New Baronial Awards

From Master Lorenzo Petrucci, Baron of South Downs:

Good morning South Downs! Is there someone in the Barony that you think should be rewarded for their prowess, service, or general awesomeness? We depend on the recommendations of our populace to determine who is deserving of awards.

In addition to the Red Raven (the major Baronial service award), there is a whole set of new awards that will make their first appearance at Red Tower this year. Help us decide who should be the premier members of these Orders.

More information about the awards can be found here.

The online award recommendation form is here.

Deputies wanted!

From Master Wistric Oftun, Seneschal:

I am looking for a deputy to help research new sites for us. Discussions of KLE bids recently have revealed that we don’t have many options for sites, either for RUM or for overnight events with cabins.

You will not be alone in this – Lady Sophia in Owl’s Nest is also looking in to sites, so efforts can be coordinated, and overlap avoided.

This shouldn’t be too time demanding, but if you’ve got time to research sites on an ongoing basis, and possibly do some site visits, please let me know.

From Lady Stella di Silvestri, Chatelaine:

Just in case you missed the business meeting, I am currently looking for two deputies for the Chatelaine position- one to handle Newcomers and Gold Key and one to organize and coordinate demos.

If either of these sound appealing to you, message me! Being the Chatelaine is an important job for the survival for the group but it’s also fun!

May Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

3 May 2017, 7:30pm

Atlanta Friends Meeting House

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

Lord Lucien d’Artois called the meeting to order. Master Wistric, our new Seneschal (huzzah!), chaired the meeting.

Officer Reports

  • Herald (Lord Lucien d’Artois)
    • Talmere’s Lusty Month of May will be hosting this year’s Meridian Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, so come on out! (13 May, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Family Group Shelter
    • This year’s Knowne Worlde Heraldic and Scribal Symposium will be coming to fair Meridies! The shire of Nant-y-Derwyddon has the honor of hosting it, and will be held in Knoxville the weekend of 23-2 June, 2017. For more information, please visit the symposium website
  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Still working on getting the newsletter up and running – hoping to publish soon! Please contact Raven if you’re interested in submitting content.
  • Armored Marshal (Lord Robert Throckmorton)
    • Seneschal Master Wistric reporting on behalf of Lord Robert
    • Reminder to all of new location (Liane Levetan / Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338)
    • Still looking for loaner gear donations!/li>
  • Rapier Marshal (Lord Brendan de Hay)
    • New practice location! Liane Levetan / Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Everyone is really happy with it (not the least because of the ice cream truck at the park on Sundays)
    • Reminder that Dreamstone (5-7 May) is being held at Indian Springs Park in Flovilla, not the usual spot (Camp Daniel Morgan, where Rob Zombie is filming a movie this weekend)
  • Chatelaine (Lady Stella di Silvestri)
    • We’ve had a few new people show up at meetings and events – they have been excited and have felt welcome – keep it up!
  • Webminister (Lord Pietro di Conti)
    • Now that Wistric has become our Seneschal, Lord Pietro has taken over as Baronial Webminister (huzzah!)
    • We still have a website! huzzah!
    • Working on an artisan database; info, handouts, etc. you’d like to contribute, please give to Pietro
  • Arts & Sciences (Lady Veronica da Lucca)
    • Lady Veronica taught a painting and shading class last month for the Barony
    • Working on a class to teach at an event? Give it a run through by teaching it at the monthly baronial A+S class! A+S mistress is always looking for volunteers to teach classes. This month. THL Marianna has offered to teach a cooking class at her house (Italian! gnocchi!); Mattias has offered to teach a commedia class.
  • Reeve (THL Maire)
    • Not present at meeting, but Their Excellencies confirmed that we have money! huzzah!
  • Their Excellencies
    • Knowne Worlde Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is coming!
      • 23-25 June 2017, in Knoxville, TN; hosted by Nant-y-Derwyddon. For more information, go to their: website
      • Come on out and support Meridies!
    • Dreamstone is coming! This weekend (5-7 May), at Indian Springs Park. Pirates! Adventure! Ports of call (well, maybe)! Come join the People’s Barony of Bryn Madoc at Dreamstone XXXVIII! For further information, visit the event page on Facebook or here
    • Lusty Month of May is coming as well! Hosted by the Shire of Talmere on Saturday, 13 May, at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Family Group Shelter. For more information, please visit the event site
    • The weekend before the Knowne Worlde Heraldic and Scribal Symposium in Knoxville, the Knowne Worlde Dance Symposium will be held in Baltimore, MD (the lands of Fair Atlantia), 15-18 June, 2017. Interested? check out the website for more information.
    • Fundraiser lunches! We have negotiated an agreement with the Shire of Owls Nest – Owls Nest will host the fundraiser lunch at Red Tower, and we will host the fundraiser lunch at Crossroads. If you are interested in helping out with the fundraiser lunch at Crossroads, please contact Their Excellencies.
      • Stella asked what the average attendance at Crossroads is. Sir Iazzie replied that the event is usually fairly small, but with the new, more central event site, turnout may be stronger.

