Upcoming Japanese Garb Days

Yamamura Kitsune-sensei has offered kindly to teach our populace how to construct beautiful basic Japanese garb. Over the next two months, Yamamura-sensei will offer two classes and two construction workshops. Attend all, none, or some at your leisure!
All classes and workshops will take place in the Yusunas Room as part of the Barony of Carraig Ban’s regularly scheduled Arts and Sciences Night, and are open to any/all who wish to attend!
 
August 14th, 2019: Keena/Kitsune’s Kosode Instruction, History, and Advice Class
This will primarily be education, instruction, and advice for those wishing to create a kosode, the upper body garment that is the basic unit of Japanese clothing. This item might sometimes be called “kimono,” or “yukata” of a number of other related words, but, in the end, it’s the bare minimum to not be naked in court as a proper SCAdian nihonjin. Learn about the garment’s history, ideal fabrics, and ask burning questions!
August 28th, 2019: Keena/Kitsune’s Kosode Construction Workshop
This will be a construction workshop to continue the work begun on your own time, or to have some encouragement to get started on your own kosode. Yamamura-sensei will help you deal with difficult sections, as well as help you adapt designs to your body structure.
September 11th, 2019: Keena/Kitsune’s Hakama Instruction, History, and Advice Class
This class is about the foundational lower body garment, the hakama. Learn about expressing rank and status through pants! How to tie attractive knots! How to use the bathroom quickly! And what a man in red hakama might be saying about himself.
September 25th, 2019: Keena/Kitsune’s Hakama Construction Workshop
In this workshop, Yamamura-sensei will assist attendees in creating their own hakama, from design to, at the least, pinning (which is well past half the battle).

The Carraig Bán Fight Song

The Carraig Bán Fight Song

Lyrics by Carraig Bán Barronial Bard, Líadan Liathán

Click HERE to download the song.

In Carraig Bán we’ll wine you,
In Carraig Bán we’ll dine you,
But we will quite outshine you
If you’re not from Carraig Bán.
In Carraig Bán we’ll meet you,
In Carraig Bán we’ll greet you,
But on the field we’ll beat you
If you’re not from Carraig Bán.

Carraig Bán, tread on us, we’ll hurt you.
Carraig Bán, doubt us and feel pain.
Carraig Bán, Midrealm seat of Virtue
Where modesty and noble honor reigns.

In Carraig Bán we’ll face you,
In Carraig Bán we’ll race you,
But we will soon outpace you
If you’re not from Carraig Bán.
In Carraig Bán we’ll charm you,
In Carraig Bán disarm you,
But if we fight, we’ll harm you
If you’re not from Carraig Bán.

Carraig Bán, tread on us, we’ll hurt you.
Carraig Bán, doubt us and feel pain.
Carraig Bán, Midrealm seat of Virtue
Where modesty and noble honor reigns.

In Carraig Bán we’ll toast you,
In Carraig Bán we’ll boast you,
Become our foe, we’ll roast you
If you’re not from Carraig Bán.
In Carraig Bán we’ll fight you,
In Carraig Bán we’ll smite you,
Our mighty height will blight you
If you’re not from Carraig Bán.

Carraig Bán, tread on us, we’ll hurt you.
Carraig Bán, doubt us and feel pain.
Carraig Bán, Midrealm seat of virtue
Where modesty and noble honor reigns.
Oh, Carraig Bán, tread on us, we’ll hurt you.
Carraig Bán, doubt us and feel pain.
Carraig Bán, Midrealm seat of virtue
Where modesty and noble honor reigns.

Carraig Bán, our home, home on the plains,
Where the peer and populace gains,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the Known World knows Carraig Bán’s fame.

View from the Tower – March 2019

Upcoming Meetings

Next regular meeting- Second Sunday of the month
Sunday March 10th, 6pm
Panera Bread (DeKalb, IL)
2476 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Ragnarök Rampage is coming!

With Ragnarök on the horizon, Their Excellencies Carraig Ban are looking for award recommendations so that They can recognize the good deeds and works of the populace at our local event.

For those not familiar with the Baronial Awards, they are:
Order of the Keep – Awarded for long term service to the Barony and/or the Coronets. This may only be given once.
Award of The Battering Ram – Awarded for excellence in Rattan/Heavy Combat and/or service to the Barony’s Rattan/Heavy Combat community.
Award of the Portcullis – Awarded for service to the Barony and/or the Coronets by those who live outside of the Barony.
Award of the Quoin – Awarded for service to the Barony and/or the Coronets by residents of Carraig Ban.
Award of the Well – Awarded for excellence in Arts, Sciences, or Research, or service to the Barony’s A&S/Research community.
Award of the Loop – Awarded for excellence in Archery and/or service to the Barony’s Archery community.
Award of the Belfry – Awarded for Youth who provide service to the Barony.
Award of the Spire – Awarded for excellence in Rapier and/or service to the Barony’s Rapier community.

