Those of you who know me know that I like to play in medieval times. For over 20 years now, my family has played in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) as part of the local barony, Stonemarche (NH), in the East Kingdom. Check out the following link for more information on the SCA:
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I bring this up because my husband, Randy, and I spent last weekend at an SCA event in Manchester, NH, called A Market Day at Birka. This event is put on every year by our barony and this year was the 26th year that it has run.
Birka, as we call it for short, contains many parts of SCA play. It has shopping, heavy list fighting, fencing, youth fighting and fencing, a fashion show, middle eastern dance, classes, children’s activities, an arts & science display, haflas, bardic circles, a ball, baronial court, and a royal court. All of this takes place in not quite a day and a half. Most of it fits into Saturday.
Most years I spend part of my day volunteering to help the event to run. This year, however, due to foot surgery in early December and still being non-weight-bearing, I was able to enjoy the entire event (thanks to a knee scooter to scoot around on) with my good friend, Michelle. We dropped my A&S (arts & science) display off before heading to the short royal court going on near the fencing area. Several awards were given and a couple of people were put on vigil for the day to decide if they wanted to be inducted into the Order of the Pelican (the Society’s top award for service).
Next, we headed to the merchant area to do some shopping. Turns out, I didn’t need a whole lot so I only bought a couple of shuttles for card weaving. After all, one can never have too many shuttles. Michelle, on the other hand, did find several items to purchase and take home. After all that scooting around and shopping, it was time for a break. We went up to my room to eat some lunch and take a break. I stayed put for a short time while Michelle went to check out some middle eastern dance performances.
Soon it was time for the fashion show. We arrived late (getting an elevator with enough space for the scooter was challenging) so only caught the last half. But we really enjoyed what we saw of it. Amazing workmanship and wonderful creativity.
Next, we picked up my A&S display and headed for Baronial court. Awards were presented, tourney results from the day were announced, and other announcements were made. Baronial court finished and it was time to move on to Kingdom court. Birka Kingdom court can be long. This one lasted at least 2.5 hours. Many awards were given during that time and many people were recognized for their contributions to this game we play.
Once court was over, many people went to find dinner. Still to come was the Birka Ball and the Hafla. However, I was done for the day. Michelle headed home and I headed back to my room to wait for my dinner.
For more information on A Market Day at Birka, you can visit: