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Welcome to the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust! The Bailiwick is a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism serving Center City Philadelphia, South Philly, West Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and surrounding areas.

We are a non-profit educational organization devoted to the study and recreation of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We are participatory in nature: rather than being mere spectators, we dress, dance, fight and feast much as was done before the year 1600. We research various arts and sciences from our chosen period, and we share what we have learned. However, we are also a very social group: we learn while having fun!

The Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust is a canton of the Barony of Bhakail, the chapter of the SCA covering the greater Philadelphia area. A Canton is a chapter that works directly under the auspices of a larger SCA branch, such as a Barony or Province. Members of the Bailiwick are also full and active members of the Barony of Bhakail.

The Bailiwick and Barony are located in the southern tip of the ancient and mighty Kingdom of the East, the second-oldest of the nineteen kingdoms in the SCA. The Eastrealm stretches from Delaware in the south to Nova Scotia and Quebec in the north, rallying both English-speaking and Francophone SCAdians under the purple-and-gold banners of the East.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our activities or events!

New activities added – Movie Night (Fri) & Latin Lingo (Mon)

Geoffert and Xanthippe would like to open their house for activities.

We would like to host Medieval Movie night at our place on the 3rd Friday of the month. We have comfortable chairs, an 8-foot futon, and a few assorted camp and kitchen chairs. Parking is free and on the street at 54th and Walnut in west Philly. Movie time starts at 7:30. Selection of a movie to be announced. A 700-piece fantasy puzzle is in the works on the card table.

We could only see our way clear to host Latin Lingo on a Monday night. Latin was the business language of its day until French took over. We invite you to come and learn from books with Latin in them (and they frustratingly did misspell the Latin!), or bring something to work on. There even might be homework (gasp). And even perusing funny Latin in the Asterix comics. Please let us know if you are interested. We’re looking for the 4th Monday of the month.

accessibility note: We have 2 Siamese cats, and a gold tuxedo cat (1/4th Siamese).

for more information and exact address, please contact tiphdmont at comcast dot net

Rare Cooking – a project by UPenn’s rare books

“Cooking in the Archives: Updating Early Modern Recipes (1600-1800) in a Modern Kitchen” is a public food history project run by Alyssa Connell and Marissa Nicosia. Funding from a University of Pennsylvania GAPSA-Provost Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Innovation has enabled us to launch this project in June 2014. Follow our culinary and archival exploits at our blog and on twitter @rare_cooking

“Cooking in the Archives” sets out to find, cook, and discuss recipes from cookbooks produced between 1600 and 1800. This project is situated at the intersection between the practice of modern cooking and the history of early modern manuscript and printed recipe books. Penn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts holds over 100 recipe books from the early modern era. We believe these recipes belong in the modern kitchen as well as the historical archive. After all, what are recipes if not instructions for cooking?”

These days the SCA is described as an organization focused on pre-17th century Europe. The exact dates and geographic boundaries do become subject to discussion and occasional change. So I’m going to point out this local blog even though the recipes they cook vary from a tiny step out of the time period we’re focusing on – to a huge leap forward into the eighteenth century.

As far as I can tell, the earliest recipe they have shared so far is for Chery Brandy

manuscript text reads: Chery brandy - to a gallone of Brandy one dossin of blake cheryes, pound the stons in a mortar to brake them put them into an earthin pot with the brandy stir them once a day for nine dayes stop them uery close. then straine it and squeise the chereys [a]s drey as you can, then bottle it.

(read more over at Rare Cooking)
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NPR – Alter Egos – SCA

Salesman By Day, Medieval Swordsman On The Weekend

Morning Edition continues its series, “Alter Egos,” which explores weekend hobbies, with David Greene talking to Medieval re-enactor Franklin Slaton of Birmingham, Alabama.

( link to read the transcript or listen to the audio on their site)

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Museum outing Saturday 8/30

Instead of holding the tavern talks this month, some of us have planned to meet at the Penn museum on Saturday.

More precisely, we will meet at the cafeteria at noon, to make plans about what we want to see.

For those interested, the general entry is only $10 for the summer and it’s open from 10 am to 5 pm.

And here’s a link for more information. http://www.penn.museum/

Our main focus will be on the Roman antiquities, but there is also a guided tour of the Egyptian galleries from 1:30-2:30 if anyone would like to join that.

