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TITLE INSTRUCTOR Long Description DAY BEGIN END # of hrs Min Max
16th Century German Garb Medb ingen Eochaid We will discuss 16th century German costume, including images and tips on making garb. This will cover Landsknecht dress, as well as upper class. Learn all the tricks for making those amazing puff and slash outfits! Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Anatomy Of A Dress Diary Caterucia Bice da Ghiacetto This class will discuss the "dress diary" as documentation for garb.  We will talk about the characteristics of a good dress diary and how to prepare documentation for your sewing projects.  Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Application Techniques for Heraldic Display Su of the Silver Horn You've registered your name and device, already know what you want to put the armory on, but don't know how to do it!.  This class will teach the very basics of applique, embroidery, painting and staining, with specific hints designed for armorial design Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Aqua Vitae - A Short History of Distillation Donal O'Brien Distillation is a process of refining a liquid, often through vaporization and condensation. Distillation is used to produce fresh water from sea water, herb-based medicinals, perfumes, and alcoholic drinks like brandy, whiskey, vodka, rum and tequila. We will cover the history of distillation technology and equipment. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Arabic Maqams Rajid ibn Hana What is a "maqam"?  It's more than just a "scale".  It includes the method of playing the notes, common phrases for each maqam, a feel, etc.  We will investigate the most common Arabic Maqams; Rast, Bayyati, Nahawand, Kurd, Hijaz, Shahanaz, maybe Saba, Huzam, and Bestenigar.  We will look at the notes making up the maqam, the "progression", some common phrases, and some sample songs or a taqsim in each.  We will shortly investigate connections between some maqams and how they are related.  Finally, if time permits, we can investigate the basic structure of Taqsim (yes, there's a structure to that "free form" solo). Singers also welcome.  Students should bring an instrument (preferably capable of producing quarter-tones).  Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Archers Cart Michael of Bouldon The class is s show and tell class only.  Two models of Archers carts and wagons will be on display so students can see how each were constructed, design, woods  used and finishes used.  Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Armor Extraction Blase di Angelo Learn how to remove armor from an injured fighter without causing more harm. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Armored Combat Marshalling 101 Caidan Marshallate Basic Training for Combat Field Workers – Recommended for Marshal’s in Training and Marshals. This class will cover SCA and Caid heavy weapons combat marshalling, both on the tourney field, and in war scenarios. Includes combat archery rules and conventions, marshalling techniques and Caid-legal equipment Any age may attend the class, but some positions require you be age 18+ in order to do the job. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Arrow Straigtening Or Bumping Robet Lanternsmith & Robin Greenwood Have a few arrows that are not quite straight?   Well come learn techniques for straightening them.  We will provide a few shafts for practice, bring along a few of your own to work on afterward.  Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2    
Ask-A-Knight Kolfinna Kottr Knights of Caid will be answering questions on what it takes to be a knight in the SCA, and what is expected of squires that serve knights. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Basic Mead Making Tomaso da Barbiano This is a hands on mead making session where we will make a basic traditional mead. We will discuss various techniques and recipes, and general mead making subjects. For a fee of $6.00 to cover materials, the student may take home a gallon of fermenting mead. There is no class fee if you do not wish to take a gallon home. Come at any point in the class period and stay as long as you wish. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Basic Rapier Melee Lot Ramirez This class will cover the basics of fighting on the Rapier Melee field.  Students will learn how to work together with the people around them, look for targets of opportunity, strategize their attack and defenses in line engagements, and will cover basic field awareness and DFB.  Experienced and Advanced fighters who wish to provide warm bodied opponents for the class are welcome.  Students should bring rapier armor, swords and secondaries. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Beaded Belts Miryam æt West Seaxe A class to help the average person make a stylish, but simple beaded belt. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Beer, Beyond the Basics Reinhardt Medebruer So you have brewed several beers now and are asking “Is this all there is to it?”. In this class we will discuss period beers and how they differ from today. Life before hops. Advanced brewing techniques such as Decoction and Step mashes. Adjuncts you can put into your brews to give them exotic flavors and aromas. All grain brewing techniques. At the end of the class there will be a question and answer section. Students should have a firm understanding of basic beer brewing. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none 20
Beginning Archery Antoinette Rosaura dela Villaverde Never held a bow? Haven’t held a bow since high school?   Not sure which end of the bow is up?    We have the class for you!!  You need no equipment but if you have some please bring it along (there is only so much loaner equipment to go around.)   Come learn archery basics for fun and safety.  Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2    
Beginning Ceramics Asakura no Mashi The Basics in working in clay, which will be hand building in stoneware. Pinch pots, coiling and slabbing will mostly be discussed.  Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 5 10
Beginning Felting Bridget Lucia MacKenzie Using hot water, soap, and wool, students will felt a bag or pouch.  This will be a wet, messy class, so dress appropriately.  Bring an apron! Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Beginning Mail Wulfric Falconhurst Students will learn how to manipulate rings to create a small project.  This class covers basic 4-1 European weave for mail. It is suitable for beginners, but students of any skill level can participate because this class is self-paced.   If you wish to bring and use your own smooth needle nosed pliers you may do so.  Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none 10
Behind the Trumpets - The College of Heralds Cormac Mor Ever pass by a table piled high with books, and wonder what's inside? Ever hear people speaking in a language that's not quite English, and you think you can almost make it out, but not quite? Ever wonder how to control an entire list field, without ever picking up a sword?
