Today, our local libraries celebrated the start of their summer reading program with Librarypalooza, an annual party for children. (Tonight the teens will celebrate with a zombie prom) The library we went to had freezer pops for the kids and a small renaissance faire put on by the SCA or Society for Creative Anachronism.
The SCA is not to be confused with LARP groups, re-enactors, or even Hollywood. They train to fight in a historically accurate manner, using rattan or bamboo weapons instead if steel. Bleeding would be a little too accurate.
The SCA had several demonstrations, including sword fighting and archery. Several knights took each other on as we watched. We could hear the swords hitting their armor!
I love that they flew banners outside their tents. It reminded us all of Game of Thrones. I feel like I was at a real exhibition.
Here are two of the knights fighting to the “death:”
It was a very fun way to spend a Saturday morning and get us ready for a certain season finale (the kids only watch the opening theme). We can’t wait until November to visit a full-scale Renaissance faire!