Interview

Interview

SCAdians battle in Minot park

Frequent visitors to Oak Park in Minot, North Dakota must have been confused recently to hear the sounds of armored combat when members of the Shire of Midewinde put on their armor for a demo. Jill Schram of the Minot Daily News has the story. (photo)

"Kick back and relax" with the SCA

On a lazy, late spring day in the Kingdom of Calontir, members of the Shire of Heraldshill (Mason, Iowa) invited their friends to "kick back and relax" for a day of dice games, medieval combat and handicrafts. Kristin Buehner of the Globe Gazette covered the story. (photo)

"Day of Blood" sparks interest of Peninsula Clarion

Every year the Shire of Hrafnafjordr in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula meets at the "Day of Blood" event to select the shire's heavy weapons champion. This year Joseph Robertia, a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion investigated to discover what the SCA was all about.

"No wizards, no magic, no trolls" at Mermaids XVI

"We're basically just a bunch of adults playing dress-up. It's just that our dress-up is very coordinated and historically based," Lady Francesca told reporter Dylan B. Tomlinson of the Herald Times when he visited the recent Mermaids XVI at Camp Sindawa, Wisconsin.

BBC's Channel 4 takes on Hastings

In mid-May, 2009, Channel 4 of the BBC premiered a two-part mini-series dramatizing the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The film, 1066: the Battle for Middle Earth, was directed by Justin Hardy who was interviewed for the Telegraph.

Duke Boru Aelwyn wins Meridian Crown List

Saturday May 2, 2009, Duke Boru Aelwyn won the Spring 2009 Spring Crown List in the Kingdom of Meridies for the honor of his lady wife, Duchess Dierdre inghean uí Thighearnáin.

Queen of the East in the news

Allison Hewett isn't Queen anymore, but that's OK with her. Known until recently in the East Kingdom as Queen Alethea Eastriding, Hewett was interviewed by Keith Whitcomb Jr., a staff writer for the Bennington (NY) Banner about what it is like to be Queen of a "fantasy kingdom," and what it is like to give up your throne.

Weapons fly at ISU

Members of the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society at Illinois State University (Bloomington, IL) "duke" it out with boffer weapons at a recent bout.

SCAdian the inventor of S.P.E.A.R.

Baron Josef Donnerbauch (Simon Rohrich) is a Renaissance man. In addition to his passion for the SCA, his Excellency has invented S.P.E.A.R., the Self-Propelled Electronic Armored Rack, "a compact data center on wheels." Jamie Peachey of the Phoenix New Times has the story.

"Land of the Tusk" members grab notice of Arizona reporter

Members of the Barony of Tir Ysgithr, "Land of the Tusk," the Tucson, Arizona chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, recently captured the notice of Arizona Daily Star reporter Gerald M. Gay, who visited the group in a local park as members prepared for the Estrella War.

Bernard Cornwell, author of "Agincourt," interviewed

National Review Online has posted an interview with author Bernard Cornwell discussing his new book Agincourt. The interview is in MP3 format.

New work on early medieval sexuality

German Studies professor Albrecht Classen of the University of Arizona has published a new book consisting of "articles written by scholars and historians in disciplines that include sociology, literature, art, music, history, religion and spirituality" on the subject of sexuality in the early Middle Ages.

SCA in evidence at Doña Ana Arts Council Renaissance ArtsFaire

Members of the SCA were present at the recent Renaissance ArtsFaire sponsored by the Doña Ana Arts Council in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Faire features artists dressed in period garb who display and demonstrate their wares. S. Derrickson Moore of the Las Cruces Sun-News has the story.

Kingston, New York shire members "Light up the Dark Ages"

"Initially my friends dragged me into it," said Christine Larsson, who has been a society member for 26 years. "I started cooking because I noticed everybody else's cooking wasn't that good. I had to show them it could be done better." Larsson is a member of the Shire of Nordenhal, the subject of a recent article by Bonnie Langston of the Kingston Daily Freeman.

Lions Road podcast features SCAtoday.net founders

Please pardon the shameless plug, but we had so much fun doing this that we had to share! SCAtoday.net founders THL Milica of Varna and Maistor Justinos Tekton were interviewed last week for the Lions Road weekly SCA podcast.

