Interview

Interview

The fighting life in Ambergard

"I like the camp outs, the camaraderie, the sport," said Scott Rankin at the recent War in the Oasis in Ephrata, Washington, an SCA event featuring melee combat. Cameron Probert of the Columbia Basin Herald attended the event and reports.

Arts shine in Terra Pomaria

The arts and sciences were on display recently when members of the Barony of Terra Pomaria, Kingdom of An Tir, brought their talents to Salem, Oregon's Riverfront Park. Justin Much of the Statesman Journal has the story. (slideshow)

Lochac residents outliers in newspaper survey

Simon Hoad and Judith Gray do not fit into normal social categories proposed by the Macedon Ranges Leader (Melbourne, Australia). Instead of "playing sport" or "socialising with friends," Hoad and Gray are the Baron and Baroness of Stormhold. (photo)

SCA shire brings medieval feast to the public

Longview, Washington minister Jerry Hemrich was looking for ways to raise money for his church when he he hit on the idea of incorporating his hobby, the SCA, in the fundraiser. The result is the popular medieval feast, recently opened to the public, at the church.

"As much historical research as your brain can handle"

“This is a great hobby and it’s a family-friendly event. You do as much historical research as your brain can handle, and that really makes this interesting,” commented Sir Gemini at a recent SCA demonstration in Manteca, CA. Jason Campbell of the Manteca Bulletin has the story. (photo)

Quintavia Hafla: "What a party there was!"

“The Hafla is my favorite event because they get the sights and smells right,”  said  SCA member Janet Johnston about a recent event in the Shire of Quintavia (East Kingdom). Rebecca Alty of The Item spent the day at the Hafla and reported her experience.

Pitt's Medieval Interest Club partners with Carnegie Mellon groups and SCA

Like most interest groups, the University of Pittsburgh's Medieval Interest Group has had its ups and downs. Recently the group has had a drop in attendance, resulting in its partnershoip with members of the SCA and interested students from Carnegie Mellon. Katherine Sandler of the Pitt News visited the group to learn about its activities. (photo)

Old tools never die

Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine, has spent considerable time researching the fate of obsolete technology and tools, and has concluded that old tools never die -- that is, that every technology ever known to Mankind is still in modern use somewhere in the world.

"Bloody war" in Caid

In October 2010, West Coast members of the SCA and others from around the Known World met to cross swords and trade tales at the Great Western War. Samantha Garrett of the Bakersfield College Renegade Rip visited the war and reports on what she learned. (photos)

Mead makes a comeback

Vicky Rowe knows a lot about mead. The owner of Gotmead.com, "the Internet's premier resource for everything to do with mead," spoke recently to Allen G. Breed of SFGate.com about the comeback of the drink in mainstream society.

12th Night is a "time lapse" for Oregon SCA members

Lauren Fox of the Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon) recently visted the Kingdom of An Tir's Twelfth Night event and spoke to a number of attendees, including longtime member Pam Perryman, about their experiences in the SCA.

Living the life medieval in a Pennsylvania castle

Twelve years after they were married, SCA members Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter decided to translate their memories of England into a medieval home of their own. Gretchen McKay, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, visted the castle and interviewed the couple. (photos)

Port Oasis celebrates 12th night

"We just take this time to share medieval foods, arts, crafts and even fencing with one another and the public," said Leland Hoburg of the Shire of Port Oasis about the group's recent 12th Night celebration. Lacie Pierson of the Huntington (West  Virginia) Herald-Dispatch has the story. (photo)

"Knights and ladies" inspire kids in Eugene, Oregon

Library assistant Cynthia Olsen wanted to introduce kids to the Middle Ages, so she invited members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to bring their knowledge and skills to the Eugene Public Library. Winston Ross of the Register-Guard has the story.

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.