Twelfth Night 2017 – Activities

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Ball | Classes | Thrown Weapons | Scribes | Craftsperson’s FaireConcert | Bardic Circle | Trading Game


The Ball will be at 2:00 pm, in the Basement.

Set 1:
Carolingian or Belle Qui Pavane
Jenny Pluck Pears
Rufty Tufty
Black Alman
Heralds in Love

Set 2:
Rostiboli Gioioso
Petite Vriens
Gracca Amorosa

Set 3:
Horse Bransle
Montarde Branle
Official Bransle
Pease Bransle

Set 4:
Sellengers Round
Upon a Summer’s Day
Hearts Ease
Gathering Peascods

Set 5: Bonus Italian set (if there is time)
Ballo Del Fiore
Saltarello La Regina
Bella Gioiosa

Visiting musicians are welcome to sit in with the live band. The music can be found in this set (same set as last year).


All classrooms are on the 3rd Floor (elevator available).

Hoomie: Singing from your throat

Sarangerel of the Steppes
1:00pm Classroom B

Description: Introduction to Mongolian throat singing; history, use and how the sounds are produced.

Class Limit: None

Dressing A Mongol

Sarangerel of the Steppes
2:00pm Classroom B

Description:  Basic outfit for a Mongolian persona in the 13th-14th century, simple garment construction, cloth selection and decoration.

Class Limit: None

Music of the Tang Dynasty China

Mistress Amelie d’Anjou
11:00am Classroom A

This class will introduce some instruments and music from the Tang and Song Dynasties. Some of this music survived in Japan and Korea, as did various instruments. Teacher has a few instruments to touch and music to hear and see.

Central Asian  Embroidery

Mistress Cerridwen verch Loreward
1:00pm Classroom C (90 minutes)

Description: Explore different embroidery techniques used throughout Central Asia and China within the SCA period. Class includes handout with embroidery techniques, colored examples, and hands on practice of the stitches used in period.

Class Cost: $10 includes hoop, linen base fabric, silk threads, color handout, pattern

Class Limit: 10 people

Class Duration: 1.5 hours

History of Cheese

3:00pm Classroom A

Description: A look at the history of cheese. Mostly European but a small glimpse at the rest of the world. Covers pre-historic through the end of the medieval period.

Class Limit: None

Broadside Ballads

THL Margaret Norwoode
10:00am Classroom A

Description: A discussion of the custom of singing broadside ballads (also known as street ballads), including one dated after our time period but in keeping with the theme of the event known as “The Prodigious Monster, Or The Monstrous Tartar.” We will look at the history of this practice that extended well past the Renaissance, listen to some examples and perhaps try to sing a ballad or two ourselves.

Class Limit: None. If we have more than 20 people, handouts will be shared. No cost for the handout.

History of Silk in England

Lette de Cherselawe
10:00am Classroom B

Description: Silk fabrics were known in England from the Viking age onward. I will present a brief survey of the sources and use of silk in England in period drawing on current archeological findings and written records.

Class Limit: 15 people

Roundtable Discussion: Fabric, Modern and in Period

The Silver Thimble Guild
11:00am Classroom C

Description: Let’s Talk Fabric: What works or doesn’t work in the SCA universe.

Join the Silver Thimble Guild to talk about the difficulties, trade offs, and, successes we all have in finding appropriate fabrics for our projects.  Feel free to bring examples.

Roundtable Discussion: A Community Garden for Feast Vegetables

Baron Henry of Exeter
2:00pm Classroom A

Description: This will be a group discussion on gardening space and what we can grow at various locations throughout the barony for possible use in feasts in the fall/next winter.

Basic Hand Stitches

THL Alexander Adelbrecht von Markelingen
3:00pm Classroom B

Description: Machine sewing is pretty easy and it helps us to produce large scale projects quickly, but hand sewing and particularly hand finishing produces items that have a more historically accurate look, drape and feel.

Students will learn some basic stitches used in hand sewing and will make a small project they can take home with them.

The stitches used are easily applied to sewing garb, or hand finishing a machine sewn piece.

Class Cost: Free with donation of $2.00 for materials and handout. Students will get to take home a pair of snips

Class Limit: 10 Students

Christians on the Silk Road

Master Alan Fairfax
1:00pm Classroom A

Description:  The church of the East, better known as the Nestorian Church, developed in Asia and remained independent from both Roman and Greek control.  During the Middle Ages Nestorian missionaries established communities among Indians, Chinese and — you guessed it — Mongols, including Kublai Khan’s mother.  Get introduced to a neglected story.

