It’s summertime in Ansteorra again! That often means a triple-digit heat index during the day and into our evening fighter practice hours. Let’s talk about heat safety and combat! Everyone must balance their body’s ability to cool itself with their heat exposure. Heat stress or injury results from not being able to maintain a safe … Read more
Greetings all and welcome to our series , Artisans and Crafters of Bryn Gwlad (and friends). Monthly we will interview populace about what they create, and why they create it or do it ! Now on to the The interview This month we are chatting with HL Kassandra de Haas. She is an amazing and … Read more
I would like the populace of Bryn Gwlad to know that Lady Úlfeiðr á Þróndheimi and Mistress Myfanwy Ferch Eifion are submitting a bid for Queen’s Champion in July 2022. The bid has been reviewed and approved by the Bryn Gwlad Financial Committee. If we are awarded the bid by Kingdom, the event will be … Read more
Greetings fighters and members of the Bryn Gwlad populace, Due to the rain forecasted during practice time and the severe thunderstorms predicted for the end of practice time, both rapier and chivalric practice are cancelled. Please travel safely, and we look forward to seeing everyone at Steppes Warlord (Facebook link) this weekend! Yours in Service,Nadja … Read more
Monday 5/23/2022 We will have our May Business Meeting. Please see the baronial calendar for meeting details. (Note, if you see 2 “Business Meeting” events on the calendar, please click on the “Bryn Gwlad Business Meeting”, not “BG Business Meeting” – we are working on removing the old one.) Topics for this meeting include: CURRENT … Read more
Some rapier fighters come to our sport with a background in martial arts, fencing, dance, or other sports. But many rapier fighters pick up the sword as their first athletic activity! Many foundational skills that sports activities build might be missing in our newer rapier fighters. But what are these skills and how can we … Read more
Greetings all and welcome to our New series , Artisans and Crafters of Bryn Gwlad (and friends) . Monthly we will interview populace about what they create, and why they create it or do it ! Now on to the The interview ~ This month we are chatting with Sosha Lyons O’Rourk she is an … Read more
In consultation with Their Excellencies Bryn Gwlad and Their Excellencies Bonwicke, we have awarded the Fall Baronial 2022 bid to Il Festival del Colore di Bryn Gwlad. Congratulations to Lord Cristiane Milton and his staff; I know that they will be working really hard in the upcoming 6 months as we all prepare for our … Read more
On Zoom on Monday 5/9/2022 at 7:00pm, we will be having a special Business meeting to take a Poll of the populace on a few topics, including Event bids for Fall Baronial 2022. Agenda for the meeting: Discuss joining Bonwicke and Steppes as the 3rd Primary Group for War of Legions over Labor Day weekend … Read more
Good Morning and Happy SCA Birthday. 57 years ago, in a backyard in Berkeley, a few friends held the first Crown Tournament of the SCA. And now, many years and many miles away, we still enjoy getting together with our friends, fighting, eating, singing, and creating beautiful things. Thank you, each and every member of … Read more
Thanks and congratulations to our newest officers: Honorable Lady Nicaize Maupetit, Seneschal Lord Giovanni Antonio di Napoli, Quartermaster Honorable Lady Nadja Ramthuner, Rapier Marshal Mistress Elen verch Phelip, Social Media Deputy
Greeting Bryn Gwlad, I know we announced that we were going to review event bids tonight at the business meeting, but due to some issues that arose with some bids, we are updating the bid process as follows: 05/01 – Bids are due to the financial committee please submit to the Seneschal, B&B, and the … Read more
This week in Bryn Gwlad we will be having our Business meeting in Zoom, Populace at the Park, Clothier’s Guild Meeting in Discord to cover hot-weather garb and an intro to Roman garb, and a maker’s night in North Austin. Check the calendar for details, addresses, and links! See you there!
