Medieval reenactment group holds event at MU

Saturday, June 30, 2012 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 10:39 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Kingdom of Calontir, a regional branch of Society for Creative Anachronism, had more than 100 members present for an event Saturday at Peace Park.

COLUMBIA — The sound of staffs clashing against armor was heard Saturday in Peace Park as members of the Society for Creative Anachronism gathered to recreate the Middle Ages. 

The Kingdom of Calontir, a regional branch of the international organization, had more than 100 members present for the event at MU.

SCA is an international medieval reenactment groups that tries to research and recreate the lifestyles and arts of Europe from 600 A.D. to 1600 A.D.

Some practiced their fighting skills for the upcoming Pennsic War in Pennsylvania. Pennsic is one of the society's largest events in North America.

"We're helping some of our fighters gear up for it," event steward Megan Dittmann said.

Each member of SCA chooses pre-17th-century persona, along with a pseudonym, she said. Dittmann's persona, Juliana della Rena, is from 15th century Italy.

In addition to practicing, members attended a symposium in Middlebush Hall to learn about medieval jewelry making, sewing, cooking and more.

Richard Heard, known to Calontir members as Richard DeBleys, was suited in armor, ready to fight.

"I initially got involved for the fighting," Heard said. "It's a very visual thing of what we do, a lot of great exercise, and none of it's choreographed."

Although the fighting initially attracted him, the most rewarding aspect of the society is the sense of community, Heard said.

"It's an incredibly generous group," he said. "We're essentially a big family. We’re always looking out for each other."

The international organization consists of 19 kingdoms, with more than 30,000 members, according to the group's website. The Kingdom of Calontir encompasses parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Arkansas.

Although members of the group from Columbia meet multiple times each week, this event brought in SCA members from around Missouri.

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Mark Foecking July 1, 2012 | 6:22 a.m.

This is an interestinbg organization for the skills it preserves and teaches.

In Tampa, at USF, there was a machine shop in the medical dcenter. The manager of the shop had a wife and son that were into this. The son used to make armor by hand in the shop - one time I was over there and he was pounding out a breastplate with a ball peen hammer. His wife would cook and sew all sorts of medieval specialties.

Here, I worked with a grad student who was also into this. She also made a lot of her own clothes, and was quite a good cook. She was the Scribe of Calontir. She made her own ink from walnuts, and used to make "illuminations", which are artistically enhanced writings. Here's some of her stuff (She's Ilaria degli Attavante):


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