Welcome to the Æthelmearc Æcademy and the Æthelmearc War College.
Our mission is to serve the populace of the Kingdom of Æthelmearc by:
Their Highnesses have selected the Barony of the Rhydderich Hael to host this year's Spring Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College on Saturday, June 15th.
More information about the event is available here.
To register to teach a class, please click here.
The preferred date for Fall Æcademy is November 2, 2019.
Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College is an easy event to host. It draws a sizable number of attendees, which typically includes royalty. The host group is responsible for providing the site and lunch for attendees as well as staff to run troll, but may also provide a class coordinator among various other roles if desired. But beyond those basics, the Æcademy staff will assist with the rest!
If you've been wanting Royalty to visit your area, this is a great opportunity to bring them to you. If you have a lot of newcomers, this is a fabulous event to introduce them to the many facets of the SCA.
Bids are requested for submission by April 1st, 2019, although I encourage groups to submit them earlier, if possible.
Bids must include a completed Æthelmearc Kingdom Event Bid Form, available here. Please remember that bids should include space and facilities for both gentle and martial arts.
To ensure your bid goes to everyone who needs to receive it, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resources for would-be autocrats -- including FAQs -- can be found here.
If you have questions or need help with putting together a bid, please contact me at email@example.com . I will be delighted to assist!
Yours, in Service,
Baroness Elena de la Palma, Chancellor, Æthelmearc Æcademy
Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc, from Mistress Alicia Langland!
It has been my honor and my great pleasure to serve as Chancellor of Æthelmearc Æcademy for these past four years.
I would like to take a few moments to thank the many people who made this position not a job, but a joy.
I would first like to thank Meesteres Odriana vander Brugghe, my predecessor, and those who came before her for their wise stewardship of this institution, as well as my successor, Baroness Elena de la Palma, who is already planning great things for this office.
I would also like to thank the autocrats, head cooks, class coordinators, tollners, and worker-bees from the shires of Stormsport, Riversedge, Ballachlagan, Nithgaard, Angels Keep, Blackwater, and Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, as well as the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn. With your enthusiasm and hospitality, you welcomed scholars from across the Kingdom and made it possible for them to spend time learning and sharing. Many of you had never hosted a Royal Progress event before. I hope this will be the first of many!
To those would-be autocrats whose bids were not chosen, please know that your time and effort were greatly appreciated. More than one set of Royalty had a difficult time choosing from among the bids submitted. You proved how highly this Kingdom values opportunities to teach and learn.
I would be remiss if I did not thank my hard-working staff:
The Honorable Lady Máirghréad Stíobhard inghean uí Choinne, my Provost, who accomplished the Herculean task of tracking every class taught in Æthelmearc for two years and made it look easy. In addition, she enabled me to communicate with more people, by posting messages for me on the Æcademy facebook page, a skill which I lack.
His Grace Duke Timothy of Arindale, Dean of the War College, who beat the bushes to line up teachers so the martially-inclined could beat each other
Her Grace Duchess Ilish O'Donovan, the Youth Track Coordinator, who encouraged our younger learners to not only take classes but teach them as well
and Master Gille MacDhnouill, who, as Webminister and general IT-guy, managed the Æcademy website and answered hundreds of my questions. As my husband, he provided me with the time I needed to devote myself to this position.
Moreover, I would like to thank for their generosity Mistress Orianna and Master Fridrikr, who offered a travel stipend to a new Æcademy teacher, and the anonymous donor who provided stipends to four grateful Æcademy teachers in honor of Countess Aidan ni Leir. You are an inspiration!
Most especially, I would like to thank all those gentles who gave of their time to share their passions with others. A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others. Every one of you who took the time to research your topic, prepare your materials, and travel hours from your home, just to share what gives you joy … you are all candles. Because of you, Æthelmearc shines more brightly. Thank you for being the spark that lights others on their way.
And finally, to everyone who traveled to an Æcademy session, I hope you found classes that challenged, inspired, and enriched you. May you find even more to inspire you in the years to come!
Yours, in Service,
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