We are the College of Heralds - you have doubtless heard legends about us, whispered in dark corners - and we are looking to increase our number.  Do you have what it takes to join the inner sanctum, decipher secret codes in long-dead languages, and one day become the very Voice of the Crown?  Join us and find out.
Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Better Archery Through Better Form Fearghus MacCulloch This class will focus on improving the shooting form of the individual archer. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none 12
Chirurgeon 101 Blase di Angelo A review of the Kingdom of Caid Handbook, Fighter's Rights and how to fill out required paperwork. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Constabulary Training Guy Rand Gallandon This class teaches the basic duties of the Constabulary.  No prior experience is required.  This class is required in order to become a warranted Constable.  The class will be taught by a Senior Constable and will cover the duties of the constable from all levels and the paperwork required Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2    
Contracts Rowen Killian This class is for Seneschals and Exchequers to look for pitfalls and issues with today's contracts involving the SCA and sites. Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Cooking A Feast Without a Kitchen Muiriath mac Labhruinn  So you have been asked to do a feast, only one problem....where's the kitchen?  You are going to war and want to offer something more then hot dogs and beans? There is no need to panic and give up.  With just some planning you can provide a meal that will surprise everyone.  Come learn some tricks and techniques for making lunches and feasts at facilities that are less then ideal. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2    
Cresting With Period Pigments Antoinette Rosaura dela Villaverde & Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani We will be using period pigments to crest our arrows as they would have done in medieval times.  Each person will get a couple of arrow shafts to experiment with.  Beautiful and vibrant colors were period, come see what we really can do with period materials. Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2    
Dancing For The Caroso Ball Rochl bas Gershom Sternenkiker The purpose of this class is to explain the format of the Caroso Ball and to  learn some dances that would be particularly well suited to be performed at a Caroso Ball.  Examples may include but are not limited to Rostiboli Gioioso (15th C Italian), Ballo del Fiore, Gracca Amorosa, Bizzaria d'Amore (all 16th C Italian), the Galliard (16th C French/Italian), and Wherligig (17th C English Country). Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2    
Dramatic Presentation and the Art of Contrast Lot Ramirez The technique of "contrast" is key to focusing an audience's attention in any type of performance, especially in the realm of dramatic/poetic recitation. Most of the technique of using contrast is aimed at whatever one's goal for the piece/characterization is, making those decisions and then utilizing contrast to build moments. Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Dramatic Storyteller: Class and Practicum Caitlin Christiana Wintour This class and practicum starts by introducing the techniques of the dramatic storyteller, who uses acting techniques to tell riveting tales. The first half you will learn how to expand your storytelling skills for both stage and bardic circle by learning how to create compelling stories and characters.The remaining time will be a  practicum, where students who wish to will present stories or parts of stories and receive positive coaching (not critiquing!) from the instructor. No one wil be required to present, but those who do will present in a warm and supportive atmosphere.  The instructor will have stories on hand or students may bring their own.  Saturday 9:00 AM 12:50 PM 4 none none
Early Period Embroidery Ealdgyth Eastorlic This class will cover multiple forms of embroidery suitable to most early period European personas.  This class will focus mainly on the decorative variations of backstitch, how they can be used separately or combined, and their decorative as well as structural uses.  Come jazz up your t-tunic with a line of herringbone stitch!  Keep the lining of your hood flat with chain stitch!  Use vine stitch to hem your sleeve!  Yes, early period garb can be impressive too!  Students can make a sampler square but they are encouraged to bring something of their own to decorate. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none 20
Exchequer Basics Rowen Killian This class is for Exchequers and people thinking of becoming one. Learn the duties before, during and after events, and the paperwork required. Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Extant Knitted items Ciorstan MacAmhlaidh & Mariam Alberran Love knitting but aren't sure what patterns you can use while re-enacting?  This class will provide an overview of knitted items found and dated to between 1200 and 1650 from modern-day Europe and parts of the Middle East.  Learn how to read pictures of knitting to create your own patterns.  Also, we'll compare knitting with naalbinding and  sprang and talk about how to identify what type of needlework was used based on the pictures available.  Student will need to know knitting terminology and understand the concept of grafting. Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Feast Preperation Jamal Damian Marcus So, you’ve volunteered to cook a feast, what have you really gotten yourself into?  Learn some rules to follow for preparing any feast, how to prepare ahead of time and what to do the day of the feast.  We will also talk about setting a menu and the number of feasters, how to deal with the limitation of your location, costs and budgeting, and presenting the feast. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2    
