Greetings Ansteorra,

I hope all are well and finding ways to deal with our mutual isolation. Thank you to all who have been helping put out content for people to enjoy and to all the groups having virtual meetings. Connection is still needed, glad to see folks doing so.

Originally, we had announced that all SCA Official activities would not happen in Ansteorra until March 30. Given that the situation is what it is, and mostly that it is so fluid and not predictable, I, in agreement with the Crown, am going to change that statement to not include an end date. For now, we will continue the “no official activities” for as long as needed. We will wait and see how things are looking, we will comply with government directives. I will make sure to update as we move forward. Let me know if you have questions.

We are still planning on Coronation to happen, along with Queen’s Champion and King’s Champion, on May 9th. We have been given permission by Society to hold a Virtual Event for Coronation, if needed. This permission also includes the ability of the Crown to give awards at that time, up to and including Peerages. Hopefully, we will not have to do that, but it is good to already have permission if needed.

Take care of each other, stay safe. We are Ansteorra, we are stronger than anything this situation can throw at us. We will rise again.

Avery
Kingdom Seneschal

Greetings to All Crowns and Kingdom Seneschals,

During the time the SCA is under such modern restrictions caused by the COVID-19 emergency, Kingdom websites may be considered an official publication of the Society regarding such actions as announcing “Crown and Coronet Tournaments, Coronations and Investitures, the appointment of officers, presentation of awards and titles, the proclamation of law, and the establishment or advancement of branches”. (Corpora II.C Business Requiring Prior Announcement.)

This variance is granted for the duration of the COVID19 restrictions issued by civil authorities on gatherings and activities. Upon removal of said restrictions, this variance is declared to be no longer valid. The date of the ending of the variance will be announced to the Kingdom Seneschals and Crowns. Kingdoms are required to keep a list of all events/meetings that are affected by this variance. All notices must also be published in the next available Kingdom newsletter as a matter of record.

Respectfully,

Mike Watkins

Society Seneschal

Greetings Ansteorra!

Some good news! I have been in communication with the Society Seneschal, and we have been granted the OK to do virtual meetings as official things! Below are the rules we need to follow, please let the Kingdom Social Media Deputy* and the Kingdom Webminister** know if you have any questions. I see folks are already hosting some good classes and get togethers online, this is simply making it so they can be official activities.

Please note, if your group (Kingdom, Baronial, Province, Shire, Canton, Stronghold, or College) does hold a meeting, please follow the guidelines and PLEASE, include each on these in your monthly reports as virtual meetings. Society is wanting to keep track of these, so this will make things a lot easier.

Please send requests for permission to the KSen email address: kingdom@seneschal.ansteorra.org

Ansteorra is strong and we will make it through this. Thank you to everyone for helping each other.

In Service,
Avery, Kingdom Seneschal

*social-media@seneschal.ansteorra.org

**kingdom@webminister.ansteorra.ord

  1. ALL official business meetings (populace meetings, baronial business meetings, etc.) and ANY official Courts MUST be pre-approved and scheduled with the Kingdom Seneschal prior to them being announced or held.
  2. For a business meeting to be official, at least one B&B, a warranted Seneschal, and a witness/populace member must be present in the online forum or physically present on screen for the entire time the meeting is held.
  3. For a Court to be official, at least one of the Crown and/or B&B, a herald, a warranted Seneschal, and a witness/populace member must be in the online forum or physically present on screen for the entire time the Court is held.
  4. All meetings and courts are to be announced via the Social Media Officer to all of our Kingdom online groups. We will attempt to add them to the Kingdom Calendar as well, just to keep the populace informed. The announcement must include: Event Title, Date, Time, and weblink for populace to join the viewing.
  5. Announcements must be made at least one week prior to the date of occurrence.
  6. Court reports and/or business meeting minutes are still required. A copy of these MUST be sent to the Kingdom Seneschal. This is a requirement of Society and I must turn them in for my next quarterly report to ensure all business conducted and/or awards given are official!!!
  7. We are asking that you use Google Hangouts or Zoom (these are examples; other channels may be approved on request) as your official web forums. These allow you to live stream with multiple participants logging into the chat AND record what is going on so you may post it to your FB groups and/or websites for those unable to attend. We are open to other web services that allow for the same services. Facebook live stream is not preferred as participants can’t actively join other than to type comments and hope they are responded to. We are asking you use a service that allows folks to login with a mic/webcam to participate in active/live discussion AND messaging. Again, recording meetings if possible so you can post them later!
  8. All other populace gatherings, A&S classes, or general meetings that are not conducting official business are not required to be pre-scheduled or announced. Folks may use whatever web service they have access to and my generally announce them as they see fit. Only official “gatherings” must follow the process above.

Variance granted for the duration of the COVID19 mundane law requirements for large gathering restrictions. Upon removal of said restrictions, this variance will no longer be valid. You must keep a list of all events/meetings that are affected by this variance. Please include all the events/meetings in your quarterly kingdom report that fall under this variance.

Greetings Ansteorra,

New CDC guidelines as of today. No gatherings over 10 people for next 14
days. Per this directive, as Kingdom Seneschal, I am cancelling ALL
Official SCA activity in person for the next 2 weeks. That is until March
30th. No practices, guilds, meetings. This is per Federal Government
guidelings.

This is changing quickly, I am sorry for the short notice. But til Monday,
March 30, please limit official functions to online communication only.

Please feel free to forward as appropriate.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Avery
Kingdom Seneschal

Youth Combat Tournament of Lions (weather permitting), Friday, 1-3 PM.

Organized by Galen of Bristol and protege/squire, HL Alexandra Notte Clare.

NOTE: This is a part of a series highlighting blogs by Ansteorrans. These works/opinions are not necessarily indicative of, or sponsored by the SCA or the Kingdom of Ansteorra.

Greetings from Emerickeskepe!

My name is (Honourable) Lady Jessimond of Emerickeskepe. My husband, Lord Tobias, and I live at Dancing Moon Farmstead and Emerickeskepe, our little homestead here in East Texas. Conveniently this is also the name of my blog and Facebook page. Tobias and I first joined the SCA in the early 1990’s, in the western region of Meridies, in an area that is now part of the kingdom of Gleann Abhann (Barony of Seleone). However, at that time he was active duty Navy so we also lived in Atlantia (Barony of Marinus), twice. When he retired from the Navy in 2007 we moved to his home state of Texas, but inadvertently became inactive due to the area in which we lived and real life obligations. About a year ago we loaded up our animals and all our worldly possessions to make the journey across Ansteorra to the lovely Shire of Rosenfeld where we have once again started Living the Dream.

Our dream includes becoming as self-sufficient as possible, but we have a very long way to go yet! We currently have goats, mules, chickens, dogs, and cats. In addition to exploring animal husbandry, we both enjoy cooking, woodwork, wildcrafting, gardening, and all things herb-related! These creative interests can be pretty wild and eccentric, including exploring and crafting projects both modern and Medieval! Older blog posts are from the time when we were not involved in the SCA, but recent posts are almost exclusively SCA related, especially the section on Jessimond’s Herbal Elements. This is the title of a regular featured article I write for The Thorny Truth, the newsletter of the Shire of Rosenfeld. Many of my blog posts are expanded versions of previously published articles, while others are of a more personal nature and have not been published elsewhere. 

I hope you enjoy stopping by my blog for a virtual visit to Dancing Moon Farmstead and Emerickeskepe

In Humble Service,
Jessimond
Ansteorra Wiki page: Jessimond of Emerickeskepe – Ansteorra History Wiki

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