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Thank yous for Noisemakers X


It is my privilege to have been autocrat of Noisemakers X. It was a wonderful day, full of sun, sultry psaltery, heraldry, and scribal arts. So many people were critical to making the event the lovely time that I feel it was. The following thanks, I believe, cannot be treated as complete, as I only know what I witnessed or what I was told. For those who contributed, but who are not herein named (most especially the many who helped to transform the gymnasium from a hang-out den to court), please accept my thanks for the part you played in making the event amazing!

First of all, I’d like to thank all the teachers. As a schola, Noisemakers could not operate without the generous donations of time and expertise that teachers make in offering classes. So I would like to thank, in no particular order, Master Rowen Cloteworthy, Lord Yehuda Ben Moshe, Dame Brunissende Dragonette, Reb Eleazar ha-Levi, Dame Lillia de Vaux, Lady Seraphina Delfino, Baroness Theodora Bryennissa, Lord Berrick Grayveson, Lady Isabeau d’Orleans, Lord Martyn de Halliwell, Lord Ian Douglas, Lady Erlan Nordenskald, The Honourable Lord Kai SaerPren, Maîtresse Sabine de Kerbriant, Lady Margretha la Fauvelle, Master Arden of Icomb, Lady Marion Quyn, Lord Reijnier Verplank. I’d like to thank Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, who graciously volunteered to teach, but was unable to make it to the event, and thank Dame Lillia de Vaux for picking up that class.

I’d also like to take this moment to thank I Zanni Illuminati for privileging us with the first performance of the riotous and rollicking Pantalone’s Worry Box. While I must apologize for the troublesome acoustics, I also must applaud how funny the performance was, both within and without earshot (as I roamed the hall). The honored players were Baron Fum, Lady Lianor de Matos, Lady Gyrsell McLeod, Lady Xanthippe Ourinina, Lord Atilla Soldus, and Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant! Bravi!

Thanks are due to Dame Brunissende Dragonette for beginning the Noisemakers tradition over 10 years ago. For this Noisemakers specifically, she organized and scheduled a wonderful offering of Heraldry classes. She also helped to look ever classrooms.

On the musical side of things, Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant put together a terrific and varied set of classes that included a substantial bit of both music making and music instrument making! We also had a well-attended Juggling class in the performance track this year. Thank you for organizing such a varied and delightful panel!

Meesteres Annetje van Wœrden offered a delicious, bountiful dayboard. She was the first on site and was working all through the day to make sure that that teachers and attendees were well fed in their mid-day break. Along with her were her kitchen staff, Lady Asa in Svarta, Lord John Marshall, and Lady Triona MacCasky. But I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that the work of creating the dayboard began many months before the event.I have heard that the following people were also involved in the long-term prep Lady Elizabet Marshall, Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranlegh, Mistress Judith the Uncertain, and Mistress Rainillt Leia de Bello Marisco. Many thanks to all who helped in preparing this delectible repast. Again, thank you to all of the kitchen staff for their many days of work leading up to and including Noisemakers.

Baroness Philadelphia Brown did so much for the event. She provided excellent and conscientious gate organization. She worked with other Bailiwick staff to make sure everything was paid for in advance and managed reimbursements afterwards. Furthermore, her help in setting up, providing table cloths, tearing down, and cleaning up was essential and greatly appreciated!

While we are on gate, I’d like to thank everyone who helped Philly out at gate, Lady Gisela Szabo, Baroness Judith the Confused, Lady Xanthippe Ouranina, Mistress Scheherazade al-Zahira and Lady Jadwiga Piwowarka-Miodosytnika, among others. Thank you for making sure that everyone was welcome!

Particular thanks are due to Lord Martyn de Halliwell, who served as point contact with the site, in addition to teaching and helping to set-up. Also, he helped in the complex shepherding of cooking supplied between Coronation and Noisemakers!

I extend my great appreciation to Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar for her amazing suite of youth activities! What a wonderful program! I was particularly charmed by the regalia scavenger hunt. Helping her through the day were Baron Nissim aven Darmon , Lady Xanthippe Ouranina, Lord Brian mac Dhughaill an Boghadair, Lady Aibhilin inghean ui Phaidin , Mistress Scheherazade al-Zahira, and Alanna de Maris of Ravenstar. I extend my thanks for enriching the Youth programs with harp, heraldry, and handwriting (please pardon the misrepresentation of calligraphy as handwriting; it is in the greater cause of alliteration)!