Fiber Burn testing or Firebug 101 Flavia Beatrice Carmingiani Learn how to tell if that bargain-bin linen is really natural fiber or a sneaky polyester fraud.  Determine if that gorgeous rough-woven fabric is a woolen or a raw silk.  A match, tweezers, and a sense of smell is all you need to find out much more about your fabric collection than you ever suspected.  You will be able to find out what you are buying before leaving the Textile Area.  Students should bring an apron, tweezers if available, and any fabrics that need identifying if they wish.  Please dress appropriately, no loose clothing. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Field Heraldry Practicum Caidan College of Heralds Actual field experience for the new field herald.  This practicum will be in conjunction with the marshallate and lists training, with the generous
assistance of any fighters, both rattan and rapier, that would like some extra practice.
Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Fixing Scrolls Medb Renata We have probably all been there - finished an important part of a scroll only to find a misspelled name, missing letters, or the wrong depiction of the blazon.  Don't throw it out!  Chances are it can be fixed and all your hard work will not have been wasted.  This class will provide examples of common mistakes on scrolls and clever, sneaky or even charming ways to fix them.  We will have an open discussion in which students and instructors both will share their techniques for saving a scroll from certain destruction.  Right after class we will have Scriptorium, where students can try out the suggestions on samples, or bring your own disasters for Show & Tell!  Students should bring a pen knife or an exacto knife, white plastic eraser, ruler, paper, and calligraphic pen & ink. If you have them, bring scrolls with errors that need correction.  Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Food Preservation Without Ice Meala Caimbeul Learn ways to keep food edible for long periods of time w/o a refrigerator or ice.  It will include preservation techniques for fruits, vegetable, herbs and meats. Some methods will be modern, but will achieve a 'period' product. Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2    
Gem attachement with gold thread Illora of the West Lea We will learn the basic stitch to attach cabochons to fabric by means of gold metal thread.  The documentation of this method will be reviewed and samples of what can be done will be displayed.  Some embroidery experience is helpful.  Students should bring beeswax, scissors, and 3-4 inch hoop. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Getting As fit As Medieval Archers Drusus Von Augsburg A discussion about the lifestyle of medieval archers: why they lived healthier but shorter lives than we do: exercises that will improve archery skills: exercises that modern archers need to be as healthy as medieval archers: the modern diet that approximates the healthy diet of past times; the kind of thinking and values that will make us as healthy as medieval archers.  Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Hand Sewing & Period Finishing Techniques Ysabel d'Outremer This class is intended for the advanced beginner seamstress/costumer. You've started making your own garb, know how to use a sewing machine and how to do some basic hand sewing. But maybe you want to have a more period look to your finished garments, and are curious about period sewing methods. Now you're ready to learn some more advanced techniques. We'll cover different kinds of stitches and how they were used. Then we'll go over various techniques used to finish a garment by hand, including flat-felled seams, blind hems, facings and eyelets. Practice fabric, needles and thread will be provided.  Students should have basic sewing skills. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 3 none
Heraldic Consultation Caidan College of Heralds Drop in class - No registration needed. This is an open forum in all areas of Heraldry that might interest the student. Heralds will be available for consultation on names and devices of a myriad of time periods and locations. Saturday 9:00 AM 5:50 PM 8 none none
Heraldic Consultation Caidan College of Heralds Drop in class - No registration needed. This is an open forum in all areas of Heraldry that might interest the student. Heralds will be available for consultation on names and devices of a myriad of time periods and locations. Sunday 9:00 AM 3:50 PM 6 none none
Heraldic Q & A Caidan College of Heralds An open forum to ask the questions that you want answered.  If we don't know the answer, we'll get it for you. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Historic Rapier for the Rest of Us Meala Caimbeul Most fencing manuals assume a participant is a somewhat ideally build man. (Just look at the woodcuts.) A good deal of fencers in Caid are . . . not.  Using mostly Salvatore Fabris, but including some of George Silver's work as well, this class details an assortment of guards, footwork, defenses and attacks that can be successful, with minimal adaptation, for those of us who are not shaped like the woodcuts.  Students should wear/bring armor, including masks, and a Heavy Rapier. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none 10
History of The Spanish Military Orders of The Reconquista Dietrich von Vogelsang This course will study the Spanish Military Orders, their foundation, contributions to the Reconquista (the Reconquest of Spain from the Moors) from the 12th to 15th centuries, their heyday and failures, with special emphasis on the Orders of Calatrava, Alcantara, Montesa, and Santiago, among others.  Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2    
