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Summer is here and things are heating up in Altavia!

First of all, His Excellency and I want to thank all of the Altavians that joined us for war at Potrero. The weather may not have been ideal but the company sure was! There were many good times around the fire pit and in the dining hall (dragon wing) and look forward to camping with everyone again this fall at GWW. Just a reminder, if you haven’t pre-regged yet, please do so by Sunday, June 30 to get 125 extra sq. ft. of land!

We also want to thank everyone that joined us for Wintermist and Gyldenholt Anniversaries and encourage you to come out the rest of June’s events including Queen’s Champion in Carrag Wen and Lyondemere Anniversary at the end of the month. Without your presence and help at these events, our days wouldn’t be quite as shiny. Thank you!

In less happy news, Caid has lost two shining lights in the past month, Countess Amsha of Calafia and Lord Bryan Gard of Yale from Nordwache. The loss of Bryan, Caid’s Minister of Thrown Weapons, was especially hard for our barony as he was a previous TW champion of ours and a good friend to many here in Altavia. For all those grieving, our hearts are with you and we wish you peace.

As we enter summer, it’s not too early to start thinking about and planning for upcoming Altavia events. If you or someone you know might be interested in steward Agincourt or Agincourt feast, cooking for Agincourt feast, or co-stewarding Angels/Altavia Yule, please let Meliora and/or His Excellency and I know! We look forward to an exciting fall event season here in Altavia!

Finally, as His Excellency posted on the Book of Faces this week, it’s always a good time to recommend your fellow Altavians and Caidans for awards! If you need help writing a letter or figuring out what to recommend someone for, just give a holler!

Yours in Service, Always

Baroness Briana MacCabe

Baron Niko Phaistos

Happy April, Altavia! His Excellency and I want to thank all the Altavians (and associated shire folk 😉 ) that shared our pavilion last Saturday at Dun Or Anniversary. Having you all there made a good day better and I hope our shenanigans brought a smile to your face as well.

This Saturday is Starkhafn Anniversay and His Excellency is planning on attending. If anyone would like to carpool to the event with him and keep him company on the long road to Vegas, it would be mighty appreciated!

Next Tuesday is the next (last?) planning meeting for Altavia Anniversary. If you would like to attend, please contact Countess Batista for the address and directions. We would love to have your input on all the fun things we have planned for the day!

Other events coming up in April include al-Sahid Anniversary, Nordwache Anniversary and Robin Hood Archery Tournament the next day. The week before Altavia Annivesary, our neighbors to the north, Darachshire, are having a Star Wars-themed anniversary event (May the 4th) and I know that His Excellency and I are both very excited for this theme. Are you a Rebel or are you Imperial scum?

We also wanted to remind anyone who would like to camp with the barony for either Potrero or GWW (or both!) that registration is open for both events and to please land allocate with the barony.

Finally, please send in your award recommendations for both baronial and kingdom awards for Altavians that deserve recognition. We want recognize as many people as possible at Anniversary and we can only do that with your help. If you need help writing or submitting letters, please let me know and I’ll be glad to help.

Have a great month, everyone!

Yours in Service to the Dream,

Baron Nikolaos Phaistos

Baroness Briana MacCabe

It’s February and love is in the air! His Excellency and I want to say how much we love our Altavian family and everything we get to do together. From attending tourneys, like last month’s Queen’s Champion and Unbelted to working on arts together at A&S nights to just hanging out at fighter practice and Guildhall, we couldn’t think of a better group of people to have as our collective Valentines!

We hope everyone had fun at last month’s events and we’d like to congratulate Master Colwyn for becoming her Majesty’s Queen’s Champion. Master Colwyn and His Excellency represented Altavia very well in the finals and it was a very fun fight to watch! We also had at least one Altavian, Vigulfr, fight at Unbelted and thank you to everyone who came and hung out with us at both tourneys. Black Oak Lodge/Festival of the Rose was last weekend and we had a small but mighty Altavian contingent. It was a lovely day full of arts and food. Particularly exciting to me was seeing the first performance of a new Commedia troupe in Caid (I wanna play!).

