When Duration Where Name Instructor Description
07-31
08:00
2.0 University Point (University) Pennsic au Naturel... Ecosystems in Period Thl Juliane Bechaumpe No, not that definition. Cooper's Lake is rich in ecosystems that reflect the folklore, beliefs and science of our period. This is a walking tour that explores some of these examples. Along the way, we'll also explore how using a natural system as context can enhance our research of almost any topic. Includes random thoughts regarding birding by eyes and ears, what Hildegarde Von Bingen thought foxes were good for, and why Shakespeare's plays read like Peterson Field Guides. Also, perhaps much discussion on why Elizabethans were afraid of the woods after dark. Please wear clothes, a good head covering and sensible shoes. Bring water, bug repellent and sunscreen.
07-31
09:00
1.0 A&S 5 Women’s Roles in Protecting Hearth and Home Baroness Kathryn Ramsey We will visit the role of women to protect the home in 16th-century England. What was used and how they used weapons.
07-31
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 I'm a Viking! Now Where Do I Put My Stuff?! Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson Belt pouches? Haversacks? Baskets? Quivers? There are a lot of available options, and most of them are wrong. Come learn what's correct! We'll discuss, show examples of, and provide (some) documentation for Hedeby bags, tarsolys, Hedeby quivers, lyre-shaped pouches, Birka wallets, and a few other things. (They used sheep scrotums in medieval Greenland to make pouches!)
07-31
10:00
1.5 A&S 5 Viking Age Weapons and Armor Hawkeye Penny Covers the weapons the Norseman used including weapons from the Rus and from Constantinople: helms and armor we know of; a detailed explanation of the weapons and weapon types, as well as how they used them; shield construction and technique; and what a typical warrior may have worn and carried into battle. I will have examples to show.
07-31
10:00
1.0 A&S 13 Largesse Mistress GraziaGeralda Largesse that is greeted with smiles and largesse that gets quizzical looks. I recommend taking this class before giving gifts to royalty.
07-31
11:00
1.0 A&S 13 Gift-Giving to Royalty Mistress GraziaGeralda What is good and not so good to give to seated royalty, plus preparing gifts for royalty to give out. Largesse class should be taken first.
08-01
09:00
2.0 A&S 4 Beginning Fletching Demonstration Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson Are you an archer? Do you use - and lose - a lot of ammunition? I'll show you how to make your own high-quality modern target arrows, where to buy the materials and tools, and discuss how it would have been done differently in period. Making arrows is actually fairly easy: you just need some specialized tools and a steady hand. Shaft selection, finishing, cresting, tip and nock installation, and fletching, all demonstrated. At the end of the class, I'll draw a name at random from the class and give that person the dozen arrows we made. Handout will include a breakdown of tools, materials, costs and vendors.
08-01
09:00
2.0 A&S 5 Skjoldehamn Hood of Awesome Baroness Elisheva bint Sitt al-Sirr A thousand years ago, near the Harbor of Skjold (Skjoldehamn), on the Norwegian island of Andøya, an individual fell into a bog. This would have been unfortunate event at the time, but very lucky for us as the woolen clothing they wore was preserved and discovered in 1936. They subsequently dated the find from 1050 to 1090 CE, or the late 11th century. One of these items that was preserved was a hood that is commonly seen in today's Norse personas. Do not be fooled, however, as the same pattern can be used to create many other European hoods used throughout the SCA.
08-01
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 Skomorokh: Comedic Minstrel Theatre of Russia Thl Niccolò Bartolazzi With an unbroken lineage spanning more than six centuries, learn of the skomorokhi, the oft-persecuted minstrels, buffoons, harlequins, musicians, and puppeteers of medieval and Renaissance Russia!
08-01
09:00
2.0 A&S 15 Beginning Tatting, Part 1 Baroness Camilla de la Reynarde Tatting is a type of lacemaking. Supplies can be found at most craft stores. Learn a craft that fits in a Ziploc bag, and can be done in the car or at court! Focus is on learning how to make both parts of the double stitch flip every time, forming the double stitch and making a ring of double stitches. If no one teaches tatting in your home area, here's your opportunity to learn.
08-01
09:00
2.0 University-Battlefield Gathering of the Louds Mistress Deonna von Aachen Shawms, sackbutts and curtals, oh my. Players of loud Renaissance instruments gather just for fun to play different styles of music at each session such as intradas and other instrumental processionals and polychoral music. Not sure what these instruments are? Come listen or try one. Instruments will be available to share, but a reading knowledge of music is necessary. Bring a chair, music stand and clothespins.
08-01
10:00
1.0 A&S 7 Henna History and Application Thl Ghazalah al-Badriyyah Learn how and why henna was used in period, including traditions, materials, and techniques, and how you can use it yourself today. We will mix some henna in class, which for me (becoming a professional artist) was the hardest part to learn; everyone gets some to use and take.
08-01
10:00
1.0 A&S 13 Hand-Sewing 101 Mistress GraziaGeralda A discussion and hands-on of hand-sewing of garb, etc. This is not embroidery, but useful stitches. Please bring needle, thread and light cloth.
