Upcoming Activities: April 23-29

Monday April 23: 7 – 9 PM, Music Night at the Illini Union 
Illini Union, Fourth Floor, probably room 404
This is a month for musicians! Bring any instrument or medieval/renaissance sheet music you have. We will take inventory of the interests within our group and maybe have a little jam/singalong session. If there is enough demand, we may be able to pull together a Music Guild.
Everyone else is invited to bring a project or just hang out and enjoy any music that happens.
Saturday April 28: Archery South
Archery South is on the docket in Effingham. Check Facebook for any updates.
Saturday April 28: Awakenings in Bloomington
Where else can you go on an Armored Easter Egg Hunt, or watch a pink bunny in plate mail be devoured by a Tyrannosaurus Rex? (Photographic evidence provided!)
The schedule includes  Egg hunts for Armored & Rapier combatants, Tournament of the Courtier,  Contest for “Best Carnival Mask,” A&S Artisan’s Row, Archery & Thrown Weapons (weather permitting), Classes, and Bardic activities. 
Check the wiki and Facebook if you’re interested in carpooling!
Sunday April 29: Rapier Practice
Stock Pavilion
This is our weekly rapier fight practice – every Sunday at this time and location. This is open to people of any skill or athleticism level. An instructor will be on hand teaching an intro/beginner course followed with one-on-one instruction, as well as loaner swords and protective equipment.
There will be instructional drills as well as free sparring – so you’ll learn how to swing a sword, then get a chance to do it! Males should wear an athletic cup, and both genders should wear sufficient clothing to leave no bare skin below the waist (long pants, tall socks, closed toe shoes). If you have any questions about attending, or are intending to bring someone under the age of 18 to learn, please contact Ursus at r.andrew.marks@gmail.com.

Upcoming Activities April 14-23

Saturday April 14th: Archery South
Archery South is on the docket in Effingham. Check Facebook for any updates.
Sunday April 15th: Rapier Practice
Stock Pavilion
This is our weekly rapier fight practice – every Sunday at this time and location. This is open to people of any skill or athleticism level. An instructor will be on hand teaching an intro/beginner course followed with one-on-one instruction, as well as loaner swords and protective equipment.
There will be instructional drills as well as free sparring – so you’ll learn how to swing a sword, then get a chance to do it! Males should wear an athletic cup, and both genders should wear sufficient clothing to leave no bare skin below the waist (long pants, tall socks, closed toe shoes). If you have any questions about attending, or are intending to bring someone under the age of 18 to learn, please contact Ursus at r.andrew.marks@gmail.com.
Monday April 166 – 9 PM, Makerspace Sewing Night 

Basement of the Independent Media Center on Broadway Ave in Urbana, next to Lincoln Square Mall

It’s open season at Sewing Night this month. With Pennsic and lots of conventions coming up over the summer, here’s a chance to get your garb and/or cosplay on!
The Makerspace offers a wide array of sewing equipment and several large tables for cutting out projects on. Got a project? Bring it along! Got an idea? We’ll help you figure out how to make it a real thing! Contact dena.strong@gmail.com if you have any questions about sewing night.
Sunday April 22th: Rapier & Archery Practice
Stock Pavilion
Same description as above, plus practice for traditional bow archers. Meet on the east end of the stock pavilion, beyond the rapier practice. Enter thru west doors. If you have questions about archery practice, please contact Mistress Genevieve at karidazahava@gmail.com.
Monday April 236 – 9 PM, Arts & Sciences Night 
Illini Union
This is a month for musicians! Bring any instrument or medieval/renaissance sheet music you have. We will take inventory of the interests within our group and maybe have a little jam/singalong session. If there is enough demand, we may be able to pull together a Music Guild.
Everyone else is invited to bring a project or just hang out and enjoy any music that happens.

Upcoming Activities: Scribal, food & drink, archery, rapier

Monday March 12: 6 – 9 PM, Art at the Makerspace – Gouache and Shell Gold
Makerspace Urbana, 202 S Broadway Ave, IMC Basement Room #16, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
 

(Third time’s the charm? I have all the supplies, I have a location, and some folks who couldn’t make the previous runs can make it this week, knock on wood!)

