is a technical writer who delights in the company of her
family, friends, library, and fabric collection. In the SCA, where she's
(currently) known as Katharine Townsend, she delights in her friends, good
conversation, and the opportunity to justify her Tudor costuming habit.
Classes: Bodice fitting 101 Take this bodice and...
owns Silver Writing, which offers writing and editing services to a variety
of businesses in the Ottawa area and Europe. In DARC, she is known as Thora, a farm girl who moved
to Jorvik with her husband. After he became too ill to work, she took over his stone and bone
carving business. In the SCA, Anne le gris was born in 1452 at Wilton House in Somerset. After
spending her formative years in Paris, she now lives with her artist husband in Venice. She fills
her days with managing his atelier. Among other SCA projects, Anne is currently studying modal
Classes: Introduction to Reading Square Notation Why does Mediaeval Music sound different?
has been a member of the SCA for onwards of 15 years and published in the role playing gaming industry. Brian Goodheart is an English born Norman in the time frame of the Hundred Years War when the King of England also has claim to the French crown. When his family were wiped out by plague, he sold his lands to enjoy being alive and not dead. His travels have taken him to trade and contact some distant peoples. Known also as Brian the Green.
Classes: Castles Practical Medieval Gaming
regularly works in the Museum field in and
researches more modern times for programs and displays. When not
digging into the Victorian Era for work, she becomes Swannoc
happily digs into SCA Dance. She is particularly intrested in Dances
from the Inns of Court and Early Period Dance.
Classes: Dance - Inns of Court Early Period Dance All Requests - Period Dances
Caitrin Ollerhead DeSantis
is known in the SCA as Countess, Viscountess, Mistress, Tangwystl
d'Courci. Caitrin and her husband Alfredo live on a 20 acre farm where
they raise Shetland sheep, gaited horses and peacocks - all watched
over by an Abruzzi sheepdog named Milton.
Class: Bodice fitting 101
worked as a consultant to major museums in the field of Living History.
His major achievents include the creation of the 'Norse Encampment' for
Parks Canada and the 'World of the Norse' for the Cranbrook Institute
of Science. Darrell has worked on the Smithsonian's 'Vikings - North
Atlantic Saga' and the Newfoundland Museum's 'Full Circle - First
Contact'. He is a co-founder of the Dark Ages Re-creation Company
. A professional blacksmith, he operates the Wareham Forge
. In DARC, Darrell is known as Ketill Einarsson
. Ketill, like many young Norse men from Norway, went 'a viking', and was
involved in the battles in Ireland. He was fascinated with the work of
the weapons smiths, and learned how to work iron, spending more and
more time in the forge - and less and less on the battlefield. In his
middle age, he decided to settle near Dubhlin with his wife Bera,
spending his hard earned silver on a small farmstead. He now balances
his work as a blacksmith with seasonal trading voyages to Jorvick and
Classes: "I'll huff and I'll puff..." Constructing a Dark Ages Bellows Building an Early Period Camp
is a technical writer, who spends most of his spare time hunting down information on Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages. Pan Volodymyr Blahuciak Esquire
is a 13th -14th century Halician nobleman. Known for his esoteric
knowledge and research, he is currently researching the history of the
borderlands, now currently known as Ukraine.
is a writer
and actress living in Waterloo, Ontario. She has travelled extensively
and studied at The American University in Washington, DC and the Czech
National Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In the SCA, Wencenedl of Rokesburg
is a 12th Century Scotswoman from the Royal City of Rokesburg in the
Borders during the reign of David I. Her father felt it was important
she know how to read, so she was tutored by monks from Kelso Abbey just
across the Teviot River.
Classes: Romanesque Garment Construction - Practicum Introduction to the SCA
is a Kitchener grandfather working for Ontario Hydro and has
been with the SCA for many many years. Garwig der Waffenschmidt
was born in Sussex, England just before the turn of the 10th
century. Orphaned in his fourth year he was apprenticed to
a local smith from whom he learned the basics of
metalworking. Caught up by a call to battle from the local
thegn, he perforce learned the art of repair and manufacture of armour
- specifically chainmail. For his skill he soon acquired
the title of "der waffenschmidt" - weapon or armour smith.
