Bone & Pewter Paternoster

Bone and Pewter Paternoster

From my earliest days in the SCA, I have always loved Paternosters. There is just something beautiful and soothing about the beads; patterns and symmetry… I am always surprised by how under-represented these special items are in the society.

I acquired the bone beads to construct this Paternoster some time ago. This summer, I found the perfect pewter cross while at Pennsic – from none other than Billy & Charlie’s.

This is my new favorite thing.
~ Cristiana

Gerald is a Grey Goose

This last weekend brought a lovely cool winter day for Glymm Mere’s Yule Feast. Gerald and I were excited to enjoy a beautiful day with so many of our friends. Although when we left Huntington House that morning, we could not have imagined what a special day lay before us.

Gerald was called into Royal Court to receive his medallions for the top Thrown Weapons scores in An Tir for 2011. He had not expected to receive these and found himself caught off-guard, which was the perfect time to surprise him. Needless to say, he was astonished when The Crown asked him to kneel as the Royal Herald called the members of the Order of the Grey Goose Shaft.

This order has traditionally invited new members for their excellence in archery, but Gerald’s skills are found in the area of Thrown Weapons. That they have chosen to include him in their numbers, is a great honor.

Listening to our dearest friends speak on his behalf brought tears to Gerald’s eyes. (I had the perfect view of this.) The stunning 14th century style scroll that was presented to him, featuring images of our family, brought tears to mine.

What a wonderful honor for Gerald and an amazing surprise pulled off by some really phenomenal people. We are humbled by it all.

~ Cristiana

…Special Note – this brilliant scroll was designed and made by someone we don’t even know, Rowan Beckett Grigsby. What a gift!

Our Year in Review

Family de Huntington made it to a lot of events this year.  🙂 Our year in review:

  1. Twelfth Night
  2. Ursulmas
  3. Stromgard Founding Revel
  4. Fire Mountain Keep’s Carnivale Fest & Masquerade Ball
  5. Kingdom A&S/Kingdom Bardic
  6. War in the Oasis
  7. Dragon’s Laire’s Spring Grand Ithra
  8. Glymm Mere Serjeantry Trials and A&S Championship
  9. Irish Feast
  10. Art of War
  11. Mayfaire
  12. May Crown
  13. Grand Thing
  14. June Faire
  15. Honey War
  16. River’s Bend Defender’s Tournament & War
  17. An Tir/West War
  18. July Coronation
  19. Stormgods
  20. Autumn War
  21. Dragon’s Mist Defender’s Tournament
  22. William Tell
  23. September Crown
  24. Much Ado About Nothing – Glymm Mere
  25. Fall Crown Council
  26. Autumn Gathering
  27. Yule Feast – Glymm Mere
  28. Yule Feast – Stromgard

What an amazing year we’ve had the chance to experience. Thank you to each of these branches for showing us their hospitality. An Tir!
~ Cristiana

Apprenticing at September Crown

For Family de Huntington, September Crown was an amazing event.  We had the opportunity to spend the weekend with so many of our friends.  This culminated in an awesome experience for me – the chance to apprentice to Maitresse Elisabeth de Besancon.  There was a simple ceremony in our encampment and then we indented our contract as a complementary document.  This was a genuine honor for me and I look forward to all that I can learn working with Elisa.

~ Cristiana

  

Our year so far…

Family de Huntington has been busy during the first half of 2010, having attended:

  1. Twelfth Night
  2. Ursulmas
  3. Stromgard Founding Revel
  4. Fire Mountain Keep’s Carnivale Fest & Masquerade Ball
  5. Kingdom A&S/Kingdom Bardic
  6. War in the Oasis
  7. Dragon’s Laire’s Spring Grand Ithra
  8. Glymm Mere Serjeantry Trials and A&S Championship
  9. Irish Feast
  10. Art of War
  11. Mayfaire
  12. May Crown
  13. Grand Thing
  14. June Faire
  15. Honey War
  16. River’s Bend Defender’s Tournament & War
  17. An Tir/West War
  18.  

No wonder it feels like things have been a little hectic lately.  🙂
~ Cristiana
 

 

Red Houppelande

This red velvet houppelande was my big project this last fall. I love this style of gown and started looking into the time span of the houppe. Fortunately, I found documentation of houppelandes dating back prior to our time period of 1371.

After collecting fabric and looking at multiple patterning ideas, I finally settled on each of the elements in this gown. Having never worked with velvet or fur, I was challenged from the start. From cutting to sewing, this was complicated.

I worked many hours per day all through winter break, and in the end finished just before 12th Night. It was such a relief to be done. 🙂

Accademia dei Studiosi

Chartering of Accademia dei Studiosi

This year was the first time that I had attended July Coronation. I was extremely honored to be invested as the Dean of the Northern River’s Region of the newly chartered Accademia dei Studiosi. Many people worked hard to bring this new educational institution into being, and it will be exciting to be a part of its beginning.

~ Cristiana

An Tir/West War

 Gerald, Godric, & Ragnar

This was an incredible event.  All the fighting you could want in weather that didn’t fry you in the process.  I have no idea who “won” the war and it doesn’t matter.  I enjoyed spending time with my family watching our girls play “boffer” with the kids camped next to us.  I also enjoyed spending time with  Godric and Kara, the Baron and Baronness of Glymm Mere, and Ragnar, Godric’s squire.  We spent many hours gathered around the fire at night talking and getting to know each other better.

I also owe Ragnar a thank you for teaching me how to light a fire using flint and steel.  I only cut one knuckle in the process and it has healed nicely since then.

~ Gerald

Defender’s Tournament & War

Gerald Fights in Defender's Tournament

This was a great year for the Shire of River’sMirella de HuntingtonBend Defender’s Tournament and War. Spread over 4 days, there was warm weather, delicious food, and plenty of fighting. Gerald was able to fight in the Defender’s Tournament, while Mirella took part in Dame Arwen’s Juggling class.

Elyscia de Fairford camped next to us with her beautiful new round tent. There was a small issue with her new tent polls, but luckily she was able to work things out for the event.

~ Cristiana

Honey War

Water War

Honey War was Family de Huntington’s first camping event of the year and what a thrilling adventure it was. This was also our first event camping with our new medieval tent. We camped with the Company of Saint Ulrich and were thus fortunate to have had many friends to help us determine the best method of raising this tent.

Elysia de Fairford camped with us, using our modern, though very plain, kitchen tent as her home away from home. This was exciting as it was her first SCA camping event and her first event camping as an adult.

Our goal for the summer tournament/war season is to have one new item in our encampment each time we camp. At Honey War our new item was the tent – and the tent inner red walls, which were hemmed, but pinned at the top to check them for length.

Molly Watches the War

Molly Watches the War

Mirella Sleeps Through Court

Mirella Sleeps Through Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The girls had great fun at the Water War and playing with their new boffers. Gerald had great fun throwing his spear and fighting in the war.

~ Cristiana

My two favorite memories of this event were when the bees, real honey bees, swarmed onto the war field and all of us fighter types let them have it and when Baron Aleksii suggested that people bring him bottles of Mead and he, with the help of a few chosen friends, would choose a winner of a mead making contest.  Now that was smooth, Baron!

~ Gerald

Gerald de Huntington