Weekly Announcements

For The Week of December 9, 2017 (A.S. 52)

THIS-WEEK-IN-THE-SCA-IN-THE-TWIN-CITIES-12-9-17  (print version)

Archery Practice, Sunday, December 10

There will be archery practice this Sunday from 1-3 pm at the Bwana Archery Range in Little Canada. Our hosts will be Duchess Anne Geoffreys of Warwick and Baron Geoffrey of Warwick. Loaner gear will be available, and the entry fee will be covered by the Barony. If you have any questions, you can contact Anne or Geoff at: annegeoffreys@gmail.com or geoffreyofwarwick@gmail.com or 612-281-6577 (Geoff’s cell).

Directions to Bwana Archery, 3015 Country Drive, Saint Paul, MN, 55117:

Bwana Archery (651-482-9866) is located at the intersection of 35E and 694 in Little Canada.

Here’s a link to a map: http://www.bwanaarchery.com

*Take your best route to 35E and Little Canada Road
*From 35E Northbound, turn left at the top of the exit ramp, then turn right on the frontage road on the west side of 35E.
*From 35E Southbound, make a U-turn to the right to get from the exit ramp to the frontage road. The range is about 1 mile up the frontage road.  Look for the large yellow archery sign on your left.

Fee: The range fee is $7.00 plus tax per shooter and will be covered by the Barony. Observers are free of charge.

Bardic Get-Togethers On First Mondays

Our Baronial Bardic Champion, ban Ollamh Orlaith Ballach Inghean Fhlain, is hosting monthly bardic get-togethers at her house in Saint Paul on the first Monday of the month. The next gathering will be Monday, January 8 (not the 1st). Starting time will be 7 p.m. and the evening will end at 9:30 p.m. Come and relax with good songs and good friends! If you need directions/her address, please contact her at:  orlaithballach@gmail.com or message Rita Nauman on Facebook.

Dance Practice, Now On First AND Third Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

Our next practice will be on Thursday, January 4, from 6:00-8:00 p.m, in Nordleigh, at the Wentworth Library, 199 W. Wentworth Ave., West St. Paul, 55118. We will continue learning and reviewing the dances for the masked ball at Twelfth Night.

Staff Being Sought for Schützenfest 2018

The event steward, Mistress Rosanore of Redthorn, is seeking the staff members for Schützenfest 2018 (first weekend in May). She has been tasked to seek them from among the ranks of those who do not shoot archery so that all of our archers can participate in the shooting.  Staff members sought include:  Webminister, Volunteer coordinator, Setup coordinator, and Clean-up coordinator.  Please contact Mistress Rosanore if you have any questions or are interested in volunteering.

Chatelain Position Is Now Vacant

THL Bazyli Boleslaw z Krakowa has stepped down as Chatelain and this position is now vacant. Anyone who is interested in this position should contact our Seneschal, Baron Thomas Bordeaux, at: 562-552-7164.  Please include what you consider to be your qualifications (mundane and SCA), and why you would like the job, or what you would hope to accomplish.

We Have A New Knight’s Marshal!

Baron Refkell Melrakki Einarsson has been confirmed in this position by a vote that was held at the Nov. 14 fighters’ practice and at the Nov. 15 business meeting.


Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am-5 pm, Geek Partnership Society Rooms,

Waterbury Building, Minneapolis MN

Need <insert your Winter Holiday> presents? Join Geek Partnership Society and some very talented artists/crafters/artisans as we make your <holiday> dreams come true! Anime Twin Cities is currently planning to host ol’ Saint Nick, as he makes GPS one of his stops on his Sit on Santa’s Lap 2017 tour. There will be snacks and music and general festiveness. This is a fundraiser for GPS, bringing STEM programming to youth for almost 20 years.

The Baron And Baroness Of Nordskogen Welcome Archers, Cooks, Rapier And Armored Combat Fighters, And The Populace To The Annual Toys For Tots Tournaments On Sunday, December 17

The Archery Toys for Tots Tournament will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 am at:

Bwana Archery, 3015 Country Lane, Little Canada, MN, 55117

For directions, see under the weekly archery announcement above.

This event will replace the regular Sunday archery practice for this day.

The Barony covers the cost of participation for archers, and supporters attend for free.

