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Thursday May 22, 2014 - Monday May 26, 2014


Arts and Science Events

This year's class schedule is currently being put together. Don't see a class you want to take? Is there something you'd like to teach? Contact Lady Euginia in rauša at arts@potrerowar.org! She is continuing to work on putting the class schedule together and is always looking for more classes. Check back often for changes and updates.

While at War, please visit the new Arts and Sciences Point, located near the Stone Tables. This is where you sign up for classes, ask questions, and find out about events that fall under A&S, such as bardic events, brewing competitions, and the Arts Auction. Along with the classes and activities listed in the Gate Book, A&S Point will make attending classes and A&S events even easier!

Want to teach a class? Click here to submit a proposal for a Class You will get a confirmation email when it is received.

The current list of Arts & Science classes is listed below. For the complete War calender, please visit this Calendar link. Please check back on a regular basis for the updated calendar. For more information about our new calendar system, please check out the Calendar FAQ

Arts & Science Display

Creative Gentles of the Kingdom of Caid! The office of Arts and Sciences for the Barony of Calafia is pleased to announce the Arts and Sciences display at Potrero War, held Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Bring your previously undisplayed projects to show off; the items may be any category or medium, and may be finished or unfinished, documented or undocumented.

Please come by Arts and Sciences Point no later than 9:30 am and come back to retrieve your items by 2:00 pm. Everything will be guarded well during the display, as there have been trolls spotted in the vicinity. For any questions or comments, please contact arts@potrerowar.org prior to May 22nd. After May 22nd, you may come by A&S Point and speak to a friendly volunteer!

Arts Auction

Once again we will be holding our annual Arts Auction to raise funds while at War. These funds are then donated to the Potrero community.

This year, we are doing something a bit different for the Arts Auction. With the items collected, we are putting together baskets that will be raffled off, instead of auctioning single items as done in the past. The Barony is specifically looking for new, or extremely gently used, items that one could use to help fill out a persona kit. Some examples that would make fantastic donations are: feast gear, belts, pouches, personal ornamentations (rings, medallions, arm bands, torcs, etc.), boxes, needle cases, inkle and tablet weaving, trim, wraps, cloaks, fabric, hats or veils, beads, and needle books. We are requesting no items of fitted clothing garb, as they are not one-size-fits-all.

Raffle tickets will be available at A&S Point and are as follows: 1 ticket = $1, 6 tickets = $5, 12 tickets = $10, 22 tickets would be $20, and so forth.

Donations can be brought to Arts and Sciences Point near the Stone Tables by Saturday, May 24th by 10 am. We will be announcing the day and time of the raffle soon, so stay tuned. If you have any questions, comments, or need more information, you may contact arts@potrerowar.org or eventsteward@potrerowar.org.

