Interview

Interview

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.

Q&A with the Pennsic Watch’s Deputy Mayor

The East Kingdom Gazette continues their series of interview articles with members of the Pennsic staff.

Northshielders and Midrealmers "get our geek on" at Border Skirmish

What divides the Kingdoms of Northshield and the Middle? Why, the Cheddar Curtain, of course! At least, it does for the annual Border Skirmish event. Margaret Plevak of Walworth County (Wisconsin) Today has the story.

Q&A with Chirurgeon in Charge at Pennsic

As part of a series of Q&A articles with members of the Pennsic staff, Viscountess Caoilfhionn nic Dairmid, who is the Chirurgeon in Charge at Pennsic this year, answered questions for the East Kingdom Gazette.

Q&A with Andy Keleman, Director of SCA Web Ad

Andy Keleman, a commercial director based out of Pittsburgh, created a commercial for the SCA as his entry in a competition sponsored by Diners Club. He answered questions for the East Kingdom Gazette about creating the commercial with the SCA and his work.

SCA merchant sells, teaches at Massachusetts market

“Women never went out in public without their hair properly covered. But Italian women were notorious for tweaking laws," said Carver, Massachusetts merchant Susan Christiano about hair dressing in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Christiano sells handmade snoods and other ornaments at the Carver Farmers’ Market. (photo)

So you want to be the Kingdom Seneschal? Thoughts from a prior East Kingdom Seneschal

The East Kingdom has put the call out for a new Kingdom Seneschal.  At the East Kingdom Gazette, an editor and prior Kingdom Seneschale published her thoughts on what possible applicants should consider.

SCA: “They just don’t get to read about history. They get to do it.”

“I love seeing how people can really get into their character and become someone from the Middle Ages,they just don’t get to read about history. They get to do it.” said Isabella Beatrice della Rosa (Melissa Wobig) to reporter Chris Mueller of The Daily Republic (Mitchell, South Dakota) about SCA members. Mueller covered the recent Coronation in the Kingdom of Northshield. (photo)

“A War with no Enemies” in the Hattiesburg American

The 22nd Gulf Wars in Lumberton, Mississippi drew over 3,000 people to King’s Arrow Ranch to enjoy the annual "War with no Enemies.” Emily Ham Price of the Hattiesburg American journeyed to the campout to experience medieval life. (photos and video)

"Best way to indulge your passion is to share it"

Students at the University of Arizona are passionate about the SCA and are eager to share that passion, writes Renee Valencia of the Arizona Daily Wildcat after visiting members of the College of St. Felix on campus.

SCA bound together by "artistry, craftsmanship and chivalry"

In early January, 2013, the West Kingdom crowned its King and Queen with all the pomp and ceremony due Their ranks. Karen Rarey, correspondent for the Contra Costa Times, attended the Coronation and learned about the SCA.

Sir Leif's "man caves"

According to reporter Jeremy Reeves of the Kenosha News, Dennis Nedweski has created two "man caves" for his hobbies. One is full of football and hockey memorabilia, and the other is full of armor.

Richard III Society hopes to rewrite English history

Winston Churcill wrote, "History is written by the victors." So believe the members of the Richard III Society who feel that the Tudors - including Shakespeare, who worked for them - maligned the memory of King Richard for their own purposes.

Boston loves its geeks

If you're a gamer, a LARPer, a fan, or a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, you're welcome in Boston, according to Ethan Gilsdorf who wrote about the "dweebs, techies, trekkers, weirdos, and gamers" in an article on Boston.com. The article highlights the various activities and organizations in the city including the Barony of Carolingia.

Mesa parishioners undertake "scriptorium" project

A group of women from St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Mesa, Arizona, have created their own medieval scriptorium. Under the leadership of SCA member Lee Kitts, the women have completed the Book of Genesis, with plans to finish the other 65 books of the Old and New Testaments. Maria Polletta of Azcentral.com has the story. (slideshow)

Jousting and fencing at Idaho Ren Faire

SCA members Brian and Elise Dix and Joe and Nikky Scofield plan to take part in the Idaho Renaissance Faire in October 2012. Recently they spoke to Diana Baird of the Emmet, Idaho Messenger-Index.