Curia Notes 2015


In Attendance: Abelard, Cecilia, Arnbjorn, Hafgrimm, Constanz, Hamish, Magnus, Karl, Beatrice, Raven, Mathilde, Corin, Myfanway, Asabella, Kateryn, Dahrien

Officer Reports:

Baroness: Went to 12th Night and had a good time. A couple people were put on vigil for the Pelican. Their site tokens were fantastic - silver rings stamped with 'An Bon En' (A good year). The demo went great - we put forth a great effort. We need some officer positions filled, and need a steward for Border Skirmish. Also, read a thank you letter from Their Highnesses.

Exchequer: Absent.

Quartermaster: Our stuff is mostly good. Looking for the tub of utensils - will follow up with Rhys.

Minister of Children: Office is open.

Herald: Beatrice has a new device. (Took seven months, which is about average for Northshield.) Yay! Also, an overdue award was presented at the demo: Alexander du Vatine received a Black Flame.

Chronicler: Reports are due Monday, January 26.

Webminister: Website works. Hey, change your passwords!

Minister of Arts and Sciences: Absent.

Knights Marshal: Practices continue on Thursdays. Four new people in the process of assembling their kits and training, all of whom came from the LARP community.

Archery Marshal: Still shooting things, nobody has died yet. Next month will begin the Interkingdom Winter Shoot on Monday nights.

Rapier Marshal: Absent.

Youth Minister: Absent.

Chatelaine: Order new business cards, or wait until a successor is chosen? Will wait for successor. Letters of Intent due tonight. Has some things to change on the website. A few new people have expressed interest in a number of areas - she has directed these people to the appropriate contacts in the Barony.

Seneschal: Will be out of commission for roughly two months. Arnbjorn (deputy) will cover for her.

Guilds and Groups:

Brewing and Vintning: Continue to brew, vint, and drink.

Cooking and Herbal: Continue to cook and herbalize, otherwise on hiatus.

Calligraphy and Illumination: Meeting first Wednesday of each month in the Student Union at UWM. (Note for all meetings at Student Union: You can park in the basement of the Union, in the lot on Kenwood south of the Union, in the lot north of the Library, or on the street.)They have been requested for a demo with a Girl Scout troop in Brookfield - the scouts are working on a calligraphy merit badge. 6:30 - 7 February 2. If interested contact Beatrice.

Clothiers Guild: Sunday January 25, 12-5 at UWM Student Union room 250.

Dance: Wednesday, January 28th at UWM Student Union room 250 from 7-8:30.

UWM Group: Welcome to Mathilde, president of the group. Group meets every Wednesday evening from 7-10 at the Student Union at UWM. Enthusiastic group. They have a Student Involvement Fair on February 11, and also a demo at Geek Week on Tuesday, February 17 from 10-3. They have a budget to do marketing and print fliers and banners, will serve hot apple cider and fruit water, possibly also marzipan and cookies. Possibly fighting demo - will let us know. Be there at 9 for the 10 AM start, stop at 3 and need to clear out by 4. They will provide tables and chairs. Roughly 50 square feet. Removable barricades to make a list field and dance space. Tables for gaming or whatever. We have signed a contract with them declaring that we are entertainers. If you can commit in advance Beatrice can get you a parking pass.

Old Business:

Green Knight Tournament: New website updates. Planning meeting Sunday January 25, 4 PM, Student Union at UWM, room 250.

Fall Coronation: No updates.

