Welcome to the Information Site for the Vigil and Elevation of...
...to the Order of the Pelican
TSivia has served the SCA, the Kingdom of Ealdormere, and her chosen family for many years,
and is now being recognized for her great gift. Knowing that her family is spread far and wide,
we have chosen to start this website to help everyone get the information they need to be a
part of this wonderful event.
Any inquiries regarding participating and being part of this wonderful experience for TSivia
can be addressed to Anne Tinker, Chief Wrangler.
Many thanks in advance to all who are coming and participating in what is sure to be a
For anyone who wishes to sing Dame TSivia up into court, the song for the procession is to be She Has Served.
Lyrics (in .doc format)
Tune (in .wav format)
Elevation Date & Location:
The actual Elevation will be March 7th, 2009 at Ealdormere’s Winter War, in the
Shire of Trinovantia Nova (St. Thomas, Ontario).
St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School
100 Bill Martyn Parkway
St. Thomas, Ontario, N5R 6A7
TSivia will be sitting vigil at:
- Estrella War – Friday Night, Feb. 13th, Starting at 8:00 pm
Location: The Barony of Atenveldt encampment, in "Big Red" (the baronial presence tent)
Dress warmly - this is the desert!
- Practicum – Saturday, Feb. 21st, Canton of Caldrithig (Ottawa, Ontario)
- Winter War – Saturday, Mar. 7th, Shire of Trinovantia Nova
Approximate driving times:
- St. Thomas is close to Detroit, Michigan
- It is 2.5 hours from Detroit, Michigan to London, Ontario
- It is 2.75 hours from Buffalo, NY to London, Ontario
For those Americans flying in for the Vigil, you may well find a far less expensive
airfare if you fly in/out of either Detroit or Buffalo and then rent a car (or carpool
with others) rather than fly into a Canadian airport.
There is also an airport in London, and the list of airlines is here:
Click for Google Map
The “official” hotel of the Winter War/Vigil is the Comfort Inn
100 Centennial Ave.,
Fifteen rooms have been reserved at the Comfort Inn in St. Thomas for “The Society for
Creative Anachronism” so MENTION THIS when booking. The hotel is approximately 6 minutes
from the event site.
St. Thomas, ON, CA, N5R 5B2
Phone: (519) 633-4082
Fax: (519) 633-8294
Rooms: 1 or 2 queen-bed room, 1 queen-bed room w/hide-a-bed (sleeps 1 or 2)
Regardless of size the GROUP RATE is $84.99 CDN plus taxes. The reserved rooms are
NON-SMOKING. If you are a smoker, mention you are with the SCA function but YOU REQUIRE A
SMOKING ROOM (in a different wing of the hotel). There is NO surcharge for sharing
a room. This is the BEST rate at the hotel, and they are doing us a favour in offering this
to us (the usual group rate is $109/room/night!). The room rate also includes a
complimentary breakfast. This group rate expires on the 5th of February 2009, so please
book your room (under “Society for Creative Anachronism”) as soon as possible in case we need to add more rooms to our block.
For our American guests: a gentle reminder that $1.00 US is currently
approximately $0.80 CDN, so keep in mind that the Canadian prices are approximately
20% less expensive than you think.
There are others:
- Ramada Inn - 292 Wellington Street, St Thomas, ON, N5R 2S9, Phone: (519) 631-2860
Rates - 1 bed: $79.00/night; 2 bed: $89/night. Small CAA/AAA or AARP
discounts can be applied.
The shire is able to offer limited crash space.
- Glen Haven Motel - 1210 Talbot Street, St Thomas, ON, N5P 1G7, Phone: (519) 637-1562
- New Elgin Motel - 9701 Sunset Drive, St Thomas, ON, N5P 3T2, Phone: (519) 633-0580
- St Thomas Motel - 9668 Sunset Drive, St Thomas, ON, N5P 3T2, Phone: (519) 631-7499
These are about 20 minutes from the event site, but they cost approx. $65/night CDN.
Please email Anne Tinker for contact information
if you would rather overnight with SCA’ers.
TSivia’s elevation will be themed on the seven classical Knightly Virtues: Faith, Hope,
Charity, Temperance, Justice, Fortitude, and Prudence. These values were understood to apply
to more than just knights, but the first chivalric treatise (Llull) focuses on them.
TSivia’s elevation ceremony has been structured such that those friends and family of TSivia
who cannot attend the event may still participate IF THEY SO CHOOSE. One idea has been to
invite those with garb, jewellery, and accessory-making skills, to fashion gifts which
would then be presented to TSivia as part of the elevation ceremony. This is NOT expected,
but merely one way that friends from afar can be part of the elevation physically through
the gifts from her friends’ hands and hearts. These gifts will be presented to TSivia during
her Elevation ceremony in groups representing the Knightly Virtues. (This serves a
dual purpose, as TSivia has lost over 150 lbs. and therefore has almost nothing that fits
her properly any more!)
