DEI Focus: Impact vs. Intent, A Class

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

DEI Focus: Chivalric Discussions

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

DEI Focus: Inclusivity in Event Planning

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

DEI Focus: “The Black Presence in Renaissance Europe”

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

DEI Focus: Invisible Illnesses

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

DEI Focus: Challenges Women Face in SCA Combat

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

No Populace in the Park or practice tonight, 08/17

Good morning, Bryn Gwlad! Quick update, there will not be populace in the park or practice out at Beverly Sheffield park tonight. The martials and I will continue to monitor the current Covid-19 surge and restart practice once our case numbers are lower. Reminder that practice will restart with masks again per kingdom’s updated requirements. … Read more

The “New World” in the SCA — join the class tonight!

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

Join us virtually for Event Planning and Woodworking – Tonight!

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

Fall Joint Event Update: “Asgardian Field Day”

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

Joint Event Planning Meeting – Tomorrow, July 12th!

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

Fall Event Planning Meeting 07/05 at 7pm

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

June Business meeting tonight, 06/28, at 7pm

Greetings Bryn Gwlad! It’s that time again, business meeting is tonight at 7pm. Unfortunately, we have not received any bids for our joint event with Shadowlands, so we will be discussing next steps as well as the general business of the Barony. I hope to see you all tonight! Till this evening,Don Orazio d’AssisiBG Seneschal … Read more

Midsummer Revel — We Want Your Help for an A&S Display!

Our Minister of Arts and Sciences, Sigrun de Birca, is asking for people to display their A&S works at our upcoming Midsummer Revel! We want to showcase your work! There will be a table (or tables) set up to display works in progress finished projects documentation samples (if you have them handy) If you will … Read more

In-person events are happening! Here is what you need to fill out to participate.

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

Bardshal Midsummer Revel

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

25 May 2021 – Chivalric practice cancelled

Greetings to the Barony. Due to an unforeseen alighment of the stars, the Baronial KM, nor any of his uplines will be attending practice tonight. After discussion with the Seneschal, tonights chiv practice is canceled. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In Service,Riddari Vilhjalmr ThursasprengirSRKM (Southern Regional Knight Marshal) For the latest details … Read more

Populace in the Park is back June 1st (and other reopening updates)

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

Update: Adult, outdoor, martial practices can resume (with restrictions)

The Ansteorran Earl Marshal has released new guidance for adult, outdoor martial activities. “Effective May 1st all adult martial practices resume with alignment to Society event restrictions” Ansteorra Martial Reopening Guidance The Bryn Gwlad In-Person Activity Status page has been updated Future updates will follow once we know if/how this impacts the current Kingdom A&S … Read more

Online Platform Survey April 2021 – View the Response Summaries Now!

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Last week, I conducted a survey of the populace in order to gather information related to how you use online platforms to engage with Bryn Gwlad online. I’ve summarized the results (and made pretty charts and tables), and have them available for you to view here!

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.

See the full presentation here!

Please feel free to reach out to be via email (webminister at bryn-gwlad.ansteorra.org) if you have questions, comments, suggestions, or more.

Lady kolfinna inn kyrra Ottarsdottir
Bryn Gwlad Webminsiter

See the full presentation here!

Business Meeting is Tonight at 7pm!

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Apologies for the delay in the announcement! Tonight is the Bryn Gwlad Business meeting! This is the monthly business meeting where Bryn Gwlad, the Austin, TX chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronisms, meets to hear officer reports, discuss upcoming activities, seek volunteers for events, brainstorm activities we want to plan, discuss financial matters, and … Read more

Fall Event Survey, Tell us What you Think!

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

Join the March Business Meeting Tomorrow Night in Zoom

What: Bryn Gwlad’s Monthly Business MeetingWhen: Monday, 22 March 2021Time: 7pm – 830pm CDT (usually ends by 745pm)Where: Zoom! Get the link from our Baronial Calendar Sync the details from our calendar to yours! This is the monthly business meeting where Bryn Gwlad meets to hear officer reports, discuss upcoming activities, seek volunteers for events, brainstorm … Read more

Bryn Gwlad Business Meeting — Monday, 22 February

Join us tomorrow evening for the monthly business meeting for all things Bryn Gwlad. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7pm and will be hosted via the Zoom platform. The Bryn Gwlad calendar will be updated tomorrow as soon as the links are available. Join us at 7pm tomorrow! Check the calendar for the … Read more

Invisible Disabilities and the SCA – Upcoming Panel Discussion

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

Business Meeting tonight! 01/25 @7PM

Greetings Bryn Gwlad! January has flown by and it is time for our monthly business meeting. While we continue to follow kingdom and local guidance on distancing the meeting will continue to take place on zoom with the details to follow below. A couple of notable things on the agenda:– Candlemas update– Officer transitions– Storage/trailer … Read more

Join tomorrow’s business meeting! Links below!

