Knights in Shining Armor

Some people have hobbies that give them a break from the daily grind. But some people, like the members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, have hobbies that give them a break from reality.

The Society for Creative Anachronism is a group that celebrates history by reliving it. The local SCA chapter, The Shire of Standing Stones, gathers in Peace Park every Wednesday for jousting and merrymaking.

Although most of the members are clad in armor and wield swords, everyone was pretty friendly. I talked to a lot of them at length about their armor and what they were doing. I was surprised to find that many of the men who were sword fighting actually made their armor by hand.

All of the people present also had historical alter egos. They definitely weren't easy to spell, but it was interesting talking to individuals about what time period they represented and even what area. The people present spanned anywhere from the 9th century to the 1600s, and represented anywhere from Italy to the Middle East. I'd say that's about the definition of anachronism.

These photographs ran with a story in The Maneater that I pitched as the Arts & Entertainment editor. I was surprised that we hadn't really profiled this group before, since they garner so many looks from passerby — naturally, I was incredibly curious about people sword fighting in the park, but maybe that's just me.

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