Since our experiences haven't followed any rigid structure,
we've used more of a narrative timeline than a strict resume format.
Some of these dates are approximate, as I wasn't keeping close track.
Yelizaveta Medvedeva (Elizabeth Lear)
My first experience with the SCA was in early 1985, when I was a
student at Boston University and my parents took me to my first event.
They were Mountain Freeholders, but they came to Carolingia for an
event and brought me along. I found it interesting, but was too busy
After several quiet years, I joined the SCA in the spring of 1991. I
participated in several demos and attended a number of events, and
since I had a background in costuming, I became a garb merchant along
with my (now ex-)husband. We were known as "The Emperor's New
Clothes", and merchanted at events all over the East and at Pennsic.
We did that for several years until our separation in 1994.
In ~1993 or so, I started Middle Eastern Dance practice for the
Barony. I handed it over other teachers in ~1995, and it's run in
fits and starts since then, but has managed to struggle onwards. I've
also taught ME drumming over the years.
During that time, I also sang with the Quire, acted and sang in
several plays (my favorite being "The Knight of the Burning Pestle"),
worked on several events doing things like reservation clerk, gate,
and kitchen help, and generally tried to make myself useful. I have
taught numerous classes, mostly focusing on aspects of Russian period
life, including music, society, and clothing.
I received my AOA in 1994 and became the apprentice of
Mistress Gwendolyn of Middlemarch, studying theatre and music. I
spent a couple of years performing intermezzi for I Sebastiani, the
Commedia del arte troupe. I received my Troubador in 1997 for singing
and acting, and became a member of the Carolingian Order of the Moon
(arts) in 1998, and of the Daystar (service) in 1999. I was made a
Companion of the Manche in 1998 for Diverse Arts.
In 1995, I became a member of House Windsmeet, a chartered
In 1995 I became the Baronial Historian, a position I held until about
mid-1999 I think. Also around 1995, I created the 'sca-east' mailing
list (email@example.com), which I have been running on behalf of the
East Kingdom ever since.
In 1996, I was appointed Seamstress to the Crown by Bjorn and Morgen
for assiting them in clothing Bjorn, Morgen's son Kip, and the Royal
Pages. I also received Morgen's favor, a pewter medallion of a rebek
(a stringed instrument, and the chief device of Morgen's arms - only
12 of these were made for her, and 12 bears rampant were made for
Bjorn). I also have worked on costumes for many of the Barony's
productions, and was the costume designer for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
in 1998. That came in handy when I contributed a custom-made Italian
dress for the EK Travel Fund auction a few months later.
In ~1996 I became the Guildmistress of the Quire. I stepped down in
2000, but still sing with them now and then. I expect to go back
full-time at some point after I recover from the 4 years of
directing. :) One major benefit of the Quire was that I met my
husband, Shi Hua Fu (Dan Ritter) when we were introduced by a mutual
friend who was in the Quire. Hua Fu and I were married in July 2000.
I took up archery in 1995. I am an archery marshal, and a Master
Bowman, though I am creeping up on the rank of Grand Master and should
get there before too long. I have been on the Archery Champions Team
for the East Kingdom in 1999, 2000, and 2001 (Pennsics XXVIII, XXIX,
and XXX). I also shoot in the Bay State Games. I have run or helped
run archery at several events including Boredom War, and I am
generally found marshaling or teaching "crossbow 101" at the range at
Pennsic. I offer practices by appointment at our home in Waltham, and
have been coaching new archers. I was made a member of the Carolingia
Order of the Perseus (Arts Martial) in 1999, and I am currently the
Principal of the Order.
In 1999, Hua Fu and I took the position of Liber Editors, maintaining
and publishing the Baronial phonebook.
I still act and sing, and was in the company of the production of "An
Evening of Shakespeare" in Feb 2001 which received The Queen's Gift of
the Golden Lyre from Isabella. I also do leatherworking (archery
tackle as well as other more general useful items like coronet boxes),
and I keep up with misc other arts and activities. I like to dabble,
and have tried just about all of the A&S activites offered under the
umbrella of the Society. I don't have time to do them all in any
formal group, but I like to keep my hand in.