November 2010 The QD The newsletter for the Barony of Caer Mear Words from Their Excellencies Greetings Unto the Populace of Caer Mear! Following a most exciting Crown Tourney, we are pleased to announce the crowning of Their Royal Highnesses Michael and Seonaid, new Prince and Princess of Atlantia! Here in our homelands of Caer Mear, the Canton of Rivers Point hosted a very successful demo event at Boulevard Flowers. We express our deepest gratitude to Lady Ysabella for her tireless coordination efforts, and to every gentle who helped with set-up, displays, demonstrations, fighting and educating our many visitors. For those who were unable to attend and witness Our (unofficial) court, you missed seeing Lord Broccan ordered into the service of Brother Amos’ abbey for failure to pay his baronial taxes. (We are pleased to report since that time, his debt has been repaid through his hard work delivering chocolate coins to the children present.) The level of activities and involvement throughout the Barony has been most impressive as of late. Tuesday nights are filled with a remarkable array of arts and sciences and an impressive growth of martial activities. Special thanks to all of our A&S teachers, especially Baroness Magda for teaching her “sheepy bits” skills to our other cantons. Later this month, We will embark on Holiday Faire, a most festive seasonal celebration in Stierbach. Then on December 11, We hope you will share the joy of the holiday season with Us during Caer Mear’s annual Yule Celebration at Battery Park Christian Church. Yours in service, Baron Augustin & Baroness Aine A note from our Seneschal I wanted to give everyone a heads up that the Henley Theater group will be using the downstairs Great Room on Tuesday nights all month. So please be sure not to disturb them. Thanks Baron William Our History Speaks Interesting tidbits from our past, all happening in the month of November. Nov 23, 1165 - Pope Alexander III returns from exile to Rome. Nov 3, 1394 - Jews are expelled from France by Charles VI Nov 7, 1492 - The Ensisheim Meterorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, strikes the earth around noon in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France. Nov 15, 1515 - Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is investigated as a Cardinal. Nov 27, 1582 - William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway. Data from www.historyorb.com Caer Mear’s Yule Celebration December 11, 2010 Their Excellencies of Caer Mear invite you to join them for an afternoon of fun, food and friendship as we come together to celebrate the Yule season. Martial Activities: none Arts & Sciences Activities: Their Excellencies will be choosing their favorite example of a period Yule Celebration. The other competition will be for the best mask. Remember the Baroness loves Red and Blue. Baoness Ysabeau's Challenge: In support of Baroness Magda's "Get the Flock Outa Here" sheepy bits program, Baroness Ysabeau will award prizes to the one who spins the most fleece both by weight and by yardage. Children's Activities: Our own Chancellor Minor, Emelyn, will be organizing activities for the children. Feast Information: Feast will be a potluck supper. Please bring a dish to feed approximately 6 to 8 for each person eating in your party. We would also ask that you provide a list of ingredients, for those with dietary concerns. Baron William has made a file in the Caer Mear chat group so that you can list what dish you are bringing. Site: Battery Park Christian Church located at 4201 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227. The site will open at 3:00 pm and close at 9:30 pm. Site Restrictions: This is a dry site and our reservation limit is 100 people. There is no charge for the event. Please send your reservations to the Autocrat. Due to the limited amount of space there will be no merchanting. Autocrat: Lady Brianna O’Dinneen, (Jennifer Dinneen) 7801 Bur Oak Lane, Richmond, VA 23237; Phone: (804) 814-8587, E-mail: [email protected] In continuation of Baroness Magda's in-depth teaching and study in "sheepy bits"; we present an article by Baroness Ysabeau showing 16th Century directions for spinning compared with modern techniques. Sheep To Spindle by Ysabeau Ferch Gwalchafed 16th C. Instructions per Gervase Markham 20th and 21st C. Instructions per Ysabeau ferch Gwalchafed, Alden Amos and Bette Hochberg "It is the office of the husbandman at the shearing of his sheep to bestow upon the housewife such a competent proportion of the wool as shall be convenient for the clothing of his family; which wool as soon as she hath received it, she shall open and with a pair of shears (the fleece lying as it were whole in front