Sunday, 16 October 2016

Trying New Things

When we join the SCA, I think it's fair to say that most people find what they like to do and who they like to do it with relatively quickly. However, I believe that it's important to allow yourself the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities and responsibilities in the SCA - you may not enjoy all of them, but it will definitely give you an appreciation for the hard work that other people do in disciplines and service areas that you don't regularly undertake!

Here's a little quiz I saw making the rounds on Facebook not too long ago - how many of these things have you done? If you haven't done many, why not set yourself a goal of trying some new things next year?



Been an officer? 
Yes! I was Montengarde's Family Activities Coordinator from 2014-2016.

Do you have an SCA name? 
Yes, Alice Percy.

Do you have an SCA persona? 
Sort of. I have a sort of storyline where there are several Alice Percys in the same family spanning many generations, which vaguely justifies my time travelling garb. I am interested in too many periods in history to pin myself down very well! They are all from the same region (West Sussex) and run from the 3rd century to the very end of the 16th century.

Changed persona because of different garb?
Not as such, I just sort of adapt my persona to fit what I'm wearing.

Been adopted by a person, household or clan? 
Yes, I'm a member of house Fines Lames.

Had a name and/or device accepted by the SCA College of Arms? 
Yes, both!

Had a name and/or device rejected by the SCA College of Arms? 
I had the name Alice Percy sent back because someone was very similar to me, so technically I am "Alice Percy of Montengarde."

Been taken as or taken an apprentice, protege or squire?
Yes, I am honored to be the protegee of Mistress Coryn of the Wode, OP.


Been an Event Steward/Autocrat? 
Yes! I co-stewarded Twelfth Night 2016 with Sorcha de Lenche and Audrey Hampton, and I was Bronwyn the Ever-present's co-steward at Beltane 2015.

Cooked at an Event? 
Yep! I'm starting to get a little more experienced at helping in the kitchen, but I still feel really nervous every single time. When the Culinary Group was really new, we put on a small ticketed feast at a tavern we called the Feast of St. Cecilia in November 2014, and then we made appetizers for Beltane 2015. I've since cooked at a couple of Quad Wars, coordinated the Montengarde contribution for Spring TUA's feast in 2016, and helped Coryn with feeding folks at Silverwolf and Sergeantry Trials in 2016. I'm co-stewarding the feast at Samhain this year with the rest of the Culinary Group, too.

Taught a class at an event? 
Yep, I taught a "Quad Talk" on period cooking basics at Quad War 2015 and I taught a class on period cosmetics at Yule 2015.

Run an activity at an event? 
Sort of, I've run a couple of super soaker fights and other children's activities at events, but nothing for grown-ups!

Ever fought at an event? 

Ever fought at Pennsic or another War? 

Done a different martial art at an event? 

Ever run a martial activity at an event? 

Fought at an event tourney? Shot at an event tourney? 

Ever fought in a Crown Tourney? 
Nope! I did have the honor of inspiring Muireann at Avacal's first Crown, though.

Won a tourney or contest at an event? 

Made your own armor? 

Made your own weapons?
Do badly-burnt wafers count?

Been a squire?

Have rank as an archer?

Have rank as a fencer? 

Created a siege weapon? 

Arts & Sciences

Have you ever entered an A&S contest? 
I entered my version of the hair powder and rose water mixture from the Trotula at Samhain 2013 just for comment, which was about a month after I joined the SCA. I've been meaning to enter a competition properly since then, but I always freak myself out before I get an entry together! If you count bardic, though, I did enter and win the Montengarde Bardic championship in 2014.

Have you ever won an A&S contest? 
Nope, unless you count bardic - see above.

Ever run an A&S contest? 
Nope, unless you count bardic, in which case I ran the championship to choose my successor in 2015.

Ever judge/critique items in an A&S contest? 
Yes, I've judged a few different A&S competitions, including Kingdom A&S in 2016.

Ever wordsmith a scroll? 

Illuminated a scroll? 
No, but it looks really fun!

Done the Calligraphy for a scroll? 
No, I write like a ten-year-old boy.

Made your own paper?

Made a book? 

Make someone's order medallion?

Write someone in for an award?
Yes, I try to make it a point to reflect on what I've seen and recommend people at least twice a year.

Have you ever sewn your own garb? 
Yes, badly!