The consulting heralds! I cannot forget to tender my immense thanks to you all for being on call to answer questions! Many thanks are due to Dame Lillia de Vaux, Lord Yehuda ben Moshe, Lady Beatrice Shirwood, and Lady Seraphina Delfino!

I’d like to thank Lady Siobhan inghean ui Dhonnabhin and Lord Ian Douglas for proposing the challenges for the Baronial Bardic Championship, and for all who entered! Congratulations to our new Baronial Bardic Champion, Lady Girsell McLeod!

I’d like to send special thanks to Sayyidda Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail for so much help throughout the day, in set-up and tear down, moving desks and setting up a washing station, but most especially I want to thank her for the wonderful and helpful signage that she made on the day, a task that had beneficial effects throughout the day and which I would have completely forgotten about! So many thanks!

Thanks are due to Master Rowen Cloteworthy for taking the many pieces of information sent to him and producing the attractive and well-organized program that kept the schedule of the day legible to all!

Lord Geoffert of the Lone Oake deserves special mention. While he helped immensely throughout the day in setting up, tearing down, I would mention him especially for setting up a water station that kept guests hydrated while also taking on the unenviable task of directing traffic and parking as people arrived in the morning. Likewise he and Lady Xanthippe Ouranina were some of the last people on site, taking custody of some of the cooking gear and taking an exhausted Event Steward home. Many thanks for all your help!

Lord Brian mac Dhughaill an Boghadair, I offer you my thanks for transforming a gymnasium into a heraldry festooned hall. The banners were very much appreciated, as were your and Geoffert’s efforts in decorating the hall with them. Thank you for providing pageantry!

Special thanks are due to Lady Jadwiga Piwowarka-Miodosytnika in addition to any thanks for setting up. On a personal note, I thank her for providing this Event Steward and his Gatekeeper with a much needed ride to the site. But, in the same vein, she ventured out into Mundania to procure ice for the kitchen staff. Many thanks for being our errand runner!

A special note of thanks to Lady Iseaulte of the Clews! During court set-up she volunteered her folding table for Their Excellencies use, and furnished them with water. This help was unbidden, offered freely, and very-much appreciated!

And now to turn to the great number of people who helped to set up, tear down, and clean up the event. If there were one area I would say that I did not do enough to organize before hand it would be soliciting volunteers before the day. I was feeling overwhelmed with other duties and only turned my attention to this a week or so before the event, hoping and trusting in the volunteerism of others. I can only say that, while this was a poor piece of planning on my part, indeed the generous nature of the many people who come to SCA events proved strong and true. There will certainly be many whom I cannot name, people whom I know by sight, whom I have even talked to at a number of events, but whose names I do not know. The omission of your name should not be taken as a slight. I saw so many helping and yet was so busy trying to manage the event that I cannot list every name. So, before naming the names of those I do know, I extend my thanks to any and all who pitched in on the day. You are appreciated. Noisemakers would not have operated without you!

And now to those I can name. So many thanks are due to the following people. Their names may have already been noted for specific duties. I include them in this list anyway, as they were key to the mundane setting up and putting away for tables, chairs, cleaning of the kitchen so the cooks could rest, alteration of classroom configuration and reestablishment of that initial order. In no particular order: Lady Sonja of Bhakail, Osric of Bhakail, Lord Ian Douglas, Lady Triona MacCasky, Sayyidda Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid min Bhakail, Lady Xanthippe Ouranina, Lord Geoffert of the Lone Oake, Lady Jadwiga Piwowarka-Miodosytnika, Lord Brian mac Dhughaill an Boghadair, Dame Brunissende Dragonette, Baroness Philadelphia Brown, Lord Reijnier Verplank, Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant, Lady Alesia and Alanna de Maris of Ravenstar, Lady Elizabet Marshall,

A note on teacher tokens: I had an idea for the logo of the event. I asked for help in developing the design so that it could be used in multiple media. I sent a sketch out and got back a wonderful expression of my general idea, with improvements that made it much more legible! I was thrilled, but couldn’t manage to track down who did it! In the meantime, this design was picked up by Baroness Philadelphia Brown’s worthy consort–one who does not even play with the SCA–and rendered along with yet another improvement into 3-D cast pewter badges. Upon seeing this token at the event, Lady Margretha la Fauvelle came forward to let me know that it was she who did the initial rendering based on my idea and how pleasant it was to see it used and so brilliantly executed. So a very big thank you is due to Lady Margretha la Fauvelle and the consort of our Philly, both of whom very generously dedicated their effort to the event in ways that were entirely behind the scenes, but which, at least from my position, added a great deal to the experience.