Hosted by Meistari Sefa Farmansdóttir and Baroness Amalia St. Edmund, on behalf of Geoffrey and Samia

The Rapier and Armored Combat Toys for Tots Tournament will be held from 4:00-9 pm in Room 107

In The Geek Partnership Society’s Event Horizon in the Waterbury Building,

The big red building at the corner of Jackson St. NE and Broadway St. NE, (1121 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413).

Enter at the EASTERN SIDE of the building. Door 1121C is the one closest to the rooms we are in.

Link to a map:  http://tinyurl.com/geekpartnersoc

Hosted by the Honorable Lady Constanza de Sevilla and Lady Lewke verch Gwilim,

on behalf of Geoffrey and Samia

4-4:30 pm: Set Up

4:30-6:00:  Introduction and Rapier Tournament, Cooking and Brewing Showcase, Championship Challenge

6:00-6:30:  Court and Potluck Dinner

6:30-8:00:  Armored Combat Tournament

8:00-9:00: Overflow time, clean up and Toy counting

9:00-10:00 Toy delivery to KARE 11, in garb and hoping for a slow news day

Please do not show up early as we do not have access to the site before 4 pm.

Please bring a potluck dish (modern or period) to share for dinner; labeling ingredients encouraged.

Cooking and Brewing Showcase: A Feast for the Senses!

Participants will showcase during the Rapier Tournament, and before court each will have one minute to tell the populace what they are showcasing. The Populace will vote on their favorite Sensational entry from entrants who wish to serve as Cooking Champion, and/or the Showcase and Champion Challenge together.

Rapier and Armored Combat Tourney Format

The tourney format is the same for both armored and rapier, and will be a dice tourney. Each fighter will roll a dice. The Mistress of Lists will determine who rolls for what based on placement on the tourney tree. Once roll will be for weapon format and the other for winning conditions. If a fighter does not have the authorization they rolled, they will default to the basic authorization. If a fighter wishes to re-roll, they can once per fight for a one toy ante. Toys can be begged from the populace for re-rolls, and the populace can request a re-roll once per fight if they wish with providing a toy. Single or double elimination will be determined the day of and will be based on the number of fighters present.

Interim Activities Taking Place From 11:30 am to 3 pm

We’ve reserved the Community Room at the East Side Food Co-op at 2551 Central Ave NE in Minneapolis from 11:30 to 3:30 pm for anyone to join us in between activities. The co-op features a beverage bar, a soup and salad bar, made to order sandwiches and burritos, and a hot bar lunch along with groceries available at the co-op, and there are many other restaurants nearby. Bring your lunch and an A&S project to work on or something you might need help with. 12th Night pre-registrations will also be accepted!

Other options in the area are:

SR Harris Fabric Outlet, srharrisfabric.com, open 12 pm to 5 pm

Knit & Bolt, knitandbolt.com, knitting supplies, open 10 am to 4 pm

Treadle Yard Goods, treadleyardgoods.com, open 1 pm to 5 pm

If you have any questions, please contact the event stewards:

Amalia St. Edmund  koko_bean2000@yahoo.com; Sefa Farmansdóttir  tekaylin@gmail.com

Constanza de Sevilla either on Facebook or by email at gingerspaniard@gmail.com;

Lewke verch Gwilim erin@dilogy.net


Join us for this year’s Twelfth Night in Nordskogen on January 13, 2018 when we will be celebrating Carnivale in Venice! In addition to tournaments, and a fabulous feast, we will be having a Masked Ball (dancing!) and two very special A&S Competitions.

All are very welcome to enter either or both Competitions, no matter where you are in your creative journey – novice, apprentice or master! And we want to encourage artisans to explore a skill or craft that is new to them. This is an opportunity to get feedback and assistance on your creative journey.

INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED in either Competition – we do this in order that artisans may receive feedback from judges and others and help in getting through “stuck places.”

Prizes will be given to the winners of the Competitions!

The theme for our Judged A&S Competition will focus on Carnivale in Venice, but we have expanded it to include anyone, any location or time period who might have traded with or visited Venice or Italy, or any masked ball, theatrical, performance or masked tradition, in order to include as many locations and personas as possible. This A&S Competition will be judged face-to-face.

A&S Competition information: You may create any item that fits within that loose theme. Documentation will be required. You might want to look at the Kingdom A&S Competition Handbook as a guideline (see http://www.northshield.org/Posts/KingdomAandSComp.aspx?AS ). Be sure to mention in your documentation how your entry fits within the theme – is the item, created, traded to or from Venice or Italy, part of Carnivale or a different performance tradition, etc.

