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Newsletter for the Barony of Caer MearNewsletter for the Barony of Caer MearNewsletter for the Barony of Caer Mear
The Quid Novi (QD)The Quid Novi (QD)The Quid Novi (QD)
Volume 37, Issue 01 January 2015 Volume 37, Issue 01 January 2015 Volume 37, Issue 01 January 2015
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Taking a [Dance]
Step Back in Time By Linda MacDonald
The program opens to
the pulsating strains of
ABBAs The Dancing
Queen. The audience
members smile at the
juxtaposition of modern
music and Elizabethan
era-garbed dancers. But
then the Renaissance
takes over, as the Rich-
Dancers present The Dancing Queen: Court Dance in the Age of Eliza-
beth, a multimedia extravaganza of history and art, as seen through the
prism of court dance in the late 16th century. Through interesting snippets
of history and vignettes of court life, as well as demonstrations of period
dances from England, France, and Italy, the program evokes the Golden
Age of Elizabeth.
The Richmond Renaissance Dancers are dedicated to the preservation and
promotion of late Renaissance court dance. Since its formation in 2003, the
group has been meeting twice a month to learn, practice, and perfect French
branles from Arbeau, English country dances and dances from the Inns of
Court, and Italian balli and cascarde from dance masters Caroso and Negri.
Using original sources from the period, including Arbeaus
Orchesographie, Playfords The English Dancing Master, and Italian
dance manuals Il Ballarino and Le Gratie dAmore, the groups goal is
to present dances as they would have been danced in Elizabeths court.
Many of the dances are simple and require only walking steps or very basic
step combinations. English country dances, for example, rely on patterns
and figures for their interest, rather than complex steps. Queen Elizabeth
introduced these charming social dances at court after seeing them danced
while she was on progress one summer.
French branles (from the French verb branler, meaning to sway back and
forth) are usually done in a circle formation. Mimed branles involve the
Photo by James Giles
dancers imitating something or someone, such as Washwomans Branle
and Horses Branle. Branles involve a variety of steps, typically including
kicks and hops.
Italian court dances are the most challenging, with many of the dances in-
volving a variety of dance steps. Many of the Italian dances are for individ-
ual couples, but others are done by groups of three people or even for three
couples dancing together. The variety of dance styles is extensive, and the
music is wonderful.
Everyone is welcome at our practice sessions, regardless of a wish to per-
form. The beautiful music, good exercise, and joy in dancing the same
dances that the Queen and her court would have enjoyed are reason enough
to attend. The excitement of being a part of the spectacle of a performance
such as The Dancing Queen only adds to the pleasure.
The Richmond Renaissance Dancers meet for dance practice on the 2nd and
4th Mondays in the ballroom at Deep Run Recreation Center, 9910
Ridgefield Parkway, Henrico, VA, 23233, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (changing
to 7:00 to 9:00 in January). The cost is only $1.00 per person per night, with
$10.00 annual dues. Call Linda Macdonald at 804-651-9468 for more
His Excellency Baron William is once again putting out the call and posting
notice regarding Caritas. In January, Battery Park Church will be hosting
starting on Jan 24- 31. The barony has helped the church with this effort over
the past years as a way if giving back in appreciation for allowing us to use
church facilities for the many activities we hold there. For those who are new to the Bar-
ony what happens throughout the year local churches take turns housing approx. 35-40
homeless individuals. This year they will be hosting a group of women. During that time,
they provide them with shelter, transportation and meals for a week. What we have done
in the past has been to come in and set up the fellowship hall with cots, chairs and tables
on Saturday. Then on Tuesday night when we would have normally had gather/practice
instead we provide a meal for supper. They have a new computer system now, so we
know cot setup will be on Sat Jan 24th with the delivery to be at 12:15. This usually does
not take too long, the plan is to get there around 11:30 and will start getting tables and
chairs set up before cots arrive. Reminders will be posted as time gets closer. No commit-
ment to the meal since we need someone to head up the cooking. If you are interested
please contact William and he can give you more detail. If we do end up providing a
meal, our goal is to collect at least $150 dollars. If there is any money left over after pay-
ing for the food this will go to the church to help with their expenses related to Caritas. If
you have any question or are able to help with cot setup or interested in helping with the
meal, please contact Baron William.