Time flies when you’re trying to balance keeping people safe and stabbing them, and so my term of office is coming to a close. Got some great ideas for making practice better? Tired of how things are being run? Here’s your chance! Submit your application here: https://ansteorra.org/seneschal/apply-for-an-office/, and be sure to copy firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and … Read more
Hello Barony we need your help- active play is happening again in our great society ! HUZZAH !! But in order to do all the fun things we must have leaders – to teach , to reach, and to support – please help the Barony you love by volunteering to serve : These are the … Read more
Bryn Gwlad, March has FLOWN by and it is time to check in with everyone, take a deep breath, and prepare for the rest of the year. Hope to see you tonight for what will (most likely) be my last business meeting as the current BG seneschal. See you at 7pm! Zoom linkMeeting ID: 898 … Read more
Greetings my friends and chosen family, I just want to say thank you for all the support and kindness you have shown me during my tenure as the Halberd Pursuivant. I started with very little knowledge in this area and well I still have a lot to learn but I have grown immensely in the … Read more
Good morning Bryn Gwlad! Sherwood opens this weekend, the drums of war grow louder to the East, covid cases are dropping and restrictions easing, and its time to gather for the month of February and hear about all of the amazing ways you can be a part of what is going on in Bryn Gwlad. … Read more
Good morning, Bryn Gwlad! With Austin covid numbers below the marker for stage 4 and continuing to drop, we are resuming PiP on Tuesday nights! Please remember to wear a mask and sign in on the event contact form that can be found on the homepage of the baronial website. See you at Beverly Sheffield … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad, I hope this message finds you well and look forward to seeing many of you again soon. As many of you know, the kingdom has lifted its suspension of activities as of 2/11/22: 1) Masks will be required for all in person activities2) N95, KN95, or KF94 masks will be required for … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad and Friends, Today we introduce you to The Bryn Gwlad Cooks Guild ~ The purpose is to Highlight the guild and its leaders and show what it is all about. The Bryn Gwlad Cooks Guild lead is Maestri Meadhbh nī Ruaidh óChonnemara The Cooks Guild is set up and run by populace from … Read more
Do you hear the drums in the distance? War is Coming! Rally the troops, start planning, and follow these steps to join us! Step 1: REGISTER – go to the Gulf Wars website, https://www.gulfwars.org/ Learn all the details and register NOW! Deadline is February 15th. If the war is called off, your registration fee is … Read more
Good evening, Bryn Gwlad. I am sure many of you have been watching the Austin area covid numbers, as has the Bryn Gwlad financial committee and Candlemas planning team. Unfortunately, due to the high number of hospitalizations the financial committee has voted to cancel Candlemas 2022. We are in discussions with Georgetown to see if … Read more
Do you want to build a Blazon from a device drawn on a napkin or on the back of a receipt ? Or do you feel this unending draw to resource check the onomastics of the Holy Roman Empire ? So exciting ! Even if you are brand new and just find that heraldry in … Read more
Good afternoon, Bryn Gwlad. Ad many of you already know, the Austin/Travis County Covid Staging Dashboard has risen back up to stage 5 (over 50 hospitalizations a day). As such, populace in the park is on hold until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates from the marshals on the status of official practices. Stay … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad, We will be reviewing our bid for Candlemas tonight and going over our officer reports. Please join as you are able. The zoom information can always be found on the calendar, but is available here as well: Join Zoom Meeting https://arrivelogistics.zoom.us/j/83312139618 Meeting ID: 833 1213 9618 For all those who I will … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad and Friends, Today we introduce you to The Bryn Gwlad Moneyer’s Guild ~ The purpose is to Highlight the guild and its leaders and show what it is all about. The Bryn Gwlad Moneyer’s Guild Guild lead is Rüdiger the Moneyer Deputy is Kazimir Liskowicz Wylkowski The Moneyer’s Guild is set up … Read more
LIVE STREAMING Vindheim’s Coronet Tourney !! As well as all the fun and wonderful things happening, there will be lots of sitting and visiting with those we choose to enjoy our historical time with. We will also be LIVE STREAMING Vindheim’s Coronet Tourney !! If you cannot travel to see history made, Let us share … Read more