For anyone wishing to make a gift for the Elevation but without the means to afford the
materials, TSivia will supply fabric and/or trim suitable for the project. (She is famously,
“The Laurel Who Does Not Sew”.) It is entirely appropriate to embellish gifts with her
personal arms, trilliums, hares (white or black, the main charge on the arms of the Barony
of Skraeling Althing, which she founded) laurel wreaths, Pelicans, and/or bloodrops. As a
chirurgeon, she particularly likes blood drops when they are NOT oozing out of people!
Measurements may be obtained by contacting
What period is TSivia? Well, her persona is (yes, believe it or not!) a late 13th/early 14th
century Highland Scot (Robert the Bruce period). She is a “crypto-Jewess”, and would have
been known by her neighbours as “Mary MacGregor”. That being said, she is a period
clothes-horse, and wears garb from (but not limited to):
Suggestions include (but are not limited to):
- Late Roman Empire
- Norse, circa 1000 C.E.
- Finnish, circa 1000 C.E.
- Tudor (English)
- Italian Renaissance
- Spanish (incl. Ropas)
- High Gothic
- Near Eastern
For anyone planning on sending gifts:
- Wimples and veils
- Netted hair bags
- Jewelry, hairpins, cloak pins, etc.
- Over gowns (simple, complex, heraldic, plain, embellished or not)
- Under gowns
- Coats (Norse, Mongolian)
- Smalls (chemises, etc.)
It takes approx two weeks for anything to get to Canada from the US by post, and at least 3
weeks from Europe/Australia. TSivia will accept any gifts in person at Estrella War from
those who are sending things, but will try to not look at them. (She doesn’t want to spoil
the surprise BUT on the other hand she’s got to know what is in the packages for Canadian
customs purposes, too). Other than in-person at Estrella War, please send all gifts (UPS
etc., snail-mail, parcel post or bus parcel express) via Anne Tinker.
TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
(Yes with all the oddities of spelling and capitalization –
there is NO apostrophe in her first name. TSivia says to blame Countess Arastorm of the
East for that one, and then just grins…)
“Azure, a doe lodged Or gorged of a baroness’s coronet and chained and on a chief embattled
argent a sun in splendor gules.”
Badge of House Amberview:
“Azure, a doe lodged chained and collared Or carrying in its mouth a slip of laurel vert.”
Badge of House Red Wolf Thunder:
“Sable, a wolf’s head cabossed gules carrying in its mouth a lightning bolt Or within a
‘rolling thunder wheel’ argent.”
- Head of House Amberview
- Matriarch of House Red Wolf Thunder, a clan of the Federated Houses of Rolling Thunder
- Mentor Chirurgeon
- Former head, Midrealm Bardic College
- Former Kingdom Chirurgeon, Ealdormere
- Member, Grand Council of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
- Protégé to Master Cerdic O’Cuileamnain, O.P.
- Mistress Jocelyn Douglass of Fairfax, OP (Ansteorra, formerly of Atenveldt)
- Her Ladyship Cerridwen Ravenhawk of Conway (An Tir)
- Lady Emer nic Aiden (jointly with Mistress Marian of Heatherdale; Ealdormere)
- Lord Nele ap Llewellyn (Ealdormere)
- Lady Rosamund (Atlantia)
- Lady Claricia Nyetgale (Ealdormere)
The Chiurgeonate holds a fond place in our Pelican Candidate’s Heart... she asks that
Chiurgeons wear their baldrics for court, and/or red and white (or both!) on the day.
For those who wish to honour TSivia in other ways, her heraldic colours are blue and white
(Azure and Argent). These colours can be incorporated into your garb, ribbons, and floral
wreaths in your hair: be creative! As well, the colours of the Kingdom of Ealdormere are
also Gules and Argent (red and white), its symbol is the Trillium (a three-lobed flower,
seen in white on the Kingdom Arms), and its animal is the Wolf. All these are suitable
themes as well, for Scarlet (or Crimson) and White, trilliums, and wolves, please TSivia
greatly. The more the merrier!
For her vigil, TSivia would LOVE music: the more music the better. (She is, after all, a
Bardic-arts type of Laurel!) We will have someone as a “master of ceremonies” making sure
that music shall happen at the vigil, so please keep watching this site for names and
A Vigil Note:
TSivia would like to encourage anyone who is interested in coming to speak to her
while she is sitting vigil, to PLEASE do so. All persons, of any rank, station or age, are
Watch this website for further details...