Coming up in February is Chiv-N-the-Chest in Nordwache this Saturday and Lyondemere Arts and Archery on Sunday. The first weekend in March is Pentathalon in al-Sahid and this is always a great event. The second weekend in March has a couple of events going on with King’s Hunt up in Carreg Wen and Gyldenholt/Calafia Friendship Tourney down in Calafia. We hope to see folks at all of these upcoming events. Looking further down the road, we have Anniversary planning (we’ll be talking about that later) and Potrero War. Altavia has a baronial camp already on the books for Potrero but we are looking for someone to take on camp master/mistress duties.

We want to leave everyone with something to ponder as we start getting ready for our Anniversary event and other events throughout the year. What is something new that you’d like to see Altavia or Caid try or something that we haven’t done in a while that you’d like to see us try and bring back? Master Giuseppie started an awesome thread on the Book of Faces this week on that topic and, as your Baron and Baroness, we want to help you make your SCA dreams a reality. If you have an idea, no matter how small or large, feasible or pie-in-the-sky, come talk to us or bring your idea here to this council and let’s see what kinda magic we can make, together.

Yours in Service to the Dream,

Baron Nikolaos Phaistos

Baroness Briana MacCabe

Happy New Year! His Excelleny and I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to this year as much as we are. (Mistress Meliora is unable to be here tonight so His Excellency and I will be running the meeting. We’ll try to move things along as smoothly as possible)

Angels/Altavia Yule this past December was a blast as always. I loved seeing everyone’s inventive costumes and table décor and how much everyone was having so much fun. Niko and I want to thank everyone who put in hard work to make it success including Lynnette for stewarding, Meliora for her decorating magic, Elle for GETTING RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL to come run gate and everyone else who helped with set up and tear down. It was truly a Mythical Yuile

We want to thank everyone who joined us at Coronation/12th night. There were so many Altavians who walked up with the Barony for the presentations and the awesome heralds we had leading us (Adam Lindsey Greg Wylie ) that their Majesties has to comment and commend us. You all make the Barony look Great! In Addition, Many wonderful awards were given out including a Dolphin for Eadric the Younger and a court Barony to our own Cassandra de Lorrain! Congratulations and so well deserved. Your commitment to service is truly amazing. Those who stayed for feast made it fun and enjoyable. We had a blast!!! Thank you Altavia for being so Excellent!!!

Coming up this weekend is Angels Melee which is always a fun event. We always see a lot of Altavian participation in the rapier scenarios at this event and we hear there may be an Altavian team entering the heavies competition. Come out and watch the fighting or have some fun with string at the Fiber Playday or just hang out in the baronial dragonwing.

Next weekend is Queen’s Champion n Al Sahid, with the armored, rapier, unarmored, and youth combat tourneys taking place on Saturday and the archery and thrown weapons competitions happening on Sunday, We hope to see many Altavians out there in the lists and we look forward to cheering you on.

Rounding out the month of January is Gyldenholt Unbelted Tourney and we hope to see our newer armored fighters enter the list for this great event.

Have a great January, everyone!

Your Baron and Baroness,

Niko and Briana

This month was spectacular. First and foremost, it was a time to be thankful. We are extremely thankful for the hard work and fun all Altavians have exhibited this year. We had so many compliments on how effectively we run events and how much enjoyment the populous experience when they visit our Barony. Thank you all for making Altavia shine!

There were also a few events this month as well. Beginning with Medieval Marketplace and culminating with a plethora of Yule celebrations, November and early December was 30 days of great frivolity. There were so many baronies and shires getting into the season these last few weeks, one couldn’t possibly attend them all. We hope as many Altavians took part in as many Yules as possible. If not, please think about going to other yules next year. They are all so much fun and great opportunities to get to know people in other locations.

Speaking of yules, our Yule is coming up this week. It will be Epic!!! So much planning and preparation have been going on these past months. Many people are making sure all of us have a great time. Remember to bring some food to feed a small group of people, a toy to donate, and most importantly your smiling, friendly faces. See you all there.

For all those who celebrate, have a most happy and safe holiday season. Thank you for being so Great!