Hollywood & (Costmuing) History Maria Theresa Ipenarrieta We've all seen history as portrayed by the movies; in fact, that is what led some of us to the SCA. The wild armor in Excalibur to the fanciful dress of Elizabeth to Russell Crowe in not much in Gladiator to the "what was she thinking" hats in A Knights Tale, all have inspired many an SCA piece of garb (or lack thereof). However, the movies are not always (or almost ever) a good source for costume documentation.  This class will show pictures and clips from some      of our favorite historical films and compare them against portraits, illuminations, statues, and pictures of extant garments from the actual time periods portrayed. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Honey Drinks Donal O'Brien Honey has been used for centuries to flavor beverages.  Learn how to make flavored honey, honey syrups, oxymels, spiced honey drinks, honey beers, quick meads, long meads and honey cordials. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
How To Run A Tournament List Cassandre Loustaunau This class  will cover all the basics of how to run a tournament list from signing people on the list to filling out your paperwork at the end of the day.  Anyone interested in learning how a list runs is welcome to attend.  This class is required for anyone wishing to be a warranted lists officer Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Illuminated Letters Aurelia della Rossa Learn to work with guache watercolors while creating a beautiful medieval illuminated letter that you can take home. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Inkle and Card Weaving: Next Steps Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios  A lecture and discussion class covering weaving techniques that go beyond warp based designs.  We'll talk about: bead work:  adding loops, bells, and fringe; brocading;  pickup work;  using multiple shuttles;  and more.  There will be no hands on activity in the class but there will be descriptive handouts and demos Saturday 9:00 AM 12:50 PM 4 none none
Intermediate Archery Aeolwigg Aelfwiggsson So you know how to hold a bow?   Great come out and get some coaching now.   Everyone can improve, and learning the steps to good form and coaching techniques will allow you to improve at a faster rate.  Bring the archery gear you will be using  - Limited loaner bows and gear are available.   Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2    
Intermediate Mail Jon Thomme de Claydon Students will learn how to manipulate rings to create a small project.  This class has an emphasis on mail as it relates to jewelry, and assumes the student has a basic understanding of chain mail construction techniques.  If you wish to bring and use your own smooth needle nosed pliers you may do so.  Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none 10
Intermediate Persona Development Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling This will be a lecture and discussion of a series of 30 questions designed to help fill out your persona not only as a person in Period, but some of you immediate environment as well.  There will be lecture and discussion of a number of concepts not normally thought about in today’s world.  Students must have a persona covering your country, year/s, trade, name, and have used your persona for 1 year.  Saturday 9:00 AM 12:50 PM 4 1 20
Intro To Archery For Youth & Teens Syuzanne Delaplaine This class is a hands-on beginning archery class for children ages  8-14. All equipment and introduction will be provided. No experience is necessary.  Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Intro To The Awards Of Caid Elena Blakfenn Ever wondered why all those people are being called up in court and what that award is all about? Why does that person have all those medallions? This class will go through the majority of awards presented in Caid, why they are presented, and how to recognize them. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Introduction to Blackwork Ealdgyth Eastorlic This class will cover basic technique for Elizabethan blackwork embroidery.  Students will look at traditional motifs, and also learn how to create their own designs. Students will then be given time to embroider traditional blackwork motifs as well as designs of their own creation onto a sampler square.  Students who wish to embroider on something else are free to bring whatever they would like to decorate and work on it in class. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
It's A Mock Court Osanna de Fries New to the SCA or just new to attending court?  We will go through what you should expect at court.  Who the essential people are "up there", what are they saying and why, when you get called to court.  After this class you should be ready to attend court with confidence Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Japanese Tea Ceremony Bronwyn of Gyldenholt This class will include an explanation and basic demonstration of the Japanese Tea Ceremony (called “Chado” or “Cha-no-yu”) and an overview of the art and materials involved.  A historical summation and the use of the ceremony by the upper-middle classes will be the focus.  Contact with outside cultures will be touched upon briefly.  Students will be provided a sample of the tea and sweet used in the ceremony as part of the demonstration. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none 10
