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2013 - Festival of Maidens 40

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Theme: Forever Young - Celebrating 40 Years of Maidens


Acting Event Steward

THL Sofya Chyudskya Smolyanina


Feast Steward

Mistress Genevieve Chastisse du Vaucresson


Feast Herald -- Master Alexander de Seton


Feast Entertainment Coordinator -- Master John Inchingham


A&S Classes

Lady Tomaris Kapalomeni


Mock A&S Faire

Lord Gunnar Alfljot


Heavy Combat & Rapier


Sir Ix (Armored)

Lord Anton (Rapier)

Rois (Youth)



Amanda of Wurm Wald


Riley / Alyse


Merchant Coordinator

Cindy Mann


Royalty Liaison

Lady Roana Aldinoch



Lady Kirstyn (Jenna Yoscovits)


Parking & Greeter Organizer

Lord Eadric the Smith 


Children's Room

Lady Anna Rakel Saxi


Sunday Activities Organizer

Regional War Practice:

Seto Gesshuko


Hotel & Restaurant Lists

Lady Lynette de Warenne


Unspoken for Heroes

Lady Ursul Wilhelm (Misty Martin) 

Kurt Willer =Kenneth MacDonald

THL Caitriona MacDhonnachaidh

Tamilia of Wurmwald 

Priya of Wurm Wald


Program book

(NB: does anyone have a PDF?)



Classes and Discussions

A&S Coordinator: Lady Tomaris Kapalomeni

Liason to the outside world: Lady Roana Aldinoch


2013 Class List (times are still TBA)


Meet and Greets.  All Are welcome, experienced and novice alike.

  • For Musicians and Bards.  Facilitated by Lady Tomaris Kapelomeni.  Bring yourself, bring your instruments, bring the music you always wanted to play/sing/hear.  Maybe we can even form a pick-up band!
  • For Tablet Weavers, Spinners and other Yarn/Fiber Artists.  Facilitated by Lady Reyni-Hrefna.  If yarn is your cup of tea, or even if it is in your cup of tea, here is your chance to hang out with fellow yarn geeks, and maybe get those pesky questions answered!
  • For The Forgotten Book People.  Facilitated by Lady Roana Aldinoch.  Are you hiding in the shadow of the more flashy calligraphers, the noted illuminators?  Well, for all those book-binders, ink-makers, tanners, paper-makers, and others forgotten in the book making world here is your chance to shine!
  • For Clothiers.  Facilitated by THL Kathrin Pfeiffer. Bring a Book!  We all have our favorites -- tried and true, go-to resources lining the shelves in our sewing rooms and offices. We also have the black sheep in our collections -- the ones we bought before we knew any better, or were presents from well-meaning relatives who knew we liked princess costumes.  For this meet and greet, if you're able, bring a book or two. Bring a useful treasure, a classic favorite, or a "black sheep" for discussion. What parts of it are most helpful to you? What would you like to see done differently? Rare, hard-to-find, and very recent publications are particularly encouraged, if you have them. So are examples of bad source material! I will be bringing a variety of resources from my bookshelf.  This should be a fun opportunity for experienced clothiers to compare notes, and for newer clothiers to see a variety of sources used (or discouraged!) in this area of study. Thinking about shelling out for one of the pricey ones, but not sure if it's worth it? This gathering is definitely for you. Not able to bring a book, but interested in SCA-period clothing? Come anyway. We're friendly.


Round Table Discussions

  • Midlands-Largesse- Show and Tell! (3 pm)
  • Sumptuary Customs and Laws through the ages.   Discussion led by Baronowa Alzbeta Michalik. (1 pm)
  • 40 years of The SCA.  Discussion led by Mistress Jocelyn. 



  • Field Guide to the Sca.  Baronowa Alzbeta Michalik.  During the first half of this class we will discuss the sumptuary customs of the SCA and Middle Kingdom (what the fancy hats and belts mean).  The second half of the class we will go out on "safari", identifying different examples of the various ranks and learning just what it means to hold those ranks.Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Optional $2 fee for handout.
  • Parchment making/How to paint acanthus leaves. Johannes von Narrenstein. Painted acanthus leaves were used to decorate medieval manuscripts.  Teachings from the Gottingen Model Book, a medieval book of instruction on this subject. Free paper, and handouts.  Paints and brushes will be provided. Beginners welcome!