Schedule of Classes

Thursday, May 22
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Plunder your Friends for Fun and Salvage taught by Curteis FitzOsbern
Description: Plunder is a nautically themed roving game played by challenging other participating households and their crew, and by participating in SCA activities. While the game is nautically themed, players don't have to be. Students will learn how to play Plunder; how to identify other players, how to make and resolve challenges, how to play Liar's Dice- the default method of resolving challenges (it's period!!), how to earn Salvage Tokens, andd how their household can compete to become the next Flagship of Calafia (and why they would want to). Afterwards students will have the opportunity to register their Household to play Plunder. (The class is not required to play, but registering is.) Households that register to play Plunder will be given their Ship's License and 30 Salvage Tokens to start playing. Students should bring (5) 6-sided dice and a cup to hold them, for Liar's Dice. Merchants have been alerted to have these in stock. No class fee. All ages welcome. No maximum number of students. Sign up sheets available at A&S Point.
Friday, May 23
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Closed Ramada
Summary: Open Scriptorium
Description: Calafia's Scriptorium will be illuminating and calligraphing. Please feel free to come join!
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Lanciarii Camp in Camelot
Summary: Let's Build a Brick Oven! taught by Sheridan Ua Neill
Description: Instructor will give a hands-on lesson to building a double-chambered, barrel-vaulted brick oven for cooking. Instructor will provide brick, soil, straw, and water. Students should bring a work tunic they can get dirty and a hand towel. Sign up sheets are available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 13 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Stone Table (green)
Summary: How to Make a Penannular Brooch taught by Master Donal O'Brien
Description: A penannular brooch is a simple and elegant way of fastening two pieces of fabric together. You have probably seen a penannular brooch used as a cloak clasp. Instructor will demonstrate how students can make their own penannular brooches. Sign up sheets will be available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 18 and up. Maximum number of students: 6.
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Basic Embroidery taught by AĆ°Ć­sla frilla
Description: This is an introduction to basic embroidery skills. Class will then use said skills to make a small drawstring pouch. Instructor will provide hand outs, fabric, scissors, needles, and floss. Students may want to bring an embroidery hoop. Sign up sheets available at A&S Point. No class fee. All ages welcome (children are welcome as long as they are old enough to work with a needle.) No maximum number of students.
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (blue)
Summary: Researching for SCA Documentation taught by Lord Fergus O Dubhshlaine
Description: Take the mystery out of documenting your SCA projects. This class will cover techniques on how to easily research items, how and where to find medieval books for little, to no, cost, and how to check and validate those sources. Please bring note taking materials, and upon request, the information can be emailed to students. Sign up sheets are available at A&S Point. No class fee. All ages welcome. Maximum number of students: 20.
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (green)
Summary: Viking Age Birka Hat and Intro to Hand Sewing taught by Thora Jonsdottir
Description: Come learn basic hand stitching (3-4 stitches) while making a custom fit hat. Traditionally sited to the Birka grave 976, this class will reconstruct this hat using a six panel pattern. Beginners welcome! Instructor will provide scissors, measuring tape, and chalk to mark patterns. Class fee is $10 for kits, which will include 1/2 yard woven non-stretch fabric, thread, needle, and small amount of trim; there is no fee if students bring own materials. Ages 12 and up. Sign up sheets available at A&S Point.
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Banner Making from a T-Shirt taught by Baroness Celeste d'Arles
Description: Beginners to Advanced, we could all use some more banners to decorate our halls, hide ugly mundane stuff, and keep an artsy atmosphere. Join us for a quick class on how to transform your t-shirts into banners. Got a medieval image on a shirt? Got some embroidered stuff on fabric and want to turn it into a banner? Here's how! There will be tons of simple banners to touch and explore. No supplies needed! Sign up sheets are available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 13 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (blue)
Summary: Hippocras: A Period Drink taught by Master Donal O'Brien
Description: Hippocras was a sweetened spiced wine served as part of a dessert course after feasts. There are almost unlimited ways of flavoring and sweetening wine into hippocras. Come find out how to make your own unique style. STUDENTS MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ATTEND THIS CLASS. PLEASE BRING PHOTO I.D.. Instructor will have handouts, but students should bring note taking materials, tasting glass, and photo I.D.. Sign up sheets are available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 21 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (black)