Your Baron and Baroness,

Niko and Briana

This has been a truly great month for Altavia. We accomplished many things in one small month. September 15th we hosted crown tourney. Everyone is so helpful with set up and tear down. The Stewards planned everything efficiently and our Marshals did their job to perfection. The List officers were fast and accurate. We should be proud of how we could contribute to the Kingdom and its future. Thank you.

On September 22nd, we hosted Caid Rapier Open in Angels. Again, Altavians came together for a Kingdom event. It turned out to be one of the biggest ones of recent history. The List officers got the event moving proficiently. The Altavian fighters and marshals did great. We had a little geographic fun with Their Excellencies of Angels too. As a Rapier fighter and a Baron, we thank you.

And of course we just finished Great Western War. The Baronial Camp Master mapped the camp out nicely and we all had quite enough space. We all got in some serious volunteer time as well. The fighters fought, the Artists arted, the shoppers shopped, the teachers taught, and funmakers had fun. Newcomers enjoyed their first war and veterans enjoyed each other’s company. Campfires and Ice cream socials were the theme of the war. Thank you all for a great Great western.

Looking ahead, we have Agincourt and Feast as well as Yule. Let’s get some serious advertising out for them. They need it. We will have some serious fun!!! Altavians are great and we are proud of you all. You make the Barony shine! 

Your Baron and Baroness,

Niko and Briana

It’s the season to be thankful and His Excellency and I want to say how thankful we are for each and everyone of you. Altavians are a remarkable bunch of artisans, fighters, organizers, hard workers, creative thinkers and all-around awesome people. We are lucky to have you in our lives.

One thing we are especially grateful for is that all Altavians (that we are aware of) came through the recent fires unscathed. We know that there are quite a few SCA folk in the West that weren’t so lucky. Keep your eyes on Facebook for ways to help, if you are so inclined. Both His Majesty Dawid and Caid’s DRC Aldgytha have posted links on their personal pages regarding assistance efforts.

We are also very thankful for everyone who helped out at Agincourt Tourney and Feast a few weeks ago. Thank you to Cecilia and Christoph for event stewarding the tourney, Christoph for running the archery portion, Santiago for running thrown weapons, Cecilia for running the Fretted Fork. We also had our first feast in many years…many thanks to Meliora for running the front of the house and to Selene for cooking a wonderful feast. Many wonderful people helped Meliora with serving including Cecilia, Lynnette, and Rayne and Courtney, Hadassah, and Anne helped Selene in the kitchen. Wonderful job, all!

We’re entering a slower event season as we take time to celebrate with our non-SCA families. Isles Anniversary is coming up this weekend and His Excellency andI are both attending; we hope to see you there. Medieval Marketplace is the Saturday after Thanksgiving and is an excellent place to work on your holiday gift list. After that, we enter the season of Yules. Altavia and Angel’s Mythical Yule is on December 15 and we will hear a lot more about that coming. After that, the new year and a new reign will be upon us, sooner than any of us think!

We hope that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week with lots of family and food. We’re looking forward to a wonderful holiday season with all of you here in Altavia!

Yours in Service to the Dream,

THL Nikolaos Phaistos, Baron of Altavia

THL Briana MacCabe, Baroness of Altavia

Fall is (almost) here and the Barony is kicking it into high gear.

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for a wonderful day at Angels Anniversary. Congrats to our new younger cousins, Johannes and Sophia, and best wishes for a wonderful retirement for Liam and Fara! Special thanks to everyone and most especially to chief lady Juanica for helping to wrangle the largesse. All was very well received! Finally, congrats to Altavia’s Angels (Lynnette, Batista, and Cecilia) for winning the camaraderie contest!

Crown is coming this Saturday, we’ll be talking about it more later, but please join us in the baronial pavilion and help pitch in throughout the day. Remember, it takes a village to run a Barony. 😉

Next Saturday is Caid Rapier Open in LaVerne. This will be a small event but there will be royal attendance. The dragonwing will be there so come on out and support the rapier community!

