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Call for Contributions for Baronial Newsletter “The Read Tower”

Unto the populace of the Barony of South Downs does Lady Raven Helmsplitter, Baronial Chronicler, send greetings!

Are you a writer? an artist? a fighter? Do you have knowledge to share with your Barony? You are invited to share your skills and talent with your Barony by contributing to our NEW quarterly newsletter (working title: The Read Tower)…

I’d like to use this newsletter to focus on the talents of South Downs and use reprinted articles or stock images or clip art sparingly if at all. All work will be properly credited and be accompanied by appropriate Society release forms, which can be found in the Files section on the Facebook Barony of South Downs group, or here:

What sort of content am I looking for?

  • Visual artists:
    • Cover illustrations (scalable to 8.5 x 11”)
    • Banners or page borders;
    • Illustrations or photographs to contribute to articles, etc.;
    • marginalia or a set of initial letters to add to an article…
  • Writers:
    • Baronial officers and guilds – there is space available for a column of your choosing; potential topics could include:
      • Highlight a project your group is working on
      • Discuss news the Barony will find useful
      • Share some history of the barony or your guild.
    • General populace – potential topics could include:
      • Articles on improving your garb, or camping or fighting kits;
      • Research you may be working on for a particular A+S topic;
      • Writeup (and illustrations) of a class you may have taught – we can include links to handouts;
      • Recipes (is the South Downs Supper Club still active?);
      • Recent baronial events, from an attendee’s point of view
      • An interview with a member of the Barony – “Ten Questions with…?” (currently working on compiling a list of questions)
    • Article length should be approx. 250-500 words to keep everything accessible. If you have something that is longer, we can work something out – perhaps split up the article into chapters to be published over multiple issues?

I’d like to develop a library of artwork and non-event-specific articles to draw from for future issues, and perhaps even form the base for specific theme issues.

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions – I’m looking forward to working with all of you to get this newsletter going! Please send your contributions to me at

First deadline for contributions: Friday, March 10, 2017 (before everyone leaves for Gulf Wars), for the First Quarter 2017 issue.


Practice A&S Faire!

From Mistress Alessandra Fioravanti:

On the 5th Wednesday in November (11/30/16) the Laurels of South Downs will be offering a Practice A&S Faire in conjunction with Garb and Potluck night.

If you have considered entering A&S this is your chance to get feedback in a format similar to entering A&S Faire, but no pressure! Bring your finished or in-progress entries, with documentation, and a panel of Judges will give you feedback on how to improve your entry for an actual A&S Faire. Complete with judging forms to help you get a feel for the process. Conveniently, this is just before Magna Faire!

This is 6 weeks from today, so you have plenty of time to start something if you haven’t begun an entry already.

In addition to practice entering, you can also shadow judge or take a shot at judging an entry yourself! Get a feel for what it’s like to be a judge by giving a critique on a provided finished A&S project.

If you plan on bringing an entry it would be helpful if you could send me a PM.

Wednesday project night

From Stella di Silvestri:

The meeting this week [ed. note: 12 October] is a group project meeting! Yay!

This month, we’re going to paint pennants with your personal arms (if you have them) or the Baronial arms so that we can proudly display our populace at Castle Wars and future events!

Fabric and paints will be included, and the pennants will be sewn at home.

We are in the small room in the back. If there’s not enough table space, we may move this project to next month.

Red Tower update

Alisandre, the camp mistress for South Downs, asks that people planning to camp with South Downs at Red Tower report in on the barony Facebook page.

Mathias, the event steward, has announced the feast menu for Red Tower:

The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570) Master Cook

Prepared by Grand Chef Mariana Cristina Tirado de Aragon

Course I
Italian Cheeses
Beef Croquettes-vinegar, pepper, salt, fennel, beef, eggs, cinnamon, parsley, garlic
Fruits- pears, grapes, and plums
Bread-flour, salt, butter, rosewater, eggs

Course II
Mushroom Soup-mushrooms, olive oil, onions, pepper, raisins, verjuice, cinnamon, saffron, herbs (parsley, thyme, sage) almonds
Parsnips- parsnips, butter, garlic, walnuts, almonds, parsley, garlic, ginger
Lamb- pork fat, onions, verjuice, common spices (galingale, ginger, cardamom), prunes, cherries
Flaky Pastry-flour, almond milk, sugar, rosewater, salt, olive oil, cinnamon, wine cooked raisins, pine nuts

Course III
Roasted Chicken-chicken, pork fat, orange juice
Broccoli- broccoli, slat, orange juice, pepper, garlic
Herb Tortellini- spinach, butter, herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary), parmesan cheese, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, saffron, raisins, eggs
Apple Crostata-apples, butter, sugar, white wine, cinnamon, provatura cheese, raisins

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.

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