Pennoncel v.1 n.4

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"Pennoncel" was the name of first newsletter published for the Kingdom of the East. The Kingdom newsletter underwent many name changes before settling into the "Pikestaff" of today. The is the fourth issue that was publish (we are still trying to nail down how many issues were published). The chronicler was Dame Elfrida of Greenwalls (Marion Breen), better know to us today as the author Marion Zimmer Bradley.


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Cover letter
Cover letter
S T O P: Before you read the accompanying PENNONCEL, this
brief postscript --or should I say prescript, since
it comes first --is necessary;

First of all, our new address will NOT be 416 State Street, and
nothing should be sent to that address. For various reasons,
the major one of which is that the owner was unable to evict
the prior tenants, we could not take possession. Therefore, the
new address for Breens is 2 Swain Avenue, Staten Island, 1O3l2.

This also makes a difference in the announced rehearsal for
dancers. We have obtained permission to hold it in the
Staten Island Center for the Creative Arts, 56 Beach Street,
Stapleton, Staten Island. To get there, take any bus from
the Ferry Building which goes through Stapleton, and ask the
driver how to get to Beach Street. This is 3 P.M., October 13,
Sunday afternoon, and thanks are due to Les Gerber for
getting us permission to hold the rehearsal there.

I don't think there is room for musicians to rehearse at the
same time, so will the musicians please telephone me at the
new address after September l4th? I don't know yet what the
new number will be; but if you dial the old number, (ELI-7362)
calls will be transferred to the new one. We will arrange to
rehearse somehow.

Our new house has a huge living room with a fireplace, and a
lawn so large that we could almost hold a full-scale tournament
there; we may try it sometime this spring, as it will save us
the trouble of getting permission; also, unhampered by Park
regulations, we could provide wine, beer, etc. However, this
time, we'll stick to Clove Lakes Park as stated herein.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN on October 27th; we will hold an indoor
revel, with feasting, at our new house.

Now go ahead and read this copy of PENNONCEL, with our
apologies for being so late in sending it out; we didn't
dare let the false information about our new address go out,
and as you can well imagine, we were doing some frantic last
minute house-hunting, Remember; dancers at the Creative Arts
Center, Beach Street, Staten Island, on October l3th;
musicians, please call me after the l4th and we will arrange
a rehearsal.

            Marion Breen
IN THE MEANTIME: If you need to reach us, phone WB at PL3-71137
if you need to send us anything in writing, use 65 East 56
volente, the new place will be reachable by mail and phone
after the 15th--possibly earlier.

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Pennoncel no. 4                             Tourney / Revelry:
                                            27 October
                                            Clove Lakes Park, SI
                                            Music & Dance - 13 Oct
                                            Costumers - Every Sunday

PENNONCEL is the Official Newsletter of the East Coast chapter of the 
                 Society for Creative Anachronism, published by Marion 
Breen, 15 Urbana Street, Staten Island, N.Y. 10304. This address is 
good until September 28th, after which the address will be 416 State 
Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. The new phone number will be circulated as 
soon as we know it ourselves. Meanwhile, in emergency, Walter can be 
contacted during business hours at PL3-1137.
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PROFUSE APOLOGIES:  A few recipients of PENNONCEL have complained about 
            the publication of their names and addresses. I didn’t do 
it; the policy of the Society has always been that we do not make our 
mailing list public. However, the member who ran off PENNONCEL for us 
did not know our policy; I typed up the mailing list on labels for 
him, and he mistook that list for our list of active members and 
thought it would be nice to publish it. It won’t happen again. How-
ever, if any member has any special interest and would like to get in 
touch with others, we’ll gladly make their name available so that they 
can contact you.

A FEW PEOPLE HAVE ASKED what the name of this newsletter, PENNONCEL, 
            means.  A pennoncel is a small banner, or pennon, which 
seemed appropriate to our subordinate position to the Official Magazine 
of the main branch of the Society in the West.

