Spring 2018:

Fall 2016:

Although it seems that the trees have only just burst into leaf, the deadline for NEXT SPRING's AEthelmearc AEcademy and War College is but a few months away.

Spring Æthelmearc Academy and War Practice is scheduled to be held in Region 2, which includes the following groups: Barony-Marche of Debatable Lands, Gryffyns Keep, Hunter's Home, King's Crossing, Riversedge, Silva Vulcani, Steltonwald, Stormsport, and Sunderoak.

The preferred date is June 17, 2017.

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. The AEcademy 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 due September 1, 2016, although I encourage groups to submit them earlier. (NOTE: This bid deadline accords with a change to Kingdom Law, as reported in the May 2015 AEstel. Some online resources have not yet been updated to reflect the changes.)

The September 1 deadline gives the deciding Kingdom officers about a month to look over the bids and request changes (if needed) before the bids are presented to Their Highnesses. By providing Their Highnesses with bids that have already been polished, we are hoping this will make Their job of selecting the host group a little easier.

When contacting sites, please inform them that you will probably not know until mid-October, at the earliest, whether or not your bid has been selected.

If your site requires a deposit to hold the date, be sure to mention this in your bid, especially if there is a need-to-know-by date that might impact your getting your deposit back.

While the bid deadline might seem very far away, I know that locating a suitable site and preparing a Kingdom bid takes time. By the time we all return home from Pennsic, the deadline will only be a few short weeks away.

To ensure your bid goes to everyone who needs to receive it, please send it to bid.springaecademy@aethelmearc.org.

Bids must include a completed AEthelmearc Kingdom Event Bid Form, found here: http://www.aethelmearc.org/downloads/forms/event.pdf.

Please remember that bids should include space and facilities for both gentle and martial arts.

If you reside in Region 2 and are considering submitting a bid, please contact me at ae.aecademy@aethelmearc.org so I can ensure you have all the information you need to put together a successful one. If you have questions or need help with putting together a bid, please let me know; I will be delighted to assist!

Having attended all of the AEcademy sessions hosted by Region 2 groups and enjoyed their hospitality, I can truly say that I look forward to returning!

I have two important items of business to share:

FIRST: My term of office ends at Twelfth Night 2017. I intend to apply for a second term. However, anyone interested in applying for the position of Chancellor of the AEcademy is welcome to submit a resume to the Crown and the Kingdom Seneschal by July 1. I would be delighted to answer questions about the position and its obligations; please contact me at chancellor@aeans.aethelmearc.org

SECOND: Although impending clouds of War loom on the horizon, we cannot allow them to obscure our visions of a brighter future ...

I am delighted to announce that the Shire of Nithgaard will host on Saturday, November 12th the Fall 2016 Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College.

Mid 2016:

With Ice Dragon just around the corner, I'm sure many of you are busy researching, making, and perfecting your entries.

So much work goes into an Ice Dragon entry ... Wouldn't it be nice to have all that work transcend a single event?

Why not have your Pent entries do double-duty by using what you've done as the basis for a class?

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Historical Background Class
The research you are doing for your entry provides you with the historical background and practices needed to understand who, when, where, why and how someone in the Middle Ages would have crafted your item. This information would also be of interest to students in a class. In a Historical Background class based on your research, you might include information about

Sharing this information will speed your students on their way toward creating their own versions.

How-I-Did-It Class
Chances are, as you create your item, you have to make decisions along the way. A class in which you describe in detail the decisions you've made -- about tools, materials, and procedures -- would be of immense help to someone who's always wanted to try doing what you've accomplished. In a How-I-Did-It class based on your entry, you might include information about

Especially helpful -- in addition to your finished project, of course -- would be any practice pieces or missteps. Sharing problems to avoid or solutions that worked for you would give your students confidence that they, too, can be successful.

Make-and-Take Class
With the knowledge and skills gained by creating your entry, you can help others make their own great thing. By providing tried-and-tested materials and demonstrating recommended techniques, you can help your students avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes. In a Make-and-Take class based on your entry, you might provide

If you take progress photos of your entry as you work on it, these would provide you with a step-by-step format to follow in your class. Sharing the photos with the class would help visual learners -- those who learn best by seeing -- understand and remember what you've said. They would also serve as a reminder for students who continue working after the class is over.

If you think about these things as you are preparing your entry and its documentation, you'll find that much of the work of putting together a class is already done!

And, if you have any questions about how to turn your entry into a class, please seek me out at Ice Dragon. You'll find me in the Pent Room, of course!

Early 2016:

Good Gentles,

As we bundle up against the coming cold, it is time to start thinking ahead ...

