- To everyone concerned-
Now that we are back from the War, it is time to consider the
Baronial question again.
I would like to point out a new consideration that had not been
thrown into the mix before now. One that I feel will grudgingly play
a vital role in our ultimate decision.
The price of Gasoline is now over $3 per gallon, and there doesn't
seem to be an end in sight to the rising price of it.
This is what I see- we will have an increased need for local events
in the coming years. The price of gas is going to severely alter the
manner in which most people play in the SCA. As such, we will need
to become much more self sufficient than we have been in the past. I
feel that a Barony, and maybe even in the near future a Midlands
Principality (based on the Kingdom of the West model of
Principalities that are not created to eventually become Kingdoms in
their own right), in order to fulfill our local needs.
Even though the Mid Realm does a great job of supporting its
Sovereigns through a large travel fund, I am unsure that even that
will be able to keep up with the dramatic rise in gas, and feel that
we will likely be seeing even less of our Kings and Queens in the
future than we are already. In order to provide an SCA experience
that keeps with the Medieval traditions of a monarchical society
(Courts, pageantry, etc), we will find ourselves needing to do more
on our own- we will need to have a Barony in order to do this.
As the SCA continues to become more localized, we should be prepared
to have more smaller events, and much more of the responsibility for
SCA'ing will fall on our shoulders. This is a large part of the
reason why I feel it won't be too long before talks of a Principality
start up. The SCA is going to become even more localized than it
already is, and short of us all winning the lottery, or a new fuel
source suddenly popping up, there isn't going to be anything we can
do about it.
- Press release:
The Chateau Teafort Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
aiding members of the SCA who are victims of natural disasters, announced
today that in addition to donating all profits from the Chateau Teafort
Trio's debut album, "Whipporwhill", the Foundation is also now officially
accepting direct cash donations.
The Chateau Teafort Foundation, which was created in late August, 2005, has
already sold over 220 cds, raising over $3000 dollars in orders to be
donated to the cause. It is only one of a myriad of efforts by SCA members
across the country and the world to give assistance to the people of Gleann
Abhann, which was heavily damaged by the recent hurricane that hit New
Orleans and much of the surrounding area.
"It is heartwarming to see so much support for our friends and family in the
gulf coast pouring out so quickly," said George Reed, Chairman of the
This new development means that if someone doesn't wish to purchase a
Chateau Teafort album, they can donate 100% of their contribution through
the Chateau Teafort Foundation.
The Chateau Teafort Trio (George L. Reed (faheud), Purple Nicholson
(Purple), and Kathryn Kibellus (Valencia)..) will continue to donate all
profits from their debut album to assist SCA participants suffering damages
as a result of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana,
Mississipi, and Alabama.
The Album is Whippoorwill, by the Chateau Teafort Trio. a 2 cd set for
$15.00 plus $2.00 P&H....for orders of more than 3 cd's maximum shipping
cost is $6.00
To order a CD or simply donate to the Foundation, make checks payable to
George L. Reed and mail them to
Chateau Teafort Foundation
3617 Sommersworth Lane
Indianapolis, IN 46228
For more information, see http://www.fanucci.org/aid.html