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Recent Past Events

Update: June 2020 – Do to the cancellation of many events this spring and summer, there have not been recent events. Some of the events from 2019 will be left on this page to reflect the events held in more normal times.

Twelfth Night – Omaha, NE – Jan. 5, 2019

After the family gatherings are done and the New Year is rung in, Twelfth Night is a good SCA event to start off your year.  It is held in Omaha, NE, so it is an easy drive for many of the SCA members in Iowa.  Held at Westside Community Schools Community Conference Center, it is a one day event featuring fighting, meetings, court and other activities.  There are often merchants and Arts and Science competitions. 

For more information follow the link on the Kingdom calendar or go here – https://lonelytower.org/event/twelfth-night-2019/

Winter Coronation – Wichita, KS – Jan. 12, 2019

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. This coronation is a very long drive for many of our SCA Iowa members.

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.

Some of the Members of the SCA in Iowawill instead be at the public library in Cedar Rapids at a recruitmentopportunity and Demo.  Feel free to comeand talk to us at the Library and learn more about the SCA.  

Winter War Maneuvers – Lincoln, NE – Jan. 26, 2019

Winter War Maneuvers is held each year near Lincoln NE to provide fighters a chance to practice large group fighting during the cold months of winter.

This is a single day event where peoplearrive in the morning, fight during the day and then leave site in the lateafternoon. If you have any other questions, feel free toask us and we can try to find you the information you need.

Clothiers Seminar – Kansas City, MO – Feb. 2, 2019

Clothiers Seminar is a symposium with classes running all day covering various topics of clothing and costuming. These classes can cover all ranges of skill, cultures and time periods.  Some of the classes may be lecture based others could be hands on projects.  Most of the classes have no fee to attend beyond the site fee (about $15 for non-members.)

There is a lunch inn followed by a parade of historic costumes.

This is a single day event where people arrive in the morning, take classes, 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, feelfree to ask us and we can try to find you the information you need.

Queen’s Prize Tournament – St. Joseph, MO – Feb. 9, 2019

Castle Bridge Event Center, 8403 B Highway 59 South, Saint Joseph, MO 64504

Queens Prize Tournament is one of the big opportunities for the people in our Kingdom to show off the things they make and do.  The easiest way to explain it to new members is that it is like an old style science fair where people can display and talk about their latest projects.  This means people can walk around and talk to different people working on different things.  you can see what they are doing, learn about different areas of the Arts and Sciences being explored in the Kingdom and talk directly to the people doing the exploring.

You will see entries made by people of all ages and all skill levels.  Many members of the SCA in Iowa will participate and many more will travel the short distance down to Saint Joseph, MO to see all the different things people come up with.  Queens Prize is a great first event for new members who like to learn about history by making and doing. If you would like to learn more about attending Queens Prize, ask your local group members or contact us on here.

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:

https://calendar.calontir.org/events/MewsFlyerforSpringArrows2019.pdf

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.