PI Wedesday August 11, 2010

King Quilliam

By Master Liam St. Liam
Features Reporter, Pennsic Independent

Thormot Quilliam was within two victories of becoming the king of Ealdormere when his mother, Brigit Lanbein, leaned over and whispered in his ear.
“You are a bout away from achieving what you have always dreamed of,” she said, fortifying his resolve and sending him out for the final round against Sir Wat, whose squire Dagmar Halvdan was Qulliam’s consort.
“I had won the first best two-of-three, and he had won the second,” Quilliam said. “My mother said that, and that was the moment that just blew me away.”
Minutes later, the 19-year-old from Skeldergate was the crown prince of Ealdormere and finding himself preparing to be a Pennsic king.
The king, the walking definition of an earnest, strapping young man, started in the SCA youth fighter program at 14, and while he could fight heavy weapons with adults in Ealdormere at 16, he could not fight adults at Pennsic until last year. Every time he swings a sword, he is appreciative of the chance, because when he was 17, he was in a serious automobile accident. While it was not obvious at first, it turned out he had broken his neck. After two months of therapy, he was fighting again.
The king said he chose to fight for Queen Dagmar because, “My first-ever event as a heavy fighter was a demo in Oshawa, and she made me a shield,” he said. “She’s a really, really good friend. She’s the best organizer I know. Everyone loves her.”
The queen, who is older than her king and has known him since he started in the SCA, also fought for him in the tournament. For the final, she was on the sidelines, knowing that she would either be a monarch or would be in her knight’s entourage.
When Queen Dagmar speaks of her king, she bursts with pride. “If you saw the jewelry I wore at opening ceremonies, part of it was the prize he won in his first youth fighting tournament,” she said. “We have been good friends for a long time.”
Qulliam is not the kingdom’s first unbelted prince or king, but the bout between him and Sir Wat marked the first kingdom final where neither man had ever been prince before.
Master Hector of the Black Height, one of the kingdom’s oldest and most respected peers, found himself impressed by the king in many ways. “He really is someone special. He does so much. At one of our events, he wrote a poem, and it was quite good. We award our people with words, and we dubbed him Skald King.”
HRM Ealdormere spoke with humor and confidence at opening ceremonies. He first pointed out that he had come “for the picnic,” then, in a loud voice, declared for the Midrealm.

Tyger Roars in the Woods

By Lord DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter, Pennsic Independent

After Eight War Points:
East Tygers 5, Midrealm Dragons 3

Fighters of the Known World got their first look at the new woods Tuesday as the Great Armies of the East and Midrealm fought the woods battle.
The Midrealm chose to enter the woods from the north side, while the East entered from the south side, just to the north of Mount Eislinn.
This year’s fight was fought over three banners in a two-hour, unlimited resurrection battle. Possession of each banner was checked at 45 minutes, 90 minutes, and at the end of the battle, with possession of each banner counting as a “possession point.”
Earning three possession points was worth one War Point to each army. The army with a majority of possession points earned an extra War Point.
At the sound of the cannon, the two armies charged into what some fighters termed “a fair but hard fright.”
After some furious early charges, the East was able to take firm control of both the north and central banners. The Tyger held onto those two banners throughout the fight.
The fight for the southern banner was a brawl, according to those at the front. At the 45-minute mark, a small force of Atlantians battled a larger force of Midrealm fighters, leaving the banner in contest.
The East was able to send reinforcements to secure the southern banner.
Despite repeated charges from the Midrealm, the East held the southern banner at the 90-minute mark and the end of the battle. The result was an 8-0 win for the East, earning the Tyger two War Points.
Jubilant Eastern forces gathered at their resurrection point, where HRM Edward thanked both his warriors and each of his Allies for the effort they put forth.
HRM Marguerite then praised her troops.
“You have the heart and you have the blood and I thanks all of you for shedding it this day.” HRM Marguerite.
HRM Edward also said the victory would not have been worthwhile without “noble opponents” and raised a hearty “VIVAT!” to the Midrealm.