Joinery For Furniture Making Klaus von Mainz One of the best ways to make your furniture look 'period' is to use period construction methods. Luckily, these methods have changed little over the centuries, and can be readily employed today by those who enjoy working by hand. In this class, we will discuss the most common forms of joinery believed to be used in period furniture construction (i.e. mortise and tenon, lap joints, dovetails, etc..) and what hand tools are needed/recommended to make them. We will discuss where these joints would be used and examine sample joints. We will also explore the step by step process of cutting joinery thru demonstrations. Time and space permitting, students will be able to practice some fundamental joinery techniques (sawing, planing, chisel work). Basic woodworking knowledge is highly recommended. Saturday 2:00 PM 5:50 PM 4 none 10
Kid's Bardic Eva filia Edeneweyn We will be singing songs, playing instruments, telling stories and poems.  Kids are welcome to bring favorite pieces with them to share with the rest of the class Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Leather Drinking Jacks Todde mac Donnell Adventures in recreating period leather mugs, lining them with wax and pitch, hoping they don't leak, and fixing them when they do. Students should leave the class with the knowledge & skills to make their own jack Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none 12
Life In A Medieval Castle Isabell Ruan de Aragon What was the everyday life like for the people who lived in a medieval castle?  Who were they and what did they do for work and for fun?  How were castles made and what would you find there?  Find out the answers to these questions and more in this class. Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Light to the Left Eye: Blow Calling Roundtable Oliver Dogberry This is a student participation discussion of the differences between SCA rules & real life shots, what constitutes a good blow, how calibration can become a skill, what factors affect blow calling, what & why a shot may look good to the viewer, and what to do when differences of opinion occur between fencers.  If there is time, we will do a an exercise in Rapier armor with weapons for blow calling. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Lists Practicum Cassandre Loustaunau Get some accual  field training running the mini tournament.  We will work with different list types and look at practical solutions to real problems. Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2    
Mail Lab Jon Thomme de Claydon Take this opportunity to work on the projects you started and get some help on some of the  finer techniques.  This lab block is available for students who attended either beginning and/or intermediate mail classes.  Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none 10
Make A Leather Purse Or Pouch Sayeua Bwnnok Make a purse or pouch to hang on your belt.  Choose a style, trace onto and cut leather (suede), punch holes and lace your pouch or purse.  There will be several (medieval period) patterns and colors to choose from.  For the younger participants, there will be pre-cut and punched pieces to lace. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none 12
Making a Day Shade on a Budget Oliver Dogberry In this class the students will work together to make a 12x12 canvas dayshade, poles, ropes & stakes.  This will include among other things; sewing, adding grommets, cutting & drilling holes in poles, making rope tie-downs, and etc.  For the cost of materials, around $40, each student may take home a complete set of materials to build their own dayshade. Also, if there is time, we can continue to work on each student’s dayshade in class. Saturday 9:00 AM 12:50 PM 4 none 8
Marshalling Rapier Melees  Grainne ingen Lasrach This class will discuss and demonstrate what it takes to both fight in rapier melees and to command the troops. This includes everything from small-scale two on two scenarios to large scale melees at Estrella.  This will be team taught with the Marshalling Rapier Melees class.  Students should be a Rapier marshal or Rapier MiT. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 4 none
Master Class: Cutting The Custom Venetian Bodice Ciorstan MacAmhlaidh This is a two-hour demonstration on how to drape a corseted body for a toile for the bodice of a Venetian-style gown. Class handout will include copious notes and methodology, including the basis for the theory behind the eventual layout of the Venetian bodice once one is ready to cut into one's fabric. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Medieval Clothlets: Making Portable Watercolor paints  Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani Class will create a kind of medieval dyed clothlets mentioned by Cennini to take home and use as watercolor paints. Clothlets can be taken to Collegium scriptorium to try on promissory scrolls.  "It is … likewise true that there are certain colors… known as clothlets, and they are made in every color; and it is only necessary to take a bit of this clothlet… put it into a little glazed dish, or into a drinking cup; put in some gum; and it is ready for use…      – Cennino Cennini, Colors for Use on Parchment, Il Libro dell'Arte, Chapter CLXI, page 103 Saturday 9:00 AM 12:50 PM 4 none none