Please submit your Baronial award recommendations to https://goo.gl/forms/vnq7u5AytUUmBuek1 by March 31, 2019.
If you are interested in completing award scrolls for the Barony, please contact either of Their Excellencies.


Meeting Notes

From Manfred, Deputy Seneschal,

February meeting notes-

1. His Excellency Honda started with a statement reaffirming any and all members of the barony are encouraged to contact leadership for any and all concerns if members feel that their voices are not being heard.

2. Ragnarok Rampage plans are continuing forward. No updates at this time.

3. Manfred will be stepping up into the Seneschal role for the group. Paperwork was completed at the meeting with Seamus. Hiroaki Akiyama (Cat)’s paperwork was also completed for the Exchequer role.

4. Their Excellencies were encouraged to improve and expand on Carraig Ban’s baronial regalia, in particular the thrones. The old thrones are no longer useable. Baron Samii and Baron Honda offered a suggestion for a recommended vendor to provide new Baronial thrones at $450.00 for both. Motion put forward by Seamus, carried unanimously.

5. Johara had graciously bought a chair for one of their excellencies for Val Day. Portion of that $450.00 to repay Johara for gift.

6. A&S nights to continue onward. Upcoming A&S to include regalia improvement/expansion, including a baronial day-shade for Gold Key/Newcomer’s Point


A&S nights have moved to Wednesdays.

If you have Baronial property please advise the quartermaster or Barons. Revisiting storage issues with baronial property. Reconsidering use of a trailer and parking location. Upcoming plans to inventory property at Epona’s and reduce.

Looking into putting in a bid to host a kingdom event like Crown for fall 2020. Nicholaa to start developing the bid and offered to be event steward.


Financial

A financial policy has been drafted. A copy was provided for review and comment November newsletter. Vote to be conducted (TBD).


EXTRA – EXTRA

Arts and Sciences- A&S nights are on Wednesdays– Check Facebook for details on dates and times.

If you have an article you would like to submit for the newsletter please forward to nhalden0001@gmail.com by the end of the month to be included in the next month’s issue.
Please send Recipes for the next newsletter. No one submitted for March.

Marshal – The outdoor fight practices in DeKalb at Liberty Park are on hiatus until after due to cold weather. Ideas on an indoor location for fall/winter should be referred to the Knights Marshal.
A fight practice is also being held at COD in Glen Ellyn on Wednesdays.

We will be trying to get the news out the beginning of each Month. Please contact me if you have something you want included at nhalden0001@gmail.com .
If anyone needs a mailed copy of this information, please contact me. Listed below are upcoming events and our officers list.

In service to the Barony,

Nicholaa

Baroness Dame Nicholaa Halden, Chronicler

View From The Tower – February 2019

Highlights from this month’s Baronial Newsletter:

Upcoming Meetings
Next regular meeting- Second Sunday of the month

Sunday February 10th, 6pm
Panera Bread (DeKalb, IL)
2476 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115


From Their Excellencies
Greetings unto the Barony!

Their Excellencies Carraig Ban request that members of the populace complete the new Carraig Ban Baronial Census, located at https://goo.gl/forms/sQuZ4oUSo348USpd2.

Information from the Census will be used to populate the Roll of Honor, create a populace directory for networking within the barony (SCA names, e-mails, and interests only), and drive Baronial initiatives for populace engagement (aka We want to see more of you!).

Please complete the census by April 30, 2019.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

In Service,
Baron Honda Heihachiro
Thegn Samson Muskovich


Please see the newsletter for more details and information.

In service to the Barony,

Nicholaa

Baroness Dame Nicholaa Halden, Chronicler

The February 2019 Newsletter can be downloaded HERE.

