All Saints Day Revel

On October 25, the Barony of the Cleftlands celebrated the end of month with a gathering themed All Saints Day. Our many members arrived in saintly costumes, cleverly constructed masks, or in garb to revel the night away. The Cook’s Guild sponsored the subtlety challenge of disguised food and the cooks of the Cleftlands rose to the challenge, featuring several delectable and confusing dishes such as cracked eggs of chocolate and custard or the briefly-seen spider cookies! The Baroness’ gourd decorating challenge was met with several entries, from the chubby cheeked Jareth from Labyrinth to a 14th-century themed pumpkin decorated the pumpkin-headed saint.

Several contests for best costume and gourd were held with the following winners:

  • Best Saint – Wrin of Cleftlands for her depiction of Saint Hubertus
  • Populace Choice – Ginevra for her depiction of Saint Milburga
  • Baroness’ Choice – Sir Lorimer for his Yikebrandr, brother to Eikbrandr
  • Gourd, Baronial – Del
  • Gourd, Populace Choice – Jaquelinne
  • Gourd, Baroness’ Choice – Beatrix.

Special thanks to the revel staff: Æthelwynn Skerra Dimma, Claricia de la Mere, Eira Ylva, Gudrun Andresdottir, Jalen of Cleftlands, Jaromír Skjoldhund, and Rollo Eldström.

Highlights of the revel:

A&S: Wire Temple Rings

Learn to make a type of jewelry worn by medieval Rus and Slav women. Students will leave class with at least one pair of temple rings.There will be kits for $5 for at least 10 students. Auditors welcome. Students who have their own wire cutters and round nose pliers are encouraged to bring them.

Youth must be able to use sharp wire cutters without supervision.

Date: November 8, 2017

Instructor: Mistress Elizabethe Alles

Ages: 8+

Meeting Minutes: 18-Oct-52

  • Chatelaine: Robin is collecting feast gear to present to newcomers for the Regular Event feast. If you have any you could provide, please bring them to her.
  • Arts and Sciences: Runa is looking for anyone interested in teaching a class (http://www.cleftlands.org/teach-a-class/), or with requests for classes they’d like to have (http://www.cleftlands.org/request-a-class/), submitted online or in person.
    • Be ready, as she has some interesting plans for next year.
    • If you are participating in the teaching challenge this year, please assemble the record of when and what you’ve taught and bring them to her or Pietro so they can be tallied.
  • Gold Key: Fritha has rationalized the gold key collection, and is hoping to find new owners for the purged items. She’ll bring Gold Key to meeting for a few weeks to let people to take what’s of interest.

Guilds and Other A&S Activities

Guilds are the special interest groups of the SCA: people working together to focus on a particular activity. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

  • Armorer’s Guild (AND the less official Booze and Schmooze) meets at Ealdred and Clairiel’s home this Thursday, 7-10 pm. Please contact Calum at calum@att.net for information or directions.
  • Archery Guild meets this Sunday from 11 til 2 at the home of Gwyneth and Muldonney. Please check the Baronial Facebook page, or the Cleftlist, for details.
  • Unofficial Fencing Practice meets this Sunday, if the plumbing emergency has been resolved. Please check the Baronial Facebook group for confirmation, or contact Cynwrig for details at jimpretz@sbcglobal.net.
  • James Barkley will be hosting an open Bookbinding workshop on Mondays. Please contact him on Facebook as Chuck Minch for details.
  • Leatherwork’s Guild meet at Oliver’s at 7 pm on Tuesdays for an Open Bench. Please contact Oliver at adifferenttwist@gmail.com or on Oliver Stillman on Facebook for directions and information.
  • Needleworkers will be meeting 24-Oct, at 7 pm, at Dulcia’s home in Garfield Heights. Please check the Baronial Facebook group for details. The 14-Nov meeting will be held at Robin’s home in Lyndhurst, and the 28-November meeting at Madelaine’s home in Cleveland. December will be a Needleworkers-free month, to allow for holiday preparation. Please contact Madelaine at lymadelaine@sbcglobal.net for information or details.
  • Woodworkers Guild meets next Thursday,  7-10 pm at Meinhard’s home to begin planning the Largess Box for January event. Please contact Meinhard at Meinhard.hammerschmidt@gmail.com for directions or with questions. You can also check the Cleftlands Woodworkers Facebook page.

Other Announcements

  • Eastwatch holds meeting this 23-Oct, 7-9 pm, on the campus of Lake Erie College. There is armored and rapier combat as well as other activities. The address is 391 W Washington St. Painesville, OH 44077.

