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Dragon's Hoarde Science Exposition


M'lord Yehoshua and I got up WAAAY too early on Saturday and drove to Himmel Park in the Barony of Tir Ysgthir to enjoy the first day of Dragon's Hoarde.  This local event raises money for the local group by holding tournaments where fighters are roped together as a "dragon" and fight other, single fighters, who pay for the privilege.  If they manage to kill all of the parts of the dragon, they got a prize from the Hoarde.  If I recall correctly, Sir Ivan was the only one to defeat the dragon on that day.  However, two young boys (who's names escape me, I'm afraid) were rewarded for fighting the adult dragon and killing two of the "limbs".  Here's some pictures of the fighting that I took as well as a couple of people shots.

The main reason that Yehoshua and I went, though, was for the science exposition that was sponsored by the event steward, Hanim Ari Usni.  A total of eleven people displayed, including Yehoshua, who demonstrated a cheese glue that he made using a period recipe he found online.  In addition to that, there were all sorts of nifty displays that incorporated the "Science" aspect of the Arts and Sciences.  At the end of the day, there were various prizes for Crown, Populace, Laurel and Dragon's choice.  I'm glad to say that Yehoshua came through like a champ and cleared three of the four categories, winning three books on various scientific objects.  The Dragon's choice was given to Lady Anya Sergeeva, who demonstrated the various dyes she made in order to decorate eggs.  Congratulations to both of them, and to all who displayed.  It was really well received and I hope to see more science displays in the future.

Another highlight of the day was the elevation of Steffan yr Ysgolhaig to the Order of the Pelican.  Their Majesties held a brief court so that this fine gentle could be elevated.  He's a Thane of Tir Ysgthir and a former Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences.  Here's some pictures of his elevation, taken with my camera by m'lord SveinbiÇ«rn HallbiÇ«rnson.

All in all, it was a great day full of fun and Science.  We headed home after Saturday's events, but there was another full day on Sunday as well.  Congratulations to Sir Thomas de Revele on his elevation to the Chivalry as well as all those who were honored during Saturday and Sunday court.  Check the Atenveldt Facebook page for the list of names and accolades.

All of the pictures that I took on Saturday can be seen at my Picasa Album.  Be sure to check out all of the other awesome scientific displays!

The next event I will be attending is Coronation.  However, I will be posting a couple of articles before the big weekend.

Until Then, Atenveldt!


Kingdom A&S Competition Wrap up and Commentary

Alas, Real Life (tm) kept me from doing this on Sunday, which is normally the day I like to do post event wrap ups.  Better late than never, I suppose.

I went around photographing folks and checking out the various artisan's displays.  While I was doing that, I was minding the Silent Auction that I run (this is the third year).  The money raised goes towards funding the judges' luncheon at Estrella War.  Any extra gets used by the KMoAS for general expenses.  We had some pretty good swag this year, including some ceramic-ware and a set of Viking brooches made by His Majesty.  Overall, I think we made a little under 300 dollars for the office.  Not bad for a day's work.

The natives were getting restless, so as soon as the word was given, the general competition room was opened.  Folks stampeded in and checked out the various entries.  There was a lot of really cool stuff.  My personal favorite was the boat.  The creator, Lord Johann, said he was going to launch at Great Western War (which is going on right now in Caid... I'll make it out there one of these years...)

I also got the chance to check out the Brewing and Champion's rooms.  I took pictures of the brews and also got a chance to take pictures of all of the Champion entries and entrants.  All three ladies had fantastic displays and the entries looked quite magnificent.  Congratulations to Lady Elsa, the new Kingdom Champion!  The official results list is located in the Kingdom A&S Website.

Afterwards, I took some shots around the populace room, which had been turned into an area for final court.  I got some pictures of folks sitting around and getting ready as well as the bardic stylings of Lady Inara, who kept the crown going until Their Majesties arrived and court began.  The category winners all received scrolls commemorating their win.  Congratulations to Mistress Isabel d'Estella for her elevation to the Laurel!

Once court ended, a lot of folks took off to the various after revels.  However, the event wasn't over!  Mistress Jehanne took over the room, cleared the chairs and started leading dance along with Mistress Elaine and Sir Wulfhere.  Those who stayed behind got a heck of a work out!

Eventually, The crew of Brymstonne came out in their Tudor finery from last week.  The evening ended with fun, laughter, and lots of action shots.  Check it out!

Here's a link to the entire album on Picasa.  Feel free to use any of these pictures in your own Facebook, blog or other sharing, as long as you leave the copyright intact.  If you are interested in getting a high resolution copy of the image file, contact me directly at so we can work something out.  I'm also going to start being available at events to take more formal portraits.  My next major purchase is a tri-pod.

On October 15th, Yehoshua and I will return to the Barony of Tir Ysgithr for their annual Dragon's Horde event.  I'll be covering court (of course) but I'll also be providing extended coverage of the Science Exposition being hosted by Hanim Ari, who is the overall steward for this event.  It should be quite interesting.

Until then, Atenveldt!


Kingdom A and S 2011 - Barony of Tir Ysgthir - Boars and Beverages


I'm sitting at in the common dining area at the Hotel Tucson, people watching and enjoying the music from the musicians, the chatter of the populace, and keeping an eye out on the Silent Auction.   So far,  the event has been very social, with people flitting back and forth between the various artisan displays, the silent auction, the merchant on site (who is is making a killing, by the way... I just added several new books to my collection)  The hotel setting is very good for this event, because the lounge is available for drinks and there is plenty of food and drink well as air conditioning.

Morning court was held outdoors under the Baronial Pavilion.  Unfortunately, my camera died *right* before court started.  I'm sure there were several folks taking pictures, though.

Before court, I got the chance to walk around and take a look at some of the entries as they came in as well as take some pictures of the crowd.  After court, I set up the Silent Auction and assisted with rounding up judges.  Right now, we are waiting for the rooms to open.  I'll be walking around after I post this (and now that my camera battery is all juiced up) to take more pictures.  All of these will be available on the Picasa albums this evening once I get to an actual internet connection.

I had the honor to judge the Writing Research category.  There was only one entry, and it was a *very* interesting article.  The author chose not to identify themselves, but I offered to publish their paper on this blog and do an interview.  Here's hoping they look me up.

Tournaments were also held.  Duke Eduard sponsored a hardsuit tournament and Lord William sponsored a rapier tournament.  They were held outside in front of the Baronial Pavillion.

I'm now going to get up and take some pictures of folks relaxing as well as the artisan displays as well as the Champion and entry rooms when they are open.  Stay tuned to the Aten Facebook Page for coverage of final court as we announce the winners of the categories and who will be this year's Atenveldt A&S Champion!