Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

SCA joins Harry Potter group for Red Nose charity event

Take a bunch of Harry Potter fans, add some local SCA members, a few Monty Python Society afficionatos and, for good measure, throw in belly dancers and what do you get? A recipe for an entertaining evening as students of Penn State University found out recently during Red Nose Day. Leslie Finlay has the story.

England and Norway settle currency negotiation medieval-style

Parody web site The Onion reports that, weary of sitting in business suits around a conference table, Prince William of England met and bested Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in honourable jousting combat.

Pennsylvania Blacksmith Retiring, Shop for Auction

Peter A. Renzetti, AKA "The Unknown Blacksmith" and owner of Arden Forge, is retiring. His shop and all of its contents go on the auction block in mid-May in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Viking Longhouse Reconstruction Vandalized

Vandals in Britain attacked and damaged a reconstructed Viking longhouse used by schoolchildren to study medieval culture.

Caid knights on cross-country quest

Viscountess Elashava bas Riva reports that Duke Martin the Temperate and Earl Kipp Silverlock of the Kingdom of Caid are setting out May 1, 2007 on a cross-country bicycle trek.

Important announcement regarding notice of lawsuit

Hal Simon, the Chairman of the SCA Board of Directors, and Patrick Anderson, SCA President, have issued this announcement concerning pending litigation against the SCA.

Farewell to Dungeons and Dragons designer Tom Moldvay

Tom Moldvay, one of the designers of the popular Dungeons and Dragons™ role-playing game, passed away earlier this week. Many people have been led to the SCA by previous experience in D&D.

Alice's Restaurant SCA Library Movement 2007

Mistress Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, SCA librarian extraordinaire, challenges SCAdians everywhere to aid and promote one of the Society's best resources: the local library.

Britain's forgotten battlefields

In an essay for Britain's Independent, Ian Herbert considers some of the country's forgotten battlefields and how historians should fight for their protection.

Modern Belgians live medieval lives

Ivonne Janssens and Daniel Grandjean are modern people who live parttime in a medieval world. The Belgian husband and wife have convinced the city fathers of Aarschot to allow them to inhabit the 700-year-old Sint-Rochus tower as a 14th century duchess and her mercenary husband.

SCA corporate announcement: Regarding Background Checks

Several Society-level officers have issued a joint statement concerning the plan to implement background checks for officers working with youth activities.

SCA Inc. to institute background checks for adults supervising youth activities

George Reed, Society Seneschal and Vice President of Operations, has announced that the SCA will begin requiring background checks for adults who will be supervising youth activities at SCA functions.

SCA honored by Ed Levin park system

Master Duncan Vitrarius, Seneschal, Principality of the Mists, reports that his group has been honored by the Santa Clata Regional Parks Department as the 2006 volunteer group of the year.

Microsoft and Google hope to help save Romansch

In response to a push by 35,000 speakers of Romansch in Switzerland, techno-giants Google and Microsoft have announced that they will support the language in their software.

April 6 is National Tartan Day!

On March 9, 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 41 recognizing National Tartan Day! This year (2007) it will be observed on April 6, so dust off your plaids, pull on your kilts and do a jig in celebration!

London branch taps their natural resources - beer and museums!

The Shire of Thamesreach (mka London, England) is taking advantage of the vast cultural resources at hand in London, and is starting 'Beer and Museum' evenings, on occasional Friday nights in the city, to combine two favourite pastimes of its members.

Baronial trailer stolen in Atenveldt

Baron Otto and Baroness Lisabetta are seeking help from sharp-eyed populace members to help locate and recover the Barony of Atenveldt's baronial trailer, which was stolen this morning.

CBS network scraps production of "Survivor Trimaris"

After taping just one episode, the CBS television network has ceased production of a planned "Survivor Trimaris" edition of its popular reality TV program, citing "personality conflicts" with the cast.

Cornish language proposal online

UdnFormScrefys, a group of Cornish users, has created a proposal for a written form of the Cornish language. They hope to submit it soon to the Cornish Language Commission.

Hancock Fabrics stores to close across the country

Hancock Fabrics, Inc., a major resource for SCA costumers, has recently filed for protection and relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This will cause the closing of many of the fabric stores across the country.

Police still stumped by murder of West Kingdom man

Ten years ago, father and son Neal and Brendan Abernathy were murdered in their home in Contra Costa, California, but police are no closer to discovering their killer.

TaraWatch strives to save sacred site

An online campaign to save the historic Hill of Tara in Ireland has been created. TaraWatch is hoping to collect enough money to pay for a professional archaeological assessment of the M3 motorway at the site.

Lost garb alert

Senhora Ester Mendes of the Kingdom of An Tir reports that a suitcase containing garb was lost recently on an international flight. She asks the SCA community to be on the lookout for the missing clothing.

Folo goes to Reenactor Fest

Lord Folo of the Middle Kingdom attended the recent Reenactor Fest in Arlington, Illinois. Part science fiction con, part gun show, but with better costumes, the convention had something for everyone, except maybe "skimpily-clad spokes models." Read Folo's thoughts on his LiveJournal blog.

Outlands Toys for Tots Challenge Totals

Master Adam Stedefast of the Kingdom of the Outlands reports on this year's Toys for Tots Challenge and the amazing number of toys collected for charity in that Kingdom.

"Murder at the War" author interviewed

Author and SCA member Mary Kuhfeld, creator of Murder at the War and the Sister Frevisse mysteries (written under the names of Mary Monica Pulver and Margaret Frazier), was interviewed recently by David Gustafson of the Star Tribune.

MIT OpenCourseWare offers free courses for interested SCAdians

Lady Merouda Pendray of the Kingdom of Northshield has discovered a website which provides "college level course work available for free for use by teachers, other professionals, and self-directed learners."

New SCA Press Officer Appointed

The Vice President of Operations of the SCA, Inc, Mr. George L. Reed announced this week the selection of the next Press Officer for the SCA Inc.

Rav4 jousting

Children, don't try this at home! Several thrill-seekers in England have posted a video of jousting using polearms and a couple of Toyoto Rav4 vehicles.

Plush Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch

Leave it to the people who market Monty Python tie-ins to come up with a toy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch that you can actually throw at someone!