Wednesday August 5 2009

Juggling Babies at Pennsic

By Dame TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
Features Reporter – Pennsic Independent

One baby at War can be a challenge, two can be a handful-plus. However, how do you handle FOUR children under four years of age? That is the question asked of Lori and Dave, Atlantia’s own Bee People. Behind their delightful booth full of beeswax, honey, and other goodies, is a playpen filled with Arthur, Brannon, and Charles, three identical one-year old baby boys. Their 3 1/2 year old daughter Rowan can be found holding onto Grandma Billie or Grandpa Chuck’s hand.

Mother Lori has been keeping bees for thirteen years, originally as part of way to supplement the family food bill while she was a graduate student. Her garden did not flourish until she realized that the flowers were not being pollinated. That meant putting in some bees. Bees became a hobby, and ultimately her full-time business since 2006.

But how do you get anything done with a swarm of babies at hand? Apparently this is quite a skill set, one which mom Lori is still polishing. Despite her best intentions, it takes approximately six hours to ready her triplets, Rowan, mom, and dad, to get to their sales booth daily. There are bottles to be given, diaper bags to be readied, breakfast for the older family members, and so forth. Lori is quite insistent that none of this could be accomplished without the support of her parents (who have moved in with the couple) and their squad of highly qualified and dedicated staff at the Bee Folks booth.

Lori says that Pennsic is a “different experience than I thought it would be”, but that she is enjoying the quality time with the boys that Pennsic offers her. At home she works up to 14 hours a day in her office on her bee business. Passersby comment “you’re much braver than I am”, or offer her ”condolences” on wrangling three identical little boys at once. She was also given an “authorization card” indicating that the triple stroller is an authorized War-weapon.

One of the most fun things about the boys is when they all peer out of a tent at once, reminiscent of a pint-size Monty Python and the Holy Grail moment. Although the couple do not have much garb for the babies, people have been bringing donations of baby tunics and such for them. Other than for shock value or for photos, Lori says they prefer to not dress the babies identically.

Thankfully big sister Rowan interacts well with her baby brothers. She is not fond of having her picture taken with the boys, but does like to play with them.

As mom Lori points out, naturally-occurring triplets (not via IVF) happen in approximately 1 in 200 million pregnancies, so if you see the family and its über-stroller out and about, say hello to one of the rarest sights at Pennsic.


I’m Guilty. I’m Sorry. I, like many, see a huge Neanderthal armor up and walk onto a field and I say, "Wow.” I see a skinny five foot nothing enter the field with two sticks and I go " - "
I am a fool. The Neanderthal is a nothing and dies soon. The five footer has been fighting and winning tourneys for decades.
Like I said, I am a fool. No big surprise there. Life in the middle ages, as we all know, was hard and cruel. For a dwarf…I use the term for it that they did…it was ten times worse. They were kept by royals as almost pets, toys, entertainment. They were collected and traded. They became fools and jesters, pimps and food tasters. They were used as pages and messengers.
Most were not handicapped or mentally disabled in any way and soon became advisers, counselors, ambassadors and even spies. A few were knighted and at least one was a duelist.
Away from the royals, life was still not easy. But there were still short businessmen, farmers, even clergy plying their trades . Records show some ran ale houses and inns, often teaming up with a giant, an odd couple to say the least.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
To those giants around us who are short of stature, men or women, we are still forced to look up to you.
Drink well
Drink Often
Drink with


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Events Open to All
Dame Hauviette d'Anjou (Chef Channon Mondoux, as seen on the Food Network, and heard on NPR's 'Here on Earth-Inside Islam') will autograph Celebration at the Sarayi: Reliving a Feast in the Palace of Suleyman the Magnificent Thurs Aug 6, 2-4pm, at Poison Pen Press (Bookseller's Row, Booth 63). Join us for a book signing and tasting of recipes from her e-cookbook. Bonus recipe & sample spice mix with purchase.

