Welcome to the Barony of South Downs!

The Barony of South Downs is the Atlanta area group of the Society for Creative Anachronism! What’s the Society for Creative Anachronism? It’s a non-profit educational organization started in 1966 that is dedicated to the research and reenactment of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (and other time periods pre-17th century). We welcome anyone who is interested in bringing the past to life with us!

A Letter From the Baron and Baroness

In this week’s letter, we will be talking about the Royal University, populace badges, and ways you can get more involved in the Barony.

Greetings from your Baron and Baroness!

It has been a busy time lately in the South Downs, as we prepared to host the Royal University of Meridies. The event ran very smoothly, and it made us very proud to see so many of our fellow South Downers working hard to make it a great success. Even though there was a lot of work to do, we saw smiling faces all around.

We saw our fearless event stewards, Lady Veronica and THL Maire, constantly circling around the event, solving problems as they arose and never losing steam. It was inspirational to watch them, and we thank them and their team for putting on a great event.

A couple of people stood out over the course of the day, both by their work and their demeanor. Veronica’s husband David seemed to be everywhere, doing what needed to be done and always with a grin that lifted our spirits. We were excited for the many-talented Zofia to attend her first event, and expected her to be ensconced in classrooms all day to soak up knowledge. What we did not expect was to find her working the registration table, setting up court, and always eager to find other ways to help out. These are the examples of service that we strive to emulate, and we are deeply grateful.

We love to see all of our populace at events, and for others to be able to know and recognize them as South Downers. To that end, we have been discussing recently coming up with a new populace badge so that all can show their Baronial pride. We have a couple ideas already, and encourage anyone interested to send us your thoughts. We will be presenting these at the August 3 business meeting for discussion.

If you would like to get more involved in the Barony but aren’t sure how, there are a variety of options available to you. We have a couple of events coming up in the fall, and the event stewards, THL Mathias (Red Tower) and Master Wistric (Castle Wars) have a number of opportunities for volunteering. If you have free time at any event that we are attending, we would love to have you join our retainers and be part of the Baronial presence. If you’re interested, you can talk to either of us or Lady Justina. We also plan to up some group projects at the second Wednesday meetings, so keep an eye out for more information on those.

We value the opinions of our populace; if you could fill out this short survey it would be most appreciated. Also, if there is someone in the Barony that you feel needs to be recognized for their contributions, we have a handy award recommendation form.

In Service,
Lorenzo and Adela

The barony wants your feedback

Our chatelaine is asking for feedback from the Barony for any suggestions or comments that the people have in order to make our great group even better! Please feel free to answer anonymously and please be honest! Also, please suggest solutions that you might have. Our group can only be as great as we make it.

We’ll gather the data and put together some sort of plan that we can all discuss at a future business meeting.

Here’s the survey

Here’s also a link to the South Downs Award Recommendation page where you can find a link to the award recommendation form. Only the Baron and Baroness can see these submissions:

Thank you!

 

Baronial Champion Tournaments

At this Sunday’s rapier/melee practice, we will be choosing our Baronial martial champions. Our current rapier champion (Master Wistric) will hold the field against all comers to determine his successor. Those who wish to vie to become our heavy champion will issue and receive challenges from those who wish to test them. We will choose the new champion based on the prowess and chivalry displayed in those combats.

March Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

2 March 2016, 7:30pm

Decatur Recreation Center

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter (mka Helena Bretherton Hay), South Downs Chronicler

