Archery Equipment Inspections (Not Just For Marshals) – Mistress Arwenna of Kelsley Description: So, it’s been a while since you’ve looked at your bow…this class will show you how to tell if your archery equipment is still in good usable condition and if the fit of your equipment is still right for you. The new archery rules will also be covered. Please bring your archery gear for so you can learn to inspect it yourself.
The Art of Fencing from a Non-Fencer's POV – Baroness Catriona nic HughMcLeay Description: So, you think fencing is for the blue blooded and effete? As dead as Latin and as stagy as Errol Flynn in kelly-green tights? This class will give some insight into the rich history of fencing and the complexities behind what many consider the sexiest martial art.
Combat Archery in Melee –Master Dirk Edward of Frisia Description: Are you interested in Combat Archery? This class covers the origins of combat archery in the SCA and tactical applications you can use on the SCA combat field. Anyone who wishes to understand the use of combat archery tactics of the combat field will benefit from this class.
Cooking With Herbs and Spices in Period Recipes – Lady Lena Krieger Description: We will look at the difference between herbs and spices, the history of herbs and spices, and those commonly used during period. We will then create 2 spice blends, Poudre Forte and Poudre Douce for you to take home and use. $2 fee payable to the instructor. Class limit 10.
An Elizabethan guide to Chocolate - Baroness Slany bean Uillic Description: Your persona has been teleported to 1600, and is tasting chocolate for the first time. Test what you know about this new delicacy, and get a peek at its future into the second millennium. We will talk about what your Elizabethan persona would know about chocolate, what they would think they know, and what they would be totally wrong about.
The Four Tempi – Duke Edmund of Hertford and Morganus Eternus Description: Swordplay has been described as the art of stealing time – finding those moments where your opponent gives you opportunities to attack. This class explores timing in combat, specifically the four times to attack described in the sidesword and rapier treatises of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This class is for all forms of combat; rapier, cut and thrust, and armored; Duke Edmund will lead the armored fighters in drills while Morganus Eternus will lead rapier and CnT. While there is some conceptual material, this class is practical, and participants should be equipped for contact drilling. While it will help to be familiar with the concepts like tempo and measure, this class is suitable for fighters of all skill levels. Free handouts will be available.
Grandma Mili’s Story Time - Lady Milisandia MacGreghere Description: Bardic story time for gentles of all ages. I’ll start. I’ll tell a couple of stories from old Celtic tales like “The Sprightly Tailor” and “The Witch of Fife”. Some may be a little scary, so parental guidance is suggested. Then if others want to tell stories, they’d be very welcome.
How to Handle Feast Emergencies - Master Llewelyn ap Teirnon Description: Suddenly the event kitchen stove isn’t working, or there’s no running water on site, or the turnips turned out to be rutabagas. Find out how to turn misfortune into opportunity with a renowned MacGyver of the kitchen .
Interwebs for SCA - Baintighearn Deirdre MakKyneth Description: As we’ve seen recently, the internet can be an invaluable resource in communication and education for the SCA… unless you don’t *really* know how to use it. This class is for anyone wanting to know how to better navigate websites and social media regarding SCA activities. Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Midrealm.org, A&S submissions and more will be covered.
Introduction to Basic Boneworking - Finna Jómarsdóttir Description: Bone has been used throughout history to make tools, art objects, and more. Learn about some of the medieval bone finds. Through lecture and Demonstration, learn the basic of working bone, using both modern and historically available tools. We will cover sourcing, preparation, design considerations, tools and techniques, decoration, and more.
Italian Rapier Fencing 101 – Artúr mac Griogair Description: This class specifically focuses on the style and technique of Nicoletto Giganti a 17th century Italian rapier fencing master.
Kumihimo – Lady Barbara Webster Description: Learn the art of Kumihimo. We will learn to braid both round and flat braids using a foam disk. Materials will be provided. $3 for the disc payable to the instructor. 6 person limit, ages 6 and up.
Medieval Sigilography - Lord Bryn of Celyddon Description: Who were the bastards of Armagnac? Why did St. Peter send missionaries to Europe in 47 AD? And how did the monks of Montier-en-Der protect themselves? This class delves into the nuances of how wax seals were used (& misused) in the legal documents during the Middle Ages. Class will be a lecture format with demonstration of wax sealing with modern and period materials. Handouts provided.
Portioning for Feasts – Master Dirk Edward of Frisia Description: How much food is too much? How do you control portions for a feast? This class explains a method for portioning servings of an SCA feast. With this method you'll be able to create and serve a feast and remain inside your budget, with minimal waste.
Q&A with the Kingdom Chatelaine – Lady Seonaid inghean Ghriogair Description: Have questions about the kingdom chatelaine’s job? Stop in and chat with her and find out all about it.
Reintroduction to Melee – Sir Kobel Ladozhskyi Description: Who has engagement, and who has the plan?
Tips for Teaching a Better A&S Class – Rosie Dubroc Description: Whether you are planning your first class or have been teaching for a while, A&S classes can be a lot of work to develop and present. This class aims to provide some helpful tips to make it simpler and more efficient to turn your ideas into classes that are both easy for you to teach and easy for your students to understand.
Tournaments of Chivalry – Baroness Catriona nic HughMcLeay Description: Money and reputations could be made on the tournament circuit. They were a means to gain power and while the weapons might be blunted, the fighting was hard and dangerous. This class gives an overview of the history of tournaments and other martial activities.
Weed Walk – Lady Caitrina Chlairseach known as Ceit Description: Join Lady Ceit as she roams the grounds to discover plants of interest. Plants are inextricably intertwined with our lives, from folklore, to medicine, to food and other practicalities. From the Doctrine of Signatures, to modern medical formularies, from the color (and, indeed, the very stuff) of our clothing to our food and its flavorings, plants and people have a long history. Come along as we find plants that have been used as medicine, plants used as food, plants used as dyes, and some plants that you definitely want to avoid. Please be prepared to be outside.
Whose Move Is It Anyway? – Lady Neassa O‘Cathasaigh Description: Establishing the foundations of footwork for armored combat through drills. Focusing on the foundations that can take off the mental load of mechanics from a fight. Drills can be used at home when doing personal pell work. Good foundations are important for novice through advanced fighters.
Class schedule will be posted once tracts are set. There will be both A&S and Martial classes.