The only thing better than watching people beat each other with sticks is to beat each other with sticks.
Saturday, January 29th, the Barony of the Cleftlands held an event called "A Regular Event in the Cleftlands." It was my first SCA event (other than Pennsic), so I was eager to see what happened and how it all worked.
Several classes were held, and I attended two that held interest to me: a basic Illumination class taught by Milesent Vibert and a garb 101 class by Aurora de la Vie. Both were really great and well done, providing helpful information for beginners like me in what to wear (and how to cheat at it) as well as addressing different areas of interest like calligraphy and illumination. There were also classes on Middle Eastern dance, gardening, and drumming.
From the balcony of the Slovenian Hall where the event was held I watched several rounds of the fighting. In a society that grows up watching Hollywood's take on sword fighting, it's incredible to see real fighting, even if it is with rattan and not steel.
Merchants were in attendance as well as a coffee bar that ran throughout the day.
Court was by far the most exciting part of the event. It was an entirely new experience for me and quite thrilling to watch. A couple people gifted Their Highnesses, but the truly memorable part were the awards. Several people got their AoAs as well as other high class awards. The two I remember the most are Lothar di Normandie being named by HRH Noelle as her champion and Stephan von Lübeck becoming part of the Order of the Red Company. There were several memorable moments at court, and those are two.
I did not attend feast, though I heard from several people that it was truly delicious and look forward to being able to do so in the future.
The SCA was something I didn't have any inkling existed until I was introduced to it by someone who used to be involved for several years. He mentioned it once and I had no idea what he was talking about. Once he started explaining what it was all about and I went to Pennsic last year, I began to see what he meant. It's a group, it's a family, you get to play dress up, there are some incredible people involved in various activities, and I am very glad that he not only mentioned what the SCA was, but I was pushed into getting involved by one of its very special members, Katerin ferch Gwenllian.