Thursday, April 5, 2007

Research Junkie

I have always been interested in history. In fact, a few of my friends said that it didn’t surprise them in the least when they had heard I had joined a "living history" group.

It's a wonderful feeling being able to dress in clothing from the different time periods, developing a persona, and interacting with people doing the same thing. It is not uncommon to see a Viking standing next to a Tudor lady or even a samurai standing next to a Persian. This is the exciting thing about the Society for Creative Anachronism. Not only can you learn about different time periods, but you can learn about different cultures from those time periods.

A persona is a character that you create to be when you are in attendance at events (gatherings). Mine is from "Viking era" Dublin, in Ireland.

Even though I study this time period specifically, it is not the only time period I study. I have been accused of being a research junkie, so I will research almost any topic relating to the Society's time periods.

I would like to start posting some of the research and information that I have come across over the years. If you think of a subject that you would like to see some information on here, send me a comment. If you see something here that you have more information on, send a comment. I would love to hear from everyone.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Hobbies

Hobbies are a good way to spend time. They can be quiet (such as painting or puzzle solving), noisy (playing music), physical (i.e., tae kwon do, airsoft), educational (reading), and some can be all of the above such as living history re-enactment or recreation. No matter what your hobby, you do it because there is an element of pleasure and fun involved.

My particular hobby deals with re-creating the Middle Ages "as they should have been." I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

To better explain what we do, I am including a quote directly from the Society's website:


"The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which may feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more. Our "royalty" hold courts at which they recognize and honor members for their contributions to the group."

There is more information to be had at their website, including information about local groups that might be close to you.

For me, I enjoy researching, studying and trying to recreate the arts and sciences of these time periods (i.e., weaving, sewing, cooking, etc.). The best part, however, is when I get together with groups of other people who are interested in the same things. We can swap information and learn from each other, as well as, just socialize.

NOTE: These comments and opinions are expressly those of the author and in no way to be construed as official or unofficial opinions of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.