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Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
7:08 pm
Monday, April 27th, 2009
12:06 pm
Suggesting Anti-Dance: 31 cents a scoop night at Baskin Robbins
I would like to suggest our first Anti-Dance of the year - after dance practice.

Dance Practice: 7-8pm at Sandy Hill Community Centre.

Anti-Dance: After dance practice, at the Baskin Robbins near Lincoln Fields
(1460 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada/UNIT 10, TOWN & COUNTRY VILLAGE, (613) 828-5559).

Why: Because ice cream is good! And because Baskin Robbins is having a fundraiser for the Canadian Fallen Firefighter's Association including cheap ice cream scoops.

Who: Dancers! And non-dancers - I would estimate we'd be there at about 8:30 or so for any non-dancers that wanted to join us.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
7:41 pm
Those who wish there to be dancing, starting tomorrow we have a practice time again from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesdays at Sandy Hill.

Details and map available here: http://skraelingalthing.com/caldrithig/activities/dance.shtml
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
2:05 pm
Autocrat's Day Off 2009
Hi Folks!

Jay and I are preparing a bid for this year's Autocrat's Day Off. The dates of the event are July 10th-12th.

When Cortejo and I ran the same event in 2005, we had a theme - "When in Rome" - we kept it fairly low-key but we provided some games and prizes, partly with the goal of attracting more families to the event in order to boost attendance.

I'm considering proposing a theme again this year. I've been brainstorming a few ideas. I don't want anyone to feel like they have to conform to a theme, just that there will be some fun stuff available for them to opt in to if they choose. I also hope that it would inspire some participation in bardic activities around the campfire.

So the end of this shaggy dog story is that I'm looking for your opinion. Could you look at this short list and tell me what option you like? Or else suggest something? I don't have a paid account, so you'll have to pretend that there are ticky boxes and post a comment instead.

- Early period - Dark Ages or Viking, maybe with a name about Valhalla or the Norse sagas
- 12th century - either a Crusader camp, or a tournament during the "age of courtly love"
- late period - a Tudor village? Something about the life of the average joe in the 16th century?
- no theme at all - the usual event without any extras

Thanks very much for your input!

cross-posted to mythmaker999's livejournal

Current Mood: thankful
Friday, March 6th, 2009
10:27 am
Bardic/Children's A&S
New dates for both are now on the Caldrithig web page.
Monday, January 26th, 2009
2:09 pm
Caldrihig Candidates Meeting
FYI -- the Candidates meeting for Caldrithig will be Wednesday, Feb 25, 7:00 pm. The regular fight practice time and place, Sandy Hill Community Centre.
Monday, September 22nd, 2008
10:31 am
One contestant on So You Think You Can Dance was an SCA fighter. He made it to the finals.

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
3:04 pm
Gold key
What is our policy when someone borrows Gold key and it ends up being ruined?

By ruined, I mean stained. Stained in a way that no one else would ever want to borrow it again.
Friday, August 15th, 2008
11:08 am
Bardic this Sunday

Bring out your tales of war - Pennsic, mythological, persona stories. Or bring anything else you want to perform.

Please contact me for directions.

Monday, June 9th, 2008
10:25 pm
Bardic in Caldrithig is re-starting.

We will meet the 3rd Sunday of the month, in Barrhaven.

Stories, poems, songs, instruments, and other performances are all welcome. Each meeting has a theme. The themes are to provide inspiration for those who like a challenge or a focus. However, all material is welcome at any of our circles.

Dates and themes are:

June 15 – Tales of the father
August 17 – Tales of war
October 19 – Ghosts and things that go bump in the night
December 21 – King Arthur

This is all on the Caldrithig web page.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
12:58 pm
Baron and Baroness and Vicaress
Copied from the Skrael Facebook group:

To this great and noble assembly does Derfel and Melisande send greetings!

Due to our noted absence, we have asked Our King and Queen to temporarily appoint a Vicar and/or Vicaress to see to the continued presence of the Barony among its cousins.

We take this measure with great sadness in our hearts as we do wish to be with you, but due to unforeseen circumstances cannot be. After counsel with Their Majesties we know that the person that has been appointed will carry out their duties with great decorum and professionalism.