Wednesday’s Big Battle: Champion’s Day
The Rapier Champions, Allied Champions, Unbelted Champions and Belted Champions (in that order) will do battle today. These battles are spectator-friendly, but very spirited affairs. Feel free to watch. Each champion’s battle is worth one point.

Wednesday Unclassifieds

Contests
Bard’s Haven is open for business! Also, Celtic Bardic is Tues at 7p.m. in our camp on Willow Point.

Events Open to All
Cabeat Dunstable!
Casa Bodacious Open. Now serving Greeks.
Middle KMOAS presents an A&S roundtable Wed 10-12 in Midrealm Royal. All are welcome.
Classes in engraving and repoussé from 10 a.m. on. Limit 6 per class. Class fee $5. Livonia Smithery, Booth Space 170, Fleet Street.
Come visit the Bee Folks for Midnight Madness! See our 2nds table for special deals.#114
Do you tweet? Come to the Pennsic Potluck Tweetup, today at 1pm. Hosted by Dalhraidia, E27. Please bring food or drink to share.
Hey Harry Potter fans! Wizard Rock show featuring Efenwealt & Aenor as the Blibbering Humdingers. Thurs 9 p.m. behind Camelot Treasures booth 30. Enter from Servant’s Path. CDs available.
MEAD TASTINGS AT THE BEE FOLKS! Come join us Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, 7-until-we-kick-you-out. Bring your own bottle and cup. #114.
Middle KMOAS open hours 2-4 Tues & Thurs Midrealm Royal.
Runvaldr classes evenings at 7 p.m. Holistic healing also good for other manifesting at Cabochons on 17 Bow St. Donations accepted to cover expenses.
Samurai Chef - Introducing period Japanese food and Dining. Thur @ NOON Clan Yama Kaminari (E03)
TURKU in concert 8:30 p.m. Thursday August 12th. “The Turks are on the Walls” At the Fortress on the Main Battlefield.

