17 bundles of 7

The Largess Challenge I hosted at the Festival of the Snow Eaters went wonderfully – between 5 individuals, there were 17 bundles of 7 donated items.

  • Sigfus
  • Sarah
  • Magy
  • Violente
  • and myself

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Samhain in Montengarde (Calgary)

Samhain 2015 naalbinding display

Samhain 2015 naalbinding display

If you’re in Calgary, and are interested in the SCA, please come on out to Samhain on November 5, 2016!

I’m assisting to host this event (autocrat) along with two other lovely ladies, and hope that a lot of people can join us!

The Facebook event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/620073998142753/

and you can get even more information (and perhaps easier than scrolling through the wall) on our website here: https://sites.google.com/site/montengardesamhain2016/home

For this event, I will also be hosting an Apprentices Tournament and a Heraldry & Scribal display in my role as the A&S champion of Montengarde. There will also be a TUA class the following day.


How to be an awesome A&S judge

A&S display at Avacal Sergeant Trials, with my device banner on the end

A&S display at Avacal Sergeant Trials, with my device banner on the end

As you might know, I’m hosting a few SCA A&S (Arts & Science competitions) this year, and I’ve found in the past that finding judges can be very challenging. Judges play a huge role in the success of a competition though, and we need them! In this post I’ll try to address how to be an awesome judge – even if you don’t always feel like you’re qualified to judge other people’s work.

I’m in NO way an expert on this… I’m still pretty new to the SCA, and haven’t travelled outside of Avacal to see how things are done elsewhere. Still, I’ve been to, judged, and competed in a few competitions, and have some suggestions and things to think about…and this is my soapbox! 😉

Are you qualified?

For some levels of competition, expert judges ARE very valuable. However, even at the highest level of competition, one competitor doesn’t need a whole panel of expert judges in their subject matter. They need judges who can assess their project, their research, their documentation, and their presentation – you don’t need to be a textile expert to assess if someone’s textile presentation is compelling and informative!

Generally an organizer will look for a judge who can offer special insight into the type of project they’ve done, another who will offer insight into the culture they’re examining, and a third who might be valuable in assessing documentation, research, or presentation/display skills.

At other competitions, experts are still valuable – as they can offer additional resources, guidance, suggestions, and advice to competitors, but they’re not necessary. One of the competition styles I’ve been using is a ’round table’ discussion format – where ALL competitors and judges sit together, and ask questions, offer advice, etc – so you don’t need to be a subject-matter expert at all to assist.

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Apprentices Tournament at Samhain

A&S display at Avacal Sergeant Trials

A&S display at Avacal Sergeant Trials

I’m helping to host Samhain on November 5, 2016 in Montengarde (Calgary) – an SCA event where we’ll have a Bardic championship… and I’m hosting an Apprentices Tournament.

Like the Squires and Cadets’ tournaments we’re accustomed to, this competition will be open to all Apprentices, but also to anyone who wishes to be ‘Apprentice for a day’, and is sponsored by a Laurel.
Project categories include:
  • Anything from the 7th Century
  • Anything Irish
  • Recent work (any time period, any culture)

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Largess ideas

At the SCA Festival of the Snow Eaters, October 28-30, 2016 there will be a Dirty Half Dozen Largess Challenge – enter seven items, six will be donated to Their Majesties, and everyone who contributes can select one item for themselves. There will also be additional prizes…

I thought I’d compile a list of different possible Largess projects and ideas partially for myself, but also partially for anyone who might be interested in making something to contribute.  I took ideas from various sources online, including the Largess Maker’s Facebook group, Pinterest, and a local participant’s list.

I divided this into 11 categories:

  1. Apothecary
  2. Culinary
  3. Glass work
  4. Leather work
  5. Metal & wire work
  6. Paper work (Scribal and otherwise)
  7. Pottery
  8. Sewing, knitting & related
  9. Weaving & spinning
  10. Wood work
  11. General craft

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