests
will take place during the early evening in a Bardic Circle.
Day food will be available for sale by the Company of Provisioners;
please bring your own dinner.
AUTOCRAT: Lady Elena de Maisnilwarin (Elaine McMillan) 314-6425 Silver
Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5H 2Y3; (604) 430-8208; emcmillan@tsi.bc.ca.
CO-AUTOCRATS: HL Eriu of Tlachtga, (604) 524-2824, bashful@tsi.bc.ca;
and HL John MacAndrew, (604) 451-3912, jmail@teleglobe.ca. The Autocrat
will be away April 11-30: please contact Co-Autocrats during that time.
DIRECTIONS: From the west: Hwy 1 east to Exit 32 Sprott Street. Left at
stop sign, right at traffic light onto Kensington. Thomas is first street
on your right. If you reach the overpass you've gone too far.
From the east: Hwy 1 west to Exit 33 Kensington Avenue/Canada Way. Right
onto Kensington. Thomas is first street on your left. If you reach the
traffic light you've gone too far.


SeaLion War
Barony of Seagirt, May 25-27, 2001

Sealion War will be the weekend of May 25, 26, 27. The site is the
Barony of Seagirt, all information is posted on the website
My apologies for the late date of the announcement and keep an eye on
the website as it will be updated regularly.(Check out the cool pix of the
site too, there is a castle tower).
There will be battles for heavies, lights, dragoons, rapier, archery and
siege engines, all fighters are welcome. There will also be target
archery. The war points are as follows: 3 war points, 1 rapier point (three
battles will be fought for the point), 1 archery point (three archery
contests for 1 point), and 1 point each for arts and sciences= Total of 7.
The Arts point is to be a "Decoration on a wooden object" the decoration is
the point, not the object. The Science point is "a piece of armour".
There will also be a bardic challenge at the event. It is a song in
praise of your enemy. It should relate to something that happens on the
war field that day.
MERCHANTS - Merchants are welcome there is a beautiful spot for
merchants along the main road of the village by the castle and is also
within view of the war field. Merchants fee is a small donation to go to
the site raffle. Please contact the Autocrat to book space.
There is no electricity or plumbing at this site. We have porta-biffs
and a great big water truck with a pump for drinking water. Please consult
the event website for further info or contact the Autocrat.
t is a discreetly damp site - no open containers. All SCA and mundane
laws must be obeyed and will be enforced. NO PETS.
There is plenty of camping space as well as a limited amount of space to
crash in the Tavern - please pre-book for the Tavern. RVs must also
There will be a tavern available for food. If you wish to be fed for
the weekend the cost is $20, please contact Judith de Montgomerie
I'm sure that I have missed something vital, but it will get posted on
the website, or contact me if you have any questions

Sasha Kristova, Autocrat


Five Champions Tournament
Shire of Krakenfjord, June 1-3, 2001

The Shire of Krakenfjord is pleased to invite one and all to this first
5 Champions tournament for our new Crown Principality. Are you ready to be
among our first champions?
The site will be at the Vernon Army camp, #100 Hwy 97S (just South of
Vernon). The access is the North Gate, just across the highway from the
tourist info building. Watch for SCA signs. The location will be clearly
marked. Watch for more details on our website
The site will open Friday evening (June 1) at 6:00 and will close
Sunday, June 3 at 2:00. Site fee is $8.00. Saturday night feast is $5.00.
Make cheques payable to SCA, Inc/Shire of Krakenfjord.
AUTOCRAT: Gabriele Silverhand (MKA Judith King) 4302 Pleasant
Valley Blvd. Vernon, BC ph. 250-503-7902 isjynx@home.com


Lions Gate 25th Anniversary Event
Barony of Lions Gate, June the 9 & 10, 2001

Greetings unto the populace
On June the 9th and 10th, Lions Gate shall celebrate the 25th
anniversary of our creation and of the investiture of our dear Baron and
Baroness. I have the honour of being Merchant Autocrat for this fine
event. The site is Mission Heritage Park. It is huge. Scads of parking.
The event will be a Pas Du Arms. Fun. The subject is a party. Merchant
row will surround the list-field. I am so looking forward to it. But..in
order to do this right...I must ask that the merchants that intend to
attend be pre-registered. The earlier, the better. The best spots are
nearest to the list-field and there are only 28 of em...and allot of them
are already reserved. The autocrat has decreed that only pre-registered
merchants can merchant. So please email me as soon as you can with the
dimensions of your pavilion, any guy ropes space you need, and the depth of
your encampment as well as what you are merchanting - not in detail but in
general. I request that your pavilion be as period as is possible. Also,
our dear Baron has decreed that there shall be no merchant fee. Just
normal site fee. But if your not pre-registered you wont merchant. And if
your not pre-registered early, you wont be in thefirst tier.
So to contact me... dragonward@home.com or by phone at 872-8550 but I
prefer email.
In service to the dream

