Brewing competition | Cook's Playdate | Blacksmith playdate | Volunteer! | Medieval Children's clothing exchange  | Food Drive | Youth Service Initiative

Silent Auction, Fundraising for Portland Providence Cancer Center

Artist: Mistress Moira Ramsay She has knitted the Hundred Acre Wood shawl by Helen Stewart to be silently Auctioned off during the duration of the Cancer Tournament as part of the Portland to Coast Fundraising event to help raise money for Cancer Research. The wingspan on this shawl is 72 inches.

 http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hundred-acre-wood-2 The designer has given her gracious permission for this pattern to be used for this charity.

The yarn is hand spun by Moira. http://ravel.me/moirar70/csfaj2sl

The Fiber is from Three Waters Farm by Mary Ann Pagano. Mary Ann is one of my favorite independent dyers. https://www.etsy.com/shop/threewatersfarm

The Silent Auction will start at the beginning of the tournament. Look for Domina Attia to make a bid. The auction will end at the declaration of the winner of the tournament and will be announced then. Please expect to pay at the end of the tournament. Payment can be made https://finishcancer2017.everydayhero.com/us/mandy)

Value of Item: $200.00

Starting Bid will be: $75.00

If any others would like to join in please email Attia @ mandy.grayson@gmail.com

 "The War" Brewing Competition & The Taste of the War

Brewers' from far and wide are encouraged to enter the 2nd Annual Multi-Kingdom Brewing Competition will be held on July 6, 2017, open to all home brewers of the Known World. Entries and payment accepted from 8:00am to 10:00am at the A&S area. Please do not put your name on your bottles or Documentation or have labels attached Or caps with marking on them on your bottles, This is a BLIND JUDGING! Any entries with markings will not be accepted.

Competition is a closed judging, and we are planning to announce winners and award medals at "The Taste of the War" that evening in the main Pavilion between 8-10 pm, where the local brewers' can show off their talents with tastings for the populace (must have your ID, 21+). We will make reasonable attempts to hand over any bottles (empty or otherwise), documentation, and judging sheets to the brewer at The Taste of the War at 8 p.m. Thursday night. If the brewer cannot pick up their entries, they may send a representative, who is over 21 years of age (Photo ID with proof of age required), and their entry receipt. Any bottles and paperwork not picked up will be disposed of. Please contact for more information.

Lady Argenteilin filia Elffin, West Kingdom Brewers' Guild Chancellor

Cooks' Playdate

A cooks play date is where we cook period recipes with an approximation of period techniques … that is over fire in little pots with feet (aka pipkins). You do not need to camp in the play date area to participate in the cooking, but it may be easier since all your camp cooking equipment will be closer to where you are using it.

Teaching on various subjects related to period cooking will generally happen in a fairly informal manner. The cooking during the day is generally of two sorts … “play food” and food for dinner. “Play food” is usually cooking experiments done in the earlier part of the day, and dinner food is for that specific meal.

The Friday of the event is generally “fish day”, as it was in period for most times and places. You are not required to cook fish dishes that day, but if you want to do so, there will be a run into town to the fish monger that morning to fetch fresh seafood.

The grocery stores in the area are adequate, so you can do most of your provisioning once you get there, but if you will need any particularly esoteric ingredients for your dishes, please bring it with you.

The play date works best as a communal effort. We generally set a time for dining together. We also share in the fire tending, water fetching and garbage removal duties. Cooking equipment needs to be cleaned as we go throughout the day, so if you use any cooking implements, clean them as soon as is practical after you are done.

Cooks need eaters, so if you wander too close, be warned that we may try to feed you yummy foods.

If you wish to camp in the play date area, please contact me directly to let me know how many people in your camp, the footprint of your tent(s), when you plan to arrive and what equipment you are bringing that you would be willing to share. If you would like to bring something to contribute to this effort, but don’t know what you be useful, there is always a need for hardwood charcoal (not briquettes).

Thanks, Juana Isabella

Blacksmith Playdate

There will be a Blacksmith Playdate at war this year. If you want to bring a forge and anvil and join us let me know. There is no power available so bellows and hand crank only.

Youth Activities

See the A&S page for more information

Youth Service Initiative

In order to better involve the children attending the war in the service activities it requires to make the war run, we are offering the Children’s Service Initiative as a way to know how to help.

What is the Children’s Service Initiative? --- Think of the Initiative as a game or a quest for children and teens to complete. Each event takes many hours of work. The initiative is designed to help children identify tasks they can complete and win an award from the Royalty at the same time.

How does it work? --- There are sheets with the service items at both gate and Youth Point. Pick one up and put your child’s name on it. We ask that children only do the tasks designated in their age range so that everyone gets a chance to help.