of her) she shall cut away all the coarse locks, pitch, brands, tarred locks and other felterings and lay them by themselves for coarse coverlids or the like.” “Then the rest so cleaned she shall break into pieces, and toze it every lock by lock, that is with her hands open and divide the wool so as not any part thereof may be feltered or close together, but all open and loose, then so much of the wool as she intends to spin white, she shall put by itself, and the rest she intends to put into colors she shall weigh up and divide into several quantities, according to the proportion of the web which she intends to make, and put every one of them into particular bags made of netting, with tallies or little pieces of wood fixed onto them with privy marks thereon for both the weight, the color, and the knowledge of the same wool when the first colored is altered.” This done, she shall if she please send them unto the dyers, to be dyed after her own fancy.” (Markham also briefly explains dying and provides a few basic recipes.) 1. Acquire a complete (intact) fleece from the “husbandman.” A typical fleece is 6-8 pounds. 2. Lay the fleece out in 1 layer like a bear skin rug. 3. Skirt the fleece; remove any obvious debris, vegetable matter, felted sections of the fleece. 4. After skirting, (if a white fleece) select the portion of the fleece to remain white, and then divide the rest up by weight based on estimated gauge to ensure enough wool for yarn at the proper grist. If the whole fleece is keeping the same color, skip this step. 5. If not working with the fleece right away, put into a cloth or netting bag with key info about the fleece. (For example: today we are working on “Brown Sugar’s fleece, a Rambouillet ewe, 4 yrs old, and harvested in the fall of 2007. NOTE: we are skipping the “tozing” step, which will be explained below. 6A. Washing wool I recommend the 3 bucket technique. Choose 1 bucket that is smaller than the other two and punch holes in the bottom to make an enormous colander. Fill one of the remaining buckets with “hand-hot” (about 90 to 100 degrees) water. Add soap (not detergent! Dawn, Woolite, Dr. Bronner, not Tide or Cheer ). You’ll know when you’ve added enough soap when you swish your hands around in the water (now called “liquor”) and your hand feels sticky. This is the soap sticking to the lanolin and suint on your hands and is now ready to go to work on your wool. 6B. Open up the locks of wool so the fibers are straight and lay in the colander. Aim for about 4-8 ounces of wool per gallon of water, depending on filth of wool. 6C. Gently place the colander in the bucket with the liquor and gently push any floating locks down so everything is submerged. DO NOT agitate or swish the colander. Just let it “When you have thus dyed your wool ….and have dried it well; then you shall take it forth, and toze it over again as you did before: for the first tozing was to make it receive the color or dye: this second is to receive the oil and make it fit for spinning;” “You shall then oil it, or as the plain housewife terms it, grease it, in this manner: being laid in a round flat bed, you shall take of the best rape oil, or for want thereof either well rend red good grease or swine grease, and having melted it, with your hand sprinkle all over your wool and work it very well into the same: then turn your wool about and do as much on the other side, till you have oiled all the wool over, and that there is not a lock which is not moistened with the same…and taking some thereof prove it upon the and if you se it draws dry and breaketh then you may put more oil unto it, but if it draws well, then keep it there without any alteration…you shall know that three pound of grease or oil will sufficiently anoint or grease 10 pounds of wool. After your wool is thus mixed, oiled and tummed, you shall then spin it upon great wool wheels (or use handspindles) according to the order of good housewifery, the action whereof must be got by practice and not relation; only this you shall be careful, to draw your thread according to the nature and goodness of your wool, not according to your particular desire; for if you draw a fine thread from a wool which is of a coarse staple, it will want substance….so likewise if you draw a coarse thread from a wool of fine staple, it will then be so much over thick…to the disgrace of good housewifery, and loss of much cloth, which else might have been saved. rest in the hot water for five minutes, then gently raise and lower the colander 2-3 times over 10 to 15 minutes. Let the water and soap flow gently through the water, swishing or agitating excessively will cause the locks to felt together. 