I am delighted to announce that the Shire of Ballaclagan will host this year's Spring AEthelmearc AEcademy and War College on Saturday, June 11th.

Class space for last fall's AEcademy and War College filled up more than 3 weeks before the event. If you'd like to teach at the next one, don't wait to register your class!

And, looking even further ahead ...

Fall 2016 Æthelmearc Academy and War College is scheduled to be held in Region 3, which includes the following groups: : Abhainn Ciach Ghlais, Endless Hills, Hornwood, Nithgaard, and St. Swithin's Bog.

The preferred date for Fall 2016 Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College is November 12, 2016.

Bids are due April 1, 2016, although I encourage groups to submit them earlier, if possible. (NOTE: This bid deadline reflects a recent change to Kingdom Law, as reported in the May 2015 AEstel. Some online resources have not yet been updated to reflect the changes.)

Bids should be sent to this address: Bid.fallaecademy@aethelmearc.org

While the bid deadline might seem very far away, I know that locating a suitable site and preparing a Kingdom bid takes time. By the time the upcoming holiday season has passed, the deadline will only be about 10 weeks away.

If you reside in Region 3, I hope your group will consider submitting a bid. Resources for would-be autocrats -- including FAQs -- can be found here: Downloads and FAQs.

If you have questions or need help with putting together a bid, please let me know; I will be delighted to assist!

Features an A&S display and an Embroiderer's Solar, a designated space for embroiderers and needleworkers to work on their latest project, share resources and books, and have fun together!

The first is rather unusual: A Kids Kitchen

The 20th Anniversary of Feast of the Bears
Shire of Stormsport
March 5

Children ages 4+ and their parent/guardian are invited to help Lady Evelyn (age 11) and Lady Katherine (age 9) prepare the sideboard for the day. Kitchen prep jobs for all ability levels, with lessons on food safety and basic cooking techniques, will be supervised by Lady Ottilige von Rappoltsweiler.

The second is very specific: embroidery ONLY

Academy of St. Clare of Assisi: Stitches in Time
Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
March 11 - 13

This weekend-long, embroidery-only event is intended to give stitchers the time needed to do more than just start a project. If you love to embroider -- or if you've always wanted to learn, don't miss this event!

Class information and event details can be found at http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~acg/Events/SiT.html 

The third is very informal -- and FUN!

Winter Haven II
Shire of Coppertree
March 26

The event features classes on chocolate, brewing and dancing. A Knitting Roundtable will be held during the course of the day — share your tips and tricks or ask questions. Needles and yarn will be on hand for anyone who wants to learn.

We are looking for additional area artisans who would be interested in hosting workshops during the day featuring their craft — please visit http://coppertree.aethelmearc.org/otheracts.shtml for details if you are interested!


February holds one of the events I look forward to with anticipation each year:  The College of Three Ravens.  

The College of Three Ravens
Barony of Thescorre (Rochester NY)
February 20, 2016 

Did you know this annual event has been held for nearly 40 years?  Before 1999 -- the year AEthemearc became a Kingdom --  the event was known as UWEKAT (University of the Western East Kingdom at Thescorre).  Once Thescorre was no longer part of the East Kingsom, the name was changed to “College of Three Ravens” -- the 3 ravens, of course, are featured on Thescorre’s Baronial heraldry.

To offer to teach a class, contact the Class Coordinator: Baroness Bronwyn nic Gregor (find her address from the Thescorre site.) Please include“C3R” in the subject line when emailing her.

Event details can be found at http://thescorre.org/

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland.

Good Gentles,

Not all teaching occurs within the walls of a classroom, and classes aren't the only educational activities that can happen at an Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College.

There are many reasons why someone with knowledge and skills to share is not teaching a traditional "class."

Perhaps you don't feel comfortable standing in front of a room filled with students. Maybe your topic just doesn't fit well into a one-or two-hour time slot. Maybe you'd like to contribute to the day's learning but didn't have time to prepare a class. Maybe the class schedule was filled before you had a chance to register ...

If the traditional classroom doesn't appeal to or work for you, please consider sharing your knowledge and learning in a different venue or format.

Here are some suggestions:

In addition to more traditional means, activities such as these can provide showcases for artisans and scholars ... and inspire those who can't or don't like to attend classes.

One caveat: If you wish to set up a display or commandeer a corner of the hall, it's a good idea to contact the autocrat in advance to see if space for your intended activity will be available.

Late 2015:

This month, one of the events I have not yet been able to attend -- but would LOVE to! -- because of schedule conflicts: The Costuming Symposium!