Tomorrow will be the final business meeting of 2020! 28 December 2020 7pm-8pm CST Zoom: https://austinisd-org.zoom.us/j/94149832109?pwd=djEwSDZ6SWNBNzh2am1zaEtXaEZ4Zz09 Join us to hear what the officers have been up to, the progress of the move out of the baronial storage unit, the latest updates for Candlemas, and more! Come to listen, bring topics for discussion, or just pop … Read more

Update from Society: In-person events suspended through 31 May 2021

Greetings, populace of Bryn Gwlad! There has been an update from the Board of Directors for the SCA: The suspension of in-person events (weekend long, official events) has been extended through 31 May 2021. Read the official annoumcement/document below: https://www.sca.org/news/resolution-to-suspend-in-person-sca-activity-updated-december-4-2020/ Stay safe!

Dialogue and Debate: What should we strive for?

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

The Lions Den Presents “Creating Accessibility and an Inviting Atmosphere for Non-Eurasian Personas and Cultures”

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

Business Meeting tonight 11/23

Greeting Bryng Gwlad! Sorry for the delay getting this out, please see below for the zoom details for the business meeting tonight: Topic: Bryn Gwlad Business Meeting Time: Nov 23, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://austinisd-org.zoom.us/j/94454852750?pwd=VisxUkFYVE9mUjd5eE9xVldNc1c1QT09 Meeting ID: 944 5485 2750 Passcode: 573438 Topics of interest:Officer updatesCandlemas and Covid … Read more

October Business Meeting — Tonight! 10/26, Zoom

Join us tonight for our Monthly Bryn Gwlad Business meeting! Hear reports from officers! Hear updates on Yule! Have topics for the meeting? Send them to the Seneschal (seneschal@bryn-gwlad.ansteorra.org) to get them on the agenda, or just bring them up during the meeting! Day: 26 October Time: 7pm – 8pm Platform: ZoomMeeting link: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://austinisd-org.zoom.us/j/98483599738?pwd%3DNWFKQU9oWjhSamlJQzBydTcxVWJzQT09&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1604164804348000&usg=AOvVaw1x9mQJQb6FVMYNK2dJz8g6Meeting ID: … Read more

Candlemas bids, reopen status, and open officer positions

Greetings, Bryn Gwlad! A few things to cover: First: Candlemas Bidsthank you to everyone who completed the poll on what kind of bids the Barony wants to accept for Candlemas. The votes are in and by a slim margin the most popular option was to accept both virtual and in-person bids. If anyone has any … Read more

Business Meeting Recap and Candlemas Survey

Greetings Barony! A couple of key pieces of information I want to make sure everyone sees from our September business meeting: – We are voting electronically on what type of bids we want to accept for Candlemas: virtual, in person, both, or neither. Please use the below link to vote! Since this took me an … Read more

Are you excited?! Join us for Populace hangout tonight in Discord

Tonight, 7pm, BG Discord server! Virtual populace hangout! Join is voice or text chat until 9p. Rapier drills with Orazio! Warm up, Stretch, hone your muscles and learn stuff! Heraldic consultations with Sigrun Minecraft building and event prep! Hop into discord and get your systems ready for our event on Saturday!!! Join the discord server … Read more

NCA Class: Events and Volunteering is available to watch!

The most recent NCA class, Events and Volunteering, is now available to watch on our YouTube Channel!! We are in the process of collecting the recording files for the other classes from this summer, and will add them to the playlist as we get the files. In service, kolfinna inn kyrra Otarsdottir BG Webmin

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

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

Covid 19 Update for the Barony

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

Equity and Inclusion 101 – Slides

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

DEI – What does that mean?

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

Update on in-person events

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

Purpose for the DEI Blog

“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

Bids are in for Fall Baronial – VOTE TODAY!!

Fall Baronial 2020 is the first weekend of October this year. We have had two presentations for event bids tonight during our Zoom Business Meeting.We are going to be using Survey Monkey to vote on which bid will be chosen.

If you want to look at the documents for each bid you can find them here on a Google Drive Folder;

Bid#1 Camp Arrow Head
Bid#2 Rockdale Fair Park

Survey Monkey Voting Link;
Voting will be open for 24 hours (Closing 8PM 4/28/2020) only so please spread the word and the links and use this chance to voice your opinion and choice.

Robert de Bray
Bryn Gwlad Seneschal

COVID-19 Update from Kingdom Seneschal

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 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.

Avery
Kingdom Seneschal

Monthly Business Meeting – 30 Mar – Virtual!

The March Business meeting for the Barony has been rescheduled for 30 March and it will be held virtually via Zoom. The officers will be having a test-run meeting tonight to make sure everything works without a hitch!

This month we will be meeting virtually via Zoom. You can download the app for your phone or tablet if you want to be able to speak and be visible. Otherwise you can just join the meeting via the link to watch and listen.https://zoom.us/j/7104142920
Meeting ID is 710 414 2920 

Sir Robert deBray
Bryn Gwlad Seneschal

16 Mar 2020 – COVID-19 Update

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