Class Descriptions

Beer-Brewing Basics, Modern and Period – Arngrimr Meinfretr and Donal Artur of the Silver Band
A discussion of the basics of brewing beer, using both modern methods
and science as well as some period methods.
Adults only, please.
12:00 – 1:00

Beginning Embroidery – Lady Edith Steyning
We’ll learn three (or maybe four) basic embroidery stitches used throughout the SCA period. I have supplies for 6-8 gentles (loaner hoops, needles and floss, linen to stitch on), or gentles may bring their own.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
12:00 – 1:00

Beginning Lucet – Lady Edith Steyning
The basics: casting-on, square cord, and finishing. I have a few loaner lucets, or gentles may bring their own (learn how to use that nice one you bought a few years ago…).
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
10:30 – 11:30

Beginning to Intermediate Court Heraldry – Baron Rowen Cloteworthy
This class will be appropriate for both court heralds and nobles holding Court. Court is both a planned experience and improv theatre all at once. This class will discuss one method of putting together Court – either Baronial or Royal – using a deck of index cards and a bit of preparation. We will discuss how to address the needs of your nobles, what your nobles need from you, the protocol of who stands where in the Procession, how to move people around the stage, ways to lay out the court docket, and how to adapt to changes in the middle of Court.
Teenagers welcome.
2:00 – 3:00

Being Medieval – Lady Juliana Osborne
You don’t have to be an actor or a scholar to develop a persona. We will have an informal discussion on how to choose a place and time; ways to look and feel like a Medieval/Renaissance person; how to find informative sources, etc.
Adults only, please.
12:00 – 1:00

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop – i Sebastiani
Join i Sebastiani, the Greatest Commedia dell’Arte Troupe in the Entire World, to learn the basics behind this thrilling theatrical form! We will explore the characters, their movements, masks and props, and basic scenario plotting and scene work. No experience necessary!
Teenagers welcome.
Limit 20 participants.
11:30 – 1:00

Consolidation of an Iron Bloom – Meister Frydherik Eysenkopf and Lord Iwain de Vassy
After iron has been refined from ore in a bloomery, it must be consolidated into a workable form. Blooms created at Pennsic and the War of the Roses of years past will be heated and worked into iron bars, and then further refined into useful tools. Not your typical blacksmithing exercise — no nails will be made.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
All day.

Convivial Songs with Dreda – Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe
Come sit in the bar and sing cheerful medieval and renaissance songs about bar-appropriate topics. If you’d like to study up ahead of time, please go to www.ceteros.org/classes/convivial-songs-with-dreda; texts provided. Bar tab not provided.
No minimum age, but if someone will be cross if you repeat the songs, maybe you shouldn’t come.
3:00 – 4:00

Court Etiquette – Baronessa Imigla Venture
New to the Society and confused how to behave in Royal or Baronial Court? Intimidated by the thought of approaching the thrones? Please join the Baroness as she takes you through the motions in a relaxed and informal setting prior to the real deal!
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
3:30 – 4:00

The Cut and Construction of a Renaissance Man’s Shirt – Baroness Brighid MacCumhal
This shirt will discuss the documentation and tailoring of a shirt from the Renaissance. There will be samples, books, and class handouts.
Teenagers welcome.
10:30 – 11:30

Design Your Own Persian Garden – Raziya Bint Rusa
This class is geared towards anyone wanting to create a Persian garden in their backyard, terrace, or windowsill. I will cover the basic tenants of Persian Garden design, and will then help individuals come up with a plan and plant choices that fit their living situation. Please bring as many pictures of your gardening area as possible. I will provide paper, drawing implements, books, and a handout.
Teenagers welcome.
Materials fee: $2 for the handout
1:30 – 2:30

Dice Chess, or Weird Medieval Chess – Justin du Coeur
Most folks find chess intimidating because it is so very strategic — trying to think several moves ahead can be tough when you’re learning a game. They thought that in period, too — which is why one common period variant was playing chess with a die. The result is more tactical and less strategic — still a fun game, but with a somewhat more level playing field for the new player.
Teenagers welcome.
10:30 – 11:30

A Discussion of Hats – Mistress Cynthia du Pre Argent
Methods of construction of the hats I have, things I would do differently, ideas of how similar hats were made in period, things definitely not to do, modern use of materials that were never supposed to be used for hats but work really well, general discussion among participants. I plan to bring some books and my smartphone so we can look at medieval pictures.
3:00 – 4:00

Family Friendly Fiber Circle – Lady Tola knitýr
Bring your spindles, looms, and needles for a relaxed learning and sharing atmosphere. A limited number of drop spindles will be available to borrow for those who don’t have their own. An enclosed play area will be provided for the littlest SCAdians, adults must supervise their own children at all times.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
Ongoing throughout the day

