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 nonprofit 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.|
The Arts & Sciences
Members of the SCA
learn about the past by researching period arts, crafts, and traditions
and then experience history by recreating it. There are many such
crafts and arts you can learn and practice in the Society, including:
Armoring, Calligraphy & Illumination
Ceramics & Pottery, Cooking
Fiber arts (weaving, spinning, etc)
Gardening & Herbalism
Medieval games, Metalworking
Music (vocal and instrumental)
Needlework, Poetry & Literature
Woodworking and many more!
You can see
artisans practicing their skills at workshops and events. They may also
display their work at events in exhibitions and contests.
Martial activities in the SCA include:
Armored Combat, Fencing
Target Archery, Combat Archery
Thrown Weapons, Siege Weapons
Youth (boffer) Combat
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
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-1600’s). If you do
not have something to wear to your first event, our Newcomers’ Liaison
(see back of pamphlet) has loaner costumes that you can borrow.
We welcome you to attend our
local meetings and events. Details can be found in the SCA group
newsletters and websites.
Our local SCA chapter, Steltonwald, covers Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
We host a number of events a year, plus monthly general meetings, practices, and workshops.
You can also contact our Newcomers’ Liaison: Aaliz at firstname.lastname@example.org
More details on all aspects of the SCA are available on-line at www.sca.org