08-01
11:00
1.0 A&S 13 Feasts Are More Than Cooking Mistress GraziaGeralda A discussion of the many things needed for a successful feast that have nothing to do with the cooking.
08-02
02:00
1.0 Orluk Oasis (W10) Ottoman Singing Class Master Osman Usta We will be rehearsing past songs for performance this year, and teaching the Ottoman martial composition "Ceddin Deden," that was/is commonly performed in the Mehteran Janissary Band. This piece of music is typically performed with singing. As such, we will be teaching a singing class to learn this song in the original Ottoman Turkish language. What will you learn and experience: an Ottoman song "Ceddin Deden" and its history; the musical modality Makam Huseyni; pronunciation of Ottoman Turkish along with a brief history and etymology. The 3 classes will be progressive; however, students may join in when they wish, although attendance at all the classes is strongly encouraged. Students may join the class's Facebook page in advance to orient themselves to the song and class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/398762226986519/
08-02
09:00
1.0 A&S 10 Vinegaroon: Never Dye Leather Again! Lord Snorri skyti Bjarnarson Long before Fiebings or Eco-Flo leather dyes, people made deep black leather using this ancient mixture of iron scrap and vinegar. It works instantly, never rubs off, and never fades! Come see how it works, try it for yourself, and learn to make your own! Class will consist of a short talk about the historical plausibility of this method, a discussion of the chemical properties that make it work, a demonstration, and hands-on make-and-take of a simple key fob.
08-02
09:00
2.0 A&S 15 Beginning Tatting, Part 2 Baroness Camilla de la Reynarde Part 2 will review the double stitch. You'll learn how to use the picot as decorative element and as a way to join rings. Time and energy permitting, we'll advance on to making chains between rings. Attendees from previous years are always welcome to come and refresh their memory.
08-02
10:00
1.0 A&S 7 Natural Hair Dye: Henna and Beyond Thl Ghazalah al-Badriyyah Learn how to use period dye techniques and materials to make your hair red, black, brown, or just shinier, healthier, and longer than ever. We'll focus on henna but explore other herbs to color and protect hair naturally without dangerous chemicals. Some supplies will be available at the class.
08-02
10:00
2.0 University-Battlefield Mehteran: Ottoman Janissary Band Master Osman Usta The Osmanlı Mehter Takımı (Ottoman Janissary Band) studies music and history of the Ottoman Mehter military marching band from the 14th-17th century. The Mehteran will learn the historic Ottoman song, Ceddin Deden, played on zurna, davul, horns, cymbals, and kettledrums, and sung by a choir, and will learn the historic Janissary march for performance at Pennsic. Further details on the Mehteran Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134233213955988/
08-02
12:00
1.0 A&S 5 Myths and Legends of The SCA Baron Corcran mac Diarmata We've all heard stories about the SCA of long, long ago. Come and hear some new ones, or share your own. Stories may include "The SCA vs. The Motorcycle Gang", "Why You Should Never Try to Mug a Knight", "The Russian Spies Learn about The SCA", and others. After last year's sessions I've added several new myths to the class.
08-02
12:00
1.0 A&S 7 The Medievalist Abroad: What to See in Italy Thl Vincenzo da Brescia Medieval Italy is sadly neglected by tourism bureaus that emphasize classical and Renaissance attractions. This class will highlight some of Italy's many medieval glories, financed by a golden age of profiteering from the crusades and crusaders. The class will take the Big Three of Venice, Florence, and Rome, and go on to more obscure gems.
08-02
12:00
1.0 A&S 12 Blood from the Clouds: Marvelous Rains Lady Ursula Mortimer The Ancients observed rains of blood, of frogs, of fish, which continue even unto the present day under Elizabeth, Regina. Once a cause for superstitious terror, these rains are now understood as part of the Prime Mover’s ineffable plan, a necessary part of the World Machine. We will calm your fears and explain these phenomena with the tools of natural philosophy.
08-02
12:00
1.0 A&S 19 Newcomers and Disabilty Q&A Baron Gabrell Fairecloughe Will use a Q&A format to talk about accessibility in the SCA, the obstacles I have faced during my time in the SCA and how I dealt with them. Will also share some stories from other accessibility-challenged individuals, and share online and Pennsic resources for accessibility.
08-02
15:00
1.5 A&S 5 Making a Glastonbury "Lite" Chair Baron Erick der Rotnacken Tired of the look and limited life span of Coleman chairs? Learn the tips and techniques you need to make a wooden folding chair with Glastonbury-style arms. It folds to 6" thick, holds up to 300 lbs, (my wife and I tested it), and can be decorated. CD may be available.
08-02
15:00
1.0 A&S 19 Getting Involved at Events & with Your Local Group Lady Margaret Lad You've been to a few events, but are looking to become more than a spectator. Here are some tips and tricks to getting more involved and staying busy.