Thanks are due to another invisible contributor to the event, Lady Livia Petralia, who was key in helping me to keep this, my first event, organized. Ever willing to allow me to wax far more lyric in meetings than strictly necessary and always supportive, I could not have done this without her help and advice.

I’d like to begin wrapping up by thanking Their Excellencies Mael Eoin and Ysmay for supporting the Bailiwick’s event while navigating the hosting of a coronation the week before. I can say that we were all honored by their presence, by their choice of Noisemakers as the host event for the Baronial Bardic Championship, and by their choice to hold court at the event. I must offer my personal thanks for offering me a small part of that court to honor Dame Brunissende Dragonette. Thank you again for your support and your ever pleasant and effervescent presences!

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who came out to the event. What a wonderful day.

Please pardon the delay in sending this out. As you can see, there were many names to gather and many to thank.


Ælfric FitzHugh

Coronation and Noisemakers

In the last couple of weeks, Bhakail has hosted two very successful and very different events. We are always and forever amazed by the talents and dedication of the people of the ​Barony​, Bailiwick, Canton​, ​our many friends and neighbors who help make these events possible.

The Coronation of ​Their Majesties ​Darius called Omega and Etheldreda in the Canton was an absolute dream. ​We cannot thank you all enough for making this event such an incredible success. The site was beautiful, the day ran smoothly, and the food was delicious. Sayyida Suba and Mistress Juliana have both sent out thank yous to their staff, so ​we would like to send out a thank you to both of them. Your hard work paid off, and your vision for the day was splendid. Thank you for letting us share in the dream this way.

I would also like to thank the retainers who helped keep me together and well-taken care of. Lady Katrin and Lady Lianor both helped to get me ready in the morning, and I will say with some modesty, they did an excellent job. They also spen​t the day running after me with cup in hand and smiles on their faces. I also had assistance from a good gentle named Engel​ who helped to Baroness wrangle. As is often the case, Lord Staldo was on hand to help move furniture and whatever other little whim I happened to have.

I was well guarded by ​our​ martial ​Champions as well. I would like to thank Lord Fearghus and Lord James especially. Fergus makes a fine guard and was quietly menacing as I chatted with the merchants and visiting dignitaries. James was on hand to discuss the finer points of fencing with me, which is always a great pleasure. Did any of you happen to notice that all four of our ​martial Champions were helping guard Their Majesties​? Thank you all for being such good representatives of Bhakail!

A special mention must go to Master Rowen for helping me represent the ​Barony. When it was found that some scrolls that were needed for ​Court had not made it to the site, he sat with me, and together we created words to go out to the worthy recipients. Although only one of the texts went out during ​Court, knowing that both were available and on hand made the day less stressful.

Speaking of ​Court, ​congratulations to many Bhakailis and close friends of Bhakail who received awards. ​Lady ​Miriam, ​Lord ​​Vachir, ​Lady ​Melanie, ​Lord ​Patrick, ​Lord ​John and ​Lady ​Rosie all received their AOAs during ​Court, and we were able to present ​Lord ​Markus de​r​ Jaeger with his ​AoA ​scroll later at Noisemakers. Congratulations also to Baroness Alesone and Lord Martyn who received both the King’s Cypher and Tailor to the Crown. Lady Daminana received her much deserved Silver Crescent. Thank you again for your 12+ years of service as our Exchequer. And for those folks who have not yet heard, ​Sir ​Antonio,​ Don ​Donovan ​and Lord Frasier ​all received their Writs to be premier members of the Order of Defense​ in the East Kingdom​. We look forward to their elevations​!

To these good gentles, and to all others who worked to make the day so enjoyable, again we say thanks!