Making your own gouache is quick and easy! Starting with finely ground earth pigments and gum arabic, you can make your own opaque but water-activated pots of gouache and shell gold for artistic works. Some kits will be available for purchase.
Age 13+. Free to make one color and one gold; $1 for additional colors/additional golds; $5 for a starter kit with some tools and materials to take home.
Saturday March 17th: Scribin’ and Imbibin’: A Monk’s Life
The fourth annual scribal arts and brewing event, Scribin’ and Imbibin’ is a fun event with several Caer Gwyntians making the trip and classes taught by Oswyn (cordials, vinegars, and mustards), Hrefna (Icelandic runes), and Lynette (tea and conversation). If you’d like a ride, check the Rideshare Board on the wiki and/or Facebook threads.
Also Saturday March 17th: Archery South
For those who can’t make the trip to Chicagoland, we’re on schedule to have Archery South in Effingham this weekend as well. Check Facebook for any updates.
Sunday March 18th: Rapier Practice
Stock Pavilion
This is our weekly rapier fight practice – every Sunday at this time and location. This is open to people of any skill or athleticism level. An instructor will be on hand teaching an intro/beginner course followed with one-on-one instruction, as well as loaner swords and protective equipment.
There will be instructional drills as well as free sparring – so you’ll learn how to swing a sword, then get a chance to do it! Males should wear an athletic cup, and both genders should wear sufficient clothing to leave no bare skin below the waist (long pants, tall socks, closed toe shoes). If you have any questions about attending, or are intending to bring someone under the age of 18 to learn, please contact Ursus at r.andrew.marks@gmail.com

Upcoming Activities: A&S Night, Lady Day Moot

Monday Jan. 29: 6 – 9 PM, Make and Take Sewing with Reyni-Hrefna
Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801

This month, join Reyni-Hrefna at the Union as she teaches Make and Take Hand Sewing.

There will be some fabric and needles for a class teaching everyone how to assemble a small drawstring pouch.  You could even put sewing tools into the pouch when you’re done – bonus!

Feel free to bring your own project as well, or any hand-sewing questions you’ve got in mind.

Next weekend: Lady Day Moot
500 Broadway Avenue East, Mattoon, IL  61938

The Lady Day Moot for the Barony of Caer Gwynt – all are welcome to join in the celebration! There will be rapier and heavy sword fighting, arts and sciences, a potluck dinner, medieval games, and a great day of socializing!

Upcoming Activities: Courting on the River and Lady Day Moot!

February 24: Courting on the River in Moline, IL
1201 13th St, Moline, Illinois 61265

Courting on the River is a fun event in the Quad Cities area with feasting, fighting, fiber arts, and more; there’s something for everyone.

March 4: Lady Day Moot in Mattoon
 The Lady Day Moot is one of our larger quarterly local group gatherings; this time we’re in Peterson Park in Mattoon. We’re planning a potluck, an Arts and Sciences championship, and more! (The level of indoorness vs outdoorness will depend on the weather.) See the Facebook event posting for more information.

Lady Day Moot March 4

All are welcome to join in the celebration at the Lady Day Moot for the Barony of Caer Gwynt! There will be rapier and heavy sword fighting, arts and sciences championship, a potluck dinner, medieval games, and a great day of socializing! Garb optional — wear what makes you happy.

Sunday, March 4 | 12 PM – 6:30 PM

Peterson Park, 500 Broadway Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938 | Map

Potluck: Officers are encouraged to bring an entree, while members of the general populace are encouraged to bring a side, dessert, or drink.

Find the most recent information on the Facebook event page > 

Congratulations to Caerfolks!

Several of our Caerfolks received awards this weekend at Festival of Maidens:
Lady Elizabetha Schlaeffer von Wurttemburg – Master Gunnarr Alfljot’s Laurel Prize Tourney
Lady Alise – AoA
Lady Arianna Blackfell – AoA
Lady Carol of St. Carol – Dragon’s Barb
His Lordship Oswyn of Bathon – Evergreen
 
Congratulations, and HUZZAH!!

Coming up: Festival of Maidens, regional combat practice, and more!

