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22-24 Aug
Manuscripts at the Abbey

Kingdom of Atlantia - Chesterfield, Va

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12-14 Sep
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Shire of Montevale - Fannettsburg, PA

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26-28 Sep
Siege of Glengary XIX

Shire of Sylvan Glen - Kearneysville, WV

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Bacon Wars II

Barony of Tir-y-Don - Jamaica, VA

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Subetei - ImageI joined the SCA in 1997 after attending a demo at a street fair in York, PA. My first event was Feast of the Stag in the Shire of Montvale in the Kingdom of the East. The people I met were warmly welcoming, offering help to get me to the event and items like garb and feast gear to make my stay enjoyable.

My second event was Pennsic XXVI, which for those of you who are not familiar, is a huge event lasting about 2 weeks at Cooper's Lake near Slippery Rock, PA. It is a camping event which has grown from 9,000 people when I attended in '97 to about 15,000 people in 2010. I camped with the Black Dragon Company, a group of mercenaries that helped me get my start, and which I later joined and still continue to camp with even after moving away from the area.

I remained active with my local group for quite awhile. (For my part, I served as the local shire's herald from 2000-2001 as well as the web minister until I moved south to Catonsville, MD. At the time it was call Owl's Rest, but it is now called Owl's Herste (A slightly more period reference). Events in the area were much smaller than the ones that I attend now, largely due to the spread out population of the local SCA folks, but the events were always cozy, friendly, and interesting. Event coordinators went out of their way to have something available for every attendee. They typically included armored combat, arts and sciences competitions, classes, bardics, feasts, thrown weapons and dancing; all at the same event.

It was during my time in the East Kingdom that I became interested in the scribal arts. Emily Marano (Mistress Brigid O’Neill the Limner) gave me my first scribal handbook, a calligraphy pen and a small sheet of paper, from then on, I've been painting and penning. Unfortunately, I did not know enough to keep good copies, and I did what many refer to as "Combat Scribing" which means that I produced a scroll the same day it was assigned (sometimes with only a half an hour's notice) which also means that there was no time to get a copy of the finished product. Coupled with a few hard drive crashes and theft of computers, I lost everything that I did scan but I've slowly rebuilt some of what I produced by reaching out to the people who received the scrolls, but so far, that is a very small amount of the total.

After moving to the Barony of Tir-y-don in Atlantia, I started producing a lot more scrolls for the local barony and to keep from making the same mistake, I'm now printing out my scans and placing them in a binder. (A recommendation from the Laurel that I am apprenticed to, Mistress Olwynn ni Chinneidigh, along with creating this website) I've included scans of everything that I currently have under the "Portfolio" section and will be adding more as I complete them. I'm ordering them from the most recent to the oldest and have included a copy of the original that the scroll was based on, if I was able to find it. (-Edit- redesign of the gallery has prevented me from putting commentary on the pictures but it is now viewable on all browsers. I removed the original copies for the time being till I figure out how to incorporate them again. Some people liked seeing the originals, while others felt that it detracted from the work. I'm ambivalent so I removed them for ease of viewing.)

While in Tir-y-don, I hosted weekly scribal workshops at my home on Wednesday nights with a regular attendance of about 5 people. Many of them have progressed wonderfully and show great skill and love of their work. I still have get togethers at my home in Lovettsville, VA for anyone interested in learning or playing. All are welcome to come so if you are interested in seeing what we do and trying it for yourself, contact me for directions and times.

I am the current Atlantian Scrivener Royal for A.S. 48, and there has been very little resting on the job. I am very thankful for all of the encouragement that I have received from my fellow scribes, and from their Majesties. I can honestly say that my skills have been sharpened as a result of the position and I have gained an appreciation for the organizational skills that go into producing awards for so many recipients around the Kingdom.

I am the Baronial deputy webminister for the Barony of Tir-y-don page and recently converted it to php to make it easier to manage. I have just done the same to this site. I am also the Baronial deputy webminister for the Barony of Highland Foorde webpage, and the principle webminister for the Atlantian Office of the Clerk Signet. You can contact me regarding any problems that you experience with these sites.