The Pennsic War at Coopers Lake It all began rather innocuously at a backyard party in 1966. In celebration of all things medieval, a group of medieval-studies grad students dressed up and whacked at each other with fake swords, a fight which culminated in an impromptu parade down Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, California. From this modest party would come the "Society for Creative Anachronism" and the Pennsic War, a two week mock "war" in which 10,000 - 15,000 knights, maidens, and other creatively anachronistic people descend on Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, briefly turning a local campsite into the third largest city in Butler County. Campers dress in medieval clothing, often camp in period pavilions, and organize huge fights with thousands of armor-clad knights armed with wooden swords and maces.
Black Death Spread of the Black Death in Europe (1346–53) The Black Death is thought to have originated in the arid plains of central Asia, where it then travelled along the Silk Road, reaching the Crimea by 1343. From there, it was most likely carried by Oriental rat fleas living on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships. Spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 30–60% of Europe's total population. In total, the plague reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350–375 million in the 14th century. The aftermath of the plague created a series of religious, social, and economic upheavals, which had profound effects on the course of European history.
Victorian mourning etiquette Following Victoria’s example, it became customary for families to go through elaborate rituals to commemorate their dead. This included wearing mourning clothes, having a lavish (and expensive) funeral, curtailing social behavior for a set period of time, and erecting an ornate monument on the grave. Mourning clothes were a family’s outward display of their inner feelings. The rules for who wore what and for how long were complicated, and were outlined in popular journals or household manuals such as The Queen and Cassell’s – both very popular among Victorian housewives. They gave copious instructions about appropriate mourning etiquette. If your second cousin died and you wanted to know what sort of mourning clothes you should wear and for how long, you consulted The Queen or Cassell’s or other manuals.
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Washington post article I was 18 years old when I landed in the kingdom of Bahrain, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, in the winter of 2005. It was the first time I'd ever left the continental United States. My joints ached after more than 24 hours of travel, but I knew that a new life of service and adventure awaited me on the other side of that aircraft door. This was the day I had been dreaming about since I'd enlisted in the Navy a few months before, on my birthday.
Curious Fact of the Week: The Largest Medieval Battle in Modern Times Each July, a campground in Pennsylvania is overtaken by horde of around 15,000 medieval invaders. They set up a temporary town for 17 days that for the duration even has its own zip code. The occupation is known as the Pennsic War, and is the largest event for the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), with throngs of people recreating the pre-13th century. A battle at its peak (photograph by Danielle Defrancesco) As one of the world's most epic participatory role playing experiences, the Pennsic War doesn't just involve staged battles with thousands of participants, but also has a whole town that pops up with period pavilions, merchants, and a mayor. The name is a portemanteau of Pennsylvania and Punic War, and the fighting has been raging since 1972.
Rose City Astronomers The Rose City Astronomers (RCA) is a club of over 400 amateur astronomers located in and around Portland, Oregon, and the largest club in the Northwest. The RCA was formed in 1988 through the merger of the Portland Astronomical Society and the OMSI Astronomers. We sponsor educational activities, outreach events, and star parties for the general public throughout the year, as well as numerous activities, star parties and workshops for our members. RCA also manages the Haggart Observatory located on the campus of Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. In 2000 RCA received certification as a 501(C)(3) non-profit public benefit organization from the IRS (93-1205364), and donations to RCA are tax deductible. RCA's mission is to promote the enjoyment and education of astronomy and related subjects to members and the general public.
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Jewelry in Elizabethan England Introduction Compared to the complex faceted cuts used on modern gems, the art of gem faceting in the 16th century was quite rudimentary. The common cuts of today's stones were not in use in the 1500s, which can make finding authentic-looking jewelry difficult. cursivebuildings for the amazing vsl editors & readers: hi. i’m happy you’re here. i have warm cookies on the table & milk. reaching for the out of reach is one project. there are many more.