And, then, GWW will be upon us. I can’t currently access the camp list, but we have a total of 33 campers and 11,000 sq. ft. alloted. Rechinka and I will be gathering tent sizes shortly; be on the look out for posts and emails. Even if you aren’t camping with the barony, please swing by camp to say “Hi!” and hang out by the fire. Please also consider joining us for our baronial gate shift from 2-4 pm on Friday.

I apologize for missing the fact that last night should have been our second Monday of the month Birthday night. Never fear, there will be treats next week!

And now, some words from your Baron.

Thanks everyone for all the help this month! We are so proud and grateful for all Altavians who helped with all the unexpected happenings that had popped up this month. Thanks to Juanica, Monique and Alan for a great Arts and Sciences class. So many people came out to make pewter coins and did! It was a great night! Practices are picking up for Archery, Thrown Weapons, Armored and Rapier as well. What a great month!!!

Yours in Service to the Dream, THL Nikolaos Phaistos, Baron of Altavia THL Briana MacCabe, Baroness of Altavia

Summer is almost over and the pace of events is about to pick back up! This weekend we have Festival of the Rose. I look forward to seeing Altavia well-represented in all of the arts and sciences displays.

Next weekend is Pirate tourney out in Darach and His Excellency and I are both looking forward to attending this always-fun event. The weather is lovely up in Darach and we get a chance to break out the fun pirate garb. Please join us if you can!

Highland War is at the end of August, over Labor Day weekend. I know that a couple of us are planning on going. If there is the desire for an Altavia plot of land, let me know and we’ll try and make sure that happens.

We have quite a few baronial investitures coming up in the next few months, starting with Angels investiture on September 8. If you have items you’d like to gift to either the outgoing or incoming Excellencies, please let me know so we can get our presentations together.

There are a few other things on the horizon that we’ll be talking about more at length during the rest of the meeting including Crown, Great Western War, Agincourt, and Yule. Fun and new things are afoot and, as always, if you have other ideas for things the Barony should be trying, please either come chat with us or drop us a line at

Finally, I want to personally thank everyone who came out to the clean-up for Charles over the past two weekends, who donated items, or who has sent him words of encouragement. This is what the SCA is all about and it makes me so happy to see the strength of our Altavian family in action. <3 Baronial Progress (July ­– September) 7/4 – 7/8: An Tir/West War — B&B will not attend 7/14: Royal Champion (Calafia) — B&B will attend 7/15: Royal Champion Archery & Thrown Weapons (Calafia) – B&B will attend 7/21: Lyondemere Anniversary – B&B will attend 7/27 – 8/12: Pennsic War – B&B will not attend 8/18: FOTR/Dreibergen Summer Arts – Baroness may possibly attend 8/25: Pirate Tournament (Darach) – B&B will attend 8/30 – 9/2: Highland War (Al Sahid) – Baroness may possibly attend 9/8: Angels Anniversary and Baronial Investiture – B&B will attend 9/15: Crown Tournament (Altavia Hosting) – B&B will attend 9/22: Caid Rapier Open (Angels) – B&B will attend Yours in Service to the Dream, THL Nikolaos Phaistos, Baron of Altavia THL Briana MacCabe, Baroness of Altavia

Greetings, Altavia!

We hope that you are having a great summer so far! We are only a couple of months into our tenure as your Baron and Baroness and many great things have happened in our Barony and the Kingdom. From hopping fighter practices to a wonderful encampment at Potrero War to the historic 40-Year Celebration and the historic Coronation of Caid’s first same-sex Royals, we have seen the love, hard work, and camaraderie of Altavia flourish. Thank you to everyone who continues to help make Altavia the land of Theatre, not Drama.

There are a lot of great events coming up over the rest of the summer. Here’s a list of the events happening through September; we hope to see you out there!

