Gate work Sunday

For those of you who don’t follow the minutes of the business meetings, the Woodworking Guild has been granted some funds to build a new entrance gate for the Baronial encampment at Pennsic.

I have already purchased some lumber to get started, and will host the first work session this Sunday, April 21st at the Summer practice site (weather permitting).

I probably can’t get down there until after Lunch, so there is plenty of time in the morning for your other interests.

50 years as a Barony – Let’s have a Party

April 6th was the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Barony-Marche of the Debatable Lands. To celebrate, we are planning a birthday party full of tournaments, displays, history, food and drink, entertainment, and a cookie table. We invite our populace, our friends, and neighbors to share the day with us. The birthday party will be held on Saturday May 25th at the barn at Old Economy, 5 Forcey Drive, Baden, PA 15005. The site is open from 9am to 9pm. Troll will close at 2pm.

Baronessa Violeta and Praetoria Prima want to choose their heavy, fencing, archery, and thrown weapons baronial champs that day. We are welcoming everyone to participate in the tournaments, but the winner of each tournament must be able and willing to be the barony champion at the Seven Pearls event.

In addition to the martial competitions, there is a Arts and Sciences display. See the post from Lady Elinor Walden.

We plan to have some birthday games, a sing-a-long, fabric dyeing, and a birthday pageant.

We plan to have a history display with video, pictures, memorabilia, and plenty of people with lots of stories about the good ole days. For all the retired officers, barons, baronesses, champs, and long time participants we welcome you to come and share your stories.

Now with all this activity you might work up quite a hunger and thirst. Not to worry. Master Alastar Scott MacCrummin and the Honorable Lady Elss of Augsburg have been planning a day of food from morning to evening. Our brewers are planning to ensure that we do not go thirsty.

See the event announcement We will post more information as we make our detailed plans and have a schedule.

We look forward to seeing you at the celebration of 50 years of hard work and good fun.

A&S Display at the Debatable Lands 50th Birthday Celebration

Did I hear someone say barony birthday festivities? Well that calls for more A&S! Next month, at the Debatable Lands 50th Birthday Celebration, we will have an A&S display themed “Something Old, Something New”! Bring two projects (one old and one new) that show the growth or evolution of your art over your time in the SCA. These projects can be a similar art or different mediums – the choice is yours!

When you submit your art at the event, there will be an option to receive rubric-based feedback in an noncompetitive setting. If your work is in-progress, this is a great chance to see how your art would do in a competition before actually submitting it or to receive guidance on next steps if you’re not sure how to improve. This is entirely optional and your work will be displayed regardless of your choice.

If you’re looking for guidance on an A&S project or just want to work amongst other artisans, the next A&S night will be held Wednesday, April 24th from 6pm-10pm! Please note the change in the day of the week!

YIS, Lady Elinor Walden

Online and in-person sewing Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.

There is online and in-person sewing this Thursday Apr 18th from 7:30 to 10 p.m. If you want to attend in-person, the address is 1105 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232; that is in the Point Breeze section of Pittsburgh. As a reminder there is no online sewing in May due to conflict with war practice. If you want the zoom information, please email sewing (at) debatablelands (dot) org.

All martial practices return to our summer site on April 14th (for real this time) + Archery Tournament of the Sky

Starting Sunday 4/14, all Sunday martial practices will be outside at our Highland Park location (, on the following schedule:

Archery and Thrown Weapons: 11:30 – 2:00
Fencing: 1:00 – 5:00
Armored Combat: 2:00 – 5:00

In addition, this Sunday will see the return of the monthly Defender of the Sky archery tournament! Range setup for the tournament will begin at 12:45.