Category Archives: Shire News and Updates

The Shire of Midland Vale’s 5th Birthday

Come one and come all to Midland Vale as we celebrate each other as our Shire turns Five!  We are planning a day of fun and games for all ages and including all the things!  As February in New York is known to be a welcoming outdoor land, the Shire is looking into hosting all activities indoors should the weather on the day prevent any celebrating outdoors.

Rattan, Fencing and Youth themed tournaments will be round robin best of five

Thrown weapons will be themed tournaments with five axes, knives and javelins

Archery will be themed tournaments with, yes you guessed it, five arrows

There will be Bardic!  There will be Art!  There will be Brewing!  There will be Dancing!  There will be a Feast!  (More info on feast to come)
There will be Celebration!!

Per the BoD: Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to try to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events.  By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks.  You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.
Wearing a mask is required by EK law, except for when directly fighting, and then they have to be put back on. 
The East Kingdom requires that all attendees at all in-person gatherings show proof of either full vaccination against COVID-19 or a medically-supervised negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event.  Proof of vaccination or a negative test shall not be required for children under 12.  Attendees aged 18 or older will have to show government-issued ID matching test results or vaccination proof to gain entry to the event.  Children aged 12-17 will need to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event.  More information is available on the East Kingdom Seneschal’s website:

2021 Shire Champions

The world has endured quite a year; yet the Shire of Midland Vale continues to strive ever forward. As such, we held our Shire Championships last month and are pleased to announce the 2021 Shire Champions.

Fencing: Lord Marx Grob Von Appenzell

Archery: Dirk

Arts and Science: Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe

Throwing: Lord Budang Altajin

Heavy Combat: THL Gawaine

May they carry the good name of Midland Vale proudly throughout the known world!


In Service to the Crown,

Sir Hassan ibn Abd’ al-Malik


We are getting a facelift!

Greetings Known World!

We apologize for it being so long since we have written you; things have been hectic for everyone. But, fear not for this too shall pass! And during this time of change we have decided to give our little piece of the world an overhaul. As the new Web Minister I wish to give us a fresh coat of paint for all to admire.

Over the next few days their will be up-to-date information for the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Stay tuned and thank you for your patience.

In service to the East,

Sir Hassan ibn Abd’ al-Malik

Web Minister/ Shire of Midland Vale

Tournament of the Daffodils, the Fourth

A Great Success …

Members of the Populace of the East Kingdom came to our Shire of Midland Vale from far and wide Saturday, April 28, 2018 for the fourth annual Tournament of the Daffodils.

Heavy Weapons Combat, Tournament of the Daffodils, the Fourth

… On and Off the Field

Participants gathered on the field to test their mettle in contests of heavy weapons, fencing, and thrown weapons. Youth fighters also gathered to hone their skills.

Youth Fighting, Tournament of the Daffodils, the Fourth

Our Populace Choice Arts and Sciences competition was a great success, with more than a dozen entries displaying the best work of artisans from our Shire and beyond.

A New Site

This year our Tournament moved from its original home at Fancher Davidge Park to our current event site at Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church. About 100 participants came to see what our Shire has to offer, from Lord Alasdair Campbell’s delicious dayboard to our enthusiastic bardic circle.


And the Winners Are …

The winners of the Tournament of the Daffodils, the Fourth, are:Daffodils

Heavy Weapons

Jarl Valgard Stonecleaver


Brendan Firebow

Thrown Weapons

William the Alchemist

Arts and Sciences

Anastasia Paoletti

Youth Armored Combat

Alaxander the Mountain

Youth Thrown Weapons


Overall Tournament Champion

Anastasia Paoletti, for demonstrating her skills in fencing, thrown weapons, and arts and sciences


Tourney of Daffodils (3rdAnnual) Rules:

The main activity will be our Tourney of Daffodils, it is in honor of Spring and the St.  Catherine.  We would like to stress that this Tourney will be ideal for fighters of all levels as well as members of Chivalry.

This year the format is different then past at the request of those who attend in years before.

10 Deaths Elimination Tourney, as numbers decrease it will change:

  • (last 10-8 fighters) to barrier tourney (doubles to singles)
  • the last two standing with lives left will determine the winner viva the barrier or as they choose to dwindle their lives down.

We also plan a group melee tourney (triad teams) if numbers permit and for the fun of those that miss the start of the tourney.

Armor inspections will start at 9:00am, authorizations will be done as needed before the start of the tourney. If you are interested in helping marshaling this tourney please contact Event Stewart.

Hear me!! Members of the Shire of Midland Vale and the Kingdom of the East.

Today, I am proud to be the bearer of good news. (members of shire already saying… no no no… )
You have a new Seneschal, for my tired arms and eyes need to rest and our Deputy Seneschal, true to his character has been elected to his new Title of Seneschal of the Shire of Midland Vale.
I give you Lord Brochmail de Anglespur, awared Burdend Tyger, Queen’s Awards of Esteem, Queen’s Order of Courtesy and member of the Order of the Silver Crescent.
From 1992, till now Lord Brochmil de Anglespur (Jeff Morton) has been in constant service to the people of the East and our Shire.
Please join me in raising a tankard, wine glass, or anything you like (if lady be nice… don’t drop them).
Cheer Vivat! Viviat!!
Lord Lord,
Marx Grob Von Appenzell
“My name is Legion: for we are many.”
St. Mark, 5. 9

The Polls are out in the Mail (snail mail)

To the populace of the SCA in our regional zip codes,

To those of you who are current members as when we pulled the addresses from the HQ database, you will get a poll form. It will contain a stamped envelope and a form. Please feel free to voice how you wish to for the status of our Shire. Be it “Incipient” (not full status) or Full Status as per the eyes of the SCA, it is important that you vote… If we are full status we can start holding our own funds and operations in the SCA. It would be really nice!!!

Please vote and mail back the form,

-Marx Grob von Appenzell
Seneschal Elect – Shire of Midland Vale