Summer A&S Activities

All activities take place at our usual practice site at Tikvat Israel on Wedesday evenings from 7 – 9:30pm unless otherwise specified.

Attendees must be fully vaccinated as per site rules. A well-fitting mask must be worn over the mouth and nose as long as you are indoors.

June 1st. Lady Adelaide will host the second part of the St. Birgitta Cap sew-along.

June 8th. Celebrate the signing of Magna Carta 800 plus years ago by looking at how it impacts today.

June 15th. Shire Game Night. We intend to have tables set up for different game playing. Ishmael will have a chess table, Nicolo will have cards, and Gleep will teach a Mongolian game. Fun for all.

June 22nd. Baroness Sinn will teach about how to prepare for Pennsic. This is in person but Lord Aurri will coordinate a video feed of this class, as well.

June 29th. Newcomers’ night. Ladies Helena & Leonarda, our Chatelaines, are hosting a night to meet our recent and not so recent newcomers. We invite all newcomers and old timers to come and mingle. We haven’t had a great opportunity to meet a lot of the newer folk with the pandemic and we’re hoping to get to see everyone on the 29th.

July 6th. How to Feed the Army: Eating Medieval-ish at Pennsic – Our One and Only Duchess Mel will provide instruction on how to cook for the camp in period(ish) at Pennsic.

July 16th. Baskets 2: The Rebasketing – Leonarda will teach the second of her wonderful basket-making classes. This is to be a hands-on class. Further details TBD.

July 20th. Pennsic Prep. / Open A&S. Dedicated time to get ready for Pennsic.

July 27th. Pennsic Prep. / Open A&S. Dedicated time to get ready for Pennsic.

August 3rd. Pennsic. No planned A&S.

August 10th. Pennsic. No planned A&S.

August 17th. Iselda Surprise – TBA.

August 24th. Skewered Prep. – Last minute preparations before Skewered.

August 31st. TBD. Got an idea? It could go here.

September 7th. Nalbinding. Lady Helena to teach a Beginner level nalbinding project.

If anyone has ideas and would like to teach or host a class or activity, please let the Roxbury Mill A&S Horde know. We welcome and are enthusiastic about all ideas.

Thanks,

The Roxbury Mill A&S Horde

Update to Atlantia’s COVID Policy

Friends, Shirefolk, and all associated guests,


As of Monday, May 23rd, 2022, The Shire of Roxbury Mill will be requiring a well-fitted mask to be worn (i.e. over both mouth and nose) at all indoor Official Events and Activities. This is in keeping with new Atlantian Kingdom Policy, published today, Sunday, May 22nd, as well as local guidance from the Montgomery County Government on their “COVID-19 Tracker”

“Official Events and Activities” are defined as any activity advertised on the Facebook page or e-list by members or officers of the Branch.

Masks are not required at outdoor events, though they may be required under dayshades and at court. It is recommended that you have a mask with you at any outdoor events.

The first upcoming activity to require masks will be Wednesday’s practice at Tikvat Israel Congregation — please bring a mask, though we will have some available as well.

Please see the official announcement and explanation of the new guidance here: https://atlantia.sca.org/covid-policy-update/

Don’t hesitate to email or PM our Seneschal, Ishmael Stedfast Reed, with any questions.

SKEWERED! 3 – The Return of Roxbury’s Premier Event!

Date and Time: 2022-08-27. Site opens at 10 AM & Closes at 6 PM

Site: Izaak Walton League, Lois Green/Sligo Chapter
Turkey Thicket Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Description: Theme and specific event details to follow.

Activities: Rapier – Archery – Thrown Weapons – A&S – Bardic – Children’s Activities

Restrictions: No animals except service animals. Please be aware this is a dry site. Caution: gravel drive.

Event Steward: Ava Deinhardt

A&S Activities for May and June 2022

All activities take place at our usual practice site at Tikvat Israel on Wedesday evenings from 7 – 9:30pm unless otherwise specified.

Attendees must be fully vaccinated as per site rules. Masks strongly encouraged but not required unless children 5 or under are present.