Upcoming Events

  • Red Tower (6-8 October 2017)
    • Fundraiser lunch – already discussed
    • Event will be held at Booker T. Washington Park in Chattanooga
    • If anyone wants to volunteer on staff, please contact Beteena; Mara will be marshaling armored fighting
    • Beteena wants to go on a walkthrough to make sure there’s adequate land for camping before we pay the extra to allow camping
    • Wistric is going to make arrangements for insurance
  • Castle Wars (16-19 November 2017)
    • Site needs to be changed b/c site is not available. Possible alternatives – McIntosh? Piers reviewed how pricing/profits might change
    • A Dates can’t really change because of new kingdom laws
    • Master Ximon mentioned pricing issues with McIntosh he ran into when he autocratted Castle Wars there – costs need to be clarified, because his numbers were different than what Piers had been told
    • If we go with McIntosh, there will be no feast because there is no kitchen on site
    • Iazzie asked if anyone’s looked into Gwinnett County Fairgrounds? Could be worthwhile – no idea of availability/pricing
    • We should reserve the Shriner site now for future event years so we don’t run into this problem again, especially since we have a contract? agreement? with the site. Wistric will look into it.
    • A+S theme is Disney! Not too early to start planning your A+S project!

Event Bids

  • Fall Crown (10-12 November 2017)
    • THL Mathias is working with Depedale and Bryn Madoc on a joint bid, likely at Little Tallapoosa Park
    • Budget should be ready Monday
  • Artsy Crown 2018 (25-27 May 2018)
    • Iazzie will submit a bid with him as autocrat, and Lady Toki Ima as co-autocrat
      • Marianna will do Saturday night feast
      • Lochlann will do Sunday feast (bbq)
      • Duchess Sabine will do a breakfast
      • Matilda will do another breakfast
      • Adela/Mara offered to distribute danishes
  • Midwinter Arts + Sciences (2-4 February 2018)
    • Lady Alisandre is working on a bid

Other Events

  • DragonCon
    • Stella signed us up for parade – 40 wristbands
    • Ximon will start working on it, and has started putting the word out
    • Per last month’s meeting – we won’t do a table at DragonCon; too much effort
  • Atlanta Maker Faire (22 October 2017)
    • Is there interest? Sunneva is willing to volunteer
    • Event conflicts with Silver Hammer
    • New site this year – Georgia Freight Depot
    • Website for Atlanta Maker Faire
  • The Modern Maker weekend seminar (2-4, 9-11 June 2017)
    • Matthew Gnagy will be teaching two consecutive weekends on pattern making and a doublet workshop
    • For more information, please visit his http://themodernmaker.net/new-events/ (and drool at the project files!)

Non-SCA Business

  • Sunneva brought a soap making kit and some fabric – free to a good home!
  • Museum Replicas sale is coming up – 20 May! Sale starts at 8am, but there will be a line, so get there early!
    • “under duct tape, nobody knows it’s oak”
  • QOTD: Happy SCA birthday! Anno LII – How do you say that in Latin? LEEEEEEE!

All the business issues having been addressed, the business meeting was closed.

Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House.

–Raven

Event pages created

From Pietro di Conti, the Webminister:

I’ve created initial placeholders for a Red Tower 2017 event page and a Castle Wars 2017 event page. If you’re involved in planning those events and have something you’d like me to add to the event page, please let me know!

Also, Lord Piers Simmons is taking volunteers to help with Castle Wars 2017 on this spreadsheet.

See you at the events!

April Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

5 April 2017, 7:30pm

Atlanta Friends Meeting House

Notes submitted by Lord Brendan de Hay (mka Ben Hay), South Downs Stunt Chronicler.

Lord Lucien d’Artois called the meeting to order. Master Wistric, warming up to take over as Seneschal, chaired the meeting.