6D. Fill the second bucket with water that is the same temperature as the first, or slightly cooler, no more than 20 degrees cooler. A temperature shock may felt the wool. Repeat the gentle raise/lower action for another 15 minutes. On the last raise, gently press the wool to the bottom of the colander to remove excess water. Flip the bucket over on one end of a bath towel and roll like a burrito. Press more water out of the wool and into the towel by pressing down. Open and spread the clean damp wool on a fresh towel or a screen and let air dry. 7. Using the bags of wool I washed and dried ahead of time, card the wool. Since Markham recommends “dying in the wool” color mixing could be done at carding step and gives some sample mix ratios for two and three colors. Color mixing in this manner justifies its own class. 9. Assuming you oiled the wool, you will need to card it again to align the fibers for spinning. 10. As you take the wool of the cards, you create a rolag by rolling the straightened fibers in 1 direction and set it aside and continue carding until you have enough rolags to do some serious spinning. 11. The teaching of spinning with a spindle is a class on it's own. Briefly, you take a spindle with a 12-18 inch leader yard and lay one end of your rolag over it. With a vigorous clockwise twist, set the spindle turning. Notice the twist forming a V shape, grab the point of the V shape and pull down, letting the fibers move and twist around each other into thread. When the spindle is in danger of hitting the floor or the yarn breaks, wind up what you have spun, leaving a 12 inch tail to join to the next rolag. 12. Spinning takes 5 minutes to learn, after that its practice, practice, practice. Markham’s advice here is good; let the wool decide what size yarn it will become. (some content was trimmed to fit) Resources: 1. “The English Housewife,” Gervase Markham, edited by Michael R Best; McGill-Queens University Press; 1998, ISBN#0-7735-1103-2. 2. “The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning” Alden Amos; Interweave Press, 2001, no ISBN#. 3. “Spin Span Spun,” Bette Hochberg, self published, 1979, ISBN#0-9600990-3-4 4. “Handspindles,” Bette Hochberg, self published, 1980, ISBN#0-9600990-4-2 Rivers Point's Demo Success! A great big thank you to everyone who came out to Boulevard Flower Gardens on October 30th to support the demo. This was our 2nd year there and thanks to good weather, great volunteers and awesome advertizing by Boulevard Flowers it was a huge success! Boulevard Flowers gave the guests a hay ride out to our area. They also have a huge trebuchet up on the hill overlooking the site and they were slinging pumpkins at hay bales every quarter of a hour to the amusement of all. Our biggest improvement from last year was the "make and take" hands-on kids activities run by Caer Mear's own Chancellor of Minors, Emelyn with help from Bianca, Samantha and Petite Marie. The children learned basic weaving, kumihimo and to design heraldry. Their Excellencies ended the day with a very humorous mock baronial court. They had tokens of Their appreciation for all the volunteers and chocolate coins were handed out to the children of our guests. Francine, the owner of the nursery, was very pleased and is eager for this to become an annual event. She showed her appreciation with a $300 donation as well as collecting donations totaling $214 from the many guests that attended. She had advertized a "$5 suggested donation per family". Our chatelaine handed out many brochures giving information on the Canton, the Barony and our various local gathers. We are hoping to hear from some of those folks soon! My heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude goes out to: The heavy fighters - Baron Augustin, Earl John, Amos, Ardgal, Aubrin, C.J. and Gustav as the marshal The artisans - Countess Honor (leather work), Baroness Magda (basketry), Martine (pattern knitting), Broccan (wire weaving), Gytha (spinning), Kateryne (brass needles), Marie (pater nosters) Info Point and A&S display booth - Lady Elizabeth, Master Thomas and Rosaleen Children's Corner - Emelyn, Bianca, Samantha and Petite Marie Mingling with our guests - Baroness Aine, Abby, Robin, Isabel, Helen, Lyon & her daughter Those who came out as guests - Tara and Brianna It was a truly fun and wonderful day! I can't wait for next year and hope to see you there. Ysabella Cacemoine Demo Coordinator Photo courtesy of Theresa of Cahir, pictured left to right - Ysabella, Elizabeth & Gytha Upcoming local A&S Classes Tuesday nights - 7pm at the Battery Park Christian Church located at 4201 Brook Road in Richmond November 16th: Looking Lovely in a Veil with Baroness Melisent November 30th: Dancing with Master Aedan