The Schedule for Winter Arts


We have a  schedule for the day for Winter Arts! This schedule, as always, is subject to change and we will adjust it for activities as they change.  For any questions, please contact

Schedule of the day:

8:00 am- Doors open
8:30 am- Open for set-up: Competitor and Display set up is open
10:00 am- Opening Court and Welcome to Winter Arts
11:00 am- Opening performances and Morning Classes open
12:00 am- Dancing- Performance by European Dance Guild, followed by Open Populace Dancing; Sausage Competition

1:00 pm- Lunch provided by Don Avenel- $8
2:00-3:30 pm- Bardic Competition and Afternoon Classes
3:30 pm- Court
5:00 pm- Off site

Lunch (There will be 50 lunches available; cost is $8)

cold peas in vinaigrette
cold asparagus tips in orange vinaigrette

vegan Chickpea soup
chicken and fennel soup

cheese stuffed beef roulades
turkey and currant meatballs
baked eggplant with herbs and garlic
fried crookneck squash with hazelnut basil sauce

raisin custard tarts
pumpkin ricotta tarts
vegan and gluten free apple, almond, and pine nut tarts

Happening during the event:

**Our yearly fundraiser! We are accepting donations for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. For a wish list, please visit We are having a friendly little competition to see if the Cat People or Dog People are more generous! The most donations for Cats or Dogs, will have an extra bag of food donated to their respective species!

**It’s time to turn in the very last design for the Calafia Scrapbook Quilt Competition! There will be a display of all of the past winners and the populace will be able to vote on the last piece, picked up at Leif Erickson, before they are all whisked away to become a beautiful quilt.

**The Provisioner’s Guild is hosting a Sausage Competition!

The details are as follows:

There will be a sausage competition at Winter Arts on Dec. 5th, hosted by the Provisioners guild. If you are interested in competing, please bring 3 to 4 links or patties along with your recipe to the event and sign up with Christoffer Decshel (I’ll mostly be in or near the kitchen). The “lysts” will close 15 minutes after the opening announcements. When you sign up, you will be told when you will be alloted space to prepare your entry. There is only one entry allowed per person. There are no requirements as far as size, casing, or variety. Your goal is simply to put your best sausage forward.

Your judges are Baron Guy (Michael Bilderback) , Parlane of Glenord (Maxwell Adam Diamond), and a mystery judge recruited by the Baron (honestly, I just forgot who it was).

Classes will be held at Winter Arts!



Current class list:


11:00 am-12:00 pm- Lady Ariana Verch Gwenllian- Heraldric Display

 The class is on heraldic display (banners and beyond). This will be a visual presentation with handouts and is open to all. Free to attend.


11:00 am-12:00 pm- Lady Agnes Wurtman- Viking Wire Weaving

Learn how to make a wire jewelry-making technique used to weave sculptural chains from fine-gauge metal wire. Viking or Norse wire weaving (also called trichinopoly), as suggested by the name, dates back to the Viking era.

Materials provided, optional donation to cover costs. Children must have adult supervision (because sharp ends, sharp tools). Limited enrollment; contact to reserve a place.


11:00 am-1:00 pm- THLady Gemma Evangelista Borgia- Candlemaking

 Learn a brief history of medieval candle making and how to make a candle from beeswax. Students must be aware that we will be working with hot wax and open flame. Wear clothes appropriate to working with hot wax (e.g., no flowing sleeves or open-toed shoes.) If a student would like to try and use wool, linen, or silk wicking, they may bring their own and try it. Instructor will provide wick, sticks, beeswax, heat, and containers for wax. Students should bring protective eyewear and gloves. Class fee is $2 for the kit. Ages 18 and up. 10 students maximum.


11:00 am-1:00 pm- THLord Sheridan Ui Neill- “Life of a Roman soldier in the late 1st early 2nd C AD”. also : “A Roman medicus.”

Both as open discussions .


11:00 am-12:00 pm- THLord Ketill rauðskeggr- Learning the Lucet

 This class will focus on making a single strand cord.  String will be provided, and there will be about 5 lucets to loan.  If you have your own lucet, feel free to bring it.  If you have a particular project, plan on having 12 inches of string for each inch of finished cord you want to make.  For those who are already familiar with a single strand cord, once people are up and running I will show you how to make a cord with two strands/colours.   If someone owns a double lucet, I can teach that as well. (I only have two, and one will be on display.)


