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Event Details
St. Elegius Event date: November 14th, 2015
Hosted by Barony of Dragonship Haven - Meriden, CT
Event Last Modified: August 19th, 2015
Event details
Come one and all, as the glorious Barony of Dragonship Haven once again opens her doors for the amazing St.Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition! 
Please note* some rule changes have been made.
As in the past expect fantastic arts and sciences, encouraging conversation, knowledge, prowess, a marvelous day board and stupendous prizes all hand crafted by our gifted Artificers. 
Youth activities and GAMES!!
Their Excellencies Master Baron Joseph of the Red Griffon and Mistress Baroness Brose of Greyling will hold court to award winners, then everyone will be invited to partake in our PIE BOARD!!
YES, pie, sweet, savory, some dairy free and gluten free will be available, ALL will be delightful.  Please feel free to donate your favorite pie for the board (all donations must include ingredient list)
A&S will be run by Lady Rhode and questions may be directed there. 
****A traditional fencing tourney along with a special tourney geared toward the ART behind fencing will be run by Lord Jean Michele la Vode and Lord Christoffel d'allaines le Comte *** SEE A&S RULES ADDENDUM FOR FENCING ART CHALLENGE!!  MOD, Dons and Dona's, please feel free to contact one of the Marshals if you wish to help judge a style.
A heavy weapons tourney will be run by Baron Gerard D;Aigues-Mortes.
Dayboard will be run by Master Tristan de Worrell and Mistress Renye Wurm
Youth activities and Games Lord Miron d'allaines-le Comte

St.  Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition 2015 Rules of Engagement

The St.  Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition is designed to be something like a martial tourney. 

This year we will only allow each competitor to enter once.  Your entry can be one item or a group of related items that will be judged as ONE entry.  We are also requiring that each entrant

choose one of the following 6 groups to both judge and be judged.  If you’re unsure, ask at registration for advice.  Advice is not binding.

Novices have entered a few small competitions (or none) & feel rather inexperienced in A&S contests.  (Analogy:  competes in Rookie's Tourney).  We are further dividing novices into Novice

A (new to SCA, <3 years in SCA) and Novice B (>3 yrs in SCA but new to A&S contests). 

Artisans:  have entered a few competitions, gotten feedback and refined their entry so it shows to best advantage or have significant non-SCA experience with their field of entry--i.e.  are

entering a food item and employed as a chef.  (Analogy:  competes in a Cadet's/Squire's Tourney)

Experienced Competitors:  have entered several local or a Kingdom-wide contest.  This group also includes any Laurel whose entry is anything-BUT-what-they-were-laureled-for.  (Analogy:

competes in King & Queen's Champion Tourney)

Laurels & masters:  are either members of the Order of the Laurel entering examples of the work(s) for which they received their recognition, or any non-Laurel who chooses to enter in this

group, thus they are scored on their mastery of an art or science.  (Analogy:  competes in Best of the Knowne World Tourney)

Traditional A&S:  You can choose to enter a more EK-traditional A&S competition in which you will be scored by a group of non-competitors instead of co-entrants.  We will have a panel of 3

judges score each entry in this group.  These judges will be chosen for their breadth of SCA knowledge, not their knowledge of a specific field.  However, Traditional-group entrants won’t have

the experience of scoring others’ work.

1.  Face-to-face scoring is the order of the day so come prepared to talk about your work.  We contend that A&S contest is a form of tourney, so it's an in-person sport.  You must be present to

score & be scored.  Research papers and the ‘Traditional” group will also be face-to-face scoring.

2.  Since the combatants declare the winner of a martial bout, St.  Eligius entrants for all groups except Traditional will score entries in their contest group:  novices scoring novice entries,

artisans scoring artisan entries; Laurels scoring Laurels & masters entries etc.  An orientation to scoring will be available for every entrant and an experienced consultant will be available to

assist and advise each group. 

