Arts and Sciences
Middle Marches Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship

Greetings to the people of the Middle Marches,

The Middle Marches Baronial Arts and Sciences Championship will be held the 6th of October 2012 at Red Dragon, hosted by the Shire of Tirnewydd. While the next Champion will be selected at Red Dragon they will not step up until 12th Night to give them time to prepare their Baronial Arts and Science Challenge. I hope to see many entries, if you have any questions please e-mail me.

Entries should include documentation similar to that required by the Arts and Sciences Fairs, although it does not need to be as detailed. Areas to focus on in the documentation include information about how it would have been created in period, including techniques and materials used, and information about how the entry was created, including any modern methods or materials used. Documentation should include information about all sources used in documenting all parts of this item.

While entries do not need to be specific to a persona, they should be representative of a time period and culture within the SCA time frame. If you are entering the Subtlety Challenge, information about which was sent out previously, you can provide documentation for your subtlety and enter it in the Arts and Sciences Championship as well.

Performance entries: please contact Lady Sarai Tindall at sarai (dot) tindall (at) gmail (dot) com so that performances can be scheduled with their Excellencies.

In Service,

Lady Sarai Tindall
MOAS Barony of the Middle Marches

Subtley's contest hosted by Lady Ximena Ramirez

It is my pleasure to issue the populace of the Middle Marches and beyond a Challenge of Subtlety, to be held at Tirnewydd'sRed Dragon, October 5-7. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make a subtlety or illusion food--a dish which is either fantastical in its presentation, or appears to be something it is not. All participants will be recognized, and the first place winner will receive a gift certificate to Penzey's Spices.

You, the populace, are invited to come and cast your vote for your favorite entry. The Populace' Choice winner will also receive a prize.

All entries will be on display throughout the day, and will be officially presented during feast, when the winners will be recognized for their contributions to the art and science of cooking.

Nuts and Bolts:
-Entries will be judged on historical research and accuracy, aesthetic appeal and presentation, as well as taste; bonus points will be awarded for the historically accurate use of fire (because I like fire). Please make your documentation well-researched and concise, and your historical sources clearly cited. Our Baronial Minister of Arts and Sciences, Lady Sarai Tindall, is always available to assist with this process, as is your local Minister.

-Some subtleties were intended only for presentation, not for consumption. If you prefer to do this, your entry will not be judged for taste, but you will be expected to have corresponding documentation for your presentation-only subtlety, which should also be visually impressive enough to compensate for the skipped category. (I recommend fire.)

-The site kitchen is not available, either for cooking or storing your subtlety. If it must be refrigerated, please bring your own cooler which can be placed with the other entries.

-Entries will be judged during the day, but the purpose of a subtlety is its dramatic presentation during a meal. Please cut discreet tasting pieces of yours for judging, or include separate sample pieces, so that it can be displayed in its full (hopefully flaming) glory. If your subtlety hinges on presentation (i.e. fire, things popping out of pies, etc.), please contact me before the event so we can plan accordingly.

-Please have a list of ingredients for prominent display.