Arts and Sciences: Activity List

Arts and Sciences

88 activities:

Third Annual Lochac Food Fight

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Thursday 11:00 to 13:00

You wanna see the great cooks Lochac has bread?

It’s time once again for the Annual Festival Food Fight!*  (not an actual food fight – there will not be any food thrown).  What bounteous platters will Lochac’s talented cooks provide this year?  Will there be sugar or meat comas?  Will...Read more

Birka Bling and Viking Sparkles

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Thursday 11:00 to 12:00

(A.K.A. Viking Passament) Let's take a look at some of the silver and gold wire clothing decoration found in graves from the Viking settlement of Birka. We will look at the archaeological evidence, and some ways you might be able to make it.

Class is mainly theory with some demonstration...Read more

Herald's Point

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Thursday 11:00 to 12:00
Thursday 14:00 to 16:00
Friday 10:00 to 12:00
Friday 14:00 to 16:00
Saturday 10:00 to 12:00
Saturday 14:00 to 16:00
Sunday 10:00 to 12:00
Sunday 14:00 to 16:00
Monday 10:00 to 12:00
Monday 14:00 to 15:00

The Lochac College of Heralds invite all gentles to attend our Herald's Point for consultation on matters of pre-17th century names and heraldry. Whether you wish to register a name and/or device with the College of Arms, or seek a spot of advice, the heralds of Lochac would delighted to assist...Read more

Nalbinding 1: An Introduction to Flat Nalbinding

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Thursday 11:00 to 13:00

Basic nalbinding (single needle knitting used by the Norse, Anglo-Saxons and other cultures for making mittens and socks) stitches taught using the flat method (rather than around the thumb). Please bring a nalbinding needle or large blunt sewing needle if possible. A gold coin donation is...Read more

Scribal Alchemy

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Thursday 14:00 to 15:00

Alchemy in period was not limited to the study of Astronomy or Medicine but had practical applications across all areas of period life. This was also evident in the scribal practices of the day. Come along for a brief insight into these practices; no illumination or painting experience necessary...Read more

Beginning Viking Wire-Weaving

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Thursday 15:00 to 16:00

In this beginners workshop, you will learn the basic stitch for Viking wire weaving, how to add a wire and then how to start the weaving. If you have jewelry pliers or wire cutters, please bring them. Maximum 8 participants.Read more

Practical Fitting Forum

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Thursday 15:00 to 16:00

Need an extra pair of hands to pin you into that cotehardie? Can't quite reach to measure your own arm length? Bring along a costuming project and borrow a spare pair of hands to help you fit it right!

(Note: While this class will be held indoors, it will still be in a public area. Please...Read more

Performance Skills

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Thursday 16:00 to 17:00

How do you take a piece from successful execution in practice to a successful performance in front of an audience? Whether you're a singer or a storyteller, a dancer or an instrumentalist, some things are consistent across performance types. This class will discuss the skills of getting a piece...Read more

Nalbinding 2: Patterns

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Thursday 16:00 to 17:00

How to make mittens, socks and hats using the stitches you already know. Warning: no stitches will be taught in this class. (If you did not attend class 1, please bring a gold coin donation to cover the cost of the notes.)Read more

Festival Beard Competition

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Thursday 19:00 to 22:00

To be held in The Nest Campsite

Having a simple night to celebrate and judge beards while raising awareness for Beards of Hope campaign 2019. The judges of this competition will be announced closer to the date, and will be run through the nest and is NOT an official event, or official...Read more

Chronicler's Catch-up!

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Friday 09:00 to 11:00

Are you a Group Chronicler/Interested in becoming Kingdom Chronicler?

