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Welcome to the
Barony of Terra Pomaria!

The Barony of Terra Pomaria is the local branch (Lincoln, Marion, & Polk Counties, Oregon) of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international non-profit educational organization 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.

Members of the SCA do their own research on topics such as clothing, jewelry, armor ad weaponry, food, music and dance, and many other aspects of life as it was lived in an earlier time.

His Excellency Thegn Clovis & Her Excellency Baronessa Ximena
We welcome participants from all backgrounds, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, or abilities. Respect, kindness and dignity shall be rendered to all, treating another as they wish to be treated, rather than as we wish ourselves to be treated.

New to the SCA?

Come Experience the Middle Ages

Prepare to step into a world of chivalry, art, and camaraderie – a world shared by over 30,000 others who seek the same dream you do.

Armored knights are locked in combat on the list field, artisans under brightly-colored pavilions are painting illuminated manuscripts, and friends nearby put the finishing touches on their newest gowns, all with Renaissance music playing softly in the background.

What is the SCA?

The SCA was incorporated in 1968 as a 501(c)3, not-for-profit educational organization. It is part of the “living history” movement, which means that SCA members have a “hands-on” approach to history, engaging in activities that help them to explore the culture, arts, and sciences of ages past.

While the emphasis was originally on Western Europe, participants are now encouraged to research and re-create pre-17th century societies around the world.

Learn More

A great way to get involved is to attend one of our local gatherings. Ceilidh is an opportunity for the members of the Barony to sing, dance, make merry, share arts and sciences projects, enjoy good food, drink, dancing, and fellowship. It’s a wonderful, low-key opportunity for newcomers to check out the SCA. For further information please contact the Baronial Chatelaine or see our Activities & Events page.

Baron Weylyn

Announcements

Welcome to November!  (Have you ever wondered why “November” has the prefix “nov-,” meaning it’s the ninth month? Well, here is a nice, extensive explanation!) I know it has been a few months since my last post, and I hope you are all doing well. The modern world has been quite, um, eventful, and all of that free time the pandemic gave me has been spent staring into space, eating baked goods, and watching in awe as His Excellency brings together some incredible classes. I wish I could tell you that I have completely overhauled our garb and we will appear next in splendor unparalleled, but in truth I have managed to do some repairs on one underdress. The past eight months have been taxing in so many ways that none of us were prepared for, and I hereby declare that waking up at least once a day gets you a checkmark for a productive day.

Looking forward, we are planning an event! On December 20th, we will be having a Terra Pomaria Yule, with Court and other activities planned throughout the day. We will be using an online platform, and if you would like some help navigating the vagaries of online communications (honestly, pigeons are easier than some of them), reach out and we will see how we can help.  Details will be forthcoming as we get them worked out!

Thegn Clovis’s online class series has been a rousing success, with participants and teachers from around the world! Below, I will include a list of upcoming classes, and I encourage you to visit the Terra Pomaria YouTube channel to watch some of the amazing classes we have already had (Dyeing! Fighting! Stewarding! Oh my!).  Terra Pomaria also has a Twitter handle and Instagram and we would love to see you there, as well. Having multiple ways to communicate with each other is a wonderful thing!

Take care, and we look forward with great anticipation to the next time we are able to see you!

Baronesa Ximena

Upcoming schedule (classes are held through Zoom, and you can find the link in the listed Facebook event or here. If you want to attend a class but either don’t have Facebook or are having difficulty accessing Zoom, let us know!)

Nov 15th (7pm) Rectangular Construction by Leora the Red

Nov 22nd (6pm) Write Gooder Poetry by Braennan MacEarnan

Nov 29th (5pm start) Helmet making by His Alpine Highness Kenric (3 hour class)

Dec 6th Basics for shield painting – the cheat codes by Her Grace, Sir Helga Skjaldmaer

Dec 13th Using the the Kingdom judging sheet by Wulfstan Meistari Hrafnsson

Dec 20th Yule Court

Dec 27th History Yasuke, the African Samurai by Count Seto Gesshouko

Jan 3rd Indigenous history of Western Oregon by Eirìkr Skreyja

Jan 9th Ethereal An Tir Twelfth Night

Jan 17th Rapier Marshaling Made Simple by Samwell Langdon and Jacques D’Aramis

Jan 25th I can make fire! by Nemo Magnus

Jan 31st Period card games by Justin du Coeur

PRAY ATTEND:

The Kingdom of An Tir has been monitoring the current situations regarding the COVID-19 virus and has made the difficult decision to CANCEL ALL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES through the end of May, 2021.

This includes all meetings, practices, and social events. Please contact the Terra Pomaria Seneschal at TerraPomariaSeneschal@antir.org with any questions or concerns.

In the meantime, feel free to join us for one of our scheduled virtual gatherings or visit the Kingdom of An Tir Online Events Page for other virtual event opportunities. We look forward to seeing you when it is once again safe to gather in person.

It has been a very busy, very stressful, and yet very quiet few months. So much has been happening in the modern and virtual SCA world that it’s easy to lose track of how much time has passed, and such is the case with this blog post. I have several things to talk about, so please read on!

