[SCA-AE] 2008 Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium
Michael B. Greenstein
greenstein at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 22 19:03:31 EDT 2008
It's official! You are welcome and invited to copy and distribute this
notice far and wide (complete and unedited, please) to your heart's content.
The Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc
cordially invites you to the Fifth Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks'
Collegium. If you have any interest in historical food or in the bardic
arts, there will be something for you! Please join us for this weekend-long
event at the Crestfield Camp and Conference Center at 195 Taggart Road,
Slippery Rock, PA 16057 from November 7-10, 2008. The site opens at 4:00 pm
on Friday November 7, 2008 and closes at 12:00 pm on Monday November 10,
The site has six heated cabins that house twenty people each. There are two
communal heated bathhouses, and bathrooms in each cabin. The site is
handicap accessible; however, if you require handicap accessible overnight
accommodations, you should preregister early to ensure that we can meet your
needs. Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Working
animals only are welcome. Feast will be offered by Mæstra Tomasia da
Collivento on Saturday, and by Master Hogge de Watlyng (f/k/a Huen of
Damebridge) on Sunday evening. The site is discretely damp. Please notify
Mæstra Tomasia in advance of any food allergy concerns
(maestratomasia at yahoo.com). If you would like to help out with setup and/or
breakdown, contact Philip at kwcb-setup at andrew.cmu.edu. NMS, if applicable,
will be charged at check-in. Preregistrations will be accepted (based on
postmark) until October 31, 2008. The following fees apply:
Site fee - $21 US (includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday)
Cabin space $64 US/2 nights or $87/three nights (breakfast included)
Feast - $6.50 per night, Saturday and Sunday
Checks should be made payable to 'SCA Inc. - BMDL'
For reservations, please contact:
Maestra Giulietta da Venezia
m/k/a Diana Slivinska
198 West Prospect Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-2129
412-928-0187, no calls after 9:00 p.m. please!
kwcb-res at andrew.cmu.edu (email strongly preferred!)
Please feel free to contact the Event Stewards at kwcb-info at andrew.cmu.edu
(email strongly preferred!), with any comments, questions or special needs.
Lady Katherine Sinclaire
m/k/a Cheryl Greenstein
8012 Westmoreland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
412-244-1854, no calls after 9:00 pm, please!
Dame Margaret Makafee
m/k/a Gretchen Beck
We are currently recruiting teachers and taking requests for classes and
other activities. This is your chance to suggest that class you always
wanted to take, or to share your knowledge and passion with others.
Classes will run from 9:00 until 6:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Current plans
include a meet-and-greet, a cooks' library for perusal (both hard and
digital copies of some items), a recording studio, bardic circles featuring
some of the finest talent in the Known World, and tracks of classes that
combine hands-on and information-based learning. We are also planning
competitions and challenges, with and without prizes; consider sponsoring
one! On the "bardic end" of things in particular, we plan to feature a wide
selection of opportunities including basic how-tos, roundtable and panel
discussions, coaching sessions, master classes, recording opportunities,
bardic challenges and plenty of opportunities both to perform and to enjoy
the performances of others. Please note that there are no planned children's
activities, and that martial activities are not permitted by the site.
Additional event information may be found here:
http://www.cooksandbards.aethelmearc.org/, including a continually updated
To volunteer or request a cooking class, please contact Mæstra Tomasia da
Collivento (cooking), THL Brandubh Donnghaile (brewing) and Master Michael
Alewright (bardic), all at kwcb-classes at andrew.cmu.edu. For each of the
classes you would like to teach, please send the following information:
Your name, and whether you have taught before
Class or activity name, with a brief narrative description
Type of class (e.g., lecture, roundtable, panel discussion, workshop,
Maximum class size (if applicable)
Equipment and facilities required from the site
Equipment and supplies the student must supply
Materials cost to each student (if applicable)
Class time length
Whether you consider the level of the class to be basic, intermediate, or
Class registration deadline is October 17, 2008.
In addition, we intend to publish the Proceedings of the event. Please
consider submitting a handout or article to this publication, no matter
whether you intend to teach. All documents should be sent by October 17,
2008 in Word format (.doc) either electronically to
kwcb-proceedings at andrew.cmu.edu, or to Lady Katherine Sinclaire.
Directions: Only 15 minutes from Cooper's Lake! Crestfield Camp is at 195
Taggart Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. Take your best route to Interstate
79 in Western Pennsylvania, to the exit at mile marker 105 (Slippery Rock).
Turn left onto PA-108/New Castle Road (watch your speed, this road is
regularly patrolled). After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Barron Road (these
are country roads and come up suddenly, so keep a sharp eye). Go 1.3 miles,
and turn left on McCoy Road (the same road on the right is called Kelly
Road). Go 0.9 miles, and turn right on Taggart Road. Crestfield Camp is
0.1 mile from the turn. The camp (and room for unloading) is on the left,
the parking area is on the right.
>From Pittsburgh International Airport: Take PA-60 South (towards Pittsburgh)
to Interstate 79 North, then follow the directions above.
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