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12 January 2010 @ 08:39 am

I thought I would give you a taste of some of the tiems that are being donated to the "By Our Own hands" auction at Birka (Jan. 30).

Maybe pique your interest.

Details at the bottom of the post.


Handmade playing cards: The face cards are printed from woodblocks which the artists designed and then hand painted, the pip cards were stenciled, which is a period French method.  We used only nontoxic paints, so the cards can be used. Michel Wolffauer and (need SCA name).

 Promissory for a filk or poem: Katherine Ashewode (the Pocket Bard)

 Baklava: There will be one pan ready to go. A second will be on auction to be delivered at a future, mutually agreed-upon event. Master Jaji.

 Real Canadian Beef Jerky: Mistress Freya.

Viking hood: Hand-crafted of linen with black and white narrow trim. Worn once. Svana.

Handmade drinking horn: Will be either carving or scrimshaw. Lord Valdimarr Thorbane

 Handmade dress: Details to come.

 Handspun yarn: (Need SCA name).

 Mongol hat(s): Mistress Bess.

 Knitted mittens and hat: Lady Frigga of Glenn Linn.


What we are looking for are hand-made items, either period or somehow relating to the SCA.

We'd like an information sheet with each item, documenting it as best you can.

More details:

Auction table will be in the main hallway outside the Marketplace.

Bidding will open at 10:30 a.m. and will close at 2:30 p.m.

Winning bidders should plan to pick up their items by 3 p.m.

Winners may pay in cash or in a check to SCA, Inc., Barony of Stonemarche (with EK Travel Fund) in the memo line.

29 November 2009 @ 05:30 pm
Hi, everybody!

A few things going on at upcoming events.

1. If you are going to BBM/Bergental Baronial Yule this weekend, it would be great if you could back several batches of your favorite cookies for the Princess' Cookie Caper. It doesn't matter what kind of cookies they are. Really. (Please include an ingredient card. I bet gluten-free cookies would fly off the table).

Please e-mail Baroness Leonete at nktoscano@gmail.com to let her know.

If you cannot bake, please bring money to buy cookies to benefit the EK Travel Fund. Cookies are $10 a pound.

2. There will *not* be a cookie sale at Bhakail Yule because, well, there's so much else going on.

There will be a Silent Auction for the Travel Fund run by Zhelana. It's her first time. Just pretend she's me. No, wait. Scratch that.

Please e-mail her at   zhelana1052@gmail.com if you can donate something or get something sent there. Merchants, we can use your help. (Cookies are no bad items to donate). Also, if you can help her, that would be great, too.

3. There will also be a cookie sale at 12th Night. That is the plan, at least. I am looking for a coordinator. That's Jan. 16 in Barre, Vt.

4. It is also very important to note that 12th Night is also King's & Queen's Heavy Weapons Champions. That is a recent change. This will be a wide-open field. I am sure the Kingdom MoL (MoL@eastkingdom.org) could use volunteers, and marshals are also always needed.

5. We are *not* planning a cookie sale at Birka. We haven't even asked. Not going to Just too complicated.

There mat be an auction there. Stay tuned. The auction would be June 30, in Manchester, NH.

If people want to pick up on running cookie sales at events in February and beyond, please let me know.

NOTE: If you have any specific questions or comments on these tibdits, please e-mail me at liamstliam@gmail.com .

Feel free to judiciously pass this on to local lists.

In service,

Master Liam St. Liam
I made the mistake a couple of weeks ago of commenting that it seemed there were fewer memes on LiveJournal these days.

Yeah, OK.

Well, there have note been a plethora of "Which Eastern Pelican are you?" posts, but there have been some old favorites popping up, including the "Say Resistance is futile and I will give you five questions to answer in your LJ" meme.

I got two sets so far.

I am fascinated.

They are both from peers, one from the East and one from Calontir. They are obviously long-time friends of mine, and what they decided to ask me was rather, well, similar.

These are from marysdress:

1) Which Red Sox players would you trade before next season?

