Unto the mighty Populous of Stierbach do Her Excellency Karin and I, Baron Saphir, send warm greetings!
We hope everyone had a joyous and safe Holiday season! We hope you took some time to settle down with friends, the family, and loved ones. Shared a song, a story, or even a warm drink and a fire as we slowed down a bit to take in the year gone past! Well now, it's FEBRUARY!!!
Be sure you get a chance to check out the new feature in the newsletter, The Bull, as Lady Isobel and I have installed "Spotlight: Get To Know Your Barony!" We hope to have this feature every month, profiling one of you!! We've arranged 15-20 questions but you'll only need to respond to 3-5 of your choosing, as if in an interview! Here's a short bit of February's Spotlight:
Name: Dietrich Saphir zum Draché, Baron of Stierbach
Blazen: Per bend gules and azure, a sheaf of arrows argent, surmounted by a dragon breathing flames, a border Or.
What’s in a name? Your name?
For me when I started playing I sort of had already envisioned what my name would be. At that
time I was dating Karin so I wasn’t unfamiliar with some of the SCA. I hadn’t gone to any
heraldic classes or even had the chance to talk with a Herald and was only using the one name,
Saphir. Then one day, all that changed when someone suggested I seek assistance. So, I
always had an attraction to German/y since taking 4.5 yrs of German in school, and in a search
realized that the blue sapphire ring I always wore that my dad had given me was also to play a
part. The COH’s explained that I would not be able house it as a first name, but Saphir was
actually a usable surname! In german the surname was (or closely related to) the job one might
of had. Saphir was a german word for sapphire, which implied jeweler, or one who has a
connection to jewelry. Then another search revealed brewing. A closer look found that saphir
(same spelling) is a German hops! That’s the connection! Jewelry, yes I wear a lot. Check.
Beer, I love hoppy beers! Double Check! All that was left was to find a first name and maybe a
location, hence Dietrich Saphir zum Draché was born...(and passed by the COH!!).
[see the full "Spotlight..." on page 3, The Bull 2/2019]
The days are getting longer and warmer! Which means outside activities are returning and the Barony's activity schedules start to grow and grow! One of the things Her Excellency and I are looking forward to, is the return of a Stierbach Populace Day! A day between late April and before Pennsic. We hope to have a potluck, games, conversations, classes, bardic, marshalate activities, and what ever the populace wants to do. All together! Looking for an available day and location as we speak!
As this new year has been short, it has already seen Karin and I at several events. We'd like to know what events you are planning to attend. It helps us know which populace tent/dayshade is most appropriate, in order to rightly represent the Barony and its presence! In addition, don't forget to check the Baronial Progress for the events We will be traveling to. We love seeing Stierbachie present, both near and far.
Also, We are always looking for Award Recommendations! Both Baronial & Kingdom level awards. Anyone can send in a recommendation. Go to the kingdom website http://www.atlantia.sca.org/ mouse over Awards, then click on award recommendations. Log in, this will be the same login that you use for the kingdom newsletter, university, etc. Once you have signed in, click on new recommendation and fill out the form. You may have noticed that your Barony has a few new awards! We, with the help of Baroness Arnbjorg, have established new populace and youth awards, because we felt they were missing! More coming soon. Watch the page: Baronial Awards.
If you don't feel comfortable sending in a recommendation to the Kingdom, it can be sent through Karin or me. Remember the only way the King and Queen know about the wonderful deserving people of our Barony is if we let them know.
See your Officers and vacancies here: http://www.stierbach.org/index.php/contacts
Registering online for Stierbach Camp at PENNSIC 48 is available !! This year the Land Agent is Lord Allen of Wolfhou! Be sure to get him your tent info as well as # attending. Thank you Lord Allen!!
Until next time, be safe out there!
Saphir & Karin,
Baron & Baroness, Stierbach