Baron and Baroness

  • Crown Tourney is this weekend: two combatants have Cleftlands ties. Winfang is fighting for Nessa, while Kari is fighting for Fritha.
  • Gianna shared her last gourd for the gourd decorating contest. If you would still like to participate, you can use your own small gourd (or semblence of a gourd) to submit.

A&S: Leather Masks

Make a leather half-mask (Columbina style ) to wear at the Masque/Revel at the end of this month.

Date: October 18 at 8:00 PM

Instructor: Master Oliver Stillman

Ages: 15+

Meeting Minutes: 11-Oct-52

  • Thorin: There were many new fighters tonight, and not enough armor to outfit them. If you have a spare kit, or if you’re not planning on fighting at meeting, please bring your armor to loan to the new fighters. If you have armor you’re not using at all, please consider donating it to the Iron Key for newcomers to borrow.
  • Runa announced that Pietro is stepping up as the Deputy Minister of Arts and Sciences.
    • If you are participating in the teaching challenge this year, please assemble the record of when and what you’ve taught and bring them to her or Pietro so they can be tallied.
    • Oliver will be teaching leather mask making again next week in preparation for the Dessert Revel.

Guilds and Other A&S Activities

Guilds are the special interest groups of the SCA: people working together to focus on a particular activity. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

  • Armorer’s Guild (but not the less official Booze and Schmooze) meets at Ealdred and Clairiel’s home this Thursday, 7-10 pm. Please contact Calum at calum@att.net for information or directions.
  • Archery Guild meets Sundays, but not at the usual spot this weekend, from 11 til 2. Please check the Baronial Facebook page for information about the location at a State Park.
  • Unofficial Fencing Practice meets on Sundays. Please contact Cynwrig for details at jimpretz@sbcglobal.net.
  • James Barkley will be hosting an open Bookbinding workshop on Mondays. Please contact him on Facebook as Chuck Minch for details.
  • Leatherwork’s Guild meet at Oliver’s at 7 pm on Tuesdays for an Open Bench. Please contact Oliver at adifferenttwist@gmail.com or on Oliver Stillman on Facebook for directions and information.
  • Woodworkers Guild meets next Thursdays,  7-10 pm at Meinhard’s home. Please contact Meinhard at Meinhard.hammerschmidt@gmail.com for directions or with questions. You can also check the Cleftlands Woodworkers Facebook page.

Other Announcements

  • Eastwatch holds meeting on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 7-9 pm, on the campus of Lake Erie College. There is armored and rapier combat as well as other activities. The address is 391 W Washington St. Painesville, OH 44077.

Baron and Baroness

  • If you are interested in participating in Gianna’s Gourd Decorating event for the Dessert Revel, please contact her for either round natural, or flat wooden, gourds to decorate. Children and adults are welcome.
  • Crown Tourney is next weekend. It may be five hours away, but it’s an event well worth watching.

Congratulations Forester Garvin!

Garvin makes his mark!

Congratulations to Forester Garvin the Slow for sweeping the tournaments at Merlin’s Merry Minions hosted at the event The Beast Of Fall, held on October 7 in the Barony of Red Spears. He succeeded in scaring away groundhogs from the range, then took the royal rounds, and finally slew Sir Pierce, the advancing man. Huzzah!

October Dessert Revel: All Saints Day

Greetings unto the populace and neighbors of the Cleftlands!

On Wednesday, October 25 the regularly scheduled dessert revel will be transformed into a celebration of All Saints Day! Join us for medieval themed garb challenges, dancing at the masqued ball, painted gourd challenge, or participate in a subtlety challenge sponsored by the Cleftlands Cooks Guild! Prizes will be awarded for the best costume on theme, most creative, baronesses’ choice, and so much more, so start checking your closets and preparing for the festivities!

  • If you do not have a mask, classes will be taught on October 11 and 18th by either Master Oliver or his Excellency Baron Crispin.
  • The Cooks’ Guild is presenting a challenge open to one and all in the theme of the season, disguised food. Bring any dish that looks like something else, medieval or modern. If you aren’t able to participate in the challenge, bring something anyway! Tasty treats and refreshing beverages are always welcome and appreciated.
  • Baroness Gianna is sponsoring a gourd decorating contest to decorate your gourd in the theme of the revel. A populace bean count will decide the overall winner and the best Cleftlands-themed entry will be chosen by a counsel of baronesses. A selection of gourds will be available at meetings on Oct 11 and Oct 18 or you may pick up your own small to medium sized gourd to decorate.

