I hope this missive finds you well. I know this pandemic has impacted all of us, in ways we may not even recognize or fully appreciate, but I am heartened to see how our community has come together in this time.
This will serve as the May business meeting. Unfortunately, not a lot is going on at the moment. As a result, I have a few things to update you on, but having a formal business meeting seems excessive given our current climate.
First, as to the subject of fighter practice. Their Majesties have cancelled all official in-person SCA events through the month of May. Their Excellencies and I have spoken, and we agree that Dragonsspine will not be resuming our fighter practices until El Paso County Health gives the go ahead for groups of 50 to congregate in outdoor venues. We have no indication of when that might occur but the safety of our members is our first priority. Once restrictions ease, we will resume with our Sunday evening fighter practice at Nancy Lewis Park. Hopefully, with time the social distancing regulations will ease – and we can once again cross swords.
Turning to the subject of events. Dragonsspine’s bid to host Fall Crown Tournament has been accepted. His Excellency Seamus will be the event steward. We will be hosting at Black Forest Regional Park in September, with the appropriate caveats regarding the pandemic. More details will becoming as we approach the event. The only other event we are looking to schedule at this time will be Candlemas. I would like any bids by July 1. We will assess the scheduling of Holiday Bazaar/Champion Events (A&S and Martial)/Collegiums/etc after the situation stabilizes.
Next, we have renewed our storage shed, and are looking at the possibility of downsizing to a smaller unit. If you have Baronial property, please let us know, as we would like to ensure it is all in one place.
Many our finding new ways to make our game work. The SCA Merchant Relief page has more merchants than Pennsic! Roundtables are being hosted on the Knightly Virtues, as well as discussions of what Peerage means. I’d like to give a special shout-out to THL Lyssa (
). Her work the ROIU has taken off. If you haven’t had a chance to see all the virtual classes being offered, you really should.
Finally, I would like to thank all of you. This time hasn’t been easy, but you all have allowed things to run smoothly, and not be filled with drama. I know we all would rather be meeting regularly. Please, continue to check on each other. I know that for me, personally, I didn’t realize how much I needed our regular contact. I miss you all. And I cannot wait to see you again.
Yours in Service to the Dream,
Madame Adelaisa Bernois
Seneschal, Barony of Dragonsspine
The Barony of Dragonsspine is a chapter of the The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. The SCA is a non-profit organization devoted to researching and recreating the Middle Ages in the present. Some members concentrate on the study of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance eras. Other members concentrate on the study of Middle East and Asian Cultures, with many members working to recreate the arts and skills of their chosen eras, and also explore the interaction between Europe and Asia during the periods under study.
In the “Known World of the Current Middle Ages” Dragonsspine is located within the Kingdom of the Outlands. The barony was originally established in May 1978. Our first baroness was Caitlin Caslean an Bharraigh.
In the modern world Dragonsspine is centered around Colorado Springs, and include Monument to Twin Lakes. A comprehensive list of the holdings can be found here.
We extend an invitation to all gentles to come and join us and spend some time in the current middle ages. We are home to some of the best archers, artists, fencers, and heavy fighters in the Society for the Creative Anachronism. Come join us at an event or practice to see why we are proud to be Dragonsspine.