June 2018

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