Welcome to Altavia
Due to the rise in Covid, we’ve decided to have people bring their own food instead of having a potluck at this year’s Yule.
The Barony of Altavia is a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts, skills, and traditions of pre-17th-century Europe. The Barony of Altavia includes the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Malibu, and is part of the Kingdom of Caid which includes Southern California, Greater Las Vegas Area, and Hawaii.
Members of the SCA study and take part in a variety of activities, including combat, archery, equestrian activities, costuming, cooking, metalwork, woodworking, music, dance, calligraphy, fiber arts, and much more. If it was done in the Middle Ages or Renaissance, odds are you’ll find someone in the SCA interested in recreating it. What makes the SCA different from a Humanities 101 class is the active participation in the learning process. To learn about the clothing of the period, you research it, then sew and wear it yourself. To learn about combat, you put on armor (which you may have built yourself) and learn how to defeat your opponent. To learn brewing, you make (and sample!) your own wines, meads and beers. You will frequently hear SCA participants describe the SCA as recreating the Middle Ages “as they ought to have been.” In some ways this is true – we choose to use indoor plumbing, heated halls, and sewing machines. In the dead of winter we have more to eat than King’s venison, salt pork and dried tubers. However, a better description is that we selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.
Altavia News From Their Excellencies
Greetings from the Baron and Baroness! We had a busy month and the next one seems to be even more packed with fun.
Angel’s Anniversary was the first event after our last meeting and it was a smash. We loved the fact that our dragonwing was packed with Altavians and guests. It warms our hearts to see so many of us out and having fun together. Thank you all who attended, especially the ones who helped with the schlepping and dragon wing set up and tear down.
Of course the big shindig for the month was Great Western War. We had such a great time. The camp was packed and the people were splendid. We had plenty of firewood and great bardic entertainment. Thank you all who worked the gate shift with us on Wednesday and for volunteering elsewhere the entire war. A special thank you to Lady Sastine for decorating the camp so well for the Trick-or-Treaters. It was so Halloweeny! We were represented wonderfully on both battlefields as well as the archery and thrown weapons ranges. Sunday night, Altavia was the place to be as well. You are all to thank for Altavia’s hospitality. Altavia, Rocks!!
Caid Rapier, Archery and Thrown weapons opens were held next and Altavians once again turned some heads. Even though we were not hosting either event, Altavians jumped in and helped run the events and Altavians were a force to be reckoned with in all the competitions. Thank you for being such splendid people!!
Agincourt and Feast are coming up this week. Many of us have been working hard organizing both events and We know they will be terrific! Thank you all who attended the meetings and helped out with ideas and input.
Finally, Yule is just around the corner and we will need many volunteers to put on a great party!
You make us look good!
Baron Nikolaos Phaistos
Baroness Briana MacCabe