Finally, some help will be needed to set up and tear down after the revel. If you can arrive early, stay late, or help during the revel please reach out to Lady Claricia de la Mere (clariciadlm@gmail.com) and RSVP.

Want to learn more about All Saint’s Day? Check out Wikipedia or the blog Pilgrimage Medieval Ireland for more details!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations Duchess Runa, Minister of Arts & Sciences!

The Cleftlands would like to welcome Duchess Runa Æikibrandskona as Minister of Arts & Sciences!

A special thanks to the outgoing Minister of Arts and Sciences Baroness Colette du Pré for her hard work and service.

While you’re here, would you like to…

Congratulations Lady Eve, Demo Coordinator!

The Cleftlands would like to welcome Lady Eve of Cleftlands as Demonstration Coordinator!

A special thanks to the outgoing Demo Coordinator Syr Artair Mac Neacail for his hard work and service over the years and for spearheading the regional demonstration held annually at Mapleside Farms.

Meeting Minutes: 4-Oct-52

  • Thorin: There were many new fighters tonight, and not enough armor to outfit them. If you have a spare kit, or if you’re not planning on fighting at meeting, please bring your armor to loan to the new fighters. If you have armor you’re not using at all, please consider donating it to the Iron Key for newcomers to borrow.
  • Velvet: He’s organized a Facebook page for the Northern Oaken fencers to share and communicate.

Guilds and Other A&S Activities

Guilds are the special interest groups of the SCA: people working together to focus on a particular activity. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

  • Armorer’s Guild (but not the less official Booze and Schmooze) meets at Ealdred and Clairiel’s home this Thursday, 7-10 pm. Please contact Calum at calum@att.net for information or directions.
  • Woodworkers Guild meets this Thursdays,  7-10 pm at Meinhard’s home. Please contact Meinhard at Meinhard.hammerschmidt@gmail.com for directions or with questions. You can also check the Cleftlands Woodworkers Facebook page.
  • Archery Guild meets Sundays at the home of Gwyneth and Muldonney, from 11 til 2. They have a great deal of loaner equipment, including Combat Archery arrows, so if you’re at all interested, please come.
  • Unofficial Fencing Practice usually meet on Sundays. Please contact Cynwrig for details at jimpretz@sbcglobal.net.
  • James Barkley will be hosting an open Bookbinding workshop on Mondays. Please contact him on Facebook as Chuck Minch for details.
  • Leatherwork’s Guild meet at Oliver’s at 7 pm on Tuesdays for an Open Bench. Please contact Oliver at adifferenttwist@gmail.com or on Oliver Stillman on Facebook for directions and information.

Other Announcements

  • Eastwatch holds meeting on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 7-9 pm, on the campus of Lake Erie College. There is armored and rapier combat as well as other activities. The address is 391 W Washington St. Painesville, OH 44077.

Baron and Baroness

  • Both Gianna and Crispin greeted the number of newcomers who came to meeting tonight.
  • At Brendokenfest, the Cleftlands team, including Milesent, Edward and Cadfan, were the winners of the team shoot, while Zuriel was the individual winner.  Silverthorne became Brendoken’s Rapier Champion, while Zsof became their Bardic Champion, and Seraphina became their Archery Champion.

Congratulations Cleftlands Archers!

Milesent, Edward, Cadfan, and Zuriel. Photograph by Robin of Cleftlands.

Congratulations to the Cleftlands Archery Unit for their wins at Brendokenfest on September 30, 2017. The team shoot winners were their Excellencies, Mistress Milesent Vibert and Forester Edward Brackenburye paired with Lord Cadfan of Cleftlands. The individual shoot winner was her Excellency, Mistress Zuriel Nightshade. Huzzah!

A&S: Fingerloop Braiding

Do you want to learn how to make an easy fingerloop braid, or practice your skills? Learn this skill and help to make fingerloop braids that will be given to our Legacy VIPs (past royals from Cleftlands) at Regular Event/ 40th Baronial Anniversary. Materials will be provided, but please bring scissors. If you have royal blue and/or white crochet thread (not yarn) to donate to this project, that will be welcome

Date: October 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Instructor: THL Jolicia atte Northclyfe

Ages: 12+

Meeting Minutes: 20-Sep-52

Meeting Minutes: 13-Sep-52

  • Robert – Turn in Standard Bearer’s receipts by 20-Sep.

