Tuesday, August 16, 2011

random Pennsic pics

A small selection of the cool stuff at the war. First, labyrinths of various designs appeared by the barn, in the food market, and along the paved pathways. Every morning they were drawn fresh. You can imagine how happy I was to discover them on my early morning walks, and to take the time to walk or run them on my way.

Another new thing: parchment makers in the market. The Meyer family has been making parchment since the 1500s, reportedly, but this is the first time they've come to Pennsic. Next year they hope to have a proper tent, but I suspect no one really noticed anything past the OMG PARCHMENT!!!eleventy.

Another thing that might almost have been chosen to make me personally happy: Alexander, apprentice to Arab Boy, is making Aldrovani-style enamelled beakers. These are the very objects that caused me to fall in love with enamelled glassware in the first place, and to work on faking them up with thriftshop glassware and low-fire enamels. Alexander is doing them for real. When I found out there would be a demo of the process on Saturday, I was all bouncy.

By the food market we met the labyrinth maker, who had just finished a gnomen sundial nearby, and was adding another classic labyrinth to the path.

I wanted to add a video of Dru and Osprey playing cigar-box and cookie-tin banjo, but there isn't room on this post, so it will have to wait.


Terri-Lynne said...

Looks like so much fun. Is this open to outsiders like a Ren-faire? Or strictly a gathering or reenactors?

Sharon Needles said...

Terri-Lynne, anyone can go to SCA events, as long as one makes an attempt at Pre-1600 clothing. I have never been to Pennsic War myself, but I understand it is magical. It is said that with a VISA Gold card, one can show up at the event in nothing but one's street clothes and commence to buy anything and everything for a complete medieval weekend: clothes, dishes, cooking utlensils, armour, even musical instruments.

Terri-Lynne said...

Sharon--COOL!!! And thank you. I'm going to surprise Barbara one of these years and show up! :)

batgirl said...

Terri, you would love it, I promise. And you could probably handle the heat and humidity better than a wimpy NW Coast type like me.

Sharon - I have some silk for Rajpal - striped gauze. Will you be at Golden Swan?

Sharon Needles said...

That's the theory, if we can afford it (and right now it looks like we can).

Is there anything we can bring you from the prairies?

batgirl said...

Hmmm... have to think about that. Maybe you could abduct Bess from her shop and bring her? I need to get out your way again - it's been too long.