View from the Tower – November 2018

Upcoming Meetings

Sunday, November 11, 2018
6pm Panera Bread (DeKalb, IL)
2476 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Holiday Gathering Meeting December 15th- Location TBD

October Meeting Minutes
New Business:

  • New Kingdom Website
    • Contact your regional officers to make sure you have access to your reports
  • Financial Policy
    • Announced today
      • No Exchequer present, will submit for November newsletter
    • Will be posted for review in November newsletter
    • Vote at December Meeting
    • If there is commentary, submit to Hiroaki and Seamus before November Meeting
  • Office of the Exchequer
    • Looking for a deputy – Cody stepping into deputy
  • Baronial Birthday Bid
    • February 2019 – 16th
    • Kazuhiko will autocrat/provide details
      • Meeting with Church Elders – November 4th
  • Kingdom 12th Night and Festival of Maidens
    • January 12th in Oswego
    • Combining with Maidens for this year only
    • Financials – need vote
      • 3 groups splitting cost
      • Ayreton and Caer Gwyn have approved
      • Approx. $1600 outlay for each group
      • Expected min. attendance of 300
      • Breakeven for event is 233
      • Authorizing up to $1700
        • All officers in attendance approved
        • 1 abstain, all others approved

Old Business:

  • Holiday Party
    • Where?
      ▪ Nora and Cody offered to host
    • December 15th – Chosen by those who submitted responses
    • “Secret Santa” gift exchange
    • Budget for main dish?
      • What protein? Turkey
  • Baronial Awards Recommendations
    • Link on Website
  • Ragnarok Rampage
    • Event has been submitted to Kingdom Calendar, waiting for approval
    • Will update website/page as updates come in
    • Themed event based on Loki

New, New Business:

  • Kazuhiko taking over Deputy MoAS

Demo
October 27th: STEMFest/Maker Faire Demo @ NIU Convocation Center, 9am – 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

We had good attendance and a lot of interest from attendees. Thanks everyone who came out and brought things to display. Activities included origami, medieval dress up, games and displays. The kids really enjoyed putting on the chain mail and examining the weapons.

Officer Openings
Baronial Seneschal looking for a deputy Seneschal with the intent to turn over the office. Give me a shout via any medium you prefer if you are interested. – Seamus.

Financial
A financial policy has been drafted. A copy is provided for review and comment at the end of the newsletter. If there is commentary, submit to Hiroaki and Seamus before November Meeting.

EXTRA – EXTRA

Arts and Sciences – A&S nights have resumed are Tuesdays.– Dekalb Public Library. 6 to 8:30 pm through December 18th. A&S Nights –Lots of focus “events” coming up soon- November – first 3 weeks dedicated to stamp making/printing. Check Facebook for details on dates and times.

Marshal – The outdoor fight practices in DeKalb at Liberty Park are on hiatus until after due to cold weather. Ideas on an indoor location for fall/winter should be referred to the Knights Marshal.
A fight practice is also being held at COD in Glen Ellyn on Wednesdays.

We will be trying to get the news out the beginning of each Month. Please contact me if you have something you want included at nhalden0001@gmail.com .

If anyone needs a mailed copy of this information, please contact me. Listed below are upcoming events and our officers list.

In service to the Barony,
Nicholaa
Baroness Dame Nicholaa Halden, Chronicler

What Do The Carraig Ban Do?

What Do the Carraig Ban Do?

(Lyrics by Carraig Bán Barronial Bard, Líadan Liathán,
TTO What Do the Simple Folk Do? by Fredrick Loewe)

[Honda]
What do the Carraig Bán do
To help them define themselves true?
The herald who is hailing, the player with her strum?
The scribe who fears of smearing the ink with his thumb?
What is the Carraig Bán creed
Of peerage noblessly obliged,
How do they whom we manage define this barony?
Oh, how do Carraig Bán be, do you see?

[Samii],
I have been informed by those who know them well
They find relief in quite a clever way
When they’re sorely pressed, they tap a keg of brew
And drinking seems to brighten up their day
And that’s what Carraig Bán do,
So they say.

[Honda]
PBR?

[Samii]
So they say.

[Honda]
What else do the Carraig Bán do
To bolden the heart and get through?
The Populace and Pointies
Who wander to and fro
Have ways known to their own folk
We throne folk don’t know.
When A&S deadlines all loom
What keeps each in their working room?
What ancient native custom provides the needed glow?
Oh, what do Carraig Bán do?
Do you know?

[Samii]
Once, quite late at night, I came upon a group
Belting out the chorus to a filk.
When I asked them why, they told me they’re a troupe
And practice is indemic to their ilk,
And that’s what Carraig Bán do
They sing filk.

[Honda]
They sing?

[Samii]
Some say sing.