There will be Land Court Land is granted based on awards received- Tradition is if someone is wanting more lands or wanting land for specific purposes (guilds), then they must request this from Their Excellencies. Not all requests for additional lands may be approved, i.e. bribery in the form of Largess is common. Populace are … Read more
I will be at pip tonight !! Please bring a roll of holiday wrapping paper, and a package of bows or a roll of tape – all extras will be brought to yule I also still need garland , any kind, tinsel, green, paper ! Populace In the Park. Every tuesday evening at 7pm Location: … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad! We had over 30 respondents for our Candlemas survey, one of our better survey responses ever. Some of the major takeaways from the survey:– The populace is not in favor of having an expansion of martial activities at Candlemas– A Majority of respondents want to participate in dance classes and/or a ball … Read more
Barony Artisans, Crafters, Weavers, Builders, Cooks, and Creators of all things ! Candlemas is Near and there will be much A&S rejoicing, sharing, teaching and showing !!! If you have been unmotivated in completing your wares, let’s get fired up and get on it !! If you need support, in anyway , please reach out … Read more
Come join us to go over the survey results and start to pull together our plans for Candlemas 2022. See you tomorrow at 7pm via zoom! Join Zoom Meetinghttps://arrivelogistics.zoom.us/j/85643642917 Meeting ID: 856 4364 2917
Dec 11th ~ 12 noon to 8pm at Lakeside Pavilion ~ 307 Buena Vista Dr, Marble Falls Tx 78654 Itinerary: 9 -11:30 – Set up, decorate crew 12 – Populace arrives and decorate their tables 1pm – Their excellencies open court Baronial Business at some time 2-4 – Land coordinator opens – Games Table D&D, Craft … Read more
Bryn Gwlad, As we talked about at business meeting, we are in the thick of our event season and Candlemas is barreling down on us with no bid complete and no autocrat. Your barony needs your help and your opinions! Please complete this survey to help us determine what kind of event we want Candlemas … Read more
Reminder: Tomorrow, 11/15, at 7pm we are having our first Candlemas 2022 prep meeting. Please come attend and bring all your best ideas, excited energy, and/or years of experience to bear on making this Candlemas a great experience for one and all. See you all tomorrow via zoom!https://arrivelogistics.zoom.us/j/84085416765Orazio,BG Seneschal
December 11th, noon – 8pm – Lakeside Pavillion in Marble Falls ~ on the lake by the walkway of lights. WINTER IS THE MOST MAGICAL OF TIMES ~ For all humanity & mystical creatures alike. Let us join together and celebrate! Not the past years of plague and isolation, but the Future and the Now … Read more
Greetings Barony of Bryn Gwlad and Shire of Shadowlands ! Asgardian Fjord Day is Saturday Nov. 6th at Deanville Hall, Farm to Market 111, Deanville, TX We need at least 3 more Martial’s for the Chivalric Melee Please help support our Fall event and volunteer! You can contact me on Facebook, messenger, Or by emailing me at … Read more
Lady Elisabeta Fischer talks about disability during the middle ages and gives us a look into societal perspectives and the laws that effected people who were disabled during the middle ages. CONTENT WARNING: Strong Language & Discussion of Graphic Scenes Lady Elisabeta Fischer is a long time SCA member living in the Middle Kingdom. Although … Read more
Have you painted and completed charters for the Barony ? Greetings all , we have a glorious event coming up in a few short weeks and we are in need of the lovely charters the Barony and friends have been painting for us !! Thank you all so very much for supporting this Barony in … Read more
As modern society becomes more open and accepting, transgender individuals are becoming more visible in their representation both in and out of the SCA. Topics cpvered included history, etiquette, basic definitions for the community, and an open forum for questions. for those attending. Better known as Samii, Samson has been in the SCA since late … Read more
@Beverly Sheffield Park Northwest (PIP) ~ 7000 Ardath St. ~ go around the pool and we set up between the Basketball court and the Tennis court on the greens ~ As the Veil thins We SCA enthusiast will not go undaunted ~ even if it means we fight the Zombie Apocalypse – Things to do … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad and Friends, Today we introduce you to The Bryn Gwlad WoodWorkers Guild ~ The purpose is to Highlight the guild and its leaders and show what it is all about. The Bryn Gwlad Woodworkers Guild Guild lead is Úlfeiðr a Þróndheimi – Deputy is Dafydd de Mortemer The Woodworkers Guild is A New … Read more
This Week in DEI with Baroness Genevieve Choue discusses – See Something, Do Something: Bystander Intervention All too often, when unchivalric behaviors happen, there are people in a position to interrupt the behavior, provide education about the offensive behavior and/or be a support for the person who was the target of the behavior. Join “This … Read more