Merchant 101 Morgaine FitzStephen An overview of being a merchant in the SCA including obtaining a resale number, considerations of merchandise, required accounting practices, and much more. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Name Practices in Foreign Cultures for SCA Heraldry Jared Alexandre Blaydeaux We will discuss what were and were not appropriate naming practices in various cultures.  Students should bring names they’re interested in having registered by the College of Heralds.  We will concentrate on Western European cultures, but if interest is shown, we can work through Middle Eastern and some Oriental as well, depending on available references.  Bring any references of your own that you have done for a particular name. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Near-Eastern Folk Music - Singing The Small Songs Cristobal degli Glicini che Mangia Uome Learn to sing folksongs - one in Armenian and one in Turkish . Special attention will be paid to pronunciation and cultural context, rather than singing technique. While some of these songs are not period, they are suitable to be sung for SCA middle-eastern dance performances.  Note:  This class is being taught both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Near-Eastern Folk Music - Singing The Small Songs Cristobal degli Glicini che Mangia Uome Learn to sing folksongs - one in Armenian and one in Turkish . Special attention will be paid to pronunciation and cultural context, rather than singing technique. While some of these songs are not period, they are suitable to be sung for SCA middle-eastern dance performances.  Note:  This class is being taught both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Overview Of Uroscopy In The Middle Ages Teleri of Gwynedd For centuries, uroscopy (the diagnosis of illness based upon the examination of a patient's urine) was the prevalent practice in medieval medicine.  This class will present information regarding uroscopy and how it fit within the scope of medieval science.  We will examine the tools and techniques used by doctors, and look at how public attitudes toward physicians and uroscopy changed over the centuries.  The class will also cover the period representation of uroscopy in art and literature. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Pattern Drafting Through Draping Cassandra Zoe Paganal Hands on demonstration of drape patterning.  We will discuss how to look at a 2-D period source and then create the right shapes and silhouettes with your patterns.  We will also discuss how to work with various body shapes and sizes.   Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Pentathlon Round Table Madelena Hidalgo de Valencia Question and Answer opportunity for those who are interested in entering Pentathlon. A panel of instructors who have experience in various aspects of Pentathlon, i.e., current and previous Autocrats, judges, and first time entrant are available for questions. Topics to be discussed include how to document an entry and the care and feeding of the pentathlon entrant.   No experience necessary.  Samples of previous entries, documentation and score sheets will be available for viewing Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2    
Period Drumming Magdalyn Giza Learn period drumming and zagat techniques from a Middle Eastern music authority. This is a hands-on, supportive and entertaining class where you can learn  basics and flourishes of rhythmical instruments from the Middle East.   Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Period Poetic Forms Mary Dedwydd verch Gwallter This class is intended first as a discussion of several poetic forms that were present within the SCA period, not only in English but also in other European languages.  There will also be discussion of why forms can be fun as well as ways and means to adapt poetic forms developed in other languages into English (special challenges & hazards & nifty fun stuff).  Finally, (if there is time) there will be a discussion of adaptation of period styles into modern English with our modern figurative connections and how those may or may not differ from period figurative usages & metaphors.  Feedback & discussion are welcome. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2    
Persona Development Marie de Womwell Types of personas most folk choose and where to go from there. Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Piquet - 15th Century Card Game For Two Players Meala Caimbeul The game of Piquet or Cent , the game's English name in period, has been played since at least the end of the 15th century.  It is a somewhat complicated game consisting of several phases and requiring a bit of strategy. A deck of cards - standard playing cards, Italian or Scopa desk, or even Tarots can be used. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none 13
Practical Hearth Cooking Jamal Damian Marcus We will be cooking 3-5 dishes over an open hearth and discussing tending the hearth - before, during and after cooking, do's and don'ts of preparing food in this manner, recipe adjustments, cooking equipment and tools, period seasonings and flavors, and safety. Sunday 9:00 AM 12:50 PM 4    
Rapier Marshalling Practicum Caidan Marshalate There is more to being a marshal then just standing in the field.  Learn hands-on in a real tournament situation.  See what kinds of things can happen on the field and how to deal with them. Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Rapier Melee Command Lot Ramirez This class will cover the current structure of the Caidian Rapier Army, how it usually works and what to expect in and from various parts of the command structure.  We will break down the field in terms of unit structure and create tactics based on the available unit types, both in terms of attack and countering the enemy's movements.  We will also discuss issues of leadership, as well as how to create and maintain a viable fighting unit.  Students should have experience on the Rapier Melee field and an interest in commanding. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Redaction 101 Giuseppe Francesco da Borgia This class is designed as a hands-on experiment in historical cooking.  Students will be given several recipes from various historical sources, and tasked with the preparation of different dishes, all to be enjoyed and critiqued by the rest of the class Saturday 2:00 PM 5:50 PM 4 none none