For Sale
ALL CLOAKS $45-SILK, LINEN, HEMP, COTTON-shop early for best selection-Space 202
100% Linen for Rapier armor! Passes the punch test. Check out our colors. Silverdragon Company #11 Bow St.
1 War Guarantee on All Mugs AÕs Round Pottery #51
SHOW YOUR KINGDOM ALLEGIANCE W/ NEW BANNERS!!! VIGM debuts EXCLUSIVE East & Middle Kingdom Arms - beautiful hand-batiked 18x24Ó $22 Group orders avail. Space 202 Battle Rd
Tent for Sale. 12Õ Panther Regent. Buy now, pick up at end of Pennsic. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in a gallon of water in 2 weeks. 12 flavors $8 or $7.50 for 2+. Taste samples daily at 2pm & Midnight Madness at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. or
BAD GARB I and BAD GARB II - Now AVAILABLE From Claus the Toymaker- How do you know you are not in them unless you read them?
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Evil Abra has budget amber! Amber rings from $9.95, amber bracelets from $9.95, amber necklaces from $14.95, amber pendants from $9.95, amber earrings from $7.00! Check out our 1/2 price amber boards! Buy $100 worth & get an extra 10% off if you mention this ad! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!
Snoods-silk cotton, semi-precious beads. Lady GuenÕs Closet space #123 Plunder Lane
12x16 Marquee bell end w/ Poles/Ropes/Stakes. $500 or BO Sat am p.u. B01 Casado Buraco.
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #24.
For sale: Full metal legs with 5-piece knees and Spanish-style fluted clamshell breast plate. Both in good condition. Inquire at MidEast Magic Merchant Space Four.
Does your thread end up in a mess?
Have we got the solution for you!
Thread Condoms! Booth 171
14x14 Pavilion complete excellent $1100 Space 36
Archers Custom Made Bowstrings, 20 colors to choose from. Bows, arrows, and more at Cloak & Dagger #15
Bactrian camel yarn straight from Mongolia. Stop in and pet the yarn for luck! 166 Fleet Street.
Costumes by Loren has madness all day! Gemstones half off. Different sales thru the day. Free gift with purchase. 166 Fleet Street.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
Evil Abra has a new garb annex! Do you like flax, winter sun and cut loose? Check out our back room garb. Someone has to dress the peasants! Garb, pants, skirts, dresses & shirts in silk, linen and cotton. Very comfy and most are $5 to $20! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off! Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold! Open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly!
15x18 Panther Marquee TOP ONLY $250 123 PLUNDER LN
Cover your hair in style with a Lady Guen Snood - Space #213 Plunder Lane
Cloaks & Totes. From Misty TowerÕs Studio to you. Pennsic Pricing Space 26
For Sale SCA Road Signs - ÒFighter Practice AreaÓ, ÒDanger Viking TerritoryÓ and many others, some new and very silly. Claus the Toymaker, #24
ATTENTION WOAD WARRIORS! Feeling a little blue? I have the real thing! Genuine woad imported from Scotland. $4 Limited supply, buy early. Guild of Limners #24.
Buy it here, break it here, we replace it. AÕs #51
Henna Paste made onsite by Ghazalah. Fresh means best color! Also sifted powder, @ Your Inner Vagabond
The answer is 42! The Question is where is Fabric Dragon? Yup we moved again to space #42
Highland cowhides- luxurious soft long hair & over 36 square feet, Blonde or Dun (Frosted Brown). $800 Fondle & buy at Dancing Pig 18 Bow St.717-253-2764
New Efenwealt Wystle CD! OMG! ItÕs all period music circa 1200. Camelot Treasures # 30
16X16 PANTHER REGENT PAVILION w/ropes, poles and fly. Excellent cond w/custom features $1,000. Camp Chateau Merdecheval, N33. Ask for Harley.
ÒBad Garb BingoÓ 4 card set game new this year. Limited supply. From Claus the Toymaker #24.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Are your cats mad at you? Can you get back into your house? Toss in one of our FalconÕs Mews cat toys Terra Incognita #171
Evil Abra says, ÒYou can do research at home - read something fun at Pennsic!Ó See our vast selection of novels, magickal books & fun subjects. All the books are buy 2 get 1 free all war! Most are 1/2 off cover price as well! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.
A Yurt for sale. Camp Infinity E01. ASK FOR WOOKIE
Need soap - fighter balm - bug spray - massage oil - natural ingredients only - #42 Fabric Dragon
Beading needles now in. Lady GuenÕs Closet #123
Midnight Madness Sale - Gambasons & Fencing Shirts Only - 15% off. Full Articulated Sleeves on Gambs @ Horsebows #172.
For Sale Ink - Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #24.
Large leather bag with shoulder strap for magical laptops, books or sketchpads (15x12x3.5). Handmade of soft & sturdy leather. Get yours at Dancing Pig Pottery #18 Bow St. or
18x18 pavilion 4 sale $1200 See at TGertoggs 32 Street of Dreams 3 yrs. old. Complete, nice!
WolframÕs Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane-Tankards, Feast Gear, Oriental Table Wear and Miscellania Now featuring Weapons-Swords, Knives, etc-Have a civil meal with your foe before you kill them!!!
Benefit the Chirurgeons-buy an original Pennsic XXXVIII T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #24 Merchants Row.
