Society for Creative Anachronism
The Society for Creative Anachronism or SCA is a non-profit, educational group that re-creates the Western European Middle Ages in pre-1600 times. Instead of re-enacting specific historical events, members choose aspects of pre-1600 life to re-create through the use of a persona: a made-up character that could have lived in the Middle Ages.
People in the SCA study and re-create martial activities including armored combat, fencing, archery, siegecraft and more. Artisans research, create and teach music, poetry, cooking, singing, dancing, metalsmithing, tailoring, armoring, etc. Through the hard work of dozens to hundreds of volunteers, events are hosted all over the country every weekend.
The SCA encompasses all of the "Knowne World", twenty kingdoms across the globe. The Kingdom of Atlantia encompasses all of Maryland, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, South Carolina, most of Virginia and a small portion of Georgia. Atlantia is in turn divided into a number of local groups: Baronies, Shires, and Strongholds; and even further into Cantons and Colleges.