08-03
02:00
1.0 Orluk Oasis (W10) Ottoman Singing Class Master Osman Usta We will be rehearsing past songs for performance this year, and teaching the Ottoman martial composition "Ceddin Deden," that was/is commonly performed in the Mehteran Janissary Band. This piece of music is typically performed with singing. As such, we will be teaching a singing class to learn this song in the original Ottoman Turkish language. What will you learn and experience: an Ottoman song "Ceddin Deden" and its history; the musical modality Makam Huseyni; pronunciation of Ottoman Turkish along with a brief history and etymology. The 3 classes will be progressive; however, students may join in when they wish, although attendance at all the classes is strongly encouraged. Students may join the class's Facebook page in advance to orient themselves to the song and class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/398762226986519/
08-03
09:00
1.5 A&S 6 Beginning Netting Baroness Camilla de la Reynarde Create that final piece of 14th-century bling, a netted hairnet. I'll teach how to cast on a circular net, use a gauge stick, and tie the netting knot. Netting can be scaled down to make hairnets of silk, or scaled up to make fish nets or tote bags using a sheet bend knot.
08-03
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 Modern Media & the SCA: Making Them Work Together Lord Arias Beltran del Valle Reaching people who are interested in the SCA can be difficult; reaching a large number at once even more so. In this class, Æthelmearc Media Liaison and broadcast journalist Lord Arias Beltran del Valle discusses how to reach out to modern media and share activities and events with them, while also adhering to Society media policies. Includes what to do (and not to do!) when the media arrives at an event. Included in the discussion will be suggestions on how to make an event more interesting to news outlets. We'll touch on rights given to the reporters and to participants. We'll also discuss who should be involved in preparations for meeting the media at an event, and how to present the best face for your group!
08-03
10:00
1.0 A&S 7 Cooking Fires Are Not Bonfires Baroness Gwynnyd “Sure, I can help you with your cooking fire! I make excellent bonfires! Fire is fire, right?” Wrong. It’s not as easy as just being able to make a good fire. Learn how to manage a fire for different types of food and cooking techniques from two experienced "over the fire" cooks. No real fire involved in this class.
08-03
10:00
1.0 A&S 8 Stitching Temari: Wrapped and Woven Patterns Thl Ghazalah al-Badriyyah Temari balls are wrapped, stitched, and woven into beautiful, colorful patterns that are impressive out of all proportion with how easy they are. In this class, we'll create a simple wrapped and woven design. Kit includes three colors of floss, marking thread, ball base, and needles, or you're welcome to bring your own materials.
08-03
10:00
1.0 A&S 12 Structure of Elizabethan Tragedy Lady Ursula Mortimer We will analyze the five-act structure of 16th-century English drama and consider how it relates to the movement of the plots of several plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
08-03
10:00
2.0 University-Battlefield Mehteran: Ottoman Janissary Band Master Osman Usta The Osmanlı Mehter Takımı (Ottoman Janissary Band) studies music and history of the Ottoman Mehter military marching band from the 14th-17th century. The Mehteran will learn the historic Ottoman song, Ceddin Deden, played on zurna, davul, horns, cymbals, and kettledrums, and sung by a choir, and will learn the historic Janissary march for performance at Pennsic. Further details on the Mehteran Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134233213955988/
08-03
12:00
1.5 A&S 6 Knitting in the 16th Century: An Overview Baroness Camilla de la Reynarde Not only is hand-knitting period, the 16th century has a wealth of items to choose from. We'll look at a wide range of caps, gloves, and hosen. Interested in Eleanora of Toledo's stockings? I was the first to publish the pattern!
08-03
14:00
2.0 A&S 10 Make & Take a Fabric-Painted Pouch Lady Margaret Lad Paint a fabric pouch using a stencil, then learn to fingerloop braid the drawstring closure. Students will leave with a finished product. Provided paint, stencils, fabric, and fiber limited to 20 students. If there is a specific design you would like to paint, then please bring your own stencil or simple template.
08-04
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 Alternative Scandinavian and Other Wirework Chains Master Michael Graham Discussion of variants of chains found in the archaeological context, not including trichonopoly. Reproduced examples will be shown.
08-04
09:00
8.0 A&S 10 Adirondack Pack Basket Lady Elektra of Sylvan Glen We will weave a pack basket, with cotton harness and hardwood handle. Bring a towel, strong scissors and a measuring tape. Previous weaving experience preferred.
08-04
09:00
1.0 A&S 14 Ded Reckoning: Navigation in the Age of Columbus Lord Brian of Stonemarche How did early explorers know where they were and how did they get home? We'll explore the basics of ded reckoning and walk through some examples. Bring your own protractor and graph paper if you have them. I'll have some to share. Uses high school-level math (geometry, algebra, resulting in vector addition). Don't worry. I'll teach you if you don't already know.
08-04
09:00
2.0 Performing Arts Rehearsal Tent Gathering of the Louds Mistress Deonna von Aachen Shawms, sackbutts and curtals, oh my. Players of loud Renaissance instruments gather just for fun to play different styles of music at each session such as intradas and other instrumental processionals and polychoral music. Not sure what these instruments are? Come listen or try one. Instruments will be available to share, but a reading knowledge of music is necessary. Bring a chair, music stand and clothespins.
