Our Minister of Youth has done a bang-up job at taking care of the youth of Calontir, and when I was approached about writing the text, I said yes. (Also, I love writing scroll texts, and often wish I could write more.) It's based on the letters written by Henry VIII to Cardinal Wolsey, and … Continue reading Text: Adelaide Sarsfield’s Calon Cross
Andrixos’ Herald Extraordinary
When Brigida, Gold Falcon Principal Herald, asked me if I wanted a crack at a scroll, I asked who it was for and I jumped at the the chance. You see, Andrixos (or Drx, more familiarly) wrote both my Calon Cross and my Court Barony scrolls, and it's always fun to get people back in … Continue reading Andrixos’ Herald Extraordinary
Thaddeus’ Achievement of Arms
Finally! I got another thing checked off my list of backlog projects! We had a fundraiser for tents for Heralds' Point and for arts and sciences for Lilies War, and I offered a heraldic achievement using gold leaf. Unfortunately, my life got a bit busy, and this got put on the back burner. I finally … Continue reading Thaddeus’ Achievement of Arms
Achieve!, or the Diary of making an Achievement of Arms
Achievement of Arms are a period way to show off one's accomplishments in the SCA, as combined with one's heraldic device. I had the great fortune to create a conjugal coat of arms for my Byzanbestie Anna and her husband Gieffrei, and ended up also blogging the process, too. Let's start off with the details and … Continue reading Achieve!, or the Diary of making an Achievement of Arms
Heraldic Mythbusting – I got the Armorial azures; or, why does my heraldry not match the Armorial?
Let's play a game! What happens when you give some heraldic artists a few words describing a heraldic device and ask them to draw it? Read below to see what happened! This particular blog post will serve to do some heraldic mythbusting, and to give a peek behind the curtain of the Society College of … Continue reading Heraldic Mythbusting – I got the Armorial azures; or, why does my heraldry not match the Armorial?
Nikolai’s Herald Extraordinary Scroll
When Brigida Gold Falcon reached out to me for a scroll commission, and I got the details, I squee'd. A lot. You see, when I got started in the Society, I needed to work on clothing, and a friend of mine had a quiet place behind a table. The herald's table. So, I sat … Continue reading Nikolai’s Herald Extraordinary Scroll
Secret Project Roundup
I mentioned in Teaser! that I had a lot of secret projects. And most of them came to fruition yesterday. So, this post will be all about those secret projects. My house has been the Pelican medallion factory as of late. One of those was presented last week at Master Mathurin's ceremony. It's small, about … Continue reading Secret Project Roundup
Heralds Running Amok; or How to Put Together a Heraldic Retreat 2: Electric Boogaloo
Another retreat happened this year, and I am pleased to say that it was even better this go around!
Things I learned in between last year’s retreat and this year’s retreat:
Conflict is going to happen. I don’t mean conflict between people (though that can happen), but I do mean that the event will conflict with something. In this case, the retreat again conflicted with Pennsic, so we lost heralds there. On the other hand, we had nineteen heralds attend – up from last year’s numbers of around ten heralds, so the numbers got doubled.
That brings me to my second point: advertise often. Tell about perks of the site, what to expect, and what the classes will be. Look for connections. Advertising started with a Facebook event page that was launched in mid-May, with the event happening in mid-August. From May to mid-June, sporadic posts occurred, with weekly posts from mid-June point to the day of the event. Additionally, we set up a Google Form to have people sign up for the event so we would have a more accurate headcount.
So, I scheduled a lot of classes, and tried to make them all fit. This really didn’t work as well as I would have hoped. In the future, I would suggest a few key classes, and then leave time for people to hang out – a lot of work got started (including an impromptu session to register some things for the kingdom and a few preprints painted for Their Majesties to use), and I think by having more time to work on those things without the pressure of having to take a class helps.
We had tee-shirts again, with a theme of “Trousers of Nobility: Even Drunk, We’re Good at This!” In keeping with the theme, we had drunk OSCAR commentary Friday night after most the people staying the night had arrived. Make sure that if you have drunk commentary that you have 1) a sober person to type commentary and to filter out the drunken ideas and 2) a good (sober) moderator, as like with any commentary, things can get enthusiastic. And then, after drunk commentary, drunk star-gazing at the Perseids was quite a bit of fun, too.
Have an item that people can take home with them. We had kazoos (mostly because I wasn’t going to purchase 19 vuvuzelas). Speaking of vuvuzelas, they look an awful lot like a heraldic representation of a herald’s trumpet, so I made a new sign with two yellow plastic vuvuzelas, some paint, tape, and some foamcore to direct people to site.
In assisting with the post-mortem of the event, a survey (also done on Google Forms) was put out to those who attended so we could better gauge what could be done to improve the event. This can be shared with the organizers of next year’s retreat, and can help to figure out and zero in on things that the College needs to build on in the coming year.
Thank your host. Clean up things. Keep things clean, and respect the space. Thank people for coming. Basically, be a good human, and be aware of things.
I am tickled that this went relatively smoothly, and I hope that next year’s organizers do an even better job. Thank you, Uji Gold Falcon, with entrusting me with the retreat. Aine, thank you for letting us use your estate and for your hospitality. Dorcas, thank you for setting things up before I could get to site. Díarmaid, thank you for letting me bounce ideas off of you and for helping me set things up. And to Calontir’s College of Heralds, thank you for coming.
So, in Calontir, as you may know from reading past entries, I’m the Principal Herald. This means that I lead volunteers within my regional group in heraldic activities ranging from vocal to sign, heraldic art to book (names and devices), and everything in between.
When I stepped into the job, I knew I wanted to build heraldic community as much as I could, so that heralds across the kingdom could ask questions and get answers from other heralds in their own backyard. What a better way than to have a heraldic retreat?
In this blog entry, I’ll go through the ways that the heraldic retreat was put together, and how you can do one in your own kingdom.
My biggest help was having a deputy I could say, “hey, you want to help run a non-event?” It was also good to have someone that I could bang out ideas with…
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Sometimes, inspiration . . .
. . . shows up in the most interesting ways. About a month and a half ago, I went to a local bead show, and found someone selling netsuke. And found an adorable falcon-shaped one. For those not in the know, netsuke are miniature Japanese sculptures used to help keep pouches and boxes suspended from … Continue reading Sometimes, inspiration . . .
Last Saturday, I stepped down from the Kingdom position of Gold Falcon Principal Herald, a position I held for two years. I was given some silk and some other sundry bits of fabric, and wanted my friend Anna to make me something awesome to wear out of it, since I really don't trust my sewing … Continue reading Gobsmacked.
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