Officer Reports

  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Nothing to report
  • Chatelaine (Lady Stella di Silvestri)
    • lots of newcomers at MCA (yay!)
    • We need more loaner garb, especially for girls
    • Justina had some not-quite-period garb she can offer.
  • Arts & Sciences (Lady Veronica da Lucca)
    • Veronica introduced herself as the new A&S officer
    • Hopes to brain storm with everyone about what type of classes people wanted to have over the next year. If you have any ideas for classes, or are interested in teaching a class, please contact her
  • Rapier Marshal (Lord Brendan de Hay)
    • We now have an indoor site (for bad weather) used it twice so far, all works well. The site is the warehouse and parking lot at his office, near 285 and Peachtree Industrial. Any location change will be announced in the Atlanta SCA Fighting FB group.
  • Webminister (Master Wistric Oftun)
    • Nothing to report
  • Herald (Lord Bjorn Gullharr)
    • Submissions
      • 
Stella di Silvestri – submitted name and device in February
    • Awards
      • Mathias Blackett – Kingdom Bard
      • Sefa Mjoksiglandi – AoA
      • Maire Dhocair Inghean Chiarain – Grant of Arms (GoA)
      • Allesandra Fioravanti – Meridian Majesty
      • Maddalena da Firenze – Meridian Majesty
      • Maddalena da Firenze – GoA
      • Mara Palmer – Laurel
      • Toki Ima – Tower Gules
    • PSA from Sir Iazzie – don’t wait until Gulf Wars (or other similar event) to submit name/device; it’s much faster to go thru local group. Lady Marianna said, for example, that she would get Gulf Wars submissions 3-4 months after the event ended.
  • Reeve (Lady Maire)
    • Midwinter A&S made $1006.42
    • The Barony has $12,301.12 in the bank (yay!)
    • We have $1800 in bills for the rest of the year – we are in great shape!!! (yay encore!)
      • Fantastical discussion began about what to do with all that extra money
    • At Gulf Wars, Maire will find out if all the local reeves stay on top of their submission deadlines, we may be able to start using Paypal for events. There will be a seminar at Gulf Wars for the reeves about this.
  • Their Excellencies
    • Mistress Adela arrived! (jubliation from the populace)
    • Discussion about baronial encampment at Fools’ War ensued. Anyone interested in participating in the encampment, get your reservations ASAP in and (if there are enough people interested) a baronial campsite could be set up.Fools War is the weekend of 9 April 2016, the weekend after coronation.
  • Seneschal (Lord Mathias)
    • We are likely to get the bid for RUM; if so, it will be held at University of West Georgia (where Midwinter and MCA were held)
    • Discussion began about organizing classes based on floors in building, but most of that is managed by RUM, not us. Will propose such an organization to RUM to see if they agree.
    • Looking at holding possible fundraiser lunch outside? Group has already offered to set up fundraiser lunch. There is an area where we can grill outside. This fundraiser lunch will be instead of lunch feast.
      See below in Upcoming Events for more information.

Upcoming Events

  • Gulf Wars (12-19 March 2016)
    • The Barony has been asked to take care of waterbearing on Wednesday. Please consider volunteering! We can earn volunteer points that will get credited to the Barony, and funds get distributed based on volunteer points. Must fill out volunteer form when you get to site – the only way that you’ll get credit. Extra bonus – volunteers receive raffle tickets based on the number of volunteer hours each person earns, then get to bid on items in the volunteer raffle.
    • Wednesday night is Meridian social (in Bede Hall). She will need help with set up and decoration – If interested in helping, please see Maire (another opportunity to earn volunteer points!).
    • Mariana is helping host the Knowne World party, and would love volunteers to help her with this.
  • RUM (16 July 2016)
    • We are likely to get the bid for RUM; if so, it will be held at University of West Georgia (where Midwinter and MCA were held)
    • Chancellor takes care of all classes and scheduling. if you would like to teach a class, go to the RUM site and they’ll try to put you in the schedule.
    • We will need a lot of volunteers to run the event (logistics). troll, fundraiser, etc. Please see Veronica or Maire if interested

Demos

  • DragonCon
    • Stella is point person for all things DragonCon
      • We are already signed up for the parade
      • We will need volunteers for the table
  • Duke John asked if we want to use the chariot again this year. This past year, there was some confusion and awkwardness; we need to figure out well in advance who will pull the chariot – at least two, even better four or more who can commit so no one has to pull the chariot the entire distance.

Other SCA Business

  • Red Tower (30 September-2 October 2016)
    • We are now accepting bids for Red Tower (end of September); there is one bid in the works so far, but additional bids are welcome.
    • If you’re interested in submitting a bid, deadline is the May business meeting
    • Matthias is looking at finding a better site than Little Tallapoosa
    • Reminder about parking fee changes (cost per car)
  • Castle Wars (17-20 November 2016)
    • Accepting bids!
  • Midwinter A&S (3-4 February, 2017)
    • Accepting bids!
    • Looking for a new site so we don’t have to mooch off of Sibylla
  • Baronial Project Night
    • Andreva reminded all of us about project night at her and Jadi’s house
      • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7-11pm
      • Contact Andreva or Jadi for directions
  • Knowne Worlde Dance and Music Symposium
    • Wistric is still looking at pulling a bid together. Considering GSU as a site

Other Business

  • Justina has created a facebook group, The Graveyard Galère, for those who are interested in the study, sharing, and exploration of the arts and sciences of the more macabre and eerie aspects of the medieval world. Everyone is welcome to join the group.

