Elfsea’s Virtual Baronial College

The Plague Can’t Keep Us Down

You are cordially invited to join the Barony of Elfsea for a full day of classes, fellowship, and fun

November 7, 2020 · 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Event Registration: FREE

Technical Info: Classes will be held via Zoom. Links to the class schedule and classrooms will be posted here and Facebook as they become available.

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Plans are underway for a virtual gate, Populace Participation Contest, and a room for those who just want to hang out and chat.

While attending dressed in garb is encouraged, it is not required.

And now the dreaded fine print:
Site is wet or dry, it is up to you. While not required, libations in period containers does look rather nice.
Above ground fire pits are NOT permitted in the living room or anywhere indoors for that matter.
All pets welcomed and may run freely; however, you might want to use the mute button when necessary.

Event Stewards

H.L. Franklin Whitenhale of Cheshire (Frank Warner)
6560 C.R. 274
Breckenridge, TX 76424

H.L. Aaliz du Lac (Alicia Kays)


Mistress Miriel du Bois, charlotte.dubose@gmail.com
H.L. Silvana Corwin, Rachelm.schubert@gmail.com


Lady Melodie de Rayes


Gabriel of Maccuswell


Lady Katherine De Kroepseur


Baron William Palfrey


Lady Astrid Flokadottir


Each room uses the same Zoom session for the entire day. Please click the Zoom link for the room hosting the class you wish to attend.

Room TimeRoom 1Room 2Room 3Room 4Room 5Room 6
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9:00 - 10:00Pelican PanelAttaching Feathers to HatsJewelry Painting for Late Period ScrollsGREAT HALLBlackworkAfrican Cooking and Foodstuffs
10:00 - 11:00Order of Defense PanelTasselsPeriod Games
11:00 - 12:00Chivalry PanelPeriod Bardic for the Modern AudienceMusician Health in the SCAPatterning Bilauts
1:30 - 2:30Rose PanelEverything LargessMoneying in the SCAGREAT HALLEverything You Need to Know About Archery Before the Store4-Fold Islamic Geometry Draw-Along
2:30 - 3:30Laurel PanelAccessorizing for a More Period LookSong of Songs WorkshopThe History of Herbals
3:30 - 4:30Royal Family PanelMaking the Frisbee Hat13th Century Armor

Class Descriptions

Room 1

9:00 – 10:00: Pelican Panel Q&A

Adalia von der Berg
Asoph Hearts
Rey Ribeaumont

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10:00 – 11:00: Order of Defense Panel Q&A

Robin of Gilwell
Orlando Giovanni
Etienne de Montagu

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11:00 – 12:00: Chivalry Panel Q&A

Duke Abd al-Mahdi Jamal ibn Hakim, knighted 01/1994 (Ansteorra)
Duke Hrafn Óláfsson, knighted 03/2008 (Ansteorra)
Sir Alejandro Ramirez Mendoza, knighted 06/2012 (Ansteorra) 
Viscount Duncan ap Llywellyn,
knighted 12/2016 (West)
Sir Absolon of Hereford, knighted 11/2018 (Ansteorra)

A one hour, open panel discussion with members of the Chivalry to discuss what they look for in a Chivalry candidate, what being a member of the Chivalry means, how they see the Chivalry path, the importance of specific tournaments, etc…

The moderator will provide introductions and assist with getting the questions asked in an orderly manner. The moderator for the panel will be Duchess Sonja Ryzaja.

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1:30 – 2:30: Rose Panel Q&A

Queen Margherita de Mantua, Became a Rose 04/2017 (Ansteorra)
Duchess Margaret ny Connor , Became a Rose 10/1992 (East).               
NOTE: Reigned in 2 kingdoms; East and Ansteorra.
Duchess Gabrielle van Nijenrode, Became a Rose 09/1995 (East).
NOTE: Reigned 6 times; East(2) and Aethelmearc (4).
Duchess Valeria Richila Navarro, Became a Rose in 07/1997 (Ansteorra)
Countess Eleanor di Michelozzo Gianfigliazzi, Became a Rose in 11/2010 (Caid)  
Countess Michelle Chantal de Charente , Became a Rose in 04/2015 (Ansteorra)

A one hour, open panel discussion with members of the Order of the Rose to discuss what it means to be a Rose, how Roses can give back to the Kingdom, responsibilities of a Royal consort, perceptions vs reality of being a Rose, etc…

The moderator will provide introductions and assist with getting the questions asked in an orderly manner. The moderator for the panel will be Duchess Sonja Ryzaja (Rose in 10/2016 – Ansteorra).

