Happenings in our Hamlet, Feb – Mar 2020

Some great activities are coming up in Caer Gwyn and around the region. Be sure not to miss a thing!

Archery Practices. Sundays; March 1 – Caer Gwyn’s annual Novice Tourney and Shire championship!! 3-5pm, U of I Stock Pavilion. (For additional dates, see our Facebook page. )

Rapier Practices. Weekly on Sundays, 3-5 pm, U of I Stock Pavilion (no practices during UofI holiday breaks)

Sewing nights. March 12, 26. llini Union Rm 403. Bring whatever garb you are currently working on!

Arts and Sciences nights. March 3 (calligraphy), March 31 (English Country dance). Participate in planned activities, or bring your own project to work on and share inspiration with others.

Shire Quarterly Moot. Sunday March 1, U of I Stock Pavilion. Business meeting at 2pm; activities from 3 -5 pm include Rapier practice, Archery competitions, shire Arts Championship (set up at 1:30). Pot-luck dinner and social at 5:30.

Better Wars Thru Archery: Annual regional event in Danville, Indiana, at Hendricks County Fairgrounds, focuses on competitions, novelty shoots, and improving your own archery prowess. Saturday, March 28. Website: http://sternfeld.midrealm.org/bwta/

This is just a small sample of the great things coming up in the near future. For more dates, be sure to see the Caer Gwyn Google calendar (tab above), check out our local event pages (tabs above) or visit the Midrealm calendar for events around the kingdom: www.midrealm.org/calendar.

Happenings in Our Hamlet, Jan-Feb 2020

Some great activities are coming up in Caer Gwyn and around the region. Be sure not to miss a thing!

Monthly Business meeting: Sunday February 2; 5-6pm, Stock Pavilion

Archery Practices. Sundays; March 1 – Caer Gwyn’s annual Novice Tourney and Shire championship!! 3-5pm, U of I Stock Pavilion. (For additional dates, see our Facebook page. )

Rapier Practices. Weekly on Sundays, 3-5 pm, U of I Stock Pavilion (no practices during UofI holiday breaks)

Sewing nights. March 12, 26. llini Union Rm 403. Bring whatever garb you are currently working on!

Sewing Nights. Tuesdays, Jan 30; Feb 13. 7-9pm, Illini Union Rm 403.

Festival of Maidens 47, Saturday, January 25 (Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL) . Caer Gwyn’s annual combat and arts event. See the drop down menu above for more info.

Happenings in Our Hamlet, Nov, Dec 2019, Jan 2020

Some great activities are coming up in Caer Gwyn and around the region. Be sure not to miss a thing!

Yule Moot: Sunday December 8, 1:30 – 7:00 at Maeve’s (2715 Western Ave, Mattoon, IL). Business meeting at 1:30, Activities from 3-5pm; pot luck feast 5:30pm. White elephant gift exchange. Rides from C-U available.

Monthly Business meeting: Sunday February 2; 5-6pm, Stock Pavilion

Sewing Nights. Tuesdays, Jan 30; Feb 13. 7-9pm, Illini Union Rm 403.

Sewing nights. March 12, 26. llini Union Rm 403. Bring whatever garb you are currently working on!

Archery Practices. Sundays; March 1 – Caer Gwyn’s annual Novice Tourney and Shire championship!! 3-5pm, U of I Stock Pavilion. (For additional dates, see our Facebook page. )

Rapier Practices. Weekly on Sundays, 3-5 pm, U of I Stock Pavilion (no practices during UofI holiday breaks)

Festival of Maidens. Saturday, January 25 8am-11pm. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. Click on links & dropdown menu above for more details.

Middle Kingdom 12th Night and Tournament of Arts. Saturday, January 11, 9am-10pm, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Schaumberg IL. Sponsored by the Barony of Ayerton. Click here for more details.