Midwinter Gaming Demo Review: Great demo. We had 27 people from CAM, Jara, Darkstone, Falcon's Keep, and other locations. Middle eastern and English Country dancing - both taught and led dancing. The fighting was awesome and hard - and we didn't wreck the room or the chandelier. Lots of people took fliers. Three people signed up to receive more information, but that's no longer an indication of interest. The people who ran the event enjoyed having us. We fit in really well. That was our demographic. Everyone afterwards was wiped out. Court went well. Photos were great. Space was less than ideal, but we survived. Could have possibly eliminated a table or two, but the room orientation was effective. Thank you to everyone. We've never tapped this community, and have just started to reach out to them in the last year; almost all of our new people have come from this avenue. We hope to have a bigger room next year, assuming we decide to go back. 15 LARP groups, many of whom don't know who we actually are. Please tag the photos and use social media to spread the word. (Want to tap the college groups in this capacity too, because they use Facebook, Instagram, and twitter more than we do.) Special thanks to Don Cy, who did a great job as emcee - he kept up a constant patter which was very repetitious to us but very informative and great for observers. Lots of the non-CAM people were there because Hamish called in favors. The fighting was definitely the biggest draw because it made noise. (Note to fighters - use shields more often at demos.) See if we can get a later start time for the actual demo. Parking cost money, which was too bad. General recommendation appears to be that we should do this at least one more year, possibly more.

New Business:

Demo: We've been asked if we will rent regalia and 'set pieces' for a father/daughter dance. We decided that we don't want to risk the ancient and honorable banners and thrones.

Border Skirmish Event Steward: Raven volunteered to be the CAM steward for the event. Kateryn will provide her with more information.

Peer moot: Sunday, Feb 8. UWM Student Union, room 240. 11-4. Free parking. Posted the details on the CAM list, as well as an essay about the concept. (This is also posted from the CAM calendar page.) Essentially, this is a chance to have the meta discussion about what the current peerages are, what does the populace expect from a peer, what do the other peers expect, what does it take to be a peer, and so on. This is an opportunity to discuss all of these questions with others in a large discussion area. Everyone is welcome.

Chatelaine Office: We had a letter of intent from Beatrice. With only one applicant, we moved and voted to abbreviate the process. We discussed the candidate and voted to make her the new Chatelaine (effective at April Curia).



In Attendance: Abelard, Albrecht, Eva, Diana, Willow, Karl, Beatrice, Mathilde, Annetje, Moira, Kateryn, Arnbjorn, Corin, Myfanway, Asabella

Officer Reports:

Baroness: We had a demo. It went really well. Others will talk more about it. Thank you to everyone who helped, either in or out of garb. This weekend is Scribin' And Imbibin' in Mount Prospect, IL (<a href=""></a>) and Haire Affair in Falcon's Keep (<a href=""></a>). The next weekend is Fighter's School in Windhaven (<a href=""></a>), featuring Deja's elevation and the first vigilant for the Order of Defense.

Chatelaine: We had a demo today. Fabulous turnout - 3 armored combatants, between 8-10 SCA folks overall, including all four student officers. Painting, shooting the mini-trebuchet, food, drink, games, books, and the geek week budget paid for it all. We also have a set of 25 tabletop pictures (two-sided sandwich board things with demo pictures on each side) to use for future demos. Lots of people took fliers, some people also signed up. We hope it pays off for the student group, and they should know more after their weekly Wednesday night meeting. Beatrice will be taking over as Chatelaine, and she will order new business cards. Need to organize another demo at the library. Also, we have interest from some new people, and a donation of some new garb.

Exchequer: Office is open. We have money. Do we want to keep doing the scrip program? (Summary: buy gift cards at face value, use them at face value, the Barony receives a percentage of the face-value price of the card.) People will have to actually use it. You do need to plan ahead, but it's a good investment. They are available for such stores as JoAnn Fabrics, Best Buy, Pick n Save, Piggly Wiggly, and Target. In short, if not this fundraiser, what should we do? Look at the list at <a href=""></a>, or our list at <a href=""></a> and <a href=""></a>. Contact Moira with orders.

Quartermaster: Nothing to report.

Herald: Diana's name and device have passed!

Chronicler: Will encourage everyone to write 'small stories', such as the one someone posted about a whiteout on the way to Val Day. Deadline for articles and officer reports is Saturday, Feb 21.

