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Laura Munn
Works at Kate's Kakes
Attended LaGuardia Community College
Lives in Rensselaer, NY
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I was fine... until I saw this.

And again when Maggie pulled me aside to tell me how excited Yvan was teaching me and how proud I made him.

...Damnit. I'm going to miss you, Yvan...
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I wish I had proper words right now, but the tears just wont stop flowing. I am sorry for the jumble in my thoughts, but I needed to write something.

Tonight I heard of the passing of an amazing man: Mark Feldmann. This is a man who, when he heard that I had a desire to recreate tortoise brooches from a viking age Pskov Russian find, he jumped to help me. At his toutelage, I learned many things and made my first pair of brooches. He worked with me every step along the way, gave me advice, showed me pictures, documentation, everything. He started my interest in metal work.

He gave me a wonderful gift of a hand sculpted metal comb from a Novgorodian find that I wear often when in my Russian persona. But this is not as wonderful as the gift of his enthusiasm, excitement, and joy in crafting. The idea that "you know you are sick when you make your own tools for your hobbies" came from him, and I often quoted him on it.

He drove quite the distance, just so he could set up shop and volunteer hours upon hours in front of his home-made forge at the small renfaire that opened up near here, just for the look on kids faces and knowing he was making a difference. We talked about it this year and he said he hoped to continue doing it for a long time.

It is hitting me severely hard that he is gone. My heart goes out to his wife Maggie Allen and all his friend and family that are stunned and in tears tonight. He was a legend in his own right with a huge heart, always willing to do anything he could to make someone's day that much more.

There is a huge hole where he once stood. No one can take his place. But I, for one, will never forget the man. Memories will live on forever. Yvan, you will never know what a change you made in Johann's life. He still talks about the day he sat watching you forge at the fair.

With love, always, rest in peace.
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I'm very sorry for your loss. I'm glad you had each other in your lives. Thank you for sharing your memories.

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My mask making so far from a week long Pennsic one on one class.
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Compleat Anachronist Cover
I was approached, some time ago, to work on a cover for The Compleat Anachronist by good friend and Capicomico Sophia the Orange. Of course, if you know Sophie, the focus of her article for CA was Commedia. But not just commedia, but how to work commedia fo...
I was approached, some time ago, to work on a cover for The Compleat Anachronist by good friend and Capicomico Sophia the Orange. Of course, if you know Sophie, the focus of her article for CA was Commedia. But not just comme...
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I have been playing guitar. I have taught myself on a borrowed Ovation from the Thora clan. Loving every second of it and it helps to remind me that my wrist is finally healed.

I have a lot of prep I still need to do for Pennsic, especially when it comes to putting together my classes. This will be a very busy Pennsic filled with Commedia, teaching, performing, taking classes, and hopefully spending a lot of time with the Casa. There are plans in motion.

If I can find a hard case, I will bring the Ovation to war. If I can not, I will have to suffer without it. I've gotten so used to it and can play a plethora of pieces on it, even if they are slow and not as fancy in strumming yet. But it gives me something for a soundtrack. And starts working me towards understanding of various medieval instruments that have been on my wishlist that I refuse to get until I can play something more basic and easily accessible, such as a guitar.
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I've played a 1983 Ovation for years (and brought it to Pennsic). I've seen cases for about $100. I actually cut one of their newer (less well made) cases up for my guitar lute too - https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/in8sworld/1564715152/
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Grades finally posted. First semester back to college in 10 years.

A's accross the board.

4.0 GPA.

Tears of happiness.
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Wooohoooo!!!
Go you!!
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Finals start in less than 48 hours and last until next Monday. At this point, I'm basically on radio silence until my last final on Friday. I will still have phone and email communications open, but no longer checking on any other media. If you need to get ahold of me, please contact me through those manners of media and understand I may be delayed in responding for a variety of reasons.

Laura, out!
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Oh gracious! It is finally up! Here is the video of this year's Commedia All Stars.
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Baronial Emerald for Pan Mikulaj von Meissen
I was honored to be asked to make the Emerald for a friend of mine, Mikulaj. The Emerald is an Order in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows that is given for a well done creation of persona. Mikulaj and I have talked over the years and he does an incredibl...
I was honored to be asked to make the Emerald for a friend of mine, Mikulaj. The Emerald is an Order in the Barony of Concordia of the Snows that is given for a well done creation of persona. Mikulaj and I have talked over th...
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For those that had their heart set on it, I want to make certain people know. My class has changed. What was:

Baba Yaga: Not for the Faint of Heart
Far Eastern: Performing Arts and Music: Storytelling
A&S 9 on 08-10 12:00PM

Is now:

Baba Yaga: Not for the Faint of Heart
Performing Arts and Music: Storytelling
A&S 14 on 08-11 2:00 PM

Hopefully those of you that wanted to go can still make it at its new time.
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I took a ten year hiatus. It is time to get back to the grind. I should be starting around the same time I graduated ten years ago. And hopefully after a semester I will be able to apply to, and be accepted, by my program of choice: molecular biology and biochemistry.
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Oh, I'm not worried (other than financially). I love school. I love learning. But I'm very relieved to have the acceptance letter and finally be able to move forward and start planning for a future. And I think it will please Johann.
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Lady Elewys's Ram's Horn, Baronial award for Concordia of the Snows
The words were based off of Sun Tzu's The Art of War: "In the valor of our warriors, we hear the echo of the wisdom of Sun Tzu. Defense is a matter of vital importance to the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, for it is the forum of our life or death - the r...
The words were based off of Sun Tzu's The Art of War: "In the valor of our warriors, we hear the echo of the wisdom of Sun Tzu. Defense is a matter of vital importance to the Barony of Concordia of the Snows, for it is the fo...
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I, sadly, was not there for the gasp. Or for any of my scrolls given out, unfortunately. But I am just so super happy that they went over well!
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Katrusha Skomorokh
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I'm a stay at home mom to a wonderful little boy. I live in a rural area that allows me the peace and quiet I always wanted when I lived in other places. I have varied and many hobbies, most of which the SCA is to blame for giving them to me.
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  • LaGuardia Community College
    veterinary technician, 2004 - 2006
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Female
Other names
Pooka, Boiarynia Katrusha Karpova Doch'Negadiev Skomorokh, Katrusha, Laura Katt
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Occupation
Baker
Skills
Baking all the things
Employment
  • Kate's Kakes
    Head Assistant Baker, 2014 - present
  • home
    mom, present
  • Colonie Animal Hospital
    Veterinary Technician, 2012 - 2013
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Rensselaer, NY
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New York, USA - Reston, VA - Easley, SC - Bellingham, WA - Latham, NY
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