Curia Minutes 2016-09

Barony of Madrone

Curia Minutes for

September 12, 2016


Call to Order: 7:06 pm


B&B Welcome (Baron Stefan of Pembroke/Baroness Emmelina de Coventry)

  • No baronial members received any awards at Court
  • However, Master Leith was put on Vigil.
  • Very sad to be sitting in Their last Curia. It’s been an amazing three years. Baron Stefan says he has learned a lot from new friends and family. Being Baron of Madrone is the greatest thing I’ve done in my 30 plus years in the SCA.
  • Thank you to all of you here in this room. You have been a major part of our journey this last three years. You have helped us grow, and we will miss it.
  • The Barony is going into great hands. We are excited about that. Don’t plan on us disappearing after we step down.


Seneschal Welcome and Report (HL Gera Gangolffin)

  • Last business meeting with TE
  • On line polling: thank you. 185 registered members in the barony, 69 people responded on line. Once you subtract the children from those numbers, we ended up with a 40% response rate. There were some glitches on the back end in terms of data export for Their Majesties, but HRM was able to work through that.
  • Suggestion/Question related to Emprise. We have talked about selling the old pavilion—do we want to set it up and make it clear it’s for sale? Post it before hand and hope someone buys it.
  • Karrel mentions that it will need to be transported from storage. We do need to show potential buyers that it IS functional, and allow for photographs.
    • 6’and 7’poles, ridge pole breaks into two. Nothing longer than 7 feet.
    • Sara Pixie can transport poles (she needs to come down from Snohomish anyway). Volunteers to bring the poles; will coordinate with Sgt. Karrel to make the old pavilion arrive on site before Friday night.
  • Branch Officer meeting in Vulkanfeldt on October 22. No charge, if anyone is interested in attending.
  • Bunstable

Not addressed at this meeting.


Exchequer Report (HL Emma la Rousse de la Argentan)



            Checking:                    $   3,832.90

            Money Market:           $ 15,034.55


Enzio gave $242 tonight from the fighter donations. Huzzah!

Pass-the-Hat yielded $56.



Close out


  • 8/13/16: Madrone Masters’ Tournament (Lord Cesare Carravagio)
    • Event went well!
    • It was hot, one fighter retired due to the heat. 13 fighters.
      • Has been captured in the Marshal report.
    • We had court, we had dancing, we had a tournament.
    • 38 sign-ins for a day demo, not a bad number!
    • Sold out of all $20 meal tickets for a total of $100 for $40 profit
    • $70 donations for tournament
    • $70 general donations
    • $247 total less costs of goods sold. So, $180 profit for the event!!!
    • Lots of interest from the public. Lots of people coming over to talk to us and find out what we were doing.
    • People LOVED the food provided by Megara.
    • All borrowed equipment was returned without issue.


In Process

  • 9/23-25/16: Emprise of the Black Lion (Master Guillaume Garrigues/Baroness Alianora Greymoor)
    • 21 horses are preregistered (as of today)
    • Crown is coming. Royalty from Glenn Abhan is coming.
    • Friday prior to the Emprise is the big set up day. Please come out and help if you can. Set up will begin at 4pm.
    • We will have several pavilions on site.
    • Two baronial changeovers and royal court will be happening.
    • Investiture party Saturday night.
    • Wyewood is also coming in on that celebration.
    • Last month, requested $300 for purchase of balsa wood jousting tips to further enhance the ambiance and presence of the Emprise.
      • This being the second meeting, Alianor reaffirms that request.
      • Anticipated enhanced attendance will make up for that extra $300.
      • Curia members present approve these funds.
    • Sara the Brave posting, looking for people to sit shifts at Gate. Standard Madrone envelope system.
    • Alianora also requests seed money for Gate for the event.
    • Guiallaume hands out the last of the Emprise cards to hand out tonight.
    • NOT A CAMPING EVENT. There will be shade pavilions available on the field for your enjoyment.
    • Will get going relatively early Saturday morning. Be ready! Equestrian processional at 10am!
    • Gate will open at 9am.
    • How can you get involved?
      • Do you know any musicians? Invite them! Bring them! Have them come play!
      • If you know someone who is relatively good at drawing attention to themselves, they can put that skill to work at the Emprise! Please encourage those people to volunteer as a personal Herald for both the processional and the Games! Harness that skill for Good!
      • On Sunday, there is a bit more fun to be had! Equestrian challenge tournament known as the Noblesse Oblige Tourney will be held!
      • Archery will be had on Saturday and Sunday (until 4pm on Sunday!!!)
      • Pas d’Armes to be held on Saturday. See Sir Athos for more information on format.