December 7th: SCA Customs and Courtesy with the Baroness Brigade and friends. November 18th, 7:30-9:00 PM Epiphany Catholic Church, on Smoketree Drive, off of Courthouse Road. Yarnvid is having Topic Night next week, 11/18, instead of the usual fourth Thursday (Thanksgiving). In the holiday spirit, they're having a recipe exchange! Bring copies of your favorite medieval or modern recipe to swap. Upcoming Events November 2010 6 Fall Crown Tournament (R,H) Atlantia Leesburg, VA 20 Holiday Faire (Q) Stierbach Manassas, VA 20 Feast of St Andrew (K) Tear-Sea's Shore Harleyville, SC December 2010 4 Unevent (R) Sacred Stone Winston Salem, NC 10-12 Yule Toy Tourney V Nottinghill Coill Pickens, SC 11 Meet Us Under the Bridge Ponte Alto Vienna, VA 11 Caer Mear's Yule Celebration Caer Mear Richmond, VA 11 Winter Soltice (Q) Crois Brigte Winston-Salem, NC January 2011 1 Day of Dance IV Bright Hills Towson, MD 8 Kingdom of Atlantia 12th Night (R) Atlantia Morehead City, NC 15 Mid Winter Revel Lochmere Lothian, MD 21-23 Midwinters Tale Border Vale Keep Augusta, GA 22 Songs of the Stone Middlegate Jamestown, NC 22 Ponte Alto Investiture Ponte Alto 29 Manannan Mac Lir XXXII Tear-Sea's Shore Ehrhardt, SC 29 Ice Castle Black Diamond Newport, VA 29 Interbaronial Twelfth Night Marinus Virginia Beach, VA Baronial Business Meeting Minutes October 20th, 2010 Meeting was called to order at 7:04 by Baron William, Officer Reports Seneschal 3rd Qtr reports has been sent in. Noticed an increase in attendance at FP/gathers each week. Lots of great classes and seeing several new fighters. Reminder to officers that Unevent is Dec 4th in WinstonSalem, NC. If unable to attend please try to find a proxy. No FP/gather on Nov 23rd, Dec 21st or Dec 28th due to holidays. Exchequer Bank balance is $12,800 exactly. 3rd Qtr report is ready for signing. My warrant expires this Dec. Will be extending warrant until the 4th Qtr and dooms day reports are finished. Then we'll review the books before transferring them over to Debbie deTreville. Chatelaine Not present, no report. Chronicler Jayson has requested to step down and Pamela Raymor has agreed to step up. Warrant letter was emailed yesterday. Webminister Beth is redesigning the website and it should be up in a few weeks. Herald 3rd Qtr report is in. Took classes at Pennsic in conflict checking, name recourses and remedial crayola marker coloring. Have 3 submissions ready to send in. Travelled to RP for a heraldry class and to help with submissions. Will be hosting a project night at our house on Nov 14th & Dec 12th. MOAS 3rd Qtr report was filed. Classes are going well. Yarnvid & RP both are sponsoring once a month classes. Battles of Brittan had some worthy A&S entries with documentation. Event report forthcoming. Lady Brianna won an Honorable Mention for speedy embroidery at St. Bridget's Threadneedle Fair held in Tir-y-don. Chancellor Minor 3rd Qtr report is done. There will be children's activities at the Oct 31st demo and at Yule in Dec. Knight Marshall 3rd Qtr report is done. Fighter practice is going well. Sub-Groups Rivers Point Tracy Davis is new Chancellor Minor. Demo - Oct 30th.. Nov 7th is Sheepy Bits class w/Magda. Yarnvid 43 people registered for Battles of Brittan. Made a small profit. Group will vote on donating the profit to the Kingdom Travel Fund. Caer Gelynniog Sunday, Oct 24th is a FP/gather at Sir Corby's in Isenfir. Skip is putting in a bid for Summer or maybe Winter University. . (business meeting minutes continued) Events Rivers Point Demo - Saturday, Oct 3oth Boulevard Flower Gardens in Colonial Heights from 11am to 3pm. Set up is starting at 9am. Volunteers are needed Yule - Saturday, Dec 11th Brianna is autocrat. Pot luck as usual. There will be A&S competitions & activities for the children. Caritas - Jan 22nd to 28th Cot set up is on Sat, Jan 22nd, time to be announced later. We are providing dinner on Tues, Jan 25th in lieu of a FP/gather. Ron and Ellen Osceola will be heading up the cooking. Starting on Nov 30th all monies from the donation jar will go towards the food cost. Food expense is usually under $150 so any extra money collected will be donated to the church as a gift. Sapphire 2011 Kim Moore submitted the only bid for Sapphire. Same details as the last few yrs. Either $10 for all wknd or $12 pre-reg and $15 at door, either will make profit per last few yrs attendance. Financial committee will vote after business meeting is over. Old Business Storage units needs some kind of lighting. There is no electricity available. New Business Question was brought up about better lighting for the back of the church yard for the fighters. Bryce & Amos have lights but the Barony doesn't currently own any. Rivers Point