Hello Malagentians! It is that time again where we need to hold elections for our officer positions. As such, nominations will be accepted during the November 04, 2021 meeting. Please look for the meeting link on the calendar and on the official Facebook Group(s).
Individuals interested in the officer positions can also view them at the web address below. More information about the requirements for office and elections can be found in the Malagentia Guidelines (link below). Officers are expected to attend quarterly officers’ meetings, and to either attend or have a designee at the monthly provincial meetings. Those interested in an office are encouraged to speak with the current office holder for more information, or with the Seneschal.
Please also consider becoming a deputy to any roles you may have interest in if you aren’t ready to hold the official officer position at this time. It’s a perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of what the role entails.
I wanted to briefly remind people about the East Kingdom’s masking policy for all events, practices, etc. and make sure everyone is on the same page.
If you are at an outdoor event, under EK policy, you need to be masked, unless you are actively engaged in fencing or heavy list fighting.
If you are at an indoor event, under EK policy, you need to be masked at all times, even while actively engaged in fencing or heavy list fighting.
According to EK policy the mask must be worn properly over the nose and mouth and be recognizable as an “effective mask.” What’s an “Effective Mask?”
“Effective masks” are defined by the CDC at the link below. I’ve heard questions about gaiters. Gaiters are listed as effective by the CDC at this doc – if they are doubled up/folded over, so there are two layers of fabric. If they don’t stay doubled up, you’ve got to use a different mask.
Masks may be lowered briefly when eating or drinking, under EK policy. (I’d recommend practicing social distancing while the masks are briefly lowered).
I’ve checked this through with our EK Seneschal, as well, and we are well aligned. If you have any questions, feel free to DM me or email me at .
Thank you for keeping our community safe – Wyck, Seneschal, Malagentia
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, our weekly Tuesday Night Fencer/Fighter practice will move back indoors, to the USM Sullivan Gym (66 Falmouth St., Portland). Few things:
The price for day use has gone from $5 to $7. If this is burdensome, please email .
We need to be out of the gym by 8:45 p.m., sharp each night. HOWEVER, they are letting us start at 5:30 p.m.
Under current EK rules, we need to be masked at all times indoors – even while fencing/fighting.
Everyone must sign in to our practice book for contact tracing purposes.
The first time you go to the gym, leave extra time for filling out paperwork.
Folks can swing by any time before that first practice, M-F, 7a.m.-6p.m., to fill out the paperwork. Make sure to let them know this is for Blade Society.
Please remember – this is a wonderful thing that we again have indoor practice space. We have been at USM for a loooong time. Be respectful, be grateful, be cool. No shoes that leave marks, clean up after yourselves, follow the primary rule.
We are confirmed for 2 slots at PortCon, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 26 and 9-11 a.m. Sunday, June 27 at the tent at the DoubleTree Hotel in S. Portland, 363 Maine Mall Road. We can have up to 20 people assisting at the demo – we are looking for heavy listers, fencers, A&Sers and marshals. We will have some passes to the show, as well.
Pre-reg is REQUIRED. Sign-up sheet is here at the link below; PLEASE, AFTER YOUR LAST NAME, INDICATE YOUR AREA, I.E. – fencing, fighting, A&S, etc.
Masks will be required at all times of everyone. There is no real good changing area – so come in garb or with garb you can throw over your street clothes. We will have a small pop-up changing tent (roughly 3×3 feet in area, 5′ tall). Bring water, too.
Please note:Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.
I’m pleased to share that the province is now looking for bids for Harvest Moon, with several important caveats.
While we are hopeful that by September overall risk will be sufficiently mitigated to safely hold an event with strong safety protocols, it should be understood that cancellation may be prompted by any number of COVID safety-related factors.
To be clear:Anyone making a bid will need to understand that there is a definite potential that an event may need to be cancelled, at any point right up to the event date, and factor that into any planning.
In addition, as the SCA BOD and EK may adjust their event guidance over the next 4+ months, Harvest Moon’s planners must be prepared to adapt accordingly.
To de-conflict with potential regional events, this bid should aim at mid- to late September for timing.
As a note: The officers discussed this prior to the April province meeting, and we discussed at the province meeting, as well. The BOD announcement regarding resumption of events under guidelines came out the same day as the province meeting. I wanted to give everyone a chance to digest these society-level moves before rolling out this announcement.