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


  • 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.


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