Tir Ysgithr’s Invitational Arts and Sciences Competition is by far the most unique in all of Atenveldt! For here in the gem of Atenveldt, our Arts and Sciences Competition is by design interactive, for everyone attending. Artisans, in every category, are seated with their works so they may converse with both the judges and the populace, to the enrichment of everyone involved.
A potluck will be held at 1:00pm. Outlets are available to for crock-pots to keep food warm and chaffing dishes are available upon request. If you wish to participate in the pot lunch, please bring a prepared, ready to serve dish to share, that will feed at least six people. Modern last names, A-L, please provide a main dish, M-Z please p...rovide a side or dessert dish. A cash bar will be available for your drinking pleasure.
At the beginning of the pot luck (1pm) entrants will be released from attending their own work to partake in the potluck, view others entries and cast their votes for Populace or Laurels’ Choice.
Doors open for set up at 9:00 am. Entry registration and display beginning at 9:30 am. Registration closes at 10:30 am. Opening Court follows directly after the close of registration. All entries must be registered for the Barony of Tir Ysgithr A&S Competition prior to opening court on the day in which the competition is held.
Pre-registration is available prior to the day of the competition through the MoA&S office. The advantage to doing so is two fold; no waiting in the registration line, just come on in and set up your entry(s) and judges can be pre-assigned. To pre-register your entry(s) just email, text or I/M what Division, Category/sub-category, and a brief description of your entry to: (520) 400-0078 or [email protected]
Although pre-registration is strongly suggested, all division entries may register on the day of the competition.
As with all A&S Competitions, all entries must be complete (no incomplete items or works in progress), be pre-17th century in nature, and entered by its maker.
The following intent must be declared on the entry form for the participant to be eligible to compete in the listed Divisions: Baronial Champion, Household Champion, Royal, Nobility, Novice, Youth & Children.
Portion Requirement for consumables:
Spirits/Brewing Category: Brewing and spirits entries are allowed for judging purposes. No having to leave site, yay! Entries that are to be consumed (Culinary Arts & Spirits/Brewing) for all levels except Royal, the artisan must provide 12 samples, no more and no less. Samples are limited to no more than five-ounce portions. Only twelve (12) members of the populace may sample & vote on any one consumable entry.
Categories of Culinary Arts: 12 members of the populace sample all entries per category and cast their (one) vote for the entry they prefer. Entrant’s choice on food portion sizes. For Royal division consumable entries; the artisan must provide no less than 6 samples and no more than 12.
Tir Ysgithr once again maximizes the populace’s venue of artistic expression offering six divisions, pray heed as they have been modified from last years:
A&S Baronial Champion; open only to the Tir Ysgithr populace members of the SCA. Individual artisans competing for Baronial Champion must have resided within the Barony of Tir Ysgithr for at least six (6) consecutive months immediately prior to the Competition. Entrants must enter a minimum of three separate categories and may enter up to six categories. Entrants must have a paid membership from the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., and be in good standing.
A&S Household Champion: open only to recognized households of Tir Ysgithr (membership of five or more active persons), and to whose majority of household members resides within the Barony. Each household member must provide two entries each to compete in the Championship.
Royal Division; open invitational to all who reside within the Kingdom of Atenveldt.
Nobility Division; open invitational to all who reside within the Kingdom of Atenveldt.
Novice Division; open invitational to all whom reside within the Kingdom of Atenveldt. Novice is defined as someone who has never entered an arts and sciences competition; at Shire, March, Baronial or Kingdom level (Showcases and Laurel’s Prize tournaments are exempt from this requirement).
Youth & Children’s Divisions; open invitational. Youth are defined as between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, and Children between the ages of 3-11 years of age.
All entrants (with the exception of Baronial Champion) must complete the provided Minimal Documentation Form or its equivalency, which serves to authenticate that the entry is pre-17th Century in concept and purpose.
Entrants may choose to provide full and detailed documentation instead of the minimal documentation. Said documentation can then be entered under the Category of Writing; Sub-Category, Documentation, and will then receive a numeric evaluation by the judges.
Royal (which includes Household Champion) division will be judged by no less than two judges, utilizing a numeric judging scale. Comments either recorded or verbal are to be appropriate, instructive, kind and inspiring.
Judges may converse with each other, and shall converse with the entrant presenting, to determine the merit of each entry. Judges will also confer with the entrant the scores given per criteria, and invite feedback.
The MoA&S and/or their designees will review written comments by judges for appropriateness.
Nobility and Novice divisions will be determined by the Populace Choice process (below).
Judging certification from the Kingdom of Atenveldt is not required to serve as a judge, or to participate in the Populace or Laurels’ Choice. The MoAS reserves the right to select judge(s) for Royal division and Baronial Champion entries whom they deem best qualified to judge in a given category.
Entrants may judge in any category or sub-category (with the exception of Baronial Champion candidates, as they can not judge another candidates entry) that they do not have a competing entry in.
Scrolls will be presented to the overall winner in the Divisions of Baronial Champion, Royal, Novice, Youth and Children’s.
The Household Champion may display their Device or badge on the Household Champion’s banner and display said banner until the next held Tir Ysgithr Baronial Invitational A&S Competition.
In addition two other forms of recognition are bestowed. Laurels’ Choice and Populace choice.
Laurels’ Choice: Any member of the most honorable Order of the Laurel is eligible to cast their vote, in all A&S Divisions. Laurels’ Choice reflects the collective Laurels’ top choice for the Division.
Populace Choice: Any of the attending populace may cast one vote for one item in each Category or Sub-Category in the divisions of Royalty, Nobility and Novice.
Adult: $15.00 (with a $5.00 membership discount)
Youth (5-17 years of age): $3.00
Children (under 5): Free
Location: At the Elks Lodge, 615 South Pantano Rd, Tucson, AZ 85731
Now for the legal stuff, Liquor Restrictions: The Elk’s lodge operates a cash bar on site for us to partake in. No outside liquor is permitted; neither brought into the facility nor consumed, per their liquor license. The only exception is for competition purposes only.
Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only.
From the North of Tucson (phoenix): Take I-10 to 22nd St. exit, proceed east on 22nd to Pantano Rd, Turn left on Pantano Rd.
From the South of Tucson (Sierra Vista): take I-10 to Kolb Rd, proceed North on Kolb Rd to 22nd St., then east on 22nd St. to Pantano Rd. Turn left on Pantano Rd.
A&S Questions: The complete rules for Tir Ysgithr’s Invitational Arts and Sciences Competition and the minimal documentation form can be obtained on Tir Ysgithr’s baronial web site (arts and sciences page), The Book of Faces, Google Documents or from the Baronial Minister of the Arts and Sciences, Viscountess Victoria, [email protected]
or far speaker, (520) 400-0078.
A&S Event Stewards: MoA&S-Viscountess Victoria of the Vales of Barnsdale, OL, OP
Deputy MoA&S- Bannthegn Magdalen Venturosa, OP, farspeaker (520) 258-8705, email [email protected]
Site Steward: Baroness Anya Sergeeva, OL, farspeaker (520) 909-0942, email [email protected]