 

Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 6 April 2016.

–Raven

3/16 Meeting Venue Change

Since many people are gone for Gulf Wars and there is another meeting at the Rec Center that may make parking even more difficult than usual, this week’s meeting (3/16/16) will be at Lorenzo and Adela’s house. Bring some food to share (the grill will be available if you want to bring meats) and come hang out.

Address: 3911 Rivaridge Ct., Marietta, GA 30062

February Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

3 February 2016, 7:30pm

Decatur Recreation Center

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter (mka Helena Bretherton Hay), South Downs Chronicler

 

Officer Reports

  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Nothing to report
    • Would like to gauge interest in developing a baronial publication of some sort:
      • Newsletter? Could include things like reports (and recipes?) from the Supper Club, for example
      • Baronial Directory? as not everyone is on Facebook
      • Open to ideas, suggestions
  • Herald (Lord Bjorn Gullhar)
    • Nothing to report
  • Webminister (Master Wistric Oftun)
    • We still have a website!
    • Working on getting updates to Midwinter A+S up on the site
  • Rapier Marshal (Lord Brendan de Hay)
    • We have practices!
    • We will be holding our traditional regional fighters’ practice on the Sunday following Midwinter A+S – come on out!
    • We will hold the tournament to determine the new Baronial Rapier champion at the Midwinter regional practice (14 February 2016)
  • Arts + Sciences (Lady Tryggva Ingvarsdóttir)
    • Midwinter Arts + Sciences is coming up SOON (see below)! There will be tons of classes offered.
    • Lady Tryggva will be stepping down as A+S Minister in March; the new A+S Minister is Lady Veronica de Lucca. Their Excellencies and the populace thanked Lady Tryggva for all her work as Minister.
  • Reeve (Lady Maire Dhocair Inghean Chiarain)
    • We have money – a little over $12,000 in the baronial coffers
    • Red Tower and Castle Wars both did well financially
    • We do still have some bills to take care of, but we’re in good shape
    • Domesday report is going out tonight (3 February 2016)
    • Lady Zeliha Bint Sayyid will be the new Reeve; she’ll start working with Lady Maire after Midwinter, and step up in the 4th quarter
  • Chatelaine (vacant)
    • But no more! Our new Chatelaine is Lady Stella di Silvestri! (And the populace rejoices!)
    • The local Dagohir group is interested in doing a demo with us at the library, date TBD
    • Need more loaner garb! If you are interested in helping sew or have anything to donate, please touch base with Lady Stella

 