Officer Reports

  • Herald (Lord Lucien d’Artois)
    • Talmere’s Lusty Month of May will be hosting this year’s Meridian Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, so come on out! (13 May, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Family Group Shelter
  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Lord Brendan reporting on behalf of Lady Raven – nothing to report
  • Armored Marshal (Lord Robert Throckmorton)
    • Deputy marshal Lady Mairghread reporting on behalf of Lord Robert
    • We need to make sure people are aware of new location (Liane Levetan / Brook Run Park, 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338)
    • Let Robert know about anything else needed…
    • Wistric points out that Owls nest is looking for folks to help with a demo, the Medieval and Renaissance Faire at Swift Cantrell Park on April 29
  • Rapier Marshal (Lord Brendan de Hay)
    • New practice location! Liane Levetan / Brook Run Park in Dunwoody
    • It’s time for the annual gathering of superfluous information to feed this year’s quarterly reports. Watch for update requests.
  • Webminister (Master Wistric Oftun)
    • Deputy Webminister (Lord Pietro) has updated page, including a Dramatis Personae page listing members of the Barony and their interests / skills
    • Please submit profile updates using the form on the website
    • Stunt Chronicler’s note: Pietro has done some really good work on content. Everyone should check out atlantasca.org!
  • Arts & Sciences (Lady Veronica da Lucca)
    • Lord Camulocaros taught a class on the history of beer last month
    • The topic of this month’s class will be blending and shading (painted elements in your illuminations), taught by Lady Veronica; she will teach teach this at Fools War as well
    • Please send Lady Veronica info for quarterly report; paper being passed as well
  • Chatelaine (Lady Stella di Silvestri)
    • We welcomed new (and newish) folks – Nick, Jessica, and Conrad
  • Their Excellencies
    • Fools War is coming!
      • Lady Alisandre is coordinating the South Downs camp at Fools War, period tents will be placed toward field side, and modern tents by road ( we have 3 lots)
      • If you are eating with group, please post on Facebook tonight, so she can plan the menu
    • Knowne Worlde Heraldic and Scribal Symposium is coming!
      • 23-25 June 2017, in Knoxville, TN; hosted by Nant-y-Derwyddon. For more information, go to their: website
      • Come on out and support Meridies!
    • Castle Wars Discretionary fund – Owls Nest is looking for someone to host a fundraiser lunch at Crossroads (16 September 2017). This would be a good opportunity to increase the budget for the Castle Wars revel fund
    • Congratulations to Pietro and Mairghread, the new Baronial rapier and armored champions! They both fought well and honorably!
    • Their Majesties Meridies have announced a new program – the Youth and Family Achievement program, the goal of which will encourage families and children to get involved in the arts and sciences. Volunteers are needed – share your knowledge and skill with the youth of Meridies!

Event Bids for 2017

  • Red Tower (6-8 October 2017)
    • Lady Giuliana (w/ assistance from Mistress Adela), will autocrat
    • Event will be held at Booker T. Washington Park in Chattanooga
    • We will rent the group camp, which includes the hall in rental fee, cabin space, and camping
    • Will survey site at Artsy Crown
    • There is a bath house at the site, so there will not be any need for portapotties
    • We may lose some attendees from the south, due to the additional travel distance; however, as Bacon Bash does not conflict this year, we may draw additional attendees from the northern parts of the kingdom
    • Break-even at 270 people
    • Expected fees
      • Daytrip – $7 preregister, $10 at gate, camping $10-/-$13
      • Feast $8/head
    • 104 paid feast spots (+16 high table) available
    • At least 80 beds (cabin?) available
    • Need rapier marshal (Master Wistric volunteers)
    • Theme is Roman
    • Need lunch, breakfast people (fundraiser?)
  • Castle Wars (16-19 November 2017)
    • Lord Piers will autocrat, with assistance from Sir Iastreb (If Yazzie wins Crown, Mistress Liz will step in to assist)
    • As discussed in previous meetings, site will be the Al Sihah Shrine in Macon
    • Site fees:
      • Total cost $7,024
      • $20 onsite, $18 pre-reg
      • Feast — $10/head; Lady Mairghread will feastcrat
    • Travelers’ fare and breakfast will not be offered
    • Will plan to have a fundraiser lunch available for hosting
    • Break-even is 250 weekenders, 125 day trips, 96 feasts (8-16 for high table)
    • We are expecting more attendees than last year (2016 had 600 adult attendees)
    • MoB invitational tourney could be a big draw for rapier fighters.

