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1-February-2016 – with Shire Meeting Notes

Officer reports:

  • Exchequer: We have lots of $$, bring receipts from Bardic Collegium to Lodovico. Final tally profit: $714.15 isles anniversary.
  • Chatelain: Paperwork imminent for deputy. Microdemo – 3 interested parties. Farmers market as a venue. Maybe we should try to get the singing group into SCA and we should go to theirs.
  • Quartermaster:
  • Webmaster: Nothing to report, let him know if changes need to be made on to him
  • Arts and Sciences:
    • Workshop for German Clothing-Feb 27th – if interested let Gwen know.
    • Isles Pentathalon
    • Collegium Caidus– if interested in teaching
    • Getty – tapestries/manuscript – email Gwen if interested – FB event if interested.
    • Bowers Museum – “The Red That Colored the World”
    • Basket of Largesse for Coronation-make stuff
    • Send requests for classes/field trips let Gwen know
    • Anytime you take an interesting class – let the shire know and share.

Bardic Collegium Executive Sumamry:

  • 45 attendees
  • 11 non-members
  • Approx $200 profit
  • Ideas: Alternating Bardic/Filthy Dirty, Themed Collegiums

Paul’s Challenge – You have until April

Upcoming events: (sca-caid.org)

  • Tri-Shire Practice – Feb 6 @ noon (Oak Park)
  • Talon Crescent War – Feb 11-15 (N. Las Vegas / Starkhafn)  — Also Festival of the Rose
  • Chivalry Tourney – Feb 20 (Kingsburg / Nordwache)
  • St. Isadore Anniversary – Feb 20 (Santee / Calafia)
  • German Garb Workshop – Feb 27 [tentative] (Isles) – Location – Hette’s house
  • 3.5 Baronies – Feb 27 (Bakersfield / Wintermist)
  • Calafia/Gyldenholt Friendship Tourney – Mar 5 (Valley Center / Calafia)
  • Court of Love – Mar 5 (Grover Beach / Borderwinds-West)
  • Black Oak Lodge – Mar 11-13 (Pacific Palisaides / Darach) — Pre-reg by this weekend for a discount!
  • March Melee – Mar 12 (Ridgecrest / Naevehjem)
  • Cast Iron Chef – Mar 13 (??? / Lyondemere)
  • Collegium Caidis – Mar 19-20 (La Mirada / Angels/Gyldenholt)
  • Al-Sahid Anniversary – Mar 26 (??? / Al-Sahid)
  • Brewing Judging: Concepts & Beer Core Classes – Mar 27 (Paul & Gwen’s)
  • King’s Hunt – Apr 1-3 (Sage Hill Campground / Carreg Wen)

 

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

Interested in unofficial but helpful Isles announcements and a bit of snark? Follow the Red Tower on Twitter: @SingTheRedTower.

Your reward for reading all the way to the end is that I actually posted this, yay!

17 June 2015

The TWII has strange ideas about a lot of things.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates:

Last Week

On Saturday, Delphine and Gwen attended Carreg Wen Anniversary.

This Week

Nordwache Anniversary is on Saturday in North Fork, CA. For more details, see https://www.facebook.com/events/886013798136418/

Further Away & Other Bits

Other Upcoming Events:

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

Interested in unofficial but helpful Isles announcements and a bit of snark? Follow the Red Tower on Twitter: @SingTheRedTower.

Your reward for reading all the way to the end is ten strange medieval ideas about animals.

10 June 2015

The TWII wants a snail (or at least a hound).

Upcoming Events and Important Dates:

  • Wed 10 Jun: Rapier and Armored Combat Fighter Practices (Unofficial)  (7:30pm; UCSB Theatre & Dance Courtyard)
  • Sat 13 Jun:  Carreg Wen Anniversary: (Carreg Wen / Lompoc, CA) — https://www.facebook.com/events/886013798136418/
  • Tue 16 Jun: Isles Craft Night (7:30pm; Todde and Mora’s house)
  • Wed 17 Jun: Rapier and Armored Combat Fighter Practices (Unofficial)  (7:30pm; UCSB Theatre & Dance Courtyard)
  • Fri 19 Jun – Sun 21 Jun: Nordwache Anniversary (North Fork, CA) — https://www.facebook.com/events/831900513553358/

Last Week

On Saturday, Mora, Todde, Delphine, Gwen, and Paul attended Coronation in Wintermist and presented the bounty of the Shire to Their Majesties Athanaric and Sigri∂r. On Sunday, Delphine, Gwen, and Paul attended Queen’s Champion.