This is just a small sample of the great things coming up in the near future. For more dates, be sure to see the Caer Gwyn Google calendar (tab above), check out our local event pages (tabs above) or visit the Midrealm calendar for events around the kingdom: www.midrealm.org/calendar.

Happenings in Our Hamlet, October – November 2019

Some great activities are coming up in Caer Gwyn and around the region. Be sure not to miss a thing!

Royal University of the Midrealm. Classes on a wide assortment of subjects of interest to Middle Ages and Renaissance reenactors and enthusiasts. Saturday, October 26. For more info, click the “RUM 2019” tab above. Or see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1106332796233095/

Crystal Ball. Saturday, November 9. All day event revolving about the subject of courtly dance. Classes during the morning and afternoon, and elegant Ball that lasts into the wee hours after a sumptuous feast. Sponsored by the Barony of Shattered Crystal. See: http://www.shatteredcrystal.org/cb2019

Sewing Nights. Tuesdays, October 29, Nov 12, 26, Dec 10; 7-9pm, Illini Union Rm 405.

Arts and Sciences nights. Fridays, Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, Dec 6; 7-9 pm, Illini Union Rm 210.

Monthly Business meeting: Sunday, November 3; 5-6pm, U of I Stock Pavilion. (frequently followed by dinner at a local restaurant afterwards)

Archery Practices. Sundays, Oct 20, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1; 3-5pm, U of I Stock Pavilion. (For additional dates, see our Facebook group. )

Rapier Practices. Weekly on Sundays, 3-5 pm, U of I Stock Pavilion (no practices during UofI holiday breaks)

This is just a small sample of the great things coming up in the near future. For more dates, be sure to see the Caer Gwyn Google calendar (tab above), check out our local event pages (tabs above) or visit the Midrealm calendar for events around the kingdom: www.midrealm.org/calendar.

Happenings in our Hamlet, September-October 2019

Some great activities are coming up in Caer Gwyn and around the region. Be sure not to miss a thing!

Sewing Nights. Tuesdays, September 17, October 1, 15, 29, 7-9pm, Illini Union Rm 405.

Coronation of Seto and Ynes. Saturday, September 28. Every 6 months a new King and Queen step up to the thrones of the SCA’s Middle Kingdom, with much pagentry, panoply, and pompousness. Let us welcome our new monarchs! Sponsored by the Barony of Illiton. Pekin, Illinois. More info.

Archery Practices. Sundays, Sept 22, Oct 6 & 20, 3-5pm, U of I Stock Pavilion. (For additional dates, see our Facebook group. )

Rapier Practices. Weekly on Sundays, 3-5 pm, U of I Stock Pavilion (no practices during UofI holiday breaks)

Arts and Sciences nights. Fridays, Sept 20, Oct 4, 18, 25, 7-9 pm, Illini Union Rm 210.

Middle Kingdom Academy of Defense: Classes on all aspects of rapier combat. Saturday, October 5. For more details, click the “MKAoD” tab above.

Monthly Business meeting: Sunday, October 6, 5-6pm, U of I Stock Pavilion. (frequently followed by dinner at a local restaurant afterwards)

Royal University of the Midrealm. Classes on a wide assortment of subjects of interest to Middle Ages and Renaissance reenactors and enthusiasts. Saturday, October 26. For more info, click the “RUM 2019” tab above. Or see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1106332796233095/

This is just a small sample of the great things coming up in the near future. For more dates, be sure to see the Caer Gwyn Google calendar (tab above), check out our local event pages (tabs above) or visit the Midrealm calendar for events around the kingdom: www.midrealm.org/calendar.

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Happenings in our Hamlet, August- September

Some great activities are coming up in Caer Gwyn and around the region. Be sure not to miss a thing!

Tuesday, August 19: Sewing night at the Makerspace, 6pm, Independent Media Center, Urbana, Illinois.

Saturday, August 24: Baroness Duchess Wars, Annual camping event with all the trimmings – combat, rapier, archery, merchants, royal court, classes, arts competitions. Christian County Fairgrounds, Taylorville, Illinois. Sponsored by the Shire of Swordcliff.

