2020 Midrealm Kingdom A&S Faire Tutorial

Greetings!

After some amazing work over the weekend from our A&S Portal Programmer Extraordinaire, THL Brighid of Red Spears, we have figured out the best way to have entries enrolled for Kingdom A&S. We could have moved all entries over to Kingdom in one go, but that would have meant losing all of the score sheets from South Oaken and Midlands A&S Faires.

Here are instructions on moving your entries to the Kingdom A&S Faire.

  1. Log into your account and from your home screen select “Manage Your Entries”

2. From here follow the instructions for either Entries that have already been judged (3) or Entries that have not been judged (4).

3. For Entries that have already been judged at a Regional A&S Faire.

  • You will see a screen like this, with a list of your past entries.
  • Select “Promote to Kingdom”
  • The Fair information will change to “2020 Kingdom A&S Faire”
  • Please do NOT select “Promote to Kingdom” a second time.
  • Do this for each judged entry you are taking to Kingdom A&S.

4. For Entries that have NOT been judged at a Regional A&S Faire.

  • Your screen will look like this. Select “Edit”
  • Select 2020 Kingdom A&S Faire from the drop down box and then Select “Update Entry”.
  • Do this for each non-judged entry you are taking to Kingdom A&S.

5. Your entries are now registered for the Kingdom A&S Faire!

For those that may have been hoping to get documentation feedback at their Regional Faire, please reach out to your Regional MOAS for assistance, they are looking forward to helping you! 🙂

Many thanks to everyone that has assisted in these decisions and in making this work for the Kingdom!

Regional MOASs
North Oaken – Master Milesent Vibert northoaken.moas@midrealm.org
South Oaken – THL Honor von Atzinger southoaken.moas@midrealm.org
Pentamere – THL Fujinami no Kaede pentamere.moas@midrealm.org
Constellation – THL Brynn Herleifsson contellation.moas@midrealm.org
Midlands – THL Mwynwen (Strawberrie) midlands.moas@midrealm.org

In Service,
Maestra Sarai Tindall Sogliano
kmoas@midrealm.org | https://www.midrealm.org/moas/

Update on April Events (Cancelled) from Kingdom Seneschal

Dear Members of the Midrealm,

As the Dragon protects its treasure so do We, the Crown and Great Officers of State wish to protect the great Populace of the Midrealm. Thus, with a heavy heart, do We here proclaim the following:

All events (weekend events, business meetings, practices, other official SCA activity, etc.) are hereby cancelled, effective immediately through the end of APRIL. We will evaluate the situation at the end of April to determine the next appropriate steps.

This determination was not made lightly. However, under recent guidance from the CDC that activities with over 50 attendees be postponed and recent closures and actions by state officials We feel this is the best course of action for the safety of the Populace. If you’d like to see the referenced guidance:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

As previously announced pre-registration of events through PayPal will be disable until further notice. It is recommended that local branches stop offering a pre-registration option to avoid potential issues with refunds due to cancelled events or requests due to illness. To help ease the potential impact of these decisions, the Middle Kingdom will be making the following financial policy changes:

For local branches hosting events, the Middle Kingdom will assist local groups who provide site refunds to individuals who request one due to them or a family member being ill. Such requests would have to occur on or before the event. Policy to be re-evaluated in 60 days.

Local groups forced to cancel the use of a venue by government, venue, the Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. or by the Middle Kingdom: If the venue does not offer a full refund of the deposit and the forfeiture of the deposit would result in the group having a balance of less than $500 in their account, the Kingdom will assist to ensure a minimum of $500 remains in the group’s accounts for ordinary operational costs. Policy to be re-evaluated in 30 days.

You may find the most current, official, word at the following sites:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
Ohio: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home
Indiana: http://www.state.in.us/isdh/
Illinois: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Kentucky: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx
Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs
Iowa: https://idph.iowa.gov/
Ontario: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

Remember, PROTECT YOUR FRIENDS, WASH THY HANDS! The plague was so 1347!

Yours in Service,
Master Cerridwen verch Ioreword
Middle Kingdom Seneschal

Pennsic War 49 – COVID-19 update

G’Day Everyone,

From the Mayor, Pennsic 49.

First of all, I want to reassure you all that the Pennsic 49 Senior Executive Group, the Pennsic Seneschal’s Group, Pennsic 49 Staff and the Management Group of Coopers Lake Camp Ground will continue to consider all precautions to protect Pennsic 49 attendees as much as possible from the current health Issue sweeping our countries, the COVID-19 Virus Pandemic outbreak. 

