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As members of the SCA, we seek to study and recreate pre-17th-century civilizations. We do this by exploring the arts, sciences, traditions, and cultures of the many lands and peoples of the pre-1600 world in a hands-on manner.
We study dance, calligraphy, martial arts, cooking, metalwork, stained glass, costuming, literature, weaving, heraldry, … and the list continues! Chances are, if it existed before 1600 someone in the SCA does it and would love to help you learn how!
With so many opportunities to learn and try it can be a bit overwhelming at first. But don't worry! We know that it can be hard to decide where to start. After all, we were once new to the SCA ourselves! With this in mind, we've collected some suggestions for you below.
Join us for our weekly meeting! Meetings are typically held Thursday evenings beginning about 7:30pm. Since 2020 these have been held online via Zoom, although we may return to in-person soon.
Please see our Facebook group for more information on meeting dates/times/locations.
Meetings are an informal way to get together and discuss all aspects of SCA involvement. Introduce yourself and get to know our members!
Weekly meetings also often have small informal workshops.
Join the Facebook group for information on upcoming activities. Events, fencing, fighter practice, dancing, garb making, etc. Visit a workshop, dance practice, or marshaled activity to get a first hand look at what it's like. Most activities require little or no prior knowledge of the SCA, and provide "loaner" materials for newcomers to try the activity without cost or commitment.
(For the most up to date information on times and locations of current events within the shire, please contact one of our officers (see the Getting Involved page) or follow us on Facebook!)
for information on demonstrations and educational opportunities. Our group can help you to create a one of a kind educational experience involving many aspects of pre-17th-century life. From dress and daily life, to the arts and combat.
Visit SCA.org for more information. Find information on other SCA groups, activities, and events. This site can also help to answer those technical question on things such as membership, waivers, and the specific rules and regulations of certain activities.
Visit AEthelmearc.org for more information on our Sylvan Kingdom. Our Kingdom covers West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, and western New York. You can find information on Kingdom events, a newcomers guide, event planning assistance, and even award recommendation forms.