Society for Creative AnachronismActive members: about 10 students, 7-10 others
Regular meetings: Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Private Dining Room 3
Have you ever seen those people fencing in funny-looking clothes on the grass near Kresge Auditorium? They’re members of MITGAARD, MIT’s chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
The Society for Creative Anachronism does “almost anything you can think of in the Middle Ages,” said outgoing president J. Tim Goorley G. The group’s medley of activities includes Medieval fencing, Renaissance dance, cooking, calligraphy, improvisational comedy, archery, and heavy armed combat.
Additionally, the group sometimes goes on weekend trips that include many of the above activities and “present a Medieval atmosphere,” Goorley said. On these trips, “you can really see some of the concepts and ideals that are lived in the SCA,” such as chivalry.
“If you ask 15 people what the SCA is, you’ll get 15 different answers,” Goorley said. “It’s very individualized. You do what you want and don’t do what you don’t.”
The best part about the SCA is “the sense of community that this group has,” Goorley said, describing the club as “helpful and supportive.”
Goorley also mentioned that MITGAARD is an interesting way to meet alumni and grad students. “It’s a pretty mixed group in that regard,” he said
For people considering the SCA, Goorley said the activity to attend to “to make sure you want to do it” is the “Legends of Chivalry” weekend camping event. This trip presents the Medieval atmosphere and provides an array of activities that people with no experience can participate in, such as Irish field hockey. It will be held in northern Massachusetts from September 14-16. The group will be staying in a cabin, so no camping supplies are required.
“The only thing you must have [to participate] is an attempt at Medieval-style clothing,” Goorley said. At the first MITGAARD meeting tomorrow, club members will help interested new members make their own tunics for a small fee.
“It’s hard to get the flavor and feel [of the SCA] from looking at our bulletin board and web page,” Goorley said. “It’s a group you have to experience to understand what’s really going on.”