Interview

Interview

SCAdians compete in the "Olympics for armored combat"

Bill Woodbury and Simon Rohrich, of the Tempe, Arizona area, are off to represent the United States in international competition. No, it's not the Olympics, but the Battle of Nations, the world championship of armored combat held in Poland. Mike Sakal of the East Valley Tribune has the story.

Learning about the Middle Ages in the Barony of Wastekeep

Students from Enterprise Middle School in West Richland, Washington got a special treat recently when members of the Barony of Wastekeep, Kingdom of An Tir visited their school to teach them about life in the Middle Ages. The NBC affiliate KNDO/KNDU has the story. (video)

Life in A.S. III

Times were simpler in the SCA in A.S. III, as can be seen in an article chronicling Summer Crown Tournament in the West Kingdom (June 23, 1968). The article has been posted by Hirsch on the West Kingdom History website.

Riding with the Atenveldt Equestrians

Combat, both armored and equestrian, is alive and well in the Kingdom of Atenveldt - Arizona in the modern world. recently reporter Kristy Siefkin, of the Fox News affiliate in Phoenix, met with members of the SCA to discuss combat and armoring. (video)

Kathie Lee and Hoda go "full metal" in joust

Co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of the Today Show recently went medieval when they received jousting lessons from Full Metal Jousting's Shane Adams. Julieanne Smolinski has the story, photos and video.

Re-enactor with spear bashes bad guys

Rochdale, England pub manager and re-enactor Neil Ashton never expected to enlist his medieval skills to defend his home until two robbers climbed in a window, causing Ashton to reach for the nearest weapon, his six-foot spear.

Gulf Wars: It's about fun

The chivalry and pageantry of Gulf Wars was recorded recently when Tim Doherty of the Hattiesburg American visited the War. His report, along with a slideshow of 32 remarkable photographs, is available online.

“The more period it is, the more fun you have” in Harrowgate Heath

“If you work at it, you never grow out of this hobby,” said Lady Morag Taylor, known in the modern world as Christine Brewer, about the SCA, during an interview with Kathryn Burnham of the Cornwall (Ontario) Standard Freeholder.

Stronghold of Hellsgate on the march in Killeen, Texas

For the past year, members of the Stronghold of Hellsgate, in the Kingdom of Ansteorra, have been striving to form a new SCA chapter. Sean Wardwell of the Killeen Daily Herald discussed re-creating medieval arts and sciences with three SCA locals.

“I was a geek at school, but now I am a geek with a sword”

Dan Pearce is a self-proclaimed geek. He recently spoke with a reporter from the Daily Liberal in Dubbo, NSW, Australia, about his participation in the SCA where he says he is now "a geek with a sword."

Q&A with Francesca de Onorati

The North Canton Patch, a local newspaper, interviewed Francesca de Onorati, the Event Steward for this year's Masque of Courtly Love event at the Marche of Alderford in the Middle Kingdom.

Medieval mystery writer researches by doing

Writer Jeri Westerson of Menifee, California loves the Middle Ages, particularly the world of Crispin Guest, her "ex-knight turned detective on the mean streets of fourteenth century London." Scott Butki, of the Seattle P-I has an interview.

"It's about interaction and fun, not delusion"

Gerry Dowswell is retired, but that doesn't keep him from wielding a sword in his local chapter of the Society for Creatiuve Anachronism. He knows where his character ends and real life begins. "It's about interaction and fun," Dowswell said, "not delusion." (video)

St. John's Bible completed

Nearly thirteen years ago, calligrapher Donald Jackson began an epic project to create a hand-written Bible, commissioned by St. John’s University in Minnesota. Now, with a final "Amen," the Bible has been completed. Michael Inbar of Today.com has the story. (video)

Toowoomba meets the Middle Ages

"Ralph Picton loves to dress up, play swords, eat with his hands and learn about the lords and ladies of days gone by," writes Megan Masters in a piece for the Toowoomba Chronicle (Queensland, Australia) about one of the members of the local SCA group. (photos)

Outlands costumer wins praise

THL Magdalena Lucia Ramberti, known in the modern world as Christa Gordon, recently won acclaim by placing third in the Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge. Gordon explained her specialty, Italian Renaissance courtesan clothing, to reporter Claire Martin of the Denver Post. (slideshow)

"Modern-day scribe" creates illuminated Tolkien

German art student Benjamin Harff spent six months creating illuminations and binding for a copy of author J.R.R.Tolkien's Silmarillion. The work constitued Harff's exam at the Academy of Arts. (photos).