  • Golden Ratio.  Lady Roana Aldinoch.  Explore the golden ratio in Medieval art and literature.
  • Medieval Book Tour.  Lady Roana Aldinoch. 
  • Shoeing the Shire of Wurm Wald. Ladies Roana Aldinoch, Tomaris Kapelomeni.  When the thought of the expense and difficulty of making a pair of turned shoes gets you down, let the ladies of Wurm Wald show you it is easy and not prohibitively expensive.  Bring a pair of socks you do not mind destroying!  Please bring $2 for provided supplies. 
  • History of Beads.  Rois.  And in persona discussion of the History of Beads.
  • Dance Classes. Instructor: Mistress Alhpia (1-4pm)





A Search for the Fountain of Youth

"When you sit at the table with your brothers, sit long, for it is a time that is not counted against you as part of your ordained lifespan." 

      Jafar al-Sadiq, eighth century Persian Shi'ite Imam

Feast Steward

Mistress Genevieve Chatisse de Vaucresson

e-mail: garblaurel@comcast.net


On Table

Flat bread

Olive oil for dipping

The ancient Egyptians and Greeks so believed in the rejuvenating power of olive oil that they ate it, wore, it bathed with it, anointed their dead in it.

Hilbeh (fenugreek spread)  ingredients: fenugreek seeds, coriander, garlic, salt, lemon juice 

From the Middle-east and Egypt, Benedictine monks introduced the fenugreek plant to central Europe, and Charlemagne promoted it, in the 9th century. Assorted modern sources tout fenugreek as an aphrodisiac, and for lowering cholesterol levels.

Pomegranate seeds

Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition. The pomegranate is the symbol of Armenia and represents fertility, abundance and marriage. In Persian mythology, Isfandiyar eats a pomegranate and becomes invincible.



First Remove

Faba in Frixoria (Fried beans and figs; Origin: Rome)
The Italians and the English believed in rosemary as a preserver of the memory. Beans and figs are also known for their ability to keep the digestive system in tune. Sharp memory and "regularity" are the first steps towards keeping a youthful spring in your stride!

  • Ingredients: kidney beans, dried figs, onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper


Tulsi Chicken Pulao (Origin - India) 

Tulsi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda for its diverse healing properties. It is mentioned in the Charaka Samhita, an ancient Ayurvedic text. Tulsi is considered to be an adaptogen, balancing different processes in the body, and helpful for adapting to stress. Marked by its strong aroma and astringent taste, it is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of "elixir of life" and believed to promote longevity.

The Italians believed in the benefits of gold in the diet, and saffron rice was eaten to represent ingesting gold (since it would be very a expensive habit otherwise)

  • Ingredients: chicken, holy basil, garlic, ginger, rice, saffron, spices


Second Remove

Ormeny Gombaetel (Mushroom patties; Origin: Armenia)
The countries of Romania and Armenia have in their folklore the existence of those who drank blood to obtain everlasting life. (you can be thankful we are observing a different custom of that country, and merely borrowing a recipe...)  Mushrooms are revered by many cultures, as far back as early Egypt, for their health-sustaining properties.

  • Ingredients: onion, oil, paprika, vegetable broth, mushrooms, butter, eggs, flour, salt and pepper, parsley, ginger, rosemary. Sauce: milk, flour, butter, vinegar, sour cream.


Linguisa (Meat sausage: Origin: Portugal)

Sausage came from the ancient Romans as "Lucania". The Portuguese roamed the world, and brought a descendant of this sausage to many cultures while they were out searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. They found peppers in the new world and hence paprika was added to the recipe in the 1500's. The Inquisition took it to Goa, where the Indian culture contributed yet another life-extending ingredient: turmeric.

  • Ingredients: pork, garlic, liquid smoke, red wine, paprika, sugar, cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, turmeric.


Third Remove

Plakounta/Placenta (Origin: Rome/Greece)

The Greeks called it "plakounta" which the Romans translated into "placenta" and it was named for the life-giving properties of the very thing you are thinking of.

In the ancient Indians’ book of life it is said that life is prolonged when there is honey and milk in the everyday diet.

  • Ingredients: Wheat flour, olive oil, cheese (chevre or ricotta), honey, bay leaves.


Roast Apples

The Norse believed apples to be food of the gods.

  • Ingredients: apples, spices



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