Ursula of North Woods
Ursula Dancing a Maypole at Quest 2012
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Baroness Ursula of North Woods My first SCA event was May 1, 1971 in the Barony of North Woods (Michigan State University). I appear in Finvarr's history of the Barony of North Woods for starting the tradition of macrame Knight's belts. My AOA was from King Mearowald de Sylveastan in AS XIII (May 13, 1978). I moved to the East Kingdom in 1979 and promptly founded the Shire of Settmour Swamp as the founding Seneschale and founding Chronicler. Since the Barony of Settmour Swamp was founded by two women, Magda z Stalburg became the first Baroness. I became the second landed Baroness of Settmour Swamp in 1982.
Ursula of North Woods This name was registered in February of 1981 (via the East). The following device associated with this name was registered in February of 1981 (via the East): Vert, a bear rampant Or between in cross four pine trees argent.
I have served as the Barony of Settmour Swamp's Chronicler several times and just won the 2015 BlackFox Award for the Best Special Edition Newsletter in the entire SCA for my 35th Anniversay Issue (August 2014, Mudpuppy)
For the past 15+ years I have organized the Royal Rooms for Settmour Swamp events and have purchased tapestries, tablecloths and pewter platters to decorate the Royal Rooms. Over the decades I have received a Silver Crescent, a Maunche, a Terpsichory, a Queen's Order of Courtesey and a Grant of Arms. I studied dancing under Master Christopher Guilwenrod and teach dancing, mostly English Country dancing. At the Barony level I have received a Silver Tower, an Ivory tower and this past year (2015) a Bronze Tower. I never received a Bronze Tower in the past because I was the Baroness handing out these awards. I co-autocrated many events in the early years (1979 to 1985) of the Swamp with Magda and hosted many of the early "Swamp Stomps" (monthly meetings). I co-autocrated a cooking collegium with Elisabetta. I ran "the QUEST" with a dragon obstacle in 2014 and in 2015 I autocrated the QUEST event. I currently serve as the Barony of Settmour Swamp's Chronicler and worked with our web-designer to load the Mudpuppy on the Barony Website. In January 2015 I ran a Court of Fools (King and Queen of Fools and silly jousting) and taught dancing at the masked ball as part of a Swamp Stomp Masked Ball.
Ursula is from the university town of Tubingen in southern Germany. The University of Tubingen was founded in 1477. Ursula is in her prime years in 1435. She is well read and well educated and runs a large household.
Offices & Positions
- Founding Seneschale August 9, 1979 to 1981
- Founding Chronicler August 9, 1979 to 1980
- Baroness of Settmour Swamp January 1982 to April 1986
- Chronicler 1983
- Chronicler April 2014 to October 2015 (current)
For the past 15+ years I have organized the Royal Rooms for Settmour Swamp events and have purchased tapestries, tablecloths and pewter platters to decorate the Royal Rooms. The hardest part of this job is the mountains of laundry after every event and keeping all the items clean and well maintained for decades. 1979 to 1985 I co-autocrated many events in the early years of the Swamp with Magda and hosted many of the early "Swamp Stomps" (monthly meetings). 1981 I co-autocrated a cooking collegium with Elisabetta. 2014 I ran "the QUEST" obstacle course with a dragon obstacle 2015 I autocrated the QUEST event (Settmour Swamp's three day camping event).
As Chronicler in the 1979 to 1985 period, I published many issued of the Mudpuppy, the newsletter of the Barony of Settmour Swamp As Chronicler April, 2014 to October, 2015 (current) I have published nearly 20 huge issues documenting the current history of the Barony of Settmour Swamp. http://settmourswamp.eastkingdom.org/mudpuppy/