Greetings Barony and friends! Zombie Tournament is a fun mini event that happens at our populace in the park fighter practice on Tuesday October 26th, It is a Garbed and zombified event for fun and to reach out to the community – and lots of fun will be had !! Where is it at: Beverly … Read more
In this class, Baroness Zahra will identify some of the different ways that cultures interact, including cultural appreciation, exchange, assimilation, and the problematic appropriation. We’ll talk about why cultural appropriation is so harmful, in both a modern and SCA context, and explore some ways of self-evaluating and addressing our own behavior to avoid it. A … Read more
Greetings Barony ! We have two events ASGARDIAN FIELD DAY & ZOMBIE TOURNAMENT! Asgardian Field day needs gate shifts filled ~ This event will be Nov 6th – This is our Fall Baronial event being held jointly with the Shire of Shadowlands – it will take place at DEANVILLE HALL, Farm to Market rd. 111, … Read more
Hi all, Given the decline in Covid-19 numbers, rapier practice will re-open October 5th. Note that in accordance with current Ansteorra rules (https://ansteorra.org/covid-19-information/) masking will be required. Note also that as of October 15th, participation will require either proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours. Look for an update with more … Read more
Greetings, Bryn Gwlad! Thank you for your patience and understanding while we waited out the most recent covid spike in the greater Austin area. Austin-Travis County has dropped down to stage 4, so in consultation with the rapier and chivalric marshals, I am reopening Tuesday fighter practice and Populace-in-the-Park. Please make sure you fill out … Read more
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We are in need of volunteers for our upcoming joint event !! Please sign up using the following sheet !! If you have never done it, thats okay ! We will train you then you can do it everywhere ! Sign up you know you want to ~ If you have questions please contact Lady … Read more
Have you ever been in a situation where your intent has been misunderstood? Or you’ve been impacted by words or deeds that seemed dismissive due to different intent? This class will unpack the important relationship between intent and impact, the pros and cons to understanding each, how it applies to the SCA, and what can … Read more
Join us for a roundtable with six members of the Order of Chivalry to discuss how concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion have affected their journeys in the SCA and some of the different ways that DEI can and has already been incorporated into the armoured combat community. Our guests are: Duke Eliahu ben Itzhak, … Read more
This Week’s DEI Focus Post is all about Inclusivity in Event Planning! Watch the discussion below! In this class, we will discuss site selection and evaluation, addressing accessibility concerns, potential pitfalls to avoid when planning an event, and examples of the many ways in which members of the SCA have successfully employed inclusive practices in … Read more
In “We Were There”, Harlie Des Roches will speak to her experiences as a Black reenactor and her research on the Black presence in Renaissance Europe. She’ll be reading a piece that she recently wrote called “We Were There” and answering questions afterwards. Baroness Sarafina Sinclair is a Laurel and Pelican living in the Midrealm. … Read more
Join us for a DEI topic focus round table discussing Invisible Disabilities and the SCA. Panelists include: Honorable Lady Castellana de Andalucia (they/them or she/her), Kingdom of Ansteorra Signorina Niccolina the Wanderer (she/ her), Kingdom of Atlantia Maestra Giada Alberti, Kingdom of An Tir Sir Donas (he/him), Kingdom of the Midrealm Lord Owyn De Wolfe … Read more
Good evening, Bryn Gwlad! For personal reasons Lady Johanna Buchanan has announced that she needs to step down as archery marshal so this position is open for applications. I would like to thank Johanna for all of her work as archery marshal during a difficult time to be an officer. Please submit any questions to … Read more
In “Challenges Women Face in SCA Combat”, Baroness Katrina (Wolverine) will be holding a conversation on what gender inequality looks like in the SCA fighting community from her experience of over a decade. She will discuss gender constructs in mundane society, how it affects combat in the SCA, and how we as a Society can … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad and Friends, Today we introduce to you The Bryn Gwlad Bardic Guild The purpose is to Highlight the guild and its leaders and show what it is all about. Guild lead is Master Thomas of Tenby The Bardic Guild is set up and run by populace from the Barony of Bryn Gwlad, … Read more