Ymir is coming
More Viking themed
Activities than you can shake a
Feburary 27-march 1,2015
Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center
804 Cedar Ln, Reidsville, North Carolina
ACCEPS is open for reservations!
Tournament of the Golden Rose
April 18, 2015 Each Lady of the Rose will field a team, chosen in advance, consisting of
eight including: A Knight of Noble Quality and Renowned Prowess
A Companion of the Order of the White Scarf, Honorable and Skilled in the Arte
Two Armored Fighters who dream of wearing the Belt and Chain Two Duellists skilled in the use of the blade An Archer with steady hand and keen eye
A Herald gifted with a silver tongue
Makemie Woods Camp and Conference Center 3700 Roper's Church Road, Lanexa, VA 23089
BARONIAL MEETING 12/10/14
New Seneschal , Lord Hjorr, opened the meeting at 7:02.
Her Excellency: Thank you to everyone who attended Fiber & Foliage, we
are looking forward to doing it again next year.
Seneschal: Unevent report. Using Facebook to post disparaging remarks against the SCA, Kingdom or organization in general could get your war-rant pulled if you are an officer. Bottom line, don't do it. All official requests
should be sent via email, not FB message.
Quartermaster: We have stuff and...we have a new Quartermaster. Thank you Mistress Melisent.
Chatelaine: We need one.
MOL: We need new MOL's soon and desperately
Exchequer: reconciled balance: 10324.22. Proposed budget for 2015
handed out to officers to be ratified at January business meeting. Passed review of books at Unevent (YAY!!) and will be turning over position to La-
dy Drynnith after doomsday report.
Webminister: Unevent report. Kingdom will be looking for a new Webmin-ister soon. Kingdom will be reviewing all local sites to make sure infor-
mation is current.
Herald: Lord Ragnar has taken up the position of Red Shark. This Consul is responsible for arranging authorized consultation tables to provide sub-
missions assistance and receive submissions at appropriate Kingdom and regional events in the VA area. The new Baronial award is "moving up the line". Ragnar is hoping to revive "Herald Consultation" on the 1st Tuesday of the month at our Fighter Practice/ Gather after the new year.
Knights Marshal - not present
(MEETING NOTES CONTINUED)
MOAS: Our MOAS was given a Kudo at Unevent for holding a weekly A&S gather, most baronies are not able to do this. On that note, we are looking for more classes and teachers. We have Viking Embroidery and
Dance in the near weeks.
Yarnvid: Master Thomas has been granted leave to continue on as Sene-schal for the 3rd time. Fiber & Foliage has been spiked for 9/12/2015. A donation to the Barony and to Battery Park church were given from the
proceeds from Fiber & Foliage 2014.
New Business: Waivers must be signed and sent in within 2 weeks of any event or fighter practice. No waiver, no fighting.
Ruby Joust IV: We have a bid! Lady Arnora in Rauda has agreed to be
the autocrat of joust once again. So far she has 1 marshal, Archery. If you would like to help, please contact her
at firstname.lastname@example.org. No offer of help, no matter how small, will be turned down!
Caritas: Cot set up is 1/24. Cots should arrive at 12:15pm. Master William Cameron will be on site at Battery Park around 11:30. We are still looking
for someone to cook on 1/27. We are hosting women only this time.
Insurance for Battery Park; The Seneschal will be looking into filling out an insurance certificate to cover any incidents at the church.
Meeting ended at 8:05pm.
Regarding Yule, 3 awards were given out by Their Excellencies. Two Baron's award o