Baronial Progress (July ­– September)

7/4 – 7/8: An Tir/West War — B&B will not attend
7/14: Royal Champion (Calafia) — B&B will attend
7/15: Royal Champion Archery & Thrown Weapons (Calafia) – B&B will attend
7/21: Lyondemere Anniversary – B&B will attend
7/27 – 8/12: Pennsic War – B&B will not attend
8/18: FOTR/Dreibergen Summer Arts –  Baroness may possibly attend
8/25: Pirate Tournament (Darach) –  B&B will attend
8/30 – 9/2: Highland War (Al Sahid) – Baroness may possibly attend
9/8: Angels Anniversary and Baronial Investiture – B&B will attend
9/15: Crown Tournament (Altavia Hosting) – B&B will attend
9/22: Caid Rapier Open (Angels) – B&B will attend

Yours in Service to the Dream,

THL Nikolaos Phaistos, Baron of Altavia
THL Briana MacCabe, Baroness of Altavia

Hi, Everyone! Niko and I are very excited to be at our first council meeting as Baron and
Baroness. A little info on how we plan to do these baronial comments; we’re going to switch off months where we’re the primary presenter, with the other half getting a chance to chime in at the end with anything that was left out or personal comments. As you might have already guessed, I chose to go up to bat first. I want to start off our comments by once again thanking all of you for your help with Anniversary. You took the idea of Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, fun, and whimsy and made an absolutely gorgeous day for the barony and kingdom. From the floral swags and crowns, to the fun theatre during court, and the buzzing bardic stage and arts & sciences area, to the exciting tournaments and games, it was a grand day! His Excellency and I have received many compliments from the populace of Caid on an event well-run; and that is all down to your hard-work…thank you, thank you, thank you.
The rest of May was a blur with Wintermist Anniversary, Altavia/Darach Equestrian, and
Potrero War. We had an excellent group of campers in Altavia for Potrero and I think we all had a lot of fun at camp; I particularly enjoyed sitting around the campfire Saturday evening, trading stories and alcohol with everyone…very cozy! I look forward to an even bigger encampment at GWW this fall and if anyone has ideas for activities you’d like us to do as a barony at that war, let Niko and I know.
This past weekend was Collegium and His Excellency and I attended on Saturday. Many great classes were had, including two taught by Altavians (a lucet class by Dame Lynnette and a rapier class by His Excellency). I highly suggest attending this event whenever it comes up on the calendar; I always learn so much! There are a couple of events happening in the next two weeks that His Excellency and I will not be attending including Treasure Chest in Nordwache and St. Corrigan’s Day in Dreibergen. These are both fun little camping events and I highly encourage you to go if you’re able!
Coming up at the end of June is a once-in-a-lifetime event, Caid’s 40 Year and Coronation
celebration. The event will take place from Thursday, June 21 through Monday, June 25 in
Victorville and will include tournaments, an Artisan’s village, merchants, a hall full of Caid’s 40 years of history, the historic night-time coronation of our first same-sex royal couple, and more! We’re hard at work on many things for this event. I’ll be attending as Altavia’s sole baronage representative because someone is going to be in the UK during the event. I hope you’ll all be able to join me at this historic event.
I want to close out my section of the baronial comments with a reminder. Niko and I both have an “open-door” policy. If there is anything you ever want to discuss with us, please feel free to find us at a fighter practice, event, or through social media or text. We are always here to listen, offer advice, or take constructive criticism. This is your barony and we want to do and be what you need to have the best possible SCA experience.

Briana MacCabe

Baroness of Altavia

Today, I wanted nothing more than to thank all the people that helped make Altavia Anniversary such a wonderful and whimsical event yesterday. Sadly, yesterday’s joy is now tempered with the loss of a dear friend of Altavia, Her Ladyship Meala Caimbeul. I mourn with all those who hold this dancer, bard, rapier fighter, herald, beloved Caidan in their hearts. May her memory be a blessing.

But even through such sadness, the light of the love that was on display yesterday still shines. So many people worked so hard for so long to make a special day for Altavia. Your Excellencies, Cecilia and Christof, thank you for taking such good care of Altavia during your years and for helping guide Niko and I as we take our first steps in this role. Thank you to Madelena for stewarding the event and to our Seneschal, Meliora, for all the behind-the-scenes work that you do so very well. Thank you to Juanica for not only being an amazing Chief Lady but for running a very successful Arts & Sciences competition and for creating a space for bardic performance. Thank you to Cassandra for continuing to be the best Captain of the Guard a baroness could ask for. Thank you to Dame Selene and her new protégé, Haddassah, for ensuring the Royals had a lovely repast for lunch.

