Welcome!

History isn’t just something in a boring book. It’s how we got here. The long and winding path humanity walked down that led us to right now. If you’ve ever been curious about the Middle Ages or the Renaissance, ever wondered what it was like to live during that time, ever dreamed of knights, kings, queens, and noble deeds…then you might just belong with us. We are the Society for Creative Anachronism, and we make history come alive. The SCA is an international organization devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, and culture. We don’t just dress up and call each other “milord” and “milady.” We spend our weekends living in a shared world where chivalry, honor, and the pageantry of royalty are real things you can see and touch and experience for yourself. We do combat, we dance, we sing, we create art, we serve; we build a little refuge from the stresses and conflicts of the modern era based on nobility, honor, and respect for one another. Rank and titles in the SCA are earned entirely within the Society, not granted based on who you are in the modern world. If this sounds like a place you might want to be, come and check us out.

The SCA is divided into regional groups we call “kingdoms,” each led by Royal Sovereigns who have achieved those titles through their own merit. Iowa (except for the Quad Cities area), Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and the Fayatteville area of Arkansas comprise the Kingdom of Calontir. Within Calontir there are a number of local groups such as baronies, shires, and cantons. Iowa itself supports a Barony in Des Moines, a Canton in the Ames area, and a number of Shires around the state. For a weekend event near you, browse the Kingdom Calendar. We’re excited that you’re interested in the SCA, and we can’t wait to meet you at an event. As Shakespeare wrote, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” You may be a Peer of the Realm or even of Royal Blood: join us and find your own path to destiny!

Upcoming Events

There are many activities and events hosted by the local chapters of the Society for Creative Anachronism in Iowa and the local region in the next few months.  New members are always welcome at events and meetings around the state.

 

Local Meetings, Classes and Fighter Practices

Local meetings are held around the state hosted by the various local chapters of the SCA.  These are open to the public and guests are welcome to check out and attend our meetings to learn more about our hobby.

You are not required to wear historic costumes at our local meetings even when our members do.  It is generally advised to attend a fighter practice or archery practice to learn about the requirements to participate before joining in.  But our fighter and archery marshals are always ready to welcome more members

To find out where your closest local meeting is just contact us for more information and we can put you in contact with the group.

Summer Event Update 2019

Kingdom Arts and Sciences

July 20th – Springfield Mo

Kingdom Arts and Sciences is one of the two Arts and Science based kingdom level events held each year.  The format is much like that of a school science fair, where entrant’s bring displays of their projects to show and talk about.  These make for excellent events to check out all of the different things that people are working on around the Kingdom.  

There is also an A&S championship competition held at this event to determine the A&S kingdom champion.

This is a single day event where people arrive in the morning, look at the displays and talk to people during the day, generally attend court and then leave site in the late afternoon. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need. 

Feast of Eagles

– July 27th – West side of Kansas City

Feast of Eagles is a yearly events held on the west side of Kansas City.  The events has fighting, classes and a good chance to mingle with friends.

This is a single day event. In general people arrive in the morning, look at the displays, participate in activities, talk to people during the day, generally attend court if it is held, and then leave site in the late afternoon. 

This can be a long drive for members of the SCA in Iowa, but there are also many fun things to do in Kansas City if you want to make a weekend of it.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need. 

Pennsic War

July 26- Aug 11 Slippery Rock Pennsylvania,

Pennsic war is traditionally the largest SCA event held every year.  Running for 2 weeks in Pennsylvania, the large private camp groups caters to the SCA and even has a wooden palisade in the battlefield for the fighters to battle around.  There are many activities like dances, classes, archery, fighting and much more.

However it can be an intimidating event even for long time participants in the SCA.

We strongly advise members to attend several other SCA events locally before thinking about attending Pennsic, Gulf Wars or any other major out of kingdom events.  If you have other questions, please feel free to ask.