Sun, May 22 – Cheese making with Lady Leonarda at Leonarda and Lady Helena’s house. (PM Leonarda or Helena for the address)
May 25 – Largess making, week 1 of 2. There will be yarn and other supplies to make cords, hem handkerchiefs, etc. Or bring your inkle loom, lucet, or whatever else you might want to make largess for the current crown.
June 1 – Largess making, week 2 of 2. Continuation of largess making in order to complete any open projects.
Sun June 5 – Shire potluck picnic and camp Shield Wall making day at Lucy’s house, 12-4 pm
June 8 – Fun Facts about the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was signed on June 15, 1215. Discussion about what it is and why it still matters.
June 15 – Shire Medieval Game Night with Lord Ishmael (Chess), Lord Nicolo (Cards), and m’Lord Gleep/Ralph (Mongolian). We will play games.
June 22 – How to prepare for Pennsic with Baroness Sinn (with virtual component by Lord Aurri)
June 29 – Newcomers night, lead by Lady Helena, Chatelaine, and Lady Leonarda, Deputy Chatelaine

February 2022 A&S Schedule

Please note that all in-person activities are cancelled at the moment. Atlantia will reassess on February 4th, and the Shire will follow guidance from Kingdom regarding activities at that time. Check our Facebook page to stay up to date with any changes.

Activities for February are as follows:

  • Wed. 2/2 – The Great Fire, parts 1 & 2. The first two parts of a three-part documentary on The Great Fire of London. Many thanks to Bran Mydwynter for the suggestion!
  • Sun 2/6 – Winter Uni Confab (6 – 7 pm). An after University virtual get together to discuss which classes everyone took and what we all learned.
  • Wed 2/9 – The Great Fire, part 3. The last part of the three-part documentary.
  • Wed 2/16 – Elements of Byzantium. The amazingly talented Bran Mydwynter is again treating us to his new manuscript class. If you have not yet been to one of Bran’s classes, you are truly missing out. I promise that you will learn stuff and look at manuscripts in a whole new way.
  • Wed 2/23 – Shire Bardic Madness. A bardic event with three challenges: (1) Limericks; (2) Roxstars!; and (3) Period FakeOuts. Despite the Shire themes, all are welcome to join!
    • Challenge 1 will begin with brief instruction from Lady Ela on drafting the BESTEST limericks. This part is very new person friendly! And you can write it on the spot.
    • Challenge 2 is a chance to show your Shire pride.
    • Challenge 3, pieces that sound period but are not or that begin in period style but something goes awry. Basically, it is a chance to be creatively anachronistic!

Except for the Great Fire documentary, all A&S activities will be held at the usual Shire link at https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo

January 2022 A&S Schedule

A&S activities are being held IN PERSON at Tikvat Israel, at our usual time of 7:30pm on Wednesdays. 

Please note TI’s policy requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and we will be checking it at the door (negative test results are not sufficient for entry).

Activities for this month are as follows:

  • 1/5 – Part 2 of Shire Book Group (Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England – in person at TI)
  • 1/12 – Huck Embroidery with Ysabeau (in person at TI) More info to come.
  • 1/19 – Scribal Fun with Korrin (in person at TI)
  • 1/26 – Cheese tasting & Cheese learning night with Leonarda (In person at Lucy’s house) Please bring a cheese you like and everyone will be able to taste others’ cheeses. Leonarda will talk through the different types of cheeses and how things get made. Kingdom vax rules apply.

December 2021 A&S Schedule – Now in person!

A&S activities are now being held IN PERSON at Tikvat Israel, at our usual time of 7:30pm on Wednesdays. Please note TI’s policy requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and we will be checking it at the door (negative test results are not sufficient for entry).

We will also have a virtual documentary night on December 29. Information and links will be posted to the Roxbury Mill Facebook page and the email list by 7pm Wednesday.

Here’s the schedule for upcoming activities:

  • December 1: Shire book group discussion of A Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer (IN PERSON)
  • December 8: Cicero led by m’lady Lucia Orsini (IN PERSON)
  • December 15: Needlebooks, led by Helena (IN PERSON)
  • December 22: Open A&S, led by Kat Zamboni (IN PERSON)
  • December 29: Documentary night on Thomas Becket, who was famously murdered on December 29, 1170 (VIRTUAL – link will be posted to Facebook and the mailing list by 7pm)

October 2021 A&S Activity Schedule

Here’s the schedule for Roxbury Mill’s October A&S activities:

  • Oct. 6 Battle of Hastings (10/14/1066 – 955 yrs) Documentary – via SyncWatch (Link to be sent day-of by 7pm)
  • Oct. 13 Heraldry with Matilda and Hamish
  • Oct. 20 Open A&S (in person?)
  • Oct. 24 Sunday combo A&S and fighter practice (2:00-5:00), followed by business meeting (5:00 p.m.) (message Lucy Wigan for address )
  • Oct. 27 The Pax Mongolia: How the Horde Set the Stage for the Renaissance – Ralph (SCA Name Pending)

All virtual meetings start at 7:30pm Eastern and will occur at our usual Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/vwn-gvet-pgo). Information about in-person events on Oct. 20 and Oct. 24 will be provided closer to the day of the activity. Information about the documentary/movie night will be posted to the Roxbury Mill Facebook page and the email list by 7pm Wednesday.