  • 10/1/16: A Day in the Park with Sven
    • Please come! Play! A&S, Equestrian display, please bring your stuff to show.
    • Need fighters as well, both rapier and heavy. Would love to do YAC if there is the opportunity. Sarah Pixie says yes, this will happen.
    • In Marymoor Park in the big open field next to the climbing rock.


  • 5/19-21/17: May Crown 2017 (Baron Stephen des Jardin, HL Gera Gangolffin)
    • Potential trip to look at site October 16 (Sunday). Anyone who would like to go along is welcome, please let Stephen or Gera know.
    • Land Steward is a need! If you wish to do this job, please speak with Stephen or Gera.
    • Kickoff planning meeting September 22 at Gera’s house, 7pm.


  • Baronial A&S
    • Karrel put in the first rough bid last month; still waiting on information regarding insurance requirements and then will put in a second bid.
    • Also need a date with the church, waiting to hear back from them.
    • Dinner will be German, as early period as we can make it.




  • Baronial Banquet
    • Luaithrend Submitting bid tonight; date 04/01/2017, location Scottish Rite.
    • We have much conversation about the cost of this event. We all agree that the event is worth the money, we just need to market this right.
    • Discussion about pushing Feast Fee to $20 and drop site fee to $10.
    • Need to know how many children we anticipate. Sara the Brave will touch base with Luaithrend on that.
    • Cesare would perhaps like to run a chess tourney?


  • Kingdom A&S 2018
    • HL Luaithrend has reached out to potential sites and is waiting for more information.
    • HL Gera has sent requests to Aquaterra and Wyewood regarding the possibility of using sites in their lands
    • Event Bid to be presented to Curia in October; on track for presentation to Kingdom by 12th


  • Bernard and Rafael would like to discuss a potential event.
    • War Tavern?
    • $350 – $1050 rental fees. What is that range about?
    • If we use the big dining facility, $7 per person. If we don’t that cuts that out. That would be $700 a person.
    • If we do that and we rent the entire facility, that’s $10.50 per person.
    • Dates of either the 1st or 2nd weekend of December at this point. Is the council interested in looking at that? Those weekends conflict with Yule events at neighboring baronies.
    • Looking at this as a Winter Event. If we just do the smaller hall, not the dining hall, $350 Saturday day, Saturday, leave Sunday morning.
      • Sleeping facilities on site for Saturday night.
    • Suggestion comes in not to compete with another Baronial event.
    • We will come back with better dates next month, probably later dates.
    • Goal: inexpensive event to make money. Something in the winter, something on our own lands. Perhaps between 12th Night and Ursulmas? The Council agrees this event is a good idea, and that these dates may work.


Old Business

None to discuss.


New Business

None to discuss.




New officers:

  • None this month.


Officer positions accepting applications:

  • Deputy to Chatelaine: Gold Key
  • Deputy to Chatelaine: Demo Coordinator
  • Family Activities Coordinator
  • Thrown Weapons Marshal (as well as a site for Thrown Weapons)


Appendix: Reports from Guilds, Officers, Subgroups


Costumers (Acting)(Lady Juana al Rumiya – the Christian)

            No written report this month

Culinary (Mistress Ysolt of Wind Hill)

            No written report this month

Dance (Master Trahearn)

            No written report this month

Equestrian (Lord Bernard of York)

            No written report this month

Pewter (Master Sean O’Conner)

            No written report this month

Archery (Mistress Shadhra Aliya) (Inactive)

            No written report this month

Arts & Sciences (6/17) (HE Aeron Corrino)

Little to report on arts front. Guilds seem to be humming along productively in anticipation of respective upcoming events, they have not been carousing in the town square or fighting one another for dominance so no one appears to be in need of being put in the stocks. All eyes and hands seem to be bent on various labors in prep for Emprise. Your slightly green-gilled Arts And Sciences Officer


Armored Combat Marshal (7/18) (Sir Athos Belisarios)

            No written report this month

Chamberlain (4/17) (HL Karrel der Ertmundigender)

            No written report this month

Chatelaine (6/16) (Baroness Bergdis Thorgrimsdottir)

Chatelaine for the Barony of Madrone

Chronicler (8/18) (Nicklouβ Volkheart)

  • Settling in and getting ideas.
  • “Loyally, Luaithrend” and “Traitorously, Phillip” have taken off.
  • Vox Populi is also a new cool feature on the Madrone Leaf. Please spread the word and get content in to Nick.
  • Working on getting the news side up and running as well.


