(Adapted from a private LiveJournal post written last week.)
For the third year, the baronies of Storvik and Lochmere held an event called "Battle on the Bay." The tradition came about because the two baronies were holding their baronial birthdays one week apart, and the Kingdom officers were gently leaning on their branches to plan fewer but better events. (Storvik became a Barony of the
East Kingdom on September 15, 1979; back then, Atlantia was a Principality of the East. Lochmere became a Barony of Atlantia on August 20, 1988, but that anniversary falls just a little too close to Pennsic and the beginning of the public school year in Maryland.)
For the first Battle on the Bay, Storvik was the primary organizer of the event, with Lochmere helping. Last year, Lochmere was the primary organizer, even though it was a Storvik baronial investiture. This year, it was again Storvik's turn to host and Lochmere's turn to get new Baronage.
This year I decided not to camp overnight at Battle on the Bay
for two reasons. First, I wanted to get up to Baltimore and see the "Star-Spangled Spectacular" events surrounding the 200th anniversary of the "Star-Spangled Banner." Second, the chance of rain on
Saturday the 13th was 40 to 60 percent, and I didn't want to spend half
of Sunday wrestling with wet tent canvas in my crowded condo.
got up on Saturday in reasonable time to get to the event. I'd been
told I might be needed to herald the last court of Their Outgoing
Excellencies of Lochmere, but at the last minute that barony's herald
was able to show up after all. Thus I announced Their Excellencies of
Storvik when they processed into court and watched the Lochmere
investiture ceremony from behind the thrones. It rained off and on
during the afternoon, but it was not windy, so we didn't have to worry
about tree limbs falling and tents collapsing.
Herveus and Megan,
who had their fiber-arts merchant business tent set up, were also
selling books that had belonged to Pedro and Devora. When she moved to
Iowa City this summer, Devora didn't want to take them with her, so they
had languished in her storage unit. I bought four books: three on
heraldry and one on medieval technology. Many of the books that Herveus
and Megan were selling last weekend were about medieval Spain and
Portugal and the Judaism that was practiced there; while those are
worthy topics, I simply don't have the space on my shelves to
accommodate them, and I have other interests within the SCA. I do hope
all those volumes find good homes.
Also during the afternoon, I entered a "Viking plunder" competition in which the winner would receive as a prize all the "booty" that was submitted. I dragged out my wire-weaving supplies and did a modest chain out of gold-toned craft wire. Not my best, but I hadn't picked up the wire in a couple of years (I think). I can't remember who ended up winning, but I hope he or she makes the chain into something.
The rain had stopped by the
time afternoon baronial court rolled around. Afterward, Their Excellencies of
Storvik invited me and Lady Tatsume to join them at high table, just
because they think everyone should be invited to do so at least once. So
that was extremely cool. No King -- he had left the site in
mid-afternoon -- just the two sets of B&Bs and their guests. I did a
little dancing after feast and before going home.
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