We therefore turn over all responsibilities, tasks and power of office over to your new Vicaress Baroness Posadnitsa Xristina Viaceslavova.

Derfel Mallory & Melisande du Rocher
Baron & Baroness of Skraeling Althing


To the noble populous of Skraeling Althing does the Honourable Baroness Xristina Viaceslavova, Vicaress of Skraeling Althing send greetings.

As you are no doubt aware, Their Excellencies Derfel and Melisande have had many complications become a part of their lives that have prevented them from being able to serve this Barony in the way that they would wish. I am sure I am not alone in expressing hope that all things will work out the best for them.

However, in order to ensure that the needs of the Barony are being met, Their Royal Majesties of Ealdormere and Their Excellencies of Skraeling Althing had decided that a vicar would be put into place so that the Barony would continue to have the leadership that it requires.

This past Saturday at Crown Tournament, Their Majesties, Aaron and Rustique, placed Their trust in me to hold this Barony as Vicaress. I am honoured to take up this position and to once again serve this Barony until such time as the Baron and Baroness of Skraeling Althing are once again in office.

Their Majesties have seen fit to bestow upon me all rights and responsibilities that are incumbent with this office, including the privilege of being able to recognize those gentles amongst us who are worthy of receiving a Baronial award, to hold Baronial courts and to proudly wear the Baronial arms.

However, as is appropriate with the temporary nature of my position, I will neither wear a coronet of gold nor bear the title 'Baroness of Skraeling Althing'.

I will be at Harrowgate Heath this upcoming weekend and look forward to seeing who will become this Barony's new Archery Champion. Given the talent that I know exists within these lands I am sure it will be an exciting competition.

I know that there will be questions and please feel free to contact me with any concerns you may have or clarifications that you may require. I will do my best to answer you.

In service to Skraeling Althing and the Crown of Ealdormere,

The Honourable Baroness Xristina Viaceslavova,
Vicaress of Skraeling Althing.
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008
8:08 am
Trillium War Olympiad
Several people have asked me about this, so here is the info from message #4592 on the Ealdormere yahoo group:

"Forwarded on behalf of Sir Siegfried, please forward to any who would be

Greetings my Lords and Ladies from the Autocrat of Trillium War,

I write this to you today to give you some information of the
coming games at this years Trillium. At this years Trillium War we are
having the first Ealdormerian Olympiad. As such there will be many
Olympic style games with the activities we do in the Society in place of
the usual Olympic games. The Baronies will be taking the parts of the
countries, and the shires can choose who to ally with. Unless of course
they would rather form a sixth country, this is up to the shires and the
diplomatic abilities of their Excellencies.

There will be tournaments with gold, silver and bronze medals
awarded in all the major activities. Amongst these are tournaments in
fighting and all the associated styles. 3,6,and 9 man melee tournaments
(so find some partners), one Chiv per three man unit, as well as a
Baronial bridge round robin tournament. There will be medals for the
different fighting forms, a Newbie medal, and for youth combat. There
will be an Archery medal and a populace Archery medal to go to the
associated Baron and Baroness. The same can be said for Fencing and
thrown weapons, an individual and populace medal.

As for Arts and Sciences there will be medals in all five
disciplines, and a combined medal. Yes that means a second Pent for
those who would have more than one a year. There will also be a medal
for the mead competition.

And speaking of Pentathlons there will be one in the martial
activities, combining scores from the Fighting , 9 man melee, Archery,
Fencing, and Thrown weapons. And since we will have scores from both
Pents and since we can weigh them equally, we are going to have a
Decathlon, yes , all the martial activities, and all the Arts
and Sciences together for the first time ever. That means you can
compete to be the best rounded person in Ealdormere. I would very much
like to see some serious competition in this so please get out there and
authorize where you need to . I know this won't be easy but think of the
honour and glory it will convey.

If there is anything I missed please email me and we will consider
adding it. There will also be our regular activities, games, dancing
etc. It does sadden me to inform the populace that this will be the
first year without a Galbraith party, but they have performed a
fantastic job for many many years and everyone gets tired. So this year
if anyone would like to officially book a night to throw a party please
book early. Their Excellencies Alyce and Konrad have already expressed
an interest in Saturday night. Please feel free to ask about anything


Siegfried Brandboern

THL Eirik Andersen Kyle Andrews
MSN eirik@...

