Annal for A.S. XL (5/05 – 4/06)

Patricia of the Tangled Wyldes took over as seneschal of Northpass in May; Thomas of Northpass took that position in January. Jibril al Dakhil received an Order of the Tygers Combattant on June 23 at Southern Region War Camp. At Pennsic, Andrea McIntire was inducted into both the Order of the Pelican and Order of the Laurel. Lile Dubh inghean ui Mordha took over as Chatelaine and Jan aff Visby became the Minister of Lists in September, and Gideanus Tacitus Adamantius filled in as Exchequer in November. At Coronation on September 24, the husband and wife team of Johannes and Johanna of Visby were both inducted into the Order of the Silver Crescent. At Twelfth Night on January 14, Alaric Jaeger von Bremen was inducted into the Order of the Maunche. The Queens County Fair demo was held the weekend of September 24 & 25.The Feast of the Sated Sultan was held on October 8, Agincourt on November 19, and Celtic Silliness on March 18.

The Canton of Brokenbridge was reorganized under a new group of officers and members, and its incipiency was announced at Crown Tourney on October 15. Aethelstan of St. Maur was the seneschal-designate. In January, Freiderich of Northpass took over as Captain of Archers (the office had been essentially vacant for four years), Jibril al-Dakhil resigned as Knight Marshal (no replacement was named at the time). In January, Brithwen de Boreshulla took over as Provincial Seneschal and in February Tauna Aelswith became the Seneschal of Whyt Whey.

Also this year, Ian and Katherine announced their intentions to resign as Viceroy and Vicereine.

It was also during this time that confusion in the Exchequer’s office (primatily at the Kingdom level) led to the Canton of Northpass being placed under suspension for improper reporting. Canton events were thus held under the “sponsorship” of the Province while the matter was resolved.

Madeleine Pelner Cosman passed

  • March 19, 2006: Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of Fabulous Feasts (among other books), passed away. She wasn’t a member of the SCA, and this book has been superseded by subsequent research, but for many years it was the only easily-accessible book on medieval cooking, and as such it got a lot of SCA cooks started.

Viceregal succession timeline

  • Jan. 20, 2006: Since the announcement didn’t get into the December or January Pikestaff, the timetable for Viceregal succession has been pushed back a bit:
    • Feb. 15, due date for self-nominations (send to Their MajestiesTheir HighnessesKingdom Seneschal, and (as a courtesy) Ian and Katherine.
    • Feb. 15-April 18, “campaign” period. Sir Edward would like to have a “Town Meeting” in each of the eight modern counties that make up Østgarðr. (It was pointed out at Commons that very few Østgarðrians live in Putnam County, and some of them are candidates, so the Westchester and Putnam County meetings may be combined.) You may attend whichever meeting(s) you wish, regardless of where you live.
    • April 18, Polls are mailed to all paid members of the SCA, 14 years or older, living in the official boundaries of Østgarðr. If you want to be polled, make sure your membership is paid by the end of March.
    • May 18, polling closes, and the ballots are counted.
    • Late May or early June, Their Majesties announce their choice for Viceroy and/or Vicereine of Østgarðr, informed and advised (but not bound) by the poll results.
    • September 9, investiture at Barleycorn.

Bylaws amendments

  • Dec. 7, 2005: A number of amendments are proposed to the Bylaws, including (among other things) procedures for election of a new Viceroy and/or Vicereine. See the amended bylaws here. Note that they show deletions and additions to the previous bylaws; once approved by the Provincial Officers’ Council and each of the Canton Officers’ Councils, they’ll be cleaned up and renumbered and should look like this.

Viceregal election

  • July 28, 2005: Baronial Review results, revised
    Their Majesties have agreed with Ian and Katherine to initiate the process of choosing a new Viceroy/reine, but on a “less precipitous schedule” than previously announced (which was to start at Barleycorn this September).
    To read more about the process of choosing new titular heads, please see East Kingdom Law, section VII, sections C and F.8. In brief, as I understand it,…

    1. Since the Viceroy and Vicereine are stepping down voluntarily, they will probably continue to serve until new office-holder(s) is/are chosen and invested, and there will be no need to appoint a Vicar.
    2. A poll of the populace may be held to determine whether the Crown Province wishes to retain its current status, become an ordinary Province (Baronial level, but with no titular head(s), or become a Shire. As far as I know, there is no public sentiment to change status, so I expect this will be skipped.
    3. Assuming the Crown Province chooses to remain a Crown Province, then another poll of the populace is held to determine the new titular head(s). The result of the poll is determined by simple majority; if no one candidate receives a majority vote, the Crown decides how to interpret the poll.