Family Activities Coordinator (vacant)

Herald (6/18)(HL Anne-Rose Smythe)

            No written report this month

Lists (2/18) (Luaithrend inghean Uilliam)

September 2016 Report from the Minister of Lists:

Madrone Masters:
HL Cesare ran a wonderful tournament at the Madrone Masters event in August. We had 13 fighters and ran a round robin tournament. Eoghan O’Brien was the victor!


HL (soon to be Baroness) Alessandra will be running Lists for the Equestrian portion of the day. HL Gera will assist.  HL Luaithrend will run Lists for the second portion of the Pas, as outlined by Sir Athos in his recent email.

Finally, I have stepped into a new position as Martial Authorizations Officer for the Kingdom. I do not foresee this position having any impact on my ability to fulfill the duties of Minister of Lists for Madrone.

In service always,

I remain,


Rapier (7/18) (Gallant Katryne MacKim)

Greetings all,

Rapier continues in the sunny weather of summer.  Monday and Wednesday practices are well attended.

No injuries or  weapons failures.

We had an inquiry from some folks who are working on production of Hamlet, unfortunately in Los Angles.  The Monday night fighters were wonderful in helping them out.

Yis, kate MacKim

Scribe (7/18) (HL Madelena al Vieri)

            No written report this month

Thrown Weapons – (HL Klaufi Hafrsson)

Thrown Weapons Report

Period of reporting: August 1 – August 31
Thrown weapons practices continued on Wednesdays from 5:30 until dark

All loaner gear and targets are currently in good repair.
Average attendance is 6 throwers per practice


No new marshal promotions for this period.

No new throwers this period.

No incidents to report.

No update on possible Thrown Weapons Championship
On Tuesday following September Crown, I was informed by the Kingdom Earl Marshal that the warrant for my office was expired and that I needed to step down immediately.

This I have done. All Baronial property has been turned over to Nathanael Lekarev (mka Phil Cohen).

However Nethanael is unable to move or store the target stands, target rounds, cardboard, dart stand, dart target, hay bales and hay bale crèche. These can remain until the Barony appoints a new Thrown Weapons officer, declares the office vacant, or March 1st 2017 (beginning of new season) whichever comes first.

Practices have been cancelled for the remainder of the season.

The office of Thrown Weapons marshal is now vacated, it has been my pleasure serving Madrone in this capacity.


Yours in service,

Klaufi Hafrsonn

Outgoing Thrown Weapons Marshal


Webster (8/16) (Lady Alicia du Bois)

I continue to receive feedback and suggestions for our Baronial Website. This is wonderful and I welcome more!

If you would like assistance with adding the Baronial Calendar to your mobile device or laptop, please let me know!

What happened in August:

Baronial Website Project:
– I received some feedback about links or other errata within the pages and I appreciate it very much! If you find anything else that gives an error page or if something is missing or incorrect, please let me know at
– I have started adding past champion information. There is a form on the past champions page so that if you know information that can fill in any gaps you can let us know.

– I have started going through our records of awards conferred and reconciling them with the OP. This will be a multi-month process to bring everything up to date. Thank you in advance for your patience.

– Installed a secret test copy of wordpress in a hidden corner of the Internet to start creating a new design for the Baronial Website


Baronial Online Polling:

– Regained control of the Baronial SurveyMonkey account and cancelled our premium monthly subscription (required for Baronial Polling Process)
Website Maintenance:
– updated officer information on website
– changed email forwarders to reflect officer changes

– added new sections to the website: “Loyally Luaithrend” and “Traitorously Phillip” and “Vox Populi”

– reorganized the website home page to better accommodate the above news sections


My warrant is up for renewal in August. If you are interested in taking on the position of Webster, please contact me. I’d be happy to work with a deputy and now would be a great time because we are starting the redesign of the website. If no one is interested in taking over the job now, I am willing to serve another term.

Respectfully submitted,

Lady Alicia du Bois

Webster of Madrone


Youth Armored Combat Marshal (Lady Sara Pixie)

I hosted some practices, Kids came. No kids were hurt. The kids helped me make some swords.

We had a tournament at Autumn war and at Aquaterra champions. Practice continues on the 1st and 4th Monday each month at Kappa.

Sarah Pixie

Canton of Porte de l’Eau (9/16)(Baroness Aleksandra Lavrovna)

Looking at hosting Kingdom Heraldic and Scribal Symposium. Hunting for sites. This is exciting! Spring Crown Council Meeting weekend.