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Newcomers

Welcome to the Canton of Loch Gryffyn!

How To Get Started
You can contact either of our Hospitallers Orlaith (Kaythryn Hobbs) or Alexa (Keri Miller) from our Officers page.
The Hospitaller is the person who welcomes new participants into the SCA. They will introduce you to experienced members and teach you about our SCA and Kingdom traditions, customs and rules and helping you find your groove.
You should attend a meeting or fighter practice to see what we do. In the Canton of Loch Gryffyn, these meetings are casual and we don't usually dress in garb (medieval clothing) without notice. We will always have extra in case anyone needs it, just ask a hospitaller. Check out our Join Us page for info on our meeting and practice times/places. Most monthly meetings have a planned class or activity. See our Arts/Sciences page for a list of classes. Some people bring projects they are working on, while others just like to hang out and talk with friends. This is a good place to meet the people of the Canton in a casual setting. Our Hospitallers have a limited amount of garb and equipment available to be borrowed for events. Please contact them in advance, to ensure they have a size that would fit you or the equipment that you need. 

SCA Terms to Know
Garb
Medieval / Renaissance Clothing worn at events.
Period
Any point in time between the year 600 CE to 1600 CE, the time frame that the SCA operates within.
Persona
A character that might have lived in the SCA period that a member pretends to be at events; personas can be very simple or quite complex, it's up to the person.
Troll or Gate
The place when you check in at an event and fill out your NCR forms.
Reservations
The place at events where you pay any monies due and receive your site token. (It is required that everyone check in at ALL events)
Day Tripping
Not camping overnight, may or may not be eating feast.
HOLD!
Call of the Marshalls for everyone to stop. Failure to do so may result in someone being injured.
Feast
Dinner, usually served in the feast hall at events. There is a separate fee and space is limited. Dishes and utensils are not provided.

Courtesy in the Current Middle Ages
The SCA strives to reproduce and recreate the best aspects of the middle ages and renaissance, especially the ideals of courtesy, chivalry and personal honor. We address one another as "My Lord" or "My Lady." If someone holds a higher title they may gently correct you and tell you their title. When someone wearing a crown walks past, it's polite to bow your head or give a small curtsy. The King and Queen are addressed as "Your Majesty", the Prince and Princess as "Your Highness", and The Baron and Baroness as "Your Excellency". If you are unsure how to address someone, just ask. 

Choosing a Persona
You do not have to choose a persona right away. Attend a few events first, try out different garb and talk to all kinds of people. You may find something more interesting than you originally planned. Once you pick a name and people start calling you by it, it is challenging to change it as that is who we all met you as. One way to avoid this is to pick a first name that was common to several areas you are interested in, and decide on a last name at a later date. You cannot use the name of a real historical person or a fictional character, or a name that implies a relationship to either. You cannot use a title which has not been awarded to you within the SCA. A good web site to check out for ideas for and the rules of SCA name construction is the Medieval Names Archive.

Events
When many people think of the SCA, they think of people in medieval clothing, fighters battling, feasts and dancing. This is actually a pretty good description of an SCA event.
It is always a good idea to pre-register for an event, especially if you wish to have feast. For a list of up-coming events, check our Upcoming Events page.
What to bring with you to an event
If you have not pre-registered, you should bring enough money to cover the cost of the event. You might also want to bring extra money as there are often many merchants with various SCA items for sale.
Some feast prices include lunch and breakfast, others do not, check the event announcement/flyer/website to see if you need to bring lunch.
If you are planning to eat feast, you should bring feast gear consisting of a plate, a bowl, a cup, a fork (if you prefer), a spoon, and a knife. Many people bring candles, candle holders and tablecloths.
You should also bring your own drinks and snacks. Please check the site restrictions on alcohol. Drinks should be drunk from your cup, not original containers (no one likes to see a soda or beer can at an event).
A hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant are all good to bring with you. During the spring and fall, it is a good idea to dress in layers or bring a cloak for morning and evening wear when it gets cooler. During the hottest months, you might want to dress lightly during the day and bring a change of garb for the evening.

Garb
This is the most visible of all our activities and is the only requirement in the SCA. Everyone is asked to make an attempt at pre-1600 clothing. Your garb can be as simple as a "T" tunic or as elaborate as Elizabethan court garb. Please don't feel as though you have to be dressed perfectly. We understand that you may not have the knowledge or means to do a complete outfit. If you're not sure what to wear, ask someone. They will be more than willing to help.
Another misconception is that if you wear one style of clothing, you always have to dress that way. After attending several events, you will see that this is not true. Many people see a costume and think they might like it, but after wearing it to their first event they find that the clothes are too uncomfortable, too wieldy, or not flattering to your figure. You can also use commercial patterns or purchase your garb. PLEASE ask someone if you need help.
For ideas please see this Costume Page.

Children
Children are very welcome at events. There are often children's activities available throughout the day, BUT they are not a baby-sitting service and will not watch your child all day. Please keep an eye on your child and be aware of their location at all times (for safety reasons). Young children are often fascinated by the fighting and should be instructed to stay away from the lyst fields without your accompaniment. You should also teach them what "HOLD" means.
Children should be dressed in layers of clothing, using sturdy, washable fabrics. Simple "T" Tunics work well and can be worn over sweat pants or jeans in cooler weather and with or without shorts in warmer weather. You can check with the Hospitaller for loaner garb. Please take into account your child's eating habits and ability to sit through long meals at table when planning on eating feast.
Remember, children should follow the same rules of courtesy as adults.
Visit our Minister of Youth page for more details.


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