Right everyone, as promised here is the article as I have written it. Please copy/paste it onto your preferred word processing program and add/subract/change as you like. We'll pick through every version and make a final draft to send on o'er to SCA corporate for approval and then we'll submit it to the paper mmaky? Come to think of it...we prolly SHOULD send the final version on over to Darsktone given that they're our sponsoring group and all....
Be well all!
You may have seen us around at our fundraisers, heard about us from friends or our fliers, seen an encampment at the Lake Superior Renaissance Faire, or seen some people dressed in medieval clothes practicing sword fighting or working on our arts and crafts. Who are we? We are the Society for Creative Anachronism, or the SCA for short.
Up until now, the closest groups have been the Shire of Darkstone, hailing from Ashland WI, and the Shire of Mistig Waetru hailing from Houghton MI. However, thanks to the efforts of some very dedicated and enthusiastic local people, we are proud to say that Ironwood MI is now the home of a forming shire called Ketelblastr, and we invite you to join us in recreating the past and having fun in the way that only the SCA can provide!
What is the SCA? Well, for starters, it is not a renaissance group and is not affiliated with either the Lake Superior Renaissance Faire or the departed Upper Great Lakes faire, though both Ashland and Ironwood chapters do, respectively, volunteer and hold demos at the LSRF. Secondly, we are not affiliated with the Midwest Amateur Renaissance Society (MARS) as we are a completely different organization. Lastly, odd as we may seem, we are not a cult! The SCA is an international Not for Profit Organization with approximately 30,000 members and 60,000 participating people, and still growing with members ranging from newborn to Senior citizens!
The SCA's aim is recreating the middle ages "as they ought to have been" , mainly from pre 17th century Europe, though some of our personas study and recreate the traditions and arts from the orient! What the SCA offers is a hands-on experience of what it was like to live as a persona in medieval days, from the cultural mannerisms to culinary arts, leather and metal working to martial arts, archery to garb making and SO much more! We offer a chance to escape into a world where chivalry, honor, tradition and fun are a part of every gathering. We offer a getaway from the troubles and complexities of the modern world into the simplicity and richness of history long past. The SCA can be broken up into 3 main parts, Official, Martial, and Arts and Sciences. The Official part is what keeps every local chapter (or shire as they are commonly known), Kingdom, and the SCA organization itself running and is comprised of officers which hold meetings and marshal our practices. This aspect of the SCA teaches us responsibility and diplomacy. The Martial part comprises of Archery, Thrown Weapon Competitions, Rapier Combat and Heavy Armour Combat. Strict safety rules and Marshals who enforce all the rules and regulations set forth by the SCA and their Kingdoms ensure that even our youngest youth combatants are safe and have a great time. Either type of combat is a fantastic way to get a decent amount of exercise in and offers a unique sport that emphasizes honor, chivalry and a strive for personal excellence. The Arts and Sciences aspect of the SCA is what makes us truly unique. We not only study, but recreate as many aspects of days pre 17th century as we can. We research and recreate clothing which is sometimes made COMPLETELY from scratch, cook sumptuous feasts fit for the kings of yore. We make our own armour out of leather or metal for combat and make rich pennons that fly overhead at events. We play games long forgotten and drink of steaming mugs round a campfire, retelling the same sagas as Norse families so many centuries ago. Research is the core of this aspect of the SCA and through it, we learn new skills, enhance current ones, expand our knowledge and create things we can be proud of.
As Ketelblastr is still in its forming stages, we are most reliant on our current members and future members. And so we ask you, O'honorable reader to drop on by and see what we do with your families for a fun night out or join us and make our group all the richer with your energy and enthusiasm, with your physical prowess and chivalrous attitude, with your talents and knowledge, and most importantly, with your friendship. Join us on Saturdays from 4:00 to around 9:00 at Powdermill Resort (formerly Powdermill Creek resort). Please check our website to confirm that we are meeting the day you would like to stop in as we sometimes attend events thrown by neighboring shires or are else wise occupied.
For more info on the SCA, please visit www.SCA.org
For more info on Ketelblastr, please visit our Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ketelblastr/
Or call our group Seneschal JP at (906) 663-0096