08-04
10:00
2.0 A&S 8 Stitching Temari: Kiku Pattern Thl Ghazalah al-Badriyyah Learn to mark and stitch the classic kiku or chrysanthemum pattern on a Japanese temari ball. We will start the ball in the class. You'll learn the basics of the stitch, and finish it outside class. Kit is three colors of floss, ball base, and marking thread, or bring your own. For those that have taken the class before, we will get fancy with the kiku.
08-04
10:00
1.0 A&S 12 Visit Shakespeare's London Lady Ursula Mortimer A first-person tour of everyday London life in the 1590s. How folk of all classes work, play, dress, live, and die. The experience of the material and social culture of London life in the late Elizabethan period.
08-04
10:00
1.0 A&S 13 Guild of Saint Barbara Annual Meeting Baroness Kathryn Ramsey The Guild of Saint Barbara will having its annual meeting on Middle Saturday at 10 am. The meeting will cover safety, new items, and also go over the firing schedule for Pennsic 47. Please join us for this informative session and feel free to bring questions. Please DO NOT bring powder to Pennsic!
08-04
10:00
2.0 University-Battlefield Mehteran: Ottoman Janissary Band Master Osman Usta The Osmanlı Mehter Takımı (Ottoman Janissary Band) studies music and history of the Ottoman Mehter military marching band from the 14th-17th century. The Mehteran will learn the historic Ottoman song, Ceddin Deden, played on zurna, davul, horns, cymbals, and kettledrums, and sung by a choir, and will learn the historic Janissary march for performance at Pennsic. Further details on the Mehteran Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/134233213955988/
08-04
11:00
1.0 A&S 19 Courtesy and Etiquette in the SCA Mistress Hrefna in rauða Þorgrimsdottir An introduction to the do’s and don’ts of courtesy in our modern Middle Ages.
08-04
12:00
1.5 A&S 14 Intro to Period Maritime Navigation Lord Brian of Stonemarche Was Christopher Columbus really lost? If so, how did he find his way home? How did ship captains find their way from one port to the next? Covers an introductory overview of maritime navigation before 1600. Focuses on European navigation, but touches on roots in China and the Middle East and parallels in Polynesia. At the end of class, we'll determine the elevation of the sun if weather permits, using various period and modern methods. This and some simple math was used to determine latitude. (In the class you'll learn why this was a big deal...)
08-04
12:00
2.0 Guild of St. Barbara Gunners Fly atop Mt Eislin (Top of Mt Eislin under the Gunners Red Fly. Bring chairs and water) Guild of Saint Barbara Black Powder Training Baroness Kathryn Ramsey The Guild of Saint Barbara will holding its hands-on training and safety inspection Middle Saturday at 12 noon. The hands-on black powder training session is for new gentles that wish to learn and join us on the line, or a refresher for those who would desire. Hands-on training will be from 12 pm to 3 pm. Please join us for this informative session and feel free to bring questions. And, if you have pre-1600 firearms, bring them with you to be inspected. Please DO NOT bring powder to Pennsic! Powder will be provided.
08-05
02:00
1.0 Orluk Oasis (W10) Ottoman Singing Class Master Osman Usta We will be rehearsing past songs for performance this year, and teaching the Ottoman martial composition "Ceddin Deden," that was/is commonly performed in the Mehteran Janissary Band. This piece of music is typically performed with singing. As such, we will be teaching a singing class to learn this song in the original Ottoman Turkish language. What will you learn and experience: an Ottoman song "Ceddin Deden" and its history; the musical modality Makam Huseyni; pronunciation of Ottoman Turkish along with a brief history and etymology. The 3 classes will be progressive; however, students may join in when they wish, although attendance at all the classes is strongly encouraged. Students may join the class's Facebook page in advance to orient themselves to the song and class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/398762226986519/
08-05
09:00
1.5 A&S 3 Medieval Virtues as Persona Development Thl Sciath ingen Chaennaig Virtues, as characteristics of behavior and attitudes, were greatly lauded by medieval writers, across multiple faith and cultural traditions. This class explores how these virtues (and possibly vices) may provide modern-day medieval recreationists with another source to develop personas as performative elements in the SCA. What do Eddas tell us about viking virtues? Does Maimonedes help us in developing Jewish personas? How do we view the writings of the Church Fathers to better portray who we want to be in the SCA?
08-05
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 History of Gunpowder and Gunpowder Weapons Master Michael Graham Documenting the origins and history of gunpowder and gunpowder weapons from their earliest use to circa 1600 CE.
08-05
10:00
2.0 AEthelmearc Royal (N04) Known World Chatelaines' Meeting Thl Rois Ofayh A meeting for all (past and present) local, regional, kingdom or Society Chatelaines to share stories, ideas and strategies. Light refreshments provided.
08-05
10:00
1.0 A&S 7 The Humoral Doctrine Master Michael Graham An explanation of the origins and structure of the prevailing doctrine of health in the medieval and Renaissance periods.