KLE (Kingdom-Level Event) Bids

  • Due to recent changes in kingdom law, we will not be able to bid on Fighters’ Collegium; we need to find another event to bid on
  • South Downs and Bryn Madoc both need an event to bid on
  • Joint bid with Bryn Madoc, Depedale, and South Downs on Fall Crown
  • Potential site for Fall Crown – McIntosh is current likely site
  • Even split on costs & profit
  • Complication – Fall Crown is scheduled the weekend before Castle Wars
  • Bryn Madoc and Depedale both have people available
  • Matthias will begin the bid process, and cancel the Tallapoosa reservation

Other Upcoming Bids

  • Midwinter Arts + Sciences (2-4 February 2018)
    • We need a bid
  • DragonCon
    • Closer than you think (1-4 September 2017)
    • His Excellency & Master Wistric were discussing whether the table is worth the effort
    • It’s a burden on Their Excellencies and the Chatelaine
    • Has there been a return on the investment?—NO TABLE
    • Parade is still important
    • Duke John suggested that a demo would be better / more fun than a table
    • Talk to Bam, Keith, etc. to find out who we contact about a demo room? Ximon will take point on querying that
    • Chariot needs humans, and may have an extra passenger (Vortigern), so more “horses!”
  • Finance committee pre-approved event bids, so voting on bids?
  • Red Tower—Passed
  • Castle Wars – Passed

Non-SCA Business

  • Museum Replicas sale is coming up – likely 20 May

All the business issues having been addressed, the business meeting was closed.

Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 3 May 2017, at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House.

–Raven

March Baronial Business Meeting Minutes

South Downs Baronial Business Meeting

1 March 2017, 7:30pm

Atlanta Friends Meeting House

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

THL Mathias Blackett called the meeting to order.

Officer Reports

  • Chronicler (Lady Raven Helmsplitter)
    • Working on newsletter
      • Not too late to submit content – still looking for articles, artwork, officer/guild columns! Please contact Lady Raven via Facebook or e-mail at mawrtyr88@gmail.comwith your questions or submissions
      • New deadline – before Gulf Wars, hoping to publish issue end of March/early April
      • Name for newsletter: The Read Tower
  • Rapier Marshal (Lord Brendan de Hay)
    • Rapier practices are held Sunday afternoons (concurrent with armored fighter practice) and Tuesday evenings, usually at Blackburn Park. Check the Facebook group “Atlanta SCA Fighting” for updates and changes (such as cancellation or temporary location changes due to weather).
    • Attendance at practice varies dramatically, but rarely fewer than four, and sometimes as many as 14. We have some new (to us) folks joining us in the last few weeks as well. Welcome to Konrad, Will, David, and Somber.
    • Recent stuff:
      • Meridian Challenge of Arms was a successful day, thanks in large part to the support of non-fencers who came out to herald, marshal, make pretty scrolls, and other cool stuff. We rapier folk think you guys are awesome.
      • Special congrats to Master Wistric, who won the armatura challenge, and finished the day with an awesome match vs. Don Lazarus Gage.
    • Upcoming stuff:
      • Gulf Wars! If you’re going, and planning to fight rapier, Baroness Adela’s Gilded Companie will be under the command of Master Wistric. I understand Masters Wistric and Morgan will be representing the Order of Jerusalem.
      • We hear rumors that Her Excellency has suggested March 26 as the day to choose this year’s Baronial fighting champions. It also happens that Lady Raven has been discussing that date with other local groups for us to host a regional practice. Watch for further announcements on both topics.
  • Armored Marshal (Lord Robert Throckmorton)
    • Armored fighters practice continues on Sundays – this pas week had a small turnout but practice was good
  • Chatelaine (Lady Stella di Silvestri)
    • Demo season is coming! Abel is coordinating Streets Alive! on 11 June over by Georgia Tech. Streets Alive is held several times a year, throughout the city – the 11 June event is the most likely to not conflict with other SCA events, so come on out!
  • Webminister (Master Wistric Oftun)
    • We have a website!
  • Herald (Lord Lucien d’Artois)
    • Talmere’s Lusty Month of May will be hosting this year’s Meridian Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, so come on out! (13 May, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Family Group Shelter
    • Speaking of Heraldic and Scribal Symposia, the shire of Nant-y-derwyddon will host this year’s Knowne Worlde Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, in Knoxville, TN, 23-25 June, 2017. For more information, go to their: website
  • Arts & Sciences (Lady Veronica da Lucca)
    • Last week’s class was on bliauts, taught by Mistress Sunneva. This month’s A+S class will be on an intro to all things beer (yay!), and will be taught by Lord Camulocaros
  • Their Excellencies
    • Gulf Wars is coming!
      • Please volunteer for raffle tickets and $ for the barony. we have been challenged to provide 75 hrs of volunteering by Baroness Iron Mountain. She is certain that we can easily hit that, so we want to crush that goal :-)
      • We are processing in with TRM on Tuesday for opening ceremonies – need volunteers for banner holders (need to wear black and white garb)
      • Thursday is Known Worlde party – volunteer! have fun! drink responsibly!
    • Coronation!
      • Challenges for scroll cases and for regalia. Next week’s project night will be building scroll cases. Mistress Serafina commented that her office has a pile of cardboard she can contribute to the scroll case cause.
      • Mistress Symonne will make a silk banner for the group that provides the most scroll cases, as well as perhaps some finger loop braiding.
    • This month will be our 5th Wednesday garb potluck! Stay tuned for further details.
    • Baronial rapier and armored championships! Will be held at the upcoming Regional Rapier practice on 26 March
    • MCA scrolls – 4 of the 8 champions scrolls were bestowed upon South Downers (yay!)
  • Seneschal (THL Mathias Blackett)
    • Master Wistric will step up as Seneschal in April