Sunday, August 25: Caer Gwyn demo and info table at University of Illinois “Quad Day”. Noon-4pm, U of I Main Quad.

Wednesday, August 28: Newcomer’s Information Night. A chance to come and find out what the SCA is all about. Meet with members, see more samples of the things we do, ask all the questions you want, or just “geek out” with like-minded folk. Our historical re-enactment has many facets, so if you have an interest in the culture of the middle-ages and renaissance, we probably have something you’ll enjoy! Illini Union, Rm 406, 7-9:00 pm.

Sunday, September 8: Michaelmas Moot. Quarterly gathering of the shire to enjoy a variety of shared activities. Bring a project you are working on, come to practice pursuits martial, or just chat and pass the time. There will be an official rapier practice, plus our annual Shire Archery Championship. Additional planned activities will be discussed on our group Facebook page, (facebook.com/groups/235847550436432) including the pot-luck supper and monthly meeting. Garb suggested. Starts at Noon! University of Illinois Stock Pavilion.

Sunday, September 8: Monthly Business Meeting, 5pm, University of Illinois Stock Pavillion, Urbana, Illinois

Tuesday, September 16: Sewing night at the Makerspace, 6pm, Independent Media Center, Urbana, Illinois.

Saturday, September 28: Coronation of Seto and Ynes. Every 6 months a new King and Queen step up to the thrones of the SCA’s Middle Kingdom, with much pagentry, panoply, and pompousness. Let us welcome our new monarchs! Sponsored by the Barony of Illiton. Pekin, Illinois. More info.

This is just a small sample of the great things coming up in the near future. For more dates, be sure to see the Caer Gwyn Google calendar (tab above), check out our local event pages (tabs above) or visit the Midrealm calendar for events around the kingdom: www.midrealm.org/calendar.

Happenings in Our Hamlet, July-August 2019

Some great activities are coming up in Caer Gwyn and around the region. Be sure not to miss a thing!

Tuesday July 30: Monthly Arts and Sciences meeting, 7pm , Illini Union, Urbana, Illinois

Sunday, August 4: Monthly Business Meeting, 5pm, Illini Union, Urbana, Illinois

Tuesday August 19: Sewing night at the Makerspace, 6pm, Independent Media Center, Urbana, Illinois.

Saturday, August 24: Baroness Duchess Wars, Annual camping event with all the trimmings – combat, rapier, archery, merchants, royal court, classes, arts competitions. Christian County Fairgrounds, Taylorville, Illinois. Sponsored by the Shire of Swordcliff.

This is just a small sample of the great things coming up in the near future. For more dates, be sure to see the Caer Gwyn Google calendar (tab above), check out our local event pages (tabs above) or visit the Midrealm calendar for events around the kingdom: www.midrealm.org/calendar.

Margery’s Turret Talk

My apologies in advance for beginning this weeks blog with a grisly family story.

I was watching Call The Midwife recently. The episode was about an illegal abortion that went very wrong. I was reminded of a similar tale from my own family.

Way back in the 20s I had a Great Auntie Lizzie. She passed away from a knitting needle abortion. Over the years her story was masked by a more gentle one of how she passed. A gentle story of a young girl of 17 who washed her hair during many days of rain. She didn’t properly dry her hair, went out into the rain, caught pneumonia, and died days later. It was only as a teenager some 50 years later that I overheard a conversation between two of my other great aunties, her sisters of what really transpired.

This is the basis for this weeks’ blog.

PENNYROYAL, FRIEND OR FOE ?

Mentha pulegium, commonly (European) pennyroyal, is a species of flowering plant, or mint family, native to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Crushed pennyroyal leaves emit a very strong fragrance similar to spearmint. Pennyroyal is a traditional folk remedy and culinary herb. But is toxic to the liver and has caused some deaths.

