Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bzz Bzz Bzz Like A Busy Bee!

I haven't been posting much lately, but that's because this summer, especially with it coming to a close, has been pretty busy. In a few days, John leaves for his "summer vacation." John's a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) and he's leaving to go to a two-week event called Pennsic War. People from all over the world show up for the event. This year is the 40th annual Pennsic, so it's going to be bigger than usual to celebrate the anniversary. Usually he only goes for one week but this year, he's going for the full two weeks. It's time that he gets to spend with his father and his older brothers (one of whom he doesn't see very often).

The best description of the SCA I can give comes from their 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 feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.
While John's involved in medieval combat, I'm more interested in the arts and thrown weapons. I like working on caligraphy and John bought us a new set of throwing knives last year. I haven't had much time to practice either, but I need to for our Fall event called Hallowtide (I missed it last year, I'm not missing it this year).

Here are some pictures from last year's Pennsic War:

This is part of the royal court during Pennsic.
The Viking ship on its way to one of the many parties that go on during Pennsic.

This is just ONE SIDE of the battlefield, and the battlefield is only one large chunk of a MASSIVE campground where Pennsic War is held every year.

This was taken mid-battle. Some of the people standing on the sidelines are spectators while others are fighters who've been "killed". My boyfriend is somewhere in the mix -- his father was taking pictures for him.

Bonus: Last year at Hallowtide (our local event in October), John received an award from the King and Queen of our SCA Kingdom (Æthelmearc).

John (kneeling)

Well, I'm off to get more packed for the trip. Bzz bzz bzz!


  1. So are you going on the trip to, or is it boys week?

    Regardless, I hope everyone has fun!

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  3. It's usually just John that goes on the trip. I tend to stick to local, one-day events. I don't have enough garb of my own to cover even a one week period, and it costs a couple hundred dollars just for him to go. I'm fine with staying at home and nursing his bruises when he gets back. :)