Reporter James Williams of The Source Weekly (Bend, Oregon) was, at first, overwhelmed by the "strangeness" of the Shire of Corvaria's (Kingdom of An Tir) Harvest Tournament until he encountered media liaison Lady Oliva Magdalene DeHaro, who introduced him to the SCA way of life.
Williams was especially interested in the armored combat, but spent some time talking to shire members and learning about SCA culture.
From the article:
It’s true that the participants make for an easy target. What they are engaging in is far from mainstream. Hell, it's barely fringe. But it is interesting and inspiring, especially once you come to understand the level of involvement, commitment and dedication that most members exhibit.