Exactly one week later, the Baliwick ran a superb Noisemakers X. Special thanks to Lord Ælfric for doing such a fine job of running his first event. The classes were excellent and enjoyable and we both learned a great deal in a short amount of time. We do have some of the most talented and generous folks we have ever met living in and around Bhakail. ​We held a bardic competition ​and, although it saddened us to do so, the outcome was ​to replace our two fabulous bards, Lady Siobhan and Lord Ian. The competition was ​slated to be pieces of poetry, and three very strong contenders gave inspired performances. In the end we decided that Lady Girsell would be ​chosen ​as Baronial Bard. We look forward to working with her this year​, and to encouraging our other competitors – Mistress Sabine and m’lord Marcus of Bhakail – to ​continue their performances!

​Ysmay took a couple of classes – Juggling by Ian Douglas, and Beyond the Notes by Isabeau d’Orleans, which was a class about interpreting choral music, and has managed to put both of them to use this week. Mael Eoin took Lord Martyn’s breathing techniques class, Lord Berrick’s silk banner painting class and picked up a couple of tips in a visit to Lord Reijnier’s calligraphy class. ​We were also treated to a performance by our commedia troup, I Zanni Illuminati, while folks enjoyed dayboard. Dayboard was, it should be noted, beautiful, tasty and abundant. Vivant to Meesteres Annetje and the Kitcheners van Woerden!

In preparing for Court, we realized we had need of some scribal expertise, and were flattered to have not just one but two talented folks in the right place at the right time. Siobhan was able to put Girsell’s name to the Bardic Champion scroll in a very similar hand to the scroll’s own style – done entirely by milady Cassandra – and Reijnier was able to help with a missing letter and added a name to a backlog Champion scroll. Watching both at work and seeing all of the scrolls that were made for the event reminded us that not only is there a lot of skill in the Region, but those who routinely give of their time and talents are some of our true treasures.

Mistress Sabine ran our Baronial Court, and did an excellent job. Even though this was her first time running a Court, she was able to incorporate two people who were new to reading in Court – our own Sayyidda Suba who did a lovely job and milady Ravenna who had taken Master Rowen Cloteworthy’s class earlier in the day. We were pleased to have them both try their hands, and voices, at reading. We awarded Ian and Siobhan Harlequins for all of their work as our Champions, not the least of which included the support and teaching they have done in the area of performance over the last year. Lady Violet received her Horse and we were honored to give a Flame to milady Dorian of Eisental for transporting the beautiful Bardic Champions scroll from Bethlehem.

For all of our event staff members, teachers, scribes, cooks, illuminators, heralds, Zannies, and everyone who came out to participate, we thank you. Noisemakers was fun, and we heard more than one person say that they appreciate the chance to advance their learning and discuss subjects and aspects that they might not otherwise get to focus on. It was a well done event, and we are pleased to be a part of it.

Lastly, in addition to both of these events, it should also be noted that Lady Lissa Underhill has a wonderful piece in the most recent Tournaments Illuminated, Meesteres Annetje has taken Lord Martyn as an apprentice and if we think Lord Reijnier is talented with period lettering, his modern counterpart, Rick Wolff, is challenging that skill with some amount of fame in creating a colorful typeface based on a political hopeful’s campaign logo.

Please join us in congratulating and thanking everyone on their accomplishments, awards, service, skills *and* the sharing thereof!

In Service,
Ysmay and Mael Eoin
Baroness and Baron of Bhakail

Reminder: Noisemakers this Saturday (N.B. Dayboard is open to all!)

Hello all,

I wanted to remind everyone that Noisemakers is this weekend. Here’s the event page:

Based on a couple of questions that have been reported to me, I wanted to make it entirely clear that dayboard is intended for all attendees. Whether or not you pre-registered, the dayboard is open to you. So bring your dishes!

Also, a couple of reminders of things you might want to bring:
1) There will be a scavenger hunt (for young and old) for badges of office, marks of honor, etc. Please make sure to wear these, if possible!
2) There will be an A&S contest for best researched/realized heraldry on an item. See the event announcement for exact details.
3) Any banners you can contribute so as to make the area as festive as possible would be appreciated.
4) A couple of the hands-on instrument workshops are asking for a purely voluntary donation for teacher-provided materials. If you plan on attending one of these instrument making sessions and would like to help the teacher defray the costs, you might consider having a few extra groats on your person.