For Sale
12’-19’ yurts 4 sale! $1500 & up. Must sell. Ask for Pente 919-360-0048 E01 Camp Infinity. Will deal.
Bad Garb Old Maid card game- Yes we have ‘em!- from Claus the Toymaker (Who else?)
10 gal hot water heater LP see Denys the Decadent E07 asking 200 OBO.
Dragon’s Magic, space #27, has fine wools, silks, and linens! “Fabricmonger to the Crown of the West” by royal appointment to Her Majesty Eilis, Regina Occidentalis, AS XXXXIII.
10ft Sybley style canvas tent 18” sidewalls 3 screened windows 3 ceiling vents heavy zipoff rubber floor. Used for 1 event B4 Pennsic pd. $800 sell $550 E31 Revelwood by Classic Swimhole ask for Deryk.
12 ft. Diameter yurt by Yurts of America. 6ft. side walls. New this Pennsic. avaialble on Sat. Aug. 14th, $2800 see Rask at Cloak & Dagger Booth 13.
14x14 Panther Pavilion, 14x14 fly , poles included $1,200 call Richard McKenzie 407-271-5842.
20’ Mongolian yurt(Ger): used for one week @ Pennsic 37, it is too much for me and I have downgraded. Has been in temp. controlled storage. Asking $5,000 O.B.O. Call 914-841-7146 or stop by Clan of the Northern Lynx E28 at Pennsic ask for Caroline or Bamm.
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?
20x30 Panther Marquis w/roof vent. Canvas only. Located in Lagrange, GA. $1800 OBO call Honorata 706-881-6930.
25lb. Recurved bow , glove, armguard & quiver $85 obo ask for Bethany @ W15. Red Spears.
For Sale - Bad garb, bad garb, What’cha gonna do? What’cha gonna do when the punchline’s you?- Claus the Toymaker.
2x2 wood spokes approx. 6.5’ garment rack in Drachenwald - see Arianwen 520-425-1919 Make offer
4ft Great Sword new. Paid $40 sell $30. N30 Southwind.
65 Foot Dia. Sky Lodge see at Richspiritdrums.com. Highest quality, unique design $4400 254-652-7522
Agate Burnishers - bone ivory & horn handles - hand carved - also dog tooth and carnelian. Guild of Limners #26.
Albion Gaddhale and scabbard $1200 Gaukler #52
Are you a Thread-Counter? 8x & 10x Linen Testers make it easy. Dragons Magic #27.
Armor 2 complete sets of Dark Victory Armory in bags never used. $200@obo ask at booth or at big yurt with camel in B9.
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 #26.
10’ Regent + fly, blk + red w/full setup $750 OBO Contact Hector 330-472-0398. Pickup Fri Aug 13.
Pavilions 4 sale - 10x15 $650, 17x23 $800 - see Eleanor at Blue Unicorn Space 183
Benefit the Chirurgeons--buy an original Pennsic XXXIX T-shirt. $10. Available from Claus of Burzee, #26 Merchants Row.
Blank Books - hand bound in leather, handmade paper, thick & chunky. Fair trade products. $10 - $32 limited supply - Guild of Limners. #26.
CLOAK & DAGGER Booth 13 has archery supplies by Viking Archery Supply again this year.
Costumes by Loren has sales all day. Select jewelry 50% off. Other sales as the mood strikes. Free gift with purchase. 166 Fleet Street.
Cotton reuseable soap scrubbies, organic catnip toys, 100% cotton fingerless gloves, & more- space 42.
Don’t be roadkill! 5’ rule reflective trim. Space 42
Dragon’s Magic #27-(the brown house by the toymaker and Guild of Limners) has fabulous fabrics.
Dyers! Get your undyed skeins & roving in Space 28.
Fabric Dragon went back to College, please buy something! Space 42
Falcon‘s Mew catnip toys and stuffed animals #171.
Fitted cotehardies 2 Simplicity pattern size 18, back lacing, 1 brown, 1 green silk like material, floor length long sleeve . E01 Silverhorde, Jackie or Kathy $60 each.
For Sale ATTENTION ALL AT PENNSIC! Claus the Toymaker would like to suggest that next year at Pennsic XL that we choose one day and on that day everyone must dress in his medieval clothes and treat Pennsic as if it were an SCA event. Please stop by his toyshop and let him know what you think of his idea.
FOR SALE: Bathouse - Trailer. Cost $1500 to build. Needs some work. Will sacrifice for $1400. See Eleanor at merchant space #6. Trailer is set up in Meridies Royal, N01.
For Sale - Gently used Trojan Horse style tent. 10x20 ft. steel carport frame with canvas roof and side walls. Complete with ropes, stakes and storage bags. Asking $500 obo. Available Sat Aug 14. Ask for Duncon, Iron Bog N20.
For Sale - Glass muller & burnishers from England, also Mitchell nibs, vellum, parchment, and hand bound leather books- The Guild of Limners, #26.
For sale. Horse tails $10; 12x16 pavilion new in box; drum kits; shaman calendar. Site #3
For Sale SCA Road Signs- “Fighter Practice Area”, “Danger Viking Territory” and many others, some new and very silly $5 each. Claus the Toymaker, #26.
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 #26, across from the barn.
Hair sticks wooden & semi-precious. Mention this ad and get 10% off Booth 171.
Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver will autograph Medieval Fantasy as Performance 8 - 10 PM Wed Aug 11, Poison Pen Press #63
Knitters & Spinners! Forgot your needles? Need yarn or roving? Space 28 can help.
Manicure/Pedicure offered by Dau 412-874-4314 Manis $5-7. Pedis $10-12 done @ barn. Parties available @ your site $25 guaranteed for a party. Text me.
Micarta rods for making hilts. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
NEW THIS YEAR: Decorate your child’s walls with medieval images - Knights, dragons, ladies - more. Let the mundanes put up Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck! - at Claus the Toymaker #26.
MIDNIGHT MADNESS SALE, 10% off most items Mediaeval Miscellanca, Space 28.
My jobber had garment leather that was too pretty to resist- now I have it. Wouldn’t you like it too? Dragon’s Magic #27.
Need a job? Professional resume writer located @ N01-Clan Dance Horse or dance tent. $50-resume ask for Jane
New 750ml Bottles $10/case. See Wren, Merchant 185.
Pavilions for sale- two 16 foot rounds - new this year available at end of war. Complete package. 1 decorated $1450, 1 plain $1200 Black Pearl Tavern, B08.
PEARLS, prehnite, peridot and beads that don’t start with ‘P’ at Fabric Dragon space 42
“Pennsic for Dummies” by Claus the Toymaker - scurrilous, tongue-in-cheek fun, everything you need to know to complete your Pennsic experience.
Period Patterns™- What can you make from them? Come see sample garments- Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Pin Money products can be found at Miriam’s #58. Period lampwork pins, beads, Viking glass, rings, spindles and of course- FIBERS!
Real Gold Thread - Kamibari was $40 now $30 a Skein Terra Incognita # 171.
Songs of Rosalind Jehanne vol 1 on CD! Featuring performances by Ken & Lisa Theriot, Efenwealt Wystle, John Lyttleton, Bryce de Byram & more! Camelot Treasures booth 30
For Sale Ink-Oakgall, walnut hull, also gallo-tannic ink, absolutely perfectly opaque. $4 per bottle Guild of Limners #26.
Steel and aluminum fence wire for mail making. Several spools. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Pennsic in a Box - Comes with people, places and things found at Pennsic in a colorful wooden box - Makes a great fun gift for friends who couldn’t attend this year. Found only at Claus the Toymaker #26.
THE GUILD OF LIMNERS habitantes in platea mercatores vendunt encusto, penna, libri, pigmenti, colorum diversi, rubia, quadone, omnimodes tinctori et instrumenta clericis necessaria.
UNIQUELY YOU! DRESSMAKER’S FORMS - the only one that corsets properly. Fit the cover exactly to your body, change it as you do, the form still fits you. A 2nd cover=share witha friend. Available on site, save the shipping. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Weld, Woad, Madder, Cochineal, Brazilwood, Longwood-dyes to die for. Guild of Limners #26.
Wolfram’s Wonderous Wares 134 Plunder Lane- Pouches, cloak clasps, diverse goodes, feast gear etc.
Woods Battle? We have bite & rash cream! Space 42
Yes! Pennsic does get chilly so we have cloaks & shoulder warmers for you. Space 28.
Good garb - Bad Garb PAPER DOLLS - even more humorous than the works of Beaumont & Fletcher! From Claus the Toymaker.
Period Pavilions™ for sale or rent, some on site for immediate delivery. New + used, plain + decorated, simple + elaborate. Custom pavilions- we create exactly what you want. Free color brochure + catalog. See our ad in the gatebook. Mediaeval Miscellanea Space 28.
Yes, there’s quality real cheesecloth at Dragon’s Magic #27.
Your Device/Arms/Picture on a Banner up to 3 ft square. Custom done. Select Kingdoms in stock. Visit Misty Tower in Space 28.
Yurts 4 Sale! Many sizes. Contact Pente/Wookie. Camp Infinity E01 EASY TO SET UP! 919-360-0048. Possible Trade for Enclosed Trailer. Must Sell.
Pennsic in a Box: the perfect gift for a friend who couldn’t attend Pennsic XXXIX. Images of people, places, and things that make Pennsic special. From Claus the Toymaker #26

