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Pennoncel

"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. This is the fourth issue and was published in September of 1968 (after BayCon on Sept. 2, 1968). The chronicler was Marion Breen (Elfrida of Greenwalls), better know to us today as the author Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Cover Letter Text

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
St., NYC 10022. NAIL NO LONGER GOES TO URBANA ST. Deo
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-
graphs.

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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PENNONCEL                                              page 2

ARMOURER’S GUILD:  Barry Greene will continue to serve as Weapons
              Master in charge of the Armourers, which will construct
weapons for the forthcoming Tournament.  Funds were raised from sub-
scriptions to PENNONCEL and turned over to Barry for the purchase of
a kendo mask and gloves for the use of fighters in the forthcoming
tournament.  + + + Those wishing to fight in the tournament should
help with weapons.  No one expects, as yet, that a knight will be able
to make all his own weapons, but it is equally unrealistic to expect
that the few members of the Armourer’s Guild should spend all the time
and bear a major part of the expense as well.  We suggest that if you
wish to fight, you call Barry at 996-1186 and ask what you should do.
If you have skill with your hands, and some time to give, we’re sure
he and his committee can use your help, and he can tell you where and
when to come for help and advice.  If you have neither skill nor time,
a small amount of money for the purchase of materials for sword-and-
shield making would be an acceptable substitute.  + + + Fighters in the
know suggest that if you want to fight in October, you start training
now. Fighting can be fairly strenuous.  Chain-smokers should cut down
somewhat on their cigarettes.  Everybody should run around the block
every day, or some such.  If you aren’t in condition to do that, the
combats may be too strenuous for you.  On the other hand, if you can
play a good hard game of tennis without too much huffing and puffing,
chances are you have nothing to worry about.

ARTISANS GUILD:  The Lady Perdita Boardman has generously offered to
             Supervise, and act as advisor, on construction of banners
and similar needlework.  Anyone wanting to help or advice may go there on
any Sunday afternoon between now and the Tournament, to obtain some.
The address is 592 16th St, Brooklyn, and as a courtesy to the Lady,
I suggest that you telephone first, and find out what time it would
be convenient for you to come and what materials you should bring.
+ + +  Many members displayed, or recommended, books on costume; most
of these are available at the Public Library, or could be purchased by
anyone who wishes to go into this very seriously.  Queen Adrienne dis-
played one entitled A HISTORY OF COSTUME, by Carl Kehler, Dover Press,
which costs about $2 in paperback and contains patterns and cutting
diagrams as well as illustrations.  DRESSING THE PART, by Fairfax
Walkup, Appleton-Century-Croftan 1950, is a manual for costuming
historical plays and films and gives details for constructing not only
costumes but properties; HISTORIC COSTUME FOR THE AMATEUR THEATRE, by
Harold Melvill, published by Barrie and Rockcliff of London, 1961, is
much the same sort of thing.

JONGLEURS GUILD:  We have discovered, to our great pleasure, that
            among our membership we number a professional teacher of
dancing, Bob Kasmayer.  On OCTOBER 13th, Sunday afternoon, at the
Breens new address in Brooklyn, Bob will instruct any interested
member in the steps of the pavane, the galliard, the English sword
dance and the Morris dance.  Any interested member should be there
at about 2 P.M.  + + + We have a madrigal singers group in the making,
composed of Marion Breen, soprano, Lee Smeiro, alto, Leslie Brandeis,
baritone, and Peter Duvoen, base; as you can see, we desperately need
either a tenor, or a deep contralto who can sing tenor.  We could also
use an extra soprano or two, as some madrigals have two soprano parts.
Please volunteer, if you can sing, even if you have one of the voices
we’ve already found; we’d like to perform small cantatas and such,
people do get laryngitis, and if we have too many volunteers, we’ll
simply form two groups.    + + + Some members have volunteered to

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PENNONCEL,                                               page 3

Play lute-music on the guitar, which isn’t the anachronism it sounds;
the guitar is a very old instrument, a direct descendant of the
chitarra and chitarrene.  + + + Of course, if anyone actually plays a
lute—or a dulcimer, or a krumhorn, or anything of the like—bring it
along, too.  All musicians are asked to come and rehearse on October
13th also at Breens; we’ll have a piano and an accompanist. If anyone
has medieval music available which is not in shape for performance,
Walter Breen is a competent arranger and conductor.  + + + There are,
among the membership, players of soprano, sopranino, tenor and alto
recorders; all we need for a concert of recorders is a bass recorder---
or a bassoon –or at worst a cello who can play contanno for the group.
Any volunteers?  We could also use trumpeters to play fanfares for the
Herald.  Pass the word along, please!  Or call Peter Daveen, ST3-3540.