We so look forward to seeing you there!

All the best!

Ælfric FitzHugh
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Heraldry/Regalia quest at Noisemakers


I will be running a heraldry/Regalia quest at Noisemakers this Saturday. The quest is open to Children and adults. Everyone who joins the quest will receive a chocolate salamander and there are prizes.

The participants of the quest will be looking for things like the salamander on the Bhakail arms or regalia such as a Silver Crescent medallion. Therefore I ask that everyone who is attending Noisemakers to please bring your banners to display and wear your order medallions or badges of office. The following items will be on the quest,

silver cresent
Queen’s order of courtesy
order of the salamander
order of the horse
martlet – sable and silver
compass – sable and silver
gauntlet – sable and silver
order of the duck
silver cattail
tygers cub
tygers combatant
burdened tyger
golden rapier
silver rapier
white belt
red belt
marshal – all branches

If you have any questions about the quest please contact me

Thank you for your help in making the quest entertaining and fun!

Lady Alesia de Maris
Chancellor Minor of Bhakail

Fun Bailiwick Business Meeting – 7pm 4/16/2015

Next business meeting of the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust will be Thursday, April 16th at 7pm.

We’ll be in the usual room (Meyerson Conference Room) on the second floor of Van Pelt Library (3420 Walnut Street). If you are not a member of the UPenn community or have not attended one of our meetings before, please send me an email with your mundane name. I’ll put you on the list for the security guards, and you will need a photo ID to enter.

There will be no business conducted at this meeting. I repeat – no business.

Instead, there will be crafting. Feel free to come by and help make site tokens for Noisemakers X or just hang out and keep us company while crafting.

If you happen to have a spare hot glue gun, that would be useful. :)

If you haven’t been before and would like to join us, I’d like to get the list of attendees to the door guards by the end of Tuesday.

But most of all, you should come to relax and have fun.

– Livia Petralia

Wreath’s heraldic A&S challenge at Noisemakers

There will be an heraldic A&S challenge at Noisemakers.
Bring and put on a table something displaying your armory (or other armory really).
There is no restriction on the medium as long as your entry 1) fits on the table and 2) doesn’t use all the space on it.
The best (as in execution) and most period-appropriate one will win a pitcher made by my own hands and currently waiting to be glaze-fired.

I hope you’ll enter

Brunissende Dragonette

Noisemakers X – Performance Class Details and a Note on Court


I wanted to pass on to you the exciting list of performance related classes at this years Noisemakers (April 18th, 2015). For a full line-up of all the classes and oother activities, please check out the even announcement (

But in the meantime, here are the performance classes!

Classroom Perpure (Performance)
11-1 Making Affordable Period-esque Percussion Instruments (Lady Erlan Nordenskald)
1-2 Lunch
2-5 Making Bamboo/PVC Flutes (THL Kai SaerPren)

Classroom Gules (Performance)
11-1 Making Simple Stringed Instruments
1-2 Lunch
2-3 Percussion Instruments in Western Music (Lady Margretha la Fauvelle)
3-4 Self-Accompaniment for Singers (Master Arden of Icomb)
4-5 Beyond the Notes (Lady Isabeau d’Orleans)

11-1 (?) Healthy Projection for Heralds and Bards (Lord Martyn de Halliwell)

In addition to Performance Classes there will be room for jamming!

Also, please be aware that Baronial Court will follow the final classes. It will be held at 5:15 in the main gymnasium. Be there!

All the best to you!

Ælfric FitzHugh
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Youth activities at Noisemakers (April 18th, 2015)


It gives me great pleasure to confirm that there will be a veritable panoply of youth activities this Noisemakers. This program and the individual activities have been conceived and realized by the noble Lady Alesia de Maris of Ravenstar, Bhakail’s Chancellor Minor. Without further ado, I present her tentative schedule!

Youth Activities (schedule tentative and subject to change):
10:30am activities open
11am – 11:30 – music
12pm – children’s heraldry class
1pm – 2pm – break for dayboard
2:30 – 3:15 – calligraphy class for children
3:30 – 4:30 – heraldry/regalia quest
5pm – activities close and clean up begins
Throughout the day – board games and crafts will be available

N.B. The heraldry/regalia quest is open to children and adults. For those attending Noisemakers, we respectfully ask that you assist in the quest by wearing their order medallions, household badges, badges of office, etc. The quest participants will be looking for these items and the adults will be asking what they are. Many thanks in advance for helping to make this a fun activity!