(cross posted to my own journal)
Lady 'Withe
Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
9:09 am
Practicum Updates
Due to several last minute drop-outs and switches, please note the following things about Pracitcum.

1. We need one more adult to attend Circle Dances from 10:00-11:00. Having two adults is an SCA Inc. requirement to hold children's classes.

2. There are now 2 open spots in Marina's Embroidery class.

3. The confusion between finger loop braiding and finger weaving has now been clarified by offereing both a beginner's and an intermediate finger loop braiding class. Please consult the web page for more information.

Finally, I will not be taking any more email registrations after noon on Friday. This is to be able to email teacher's their class lists as well as printing them for class room doors. If you cannot register before noon on the 22nd, you are welcome to drop into a class at Pracitcum provided that there is space and that the instructor has enough supplies. If in doubt, register soon.
Monday, February 11th, 2008
10:01 am
Don't forget to register for Practicum

I've only had 2 registrations from Caldrithig people so far. I want you to get the courses you want.

Sunday, January 27th, 2008
1:16 pm
Dance is in Trouble again
Pinched directly from the Caldrithig discussion yahoo group:

"Message #1976 of 2003 < Prev | Next >
Attention all dancers or people who plan to go to dance practice
reguarly but previously couldn't due to scheduling and/or location:

Please take a moment of your time to consider future dance practices.
A little poll to get the new calendar year rolling:

1. Are you in favour of biweekly or weekly dance practices?
2. Does Tuesday evening suit you or is there another day and time that
would suit you better?
3. Do you have another site in mind for dance practice or do you
prefer the Heron Road site?

Please reply either by posting to this yahoo group, or by email to me
at organismism at gmail dot com

Feedback is much appreciated on this matter, as it may make the
difference between booking space or not booking space for dance practices.

In Service,
Lady 'Withe, the new "Keeper of The Dance Bag" "


"Message #2003 of 2003 < Prev | Next >
Re: [Caldrithig_Discussion] Dance Practice Answers

You only have four responses - if our dance community has dwindled to the point
that our regular attendance is a constant struggle to find 4 people I'm not
really sure how viable dance is. I love dance but I wonder if we can support it
as a regularly scheduled activity if the response to "when is dance good" is so

witheapfionn, a crazy philosopher once said:
> Sorry for the delay folks, moving and such is sucking the life out of me.
> So far I have heard back from four people:
> Susan, Roibeard, Cecilia, and Joel.
> So here are our answers compiled (including my input, though I know I
> have not been out lately):
> 1. Are you in favour of biweekly or weekly dance practices?
> S - weekly
> R - weekly
> C - biweekly, or change the day
> J - either, as long as there are enough people for a variety of dances
> W - either (but my attendance might have to be biweekly)
> 2. Does Tuesday evening suit you or is there another day and time that
> would suit you better?
> S - Tues. fine
> R - Tues. fine
> C - Mon. or Wed. better
> J - Tues, fine, or other weekday evening
> W - Tues. fine, Mon. equally fine, Wed. bad
> 3. Do you have another site in mind for dance practice or do you
> prefer the Heron Road site?
> S - is in Hull, South Ottawa is too far
> R - not far West, is in Orleans
> C - downtown/ish
> J - Heron Rd. is convenient
> W - Heron Rd. is inconvenient for me
> Consensus is needed. Based on what I see from our answers:
> Weekly might work.
> Tuesday is good except for Cecilia.
> Place is bad for Susan, Cecilia and myself.
> I propose that we look for a new site.
> In the meantime, do we want to renew a contract with Heron Rd. or not,
> and should it be biweekly or weekly? I will likely not be able to
> attend (except perhaps rarely), but that may change once I move and
> figure out how to get there from my new home.
> *Please air you onions here in the yahoo discussion group so I can
> keep track. (Yes, I call them onions.)
> In Service,
> Lady 'Withe, the new "Keeper of The Dance Bag" "

*** Feedback is most welcome at this time!
Please let me know what you think we should do about dance practices, I would hate to see them dwindle to nothing and for Caldrithig to become a 'Stick Jock Town'.

