For NewcomersHello and welcome!
Who Do I Contact?In the SCA, there's a special office called chatelaine just for welcoming newcomers. This person can tell you all about the SCA, and help get you started. The chatelaine can also introduce you to people in the group who are knowledgeable in your particular areas of medieval interest. The chatelaine can also help you get started on making your own medieval garb or find you loaner garb if you can't get your own made in time (garb is a necessity if you plan on attending any SCA events).
Contact the Chatelaine.
The SCA - Who Are We And What Do We Do?Started in Berkeley, California in May of 1966, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) was incorporated in 1968 as a not-for-profit educational organization. Interested in "living history", members have a "hands-on" approach to history, engaging in activities that help them to explore ages past.
The SCA period encompasses pre-17th century Western Europe, with an emphasis on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (minus all the "nasty bits" like plagues, inquisitions, fleas, rats, famines, etc). Participants wear medieval clothing, and take part in a variety of activities, including combat, archery, cooking, metal and woodworking, music and dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, and more. There are over 30,000 paid members of the SCA, and the total number of participants is around 60,000 people.
For a more detailed introduction to the SCA, please see this web page.
EventsAn SCA event is usually an all-day affair (or at least afternoon and evening) during which people gather to re-create the medieval era. The object is to strive for as much authenticity as possible, given modern safety and other considerations.
Activities vary from event to event but most have at least a tournament during which fighting and/or fencing for honour and rank takes place and an elaborate evening meal called a feast. There may also be court (where royalty can recognize and honour their subjects and vice versa), games, arts competitions, demonstrations, dancing and bardic circles (during which the oral tradition of storytelling, music and poetry is continued).
Events are often held in church halls because they tend to have good kitchen facilities which lend themselves to food preparation on a grand scale (often 50 or more).
An attempt at pre-1600s costume is required to attend. If you are not a member of SCA Inc there will be a non-member fee in addition to any site fees.