General
12 Step Meeting daily 4:00 p.m. E07 off Great Eastern Highway Denys the Decadent’s Camp AA NA OA SA all welcome.
Drum making workshop hosts wanted, Drum & flute repairs Richspiritdrums.com Drums avlb. 254-652-7522
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.
Intrigue, scandal + thwarted romance- the story develops as Pennsic progresses. Come see the diorama daily at Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Knives sharpened, repairs, sheaths made. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
KNOWN WORLD CHOIR CONCERT Thurs 5:30pm Performing Arts Tents.
Lacemaking: Join us on Artisans Row today as the Lacemakers of the Known World create beautiful lace in all its many forms before our eyes!
Period Painting: Visit the Painting Studio of Baroness Annejke MacAiodh, Lady Dosalena Sophia della Mirandola, and Mistress Milesent Vibert on Artisans Row and get a hands-on feel for the skills of a fine art painter in period.
Rider/Gas share back to Las Vegas NV. Leaving Sat. Night. Driving truck, haul/drop off also acceptable. 7023433301 Text Best.
See Auntie Arwen space 185 and ask if she is drinking WATER! <3 Fabric Dragon
SF author Michael Z. Williamson signing copies of his books. CLOAK & DAGGER #13.
Still missing: Sushi the dragon. Newly missing: some pirates, a few children and a Tuchux.
The Sock Monsters: “Sock-workers of the Known World Unite! Come join the Known World Sock Guild in a day of sock-making and other fiber activities, including felting a lovely rug for our socked feet to enjoy!”
We are so busy activating- We missed yesterdays deadline! Hopefully you are busy activating too!
Welcome to your first Pennsic - Debra- From Erlan.

