In a message dated 11/24/2002 9:09:13 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> So do I find out when my local group is having a meeting and just
> show up?
Yes, in the vast majority of cases. It's alos good to call someone
associated with the group, introduce yourself, and tell them what you would
like to attend. This can also be helpful in answering your second question:
> Do I dress?
That varies widely from local group to local group, and even from time to
time within the group. For instance, my local group now does not wear
medieval clothing for anything except actual events, but we used to request
medieval clothes for monthly business meetings. Unless the information about
the activity you want to attend specifically says whether you should wear
medieval clothes or not, your best bet is to check with someone in the group
- preferably the person listed as "chatelaine" or "hospitaler", whose SCA job
is to help newcomers with this sort of thing.
Also, there is a 12th night in January. What
> does "the site is wet" mean?
"The site is wet" means that the consumption of all sorts of alcohol is
allowed, of course with the understanding that getting drunk and disorderly
is frowned upon, and that mundane laws regarding legal age will be enforced.
This is why I don't like this shorthand wording. You'll also see "damp" or
"discreetly damp", which means that wine, beer, and mead are allowed, but not
hard liquor; the "discreet" part means not to leave recognizable bottles
laying around, keep the alcoholic beverage in something that doesn't make it
look like an alcoholic beverage - ie , drinking your beer out of a mug rather
than a bottle or can or putting your wine in a nice jug. The other one is
"dry", which means no alcohol.
> There seems to be alot of stuff coming
> up. Any help would be great. Also if I do dress, what do I wear?
Well, if you can either post the announcemnt of the event you want to go to,
or give use the wording of things that puzzle you, or a link, that would help
us be able to answer you.
The requirement for dress is for "an attempt at clothing from before 1600".
This means something that you have reason to believe a person would have worn
before that date. Some simple ideas are here:
and some things that are commonly understood but incorrect are here:
and a timeline showing different styles, and lots of different ideas, is
If you can't locate anything that looks like these, don't panic; most local
groups have either a selection of loaner clothing which you can borrow, or
people who are willing to loan their extra stuff to newcomers. This is
another good reason to contact your local group first.
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