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The Society for Creative Anachronism
The SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) is an organization dedicated to studying and re-enacting life in pre 17th century Europe. The SCA was created in 1966 by a group of people throwing a theme party set in the medieval ages. It later became incorporated into a non-profit organization.
The SCA is something like a civil war re-enactment group. Everyone
has a specific role to play. However unlike the civil war re-enactment
groups, you create your own persona. This includes nationality (any
which can be proven to have had contact with pre 17th century Europe),
name, and any odd bit of history that you want to add.
The SCA has many events. Your local group most likely has a meeting place every week, and might also have a yearly event (such as a Renaissance Fair). You will want to talk to your local group about information on when and where these events take place.
Here in Jonesboro, the SCA has weekly meetings at Craighead Forest Park, every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM. At these meetings, they discuss the making of arms and armor, the art of jestering, clothes making, and any of the arts they had in medieval times. They also get onto the battlefield in armor, rattan sword in hand, and do unchoreographed fights.
For more information contact your local SCA Marshall or
visit one of these websites.
by Kier Heyl and Carl Heyl - Delta Boogie Staff