Feasting the Masses: A Practical Approach – Baroness Anastasia Guta
Perhaps you are interested in making medieval food, but never quite knew where to start. Perhaps you are interested in the camaraderie of working in an SCA kitchen but never quite got up the courage to walk in the door. I, Baroness Anastasia Guta, Kitchener for Maker’s Faire, invite you into my kitchen. At 10:30 am I will be holding a half-hour meeting in the kitchen to review the plan for the day. Then, all day, we will cook! If you would like to cook with us, please come in, at any time, and ask for Anastasia.
All volunteers are required to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and comply with all health and safety requests.
Teenagers welcome. Parents are also welcome to supervise their younger children, but there may not be appropriate work for children all day. Please check in early if you and your child would like to cook together.
10:30 – 11:00, and then ongoing throughout the day.

Fencing for the Non-Fencer – Don Donovan Shinnock
You don’t fence, but you want to be able to watch people using rapiers and know a little bit about what you’re seeing? Want to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing? Maybe even get a quick introduction to see if this is a thing you want to do? This is the class for you.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
12:30 – 1:30

Fingerloop Braiding – Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen
Learn a period cordmaking method used to make purse strings, clothing lacing, trim, and more! You can also use them for SCA medallion cords or favors. If you already know how, learn a new pattern, or bring a friend and learn a two-person braid.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
Materials fee: $1 per braid per braider
12:00 – 2:00

Glass Bead Making – Mistress Elinor Strangewayes
Learn to make glass beads in a hands-on session using modern equipment. See strangewayes.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/getting-started-in-lampworking for a detailed description of the tools being used.
Teenagers welcome with adult accompaniment.
Materials fee: $2/bead
10:30 – 12:00

Glass Bead Making 101 – Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell, Lady Molly Baker, Don Owynn Greenwood, and Lady Charity Dale
Come learn the basics of glass bead making. We will talk about tools, safety, handling glass, and how to put together an inexpensive starter kit. Should time allow, we will give participants instruction at the torch. Please do not wear loose flowing clothing and if you have long hair please tie it back.
All ages welcome to watch.
Teenagers welcome to participate with adult accompaniment.
Materials fee: Optional donation
1:00 – 4:00

Heraldic Consulting Table – Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
Heralds will be available select, document and submit a medieval name and coat of arms. People interested in learning heraldry (of any age) are welcome to come help.
No materials fee. A filing fee of $8.00 if you wish to submit for registration.
11:00 – 4:00

How to Correct Calligraphy Mistakes (Scraping Ink Off of Paper) – Mistress Eva Woderose
Hands-on class on how to scrape ink off of
paper. Some short discussion of other ways to correct mistakes.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
1:30 – 2:30

How to Run a Successful Day Board For Your Local Event – Zsuzsana the Magyar
Class will cover food safety rules and guidelines, budgeting, to what to serve for what type of event, set up and take down and what equipment is needed. Must wear clothing appropriate for kitchen work, no open toe shoes, long hair secured (both male/female). A small notebook and pen to take notes are suggested.
Adults only, please.
Limit 6 participants.
Materials fee: $2
10:30 – 11:30

How To Tell A Story – Sir Michael of York
This is a beginners introduction into how to tell a story. That will then be followed by an open discussion (and maybe a few stories). That is, if you’ve got an idea and want to turn it into a story, this class will help you get it going! Beginners and Experts alike are invited to come and share insights into how a story “works”.
Teenagers welcome.
2:00 – 3:00

How to Watch Heavy Weapons for the Non-Fighter – Jarl Thorson
Ever watched Crown (or any other tourney) and been horribly confused why when one man is tapped on the shoulder he falls down dead while the other guy was bashed in the head and stumbled stayed up? Then come ask Thorson and receive a surprisingly politically correct answer! Yes, this is the class that explains the oddities of watching fighting to the folks who don’t fight.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
11:30 – 12:30

Inkle Weaving Basics – Mistress Anne of Framingham
Learn elementary pattern drafting, techniques for speed warping your loom, and the mechanics of inkle weaving. There will be two looms to play with and practice on, but if you have an inkle loom and appropriate thread for weaving, please feel free to bring them.
Teenagers welcome.
Limit 6 participants.
2:00 – 3:30

Introduction to Blackwork Embroidery – Lady Albreda Aylese
The basics of this mid-late period technique involve following a line with running stitch, then following it again with a second line of running stitch, playing dot to dot. Actually, no, it is even easier than that. Really.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
Materials fee: none, but small donations graciously accepted.
3:00 – 4:00

Introduction to Calligraphy – Lady Altani Khatagidai
Come learn the basics of medieval calligraphy, from general technique to individual scripts to how to calligraph for scrolls. Hands-on class; materials and references will be provided.
3:00 – 4:00

