Adventures in Societial Anachronism

Over Memorial Day Weekend we attended Potrero War with our SCA group The Beggar’s Inn. I’ve been attending SCA events over the past several years, and our camp has evolved and grown considerably each year. For those of you not in the know SCA stands for the Society for Creative Anachronism, and is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe. These large scale events, or wars, are hosted at large parks or camping areas and attract hundreds of visitors looking to escape their current realities and retreat into Renaissance and Middle Age life.

Our campsite, The Beggar’s Inn, has grown from a small, mostly period camp group of rapier fighters to become a welcoming hub for visitors and bards, whom we serve delicious beverages and welcome to share their music and talents. The Beggar’s Inn is an inclusive, relaxing hangout compared to the raucous fun of drum circle parties thrown in the evening hours of war by many other camps.

Aside from the activities happening at the Inn (bardic music, storytelling, tarot reading), SCA wars feature a ton of other period activities for participants to try including axe/blade throwing, archery, rapier fighting, armored combat, and classes in period arts. The majority of our household participates in rapier fighting, however Felix and I are typically found on the archery range. Newcomers are welcome, and training in all of the aforementioned sports is offered to anyone who is interested. Unfortunately, due to an injured shoulder I was unable to shoot my bow this trip, but next time I plan on competing against my husband!

SCA is an incredible organization, and if you are interested in joining check out the Newcomers Portal to learn how to get started and identify what Kingdom you belong to. If you’re in California and interested, please comment below with any questions. I’m happy to help you get started!

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