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!
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.
Spring and Summer Event Update
Melon Wars, Burlington IA, April 27
Melon Wars is a small event held every year in southeastern Iowa. 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 socializing and fighting to classes. There is a breakfast inn 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 is a limited amount of crash space in a large building. Other people just arrive on Saturday morning and stay for the day.
The fact that someone who doesn’t have camping equipment can come and find a place to sleep as well as the food they need, makes this an excellent starter event for people.
Event Cancelled due to site flooding – Unslung Heroes, Grain Valley MO May 4
Unslung Heroes is a yearly events held on the east side of Kansas City. The events has archery, fighting and occasionally classes.
This is for the most part a single day event, but they also generally allow people to camp if they wish to. In general 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.
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.
Melees & Mayhem, Topeka KS May 18th
Melees and Mayhem is a general camping event that is held every year in eastern Kansas. This year it is being held near Ozawkie KS. This event features camping, archery, heavy combat and Cut and Thrust combat.
More information about this event can be found on the flyer at https://calendar.calontir.org/events/Melees.pdf
Deodar’s Spring Arrows May 18th
Deodar is hosting an archery event on May 18 just south of Elkader, in northeast Iowa. This archery event features a somewhat unique set of walk through shoots in the wooded target ranges that many archers find fun and challenging. The site is very primitive and access may be challenging to some with mobility issues.
More information about this event can be found at:
Saint George and the Dragon
On May 11th and 12th the SCA group in Springfield MO is hosting their yearly events called Saint George and the Dragon. This is a typical SCA event with fighting, archery, camping and the other fun activities that has kept this event a staple of the Calontir calendar for many years.
More information will be available on the Kingdome website when it is published.
Memorial Day weekend
There are several events happening over the long weekend of Memorial Day.
Tournament of Valor- 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.
Another event happening Memorial Day weekend is the 50th Anniversary of the Kingdom of the Middle, the Next Kingdom over to the east. This is being held in Danville IN, and will be at the same wonderful site used to host the SCA 50th Anniversary event held in 2016. This event also features a lot of different activities and information can be found off the Kingdom of the Middle website.
We also know that Memorial Day weekend is also the prep weekend for many of our friends to get ready for the many other summer camping events, including Lilies.
Lilies war Smithville, MO June 8-16
We are all definitely getting excited for Lilies war. Lilies is a 10 day event held just north of Kansas City. It is one of the largest events of the year in the area and has many unique features.
There are classes on a wide variety of topics every day of the event, including the lampworking tent that features many of our artisans from Iowa. The classes feature information for all different knowledge and skill levels and there is always something new to learn.
There are many Archery and Thrown Weapons activities every day of the war, including assistance for beginners.
Fighting at the war includes Heavy fighting and Cut and Thrust fighting.
There are also many other opportunities to learn at the informal social gatherings and Arts and Science socials that happen through the war.
But Lilies can be a challenge to attend if you are brand new to the SCA. If you are new and want to talk about what it takes to be ready to attend an event like Lilies, just ask one of your local members or ask us on here.
More information can be found at the lilies website http://lilieswar.org/
Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium, Des Moines IA, July 6
Known World Symposia are multi-kingdom events held around the country that bring many of the most experienced SCA members on specific topic together for a day of classes and learning. These are often single day events where people arrive in the morning, look at the displays and talk to people during the day, attend classes and panels on various topics, generally attend court and then leave site in the late afternoon.
This is one of the rare Known World events held in Iowa. It will include additional time to socialize on friday and saturday evenings. You do not need to be an elite scribe or herald to attend this event. New members are welcome and encouraged to show up and geek out about all things scribal and heraldic.
CalonCon – Kansas City MO, June 29
CalonCon is a daylong business meeting and training for group officers. This event is generally not attended by regular populace members, however anyone is welcome to attend if they wish. It is especially useful for people who are thinking about volunteering to become group officers.
This is a single day event where people arrive in the morning, and attend meetings all day. Meetings like this are very important in order to keep a large nonprofit organization like the SCA going, but it probably isn’t what a lot of people think of as fun.
Summer Coronation, St, Joseph MO, July 13
Coronations are held twice each year. They are the events where the current King and Queen step down and the current prince and princess are crowned to become the new king and queen to serve for six months.
These events tent 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 single day event where people arrive in the morning, attend the morning court, take classes, look at the displays and talk to people during the day, attend afternoon 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.
Warriors and Warlords – July
Warriors and Warlords is a smaller sized foreign war (a multi-day event often bringing more than one kingdom together. It is held in Wisconsin every year. This is a good sized events that has many classes and competitions as well as fighting, thrown weapons and much more.
This can be a fun event, but unlike many of the smaller local events, there are certain items of logistics that mean you might not want to try it on your own.
If you are interested in attending a foreign war, then talk to one of our members. We can help set you up with a list of items you need to work on and help you to establish a realistic timeline so that you can get to the events you want to but also keep the fun in your hobby.