It is HOT, so I am heading off to the INDOOR summer Society for Creative Anachronism events here in Ansteorra, the premier of which is KINGS COLLEGE. Why am I excited to attend this event? Well, try out the CLASS SCHEDULE. For how little it costs me, an event like this packs a huge punch; *details at the bottom of the article.
Now, what is your interest?
There is an entire day of classes about ARCHERY.
There are TWO tracks (or more if you count the class on playing music for dancing) for DANCE. There is an entire track on CORALE for Renaissance music too. Carnatic Music from southern India gives a completely different experience.
FIBER ARTS: There are classes on embroidery, patterning a Persian coat, Barding for your dog (what does a well dressed dog wear in the middle ages?), hand sewing, Viking and early Medieval stitch types and the problem of finishing edges, seams and necklines, setting up an Inkle loom, simple T-tunics, How to make a St. Birgitta’s Cap, Skirt pleating for Renaissance skirts, and an introduction to Smocking.
GAMERS: there is a class about making and playing period games! Viking games anyone?
Calligraphy and Illumination: entire all day tracks of classes in this most lovely of arts. Classes cover historical ideals of colors, for they combined colors differently than do we today.
HISTORY: punishments and methods of execution during the period covered by the SCA.
FOOD: 14th century England: foods eaten by both royalty and the common people. Middle Eastern: hummus; spices used in Middle Eastern Cooking, storing fruit and some recipes for Ottoman cuisine.
FENCING: the art of the rapier, several classes to develop your skills.
HEAVY FIGHTING: you know, knights in armor with heavy weapons and helmets.
And this does NOT include everything.
I am eagerly awaiting the day. Next Year I shall teach a class!
*CONSIDERING ATTENDING? You will need a basic pre-16th century garment to wear; a basic T-tunic works and if you check out your local SCA group, the Gold Key, Hospitaler or Chatelain will have loaner tunics.
There is a gate fee, and a $5 add on if you are not a member of the SCA, but once that is paid to the troll at the gate, you are welcome to select classes at will. SOME classes have fees to cover the hand outs or material costs, but others have no charge at all. Arrive Early to sign up for the most popular classes before they fill up. Carry one and five dollar bills in your money pouch to cover those class fees. Most classes have no fee at all.