now has a marshal and will have fighter practices along with their gathers at 1 pm on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month. Melisent wants another camping event like Summer War around July. Anyone interested in putting in a bid? B&B At WoW they attended a dinner with all the Baronages and the Royals. His Excellency enjoyed getting to know TRMs and hear Their caring interest in what was happening in and around Their Kingdom They wish to get to as many events as possible so His Excellency suggested that maybe CM could host KASF or University with the proceeds going to Their travel fund. Thank you to everyone who helped out at WoW. Caer Mear had a great camp. Their Excellencies will be attending the Demo on 10/30, Crown Tourney, Holiday Faire, Yule and 12th Night. Hope to see you there. Meeting ended at 8:06. Financial Committee FC met immediately following the close of the business meeting. There was a unanimous vote in favor of accepting Kim's bid for Sapphire with a site fee of $10 pre-reg, $15 at the door and $10 for Sunday only. The next Baronial Business meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 PM at the Battery Park Christian Church. Regnum Barony of Caer Mear Baronage Baron Augustin le Blinde Baroness Aine Rua Jim and Tracy Janicki brotheraugustin AT yahoo.com aine_rua AT yahoo.com Seneschal Baron William Cameron Ray Billingslea 1249 N. Cottonwood Road Richmond, VA 23236 (804) 366-6690 raybill57 AT gmail.com Exchequer Maymunah bint Da'ud al Siqilliyah Betty Eyer alSiqilliyah AT gmail.com College of Yarnvid Seneschal Thomas Longshanks Exchequer Chatelaine Baroness Inga Carolyn Quenstedt quenstedt AT aol.com Chronicler Ysabella Cacemoine Pamela Raymor 2055 Overbrook Road Petersburg, VA 23805 (804) 896-1224 otterpop63 AT yahoo.com Webminister Arnóra in Rauõa Beth deTraville lady.arnora.in.rauda AT gmail.com Seneschal Lord Briain Sean O'Brien Larry Baxter (804) 405-4617 Kateryne Ferneley Megan Shogren 8418 Spruce Pine Drive Richmond, VA 23235 brockenspectre AT yahoo.com Herald Archery Marshal Chatelaine Honor of Restormel Gloria Woodard honor AT restormel.net Exchequer Gustav von Siberwald Peter Topkis (804) 690-9693 gustavvs AT yahoo.com Chancellor Minor Minister of Arts & Science Exchequer Seneschal Ron Osceola 3703 Lunar Court Richmond, VA 23234 (804) 385-0485 ronosceola AT gmail.com Knight Marshal Baron Kendrick del Grenewode ramsdell AT msn.com Kenelm Rogan Kenny Riggleman caergseneschal AT gmail.com Canton of Rivers Point Knight Marshal Herald Broccan mac Ronain ui Lochlainn William "Skip" Davis bonnskip24 AT embarqmail.com Mary Beth Keller caergexchequer AT gmail.com Baroness Magda z Stalburg Maggie Pruett 9386 Laurel Grove Rd Mechanicsville, VA, 23116 (804) 746-3421 maggiepruett AT comcast.net Emelyn Amy Pruett aapruett AT gmail.com Lady Anna of Calais Brenda Pomfrey Canton of Caer Gelynniog Minister of Arts & Science William of Wolverhampton Charles Oliff CaerGArchery AT gmail.com Martine Picot Bonnie Davis CaerGChatelaine AT gmail.com Chatelaine Minister of Arts & Science Elizabeth Tender Herte Elizabeth Lent 3906 Pruett Drive Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 720-1783 eliza595rx AT yahoo.com Sharon Miller Isabel Henry (804) 467-5664 lumiere62 AT verizon.net Chancellor of Minors Rosaleen Tracy Davis tracydv AT yahoo.com Scheduled Meetings Caer Mear Caer Gelynniog Business Meetings Business Meetings Monthly; 3rd Wednesday at 7:00pm Monthly; every 2nd Thursday at 7:00pm Held at Bethel Baptist Church 227 Bethel Church Road, Palmyra, VA, 22963 Fighter Practice / A&S Gathers Weekly; every Tuesday at 7:00pm Both are held at Battery Park Christian Church, 4201 Brook Road, Richmond VA College of Yarnvid Business Meetings Monthly; every 2nd Thursday at 7:30pm Arts & Science Gathers Fighter Practice - Archery & Thrown Weapons Monthly; every 2nd Sunday at 2pm Fighter Practice - Heavy, Rapier, Archery & Thrown Monthly;every 4th Sunday at 1pm *Contact Archery Marshal for location & directions at coliff AT bridgewater.edu Canton of Rivers Point Weekly; every Thursday at 7:30pm *2nd Thursday is the business meeting **3rd Thursday is Topic Night Business Meetings Both are held at Epiphany Church 11000 Smoketree Drive, Richmond VA Bi-monthly; 1st & 3rd Sundays at 1:00pm Archery Practice Monthly; every 3rd Sunday at 4:00pm Fighter Practice / A&S Gathers Both are held at the Colonial Heights Public Library 1000 Yacht Basin Dr, Colonial Heights, VA Weekly; every Sunday at 1:00pm Held at Rockwood Park 3401 Courthouse Rd, Chesterfield VA This is The Caer Mear QD, a publication of the Barony of Caer Mear of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. 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