Interview

Interview

SCA: A game of flashing weaponry, handmade crafts and occasional camping under the stars

"Every time I come, it's like the highlight of my life. It's addictive. Especially if you're an adrenaline junkie,"  said fencer Susan Woodard about a recent fighter practice held at Roosevelt Park in Longmont, Colorado. Woodard spoke with Scott Rochat of the Times-Call about the SCA and the Barony of Caer Galen. (photos and video)

Reporter learns "strategy involved" in SCA combat at East Kingdom event

A backstage misstep led to an SCA career for Bronx, NY native Sirhan al Cyani (Dwayne Herron), who tripped over a fellow high school student's duffel bag during play practice revealing the other student's helmet.“He was in the SCA and was headed to practice in Central Park. I went with him to check it out, and I’ve been doing it ever since.” (photos)

Poland and US take honors in Medieval Combat World Championships

The Medieval News blog followed activities from the Medieval Combat World Championships, which took place May 1 - 4, 2014 at Belmonte Castle in Spain. Men and women both competed in longsword combat with Poland's Marcin Waszkielis taking the honors for Poland and Suzanne Elleraas placing first for the United States. (photos, video)

Renaissance revels in Siouxland

For two weeks each June, residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota are invited to step back in time with the entertainers of the Siouxland Renaissance Festival. Dorene Weinstein of the Argus Leader caught up with Anna Vorhes, executive chairwoman of the Siouxland Renaissance Association, to talk about the festival.

SCAdians become "living resources" in An Tir

Jerry Boone of The Oregonian recently learned about re-creating medieval history and becoming a "living resource" from Vikki Cauldwell, Baroness of Dragon’s Mist in the SCA Kingdom of An Tir, as she prepared for Faire in the Grove. (photos)

"We’ll beat the ever living crud out of each other"

Attendees to the recent Tartan Day South Highland Games & Celtic Festival in Lexington County, South Carolina, were treated to an exhibition of armored combat by Steve Gillam and Lee Loftis. Cassie Cope of The State has the story. (photo, video)

Illinois SCAdian honored for excellence in teaching

Kurt Willer, Danville (Illinois) High School librarian and member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, was recently awarded the David L. Fields Excellence in Teaching Award as an "outstanding" teacher in the district. Noelle McGee of the News-Gazette has the story.

Everyone "treated like royalty" at Mayfaire

The Middle Ages came to Tenino City Park recently as members of the Barony of Glymm Mere in the Kingdom of Antir celebrated Mayfaire, a "Baronial demonstration event" open to the public. Kevin Anderson, reporter for the Nisqually Valley News, attended and spoke to Baronial Chatelaine Aeryth Le Marchand. (photo)

Mead joins artisanal drinks culture

Once considered a beverage for sweaty Vikings or geeky Renaissance Faire attendees, mead has "shed its medieval reputation and is claiming a coveted spot in Northern California's artisanal drinks culture." Jessica Yadegaran of the San Jose Mercury News has a feature story.

Kynric de Coventry returns to MisCon

Kynric de Coventry calls himself "geek orthodox," a trait he chose to flaunt recently at MisCon in Missoula, Montana. Kynric is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and shared his thoughts about the organization with reporter Lilian Langston of KPAX. (video)

Students live their medieval characters in Rhode Island

Sixth grade teacher Patricia Bastia of Warwick, Rhode Island has a favorite quote from Ben Franklin: "Tell me, I forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand." This is why Bastia invites members of the SCA each year to involve her students in learning about the Middle Ages. Reporter Ryan D. Murray of the Warwick Beacon spoke with Bastia about the event.

Fort Wayne "weekend warrior" leads Shire of the Shadowed Stars

Wendy Martin-Glick, known in the SCA as Lady Maggie MacKeith, discovered the Society in 1987 and has been hooked ever since. The Seneschale of the Shire of the Shadowed Stars in Fort Wayne, Indiana recently spoke with Lynn Altevogt of the Journal Gazette.

Elizabethan "Star Wars" adds fun to Walla Walla ren faire.

For 44 years, players, dancers and merchants have gathered on the campus of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington for the Annual Whitman College Renaissance Faire. Alfred Diaz of the Union-Bulletin has the story. (photo)

Youth battle in Concordia of the Snows

Gavin Haley is the youth champion in the Northeast, in the East Kingdom. He, along with his comrades do battle each week, under the watchful eyes of his dad, Don “Asgar” Haley, as part of the youth combat program of the SCA groups Barony of Concordia of the Snows (based out of Albany, New York) and the Shire of Glenn Lynn. Eric Jenks of the Saratogian has the story.