Heralds Hill Event,

Aug 17 Mason City IA,

 

The Heralds Hill event has been traditionally held every year just outside Charles City Iowa is a perfect event for a newer member to the SCA to come and explore.  This year the venue has changed to Mason City due to the storm damage suffered by the traditional site.

This year it will be a single day event with many activities and Arts and Science items to learn about.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need. 

Cattle Raids,

Aug 24  Lincoln NE,

 Cattle Raids is held every year a little ways away from Omaha NE.  It is a perfect event for a newer member to the SCA to come and explore.  

This is one of the standard type of SCA events where activities ranging from archery, fighting and classes as well as equestrian activities. There is a lunch Inn and an evening feast.  This is a normal 3 day event (Friday evening, Saturday and leave Sunday morning.) Camping is available and there is plenty of socializing space in a large, air conditioned building. The site is easy to get to just a little ways off of I80.  

https://calontir.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Cattle-Raids-2019.pdf

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need. 

Tournament of Valor-  

Wichita KS – Labor Day Weekend

The Tournament of Valor was rescheduled for over Labor Day weekend.  Valor is one of the longest running events held in the Kingdom of Calontir.  It is also held in Wichita KS, so not many SCA members from Iowa go to this event often.  It features heavy fighting, Cut and Thrust fighting, equestrian activities, thrown weapons and archery and Arts and Science classes.  More information can be found off the link on the Kingdom calendar page.

King’s Company of Archers 

September 7-8th Smithville, MO

King’s Company of Archers is an archery centered events held every year in Calontir.   It is a normal 3 day event (Friday evening, Saturday and leave Sunday morning,) and most people camp at it.  This is a major archery event for the kingdom and many of the best archers gather together for this event.  

Masters of the Duel

September 14th  Hallsville MO

Ansteorra 40th Year Celebration

Sept 19-22, Cleveland OK

This one off event is being held to celebrate one of our neighboring kingdoms to the south.  Ansteorra will be celebrating 40 years as an SCA kingdom and the large event will feature many activities and classes. 

Due to the driving distance, very few Iowa members of the SCA will be attending, but some will likely make the trek down.

Vertigo –

Sept 28 – St, Joseph MO

There are several events held in neighboring states that are easy for some members of SCA Iowa to get to and participate with.

One such event is a long running event held in St, Joseph MO on September 28th.  

This is one of the standard type of SCA events where activities ranging from archery, fighting and classes can be found as well as a lunch Inn and an evening feast.  This is a normal 3 day event (Friday evening, Saturday and leave Sunday morning.) Camping is available and there are a limited number of cabins for rent. 

Autumn Arrows

OCT 5th Rolla, MO 

Autumn Arrows is a bit of a drive for new members from Iowa to participate in, but it is a large archery centered event held every year.  This is a normal 3 day event (Friday evening, Saturday and leave Sunday morning,) and camping space is available.

More information can be found at http://www.shireofcalanaisnuadh.org/autumnarrows/ 

 

Regional Fighter Practice Held by the Des Moines and Omaha groups

October 5th

Fall Crown Tournament – ,

October 11-14  Smithville Lake, Smithville MO

Once every 6 months a tournament is held in the kingdom to decide on the next King and Queen of Calontir.  The best fighters in the Kingdom gather together and participate in a grand tournament and the winner will become the prince or princess by right of arms with their consort becoming the prince or princess.

These events tend to be grand shows of ceremony and display.  People will commonly wear their nicer historic costumes and bring items of heraldic display.

This is a special, multi-day crown tournament being held at the same site as Lilies War. 

Ribbon Tourney,

October 19th, Omaha, NE,

Special Event – Axed Root Event-

November 1-3rd,  Ames Iowa

Toys for Tots –

Nov 16, Jefferson City, MO 

Toys for Tots is a yearly events held near Jefferson City, MO, that includes a large charitable collection of toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Toy drive.  People are encouraged to bring toy donations for the dive.  The event is mostly a fighting event.

This is for the most part a single day event.  In general people arrive in the morning, Watch the fighting and then leave site in the late afternoon. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need.

And Much More to Come