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January 2021 Virtual A&S Schedule

Happy 2021! Here is the schedule for January A&S activities:

  • Jan. 6 – Documentary Night: Byzantium! (Note: this is a *long* documentary. We will plan to watch the first half, and will either finish up the second half in February or independently, as the group decides)
  • Jan. 13 – Drafting Gloves Fitted for You! – Leonarda will be teaching us how to create custom-fit gloves, perfect for this cold time!
  • Jan. 20 – Bog Bodies! Lanea will be teaching us all about bog bodies in this preview of her university class
  • Jan. 27 – Scribe like a Graphic Designer! Bran Mydwynter (one of our Plaguetime Proxbury Millfolk) will be sharing some tips and tricks in this preview of his university class.

For January 13, 20, and 27, we will meet in our normal GoogleMeet room (https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo). For January 6 our venue may change depending on the video source; the link will be sent to the RM email list and posted on Facebook by 7 PM day of. All A&S begins at 7:30.

December 2020 Virtual A&S Schedule

  • December 2 — Mistress Molly will be giving us insight into the A&S judging process and how she judges A&S competitions. If you are planning to enter Twelfth Night competitions (or any competitions in the future, really!), this class will be greatly informative!
  • December 9 — Open A&S! Come hang out and chat while many of us get ready for Rome for the Holidays!
  • December 16 — Join Epy Pengelly, Armiger for a virtual visit of the Neues Museum. Located on Museum Island in Berlin, it houses the Nefertiti Bust, the Berlin Gold Hat, and much more. The museum building suffered damage during WWII, and you can see how they pay homage to its history and original design, while creating interesting and immersive displays in the present. Epy is a museum professional that specializes in museum lighting and exhibition design, so expect some behind-the-scenes practical considerations for the displays, as well as some in depth information on highlighted objects!
  • December 23 — Documentary on the Viking Sagas!
  • December 30 — We’re closing out the year with a viewing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, arguably the most accurate Arthurian movie yet (no, that’s not a joke).

For December 2, 9, and 16, we will meet in our normal GoogleMeet room (https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo). For December 23 and 30, our venue may change depending on the video source; the link will be sent and posted on Facebook by 7 PM day of. All A&S begins at 7:30.

November 2020 Virtual A&S Schedule: “Rome for the Holidays”

Thanks to the hard work of Lady Lucy, we have a fantastic line-up of Roman-related classes for November!

  • November 4: “Globi & Possibly More” with Talia! Talia is going to do a cooking demonstration of Roman globi, which are basically donuts. If time permits, we may get into a discussion of Roman breads.
  • November 11: “Sic Semper Tyrannus, Lanea v. Rome” with Lanea (obviously). Lest we swallow the Roman red pill, Lanea will remind us why Rome sucks as we should all fight the power!
  • November 18: “Roman Clothing” with Dame Emma West and Surprise Guest. Dame Emma and a TBD surprise co-teacher will download us on what the Romans wore – with plenty of time to pull something together before the actual Rome for the Holidays festivities.
  • November 25: “Satire & Elegy and the Invention of Personal Poetry” with Katie! Katie is going to teach us some Roman cultural stuff because she is wicked smart and knows things (this is the official description).
  • Date TBD: “Parthian Chicken Cooking Demonstration” with Aurelio! On a TBD weekend afternoon in earlyish November, Aurelio will demonstrate cooking a Roman dish called Parthian Chicken. He will also discuss Roman spiced wine, the predecessor to hippocras.

All Wednesday classes will take place in our normal Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo

October 2020 Virtual Rapier Practice Schedule

For October’s virtual marshal practice, we will be spending time with Lord Jacques Gonst (Jonathan George), Lady Margeurite (Meredith Horne) and Lord Ishmael will discuss fencing techniques from Vienna Anonymous later in the month!