Introduction to SCA Fighting

Lord Ack Ack Kanute
2:30pm Classroom C (90 minutes)

Description: Interested in fighting? Don’t know where to start? Come see a display of basic armor and weapons with tips on making your own. Learn simple sword drills to practice at home and some body mechanics. No experience needed, and all interested parties are welcome!

Feast Centerpiece Creation

Baroness Nadezda ze Zastrizl (coach)
10:30 Location TBD (2 hours)

Torma or butter carving dates back to the 7th century as part of the Tibetan new years celebration. Children are encouraged to participate, but must be accompanied by a guardian. Warning: this will be messy.

Thrown Weapons

The Ayreton Archers will once again sponsor “Thrown Weapons” games in the bowling alley in the church basement. The games will be open from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, with continuous activity. You do not need your own bowling shoes. There are a limited number of bowling lanes, so please be prepared to take turns. This activity is free, but donations will be accepted since we are paying for the use of the bowling alley.

Scribal Sandbox

Hosted by Brigithe Mueller (Katje Sabin)

The Science Room on the 3rd Floor will be dedicated to scribal arts. Bring your works in-progress, your scroll blanks, your pens and brushes! This is an open playdate, with no official classes.

Craftsperson’s Faire

The Craftsperson’s Faire is an opportunity to show your work and talk about it with people. Specific challenges that you may choose to address are listed below, along with the sponsor for that challenge.

Sponsors are encouraged to provide some kind of recognition for the participants in their challenge, and may choose to recognize a winner.

For more information, or to sponsor a challenge, contact Mistress Sarafina Sinclair

Best silk-road or Mongolian themed entry

Twelfth Night / Tree-Girt-Sea

We are celebrating Mongolia and the entire journey of the Silk Road! Do you have a Mongolian, a Chinese, a Turkish piece? Are you working with silk, spice, or other traded goods? Share your journey and show off your work.

Embroidery / Handwork Challenge

Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza

Bring your lace, your embroidery, your freehand or counted work.  This prize is for the finest handwork of the Faire.  Documentation optional but encouraged!  Preference given to finished works, but if you’ve got something fabulous in progress, I’d love to see it!

Best fiber art piece

Mistress Gianetta Andreini da Vicenza

Show off your spinning, knitting, weaving, fiber processing or dyeing.  Got something sheepy to show?  In love with linen?  Show off your best work in these ancient arts.  Documentation optional but encouraged.

Teach me something about your persona

Mistress Tyzes “Zsof” Sofia

Show off something you’ve created (garb, item, food), tell a story, or sing a song that demontrates your knowlesge about your persona and that time period.

Artistic Displays of Word Fame

Master Philip White

What’s Word Fame?
Word fame is a chance to say “thank you” or “you’re awesome” or “you inspire me” to someone you know. It is also a chance to share with your friends and family something positive you’ve witnessed and would like to show as an example to others. It is a way of acknowledging others and thanking them for being a part of our lives.
How can that be an entry?
Have you written a song about someone else’s achievements? Have embroidered a favor for a loved one to carry into battle as they demonstrate their prowess? Have you written a poem about someone else’s talents? Have you illuminated a scroll illustrating someone else’s great deeds?
You could enter any of these and more.
I’m looking to be impressed by your skill, care, and historical accuracy. More so I am looking for your hearty and loving support of another individual.
Please share your own work! By highlighting someone else at the same time!

Homely Period Object

Abbess Katherine von Schlosserwald

Looking for an object of everyday use, versus an art object, that looks and works authentically.  This doesn’t mean that the object cannot be decorated in an artistic manner.

Best adaptation of a period recipe

Mistress Helewyse de Birkestad

Best foodstuff inspired by a piece of period art

Dame Tacit Darby

Please do not use non-period ingredients.

Best Early Period (pre 900ce) Object

Master Gunnarr Alfljot


Concert before Court

While waiting for court, enjoy a concert presented by the groups of the Ayreton Performers Guild.

Bardic Circle

Format TBD, in the Music Room from 8:00 pm until 9:45.

Trading Game

The Silk Road was all about trade. You have the opportunity to exercise your trading skills at this event! Your site token will be a pouch filled with trade goods. It’s likely that no two pouches will be the same. Some of the goods are “valuable”, some… not so much. The game is to trade the items in your pouch with other attendees. At any time during the day before the concert, see Master Robyyan (or someone he has designated) to have your pouch scored. You may have your pouch scored one time only. You are free to continue trading after scoring, if you like, but it will not change your score. The person with the highest score will be announced during court as the most successful trader of the day. All participants keep their pouches and contents at the end of the day. Note that having your pouch scored will not reveal which items have what point values.

This class will introduce some instruments and music from the Tang and Song Dynasties. Some of this music survived in Japan and Korea, as did various instruments. Teacher has a few instruments to touch and music to hear and see.
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