Summary: Piracy in the SCA taught by Master Antonius Tesel
Description: This class is an overview of Pirates, Privateers, and Corsairs during the SCA timeline, including discussion of letters of Marque and Reprisal. There will be a discussion of types of ships used by pirates during our time period. Instructor will supply hand-outs. Students should bring note-taking materials and an open mind. Sign up sheets will be available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 18 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (red)
Summary: Mead Making for Absolute Beginners taught by Lady Talan Tanki
Description: A class for absolute beginners, focused on mead making as an introduction to brewing as a whole. The class will involve a brief history of honey/mead making, samples of mead, and detailed instruction on getting started. Handouts will be provided with full instructions on equipment, costs, and step-by-step brewing instructions. If you have never brewed before, or are curious about mead, this is the class for you. STUDENTS MUST BE 21 AND OVER TO ATTEND THIS CLASS; PLEASE BRING PHOTO I.D.. Students should bring photo I.D. and note taking materials. There will be limited samples of mead served, so the photo I.D. is a requirement and students will be carded. Sign up sheets will be available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 21 and up. Maximum number of students: 15.
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (black)
Summary: Overview of Period Ships taught by Curteis FitzOsbern
Description: This class will cover an introduction to the main types of sailing vessels in use during the SCA period, to include terminology, hull construction, sail riggings, and usage. If there is interest, instructor can discuss non-European vessels. If you're a nautical household, come learn what type of ship you would be sailing in period. Instructor will provide students with resource notes and reading references. No class fee. All ages welcome. No maximum number of students. Sign up sheets will be available at A&S Point.
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Plunder your Friends for Fun and Salvage taught by Curteis FitzOsbern
Description: Plunder is a nautically themed roving game played by challenging other participating households and their crew, and by participating in SCA activities. While the game is nautically themed, players don't have to be. Students will learn how to play Plunder; how to identify other players, how to make and resolve challenges, how to play Liar's Dice- the default method of resolving challenges (it's period!!), how to earn Salvage Tokens, andd how their household can compete to become the next Flagship of Calafia (and why they would want to). Afterwards students will have the opportunity to register their Household to play Plunder. (The class is not required to play, but registering is.) Households that register to play Plunder will be given their Ship's License and 30 Salvage Tokens to start playing. Students should bring (5) 6-sided dice and a cup to hold them, for Liar's Dice. Merchants have been alerted to have these in stock. No class fee. All ages welcome. No maximum number of students. Sign up sheets available at A&S Point.
Saturday, May 24
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Closed Ramada
Summary: Open Scriptorium
Description: Calafia's Scriptorium will be illuminating and calligraphing. Please feel free to come join!
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (yellow)
Summary: Pewter Casting 101: Cuttle Bone Molds taught by Baron Jon Thomme deClayton
Description: Learn about period pewter casting and make a casting mold from Cuttle Fish bone. Students will be using basic hand tools, punches, files, saws and hot pewter to make jewelry and other useful and decorative things. This class suitable for all skill levels. Bring a simple design or a small 1.5" x 1.5" maximum 2 dimensional object to make a copy of, such as a button, token, figure, or other small item. Instructor will provide all other supplies and tools needed. If students have a carving tool kit, they are requested to bring it. Class fee is $5 for consumable supplies and printed hand outs. Ages 18 and up. Ages under 18 are welcome, but must have have a parent present; no younger than 10. Maximum number of students: 10. Sign up sheets will be available at Stone Tables.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Plunder your Friends for Fun and Salvage taught by Curteis FitzOsbern
Description: Plunder is a nautically themed roving game played by challenging other participating households and their crew, and by participating in SCA activities. While the game is nautically themed, players don't have to be. Students will learn how to play Plunder; how to identify other players, how to make and resolve challenges, how to play Liar's Dice- the default method of resolving challenges (it's period!!), how to earn Salvage Tokens, andd how their household can compete to become the next Flagship of Calafia (and why they would want to). Afterwards students will have the opportunity to register their Household to play Plunder. (The class is not required to play, but registering is.) Households that register to play Plunder will be given their Ship's License and 30 Salvage Tokens to start playing. Students should bring (5) 6-sided dice and a cup to hold them, for Liar's Dice. Merchants have been alerted to have these in stock. No class fee. All ages welcome. No maximum number of students. Sign up sheets available at A&S Point.
Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Lanciarii Camp in Camelot
Summary: Baking Bread in a Brick Oven taught by Sheridan Ua Neill
Description: Instructor will show students how to bake bread in a wood burning oven. Students should bring bread dough, ready to bake, no wider than 10" and a bundle of firewood. This class is will be held all day and students are free to come and go. Sign up sheets are available at A&S Point. No class fee. All ages welcome. No maximum number of students.
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Stone Table (black)
Summary: Event Management: Don't Panic! taught by THL Sabyna Aydon
Description: This class teaches you how to plan any SCA event from submitting a bid to debriefing your Baronial council. Instructor will go over the steps you must take to plan an successful event, finding sub-stewards, what actions you should take during the event, and some helpful tips and tricks for remaining calm throughout the process. Students should bring note-taking materials. Sign ups are available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 16 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (red)
Summary: Introduction to Making Maille taught by Lord Darius da Carrara
Description: Chainmail is the craft of linking metal rings to form chains or sheets of mail, which can be used for jewelry, armor, or costume. In this class, you will learn about how chainmail rings are made, the different sizes of rings, the different types of materials, how to properly open and close rings, and the different forms of weaves. Students will be able to practice making a simple bracelet using a popular European 4 in 1 weave. Class fee is $2 for materials. Some starter kits will be available for purchase as well. Sign up sheets available at A&S Point. Ages 10 and older. Maximum number of students: 12.
Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Open Arms Bardic Hall
Summary: Showmanship and Overcoming Stage Fright taught by Domhnall O` Loirgne`ain
Description: This class will focus on tricks a performer needs to overcome stage fright when wanting to perform within the Bardic community. This class will also highlight how a person should act when a performance is taking place. Students should bring note taking materials and an open mind. Sign up sheets will be available at A&S Point. No class fee. All are welcome. No maximum number of students.
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Open Ramada
Summary: Intro to Finger Cymbals taught by Tina Fogg
Description: This class is an introduction on how to pair finger cymbals with dancing. Instructor will provide finger cymbals and hip scarves and students will learn five basic rhythms and layer them over simple dance steps. Sign ups sheets will be available at A&S Point. No class fee. All ages welcome. Maximum number of students: 10.
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (black)
Summary: Knitting Shetland Shawls taught by Mistress Adelicia of Caithness
Description: This class will teach you how to knit a beautiful Shetland shawl. Students must be able to knit, but can be novice knitters. Instructor will provide pattern instruction and stitch markers. Students must provide yarn and appropriate sized CIRCULAR (must be circular) knitting needles. Sign ups are available at A&S Point. No class fees. Ages 13 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (green)
Summary: Hand Sewing Basics and Tips taught by THL Ellyn of Tanwayour
Description: This is an intro to basic hand sewing suitable for beginners and more experienced hand stitchers, with a review of basic tools, the "proper" way to basic and more advanced stitches (really! She's been researching and trying this stuff and it's pretty nifty). Class will go over some cool seam finishing techniques for linen and wool. Instructor will demonstrate a simple buttonhole stitched eyelet and a magic rolled hem stitch and assist anyone who wants to try them on his or her own. Students will leave with a sampler of all the things covered in class. Instructor will provide linen fabric for practice stitches to take for reference, as well as a variety of needles, thread types, and other tools of the trade. There will be some wool to practice seam finishing if she can get enough. Students are encouraged to bring some thread, needles, thread snips, and an awl if they have one. Instructor doesn't personally do well with thimbles, so will not be using one, but students would like to bring one to save their finger tips, it might be a good idea to bring one. Any scraps of linen or wool would be good to bring, in the event that there are more students than kits. Sign up sheets will be available at the A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 13 and up. Maximum number of students: 10.
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (yellow)
Summary: Pewter Casting 101: Cuttle Bone Molds taught by Baron Jon Thomme deClayton
Description: Learn about period pewter casting and make a casting mold from Cuttle Fish bone. Students will be using basic hand tools, punches, files, saws and hot pewter to make jewelry and other useful and decorative things. This class suitable for all skill levels. Bring a simple design or a small 1.5" x 1.5" maximum 2 dimensional object to make a copy of, such as a button, token, figure, or other small item. Instructor will provide all other supplies and tools needed. If students have a carving tool kit, they are requested to bring it. Class fee is $5 for consumable supplies and printed hand outs. Ages 18 and up. Ages under 18 are welcome, but must have have a parent present; no younger than 10. Maximum number of students: 10. Sign up sheets will be available at Stone Tables.