08-05
11:00
1.0 A&S 12 Magic as a Performing Art Dr Henry Best Theory and practice of magic as a performance art, taught by a professional magician. We will cover three period tricks from Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft, 1584, for close-up, parlor, and stage. The class will be sworn to secrecy and real working methods will be taught.
08-05
11:00
1.0 A&S 19 Newcomers and Disabilty Q&A Baron Gabrell Fairecloughe Will use a Q&A format to talk about accessibility in the SCA, the obstacles I have faced during my time in the SCA and how I dealt with them. Will also share some stories from other accessibility-challenged individuals, and share online and Pennsic resources for accessibility.
08-05
12:00
1.0 A&S 5 Wire Jewelry Lady Noelle de la Plume Learn the basics of wire jewelry - making links with beads on them - and make a bracelet or medallion hanger. Note: Class does not include wrapping a stone or bead. Please bring tools, wire and beads if you have them. There will be some tools available to borrow and some to purchase at cost.
08-05
12:00
2.0 A&S 13 Trans 101 for the SCA Lord Samson Muskovich As modern society becomes more open and accepting, transgender individuals are becoming more visible in their representation both in and out of the SCA. Please join us for a discussion about interacting with these members of the populace. Topics will include history, etiquette, basic definitions for the community, and an open forum for attendee questions.
08-05
12:00
1.0 A&S 19 Meet the Society Chatelaine Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna Join Duchess Kalisa Aleksandrovna, the current Society Chatelaine, for a question-and-answer session.
08-05
13:00
1.5 A&S 5 Viking Age Weapons and Armor Hawkeye Penny Covers the weapons the Norseman used including weapons from the Rus and from Constantinople: helms and armor we know of; a detailed explanation of the weapons and weapon types, as well as how they used them; shield construction and technique; and what a typical warrior may have worn and carried into battle. I will have examples to show.
08-05
13:00
3.0 A&S 19 Newcomers' Social Thl Rois Ofayh If you are new to Pennsic or the SCA, please join the Chatelaines of the Known World as we host a Newcomers' Social just for you. Bring any questions you have for us to answer. Stop by for a few minutes or a few hours. Light refreshments will be provided.
08-05
13:00
1.0 Bog U Guitar in the SCA Period Lady Ysabel da Costa Yes, guitars are period! The popular 16th-century Renaissance guitar had 4-courses tuned GCEA -- like one of its modern descendants, the ukulele. We will survey the origin and history of the guitar, period notation and playing technique, and extant musical literature -- then learn to play some easy period pieces. Bring a ukulele (or modern guitar capo'd on the 5th fret) if you can. A few loaner instruments and capos will be available. Handouts provided while supplies last; additional books $10 (to cover cost).
08-05
15:00
1.0 A&S 3 thing.pennsicuniversity.org: Hiss & Purr Thl Griffin de Willingeham Everyone, instructor or not, come say what you liked, disliked, and would like to see in this system for next year.
08-05
15:00
1.0 A&S 5 A Roman Soldier's Meals Lady Arria Marina Napoleon once said, “An army marches on its stomach”. Since the beginning of warfare, the issue of how to feed a large standing army has been one of the largest logistics problems to be faced, and the Ancient Roman army was no exception. This class will discuss the rations and food sources available to the average soldier. There will be food samples provided to attendees (while supplies last) who wish to sample recipes. Handouts are limited to 25, but all are welcome to attend.
08-06
09:00
1.0 A&S 5 Garbing 101 Lady Isabella Mea Caterina D'Angelo Everything you need to know about garbing, you learned in kindergarten. No, really! Come re-discover colors, materials, and patterns used in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. There will be several myth busters about color (black was not expensive!) and a chance to see some of the natural dyes up close.
08-06
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 Ask a Museum Professional Baroness Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in a museum? Interested in a job working at one but don't know where to start? How do you store this, touch that, or care and feed historic artifacts? Let Anna help. Having handled ancient Byzantine reliquaries, Russian icons, Pre-Columbian textiles and the deck of the USS Midway, she should be able to give you an answer, funny story, or cautionary tale involving the intricate world of museum work.
08-06
09:00
1.5 A&S 8 Kute-uchi: Advanced Japanese Hand Loop Braiding Thl Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie This period Japanese braiding technique was "lost" to the general population as a closely-held secret until modern research "re-discovered" it. Kute-uchi is similar to other methods of loop braiding, except the loops are lined up on the hands instead of held by the fingers. This enables experienced braiders to create braids using more than ten elements, with no additional equipment. Learn advanced techniques of this period Japanese loop-manipulation braiding technique to create two different ten-loop braids: Kaku-gumi and Mitake-gumi.
08-06
09:00
2.0 A&S 13 Historical Symbols and Modern Controversies Dr. Ken Mondschein The recent incident in Caid underscores a pressing need: With so much medieval imagery being co-opted by the alt-right, SCA members need to think very carefully about what symbols they use. What is the larger perspective in medievalism in general? What are the different sides in the controversy? What do academics and activists think? How can one avoid mis-signaling? This class, taught by a modern history professor, will provide some needed perspective, not only for us as individuals living simultaneously in the Modern Middle Ages and modern society, but for having the SCA as a whole avoid bad publicity. After a brief talk, we will break into discussion for a frank and open sharing of views.
