Yup, I'm a SCAdian. I'm in the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn. Technically part of Aethelmearc, but, well...Myrkfaelinn is a really old group and the reason charters now have to be written in English. Loooong ago the folks at Cornell decided to start an SCA group based on Icelandic/Scandinavian culture. So they sent their charter in written in old Icelandic. The board assumed a few things, didn't translate the charter, and approved it.
Well, at the time Myrkfaelinn was part of the East Kingdom and in true period Icelandic style the charter swore allegiance to the actual King of the East (as a "nice guy who gives us pretty plunder"), rather than to the Kingdom. So when that particular king stepped down Myrkfaelinn was not beholden to the next king. It's caused a few problems with the SCA admins over the years but it's a valid legal document, a valid historical practice, and one great story when dragged out over a campfire!
We'll have to get together at war next year!
|Is SCA anyhting like Rennisance faire?
Sort of, but not exactly. You can learn more about the SCA at http://www.sca.org/
and about Pennsic (the biggest annual event) at http://www.pennsic.net
. The main difference between the SCA and a Ren Faire is that the SCA is totally participatory while a Ren Faire is a spectator event.
Although some SCA events are designed to show off what we do/who we are, most SCA events assume that everyone will participate. Everyone will wear their best attempt at period costume (most groups have a selection of "loaner garb" for people who don't have their own), behave in an appropriate manner, and participate in period activities. At a Ren Faire, some people are paid to entertain others, full participation by "guests" is encouraged but not expected, and a lot of the activity is "staged". For example, in the SCA if there are two knights fighting the winner is not known in advance. At a Ren Faire you can bet the fellow in the shiny black armor with the name "Sir Sneaky" is gonna lose!
If you like Ren faires though, check to see if there is an SCA group near you. They often meet weekly or monthly and I've found the SCA in general to be VERY pagan friendly.