This Week

Carreg Wen Anniversary is on Saturday in Lompoc. For more details, see https://www.facebook.com/events/886013798136418/

Further Away & Other Bits

Other Upcoming Events:

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

Interested in unofficial but helpful Isles announcements and a bit of snark? Follow the Red Tower on Twitter: @SingTheRedTower.

Your reward for reading all the way to the end is a rabbit riding a hound with a trained snail of prey.

3 June 2015 — With Shire Meeting Notes

The TWII is not famous.

 

Upcoming Events and Important Dates:

 

June Shire Meeting

  • Officer Report (Chatelaine): The Honorable Lord Todde has nothing specific to report, though see the two demo items below.
  • Officer Report (Exchequer): Dona Mora reports that we have money. She and Lady Delphine still need to finalize the quarterly report.
  • Officer Report (Quartermaster): Constanza reports we have about 12 posts with Red Towers on them and about 15-20 other posts we could use to surround the Isles Camp at Great Western War.
  • Officer Report (Webwright): Lord Magnus assures us we still have a website.  All of the upcoming Arts & Sciences activities have been added to the calendar.
  • Officer Report (Arts & Sciences): Lady Gwen reported that since our last meeting there has been Collegium Caidis and a trip to the Getty Villa and Center. Coming up on Saturday, June 20th, Master Martin FitzJames will be teaching a pewtercasting class; please RSVP soon if you are interested in attending. On Sunday, July 19th, is another of Baroness Rebecca’s flag painting classes. At some point in June or July Sile will be teaching a class on period music, specifically rounds. On Saturday, July 25th, in Monrovia is Scribal Play Day; carpooling with Gwen and Paul is possible. There is interest in war prep make-and-take workshops, probably focusing on warm garb and waxed linen cup covers. (If you are interested in the latter and are making garb out of linen or cotton, save your scraps.) Gwen will try to organize these over the next few months. Finally, the “What should Isles Arts & Sciences be?” brainstorming will be continuing online until June 16th.
  • Officer Report (Campmaster): Gwen says “Potrero, yay!” She is looking someone to take over as Campmaster after Great Western War. If you like to camp at wars, can herd cats, and are able to fill out a little bit of paperwork, talk to Gwen. There are three upcoming wars with pre-registration open: An Tir-West (June 10th pre-reg deadline, talk to Christian de Guerre if you want to camp with Caid), Highland War (August 10th pre-reg deadline), and GWW (pre-reg deadline is August 31st, but please pre-reg right now, even if you are not sending money until later; pay by June 30th to get extra land).
  • Lian presented financial information about the possibility of renting the Goleta Valley Community Center for Festival of the Rose / Collegium.
  • Lord Kelvin, the Darach Seneschal, talked to us about the Demo at Ventura Comic Con: Last year, Darach had a booth inside and fighting outside the building (but inside the gate). They got 75 email address and have gotten three of those people at fighter practices. They got the table for free and six or seven free badges; the rest bought $25/weekend badges. They had 6 or 7 people each day. Darach is planning on going ahead with it again and have extended an invitation to Isles to help out. Kelvin can send future information to both the Darach and Isles lists.
  • Todde shared more information about the Demo at the French Festival. We’re only going to do Saturday, July 18th. (It’s up against Dreiburgen Summer Arts/Festival of the Rose, unfortunately). We’d love to get fighters from Darach and switch back and forth between rapier and armored demos. We’d need to be set up by 11 AM; the event lasts until 7 PM. Sile will talk to the early music group about setting up and playing. We can publish a notice in the Oak Leaf (Darach’s newsletter) so it’ll be official. Todde will send out a call to the Isles and Darach lists to work out logistics. Also, we are inheriting luggable holes from Darach
  • Gwen is coordinating our Largess Presentation at Coronation. We will have woven goods, painted card, vinegars, and mini-crossbows to present to Their Majesties Athanaric and Sigri∂r. We’ll have five or six people there to make the presentation.
  • Lord Paul provided an update on planning for Isles Anniversary. We would like do a camping event at Live Oak, so we are trying to find ways to draw enough attendees to be able to afford it. Todde has been investigating reviving the Practicum of Sword concept that Starkhafn used (with their blessing). Sport of Kings as a “tournament themed” event might be reasonable model. The financial committee okay spending $100 on the administrative fee for a Special Use Application for Live Oak Camp; this does not obligate us to rent the park, but it will give us a solid schedule of fees for us to evaluation. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas, please talk to Paul and Hette.
  • Gwen let us know that four people have already met her Teach-A-Class Challenge: Philip, Delphine, Todde, Hette. For more details on how to qualify, talk to Gwen.
  • Paul updated the leaderboard for Twelve Territory Challenge.