08-06
09:00
1.0 A&S 14 Guitar in the SCA Period Lady Ysabel da Costa Yes, guitars are period! The popular 16th-century Renaissance guitar had 4-courses tuned GCEA -- like one of its modern descendants, the ukulele. We will survey the origin and history of the guitar, period notation and playing technique, and extant musical literature -- then learn to play some easy period pieces. Bring a ukulele (or modern guitar capo'd on the 5th fret) if you can. A few loaner instruments and capos will be available. Handouts provided while supplies last; additional books $10 (to cover cost).
08-06
10:00
1.0 A&S 7 Eleanor of Aquitaine and William Marshal Lady Unnr Olafsdottir In early 1168, as Eleanor of Aquitaine's royal cortege under the leadership of Earl Patrick of Salisbury progressed through the forests of Poitou, they were attacked by enemy outlaws. Salisbury was killed outright, and the young, relatively impoverished and little-known knight William Marshal, Salisbsury's nephew, was severely wounded and taken prisoner. Months later, the Queen ransomed him. Thus began a long association between the two and her royal husband, Henry II of England and their sons, that William Marshal trained. Find out how Marshal rose to great prominence and became known as The Greatest Knight, exemplifying the ideal of the chevalier.
08-06
11:00
1.0 A&S 7 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Lady Unnr Olafsdottir Remarkable men in the Icelandic family sagas, from poet-warriors and explorers to lawyers and star-crossed lovers.
08-06
11:00
1.0 A&S 8 Pasamanos: A Survey of Spanish Needlework Baroness Elena de la Palma Spain has a rich tradition of needlework dating back hundreds of years into period. This class will trace the development of this tradition, starting with some of the earliest examples and extending to lacemaking, drawnwork, and the other highly complex styles found decorating ruffs, camisas, and more during the Spanish Golden Age. Students should expect to learn basic concepts of how the various needlework may have been executed, but the class is primarily one of exposure to unique styles rather than hands-on.
08-06
11:00
1.0 A&S 12 Divination: Palmistry Dr Henry Best History, theory, and practice of one of the most ancient of divinatory arts, palm reading. Learn to read the secrets of a soul, writ upon the hand for only the wise to see. This is a hands-on class where you will actually read each others' palms.
08-06
11:00
1.0 Paisley Peacock Body Arts Henna History and Application Thl Ghazalah al-Badriyyah Learn how and why henna was used in period, including traditions, materials, and techniques, and how you can use it yourself today. We will mix some henna in class, which for me (becoming a professional artist) was the hardest part to learn; everyone gets some to use and take.
08-06
12:00
1.0 A&S 4 Veg*nism in the Middle Ages Lord Edmund Forster Discussion about accounts of vegetarian and veganism in the Middle Ages across the Known World. Ideas to accommodate veg*ns at feasts discussed too. There will possibly be samples to try, and recipes to take home.
08-06
12:00
1.0 A&S 7 Lenten Food in Period Lady Isabella Mea Caterina D'Angelo Can you imagine giving up cheese, scrambled eggs, and bacon for forty days out of the year? Many Christians from the 10th century into the 16th century did just this but that doesn't mean they went without some form of comfort food. Come to the class to find out what they did eat and how to make some medieval Lenten treats.
08-06
12:00
1.0 A&S 19 Heraldry for Newcomers: Choosing a Name and Device Baroness Wynne ferch Rhodri Help for newcomers with naming practices and the creation of a device in the SCA. How to search for books, web sites and people who can assist in choosing a period name and device.
08-06
13:00
2.0 A&S 13 Creating a Culture of Consent Dr. Ken Mondschein The SCA, like many other subcultures, has had its #metoo moments lately, but let's face it: The people who need it aren't going to take a consent class. What's more, the problem often isn't out-and-out sexual assault, but small acts that are often dismissed as "not so bad." However, these add up to a culture of consent violation. It's up to all of us to change this. In this training, we'll learn how you can speak up to prevent you know is wrong from happening—even doing uncomfortable things, like bucking the SCA's hierarchical social system, if necessary. We'll talk about consent, of course, but also social strategies, do some roleplaying, and learn what we can all do to prevent sexual harassment and overall creepy behavior.
08-06
13:00
1.0 Games Tent Introduction to Go Thl Louis Xavier de Navarre Will teach the rules of the Japanese game go (also known as weiqi in China), and offer a chance to play afterwards.
08-06
15:00
1.0 A&S 19 Getting Involved at Events & with Your Local Group Lady Margaret Lad You've been to a few events, but are looking to become more than a spectator. Here are some tips and tricks to getting more involved and staying busy.
08-06
16:00
1.0 A&S 5 Myths and Legends of The SCA Baron Corcran mac Diarmata We've all heard stories about the SCA of long, long ago. Come and hear some new ones, or share your own. Stories may include "The SCA vs. The Motorcycle Gang", "Why You Should Never Try to Mug a Knight", "The Russian Spies Learn about The SCA", and others. After last year's sessions I've added several new myths to the class.