Please come along to catch up with Lochac's Chronicler and Pegasus Editrix - Baroness Helouys le Poer. This is an opportunity to talk about your role, discuss any issues or concerns and get some insight into the future...Read more

Intermediate Dancing

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Friday 11:00 to 13:00

An introduction to some of the intermediate and harder dances for those who have some dancing experience. Specifics taught will depend on who is present and their experience and needs.Read more

Rowany Festival Wardrobe Competition

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Friday 11:00 to 13:00

One of the joys of the SCA is being able to pick and choose a time and place in history to suit your style and interest, and maybe to have a different one every day. However, there is also the other end of the SCA scale, choosing a single time and place and doing it well. ​

This...Read more

Beginners Heraldic Embroidery

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Friday 14:00 to 15:00
Sunday 15:00 to 16:00

If you can sew in a straight line, that's great! If you can't, that's embroidery! An introduction to embroidery using the colour-filling technique laid-work.

Bring pencil and paper, embroidery thread, hoops, and fabric -  limited supplies are also available. No previous sewing skills...Read more

Weavers' Chat

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Friday 15:00 to 17:00

Do you like weaving? Come along and swap tips, show your work, and complaining about warping up with us. (Feel free to drop in at any point)Read more

Campfire Chat with the Hospit

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Friday 15:00 to 16:00
Saturday 15:00 to 16:00
Sunday 15:00 to 16:00

New to Rowany Festival? Not sure what to do or have questions and don’t know who to ask? Enjoy a good chat around a campfire? If you answered “yes” to any of the above, this is for you!

On the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Festival, from 3pm to 4pm the Rowany Hospit will be holding a...Read more

English Country Chrestomathy

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Friday 15:00 to 16:00

A selection of English Country dances for those wishing an introduction to the language of English Country Dance.

No prior English Country Dance experience necessary. Dances taught depend on numbers and knowledge.

Or to treat as last minute revision for the Country Ball to occur...Read more

Dance Guild Meeting

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Friday 16:00 to 17:00

A meeting for members of the Guild of the Silver Rondel plus anyone interested in encouraging dance in Lochac. 

Lady Annabel de SwinburneRead more

Musicians' Gathering

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Friday 17:00 to 18:00

A warm-up session to enable musicians to sort out music, versions, ideas and practice new music for Festival. Those teaching dances are welcome to come and discuss them with the musicians.  

Please bring instruments and music.Read more

Children's Mask Painting

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Friday 18:00 to 22:00

Paint your Venetian Cat Mask

8 to 17 years.

Have some fun and learn a period painting technique on the ever popular Venetian cat mask.

*This class will include using hot glue guns*

This class will be over Friday night dinner so come paint your mask, go for dinner...Read more

Laurels' Prize (Laurels only)

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Saturday 13:00 to 14:00

Every year, Rowany Festival hosts Laurel Prize, an opportunity for all comers to display their A&S work and receive feedback from members of the Order of the Laurel. The first hour is for participants and Laurels only, but after that, everyone is welcome to come and see some of the fine work...Read more

Laurels' Prize (Open)

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Saturday 14:00 to 16:00

Every year, Rowany Festival hosts Laurels' Prize, an opportunity for all comers to display their A&S work and receive feedback from members of the Order of the Laurel. The first hour is for participants and Laurels only, but after that, everyone is welcome to come and see some of the fine...Read more

The Market Wallet

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Sunday 10:00 to 11:00

An introduction to the market wallet, excellent for carrying a moderate amount of stuff hands free. It resembles a pair of saddle bags, worn over one shoulder. Read more

Making a Bara Tape for 16th Century Costuming

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Sunday 11:00 to 12:00

Have you been interested in making some late 16th century clothing? Do you hanker after a true Juan de Alcega’s outfit? Have you been drooling over Mathew Gnagy modern makers books but not sure where to start? Come along and learn how to make a bara tape. Drafting without maths!
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Five Staple Embroidery Stitches

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Sunday 12:00 to 13:00

The fabulous five base stitches for most times and periods, I.e. stem stitch, chain stitch, running stitch (including double running stitch), split stitch, and couching. This hands-on class will teach you how to do them with confidence.