I am too attached to these guys to deliberately get rid of any of them. I would say that perhaps the single most important one to keep is Jason Varitek. You keep your captain at all costs. Also, sign Johnny Damon. Let him finish where he belongs.

2) If you were king (of the East), what would be your first act?

After I asked my queen for permission . . . 

I would ask every bard in the kingdom to write a song in praise of the East or in praise of someone from the East and ask them to allow them all to be published.

Then, we would sing.

3) Pick one speech over the other - "we happy few" or "wet kisses that last three days".

Wet kisses, sadly, because Crash really meant it. Henry, I have come to realize, was not speaking literally.

4) Why is beer good?

Gee, look. A beer question.

It's tasty! (mostly) And more than that there are a wide varieties of extremely tasty beer. You don't get bored, and different brewers interpret it differently.

It's a social lubricant. (Yes, than can be bad, but it can also be good.) It's a commonality. Hey, let's have a beer! Let's talk about it over a beer.

As I mentioned in evilnicola's word meme answer about history, I think it's a common denominator. Most folks have had a beer. They understand.

There's a great future for new beer drinkers. I love the look on folks' faces when I turn them on to something new. (Angus The Bruce lit up like a Christmas tree when I gave him something he was sure her wouldn't like.

5) What is one thing you haven't done and want to do in the next five years?

There are so many, many things I wish I could do. I want to go to Estrella and Gulf Wars (and Rowany). I want to go to a big-time college football game in the Midwest. I want to visit many places and do many things.

Most of all, I want to write the damned novel(s).

And these are from snailstichr:

1. What one piece of advice would you give a new Crown?

There are several cliches that pop to mind: "You rule because they believe," and "Apologize more loudly than you fart" are important, as is the idea that the person you are giving that AoA to may never be in court again. Make is fricking special.

But the most important advice I would give is "Sing with your people." [I wrote this before I answered No. 2 above]

2. What has baseball taught you about life?

To quote, as marysdress did, "Bull Durham,"  "Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes, it rains."

In truth, it has taught me to think like that. There will be lows, and they will suck. There will be highs, and they will be glorious. In between you just gotta gut it out and bat .300.

3. What would you name the perfect beer (and, if you choose, what picture for the label)?

Well, Freeport Brewing has "Ex Wife Bitter Blonde" taken already. That's a good one.

(It's a pun on the beer style bitter and *not* a personal reference in any way shape or form.)

Well, it would be a dark, thick stout, probably with coffee in it.

Bulldog Bill's Yirgacheffe Stout: "Chew on this."

The cover would have either this guy:

Or this fella:

The label would look like a coffee label, ala Green Mountain/

4. What real world attraction (not a family obligation like a wedding) would be worth missing a friend's coronation?

(Did you know that Nataliia and I had to miss Tibor's Pelican because we had to take state teacher tests?)

Honestly, the closer the friend, the fewer things. This one's family, but when Leonete becomes queen, I cannot think of anything that would keep me away.

I would skip even family events for certain friends, and there are a couple of people I would fly across the country to see elevated to royalty. There's at least one knighthood I would fly to the West Coast to see, no matter what. I hope that one is at Pennsic.

5. What art or science would you like to practice if money/talent/storage space/time were not a factor?

I would like to make stained glass in the period manner.
23 November 2009 @ 06:27 pm

I love memes, but I do not always follow through.

Before I get to the two sets of  "Resistance is futile" questions, I need to repond to evilnicola's "Five Words."

evilnicola was doing the five-word meme, and I asked her for five words. There are few people in the world who know me better than she does.

History: We are our history. We cannot move forward unless we know what went on before. History’s also about cultural anthropology. We need to have common references so we know what it means to be “Chamberlain at Gettsyburg,” or why we must “Never forget Auschwitz,” or remind ourselves of Loving v. Virginia when we talk about same-sex marriage. There’s a Star Trek episode that sums it up. The quote is: "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra." There’s also the James Loewen reference about the dead that we all knew and the dead that know in who is alive ever knew.