YEOMANLY SPORT:  Some interest has been shown in archery contests such
            As are held on the West Coast.  Does anyone want to arrange
for this?  Bear in mind that we must have (1) a safe place to let off
arrows, (2) targets, and (3) participants.  One member has volunteered
that he will contribute, as a prize for the first archery contest, a
gold arrow on a satin cushion.  + + + It was also suggested that
quarterstaff-play be revived.  I saw this at the Pleasure Faire in San
Francisco and think it would be great fun for this group.  If anyone
would like to organize it, or would like to try it when organized, let
me know; or call Fred Phillips at JE7-8324.  (Out of area; write Fred
at 1278 Grand Concourse, Bronx, N.Y.  10456.)

WOMANLY SPORT:  The rules of the lists prevent women from engaging in
         combat with sword and shield; and those of you who attended
the Baycon Tourney can well see why.  However, a lengthy tradition
permits women to enter archery contests, having the robust example of
Maid Marian of Sherwood Forrest.  + + + Women may also engage in fencing
contests for exhibition and demonstration purposes.  Many women study
fencing in school, college or camps, and several of our young-lady
members showed interest when Queen Adrienne mentioned it at meeting;
anyone interested, call her at RT9-3766.

TIDINGS FROM THE WEST-KINGDOM:  Several copies of the HANDBOOK OF THE
             (CURRENT) MIDDLE AGES have been sent to us from the West
Coast for sale to Eastern Kingdom members.  They are available on a
first-come, first-served basis at 75¢ plus 15¢ for postage and envelope.
This is the booklet distributed at the Baycon tourney, and contains
a short history of the society, with articles on construction of
Medieval clothing, construction of swords and shields, and an exposition
on how to use them in combat –written by Edwin Berserk, who runs the
Society’s training classes for fighters.  Please, if you got one out
West, please don’t try to get another just yet, copies are limited;
we hope to reprint it someday.  + + + It has come to our ears that
the Red Baron, was brought to bed and safely delivered of a son and
heir on September 12, 1968; the youngling rejoices in the
Christian names of Ian Michael.  May he be noble and handsome!

MISCELLANY:  If you wish to adopt a coat-of-arms, consult or College
             of Heraldry, temporarily in the hands of John Boardman or
Fred Phillips; and remember it isn’t cricket to adopt one already borne
by any living family, person or country.  + + + Fred Lerner, 98-B,
The Boulevard, East Patterson, N.J. (SW6-2747, area code 201) has
generously offered to help members on any necessary historical
research, in his field as a professional librarian.

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Pages 4-7 contain a reprint from the "Handbook of the Current Middle Ages" which was published at BayCon. 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. The reprint finishes on page 7, with the following text after it:

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A footnote on East-Kingdom organization.  It has been discussed, and 
suggested, that for the present, until we have a sufficient Court to 
make decisions, the following members serve in lieu of an Eastern 
Board of Directors, responsible only to the Society in the West; these
are all members who are eager to serve and deeply involved in Society
functions.  Walter and I will continue to serve as Seneschal until some-
one else wants the job; I will continue as Chronicler until my work is
no longer satisfactory to the members.  Perdita Boardman and Adrianne
Martine will function jointly as Mistress of Arts;  John Boardman as
Herald and, with Fred Phillips, associate Kings-at-Arms; Barry Greene
as Weapons Master, with Carl Fredericks and Kenneth Levinson; and
Peter Davoon and Bob Kezmayer, jointly as Masters of the Fine Arts.
This will create a Council of Ten which will serve until the Twelfth
Night Revel, when, traditionally, knights are created and a new Court 
takes over, (Good lord--a democrat since birth, I forgot our current
holder of the Crown, King Bruce, and his Lady.  He also is a member 
of the Council!)  We are always glad of help and assistance from other
members; and remember, these positions convey hard work, rather then
simply glory.  I would like, for instance, an immediate volunteer for
temporary Chancellor of the Exchequer; I hate handling other people's 
money and am no good at it.  + + + As more and more members find out
what they can do best, I suspect all these offices will be filled, and
perhaps more.  If you want an office-- invent a need and fill it!

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WHAT TO DO TILL THE SEAMSTRESS COMES, OR IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT A
            COSTUME, USE YOUR HEAD!

The oldest tradition of the society states that there is no room for 
mere spectators; all participants MUST attend in costume.
                                                         Does this
mean that you have to go out and spend a small fortune on period 
clothes of brocade and satin, cloaks and swords, spend hours on
fine stitchery, or maybe rent a costume from a theatrical agency?

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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 throughout 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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A REMINDER: CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

                        Every Sunday: Artisans at Boardman's
                        October 13th: Dancers and Musicians at Breens
                        OCTOBER 27th, 1968: TOURNAMENT AND REVEL IN
                              CLOVE LAKES PARK, STATEN ISLAND

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