• 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

    Guild Row

    Blacksmith Playdate is expanding into being Guild Row this year: an area for those wanting to set up and demo their craft.

    No "merchanting" or sales allowed on Guild Row. Anyone merchanting must apply to be a merchant and set up in the Merchant Village.

    Medieval Children's Clothing Exchange!

    A trading blanket at An Tir West War to exchange clothes your children have outgrown for some that fit. Come join the fun! 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 www.facebook.com/pages/SCA-Childrens-Clothing-Exchange/123514444349246

    Great Garb Exchange (Adult) & Dirty Dozen Donation Derby

    There will be an Adult Multi Kingdom Great Garb Exchange at A&W War Thursday afternoon, July 5th, in the Principality of the Summits Pavilion. (Time to be set closer to the event.) Drop your garb swaps off just prior to the event. First to chose are those who brought garb to exchange--after that, it is open up to any and all! The only real rule is that you not "be greedy." You don't have to do an item for item exchange--but if you only brought one item--please don't walk off with a bagful! Will be also taking donations if you have any garb you would like to see go to others. Any and all left overs would be given to the Kingdoms of An Tir and The West Gold Keys.

    We have approval so.... I am hosting a Dirty Dozen Donation Derby at A&W War: a War of the West & AnTir Thursday afternoon, July 5th (time to be set closer to event) in the Principality of the Summits pavilion. All Donations will be shared equally between The Kingdoms of An Tir and the West. The Dirty Dozen Donation Derby was created as a way to encourage the creation of Largess through friendly competition. The way it works is that entrants create 12 items based on a theme... the theme is up to the entrant. The primary rule is your items must be tagged and ready to be given out as largess immediately There have been so many amazing ideas for the entries! Children's crayon rolls, 14th Century silver brooches, children's toys, jewelry, jams, silk painted fans, sets of beads, embroidered needle books, felted bowls... the list just goes on and on. Remember, as this is not an Arts and Sciences competition you do not need to document your items however if you have done a re-creation please include that information on the tag! People come by, vote on their favorite item by dropping a token in that entry's cup. The winner is the entrant with the most tokens. ...and the prize??!! The winner of the derby gets one item from each of the other competitors!!! So get to crafting!

    --Christal Moore


    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!


    Youth Activities

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