12:00-1:00 pm- Lady Siobhan Chantoiseau- Spinning on a Drop Spindle

Learn the age old art of making yarn.  Come try your hand at spinning on a drop spindle.  Everything provided by instructor.  No fee. Ages 10 and up.


2:00- 3:00 pm THLord Curteis FitzOsbern- Rope Walk/Demo
Learn how to make rope!    

Arts and Sciences String Solar at Calafia Anniversary

The Barony of Calafia’s Arts and Sciences Point will be at Calafia Anniversary! We are inviting the Populace to come join us under the shade, as Lady Grainne and I are hosting a String Solar during the event! Bring your weaving, your embroidery, your Kumihimo, and all other sundry string-based crafts and join us. We will be there all day! It isn’t necessary to have a project to join us, but if you would like to participate, and do not have a project, never fear! We will have some muslin, pre-printed embroidery pieces, cross-stitch patterns, needle, and thread for anyone interested.

For those who were unable to make it to Leif Erickson, but would still like to participate in very last installment for the Scrapbook Quilt competition, we have the design available for pick up. The Leif Erickson piece will be due at Winter Arts and we will vote on the last finished designs to go into the Scrapbook Quilt. After that, all of the winning quilt pieces will be put together to be raffled off at Potrero War 2016.

Looking forward to the lovely day tomorrow!

Lady Euginia in rauða
MOAS, Barony of Calafia

Lady Grainne Ingen Tomais​
Deputy MOAS, Barony of Calafia

Winter Arts is coming, December 5th, 2015


bodl_douce93_roll163b_frame14b Greetings, good Gentles. Barony of Calafia’s Winter Arts is coming, December 5, 2015. Winter Arts is a wonderful opportunity to see all that the artisans and creators of the fair Barony of Calafia have been toiling over for the past year. This event is also when we will choose our Baronial Arts Champion, Children’s Arts Champion, and the Baronial Bardic Champion!

Join the Barony of Calafia to celebrate artistry and friendship at Winter Arts! It’s the Yuletide season and we will be bringing the warmth of the holiday to our annual arts event. Our event is indoors, so the populace may don their most festive revel attire! We will be holding Yule themed activities alongside the Arts and Bardic activities and competitions, and the Provisioners Guild will be hosting a sausage competition (details to TBA)! The guilds of Calafia will also be setting up displays.

Interested in competing for the Arts Champion or Children’s Arts Champion of Calafia? The Calafia Arts Champion is a compilation of all period appropriate works completed in 2015 by one individual. The Children’s Arts Champion is the competition for the younger folks in our Barony. Anyone ages 16 and under can compete for the Children’s Champion.

DSC07718.ARWGlass displayPlease contact Lady Grainne ingen Tomais at to reserve arts display or competition space. The deadline for reserving space in any of the Competitions is November 30th. You must have a reservation to compete.

Planning on competing to be Bard of Calafia? Each bard will be asked to present two pieces of their choosing. In keeping with the theme of the day’s event, one piece shall be on the theme of Yule Traditions. The second piece is performer’s choice. If you wish to compete this year, please submit a letter of intent including your society name, and the name and performance times of your pieces before December 1st, 2015 to for scheduling purposes.

Lunch will be provided by Don Avenel. Pricing and menu will be announced. (Red and purple drinks are not allowed on site).image

There will be no merchants at this site.

Site: Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Directions: Take Interstate 5 to Encinitas Boulevard exit and go east about 1.4 miles
Right at the light for Balour Drive for a long block
Left on Oakcrest Park Drive
Community Center will be on the left

Site opens at 9:00 am and closes at 4:00 pm. We must be offsite by then.

Site member fee is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 10-16, children 9 and younger are guests of the Barony; a $5 surcharge is in effect for non-members. Checks may be payable to SCA Inc., Barony of Calafia.

Steward: Lady Euginia in rau∂a
Arts Displays/Competition Coordinator: Lady Grainne ingen Tomais
Bardic Performance/ Competition Coordinator: Lady Isolde de Fetherestan

For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact

3rd Baronial Largesse Project Day- November 8th at 2pm

LargesseBeen wanting to create largesse for the Barony? Sunday, November 8th at 2pm at Briercrest Park (9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, CA, 91942) is our 3rd Largesse Project Day! We are inviting the Populace to join us in making and putting together largesse to present to Their Excellencies, Baron Guy Rand and Baroness Murrien.
If you have largesse you would like to work on, you are welcome to bring your materials and join us. No ideas of what to make, but you would like to help out? There will be muslin, needle, and thread for making bags. (We also have lists of ideas for largesse that were compiled with the help of Baron Guy Rand and Baroness Murrien.) Have a project you need to work on and you want company while you do it? Come  join us!
Please don’t forget to bring a chair, and feel free to bring snacks and drinks, and let’s craft! We hope to see you there!

