Interview

Interview

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.

Northern Horde invades New Zealand

Usually Tauranga, New Zealand's Northern Horde can be found on Sunday afternoons at Memorial Park, but for one Sunday, they opened their practice to the public and let everyone play. The Horde’s Captain Charlie Tapsell has participated on New Zealand's team in the international Battle of the Nations. (photo and video)

SCAdians gather in Dunn Meadow

The sound of rattan against steel competed with harp music as members of Mynydd Seren, the Indiana University Chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, displayed their skills in Dunn Meadow. Alec Priester of the Indiana Daily Student has the story. (photo)

Heather Dale takes Texas

Canadian folk singer and songwriter Heather Dale lives a long way from Texas, but she traveled south recently to perform at Copperas Cove Public Library. Cove Herald reporter Erik Papke spoke with Heather's fans who gathered for the performance.

Author "in love" with Richard III?

For over seven years, screenwriter Philippa Langley worked to prove that King Richard III, killed at nearby Bosworth Field in 1485, was buried beneath a car park in Leicester, England. In 2012, the discovery of the remains was captured on video by Channel 4, the defining event in Langley's new book Richard III: The King in the Car Park. (video)

SCA - not LARPing!

At a demo of SCA armored combat by the Iron Brigade, interviewer Homer learns the difference between medieval armored combat and LARPing. The interview took place at the 2013 San Diego ComicCon.

Connecticut faire-goers risk "excessive jubilation"

Visitors to the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, in Norwich, have the chance to chat with King Henry VIII, but also risk getting slapped with a ticket from the faire's sherrif for "excessive jubilation." The faire runs through October 20, 2013.

SCA "did well” at McMaster University Clubsfest

Freshman at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, recently had the opportunity to learn about over three hundred campus organizations at Clubsfest, the annual outdoor fair. Among the groups represented were the Renaissance Dance Club and the local chapter of the SCA. Josh Dehaas of Macleans has the story.

SCA: A good place to raise your kids

Prince Timothy of AEthelmearc has raised six children in the SCA. “It’s a good place to raise your kids and teach them a little something as time goes on,” he told Joan Mead-Matsui of the Abington Journal during the reporter's visit to Myrkfael Regional Melee Practice in the Barony of Endless Hills (Scott Township, Pennsylvania). (photos)

Ren faire meets comicbook in Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective

Avery Fatbottom, Renaissance Faire organizer and detective, is the protagonist of a new comic series by Jen Vaughn. Vaughn spoke with JK Parkin of Comic Book Resources about her newly-released Avery Fatbottom: Renaissance Fair Detective.

Tin whistles and ferrets in the SCA

Wendy Furie is a veterinarian - and a Scottish bard. While the two professions might sound at odds with each other, she makes them work, in the modern world and as Swannoc Beag, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Laura Blasey of the Frederick (Maryland) News-Post has the story.

Baroness Johanna Dudley answers the EK Gazette's Questions

Baroness Johanna Dudley was the first authorized female fighter in the East and former Baroness of Carolingia. The East Kingdom Gazette asked her to share her memories in a Q&A format, which she kindly did.

Hanging with "the hard-core SCA"

The Kingdom of Trimaris can be a forbiddingly hot place in the summer, especially in 40 pounds of armor. Kyle Swenson, reporter for New Times in Broward County and Palm Beach, Florida, tried his hand at SCA fighting... with mixed results. The story was reprinted in The Week.

“Gutenberg Parenthesis” discussed in interview

In a recent interview in Odense, Denmark, Dean Starkman of Columbia Journalism Review spoke with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, of the University of Southern Denmark, who authored the Gutenberg Parenthesis, a theory that the digital age is much like the medieval.

Carolina dad builds "Doomsday Castle"

Retired Army officer Brent Bruns Sr has constructed a "Doomsday Castle" in the foothills of South Carolina. Bruns is the subject of a new television series on the National Geographic Channel. Douglas Main of LiveScience spoke to the patriarch on a recent blog.

In Trimaris, "it's about honor"

Miami New Times reporter Kyle Swenson took the opportunity to hang out "with about 500 Trimarians in ornate medieval tunics" over Memorial Day to see what medieval re-enactment was all about. What did he find? "It's about honor." The feature-length article includes photos. PG-13

Sir Tanaka Raiko made Tyger of the East

Sir Tanaka Raiko, who on Wednesday was named as the 17th Tyger of the East, generously shared with East Kingdom Gazette readers his memories of his induction into the order.

Q&A with Dean of the Pennsic School of European Dance

The East Kingdom Gazette interviews Honorable Lady Margherita Battistina, Dean of the School of European Dance.