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September Crown Youth Arts, Science, Bardic Challenge

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Come to September Crown and present a piece to some great judges! For any young person, from age 5 to 18. It’s not a competition; it’s a chance to practice performing/presenting in front of a panel of judges, and to receive feedback. There will be differing research requirements for each critiquing level, and you can do as much as you want.

Your level is not determined by age. Instead, we have three levels of critique, based on how much feedback you want:

  1. I’m just starting out, I don’t really want to be asked questions besides the very basic ones, I just want to get a feel for this kind of performance.
  2. Some feedback would be nice, but don’t go all out.
  3. I want lots and lots of feedback, ask me difficult questions, all that. Treat me like an adult.

Level 1- Guiding Questions- Bardic

  1. Who wrote the piece?
  2. What time period was this piece written and performed in?
  3. Where was it performed?

Level 2- Guiding Questions- Bardic

  1. Who wrote the piece?
  2. What is your piece?
  3. Where was it performed?
  4. Why did you choose this piece?
  5. When was it written and performed?
  6. How would it have been performed?

Level 3- Guiding Questions- Bardic

  1. Who wrote the piece? Where was he from, what did he do? Write a short biography.
  2. What is your piece? Describe the type. Are there any distinguishing characteristics or forms?
  3. Where was it performed? What was the
  4. Why did you choose this piece?
  5. When was it written and performed?
  6. How would it have been performed? How are you performing it? What are the differences?

If you or your child is going to participate please send me an email to register by August 21, 2014. Nidda Ridarelli and Annik de Venoix including the following information:


Critiquing level:



Please put September Youth Challenge in the subject line.

Looking forward to see the talents of our youth!

–Annik de Venoix, An Tir Youth Bardic Deputy

Capstone debuts this year at KASB 2014

Monday, February 10th, 2014

New entry category for this year’s Kingdom Arts & Sciences/Bardic championship


cap·stone. n. [ˈkap-ˌstōn] 1. The top stone of a structure or wall. 2. The crowning achievement or final stroke; the culmination or acme.

I’m excited to introduce a new entry category in the AS XLVIII An Tir Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship. We’re calling it a Capstone entry, and it’s intended for advanced artisans who want to truly challenge themselves with a master work or thesis defense level project. For example, you could: build an entire clothing ensemble “from the skin out”; perform several musical or dramatic works within a theme or of a specific style; or discuss the evolution of an object or activity throughout SCA period. Documentation would, of course, need to be comprehensive and fairly extensive, including resources, techniques, deviations, and context.

Because it’s a bit different than the current standard entry, and to accommodate the depth and breadth Capstone entries will have, we’ve also made some changes to how they’ll be presented and judged.


Capstone entrants will have up to an hour to present their entry, including extensive discussion about their creation or preparation process, resources, tools or instruments, issues and solutions, and the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of it all. They’ll be judged on the following elements, with a maximum of 10 points for each, for a maximum 60 total points:

  1. Technical ability – the level of technical prowess in the execution of the object, performance, written work or composition.
  2. Authenticity – how close does the entry come to its period counterpart?
  3. Oral presentation – how well does the entrant present their entry and findings to the judges? How well do they field questions?
  4. Creativity – is the entry a replica of its period counterpart, or does the entrant create something unique?
  5. Documentation – does the entrant clearly outline the process, use relevant and creditable sources, acknowledge and justify deviations from period methods and materials, and present the process and findings in a clear manner?
  6. Ambiance/Display – does the entrant create a space for the entry that provides context, and contributes to the overall experience and presentation (i.e. performers wearing clothing appropriate to the time period of their piece; food entries presented in appropriate vessels, etc.)?

Its not all that different than the existing format, but the expectations for Capstone entrants is, as you might imagine, quite a bit higher. To facilitate that, we’ve made some adjustments to the judging of these entries as well.

Since it is expected to be quite extensive, entrants are required to apply and present an outline of their presentation to the A&S minster by 12th Night.  If qualified and accepted to do a Capstone, their documentation is due to the judging team two weeks prior to the competition so there is time to read, fact check, and prepare questions. The judging team will then meet before the competition to align their ideas about what they want to see, and ensure their expectations and standards are at a similar level to one another. After the presentation, on the day of the competition, the judges will have up to 30 minutes to confer with each other, and will have an opportunity to return to the entrant with further questions.