We are still about 4.3 months away from Pennsic and therefore have plenty of time to access and re-assess the risk to attendees and organisers alike as we get closer to Pennsic 49 start date. 

Pennsic War is a unique event for attendees who come face-to-face with one another every day. The Pennsic 49 executive is focused on delivering a safe, healthy event site by planning to adopt various precautions that are sustainable and safe for Pennsic 49 attendee’s long-term welfare in mind.  

I have already been in discussions with the James Brezel of the Coopers Lake Management group and we are progressing plans should a worst case situation develop. 

The Pennsic 49, Executive Management Group will remain alert to any increased risk and ensure that we take all precautions for the safety, health and wellbeing of all those who attend Pennsic. You will be advised of any future developments as they come to hand. However, it must be noted that at this stage there is no plan to cancel Pennsic 49. 

That being said, some decisions maybe be out of our hands. We have no control over the SCA, State or Federal Government bodies that may enforce closure of these types of events in the interest of public safety. However, we will plan and act accordingly as per that direction or advice from these bodies. 

At this time the SCA is approaching the issue of COVID-19 on a monthly basis and that is the plan for Pennsic 49. We are “NOT” pressing the panic button and Pennsic 49 is “NOT” being cancelled. 

We are now at Stage 1 only. 

Stage 1. Proceed with Planning for Pennsic49 as per usual.

Stage 2. In the event that Aethelmarc War Practice is cancelled, Pennsic 49 Executive Staff still plan to meet and continue the planning for Pennsic 49, however this will be with reduced numbers with essential staff members only, attending the meeting or appearing by Vidcom link to the meeting.

I promise I will keep everyone advised with the facts as they come to hand. If you don’t hear it from me, it has not been said. 

Kind regards
Greg Turkich
(Sir Gregory of Loch Swan)
Mayor
Pennsic 49 

2020 Midrealm A&S Faires

Greetings to the Artisans of the Midrealm!

As I’m sure most are aware, the recent viral outbreak has cost us two of our Regional A&S Faires. With great sadness, I, in consultation with the Constellation MOAS and the Crown, have decided to cancel the Constellation A&S Faire, April 18.

Rather than see the regional system become arbitrary, ALL entries which have been entered at Midlands and South Oaken are deemed to qualify for the Kingdom A&S Faire, May 23. In addition, if you intended to enter at one of the other three Faires, you may instead register directly for Kingdom.

If you have entered a project in ANY regional Faire this year, you have been automatically entered in Kingdom. This includes regionals that have been since canceled. If you do not wish to enter at Kingdom, please let your Regional MOAS know as soon as possible so that we can remove your entry. Currently, entrants do not have the ability to remove their own entries. 🙂

For those that may have been hoping to get documentation feedback at their Regional Faire, please reach out to your Regional MOAS for assistance, they are looking forward to helping you! 🙂

Many thanks to everyone that has assisted in these decisions and in making this work for the Kingdom!

Regional MOASs
North Oaken – Master Milesent Vibert northoaken.moas@midrealm.org 
South Oaken – THL Honor von Atzinger southoaken.moas@midrealm.org 
Pentamere – THL Fujinami no Kaede pentamere.moas@midrealm.org
Constellation – THL Brynn Herleifsson contellation.moas@midrealm.org
Midlands – THL Mwynwen (Strawberrie) midlands.moas@midrealm.org

In Service,

Maestra Sarai Tindall Sogliano
kmoas@midrealm.org | https://www.midrealm.org/moas/

From the Kingdom Seneshal on Covid-19

Dear Children of the Dragon,

In these troubled times we seek to do our best to protect and defend. Sometimes that means making difficult decisions for the health and safety of those that need it most. Thus on behalf of the Crown and the Great Officers of State, hear and know the following:
Gulf Wars has been officially cancelled.

All events (weekend events, business meetings, and practices, etc.) are hereby cancelled, effective immediately through the end of March. We will evaluate the situation at the end of March to determine the next appropriate steps.

Pre-registration of events through PayPal will be disable until further notice. It is recommended that local branches stop offering a pre-registration option to avoid potential issues with refunds due to cancelled events or requests due to illness. To help ease the potential impact of these decisions, the Middle Kingdom will be making the following financial policy changes:

For local branches hosting events, the Middle Kingdom will assist local groups who provide site refunds to individuals who request one due to them or a family member being ill. Such requests would have to occur on or before the event. Policy to be re-evaluated in 60 days.

