{SCA} Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

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{SCA}  Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

An international organization dedicated to researching & re-creating the arts & skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world

Website: http://www.sca.org/
Location: World wide based in Western USA
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Feb 7, 2014

The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe.

Members of the SCA study and take part in a variety of activities, including combat, archery, equestrian activities, costuming, cooking, metalwork, woodworking, music, dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, and much more. If it was done in the Middle Ages or Renaissance, odds are you'll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it.

What makes the SCA different from a Humanities 101 class is the active participation in the learning process. To learn about the clothing of the period, you research it, then sew and wear it yourself. To learn about combat, you put on armor (which you may have built yourself) and learn how to defeat your opponent. To learn brewing, you make (and sample!) your own wines, meads and beers.

You will frequently hear SCA participants describe the SCA as recreating the Middle Ages "as they ought to have been." In some ways this is true – we choose to use indoor plumbing, heated halls, and sewing machines. In the dead of winter we have more to eat than King's venison, salt pork and dried tubers. However, a better description is that we selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.

The SCA started in 1966, when a few friends who were history buffs and science fiction/fantasy fans hosted a big outdoor party in Berkeley, California. The invitation stated that a Tournament would be held on the first of May, summoning "all knights to defend in single combat the title of 'fairest' for their ladies."

Everyone enjoyed the first tournament so much that they agreed a second should be run, but in a larger setting. In order to reserve one of the public parks for the gathering, the organizers needed to list a name for their group on the application. Since recreating the Middle Ages in 20th-century Berkeley was an anachronism (something "out of time"), and because the goal was creativity, they came up with "The Society for Creative Anachronism". It was a spur-of-the-moment invention; they had no idea that the name would stay with their group into the future.

Word of the SCA spread via friends and science-fiction fandom. There were 6 events held in the first year, and 9 in the second. In the third year, a chapter was founded on the East Coast (the East Kingdom – distinguishing it from the West Kingdom); the Californians incorporated the SCA as a non-profit educational society, and away they went. Since 1966, the Society has grown to nineteen kingdoms, which cover the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and Australia. There are over 30,000 paid members of the corporation, and the total number of participants is around 60,000 people.

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War of the Wings

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An Tir West War 2011

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Society for Creative Anachronism 2010 Census

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 14, 2014 at 8:29pm

All are invited to an Armored Combat League This weekend. if you would like to check out what we do or just come hang out. Come meet some of the Eastern fighters who are trying out for the Team and those who support us so well also. Even if you would like to drop by for a drink or to break bread with us that would be awesome also.
Sir Guy

Divisional Practice Schedule, January 17 2014
At 6pm back room reserved Bar at the hotel bar. Team will drift in and out throughout the night.
BWI Ramada
7253 Parkway Dr
Hanover, MD 21076
http://bwiramada.com/parkstone_grill.php

Divisional Practice Schedule, January 18, 2014
Howard County Sports Center in Elkridge, Maryland
Address is: 6742 Dorsey Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075

Fighters should bring a small, easy lunch as we will not be taking a lunch break. Also, extra weapons and shields will be useful.

0800 - 0900
● Arrive, sign in, organize fighting space, introductions.
● Fighters should get into the base-layer of their kit: gambeson, pants, pads, period footwear, etc.
● Last chance to eat.
0830 - 0930
● Fitness discussion and Q&A. Warm up and mobility.
0900 - 1230
● Fighters get into their armor, except helmet. Divide fighters into Swords and Rhinos for the day.
● Drill: slipping the attack
● Drill: trips and throws
● Marshalls discussion on rules and safety. Introduction to extreme fight rules.
● Helmets on.
● Extreme fights for everyone, 30 second rounds rotating through both teams. No points, just violence.
1200 - 1300
● Helmets off.
● Working lunch. Discussion of divisional playbook: roles, deployment, activating the play, plays, counters.
1230 - 1600
● Second warm up and mobility.
● Run through the plays at speed with helmets off.
● Helmets on.
● Full speed, full contact melees. Tournament.
1600 - 1700
● Final discussion. Assessing injuries and armor failures. Cool down and mobility. Clean up the fighting space.

1830-1900 Dinner
Italia’s Corner Café (Saturday Dinner)
7089 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 684-3817

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 7, 2014 at 1:50pm
The East Kingdom Accessibility Porters will be having an open meeting at Birka, and wish to invite the populace to come and meet the Kingdom Porters and discuss matters of accessibility to events with the Kingdom. (We don't have a room assigned yet but should be on the schedule you will receive at the door).

