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5 February 2014 — With Business Meeting Notes

This TWII wants you! to go to events.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wed 5 Feb: Isles Rapier and Armored Combat Fighter Practices (7:00pm; Theatre & Dance Courtyard at UCSB)
  • Sat 8 Feb: Chivalry Tourney (Nordwache / Fresno, CA) —
  • Sat 8 Feb: Gyldenholt/Calafia Friendship Tourney (Calafia / Valley Center, CA) –
  • Sun 9 Feb: Lyondemere Arts and Archery (Los Angeles, CA) —
  • Tue 11 Feb: Isles Craft Night (7:30pm; Todde and Mora’s house)
  • Wed 12 Feb: Isles Rapier and Armored Combat Fighter Practices (7:00pm; Theatre & Dance Courtyard at UCSB)
  • Sat & Sun, 15-16 Feb: Talon Crescent Festival (Starkhafn / Las Vegas, NV) —

February Business Meeting

  • Officer Report – Seneschal: Local event bids for 2015 have been submitted. The Shire submitted one event: Filthy Dirty Collegium. Our preferred dates are 31 Jan, 24 Jan, and 7 Feb.
  • Officer Report – Chatelaine: We had new people at Filthy Dirty Collegium. Yay! Also, see the demo discussion below.
  • Officer Report – Arts & Sciences: There was no class in January, because we had FDC. Lord Paul will be teaching a “Sekanjabin and Intro to Non-alcoholic Beverages” class on February 27th at 7 PM at Paul and Gwen’s house. March’s class will be “Learning the Songs of Caid” with more details to come. If you have future class requests, let Lady Gwen know.
  • Officer Report – Webwright: Lord Magnus now has access to the website. If you have suggestions of how to improve it, talk to him.
  • Officer Report – Quartermaster: No update on possible shed locations so far. Having a day to take inventory of the shed would probably be a good idea. Magnus will likely schedule that for Saturday, March 1st, as it looks like no one from the Shire is going to Estrella.
  • Officer Report – Exchequer: We have money. Also, see the FDC discussion below.
  • Filthy Dirty Collegium was on Saturday. We had 35 attendees from a handful of nearby branches (Isles, Darach, Carreg Wen, Altavia, Angles, Lyondemere). We had some our newer folk attend (including one who won the dessert competition) and we made about $100. If you have specific feedback, talk to Gwen or Paul.
  • Isles Anniversary is only eight months away! (Seriously, that’s not actually very long.) We are looking for Event Stewards. Paul has been reading about period tournaments and is tempted to some of those steal ideas. Countess Jane thinks we should have a Crest Tourney; this idea might work for rapier as well, as a variation of a Chalice Tourney. If we want to do something like this, we should start advertising soon.
  • We will be running a demo/recruitment event at Paul’s employer in Goleta on Thursday, February 20th, around 6 PM. There will likely be fighting demos, axe throwing, and dancing. Paul and Jane will coordinate it and send out a signup sheet.
  • Jane did not have a chance to talk to Chabad about their archery range. She will do so.
  • On the first and third Tuesday of the month there is a dance practice in Santa Maria (Barony of Tarnmist) at 6:30 PM, run by Lady Annabelle di Amalfi. There was talk of a group carpooling up perhaps once a month.
  • Paul will inquire about reserving space for the Blob at Crown Tourney (February 22nd).
  • There are a whole mess of events coming up in the next several months that are not terribly far from Isles that people should consider attending. See the Further Away & Other Bits section below for a list.


Last Week

Filthy Dirty Collegium was on Saturday. See the notes above for details.


This Week

Lyondemere Arts and Archery is coming up this Sunday, February 9th. Given the number of archers in the Shire, we suspect some people may be going.


Further Away & Other Bits

Upcoming Events near Isles or otherwise of interest:

  • February 9 – Arts and Archery (Lyondemere) —
  • February 22 – Crown Tourney (Dreiburgen) —
  • March 8 – Angels Melee —
  • March 14-16 – Black Oak Lodge (Darach) —
  • March 22-23 – Collegium Caidis (Lyondemere) —
  • April 4-6 – King’s Hunt (Carreg Wen) —
  • April 27 – Robin Hood Tourney (Angels / Woodley Park) —
  • May 3 – Darach Anniversary
  • May 10 – Altavia Anniversary
  • June 7-8 – Coronation & Queen’s Champion (Carreg Wen)
  • June 21 – Carreg Wen Anniversary


The Shire has a Facebook Group, for those who are so inclined to discuss things there.

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