What: The “New World” in the SCA: Creating Accessibility and an Inviting Atmosphere for Non-Eurasian Personas and CulturesWhere: Public Live Stream via FacebookWhen: 630pm CDTWho: All are welcome to attendWhy: This is one of several Virtual Pennsic Classes that you can watch! Brief class description: With distinct actions such as updating the SCA Mission Statement … Read more
From the Barony MoAS Its August and well things are still weird – but Yay for the SCA and all our friends online !! As well as time to work on all the things – We have events coming up for Kingdom A&S – and the signups are live ! Here is a link to … Read more
Please join me in congratulating Ulfeior a Prondheimi on her selection as the newest member-at-large to the Bryn Gwlad financial committee as our member-at-large. Thank you so much for your willingness to serve the barony, Ulfeior! In joyful service,Orazio d’Assisi, BG Seneschal
Good morning, Bryn Gwlad! I wanted to pass along an update from society concerning the issuing of largess/site tokens/etc. to be used to indicate a participant’s willingness for physical contact. Before I pass along that message though, I would like to remind everyone that it is easy for us to forget in such a close … Read more
Join us tonight for two virtual activities! #1 Woodworking Our Woodworking Guild will be having a virtual meeting in the Bryn Gwlad Discord Server to talk about projects, tools, and the up-coming in-person meeting! Meet the guild, talk about your projects, or just hang out and enjoy the discussions. #2 Joint Event Planning Meeting Bryn … Read more
Thank you so much to everyone who has attended our first two meetings. I am very excited to see how the Asgardian field/fjord day theme is coming together. However, we are still sourcing a site, key staff, and working out individual activity plans. If you are interested in helping out please contact me or attend … Read more
Join us tomorrow, July 11th, at 7pm in Zoom for our second Planning Meeting for our upcoming Joint Fall Event with Shadowlands! All are welcome to attend! Help us plan the event!Join us for the meeting!Bring your ideas! Primary goals of the meeting: Finalize the Name/Theme of the Event Choose a site We’re currently looking … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad! We will be meeting on zoom this upcoming Monday, July the 5th to start work our fall event. Things we will discuss:SitesThemeCompetitionsCampingAnd more! Pull out all those favorite sites, kooky themes, and crazy competition ideas you been thinking about and we can work together to put together a great joint event with … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad! In order to comply with society requirements for in person activities, I have created the following form that all participants will need to fill out when attending any local meeting, guild event, practice, or revel. The form asks for your SCA and mundane name as well as a good contact number and … Read more
Greetings Barony ~ these are exciting times and we are actually going LIVE PLAY !! June 19th 2021 from 10am to 6pm What a great time to celebrate our friendships and kinships with a day event. We will be able to reacquaint ourselves with our personas, our fighting, and our arts !! The Barony needs … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad, Based on recent guidance from the kingdom seneschal and the vote of the populace at business meeting, we are restarting Populace in the Park, or PiP, to coincide with rapier and chivalric practice on Tuesday nights. The first PiP will be June 1st, watch the calendar for official details and please reach … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad and Friends, Today we start a monthly segment for the Barony and friends called ~ Guild of the month; The purpose is to Highlight the guild and its leaders and show what it is all about. Our first Guild of the month is Clothiers Guild The Guild lead is Drika van … Read more
I mention this in the slideshow, but want to emphasize it here as well:
The goal of this survey is NOT to change how people use online platforms, it’s NOT to create TODO lists for officers, and it’s NOT to prove one platform is “better” than another.
The goal IS to gather information, to understand how the populace use online platforms, to get a sense for how people engage with Bryn Gwlad, and provide interesting information to officers and the populace in the hopes that it can be made useful.
Greetings Bryn Gwlad, As discussed at the March business meeting, here is the survey to help guide our discussions on what kind of event we want to have this fall. Apologies on the delay getting this out. Please fill this out some time before business meeting this upcoming Monday. hard URL: https://forms.gle/CETVEp1ev7jRmwCN6 See you all … Read more
Just sharing a few links related to basic construction of clothing and accessories. Happy afternoon! Archaeological Sewing Costuming links – leather and odds and ends Costuming links – hats, embroidery, decorations Having more links you want to share?Post them in the comments below!
