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Who We Are

The Barony of Ponte Alto is a chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism based in the inner Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC.  Ponte Alto is part of the Kingdom of Atlantia which stretches from Maryland to South Carolina, plus a little bit of Georgia. Map of Atlantia.

What We Do

The Barony works to re-create parts of the Middle Ages through "hands on" activities such as armored combat, fencing, archery, clothing making, embroidery, and music.

Where We Are

The Barony's official territory covers Fairfax County (except for Centreville and Chantilly), Arlington County, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church, but our activities are open to anyone who is interested.

Their Excellencies of Ponte Alto, Alric and Cellach
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Mistress Tannis Baldwin
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Their Excellencies of Ponte Alto, Baron Alric the Mad and Baroness Cellach Mór, welcome you!

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::: Ponte Alto Upcoming Events :::

Tournament of Love & Beauty - Ponte Alto Baronial Birthday - February 11, 2017 - Leesburg, VA

::: News and Announcements :::

Last Updated: November 30, 2016

November Issue of Il Tempo

Notes from the business meeting and upcoming events! View in PDF

December and January Business Meetings

Due to December holidays, there will be no business meeting this month. Instead, there will be two business meetings in January: January 8th and January 29th.

Winter Archery Practice

Archery Practice will resume normal scheduling from 5-7pm starting Friday, December 2nd.

Ponte Alto Singers Christmas Concert

The Ponte Alto Singers will be participating in a Christmas Concert at the Columbia Baptist Church on Sunday, December 4th at 7pm. Please come join us in song and celebration! We will be dressed in garb, so please feel free to wear yours as well! There will be food and drink following the concert. The address is 103 W Columbia St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3408

Ponte Alto needs a new Herald!

Greetings to the good Gentles of Ponte Alto,

Pray attend.

At the beginning of the coming year I will step down as our baronial herald after two terms of serving our barony. This chair cannot be empty. The Barony, by law, must have a baronial herald. There is no deputy to turn to and so I come to you all to ask if anyone is interested in taking on this necessary, interesting, and fun position. I will happily help you learn the responsibilities and resources you have at your disposal. This community, the Atlantian College of Heralds, is welcoming and supportive, and will be there to guide you through the ins and outs of Atlantian heraldry. Please email me, or PM me on Facebook if you are interested.

Agnete Köslin
Herald, Ponte Alto

Fall Fiber Arts Series Part III

Harken all dabblers in the fiber arts! Lady Rikilda Lindrapir has generously agreed to teach a three part series this fall and winter for those interested in learning fiber arts! This will be a series of classes intended for newcomers but all are welcome!

Part III will be an Introduction to Fingerloop Braiding. It will take place in January (final date TBD) from 6:30-8:30pm hosted by Baroness Adina and Baron Drogo! Yes, this class will take place during Ponte Alto's monthly A&S and Scribal gathering at the same location. Please contact Baroness Adina von der Heide at adinavdh [AT] for the address.

Mark your calendars now! Part III will be an Introduction to Fingerloop Braiding and will take place on January 23rd.

Practice & Potluck in the Park

Now that colder weather has arrived, the monthly Practice & Potluck in the Park will be postponed until spring returns.

Change in Location for Thursday Heavy Weapons Practice

The Ponte Alto Thursday night heavy weapons fight practice is moving back indoors.

As in the past, practice will be held in the cafeteria in the Lemon Road Elementary School located on Idlywood Road six blocks north of its intersection with Route 7 near I-66 in Falls Church from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. For detailed directions, see the Event Calendar section of the Ponte Alto Baronial Website starting with September 10. The cafeteria is on the right just past the school's main entrance and lobby. Parking is out front or on the right side of the school, with access from there to the back door leading directly into the cafeteria.

::: Baronial Openings :::

Open Baronial Officer Positions

Currently the Barony has several positions it is looking to fill.

Vacant positions include:
Deputy Hall Steward
Deputy MoL
Deputy Exchequer
Deputy Herald
Deputy Chronicler
Deputy Chancellor of Youth Activities

Please contact the the individual officer or the Baronial Seneschal for a position you are interested in or for more information.