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2:30 – 3:30: Laurel Panel Q&A

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3:30 – 4:30: Royal Family Panel Q&A

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Room 2

9:00 – 10:00: Attaching Feathers to Hats

Anne von Wiese

Attaching feathers to wool or other cloth hats using stitching or tying.

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1:30 – 2:30: Everything Largess. What it is, who can give it out and lots of ideas to inspire.

H. L. Etienett de Bitche

What is largess, who can give it out and lots of ideas to inspire.

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2:30 – 3:30: “Make it Work”: Accessorizing for a More Period Look

Etienne de Montagu

Tired of looking like a generic SCAer? Want to stand out without a ton of effort? This class will look at some easy steps you can take to look more historical and less off-the-rack. (Note: while the lessons here apply to everyone, the class primarily focuses on men’s clothing.)

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3:30 – 4:30: The Frisbee Hat – Making the Mary Magdalene Hat from Rogier Van Der Weydan, 1450

Marie la Verriere

This class will be a study of the hat worn by Mary Magdalene in the portrait painted by Rogier Van Der Weydan. noted artisan of the 15th Century. We will discuss the fashion of this hat, as well as how to go about making your own version using modern techniques.

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Room 3

9:00 – 11:00: Jewelry Painting for Late Period Scrolls

Aline Hopton

Materials: As this is a paint-along, if the students wish to participate in that portion of the class they will need to gather some materials beforehand. Please see the handout.
Description: Gems, pearls and gold jewelry are a common feature of late period (15th & 16th century) European manuscript art. This class will observe examples of period jewelry and then explain the various shading techniques that can be used to recreate them on our modern SCA scrolls. We will also paint a small example piece together. In order to take part in the paint-along portion some preparation is necessary. Please see the handout for the list of materials and the example drawing. This class will have a different line drawing and focus on different shapes than the course from August 2020.

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11:00 – 12:00: Period Bardic for the Modern Audience

Mistress Biatrichi Canzionari Di Palmero

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1:30 – 2:30: Introduction to Moneying in the SCA

Lord Rüdiger the Moneyer

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This class will discuss how one can begin moneying with modern tools and medieval methods. Expect a Q&A style session with a focus on the tools and methods used to create coinage as an individual.

2:30 – 4:30: Song of Songs Workshop

Magistra Iselda de Narbonne (Atlantia)

Lady Iselda de Narbonne, director of the online choral group Falsa Musica, will lead a workshop on online choral singing, featuring a medieval plainchant setting of “En dilectus meus.” You can hear Falsa Musica performing this piece here (this recording features two antiphonal settings from “The Song of Songs.” “En dilectus” is the second): https://youtu.be/NsDaKwU0j8Y
In this workshop, we will warm up together, discuss some of the music theory and history behind this and similar pieces, and then learn and sing it together as a choir on Zoom. If there’s interest we may also record the piece (attendees will have the option of turning off their cameras and/or muting themselves during the recording).

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Room 5

9:00 – 10:00: Blackwork


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10:00 – 11:00: Tassels


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11:00 – 12:00: Musician Health in the SCA – Vocal and Instrumental Performance

Teuctli Tenochcacuicatl Delmar (Lord Tenoch)

Ages 12+
This introductory class addresses the various health and pedagogical concerns that may arise when performing in the SCA, both in vocal and instrumental settings. Topics covered will include personal health habits, environmental factors, ergonomics vs authenticity, and how to have conversations with your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have.


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1:30 – 3:30: Everything You Need to Know About Archery Before You Go To The Store

Master Sebastian

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3:30 – 4:30: 13th Century Armor

Sir Absolon

How to research period sources and interpret them for accurate recreation, with 13th century armor as an in-depth example.

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Room 6

9:00 – 10:00: African Cooking and Foodstuffs on the subcontinent during the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Mistress Ahima, Calontir

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10:00 – 11:00: Period Games

Duke Hrafn Olafsson

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10:00 – 11:00: Patterning Bilauts

Lady Barbara

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1:30 – 2:30: 4 fold Islamic Geometry Draw-Along

Lord Aki Seulf

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2:30 – 3:30: The History of Herbals

Lady Czyne Nadelin, formerly Christiana del Norte

The History of Herbals is a brief look at 11 Herbals written from 70 CE to 1597. We will see what makes them unique, some of their cures, and a little bit about the authors and their times. This class is not meant as medical advice. Please seek a medical professional if you require one.

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