SCA Business – South Downs Events in the Works

  • Midwinter Arts + Sciences (13 February 2016, Lady Mara Palmer reports)
    • We’re in good shape with the budget. The feastcrats suggested buying disposable feastgear for the lunch feast, so we won’t have to deal bring the baronial serving pieces (easier to clean up).
    • We need tablecloths to cover the tables in the lecture hall where Court will be held. Master Ximon offered to bring the several he has.
    • We have banners to cover the lecture hall whiteboards, but could use extra banners or tapestries to make sure the boards stay hidden.
    • Lady Stella requested that we bring our own toilet paper and paper towel supplies to the site, as maintenance will not be available to keep the bathrooms stocked with supplies.
    • Lunch feast is offered by pre-registration only. Tokens will be provided to keep track of who has purchased lunch. Registration for the event (if you want the lunch feast) ends Saturday, 6 February
    • The lecture hall (where Court will be held) only seats 150, which we’re not sure is enough to seat everyone for Court. There may be space to set up your own chairs, but space will need to be preserved for processionals and for Lady Mara’s vigil
    • We will have a regional practice on Sunday, 14 February (yes, that’s Valentine’s Day – make your plans now! :-) ). Her Excellency will be coordinating the practice and festivities.
    • We can’t get into the site until Saturday morning 7:30? 8:00?. Volunteers to help set up are needed, and if your Chronicler recalls correctly, Master Ximon had suggested that there might be donuts for those who volunteer to set up.
    • Lady Mara will be on vigil beginning at 9:00am, so Her Excellency will handle some of the onsite autocrat responsibilities once the vigil has begun.
  • RUM (Royal University of Meridies; 15-16 July 2016, Lady Veronica de Lucca and Lady Maire reporting)
    • Lady Veronica and Lady Maire will be co-autocratting, and will request approval of the Barony tonight to submit the finalized bid to Kingdom
      • There is no dorm space available, but there are many hotels nearby. We are trying to get a group rate at one (or more) hotel(s). Leslie has offered to help with this effort
      • Looking at offering a fundraiser lunch, possibly a crockpot buffet like what was done at Midwinter A+S 2015
      • The site does not allow pets (service animals are OK by law)
      • There will not be any equestrian activities, as there is no place to hold them
      • Discreet alcohol ONLY – no original containers, etc.
      • No onsite revel or dinner feast
        • There was discussion about the possibility of having a post-event revel in a meeting room of one of the hotels, especially if we can get a group rate there. Those investigating hotel options are adding this to their list of questions
        • It was pointed out that we would have the site until midnight, so we could do a revel there, but no dinner feast. We could provide snacks, however :-)
      • RUM handles all the planning of the event, in terms of classes, administration, etc.; we handle site issues: setup, cleaning, lunch, etc.
      • Financial issues:
        • $2 fee per person goes to RUM
        • Remaining profits from event are split between the sponsoring Barony (us) and the Kingdom.
      • We should start thinking about teacher bags – what can we offer? who can make what things to be included? If you’re interested in contributing, please contact Lady Veronica or Lady Maire
      • Need staff:
        • Already have autocrats and reservationist
        • Need (partial list):
          • Marshals (armored and rapier)
          • Royal coordinator
          • Crash space coordinator
          • More positions will open up as planning continues. If you’re interested in volunteering for RUM staff and you don’t see a position listed that you’d like to help with, the autocrats will be more than happy to help you help them!
    • Motion offered to send bid to Kingdom, and motion passed unanimously! (and still more rejoicing from the populace!)

 

SCA Business – Upcoming Events

  • Gulf Wars (12-20 March, 2016)
    • South Downs has been asked specifically to volunteer with waterbearing on the Wednesday of War Week. This is a great opportunity to help the Kingdom, and help the Barony; not only can you earn volunteer points for waterbearing, but the Barony can earn money – the more volunteers, the more money! Make your Reeve happy! Go to Volunteer Point, say that you’ll volunteer, and make sure to list The Barony of South Downs as your local group.
    • Does Al-Mahala need anything for Gulf Wars? Everyone was concerned about the damage/vandalism done to their storage space. Turned out it wasn’t their storage space, and their things are OK.
  • Knowne World Dance Symposium (June 2017? Master Wistric reporting)
    • Master Wistric is developing a bid to have the Barony host the 2017 Knowne World Dance Symposium
    • Possible site: GA State. Not sure which campus, but discounts are available to employees, and there are several members of the Barony who work at GA State.

 

Other SCA Business

  • South Downs Supper Club (25 February 2016)
    • This month’s theme: Scandinavia
    • Hosted by Lady Maren (Decatur area)
    • Watch for the event announcement and other updates on Facebook
  • Request for spare armor (armored fighting)
    • Lord Bram is looking for spare armor to purchase, from the Barony or from individuals:
      • His current armor is now too big for him
      • (He may also be looking for any available youth armor?)
      • It was suggested that he contact the Reeve, the Knight Marshal, and/or the Financial Committee to determine what can be sold and at what price.
  • Glaedenfeld Baronial Investiture
    • Background: Glaedenfeld was once a barony, and a few years ago its status was changed to a shire. It is now about to become a barony again.
    • Unsure if the investiture will take place at Dreamstone or Iris Faire?
    • Does the Barony wish to contribute to a largesse gift to the new Baron and Baroness Glaedenfeld? Please get in touch with Master Lorenzo or Mistress Adela if you are interested.

 

Non-SCA Business

  • None.

 

Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 2 March 2016.