Webminister: Need a bill for the website. Will move Scrip links to the front page. We need to discuss options for the CAM email list, because the current platform is going away - the webminister and his deputies will discuss options and present them via the CAM list, before April 15. (Google groups, yahoo groups, SimpleMail?)

Minister of Arts and Sciences: Health has been improving, and has been attending classes. Will make it to the March Curia meeting. Classes are coming re: making garb for 14th century.

Knights Marshal: Fighting continues on Thursday nights at the Airsoft Arena.

Archery: CAM has contributed 6/29ths of the Northshield score for the Winter Shoot!

Rapier: Continue to have practice on Thursday nights at the Airsoft Arena. Don Charismos is going to hold training tournaments with prizes at practice - watch the CAM list and facebook rapier group for more information.

Youth Combat: There will be youth fighting at Haire Affair and Fighter's School, including classes, authorizations, and tournaments.

Seneschal: Cecilia is pushing through her treatments, and we're all rooting for her. Send her email and positive vibes and good thoughts!

Old Business:

Border Skirmish: Diana met with Michael from Ravenslake. The theme for the event this year is Norse, including Valkyries who will choose one combatant from each field to take to Valhalla. He will send a list of open positions soon, which include Chatelaine, Setup, Cleanup, and Security. They would like to use the large barbecue grills which are in our storage locker (which is fine). What did the heavy weapons folks use for hay bales last year? (I think we used hay bales.) Note, we don't get the horse barn for free this year because we didn't do the Memorial Day demo last year, which (at least last year) was a $750 deal. Who has the two-way radios? (Various people.) What big tents does the Barony have? (The carport for Troll and the Baronial Shade Fly.)

Green Knight Tournament: We had the first planning meeting. The website is up. We're in the planning stages for some project days with the Clothiers Guild. Staffing needs will be posted in the next week or so. One pre-reg so far! (<a href=""></a>)

Meeting sites: Does anyone have anything new? UWM seems nice...

Exchequer Letters of Intent: We have one applicant, Asabella. She has an accounting background and wants the job, and she gets along with Moira so the transition will be easy. We voted to abbreviate the process, as per the bylaws. We voted, and she passed. Transition will happen in April after the first quarter report is done.

Peer Moot: We had 15 people, and it went very well. Representatives from all walks of SCA life and all peerages. There were good, interesting conversations. If there is interest, Beatrice would be happy to do it again. Will send a summary of the moot to the Tower.

New Business:

Coronation Bid: We don't have the resources to put this together at this time, and Their Highnesses have other bids, so we won't put one in this time.

CAM List: See the webminister report.

Tablecloths: Juliana and Nikea would like to borrow some tablecloths for June 20th. Okay? Okay.

Order of Defense Event: Their Majesties are looking for an event on May 1-2 for an Order of Defense event. Event bids are due Friday. Kateryn believes this is a bit aggressive and that we should not do this.

Boar's Head 2015: We need a contract from Washington County Fairgrounds if we're going to use them. We need to look at what we're doing - if this is a feast event, we need a place which will allow us to cook, and if we don't have to cook then we can look at lots of other places. (The number of people attending feast has been declining for years.) We could look at UWM as an option (they have plenty of space), but the catering contract may be prohibitive. Also, we need assurances that they will still have an active group in December. We'll know more soon - they will do research. In the meanwhile, we'll ask them to pencil us in and request a contract.

New sites: Keep your eyes open for new buildings.

Guilds and Groups:

Brewing and Vintning: Contact Jean and Katerina.

Calligraphy and Illumination: Eva taught a C&I class for the UWM students about Visconti drafting and it went well. Eva has also been invited by the local High School to teach illumination: 3-4 classes with homework. Kateryn and Beatrice taught C&I to a girl scout troop which also went well. FYI, at least two teachers per ten students.

Herbal and Cooking: On hiatus.

