{SCA} Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.


{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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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 5, 2014 at 8:14pm

Stacey Rothrock Steinfeld 8:13in the evenin' Jan 5
It is with great joy that I Mistress Elizabeth Elenore Lovell announce the following:

Yesterday, at East Kingdom 12th Night I took Tola Knityr as my Apprentice. Our contract states the following:

"I, Tola Knityr, in good faith and without guile, place myself with you, Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell, Companion of the Order of the Laurel, for the purpose of learning the trades or crafts of fiber arts and other skills, promising by this agreement to take care to do the work that you set before me, and that I will be faithful and trustworthy in all that I do, and that I will neither steal nor take anything away from you, nor flee nor depart from you for any reason, until I have completed my apprenticeship. And I promise you by this agreement that I will reimburse you for all damages or losses that you incur or sustain on my behalf, pledging all my goods, etc.; renouncing the benefit of all laws, etc. And I, the said Elizabeth Eleanor Lovell, promise you, Tola Knityr, that I will teach you faithfully and will provide guidance and protection for you. "

Please know that though she is my Apprentice I encourage her to study with and learn from all. Should anyone have anything to say about Tola I encourage them to speak with me at any event or via email. - wit' Theresa Barcelona

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 5, 2014 at 7:30pm

Galen Ockham 3:44in the evenin' Jan 5
Calling the Artisans of the Midrealm:

The Marche of Winged Hills will be holding our annual Collegium on February 8, 2014, in Kettering, OH, at the Central Christian Church, 1200 Forrer Blvd (same location as last year). The strength of a Collegium comes from its instructors, and I'd like to invite teachers to come make this an outstanding sharing of knowledge.

If you have a class you'd like to teach, please contact me, Galen of Ockham, at Galen.of.Ockham@gmail.com

Please include the following information:

- Class title and description (two to three sentences, please)
- Class duration (1 hr, 2 hr, etc)
- Mundane and SCA name (and preferred title/honorific)
- Preferred contact info (e-mail, phone, telepathy, smoke signals, etc)
- Fees (covering what?)
- Anything attendees need to bring or prerequisites/skill levels
- Preferred time of day or other classes to avoid
- Special equipment or location requirements
- Student limit/Age restrictions

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 5, 2014 at 7:06pm

Heidi Lemon 6:17in the evenin' Jan 5
Unto the populace of the Middle Kingdom and our neighbors of the Know World.

I would like to announce that on Jan 4th 2014, in a ceremony that took place at the Middle Kingdom 12th Night Celebration in the Barony of Cynnabar, that was attended by His Royal Majesty Cellach, of the Middle Kingdom, Their Excellencies of Cynnabar, Baron Tairdelbach ua Conaill and Baroness Hannah
Schreiber, Mistress Giovanna Adimari and many of my family and friends that mean a great deal to me; I, Uilliec MacLamont, with great honor swore an oath fo fealty to Sir Gregoire de Lyon (Greg Less), thus becoming his Squire.

I would further like to publicly express my gratitude to Sir Gregoire de Lyon, for this honor and his faith in me.

Uillec MacLamont
Squire to Sir Gregoire de Lyon

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 3, 2014 at 8:53pm
As the temperature in our beloved Kingdom try to freeze us out - turn your thoughts to spring and warm weather! Make plans now to join the Barony of Illiton on April 5th for the Rites of Spring - A Mediterranean Celebration. TRH Cameron and Amalie will be joining us for a wonderful day of fighting, arts and sciences, merchants, bardic activities and of course FEAST. Check out the event page and our website for more information.
Sarah ZeVah Rosecrans's photo.
Satarrrday, April 5 roundabouts 9:00in the mornin' in CDT
54 people are going

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 2, 2014 at 12:25pm
Attention Merchants! The Shire of Ardanroe humble asks that you attend and sell your wares at Winter Wonders Jan 17-19. Please bring your own tables/tents. For registration information go to http://ardanroe.org/winterwonders.html Thank You!
Shire of Ardanroe SCA
In lieu of traditional classes, we're instead working on a few experts in their fields to set up wor...
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on September 6, 2013 at 8:54am

Pennsic War Starts Early

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on April 2, 2012 at 4:31pm

Roman in the Gloamin'

Four thousand Roman soldiers, the distinguished Ninth Legion, marched into the north to subdue the rebellious Picts. None ever returned. Hadrian’s Wall, was then built by soldiers of the Second, Sixth and Twentieth Legions to keep Romans separate from the barbarians.

