[Northkeep] A few of my Favorite Things...er People

Donna Hufford dhufford at earthlink.net
Wed May 23 20:05:43 PDT 2001

on 5/23/01 6:49 PM, Rebecca Heydon at rmheydon at swbell.net wrote:

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> On the Northern list, Robert started a "trend" by offering some reminscences
> about the SCA.  I thought the idea quite neat so mine are included below.
> Anyone else willing to share theirs?

Here are some of my favorites:

The first time I was saluted from the list field

Hosting Needleworkers' Guild because it gave me the opportunity to meet so
many talented Northkeep artisans that I may not have gotten to know

Sitting in camp by torchlight and replaying the day with my closest friends

Receiving my AoA at our Baronial investiture.  Being one of the first four
recipients of the Cornerstone---which was such a surprise that I was crying
and shaking so hard that HE Sigen had to hold my hands so I wouldn't drop

Marathon garb making sessions---and the quilting of that gambason!

The time I spent as MoC.  the Northkeep children I have watched grow up with
the dream.  Being able to introduce my God-daughter to that dream

Finding out that working in the kitchen during feast preparations can be the
best time you ever have

And most of all--the great people that I have met that I would not know
otherwise--time spent with friends--the feeling of being part of something
special and unique.

Vivat Northkeep and thank you


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> [From the Northern List]
> All of the posts the past few days about the good things caused me to pull
> out pictures and flyers and all the other stuff I have saved and collected
> over my SCA career.  I certainly had some laughs (and shed a few tears)
> while going through it all.  And, of course, the memories....
> My second Pennsic.....  I awoke my first morning there to find Dame Alisha
> with her feet in our wading pool and playing with the fishing pole and
> plastic fish that served as entertainment during the relaxing afternoons.
> She was giggling so much and having so much fun one couldn't help but join
> her.  That was also the year of the perpetual water fight around the pool
> (it was warm that year!) and HE Athelstyne (sorry for butchered spellings)
> got doused by a good 10 people all at once for telling a horrible joke.  He
> also giggled a lot.
> My first Gulf Wars in armor....Northkeep had the King's Battle Ribbon, and I
> was given the ribbon to carry into battle by HE Thorgrim.  What an honor!
> Master Beorhtlic (he was then just an HL), was my protection and we followed
> Northkeep right up into the fray.  Beorhtlic was downed by bastard sword and
> suddenly I was separated from Northkeep as well.  Someone tried to grab the
> ribbon from me and it fell to the ground.  For lack of any other finesse in
> action, I threw myself on top of it and became the bottom of a dog pile.  I
> suffered more blows than I care to admit but I did save the ribbon.  And I
> got my name in one of Robert Fitzmorgan's song, which I consider quite an
> honor as well.
> The court I received my AoA in was terribly special because it was my first
> award in this kingdom.  Michael and Michaela presented the award to me at
> Castellan.  It was one of those rare moments when just for a short time, it
> was magic.  I think you all know what I mean.  The magic disappeared when
> HRM Michael asked me to stand and I couldn't because I was kneeling on my
> dress hem but that's okay.  We all had a good chuckle and nothing got
> ripped.
> Last year at Castellan, I did my very first feast.  Not only was our Crown in
> attendance but the Calon Crown as well.  Having two kings at *my* feast both
> scared and thrilled me.  One of my household sisters, Siobhan, made a subtlety
> for the Calon Crown right there on the spot and he was thrilled to death.  I
> worked hard at making that feast as good as I could and I was dead tired by
> the time court rolled around and seriously thinking I wouldn't go.  However,
> no one would let me sit in the kitchen.  At court that evening, I received my
> Sable Crane by HE Sigen's hand.  It was a perfect end to a wonderful day.
> I have loved listening to Owen and Robert and Etienne and countless others
> with their bardic skills.  I, too, enjoy the sound of tent stakes being driven
> in in the middle of the night.  Watching fighting (and attempting it myself)
> has always been a thrill.  Listening to Blackfox on the pipes will always have
> a special place in my heart.  Then there is the Lilies where I got to fight
> alongside Mahadi.  There's the helping with taverns and feasts.  There's the
> tired but satisfied feeling one gets from autocratting.  The list goes on and
> on.
> Last but not least, there is serving as an officer and working for the good of
> my group.  There is the pleasure of receiving a Cornerstone from TE Thorgrim
> and Sigen for service to Northkeep.  There is the pride in being a part of the
> Baronial guard.  I may have come from Calontir but Ansteorra is my home now.
> Thank you all for reminding me of the good things that have happened here.
> Rowan
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