08-06
18:00
2.0 University Point (University) Pennsic au Naturel... Ecosystems in Period Thl Juliane Bechaumpe No, not that definition. Cooper's Lake is rich in ecosystems that reflect the folklore, beliefs and science of our period. This is a walking tour that explores some of these examples. Along the way, we'll also explore how using a natural system as context can enhance our research of almost any topic. Includes random thoughts regarding birding by eyes and ears, what Hildegarde Von Bingen thought foxes were good for, and why Shakespeare's plays read like Peterson Field Guides. Also, perhaps much discussion on why Elizabethans were afraid of the woods after dark. Please wear clothes, a good head covering and sensible shoes. Bring water, bug repellent and sunscreen.
08-07
09:00
1.0 A&S 5 From Seeing to Sewing: Intro to Patternmaking Baroness Elena de la Palma Have you ever looked at a period painting and thought "Wow, that looks great!" only to have your heart immediately sink as you realize that you've got no idea where to start actually making the thing in the painting? This class will (hopefully) help with that by starting you down the wonderful rabbit-hole that is making your own patterns.
08-07
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 Getting Down to Byz-ness: Byzantine Persona Baroness Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina Interested in building a Byzantine persona but don't know where to start? Let Anna fill your head with bad ideas for an hour, and see what you can come up with. Discussing Byzantine as a culture, rather than a time period, is the key focus of this class. There will be history, garb, names, titles, and yes, even Varangians.
08-07
09:00
1.0 A&S 8 PPF: Eboshi Hats and Tabi Shoes Thl Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie If you wish to dress head to toe as a nobleman of medieval Japan for the Japanese Perfectly Period Feast, you may wish to cover your head with an eboshi and your feet with tabi. Multiple patterns and methods of creating each will be discussed.
08-07
10:00
1.0 A&S 7 Periodness of the Pennsic Homes Lady Isabella Mea Caterina D'Angelo Many people love to see the Pennsic homes - those houses built on trailers - but how "period correct" are they? Did anything even remotely similar exist in the pre-17th-century world? Yes, it did. Handouts will be given showing various depictions of homes on wheels in illuminations.
08-07
10:00
1.0 A&S 13 Largesse Mistress GraziaGeralda Largesse that is greeted with smiles and largesse that gets quizzical looks. I recommend taking this class before giving gifts to royalty.
08-07
11:00
1.0 A&S 12 Divination by Sortilege One: Casting of Lots Dr Henry Best Intro to sorcery, aka sortilege, or interpretation of randomized symbols, such as coins, dice, runes, cards, pages of books. We will cover everything from flipping a coin to the Church practice of using dice to obtain answers directly from God. Stay for Part Two, with cards, including tarot.
08-07
11:00
1.0 A&S 13 Gift-Giving to Royalty Mistress GraziaGeralda What is good and not so good to give to seated royalty, plus preparing gifts for royalty to give out. Largesse class should be taken first.
08-07
12:00
1.0 A&S 12 Divination by Sortilege Two: Cards Including Tarot Dr Henry Best Imagine a storybook with 52 pages, but with the spine removed, and the pages reordered by Dame Fortuna to tell each person's life story. That book is a deck of cards, and this class will teach you how to read it. Fortune-telling theory and practice with regular and tarot decks.
08-07
13:00
1.0 A&S 5 SCA Bloggers Roundtable Baroness Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina A casual roundtable discussion on the nature of blogs and their use in the SCA. Whether you have a blog, want a blog, or just like blogs, come out for a great conversation on how we can make this tech work for us.
08-07
13:00
1.0 A&S 12 Origins of Playing Cards and Tarot Mistress Heather Hall A two-part class: A discussion of the history of the gaming system and its origins, its migration west and taxonomy. From manufacturing techniques to cultural influences, as well as myth debunking; persona matching included. Second part includes examples to examine from throughout period and beyond.
08-08
09:00
1.0 A&S 7 A Family of Remarkable Women Lady Katerin ferch Gwenllian Everyone knows that Eleanor of Aquitaine was an amazing woman, but what shaped her personality, and what was it like to be raised by her? We will examine the women of her family, starting with her scandalous grandmother and going on to see what became of her many daughters.
08-08
09:00
1.0 A&S 8 PPF: Kariginu Over-robes Thl Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie A Japanese kariginu is a slightly formal, upper-body over-garment similar in function to a European robe. It is lined, and usually made from silk brocade. The fabric can be fancy and colorful, or plain and black, depending on your fashion sense and formality. It is appropriate for shopping in the market, or visiting other nobles.This garment is basically the same from the Heian period until modern times. The kariginu has sleeve lacing and a neck cord, so it is a wonderful way to show off kumihimo braids. Learn to make this garment and its embellishments by viewing photos, studying finished garments, and reviewing cutting and sewing patterns.
