Interview

Interview

Preserving historic manuscripts passion of Minnesota monks

Central Minnesota is the home of Hill Museum at St. John's Abbey, an unlikely site for the world's largest collection of historic religious manuscripts. Ray Suarez of PBS Newshour interviews Father Columba Stewart, director of the museum. (video)

Battle cries in Cornerstone Park

Melee combat was the plan for the day at a recent fighter practice in Cornerstone Park as members of the local SCA group gathered to fight and socialize. Tom Munds of the Littleton (Colorado) Independent visited the park to learn more. (photos)

Camaraderie: best thing about the SCA

"Chivalry is a big part of the club.," Shire of Darkstone (Kingdom of Northshield) member Will Lulham said recently in an interview with Madison Carlson of the Ashland, Wisconsin Daily Press. "There is a lot less drama than you might find in other clubs." (photo)

Baronial tournament wins praise in Okinawa

In October, 2010, members of the Barony of the Far West met in the Stronghold of Battle Rock (Okinawa) to witness the tournament which would determine their new Baron and Baroness. Regie Cantu of Stars and Stripes Okinawa has the story. (photos)

SCA "bad citizen" opens coffee shop in Missouri

SCA member Mark Abbott is a bad citizen, at least according to a Hallsville, Missouri Alderman, when the local lawyer applied for a permit to open a bar in town. Jodie Jackson Jr. of the Columbia Daily Tribune has the story.

The "romantic and intoxicating" world of the SCA

"It's impossible to just sit and watch - the more you get involved, the more of the timeless skills you begin to appreciate and learn for yourself. You realize how amazing and self-sufficient people were in this period of history," said Michelle Wagner in an interview for an article by Dana Larsen for the Pilot-Tribune (Storm Lake, Iowa).

Photographer E.F. Kitchen discusses the SCA for museum exhibit

Photographer and author E.F. Kitchen, who recently released Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages, has been chosen as the third artist to exhibit at the newly formed Central California Museum of Art. She spoke to reporter Joe Johnston of the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Amtgard thrives near UC Davis campus

The action is hot and heavy on Sunday afternoons at Carmichael Park in Sacramento, California as members of the local Amtgard chapter battle each other with foam weapons. Jill Duman of the Sacramento Bee has the story. (photos)

Scott Farrell discusses modern chivalry on "These Days on KPBS"

On September 9, 2010, Maureen Cavanaugh interviewed Scott Farrell, AKA Duke Guillaume de la Belgique, about chivalry in the modern age for the radio program These Days on KPBS. Farrell is a contributor to the new book Martial Arts and Philosophy.

Jousters hope to make their martial art a first-tier professional sport

Two professional jousters, currently working at the Ohio Renaissance Festival northeast of Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), hope to take their skills from Renaissance Faires to the world of professional sports. [photo]

SCA and Markland at Village Renaissance Fair

The citizens of Wrightstown, PA interacted with Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while members of the SCA and the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia offered demonstrations of medieval combat and crafts at the recent Wrightstown Library Village Renaissance Faire. Manasee Wagh of the Bucks County Courier Times has the story.

Advice from an "old redneck"

Curt Booth is administrative secretary in the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. The Honorable Lord Fergus DeBotha is an archer in the SCA. Steven Kwan of the Arizona Daily Wildcat interviewed them both (the same person, actually) for a recent piece in the student paper.

Admiral Epic Fail: Cook, soldier... vampire?

Culinary student Anthony Emerson, AKA Admiral Epic Fail, is a child of the SCA and Ren Faires, but his particular taste for fantasy runs more to larping and Dagorhir. In an article for the Courier-News (Elgin, IL), reporter Mike Danahey spoke to Emerson about his participation in both organizations.

“Chivalry and honor aren’t just buzzwords" at the University of Arizona

Curt Booth, who servers as an advisor for the College of St. Felix at the University of Arizona, says he appreciates the SCA because members take chivalry and honor seriously. He, and others, spoke with Steven Kwan of the Daily Wildcat about an upcoming SCA Renaissance Faire demonstration.

Re-living the Middle Ages in Indiana

The sights and sounds of the Middle Ages were on display at a recent demonstration by the Society for Creative Anachronism at the South Haven Branch of the Porter County Public Library in N Valparaiso, Indian. Janna Odenthal of the Post-Tribune has the story.