–Raven

January Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

6 January 2016, 7:30pm
Decatur Recreation Center
Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter (mka Helena Bretherton Hay), South Downs Chronicler

 

Officer Reports

  • Chronicler (Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Nothing to report
  • Arts + Sciences (Tryggva Ingvarrsdottir)
    • Midwinter Arts + Sciences is coming up!
    • Mara will be teaching calligraphy for January’s Baronial A+S class
    • Do *you* want to teach a class or have an idea for a class you’d love to take? Please contact Lady Tryggva
  • Herald (Mattias Blackett)
    • Submissions:
      • Pietro di Conti resubmitted his device, and it passed kingdom
  • Reeve (Lady Maire Dhocair Inghean Chiarain)
    • We have money! (Populace rejoices) She is working on getting the end of year paperwork together.
  • Armored Marshal (Jean-Michel d’Aix en Provence; Ximon Martillo de Cordoba reporting)
    • Gathering loaner gear and will put it in the baronial storage locker.
  • Rapier Marshal (Brendan de Hay)
    • We are having consistent practices, Tuesday evenings and Sunday afternoons at Blackburn Park. We have enough marshals that even when the GRM can’t make it, there’s always someone to run the practice.
    • We are gathering the rapier loaner gear in one place, and now have more than we did before (because we know where it all is now.
  • Webminister (Wistric Oftun)
    • We have a website. Please contact Wistric if there’s anything you’d like to see included on the website.

 

SCA Business – Upcoming Events

  • Midwinter Arts + Sciences (13 February 2016)
    • There will be classes! There will be a cool, awesome elevation of our own Lady Mara Palmer! There will be a Super 6 tourney!
    • See below for more detailed information
  • Bryn Madoc Twelfth Night (9 January 2016)
    • Event starts at 11:00am
    • There will be dancing! Music! Indoor (INDOOR!) fighting! Feasting! Shenanigans!
  • Meridian Challenge of Arms (27 February 2016)
    • Inaugural kingdom-level rapier-only event
    • Will be held at the University of West Georgia
    • Details still coming in. Please see the Facebook event page for the latest updates!

 

SCA Business – South Downs Events in the Works

  • Midwinter Arts + Sciences (13 February 2016)
    • Still working on a menu
    • Still working on finalizing class schedule
    • Classes, etc., will be held in seven classrooms on the bottom floor, 3 classes on the 2nd floor
    • Lots of parking!
    • Lunch and general hangout area will be located on the 3rd floor.
      • Please note that lunch is by pre-registration only, you cannot purchase lunch at the door. There are, however, many restaurants nearby where you can get lunch.
    • Court area
      • There are two large white boards in the room, but they will be covered with cool banners.
    • We need volunteers in all areas. Lady Mara has the team list, please contact her to see what’s needed.
  • RUM (Royal University of Meridies, 15-16 July 2016)
    • Lady Veronica is putting together a bid for South Downs to host the event.
    • Event would be held at the University of West Georgia.
    • Potential costs:
      • General site fees similar to Midwinter A+S
      • $500 for the ballroom (court? feast? revel? ball?)
    • No dorms onsite, but hotels are nearby and plentiful
    • No space for equestrian activities
    • Possibility to have a discreet fundraiser during the event (lunch?)

 

Other SCA Business

  • South Downs Supper Club
    • February theme is Scandinavian, and will be hosted by Lady Maren. Please contact her or stay tuned for the event announcement on Facebook.
  • Project night
    • Jadi and Andreva host on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, at their home.
    • Plenty of space for all sorts of projects! Contact Jadi or Andreva for more details.
  • Gulf Wars
    • We need volunteers!
      • Throughout War, but particularly Sunday and Monday at troll (Gulf Wars opens on Saturday)
      • Volunteering can help raise money for the Barony (and who doesn’t want that?)

Non-SCA Business

  • Hapsburg exhibit at the High Museum, closes 10 January
  • Islamic art exhibit, “Ink, Silk, and Gold,” at the Frist Museum (Nashville)
  • The Atlanta Model Figure show and exhibit, sponsored by the Atlanta Military Figure Society, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center (I-85 at Clairmont Rd., 19 February)

 

Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 3 February 2016.

