Interview

Interview

"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)

Raven's Fort members re-create Hughstown

Visitors to the Sam Houston Folk Festival in Huntsville, Texas may have been surprised to find knights in armor demonstrating combat, but the SCA folk were celebrating Houston's ancestry by creating “Hughstown,” the community founded in Scotland in 1153 by a Houston ancestor. (photo)

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).