Post-Mortem for Midwinter Arts + Sciences

  • Food location was great! Having it in the second-floor lounge area worked out really well.
  • Third floor setup for A+S also worked out really well – good space to organize all the competitions
  • Yay for multiple lounges – having space for attendees to relax on each floor was greatly appreciated
  • Mathias is talking to Duke Thomas about the possibility of using KSU as a future event site
  • Merchant space is still problematic – hallways were crowded. Maybe take one of the lounges as a merchant space? perhaps a classroom near the lunch?

Event Bids for 2017

  • Event site updates:
    • Mathias is talking to Duke Thomas about KSU, but it’s too late to get it for RUM. Maybe Fighters Collegium? Fall is really congested with big events. We just need a field, a place for court/feast (BBQ?)
    • Tallapoosa was also suggested, as we’re already familiar with the site
    • Mathias will post updates on Atlanta SCA
  • General future event discussions
    • Mathias and Wistric wants to get people together to see who tends to do what all the time, and come up with a strategy to determine what and how can we teach each other those skills so we can cover each other better?
    • This would also be a great opportunity to learn how to do a particular job. Jadi has offered to head up the autocrat roundtable
    • Margavati mentioned that many newcomers have a common problem – how to get involved if you don’t know where to start? Raven will look into how this can be added to the newsletter (as a column? in the information section?)
  • Upcoming bid deadlines
    • Bids for Red Tower and Castle Wars are due for next month’s (April) business meeting.

Upcoming Events

  • Fool’s War (7-10 April 2017)
    • Mistress Allesandra is heading up the A+S competitions, and she needs judges. You do not need an OVO to judge – just have someone vouch for your experience/knowledge.

Non-SCA Business

  • Project night 2nd and 4th Thursdays at THL Andreva’s and Mistress Jadi’s home
  • There is much interest in rebooting the South Downs Supper Club – for further info, check out their Facebook group

All the business issues having been addressed, the business meeting was closed.

Next South Downs business meeting will be held Wednesday, 5 April 2017, at the Atlanta Friends Meeting House.

–Raven

April 11 Rapier Fighter Practice – location change

From Master Wistric Oftun:

Master Brian de Moray is in kingdom. In his honor, Bryn Madoc is holding an impromptu practice on Tuesday (ed. note: April 11, 2017). I’ll be traveling to it and have room for carpoolers. There may be a caravan rolling out that-a-way. Need a ride? Speak up!

Memorial Park
293 Gran Ellen Dr.
Athens GA

People of South Downs

From Pietro di Conti, deputy webminister:

I’ve been working on updating/merging the online Order of Precedence and Artisans Database for South Downs; please check out the new “People of South Downs” page under the “About Us” menu (or you can go directly there from this link).

If you’re a South Downs person, please take a look and let me know if I’m missing your name, and/or if the info I have for you is wrong or incomplete (I’m sure it will be for a lot of people). You can message me, tell me in person, or (probably easiest) submit the online form on that web page.

March 15 Meeting Location Change

Due to the number of people who will be out of town for Gulf Wars, we have not reserved our usual meeting location for next Wednesday. Instead, Baron Lorenzo will be hosting the meeting at his house. The scheduled activity is dance, but if you just want to come work on projects or socialize, all are welcome. The address is:

3911 Rivaridge Ct., Marietta, GA 30062

Videos from Meridian Challenge of Arms 2017

Videos courtesy Lady Raven Helmsplitter

Don Lazarus Gauge vs Maestro David Twynham

 

Don Lazarus Gauge vs Nikoslav Mikaelovich

 

Don Lazarus Gauge vs Master Wistric Oftun

 

Captain Marquette Hildebrand vs Captain Davio de la Rouge

 

Master Wistric Oftun vs Don Lazarus Gauge (finals)

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