Interview

Interview

Fighting for fun in Calontir

Darrell Todd Maurina of the Waynesville (Missouri) Daily Guide visited and photographed members of the Shire of Calonais Nuadh as they camped on the Roubidoux Creek for Frog Fest.

Gulf War XVI featured in local article.

An article posted in the local Hattiesburg, Mississippi paper features brief interviews with several SCA folk attending Gulf Wars.

Hands-on history

Members of the Barony of Dragonsspine were the subject of a recent article by Jennifer Wilson for the Colorado Springs Gazette. She writes, "The sound of swords crashing against heavy shields and the clatter of dueling rapiers echoed over the battlefield the night of March 8."

SCAdians featured in Gulf Wars article

Kevin Soice and his family, from Houseton, Texas, are featured in an article chronicling life at Gulf Wars, by Susan Lakes of the Hattiesburg (Mississippi) American. Also interviewed were Mississippi residents Linda and Michael Matthews, and Lucian Provost from Arkansas.

1500-year-old Saxon burial promises more discoveries to come

Archaeologists working at a recreational site near Oakington, England have discovered a 1500-year-old Saxon burial. They believe there is also evidence of a settlement.

Thomas Whitehart to be featured on Weekend America

Caidan storyteller THL Thomas Whitehart, also known as True Thomas the Storyteller, will be featured in the Saturday March 17, 2007 edition of Public Radio's Weekend America. His segment will cover Irish lore and storytelling.

California SCAdian opens fencing school

Quartz Hill, California resident Antek Ignatowicz opened the Phoenyx Fencing Studio last year and now provides classes for municipal recreation programs. Christine Berwick of the Antelope Valley Press has the story.

Stonehenge village archaeologist interviewed

Australia's ABC Radio National recently broadcast an interview with Mike Parker Pearson, one of the archaeologists who discovered the ancient settlement near Stonehenge. Stephanie Kennedy conducts the interview. (Transcript and podcast available)

Stinky fighters price of authenticity, but SCA still fun, says reporter

Erin Sullivan of the St. Petersburg Times in Florida visited a local SCA demo and spoke with members about the tradeoffs between full authenticity and leaving out the unpleasant parts of the Middle Ages.

"Murder at the War" author interviewed

Author and SCA member Mary Kuhfeld, creator of Murder at the War and the Sister Frevisse mysteries (written under the names of Mary Monica Pulver and Margaret Frazier), was interviewed recently by David Gustafson of the Star Tribune.

Craft and art combine for Calontir armorer

SCA member Andy Ward of Avoca, Arkansas combines craft and artistry when he creates armor for his business Ward Metal. Becca Bacon Martin interviewed him for an article in the Morning News.

Carenza's Caravan Brings Middle Eastern Dance to Muncie, Indiana

When Carenza bint Asya (Diana Eckart) became involved with the SCA, she was given the choice of pursuing a Viking persona or that of a belly dancer. She chose the dancer. Now, six years later, she owns a dance studio and heads a troupe of dancers. Thomas Fraley of the Ball State Daily News has the story.

Windsor Ontario reporter discovers the Current Middle Ages

Reporter Roberta Pennington of the Windsor Star visited an SCA event in the Middle Kingdom region of Pentamere, and returned with tales of spinning, calligraphy....and war.

Arts and Combat Featured in Northshield Demo

Can a fighter accomplish a cartwheel in full armor? Well... maybe. Mike Prahl gave it a try in 40 pounds of plate as he demonstrated his skill along with other members of the Shire of Rivenwood Tower in Mankato, Minnesota. Free Press reporter Sara Gilbert Frederick had the story.

Swords Clash in NYC Park

Battle cries blend with street noise in the Incipient Canton of Broken Bridge in New York City as SCA fighters interact with the locals. Village Voice reporter Silke Tudor has the story.

Tir Ysgithr Members Help Each Other in Tucson

Members of the Barony of Tir Ysgithr recently hosted "Dragon's Horde," an annual event at Himmel Park in Tucson, Arizona, where they spoke about what makes the SCA special. Davida Larson of the AZ Wildcat Online had the story.

