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Pennsic War Thank You

Greetings to the beautiful Eastern Kingdom,

Now that we have been home from Pennsic nearly a week, I wanted to share some important words.

Thank You!

Thank you to each and every one of you who showed courtesy, honor, and comported yourself appropriately at War. You made the Kingdom proud through your acts of kindness, generosity, and courtesy. I often saw people reaching out to others, seeing if they could help with setup/teardown of personal camps, fetch things, grab a small person for a couple of hours so parents could be parents, carry water, etc. The list goes on.

Thank You!

For all those who volunteered their time to run a class, take a watch shift, help at Family Point, Herald’s Point, Info Point, Gate, etc. Each hour you gave to the cause, meant an hour someone got to enjoy the activities they wanted to. And that shared time is reciprocal, you get to enjoy your activities when someone else is volunteering.

Thank You!

If you took time to help set up or take down EK Royal, work as hospitality or guard, or were one of the leadership in that space, I want to thank you. That space looked amazing this year, and it was so very welcoming. I sat there on middle Saturday in the garden and just talked with people who came in, embroidered a bit, and enjoyed the time in the cool breeze. This time of relaxation and community would not be possible without your dedicated efforts to the Kingdom. For all those who helped set up Tuesday’s court, direct traffic and seating, and kept aisles clear, I cannot thank you enough.

Thank You!

There are no words that begin to approach my level of thanks to those who serve as staff at Pennsic. You are there far longer than the rest of us, work every single day, and give up your vacation so that more than 11,000 people can gather with friends and family from across the world. Pennsic seems so smooth and calm from the outside. It’s like watching a duck on the pond. They look so serene on the surface, but underneath their feet are just paddling away to keep everything running. To each and every one of you, thank you for your sacrifices, your work, and the community you build with your time and effort. Thank you for checking in, making sure everyone is enjoying their time, and if they need anything. No one truly sees the work you put in, and that’s the sign of a well coordinated and run event. Thank you. Those two words will never be enough.

Only 343 days until land-grab starts. But who’s counting?

With all my love,

Audrye, East Kingdom Seneschal

eksenannounce From the EK Seneschal Pennsic

Pennsic War Behavior

Greetings to the Populace from all Kingdoms attending Pennsic 50:

To the 99% of attendees who are following the rules, we hope you are having a great war and we want that to continue.

To everyone else, especially those who are abusive to Pennsic Staff, EMS, Coopers’ Staff and Volunteers, please consider this your only warning.

Know that Pennsic 50 is going to have a large number of individuals attending, more than it has had in years past, and there is little space for leniency.

Be kind. Treat others like you would like to be treated. Take a breath before you get angry. (And consider maybe you need something to eat or some water.)

As we have already had to evict people from site for abuse of Staff and Volunteers, we would like to remind the populace at large that this behavior will not be tolerated.

With love (but little patience),
Audrye, Helewyse, & Illadore
Seneschals of the East, Middle, and Æthelmearc

eksenannounce From the EK Seneschal Pennsic

Pennsic War Land Grab Friday

Greetings to all who are attending Pennsic,

The Great Pennsic War is an SCA event hosted by three kingdoms, the warring Kingdoms of the East and the Middle and the hosting Kingdom of Aethelmearc. It should be noted that because of this the Kingdom seneschals have the right and responsibility of sanction and removal of participants from events or situations where there is harassment, bullying, or abuse of the volunteers.

Why is this relevant to you? Well the Mayor of Pennsic 50 has made the following rules for trolling in on Friday 28th of July:

– Land agents, may arrive at site no earlier than 8:30am, Troll will open at 9am. Land agents may troll in with an assistant and any minor children in the vehicle. All others must wait in the vehicle.
– Non land-agent set up crew may arrive on site after 11:30am, troll for non land agents will open at noon. 

You will be asked to leave if you arrive before your allotted time: 8:30am for land agents, 11:30am for other camp set up crew. 

We will ask you, nicely, to drive away and park somewhere else and you can then return when it is your time. You will have two options at that point.

1) comply, accept that you arrived too early, go and park at one of the truck stops nearby and come back later.
2) refuse to leave, deciding that the rules do not apply to you so you wish to argue. We will then ask you to leave and not return. No war for you.

Land is advising camps to limit the number of people arriving until Pennsic officially starts on Saturday (troll is open from Friday noon until Saturday at 10pm). If your block is not signed off you will not be allowed to drive onto the land, nor can you set up structures on the battlefield. 

We would hate to do this, we don’t enjoy removing people from participation but it is one of the powers we have. We hope that everyone follows the guidelines and comes to war with appreciation for the volunteers and the rules.

Yours in service we remain,

Audrye, Helewyse and Illadore (East, Mid, Aethelmearc)