Help Wanted
BREAKDOWN HELP WANTED! Good pay, food, fun crew. Bonus if work til truck is loaded! Start Sat. at 10. Mediaeval Miscellanea, Space 28.
Casa Bardicci now hiring consorts. Enthusiasm a must. Aesthetics negotiable. Greeks welcomed.

Lost & Found
MONKEY! We miss you. Small hand-sized stuffed monkey with magnetic hands and family that loves him. Please bring him to Mead Hovel at N31 on Fosse Way.

Memorials
Aett Kveldulf raises its horns to their fallen sister, Silkisif of Svanhill. Valhalla welcomes a courageous and tender heart, which our mead-hall is the poorer for the loss thereof. Charge your glass, who read this: to Silkisif!
Lord Robin le Cleaver of Sangre del Sol, Trimaris. You will always be in our hearts and you will always be missed.
Lord Wolfhunter - You will always be in our hearts and you will forever be remembered 1967-2009.
RIP Dunstyn & Evliquia McGroyne. Survived by Edmund & Sarah de Wight.
The Eleventh Memorial Ship will sail this Thursday, August 12th at about 9:30 pm from the base of the causeway, at the border of blocks W-12 and W-14. It can be seen at the Stave - Church Thursday afternoon. Procession @9:00 p.m. to the Runestone, and on to the lake. Shields may be painted during the week at Tancred’s Tangled Woods, or Thursday afternoon at the Stave- Church.

Parties
Clan Blue Feather encampment party Thurs. Aug. 12. Bad garb night! Come in your worst outfit.
Come to Settmour Swamp for a Polynesian Soire (Tiki Party) to celebrate LapuLapu’s victory over Magellan’s millitant encroachment. We will be offering Quality BEER and CIDER as well as some delicious Polynesian cocktails. A ROASTED PIG, HAGGIS, and snacks will be offered too!
ATTENTION FIREDANCERS and DRUMMERS: The Swamp will hold a firedance competition. See Arnacai in Settmour Swamp for an audition Wednesday at 7PM. Prize for the Winner! Drummers will also receive a special gift.
Japanese Incense Ceremony followed by a Japanese Poetry Party Friday @ Clan Yama Kaminari (E03) Incense Ceremony @ noon Poetry Party @ 1:00
Pennsic Zombie Crawl. Make up starts at 4PM. Crawl starts at Dusk. Gather at Vlad’s, E20. Wednesday 8/11

Personals
Baroness Judith Happy Anniversary! Enjoy Midnight Madness Love Your Secret Pal
Congrats to Appolonia for her engagement to Yngvarr! Here’s to a long happy life together!
ELL Congratulations on finding a man - YEAH- OG grieves in his beer =YECK= salty beer.
Expressions of affections are always in order - I Love You Joseph of the Red Griffin!- - B’ Rose.
Freeport boy looking for Lower Burrell girl.
I saw a werewolf drinking a Piña Colada with the Countess. Doiing the werewolves of Pennsic. Look for him in N8 on the Serengeti. - T.L.
Happy Birthday to Philipp, Jeanie & Babs! From Clan Cambion.
MISSED THE DEADLINE FOR ADS IN THE INDEPENDENT? BLAME ANGUS
My Pennsic Virgins - Though I may not remember your names, I’ll always remember meeting you! - Zoe.
N XL˚ LVII.DCCLXXVIII, W ØLXXX˚ ØVIII.CDLVII. “Heath Saint Sicce.” Bring a Pen!
Taoist Tai Chi Society Members! Want to meet others? Stop by House Fallen Star N12 and ask for Alzbeta.
Thank you watch for finding my Umbrella.
To the Lord who returned Lady Tatiana’s amethyst crystal she thanks you with all of her heart.
Wanted Hungamunga talk to Wolfgang in OGLAND.