Regional Styles Of Maiolica Elaine Fairchild of Bishopsgate We will review the origins of the tin-glazed pottery known as Maiolica and follow the development of different styles through the various regions of the Italian peninsula from the 14th-16th centuries. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Ruffs Mary Taran of Glastonbury An overview of the development of ruffs of the 16th century in Western Europe, from the simple ruffled edge to the elaborate supported styles of the later part of the century.  A demonstration of some of the techniques in constructing ruffs will be included. Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Scribal Heraldry: Getting it in One Bran Trefonnen Heraldry within scrolls is both beautiful and functional, but it also needs to be correct.  This class will help scribes and illuminators learn to display heraldry with style and accuracy and is designed for the beginner or intermediate level scribe.  Learn to identify different elements of the arms and the achievement, and when to use them.  Learn the difference between the blazon and the emblazon, invected and engrailed, fusilly and gyronny, sejant and rampant.  Never again worry that you may have missed some small detail on an award that would prevent the scroll from being presented in court and to the award recipient.   Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Scriptorium Caidan College of Scribes This is an open workshop for all the scribes of Caid.  Please come and work on your current scroll assignments or pitch in to help with the assembly-line production of original scrolls from basic layout, rough sketch of design elements, lining for text, and on to calligraphy and painting for the more advanced scribes. We will provide some practical instruction on getting started if you are new so come on by if you need help. We will have a number of reference books that can serve as inspiration for scroll design and period calligraphic hands.  This is a hands-on workshop so be prepared to put pen to paper and get your hands dirty. Please Note: We will not be painting promissories at this Scriptorium.  Bring what you need to work on scrolls and your scribal kit: portable writing board, paper, T-square, ruler, pencil, calligraphy pen, nibs & ink. Sunday 11:00 AM 3:50 PM 4 none none
Serendipity Sibhan na bhFeadh Come for games, crafts and other fun. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none 12
Single-sword For Armored Combat: Winning With One Hand Tied Behind Your Back Lorccán hua Conchobair Single-sword is not just something that happens when you lose an arm, it is a style unto itself and another way to victory! It is also a way to take your sword-work to its next level and have fun! We will discuss guards & stances, footwork, range control, fakes & feints, defensive attacks, body mechanics, mindset, training & practice, melees vs. tourneys, and confronting opponents armed in every style. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Smocking Mora Ottavia Spadera You will be provided with all supplies to make an apron.  We will smock it using a honeycomb stitch.  You can finish it, add additional embroidery, and attach the waist band at your leisure.  You should have some basic sewing skills.  Bring thread snips and needles if you like. Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2    
Song Composition and Performance Eilidh Swann No one can learn to write songs exactly like someone else, but there are two approaches that can help any musician or poet who'd like to create original material for the SCA audience. First, start with research into various rhyme forms and song structures in history, to use as your lyrical model, as well familarizing yourself with various musical forms, whether that's middle eastern maqams or the structure of Gregorian chant. Second, there's more to composition and song-writing than the mechanics of imitating existing musical structures. The art of writing also includes trying it out with an audience, re-writing, and re-testing. And of course, no performance is complete without polished preparation and memorization. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Soothsaying Through The Ages: A History of Divination Jared Alexandre Blaydeaux We will explore the history of divination techniques from the Classical era forward to medieval times.  This will be an overview of mantic arts ranging from well-known crystal gazing to divining by reading the smoke off of burning laurels  (leaves, that is . . .).  Bring an open mind and a willingness to explore differing realms of thought. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Spanish Ropa - For Men & Women Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y Godoy Do you want something that’s late period, but comfortable?  Are you looking for late period garb that doesn’t take forever to get into?  Are you looking for late period garb you can wear while you’re pregnant?  Are you over all that corseting, but don’t want to give up your late period persona?  Then come investigate the Spanish Ropa.  Following a survey of pictures of the ropa, patterns will be created for each class attendee. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none 12
Stamp printing Johanna von Nurnberg   This class will discuss the use of stamping and painting on fabric and/or garments in the SCA period.  I will discuss sources and evidence, or lack thereof, for this type of fabric embellishment.  I will also provide examples of what can be done with stamps of various types of fabric.  Time permitting students will be allowed to stamp test small pieces of linen or fabric they have brought with them.   Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 7 none