Birka Meeting

January 25 at 3:00in the evenin'

Radisson Hotel Manchester 700 Elm Street, Manchester NH 03101

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 7, 2014 at 11:58am

Kathryn Tighe 11:53in the mornin' Jan 7
http://eastkingdomgazette.org/2014/01/06/new-incipient-shire-announ...
New Incipient Shire Announced
eastkingdomgazette.org
The incipient Shire of Archers Ford (Berks County, PA) was announced at the Royal Court at Twelfth N...

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 7, 2014 at 11:58am

Kathryn Tighe
Kathryn Tighe 11:53in the mornin' Jan 7
http://eastkingdomgazette.org/2014/01/06/kings-queens-bardic-champi...
Kings & Queens Bardic Champions Scheduled for March 8
eastkingdomgazette.org
Royal Bardic Champions will take place at Novice Schola in the Barony of Bergental on March 8. This...

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 7, 2014 at 11:57am

Kathryn Tighe 11:54in the mornin' Jan 7
http://eastkingdomgazette.org/2014/01/05/a-call-for-bids-for-pennsi...
A Call for Bids for Pennsic 45 Mayor
eastkingdomgazette.org
So, you want to be the Pennsic Mayor? Bids for Pennsic 45 (2016) will be accepted until 1 May 2014....

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 6, 2014 at 3:58pm

Jonathan Sholes 12:55in the mornin' Jan 6
For those that have not heard, there is a Regional Fencing Practice in Giggleswick this upcoming Saturday Jan. 11th from 12pm-5pm. It is being held at Eliot Baptist Church, 912 Dow Hwy Eliot, ME 03903. There are no site fees. I have posted on fencing list but missed posting here. I apologize for that, the holidays ate my brain.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 6, 2014 at 3:55pm
Are you coming to Tree-Girt-Sea Twelfth Night January 18th? We have a great day in store for you full of classes, great food and COURT! That's right Their Royal Majesties are coming to Tree-girt-sea Twelfth Night, in fact the entire Royal Family is planning to attend. So come on over and join us for a day full of fun, family and friendship, greet old friends and make new ones.

Also, we are seeking retainers for Their Royal Majesties and Highnesses for the event as well as Guards for the Royalty Room.

If you are new to Retaining this is perfectly fine, we will pair you with an experienced person who can help you to learn the ropes.

Equally important is the guarding of the Royal Chambers to secure those spaces. No experience is necessary.

I encourage you to show us your inner Dragon and let it shine through your service to the Dragon Throne. Signing up is easy, just visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1c4ej_8pDEwGgUNLd_d8OFo3NRsQW_Bdlnx... to fill out the short simple form to submit your name to the list of those who will serve.

Draco Invictus!
docs.google.com
This data is for the use of the Royalty Liaison, Royal Chamberlains and Royal Family ONLY and will n...
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 6, 2014 at 3:41pm

Skye Matthews-Savage 9:21in the mornin' Jan 6
Friends, Scribes, Midrealmers, lend me your ears;
I come to issue a challenge, in praise to your craft.
The largesse that we give lives on for years;
As a gift that's displayed with pride ;
So let it be with us!

To this end, meet me at Val Day;
with innumerable scrolls of grandeur in hand.
All glory to the group who shows ambition!
Joyously your gifts I will convey;
To our Crown of Might and Majesty!

Middle Kingdom Scroll Blank Challenge 2014
webpages.charter.net
Middle Kingdom Scroll Blank Challenge 2014 - Val Day

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 6, 2014 at 3:05pm

Jack Needles 1:43in the evenin' Jan 6
Citizens of the Middle Kingdom, I bid thee greetings!

The sites for the Coronation and Crown Tournament of Cameron and Amalie have been chosen.

Their Most Noble Highnesses have chosen the Shire of Mynydd Seren to host Their Coronation on May 3rd and have chosen the Barony of Sternfeld to host Their Crown Tournament and Kingdom A&S on May 24th and 25th.

Many thanks to everyone who put in bids to host these events for Their Highnesses.

In Service to the Dragon,

Lord Gwalchmai ap Bledig, called Malaechi
Middle Kingdom Event Coordinator

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 6, 2014 at 2:55pm
Laura Munn 2:34in the evenin' Jan 6
People have asked, so I wanted to share the recipes from East Kingdom 12th Nights dessert course. Enjoy and bake in good health!
Katrusha Skomorokh: Desserts for East Kingdom 12th Night (recipes)
katrusha.blogspot.com
This is home to the adventures I have as Boiarynia Katrusha Karpova Doch'Negadiev Skomorokh. 
 

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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