Baronial Goofballs

First, Thegn Clovis and I want to reiterate our dedication to and expectation of honorable and respectful treatment of our fellows. We cannot uphold the core values of our Society and at the same time have inequality, division, and repression in our Society. From the SCA’s founding, our goal has been to recreate the Middle Ages as they should have been. We as a Society come from many different walks of life and belief systems, but we come together over a love of researching and recreating history. Hatred, bigotry, and disrespectful treatment of others have no place in our Barony, Kingdom, or Society. This conversation has many implications and impacts, which I won’t undertake here or on social media, since they are best held face-to-face; the bottom line is that His Excellency and I will stand with our Seneschal to protect our populace and strive to make our Barony a place where everyone feels welcome.

Second, we have a new email listserv! As Yahoo Groups is no longer fully-supported, we have moved our email group to Groups.io. You can find it by going to Groups.io and searching for “Terra Pomaria,” or you can send an email to terrapomaria.coronet@antir.org. Make it easy for us to share information with you and join us on the email list!

Third, we are releasing our Sergeantry Trial requirements! While we won’t be able to start our Trials officially until we have an event and accept Letters of Intent, we want our potential candidates to have plenty of time to look over the requirements and get a head start on completing them. You can find more information about the Sergeantry Program and the Trials under the Sergeantry section of the website. If you have any questions, please contact His Excellency and myself, and we will be happy to answer them.

Fourth, Thegn Clovis has done a fantastic job at putting together a star-studded lineup of classes designed for our potential Sergeants, but open to everyone. Join us each Sunday at 7pm for informational classes on Zoom, or watch the classes on YouTube on the Terra Pomaria channel (seriously, His Excellency is amazing).

Upcoming classes include:

Scribal Design 101
by Aine O Shehy on July 26th

Concept of Chivalry
round table discussion with Edward Anderson, Hlutwige Wolfkiller, Ataias ek Paralatae, Kenric Maur, and Logan Pathwarden on August 2nd

See Something, Do Something
bystander intervention training by Genevieve Choue on August 9th

Introduction to Marshaling
by Einar Knuteson on August 16th

Gate 101 and Kingdom PayPal
by Etienette de Montagne on August 23rd

A&S Competition 101
by Eleanor de Bolton on August 30th

And don’t worry, Thegn Clovis has several more in the pipeline, lest your summer and fall pass in boredom and ignorance!

The following classes have already happened, and you can find most of them on our YouTube channel:

Inclusivity for Event Stewards
by Zahra Tesfays

Retinue 101
taught by Ula Brennasdottir

The Awakening: Sharing our Medieval Dream with Newcomers
taught by Naible (Nai) Martyn

Keys to the Kingdom: Courtesy and Etiquette in the Current Middle Ages
taught by Briana of Lion’s Gate

Event Stewarding 101
taught by Vivien NicUldoon

Concept of Classroom Education
taught by Brynjarr Olfuss

Who is Opie and how doesn’t he have an AoA already
taught by Ana De la Sara

An Introduction to Heraldry
taught by Zahra bint al-Rammah

Introduction to Period Medicine
taught by Seamus O’Caellaigh

The Emperor’s New Clothes
taught by Ayla Roth

Finally, we miss you. We’ve gotten to see many of you virtually, but that isn’t a replacement for being together, and virtual visits aren’t for everyone. These past months have been terrible and amazing and scary and history-making in great and awful ways. Our hope for all of you is that you are well, and that you are waking up each day. Some of us may be finishing crazy, bucket list projects, and some of us may be getting up and eating, but as long as we are well and waking up each day, I count the day as a win.

Thegn Clovis & Baronesa Ximena

Words from His Excellency, Thegn Clovis,

Baronial Chairs

Hello, my friends, I have missed you all. It was wonderful seeing many of you at our virtual Ceilidh on Zoom last Monday. It was especially nice to see Terra Pomarians I have not seen in many years. If you are one of those who struggle with modern technology, please reach out before next month’s Ceilidh we will help you get set up or you may use a “call in number” to connect in.

I am excited to let the rest of our Barony know that we, with careful planning, held court at our virtual Ceilidh. Iskander ibn Ji’lid (Alex) was awarded the “Silver Apple” for his outstanding and continuous service to the barony. Iskander was the face of the Barony at last summer’s demo at Canterbury. At that demo and others throughout the year he proved himself worthy of high honor for a Terra Pomarian that is so young.

On to some more difficult news. Last week we had a virtual meeting with our Seneschal, Zulaikha, our event steward for Bar Gemels, Duvessa du Movilla, and our event steward for Long and Short of It, Reina Thunderhand. The decision was made to cancel these events for 2020. It is our hope that their bids will be renewed for 2021. (It will be discussed with the financial counsel.) We have not given up hope of having an event this year, and will be looking for opportunities to gather when we are able. We will however proceed with the health and safety of the Barony foremost in mind. Thank you to everyone who has put planning and work into these events; your work is not forgotten

All our love, Thegn Clovis & Baronesa Ximena