[Honda/Samii]
Arise, Midrealm, arise, Midrealm
The Dragon is mounting the skies, Midrealm
The field throngs with armies strong,
And Carraig Bán joins in the fray.
Hear trumpets call to one and all,
Taste victory while you may!
The War cries sound, the drums do pound,
The battle will be won today!…

[Honda]
What else do the Carraig Bán do?
To know they are Carraig Bán, too?
What single thing defines them as Carraig Bán at heart?
What makes the Carraig Bán know their critical part?
What, then, I wonder, do they
That sets them apart in some way?
They have some strong tradition you haven’t mentioned yet.
Oh, what do Carraig Bán do that is set?

[Samii]
Often, I am told, they dance a stately dance
And whirl about with jigs and leaps controlled.
Soon the mind is fired, the dancers in a trance,
A noble trance astounding to behold.
And that’s what Carraig Bán do,
So I’m told.

[Dancing ensues.]

[Honda]
What else do the Carraig Bán do
To help them assume a true hue?

[Samii]
They always stand together. They fight and never yield.
And that’s what Carraig Bán do.

[Honda]
Oh, yes, really?

[Samii]
I have it on the best authority

[Honda/Samii]
Yes, that’s what Carraig Bán do.

Redneck Viking

Redneck Viking

written for Baroness Epona Brodin, the Redneck Baroness of Carraig Ban
by Hannah the Storyteller, Premier Bardic Champion of Carraig Ban

Well she ain’t never
Been the stuck up type
No she won’t prance around at court
She’d rather drink beer all night
In a tavern or an encampment
She wants a ceramic solo cup
She’s got a keg in her camp of Guinness Lite to serve up
Nobody looks down on her
‘Cause if they did we’d fight
We’d sail well-armored to their far-off kingdom
to help them see the light
 
She’s just a redneck viking
She ain’t no high class peer
She’s just a subject of the Midrealm
She leads her barony and drinks beer
And she goes out eventing
‘cross the knowne world all year long
Now so great is her word-fame
that her deeds must live in song
So let’s hear from all you vikings
out there keeping it country
Let me get a big “Hell Yeah” from the CBanners like me
Hell yeah
Hell yeah
 
Fine linen dresses
Well that stuff’s real nice
Oh but she can make the same damn thing
out of beer boxes half price
And still look period
Just as period
As those Laurels at front gate
No she don’t need no high price tag
to make her garb look great
You might think she’s trashy
A little too hard core
But in her neck of the woods
She’s just the Pel next door
Yeah she’s a redneck viking
She ain’t no high class peer
She’s just a subject of the Midrealm
She leads her barony and drinks beer
And she goes out eventing
‘cross the knowne world all year long
Now so great is her word-fame
that her deeds must live in song
So let’s hear from all you vikings
out there keeping it country
Let me get a big “Hell Yeah” from the CBanners like me
Hell yeah
Hell yeah[instrumental break]
 
She’s a redneck viking
She ain’t no high class peer
She’s just a subject of the Midrealm
She leads her barony and drinks beer
And she goes out eventing
‘cross the knowne world all year long
Now so great is her word-fame
that her deeds must live in song
So let’s hear from all you vikings
out there keeping it country
Let me get a big “Hell Yeah” from the CBanners like me
Hell yeah
Hell yeah
Hell yeah
Hell yeah
Hell yeah
Hell yeah
I said hell yeah

Views From The Tower – October 2018

View from the Tower

Barony of Carraig Ban

Current Events and News – October 2018

Upcoming Meetings

October 14, 2018
November 11, 2018

6pm Panera Bread (DeKalb, IL)
2476 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Meeting Notes/News

  • Baron Honda Heihachiro will be Event Steward for next year’s Ragnarok. Dates confirmed as 5/31/19 through 6/2/19. Please contact him to volunteer to assist.
  • A Baronial holiday party was discussed for December.
  • Carraig Ban will be having an Embassy at various events with information to hand out.
  • We will be co-hosting Kingdom 12th Night with the Barony of Ayreton January 12th, 2019.

From the Barons

Greetings unto the Barony!

As we move into the winter months, many of us are planning trips to visit friends and family near and far, including our extended SCA families. Traditionally, our Barony has hosted a Baronial Holiday gathering, and we wish to continue this. To help us plan, we’d like the members of the Barony to submit responses to our poll by Sunday, October 14th (our next Barony meeting), located here: https://goo.gl/forms/iNO4RnOpopHnRvLF3

We have some events coming up soon that folks may want to put on their calendars:

See event listings below and locally –
October 27th: STEMFest/Maker Faire Demo @ NIU Convocation Center, 9am – 5pm

Did you know that we have an all new awards submission form? We do! As part of the Carraig Ban website updates, we’ve rolled out a Baronial Awards submission form. You can find it here: https://goo.gl/forms/ohVjH4sXJROgeUHE2

If you have any suggestions for us on activities, demos, or events, please let Baron Honda or myself know!