Arts Competitions at Potrero War!

Greetings Caid! Arts and Sciences Point at Potrero War (May 21 to May 25th, 2015) will be hosting some fun competitions this year: The Persona Timeline Project and The Embroidered Illumination Competition.

The Persona Timeline Project is a competition to present an item from your persona’s personal timeline, i.e. something he or she would have used and owned.. You may enter this under the Fact (documentation) or Fable (fabricated origin) category. For rules and information on this competition, go to

The Embroidered Illumination Competition is for an artisan to take traditional medieval illumination and remake it into an embroidered illumination. This can be on anything from a square of cloth to a finished garment. For rules and information on this competition, go to

For questions regarding the competitions, please contact

See you at Potrero War!

Lady Euginia in rauða
Arts and Sciences Steward, Potrero War

Lady Grainne Ingen Tomais
Isolde de Fetherstan
THL Dagny Starkaðrdottir
Deptuty Arts and Sciences Stewards, Potrero War

Want to teach a class at Potrero War?

Arts and Science classes at Potrero War

Arts and Science classes at Potrero War

Potrero War, Thursday, May 21st through Monday, May 25th, is soon upon us. That means we are in the midst of preparations and I am looking for teachers to educate our Populace on a variety of subjects. At the moment, April 20th is the deadline to ensure your class gets into the Gate Book, so please don’t hesitate to send in your class proposal.

If you are interested in teaching a class, you can fill out the form found at

For all things Bardic, such as teaching a Bardic class, please contact

I will make every attempt to accommodate your time, date, and location request; however, as classes are scheduled, time availability becomes limited. If there are limitations, we will work together to find a time and date that is best for you. I will be taking class proposals until May 13, but in order to have your class listed in the Gate Book for Potrero, I need class proposals by April 20. If it is past April 20, we will not be able to list it in the book, but a class list will be available on site at War.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns and please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested in teaching as well.

Thank you and I am looking forward to a great War!
Yours in Service,
Lady Euginia in rauða
Steward for Arts and Sciences, Potrero War

Scrapbook Quilt Competition- St. Isidore Anniversary!

St. Isidore Anniversary was February 7, and we were able to see the next two designs done by members of our populace that will become part of the Scrapbook Quilt. Katherine Bedford and Adelwyn Atwater were our winners of the day!

Embroidery by Lady Adelwyn Atwater

Embroidery by Lady Adelwyn Atwater

Embroidery by Katherine Bedford.

Embroidery by Katherine Bedford.

We also had our new design available for St. Isidore. Quite a few of them were picked up, so it will be exciting to see them when they are returned to St. Artemas Anniversary in April!

The design for St. Isidore Anniversary!

The design for St. Isidore Anniversary!



See everyone soon! Until St. Artemas Anniversary, happy stitching!

Canton of Tanwayour A&S Open House- Jan. 20, 2015

Hi everyone!

Just your friendly reminder that the Canton of Tanwayour’s 3rd Tuesday A&S Open House is this coming Tuesday. If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 5-8 p.m,

at the Rancho San Diego Library’s community room. The street address is

11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019.

As always, it is an open house- come when you like, and stay as long as you like!

It’s time to vote on the second design for the Scrapbook Quilt Competition!

Good Gentles of Calafia! St. Isadore’s Anniversary will be here in two weeks, which means it’s almost time to vote on the Scrapbook Quilt embroidery designs that were available at Winter Arts.

The branch of holly to represent Winter Arts.

The branch of holly to represent Winter Arts.


We were lucky to have all of the holly branch designs that designated Winter Arts picked up, so we expect to see quite a wonderful assortment of embroideries! Please remember that if you picked up a hand drawn design, this is an official competition entry and we are looking foward to seeing your piece returned! It doesn’t matter if you are attempting embroidery for the first time, or this was your 1,000th piece, your embroidery could be chosen for the Scrapbook Quilt of Calafia!


When you arrive at St. Isadore’s Anniversary, come find Arts and Sciences Point to turn in your finished Winter Arts design. You will be signed in and the voting via People’s Choice will begin approximately 30 minutes after court. If you have any questions, please contact

Until St. Isadore’s Anniversary, Happy Stitching!