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Press – Next Pittsburgh writes about Pennsic

Midnight Madness is the night stores open late and music fills the air as people at Pennsic look for deals and friends at the merchant tents glowing in the evening light

“Pennsic War is a 17-day reunion of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) (yep, that’s the name) an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating an authentic—and they mean authentic—pre-17th century experience.

“In other words, it’s a time portal to the Middle Ages.

“Enter the gated city and the magic of the Pennsic experience unfolds. There are Spanish conquistadors, Japanese Samurai, Vikings, Romans and other Europeans, all in period costume.” (read more at the Next Pittsburgh site)

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August business meeting – 7pm Thurs. 8/21/2014

Next business meeting of the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust will be Thursday, August, 21st at 7pm.

We’ll be in the usual room (Meyerson Conference Room) on the second floor of Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut Street). If you are not a member of the UPenn community and have not attended one of our meetings before, please send me an email with your mundane name. I’ll put you on the list for the security guards, and you will need a photo ID to enter.

Agenda

Reports
  • Seneschal report (Livia Petralia)
  • MoAS report (AElfric FitzHugh)
  • Exchequer report (Philadelphia Brown)
  • Chatelaine report (Philadelphia Brown)

  • Webminister – discuss whether we want to elect a webminister or accept an EK webminister at large

Meeting Focus- recruiting for the new school year

reach goals: form a student group at Drexel

Can we do any of the following things

  • Fall Demo
  • UPenn student activities fair
  • Drexel welcome back week
  • or advertising in parallel to those events

Shall we advertise any of the following:

  • museum visit 8/30
  • Ren music & dance in Bryn Mawr Sat 10/4 for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (local gathering before?)
  • tavern talks
  • cooking days / solars

Upcoming schedule

  • Tuesday socials going to once a month, schedule posted
  • cooking days & solars, schedule posted
  • dance???
  • September meeting overlaps Rosh Hashana – do we want to reschedule
  • October bailiwick meeting needs to be rescheduled – for that matter do Thursdays still work for people’s class schedules

Events coming up (rideshares?)

  • A Day of German Celebration
  • Bhakail Champions’ Event
  • River War
  • Randy Rooster Tavern Brawl Extravaganza?
  • Wrightstown Village Renn Faire Demo
  • Bhakail Commons
  • Summer’s End Schola II
  • Shire Wars
  • Bhakail Yule

If anyone would like to meet for dinner / hanging out before or after the meeting, please contact Philadelphia Brown (or mention it on the ivyeinrust list).

Enthusiastically,
Livia Petralia

Press – City Paper writes about Pennsic

City Paper's photo of Pennsic's battlefield

Reports from a medieval war

The Pennsic War is the largest gathering in the world of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which calls itself “an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe.” Each August, around 10,000 people converge on Slippery Rock, Pa. from all over the world to set up a sprawling tent city at Cooper’s Lake campground. It even has its own street signs, some of which now show up on Google Maps. (read more at the City Paper’s site)

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Bailiwick Business Meeting – Thursday, July 17, 2014 – 7-8pm

Last business meeting before Pennsic!

Meeting with be help in the Meyerson Conference Room on the second floor of Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143). The front door to the building is from the inside of the block, up the steps behind the broken button sculpture. There is also an accessibility door to the right of the button sculpture. People who do not have a University of Pennsylvania ID are welcome and encouraged to join us, but we ask that you bring a photo ID, are willing to have our security photograph you, and send me your name so I can give the door guards a list of who we are expecting (though they will also have my phone number should you decide to come last minute).

Meeting agenda

  • Sensechal report
  • Exchequer report
  • MoAS report
  • Chatelaine report

Ongoing business

  • update on Noisemakers X
  • update on Bhakail Yule
  • other upcoming events we are helping to create?
  • other upcoming events we are attending (and maybe able to carpool to)

Meeting focus – Newcomers!
If you’re new (our newly returning to being active, or just still feeling a bit new) and in the area and looking for a place to get started, please come join us.

Also focusing on the new school year’s activity fairs.

(Might move talking about the website to this party of the meeting to see about making it as newcomer friendly as possible.)

- Livia Petralia

Tavern Talks – July 13th

Friends, Scadians, Gentles of all kith!