–Raven

5th Wednesday In-Garb Potluck at Lorenzo and Adela’s House

Don’t forget, this week’s meeting is at Lorenzo and Adela’s house. This is a 5th Wednesday, so put on your fancy garb and bring a dish to share (period food appreciated but not expected).

Address: 3911 Rivaridge Ct., Marietta, GA 30062

5th Wednesday Meeting Location Change

Due to our usual meeting location closing early that day, the 12/30 5th Wednesday meeting will be held at Lorenzo and Adela’s house (3911 Rivaridge Ct., Marietta, GA 30062). In-garb pot luck as usual, Hopefully we will have enough chairs but bringing a spare might not be unwise.

December Baronial Business Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

2 December 2015, 7:30pm

Decatur Recreation Center

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter (mka Helena Bretherton Hay), South Downs Chronicler

 

Lord Bjorn Gullharr called the meeting to order.

Officer Reports

  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Nothing to report
  • A+S (Lady Tryggva Ingvarrsdóttir)
    • The classes that were offered at Castle Wars were awesome!
    • Please contact Tryggva if you’re interested in teaching a class at a future event
      • Mid-winter A+S
      • Kingdom A+S @ Artsy Crown
      • Regional events
    • There is no class lined up for December; however, there will be a 5th Wednesday in-garb social and potluck (New Year’s Edition) on 30 December
  • Rapier Marshal (Lord Brendan de Hay)
    • Lots of rapier at Castle Wars
      • 45 fencers
      • Master Wistric was elevated to the Order of Defence
        • He fought +40 fencers for his prize fight, was killed cleanly by only one person
    • Practices are happening regularly on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings, thanks to all the other fencers who step up to cover when Brendan has a work conflict
    • Magna Faire – the Chivalry is sponsoring a Sword + Buckler tournament for the rapier fighters, all are encouraged to take part
    • We have a lead on an indoor practice site for the winter, at the Horizons School in Atlanta
      • They are open to negotiations on price “make us an offer”
      • Would the Barony be open to providing funds for the site, depending on how negotiations go?
  • Knight Marshal (Master Ximon Martillo de Córdoba)
    • We have a new knight marshal, Captain Jean-Michel d’Aix en Provence
    • Due to Jean-Michel’s weekly work schedule, it is likely that Ximon will continue to submit reports at the business meeting
  • Reeve (Lady Maire Dhocair Inghean Chiarain)
    • Not much to report
    • Castle Wars financial report – looks like we made $4,400 on the event (and the populace rejoiced)
  • Herald (Lord Bjorn Gullharr)
    • Stefan says hello!
    • Names and devices
      • Pietro di Conti – Name passed; device returned and re-resubmitted
    • Court reports
      • Castle Wars – Baronial Court
        • Alisandre Ysabeua de la Chapelle – Tower Or
        • Serafina Alamanni – Tower Argent
        • Isobel Nugent – Tower Or
        • Brendan de Hay – Tower Gules
        • Raven Helmsplitter – Tower Gules
      • Castle Wars – Royal Court
        • Veronica da Lucca – Meridian Cross
        • Sefa Mjoksiglandi – Meridian Cross
        • Mara Palmer – Grant of Arms
        • Mathias Blackett – Grant of Arms
        • Emelina le Norreys – Meridian Cross
        • Wistric Oftun – Order of Defense
  • Chatelaine (vacant)
    • No longer vacant! Stella di Silvestri will be the new chatelaine
  • Their Excellencies
    • Halllooooo!!!