Here is a link to the entry form.

Entries need to be registered by December 15, 2017.

We will also be looking for judges for this part of the A&S Competition.

Our second A&S Competition is a Mask Free-for-All – no documentation, and winners will be chosen by bean count. Anyone may enter any mask – we just ask that you have adapted, created, decorated, or changed your mask in some way. Masks will be judged prior to the Masked Ball.  Here is a link to the entry form.

Questions, early entry information, or volunteer judges contact information may be sent to:

Lady Niamh ingen Dhomnail at: niamhnordskogen@gmail.com. Please include your SCA and mundane name, and your email in your note.

Dance List for Nordskogen’s Masked Ball at Twelfth Night 2018

Dance instruction booklet is available at:  https://rosanore.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/twelfth-night-masked-ball-dance-booklet.pdf

Set 1

Black Alman – Inns of Court

Salterello La Regina – SCA Heritage

LyBens Distonys – Gresley Manuscript

Gathering Peascods – English Country Dance (ECD)

Heralds in Love – SCA Heritage (ECD style)

Set 2

Madam Sosilia’s Alman – Inns of Court

Petit Vriens – 15th Century Italian

Armynn – Gresley Manuscript

Black Nag – ECD

Return of Spring – SCA Heritage (ECD style)

Set 3

Petit Rose – 15th Century Italian

Bransle l’Official – Arbeau

Prenes en gres de doubus – Gresley Manuscript

Sellenger’s Round – ECD

Korobushka – SCA Heritage

Set 4

Contrapasso in Due – 16th Century Italian

Rufty Tufty – ECD

Bransle Montarde – Arbeau

Maid Peeped Out of the Window – ECD

Dargason – ECD



Heavy Weapons Practice

Heavy weapons practice occurs each Tuesday evening from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at Brackett Park, 2728 39th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN, 55406.

Boffer Practice, Every Other Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

The next boffer practice for the Barony of Nordskogen will be Tuesday, Dec. 12, the last practice of 2017. We will be meeting at the Barony’s Heavy Weapons practice site in South Minneapolis at Brackett Park, 2728 39th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN, 55406. Above is a link to a map.

Meetings in the Canton of Blachemere

The Canton of Blachemere (northern Twin Cities) generally meets on the first Thursday of the month for its business meeting. The starting time is 6 p.m. and the location is confirmed on Blachemere’s Facebook page but generally is Oak Roads Grill, 2351 181st Ave NW, Cedar, MN 55011. Occasionally, A&S meetings occur on other Thursdays of the month and will be announced on the Blachemere Facebook page. For more information, contact the Seneschal, Baron Frederick de Fulbert, at barrows_pronto@yahoo.com or at (763) 688-0108 (no calls after 10 pm please).

Monday Night Armoring & Sewing At Duke Vlad’s and Duchess Petronella’sCANCELLED THIS WEEK—MON., DEC. 11

Their Graces, Vlad and Petranella, are hosting armoring and sewing on Mondays starting at 6 p.m. in Roseville. Please be sure to contact them for further details and to double check the schedule. Please note that there is a large fuzzy dog in residence. Duke Vlad and Duchess Petranella can be reached at: 651-644-4685 or at: vlad.petranella@gmail.com

Blacksmithing & Woodworking on Thursdays At Master Danr’s, 7-9 p.m.

Master Danr Ketilsmiðr and Meistari Katriona ni Chonarain invite you to weekly blacksmithing and woodworking sessions at their East Bethel home, Thursdays from 7-9 pm. Please ALWAYS remember to contact them at: 763-434-1840 to confirm that shop night is happening before you head over

Sewing with Mistress Cassandra of the Western Green

Mistress Cassandra of the Western Green hosts weekly sewing nights on Thursday nights at her home. The gatherings begin at 7:00 p.m. and last until your hostess tells you it’s time to go home! Contact her at cassandy@usfamily.net or at 763-754-6725 for directions and to let her know that you are coming ahead of time.

Scribes’ Night–First Tuesday, January 2, 7-9 pm

Always call and confirm your attendance by 9 pm on the prior Monday. If no one calls, that particular Scribes’ Night will be cancelled.

