Newsletter of the Shire of Tri-os, August 2013
August Business Meeting
We had a good turnout for the August Business Meeting on August 5 at Hope Lutheran Church in Port St. Lucie. The main order of business was our upcoming event, “A Voyage of Discovery”, which will take place at the church on October 5. Lady Beatrix has developed some classy site tokens. They are made from FIMO clay and feature a relief of a sailing ship. Those present signed up for various duties on the day of the event and a list was created. A general schedule for the day was developed. We decided to offer a “Sailor’s Lunch” for which we will accept donations. We plan to offer jerky, “hard tack” and pickles. We will also offer beans and rice. Several members volunteered to prepare this ahead of time. Morganna had a lot of information about the Taino people who were indigenous to the Caribbean Islands when Columbus arrived. She will prepare a class based on her information to present at the event. We are looking for people who are willing to dress in approximations of Taino dress to serve the first remove at feast. We are also looking for shtick and entertainment during feast. Morganna knows a Taino song and we hope that she will sing it during feast. Lady Beatrix, Lady Ceridwen and Tanwyn are planning an informational display on the plants and foods that Columbus brought back from his voyage. Anyone who has any information about this subject is encouraged to participate. Although we have the key positions covered for the event, many hands make light work so we’d love to have your help either preparing for the event or at the event, or both.
Looking for Deputies
Warm Weather Camping
A number of us plan to attend Fall Coronation over Labor Day weekend. As all Floridians know, we can expect the weather to be HOT! Here are some tips to make your trip to Fall Coronation more comfortable.
1. Get a fan. Hand held fans were very “period” and both ladies and lords may have them. Many people have folding paper fans, which are readily available at oriental groceries. Fancier fans, made of wood or ivory, are available as well. I have seen fans woven from reeds and grass. Being able to gently fan yourself while sitting by the lyst field or in a class is essential in hot weather.
2. Get a sun hat. Both men and women wore broad brimmed hats to shade their eyes and faces. A comfortable hat is another essential.
3. Drink water. Come to the event prepared to have something to drink at hand at all times. You can disguise a modern water bottle in a little cloth bag. A water bottle bag is easy to make but you can also find many suitable bags already made. I use a bag intended to use to dress up a bottle of wine to hide my water bottle. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times and stash some extras in your basket. It is very easy to get dehydrated at a warm weather event.
4. Buy a portable fan. I have several 10 inch battery powered fans. You can get them at drug stores and discount stores. I don’t use them in public but they really help cool you down when you are in your tent. I find that I can use my fan for many hours on one set of batteries.
5. Make a “summer weight” sleeping bag. I took a queen size flat sheet, folded it in half and sewed it across the bottom and halfway up the open side. The resulting sack makes a neat, cool bed for camping.
6. Bring your bathing suit. Camp Ocala has a lovely sand beach and swimming area on the lake. Bathing suits aren’t period but no one will comment if you take a dip to cool off.
7. Take it easy. When wearing layers of clothes more appropriate to the mini ice age of Medieval Europe in muggy Florida, you will be much more comfortable if you move slowly. Don’t hurry. Relax and enjoy sitting in classes, talking to friends, doing handwork, or watching the lyst. You will feel much cooler if you stay calm.
8. Adopt a “summer” persona. Some people become Egyptian, Greek, or Roman when the weather gets hot. Celtic personas can wear a “bog dress” which is basically a tube with arm openings that fastens over the shoulders. It is much lighter than typical Celtic garb. Other people wear t-tunics and “breeches”. They wear what are essentially shorts under a t-tunic during hot weather.
Trimarian Summer Collegium
The Trimarian Summer Collegium will be held on August 17 in Jacksonville. Some members of the Shire are planning to attend. This event will be a day full of classes and will be an opportunity to earn many credits in the new Trimaris University. For more information, see the kingdom website at Trimaris.org.
The Trimaris University will be an on-going program where participants earn credits for teaching and taking classes related to the Middle Ages. In order to get credits on your transcript, you must register. You can register as a student or a teacher or both. This is a way for gentles who are not interested in Arts/Sci competition to be recognized for their pursuit of knowledge. At the Novice level, you take classes in a variety of arts and sciences. As you progress through the rankings, your focus becomes more specific until finally, you complete a number of courses on a single subject. Many of us are excited about this new program. For more information, talk to our Arts/Sci minister, Lady Anyse.