As many (hopefully all) of you know, Ealdormere was given the right to host the 2015 Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, June 26-28. This is the first time Ealdormere has ever hosted this event, so not everyone knows what it is and what to expect. As the deputy steward and class coordinator, I thought I'd take a few minutes to answer a few questions.
Q. What is KWHSS?
A. KWHSS is held every year in a different kingdom, and is not only the official meeting for the Laurel Sovereign at Arms (the Society-level chief herald) with the various Kingdom Principal Heralds, it is also a chance to hold classes and meetings to educate attendees from all over the world on just about anything related to heraldry and the scribal arts.
Q. I see the cost is $55. Why is it so expensive?
A. KWHSS is a two-day-long event, and is much more like a conference than a regular SCA event (although we do attend in medieval clothing, and there are some fun activities--more on those in a minute). It's normally held at a hotel to make it easier for guests from around the world to find accommodations. Our fee does include a lunch buffet, free parking and wi-fi, and an evening concert by Mistress Marian of Heatherdale (plus what promises to be a well-stocked hospitality suite). We are also working to bring in some amazing guest instructors. (If you are only able to come for Sunday, please contact me).
Q. You've got a concert by Mistress Marian? I'm not a herald or a scribe--can I just come in the evening?
A. Yes! You will be able to attend the concert/dancing for $10.
Q. You mentioned special guests?
A. Yes! I have been in communication with Mme. Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of Canada, who has agreed to be our keynote speaker. She is very excited about joining us! We will also be bringing you Master Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme, the well-known creator of the "Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry", aka the Pic Dic. He has an amazing wealth of knowledge and is coming all the way from Caid. We are working on another amazing teacher for the scribal side--stay tuned!
Q. So what else happens at a KWHSS?
A. Classes! We are expecting to have six full tracks of classes, both heraldic and scribal, featuring both amazing Ealdormerian residents (because we certainly want to show off!) and teachers from all around the Known World. Both beginners and more advanced folks will find something to their liking. And we have room for more--so if you are a herald or a scribe and want to teach, please contact me! We hope to have our schedule of classes up by mid-May.
We also will be hosting the Laurel Road Show on Sunday morning. The Road Show has nothing to do with the Order of the Laurel--it's where the Laurel Sovereign at Arms, along with the other two Sovereigns (one for names, one for armory) go through the letters of intent to register names and armory from all the kingdoms and discuss the submissions. It is a really wonderful way to learn about the submissions process and see the process that most of us never actually see in action.
We are also working on coordinating activities for those who may not wish to spend all day at the Symposium, or who want to stay a little later to visit a museum, go fabric shopping or the like. If you have suggestions or ideas, please contact me and I can get you in touch with Lord Wilmar, who is our "cruise director" for those coming in for the event.
Q. I want to learn more! Where do I go?
A. Visit the event website at http://eoforwic.ca/kwhss2015/ .
Again, we are very much looking forward to welcoming the heraldic community to Ealdormere, and having the chance to both share and learn!