Posted by: coolerbecky | June 11, 2009

Things to do on a Thursday Evening… Kick Butt

Alone and bored this Thursday? Why not check out this handy dandy guide to random stuff that you (yes you!) can do on a Thursday evening with the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA)!

Every Thursday evening, the SCA holds their Baronial Fighter Practices at St Peter’s Town Hall from 7.30 PM. It’s a good way to get a nice workout, improve your reflexes and strengthen your core muscles. There’s a fairly good mix of people in various skills and the tutoring is fairly top-notch. This isn’t your regular Olympic Fencing – these lessons cover all sorts of different medieval fencing styles. You’ll be using both hands to practise with and will be using a variety of different weapon combinations – sword and dagger, sword and buckler, cloak and dagger… It won’t be long before you’re swashbuckling like Errol Flynn! (Actual swashbuckling not guaranteed as you actually need to practice.)

If you’re a little more ladylike, you might want to try out the Baronial Arts and Sciences, also held at St Peter’s Town Hall. There, you can learn about and try your hand at all sorts of different, softer medieval arts such as sewing, quilling, embroidery, cooking… There’s even a choral practise for those interested in singing madrigals. The people there are friendly, helpful and more than willing to share their interests and skills with you.

So if you’re tired of late-night shopping and want to expand your mind (and some of your skills), check out the SCA! They don’t bite… much.

The Society of Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe. It was started over 40 years ago by some rather bored people in San Francisco who decided to hold a parade against the 20th century. Since then, it’s grown to become a rather large International Organisation with “Kingdoms” all over the place. You can find out more about it at http://www.sca.org/

The Barony of Rowany is the immediate SCA group for the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area. The Barony holds regular sessions for the sharing of medieval skills and also have the occasional dinner and festival. You can find out more about the Barony of Rowany at http://rowany.sca.org.au/index.html.

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