Modern Society

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

A Breath of Fresh Welsh Air

Welsh expatriates longing for the smell of home can now buy bottled Welsh air on the internet for a mere UK£24 per bottle.

Bloggers Learn of SCA While Hitchhiking

Dayffydd is a nice guy. He picked up a couple of hitchhikers on his way to Pennsic and, lo and behold, ends up with a mention in their cross-country blog.

Atlantia to Sponsor Red Cross Fundraiser

Mistress Mordrea of the Kingdom of Atlantia has announced that a silent auction and Red Cross fund-raiser will be held at the Kingdom's upcoming Fall University in the Stronghold of Raven's Cove.

SCA and Fundraising for disasters

Susan Earley, the Society Exchequer, has posted reminders and clarifications regarding SCA policy on fundraisers for disaster relief.

Gleann Abhann reacts to Hurricane Katrina

Peregrine Fairchylde of the Shire of Lagerdamm, Principality of Gleann Abhann, Meridies, reports on conditions following Hurricane Katrina.

Gleann Abhann "Rollcall" Created

Sarah Lakey has announced that a bulletin board has been created for those SCA members living in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and for those who have loved ones there.

Meridies Update

Mistress Gwennddolynn ni hAilleachain, Seneschale of the Kingdom of Meridies, has posted an update on the groups in her Kingdom affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"Whippoorwill" Profits to Aid Katrina Victims

George Reed, spokesman for the Chateau Teafort Trio, has announced that all profits from the group's debut album Whippoorwill will be donated to relief efforts for SCA victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Liberal Arts at Yale: A Lesson in Multitasking

No more apologies for that philsophy degree! Harvard historian Warren Goldstein discusses the importance of a liberal arts education.

Popsicle Stick Longboat

Ship builder Robert McDonald has entered the record books by constructing a 15-meter Viking longboat of 15 million ice cream sticks. The ship, which took two years to build, was launched in Amsterdam harbor.

SCA_Aegis: Military Support Group

An interest group has been formed in support of SCA members worldwide serving in the armed forces.

Beowulf to Premiere in Toronto

Director Sturla Gunnarsson will be attending the world premiere of Beowulf & Grendel, the latest film based on the Anglo-Saxon saga, at the Toronto Film Festival September 8-17, 2005.

Higgins Armory Sword Guild Practices Authentic Swordsmanship

Sara Ivry of the Boston Globe visits members of the Higgins Armory Museum's Sword Guild, a group of modern day people who do serious research into the history of swords and swordsmanship.

Swordsmith Seminar in Catskills

The New England Bladesmiths Guild will host a 3 day seminar entitled Sword 2005: From Ore to Sword in Hand: History, Smithing and Martial Arts Techniques September 16-18, 2005.

Pennsic Independent Web Edition for Sunday, 14 August

The Pennsic Independent web edition for Sunday, 14 August 2005, is online now.

Mystic Mail Adds New Services for Pennsic 34

SCAtoday.net is once again coming to you live from the Pennsic War, with the support of the kind folks at Mystic Mail, who have added new features this year.

Pennsic Blood Drive Reminder

Lady Angelique d'Herisson, the Pennsic 34 Chief Vampire and Blood Drive Coordinator, would like to remind everyone of the Pennsic 34 blood drive. Be a hero: save a life!

Stonehenge Tunnel Estimate Jumps to £470m

The British government has re-evaluated plans to build a traffic tunnel under Stonehenge when a new estimate of £470m was announced.

Roman Gladiator Beaten in England

Authorities in Cheshire, England are looking for the culprits who seriously beat a man dressed as a Roman gladiator as he walked home from a costume party.

SCA Helps Church Members Understand Martin Luther

Residents of the Midrealm were on hand to help celebrate Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church's 100th anniversary with period contests, archery and a depiction of Martin Luther by the church's pastor.

Welcome to Cinderbury: Iron Age Theme Park

Visitors to the Iron Age village of Cinderbury in England can step back in time and spend a night - or a week - living in the village.

Library's Medieval Festival gives audience a little taste of days gone by

The Hickory Daily Record describes the goings-on at the inaugural Medieval Festival at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.

Western Martial Arts Workshop

September 9-11, 2005, the Chicago Swordplay Guild will present the 6th International Western Martial Arts Workshop.

The Fight For Hope Comes to the Pennsic War!

Hugo Van Halle has issued a challenge to join him on the field of combat at Pennsic 34 in order to raise awareness and funds for Fisher House.

Grad Course in Education for Pennsic

Lord Tobyn Kembold of Dragon's Heorth has announced that the University of Rhode Island Education Department will offer graduate-level credit for attending the Pennsic War.

Prevent the Pennsic Plague: Kill a Fly!

Lady Sophia the Orange (Lara Coutinho) offers suggestions for dealing with the fly problem at the Pennsic War.

Gladiator Armor for Sale on eBay

For only $10,000, YOU can own Kirk Douglas' gladiator armor from the movie Spartacus!

"Monty Python’s Personal Best" on PBS

PBS has obtained the rights to air six new Monty Python specials, each showcasing a member of the British comedy troupe.

President's Report for July 16 meeting of SCA Board of Directors

Viscountess Gwyneth Felton, mka Linda Moore, the new President of the SCA, has released her report from the Board of Directors meeting held July 16, 2005.

SCAdians showcased at library's Medieval Faire

In Louisville, Ohio, the Marche of Alderford entertained and educated the public with a demo for the public library's Medieval Faire, and two photo albums are now online with highlights.