As night steals softly over the ground, it’s difficult for the Roman sentries to see clearly in the gloaming. Night sounds from north of the wall drift though the air. Are those muffled hoofbeats or the soft tread of approaching Picts?

The stage has been set for the War at Hadrian's Wall.

Highlands War will once again occur in the dry camp ground at Mormon Lake Lodge. The site opens at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 31 and closes at 12:00 noon on Monday June 4, 2012. (30 miles south of Flagstaff, AZ). Please join us for a unique respite from the heat of the deserts and stress of the cities and enjoy the cool of the meadows, forests, and mountains of Northern Arizona!


Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on October 16, 2011 at 12:16pm

IT WAS medieval madness at Cabarlah yesterday when members of Toowoomba's Society for Creative Anachronism dressed the part for an open day.

The group of history buffs recreated the renaissance period with sewing and cooking from the era, arts and crafts from that time as well as archery and fencing displays.

All members also dressed in handmade clothes.

Founder of the society Ralph Picton said he had always had a love of the time period and now regularly practised fencing.

It was the first time the group had held an open day and Mr Picton said more members would be warmly welcomed.
"We regularly get together on a Tuesday evening at the Harlaxton neighbourhood centre" he said.

"Anyone can come along if they're interested in history and want to learn how they did things back then."

The group also practise fencing on Thursday evenings.

For more information about the society and their meetings call Mr Picton on 0411 157 430.

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on September 12, 2011 at 9:22am
Please note that the SCA has no authorization requirements for archery, so anyone is welcome to shoot.

Site fee is $13 for the day (this includes a $5 surchage for non-members to the SCA).


The Shire of Dragon's Vale Proudly Presents
Day of the Dragon XI -- "Still Smoking after all"

September 17, 2011

And invites you to join us FOR our

1st "Tournament of the Courtier"
Rapier ONLY tourney
9am:Inspections & Auth's
10am: Round-Robin tourney and Fashion Show
Noonish:Lunch & Praise a Period Gentle Part of the Competition
1pm:Chess Tourney Begins
After:List open for practice

Rapier MIC: Mael Duin (Michael Malaney) at (260) 418 2653
Servo at rocketmail.com

Sorry - There will be NO Heavy Fighting,
BUT will have Archery and Thrown Weapons

It will be held at the Cromwell Community Center,
353 Baker St , Cromwell, IN 46732
(A great location for many to get to as it is central to
Indiana, Michigan, Ohio

. Site will open at 9:00 am
Site fees: $8 a member $4 for children over 5 Under 5 free
$20 a family (2 adult members & 2 children over 5)
$5 Non-member fees apply

Event Stewart: Saranna Pierrepont (Sarah Beigh) at (574) 688-0054
306 North Indiana Street, Pierceton, IN 46562 sarabeigh at aim.com

It has been a great event just to come and relax, have a day of peace with friends, and watch the combatants.

Remember to bring a shelter for the September Fickle Weather and Sun!!

Merchant space is free, there will be some indoor space,
but it is a first come, first serve.
There is plenty of outside space for merchants so bring your shelter.

We are NOT having a feast this year, but are planning a great lunch tavern.

Hope to see you at the event

Master Jean Paul Pierrepont OL OP - Seneschal
Comment by WarMouse -Manager- on April 25, 2011 at 9:55pm

College kids cause shenanigans at a fight practice lol



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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.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


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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