Class: Building a Viking Ship Model - A Boat for the Burning
also known as Gerrard Carpentarius
is working hard on his bio right now.
Class: Life as a Child & Toys of the Middle ages
is a doctoral candidate at the University of
Toronto with a focus on French Textile Printing. Her first
Masters degree was from the University of Stockholm, her
second Masters was from the University of Toronto, where her
thesis topic was on dyeing with madder. Her earlier
education in Gothenburg and Oslo included training as a
textile engineer, and as a teacher of hand weaving. She has
worked as an exhibit curator for several exhibits at the
Canadian Museum of Textiles.
Class: Scandinavia's Oseberg Queen, Saint Birgitta and Queen Margareta: Three
Medieval Women and the Textiles of their Time.
is a Registered Nurse. She is happily married and, unfortunately, is
between dogs. You would think with all that free time, she could devote more of it to her hobby,
the SCA, but there never seems to be enough. The Honourable Lady Aislinne of Alainmor
handy person to have around. She cooks, sews, embroiders and makes lots of pretty beads. She loves
teaching as the more converts she makes with beads the less obsessed she looks.
Class: Introduction to Glass Bead Making
is a 38 year-old
self-employed electronic design engineer specializing in the
development of custom products for resale by local companies. He knits
and sells chain mail in several local shops and via his website at
In his spare time he plays with things that go BANG and THUD. Gierhaerdt of Hildeschiem
is a local chain-mail knitter. Weekdays he can be found in his shop
building or repairing link armour for the pagans, and sabotaging armour
for the Christians. Weekends he can be found drinking his profits in
nearby Einbeck, where Bock beer will be invented 100 years after he
dies. His hobbies include middle-eastern drumming, reading Germanic
runes, and playing with things that go BANG and THUD.
Classes: Chainmail for Beginners Chainmail - Second Steps
started medieval recreation about 17 years ago, and unleashed a passion for creating historical garments. She started dyeing using the natural dyes available in the Renaissance period and from there found she needed to weave to put all that beautiful coloured yarn to use. She has been weaving on cloth looms since about 1997, and narrow weaves a little longer. Her interest in the Warp Weighted Loom was initiated by the DARC trip to L'Anse aux Meadows in 2000.
Known variously as Jorunn, Jhone of Wodecott, or Joan Woodcote, a weaver or tailleur, tradeswoman, goodwife and mother.
Classes: What's on your loom? - A weavers round table
Simple Medieval Dice and Table Games
Joanne Blumetti is the proud mother to two beautiful little girls. Joanne uses
her lunch hours at work and any free time she has on her love of Goldwork whether it be research or stitching.
Joanna of Northumberland is a 14th century embroideress
serving the household of Edward the Black Prince and his
wife Joan the Fair Maid of Kent.
Classes: Applique 101
How to Organize your Research
Karina Bates is a part time farmer; a member of Hurly Burly (an Early Music
Choir & Ensemble) and a researcher of Roma history, amongst other things. In
the SCA, Keja is a 15th century Romany travelling the Baltics with her
extended family, under the watchful eye of her Patron, Lord Vladimir
Classes: Gypsies in Portraiture: Truth or Fiction
Knitting in the Medieval Period
Kathy Page is an at-home mother of one very active and curious little
girl who enjoys helping Mommy with her "experiments". Most of those experiments tend to
include textile of some sort, however Kathy's interests wander far and wide. For once,
however, she has settled upon one topic, Italian underwear in the sixteenth century, and has
earned the title of Independent Scholar. One that, as vague as it is, she is quite proud of.
