The SCA is graying. Now members, some of whom have been affiliated with the Society for over 20 years, are seeking new blood - sometimes using offbeat tactics such as Craig's List. Reporter Josh Shaffer of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer has the story.
In his message on Craig's List, 30-year-member Donald Wagner known in the SCA as Sir Rodrigo Falcone, wrote, "Some people fish on the weekend, I'm a 12th Century Catalan knight." Wagner, and others in his Fuquay-Varina chapter, hope to attract younger members.
"In the early days, it was teenagers and college kids," said Scott Farrell, the SCA's national spokesman. "These days, it's more middle-agers and even retirees. Back in the '60s, it was more kind of counterculture, subversive only in the sense of not being mainstream. These days, young folks see dressing up in costumes as not really that different of a thing."
Between the "Lord of the Rings" movies and the World of Warcraft game mania, there's already a touchstone into the medieval world, Farrell said.