Scarlett Keep: "a club focused on recreating by doing"

Scarlett Keep, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has undergone a number of changes, from a medieval history club to a sports club. Now it functions as a chapter of the SCA. Recently Daily Nebraskan reporter Ian Sacks visited the Cattle Raids event to learn about the group.

"Magical" times at Raven's Fort demo

“Sometimes when things are going exactly right and everything is at peace in your society, things almost seem magical,” said Baron Brian duVal of the Barony of Raven’s Fort at a recent demo in Conroe, Texas. Haylee Spencer of the Courier has the story.

Photographer captures "glint of light off hand-made armor"

Venice, California photographer E.F. Kitchen has had her photos displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now she captures the "glint of light off hand-made armor" in her book Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages. Scott Timberg of the Los Angeles Times has a review.

SCA brings 16th century to Southeast Alaska State Fair

The Shire of Earngyld provided a public SCA demonstration, including armoured combat, at the recent Southeast Alaska State Fair. Richard Radford, a reporter for the Capital City Weekly, interviewed participants at another demo preceding the fair.

Combatants educate in Barie, Ontario

Fighters offered an introduction to the SCA's armored combat at a recent public demo in Barrie, Ontario. Lance Holdforth of the Barrie Examiner has the story. (photos)

Jousting as extreme sport

In an article for the New York Times Magazine, Dashka Slater asks the question: "Is jousting the next extreme sport?" The "violent sport" is attracting attention at jousting competitions around the world such as the Gulf Coast International Jousting Championships near Pensacola, Florida.

Olaf Bjornssen ready for battle at Windkeep demo

Lindsey Erin Kroskob of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle spent a day at the recent Superday Festival in Cheyenne, and found herself drawn to an armored combat demo by members of the Shire of Windkeep. She interviewed Olaf Bjornssen (Martin Emmons) about his involvement with the SCA.

Fighting and crafting in Evansville

Independence Day 2010 gave members of the Shire of Riviere Constelle a chance to display their crafting and fighting skills to the public at a demo at Wesselman Park. Dan Shaw of the Evansville (Indiana) Courier Press spoke with several members about the SCA. (photos)

Steampunk new outlet for costumers and reenactors

Steampunk has caught on in Australia, just the latest of a series of "dress-up" activities such as LARPing or the Society for Creative Anachronism. Rachel Wells of The Age (Melbourne, Australia) has the story.

Crazy about history in Oakhart

"Most people drive by, and some of them think we're kind of crazy," says SCA member Codie "Lord Wilheard" Dinwiddle about the weekly fighter practice in Springfield, Missouri's McDaniel Park. Doug Magditch of KSPR TV has the story. (photos)

Tobias Capwell, scholar and warrior

On the Order of the Crescent website, Dr. Tobias Capwell, Curator of Arms and Armor at The Wallace Collection (UK), says that he can't remember a time when he wasn't interested in the Middle Ages. Now he is a worldwide authority on late period armor and an internationally-known jouster.

Finding jousts, research and feasts in Lochac

In December 2009, Viscountess Mistress Caristiona nic Beathain, of the Barony of Rowany in Lochac spoke with reporter Melissa Davey of the Northern District Times about Her Excellency's love for the Middle Ages and the SCA. (photo)

"Learning by doing" in Northshield

“This is for those of us who are history geeks,” said Jennifer Carlson during a recent event in the Kingdom of Northshield. “We want to know what did they wear, what did they eat, how would they camp. And we want to learn by doing." John Krerowicz of the Kenosha (Wisconsin) News has the story. (photos)

"Living the Dream" at Baronial Border War

Jon Szerlag of the Ionia Sentinel-Standard (Ionia, Michigan) got an up-close and personal view of the SCA when he attended the recent Baronial Border War XXVII at Bertha Brock Park. Szerlag's article and video are available online. (video)

SCAdians bring appreciation of mead to southeastern Pennsylvania

For the past two years, Marc Johnson and Sheree Krasley, who met in the SCA, have collaborated to bring the mead experience to southeastern Pennsylvania with their Stonekeep Meadery. Amy Strauss of the Phoenix (Phoenixville, PA) has the story.