Castle Theo d’ore A&S Challenges

Greetings from your A&S Coordinator. This year at the Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore III A&S will be a Challenge A&S as in Challenges will be made in the next week or so and if you wish to take up the challenge please advise the challenger that you will be the challengee. The Challenger will then bring a prize for the person who best meets that challenge.

RULES FOR ISSUING AN A&S CHALLENGE:
1. Inform the A&S Coordinator (me, Mistress Bess Darnley) you are issuing a challenge as often I am the first person people go to for questions and I can get them answered faster smile emoticon
2. Think up a Challenge.
3. Be willing to judge any and all entries
4. Bring a PRIZE for your chosen winner
5. Documentation, or not is up to you. It is your challenge.

By issuing a challenge, this does not prevent you for taking up a challenge or as I like to say be a Challengee for a Challenger, but of course you can not do your own Challenge.

The plan is to have a list of entries and that the people entering (Challengees) have their entry in their camp and the Challengers must go around and judge & visit those camps.

LIST OF A&S CHALLENGES: (this list will be updated as challenges are added)

1. Gameskeeper: Make a period game we can play at the event

2. Princess Etheldreda:. Make something your persona would wear that you have never made before. Explain what you learned in the process. Documentation is not necessary.

3. Sir Gareth: Wood Working Challenge, make something useful in the SCA using no nails or screws.

4. Mistress Gwenhwyfar: Create a tapestry that might hang in your castle, pavilion, or encampment. Should be a period scene, but not necessarily a medieval recreation of an actual piece.

5. Mistress Briana: Learn and teach 1 period dance for the event.

6. Lady Catriana le Fey of Airley: Best Period-Looking Coverup for a Mundane Item

7. Baroness Isobel: Make a functional, period household item or tool, something that would be part of your persona’s daily life… for example a sewing needle, or a pottery bowl, or a chair. Some documentation for the item should be provided, e.g. information about an original artifact or a picture of the item, but not formal written documentation

8. Magister D’Unstable: The entrant must try something outside their comfort zone. Either using a new-to- them skill, or something they have not before attempted. It should have some period precedent, but could easily be a design of original form, as if the maker was solving a problem or meeting a need as a craftsperson living in our period might plausibly do. Only documentation would be What? When? Where? How? & Why? especially if the product looks period but was made using modern methods…

9. Lady Mergriet Van Wijenhorst: Create a food item that you could have plausibly made (or bought) in our time period that you could travel with and eat later, be it on a war campaign, on a hunting trip or simply to consume after a long hard days work.   This can be ready to consume as is, or only needing minimal preparation before hand. You will only need simple documentation on what the item is, how long you would expect it to keep and anything further you would like to say about it. Double cool is if we could prepare/taste it on site.

10. Prince’s A&S Champion’s Challenge ( Lady Katherine Murray): Hear this call to create an A&S project with another member of your canton, barony, or principality, that shows a real effort to combine your strengths into a collaboration. Your collaboration may be a combination of similar talents and skills to culminate in a supreme project in a single field, or you may create a collaboration with very different skills that take you to level you could not have achieved on your own.

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Castle “Three-a-dore” is Go!

roman-ballistaOnce again the foe meet on the field at the Castle Theo d’Ore. The siege engines are rolling, troops set to march, archers prepared to take the line….

This year we have the Siege Battles and Archery Tourneys planned as well as  Arts and Sciences Challenges and a Gaming Hall.

Lady Eadwynn and Lord Wynfrið will be also be holding their annual Silver Arrow Archery Tournament during the weekend. This will be a fun and challenging competition to test your skills and muster at the line. Archers young and old are welcome to participate in the tournament. The tournament will consist of approximately 8 shoots and will include an advancing warrior shoot, clout shoot, castle window shoot, helm shoot, chicken shoot, and more! There will be prizes for the top three archers with the winner being awarded the coveted ‘Silver Arrow’.

What: Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore III
When: Friday Sept 18th to Monday Sept 21st
Where: The Canton of Distant Shore – Site, LORDA
http://www.lorda.org/location.htm

Autocrat…
Syr Yesungge Altan (Mike Burnett)

Directions…..
From New Glasgow,
* #1480 – HIGHWAY 289 EAST & WEST, FROM EXIT 20 AT ALMA THROUGH TO BROOKFIELD.
* TURN OFF AT EXIT 20 ON THE T.C.H. 104 AND PROCEED TO UNION CENTER (SALTER RD.) APPROX 5 KMS UNTIL 289 WEST AT UNION CENTER COMMUNITY
HALL.
* PROCEED ON 289 WEST TO LANSDOWNE A TOTAL OF 17 KM FROM EXIT 20 TO LORDA GATE ON LEFT HAND SIDE.
* DO NOT GO OVER RAILWAY TRACKS LANSDOWNE COMMUNITY CENTER IS ON RIGHT (COUNTRY SCHOOL).