::: Monthly Activities :::

Business Meetings

Meets: the fourth Sunday of every month
Next meeting: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 7426 Idylwood Rd, Falls Church, VA 22043
Time: 6pm

Everyone is encouraged to attend the Barony's Business Meetings!

Newcomers Meeting & Baronial Cookie Bake-off / Cookie Exchange

Next Meeting: Friday, December 9, 2016
Host: Lady Barbara MacAuley & Lord Sťamus ” Maoil Riain
Location: 8715 Etta Drive, Springfield, VA 22152
Time: 7 - 10 pm
Parking: Street
Allergy Alert: One dog and one cat; medicate as necessary
Accessibility: Not ADA accessible-- one or two steps into the house, stairs to where the restroom facilities are.

Newcomer's gatherings are open to everyone old or new. No garb required. Come hang out, talk, meet new people. Feel free to bring a project to work on.

Please note, you are not required to participate in the Cookie Bake-off to attend. We have simply combined the events.

Cookie Bake-off & Exchange Information:

Lady Magdalena Pia was last year's Champion. She will be hosting the following competition for fun and prizes: Best Overall Cookies - decided by popular vote of all those present

To participate you must do the following:
1. Bring 3 dozen cookies for each entry - yes you can enter more than one cookie
2. Bring a typed ingredient list to be display with your entry - this is for allergen alert purposes
3. Be willing to have fun and taste test other people's cookies

Not required but if you would like to bring 10 copies of your recipe to share.

Sewing Circle

Meets: Once or twice a month
Next meeting: January date TBD
Host: Lady Vadoma
Location: 631 Oak Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Time: 7-9pm
Notes: Please park on Pearl Street, not in the driveway. Pet alert: There will be a pug on the premises so medicate if necessary!
This is a special edition of the Sewing Circle! Vadoma will be teaching her University class on variations on the herringbone and blanket stitches. You won't want to miss it!

The Sewing Circle is an open group for anyone to work on, discuss, and learn about sewing-related projects (which might include garments, embroidery, knitting, weaving, dyeing, etc). We are a diverse group of all different skill levels, and all are welcome to join.

If you'd like to host or need the address please contact Lady Margaret Lad (mka Megan Ladd) at webminister AT

For more information, please visit the Sewing Circle's Facebook Group.

All Things Lacy

Meets: Once a month
Next meeting: Tuesday, December 13th
Host: Lady Vadoma
Location: 631 Oak Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Time: 7-9pm
Notes: Please park on Pearl Street, not in the driveway. Pet alert: There will be a pug on the premises so medicate if necessary!

In these sessions, we would do everything from sharing research to working on complex embroidery projects. We will focus on more complex styles of embroidery (cut work, hardanger, ponte aria, lefkara, Elizabethean) and explore more than just the basics offered at University.

For more information, please visit the Sewing Circle's Facebook Group.

Ponte Alto Singers

Meets: the second and fourth Tuesday of every month
Next meeting: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Host: Lady Annika Siltanen and Lord Hannus Siltanen
Location: 11130 Saffold Way, Reston, VA 20190
Time: 7-9pm

The singing group is open to anyone interested in learning both period (pre-16th century) and SCA original compositions.

If you are interested in joining and need the location information please contact Lady Annika Siltanen (mka Eliisa Harman) at mom AT

For more information, please visit the Ponte Alto Singers' Facebook Group.

Scriptorium and A&S Night

Meets: the fourth Monday of every month following that Sunday's business meeting
Next meeting: Monday, November 28, 2016
Host: Baroness Adina and Baron Drogo
Location: please contact Baroness Adina von der Heide at adinavdh [AT]
Time: 7-9pm

Scriptorium and A&S night open for anyone to bring a current calligraphy, illumination, or other A&S projects or for A&S discussions and ideas.

If you are interested in joining and need the location information please contact Baroness Adina von der Heide at adinavdh [AT]


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