08-08
10:00
1.0 A&S 7 Spanish Clothing Terms for Non-Spanish Speakers Baroness Elena de la Palma This class is a guide to what's what in late-period Spanish clothing, created for the non-Spanish speaker. Terms are (whenever possible) illustrated with images or clearly described. No knowledge of Spanish clothing or Spanish language needed!
08-08
10:00
1.0 A&S 13 Hand-Sewing 101 Mistress GraziaGeralda A discussion and hands-on of hand-sewing of garb, etc. This is not embroidery, but useful stitches. Please bring needle, thread and light cloth.
08-08
11:00
1.0 A&S 7 How Not to Make a Gothic Fitted Dress Lady Katerin ferch Gwenllian Learn about some common mistakes in making this popular dress, and how to avoid them. Students are invited to contribute stories and suggestions from their own experience as well.
08-08
11:00
1.0 A&S 12 Magic as a Performing Art Dr Henry Best Theory and practice of magic as a performance art, taught by a professional magician. We will cover three period tricks from Scot’s Discoverie of Witchcraft, 1584, for close-up, parlor, and stage. The class will be sworn to secrecy and real working methods will be taught.
08-08
11:00
1.0 A&S 13 Feasts Are More Than Cooking Mistress GraziaGeralda A discussion of the many things needed for a successful feast that have nothing to do with the cooking.
08-08
11:00
1.0 Games Tent Introduction to Go Thl Louis Xavier de Navarre Will teach the rules of the Japanese game go (also known as weiqi in China), and offer a chance to play afterwards.
08-08
11:00
1.0 Paisley Peacock Body Arts Natural Hair Dye: Henna and Beyond Thl Ghazalah al-Badriyyah Please Bring Chairs. Learn how to use period dye techniques and materials to make your hair red, black, brown, or just shinier, healthier, and longer than ever. We'll focus on henna but explore other herbs to color and protect hair naturally without dangerous chemicals. Some supplies will be available at the class.
08-08
12:00
1.0 A&S 7 Modern Media & the SCA: Making Them Work Together Lord Arias Beltran del Valle Reaching people who are interested in the SCA can be difficult; reaching a large number at once even more so. In this class, Æthelmearc Media Liaison and broadcast journalist Lord Arias Beltran del Valle discusses how to reach out to modern media and share activities and events with them, while also adhering to Society media policies. Includes what to do (and not to do!) when the media arrives at an event. Included in the discussion will be suggestions on how to make an event more interesting to news outlets. We'll touch on rights given to the reporters and to participants. We'll also discuss who should be involved in preparations for meeting the media at an event, and how to present the best face for your group!
08-08
12:00
2.0 A&S 12 Busking: Taking it to the Street Dr Henry Best Performers: There’s no venue so challenging, or rewarding, as the street. From the musician’s open instrument case, to the magician’s hat pass; from an intimate one-on-one moment, to a 200-person circle show, we’ll reveal all the Precious Candy-Making Secrets of the street entertainer.
08-08
13:00
2.0 University-Battlefield Gathering of the Louds Mistress Deonna von Aachen Shawms, sackbutts and curtals, oh my. Players of loud Renaissance instruments gather just for fun to play different styles of music at each session such as intradas and other instrumental processionals and polychoral music. Not sure what these instruments are? Come listen or try one. Instruments will be available to share, but a reading knowledge of music is necessary. Bring a chair, music stand and clothespins.
08-08
16:00
2.0 A&S 13 Trans 101 for the SCA Lord Samson Muskovich As modern society becomes more open and accepting, transgender individuals are becoming more visible in their representation both in and out of the SCA. Please join us for a discussion about interacting with these members of the populace. Topics will include history, etiquette, basic definitions for the community, and an open forum for attendee questions.
08-08
16:00
1.0 Bog U XXX Rated Commedia Lady Avelina del Dolce This is "not your mother's scenario" class! Did you know a few commedia scenarios include fornication, enemas, defecation and other risqué topics we couldn't even air on modern television? Join us for a discussion of lazzi rarely performed at SCA events but ones that may liven up certain Pennsic parties. Class has been updated since last year. Come out to learn about even more explicit topics, including the "Love in Venice" exhibit at The Brooklyn Public Library! No one under 18 will be allowed at this class. Must present ID!
08-09
09:00
1.0 A&S 8 PPF: Zen Tray-tables and Kyosoku Armrests Thl Ishiyama Gen'tarou Yori'ie Whether for a formal meal like the Japanese Perfectly Period Feast or a private afternoon in your study, this wooden floor furniture is creates comfort and noble appearance. Several different kinds of zen tray-tables for holding your meal or beverages and several different kinds of kyousoku arm-rests for your seated comfort will be with researched with references. Methods of construction both traditional and modern will be discussed. Daiku (woodworkers), this is for you.
08-09
15:00
1.5 A&S 5 Viking Age Weapons and Armor Hawkeye Penny Covers the weapons the Norseman used including weapons from the Rus and from Constantinople: helms and armor we know of; a detailed explanation of the weapons and weapon types, as well as how they used them; shield construction and technique; and what a typical warrior may have worn and carried into battle. I will have examples to show.

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