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>Duchess Gabrielle wrote:Notes on the Second Open Proposed Principality Meeting, February 6th,
An open meeting was held at the Rusted Woodlands EKU on Saturday,
February 6th, 1999, in Phillipsburg, NJ from 1:00pm until about 3:30pm. . .
. etc., etc.<
Greetings to all who are on this list. I'm Philippe de Bouillon from the
Owl's Reste. I've been an official member of the SCA for only a month. I
wanted to speak at the above meeting, but I also wanted to attend as many
different classes as possible (I'm sorry if I appeared aloof to anyone...I
was just overwhelmed, enjoying it all, and taking as much in as I could
:) ), so while there is a lull in the messages, please bear with me while I
give my humble opinion.
I attended my first SCA event in the spring of 1968 when I was a college
freshman in Cleveland. I didn't actually "attend" it. I more or less
stumbled into a group of people who looked like they were hitting each other
with stick ball bats while protecting their heads with Quaker Oats
look-alike boxes. I was amused with this group with the strange sounding
name as they were trying to spread their brand of medieval fun eastward.
I attended my second event in the fall of 1998, thirty and a half years
later. I've seen proof that change is a good thing. People were now wearing
armor that I drooled over (hopefully not on!). It was like going to medieval
For most of those 30 years I did not join the SCA because of the travel that
my job had required. Ten years ago I settled down and five years ago I tried
to join the SCA. I found the East Kingdom web site, sent off an email
requesting information, waited and....nothing. Another email and again no
response. I tried another email address and still no response. It seemed to
me that there was nothing in the southern region of PA and no one in the
East Kingdom who was interested in me. I gave up and would not have
experienced the SCA again if it had not been for a serendipitious run in (in
a good way) with the local Knight Marshall. I was surprised to find a local
shire and that I didn't have to go to NJ or NY to participate in SCA
My points are these:
1) Anything that is alive and healthy will grow, and growth means change.
Change is good when it is carefully planned by cool heads and wise minds. My
compliments to Duke Timothy and Duchess Gabrielle for the way they are
2) I believe that a Southern Principality will not only provide more fun and
opportunity for those of us who are in this region and already involved, but
it will also provide better outreach opportunities to those who enjoy what
we enjoy, but who have not yet become acquainted with the SCA. It seems to
me that the East Kingdom might be too large to do that outreach effectively.
It's a proven fact that smaller entities grow faster than large ones. This
was nicely pointed out by Linnette in her comments at the EKU meeting about
the growth that occurred after Aethelmearc departed the EK.
3) I believe that a Southern Principality would be a good change. I'm not
in favor of a separate kingdom, but if it should eventually happen, it
wouldn't be the worst thing to have to endure. I've witnessed that over the
years change has made the SCA better, stronger and more fun. I have faith
that will continue. Now that I've found the SCA, I sure don't want to see it
die a slow stagnating death.
P.S. All you people are wonderful. That's for letting me join in the fun.
It's been worth the wait. :)