Irish Feast 2009

irish-feast-2009-2This year’s Irish Feast was a marvelous success. Hosted by our home Shire of River’s Bend, it was really nice to attend an event only five minutes from Huntington House.

Mirella has grown considerably since last season, and as a result, she was in serious need of new garb. This sideless surcoat was the first item I completed. It is actually my third modification of the original pattern. Finally, it has the correct lines. Originally, I used a ‘period pattern’ from France. The cut was just too boxy and unflattering for Mirella. I wanted to create a surcoat that was a nice cross between the garments that children wear and the surcoats worn by 14th century women. After two significant alterations, including an increase in the number of gores, I feel that this is a winning look for her. The garment has been put together with machine sewing, but all of the trim was applied with hand sewing. And that was a project! 🙂 It serves as a good compromise for our family, a balance between practicality and authenticity.

There was a productive meeting for the staff of the new Accademia dei Studiosi. This took up a good share of my early afternoon, but the results were exciting. Hopefully, it won’t be much longer before the Accademia is fully functional.

irish-feast-2009-1For me, the best part of the event was simply the time spent with friends. It was enjoyable to have the chance to connect with so many of those people who make the SCA a special place for us. I am  particularly indebted to Dame Arwen, who gifted me with the most lovely set of veil pins. Featuring a pair of dazzling red beads, they will assuredly make an appearance on my head-ware in the very near future. The gift was especially meaningful as Arwen always gives a decided amount of attention to the details and adornments which make garb personal and exciting.

Well done, River’s Bend.

~ Cristiana

shire-of-rivers-bendI enjoyed the evening as well.  For me it was a mix of spending time with old friends and getting to know some new ones better.  I had an opportunity to talk to Lord Olcan and found that we have many common interests.

Playing chess is a favorite pastime that I haven’t had much opportunity to participate in recently.  I found several worthy opponents at the feast and enjoyed each and every game.  Thank you all for the challenges.

~ Gerald

Spring Garb-B-Q

garb-b-qMirella and I enjoyed the official spring opening of the Stromgard and River’s Bend outdoor thrown weapons and archery practice yesterday.  Mirella had a great time playing with several other children on the tire swings, in the tree house, “down by the creek”, and, of course, in the mud (she brought plenty home on her shoes and clothes).

I spent most of my time on the throwing range and recorded my first score of the year. It wasn’t too bad, but I still have plenty of room for improvement.  I also had a chance to try my hand at archery.  I’m glad there weren’t many people to witness my attempt at hitting the target.  Oh well, next time I’ll do better, I couldn’t do much worse.

To finish off the day I had a chance to get in armor and play with the heavies.  I only got a few new bruises, not a bad day.

~ Gerald

Carnival Feast

carnival-feastFebruary brought the Carnival Feast and Masked Ball in the Shire of Fire Mountain Keep. Gerald and I attended with Mirella. While this event was small, it was full of activity. Gerald seized the opportunity to set up a target for thrown weapons and both he and Mirella participated in a game of bocce.

In the afternoon there was time for needlework and chess games. Mirella was even fortunate to find a new friend. Between the first and second course of the feast, there were dance classes and we all displayed our maskes after the third course.

This event gave me a chance to try out my newest project – a coordinating hat for this dress. I was happy with the way that it turned out. The pearls seem to add a nice finish to both the dress and the hat.carnival-feast-mirella


The Shire of Fire Mountain Keep should be commended for the amazing food they served at this feast. It was spectacular.

firemountainkeepbranchof~ Cristiana

Stromgard’s Founding Revel

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In early February, Cristiana and Mirella attended Stromgard’s annual Founding Revel. Mirella spent a fun afternoon participating in the children’s equestrian event. Here she is (above) with her ‘horse’ receiving a participants award from Earl Edward Ean Anderson. We enjoyed a pleantiful feast with many members from the Shire of River’s Bend.

~ Cristiana

Ursulmas

ursulmas-girls1This last January our family attended Ursulmas for the first time. On Friday evening, after school, we all headed north to the Baraquaterrabranchofony of Aquaterra. The girls had a great time ‘camping out’ at a hotel that was only minutes away from the event.

Saturday morning we were fortunate to acquire our own niche on the Eric where the girls had a front row view of daddy as he fought in that day’s tournament.

Gerald spent most of the morning participatingursulmas-gerald1 in the heavy fighting and the girls found new friends in two young girls whose family had set up their day camp next to us. The afternoon started with the excitement of fire dancers. This exotic entertainment took place inside the large pavilion, which was a good thing as the weather was exceedingly cold outside.

While there were hundreds of new faces at this event, it was also nice to see familiar friends, such as Lady Dryfa, Baroness Kara, and Baron Godric.

~ Cristiana

Twelfth Night

12th-night-2009This year’s Twelfth Night celebration marked our forth wedding anniversary. We very much enjoyed celebrating this in the Barony of Adiantum with many of our friends.adiantum1

The barony is to be commended on the spectacular work they did to create an environment of hospitality for the Kingdom of An Tir. It is surly not possible to imagine just how many hours were spent organizing and decorating in preparation for this event.  During the weekend we attended meetings, enjoyed dancing, eating, strolling from room to room, and much great conversation.

We were both uterly satisfied with the beauty of the weekend.

~ Cristiana