When people think of SCA activities, most immediately think of events. But there are many kinds of activities that regularly take place throughout the Barony.
An SCA event is usually an all-day or all-weekend affair (sometimes longer) during which people gather to re-create the pre-17h century world. 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 takes place. 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). Classes are sometimes held on various medieval topics or crafts. An attempt at pre-17th century costume is required to attend. (Your garb does not have to be perfect when you are first starting out. There are no authenticity requirements. Here are some links to resources to get you started.)
The Barony regularly presents organized demonstrations displaying historical activities and teaching about pre-17th century history to the general public. This is a great opportunity to meet us and see what the SCA is about.
The crash of swords, the swish of blades, the twang of a bowstring. Cantons (local groups) host a variety of martial practices throughout the year.
Arts & Sciences
Sewing clothing, blacksmithing, calligraphy, woodworking, fletching, cooking from medieval recipes, armouring, embroidery, and more! Members of the SCA learn about the past by researching period arts, crafts, and traditions and then experience history by recreating it. Members gather to share what they are working on at Arts & Science days, and will often host classes and workshops.
Service and Volunteering
From the events and feasts, to the local fighter practices, business meetings, and workshops and classes, all of our activities are run by volunteers. Service is one of the best ways to get involved in the Society, and a great way to get to know the people around you. Everybody has something they can contribute. After all, many hands make light work.
How Do I Get Started?
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).