Introduction to Cloisonne Enameling – Baintighearna Ruadhnait inghean Ruaidhri
Cloisonne enameling is a form of jewelry embellishment that dates from the 13th century BC, which is most commonly found in the areas immediately adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea, although pieces manufactured in these areas can be found as far afield as Great Britain and Scandinavia. In this class all participants will design and fabricate an enameled pendent, which is theirs to keep at the end of the class. No prior jewelry making experience is required. The instructor asks that participants follow basic fire craft safety rules (i.e. natural fiber clothing, any hanging parts of clothing should be pinned back, etc.).
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
Limit 12 participants.
Materials fee: $5
1:00 – 4:00

Introduction to Trichinoply – Lord GunDormr Dengir
An introduction to viking-style wire weaving for jewelry. We’ll learn with copper wire and work through all the steps in the process, hopefully ending with at least a few inches of finished product.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
10:30 – 11:00

Learn to Make Waraji Sandals – Lucrezia Franceschina Andreini
Waraji are rope field sandals seen in Japan & Korea for hundreds of years. Using rope and a board with some nails, they are remarkably simple to make.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
Materials fee: $3
10:30 – 11:30

Math for Garb – Baroness Cassandra Grey of Lochleven
How to convert a person’s measurements into garb that fits. This will focus mostly on earlier styles – basic gored tunics and gowns, viking-style coats – but the same math can be used for late-period shirts and shifts as well.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
1:30 – 2:30

Performing 101
In this class we will discuss choosing material, resources, performance techniques, and handling stage fright. Focus is on the Bardic Arts in the SCA.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
1:00 – 2:00

Pewter Casting – Mistress Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea
Bring an idea for a motif that you will turn into a pendant. Students will learn about period casting techniques and will carve their own soapstone mold. By the end of the class you will have a mold that works and 2 pendants cast from your own mold!
Youth welcome with close parental supervision.
Materials fee: $10
10:30 – 12:30

Sheep to Shawl, The Medieval Way – Emengar la fileresse (Creiddylad)
Match your fiber technique to your persona. We will discuss what fiber animals and what techniques – prep, spinning, dyeing, cloth production – fit at different locations and points in the period timeline. I will have tools for demo and/or testing as well as examples of breeds and production. Bring your persona and share any work you have.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
3:00 – 4:00

Silk Banner Making – Sir Antonio Patrasso
Students will learn the basics of silkpainting with dye and permanent resist. Students will have the opportunity to make a small sample piece with provided materials.
Teenagers welcome.
Materials fee: $3 (optional)
10:30 – 11:30

Speaking Shakespeare’s Verse – Mistress Catrin o’r Rhyd For and Baron Fergus MacRae
What’s the big deal about Shakespeare’s verse and how it’s spoken? We’ll discuss what Shakespeare was trying to tell us by how he wrote the verse, and then the class can experiment speaking it.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
10:30 – 11:30

Spinning Wheel Workshop and Great Wheel Demo – Hugh Tauerner
I’m offering to help people with any problems they may have with their spinning wheels, tuneups etc. Additionally, I’ll bring my great wheel and 2 modern wheels and a bunch of fiber to spin and people who’ve wanted to try out spinning on a wheel can play.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
11:00 – 3:00

Tarocchi, or What They Actually Used a Tarot Deck For – Justin du Coeur
The notion that the Tarot is mainly used for divination didn’t come about until the 18th century. Before then, it was a deck of cards, used for gaming like any other. This class will teach Basic 16th c. French Tarot, a good four-player trick-taking card game.
Teenagers welcome.
2:30 – 3:30

Viking Whipcording – Lady Rosina von Schaffhausen
Learn an easy, fast, period method of cordmaking that is also a great way to spend time with a friend. It can be done by one person working alone, but it’s best with two.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
Materials fee: $1 per cord, optional
12:00 – 2:00

What To Do With Trichinoply – Lord GunDormr Dengir
So you’ve got this lovely length of trichinoply, but it’s not yet useful for anything. This class will teach you how to turn it into a finished product. Note, there will be some sample pieces to work with, but students bringing their own is ideal. Suggested follow-up to Introduction to Trichinoply or for those who have done trichinoply in the past.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
Materials fee: $5
12:00 – 12:30

Woodcarving – Mistress Xandra Rozina Xiberras Galea
Chip carving, wood cutting. Come learn basic techniques and decorate a plaque or box.
Youth welcome with close parental supervision.
Materials fee: $5
1:30 – 2:30

Woven Buttons – Lady Toi Poisson de Mortagne
Participants will learn how to make a 16th century thread wrapped wood core button typically found on clothing from this period. It’s a fun and inexpensive way to add bling to your late period garb.
Children welcome with adult accompaniment.
12:00 – 1:00

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