The Knights Next Door, a non-fiction account of the events, activities, history and fun of the SCA on sale at Pillaged Village and on Amazon. Author booksigning during Midnight Madness.
Own last yearÕs musical sensation! Forbidden Pennsic recordings available @ Cabochons on Bow Street!
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Knives sharpened, cleaned, minor repairs, sheaths made or fixed. CLOAK & DAGGER, Space 15.
DonÕt buy threads in the dark! Our specials run all war... Fabric Dragon: Silk, linen, wool thread #42
SS & Brass Corinthian helm, padded & strapped, lightly used. Beautiful workmanship but needs owner w/ smaller nose than mine. $500 OBO. See Gideon, Dragonship Haven, B08
24 ft. hub + spoke tent, complete. Merchant space 104
Bad Garb Old Maid card game - Yes we have Ôem! - from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
DonÕt be a strumpet! Cover your pate with a hat from UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet Street.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #24.
Cheese cloth! Silk veiling! Fine wool! DM#25
Evil Abra says, ÒCheck your silver prices!Ó We bought last year when silver was $7 an ounce, folks who restocked before Pennsic paid much more - guess whose prices are going to rock!!! Mention this ad for an extra 10% off any purchase of $100 or more! (Bring friends & shop together for the discount!) Visit The Gypsy Caravan, #107 Street of Gold, open Ôtil 11:00 pm nightly.
For Sale: DonÕt be seen with ugly children...make them wear a mask made by Claus the Toymaker.
Hundreds of sheaths and scabbards to fit your blade. Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
Is Fabric Dragon (#42) drinking enough water?
Cloak & Dagger, agents for Hank Reinhardt's personal weapons collection. Over 200 swords, pole arms, mass weapons. Space 15.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #24
SHOWER FOR SALE!!! Expertly built, stores flat! Easily put up and taken down. 40 gallon hot water tank and utility sink included! N10 Corner of Brewer and Fletcher. NO OFFER REFUSED -- REALLY!!!
SMALL CHURL BOOKS Now even more bargain books! 375 titles below $10! All are labeled for your shopping ease.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Midnite Madness starts at noon- SEE COLORS! DM#25
Evil AbraÕs empire has expanded! New items include sale book selection, the garb annex & 1/2 price clearance corner! Visit the Gypsy Caravan, #107, Street of Gold. Open Ôtil 11 pm nightly!
Michael Z. Williamson, signing copies of his novels Freehold, Better to Beg Forgiveness, Contact with Chaos at Cloak & Dagger, Space 15.
WhereÕd I get that soap? Om Shanti Handcrafts #42.
For Sale HAND GROUND PERIOD PIGMENTS - once youÕve tried it, youÕll never use anything less. ItÕs not as complicated as you may think. Free sample and instruction in its preparation with this ad from Mistress Megan at the Guild of Limners, #24 Merchants Row.
Visit HostetlerÕs Bakery at the turn off 422.
Weaving is a verb. Loom is a noun. For the best looms to weave with, visit UrsulaÕs Alcove, 166 Fleet.
Squire Cart for rent. Carries 1 adult/2 children. Squire not included. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, Space#26
Tired of tent living? Take home the vardage-part vardo/part cottage N12 House Fallen Star
Pretty Pots Make Purrfect Petsitter Presents AÕs #51
Remember Pennsic All Year! Your Picture + Our T-Shirt = MemoryTs. Mugs or steins also. Onsite Daily Delivery. Bring pictures (digital format) to Space 26 (Misty Tower)
PENNSIC WAR GAMES! On sale at HrymgnarÕs New & Used Booty. Field Battle, Woods Battle & Castle Battle. Over 100 units in accurate colors! Includes most Kingdom & Household units including combat archers & siege weapons! Only $35.
Tent awning, complete setup kit. DBL. Bell wedge Panther. VG condition. 5 yrs. old. All poles shortened. W/ sleeves. Interior pole conversion A-frame. N15. The Black Dragons - Apollonia. + More features $800
Saffron: Grow Your Own Taking reservations for Fall Delivery AÕs Round Pottery #51 roundpottery@gmail
For Sale Mortar & Pestle sale - 3 sizes - all $5 each. Today only. Guild of Limners. #24.
The Answer is 42. The question is Where can I get Fantastic Pearls, Silk floss, Scissors and more?
Silk Embroidery threads Come check our great prices Japanese, Chinese, English, Terra Incognita 171
Tents for Sale! 2-16x16 Rounds-2nd Pennsic in use $900 ea. 1-16x21 oval-1st Pennsic $1200. PU@EOW. Next to Battlefield on Tours-Black Pearl Tavern B08.
Visit Dark Victory Armory on Bow Lane for Cheap, Protective Armor.
For Sale Vellum - opaline vellum (sheepskin) direct from England. Finest Quality sale price $20 per sheet. Lovely Dutch sheepskin parchment whole skins $125 can be cut smaller. The Guild of Limners #24, across from the barn.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Need a tent now? Rent a Period Pavilionª. Rebates towards a purchase (see other ad). Space #26
ÒPennsic for DummiesÓ by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood - dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #24.
Fruity Cobbler Open till 1:00 A.M. for Midnight Madness. Try Our Kielbassa Special!
Up to 50% off Period Pavilionsª, new & used. Many available today. Mediaeval Miscellanea¨, space #26