Come create scroll blanks and learn new techniques!  The gathering will be held at THL Una Duckfoot’s home at 1023 Loeb St. in St. Paul (near the intersection of Como & Front & Dale). Please call Una at 651-262-8079 if you need directions.

Embroidery Night/Stitch and B!tch, 1st and 3rd Tues., Dec. 19 and Jan. 2, 5 pm–?

Embroidery Night/Stitch and  and B!tch will be held monthly on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at Countess Aibhilin Fhionn’s (Elizabeth Thomas’s) house: 4971 207th St. N in Forest Lake. All are welcome as early as 5 p.m. Please bring a project you are working on, something you would like to start work on, or just come and hang out with us! Bring a snack or some booze to share if you like (because handwork is not complete without booze). For those with concerns over furry beasts: We have two cats (who pretty much stay upstairs) and a small dog (who is very friendly).  If you need directions, drop Countess Aibhilin a note at:  aibhilinfhionn@gmail.com

Rumplestiltskein: 2nd and 4th Sundays, Dec. 10, 11 am-2 pm (NEW TIME)

Rumplestiltskein is a fiber-related social gathering held on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. All fiber activities are welcome, and advice is available in spinning, knitting, weaving and nålbinding.

Come enjoy coffee and good company at the Barnes & Noble Starbucks Coffee Shop at 2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN, just south of Hwy 36 in the HarMar Mall.

There will be no Rumplestiltskein on the Fourth Sunday which is December 24th, Christmas Eve.



Period clothing will be required for these. Please note that the Barony has period clothing and feast gear available to loan.


For more information, see the detailed event announcement above.

The Archery Toys for Tots Tournament will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 am at:

Bwana Archery, 3015 Country Lane, Little Canada, MN, 55117.

For directions, see under the weekly archery announcement above.

The Barony covers the cost of participation for archers, and supporters attend for free.

Meistari Sefa Farmansdottir and Baroness Amalia St. Edmund are coordinating these efforts.

The Rapier and Armored Combat Toys for Tots Tournament will be held from 4:00-9 pm in Room 107

In The Geek Partnership Society’s Event Horizon in the Waterbury Building, the big red building

At the corner of Jackson St. NE and Broadway St. NE, (1121 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, MN, 55413).

THL Constanza de Sevilla and Lady Lewke verch Gwilim will be coordinating these efforts for us.

If you have any questions, please contact the event stewards:

Amalia St. Edmund  koko_bean2000@yahoo.com; Sefa Farmansdóttir  tekaylin@gmail.com

Constanza de Sevilla either on Facebook or by email at gingerspaniard@gmail.com;

Lewke verch Gwilim erin@dilogy.net

Archers and fighters as well as observers are invited to participate by donating toys.


Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018—Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, Lord of Light Church, 14501 Nowthen Blvd NW, Ramsey MN 55303

Event Steward: Bazyli Boleslaw z Krakowa olaughingson22@gmail.com  (218) 370-1678

Feast Stewards: Dame Siobhan Medhbh O’Roarke, Lord Madoc ap Jones

Dance Mistress and Master:

Domina Isabella Beatrice della Rosa (Belle), THL Dafydd Arth.

More dance information above.

A&S Coordinator: Lady Niamh ingen Dhomnail.

More A&S information above.

Registration: $20 (Includes Archery fee for Bwana on Sunday)
Registration with Member discount: $15 (Includes Archery fee for Bwana on Sunday)
Children 0-17: Free (Still will have to pay for feast if old enough to occupy a seat)
Feast Cost: $15 at gate, $13 with pre-registration. Send copy of front and back of blue card along with note who you are registering for to: Denise Bell, 3608 Morgan Ave N., Minneapolis, MN, 55412.   Pre-registration has begun and closes Dec. 31st. Make checks payable to: SCA Inc. – Barony of Nordskogen

Our Baroness has requested a masquerade of the Italian style for our 12th night celebration, and we, her humble stewards, are happy to provide. Come! Join us for a joyous day of merry making and revelry. In the midst of the dark days of winter, we shall dance by fairy light.

This is the December 9, 2017 online issue of The Nib, (formerly This Week in the SCA in the Twin Cities), a publication of the Barony of Nordskogen of the Society of Creative Anachronism, Inc. This issue is available from Susan Henry, 258 Griggs St. S, Saint Paul, MN 55105 and www.nordskogen.northshield.org. It is not a corporate publication of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and does not delineate SCA, Inc. policies.

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