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Aye ... local Highland Games is scheduling for 2021 .... at this time it looks like the usual attending history groups for the Living History area are not excited ... guess we all have a ways to go before "normal" arrives ... Cheers !

Johnnie, 93rd Highlanders
Korean War / Sugarloaf 1951 Tactical, Colorado
« Last post by Mjr.tman0617 on January 25, 2021, 07:44:55 pm »
June 10-14, 2021
Pike National Forest near Deckers, CO

Join us for a one-of-a-kind tactical/immersion event in early June, in the Pike National Forest of Colorado. Four days of living on the line, complete with foxhole digging, patrols, night raids, and full-scale assaults. With a focus on daily life and a heavy emphasis on logistics, this experience aims to be as realistic to Korean combat as possible. Hosted in a burn scar at 8,000 feet ASL, and only a few miles North of the 38th Parallel, you won't find a more authentic Korean terrain in the country.

Actively seeking KPA and CCF reenactors to help bolster the Communist forces. Without them, we'll still have a slow-paced and immersive experience; with them, though, we can host a number of intense combat-focused scenarios to keep everyone on their toes.

To participate, send me a message and I will direct you to the registration. See you at the front!
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 27, 2020, 04:07:17 pm »
Thorfinn Sigurdsson  aka Thorfinn the Mighty, Earl of Orkney (c 1009 - 1065)

One viking era pirate was the grandson of Malcolm, King of Scots. Earl Thorfinn began his raids at the age of fifteen, and became noted for his courage and tactical abilities. Tall, strong, and ugly, he craved fame. He often raided with his nephew, Rognvald.

Perhaps the most noted of the Orkney raiders was Svein Asleifarson. After his five ships raided the Hebrides, he headed for Dublin. Along the way he captured two merchant ships laden with broadcloth. Upon his return to Orkney, Svein made awnings from the broadcloth and stitched it to his sails to give the appearance that they were made of fine fabric. Doing so earned the raid the name "the broadcloth viking trip.'"

On his last raid, he left Orkney with seven longships. Finding little plunder in the Hebrides, Svein and his men plundered settlements along the coast of Ireland until they reached Dublin. They took the town before the people even knew the pirates were there. The Dubliners offered to pay Svein whatever he wanted, but only the next day. During the night, they dug deep pits in strategic places, then camouflaged them with branches and straw. In the morning, when Svein and his men came to collect, the Dubliners positioned themselves so that the Norse fell into the pits where they were slain.

Middle Ages Events / Re: Gulf Wars XXIX (SCA) - October 2-10, 2021
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 25, 2020, 05:26:58 pm »
"Christmas Greetings Unto the Knowne World,
We as the Crowns of Meridies, Ansteorra, Trimaris, and Gleann Abhann in conjunction with Our Kingdom Seneschals and the Event Stewards for Gulf Wars have worked diligently to find an option for Gulf Wars XXX scheduled for March 2021. We are happy to announce that Gulf Wars XXX will occur on October 2-10, 2021. (Gulf Wars XXXI will be in March 2022.)
More information regarding Gulf Wars XXX in October 2021 will be forthcoming but We look forward to seeing everyone in October at King Arrow's Ranch.
We wish you a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
TRM Meridies, Timothy & Ysmay
TRM Ansteorra, Jason Drysdale & Margherita de Mantua
TRM Trimaris, Kurn O’Farrell & Maisie of Dunbarton
TRM Gleann Abhann, Caillin & Danielle
Mistress Kendra Dey, OP & Mistress Magdalena de Segovia, OP, Gulf Wars XXX Autocrats"
Pirate Life / William Dampier, Pirate Foodie
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 13, 2020, 02:00:28 pm »

When William Dampier permitted himself a curiosity for food, he played a pioneering role in spreading ingredients and cuisines. He gave us the words “tortilla,” “soy sauce,” and “breadfruit,” while unknowingly recording the first ever recipe for guacamole. And who better to expose the Western world to the far corners of our planet’s culinary bounty than someone who by necessity made them his hiding places?

"Dampier wrote of a fruit “as big as a large lemon … [with] skin [like] black bark, and pretty smooth.” Lacking distinct flavor, he wrote, the ripened fruit was “mixed with sugar and lime juice and beaten together [on] a plate.” This was likely the English language’s very first recipe for guacamole."

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Middle Ages Events / Re: Gulf Wars XXIX (SCA) - 2021 Cancelled
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 12, 2020, 10:28:40 pm »
Middle Ages Events / Re: Gulf Wars XXIX (SCA) - 2021 Cancelled
« Last post by Karl Helweg on December 05, 2020, 11:10:58 pm »
The SCA Board of Directors has extended the no face-to-face event rule for America through 5/31/2021.  See SCA.ORG or your kingdom website for more details or updates. 

Off-Topic Stuff / Re: Historic Cartoons?
« Last post by Karl Helweg on October 16, 2020, 03:18:25 pm »
1870-1900 / Re: SteamPunk and what it might mean to reenactors
« Last post by Karl Helweg on October 15, 2020, 07:14:11 pm »

These are actual goggles recovered from the 1856 wreck of the SS ARABIA.   If you visit Kansas City I highly recommend visiting the museum.

Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on October 12, 2020, 12:25:20 am »
Petar Kružić   (Unknown - 1537)

He was a native of Krug in Nebljuh, a district of the same-titled tribe in the župa of Lapac in Lika. However, later chroniclers, and historians, mostly for local patriotic reasons, tried to appropriate and present him as one of their countrymen because he enjoyed incredible popularity as an anti-Ottoman fighter, especially in the areas from which Klis defenders came

A body of these "Uskoks" led by Croatian Captain Petar Kružić used the base at Klis both to hold the Turks at bay, and to engage in marauding and piracy against coastal shipping. Although nominally accepting the sovereignty of the Habsburg Emperor Ferdinand I, who obtained the Croatian crown in 1527, Kružić and his freebooting Uskoks were a law unto themselves.

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