3.  Research papers are limited to 8 pages & must be received in e-format by RoseKeeler at cox dot net by Nov 3rd.  They will be read by non-contestants, but face-to-face discussion and

scoring will occur. 

4.  All food, beverage, and cosmetic entries must have a full ingredients list to avoid foreseeable allergies.

5.  Works that are too bulky to transport may be entered via photos & write-ups.  Works-in-progress are welcome. 

6.  There is no age limit on entries.  Bring your best even if you made it 20+ years ago. 

7.  A St.  Eligius 12 Question sheet should accompany entries in this contest (strongly recommended).  It is OK to say "see documentation"; and provide a more formal write-up.  Any pictures of

related items or extant examples should be included to help those scoring your work.  Your documentation from prior competitions/displays can be included for completeness.  Sources should

be generally regarded as reputable and directly applicable to the entry.

8.  Use of smart phones or computers to show images or references is permitted but not required.  No equipment will be supplied, but you may share or borrow.  NO internet hotspot access is


Special competitions are also being held concurrently.

These will not be scored as above.  Selected judges will choose the winners.

Medieval Moment:  In honor of our patron, St.  Eligius, we are asking that entries include a brief description of your experience of a Medieval Moment during the preparation of your

project.  Please describe (verbally or in writing) something that brought you closer to the artisan who originated the work you have adapted or used for inspiration.  Descriptions may

be written or verbal.  A good story always scores well.  See question # 11 in St.  Eligius 12 Questions. 

Master Alexander Challenge:  In the spirit of Master Alexander the Younger, please enter an example of your work in an art that is new to you within the last year.  New techniques

within the art that you already practice do not count (i.e.  glassblowing to enameling of blown glass beakers is an expansion of a skill, not a new-to-you art form.) Scoring will be only

on the entry's meeting the criteria of the art being new to you, and not on full documentation or mastery of the art.  Minimal documentation of methods and how this is new to you is

required.  The intent is to give a supportive venue for trying new arts without the rigors of open competition.  The prize is will be chosen and presented by Lady Cassandra de

Matisse or her representative.

Artisan's Progress:  Display 3-5 examples of your work showing how your skill has progressed over the years.  Works should include something from very early in your career

(even if that was last week).  Works may (but need not) be entered for individual scores.  This competition is a chance to show your development as an artisan.  Documentation

should be very brief with rough dates of completion. 

SCA Kluge:  non-period items with a medieval flair (e.g.  camp furniture, phone holder, lawn ornament).

Populace Choice:  Vote with beans for your favorite entry.  Most beans wins. 

Baron & Baronesses Choice:  Catch their Excellencies’ eye and gain their praise and a prize.

**** Art of Fencing Challenge

Chose your period fencing Masters style, bring documentation of the Master you chose to represent with description of the play you choose to use.  Describe the action and perform for judges.
The judging criteria will be the same as the A&S as applicable.

St.  Eligius’ 12 Questions 2015 Competition Documentation

(Hint:  This is a good place for brief specifics.  Don’t be too wordy because lots can be discussed in

1.) What did you make or do? (Include name of item/action, location, time period, info on its use &


2.) What is the connection between your entry and a medieval item or practice?

3.) How would your entry have been made/done in period?

4.) How was yours made/done?

5.) What are some similarities and differences in materials, process, tools, approach?

6.) What inspired you? ? (Try to include a picture of a period example or related items and include the web

address, location, description, book or citation reference for the source of the image.)

7.) What was your favorite part of preparing your entry?

8.) What would you do differently next time (imagine yourself advising someone beginning to do what

you’ve done)?

9.) What references and sources would you recommend to someone interested in your work?

(This is the time to be very specific so others could follow in your research wake and see

what informed your investigation.) You can bring your book(s) &/or copies of articles so

people can make notes about your sources.)

10.) How did you find your sources of information?

11.) Did you find a connection to a medieval artisan while working on your entry? Please


12.) Any last thoughts or amusing stories about your work?

