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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!

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

Tavern talks – would you like to speak?

Gentles,

Do you have something that you’ve been researching intensively and want to spread the word? Have you gotten so embroiled in a topic that you want to air it out and get advice? Have you tried something that you’ve not found anyone else doing? We are interested in topics that run the gamut of our hobby.

We’d love to hear from you. The format is a 10 minute informal presentation followed by 20 minutes of convivial conversation, all at a pleasant pub. Our general meeting schedule is the 2nd Sunday of each month (though we’re skipping August for obvious reasons). Our June 8th meeting could use another speaker, and we are eager to create a list of general interest for meetings in July and throughout the Fall. So if you have a topic, but don’t think you’d be ready until October, let us know! We’re looking to the future, so that would be perfect. Likewise, if you could do something on the 8th of June that would be great.

May the sun shine upon your paths!

Ælfric FitzHugh
MoAS
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Judging A&S interest

Greetings Bhakaili’s!!

I have 2 teachers interested in coming to Bhakail to teach.

One is for bead making (a small class)

and one is for arrow making.

If you are interested in either one please contact me at arts@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

Annteje

Tavern Talks (June 8th and July 13th)

Hello,

I’d like to thank everyone who cam out to our inaugural Tavern Talks meeting on Sunday, May 11th. We had three great talks with lively discussion following each. We are forging ahead in planning talks for June and July. While the precise speaker line-ups are still in flux, I wanted to publicize the dates.

We’ll be in the same location, the City Tap House  in West Philly on June 8th and July 13th at 3pm on both occasions.

I am still finalizing the speaker line-ups, so please await more details in the coming weeks. But, if you are interested in making these dates, please mark your calendars!

Yours,

Ælfric FitzHugh
MoAS
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

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Wrightstown Faire, Sept 21-22

Greetings!

We’ve mentioned this at the past couple of business meetings and it’s been in The Salamander (note: PDF link), but we wanted to get the word out a bit more and see if we could pull in more participants. The Wrightstown Faire – an annual fundraiser for a library in the Shire of Buckland Cross – will be happening again this year, September 21st and 22nd. Ysmay and I had a wonderful time last year: the fencing and fighting demonstrations, the medieval games tent, the A&S tents where classes and demonstrations here held…

This year, we’ve been invited specifically to participate in a larger way, not just locally but the SCA’s participation as a whole is hoped to be bigger. We are not just invited to participate, though, but also to *camp*! We can set up on Friday and camp through Sunday; during the day, of course, the focus is on the public event, but after hours, we’re welcome to stay and camp. We can have as much space as we need, especially if we are offering activities, classes, entertainments, etc. and *especially* if we’re catering to younger audiences. Merchants are also welcome, but should coordinate with the organizer as he wants to make sure that there’s no conflict in offerings, etc.

We’ll be looking to set up tournaments of some sort, to encourage fighting and fencing, so we encourage all fighters and fencers to consider participating for service and glory. Spending some extra time to explain arms and armor – whether SCA or historic – would be *greatly* appreciated. A&S should also be well-represented; anything that could be interactive would be excellent, but anything we can show and talk on would be appreciated, as well.

For those who participate, whether you wish to camp or not, dinner will be provided following the close of the site on Saturday as well as Friday night (for setup and/or just hanging out) and Sunday we’ll see whether lunch or dinner makes more sense, if everyone will be more interested in tearing down than staying late following the close of the Faire.

Depending on what we can offer as participation, we can command as much space as we need, up to and including a choice spot in front of the main entrance, if we’re appealing enough ;)

We encourage all to consider participating, as much or as little as possible, for service to a worthy charity and to the SCA in doing this. Anyone wishing to participate – especially with demonstrations, classes, fighting, fencing and the like – please reach out to me, Mael Eoin, as soon as possible. Even if you’re not comfortable with the public, please consider participating; we can have someone else help with interacting with the public :) (Such as myself: I can do little by way of A&S but I can talk up a crowd.)

For any and all who choose to participate, we thank you in advance!

In Service,
Mael Eoin mac Echuid & Ysmay de Lynn
Baron & Baroness of Bhakail

All external links are not part of the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust’s web site. Inclusion of a page or site here is neither implicit nor explicit endorsement of the site. Further, SCA, Inc. is not responsible for content outside of ivyeinrust.eastkingdom.org.