Barony of Brendoken BaronessÕs Tea will be held today Wednesday August 5 at 1pm. Located at N34 at Chicane Ln. & BronwenÕs Path.
Good Gentles one and all! Do you enjoy theater? Do you enjoy comedy? Do you enjoy the laughter of children? Please join us at Youth Point on Thursday at 11am for the Kiddie Commedia Performance. Have a child interested in performing? Meet us at 10am on Thursday to be part of the show!
East Kingdom Exchequers - Molly is having office hours Friday from 3 to 5 in AS3.
A very big thank you to the following gentles for moving the archery equipment to the new trailer the Sunday before Pennsic: Dirk Edward of Frisia, Etan Ni Donncha, Matheus and Aethilhild of Rivenvale, Ancel Fitzcharles, Nigel Fitzmaurice, Ron and Wyndham of Gwytarian and Ian Gourdon of Glen Awe.
Hoobah! FOSCADH for fighting in ALL 38 Pennsics!
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 pm. E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the DecadentÕs Camp AA NA OASA all welcome.
Courtials of formia Anest of Geata is at N13
Amongst the green grass - Sex in the Middle Ages Class will be Wed 6PM AS4 Ages 18 or Parents OK
Broken Target Arrows Wanted AÕs Round Pottery #51
DAIGAKURYO - EAST ASIAN UNIVERSITY class schedules available at Clan Yama Kaminari (E03). ®thelmearc Royal (N04) MinervaÕs Spindle (158) and A&S Point.
Give yourself a tax break - brew your own ALCOHOL! Ambrosia Farm Short Mead Kits brew in 2 weeks with no special equipment. 12 flavors at Dancing Pig #18 Bow St. Kits brew 4 bottles of mead - each $8 $7.50 for multiples or
Go ask Auntie Arwen if she is drinking enough water! Auntie ArwenÕs Spices space # 185
Cheese cloth! Silk veiling! Fine wool! DM #25
I GenesiiÕs fans are the greatest! Unfortunately, our cameras are not. If you have pictures or recordings of past shows (including this yearÕs), please visit us at Polyhymnia/Debatable Lands-N10.
MEADHOVEL, Hold! Drink 1 for Veronica
Dead Pack Animal Wake - Nonna must liquidate! 4/5 of sales on 2nds go to AmerHeart Associate :D Space 159
Non-denominational prayer meeting every evening @ 7:30 pm in front of the castle. Look for the banner. All are welcome!
Sewing tip* Keep scissors sharp: hide them under mattress so hubby canÕt find them! DM#25
To the Ladies of the Wondering Dragon Inn, Outlands- Remember those who are stuck at home miss you! Don't forget to bring me back something pretty! -Magda
For Sale Good Gentles.....How much have you spent on your armor? How much have you spent on your garb? How much have you spent on your children? This has been a public service announcement from Claus of Burzee Toymaker.