In Service,
Thegn Samson Muskovich

From the Chatelaine

Carraig Ban cares about its people, and what barony would be better served naked? None! That is why we’ve have tried to reconcile the many items generously donated to Gold Key into a centralized location in the care of the chatelaine. These items of clothes have been donated over the years to ensure that the most forgetful of long-time members and the freshest of newbies alike have sparkling, useful clothes to garb their person at events such that they feel involved and welcome! These items are currently going through a catalog and repair process so that not ONLY are there many available, but a public access document will list the general range of ages, sizes, and eras of clothing available.  Furthermore, repair and upkeep of the items is a baronial concern, and periodically A&S meetings will feature repair days. For more information, contact the office of the chatelaine, currently Akiyama Kazuhiko, at satal.derihannsu [at] gmail.com.

Thank you very much!
Akiyama Kazuhiko

Officer Openings

Baronial Seneschal – looking for a deputy Seneschal with the intent to turn over the office. Give me a shout via any medium you prefer if you are interested.

– Seamus

Financial

A financial policy is being drafted.

EVENTS

See Midrealm Calendar (for web-based).

EXTRA – EXTRA

Arts and Sciences

A&S nights have resumed on Tuesdays.

NEW LOCATION – Dekalb Public Library. 6 to 8:30 pm. September 4th through December 18th (not on 9/11/18). Being held in Zimmerman room. Check Facebook for details on dates and times.

If you have an article you would like to submit for the newsletter please forward to nhalden0001@gmail.com by the end of the month to be included in the next month’s issue.

Marshal

The outdoor fight practices in DeKalb at Liberty Park are being held on Mondays. Currently on hiatus until after Pennsic. Check the Facebook page for details. Ideas on an indoor location for fall/winter should be referred to the Knights Marshal.

A fight practice is also being held at COD in Glen Ellyn on Wednesdays.

 

We will be trying to get the news out the beginning of each Month. Please contact me if you have something you want included at nhalden0001@gmail.com .

If anyone needs a mailed copy of this information, please contact me. Listed below are upcoming events and our officers list.

In service to the Barony,

Nicholaa

Baroness Dame Nicholaa Halden, Chronicler

View from the Tower – September 2018

View from the Tower

Barony of Carraig Ban

Current Events and News – September 2018

Upcoming Meetings

Sunday, September 9, 2018
October 14, 2018
November 11, 2018

6pm Panera Bread (DeKalb, IL)
2476 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Meeting Notes/News

  • Discussion was held on potential events and Baronial 40 year. Baron Honda Heihachiro will be Event Steward for next year’s Ragnarok. Please contact him to volunteer to assist.
  • A Baronial holiday party was discussed for December.
  • The new SCA mission statement has been published.
    • “The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization. The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities.”
    • This will now appear at the end of the newsletter.

Officer Openings

Baronial Seneschal – looking for a deputy Seneschal who would take over the role around the time we have new Royal Representative(s) taking over the Baron/Baroness side of the house. Give me a shout via any medium you prefer if you are interested. – Seamus.

Financial

A financial policy is being drafted.

EVENTS

See Midrealm Calendar (for web-based).

EXTRA – EXTRA

Arts and Sciences

A&S nights have resumed on Tuesdays.

NEW LOCATION – Dekalb Public Library. 6 to 8:30 pm. September 4th through December 18th (not on 9/11/18). Being held in Zimmerman room. Check Facebook for details on dates and times.

If you have an article you would like to submit for the newsletter please forward to nhalden0001@gmail.com by the end of the month to be included in the next month’s issue.

Marshal

The outdoor fight practices in DeKalb at Liberty Park are being held on Mondays. Currently on hiatus until after Pennsic. Check the Facebook page for details. Ideas on an indoor location for fall/winter should be referred to the Knights Marshal.

A fight practice is also being held at COD in Glen Ellyn on Wednesdays.

 

We will be trying to get the news out the beginning of each Month. Please contact me if you have something you want included at nhalden0001@gmail.com .

If anyone needs a mailed copy of this information, please contact me. Listed below are upcoming events and our officers list.

In service to the Barony,

Nicholaa

Baroness Dame Nicholaa Halden, Chronicler