If you’re planning on going to your first event, there are a few things that you can do to be prepared. First, if there is a Facebook page or a website for the event, you can reach out to the person hosting the event. Most of the time, there is someone whose role it is at event to help out the new people who are attending. This is called Golden Key. They will have clothes that you can borrow and gear that you can use for the event.
Dressing the Part
It is your first SCA event. No one expects you to come in full historically accurate Elizabethan dress. Unless that’s your thing, then you do you! That is why we have Golden Key, so that people may jump right into the event and feel like part of the SCA immediately. People are more than happy to lend out their garb to new people. Garb: that’s what we call the clothing we wear to events. We do not think of them as costumes. It’s all part of the immersion aspect of the SCA. If there is no Golden Key at the event, reach out to the Shire. People have lots of clothing and will not mind bringing you something to wear. There is no need to run out and buy (or make) something for your first event.
Eating at Events
If you’re going to an event, it is a good idea to find out if there will be food at the event. You will usually see two options: dayboard and feast. Dayboard is the term used to describe lunch. Dayboard can be anything from a potluck to a buffet. Sometimes the dayboard is included with the event fee, other times it can be a separate charge. Usually, the event page will let you know, but it is always a good idea to check. Not all events will have a Feast for dinner, but if they do, they are a lot of fun and usually have course after course of good food. Feasts usually have their own fee that is separate from the event fee. Either way, it is expected that you bring your own dining ware to use. For your first event, you don’t need anything fancy. You can use plasticware or whatever is in your kitchen cabinet. Here is a list of what you’ll want to bring:
- Fork, knife, spoon
You will see people at events with more than just these basics: table cloths, candlesticks, cup covers, baskets to carry everything in, etc. As you get more into SCA events, you can slowly build up your feast gear. There is no rush.
Is the event you’re going to a camping event? First, do not feel pressured to camp. Maybe you go just for the day to check it out. If you want to stay the night, do not worry about not having period camping gear. Most people, you will notice, use modern day camping equipment, both for their tents and their cooking setup. Some people will never make that next step and go period. As with everything else SCA, it is what you want to get from it.
If period camping is not something that you’re interested in, don’t worry about it. If you are intrigued, walk around the site and look at people’s camps. Usually tents are propped open so that people can see inside. They want you to look and admire! Canvas tents are beautiful and have their advantages, but are a larger financial investment. Be sure you know what you like and want before making a commitment. As with anything, there is no rush. This is your first event after all!
As with anything, if you have questions, please ask! We want you to have a good experience and come back.