Saturday Fencing Practices have been put on hold until mid-January 2021, at which point we will reevaluate our state’s COVID situation and decide on a course of action. Thank you and stay safe.
Following a significant amount of work, research and coordination, Malagentia has resumed fencing practices, which will remain outdoors for the interim.
All are invited to attend, regardless of experience levels. Non-participant assistance is also welcome, to help monitor adherence to our protocols.
When: Saturdays, 10-noon, weekly. Rain Cancels; please see calendar at https://malagentia.eastkingdom.org/main for latest info, including possible rain date.
Where: Ft. Williams, Cape Elizabeth – 1000 Shore Road. As you enter the park, drive to the right, and attempt to park in the lot up the hill on your right. Goal will be to practice up that hill, past the big picnic shelter. If occupied, we will grab another location. (there may parking fees; come prepared to pay.)
Notes: Please approach practice wearing a respiratory mask, and sign-in.
There will be no loaner gear, without prior arrangement.
Bring your own water.
Bring your own respiratory mask and back-up masks. We highly recommend trying on masks under your fencing masks so you can understand fit and potential challenges.
There may or may not be porta-potty facilities on site; there is no changing area on site.
Do you have:
Fever or chills
New cough in last 14 days
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
New Loss of taste or smell
Have you been in close proximity with someone who is currently sick with COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness within the past 14 days?
Have you recently traveled to any states besides Mass., New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut or New Jersey?
These are our basic rules (there will be other protocols explained at practice):
Masking is mandatory, even while fencing.
Maintain 6’ distance with individuals not in your household.
EACH bout must be marshalled to enforce distancing.
No close-in Combat.
Single or Case only. (We will evaluate changes to this as practices progress)
DO not loan gear or share food / water.
Be Kind, Be Understanding, Be Vigilant – We must do all we can to protect ourselves, our families and our communities
March 12, 2020
To whom it may concern,
In response to the rapidly growing impact of COVID-19 on the global population, including yesterday’s declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the University of Maine System will begin to implement a social isolation strategy. As you may have heard, all classes will move from in-person to online beginning March 23, 2020 and all residential students will be sent home. While the offices will remain open (at this point), USM will begin to strengthen the social isolation strategy by restricting access to our fitness center and athletic complex to USM faculty, staff and students ONLY. The hours for the fitness center and building will change and are below.
Due to this unprecedented situation, we will be placing your memberships on hold effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 until this health crisis has passed or we will provide a pro-rated refund to you if that is your wish. We apologize for this inconvenience, but as you know, some things are simply out of our control and we must take appropriate precautions. We will notify you as soon as we are able to safely re-open our facilities for use and welcome people back to the Sullivan Complex. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. You can reach me directly at 207-228-8242 or by email at ().
Kevin Normand, Manager of Sullivan Complex
NEW HOURS STARTING MARCH 23rd
SUNDAY – CLOSED
MONDAY – FRIDAY 8am to 4pm
SATURDAY – CLOSED
REMINDER STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF ONLY – ID REQUIRED
Kevin Normand, Manager
Did you know that the Province of Malagentia has its own way to recognize worthy members? Our Provincial Honors allow us to say “Thank you!” to those who have given back to Malagentia in the areas of Service, Martial, Courtesy, Youth, and Arts & Sciences. It only takes a couple minutes to recommend someone for an Honor! There will be a couple Provincial events coming up where we can bestow some of these, so recommend someone today!!! Visit https://malagentia.eastkingdom.org/main/provincial-honors/ to learn more about the Provincial Honors and recommend someone.
Lords and Ladies, lads and lasses, all gentles who enjoy the fun and excitement of the battlefield but don’t enjoy participating in the fighting – The Battlefield Support staff would love to have you join them! Battlefield Support – or “waterbearing” – provides water, gatorade, pickles, oranges, and other potables to comfort the overheated who have taken up arms to entertain us on the battlefields, in the rapier list, and on the archery and thrown weapons ranges. We will meet under the MOL tent (between the Heavy List and Rapier fields) half an hour prior to the beginning of heavy list activities (including Friday for The Deed and the Summer Druid vs. Winter Witch). We will have a brief cleanup after the tournament to prepare our station for the next events. Come for as little or as long as you like – many hands make light work, and we love to make new friends. Children are most welcome, but must be supervised by someone aged 16 or older. Unattended children who tire of volunteering will be escorted to Youth Activities for safekeeping. If you’re interested in volunteering, if you would like more information before committing, or if you need special accommodation, please contact Lady Anna Serena (Serena Antonowicz) or Lady Rose Copper Steele (Cecilia Hunter). They’ll be thrilled to meet you!
Just sending out a reminder to everyone about PortCon – this is a fantastic opportunity for our group and the audience is right up our demographic!
Lets make sure we have a good showing.
Contact our Chatelaine Lady Odelina of St. Albans for more information and to make sure we have enough people for the demo.
from her posting:
Come one, come all to the Portcon Demo and
Panel at the DoubleTree in South Portland on Sunday, June
28th at 12:00pm-4:00pm! Featured in the Main tent on Sunday,
the afternoon starts with a two-hour slot for demoing
fencing and fighting, followed by a two hour open panel
about who we are and what we do! Especially looking for
authorized fighters and fencers, as well as Marshals and a
Ringleader for the whole shebang! Please contact Odelina at
to confirm participation.
Thank you all!
Announcing the Fencer’s Colloquium: a bi-weekly venue for camaraderie and consultation on all things historically rapier.
In order to make more time at the gymnasium and out on the field for the actual practice of Fencing, this bi-weekly get-together will focus on talking about fencing, sharing research, discussing techniques, etc. so that we can put these ideas into use on Tuesday and Friday evenings.
The venue will rotate around to various coffee houses, tea shoppes, brew pubs and back yards (in warmer weather) to allow for a steady flow of new ambiance to keep our conversations engaging.
If there are enough researchers interested in presenting something they’ve looked into, we could even have a rotating schedule of presenters to get the conversations started.
We are already having these conversations at practice. Let’s make more, intentional room for them.
I’ve just received word from the Blade Society Leadership, that practice for tonight (2/18/14) has been cancelled.
Please stay safe and keep warm and spread the word.
Col. Christian Woolfe
Seneschal – Province of Malagentia
The USM Blade Society offers instruction in forms of historical rapier combat that are very similar to those used in SCA combat (plus instruction in modern sport fencing). The Blade Society provides access to a number of skilled and experienced instructors (including SCA-affiliated instructors such as Robert Tupper) who teach men and women historical rapier style as described by renaissance fencing masters such as Silver, DiGrassi, Agrippa, and others.
USM Blade Society practice for period rapier combat is open to the community, and takes place every Tuesday night from 6-9 pm in the Sullivan Gym at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus.
If you paid close attention at this year’s Great Northeastern War, you noticed a few people being escorted around site toting cameras. They were reporters from the Lewiston Sun Journal who put together a couple of lovely pieces about the event.
One piece focused more on martial activities and featured still photos and video of the fighting and other activities that took place over the weekend as well as spotlight interviews with Astrid, Cailte, Raiztlin and Carolyne.
Another piece opened with a dancer and took a more holistic approach to the event in a well-produced 2 and 3/4 minute video that described many of the non-martial activities that took place while still managing to catch a bit of the action from the fencing tavern brawl.
Three cheers to our hard-working Chatelaine, Seneschal and Deputy Seneschal who worked hard to give these journalists access to our event so that the fun we have could be documented for the rest of the state to see.