Sewn Garb for others? 
No, my household is wise enough to keep me away from their garb.

Ever been sewing on the way to an event? 

Ever finished an outfit before an event? 
No, because I'm in house Fines Lames, which means we're basically not allowed to wear fully finished clothes.

Researched and completed an outfit from said research? 
Yes, I really love researching, but my execution is extremely poor.

Ever taught a class on sewing? 

Finished a hat? 
Yes, I made a simple coif once. Unfortunately it doesn't fit.

Do you know how to spin? 
No, but I really admire people who do spin.

Ever woven your own fabric? 
Nope, but I think it's a beautiful art.

Do you know how to knit? 

Do you know how to crochet? 

Have you ever dyed your own yarn or fabric?

Embroidered a garment? 
I helped a little bit on some pockets.

Beaded a garment? 

Ever entertained at a feast? 
Yes, also badly!

Ever ran a bardic circle?
Absolutely! I ran a few as part of my tenure as bardic champion.

Ever performed in a bardic circle? 
Yes! I really like bardic circles and I enjoy performing, but not solo. I still get terrible stage fright, which is an unfortunate quality in a bardic champion!

Had songs requested from you at such? 

Ever competed in a formal bardic? 
Yes, see above.

Know any period songs? 
You bet! Many more since I've been hanging around with the Polyphonia folks.

BONUS: Have you ever translated a scroll? No, but wouldn't it be neat to be able to do that?


Ran a court as Royalty? 

Ran a court as Herald? 

Heralded at Court? 

Been an Attendant, Guard or Champion at court? 
Yes, as bardic champion.

Been called to court to receive an award? 
Yes! A Golden Link, two Rose Petals, and an AoA.

Been called to court to present something? 
Yes! Also one of the most embarrassing SCA moments in my life to date. It was the end of the night at the Twelfth Night I was running and feast and court had both gone extremely long, so I was exhausted. I was supposed to be announcing the winner of the Silk Road fashion show which was part of the event, but I missed being called and someone had to tell me I'd been called up. I kneeled in front of the baron and baroness, and we stared at each other for a full fifteen seconds before Baroness Una kindly informed me why I was up there...oh well.

Been called to court for punishment? 
No, but I was called up as part of the "Wheel of Court" at Samhain 2014, which was basically the greastest court schtick of all time.

Been part of a court "schtick"? 
Yes, see above!

Done something while watching court, e.g., spin, sew, embroider? 
No, that would be much too productive! Also I usually like to listen to what's going on, I quite like court most of the time.

Had a royal comment on what you're doing?
Sir Gunther (Prince Gunther at the time) once told me I had a nice smile, and I think that's very high praise indeed!

Have awards from more than one Kingdom?
Nope, though it would be neat to live somewhere else one day and see what it was like!


Ever traveled more than 8 hours each way for a one day event? 
No! I'm not that hardcore!

Gone to a different Kingdom for an event? 
Not yet!

Lived in a different Kingdom? 

Have trailer hitch and trailer, mainly because of the SCA? 
No, my husband doesn't play so I have to keep things reasonable.

What ridiculous lengths you've gone to get to an event? 
I definitely haven't gone to ridiculous lengths to get to an event compared to a lot of people! The furthest I've ever been for an event was Sigelhundas, but I flew so I feel like it doesn't properly count somehow!

The Mundane

Run out of closet space because of garb/gear? 
I try to move things along if I find that I don't use them enough, but I did just get rid of a whole bunch of mundane clothes partially so I could have more SCA space!

Ever crammed more than 4 people into a hotel room? No, the most ever was 3 so far I think when Peter, Bronwyn and I got stuck in a snowstorm heading back from Snoweaters one year.

Met your future spouse at an SCA event? 
Nope! My husband doesn't play, although he is very supportive as long as I'm having fun and not spending our rent money.

Met most past significant others in an SCA setting?

Have better research books than your public library?
That's the dream!

Is your tent bigger than your first apartment? 
No, I don't actually own a tent! My household and my Pelican are very kind and so I have never gone without somewhere to sleep.

How many sewing machines do you have? 
Just one!

Own an anvil? 

Own a lucet? 
No, although it looks like a fun craft to do.

Own a period mug? 
Nope! Mine is a somewhat embarrassing German Oktoberfest looking ceramic thing that I got at Value Village for a dollar - I have to collect things slowly, I'll get there!

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