THE WORK-PARTY HELD AT BREENS last Sunday was a smashing success, 
            although not much work got done-—so many new members turn-
ed up that there wasn’t room for any work.  However, an interim 
organizational meeting was held, demonstrations were given by some 
members of costumes, the construction of banners, and the like, and 
a reporter from the Newark News interviewed members and took photo-

THE NEXT TOURNAMENT, it was decided, will be held again in Clove 
           Lakes Park, Staten Island, on OCTOBER 27, SUNDAY, from 
noon till dusk. Sir Bruce of Cloves and his lady Florence will be 
crowned as King and Queen. John Boardman will once again serve as 
King’s Herald. Fred Phillips will serve as Earl Marshal, and music 
will be provided, with dancing. +++ It was also decided that, as 
the Society on the West Coast has adopted a coat of arms consisting 
of an olive branch, that our official banner and coat of arms will 
consist of the olive branch surmounted by an Eastern Crown. This 
design, we hope, will set a precedent, so that future branches of the 
Society may adopt the olive branch with some local device to dis-
tinguish them. John Boardman offered to make up a design in proper 
heraldic form, which will be used as the official device of the society 
in the East in future.

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Pages 4-7 contain a reprint from the "Handbook of the Current Middle Ages" which was published at BayCon in 1968. The reprint finishes on page 7.

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Pages 4-7 contain a reprint from the "Handbook of the Current Middle Ages" which was published at BayCon in 1968. The reprint finishes on page 7.

A note is added at the bottom of page 5, referencing the description of the job of Seneschal:

 * Walter and Marion Breen have been appointed, temporarily, Seneschal
of the Kingdom in the East. Anyone who wants the job next year had
better start thinking about it now.

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Pages 4-7 contain a reprint from the "Handbook of the Current Middle Ages" which was published at BayCon in 1968. The reprint finishes on page 7.

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Pages 4-7 contain a reprint from the "Handbook of the Current Middle Ages" which was published at BayCon in 1968. The reprint finishes on page 7.

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Don’t be silly---of course not!

                                   If it’s your first tournament and
you’re not quite sure whether you want to go to all that trouble until
you’re sure the society is your meat ….if you’re broke this week ….
if you find out about the event four days before it happens …it’s 
easy as pie to make up an authentic-looking costume for practically 
nothing, out of the contents of your closets and bureaus or at worst 
the rummage counter of the Goodwill Stores.

                                      Women’s costumes all have, 
as basis, a long dress. The “granny gown” fashionable a year or so ago 
can be worn with a veil and kerchief to look very 1600-ish. Ladies of 
the Society have been known to use, as fundamental costume, a plain-
colored, voluminous flannel nightgown, ornamented with a chain girdle, 
a sash, a head-veil or cloak. The floor-length muu-muu is also quite 
all right; it’s a direct descendant of the Roman dalmatica, a female 
garment from 400 down through the dark ages. At worst, a long skirt 
can be made in one hour by even the most inexperienced seamstress, and 
worn with a peasant blouse.

                       Men can also be costumed inexpensively. Tight 
trousers will do for hose, and a collarless shirt, Nehru shirt in plain 
colors, or Russian blouse, for a tunic. Make a surcoat from two towels 
pinned together at the shoulders; for greater realism, use two broaches 
for the pins. Boots and sandals (not both at once, dopey!) add to the 
effect. For a peasant costume, borrow baggy trousers from someone fatter, 
hold them up with a piece of rope, and wear a too-big shirt with collar 
and cuffs cut off. At worst, put on a loincloth, borrow a pitchfork, 
and come as a serf…. Or sew two sheets together for an Arab’s burnoose… 
or get an old Choir robe and be a monk.

                                   Children can be costumed easily 
and cheaply. A small girl could wear a cotton or flannel nightgown; this 
basic pattern was the female garment thoughout the Dark and Middle ages. 
With a belt, and a towel cloak, and flowers in her hair, she’s ready. 
A boy could wear tights, a long-sleeved tunic or blouse, and a tabard 
or tunic of two small towels, fore and aft, pinned at the shoulders, 
with a rope or leather belt. Of course, very small children went naked 
in the Middle ages, but we don’t recommend that much realism in a 
public place.

                Cloaks for men, women and children can be made from 
bedspreads, old tablecloths, (especially with fringe) beach towels, 
or antiquated rain-capes.

                             Some day, or course, you may want an 
authentic costume; meanwhile, don’t let the lack of one keep you 
away. Almost any trunk. closet, attic or rummage counter will 
yield costume materials. The important thing is to get into the spirit 
of the fun. If you have attempted the spirit of a costume, no one 
will throw you out for your failure to achieve the letter; they may 
even acquire your ingenuity.

                                Dame Marion.
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                        Every Sunday: Artisans at Beardman’s
                        October 13th: Dancers and Musicians at Breens
                        OCTOBER 27th, 1968: TOURNAMENT AND REVEL IN
                              CLOVE LAKES PARK, STATEN ISLAND

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