Society for Creative Anachronism in swimming pool park

04_sgafight_2355BATTLING KNIGHTS  — Two Knights do battle on Saturday afternoon at a meeting of the Society for Creative Anachronism in the Swimming Pool Park.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




If you happened to be in the neighborhood of the Conrad Lions Swimming Pool Park on Saturday afternoon, you couldn’t help but miss seeing Prince Valiant and Maid Marian.

Members of The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), which is an international organization dedicated to re-searching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th Century Europe took control of a part of the park.

Their “Known World” consists of 19 Kingdoms and over 30,000 members. Saturday there were players from Great Falls and other parts of Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Washington as well as some from Canada.

Members dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance while attending these  events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, classes, workshops, archery, calligraphy and more.

Not surprisingly, the SCA started in 1966 in Berkeley, Calif.

Montana is part of the Kingdom of Artemisia which also includes Idaho, most of Utah, Western Colorado and Wyoming.