In the SCA, “late period” is often used to refer to things dating between 1100 and 1600, though the term varies dramatically depending on what culture or geographic location you’re looking at. Here are some links to examples of late period construction: An Overview of Men’s Clothing in Northern Italy c. 1420 – 1480 Isabella’s … Read more
Hey are you a New member of the Barony pages? Oldie but goodie ? Maybe you’ve just been stalking around for awhile not sure what or where to go !! Well I want to let everyone know that we have so many wonderful Guilds in our Barony and so many things going on ! Sometimes … Read more
Here are general guidelines for A&S activities. These are based on the Marshalate Plan, but there are some modifications. These rules are specifically for A&S classes for SCA participants, not demonstrations for the general public. These only pertain to in-person meetings. Virtual classes, get togethers, etc. are HIGHLY encouraged and unrestricted. No one is required … Read more
Greetings Bryn Gwlad, The business meeting fast approaches and we are looking for members of the populace to step up and apply to be the member-at-large of the Bryn Gwlad financial committee. What is the financial committee (or fin com)? It is the five member team that helps guide the barony’s financial decisions and presents … Read more
Welcome March ! We have so much Greatness to look forward to! So many exciting adventures for the year – Do not let the coldness of winter and the Ails of 2020/2021 get you down , the thaw is underway and we shall prevail !! Let me start by sharing some exciting news ! I … Read more
Generally in the SCA, the term “early period” refers to things dating between 1100 and 1400 or anything earlier than that. (Yes, it’s a vague term and “early” changes depending on what geographic location you’re talking about. But, that’s okay.) Here are a couple of links that focus on early period “viking” construction. Check out … Read more
This is by no means a comprehensive collection of research starting points. This won’t get you information on all cultures, but hopefully these will give you some starting points, some inspiration, and some educational spaces to explore. These links will take you to external sites. Ancient Origins – “Our goal is to highlight the very latest … Read more
Kingdom Round table is tomorrow! This is the bi-annual Ansteorran event where officers take classes related to their field, officers renew their warrants (by attending classes), and the Greater Officers of State give the State of the Kingdom presentation — the status report of the offices and affairs of the Kingdom. Officers, attend your classes! … Read more
Full Newsletter Open offices currently acceptingapplicationsExchequerQuartermasterApplications can be sent to:https://ansteorra.org/seneschal/apply-for-an-office/Quartermaster: Send applications to Seneschal andB&B Upcoming Events CandlemasMemento moriFebruary 6, 2020https://ansteorra.org/bryn-gwlad/events/candlemas/ Memento mori and the Danse MacabreDuring the height of the black death the richwould shutter themselves away., party drink,and dance. These parties were commonduring this time because many believed ifthey were fated to die … Read more
What: Online Event, details and updates on FacebookWhen: Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:30 PM CST – 3:30 PM CSTDuration: 2 hrPublic · Anyone on or off FacebookTopic: Join us for a DEI topic focus round table discussing Invisible Disabilities and the SCA. Panelists include: Honorable Lady Castellana de Andalucia (they/them or she/her), Kingdom of Ansteorra Signorina … Read more
Do you have an inkle loom or another tool that lets you do warp-faced weavings? Looking for small projects to take on? Well, you can satisfy your need to weave and help the Kingdom at the same time! The Kingdom of Ansteorra gives regalia with some awards. It can range from circlets to cloaks, pendants … Read more
These are a few resources shared y Bryn Gwlad’s own Sir Maelgwyn. These should help you in your quest to make your own leather armour. First, this article at Greaving has good coverage of making greaves! There are seven steps to the grieving process: shock, pain, anger, depression, hope, reconstruction and acceptance. Many of these steps … Read more
Are you interested in chivlaric combat? Reach out to our Knight Marshal to ask about upcoming practices or check out the resources below! A big part of getting into chivalric combat involves identifying what weapons, armour, and equipment you will need to buy or make. The links below are a small sampling of the options … Read more
Check out this piece of Bryn Gwlad History as told by Cynric of Bedwyn, Historian of Bryn Gwlad circa 1994. THE BRYN GWLAD CHRONICLE Cynric of Bedwyn, Historian Final Version, 10/21/1994 Part 1 Before Bryn Gwlad CAVEAT: History is, under the best of circumstances, subject to the interpretation of both chronicler and reader. While the following account does … Read more
The SCA is composed of a diverse population. We have different experiences, we have different beliefs, and we have different backgrounds, and we are all committed to valuing the worth of all individuals and promoting a safe and respectful environment. We want to work together to explore our histories, our passions, and our hobbies. But, … Read more
Tonight! 9PM CST Zoom! Details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/427702998235464/ Summary of details for this public event: Full title: The “New World” in the SCA: Creating Accessibility and an Inviting Atmosphere for Non-Eurasian Personas and Cultures. Although the class starts at 7:00pm PST we will be online at 6:30pm PST and hope many of you … Read more
So, you’re new to the SCA and in the Bryn Gwlad (BG) Area? Heard about us online and want to see what this is all about? Want to meet people? Learn skills? Start living the dream? Well, here are a few resources that you can get started: 0. Check out the website If you haven’t … Read more
