April Baronial Business Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

6 April 2016, 7:30pm

Decatur Recreation Center

Notes submitted by Lady Raven Helmsplitter (mka Helena Bretherton Hay), South Downs Chronicler (who, incidentally, wishes to beg pardon for the delay in publishing these minutes. There were pirates, and shiny things… but she thinks she’s better now 😉 )

Before the meeting officially started, Their Excellencies welcomed Adam, a blacksmith from San Diego who is new to the Barony. Yay!

Officer Reports

  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Nothing to report
  • Webminister (Master Wistric Oftun)
    • Nothing to report
  • Chatelaine (Lady Stella di Silvestri)
    • Nothing to report, but has been excited about new people attending meetings and events
    • Mathias mentioned that the Kingdom will be starting an effort to comp newcomers at events. There are questions about the legalities of doing so, and there was discussion about how to make such an effort work. Stay tuned!
  • Arts & Sciences (Lady Veronica da Lucca)
    • We had a great month with A & S! Mistress Serafina taught wire wrapping and knitting, and Lady Maddalena will be teaching a hats class this month (everyone is welcome to watch the class; if you want to actually work on a hat, materials will cost $15)
  • Herald (Lord Bjorn Gullharr)
    • Submissions
Stella di Silvestri – name advanced to Laurel, but device was returned to be redrawn
      • Pietro di Conti – name passed
    • Awards – Gulf Wars
      • Sebastiannos Ionnides – Grant of Arms (GoA)
      • Maire Dhocair Inghean Chisrain – Order of the Scarlet Star
    • Awards – Meridian Challenge of Arms
      • Stella di Silvestri – Meridian Cross
    • Awards – Coronation
      • David Twynham – Master of Defense
      • Peryn Rose Whytehorse – writ for the Order of the Laurel
      • Alessandra Fioravanti – writ for the Order of the Laurel
  • Their Excellencies
    • The new/resurrected Barony of Glaedenfeld will hold their investiture at Lily Faire. We are planning to give a lovely gift in their honor (Their Excellencies showed the populace the gift and we all promised not to tell)
  • Rapier Marshal (Lord Brendan de Hay)
    • We will be hosting a regional rapier practice (Sunday, 24 April) at Blackburn Park, coordinated by Raven
      • Since the regional practice after Midwinter 2016 was canceled due to weather, perhaps we could hold it at this upcoming regional practice?
      • Master Wistric is looking at holding an armored tourney at the practice as well – should add to the event invite
    • Master Wistric will be holding his monthly A-Game rapier practice on Sunday, 1 May, also at Blackburn Park

Upcoming Events

  • Fools’ War (8-10 April 2016)
    • We do not have a camping space, but anyone who arrives thursday can try to claim land. Check with Her Excellency to try to coordinate.
    • We are taking a hat and cloak to Her Majesty – need to coordinate (with THL Maddalena)
    • Don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen! Yes, *you* need some. Extra ant killer is always helpful.
    • Forecast is sunny but cool. hooray!
  • RUM (16 July 2016)
    • Popular Chivalry will publish the event notice for RUM in the upcoming issue
    • Lady Veronica will have the Facebook event page up soon
    • We need someone to organize crash space options for travelers; either out in Carrollton or here in the ATL
    • Hotel possibilities with group rate – Courtyard Marriott (has a common space available where we could do a post-revel) and pool. The other hotel option is the Hampton Inn. Negotiations are still going on – update to follow.
  • Baronial Meeting Space
    • Looking for a new space than the Decatur Rec Center, one that has better parking and is available on Wednesday evenings
      • We are currently paying $25/wk, and we’d like to keep it in that range
      • We do have our own insurance, through SCA Inc.
      • We are paid up at the Rec Center through June 2016
      • If you have an idea for a space, please e-mail or txt Mathias
  • Red Tower (30 September – 2 October 2016)
    • Next month (May business meeting) is the deadline for bids
    • The event will be at Little Tallapoosa (Carrollton)
    • If you are interested in autocratting RedTower 2017, now is the time to search out sites
  • Castle Wars
    • We need bids! Bids are due by the July business meeting
    • We have event space already set (MacIntosh Reserve Park, where it was last year)
    • Remember: we don’t do feast for Castle Wars! it’s not a complex event
  • And on the subject of bids, it’s never too early to start thinking about Midwinter Arts & Sciences!

Other SCA Business

  • Project Night
    • Needs to be canceled for this week, will pick up again in 2 weeks
    • Check in with the Baronial Facebook group for updates
  • DragonCon (1-5 September 2016)
    • Ximon – wants to talk to Duke John about sprucing up the chariot
    • We will need a handler for the parade to coordinate our activities within the parade; We could make it awesome – it’s a great recruiting bit
    • Who’s the demo contact for DragonCon? Stella volunteered to back up Ximon, in case he has to work Saturday of DragonCon
    • Should there be a parade rehearsal beforehand? Could take a meeting or two in the weeks before DragonCon to map all this out and help make the day itself go more smoothly

Other Business

  • Georgia State University is hosting a presentation on textile preservation on 7 April
  • Margavati brought a bag of books to give away. very little blood was shed in the ensuing frenzy
  • Atlanta Streets Alive – coming up, when? Ximon made a motion for Sawyer to coordinate demo


Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 4 May 2016.


Tuesday practice

Toki vs Brendan 160823 Toki Ima (left) versus Brendan de Hay (right)

Sunday fighter practice

Toki vs Nik 160821 Toki Ima (left) versus Nikoslav Mikolaevich (right)

Castle Wars is coming!

CastleWars2015Castle Wars 2016 will be held Nov 17-20 at Al Sihah Shrine Temple in Macon, GA. The theme is 12th Century Kievan Rus.

It will be lots of fun. Don’t miss it!

Tuesday night Rapier practice


Brendan de Hay (left) versus Raven Helmsplitter (right)

Dragoncon 2016

The time of Dragoncon draws nigh!

His Excellency Lorenzo, Baron of South Downs, requests that those who wish to help out at the fan table and/or march in the parade to sign up here.

Rapier at Tourney of the Foxes

Be it known that Brendan de Hay, Rapier Marshal of South Downs, does request that all those desiring to fight for Adela’s Gilded Company at the Tourney of the Foxes notify him of their intent forthwith, that he may gather a correct count of rapier fighters planning to attend.

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.

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