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Past kingdoms gathering in the present

June 10, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

Knaves and knights, maidens and minstrels, archers and artisans, blacksmiths, brewers and bards will come together in Hagerstown this weekend during the annual medieval and Renaissance festival outside the Jonathan Hager House and Museum.

"I understand even the king is coming," Hager House Curator John Nelson said.

The local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism - the Barony of Highland Foorde - will host the festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12. The SCA, which boasts more than 30,000 members worldwide, is a nonprofit educational group dedicated to reliving the experience of the medieval and Renaissance periods in Europe between the sixth and 17th centuries, according to the organization's Web site at www.sca.org. The group divides the world into 17 kingdoms, with each comprised of a series of smaller groups ranging from principalities and baronies to shires and provinces. The Kingdom of Atlantia includes Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and part of Georgia. The Barony of Highland Foorde's members live in Frederick, Washington, Allegheny and Garrett counties in Maryland.

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Competing artisans will craft products from chain mail; merchants will sell a variety of goods; and nearly 60 swordsmen, archers and other fighters will take the field during a mock battle called a "melee," said Lady Livia of Ravenswode, ne Sherri Fabic of Frederick, an SCA member for more than 20 years.

The SCA offers a wealth of knowledge and camaraderie to its members and to individuals who participate in events such as Hagerstown's Renaissance festival, said Baronial Webminister Eli White, aka the Honorable Lord Siegfried Sebastian Faust.

"The SCA is combat, archery, thrown weapons, brewing, woodcarving, singing, dancing, music playing, calligraphy, clothes making, heraldry, metal working and every other type of craft you can think of," said White, 30, of Mount Airy, Md. "And much, much more. Anything you can imagine was done in the Middle Ages, and you will find someone in the SCA re-creating it."

"The SCA is my home, and every single member of it, even if I have never met them, are my family."

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