Have you seen someone making great SCA art? Have you seen someone doing awesome research? Have you seen someone demonstrating combat skills? Have you seen someone teaching? Have you seen someone volunteering to help with things? Have you seen someone you think should be recognized for what they’re doing? Our Fall Event is fast approaching!This … Read more
Hey all! It’s come up a few times about having a QR code for us to use for the Baronial Website. I made one! This QR code will take you to the website home page. Feel free to use it anywhere you’d like! Want to make your own QR code? It’s super easy! This is … Read more
What is this? WALKING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOESAwareness Training Activity (Feb 2019)Gigi Coulson, Interim Society DEI Officer This is an Awareness Training Activity created by Gigi Coulson. The activity consists of two parts: Reading the experiences and feedback shared by people on the following categories Comfortableness with the Climate of DEI in the SCA Do … Read more
Greetings, populace and friends of Bryn Gwlad! I am writing you to provide an update on the state of activities within the barony and our plans locally for when we will resume in-person activities. Currently, Bryn Gwlad just entered our second week at phase 1 on the Ansteorran Martialate Practices Reopen Plan. The officers of … Read more
The Chroniclers office is beginning the process of Archiving the newsletters. The plan is to digitize the physical copies we have over the course of the next 2 years. The spreadsheet will show the status of what we have physically and what is online. An online inventory should be completed by next week. The office … Read more
Equity and Inclusion 101DEI in the SCA Gigi Coulson, May 2019 Goals of the presentation: Build a shared understanding of the concepts of equity and inclusion Increase awareness of DEI in the Society Develop skills to promote equity and inclusion Sections of the presentation: Terms DEI Officer, SCA Mission, Core Values, Chivalric Virtues, Agreements we … Read more
your friendly neighborhood chronicler here. what have you been working on during this time. The halberd will be putting out a special edition which will include: Photos of you at home in garb projects you have been working on songs and poems favorite recipes mask making outreach projects All the things that have kept your … Read more
You’ve probably seen or heard the terms “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” before. We’ve said them a number of times in this blog already. …but what do they actually mean? What does it mean to “be diverse” or “foster diversity?” Can you have a “diverse person?” What does it mean to “be inclusive?” What does it … Read more
I am Goldweard. I will be the new chronicler for our fair barony. For those who wish to know more about me, feel free to navigate to my SCA wiki page. I look forward to serving the barony during my tenure.
Greetings Bryn Gwlad! I have an update from the SCA’s board of directors concerning events for the rest of the year. To read their full resolution you can find it here. The long and short of it is there will be no in-person kingdom-level events through January 31st. I know this is disappointing but it … Read more
Good evening! Your neighborhood, friendly Bryn Gwlad Webminister here! I have been working on a project to establish an automatic cross-posting from our website blog to the Bryn Gwlad Email List. This will allow us to move one step closer to having a centralize source of Baronial Announcements and Info (the next step will be … Read more
Lady Elspeth Bhorúma inghean uí Bhria recently taught a class about how to serve with disabilities in the SCA. The SCA is a volunteer organization; we are active; and most of our events and activities require/result in a lot of physical activity, a lot of moving around. This can make it a challenge or make … Read more
“The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Office of the SCA is committed to promoting the values of inclusion throughout the SCA. The focus is equity, which is just and fair inclusion into an organization in which all can participate, prosper, benefit, and reach their full potential.” https://www.sca.org/dei-office/ What do “diversity”, “equity”, and “inclusion” even mean? … Read more
One of the core features of WordPress is the blog. We have the ability to make announcements and blog posts through our website. We can use these to let the populace know of upcoming activities, recent changes, useful or educational information, and more. We still have to follow SCA policy, however, so this post will … Read more
Greetings from your friendly neighborhood hospitaler. I am going to start up a string of hump day posts to help you make it through the week with some SCA resources, tips, stories, videos, and other errata. I hope you find it useful. On Monday our Bryn Gwlad Newcomer’s Academy held it’s very first virtual class! … Read more
I don’t know about all of you, but I have been missing seeing my SCA family at guild meetings, fighter practice, and events. If you are like me I encourage you to check out this video from our neighboring Kingdom of Glenn Abhann. I hope to see everyone soon at one of our virtual events … Read more
Have you been searching for a way to keep up your combat skills while we are sheltering in place? Well, SCAdians all around have been putting together online classes, demos, and discussions that you can join in on! Knowne World SCA Virtual Fighter Practice (Facebook Group) SCA Virtual Classroom and Artisan Display (Facebook Group) Virtual … Read more
For all the archers that don’t have a range to visit or cannot shoot safely at home. Here are some exercises to help us maintain or build our strength. Stay safe and healthy. Looking forward to when we can all shoot together again. Practice will remain on hiatus until we receive word that it is safe to gather for shooting. Miss seeing all of you.
