photo contributed by SCA, from Barbarian
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Experience local medieval combat in its prime. The Shire of Ffynnon Gath, a branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), is hosting Jagermeister, beginning today. Fest runs August 28-30, located at the Seguin Outdoor Center. Visitors can experience firsthand or as an onlooker what medieval combat was really like. The Shire has about six competitions raging from light weapons (sword tourney), archery, and heavy weapons to other categories such as Braumeister (“bring your finest brewed beers, meads, wines, etc. to be judged), Ogreball (think rugby), and Handwerksmeister(an A&S competitions. For those daring enough to participate, a class will be conducted by Sir Kenneth on Combat Archery. Sign up deadline is August 27. Email autocrat, Baroness Janais L’orfevre Jan Van Zandt, if interested in participating. So what are the events like? This will be my first attendance, although I have participated in other events with SCA and the Texas State Medieval-Renaissance Society in the past. Site opens at 5 pm, August 28th through noon Sunday, August 30th. There are restricted access hours. See website for more details. The main events begin Saturday morning at 8 am. SCA encourage anyone who wishes to dress in period costume, although it is not required to attend. There is an entry fee if this is not your first SCA event, but if it is…the fee is waived. HOWEVER, SCA appreciates donations in order to provide the event every year. Last year was canceled due to a hurricane, so far this year looks bright and sunny. At 7:00 pm a presentation of Court will conclude the evening’s events. Newcomers can also attend small classes and round table discussions with topics ranging from “How to participate in court” to “…what you’re seeing on the tournament field.” And if you get hungry? Check out the Saracen Blade Tavern with a lunch menu and dinner menu. Merchants can also participate for no fee, SCA just requests a prize donation. So if you are not a newcomer, expect to pay $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, 5 and under free. Checks accepted. Minors must accompany an adult.
So what is this SCA? A really cool organization “dedicated to the study and recreation of the Medieval Ages before the year 1600 A.D. I was amazed by the elaborate costumes they wear, which are constructed by each fighter. They even make their own arrows. Other activities include composing songs, dance, brewing beer, mead, and wine, and tapestry weaving. Anything that was a basic function in Medieval society, SCA delves into head first. Most Sundays you can see them practicing in the San Marcos City Park, check website or contact for more info:
Site opens on Friday, August 28th at 5 P.M., gate will close at 2:00 A.M. and re-open on Saturday at 7:00 A.M. Gate will be moved from the entrance to the covered pavilion on site at 4:00 P.M. Saturday. Site closes at noon on Sunday, August the 30th.
8:00 A.M. Armor inspection starts for Light Weapons
9:00 A.M. Light Weapons Tournament starts
11:00 A.M. The Saracen Blade tavern opens for lunch
12:00 P.M. Sir Kenneth’s class on Combat Archery
1:00 P.M. The Target Archery Competition will start
Arts & Sciences competition will start
Silent Auction will open for bidding.
3:00 P.M. Heavy Weapons Armor Inspection starts
4:00 P.M. The Heavy Weapons Tournament will start
6:00 P.M. The Saracen Blade Tavern will open for dinner
Judging for the Arts & Sciences will start
The Brewing Competition will start
7:00 P.M. Court will start
The site is the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center
1865 US Highway 90 East
Seguin, Texas 78155