Bordermarch Autumn Melees
The war company had a good time at Bordermarch Autumn Melees. They have what may be the best SCA castle in the world there, and we got to play in it a lot. The picture above was taken from the main gate tower during a zombie assault scenario that turned out to be one of the most fun battles we did. It was simple, novel, and everyone got a lot of stick swinging in.
Wolf and Illaria did a great job cooking and baking for our dinner, and folks chipped in with bread and deserts. I brought a keg of 14th century German meade, and a keg of raspberry dunkelwiesen which were both well liked. There was a great Middle Eastern dance competition which brought out a number of good musicians and some dance styles you don't often see- more expressive and lyrical work.
One of the surprising highlights of the event for me was chatting with Willow (Don Maelgwyn's lady, who led me to this) while she simmered her dyes over the fire. She was working with a number of different period ingredients to make mordants and various colors, and was happy to show folks what was going on. We talked chemistry and history a little. It was great to see someone doing a period art in a period way, particularly at what's essentially a war event.
So all in all, it was a good time.