Assignment 6: take the best 5 images you created and make them even better!
This is all about post-processing using tools like Capture One, Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera RAW or whatever tool you prefer. Use skills you have or ask questions.I can help you with this at almost any skill level—seriously.
If you do not have a tool you like, most have free trials you can download.Capture One even has completely free versions if you use Sony or Fuji cameras.
Assignment 5: time to use the skills from 1-4. Create 5 great images of your chosen subject in good light!
So you have worked on finding good angles and perspectives for your subject. You have learned about light angles and how they look on your subject. You have explored how window light works (which contributes a lot to the use of strobes, if you have not tried that yet).
Now take your chosen subject and try to create five distinct images using what you learned in the first assignments.If your subject is a person or pet, how can you get the best or most interesting expressions?
If you are not already using RAW files on your camera, please start doing so. You can set your camera to shoot RAW plus jpeg, so you still have jpegs you might be used to. But, trust me, you will be happier in the future if you get in the habit of shooting RAW now. (Plus, you’ll want RAW files for the next assignment!)
So this is fantastic for people, naturally, but window light is also fantastic for food or almost anything.
The relationship of the light source to the subject, as we learned in the last experiment, makes a difference. So does the angle and distance, as we learned from the first. So keep going as long as patience lasts and find out new things!
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 needs, 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.
Attention! Morina O’Donovan, from the Shire of the Shadowlands, will be hosting Embroidery 101 online via Discord, on Thursday March 26 at 7pm CST! Check out the announcement below. If you want to join, hop over to the #fiber channel in the Shadowlands Discord server. I will be hosting an Embroidery 101 class on Thursday … Read more
Assignment 2: Pick a single subject and a light source. Keep the subject and camera in the same place and move your light source to different places.
The light above or at least at the same height is “traditional” since the sun is above, but you should feel free to experiment with it. Play with light behind, change angles around the subject. Change angle up and down. Change the way the light faces if this can be changed. So many options.
Virus keeping you from going to events? Want to get your camera out and learn, practice, and discuss photography with other people? Well, the Bryn Gwlad Photographer’s Guild has an assignment series for you! Every few days, Maybe Knott (Guild Leader) will be posting assignments to the guild. Look for assignments posted here, and join … Read more
Announcement from the Bryn Gwlad Seneschal: UPDATE: All baronial activities are now cancelled until March 30th per our Kingdom Seneshcal. We will be notifying Sherwood that we will be suspending our participation for the season. Please stay tuned on details on when we will arrange to remove our booth and demo items out at Sherwood. … Read more
Good day, good Gentles, and Welcome to the Fairest Barony in the Knowne World!
Let us extend the hand of friendship and fellowship to those brave individuals who have chosen to find out what all those people in costume are doing! We are people from all walks of life and careers: high-tech and low, college age, middle age, mom-and-dad age and children. But we all share the love of Things Medieval. We thrill to the stories of knights in shining armor and ladies fair, to minstrels singing heroic tales in the Great Hall—and we yearn to wear a sword, or don a flowing gown and veil and enter those stories. Here in the Society for Creative Anachronism you can do exactly that! Come and join us; be a part of our Baronial Champions Tournament where armor glitters and knights compete for honor and glory. Or our Feast of Candlemas, where artisans and scholars display their work, where song, poetry and dance abound, and candlelight flickers over a feast fit for a king! Welcome, my friends, to this great barony, and the Current Middle Ages.
Years ago, I was invited to attend Pennsic War by a friend of a friend who was a vendor. This was my first introduction to the Society. It was the equivalent of drinking from the firehose. After a week of that craziness, I was overwhelmed, but I wanted to know more. I’d always been a fan of the Renaissance Fairs, and thought that this was just an extension of that. I was pleased to find that it was… and wasn’t!