The Costuming Symposium
Canton of Steltonwald
SUNDAY, December 6, 2015

This event is for all interested historical costumers and anyone who needs clothes. This mini-schola is a “garb optional” event with a focus exclusively on the making of clothes. Classes will be offered as well as panel discussions on various periods of historical costuming. It will be “bring your own bag lunch” or attendees may order from a limited menu from China House Restaurant. Beverages (soft drinks, water, iced tea) will be provided. The site is discreetly wet.

To offer to teach a class, contact the Autocrat, THL Teresa Alvarez. Event details can be found at http://www.steltonwald.org/

If you love going to classes, this is the month you've been waiting for!

In addition to AEcademy on November 14th, there are two subject-specific events:  Heralds' and Scribes on November 7th, and FFF on November 21.

If you are keen on heraldry, calligraphy, or illumination, you will want to attend Heralds' and Scribes'.  

And if you love geeking out with other fiber fiends, you won't want to miss FFF!

Heralds and Scribes

Dominion of Myrkfaelinn
November 7, 2015

Illumination and calligraphy, getting heraldry passed, heraldry as decoration, silent heraldry, calling a tourney, and calling court are just few of the possible classes that will be offered.

The class coordinator is Lady Muirenn ingen ui Muirchertaig. Please send her an email with the following info -Name, Email, Class Name, Class Description, Class Length, Class Cost, and any requests

Fall 2015 Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College

Shire of Riversedge
November 14, 2015

Living in History is the focus of Fall AEcademy. Looking to take your persona to the next level? Then this AEcademy is for YOU! We invite all to teach, share your knowledge and learn! Some examples of classes we are hoping to see: mending, cooking (with an outdoor fire ready and waiting including a bread oven for classes), fiber arts, blacksmithing, pottery, wood working, bee keeping, animal husbandry, food preservation, medicinals, dyeing, ink making, C&I, knot tying, basketry, hound coursing, customs and manners, grooming, games, costuming, leather working and so much more!

This fall's AEcademy will be filled with exciting new additions, including a track of classes taught by and for our Kingdom's youth artisans. For more information about the youth track, to recommend a youth instructor or if you wish to teach a youth track class, please contact Duchess Ilish O'Donovan at illish_o@hotmail.com

Those of you who wish to teach with the War College have ample outdoor space for fighting, fencing, thrown weapons, youth fighting and fencing. If the weather is inclement, fencing and youth fighting can be held indoors in the gym.

And we have something special lined up for the heavy weapons community, too! A Golden Chain day of learning and Tourney will be coordinated by Duke Duncan von Halstern and Syr Stefan Ulfkelsson. Classes taught by members of the Order of Chivalry will help you hone your skills, and a Golden Chain Tourney will let you put those skills to the test.

Teaching and classroom questions should be directed to Mistress Marsi of Hadley (swally@windstream.net, 724-866-4149).

If you would like to teach a class, please go to www.aecademy.net/registration for more details, including a tentative list of classes being offered, please visit http://www.aecademy.net/fall2015

Riversedge hopes you will join us and share your knowledge, skills and company!

Fabric, Fiber, & Fighting XIII

Shire of Abhainn Ciach Ghlais
November 20 - November 22, 2015

The thirteenth annual grand textile symposium, many "F" event will offer a day of classes and workshops devoted to fabric, string, and many other arts.

We invite all to please bring relevant books from personal collections to contribute to an event reference library. Books will have special area with caretaker, and a printer may be available for photocopying.

Classes: Mistress Phiala O'Ceallaigh: sarah.goslee@gmail.com, 814-235-9240 before 9 pm.

A class listing can be found here: http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~acg/Events/FFF.html

October 2015:

Thinking about putting in a bid for Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College?

It's NOT too late! Any group in the Kingdom -- including groups in Region 1 -- may now submit a bid. Bids are due Tuesday, September 29.

The preferred date for the event is June 11, 2016, which avoids conflicting with the SCA 50th Anniversary Celebration Event.

Bids must include a completed Æthelmearc Kingdom Event Bid Form, found here: http://www.aethelmearc.org/downloads/forms/event.pdf. Bids should include information about space and facilities for classes in the gentle as well as the martial arts.

To ensure that your bid goes to everyone who needs to receive it, please send it to this address: bid.springaecademy@aethelmearc.org .

Have questions?

Check out the FAQs document, available at http://www.aecademy.net/downloads.shtml

You will find answers to these questions:

Æthelmearc Æcademy and War College is an easy event to host. It draws a sizable number of attendees, which typically includes royalty. 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.

Still have questions? Let me know, and I'll be happy to answer them!

April 2015:

Pen vs. Sword III
The Shire of Angels Keep (Auburn NY)
April 25

Last year's event featured two distinct tracks: one for the scribal arts, and another for the science of the sword. Thirteen classes in each track were offered, assuring attendees of a full day of learning.