Survey of  Persian and Turkish Hat Styles Albra Katerine Marie Isabel Bautiste The teacher will talk about various hat styles for men and women from mid 15th thru late 16th century, with prototypes made up for students to examine. Patterns and pattern copying materials will be available for the students to make copies of the hat patterns of their own. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Survey of Medieval Musical Instruments Adelicia di Rienzi Learn to tell a crumhorn from a cornetto from a cornemuse, or a sackbut from a serpent from a symphony!  In this class you'll see, hear, and put your hands on musical instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  No musical experience or skill required.   Sunday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Surviving Your First Year In The Sca Marie de Womwell A guide for newcomers on the essentials of being a part of the SCA.  What to wear, what to bring to events, who to bow to, etc.   Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Tassels Miryam æt West Seaxe A class to help the students learn the requirement to make simple tassels for costumes and belts.  Students should bring yarn or floss to make one tassel, about 3-4 skeins. Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Teaching a drill, It's EASY! Grainne ingen Lasrach Do you feel like you need more structure to your fighting practice? Do you see people teaching and wish you knew how to do that? Well, this is the class for you! This class will teach any fighter to instruct others in a variety of drills and sequences that will improve both of your fighting skills! This class will be taught from the rapier perspective but could be applied to any single combat form. While drawing primarily from modern teaching techniques, the method can be easily applied to authentic period and purely SCA techniques. Students should come prepared to participate in drills so armor and weapons are required. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 2 none
Teaching The Beginning Archer Aeolwigg Aelfwiggsson This class will start with teaching the person who has never held a bow before and progress up to coaching techniques.  The class will work with actual students in the second half of the class. So come prepared and bring your equipment.  You might even get a chance to shoot at least one arrow. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2    
Thread Covered Buttons Cassandre Loustaunau In the 16th century a commonly seen style of button was the thread covered over a wooden core. Learn an easy way to make late period buttons and give your garb that little extra touch. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Thrown Weapons for Beginners Ryan of Rickford Basics of Thrown Weapons.  What you need, what are the rules, where to get stuff.  Basic throwing techniques. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Thrown Weapons Marshalling Ryan of Rickford Review of the Thrown Weapons Handbook, with emphasis on steps to become a thrown weapons marshal.  Discussion of the duties and responsibilities on a thrown weapons marshal. Saturday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Time For Court Eva filia Edeneweyn Learn about expected behavior in court and at feasts and how to address those people in the pointy hats.  We will practice what to do when being called up to court and learn a few things to help keep from getting bored.  Additional crafts will be provided in case we finish early. Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none none
Tournament Practicum Caidan Marshalate Practice and tournaments can be two entirely different environments.  Come and practice in a tournament situation.  Learn a few tips on how to physically and mentally prepare for a fight. Sunday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
Uncial - Learning a Calligraphic Hand Thomas Brownwell The Uncial hand is best known from the Book of Kells, but is also found in many other Insular manuscripts of the Medieval age.  This class will provide a practical workshop on identifying the basic elements and practicing the letter forms of the Uncial hand. This is a hands-on class, ideal for beginning calligraphers, or anyone interested in learning a new hand to add to their repertoire.  All students will need to bring their own pen, ink and paper, and be prepared to write and possibly get ink on their fingers.  Handouts will be provided to show the letter forms and general layout and balance of period documents created using this style of calligraphy.  Saturday 4:00 PM 5:50 PM 2 none 15
Understanding Fabric For Costumes Cassandra Zoe Paganal This class is to discuss the different types of fabrics that are available in the universe, how you can tell them apart, each of their strengths and weaknesses, which are period and which are good period substitutes.  We will also cover some handling techniques and tricks that certain fabrics require. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none none
Viking Runes Isabell Ruan de Aragon Who used runes and what were they used for?  Learn to read this ancient alphabet that was found carved into stones.  Create your own runes that you can use to spell out your name or write secret messages to your friends. Saturday 11:00 AM 12:50 PM 2 none none
What do I do with my device? Illuminada Eugenia de Guadalupe y Godoy Now that you have decided on a heraldic device, what do you do with it?  This class will give you ideas from clothing, to banners, to decorating a variety of person items, so everyone (who knows about heraldry) will know that they belong to you. Saturday 2:00 PM 3:50 PM 2 none 20
What Else Can I Do? Osanna de Fries There is more to the SCA then costumes and fighting.  Learn what different options are available. Sunday 9:00 AM 10:50 AM 2 none none
Yurts, Kabitkas & Boz Uy - An Introduction To The Lattice-frame Tent  LAB Iskander al-Kurdj (Sasha) Learn about the history, cosmology and construction of the Mongol gher, and its relatives. We will cover cultural and religious significance, construction and use in the SCA. We will put a 16 foot yurta up - so that you can learn about the frame, and whether it is the house for you. Sunday 11:00 AM 3:50 PM 4 none none