Please bring your own embroidery hoop and needles if...Read more

List Keeping for Beginners

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Sunday 12:00 to 13:00

This class is a basic run down of the most common types of tourney used in the SCA and how to run them, plus some handy tips for how to organise your heralds, marshals, and stewards when necessary.
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Lacing and Buttons: Clothing Basics

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Sunday 14:00 to 15:00

Practical class on fastening your clothing. How to place your lacing holes, and make them strong and neat. Make a simple and quick lacing cord. And make buttons from your fabric straps to perfectly match your garment.Read more

Lucetting Made Easy

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Sunday 16:00 to 17:00

This class will help to make using your lucet easier with less tangles, frustrations or snapped threads.

Lucet kits will be available for purchase for $20.Read more

Fighter Auction

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Sunday 20:00 to 23:00

Come buy your fighters for the Armoured and Rapier Fighter Auction TourneysRead more

Who had Guns When?

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Monday 10:00 to 11:00

Tracing how firearms spread in the world in the years 1200-1600, and which political entities used and made them, with suggestions as to why. Mainly exposition from secondary sources.Read more

Bang for your buck: Impressive potlucks on a budget

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Monday 11:00 to 12:00

Potluck Feasts are intended to be a more simple, casual event as opposed to a labour intensive traditionally organised feast. But they can also be quite intimidating. Time, money and confidence can make them seem like quite the challenge. Let’s get the ideas flowing and look into some options on...Read more

Caroso Ball

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Monday 11:00 to 13:00

The Caroso Ball uses a period event format to offer dancers an opportunity to show off their skills, and watch other people perform.

The dancers take turns to choose a dance from a set-list, and a partner from those gathered around the edge of the dance floor. (If you'd rather watch, you...Read more

Metalwork Embroidery

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Monday 12:00 to 13:00

Gold and silver embroidery is common across many cultures and periods. This hands-on class would introduce you to metal thread couching, applying purl, and creating padded metal work.

Bring needles and hoops if you have them. Spare hoops and needles will be provided, as will all the other...Read more

Patterning Sleeves

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Monday 14:00 to 15:00

Do you struggle with making your sleeves fit you and your garment? This class will include an overview of how sleeve shapes changed over time, key sleeve measurements, basic sleeve draft, patterning different sleeve shapes and time for questions.Read more

The Pastime Performances

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Monday 14:00 to 15:00

Do you have period performance repertoire you'd like to share? Beginner or expert; solo or group; story, song, or instrumental music - all are welcome to come along and share something, or simply enjoy the performances! A sign-up sheet will be available at the Information Point, or speak to Gwen...Read more

Volunteering and You

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Monday 14:00 to 15:00

Suffering from Burnout or Helium-Hand? This is the class for you! Learn to volunteer without compromising your mental or physical health.

Gold coin donation requested to cover printing costs.

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Boars Head Tavern

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Monday 20:00 to 22:30

The Boar’s Head Theatre celebrates the diversity of Lochac’s bardic talent, and provides a way to celebrate the finale of Rowany Festival. It is an opportunity to come together and enjoy a relaxed evening in entertainment, song and Merriment before you return to the mundane world.

Those...Read more

Newcomers Bingo

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All day Wednesday
All day Thursday
All day Friday
All day Saturday
All day Sunday
All day Monday

The Newcomers Bingo is BACK!

Just grab a bingo scroll from the Gate or the Information Tent when you arrive at Festival (whether you’re there for the whole event or just a day) and put a sticker to any square that has an activity you’ve attended. The goal is to fill in as many squares as...Read more

Scriptorium

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All day Thursday
All day Sunday

Come see the wonderful work of the Lochac College of Scribes! On Thursday and Sunday, the Great Hall will be transformed by a display of calligraphy and illumination, with classes running all day for those who want to learn more about the scribal arts, and templates available for anyone who'd...Read more