Interview

Interview

Western Countess embraces her "inner geekdom"

A recent interview on Q104.5's morning program, Up & Adam, featured an interview with Kiffini Wittstron (Kiffany of Canale), a Countess in the Kingdom of the West, who is a former on air personality at the station. Kiffini answered questions about the SCA and how it differs from LARPing.

“I like, in my mind, being in a whole different time and a whole different place”

Re-creating the Middle Ages can be a different experience for each member, but most agree that it transports them to a different time. “I like, in my mind, being in a whole different time and a whole different place,” said Jackie Gotchal of the Shire of Carreg Wen in Caid. Michelle Carter of the Lompoc (California) Record has the story. (photo)

Preparing for War in Rising Waters

The SCA "provides a good sense of community" said Chiara Stella of the Barony of Rising Waters in Niagara Falls, Canada. She spoke with Pieter van Hiel of Niagara This Week at a recent gathering of SCA members in West Lincoln. (slideshow)

The Middle Ages are alive at Mizzou

Medieval met modern recently in Peace Park on the campus of the University of Missouri, Columbia as members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism gathered for combat and crafting. (photos)

SCA rapier fighters draw crowds at Keokuk ren faire

Armored combat and rapier flighting caught the eye of 14-year-old Dylan Sapp at the recent Tri-State Renaissance Faire in Keokuk, Iowa. "I loved swords before I even knew what they were," he told reporter Jeff Hunt of the Hawk Eye. (photo)

Fighters prepare for West - An Tir War

On weekends, armored fighters from the An Tir have gathered to prepare for the annual West-An Tir War in Gold Beach, Oregon. Theresa Novak of the Corvallis Gazette-Times caught up with some of them recently in a local park.

Team USA: Their hobby is an art

For SCA member Edward Lindey of Mobile, Alabama, joining Team USA and traveling to Poland gave him a chance to learn and use grappling techniques, something he can't do in the SCA. Roy Hoffman of the Press-Register has the story. (photos)

SCA as "exercise in experimental archaeology"

Medieval military historian Kevin Reid sees the SCA as an "exercise in experimental archaeology," and happily participates as Sir Ragnarr in the Evansville, Indiana chapter. Mark Wilson of the Courier-Press spoke with Reid and others at the annual Medieval Fair demo. (photos)

Take 1000 stewed sparrows...

Peter Ross, principal librarian at the Guildhall Library in London, loves researching food of the past. His obsession has led to a new book The Curious Cookbook: Viper Soup, Badger Ham, Stewed Sparrows & 100 More Historic Recipes.

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.