The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is a little out of time. The organization, which focuses on the Middle Ages, will take Fayetteville residents back in time with them on Sunday, May 18, from 1-4 p.m., at Lake Rim Park when it presents a medieval reenactment.  
    “We try to re-create arts and things that were done in the Middle Ages,” said Noel Gifford, member of the Society for Creative Anachronism and Fayetteville’s Canton of Attilliun chapter. “We are presenting this for the local people so they know what we are doing and what we are about.” {mosimage}
    There will be demonstrations of heavy armored combat, rapier fighting, Middle Eastern dancing and multiple arts and crafts. Costumers use luminous silks to create ladies’ gowns while the men in armor brave the heat of the forge to hammer plate steel into the fashions of war.  
    “We also demonstrate marshal arts,” said Gavin Mac Roberts, local chapter president of The Society for Creative Anachronism. “Before being allowed to participate in combat, SCA combatants go through a rigorous training regimen and safety authorization process.” 
    Mac Roberts added that the equipment is inspected before the start of the event and the combatants must maintain their skills through regular attendance at combat practice. Participants use real blades and wear protective clothing and masks.
    The nonprofit organization’s purpose is to research and recreate the arts and skills of pre-16th century Europe. Each member researches a particular time period learning what the people ate, clothing that was worn and other facets of the people’s way of life. In short, they delve into the culture of the period. Some members create a “persona” for themselves as someone who could have lived in a specific time and place. It is that persona they bring to demonstrations like the upcoming one.  
    The SCA has 100,000 diverse participants who live in 19 “kingdoms” across the globe, including participants in Maryland, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and a small portion of Georgia. These re-enactors use their knowledge of history to enrich the lives of others. Various events take place throughout the country.
    “We dress up in our costumes and demonstrate our art to the public,” said Gifford. “Some people sell the clothing that they make.”
    Gifford added that the members donate their time visiting local libraries and schools to help bring history alive for students.
    “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Mac Roberts. “We hope that people will be interested in learning about what we do.”
    Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information about the SCA, including how to join, call 988-8207.  
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