Dance: Excellent turnout at the last dance meeting - eight dancers, who learned four dances and discussed etiquette. The UWM student union provided a sound system. Next one is Feb 25, and we know how to make more space for dancing next time.

Clothiers: Met on Jan 25. Discovered that a noon meeting on a Sunday doesn't work - church is just letting out then, and streets and subsequent parking are insane. These meetings will now be from 12:30-4:30 at the UWM Union. Next meeting is March 1 at UWM, and will not have a focus; in the future we'll work on construction of garb, and might focus on Burgundian garb.

UWM: It might be possible to secure space on a Sunday afternoon (1-4) in a high-ceilinged room for fighter's practice. Still recruiting! The middle Wednesdays of the month are lightly attended, but the first and last (C&I and Dance) are more heavily attended. The light days will get better as we add topics and interests.

Woodworking: The outdoor shop is closed for the winter. Corin will look at re-engineering the tables (for Green Knight Tournament) to increase speed of production. See the Green Knight website for more information about sponsoring or purchasing a table. (<a href=""></a>)



In Attendance: Abelard, Hafgrimm, Druscilla, Beatrice, Diana, Arnbjorn, Geoffrey, Tatiana, Magnus, Karl, Konstanz, Alice, Kateryn, Eva, Albrecht

Officer Reports:

Baroness: Is not at Gulf Wars.

Exchequer: Handing off the office to Asabella in April.

Quartermaster: We have stuff. Nikea is borrowing tablecloths.

Herald: No registrations in this month's LOAR. Expecting some next month.

Chronicler: Articles for the April Song of the Tower due Friday, March 27. Please email with a subject line which includes 'Song of the Tower' so it doesn't get lost amidst the flood of other email.

Webminister: We have a website. Working on the future CAM mailing list - currently testing google groups. We're hoping to send invitations to the current CAM list. Office is open - Letters of Intent due by May Curia. Will put this information in a letter to the Tower.

Minister of Arts and Sciences: A&S is going well, no injuries reported. Regaining her feet after health issues, recovering. Do we want to host the SUN first weekend in November? Sadly, we expect to be too busy with Boar's Head. MOAS will respond to the question from the MOAS mailing list.

Knights Marshal: Practice continues. We have several new fighters training towards their authorizations, as well as some new transplants from other areas. In the last few weeks he has been redistributing some loaner armor with the idea that if you have authorized or have had the armor for a year it's time for other people to be able to use it. Spoke last week with the new owners of the Airsoft Arena and we will continue with the current arrangement. Amadan has agreed to become an MIT. No practice 3/19.

Archery: Moving to outdoor practices mid-May. Shooting is good, we're having fun, nobody has died. Master Bardolph and his son are coming to practices now.

Rapier: Practice continues. Don Charismos is holding special tournaments at the last practice of each month - the last one was won by Don Dante.

Youth: Will sort out the status of youth combat.

Chatelaine: Has contacted the library twice to set up the library demo but hasn't gotten a response. Beatrice will take this office in April.

Seneschal: Coming up on six months - Office is open, Letters of Intent due at May Curia.

Old Business:

Border Skirmish: Theme is Viking. Lots of open offices. A&S Organizer, Boffer Marshal in Charge, Heavy Marshal in Charge, Security Chief, Waterbearer. Maybe Thrown Weapons. Note to all marshals: inspect the field a few weeks in advance to see if the site has made any modifications. Equestrian is happening and is arranged. Michael (Ravenslake) will arrange to get the grills, CAM radios, and 'the garage' to the event. Might need CAM list poles. The food tavern will be open. Make sure the ad goes into the Northwatch and Pale by April 1 to get into the May issues.

Green Knight: Will get updates to Dahrien for the website. There are open staff positions which will also be posted there. Need photos of the tables.