Hope: That’s a big one. You always have to have hope – for yourself and for others. There will be days you cannot find the hope, but you need to find it the next day or the day after that. I have the fervent hope that there is good in everyone.

Daughter: The daughter, she is fragile. The daughter, she is unbreakable. She is the beginning, the middle and the end. One day, you are holding her in your cupped hands, and the next you are talking to her like you’d talk to any other teacher. The daughter is hope exemplifies.

Home: Home is where you can scratch yourself and fart, no matter what anyone says. (“If a man cannot [insert activity] in his own house . . . “ Home is, first, the place you live and sleep, But it is also very much the place your friends are. Pennsic is “home” in many ways. So is a classroom and so is a sideline.

Stupidity: “And some people don’t even know they’re stupid.” Or, “Stupidity is in the eye of the beholder.” I draw a distinction because people who do the stupid because they just don’t get and the others who do the stupid deliberately. You know how to cut down on the stupidity? Life needs a “Send Later” button.

1. From dulcinbradbury:

Crossed Genres is looking for people to spread the word to get preorders for their anthology and general financial support. Since they were the
first people to publish me, I've got a real soft spot for them.

They're also lovely people to work with. At any rate, my post about it is here: http://dulcinbradbury.dreamwidth.org/1055220.html

Kay's post is here:

2. From fiannaharpar:

Tony Norman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an excellent analysis of the Bible verse/anti-President Obama bumper sticker

3. From ayeshadream:

This came across the Wyewood list, and I've sent it to the Steps:

Dairyland Greyhound Racetrack in Kenosha, Wisconsin will be closing on December 31, 2009. 900 Greyhounds need to be adopted or they will be
euthanized. Please help get the word out; there are only 6 weeks to get this task done. Contact Joanne Kehoe Operations Director P:
312.559.0887 Or Dairyland Race Track Adoption Center direct at (262)612-8256 (confirmed at dairylandgreyhoundpark.com)

4. From mare_in_flames:

Her uncle is an attorney in the Exxon Valdez case, and this is what he has to say about what Sarah Palin had to say about her role in the

"That is the most cockamamie bullshit," said [Uncle Dave] of Anchorage, lead plaintiff attorney in the private litigants' civil
case against Exxon and its successor, Exxon Mobil Corp. "She didn't have a damn thing to do with it, and she didn't know what it was

5. From catelinelb

Amazing pictures from 100 Minutes War.

6. From cypherindigo: "20 Science Fiction Books We Can't Wait To Read in 2010"

7. The "photo" comes from elzregina:

22 November 2009 @ 09:20 pm

Dear Friends;
            As Edward and I prepare to become your king and queen, we plan to represent the kingdom at Estrella and Gulf Wars. Knowing that Their Majesties will be traveling as well, we want to do our share to raise funds for the Royal Travel Fund.
            Master Liam St. Liam, who has been the chief fund raiser for a number of reigns has agreed to work with us, but the idea for our first fund-raiser comes from Countess Ekaterina, via our cousins in Northshield.
            Let me introduce you to “The Princess’ Cookie Caper.”
            The kind folks running the event  have generously allowed us to debut this fund-raiser at Bergental/Barony Beyond the Mountain Baronial Yule, Dec. 5 in West Springfield, Mass.
            Baroness Leonete has kindly consented to be our Cookie Coordinator (because she will not let Liam call her the Cookie Fairy), and she could use two or three sets of hands to help her that day.
            We also need to ask for many sets of hands in advance.
            Here’s the deal: Please make cookies. Any kind you like, especially if you enjoy making them. Package them as you wish, and either bring them or have someone else bring them to Bergental Yule.
            Baroness Leonete and her helpers will display them.
            Want to help the Travel Fund? Hand Baroness Leonete a $10 bill or a check made out to “SCA, East Kingdom.”
            Go to town. Point out the cookies you want – any combination – and the crack cookie staff will bag them for you. You get to keep picking cookies until you crack the one-pound mark. A pound of cookies is a lot of cookies. If it’s not enough, buy another pound.
            We’d really like to get the fund off to a good start, so please bake and buy as you can.
In service to the East,
Princess Margeurite

PS: Additional information from Baroness Leonete

As the cookie wrangler, let me be a little more specific, especially based on the few questions that have come my way.

