2015 Training Recap

Good day, one and all,

As most of our members are aware, we have completed our Guild training schedule for 2015. As a part of this, there were a few handouts used in the activities of this most wonderful training, and I am happy to include them here for your easy Reference. Please note that the Gallowglass info is cut and paste from Wikipedia as a placeholder until a better write-up is provided:

Also, during the vocalization exercises, two books were mentioned as references – they would be the following two books (note, these are NOT yet correctly linked to give the Guild click-through credit. Hopefully a banner ad will be forthcoming soon…):

One of the Summer 2015 goals for this website is to expand our Member area to include more information from our various trainings. As this progresses, this simple post will expand to a wonderful new section of this website, and should include everything from Character Development to Costuming Guidance to period Dance Information for our Dance Show. But for now, as long as you click on Training Posts, our newest addition to the menu above, it will find any posts we have (currently two, including this one) related to training… Please, as always, have patience with you dear webmaster – the life of an Earl is a busy one, indeed!

In Service to Her Majesty, I am, now and always ~

Archibald Campbell
5th Earl of Argyll,
6th Lord Campbell,
5th Lord Lorne,
High Justicar of Scotland,
MacCailein Mor, and
Assistant Guild Master, Operations

April and May mean School Events!

Every Spring, St. Andrews has the pleasure of going out and bring the Renaissance to life for seventh graders at various schools throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley. We have completed our first two, Excelsior Middle School in Byron and St. Mary’s School in Gilroy, and our members had a wonderful time sharing our love of history. Now, we have two more events coming up, an old favorite and a first time new event!

First up, on Friday May 8, 2015, we will be making our first visit to George Kelly Elementary School in Tracy. Then the following Monday May 11, we will be travelling out to King City to visit the Duchy of Chalone Peaks (also known as Chalone Peaks Middle School).

Read all about our adventures in the May edition of The Scroll, available right here!

In Service to Her Majesty, I am, now and always ~

Archibald Campbell
5th Earl of Argyll,
6th Lord Campbell,
5th Lord Lorne,
High Justicar of Scotland,
MacCailein Mor, and
Assistant Guild Master, Operations

And here we go again!

Hello gentles, one and all,

It is indeed that time of the year again, where we kick off a grand new Faire season by welcoming Her Majesty, Mary Stuart, back from France to take her rightful place as Queen of Scotland in this, the year of our Lord, Fifteen and Sixty-Two. And then just a short week after, we are off to visit her subjects as we celebrate all things Celtic at the 29th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire

For more information on the Welcoming Ceremony on Saturday, February 28, see our February scroll here.

To learn all about our busiest weekend of the year, read up on all the Sonora Celtic Faire details see the March scroll here.

Her Majesty hopes to see you at both events, so get out your finest of clothing and jewelry, put yourself in the mindset to travel back with us to 1562, and come join the fun!

In Service to Her Majesty, I am, now and always ~

Archibald Campbell
5th Earl of Argyll,
6th Lord Campbell,
5th Lord Lorne,
High Justicar of Scotland,
MacCailein Mor, and
Assistant Guild Master, Operations

Hallelujah! The end of one journey has arrived…

So on to the next!  After all, website design is a never ending journey, right?

Hello!  This is Cullen popping in here for a few reasons.  First and foremost, our dear Archibald Campbell, our hard working Earl of Argyll, has asked me to test the site’s guest authoring feature…  So, assuming you are reading this, it works!  And you know what that means, right?  Yup, that means any of you who want to guest author posts (or even a regular blog) on this site can now do so.  All you have to do is send Archie an email at his official email address of earlofargyll1562 AT gmail DOT com (yes, you have to be smarter than the spambots to apply – consider this your first test…) and volunteer.  Please, don’t send them to my yahoo email address – that gets full enough as is planning all of our border raids and Hepburn cattle reiving!

Second, and just as important – as you can see, the new WordPress formatted website has now gone live on all three domains – .org, .com, and .net.  I believe we have faithfully saved all the important issues from the old website, added some interesting new content, improved the look and navigatability (is that even a word?) of the site, and laid the groundwork for this site to grow.  No longer will this be just a site to check only for the calendar – no, hopefully this site will continue to grow and add features, starting with the new Parchment 2.0 Archie mentioned on the front page…

And last – he and I just wanted to try and confuse all of you.  Because, like Her Majesty and my dear wife, Gwen, Archie and I are rarely (if ever) seen in the same place.  But I want to you all to know that I completely have his back.  Anything he can’t get done, I’m here to bail him out!  (Just ignore the fact that we share a similar writing style and wit.  Pure coincidence, I assure you!)

With that, I will now bid you farewell, and safe travels!

Cullen Elliot, Assistant Webmaster

About ready to go live…

Well, this whole site update thing got off to a great start, then, as Faire season ramped into high gear and live got busy and complicated, it ran into a figurative brick wall…  But I am now happy to say that, after several months of behind the scenes tweaking, teaching myself WordPress, and learning just what the hell the differences are between normal HTML and Responsive web site coding (compare the “Contacts” or “In the News” pages between your desktop and your cell phone, and you’ll get the general idea!), I’m happy to announce this, the final beta of the new and improved website!  Please poke around at all the stuff; go ahead and compare it’s predecessor (still at the old site) to what I’ve morphed it into…

Yes, there are a few things that have disappeared – for example, the Guildhouses that are not my actual Guildhouse are just blank placeholders until I find out who else is doing what, and when.  But try this out on various browsers – even though I currently have this open in Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera on my desktop, and Firefox, Chrome and Dolphin on my Android, there’s several dozen other browsers and different versions of the browsers I’m using to test this on that are begging to prove Mr. Murphy and his law right…

But hopefully you’ll look, then look harder, and still find absolutely nothing wrong…  Because I’m ready to take a break from copying old website stuff, and am ready to try a few things new!

 

In Service to Her Majesty, I am, now and always ~

Archibald Campbell
5th Earl of Argyll,
6th Lord Campbell,
5th Lord Lorne,
High Justicar of Scotland,
MacCailein Mor, and
Assistant Guild Master, Operations

Welcome to the new test website for Saint Andrew’s Noble Order of Royal Scots

Well, we’re already into 2014, with the Sonora Celtic Faire under our belts.  As the old website hasn’t gotten any significant TLC in recent years, I decided to teach myself WordPress and bring the entire site to a new look, a new style.  Hopefully, you’ll find this new site easier to use, both on the desktop and on mobile devices.  If not, I promise you I’ll go buy WordPress for Dummies and fix it…  So go ahead and leave me any comments on what you see – literally everything is open game at this point in time!

In Service to Her Majesty, I am, now and always ~

Archibald Campbell
5th Earl of Argyll,
6th Lord Campbell,
5th Lord Lorne,
High Justicar of Scotland,
MacCailein Mor, and
Assistant Guild Master, Operations