"The Underwear Lady" as many have referred to her as, makes her first presentation at The
International Congress for Medieval Studies this May. In the SCA, Caitlín inghean
Tomáis uí Duibhir
is a widowed Tipperary, Ireland cattle woman circa 1580. Just because
Kathy has a compulsion to never do anything simply, she has a second
persona - Signorina Salvatrice D'este, Honorate Cortigiane e
Veleno, a noble courtesan born and raised in Venice, currently residing
in Verona in the period surrounding 1575.
Class: Venetian Bodice circa 1530-1570
Lianne Maitland is a fourth-year Classical Archaeology student at Wilfrid Laurier
University who, when not doing readings or homework, enjoys spending time dancing, watching movies,
and attempting to become profficient at any number of the random hobbies she picked up through the
SCA. In the SCA, she is known as Symonne de Brienne or Miyoshi Yukino.
Classes: Christian catacombs of Rome
Pronouncing Classical Latin and Greek
Linda Kalusik, a Human Resources practitioner for 21 years
and an HR software analyst for the last 10 years for the
City of Brampton, recently retired.
Mistress, Baroness Rachael Catherine McLellan is a late
period Elizabethan Lady whose father is in the diplomatic
corp for Her Majesty. As such, she was well schooled in
religion and the arts. Rachael spent 3+ years as the
Kingdom Signet and found a passion for illumination and has
been producing scrolls for Ealdormere and Rising Waters for
most of her SCA career.
Class: The Modern Method of Black Hours Illumination (You can do it)
Mark Patchett is a software developer and father.
Count Edward the Red is a Norman Knight who fought at the battle of
Hastings, and later settled down in northern England where he married a
Saxon lady. (How their son ended up as a Viking is still a mystery.)
Edward enjoys fighting, with rattan polearms and swords and rapiers in
the SCA and with rebated steel swords and spears with Regia Anglorum.
He also enjoys building things - armouring, woodworking, leatherworking,
and even setting things on fire, and whatever else he can fit into his
dwindling spare time.
Class: Flint and Steel Fire Striking
Melanie Burrett likes to play the harp, fiddle around
with various crafts and read. She spends her days
helping kids find good books. Muirenn ingen Morgair
does pretty much the same thing, but apparently about
1000 years earlier. Melanie's B.A. in Classical
Studies is somehow appropriate, since the Irish of
that period were well known for their classical
learning. Hooray! A use for Latin! (who knew?)
Class: Beginner's Celtic Harp
Melanie Robbins is an Accounting Clerk who lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Lady Gwendyon Casgudcath is a young Lady from Wales whose interests lie in fighting and learning...anything.
Class: Kumihimo - The Art of Japanese Cordmaking
Mila Little is a Professional Engineer working for the Department of National Defence.
Hlaefdige Ælfwyn et Langanwuda is an early 10th century Anglo-Saxon living in Mercia.
Class: Riveted mail
Neil Peterson is a certified
Project Management Professional working in the software development
industry. In his spare time he is a student of Archaeology at Wilfrid
Laurier University and works with museums, libraries, and various
groups to promote an appreciation of Norse History, and the application
of Project Management to historical projects such as this conference.
He is a charter member of the PMI-CTT chapter, a member of the Ontario Museum Association,
a 20 year vetran of the SCA, and the co-founder of the
Dark Ages Re-creation Company where he is known as Ragnarr Thorbergson. Ragnarr
is a tired old ex-viking who now makes his living as a trader. Never one to give up a fun
hobby he is still making trouble wherever possible.
Class: Pretty Colours! The production of viking era glass beads.
Nina Bates is a mother of 4, with 2 left at home. She can be found
spinning, weaving, dyeing, playing in the garden, sewing and cooking
amongst other things. In the SCA, Odette de Saint Remy lives in the
very early 16th century in France. The darker side prevails sometimes
when Odette goes a "viking" for comfortable clothes, inexplicably and
overwhelmingly interesting research projects and the hunt for a suitable
name and fitting second persona.
