Kingdom A&S Faire 2020 Announcements & Changes

Greetings to the Artisan’s of the Midrealm!
As you have probably already read, Spring Crown Tournament has been postponed. Because of this the physical location for the Kingdom A&S Faire will not be available and with the current social distancing recommendations we do not consider it prudent to have a traditional A&S Faire this year.

In consultation with the Regional Ministers of Arts and Science, the Faire Staff, and Their Royal Majesties, we will be hosting a Virtual Artisans’ Meet-Up. We have set up a new event on the Midrealm A&S Portal for this (https://a-and-s-portal.herokuapp.com/).

You will be able to sign up to receive project feedback and/or as a collaborator to provide feedback. Participants will have until May 23, 2020 to register and then we will do our best to match each project up with at least 3 collaborators. Collaboration emails will be sent out by June 1, 2020. We then encourage everyone to try to meet online through your prefered method of communication: whether that’s Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook calls, whatever works for you! Maximum number of projects will be two per person.

Sign-up will work the same as if you were signing up for a normal A&S Faire. Wether you are signing up as a Collaborator or with a Project for Feedback you will select 2020 Virtual Artisans’ Meet-Up from the correct drop down box.

I am looking forward to what we can do with this collaborative event!
Many thanks to everyone that has assisted in making this work for the Kingdom!

Maestra Sarai Tindall Sogliano
Kingdom Minister of Arts & Science
kmoas@midrealm.org

Midrealm A&S Faires – Update and Reminder

Greetings to the Artisans of the Midrealm!

As previously announced, all entries which were entered into a Regional A&S Faire qualified for Kingdom this year. As a reminder Entries must be moved or registered for Kingdom no later than April 25, 2020! See instructions below to register for Kingdom.

If you have entered a project in ANY regional Faire this year, you can move your entry to Kingdom, please use the directions at the attached link to move your entry https://midrealm.org/2020/03/17/2020-midrealm-kingdom-as-faire-tutorial/. Currently, entrants do not have the ability to remove their own entries, so you will need to contact your Regional to withdraw an entry. 

With the sign-on of our regionals and some additional experienced judges, we are excited to be able to review documentation remotely BEFORE Kingdom as an optional service to our entrants. If you want help and feedback on your docs, please just reach out via email to your Regional, listed below.

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

Maestra Sarai Tindall Sogliano
Kingdom Minister of Arts & Science
kmoas@midrealm.org 

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 

The Editor of The Pale – May 2020 Letter

My dear people of the Middle Kingdom; family, friends and those I look forward to meeting someday, too.

What a time we are living in. I know that for most of us (all of us?), we are still processing and trying to figure out just how to function in this ‘new normal’ that the world has presented us. Across the Kingdom we are seeing so many people juggling life right now, and the effect of this pandemic runs the gamut for the populace. It is an uncertain time, as well as an ever-changing one.

What I see most, however, trickling through the stress and frustration, is a community that has risen to this challenge. People are creating virtual watch parties, classes, and other gatherings to help everyone connect. I have seen people reach out for help and have so much assistance offered that my heart fills with joy just knowing the incredible generosity of spirit that we have in this wonderful Kingdom. And, most wonderful of all, is the support and hope given when someone needs it most.

We in the Middle Kingdom are a tribe. We collectively represent five states and two countries.  We are thousands of people strong, with an amazing collective experience.

So, I ask you to look around.

Look at the amazing way this Kingdom has pulled together, weathering changes more strongly, more resolutely and with an uncommon grace and understanding.

Know that the virtual arms of the friends and family–
Of this great culture– are here for you.
Be brave and let yourself feel.
Be courageous and let yourself break.
Know strength, by allowing yourself to show weakness.
Show your weaknesses, and let others be strong for you,
And then, when you are settled, you can be so for them.

We are all here.
We are all scared.
And yet, we are also all so incredibly blessed.
In this strange time that mimics the long-ago history that we have studied for years,
See that they, too, recovered.
The world survived, then.
We will, too.

And, yes, while we have loss, and fear,
We will also find joy and friendship.
We will fight this and grow together.
Our bonds will strengthen.
Our love will persevere,
And we will be together again.

This is you.
This is us.
This is our shared sadness and
Our celebrated joy, even across barriers.
This is our support.
This is our friendship, and
This…. Is our love.

This is your Tribe.

JahanAra
Editor of The Pale

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