 

Last Week

On Sunday, Gwen, Paul, Lodovico, Delphine, Ryan, and Layah visited the Getty Villa (to see the Roman Silver exhibit) and the Getty Center (to see the Northern Italian Courts manuscript exhibit).

This Week

Spring Coronation is on Saturday in Wintermist (https://www.facebook.com/events/754220968024540/). The following day is Queen’s Champion (https://www.facebook.com/events/384351151765848/)

Further Away & Other Bits

Other Upcoming Events:

 

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

Interested in unofficial but helpful Isles announcements and a bit of snark? Follow the Red Tower on Twitter: @SingTheRedTower.

Your reward for reading all the way to the end is a quiz: Can you name these famous figures from the Middle Ages?

13 May 2015 — With Shire Meeting Notes

The TWII is a strange weapon.

 

Upcoming Events and Important Dates:

  • Wed 13 May: Rapier and Armored Combat Fighter Practices (Unofficial)  (7:30pm; UCSB Theatre & Dance Courtyard)
  • Sat 16 May – Sun 17 May: Collegium Caidis (Lyondemere / Torrence, CA) — https://www.facebook.com/events/1389061244748711/
  • Tue 19 May: Isles Craft Night (7:30pm; Todde and Mora’s house) — Brewer’s Guild Meeting at 8 PM
  • Wed 20 May: Rapier and Armored Combat Fighter Practices (Unofficial)  (7:30pm; UCSB Theatre & Dance Courtyard)
  •  Thu 21 May – Mon 25 May: Potrero War (Calafia / Potrero, CA) — http://www.potrerowar.org/

 

