So this is your first SCA event?

What is the SCA?

The SCA is a 're-creation' organization where people attempt to research and re-create aspects of life in the middle ages, including food, crafts, tournaments and behavior. It's a full-immersion experience, but the amount of historical involvement varies from person to person. Most people have a 'persona', a medieval person that they are modelling themselves on; but this is more like living history than role playing. It's also a social group, where members socialize and have fun.

What shall I wear?

The SCA requires that participants at SCA events (that's you, and everyone else here) wear "some approximation of pre-17th century clothing" (aka 'garb'). That can be as simple as a tunic (a medieval T-shaped top) with appropriate pants or as elaborate as Queen Elizabeth's dresses. If you don't have appropriate 'garb', there is usually some you can borrow. Ask someone about 'Gold Key'. Medieval people didn't have pockets or the kind of backpacks and purses we do, so you may want to get or borrow a drawstring pouch or basket to put your stuff in. (Because crown-like headdresses, laurel or rose wreaths, and plain white belts/sashes indicate rank, avoid wearing them to avoid embarrassing mixups!)

People

Most people in the SCA are assumed to have 'noble' personas, which is why we call one another Lords and Ladies. Some people have earned special ranks by their skills and/or service. These people sometimes wear distinguishing accessories: knights or masters-at-arms (very skilled at combat) wear white belts or baldrics; Laurels (very good at an art or craft) wear laurel wreaths or medallions with laurel wreaths; Pelicans (exemplary service) wear images of Pelicans on medallions or clothes; other important people, including kings and queens, may wear wide coronets or crowns. (Here in the East Kingdom, anyone may wear a narrow circlet or headband.)
In addition, there are a number of special officers you may encounter: If you run into problems or questions, find someone who's not  TOO busy, tell them you are new, and ask.

Food

Many events have both a dayboard and a feast. The dayboard is often included in the price of the event, and is a more-or-less-light lunch.
The feast, which is served in the evening, is usually a large meal, often with multiple courses or removes, and it is served family-style. There is usually an additional cost for the feast and a limit on the number of people who can attend. The menu for the feast is generally posted at 'troll' (the entrance). If you have food allergies or are concerned about ingredients-- ask about the recipes. People are expected to bring their own 'feastgear' (cup, plate, bowl and eating utensils); Gold Key has some you may borrow. There will be facilities for washing-up afterward so you can take home or return things clean. Most people also bring tablecloths, napkins, and candles for their place setting. Be sure to introduce yourself to those you sit next to at the feast, and let them know it is your first event!

Activities

Some or all of these activities may be happening at this event. Ask around.

General Ettiquette:

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Chatelaine, Shire of Eisental, on the occasion of the Krakow Festivities, January 29
Contact: jahb@lehigh.edu or 610-432-2546