Welcome to Altavia
A Letter of Intent for Altavia’s Heirs has been received
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 good nobles of Altavia. We don’t want to bury the lead, so a great big congratulations to our new Prince and Princess. Sir Optimus won the crown tourney for his consort Lady Issa this past Saturday in a wet and humid tourney. We welcome the new leadership with open arms and look forward to the coming days of Their reign. On a more local note, our own the Honorable Lord Griffith fought most chivalrously and pretty well for the Honorable Lady Amabel. We had many other Altavians offering their service to the day as well. We saw Baroness Meleora and Don Nathaniel Herald the fighters, and Baroness Tezar run the lists. The Baronial Dragonwing was set up and packed up in no time with Baroness Cassandra at the helm. There were many more Altavians helping that day, and we thank you all.
Now let us comment on the heated events of August. The temperature was up, and so was the fun… Well, since we had our last council meeting on the 23rd there has only been one big event. Highland War was hot, hot, hot! Not too many Altavians went to war this year, but I believe His Lordship Griffith did day trip and got in some fighting before everyone melted. The Baroness and I could not attend, and we are sorry we missed it.
Looking forward, tonight’s baronial council meeting will feature our prospective baronial heirs. They will give us some of their ideas for the future and allow us to ask some well meaning questions. We encourage as many people to participate as possible.
Also, we will be having a Guildhall night on Thursday the 15th. This time, we will be in garb to try and entice some new recruits. It is always a lot of fun, and we encourage as many Altavians as possible to join us.
Great Western War is less than a month away and we welcome any and all Altavians to our baronial camp. This year’s theme is Halloween and Lady Saystine will be decorating the camp with ghoulish delight. She will need help though, so anyone who can bring Halloween decorations to war, please do. Help make Altavia the scariest, fun camp at the war. The Baroness has set a gate shift for us on Wednesday evening and it is always a blast. Come early to war and help the barony out.
After the war is over, we will be hosting our Agincourt Archery and Thrown Weapons tourney on October 23rd as well as our Agincourt feast. Come out, shoot and throw for our championship, and feast the day with us in the evening. Please look out for our Agincourt and Feast Facebook pages and sign up for feast early so we can get a good idea on how much food to prepare.
Looking into the not so distant future, Altavia/Angels Yule is right around the corner and we will need plenty of help with that. If you are interested in volunteering, please talk to us or the Seneschal soon.
Thank you all for being such wonderful people.
Yours in service,
Baron Nikolaos Phaistos
Baroness Briana MacCabe