Lazarus Jacob Von Hase remembered in Chronicle-Telegram story

“Martin was definitely dedicated to history. He was dedicated to researching,” said James Nunamaker, known as Seamus Fraseyr in the SCA, about Lazarus Jacob Von Hase (Martin Hasemann), who died July 22, 2011 in Wellington, Ohio.

"Living the medieval life" in Michigan

"As closely as we can we live the medieval life," said Ed Roehre of Grand Rapids, known in the SCA as Baron Edward Aelredson, to reporter Trace Christenson of the Battle Creek (Michigan) Enquirer during the recent Havoc in Hastings event. (photos)

Flight of the Falcon: "A blast from the ye olde past"

"We love the show of it," said Lady Thamira haSopheret (Tammy Barr Silverman), about the appeal of the SCA. "We love the feeling of being lords and ladies and wearing fancy clothes." Bernie Petit of the Gaston Gazzette spoke with her and others from the Canton of Aire Faucon in Atlantia.

"Involvement, commitment and dedication" in An Tir

Reporter James Williams of The Source Weekly (Bend, Oregon) was, at first, overwhelmed by the "strangeness" of the Shire of Corvaria's (Kingdom of An Tir) Harvest Tournament until he encountered media liaison Lady Oliva Magdalene DeHaro, who introduced him to the SCA way of life.

"Learning by living" in the SCA

SCA members in Casper, Wyoming (Kingdom of the Outlands) look forward to their annual event "Here There be Dragons," where they meet, share blows and "learn by doing." Elysia Conner of the Casper Journal visited with James Shipley, known in the SCA as Ronin, and has the story.

Caidan Duke Sir Guillaume Profiled In Local On The Job Column

Caid's Duke Guillaume de Belgique was the focus of a recent "On The Job" column in the Patch, a local Southern California news service website, which profiled his work with the independent educational outreach program Chivalry Today.

The "cheery folk" of Crimson Wood

Armed villagers, soldiers and archers converged on Eagle Park in Rohnert Park, California when Amtgard's Duchy of Crimson Wood took on the Barony of Thor's Refuge recently for a fantasy battle. Mary Callahan of the Press Democrat interviewed members.

"Not enough time in one lifetime to make every type of armor"

Balthazar of Glenrock builds armor. Not the stamped-out stuff, but true, late 15th century, German armor in his blacksmith's shop in his garage. Margaret Matray of the Casper, Wyoming Star Tribune has the story. (photos)

New life at Olde English Faire

The Olde English Faire in Edwards, Illinois has had its challenges, but the faire, at its new site, Wildlife Prairie State Park, was a success, especially with the kids. Michael Boren of the Peoria Journal Star has the story. (photos)

Zoombang Interview Download

Jonathan Blackbow of the Kingdom of Atlantia recently was interviewed about the use of Zoombang armor. A podcast of the interview is available online.

Knights and ladies at the library? “Whoa!”

“Whoa!” exclaimed young library patrons when a great sword was drawn at a recent summer reading club program at Grand Island Public Library by the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Denton Cushing of the Independent (Central Nebraska) covered the story. (photo)

The battle of BART

Media coverage of the SCA fighter practice in an Oakland, California BART station continues when Angela Woodall of the Oakland Tribune visited the Rockridge BART parking lot to learn about SCA-style armored combat. (photos)

Chivalry in the Mists

Commuters using the Rockridge, California BART station stop are occasionally treated to a sight one would not expect while using public transport: knights in armor duking it out in a parking lot. Felix Irmer of Oakland North visited the practice and reports. (photos)