Q&A with Grand Council

Lady Heather Shea, the Questrix, answers questions about the Grand Council for the East Kingdom Gazette.

SCA: "the most awesome, crazy people"

"I mean, how often do you get to walk through a city of tents at night as the lantern lights dance and the fog starts to drift in? Most people can only dream of that," said Baroness Juliana of the Barony of Black Diamond in Atlantia about her experience in the SCA. Alicia Petska of the News & Advance (Lynchburg, Virginia) visited with Julie and Allen Foster to learn more about the couple's "weird hobby." (photos)

Chivalry is the "mark of being a man”

"When you show up, people are in their armor and beautiful garb, and silk flags are raised, and arrows are flying. If you’ve ever been interested in that, here is your chance to live that dream,” Kerry Kennedy told Dylan Walker of The Crimson White (University of Alabama) during a recent interview about the Society for Creative Anachronism. (photo)

SCA member contends for "King of the Nerds" crown

Mississippi State University student of astronautics, Mary Kate Smith, loves space and the Middle Ages. A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Smith is a self-proclaimed nerd and a participant in season 2 of TBS' King of the Nerds. Steve Rogers of WCBI has the story.

Randy Bevins: 21st century Viking

Police officer in Whitehall, New York - and member of the SCA - Randy Bevins is going to Mars, or at least he hopes so. Bevins was one of the 1,058 candidates chosen by Mars One, a Dutch non-profit, which plans to land a four-man crew on the planet in 2025. Bill Toscano of the Post Star has the story.

Q&A: Registering Names and Devices with Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

Mistress Alys Mackyntoich answered a Q&A for the East Kingdom Gazette that covers the process of registering names and devices in the East Kingdom.

"Sharing knowledge" in Hellsgate

Things got a bit noisy at the Copperas Cove Library recently when Anthony Schienschang brought his hammer and anvil for a demonstration of armoring. Schienschang is a member of the SCA, Stronghold of Hellsgate in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Valerie L. Valdez of the Killeen Daily Herald (Killeen, Texas) has the story. (photos, video)

Vatican teams with Bodleian for US$3.2 million digitization project

Thanks to a US$3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation, rare manuscripts from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana will be digitized and made available online through both libraries. NPR's Annaliese Quinn has the story and interview.

Medieval Society and SCA join forces at Purdue

"Reenacting medieval combat is one of the main attractions of the Medieval Society, but is certainly not the only one," writes Elizabeth Collins, staff reporter for The Purdue Exponent. Collins spoke with members of the university group and its partner, the SCA.

"Geeky" curator enjoys complexity of history

On September 4, 2013, Sarah Bellian became the new curator of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. A self-professed "geek," Bellian often gets her historical fix in the SCA where she practices rapier combat and archery. The new curator was interviewed recently by Erinn Callahan of the Port Arthur News.

Bendigo Swordcraft: "the funnest thing I can imagine"

Simon Vincent loves to get together and hit some friends - with foam swords, that is. An active member of the Bendigo Swordcraft group in Bendigo, Victoria, Vincent was interviewed recently by Corey Hague of ABC Victoria. (video)

A knight in Tasmania

Dan Russell is a knight in the Society for Creative Anachronism. He recently discussed his "crazy passion" for armored combat in a short video produced by ABC Hobart. The video was filmed at Alexandria Battery in lower Sandy Bay in Tasmania, Australia.

Pirates and performers join SCAdians for North Carolina medieval festival

Members of several SCA groups joined musicians and actors for Pamlico Community College's recent Medieval and Renaissance Festival which took place in Grantsboro, North Carolina. Bill Hand of the Sun Journal spoke with several participants about re-enacting. (photo)

Mead making a comeback

Over the centuries, mead, the "drink of kings and Vikings," has lost its place of honor to other alcoholic beverages, but now, the honey-based drink is making a comeback. Kim Gittleson, of the BBC, has the story.

Dagorhir rules at SMC

“This is the poor man’s SCA,” said Rob Nugent about the Dagorhir chapter at Southwestern Michigan College. “They fight in steel armor,” he said. “Foam is cheaper." The recent article appeared on the college's website. (photo)

"History Lives" in The Dalles

Visitors to City Park in The Dalles, Oregon were met by people from another time when they encountered members of the Society for Creative Anachronism's "History Lives" demo. A reporter from The Dalles Chronicle has photos and video.