    Each of the two aforementioned polls involves sending, by U.S. mail, a ballot to every paid SCA member who resides inside the Crown Province and is at least 14 years old. The deadline for returning these ballots will be at least one month and at most three months after the ballots are mailed. (If you want to be polled, you might want to get your paid membership in soon….)
    All candidates for Viceregal positions must be at least 18 years old, reside inside the Crown Province, be paid SCA members, and not hold any other Provincial office during the candidacy (except as specifically permitted by the Crown).
    The Viceroy writes:

    [If you’re considering taking on the job of Viceroy/Vicereine,] please use the Pennsic War as a time to seek info on what it means to be a Territorial baron in the East and in the SCA. Speak to the Barons and Baronesses of our adjoining groups, Settmour Swamp and An Dubhaigeainn. Speak to Baroness Bridge, who has been in office almost as long as Katherine and me. Speak to Baron Salamallah, who retired a few years ago as Baron Beyond the Mountain. His games booth is opposite the barn. Come speak to Katherine and me. We want our successors to be able to nurture Østgarðr as we have. I do not yet know the timeline for the selection process. Katherine and I will be talking to Sir Edward after the war to get things going.


  • Weather Forecast for Slippery Rock, PA
  • Road construction between here and Pennsic: see State of Pennsylvania Interstate Highways for updates.
  • Some pertinent Pennsylvania state traffic laws:
    • When driving through a posted construction area, you must have your headlights on.
    • Booster seats are required for children 4-8, and baby/child seats for infants and toddlers. See Pennsylvania state law concerning child safety seats.
    • When driving through a posted construction area, don’t speed: 11 MPH over the speed limit can get your license suspended for 15 days.

Annal for A.S. XXXIX (5/04 – 4/05)

At the Feast of John Barleycorn on Sept. 11, Thailyn MacAusland, Alexandre d’Avigne, and Patricia of the Tangled Wyldes were inducted into the Order of the Seahorse. Voltan became the Provincial Archery Champion. Agincourt was held on November 13, and Brewers’ Collegium on December 7-9. Aquilina of the Sea Cliffs became the Seneschal of Lions End in December, and Richard the Poor of Ely returned to the Seneschalate of Northpass in January. Alexandre d’Avigny was inducted into the Order of the Pelican at King and Queen’s Rapier Championships on January 22. Celtic Silliness was held on March 19.

In October, Jibril al-Dakhil became the Knight Marshal. The Queens County Fair demo was held the weekend of September 25 & 26.

Annal for A.S. XXXVIII (5/03 – 4/04)

Demos were held at a Scandinavian Fair on May 17, and for the Brooklyn Childrens Museum on February 7 and 8. The last Huntington Renaissance Faire (the people who had been running the fair were burned out with no replacements, and it wasn’t making enough money to justify continuing it) was held on May 24 and 25.

Northpass’s Barleycorn event on September 7 was a celebration of Edward Zifran of Gendy’s twenty years in the Province (and in the East Kingdom). At this event, Provincial Championships were held in Archery and Fencing. Dietrich von Karo won the former, and Yeh-Lu Targai the latter.

Queens County Fair was held on September 21 and 22. At Agincourt on November 1, Jabril became the Provincial Champion and Friedrich of Northpass was awarded a Seahorse. Celtic Silliness was held on March 13 (where Seahorses were awarded to Conor O’Ceilligh, Brithwen Bores Hulla, and Sancha de Flores), and Brewers Collegium on March 27.

At 100 Minutes War on November 22, John Elys was inducted into the Order of the Laurel. Sancha de Flores received a Maunche at Coronation on April 3.

In March, Aellin Olafsdottir took over as Minister of Arts.

Annal for A.S. XXXVII (5/02 – 4/03)

As the first action of His reign, King Darius suspended Ian and Katherine from their positions as Viceroy and Vicereine. Over the summer, there were no Provincial events, but demos were held at the Huntington Renaissance Fair (5/25 & 26), the Queens County Fair (9/21), and a Scandinavian Day fair (10/13).

Agincourt was held on December 21 (a wedding had taken our expected date in November). It was a Royal Progress – the first non-Kingdom level event sponsored by the Province to have been an RP in thirteen years. At this event, the Provincial Champions Tourney was held – the winner in a field of three was Luis de Castilla.

Awards bestowed that day included a Seahorse to Lady Lassar, a Maunche to Lady Brianna MacBain, and a Laurel to Elizabeth Cameron nic Ian (this is believed to be the first parent-child Peerage combination in the East).

Brewers’ Collegium was held on the weekend of January 4 and Celtic Silliness on March 15.

At Twelfth Night on January 11, Silver Crescents were awarded to Aurora ffoulkes, Thomas the Constable, Patricia of the Tangled Wyldes, and Jacqueline Loisel. A Queen’s Order of Courtesy was given to Tadg ui Duinn.

At King & Queen’s Fencing Champions on January 24, Aureila du Vrai Couer received a Maunche. Ana Ravaya de Guzman was named King’s Bard at the Bardic Championship on February 22.

Don Alexandre d’Avigne became the seneschal of Whyt Whey in February. In March, the incipient canton of Brokenbridge was dissolved by the Kingdom Seneschal for failure to submit any of the necessary paperwork.

At Coronation on April 12, HRM Isabella of York gave Court Baronies to Jacqueline Loisel and Sirhan al Cyani ibn Ati Akarel Diablu.