Monday, May 21, 2012

Gear of War 2012

My lord, Morcant, and son by our tent.
I can post this now because we  managed to make it to Gear of War and we've an official starting point as far as our camp is concerned. We camped both nights and it was fantastic fun.  The Shire of Deodar knows how to put on a great event.   I went to some interesting classes, sang some songs, taught a small class on the ECD dances , socialized and went to a magnificent feast.  There were some very kind gentles there who helped out the "new kids"  and I am very grateful for the welcome.

I observed one of the weaving classes and again, I thinking that an inkle loom might be in my future.  Lady Verena wove me a beautiful belt and I am so grateful because having a proper belt was one of the things holding me back from making myself a couple of simple tunics.   My late period garb is perfectly nice for dancing, but I am looking forward to making some  lighter and more comfortable early period outfits.

Another thing we have to work on is making some benches and chairs.  It isn't because I am insanely hung up on details, (although my family might offer you a different outlook) but camp chairs do not work with my big garb.  The only chair that  we had that didn't have arms broke while I was sitting on it.   I was helping Trapolin put some Queen of Hungary's liniment on some itchy bug bites when it happen and I was pretty impressed that I managed not to dump it all over my  linen overdress.   Thankfully, I had the cooler to sit on for the rest of the weekend.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

What is Arts & Sciences?

In the SCA, the term Arts & Sciences is used to refer to the various skills that would have be practiced in the Middle Ages. We work on projects, document the projects and eventually enter into competitions.

Her Royal Majesty Conna ingen uí Chearbhaill took time to speak to those of us working at the illumination table at Melon Wars and was very gracious in her encouragement of those learning new skills in the Arts & Sciences.  Their royal majesties have charged each of their subjects with learning something new.  That is probably easier for newcomers like us because so many things are new.

This weekend was Calontir's Kingdom A & S competition. Sadly, I missed this event because it was Geneviève's junior prom and Morcant's mother is visiting from Maryland. This weekend also marks the 5th year the A & S 50 Challenge has been around. I decided that in honor of the two, it would be a good time to jump into the challenge. The challenge has been laid out on the website in an introductory letter.

The basic idea is that you take on the challenge and complete 50 tasks of your choice. I haven't  decided on the depth challenge or the persona challenge, but while we are just getting started, this seems sensible to me. It gives me a chance to try new things and build up our inventory of garb, feast gear and other "props".

I've a few books that I picked up to help us get started. I have Caridoc's Thousand Year's Cookbook and the Medieval Home Companion. I ordered this because it fits so well with Geneviève's persona. I will probably send it along with her someday but it is certainly a fun read.