I wanted to remind the world that we will be holding Tavern Talks in Ivyeinrust this Sunday at a pleasant pub in West Philadelphia, the City Tap House (citytaphouse.com).

NOTE TIME CHANGE: We will be meeting from 1-3 pm this month, in spite of previous advertisements. This change was necessary in view of the weather report, new circumstances at the venue, and, most of all, the World Cup match that will be starting at 4pm. We hope that this does not inconvenience anyone unduly.

We’re going to be at City Tap House, a pub/restaurant in West Philly. It is located on the north side of Walnut Street between 39th and 40th Streets, on the 2nd floor balcony of the Radian Building. Enter through the street-level door between Capo Giro and Jimmy Johns and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. It’s tucked away, but this allows them to have a whole roof worth of pleasant open-air fire pits. Please see following the main text for directions!

This month we’ll have two speakers. Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant will be talking on the topic of how to write a recommendation for a polling order. Following that, Katya Vrtis will be introducing us to Rus garment construction and its basis on triangles. I am deeply excited for each of these! Beyond this there will be time to talk, eat, drink, and socialize.

On the topic of food, it should be noted that, in view of the earlier meeting time, we’ll have access to their Brunch menu rather than their lunch/dinner menu.

DIRECTIONS:

PARKING -
there is a paid parking lot on the northwest corner of 40th & Walnut (entrance on Walnut) attached to the Fresh Grocer.
Rates
$11 for the first hour
$2 each additional hour
up to a $30 maximum

Street parking on campus is restricted for campus move out days, but there is FREE street parking (even on the major streets) once you are as far west as 42nd Street. Again, pay attention to signs for loading areas, driveways, hydrants, and other impediments to free and easy parking.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
via train – 30th Street Station – (served by all of SEPTA’s regional rail and Amtrak) which is fourteen blocks (1.5 miles) away, but also directly adjacent to the 30th Street stop for the Market-Frankford Line and the Subway-Surface trolleys (there is an elevator to the platforms)

Market-Frankford line – to the 40th & Market stop. Walk 2 blocks south along Walnut.

Via trolley – Take the #11, #13, #34, or #36 Subway-Surface Trolleys to the 40th & Baltimore portal. Walk 4 blocks north along 40th, to Walnut.

Via bus – Take routes #21 or #40 to the 40th & Walnut stop, or take route 42 to 40th & Spruce. Walk 2 blocks north along 40th, to Walnut.

Ælfric FitzHugh
Minister of Arts & Sciences
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Tavern Talks — June wraps up and July beckons!

Gentles!

June’s Tavern Talks in the Bailiwick were quite a pleasant gathering. Lord Reijnier Verplanck gave a fascinating talk on period styles of eyewear that talked a great deal about heir production, both in period and experimental reproduction. It was seriously cool and provoked lively discussion during and after. The meeting then became a very convivial discussion of many things including SCA policy, History, and Customs, all while partaking in the leftovers of Philly Beer Week!

We in the Bailiwick are really happy that people have so actively come out for this event. We are looking forward to the July edition on July 12th at 3pm at the City Tap House again.  Livia Petralia will be organizing the July event, and we are still looking for speaker/contributors, so if you have a topic, please contact her at seneschal@ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org . And if you have a topic that you are interested in presenting, but at some point in the Fall, please send those ideas along too, as we are compiling a calendar for the Fall already! You can e-mail any ideas you have to Aelfric FitzHugh (moas@ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org), Livia Petralia (seneschal@ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org), or Brunissende Dragonette (check yahoo group for address)., as we are all sharing in the organization of this event.

Await more info on the July meeting in the approach to the 12th.

All the best, and we hope to see you in July!

Ælfric FitzHugh
MoAS
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

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Canton Social tonight

Sorry for the late email, the day got away from me!

The social is tonight at Stage One 7-9:30.  Indoors we’ll have the kid’s sewing workshop, outside will be fighting!
Not a kid & not a fighter?  No worries, bring your projects and come hang out!
 - Zhelana

June business meeting

ETA: JUNE BUSINESS MEETING IS CANCELED

 

So here I am writing up the notice and agenda for the next business meeting (which falls on this Thursday 6/19), and I don’t have much business to cover other than officer reports.

For the July meeting (7/17), however, I’d like to focus on newcomers and any pre-Pennsic planning people would like.

Do any of you have pressing business you’d like to have covered in June, or shall we next meet in July?