May Shire Meeting

  • Officer Report (Exchequer): Dona Mora reports that we have money. She and Lady Delphine need to sync up after the meeting to finalize the quarterly report.
  • Officer Report (Chatelaine): The Honorable Lord Todde has heard back from the French Festival; see below for details.
  • Officer Report (Quartermaster): Constanza reports that we have stuff.
  • Officer Report (Webwright): Lord Magnus assures us we still have a website.
  • Officer Report (Campmaster): Potrero War is coming; Lord Lodovico will be the Isles campmaster for that. We have requested to be in the same location as last year. Pre-registration must be postmarked by April 19th; it gives us bonus land. Land allocation is open until May 5th, and you can land allocate even without pre-registration. Pre-registration for Great Western War is open; if you pre-reg and pay by June 30th, we get bonus land.
  • Officer Report (Arts & Sciences): Lady Gwen reminded us that since last meeting, we’ve had a cheesemaking class, an Italian Renaissance museum trip, a fermented foods class, and a dancing class. Collegium Caidis is this weekend – with more than 100 classes – and in celebration of its 35th anniversary, it’s free. Lady Sile will be teaching a class on rounds soon. Flag painting workshop will be on July 19th; Gwen is coordinating. Scribe curious? Scribal Play Day is July 25th in Monrovia. Gwen is working with Master Martin to come to Isles to teach a pewter casting class in July or August. As always, if you want more Arts & Sciences, talk to Gwen. In March we did a brainstorming exercise on “What do you want Arts & Sciences in the Shire to be?” She will continue that exercise and put something up online. In a few weeks, she’ll be back with phase 2.
  • Officer Report (Campmaster): Lord Lodovico reminds us that Potrero is coming up in week and half. Regulations you need to know about include: No alcohol over 20% ABV; all fires need to be off the ground and need to be out by 11 PM; and there no pouring water on the ground. Isles Camp is 4650 square feet at location P-10 on the map.
  • Demo at French Festival: We are tentatively on for a demo at the French Festival, July 18th-19th. Todde’s sense is that doing a big demo one day will be more successful than stretching across two. It’s important to have a lot a fighters to rotate through; it gets pretty exhausting with only four people. Saturday is probably our best bet. We will likely need help from Darach if we want to do heavies. We will need to publish it in a newsletter (either the Crown Prints or perhaps the Darach newsletter) and have marshals in order to get the SCA insurance coverage. We’ve requested a 60×40 space; what we have done in the past (an eric with a double rope + a table + a popup) would fit in there.
  • GWW pre-registration is open. Fill out the info now; if you pay before the end of June,  you get extra land. Are there any camp improvement projects you’re interested in prior to GWW? (If so, you’re probably volunteering to spearhead it.) It would be nice to have camp boundary markers (ropes, walls, etc.) to keep people from wandering through. Before next month, Constanza will take a look at what we might already have that might work. We might also consider having a working camp kitchen to make it easier for people to clean up after themselves.
  • The Shire has some new guilds. The Brewer’s Guild has been meeting monthly for the last six months, with about 8 people each time. We trying to host the Kingdom Brewer’s Guild meeting in either the 3rd or 4th quarter. Meanwhile, Sile has talked to Catherine Ainsdale of Lancashire about doing a joint Cooking Guild with Darach. They’ll start figuring things out after Coronation. In Dancing Guild news, we had five people at a dance practice on Sunday. Delphine is leaning toward trying to organize something at Carreg Wen Anniversary or some other time in June. Finally, while not a Shire Guild, Sile has started up an early music group that is will be meeting twice a month at at her house; SCA people are welcome to join in.
  • Ventura Comic-Con is coming August 28-30. Darach is in favor of having us help out. Todde’s suggestion is that we pick one day (probably Saturday).
  • The Nottingham Festival will be the first two weekends in November in Simi Valley. Are we interested in doing something there?
  • Gwen will be coordinating a pair of museum trips at Roman Silver at the Getty Villa and Italian Renaissance manuscripts at Getty Villa on May 31st
  • The Huntington Library has an exhibit on the Magna Carta from June through October. We may try to organize a trip for that.
  • Gwen is coordinating largess for Coronation on June 6th.Their Highnesses’ Largesse coordinators indicated they are particularly interested in children’s items (youth combat and more). If we decide what we want to do, we can make happen at a Craft Night. Hetta suggests building mini-crossbows and will be bring them to do on the 26th. If you have other ideas for largesse, talk to Gwen.
  • Our weekly (unofficial) fighter practice is moving to 7:30. Todde may be interested in teaching cut-and-thrust every other week.

 

Last Week

 Many  people in the Shire were sick (thus no Shire meeting), but Delphine, Gwen, and Paul attended Altavia Anniversary.

This Week

The aforementioned Collegium Caidis, with its more than 100 classes, is this weekend in Lyondemere. It is at a middle school in Torrence, but not the same one it was at last year. More information is at https://www.facebook.com/events/1389061244748711/.

Further Away & Other Bits

Potrero War is Thursday, May 21st through Monday, May 25th, in Calafia. For more information, see http://www.potrerowar.org/.The Shire camp is at location P-10.

Spring Coronation is June 6th, in Wintermist (https://www.facebook.com/events/754220968024540/). The following day is Queen’s Champion (https://www.facebook.com/events/384351151765848/)

Carreg Wen Anniversary is June 13th. More details at https://www.facebook.com/events/886013798136418/.

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

Interested in unofficial but helpful Isles announcements and a bit of snark? Follow the Red Tower on Twitter: @SingTheRedTower.

Your reward for reading all the way to the end is the top ten strange weapons of the Middle Ages.