Guilds and Other A&S Activities

Guilds are the special interest groups of the SCA: people working together to focus on a particular activity. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

  • Archery Guild will not meet this Sunday due to the Mapleside Demo.
  • Armorer’s Guild (but not the less official Booze and Schmooze) meets at Ealdred and Clairiel’s home this Thursday, 7-10 pm. Please contact Calum at calum@att.net for information or directions.
  • Woodworkers will not meet this Thursday.
  • Unofficial Fencing Practice will not occur this Sunday.
  • Leatherwork’s Guild will meet at Oliver’s at 7 pm on Tuesday for an Open Bench. Please contact Oliver at adifferenttwist@gmail.com or on Oliver Stillman on Facebook for directions and information.
  • James Barkley will be hosting an open Bookbinding workshop on the Mondays. Please contact him on Facebook as Chuck Minch for details.
  • Scribes guild is assembling a bulk order for pergmenata. Please let Melisent know if you’re interested in participating.

Baron and Baroness

  • At Harvest Days, both Elizabeth and Dmitiri received an Augmentation of Arms.
  • Baronial Court: Njall received the Award of St. Alfred for his service to the Barony.
  • The Barony received a gift at Pennsic of a Baronial scroll case, engraved with scenes for the legends of St. Clariel. Please ask Ginevra to show it to you: it’s a remarkable piece of artwork.
  • Gianna and Crispin are looking for volunteers to coordinate the upcoming revels and tournaments.
    • SEP: Open House
    • OCT: Masque & Dessert Revel
    • NOV: Rapier Tourney & Dessert Revel
    • DEC: Yule
    • JAN: Dessert Revel
    • FEB: A&S Faire & Dessert Revel
    • MAR: Dessert Revel
    • APR: Armored Tourney & Dessert Revel
    • MAY: Dessert Revel & Melee Training (Weather Permitting)
    • JUN: Dessert Revel & Melee Training (Weather Permitting)
    • JUL: Pennsic Recess (No Meeting/Revel)
    • AUG: Dessert Revel & Melee Training (Weather Permitting)

A&S: SCA 101

This class teaches newcomers about the history and structure of the Society for Creative Anachronism. How did the SCA begin? What is a laurel? How many kingdoms are there and why is that guy wearing spurs? Find out the answers to these and many other questions newcomers often ask. Free handout; open to all ages.

Date: October 4, 2017

Instructor: THL Jolicia atte Northclyfe

Ages: All

Cleftlands Open House

The Barony of the Cleftlands, the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. will be hosting an open house on Wednesday September 27th from 7:00 to 10:00 PM in Euclid, OH.

The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 20 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.

Slovenian Society Home
20713 Recher Ave.
Cleveland OH, 44119
September 27 · 7-10 PM

At this special event we will have displays and stations for:

  • Armored (Rattan) Combat
  • Rapier Combat
  • Fiber Arts
  • Bardic Performance
  • Viking Age Metalworking
  • Pewter Casting
  • Medieval Period Painting
  • Stained Glass
  • Mustard and Sauces
  • Medieval Dance
  • Medieval Cooking
  • Brewing
  • Woodworking
  • And more…

For more information, please contact our officer in charge of welcoming newcomers, Lady Robin of Cleftlands at chatelaine@cleftlands.org.

Baronial Trim Survey

The custom 1.5″ nebuly trim from Calontir Trim.

As discussed on Wednesday evening, a request for funding was submitted to the baronial officers outlining a purchase of baronial nebuly-themed trim arranged through Calontir Trim. The minimum custom order is 500 meters for a rough total cost of $900. It is our intent to offer the trim locally to barony members for $2.00 per yard which covers the initial investment cost. As the request is greater than $500, the funding request must be presented to the populace.

Please follow the link below to cast your vote.

  • Survey [This survey has closed as of September 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM.]

If you have any questions, please reach out to me.

In Service to the Barony,

Cadfan of Cleftlands
seneschal@cleftlands.org

Meeting Minutes: 6-Sep-52

  • Meinhard on Standard Bearer’s event: Thanks to those whom helped with specific names for specific jobs. One source of help that was unexpected: Ysenda whom just kept doing more and more.
  • Robert – Turn in receipts. He will not be present at the next meeting so you get an extra week. You can scan and email him the receipts.