In the meantime, please remind yourself of Society Youth Policies:

For easy access to the children’s waiver, please follow his link:

Best wishes to you all in these lengthening days, and we look forward to seeing you at Noisemakers!

Ælfric FitzHugh
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Bhakail Baronial Bardic Challenge!

Dear performers of all ilk,

Please find attached the guidelines for this year’s Bhakail Baronial Bardic Championship, which will be held at Noisemakers X on April 18th. For more information on the event and site please see the event announcement:

But more importantly, here is the prompt for the championship!

The bardic champions of Bhakail hereby challenge all those with an interest in succeeding them to a poetry contest at Noisemakers in April 2015. Please bring two poems to share. These may be original, or not; they may be read, or performed from memory; they may be period or in a period style, or not; but be aware that original poems written in a period style and performed from memory will be praised most highly. We hope that those who have never read or tried to perform period poetry will try it, and we look forward most eagerly to your performances!

All eligible are eagerly encouraged to apply!


Ælfric FitzHugh
Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust

Noisemakers Kitchen – thanks for all the help

Please allow me to extend my gratitude to everyone who helped make the Noisemakers dayboard happen. It was amazing. And even though I kept a list, I have a suspicion that I’ve missed a couple people. Please accept in advance my apologies and gratitude nevertheless.

In the early planning stages, I would like to thank Dame Brunissende Dragonette for nudging me to actually do my first dayboard and encouraging me along the way. Including baking several batches of bread when I was stressing over it.

Thank you to Asa in Svarta to getting excited about me doing a dayboard and running with it – from welcoming me into her kitchen at the El Cid event, to comparing recipes and sources, to coming over to my house twice in the weeks leading up to the event to help with food preparation. You are amazing.

Thanks to Meesteres Annetje van Woerden for sitting down with me at cooking gathers to talk about portioning and scope. I’d also like to thank her for talking about her desire for more lavish displays of food while I was around to hear, because that was definitely influential in my planning.

Thank you to Lord Martyn de Halliwell for being my co-conspirator. Thank you for helping with the organizing, helping me source ingredients and materials, taking me on a tour of the restaurant depot (and showing that one could buy hard boiled eggs already peeled), for transporting the baronial supplies, and for making vast quantities of the bread dough to my specifications (and being enthusiastic about it). And thanks to him for finding us a site with a large kitchen with plenty of counter space, refrigerator space, a working stove, and 2 working ovens!

Thank you to my friend Laura (who mostly just does Pennsic and only just this last weekend started pondering potential names), who supervised the baking of the bread the day of, and who was generally supportive at all times for all sorts of food adventures.

Thank you to Lord AElfric FitzHugh for making time on a busy weekend to come over and be calmly supportive while I experimented with a recipe all of whose ingredients I don’t particularly like (celery & olives) and enthusiastically taste testing the results.

An especial thanks to Lady Gisela Szabo for having the wisdom the day of to ask twice whether I would like her assistance (once when I was just unpacking, and then coming back once prep had fully begun), and then staying all the way through the end of the day to help assemble the food. She also was the one to think of prepping a tasting platter for the people working the registration table. I very much appreciate your thoughtfulness in all things.

Thank you to Lady Zhelana Tomeslavitsa for extraordinary service for coming to help while in pain because she had promised her help. Her hard work was very much appreciated.

Lady Violet Coleson offered not only her coffee expertise, but also popped off to grab a kettle when the tea drinkers were in need as well. She also helped with set up and clean up and was supportive throughout the day. Thank you.

Lady Triona MacCaskey dropped in to help with preparing dayboard, setup, keeping dishes full, and clearing away the dishes. Thank you.

Thank you Lady Jadwiga Piwowarka-Miodosytnika for coming by eager to help. She prepared the anchovy dish. And then when I gave her the diagram for the table layout was able to take that and supplies and turn the buffet into exactly what I had pictured in my mind! She also helped with refreshing and clearing the dayboard.