Lost & Found
To the base cur who stole my Titanium gauntlets and custom helm from the Calontir shade fly Mon night: you have earned my enmity and a place in my next song. To the person who returns them to Calontir Trim: you have earned the $100 in trim that is your reward. The helm has a welded mail drape, a stainless ball on the top, a Baronial Coronet, 2 Chi-Rhog and Pelican blood drops. Master Andrixos.

The memorial ship will sail again Thursday at dark thirty. To paint a shield or place a memento see Unnr in Enchanted Ground W09.
A memorial service was held for Baroness Mistress Margaret von dem Schwartzwald (aka Gretchen or Andrea); former Baroness Middle Marches. Everyone is invited and encouraged to drop by Midrealm Royal Camp to write a note in a memory book to be given to her husband, Syr Thomas ap Llewylen, and daughter, Katey.

Rebecca Cartmell of Farmland, please see Duchess Simone at Silverdragon Company #11 Bow St. Urgent!
Baroness Gaerwen of Trafford will sit her vigil for Laurel from 2:00 to 6:00, Wednesday in Rowanhall Camp W13 beside the bath house. All Welcome.
Settmore Swamp is XXX! Come join us Thursday Night at the usual time & place.
Happy 2nd Birthday Nico. We love you! Mom, Dad, and Nicole.
THL Margaret of HighBridge
Tis raining, tis pouring
The chateau is imploring
O Amon-Ra or Goddess
Save us from this swampyness
Miss U-Chateau ÔMud-ChevalÓ
Erin Don't drink it if it's blue! :> J&A
Happy Birthday to Ilya & Jason Love Sean & Robert
MISTRESS MEGAN NI LAINE, O.L., having lately observed the improved qualities of his comportment and the increasing diligence of his scholarship as an Alchemist and Natural Philosopher, is well pleased to take as her apprentice Lord Aleksandr The Traveller. Vivat Encausto!
Slyme - come home. We miss you when youÕre gone so long. Love, Lorelai and Rori.
What? No battles? Then shop at Abra's and say hello from Temair!

Wanted to Buy

Small trailer for storage at Pennsic. Approx. 4x8.
Please contact Iron Bog in N20 or 856-343-7292

Venerating Obscure Saints at Pennsic

Dame TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
Features Reporter – Pennsic Independent

Sunday near the barn, passers-by were treated to a scene of revelers celebrating two most obscure saints, courtesy Baron Foote and Baroness Grainne of Feat of Clay potters. According to Baron Foote, the Saints Marg and Rita were apparently totally unknown until someone found an obscure reference to them in the Winchester Chronicles. The good Baron reports that there was a mini-heat wave in the south of what is now England somewhere around 95,000 B.C., and early Christian nuns who came from the south of France to the shores around Land’s End brought with them crops including both grapes and cacti (which were only viable due to said heat wave).
Foote reports that no one appears sure why the cacti were raised, but the chronicles indicate a great storm swept across the south coast, which ruined the crop with horrific tidal waves. Folklore indicates that two identical twin sisters who were from that nunnery, Marg and Rita, died trying to defend the cacti plantation, and were never seen again.
It was at that time that the miracle of Saints Marg and Rita occurred, for after the storm had buffeted the crop to a pulp, the nuns discovered a green liquid in low-lying areas with salt encrusted from the ocean’s attack. The liquid was found to be fine and delectable, and the salt merely improved its savor. And so the sacred liquor from this miraculous disaster became the sacrament ingested by true believers to honor the memory of holy twins Marg ‘n Rita.
Foote and Grainne have held the festival of Saints Marg ‘n Rita for nine years now, with “stagger posts” supplied by Rod, Pole and Perch, the Royal Surveyors. With highly skilled devotees such as their wench squad (Spanner, Wrench, Adjustable, and Crescent), the festivities helped put a smile on the face of commoner and Royal alike. Many quaked in fear at their sacred “Dickie Bird”, a huge carved wood bird with a tongue that moves in and out. The Dickie Bird is apparently an Anglo-Saxon raven, whose tongue is meant to remove any excess salt on worshippers’ faces, should they have walked too close to the sea.
How did all this prayerful play start? Apparently Foote and Grainne were sitting one night looking at the lovely Pennsic sunset and thought it would be a perfect time and place for a Margarita. Before long their “Anglo-Saxon patio” had become the venue for prayerful worship at Pennsics.
Long may the miracle of Saints Marg and Rita continue to grace the Anglo-Saxon patio!