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Medieval Veils taught by Baroness Celeste d'Arles
Description: Have you been seeking a more authentic look? Are you inspired by wood carvings and images from the Middle Ages, but not sure how achieve the look? Let 'Veils' show you how to add a nice period touch to your outfit. We'll cover wimples, barbettes, and veils, and you will have the chance to try on different styles to see what feels right. No supplies needed! Come and learn! Sign up sheets are available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 13 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (green)
Summary: Dark Age and Viking Stitches for Sewing and Embroidery taught by Lady Euginia InRauĆ°a
Description: Wanting to learn how to hand sew and embellish your garb with authentic Dark Age and Viking Stitches? These stitches are easy to learn and can be used in early period garb, but are still in use today, so may be used for any time period. Students will learn several basic stitches, as well as learning about different ways to transfer images to fabric. Materials supplied by instructor: embroidery hoop, fabric, thread and needle, images for transfer. Students are welcome to bring their own supplies, but should bring pencil and paper if they would like to take notes. Class fee $4 for the kit; there is no fee if students bring own materials. Sign up sheets available at A&S Point. Ages 13 and up. Maximum number of students: 8.
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (orange)
Summary: Rope Making taught by Curteis FitzOsbern
Description: Class will cover the basics of rope making, with a brief synopsis of rope making in period. Students will be given hands-on time to produce their own lengths of rope. Instructor will provide materials for constructing rope samples. Sign up sheets available at A&S Information Booth. No class fee. All ages welcome. Maximum number of students: 10.
Sunday, May 25
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Closed Ramada
Summary: Open Scriptorium
Description: Calafia's Scriptorium will be illuminating and calligraphing. Please feel free to come join!
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Spiral Braided Cords- Viking Whip Cord taught by Nicolete de Brabant
Description: Create a spiral cord by hand with two very long strings of yarn. It's a simple, portable activity that keeps your hands busy while you talk or sit at long events. There are many uses for cords. They can be used to hang pendants, cover seams, and as lacing for shoes, cotehardies, sleeves, pants, as ties for cloaks, and more! Learn this period cord making technique and add another skill to your roster. This class is suitable for beginners. Students should bring (2) 6 feet long strings of fairly thick yarn in contrasting colors. A flat, snap clip will be needed to hold the strings in place if you need to leave before cord is finished. There will be a sign up sheet available at A&S Point. No class fee. Maximum number of students: 10.
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Stone Table (red)
Summary: How to Make Maille Using the Helm Weave taught by Lord Darius da Carrara
Description: Students will be able to practice making helm weave patterns using a popular Helm weave. This class is a good follow up from the Introduction to Making Maille class, but is not required to take prior to taking this class. Students should bring note taking materials. Some starter kits will be available for purchase. Sign up sheets will be available at A&S Point. Class fee is $2 for materials. All ages welcome. Maximum number of students: 12.
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (black)
Summary: Wild Yeast Collection for Brewing (and Bread) taught by Lady Talan Tanki
Description: Ever want to make your own sourdough bread or live dangerously when you're brewing? Following good sanitation techniques, we'll go through three different methods of collecting and inoculationg wild yeasts into our breads and brews. Testing cultures for desired traits and cross-breeding will be dicussed. Knowledge of basic brewing is advised as this class assumes some experience with brewing/bread making. No alcohol will be served, but alcohol production will be discussed alongside bread-making. Hand-outs with photos and step-by-step instructions provided. Students should bring note-taking materials. Sign up sheets will be available at A&S Point. No class fee. Ages 21 and up. No maximum number of students.
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Stone Table (white)
Summary: Introduction to Inkle Weaving taught by AĆ°Ć­sla frilla
Description: This class is an introduction to warping an inkle loom, reading and designing patterns, beginning the weave, ending the weave, removing a project to free up the loom, and basically conquering the fear of string. Instructor will provide loaner looms from PineBox Traders, string, pre-made heddles, matches, and hand out. There will be some larger string available for any children who attend and want to give inkle weaving a try. Sign ups will be available at A&S Point. Class fee is $2; fee is waived if student brings own string. All ages welcome. Maximum number of students: 15.

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