The judges will then confer with the Crown and the Minister of Arts & Sciences to determine whether the entrant has scored well enough to be considered successful. If they are deemed so, the Crown will present them with a Capstone as a reminder of their hard work and achievement.

It’s new. It’s exciting. It’s an opportunity to really explore something that interests you. This year will be a trial run. We will see what we learn about the process.

I’ll be talking about this more in the coming weeks, but please feel free to get in touch if you want more information! Artsci at antir dot sca dot org.

Preliminary Schedule now available For Kingdom Arts and Sciences and Bardic Championship

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Prelim schedule

If you are interested in knowing the direction the schedule is going here is a blurry picture. Click the link above. More to follow.

Dirty Dozen Largess Derby September Crown 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

I ran the Dirty Dozen Largess Derby at September. You can learn more about Dirty Dozen at

I had 9 people enter, but some people entered multiple sets of things. Alessandre da Montefeltro made silk painted fans and An Tir colored favors. Nidda Ridarelli entered needle cases. Antonia Crevelli entered earrings. Steinn and Gemma made Strawberry Bacon jam. Freyadis of Avacal made sewing kits in little wooden boxes. Tomaris di Cavallino made 15th c. style enameled glass candle holders, Morgan Donner made jewelry sets and had period images with them as documentation.  Jadwiga Radomyski made hand painted medieval games. Christal Moore made 12 of each: Flower seeds packet with four different flowers, Travel tissue holder, beaded scissor fob, needle/scissor fob, Lavender sachets, a bottle with 2 tablespoons of lavender and a lavender shortbread recipe. The total was 16 sets of largess.

The Crown was very appreciative of the generosity of the populace of An Tir. Thank you to all the artisans who participated. Especially to Jadwiga, who has entered two in a row with her beautiful games, both May Crown and September Crown. And the prize winner of September Crown was Morgan Donner, who was also a second time entrant. She made the most beautiful hand smocked and embroidered aprons for May Crown and the beautiful jewelry sets in this round.

September Crown 2013 Children,Youth, Teen Art, Science, Bardic Challenge Results

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013


For the September Crown 2013 CYTASB Challenge I had 14 entrants. Each participant did an excellent job and all who bore witness to the feats performed were amazed at the talents of the future of An Tir. For those not in attendance I post the following summary.

In the Children’s division there were four entrants. Kjalak, age 7, embroidered an An Tir populace badge in silk on a linen cloth. Elianna Ulfsdottir, age 5, helped her mom create a dress by doing some of the cutting, sewing and pressing. Cedric Jameson, age 7, needle felted a design on a felt belt that he sewed by himself. Sofia, age 4, needle felted a lily on a felt pouch she sewed herself. Each child was required to answer questions and offer positive feedback to all the other competitors. They all did amazingly well.

In the Youth division there were six entrants. Thela Fletcher, age 12, made some decorative needle felting, and a needle felted ring. Halla, age 9, wove a tablet woven band. Bryn du Bois, age 8, made paper and a quill. Ethan Ulfson, age 11, made a leather pouch that was so beautiful that spectators were trying to buy it from him. Alistair, age 10, made a haversack with appliqued needle felted cross that he also made and attached. Ryan of Pembroke, age 9, made paper, ink and a quill, as well as calligraphy writing. He will be an excellent teacher someday.

In the Teen division four thirteen year old ladies participated. Annabeth Fletcher made some delicious flavored sugars. They were delightful. Laura carved a soapstone mold and pewter cast a coin token with such precision, all in attendance were blown away with her talents. Collette performed a scene from Romeo and Juliet. She really made the part come to life. Annick performed a French trouvere song. Her depth of knowledge and research and delightful performance and presentation were a wonder to behold.

I invited Mistress Isolde, Master Galeran, Beiris du Romans the Bardic Champion of An Tir to bear witness to the teen presentation and they too were impressed and charmed by these young ladies’ work. The level of dedication and hard work presented were beyond expectation.

All the entrants that took up my challenge are to be commended. I will be running this again next year. So if you have kids, have them start thinking of an entry.

In Service to the Kindgom and Populace,

Nidda Ridarelli, Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences

Hello world!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Greetings, An TIr,

This is your Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences. I am new to blogging. I hope to see you all participating in A&S throughout the Kingdom.

In service to the Kingdom,

HL Nidda Ridarelli, KMoAS