An Tir Man is a Master of Chainmail

Washington State University student Matt James scorns the usual college activities for a hobby creating chainmail and fighting in the SCA. Lisa Waananen of the Daily Evergreen has the story and slide show.

Hawaiian Costumer Still Plays Dress Up in the SCA

Costumer Amy Sumida, who works for Kaimuki's Prosperity Corner in Hawaii, is busy putting together costumes for the Halloween season. Sumida discovered the SCA in her teens and learned that playing dress-up could be profitable. Nadine Kam of the Honolulu Star Bulletin has the story.

Wenches and Swordplay in Murphysboro, Illinois

Andrea Hahn, a reporter for the Southern Illinoisan, visited the John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro, Illinois recently for a real Renaissance faire experience including bawdy wenches, swordplay, songs and skits. The event was sponsored by the Fine and Bawdy Wenches, and included demos by the Medieval Combat Society.

Metea Renaissance Faire Brings Fun to Fort Wayne

“At a Renaissance festival, the stage spills over into the lanes – much like interaction with characters at Disneyland – and you become part of the show. Without that interaction, a renfest would just be a craft and food show with people in funny clothing talking in bad accents,” said Allen Huffman, software engineer and ren faire enthusiast. Steve Penhollow covered the story for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) Journal Gazette.

Lady Alex Demonstrates Viking Skills at the Fair

Lady Alexandria laNoire is a 10th century Danish homemaker and archer who, along with her husband Syr Theodric van Rostock, showed off her prowess recently at the Great Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio. Joan Cooper Rusek of the Sun-News reports.

An Tir Man's Armor Featured in Hollywood Films

Blacksmith and SCA member Ugo Serrano has successfully combined reality and fantasy by using his medieval craftsmanship to create armor and weapons used in the movies. Leslie Slape of the Daily News (Olympia, Washington) reports.

Vermont Youth Fighter Practice Draws Media Interest

"They are medieval enthusiasts, but you could also call them history buffs. You could also probably call them geeks or weirdoes, but it's hard to look someone in the face and say anything even remotely derogatory when they're holding a broadsword," says Jacob L. Grant, staff writer for Caledonian-Record in Concord, Vermont in a recent article.

SCAdians Participate in "Ohio's Oldest Fair"

Burton Cole of the Tribune Chronicle learned about attractions at the Great Geauga County Fair, Ohio's oldest fair, and met with Cerise of Cleftlands, a member of the Incipient Shire of Eastwatch.

"Weekend Warriors" Battle in Largo Park

Members of the Shire of Marcaster (Tampa Bay area) in the Kingdom of Trimaris gathered recently at Largo Central Park to teach modern folk about life in the Middle Ages. Steve Kornacki of the Tampa Tribune was there to cover the story.

"Heartwarming" Times at Artemisia Event

Karma M. Fitzgerald for the Magic Valley Times News in Wendell, Idaho learned about life in the SCA when she visited “Hearthwarming,” an event at Niagara Springs State Park.

SCAdian Musicians Perform in Powell River

Members of the local SCA chapter in Vancouver, British Columbia participated in a musical evening at Powell River's Boxwood Cottage garden recently where they presented a program of medieval music.

Fashions for the Well-Dressed Reenactor

Steve Tarter of the Peoria, Illinois Journal Star "went medieval" when he visted with Valerie Lilley of Sofi's Stitches to discuss the meaning of "dressing for success" medieval style.

Blood Spilled During Australian Demo

A medieval educational demo for elementary school students in Brisbane, Australia turned bloody when one of the re-enactors was slightly injured by a rapier blade.

Middle Ages and Science Fiction Meet in Seattle

Science Fiction and Fantasy co-existed with Middle Ages reenactors at the recent Norwescon convention held at the SeaTac Doubletree Inn in Seattle, Washington. Richard Seven of Pacific Northwest Magazine covered the story.