- Livia Petralia

Canton Social – 6/10

Greeting!
Tonight’s Social will be at Stage One (101 Plush Mill Rd) starting at 7pm and going until 9:30pm. There will be NO fencing – it has been put on hiatus until further notice. Dance will return on the 4th Tuesday, our dance master is traveling today.

The business meeting is scheduled to begin at 8, Lord Muin will be running the meeting.

Please bring projects to share!

- Zhelana

Tavern Talks – June 8th

Friends, Scadians, Gentles of all kith!

I wanted to remind the world that we will be holding the second edition of Tavern Talks in Ivyeinrust this Sunday (3-5pm) at a pleasant pub in West Philadelphia, the City Tap House (citytaphouse.com). We’re going to be a City Tap House, a pub/restaurant in West Philly. It is located on the north side of Walnut Street between 39th and 40th Streets, on the 2nd floor balcony of the Radian Building. Enter through the street-level door between Capo Giro and Jimmy Johns and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. It’s tucked away, but this allows them to have a whole roof worth of pleasant open-air fire pits. Please see following the main text for directions!

Last month, we had three speakers who each spoke for 10 minutes after each of which we had a lively 20 minute discussion.. This month we are going to try something a little different. We have one speaker, Lord Reijnier Verplanck, who will be talking about his research and work on period optics.

After this talk, I’d like to propose a round table topic that we can kick around, each of us bringing our own perspectives, expertise, and most importantly questions to the table (which will be laden, I hope, with some of the many fine brews the pub has on tap and bottled). The topic I would propose is this: Left-overs!

Broadly writ, I’d like to think and talk about scraps, byproducts, and secondary production, both intellectual and physical. How did the various cultures deal with leftovers and byproducts in various media, including knowledge production? What did they do to maximize material or effort? How do you in your recreation of medieval methods of craft and inquiry maximize scraps and byproducts? Do you feel your methods are period practice? Non-period practice, but period in mindset? Or do you have a trick that is entirely non-period, but really useful? Bring your thoughts and a hand-held craft that you don’t mind being near food, and let’s discuss!

DIRECTIONS:

PARKING -
there is a paid parking lot on the northwest corner of 40th & Walnut (entrance on Walnut) attached to the Fresh Grocer.
Rates
$11 for the first hour
$2 each additional hour
up to a $30 maximum

Street parking on campus is restricted for campus move out days, but there is FREE street parking (even on the major streets) once you are as far west as 42nd Street. Again, pay attention to signs for loading areas, driveways, hydrants, and other impediments to free and easy parking.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
via train – 30th Street Station – (served by all of SEPTA’s regional rail and Amtrak) which is fourteen blocks (1.5 miles) away, but also directly adjacent to the 30th Street stop for the Market/Franford Line and the Subway-Surface trolleys (there is an elevator to the platforms)

Market-Frankford line – to the 40th & Market stop. Walk 2 blocks south along Walnut. Cross Walnut and find us next to the Rave Movie Theater

Via trolley – Take the #11, #13, #34, or #36 Subway-Surface Trolleys to the 40th & Baltimore portal. Walk 4 blocks north along 40th, to Walnut. Turn left and find us next to the movie theater.

Via bus – Take routes #21 or #40 to the 40th & Walnut stop, cross the street, and find us next to the Bridge, or take route 42 to 40th & Spruce. Walk 2 blocks north along 40th, to Walnut. Turn left.

Ælfric FitzHugh
Minister of Arts & Sciences
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Music at “Dining with Elizabeth”

Bonjour mes amis!

Since it somehow seems to be June already (how is this spring going by so quickly?!?), I’d like to start rounding up the folks interested in singing/playing music at the Dining With Elizabeth event in Hartshorn-dale on June 28. There are specific slots planned during the course of the afternoon for music, and I expect this will be both a very fun event and a fantastic venue for performance.

I have a couple of vocal pieces in mind — and if people have favorite madrigals, I’m happy to take all suggestions. We should have at least one or two practices prior to the event, which can happen at canton social on Tuesday nights, my house on Sundays, and/or elsewhere depending on who’s coming and what works.

Everyone who’d like to sing or play is welcome. Please write me off-list to let me know if you’re coming, what voice part (or instrument) you prefer, and whether you read sheet music or not. Thanks!

-Sabine