-You may choose whatever type of cookie you would like to bake, but please give me an idea in advance, so we don't end up with 20 lbs of chocolate chip cookies and nothing else.
-Please make a card with the ingredients for us to display for those concerned about allergies

-Period cookies are great, but don't feel like you have to.

-You can box up your cookies in one big container per flavor or however makes sense to you, as we will be packaging cookies as people buy.

Please contact me at nktoscano@gmail.com if you can make cookies for Bergental/BBM  Yule.

If you have any other question, please feel free to ask me.

11 March 2009 @ 05:58 pm
Baron Liam is very very sorry he has not been updating this as often as he should. He'll get on that.

In other news, Gulf Wars is next week, and Her Majesty, as well as His Highness, will be attending.

Any Easterners who are going and are interested in retaining for Her Majesty should get in contact with me as soon as possible, at nktoscano@gmail.com. Let me know your arrival and departure dates, times of availability, and where you can be found on site.

Thank you all so much, and I will pester Liam to update!

Baroness Leonete D'Angly
Head Lady-in-Waiting to HRM Alethea Eastriding
10 November 2008 @ 07:24 pm

I know things have been quiet at this end.

Busy, but quiet.

Here is the current schedule of events between now and the end of the reign.

There may be some added:

Some are still not completely firmed up.

Nov. 15 Bjorn’s Ceilidh, Concordia.
Nov. 22: 100 Minutes War,  Rusted Woodlands
Nov. 29: Baronial A&S Championship, Ruantallan (Queen only)
Dec. 6: Dual Yule, Bergental (with BBM)
Dec. 13: Bhakail Yule (possibly King only)
Jane 10: EK 12th Night
Jan. 24: Bardic Champions, Concordia
Jan 31: Birka, Stonemarche [Reserve your hotel rooms. Tell them you want the Birka rate]
Feb. 14: Tourney of Love, Endewearde (Queen only)
Feb. 21:   Iron Bog Investiture, (guess where)
Feb. 28:  Fencing Champs, Bhakail
March 7:  Ilse du Dragon Dormant Anniversary (to be confirmed)
March 21: Gulf Wars, Meridies (Queen only)
March 28:  Mudthaw/Championships, Settmour Swamp
April 4:  Coronation (TBC)

Note: The other “traditional” coronation date is Easter Weekend this year.

13 October 2008 @ 01:43 pm

The 59 combatants and consorts for Crown Tournament, Oct. 25, in the Shire of Glen Linn.

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13 October 2008 @ 12:48 pm

Greetings, all, from Master Liam St. Liam, Major Domo to Their Majesties East.

Columbus lived in period, so Columbus Day has been an appropriate time to work on a variety of reign-related issues.

1. The deadline for recommendations for Chivalry, the Laurel, the
Pelican, the Order of the Tygers's  Combatant, the Maunche, the Silver
Crescent, the Sagittarius and the Order of the Golden Rapier is this
Friday, Oct. 17. There is a form on the EK site. Use that if possible.
If not, e-mail to trm@eastkingdom.org and liamstliam@gmail.com Please
include full SCA name, local group, anticipated events and a solid,
but not too-long summary of their work. (Please contact Liam with any

This is expected to be the final poll of their reign.

2. Their Royal Majesties will continue to accept recommendations for
all other awards, but honestly, the sooner they get them, the better
the chance of the award being given.

3. I will be accepting donations of items for the Royal Travel Fund
auction at Crown. I will also accept monetary donations. There will be
a big auction sometime after the first of the year, and a smaller one
at Bjorn's Ceilidh, because the Barony of Concordia is so wicked cool.

Forward as you think appropriate.