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The Thirty-first Year

Collegium Occidentalis

October 19-20, 1996 (AS XXXI)

Foothill Farms Junior High School,
Sacramento, CA

From The Page (September, 1996):

Collegium Occidentalis will be holding its fall session in Cynagua, on October 19 and 20. At this time, the site is still being negotiated, but Golden Rivers (Sacramento) is the probable location. Following is a sample of classes that are being offered to educate and amuse all those who attend.

Earl Brion Thornbird will lead a series of Martial classes, including; Swordsmanship for new Combatants (part II); Intermediate Swordsmanship; Chivalry on the field; Tournament armour of the 15th century; How to make a period gambeson; Fighting in the Pas d'Armes; Roundtable discussion of chivalry; Shield painting workshop; and a "Jeopardy"-style game concerning Knighthood, Chivalry & Tournaments.

Master Duncan Saxthorpe will hold forth on a favorite topic of the populace; Beer! He will discuss both the history and how to recreate medieval brews.

Master Geoffrey Mathias, shoe maker extraordinaire, will lead a small group through the mysteries of shoe making, and will also teach an intermediate 16th century dance class.

Mistress Tangwyst ferch Morgant offers a class on 13th century gloves, wherein one will develop a personal pattern. She will also present "How to do Research and Documentation."

As food is always a popular topic and feast season is fast approaching, Viscountess Krysta of Starfall will teach "Confectionry in the Middle Ages". Mistress Anastasia Ivanovna will lead "Pouders; an experimentation" - hands on class. Mistress Sabrina Goldbender presents: "Tourney Cooking, or, Not Cheese and Sausage again!" Mistress Siobhann Maebhe O'Roarke offers "Picnics and Potlucks: Basic training for new medieval cooks" and "Basic Kitchen health and safety." "Serving a feast - history and methods, and how to translate that to an SCA feast"; by Viscountess Gwenlian Rhianon rounds out the food and feasting track.

Continuing in his popular Scotland series. Sir Colin de Bray will speak on "Robert the Bruce; What a Stud." He will also hold forth on "Castles of God; Great Christian Architecture" (slide show). Other history classes include "Spain of the Three Faiths" (the Reconquista) by Sir John Theopholis and "Medieval Angels" taught by Sir Gareth of Crawford.

Mistress Aldith Angharad St. George will bring her traveling scribe show, offering such courses as: Introduction to the Scribes, Write Your Name, SCA Correspondance, Basic Scroll Layout, Illumination, Tools and Materials in Period, and the popular Sunday Scriptorium.

Viscountess Ascelin Meere of Ravenslock will teach both a beginning and an intermediate class in Cardweaving. Lady Ceinwen ferch Belyn will continue the fiber track with a beginning and intermediate Inkle Loom class.

Overcome performance anxiety with Lady Branwen ferch Emrys' class, "How to Write Period Poetry in Thirty Minutes" and Mistress Siobhann ni hEodheusa "Introduction to Playing the Bodhran".

A more complete schedule will appear in the October Page. Page School should be present with classes and amusements for the younger set. Handouts will be available at October Crown.

For more information, please contact the Chancellor: Mistress Ceridwen MacAoudhegain preferably via email (contact info omitted).


From The Page (October, 1996):

Collegium Occidentalis will once more hold its fall session in central Cynagua. The site is Foothill Farms Junior High School, (address omitted), Sacramento. (This is where Malcolm MacPherson teaches!) Since this is a public school, it is a dry site. If anyone is found drinking we will ask them to leave. There is a Motel 6 near the site. Crash space might be available, with plenty of advance warning!

Autocrat: Ceridwen MacAodhegaln (contact info omitted).

Directions: omitted.

Page School will be in session, with classes on Saturday only.

The following is a preliminary list of classes. A schedule with more detailed descriptions will be available at October Crown and, of course, at Collegium. Please note that there is no scheduled lunch period - you will have to fit it in somehow! If you have any questions, please contact the autocrat

(class list omitted)


Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.


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