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Putting mascarpone on my matzoh, 'cause that's just how I roll, yo.
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Soak the matzah in wine to soften it, and you could make a credible tiramisu.  If you layered it with some of the kosher better-than-nutella spread I bought us as a Passover treat, why, so much the better!
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Bonjour mes amis!

Noisemakers IX is coming up in less than two weeks, and I'd like to invite everyone to take a look at the amazing list of classes and workshops! In addition to our commedia dell'arte track, we're excited to offer a wide array of heraldry, music, storytelling, and language classes spanning beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Please also keep in mind the performance challenges (try something new in a very supportive setting!) and our baronial bardic competition, as well as the Pellycan roadshow.

Also, the menu for Lady Livia's Roman dayboard is now posted. Please do take a look, and be advised that some dishes will contain rue (alternate versions without rue will be available for almost all items, although the online menu may not yet reflect that).

Check out all the details at

I hope to see you on the 12th!
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Has the class list been finalized yet?
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Sharing so +Stacey Rothrock Steinfeld can see it with the arms filled in! Someday I'll get Gabrielle to add her signature, too...
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I recognize that calligraphy... we did that a long time ago, +Stacey Rothrock Steinfeld !
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Oooooooh... The opening reception is the night before the NY Book Fair opens, in case anyone needed extra incentive to head in that direction. :) I don't know if I'll make it that night, but would anyone like to make plans to visit the exhibition while it's open?

"Flowering of Medieval French Literature: Au parler que m’aprist ma mere": April 2 to 26, 2014
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10 AM to 6 PM
Wednesday, April 2nd, 6 to 8 PM
23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10021
tel +1 212 717 7273
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Oooohh... book fair...
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Not only is today Play the Recorder Day, it's also the American Recorder Society's 75th birthday! We celebrated at Philadelphia Recorder Society meeting by... playing the terrible 20th-century piece they asked all the chapters to play today. Bleh. Forget that part -- we all did pretty quickly. The rest of the meeting was full of lovely 16th-century English music from Larry Bernstein's Consort Collection vols. I and II (which are great for very playable four- and five-part SCA-period music), and also Austrian hazelnut-chocolate cake full of Austrian rum, courtesy of director Rainer. Mmmmm, tasty music and cake!

If anyone's interested, I ordered my copies of the Bernstein books from Honeysuckle Music. They're not horribly pricy, and they're very convenient, portable gatherings of excellent pieces.
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Ooh, lucky you. :)
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I'm hoping everyone who was at the event will check their vehicles and possessions -- sometimes bags get grabbed by accident and not noticed for a while. Please take a careful look, Noisemakers attendees?
Lost bag of Instruments - Noisemakers

A bag of instruments was lost at Noisemakers between the end of classes and the closing of the event.  The autocrats have been contacted and have been making inquiries.  To help people identify the bag, here is description of what it contained.

@ 15" goat skin square drum with red felt on the edges tacked on with brightly colored tacks.  Dru Shumaker maker.
@ 11" goat skin square drum with seams visible on the edge. Dru Shumaker maker.
Moeck Kyneseker soprano dark wood in black case.
Hohner Alto recorder light wood in cardboard case
Dream soprano recorder in half moon teal blue cloth case.
Yamaha sopranino recorder in light brown cloth case.
3 wooden sopranos with no markings in a roll up heather grey case.

The bag itself is a large dark brown reusable grocery bag.

Thanks for any help in retrieving the bag.


Sol la Cantor / Andrea O. Boyer
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The bag has been found!!!
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Don't you love it when humor and intelligence combine?
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Ah, learning experiences.

Mudthaw was mostly lovely -- good event, good day, good things happening. The sprout had an absolute blast making jewelry, folding origami, playing with sugar paste, and chasing other kids. I did not completely blow the peerage processional fanfare this time around. :P And I learned stuff, like: I should probably not attempt to teach mixed skill levels on recorder, especially not smack in the middle of a busy space. I think people mostly enjoyed the time, and we had a reasonable amount of success playing "En Mai" and "In Taberna." Overall, though, it likely would have worked better to set a specific time for absolute beginners, one for people who already had basic skills, and one for people who wanted to jam. Next time!

Also, those little icing tubes are super tricky. If there are more heraldic cookies in the future, I will paint white icing areas in advance, and then use the edible markers instead of trying to control goopy areas of spreading color. Have I said "next time" already?

Another thing I learned: the shortbread (both plain and lavender) is even better dipped in melted Ghirardelli chocolate chips! I'm thinking of offering treats to folks who take up the Noisemakers challenge... :)
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Yay for music at events!!
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Certain portions of this could be extremely useful to keep in mind for SCA events, I think.
I'd love to see cons take this as a checklist: even just one would be helpful in a lot of cases.
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Some very good strategies here, although I think Idea 7 is completely unrealistic.  We can't even get subsets of our household from the parking lot to a restaurant expeditiously; how much bigger is the problem when you add a ton of people who don't know each other to the mix?  :-D
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What a great idea! "On the first daye of Aprille, lat us make tyme to take joye yn alle langages that are yclept ‘old,’ or ‘middel,’ or ‘auncient,’ or ‘archaic,’ or, alas, even ‘dead.’"  #whanthataprilleday
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Yay! An excuse to sing in Galician!
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