Picture a meadow ringed with bright pavilions, with pennons flying overhead. Noble lords and ladies watch the center of the meadow, where knights in armor strive with sword and shield. Minstrels play lutes and harps, singing songs of love or battle. In the shadows of one tent, a King and Queen confer soberly with richly-dressed advisors.
A historical romance? No, this is the Society for Creative Anachronism. The SCA is an international non-profit educational organization, dedicated to the preservation, research and recreation of the crafts, arts, and experiences of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Unlike a Renaissance Faire, the SCA is participatory - no one is simply a spectator. All the attendees play a part in creating the atmosphere by reenacting whatever aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance interest them the most.
Members of the SCA learn about the past by researching period arts, crafts, and traditions and then experience history by recreating it. You can see artisans practicing their skills at workshops and events. They may also display their work at events in exhibitions and contests.
Each activity has various types of tournaments and competitions. In addition, there are strict safety standards and rules. All of the activities are supervised by "marshals", who enforce the rules and maintain the safety standards. As in any other sport, participants are trained to ensure everyone's safety.
Minors may take part in Youth Combat, Target Archery, and Equestrian activities.
SCA events are held somewhere almost every weekend of the year. Participants travel from near and far to take part in the day's (or weekend's) activities, which can include tournaments, dancing, performances, Royal Court, arts exhibits, workshops, and a grand feast.
Attendees wear clothing appropriate to the Middle Ages or Renaissance (pre-17th century). If you do not have something to wear to your first event, contact me and I can find you some garb.
We welcome you to attend our local meetings and events, every other Friday we have an A&S Night. The dates and times will be posted on the Ravenhyrst Facebook page. We also have three other events planned in our Canton, Golden Thimble (a costuming competition), Just Desserts (a cooking competion), and Ravensfaire (an autumn faire), there is another event that is in the planning, and that is a small war between ourselves and another canton in the area. Please come join us. Feel free to contact me if you any questions.
If you have any questions, please contact the Chatelaine. We will be more than happy to help you out.