Saint Eligius Arts and Sciences Contest and Display 2015

Novice-A <3 yrs in SCA; Novice-B >3 yrs in SCA; Artisan, Experienced Competitor,

Entry #_______ Table #_________ Entrant____________________________ Total Score:

Entry Description (brief)______________________________________________________


Overall Impression:  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  (20 pts max)_____

Laurel/master, Traditional A&S

Complexity/Workmanship:  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  (20 pts max)_____

Authenticity:  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  (15 pts max)_____

Appropriateness and Creativity:  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  (15pts max)____

Written Documentation:  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  (10 pts max)_____

Period Appearance:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Attractive presentation:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Quality and finishing:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Interesting choice of project:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Difficulty of project attempted:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Ingenuity and problem-solving:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Neat and well-constructed:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Ornamentation and finish:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Period example(s) or inspiration(s) shown or discussed):  0 1 2 3 4 5

Does the piece look/feel/sound period-accurate? 0 1 2 3 4 5

Period details that contribute to the illusion of authenticity:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Choice of period materials &/or intelligent substitutions:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Problem solving and adaptation of period practices:  0 1 2 3 4 5

Period Process (or good reasons for modern process):  0 1 2 3 4 5

St.  Eligius 12 Question sheet or similar documentation:  0 (absent) 1(present) 2 (info available in text)

Sufficient historic context (time/location/culture):  0 1 2

Description of period materials & process:  0 1 2

Description of entry’s modern materials & process 0 1 2

Adequate relevant reputable sources cited:  0 1 2

Presents project info in a comprehensible manner:  0 1 2

Answers include new info not in written documentation 0 1 2

Explains differences between period &modern process/materials:  0 1 2 3

Gives accurate facts about historical context and culture of origin:  0 1 2 3

Oral Presentation of Information:  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  (10 pts max)_____

Appropriate Group:  Did the entrant choose a group appropriate to their skill level (5 pts max)___

Discretionary Points:  Award up to 5 points for extraordinary work above & beyond what is expected (5 pts max)___

Please Use BACK OF SHEET for written comments & contact info.

Site Opens: 10 am
Site Closes: 7 pm
Event Location
Immanuel Lutheran Church
164 Hanover Street
Meriden, CT  06451
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The event site is accessible per the East Kingdom Accessibility Porter's Checklist

Take your best route to Interstate 691.  Take exit 5 for CT-71/Chamberlain Hwy toward Kensington.  If you're headed West use exit 6.  Turn right onto CT-71 S/Chamberlain Hwy.  Turn left onto W Main St.  Turn right onto Linsley Ave.  Turn left onto Hanover St.  Destination will be on the right, large brick church at the corner of Cook Ave.  & Hanover St.  Drop off zone in Church parking lot and more parking just across Cook Ave.  There will be blue & white SCA signs and a drop-off area in front of the main entrance. 

Registration Fees
Registration: Site :  Site fee included a hearty dayboard and a pie revel. 
$13 for members
$18 non-members (includes $5 non-member surcharge)
$7 for youths ages 5 to 17 years old
Free for children under 5

Family CAP $48 (Does not include non-member surcharge)

discretely damp, service animals only, smoking must be 10 ft from door please.

Feast: No Feast
There is a Post revel Pie board
reservation is not necessary.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA Inc.  Barony of Dragonship Haven

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Lady Isabella d'Allaines le Comte (Theresa Brooks) theresabrk@gmail.com (203)-927-3106

Send Reservations to:
Joan of Coggeshall
617 Town Colony Dr
Middletown CT 06457

Other Contact Information:
Event Steward theresabrk@gmail.com
A&S rose.keeler@me.com
Fencing seanmhayden@gmail.com and amosbrooks@gmail.com
heavy weapons nathan.rawling@gmail.com
dayboard dthelmers@briar-rose-associates.com and wurm55@juno.com
youth activities and games michaleon1@gmail.com

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