Local groups forced to cancel the use of a venue by government, venue, the Board of Directors of SCA, Inc. or by the Middle Kingdom: If the venue does not offer a full refund of the deposit and the forfeiture of the deposit would result in the group having a balance of less than $500 in their account, the Kingdom will assist to ensure a minimum of $500 remains in the group’s accounts for ordinary operational costs. Policy to be re-evaluated in 30 days.

You may find the most current, official, word at the following sites:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
Ohio: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/home
Indiana: http://www.state.in.us/isdh/
Illinois: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
Kentucky: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/pages/covid19.aspx
Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs
Iowa: https://idph.iowa.gov/
Ontario: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/

Remember, PROTECT YOUR FRIENDS, WASH THY HANDS! The plague was so 1347!

Yours in Service,
Master Cerridwen verch Ioreword
Middle Kingdom Seneschal

KMOAS – April Letter in The Pale

My first month as KMOAS has been very exciting and very busy! On February 22, we had the first Queen’s Prize Tournament in the Midrealm, with 27 entrants! I have heard many positive comments and we are hoping that future Queens will be interested in supporting this event as well.

Additionally, the first A&S Faire of the Season was February 29 in the South Oaken region and had 14 entries! I am looking forward to the rest of this Fair Season!

Finally, both the Constellation and South Oaken Regional MOAS position will be available this summer. Please check out the job postings on the Kingdom Jobs page.

Maestra Sarai Tindall Sogliano
Midrealm KMOAS
kmoas@midrealm.org

KMOAS – March Letter in The Pale

Greetings!

As your new Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences, I am excited to be stepping into this role!
A little bit about me: I have been working in various roles within the A&S Faire system for the past eight years, as well as participating in various arts and sciences competitions and faires around the known world. I was recognized by Their Majesties Seto and Ynes as a member of the Order of the Laurel for my work and research in 14th-century clothing. I love to make clothes and patterns and to help people learn more about clothing and textiles from the Middle Ages. 

I am looking forward to this coming A&S Faire season and getting to see everyone’s entries! 

Additionally, the Constellation Regional MOAS position will be coming available this summer, please check out the job posting on the Kingdom Jobs page.

Maestra Sarai Tindall Sogliano
kmoas@midrealm.org
Midrealm KMOAS


Job Posting – Kingdom Minister of Arts & Sciences

The Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences shall have the responsibility for the encouragement and organization of the study and practice of all Arts and Sciences within the Middle Kingdom.. They will oversee, with their deputies, the administration of the A&S Faires and the Royal University of the Midrealm.  

They will need to travel and attend Curia meetings at least 4 times a year, as well as the Kingdom A&S Events, and should have a good knowledge base of the Kingdom and Society rules pertaining to the Arts and Sciences.Those interested should send their modern and SCA resume to kmoas@midrealm.org and TRM@midrealm.org and should be received by January 10th. The person chosen would start training in February 2020 and assume duties in September 2020.

Minitorial: How to grids more effectively

Greetings! I have uploaded a video to my Youtube Channel that is a quick tutorial on how to make effective use of the interactive grids in many pages of the Services Portal.

One complaint I often hear about the portal is that some of the forms are clunky to use. Invariably, they involve the use of an interactive grid and sometimes the information gets “squashed” down and is difficult to read.

By using the Single Row View feature of the interactive grid, you can view the contents of a single row in a format that is easier to use, cycle through the rows in a grid, and even edit (where appropriate).

To use the Single Row View feature, click on the “Hamburger” menu for the row you want to view and select Single Row View. From within there, the left and right arrow keys will allow you to cycle through the other records in the grid quickly. Editing information can be done by clicking on the Edit button at the top of the area. Getting back to seeing all the rows in the grid is simply a matter of clicking the “Report View” button.

I hope this helps you more effectively use the Services Portal. If you have other ideas for tutorials, please drop us a line at issues@midrealm.org and we will work on getting that up on the channel.

Baron Rijckaert vanUtrecht,OP
Kingdom Web Minister

Site outage update

Just after the 50th Year Celebration, the Dayton area was hit by tornadoes, causing widespread damage to property. One such was the location where our old server resides, which houses things like the Wiki, the Peerage sites, and two groups’ websites. As a consequence, our server is still down as it was not part of the disaster recovery plan at the location. The server team has been trying to get a copy of the server up and running again, if for no other reason than to gain access to the data on the drives. It’s proving a tough nut to crack due to the age of the system software. We are doing everything in our power to restore service as soon as possible and we appreciate everyone’s patience.

As further updates happen, I will update this note.

In service to the Kingdom, I remain,

Baron Rijckaert vanUtrecht,OP
Kingdom Web Minister