A Feast of Divine Proportions
September 12, 1509
Who are you?
We are the Society for Creative Anarchronism. We study Medieval and Renaissance history and recreate it – the good parts version. We practice arts, engage in (safe) warfare, design heraldry, learn things, and have a good time doing it. We are an educational non-profit organization that runs on volunteers. This event is sponsored by the Greater Boston Chapter of the SCA, known as The Barony of Carolingia.
What is this all about?
“A Feast of Divine Proportions” is an event celebrating a particular time, place, and event: The 1509 publication of Luca Pacioli’s De divina proportione. No one is required to portray an early Sixteenth Century Venetian, but we do want a medieval atmosphere. Everyone who attends is expected to make an attempt at pre-1600 garb. Whether that means a hand-stitched cotehardie, a costume from a play you were in, or an outfit borrowed from our extensive collection of loaner garb, makes no matter to us. What we want to see is an enthusiastic participant in the day’s activities: learning, dancing, feasting, and lending a hand to make it all happen.
What exactly will I see?
Our schedule for the day is filled with
There will be pictures to color, taken from artworks of the medieval period, shields to draw heraldry onto, paper models to assemble, cards to build castles out of, stationery to calligraphy, and a Roman Military Training Exercise – hopscotch! Also, there is an elementary school with athletic fields to run around in and a playground to burn off excess energy in.
Some of us have volunteered to share our knowledge with others today. Some classes are about art, some about math, some about science, some about history. Each class is an hour long. Go to the classes you want and relax in the hall otherwise.
There is an arts & sciences competition where local members can present their artistic endeavors from the past year. The prize for winning is to be the Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion, whose job is to encourage artistry and research in the group for the next year, and push themselves in their own crafts.
An organization that runs on volunteers needs ways to encourage those volunteers. In Court, the local Baron will award others for their service to the group, their prowess in battle, their dedication to the arts, or for other matters. He will also announce the new Baronial Arts & Sciences Champion. If you are called into Court, don’t be nervous! Nobody was born ready to be called into Court.
Our dance band, the Waytes of Carolingia, will play music while our dancemaster, Master Justin du Coeur leads us in Medieval and Renaissance dance. Most dances will be taught as we go through them, some are very easy, and all of them are quite a bit of fun.
We have three performances during the feast. The first is i Sebastiani, the greatest Commedia dell’Arte troupe in the entire world. They perform improvisational comedy using styles, forms, and plot elements drawn right from Renaissance Italy (with occasional pokes at local politics). The second is the Carolingian Quire. They will be performing a selection of songs likely to be heard by Renaissance Italian audiences. Last is Master Christian Lansinger von Jaueregk, Baronial Fool. Nobody knows exactly what he’ll be performing, but it will be entertaining for sure…
We will be preparing lunch (dayboard) for everyone who comes, and dinner (feast) for a modest additional fee. The feast will be recreating an actual Italian feast from around the time of the event, based on records left behind from a prolific and masterful chef. The flavors may be exotic, or odd, or even sometimes bland, but it’s an opportunity to “get under the skin” of medieval nobility and get a taste of “the good life” as seen by our ancient forebears.
Don’t forget to spend some time just sitting around and chatting with people and seeing all the beautiful garb!
What do I need to bring?
Everyone is expected to make an attempt at garb from the Sixteenth Century or earlier. Everyone staying for the feast is asked to bring their own feast gear – plates, bowls, napkins, utensils. We have a large collection of loaner garb and loaner feast gear. E-mail our Chatelaine if you are interested in borrowing something. Lastly, bring a book or a handcraft. Inevitably there will be a time where there’s a delay or a hole in the schedule, and it can be frustrating to be new and not know what to do. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
How much does it cost?
$12 for adults covers the cost of renting the hall and
allows you to take classes, attend court, dance, watch the shows, and eat
Babes in arms may attend for free.
The cost of the dinner feast is $12 for adults, $6 for children with small appetites. Please mail paid preregistrations by September 1. Please email the autocrat – the man in charge – that you are coming. While we always cook a little extra food, a solid headcount beforehand means everyone gets fed.
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Feast of Divine Proportions
Make checks payable to: SCA Inc - Barony of Carolingia
•Autocrat: Andreiko Eferiev
•Chatelaine and Headmistress: Rosina von Schaffhausen
•Head Chef: Cassandra Grey of Lochleven
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