Guilds and Other A&S Activities

Guilds are the special interest groups of the SCA: people working together to focus on a particular activity. Everyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

  • Archery Guild meets (now) on Sunday at the home of Gwyneth and Muldonney, starting around 11 AM until 2:00 PM. They have a great deal of loaner equipment, including Combat Archery arrows, so if you’re at all interested in either target or combat archery please come. With sufficient bribes, live Combat Archery targets may be provided. Contact Muldonney for details on effective bribes.
  • Armorer’s Guild (and the less official Booze and Schmooze) meets at Ealdred and Clairiel’s home this Thursday, 7-10 pm. Please contact Calum at calum@att.net for information or directions. The guild will NOT be meeting on September 14 or September 21.
  • Unofficial Fencing Practice is on hiatus until after Labor Day. For info on when and where, please contact Cynwrig for details atjimpretz@sbcglobal.net. The Fencing Practice will be on hiatus between Pennsic and Memorial Day.
  • Leatherwork’s Guild will meet at Oliver’s at 7 pm on Tuesday for an Open Bench. Please contact Oliver at adifferenttwist@gmail.com or on Oliver Stillman on Facebook for directions and information.
  • Scribes Guild will meet on 11-Sep at Brackenbury Cottage at 7 pm. Please contact Milesent at grace@case.edu for directions and further information.
  • James Barkley will be hosting an open Bookbinding workshop on the second Monday of each month. Please contact him on Facebook as Chuck Minch for details.

Baron and Baroness

  • Thank you to everyone who attended and assisted with the event. Of particular note, the event clean up was amazing!
  • Thank you to the outgoing champions: Pietro (A&S), Gwyneth (Archery), Muldonny (Rapier), and Njall (Armored).
  • Please welcome the newest baronial champions: Aurelia (A&S), Cadfan (Archery), Velvet (Rapier), and Urrich (Armored).
  • Baronial Court
  • Upcoming events: September 15th-17th, 27th is Open House and show off crafts. Facebook has schedule posted for other desert revels. They are looking for volunteers for coordinating and heading up the various revels and tournaments.
    • SEP: Open House
    • OCT: Masque & Dessert Revel
    • NOV: Rapier Tourney & Dessert Revel
    • DEC: Yule
    • JAN: Dessert Revel
    • FEB: A&S Faire & Dessert Revel
    • MAR: Dessert Revel
    • APR: Armored Tourney & Dessert Revel
    • MAY: Dessert Revel & Melee Training (Weather Permitting)
    • JUN: Dessert Revel & Melee Training (Weather Permitting)
    • JUL: Pennsic Recess (No Meeting/Revel)
    • AUG: Dessert Revel & Melee Training (Weather Permitting)
  • Mapleside as a recruiting tool was shown by identifying those brought in by this demo. Then recognition was paid to those whom have helped in previous years. Cadfan pointed out that his telling moment was Robert de Cleftlands getting him to try on a chainmail shirt then being told that he could make his own.

Officer Opening – Minister of Arts & Sciences

The Barony of the Cleftlands is accepting applications for Minister of Arts & Sciences. This position requires current SCA membership. If you would like to be considered for this position, please fill out the application online. The submission will be received by the Baron, Baroness, and Seneschal for review prior to being presented at an Officers meeting for final vote. The deadline for submissions is September 20, 2017. Questions or comments may be directed to my inbox.

Cadfan of Cleftlands
seneschal@cleftlands.org

Congratulations Baronial Champions!

It was an honor and a privilege to host the twenty-sixth annual Standard Bearers on September 2, 2017 in the western borough of Parma in our beloved Cleftlands. We give great thanks to all gentles in attendance and to those who participated in our challenge A Heroic Age in the Cleftlands. We were regaled with many tales and effigies from the ages past, the nearly past, and given a glimpse at heroic deeds yet to come.

Special thanks to the following staff members in no particular order (that strangely resembles the event staff list) – Meinhard Hammerschmidt (Steward), Ginevra Boscoli (Gate/Signet), Oliver Stillman (A&S Coordinator), Thorin Eikskjald (Armored MIC), Ladislas Vulcu and Jao Veludo Alfonso d’Albuquerque (Rapier MIC), Edward Brackenburye and Milesent Vibbert (Archery MIC), Jolicia atte Northclyfe (Breakfast), Claricia de la Mere (Lunch), Angharad ferch Tangwystl (Feast), collectively the Cleftlands Cooks Guild (Lunch and Feast), and all the others who assisted throughout the day whether marshaling, serving, or lending a hand where needed. Many hands made light (and quick!) work!

Baronial Champions

Without further ado, we present to you our baronial champions:

Awards

It as also our honor to be able to preside over regency court for their majesties King William and Queen Isolde where three individuals were recognized at the Kingdom level. At our baronial court a new award was created, the Order of the Azure Chalice, which recognizes individuals who have provided exemplary and long-standing service and dedication to the Barony, and who have done such work as to add to the enduring legacy of the Cleftlands. In the combined courts, the following awards were presented:

Once again, thank you to all who participated to make this an amazing first Standard Bearers! We hope that a good time was had by all.

In service,

Baron Crispin and Baroness Gianna

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