From Halifax and the Airport,
TURN OFF AT BROOKFIELD AND PROCEED ON 289 EAST THROUGH MIDDLE & UPPER STEWIACKE, EAST VILLE UNTIL YOU REACH THE RAILWAY TRACKS AT LANSDOWNE (58 KMS).
• PROCEED APPROX 1 KM AND ON RIGHT HAND SIDE IS LORDA ENTRANCE JUST PAST THE LANSDOWNE COMMUNITY CENTER ON LEFT (COUNTRY SCHOOL).

Site Fees…..
Weekend Adult $15
Weekend Child $10
Day Trip Adult $8
Day Trip Child $6
5 Years and Under Free
Family Cap Camping $45
Family Cap Day Trip $25
Non Member Surcharge of $5 for adult non-members will apply

Reservations…..
Baroness Allesandra Francesca di Milano
cut off date Sept. 16th

New Monthly Arts & Sciences Night in Western-Distant Shore

Starting Thursday, February 19th 2015, Distant Shore will have a regular booking at the Robie Street, Truro, NS  Sobey’s Community Room for A&S night from 7pm to 9:30 pm for every THIRD Thursday of the month.

Time to start planning the  projects you wish to bring to work on and get see old friends and new in the Western half of Distant Shore.  For more information, please contact your seneschal, Syr Yesungge.

Baronial Election: Time to Vote

How to do that has been explained carefully in this missive from our Acting Baronial Seneschal, Lord Wynfrið:

Greetings unto the populace of Ruantallan:

As previously advised, we have one candidate
running for the office of Baronial Seneschal (Sir
Gareth Grey de Wilton). Since we have only one
candidate running for office, a decision has been
made to have the voting done electronically via
email. Please note that any other form of
electronic communication (e.g. facebook, etc.) is
not acceptable. Proof of membership must be included with your ballot.

To complete your online ballot, please send an
email to Their Excellencies that includes a
statement indicating that you vote either YES or
NO for the candidate as follows:

“I vote YES for Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton as
Seneschal for the Barony of Ruantallan”
or
“I vote NO for Sir Gareth Grey de Wilton as
Seneschal for the Barony of Ruantallan”

As proof of membership, please include either a
scan of your membership card, or some other form
of communication from corporate headquarters,
confirming that the person in question is a
member in good standing. In addition, please
include your mundane name, SCA name, and home
group (e.g. Seashire, etc.). Please send your
email ballots to <allessandra@bellaliant.net>.
The closing date for the receipt of ballots is October 5, 2014.

Their Excellencies will count the votes and
validate the memberships. An announcement will
follow regarding the results of the election.

Please be advised that absentee ballots for
mail-in votes will be made available for anyone
who does not have access to email. Please contact
either Their Excellencies or any of the local
group Seneschals to obtain a mail-in ballot.
Given that most of the group’s communications is
now done electronically, I would ask the populace
to let those who don’t have access to email or
on-line social media, know about the election.

Please let me know if anyone has any questions.

Yours in service,
Wynfrið
Acting Seneschal

Silver Arrow Archery Tourney at Siege

Today Lady Eadwynn reminded the archers of Ruantallan regarding the up-coming archery opportunities at Castle Theo d’Ore – the Rebuilding

“Archers to the line…

The Siege of Castle Theo d’Ore is almost upon us, so get your bows and arrows ready!

The weekend of September 12th will have a lot of opportunities for archery. The Silver Arrow Tournament will be held on Saturday afternoon with the prize of a silver arrow for the winner. The archers will be able participate in the siege and will have the opportunity to shoot Royal Rounds.

Looking forward to seeing you on the field.”

East Kingdom Arts & Sciences Coming To Tir Mara

News from the Queen’s A&S Champion, Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco:

“We are pleased to announce that East Kingdom A&S Championship is to be held at Baronial Investiture Anniversary on March 7th 2015 in the Barony of Isle du Dragon Dormant. So artisans, get those projects ready!! (details will be forthcoming) ”

This is a chance for the artisans of Tir Mara to shine, and Tir Mara A&S is an excellent opportunity to have your work appraised for any fine tuning.

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Baronial Seneschal Steps Down

In a letter sent to the Ruantallan Mailing list, 8th August 2014, Lady Eufemme de Alba Marlia announced she would be stepping down as our Baronial seneschal.  Her deputy, Lord Wynfrið æt Huntandune, will be taking over until a new Baronial Seneschal election can be held.

The Fire Beacon would like to thank Lady Eufemme for her years of service to the barony, in what can be a very challenging volunteer position. Vivat!

Keep your eyes peeled for nominations for the job.