Current Mood: confused
Friday, January 11th, 2008
11:23 am
Practicum Children's Classes 2008
42 days to Practicum! Christmas is over and the time has come to put Practicum planning into high gear.

I am coordinating the Children's classes this year. We need to have 6 classes. I use the term classes, but really activities is a better word. These classes are not like adult ones with one teacher talking and people sitting and listening for 50 minutes. Games, crafts/making things, and interactive play are all possibilities.

Currently, we have 2 proposed classes:

Dubh - story telling
Lucia - calligraphy

Additionally, we need assistants. Two unrelated adults must be present at children's activities. The assistant will have no prep work and his or her only job is to show up and ensure that ensurer that the teacher does nothing improper as well as to protect the teacher from false allegations. Helping the teacher would be great, but at this point, it is voluntary.

Currently, I have one assistant who has volunteered:

Piers MacTavish

I will continue to approach individuals who said "maybe" about teaching in the past. But the time has come for a general call for both teachers and assistants. I plan to finalize the children's classes after a time table of adult classes has been set, so that all teachers and assistants can pick one class they want to attend and don't want to be scheduled against. I have a couple of ideas for classes if people are interested in helping but have no ideas.

The deadline is February 10. If we cannot get a children's track of classes organized by then, there will be no children's classes. Parents will then have two weeks notice to make other arrangements for Practicum.

Please feel free to contact me on LJ, email, or by phone if you would like to volunteer to either teach or assist, or if you have suggestions for me in any other way.


Dubhease ingen Laoidheach
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
1:22 pm
SCA Holiday party for this afternoon is now cancelled. Police are asking people not to drive unless absolutely necessary. Please stay safe and warm!
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
9:39 am
Holiday party!
Caldrithig Christmas Party

Yes we are doing it, even with the snow watch- we are hardy Canadians at heart right! :-D Seriously, it is right off the queensway which always gets cleared first, and it should be a good time! Helen is bringing Egerdouce!

When: Sunday, December 16th

Time: 3:30-9:00

Where: All Saints Lutheran Church, 1061 Pinecrest Road

What: In garb pot-luck - true potluck. Bring something you like to eat.

Cost: Free-will donation

Activities: Eating and socializing.

Children welcome. Dubh will bring unbaked shortbread cookies which the children can help decorate in the afternoon. Dubh will bake them just before dinner and they'll be cool enough to eat after dinner.

Co-ordinator: Dubhease ingen Laoidheach
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
11:26 am
Caldrithig Christmas Party
When: Sunday, December 16th

Time: 3:30-9:00

Where: All Saints Lutheran Church, 1061 Pinecrest Road

What: In garb pot-luck - true potluck. Bring something you like to eat.

Cost: Free-will donation

Activities: Eating and socializing.

Children welcome. I will bring unbaked shortbread cookies which the children can help decorate in the afternoon. I'll bake them just before dinner and they'll be cool enough to eat after dinner.

Co-ordinator: Dubhease ingen Laoidheach
Monday, September 10th, 2007
6:15 am
new MoAS needed
Greetings Good Gentles,

The position of Minister of Arts & Sciences (MoAS) for the Canton of Caldrithig is open. Please let your desire to fill this position be known to Withe of Caldrithig either by email (caldrithigmoas at skraelingalthing dot com) or here on lj (shyska).

It is a fairly light duty position; reports are submitted to the Baronial MoAS twice yearly, and they include a brief summary of what activities canton members have been involved in with regards to the A&S. Often this is just a list (with perhaps a couple of sentences about Practicum in February in the appropriate report).

Newcomers with questions about specific A&S activities may be directed to the local MoAS. People who are looking for others interested in a particular A&S activity may be directed to the MoAS, and info about current A&S evenings or afternoons is always good to have so you can pass it along.

There is however, much room for more involvement if the person desires it.
Local classes can be organized, participation in Kingdom A&S, Practicum, dance, group projects, etc. The possibilities if you have the drive and interest are nearly endless.

Please respond soon as Withe is currently unable to fulfill her duties as canton MoAS and would appreciate a candidate or two (or more!) stepping forward. This is a volunteer position, but it does grant the right to wear a nifty badge for the time you hold the position.

Hopefully we will have a new Canton MoAS by Feast of the Hare in November.
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