New Business:

BH 2015 Contract: Looks like last year's, but there are some errors which need to be corrected. Will take at least a month. Meanwhile, Beatrice is investigating UWM - they have lots of space available that weekend. We have a tentative hold on it. Hamish might have recipes to give them for catering (required if we have feast). There is a bar in the basement which might be able to provide a mobile bar. Will charge for catering, setup (if we need it), mobile bar (if it's available); site is otherwise free. Also, weapons policy prohibits carrying or wearing live steel (including rapier) between buildings; Beatrice will ask to make sure fighting (heavy and rapier) is okay in this space. Diana has also spoken with the theater which may be able to host rapier fighting. Beatrice will investigate these costs and policies.

Outdoor practices: Heavy would rather not do Wednesday nights because it conflicts with Jara and Ayreton. Maybe we can look at a joint Sunday practice again?

Guilds and Groups:

Brewing and Vintning: People who are interested should speak with Jean and Katerina. Also, Northern Brewers might be interested in hosting a meeting.

Calligraphy and Illumination: Eva taught "painting visconti" to the UWM group. Unthemed meeting in April. Eva is also teaching an after-school class at her high school - currently doing visconti, next will do calligraphy.

Cooking and Herbal: On hiatus. Hamish suggested possibly a themed cooking day in the future...

Dance: Met on 3/11 and had a fun and energetic meeting with 7 people in attendance. We did Heart's Ease, Jenny Pluck Pears, Rufty Tufty, and 2 Bransles. We will be finishing the chalkboard list from last week at the 3/25 meeting. The next meeting is at UWM on 3/25 at 7pm in room 250.

Clothier: Met March 1 for four hours, and the nine attendees worked on lots of projects. Still want to teach classes and hold construction days to make 14th century clothing in advance of the Green Knight Tournament. Note, they have a facebook group.

UWM: Last few meetings have been relatively well-attended. Had a transplant from another Kingdom join for dancing. Still holding C&I the first Wednesday and dance on the last Wednesday of the month, and the 'middle' Wednesdays have been lightly attended because they are not themed. Note, no meeting on 3/18 because of Spring Break. Added a couple new people, and a couple people are graduating. Might be able to get Karl's son (who is transferring in the fall) or Hafrgimm's wife to join as well. Not sure when summer space opens for reservations, so can't guarantee us meeting space yet.

Woodworking: The cusp of woodworking season is upon us, so the shops will open soon.

Next meeting: April 21 at UWM.



In Attendance: Abelard, Arnbjorn, Hamish, Michael of Ravenslake, Eva, Albrecht, Mysie, Dahrien, Diana, Kateryn, Moira, Asabella, Corin, Myfanway

Officer Reports:

Baroness: We have a new King and Queen. We're sorry to hear of the passing of the previous King and Queen. We also have a new Baron - congratulations to His Excellency Hamish. Her Majesty named some of the Barony as members of the Queen's Guard. Sir Jean has gone on a quest. The weather was beautiful. We had some excitement on the trip home - there was lumber in the road, and Her Excellency's horse threw a shoe. But everything worked out okay. And, her report has been turned in on time.

Herald: See the Northwatch. Congratulations to Her Majesty Sigrid, whose device has passed. Congratulations to Her Excellency Sofbinspa, whose device has passed. And congratulations to Hamish, who has been named a Baron of Vlad and Petranella II's court.

Chronicler: April Tower has been delayed. The May Tower deadline is Monday, April 27.

Webminister: New mailing list. If you aren't receiving email and you think you should be, please contact the webminister or his deputies (Hafgrimm, Abelard, and Dahrien). Also, office will be open soon - letters of intent are due by May Curia.

Minister of Arts and Sciences: People are making things, people are learning things, and nobody has bled to death.

Knights Marshal: We had more authorizations at Fighters' School: Ivar (called Coasty) authorized rapier, and Rurik authorized weapon/shield. We acquitted ourselves well at Gulf Wars - received many tokens from royalty of other lands