Modern Society

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

Pennsic Blood Drive a Success!

Angelique d'Herrison reports the results of this year's Red Cross blood drive at Pennsic XXXIII.

Remembering the Dream: Collecting the Oral History of the SCA

Lady Lile Dubh inghean ui Mordha, of the East Kingdom, plans to chronicle the SCA's history by collecting stories.

Renaissance Fair insurer backs out

Popular activities, including archery and thrown weapons, have been cancelled at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, since the fair's insurance was terminated due to a "recent high rate of claims."

Castle for Sale on eBay

Diana's Castle in Amsterdam, NY is for sale on eBay. The current bid is nearing $600,000.

Serious Disaster Preparedness

Tech columnist Glenn Harlan Reynolds suggests that re-enactors, including SCA members, have an interest in older technology.

Exhibition of rare, original documents and books

Exhibition of 30 rare, original documents and books on loan from The Remnant Trust August 24-December 15, 2004, Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio.

Mystic Mail

An Internet café at Pennsic War? You bet!

SCA, Inc., responds to Schragger conviction

The SCA's Assistant VP for Media Relations has issued a public statement regarding the conviction of Ben the Steward (mka Benjamin Schragger) on charges of child molestation.

SCA Outreach at Worldcon

The Barony of Carolingia will be sponsoring SCA events at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) on Labor Day weekend. All members of the SCA who are attending the convention are invited to participate.

Pennsylvania Shire Rallies to Support Libraries

A Pennsylvania library, facing state funding shortfalls for the second year, got a boost from SCA members this spring.

SCA Families Wanted for ABC Television Show

The producers of a new television program for ABC are looking for SCA families interested in participating.

Ben Schragger pleads guilty to sex offense charges

Benjamin Schragger, former youth leader for the Shire of Eisental and East Kingdom Dean of Pages, has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to eleven counts of sexual and other inappropriate conduct with minors.

Sterling Renaissance Festival Sold on eBay

One of the oldest Renaissance Faires in the United States, the Sterling Renaissance Festival, was up for bids recently on eBay.

Help Support the Troops/Challenge to Honor HE Friedrich von Konigsberg

Nineteen SCA groups in three kingdoms have joined forces to support the troops in the Middle East.

SCAdian's memorial moved after house fire

The memorial service for Margie Goforth, who passed away last week, was moved to a neighbor's house when her home was destroyed by fire.

Translating Tolkien: Text and Film

The New York Tolkien Society recently announced the publication of Cormarë 6: Translating Tolkien: Text and Film, a collection of non-fictional essays and papers.

"Kester the Jester" selected as England's new court jester

Nigel Roder, known as 'Kester the Jester,' has been chosen by English Heritage to serve as an official court jester at historic sites in England through autumn of 2005.

Court Jester Wanted: Must be Merry and Bedecked

For the first time since 1649, England is looking to hire a national court jester. Qualifications? "Merriness and owning an outfit with bells."

Pennsic Vampire wants your blood!

They crave to draw forth the red elixir of life from your veins — but in a nice way! Help save a life by donating blood at the American Red Cross blood drive at Pennsic 33.

New waiver for equestrian activities in the SCA

Meg Baron, President of the SCA, announces a new liability waiver for equestrian activities in the SCA.

"Dead Rabbits" at Pennsic War

No, please don't bring roadkill with you to Pennsic! "Dead Rabbits" is Edward Zifran of Gendy's nickname for the "Hiring Hall" which places Pennsic volunteers.

Roaring Wastes: Known World Librarians Meeting at Pennsic

Librarins of the Known World unite! Or at least get together to meet each other at Pennsic War!

Midrealm welcomes new citizen in Pentamere Region

Isaac Xavier Duncan, who will be a third-generation SCAdian, was born early in the morning of July 27 to Lady Deirdre Maccuswell and her husband Jason (mka Skye and Jason Duncan).

Challenge to Honor HE Friedrich von Konigsberg

Sir Pendaran & Mistress Jehanne of Ansteorra have challenged the local barony, Bjornsborg, to join fourteen other Ansteorran groups in sending "CARE packages" to US troops serving in Iraq, in memory of Second Lieutenant Brian Smith.

Earthlink: Port-a-John Explosion Calls for Caution at Outdoor Events

A man smoking in a port-a-john in Blacksville, West Virginia ignited an explosion that sent him to the hospital.

Morning Edition Features Heroism of Lt. Brian Smith

National Public Radio discusses the career and accomplishments of 2nd Lt. Brian Smith, including his love of the SCA, on its Morning Edition news program.

Fourteenth Century English Pub Nearly Destroyed by Car Accident

Grizel reports that a medieval pub owned by the family of a friend was struck by a hit-and-run driver and nearly destroyed.

Music CD to Benefit AnTir Duke

Lord Emryn Lioncourt has announced the release of a new music CD highlighting performances of the greatest musicians of AnTir, proceeds from which will benefit the hospital fund for Duke Tjorkill.

Fallen SCAdian Soldier Remembered in McKinney, Texas

Over five hundred mourners packed the First United Methodist Church in McKinney, Texas, to say farewell to Second Lieutenant Brian Smith, known in the SCA as Friedrich von Konigsburg.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Announces Toll Increase

Pennsic-bound travelers using the turnpike will want to budget for an increase in tolls.