Gentle Arts


Hosted by Device of Seagirt

The Barony of Seagirt (Victoria, BC )

Event Summary

Event Main Contact (Event Steward): Brigid Moor
Date: January 19 , 2013
Site opens at: 12:00 AM on January 19th 2013
Site closes at: 12:00 AM

Event site:
Eastern Star Hall
3281 Harriet St. Victoria, BC V82 3S3

The Barony of Seagirt harbours a multitude of talented Gentles
among its Populace. Come to witness and inspire those who compete
for the honour of standing in The Baronial Court as the Arts &
Sciences Champion, the Bardic Champion, or a Scholar of

The applicants and competitors will gather on January 19, 2013
to demonstrate their skills, display projects and research, and be
tested in the many Gentle Arts that add grace and authenticity to
these modern middle ages.

Site opens at 9am, closes at 11pm. There will be NO day food,
please come prepared.

The Duck & Drake Tavern will be open at 4pm.

Event Steward: Lady Brigid Moor (Sarah Johnson); 250-888-3543,

Fees: Adults $10, youth 12-17 $5, under 12 free; $5 NMS applies
to non-members; make cheques payable to Barony of Seagirt.


Arts & Sciences
Championship Format

You must submit the
following 3 items:

1 example of an
art with documentation

1 example of a
science with documentation

1 example of
either an art or science which can be a finished piece or in
progress (which would also mean that the documentation can be in
progress, but there must be some written evidence of


One more

Because the
children of this barony are near to my heart, the twist on this
year’s competition will be that one of your entries must be
something that a child in period would have used. It can be a toy,
a piece of clothing, or even a common tool that a child might have
used. Have some fun with it!

* Be aware
that your item may be tested by underage judges.

In addition to the
Championship, I am also introducing The
First Ever Seagirt Orcameat A&S Competition. This past October
(2011), I saw a new person to our barony bravely enter
the Seagirt Arts & Sciences Championship in order to learn more about what an
A&S Competition entails. I was so impressed by her initiative
that I present the following competition:


Orcameat A&S Competition


In order to enter, you must
meet the following conditions:

You must have
joined the SCA no more than five years prior to the

You must not
have won an A&S competition


You must submit the
following 3 things for judging:


1.   A summary of your persona no
longer than one page. You will need to complete this first in order
to get started on your entry. Your summary should include the
following details:

persona’s name and age

persona’s nationality and time period

persona’s family (or lack thereof). Is your persona

persona’s occupation

persona’s social class

persona’s dwelling (house, barn, cave?)

Languages that
your persona can understand (but not necessarily be fluent

persona’s level of education (can he or she read? Did they
apprentice? Are they in the process of becoming a member of a
religious order? What have they been taught?)

Major events
that occurred during your persona’s time-frame (flood,
famine, religious persecution, war, change of

Does your
persona fight? Does he or she keep house? Does he or she serve as a
government official? Does he or she write? Does he or she perform?
If so, where did he or she acquire these skills?

2.   1 example of an art or
science that your persona would have used in period.

o   For a list of what might be
considered an art, look here:

o   For a list of what might be
considered a science, look here:

3.   Documentation for that


Each competitor for the Championship should perform 3
pieces, one from
each of the following categories:

1) Best documented piece – just like it sounds. For this you do
necessarily have to be the best performer, you just have to KNOW
you are talking about and provide _something_ written down that
pass for proper documentation.

2) Most creative – Take an old piece of music and write new
(could even be something near and dear to the heart like an ode to
Barony, for example)… Or create something new entirely…
Choreograph and dance a dance (yes, dance IS a bardic
art and would
qualify for the Championship)… Get those creative
juices flowing.

3) Audience appeal – A topic will be chosen at random, on site,
made available to contestants as they arrive, and they have until
judging of this category (exact timeline to be announced later,
create a piece on this theme. This piece should aim be SCA
(no noticeably modern pieces, please unless they fall under the
category and are somehow related to an SCA theme or feeling).
piece should add to the ambiance of the event and draw people
into the bardic world. The judges for this will be the
populace. At
gate, every person who comes in will be given a token. After
Audience Appeal portion of the evening, the populace will be asked
bestow their favors upon the creator of their favorite
The more favours recieved, the higher the score.

Each piece should have documentation, written for the first two,
verbal for the audience appeal piece (so it might be an idea to
have a
style or two in mind for the audience appeal before you arrive so
can prepare).

Each piece should be between 5-10 minutes long plus 5 minutes
background information provided outside of the judges Q&A
period if
required by contestants. Please keep to your time limits.

The winner will be the person with the highest total combined
from all three pieces.


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