I know there are many others to thank and I hope to do so in person over the next coming events. Thank you to all who joined in the spirit of whimsy with flower crowns, wings, music, theatre, and even donkey ears. We could not have asked for a better day. I love you all.

Briana MacCabe

Baroness of Altavia

No fooling we are stepping down next month at Altavia’s Anniversary and we are so happy to have such wonderful heirs. We will be day tripping to Starkhafn this weekend for Saturday only but will not be able to attend Dun Or or Nordwache Anniversary. Please join other Altavians to make presentations in our honor. Congratulations to Eirikr for winning Robin Hood thrown weapons and Ellana for winning high score in her rank as a Bowman in archery. Niko, you did a great job in setting up and running the thrown weapons tournament. It was a lot of fun! We are having our last meeting before Anniversary this Thursday at Corals in Burbank. I encourage all to help us put together a fantasy mid summer experience. All hands are needed and welcomed.  We will be attending Wintermist‘s anniversary in May, and it is our last event as Altavia’s Baron and Baroness. I do hope you all will join us. It has been a pleasure to serve you all.

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~

Baroness of Altavia

The Baron and I sprung forward into day two of Crown-Hog Day! We were so grateful for the live feed and pictures taken of day one and I was able to see the final fight that led to our new King, Wilhelm, and his beautiful Queen, Tsyra. We were there for day two and got to see Sir Thorin go to, I believe, it was the fifth round. And we were witness to Duke Agrippa win for his consort Dawid and watch them be crowned the new Crown Princes of Caid. It was a most beautiful day! We will be attending the wedding of Skrifa and Eya, our Viking friends, this weekend. The following weekend is the Caid Artisians weekend and we will be there and look forward to lots of fun and pretty shiny’s. Our Anniversary is right around the corner so please get any award recommendations to us. It has been a pleasure being your Baroness and I want all who made this journey so wonderful to be awarded for their help in sharing the joy. We have a lot of things planned for Anniversary and can always use help at the event.

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~

Baroness of Altavia

It’s a new year, let us toast to a year that is happy and prosperous! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get back to work! We started the New Year with 12th and Coronation. Thank you to all who worked on items for the dirty dozen. Altavia made up half of the entries! Briana, Cristof, and I attended Privy Council and a lot was discussed. I’ll be bringing up key points in the near future. A big portion of the discussion was regarding 40 Year Celebration, which is in June. It is a camping event (Thursday – Monday) and we are asking for anyone to help with stewarding the many activities we have planned. Please check your OP. If it is not up to date, let us, or Damien know so that we can change whatever needs to be added/deleted. We are down to our last 5 months as Baron and Baroness. We hope to get to as many events as we can. We know we will leave Altavia in great care with Niko and Briana.

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~

Baroness of Altavia

The most interesting war in the known world … Great Western War just happened and it was interesting yes, but fabulous most definitely!

Congratulations to Courtney and Annwyll on a beautiful wedding!

This was the biggest Altavia camp ever and was so much fun. Briana and I got there Sunday with the help of Baron Cristof, (he had to leave but came back on Friday with Vanessa and Natalya). Monique and Cassandra saved the day by bringing up targets for thrown weapons. I want to thank all who volunteered at war and I hope all of you can say something about your volunteering experience to all the newcomers and those who didn’t make it to let them know how much fun you had volunteering.

Thank you to Baroness Asakura for her donation of largess. We have some great prizes for Agincourt now. A special thanks to Niko for the mouse that was left at Drieburgen’s camp. And so it begins!

Agincourt is on the 29th, but before that the Baron and I look forward to seeing you Sunday at Woodley Park for Caid Open Archery and TW. We will be there about 8:00am. Both Caid Open and Agincourt will be at Woodley Park. Please arrive early to help with set up. The 28th is Drieburgen Anniversary! Get your dead on and join us. We will have the Dragon wing and will be there about 9am. I wonder if our little mouse will attend?

