On behalf of Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and the populace I bid you welcome to the fair Kingdom of Atlantia!
My name is Mistress Mary Isabel of Heatherstone, but I often just use the medieval nickname “Molly”. I am the Chatelain for the Kingdom of Atlantia, which means that it is my job to welcome newcomers and help them get started in the SCA. Please feel free to email me, and I will do my best to answer any questions you might have about getting started. I will also direct you to a local chatelain who can help you connect with people in your area.
What is the SCA?
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a non-profit, educational group that re-creates the Western European Middle Ages in pre-1600 times. We say "re-create" because instead of re-enacting specific historical events, we choose aspects of pre-1600 life to re-create through the use of a "persona": a character that we create that could have lived in the Middle Ages.
People in the SCA study and re-create martial activities including armored combat, fencing, archery, siege weapons and more. Our artisans research, create and teach music, poetry, cooking, singing, dancing, metalsmithing, tailoring, armoring, etc. Through the hard work of dozens and even hundreds of volunteers, we host events all over the country every weekend.
The SCA encompasses all of the "Knowne World", twenty Kingdoms across the globe. The Kingdom of Atlantia encompasses all of Maryland, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, most of Virginia and a small portion of Georgia. Atlantia is in turn divided into a number of local groups: Baronies, Shires, and Strongholds; and even futher into Cantons and Colleges.
The first step is to find your local group. Next, contact your local chatelain or email me. Your local Chatelain will help you discover all the opportunities to get involved in your area, assist you with information and garb for your first event, and introduce you to people who share your interests.
Then, go to an event and see what interests you. A calendar of events happening around the Kingdom can be found here. Don't worry about not having all the "right" clothes or understanding everything. Just meet people and talk. Ask questions about what you see and things that interest you. Most people are willing to share.
Also, take a look at the treasure trove of information located here.
If you need more help or have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, or call me at (301) 872-0030 (until 9 PM)
Mistress Mary Isabel of Heatherstone
48871 Trapp Road
Saint Inigoes, MD 20684