The Shire of Avonwood is a local group of the Society of Creative Anachronism located in Southwest Minnesota in Marshall. We are are part of the Kingdom of Northshield. Northshield encompasses the states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, the upper peninsula of Michigan, and parts of Canada due north of those localities.
What is the SCA?
The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe and Asia. There are approximately 50,000 participants in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. There is even an SCA group in China!
Members of the SCA study and take part in a variety of activities, including combat, archery, equestrian activities, costuming, cooking, metalwork, woodworking, music, dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, and much more. If it was done in the Middle Ages or Renaissance, odds are you’ll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it.
What makes the SCA different from a Humanities 101 class is the active participation in the learning process. To learn about the clothing of the period, you research it, then sew and wear it yourself. To learn about combat, you put on armor (which you may have built yourself) and learn how to defeat your opponent. To learn brewing, you make (and sample!) your own wines, meads and beers. Check the links on the right for details on a wide range of activities you can do in the SCA.
You will frequently hear SCA participants describe the SCA as recreating the Middle Ages “as they ought to have been.” In some ways this is true – we choose to use indoor plumbing, heated halls, and sewing machines. In the dead of winter we have more to eat than King’s venison, salt pork and dried tubers. However, a better description is that we selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.
How to Get Involved
Anyone is welcome to join us. We meet most months at a rotating location on the 3rd Friday at 6:30 PM; check the Avonwood calendar for the next meeting. On weekends when no event is close by we hold craft days, dance practice, bardic circles, or armoring. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.