For details about this year's classes, please visit http://angelskeep.aethelmearc.org/events-1.html .

To offer to teach a class, contact THL Moniczka Poznanska at moniczkap AT verizon DOT net or on Facebook (Moniczka Poznanska).


War Practice will be here in two and a half months and one of our best activities is the roster of excellent classes we have been able to offer to the people of AEthelmearc and our guests.

There are many talented teachers and artisans in the kingdom who have a great deal to share. If you've ever wanted to teach a class, or if you'd like to do a trial run before Pennsic or the next AEcademy, here's your chance.

If you would like to teach a class, please send the following information for the website and site booklet:

Name of Teacher
Title of Class
Description of Class (brief, please, 75 words or less)
Class Length
Maximum Number of Students
Age Limit of Students
Fee, if any

Please include your legal name and e-mail address, and your preferred time for your class, as well as any special requirements you may have. The schedule will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you volunteer, the more likely it will be that you can be accomodated.

Space is available from 9am-8pm on Friday and 9am-6pm on Saturday in one of three large tents (with tables and chairs), the upper bathhouse (also with tables and chairs, plus electricity and access to water), and the Great Hall.

Please send your request by 30 April to Mistress Aidan ni Leir at helen.pinto AT comcast DOT net

March 2015:

This month features one of the biggest events held in AEthelmearc:  The Grand Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon.

The Grand Festival of the Passing of the Ice Dragon.
Barony of Rhydderich Hael (Buffalo NY)
March 21, 2015 

Whether you go for the fighting, the fencing, the shopping, or the chilling out with friends, there is one thing that sets this event apart from all others:  The Pent.

For those interested in the arts and sciences of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, a visit to the Pent is a fantastic way to see what folks are interested in and how they've made use of what they've discovered.  (HINT:  Take time to read the accompanying documentation for value-added learning!)

Those who enter the Pent know that their documentation, together with their creations, serves as a way to teach others about their areas of interest.

But most people don't take advantage of one of the best opportunities to teach and learn at Ice Dragon:  judging!

This year, there are more than 20 categories.  Many judges -- preferably, at least 3 per category -- are needed for an event this size.  

Having so many judges per category ensures that entrants are more likely to receive meaningful commentary on their items.  It also reduces the risk of burn-out by limiting the number of entries that have to be judged in the available timeframe.  For these reasons, it is helpful to have judges who are comfortable judging multiple areas. 

You don't have to have a Laurel to be a judge, but a working knowledge of the subject is certainly a plus.  If the category happens to have its own rubric, becoming familiar with that prior to the event would also be helpful.  (If there's no specific rubric, a generic rubric would be used instead.)

If you've never judged before but think you might like to give it a try, consider teaming up with an experienced judge.  This would give you a chance to discuss points of interest as well as possible areas of improvement before making your own decisions about scores. 

To volunteer to judge, use the judging registration form found at http://forms.geekypelican.com/.  (For a list of categories, visit http://www.ice-dragon.info/ID2015_pent.html )  

Event details can be found at http://www.ice-dragon.info/ID2015_main.html


January/Februrary 2015:

Greetings unto the most talented and erudite Kingdom of Æthelmearc from Mistress Alicia Langland, incoming Chancellor of the Æcademy!

Good Gentles,

I hope you will join me in thanking Mistress Odriana van den Brugge and her predecessors for their stewardship of the Æcademy. Without them, our Kingdom would indeed be less vibrant.

Few of us come to the SCA knowing all we need in order to craft items that are beautiful and historically accurate, to create an authentic kit, and to flesh out our medieval personas. Much of what we need and want to know is learned from others at events such as Æthelmearc Æcademy.

But I believe there is too much to learn and do to limit our teaching to just one or two Æcademies a year.

Therefore, one of my goals in this office is encourage more opportunities for teaching and learning.

If your group is hosting an event or regional gathering that will offer classes or workshops, please drop me a line. I plan to use this column on the Æcademy website to highlight some of the many venues for teaching and learning throughout our Kingdom.

But providing more teaching opportunities is not enough; we will need more teachers willing to share their skills and expertise. To help grow our pool of willing teachers, I plan to offer during the coming year my class on teaching. Join me at one of the following events: Thescorre's College of Three Ravens, Æthelmearc War Practice, and, of course, Æthelmearc Æcademy. If you can't wait or can't make it, drop me a line and I'll email you a copy of my handout.

And I'd love to hear from you, either electronically or at events, about what you'd like to see offered, what you'd like to teach, and your experiences as a teacher in the SCA.

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