Lady Genevieve Barbota of Gryphonshold


Fields of Gold
Tir Bannog, June 29 - July 1, 2001

The Wilderness Shire of Tir Bannog invites one and all to come and
experience our 5th Annual Fields of Gold. The site is on Private Property
with shady trees and open fields. Water will be brought in. Nearest
grocery store is 15 km away. What it lacks in facilities it makes up for
in atmosphere.
SITE INFO.: Set up at noon on Friday June 29th, events start on
Saturday morning and will end with court on Sunday afternoon. Site fee is
$5.00 per person, family rate is $15.00. Heavy and Archery Championships
(open to all). There are contests for "Midsummer Rose", Gallant Thorn, and
many other honours. On Saturday at noon we will be holding our renowned
"Helm Auction". Saturday evening is a pot luck, and Sunday morning the
Shire prepares a pancake brunch. The site is discretely damp. Contained
fires only. If anyone requires a larger space for their encampment that can
be arranged ahead of time with the Autocrat.
A word of caution, the nights can be cool, the days hot and the
mosquitoes are always present (sometimes plentiful), so bring warm blankets
and cloaks, sun screen and bug repellent. Please don't let this
information stop you from tasting the flavour of our Northern hospitality.
DIRECTIONS: The site is at km 385 on Hwy 16. From Prince George (Cold
Keep) travel west approx. 350 km. It is just 30 km west of Houston. There
will be signs marking the only turn off of the hwy.
For any information contact the Autocrat Betha at (250) 846-5290 or


Known World Arts & Sciences 2001
Barony of Madrone, October 26th - 28th, 2001

Greetings unto the Populace and Peers, and the assorted Baronies,
Shires, Cantons, Colleges and incipient Shires of the Kingdom of An Tir
from Laurellen de Brandevin, autocrat for Known World Arts & Sciences 2001.

The beautiful Barony of Madrone has been awarded the honor of hosting
Known World Arts & Sciences 2001. The dates are October 26th - 28th and the
site will be the DoubleTree hotel in Sea-Tac.
The event is in the preliminary stages of planning which brings me to
the gist of this email.
The idea behind the Known World Arts & Sciences Symposium is not only to
showcase artisans and instructors from around the Known World but to also
showcase the Kingdom artisans and instructors. To this end, it is my
fervent hope that I can entice the various Baronies, Shires, Cantons,
Colleges and incipient Shires of this mighty Kingdom into organizing and
showcasing their artisans, instructors, and artifacts. In a sense, this
will be like the 3YC Arts and Sciences display on steroids.
The Kingdom of An Tir has some of the greatest talent in the Known
World. Let's take this opportunity to show it off... Please contact me if
your group has any ideas on displays, classes, instructors, or would like
to show off what your group can do (The Seagirt Tapestry comes instantly to
mind.) To see what has already been put into the planning, please visit the
website, http://www.vertetsable.com/kwas for more information.
Additionally, an event of this size cannot run with out one vital
ingredient; YOU. Please take a moment to look through the site and see if
there are things you would like to volunteer to help with. If you don't see
something you'd like to do, then you and/or your group can get together and
sponsor that activity! Either way, let someone on the KWAS team know that
you're interested in helping out...
Thank you and I remain, In Service to An Tir,

Marquessa Mistress Laurellen de Brandevin


Because I Can.....

Syr Murphy's Laws of SCA Combat

* If the enemy is in range, so are you.
* Incoming arrows have the right of way.
* Don't look conspicuous, it draws fire.
* There is always a way.
* The easy way is always jammed with knights.
* Try to look unimportant, they may be low on arrows.
* Knights and counts are predictable, it's the damned newbies that are
* The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:
a. When you're ready for them.
b. When you're not ready for them.
* Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at.
* If you can't remember, the shield wall in front of you is the enemy.
* The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack.
* A seven inch dent in your helm is nature's way of telling you to lighten
up your guage.
* If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush.
* Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.
* Anything you do can get you shot, except leaving your archery mesh at home.
* Make it tough enough for the enemy to reach you and you won't be able to
kill him.
* Never share a schiltron with anyone braver than yourself.
* If you are short of everything but the enemy, you have been flanked.
* This is SCA: The General manages a McDonalds, and the guy guarding your
flank believes Elvis is still alive. The guy on the other flank not only
believes Elvis is still alive, but talks to him at K-Mart... Good thing
there is no steel on the field, huh?
* Never forget that your armour was built by the lowest bidder.

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