  • October 7: Workout Circuit with Jacques Gonst
  • October 13 (TUESDAY!): Workout and Fencing Drills with Margeurite
  • October 21: Vienna Anonymous Discussion with Ishmael
  • October 27 (TUESDAY!): Workout and Fencing Drills with Margeurite

Weekly virtual rapier practice will be from 6:30-8pm every Wednesday (or Tuesday for special classes where noted above)

To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/sjc-egnj-ngo

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 413-424-4539 and enter this PIN: 407 983 629#

October 2020 Virtual A&S Schedule

The Roxbury Mill October A&S lineup is as follows:

  • Oct 7 – Aztec Food & Drink with Ilhuicacihuatl, called Yzma of Marinus
  • Oct 14 – SCA 103 Introduction to SCA with Adelaide
  • Oct 21 – Streaming lecture on the Black Tudors (group watch)
  • Oct 28 – Hats of the Ancient World with Lanea

The link to the video/chatroom for group watch sessions will be posted in the Facebook group by 7 PM on the day of. All other A&S will be in our usual GoogleMeet room, from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday. To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 650-667-2697 and enter this PIN: 529 343 850#

September 2020 Virtual A&S Activity Schedule

The Roxbury Mill September A&S lineup is as follows:

  • Sept 2 – Introduction to Natural Dyes with Ela
  • Sept 9 – Developing Embroidery Projects with Helena
  • Sept 16 – Open A&S
  • Sept 23 – Shakespeare Read-Along, Part 1 (vote on which play on Facebook or contact Lucy; also contact Lucy if you want a part!)
  • Sept 30 – Shakespeare Read-Along, Part 2

The link to the video/chatroom for group watch sessions will be posted in the Facebook group by 7 PM on the day of. All other A&S will be in our usual GoogleMeet room, from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday. To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 650-667-2697 and enter this PIN: 529 343 850#

August 5 Virtual Fencing Practice: Introduction To Spears

Virtual practice will be special this week, August 5!

The Shire will be hosting Count Barthelemy Illyria to lead an introductory workshop with spears!

Take note that this workshop is designed to be a crossover class for both heavy armored and rapier combatants. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to expose themselves to spear combat and mechanics.
And for the fencing community, as spears are coming to a rapier melee near you*, now’s a great time to prepare.
Below is the Google Meet information:

meet.google.com/sjc-egnj-ngo
Join by phone
‪(US) +1 413-424-4539‬ PIN: ‪407 983 629‬#

*rapier melee may not actually be near you in proximity nor in time.

August 2020 Virtual A&S Activity Schedule

The Roxbury Mill August A&S lineup is as follows:

August 5 – 14th Century French Females who didn’t give a F***: Isabella of France, Jeanne de Clisson and Joanna de Flanders with Ysabeau
August 12 – Group watch of “The Little Hours”
August 19 – Building an SCA Website with Kaaren and Ela
August 26 – Hippocras History and Methodology with Aurelio*

The link to the video/chatroom for the group watch sessions will be posted in the Facebook group by 7 PM on the day of. All other A&S will be in our usual GoogleMeet room, from 7:30-9:30pm every Wednesday. To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 650-667-2697 and enter this PIN: 529 343 850#

* This will be a live brewing session. Ingredients and equipment that you will need are given below.

Hippocras: History and Methodology

Learn how to make a delicious period beverage! Hippocras is a simple drink made by steeping spices in sweetened wine, documented to the 14th Century and popular for hundreds of years. This class will go over the general recipes and methods for producing this varient of mulled wine.

I will be demonstrating as well as discussing, and you’re welcome to join! You will need the following:

Equipment:
– 1 large mason jar
– mortar and pestle
– funnel
– kitchen scale or measuring spoons
– bottle stopper
– coffee filters or cheesecloth

Ingredients:
– 1 bottle of wine (I prefer a dry red like Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon)
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 25 black peppercorns
– 4 cloves
– 1/4 tsp grains of paradise
– 1/2 tsp ground ginger or 1/2″ knob fresh ginger
– 1/2 tsp rosemary
– 3″ cinnamon stick
– 155g turbinado sugar

If you don’t have these exact spices, or have others you think would be tasty, feel free to substitute! At its core, this is a method more than a recipe.