First off, thanks for your interest in the Society for Creative Anachronism. If you love history, learning, and having fun, you are in the right place! At your first SCA event there are so many new, exciting experiences, it can be a little overwhelming.
Before the event:
In Thor’s Mountain (as with many groups) we have overnight events, with breakfasts and a large multiple course feast on Saturday night. To ensure a bed and delicious food, we highly encourage you to preregister before the event with the reservationist listed on the flyer. Eating and spending the night is optional, but it really is an experience you don’t want to miss. You can also daytrip, if you just want to check out what we do.
At events you will see people dressed in pre-17th century clothes. There will be an array of places and time periods represented because in the SCA you create a character from a time and place you want to reenact; this is called a persona. For your first event, you don’t need to worry about clothes (or garb as we like to call it). If you contact our Gold Key before the event, we can have loaner garb waiting for you.
As far as what to bring, consider an event like going camping without a tent. You will need bedding or sleeping bags, toiletries, snacks, water bottles, pajamas, and extra clothes to keep you warm. Blankets can double as cloaks in cold weather! Also if you’ve signed up for feast, you are in for a treat. We eat feast by candle light with period table settings. It is truly a medieval experience! You will need to bring plates, bowls, cups, silverware, a tablecloth, and candles. If you need loaner feastware, just contact our Gold Key and we can get some for you.
At the event:
When you come to an event, the first thing you should do is check-in with the “troll”. This is where you will sign in and pay any food or registration fees still owed. Becoming a member of the SCA (http://www.sca.org/members/), gives you a discount! The troll will give you a "token" on a string that you should display at all times; think of it as a medieval wristband that indicates you paid to be at the event. The troll will then direct you to Gold Key to get your loaner garb.
The troll will also give you a schedule which will detail what is happening at the event. This may include fighting tournaments, archery shoots, classes, art and science competitions, dancing, games, revelry, music and theatre performances, and much more. In addition to scheduled activities, many people bring their period hobbies with them. If you see someone wood-carving, drop-spindling, knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidering, painting, illuminating, playing an instrument, or playing period games, feel free to ask questions. We love talking about what we love to do!
At the end of the day on Saturday, we usually hold “court”. At court the reigning nobility give awards for the day’s tournaments and competitions. Also at this time we recognize people for their service to the Society with awards and titles. Court can be a little confusing for the newcomer; the SCA has its own culture and vocabulary. It can be helpful to snag a seat next the Chatelaine or find a “court-buddy” who can explain what is going on.
Unable to make an event?
That’s okay. Events are just one part of what we do. If you can’t make an event there are still lots of ways to get involved. We have weekly fighter and music practices, in addition periodic classes and get-togethers. Contact our Chatelaine and take look around the Activities section of this website to learn more!