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~

Baroness of Altavia

Can you believe it’s already September?

Ballots are out for our vote of confidence. I don’t know about you but I really look forward to Briana and Niko as the next Baron and Baroness.

If you missed Highland War you missed a great time. It was so much fun; we danced, we drank, we threw, we shot with people, who could ask for anything more? Well, there was the pool and the ghier (yurt, I can’t spell ghier) and we may have claimed Dreiburgen’s Dragon wing, well half at least, and did I mention water balloons??

Crown is this weekend! Many hands make less work! We will have the Dragon wing and the baronial pavilion so please come out as close to 7 AM as possible.

Then we have Privy Council the next day here at Niko’s church (but in the Yule hall). All snacks are welcome and you can stay if you really want to! I’ll be a little late, I have to pick my daughter up at the airport in Burbank, and then I’ll head over.

Then Great Western War comes a few weeks after that! I can’t wait! We have a wedding and all sorts of fun activities planned. Please keep track of the Altavia Facebook group for more updates!

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~

Baroness of Altavia



Pennsic was so much fun. A true CAIDIAN experience. There, you are not just from Altavia or Angels etc… , you are Caidian and we came together as a Kingdom. It is really cool how close you become to your Caidian cousins. A must for all bucket lists!

At our council meeting on August 22nd we will introduce the candidates for the next Baron and Baroness of Altavia. Speak now or …. we are so fortunate to have such an amazing couple and I look forward to a fun filled next reign and a happy retirement.

Before that we have Highland War in a couple weeks and we will host the handfasting of Magdalena.

We will be hosting September Crown and Privy Council meeting on September 16th and 17th (after we attend Angels Anniversary on September 9th). Come help with set up and tear down at those events.

Agincourt and GWW will be here before you know it and we will host the wedding of Courtney and Annwyll at GWW!

December brings Yule and we will be looking for help with our Viking vs Roman Holiday event we share with the Barony of Angels. And it is there we will officially announce our heirs!”

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~

Baroness of Altavia

How hot can it get? Well, we sure are testing Caid’s limits and we are hot and so are our upcoming events!

This weekend is Coronation and Queens Champion and we have some fun antidotes for our presentation to the new King and Queen and are looking for volunteers (over-actors wanted).

We look forward to a long celebration with two of our favorite people who are being elevated to Laurels – our champion, Niccolo, and our very own Medb. Come join us for their elevations as well as wishing adieu to our King Agrippa and Queen Bridget.

Anyone who has largess for the outgoing or incoming royals, please get it to me a soon as possible.

We will also be at Queens Champion with the Dragon wing the following day and the following weekend we will be in Ridgecrest for Queens Champion Archery and TW.

The next day we will be in Darach for Altavia /Darach’s Equestrian event. Please join us for all the fun and excitement!

Cristof and I will be going to Pennsic so we will not be at any Caid events from July 28 through August 13.

There is still time to turn in your letters of intent for the next B&B. We’ve had one fabulous letter turned in so far.

Stay cool Altavia!

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~

Baroness of Altavia

June gloom has attacked his excellency and me. hopefully we will recoup and be back to normal soon. It grieved me to miss Collegium (especially after all the prep work getting ready for the classes, at least now I’m ready for classes at GWW) Just a reminder we are still looking forward to receiving your letters of intent for the next Baron and Baroness of Altavia. If you have any questions as to what is expected feel free to ask us. We will not be able to attend Nordwache Anniversary. If anyone is planning on going please let me know so we can send a basket. We will be attending Gyldenholt Anniversary, and on July 8th Lyondomere Anniversary. Any donations of largess for baskets is always happily accepted. Please feel free to donate to feeding their horses.

I want to thank Monique and Brigid for a wonderful anniversary. I don’t know about you all, but I had a fabulous time and had a fantastic day. So many champions so little time!

The year is flying by and Agincourt and Yule are right around the corner. Vanessa has volunteered to represent Altavia as steward and would like to see more newcomers jump on board to help out. Our theme is Roman Holiday.

~ Mistress Cecilia Medici ~
Baroness of Altavia