Thursday, 27 April 2017

Call for Nominations - Board Committees

The Board of Directors is seeking nominations from the populace for individuals to serve as members of the following Board Committees:

Finance and Audit Committee
Mission:  to assist the Board’s oversight of the Company’s accounting and financial reporting processes, the audit and integrity of the Company’s financial statements and the qualifications and independence of the Company’s independent auditor

Communications Committee
Mission:  to develop and oversee advertising; public relations; publications, social media and other communications initiatives of the Society

Membership Committee 
Mission:  grow and sustain membership in the Society; evaluate and oversee implementation of programs and initiatives for membership support

Thursday, 13 April 2017

May Newsletters Available

We are pleased to let you know that the May 2017 electronic newsletters are available for your review.

To access, please go to:

members.sca.org
Log in with the same login information that you use to renew your membership.There is even an option to "remember me on this computer", so you don't have to enter in your login information each time!

The nuances of logging in are on the left side of the screen, including methods for getting help.

Once you are logged in: 

At the top of the screen are the membership options.  Click the button for newsletter access on the far right.  This will open the directory of Kingdoms which remains unchanged.

Note that on the directory of Kingdoms, there is a folder marked Archives.  This is where the older issues of the electronic newsletters are maintained.  These files currently go back to March 2012 when we first introduced electronic newsletters.

If you have any difficulties or questions, please email membership@sca.org.  Include your Legal Name, membership number,daytime phone number, and a brief  explanation of the problem you're experiencing.

Kind Regards,
The Membership Staff

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Fourth Entry in Their Majesties' Bardic Competition

Photo by David Gotlieb.
Their Majesties Ealdormere, Siegfried and Xristina, have challenged the people of Ealdormere to a bardic competition wherein they are to extol the virtues of a former Queen of the lupine lands.

The fourth entry was by Lady Inge of Sten Mark, who presented the following song for five voices at Kingdom A&S:







Inge's Notes:

[Come, Sweet Nymphs] is a canzonet (canzonetta) in the style of Thomas Morley (1558-1603). Morley also called his canzonets "little short aer"s. Essentially these canzonets are lighter, short madrigals.

They are frequently pastoral in subject matter, and in England, always secular. They also frequently have rude undertones: the words, are completely and innocently pastoral when read on a surface level, but usually imply rude activities between the shepherds and nymphs when analyzed on a deeper level.

Another feature of a number of canzonets/madrigals at the time was including tributes to Elizabeth I. Frequently, she was compared to Diana, and this was rhymed with Oriana, or Gloriana in the last verse of the canzonet. Often, her virtues are sung at the end of a pastoral piece eg. Long live fair Oriana. (from “Hard by a crystal fountain", by T. Morley.)

The lyrics to these pieces are often in tetrameter, with rhymed couplets.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

New Heraldic Acceptances

Greetings unto the populace, once again it is time for this batch of accepted names, devices and badges!
Estienne de Nantes. Device. Per pale sable and argent, a saltire erminois.
Helena Katerina Roero. Name change from Caterucia Mountague and device change. Argent, a winged domestic cat sejant sable maintaining a Catherine's wheel gules, a mountain of three peaks vert.
Martin Bildner. Badge. Gules, three krummhorns fretted in triangle between three trilliums one and two argent.
Meleshka of Bryniau Tywynnog. Device. Or, a bear rampant vert maintaining a butterfly azure.
Meredyth Llwellyn. Name and device. Per fess argent and vert, three thistles proper and a rose argent.
Michael Corviser. Name.
Congratulations and enjoy!

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Poem: Two Harps

Photo of Master Naon's shadow as he played
Golden Singer. Photo by Baron Duncan.
By Baron Duncan Gabh MacLeod


A poem about Master Naon and his harp, the Golden Singer.

A harper and harp maker, devout of Hern
A Lady, A Widow, who loved harp song
Asked for a harp to learn the harp’s song
Paid with good silver, the Harper of Hern

The Harper and harp maker, chose of wood
Of oak, Of birch, who’s grain ran strong
Lines so clean to free the harp’s song
Strung with fine strings, make sing the harp’s wood

Now the Harper loved music, shared with us all
But good tools he had not, so he borrowed the lot
From a man that he called friend, and trusted a lot
But the man was jealous and wanted it all

The Harper and harp maker fashioned the Harp
Cutting the wood and smoothing all sides
Then gluing and stringing the Harp from inside
And placing inside it the song of the Harp

But the man was deceitful and callous and vain
And he cut his own wood and copied the Harp
He strung his with strings and but hid his false harp
In the false copy no voice had been lain

A harper and harp maker, devout of Hern
First played the harp and its voice was clear
Any who set free her voice would hold it dear
And he gave to the Lady the Harp made with Hern

Now the harp made in the dark of night
Was made without honour or joy of art
But without honour this harp had no heart
And the harp had no voice, no joy, no might

The Lady, The Widow, who loved harp song
Her fingers were not nimble but stiff and old
And she returned the Harp, lest it grow cold
But she had covered the Harp with paint of Gold!!!

Now the Harper and Harp maker, devout of Hern
Was almost in tears in fear and dismay
But he sat down and on the Harp did play
And the voice of the Harp sang out of Hern

The harp of deceit hangs on a wall
It brings no joy to harper or man
The man called friend is called no more
Its voice never filled any hall

The Golden Singer, the Harp of Hern
Has the voice of two harps loud and clear
And sings of joy and loves both far and near
And a now past Harper devout of Hern


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Call for Applicants - Laurel Sovereign of Arms

The Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms (Laurel) is the principal heraldic officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms. Laurel is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry, supervising the processing of submissions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of the Known World.

Laurel is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, armory and onomastic knowledge, supervisory ability, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Pelican, and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel.
Resumes must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel Resume, SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036 and electronically to resumes@sca.org and bids@heraldry.sca.org. Resumes must be received by July 31, 2017. The present Laurel's warrant expires in September 2017. Once the application period closes, the names of the candidates will be posted in a cover letter for the review of the College and submission of comments to the Board.

--
Andrewe Bawldwyn, OP
Laurel Principal King of Arms
laurel@heraldry.sca.org
herald@sca.org


Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc.  Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Letter to Skraeling Althing: Practicum

Greetings unto the scholarly populace of Skraeling Althing from Baron and Baroness Shahid and Catherine.
It was amazing to see such fantastic numbers at Practicum. We are pleased to see an interest in such pursuits as the study of the Middle Ages is one of the core principles of Our Society. Thank you to the event staff, teachers, students, and others that came out to make this a fantastic event.
We are always inspired by the people of this Barony. It was Our joy to witness so many of you receive recognition from the hands of Their Royal Majesties.
  • Mistress Eluned verch Angor: Order of the Laurel
  • Master Giovanni d’Enzinas: Award of the Maiden’s Heart
  • The Honourable Lady Avelyn Wexcombe: King and Queen’s Favour
  • The Honourable Lady Elsebeth Ffarberyn: Order of the Crucible
  • Lady Alana the Quiet: Award of Arms
  • Lady Amalthea: Award of the Maiden’s Heart
  • Lady Jane Caldwell: Award of the Maiden’s Heart
  • Lord James Edgarson: King’s Favour
  • Lord James the Tinker: Award of Arms
  • Lady Saraphina of Caldrithig: Award of Arms
  • Everyone that helped with the Rick Mercer filming: Scroll of Honour
These awards are well deserved and We are proud of each and every one of you!