This weekend is one of our biggest events of the year!
  • This SaturdayFestival of Maidens at the University Armory
  • Saturday Evening: The After-Party at Eastland Suites with a concert by Bardic Storm
  • SundayMaidens Sunday Practice at the Stock Pavilion
  • Monday night: Arts and Sciences at the Illini Union – Make Your Own Gouache, Mk 2
  • Next weekend: Back to our regular schedule 
Contact methods
Our Facebook group is the most active place to keep in touch with what we’re up to. You can also join our Meetup group or subscribe to our Google calendar by clicking the + Google Calendar button.
Saturday January 20, Festival of Maidens – 9 – 7(ish)
University Armory (NOT the Illini Union)
This is our 45th annual Festival of Maidens, and we’re bigger and better than ever! We’ve got a lot more floor space at the Armory for fighting, merchants, classes, dancing, and fun — and best of all, it’s right here in Champaign-Urbana, so you won’t need to plan for multiple hours of driving to another end of the state (or another state entirely!)
The full schedule, including heavy and rapier fighting schedules and a wide array of arts and sciences classes, is available at http://caergwynt.midrealm.org/festival-of-maidens
Let us know if you’d like to borrow loaner garb – we have an array of sizes for men and women!
Saturday January 20, After Party including Bardic Storm Concert – 8(ish) to Midnight
Eastland Suites
Didn’t get enough of the festivities during the day? Want to hear medieval music in concert? This year’s Maidens After Party includes a concert by Bardic Storm! See the Facebook event for more details.
Sunday9 am – 5 pm: Rapier, Archery, and Heavy Combat (plus general art hangout time!)
This Sunday we have the Stock Pavilion all day long for rapier, archery, and heavy combat practice (plus any arts and sciences you’d like to bring to work on in the stands!)
I’ve heard several people mention “darn it, we’re busy Saturday” — if Sunday is better for you, come get a taste of Maidens Lite! We won’t have the royal pomp and circumstance, but we will have the ability to play all day.
If we come up with more specific timing, it’ll be noted at the Facebook event.
Monday Jan. 227 – 9 PM, Arts and Sciences Night (Featuring Make your Own Gouache and Shell Gold)
Illini Union (exact room TBD but probably on the 4th floor, check Facebook for updates)

Since I’ll be teaching gouache and shell gold on Saturday and I’ve heard from some folks that they’d like to learn but Saturday isn’t an option for them, I’m planning to offer a rerun at Arts and Sciences Night on Monday.
You can totally bring your own project too!
 
Next Sunday the 28th1 – 4 pm: Rapier Practice
Stock Pavilion. 1402 W Pennsylvania Ave, Urbana. (Outside if weather permits; inside if it rains)
This is our weekly rapier fight practice – every Sunday at this time and location. This is open to people of any skill or athleticism level. An instructor will be on hand teaching an intro/beginner course followed with one-on-one instruction, as well as loaner swords and protective equipment.
There will be instructional drills as well as free sparring – so you’ll learn how to swing a sword, then get a chance to do it! Males should wear an athletic cup, and both genders should wear sufficient clothing to leave no bare skin below the waist (long pants, tall socks, closed toe shoes). If you have any questions about attending, or are intending to bring someone under the age of 18 to learn, please contact Ursus at r.andrew.marks@gmail.com

Pizza, Princess, and Poking January 14!

Scene from The Princess Bride, via TheCHIVE
Scene from The Princess Bride, via TheCHIVE

January 14, we’ll be preparing our new and returning fencers for another Festival of Maidens – and celebrating with pizza and The Princess Bride!

Shire members, friends, family, and significant others are all invited and more than welcome to join us after practice (4pm) in the Stock Pavilion for free pizza and the best movie ever made.

Party on, Caer Gwynt!

Our Yule Moot was a huge success! Plenty of people showed up to fight rapier, shoot archery, learn how to make scroll cases, eat delicious food, exchange gifts, and generally have a great time.

Coming up next:

  1. Festival of Maidens 
  2. Lady Day Moot – March 4, 12-6:30pm – 500 Broadway Ave, Mattoon, IL 61938-4426 (same place as our previous Mattoon moots) – Facebook event
  3. Midsummer Moot – June 10 in Champaign (Location TBD) – Facebook event