Documented use of pennyroyal dates back to the Medieval period. Its name – although of uncertain etymology – is associated with Latin pulex (flea), alluding to the manner it was used to drive away fleas when smeared on the body. Pennyroyal was commonly incorporated as a cooking herb by the Greeks & Romans. Although it was commonly used for cooking also in the Middle Ages, it gradually fell out of use as a culinary herb and is seldom used as such today.

Pennyroyal has historically also been used as a mint flavoring in herbal teas and foods. Pennyroyal tea has been used for cold relief, fevers, coughs, indigestion, liver and kidney problems and headaches. The fresh or dried leaves of pennyroyal have also been used when treating influenza, abdominal cramps, to induce sweating, as well as in the treatment of diseases such as smallpox and tuberculosis. To make the tea, the leaves of the plant are boiled in hot water. The lower concentration of toxic chemicals in these teas are less harmful than pennyroyal oil. It is recommended that people only drink pennyroyal tea periodically, as it is taxing on the body and should not be drunk on a regular basis. Consumption of pennyroyal tea can be fatal to infants and children.

The pennyroyal plant has also been used as an emmenagogue or perhaps most famously as an abortifacient. Chemicals in the pennyroyal plant cause the uterine lining to contract, causing a woman’s uterine lining to shed. Women who struggle with regulating their menstrual cycle or suffer from a cystic ovary syndrome may choose to drink pennyroyal tea. Pennyroyal tea is subtle enough to induce menstrual flow with minimal risk of negative health effects. More concentrated versions of the plant, such as the oil, are much more toxic and will likely force a miscarriage if ingested by a pregnant woman.

Respectfully submitted with continued service to the crown,

Margery Draper

Margery’s Turret Talk

Sometimes I love weeds. Well, at least a plant others consider being a weed. I mean they have an insatiable desire to thrive no matter where they are. Unlike some more “well-liked” puny garden annuals, that have to be constantly babied. So what is better than a weed that not only thrives without help but also is so useful? Take for example yarrow. Known as a weed by most, yarrow uses and benefits are endless, well nearly. Whatever you want to call it, yarrow herb, plant or weed is one you want around.

The yarrow plant is impressive for many reasons. Be it in the garden for pest control, or to enhance the aromas and flavors or other plants or in the home-grown apothecary (or medicine cabinet for those who don’t dream of being an herbalist). Once you realize what yarrow can do this will be one weed you will encourage!

Yarrow is a champion in the garden. It is so helpful in repelling many pests. Aphids, nematodes bean beetles, cabbage worms and more all hate this plant and the strong smell it produces. So that makes it a win for you and maintaining organic control over your garden.

Yarrow also is known for enhancing aromas in other plants. Lavender, rosemary and other culinary herbs benefit from sharing garden space with this strong-willed plant.

Yarrow can be used both internally as well as externally and has a history of medicinal uses that vary from relaxing uterine contractions to stopping the bleeding.

Yarrow is wonderful for healing wounds with its many anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. yarrow is often used by midwives to both stop bleeding after birth and heal the new mother’s body with an herbal sitz bath. Yarrow can easily be used in tinctures, teas, powders, salves, and creams.

Easily dried for use in a tea for cold and flu season, or made into a tincture to reduce a fever or stop a nosebleed. Yarrow uses are nearly limitless and many that take almost no effort. With yarrows happy-to-thrive-anywhere attitude and the fact it will readily self-sow all over the place, you are guaranteed to have all you could ever need. Even if you may not have it in your garden yarrow is very easy to find growing wild all over the place.

In the herbal medical world, the yarrow herb has the nickname of “cure-all” and rightly so. It has been successfully used for thousands of years. For a very wide range of issues. What “weed” has that claim to fame? Yarrow is not picky and will happily grow in your garden or wild in a field. Whether to stop a nosebleed or to heal hemorrhoids, to companion plant or keep pests from the garden the many benefits of the yarrow herb are endless.

Yours in continued service to the crown & shire,

Margery Draper