Thank you to Lady Joan de Vassy for also stopping by twice. Once to ask for help when I had a full kitchen, and then for returning half an hour before lunch to help with transporting dishes to the dayboard tables.

Many and numerous thanks to the kind gentle who dropped by after lunch, who only gave his name as Aethelstan, for single-handedly tackling a sink full of dishes.

And many thanks to the dishrag bardic, led by Jamilia al-Suba al-Hadid al-Bhakaila al-Sayyidda (and including at least one other cheerful person… who I didn’t remember to write down), for coming along and joining his efforts with much succor and friendship.

So thank you very much for your key parts in helping to create such a delightful dayboard.

Much love,
Lady Livia Petralia

Noisemakers’ Schola IX

April 12, 2014 • Springfield, PA

(View the announcement on

“Tis no matter how it be in tune so it make noise enough.”
—William Shakespeare, As You Like It.

Noisemakers is the Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust’s annual celebration of all things “noisy.” One and all are cordially invited to a full day of classes and workshops on topics related to heraldry, music, vocal performance, theater, and other clamorous activities.  This year, we are inspired by Classical Rome—classes and other activities may (but do not have to be!) connected to Roman themes.

In addition to the usual wide array of classes, this year’s Noisemakers will feature a Pelican roadshow, the baronial Bardic Championship competition (see below), a series of open bardic challenges for the entertainment of performers and audience members alike, a commedia dell’arte performance by I Zanni Illuminati, and a dayboard of Roman delights prepared by Lady Livia Petralia.

Bhakail Bardic Champions Announcement

There are two important aspects to any performance:  the performance itself, and the person who inspired it.  This year’s competition seeks to challenge each performer on both of these aspects with the following requirements:

  1. Choose a person who inspires you*, and seek to gain their favor.  You must present a physical token proving that you have received favor from that person.  This may be a traditional favor, a letter, or any other token.
  2. Prepare a performance in honor of your chosen inspiration.  This performance may be of any type, so long as it is of period style, or SCA compatible style.  It does not have to be an original composition.Participants are encouraged to prepare two performance pieces with the same chosen inspiration as the subject.  The panel reserves the right to request the second performance on the day of the competition.
  3. Perform it for the judges at Noisemakers.

*You may choose to perform in honor of someone who is no longer with us.  In this case, something you have from that person, or a story as to why that person was an inspiration to you, will be accepted in lieu of proof of favor.

Winners will be tasked with organizing entertainment for Bhakail Yule, as well as organize the competition to find the Bhakail Bardic Champion the following year.

Event Hours
Site Opens: 10am
Site Closes: 6pm

Church of St. Kevin
200 West Sproul Road
Springfield, PA  19064

Pre-registration fees:
Adult members:  $12.00
Children (6-17):  $7.00

At the door:
Adult members:  $15.00
Children (6-17):  $7.00

There will be a non-member surcharge of 5.00.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA PA Inc.  – Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust



Event Steward:
Maîtresse Brunissende de Brocéliande (Mathilde Poussin)

Deputy event steward:
Baronne Sabine de Kerbriant (Wendy Gale)

Send Reservations to:
Reservations Clerk:  Baroness Philadelphia Brown
Jackie Binstead
525 South 46th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143-2101

ACCEPS on-line reservations are now open!  Reservations can be made with a credit card by going to the ACCEPS page:
Select “East Kingdom” and then “Bailiwick of Ivyeinrust – Noisemakers Schola 9”

Other Contact Information:
To sign up to teach or ask questions about teaching, please contact Lord Ælfric FitzHugh at , preferably by March 1.

Noisemakers IX – April 12

Bonjour mes amis!

Noisemakers IX is coming up in less than two weeks, and I’d like to invite everyone to take a look at the amazing list of classes and workshops! In addition to our commedia dell’arte track, we’re excited to offer a wide array of heraldry, music, storytelling, and language classes spanning beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Please also keep in mind the performance challenges (try something new in a very supportive setting!) and our baronial bardic competition, as well as the Pellycan roadshow.

Also, the menu for Lady Livia’s Roman dayboard is now posted. Please do take a look, and be advised that some dishes will contain rue (alternate versions without rue will be available for almost all items, although the online menu may not yet reflect that).

Check out all the details at

I hope to see you on the 12th!