Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Syracuse Society Recaptures the Renaissance

NCC Lifestyle Reporter Jessica Nahmias

Medieval combatants storm Syracuse city parks as they recreate the Renaissance.

Syracuse, N.Y.-- Members of this ancient association hail from a place that they call the Barony of Delftwood. In modern day terms, this means Syracuse and it's surrounding areas.

These people are part of a group called the SCA, short for the Society for Creative Anachronism, that aims to re-create European life before the 17th century. This means sword-play, fencing, archery and other, less violent, pursuits like theater and jewelry making.

The Syracuse SCA meets once a week with weapons in hand to practice combat techniques and incorporate a bit of the Middle Ages into their 21th century lives.

They even take on new names like Anastasie deLamoure and Olafr Thorvardarson to fit their ancient alter-egos.

Nearly 100 people belong to this particular SCA chapter but worldwide membership has grown to a whopping 26,000 since the society’s creation in 1968.

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