New SCAdian from Northern Michigan
- A couple years ago, the SCA was suggested to me for something to
entertain my love for medieval history. However, due to college and
other priorities, I never got around to joining.
About two weeks ago, I decided to start researching the SCA and I
even got around to joining. I love everything I've heard. It seems
like a great hobby. However, I've run into some problems along the
First, I was unable to find my kingdom. Just so you know, I live in
the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The SCA web site said that I
belonged to Northshield; however, after speaking to Eliane the
Chatelaine, I found out that they don't really cover the Eastern side
of the U.P., as there are no groups here. So, I checked with the
Middle Kingdom and they only cover the lower peninsula of Michigan.
However, I did get that cleared up (mostly), because I was assigned
to Northshield when I joined.
Second, I went searching for a group to join and learn from, but the
closest ones are four+ hours away (Marquette/Houghton/Ann Arbor). I
heard that there's one in Petoskey, MI (Middle Kingdom), but the name
I was given shows up online as Traverse City and has no web link.
Even Canada is a bit of a drive for weekly meetings that only last a
couple hours. Of course, I'm willing to drive for weekend or day
events. I would like to eventually start some sort of group here to
have people to learn with and car pool to events with. I sent an
email to the Northshield Chatelaine about it, because she said she
could give me info on it or hook me up with the right person to talk
to, but I think she's been pretty busy as she hasn't replied. So,
does anyone have advice on starting a new group? Can I advertise for
interested people in the newspaper? I wouldn't use any art, but I
would use the SCA name. Do you know any of the other rules for
starting a group or a good web site?
Third, I automatically knew I wanted an Irish persona. It's my
heritage (typical argument) and I love the Irish Gaelic language. I
wanted the name Brighid due to the Goddess Brighid or Brig being the
Goddess of blacksmithing (I was once an apprentice) and her rumored
link to the Tuatha de Danaan(a group of people I'm very interested
in). However, now I'm questioning it as there seem to be many women
with this name. Is it a common name?
I think I'll stop there as I've already written so much. Any words of
wisdom would be great!
- evilbob8 wrote:
> Third, I automatically knew I wanted an Irish persona. It's myhttp://www.s-gabriel.org/
> heritage (typical argument) and I love the Irish Gaelic language. I
> wanted the name Brighid due to the Goddess Brighid or Brig being the
> Goddess of blacksmithing (I was once an apprentice) and her rumored
> link to the Tuatha de Danaan(a group of people I'm very interested
> in). However, now I'm questioning it as there seem to be many women
> with this name. Is it a common name?
One of my favorite websites for finding or creating a name. They do have
a consulting service of sorts, but I know it's usually backed up
somewhere around 3 months. The articles, however, I've found very useful.
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