In the SCA, my name is Mary of Montevale, and the Userpic you see with this post is my device. For the past few years, I have been one of the main Features Reporters for the Pennsic newspaper, the Pennsic Independent
. Some of the things I wrote are on line in the Web version of the paper. If you'd like to take a look, here are the links:"Weathering the Storm"
is about the microburst that hit the site on the first Saturday of this year's war. If you read carefully, you will notice mention of "Acanthusleaf Designs." This merchant is a friend of Karen Williams."eTroll...the Same But Different"
about the changes to using electronic check-in for the first time at Pennsic this year."A&S Exhibit: A Moveable Feast"
is about the display of work by SCA artisans and craftsmen which takes place every year."The Children's Party: Two Perspectives."
Unfortunately the formatting for the Web failed to alternate the fonts for each paragraph which would make it easy to see that the story alternates between a child's tale of the party and the adults' perspective of who is doing all the hard work."Children Take the Fort Again"
about the 17th annual children's water battle. Note the introductory quotation. Also, there's a typo in there that wasn't caught in proofreadin: the water battles began at Pennsic 24, not during A. S. 24 (the 24th year of the existence of the SCA).
In addition to those stories, which were usually on the front page of the printed newspaper, I wrote a number of articles about the displays and demonstrations done by various groups of artisans and craftspeople, a couple of interviews with the folks who do some of the theatrical performances in the evenings (one was for the second year of a unique production based on Beowulf
and the other was about the 21st Pennsic anniversary of a Commedia dell'Arte
troupe), and a daily column called "Mom, I'm Bored," which helps parents and kids figure out what might be interesting for the kids to do on a particular day.
My husband Steve is known in the SCA as Dominic Seamor. For the past several years he has written a daily column called "The Stars Told It Me," which details the astronomical things which people can see in the night sky at Pennsic, including Iridium flares, ISS passes, meteor showers, and interesting conjunctions (this year it was a conjunction in the western sky of Mars, Saturn, and the planet Spica forming a nice triangle which was visible for a couple of hours after sunset). He also reports of the activities at the Thrown Weapons range,Here
is his account of the annual competition for Thrown Weapons Champion of the 'Known World' (a phrase which mean SCA-wide). He has won this competition a couple of times himself in the past.