32 do battle for Throne of Meridies

About 200 people were on hand recently to cheer on the combatants vying for the Throne of the Kingdom of Meridies. Jamon Smith, Staff Writer for the Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News covered the story.

Rapier fighter runs for office in Napa, California

Opponents of 35-year-old single mom Amber Martin for a City Council seat may want to think twice. This lady puts on armor and fights with a rapier.

SCA profile now playing on Current.com

A Baron in Artemisia, a.k.a. Dave Jones, details his involvement with the Society for Creative Anachronism. From his early fascination with history in Texas to full armor fighting in Missoula, Montana, the Baron describes the overall philosophy behind the Society for Creative Anachronism.

"Poor Man's Pennsic" helps lessen the sting of the War-less

Not everyone goes to Pennsic! SCA members in Wisconsin who did not attend the War gathered recently in Marshfield to trade blows, practice their skills and have a relaxing day of fun. Reporter Adam Rodewald of the Marshfield News-Herald visited the event.

SCAdians King and Queen of Balingup

The Balingup Medieval Festival has new royalty: King Simon and Queen Ally, a romantic duo who are also members of the SCA. The Donnybrook-Bridgeport (Australia) Mail interviewed the couple for a recent article.

Alabama teacher brings pottery to Pennsic

Cottondale, Alabama art teacher and potter Kerry Kennedy spent the past year preparing to merchant her wares at the annual Pennsic War. Ashley Boyd for the Tuscaloosa News had the story.

A Few Moments With His Majesty of the East

HRM Konrad of the East Kingdom made the unprecedented decision to concede all 37 war points at the beginning of Pennsic War. Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, of the Pennsic Independent, interviewed King Konrad to discuss the reasons for his decision.

Push for Pennsic: "Best friends you've never met"

"Everybody here is your best friend you never met yet," said Sebastian de Granada (Scott Hargrose) recently at Push for Pennsic in Wapakoneta, Ohio in response to a question from reporter Greg Sowinski of the Lima News. (photo)

Reporter visits fighter practice at Shire of Lost Moor

In the Lost Moor of Calontir, reporter Justin Daniels visited a local fighter practice and even tried it out for himself, under the supervision of the Marshal-In-Charge.

"Like paintball - but with more skill!"

“It’s a love of history and an interest of history that brings us together,” said Baroness Melisande de Canonwald about the SCA at the recent Push for Pennsic event at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Kristin Reichardt of the Wapakoneta Daily News has the story. (photo)

Highland Foorde Renaissance Festival educates public about the Middle Ages

"It's not about entertaining, it's about educating," said Sherri Fabic, a member of the Barony of Highland Foorde, about the recent Renaissance Festival hosted by the group at Hager House in Hagerstown, Maryland. Reporter Joshua Bowman of the Herald-Mail was on hand for the story. (Photos & video)

SCA joins Midland, Michigan's Summer Solstice Stroll

Members of the Shire of Fearann na Criche in the Middle Kingdom took part recently in Midland, Michigan's Summer Solstice Stroll, a festival with a Ren Faire feel on the city's Main Street. Cathy Nelson Price of the Midland Daily News had the story.

Bards shine in Salesberie Glen

The bards held the day at the recent Performers Revel South in Salesberie Glen (Salisbury, North Carolina), with musicians, poets, storytellers and dancers showcasing their arts. Sara Gregory of the Salisbury Post had the story. (photos)

The Toledo Blade goes to Baron Wars

What's fun about re-enacting the Middle Ages? Toledo Blade staff writer Ryan E. Smith found out when he visited Baron Wars, a large SCA event which takes place yearly at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, Ohio. (photos & video)

"I came for the fighting... I stayed for the friends"

SCA fighting is addictive. “I tried it, and I’ve been hooked. I came for the fighting and competition,” said Arthur Donadio, 40, a former football player who saw his opportunities for sport dwindling as he aged. “You stay for the friends you make and the opportunity to keep it going and teach other people.” John Ramsey of the Fayetteville Observer has the story.