I am an active member in the Society of Creative Anachronisms, and I’ve been “playing” with my family in the middle ages for the last three years. Due to my situation in life at this time, I haven’t been as dedicated to certain aspects of it as I did in the beginning. Being busy with school mostly, has put many aspects of my life on the back burner, but has I near graduation, I’m trying to add parts of those aspects back in little by little.
While I still do local events in our barony of Naevehjem, I’ve always been one to help set up tents and assist where I can to get the day’s activities going. Besides our March Melee, Baronial Barbecue, and our anniversary Frost Dragon, our first out of town event was Great Western War of 2015. I enjoyed seeing the various people in their garb, and going out to the fields to watch the mock battles that take place. The best part is seeing the fellowship and great bonds that are formed over this little hobby.
When we joined, my wife ended up becoming the Youth Point officer and has done a tremendous job within the SCA. I started out as a field herald, as I like to talk in front of people. I enjoyed this for a while but wanted to turn my attention to other things. One of those things was the baronial web right. That means that I would be in charge of the online portion of running the barony for the kingdom of Caid(Ki-eed). I took the position as something that I wanted to learn and add to my marketable skill set. I’ve been slowly doing so, and I will hope to get the update completed soon.
My wife’s gained a reputation as youth officer, and last year she was asked to do Youth Point for our neighboring Barony Dun Or, so that was the second official Kingdom out of town event we started going too. She’s now done the job twice for them. This year we took our travels and went to Collegium. Yesterday was fun, with the classes we decided to take, and she had a class to teach as well. We were introduced to the art of rapier, also known as fencing. We enjoyed taking that class together, and then I had gone off with her to watch her teach her class about bringing special needs children to events. While the class had just a few people from our barony, I was proud that she went through the process of teaching a class. This is a big step from when we first got married and she was shy around people.
After her class, we went to a youth class about a newer program to get youth and families to participate together. She sat down with the teacher who had been our kingdom youth officer at one time, and I was looking over the program, and talking to the teacher’s wife. They are good people, and the conversation was nice. After looking at this program, I want to help teach and learn with my own kids about this stuff, and I think we’ll get a good amount of bonding time with in our family and our SCA family while learning to better our hobby.
I want to go back and take more classes next year, and I was glad to be able to end the day with a good dinner with our friends from the barony and also have our baron and baroness partake in good food and conversation with us.