Please join us in a time when Knights fought chivalrously, Fencers foiled their opponents with grace, Archers hit the mark and the Arts and Service of the populace prevailed.
The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc (SCA) represents people from all walks of life; we share a common thread of the Middle Ages. The SCA is a place for festivals, tournaments, feast, games, research, creativity and most of all fun. There are activities for all ages and skills, but to get started the essentials are necessary. Our local Chatelaine can assist in providing you with some “loaner garb” (something to wear at events).
We would also like to invite you to join our Yahoo group This will allow you to interact with members of the barony and keep in touch with upcoming events.
Check out our Events page to see what we have coming up locally, or the Calendar for more informal workshops and meetings
What do I wear?
Attire is dependent on the type of event you choose to attend. For informal events (meetings, practices, and most workshops) your normal, everyday clothing is the norm. For formal events however, participants are asked to make an attempt at some sort of medieval costume or garb. Purchased, borrowed or hand made is fine. Our local chatelaine is a good reference for loaner gear, and can usually supply something until you get your feet under you. Once at an event, you can see what others are wearing, and what you like. Then you either purchase it, or make it yourself. There are many folks who will help you with both. Some of the workshops even focus on making garb.
What should I NOT wear?
Yes, there are certain things that you should not wear. Our society uses various colored belts and baldrics that have special meanings. These are items that must be earned, and should be respected.
A solid White belt is a Knight. A White baldric (a belt slung across the body shoulder to chest) is a Master/Mistress at Arms.
There are other solid colors that are frequently seen and Mean Something:
A solid Red belt or baldric is the mark of a Squire. This is to designate that they are learning under a Knight’s or Master’s tutelage.
A solid Yellow belt or baldric is the mark of a Protege. This is to designate that they are learning under a Pelican.
A solid Green belt or baldric is the mark of an Apprentice, which designates that they are learning under a Laurel.
How does the SCA work?
The members of the SCA are the ones to make the SCA happen. Unlike Renaissance Faires, which put on shows for a paying public, members of the SCA live and experience history, minus plagues, famines, and war. The SCA is set up just like “real life”, but based on medieval society. There are people in charge (Officers), and there is the general public (other participants). Unlike medieval society however, everyone, even the Officers, work to make things happen.
Who and what are the Officers?
The Officers are members of the Barony who plan and organize local structure and events. In the case of the Baron and Baroness, they are elected, by popular vote, by the populace of the Barony. The other Officers are people who volunteered or were appointed.
The Baronial Officers
The Seneschal is the chapter president. He/she is responsible for coordinating the activities of the local group, overseeing the other Officers, and running the meetings.
The Herald is responsible for all heraldic matters such as assisting with name and device creation and submissions, public announcements at events, and court protocol. He/she also maintains the records of any awards or titles bestowed upon fellow members.
The Exchequer is the Barony’s Treasurer, and is responsible for keeping track of all the funds used to finance the various events within the Barony.
The Web Minister is responsible for maintaining and updating the Barony’s web sites and subordinate pages, such as this one.
The Chatelaine is responsible for welcoming new members, introducing them to the Society’s activities and customs, and providing guidance on who to contact to get involved in the various activities. He/she is also the keeper of the “Gold Key” or “loaner closet”, used to provide new comers and drop ins, who do not have appropriate attire, something to wear at events.
The Minister of Arts and Sciences encourages members to research, teach, and practice historically accurate arts and crafts. He/she may also oversee the scheduling and running of the Arts and Sciences contests and exhibits at an event.
The Chronicler publishes the Barony’s newsletter, The Chanticleer, maintains and updates the mailing and phone list, and prints any flyers or announcements needed by the group.
The Minister of the List, Knight Marshal, Company Captain of Archers, and Marshals of Thrown Weapons/Youth/Fencing are in charge safety on the combat field/archery range, and enforcing the applicable rules and regulations of the lists (combat fields).