Class: Spinning Silk (intermediate spinning)
Pamela Bottrill is a textile artist and lifelong avid gardener who works from home in a state of blissful chaos also inhabited by (amongst others) 2 beagles and a very active toddler. How she gets anything done is one of life's essential mysteries. Lady Alais de Poitiers is a 12th century lesser noblewoman just returned to the Aquitaine from the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, where she escaped from the Holy City during the ransom negotiated with Saladin in 1187.
Class: Gardening in the Middle Ages
Richard Schweitzeris a teacher, artist, musician and imminent father
currently busy preparing his "farm" north-west of Orangeville. In the SCA, Martin Bildner is a pewter-caster,
instrument maker and musician from the town of Wismar in the early 1300s.
In DARC, Rig is a Skald of no fixed address
(his wife has a terrible time keeping track of him).
Classes: Dance Music for Two Recorders
Making Musical Instruments
Rob Schweitzer is a chemistry teacher in Toronto. In the SCA, Master Rufus
of Stamford is a Saxon born in 1098 in the village of Stamford, with a great many hobbies
and interests to keep himself busy. Some of these hobbies include tablet weaving,
archery, leather work (primarily bottles), choral singing, and playing the harp.
Classes: Tablet Weaving for Beginners
Tablet Weaving - Advanced
Sam Falzone is an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board. He has been teaching for 10 years and has mostly been teaching grade 6, 7 and 8 Science and well as grade 7 and 8 Design and Technology. Woodworking, blacksmithing, throwing, storytelling and cooking are the things Sam does for fun and to relax. Aeneas Oakhammer is currently the sitting Baron of the Barony of Rising Waters. He is also the current Kingdom Throwing Weapons Marshal. Aeneas' prefered pass-times include wood carving, woodworking, blacksmithing, throwing axes, knives and spears, storytelling and cooking (of course).
Class: Playing With Your Meat - Sausage-Making and You
Steven Strang has been carving bone and antler for over 25 years, concentrating on Viking age objects and techniques. His carvings are in private collections in Canada and the US, and have been acquired by Parks Canada and
Class: Bone Carving
Susan Carroll-Clark is a
project manager and business analyst, and is the former editor of the
SCA's quarterly magazine, Tournaments Illuminated . She also has a PhD
in medieval history from the University of Toronto and works as an
independent scholar of medieval popular religion and clothing. She
lives in Ajax with her husband and three cats. In the SCA, Nicolaa de Bracton is
a 13th century Englishwoman, the daughter of a minor knight in the
service of Simon de Montfort. Her husband is a wealthy cloth merchant,
and they have holdings in Leicester and on the newly-fashionable shops
on London Bridge and are embroiled in City politics.
Class: Calligraphy for Beginners
V.M. Roberts is a history/anthropology student at Athabasca University. As an
illustrator, she makes pictographic versions of complex texts for people who have difficultly with
language. Her past work includes "Life is Larger than Aphasia" a self-help book, and the "Assessment
for Living with Aphasia" a quality of life measure. Currently, she is developing a communicatively
accessible film "What is Aphasia." Magnunnr Hringsdottir is a sheepfarmer and wool trader from
Hvammr in West Iceland.
Class: The clothing descriptions in Rigsthula
Valerie West is a manager for a second hand clothing store
and has been sewing extensively for many years. In the
Society, Valerie is known as Lady Mahhild de Valognes, a
Norman noblewoman who is running the family estate while her
husband is away on Crusade. Mahhild enjoys a variety of
medieval crafts including sewing, Lucet, embroidery,
chainmaille, wire knitting, leatherwork, calligraphy and
Class: Hand Sewn stitches for seams, edges and hems
Wendy Maurice is on the secretarial staff of a psychiatric hospital. Away
from work, her family, rambunctious kitten, knitting, crocheting, sewing,
spinning, weaving and two gardens keep her busy. Her quest to learn how to
get the fibre from the flax she has been growing in a local biblical garden
since 2000 led her to the SCA in the fall of 2003, where she is known as
Anne of Saffron Walden. Anne enjoys learning as many new A&S skills as
possible, especially but not exclusively in fibre arts.
Class: Linen: flax seed to fibre
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