Works in Progress

By Lady Mary of Montevale
Features Reporter
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Photo by Lady Mary of Montevale
This Norse dress is proudly displayed by its maker, Katherine von Roessler.

The Youth A&S Exhibit, now in its fifth year, attracted 15 displays on Tuesday morning. In the words of Mistress Safia al-Khansaa’ (East), the only Youth A&S Coordinator since the exhibit’s inception, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the youth.”
This year’s participants ranged in age from 3 to 15 (although the upper limit is actually 17), and each had written their own description of their project on an age-appropriate form. (Even when the handwriting is Mom’s or Dad’s, the words are from the young exhibitor.)
Beyond obtaining the above facts, this reporter had little else to do since a couple of exhibitors were happy to evaluate what they were seeing of their peers’ work. One was making tokens of wire and beads to award to her fellow exhibitors.
Of an antler-handled saw: “It’s absolutely gorgeous…and a bit menacing.”
Of a drinking horn: “Absolutely amazing.”
Both these items were displayed by Brandyn (11, East) who also demonstrated the process of filing down another antler for a second handle during the three-hour exhibit. The drinking horn, once in possession of some cow or other, is decorated with the image of a Celtic wolf. The art of carving runs in the family. Brandyn’s father started teaching him when he was about seven. Brandon has been helping out with the early stages of some of Dad’s pieces. This year, Brandyn’s first at the Youth A&S exhibit, he will be doing all the work on some pieces of his own. Dad, by the way, is the creative impetus behind the Pennsic Memorial Runestone project.
“The Viking spiral beads are really cool.”
Grania of Dernehealde (10, Middle) started making the spiral beads about a month ago, using a kit which is period in the design of its components and colorful wire of the kind available from any craft store. The resulting necklace of tightly-spiraled wire beads also contains some donated and found metal charms.
Of the felt shoes: “Amazing. I couldn’t have done it.”
Thora the Destroyer (8, Æthelmearc) displayed not only the warm, soft, colorful felt shoes but a photographic record of the entire project from start to finish. No doubt about it, the most tedious, labor-intensive part of the project was squeezing out the excess water that had been part of the felting process…and squeezing…and squeezing—100 times, checking it, squeezing fifty times more, before then it was at the point of being just about right.
Of the linen Viking apron dress: “Drop-dead gorgeous.”
The butter-yellow apron dress and white linen underdress are the outfit that earned Lady Katherine von Roessler (12, Middle) the tie for champion at the Barony of Flaming Gryphon’s first-ever Youth A&S competition earlier this year. She asked that appropriate credit be given to her mentor, the Baroness of Flaming Gryphon, Duchess Sabine de Rouen, who supervised her sewing and helped her to correct some mistakes.
Katherine said of the exhibit at Youth Point, “I liked a lot of them, but my two favorites were by Megan and Cerdiwyn.”
Megan (15, Caid) had three very pretty necklaces on display, made of materials such as garnet chips, chips of mother-of-pearl, amethyst, and freshwater pearls.
Ceridwyn (12, Atlantia) displayed a stunning pencil sketch that is the “planning stage” for an illumination.
A&S projects can also be a learning process for more than just the immediate skill of making something.
Regarding garb: If you outgrow the clothing before you have finished sewing it, finish it anyway and give it away to someone who can use it…who will also outgrow it and pass it on to yet someone else, and you can smile when it see it several “generations” later, still being used by someone in your local group.
Regarding rose beads and science, a project by Lady Ana Ximenez de Hume (age 11, East): The “goop” obtained from cooking Damask roses in a cast iron pot results in beads with the strongest smell, while the “goop” of Rosa Gallica cooked in an enamel pot results in beads with the best color.
We adults at Pennsic speak often of the need to raise the next generation of the SCA. The Youth A&S Exhibit is evidence that, at least in some aspects, our work is nearly done.