SCA Business

  • Event Reports
    • Castle Wars – Ximon reports on behalf of Isobel
      • Total onsite attendance – 610
      • Wistric’s elevation was impressive, and his garb for the ceremony was  a m a z i n g
      • Nothing but compliments on the event
      • A+S, merchanting went smoothly
      • Volunteers were well-appreciated
        • Sebastiannos and Brendan were congratulated on the work they did for martial activities
        • Morgan Griffin for finding the ridge pole for the baronial pavilion
      • Post-mortem
        • Need to adjust portajohn cleaning schedule
          • Also – more portajohns, revisit locations
        • Car fee will go up to $5/day/car, only will affect daytrippers
        • The large field we use is $100 in addition to the park site rental
        • Problems with mundanes accessing the event site through bordering neighborhood access to the back side of the park
          • No paperwork or waivers were collected
          • Perhaps we could rope off the vulnerable areas? add signage?
          • Should we set up a security patrol for next year?
        • Should we build a baronial shower house?
        • Should we establish a royal campsite? Past two crowns have requested the same campsite.
          • We could just set aside the specific site for future events there, but there was concern that since the Crown has first choice of site at any event, we should leave options available to them
          • Other option would be to see how next event/year goes. If they choose the same site again, we could just set that site aside as the “royal encampment,” as three consecutive years with the Crown choosing the same site could suggest the site is indeed “established.”
        • Genevieve will need to have someone take over as landcrat for next year – she will be happy to train the new person, but she won’t be able to do the job next year.
      • It’s not too soon to submit bids for next year’s Castle Wars (just sayin’)
  • Other SCA Business
    • Potential new space for meetings – Methodist church in Dunwoody
      • Do we want to have meetings at the same place every week, or should we move around?
        • General opinion was that a consistent meeting place is important to encourage new members, by making it easier to find us (recruiting)
        • The church as a large community space in addition to meeting rooms – could be useful for fighter practice
      • Do we want to keep meetings on Wednesdays, or is there flexibility on this point?
        • Meeting site may require a change in what day of the week we meet (Wednesdays seem to be busy days for churches holding their own meetings and services)
        • Fridays, Mondays, and Thursdays seem to be problematic because they interfere with event packing, attending, and unpacking.
        • Tuesdays are an option, but then we’ll need to change the rapier practices to Wednesdays
      • We need to negotiate a price – Mathias is working on that this week
    • Viking Krampus (20 December)
      • Atlanta Kali has invited us to join in their viking event. Martial cross-pollination! shenanigans! mead!
      • Viking Krampus – link to event details (Facebook)
    • Magna Faire (4–6 December)
      • This weekend at the WoW campground in Blountsville, AL (Barony of Iron Mountain)
      • Baronial Investiture
      • His Excellency Iron Mountain (Captain François le Souris) will be elevated to the Order of Defense
      • Stella Nova (novice A+S competition) – do consider submitting an entry. Ximon mentioned that Rhi will be entering an item of garb, others also mentioned they are working on entries.
      • His Excellency South Downs has arranged for a series of fur muffs to be built for the new Barons Iron Mountain, Their Majesties, and Their Highnesses.
    • Twelfth Night (9 January 2016)
      • We will be joining Bryn Madoc at their Twelfth Night event
        • Potluck feast
        • Baronial championship tourneys
    • Midwinter A+S (13–14 February 2016)
      • Event Staff
        • Autocrat – Mara Palmer
        • Reservations – Maire Dhocair inghean Chiarain
        • A+S Faire and Class Coordinator – Tryggva Ingvarsdottir
        • Lunch Feastcrat – Wilhelmina de la Coste
        • Royal Liaison – Mathias Blackett
        • Smoker – Borgar (Sunday)
        • Still need volunteers for the Royal Luncheon (Saturday) and the cookout coordinator (Sunday)
      • Location
        • University of West Georgia, Carrollton (13 February)
          • Site includes a lecture hall for court, 7 classrooms, 4 faire rooms, 1 meeting room, and 2 Royal rooms.
        • Blackburn Park, Atlanta (14 February)
          • Regional fighter practice
      • Event does conflict with Black Gryphon/Meridian Heraldic & Scribal Symposium, in Thor’s Mountain
      • Midwinter Arts & Sciences event page
    • Red Tower (30 September – 2 October 2016)
      • Looking at Camp Rutledge at Hard Labor Creek State Park; second choice is Tallapoosa (where it was held last year)
    • South Downs Supper Club
      • This month is hosted by Wistric and Sunneva
      • Theme is Christmas/holiday desserts
      • Please contact Wistric or Sunneva for more info, or go to the South Downs Supper Club Facebook group page – must RSVP to confirm there is still space
      • Medieval Cookery recipes for inspiration
    • 2016 Event Bids
      • RUM (Royal University of Meridies)
        • Veronica may be submitting a bid
      • 2017 Artsy Crown
        • Iazzie is interested in putting together a bid to hold it at Mc Intosh Reserve Park (where we had Castle Wars)

Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 6 January 2016 – happy holidays!

–Raven

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