This is the annual fall educational event for the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It's a day full of hands-on workshops, panel discussions, lectures, demonstrations, and all types of classes on medieval and renaissance history.
Frequently asked questions
1. What is Collegium?
Collegium Occidentalis is a full day of classes, workshops, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations that is open to the public (with reduced admission fees for SCA members). The mission of this event is to further the understanding and appreciation of pre-17th-century history, especially in Western Europe.
Collegium is one of two, large, educational events held each year by the West Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism. The other is the Arts and Science Tourney, which takes place in June. The two events differ in that Collegium is held indoors, in a classroom setting, while the Tourney is held outdoors, in a camping setting. This allows for a wide variety of courses and topics to be covered by each event.
2. When is Collegium?
The next event takes place on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Check-in for students and teachers opens at 8am. Classes run from 9am to 5pm with a one-hour lunch break in the middle of the day. The event will conclude with a class that recreates a feast set in 1530s Correggio, Italy, at the court of Veronica Gambara. This class has limited attendance and is currently full.
3. Where is Collegium?
This year's event will take place at the Sierra Arden Church of Christ in Sacramento. We have use of many classrooms, a lovely courtyard, and a large hall with a kitchen.
4. How much does Collegium cost?
The admission fee is $20 for the general public. SCA members receive a discount when they show their membership cards and pay only $15 per person. Cash and checks are accepted at the door.
Some classes may have additional fees to cover materials, and these are paid directly to the teacher. These will be noted in the class schedule, when posted.
5. Do I need to register in advance for Collegium?
Not for most of the daytime classes. You can come to the site on November 5, 2011, pay the admission fee, and attend as many classes as you want.
Any limited-attendance classes that require advance registration will be noted on the class schedule (when posted), and you'll be able to register by email.
6. What should I bring to Collegium?
First, check the class descriptions and see if the classes you want to take require students to bring special tools or materials. Some classes may have fees to cover materials provided or for handouts, so bring cash (exact change is preferred). It's a good idea to bring note-taking materials for all classes.
Water will be available on site, so feel free to bring your own cup or reusable water bottle. For lunch, we may plan a potluck, or you can bring your own lunch.
7. What should I wear at Collegium?
The SCA asks that attendees will make an attempt at dressing in pre-1600 costume for the event. This emphasizes that there are no spectators, and we are all participants in researching and recreating history.
If you have reserved a space in the feast-class, please note that the theme is 1530s Italy, so any garb from 16th-century Europe would be appropriate.