As a task is completed an adult should initial next to the completed task signifying it was done. When their sheet is all signed off, bring it by Youth Point for a Youth Minister to collect.

During Grand Court, shortly after court is opened, the children who participated will be called in for a token from the Royalty in return for the service they provided the war.

The Goal --- Service can be fun. Sometimes the jobs that need accomplished are repetitive or boring, but by learning to turn the job into a game or working with your friends to meet a goal, the fun and joy can be found. It is the goal of the program to help our children learn about all the tasks they can help with during an event - from helping an individual to helping an officer or even the Royalty. The SCA runs on service and it is important to the continuation of the Society that the youngest of our members learn this first hand.

Ages 5 - 8

  • Help distribute water to the fighters for 20 minutes with parent/guardian
  • Help distribute oranges and pickles to the fighters for 20 minutes with parent/guardian
  • Attend Their Highnesses or Their Majesties for 20 minutes(with older child or adult assistance)
  • Pick up 10 pieces of trash from the ground
  • Carry a water cup for a herald making announcements
  • Check in at Volunteer Point and assist with the task asked of you
  • Help unload and set up your camp for 20 minutes
  • Pick up combat arrows at the archery field for 20 minutes (with older child or adult assistance)
  • Assist any camp with dishes for one meal

Ages 9 - 12

  •  Help distribute oranges and pickles to the fighters for 30 minutes with parent/guardian
  • Attend Their Highnesses or Their Majesties for 30 minutes
  • Assist with your camp set up for 30 minutes
  • Assist any camp with dishes for two meals
  • Pick up trash for 20 minutes
  • Be a runner for the event steward for 30 minutes
  • Carry a water cup for a herald making announcements
  • Assist with the Coffee Fundraiser for 30 minutes
  • Check in at Volunteer Point and assist with the task asked of you
  • Pick up combat arrows at the archery field for 30 minutes
  • Take 5 bags of trash from a campsite or merchant to the dumpster
  • Help with 2 water refills for a camp or merchant. (Carry to water tap, fill and return)

Ages 13 - 16

  • Help distribute oranges and pickles or water to the fighters for 30 minutes
  • Attend Their Highnesses or Their Majesties for 30 minutes
  • Assist with your camp set up for 45 minutes
  • Help at gate (with an adult) for 30 minutes
  • Assist any camp with dishes for three meals
  • Assist with site cleanup for 30 minutes
  • Be a runner for the event steward for 30 minutes
  • Assist with the Coffee Fundraiser for 45 minutes
  • Check in at Volunteer Point and assist with the task asked of you
  • Pick up combat arrows at the archery field for 30 minutes
  • Take 8 bags of trash from a campsite or merchant to the dumpster.
  • Help with 3 water refills for a camp or merchant (Carry to water tap, fill and return)
  • Shadow a herald and learn about making announcements (and perhaps try your hand at a few) 

Youth Combat Activities

Awaiting information

Medieval Children's Clothing Exchange!

Have your children out-grown yet another lovingly sewn set of clothes? Are your children growing faster than you can sew? Well, never fear! At West An Tir War, we will be hosting a garment exchange for out-grown, but still usable, children's SCA clothes. Plan to attend and get your little dears some new clothes.

Have clothes left over from when your children were little? Bring them and donate to a good cause. Do you have old clothes that you no longer wear but that might fit teenagers who are too big for children's clothes? Please consider donating so that our teens are also well-dressed. Any donations are welcome!

We also accept donations even if you have no children. Consider making something out of the scraps of the garb you are making yourself for this next tourney season. Those wee tunics are just too cute! In the famous words of Captain Barbossa, "Waste not, want not!"

Check at front gate for our location, ask for the Children's Clothing Exchange. The trading blanket will be open all weekend long. Please visit http://www.alfalfapress.com/exchange.html and www.facebook.com/pages/SCA-Childrens-Clothing-Exchange/123514444349246

Volunteer!

An Tir West War shall be upon us soon! Volunteering makes you popular, well liked and probably a lot better looking. Volunteering is a good thing. We need volunteers, because many hands make a task more joyous. Marshals, heralds, gate, set-up, take-down, running messages, fetching water... no task is too small for our helpful volunteers. Please contact me if you have skills you would like to volunteer. We are also looking for gifts (largesse) to offer our volunteer staff. Can't go to the war? You can still help by donating a prize for our volunteers!

Contact Aurelia De Montfort Otterbeck on facebook or email me.

Food Drive

The War is hosting its first annual Food Drive, proceeds to benefit Brookings Harbor Food Bank: donation stations at Front Gate and Volunteer Point. Please have your donations there by Noon Sunday. They will take any unopened packaged food but particularly need: cereal, tuna, peanut butter, canned veg, canned fruit, beans, chili, ravioli, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, and dry goods.

 

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