Newcomer Resources

General Information

Welcome to the Barony of Endewearde!

Gold Key / Chatelaine badge: Vert, a key palewise inverted and reversed Or.

Gold Key / Chatelaine badge: Vert, a key palewise inverted and reversed Or.

Whether you are new to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)  and have never attended an event, or an experienced SCAdian who has relocated to the lands of our fair barony, we welcome you!

The Barony of Endewearde has three primary contact newcomer officers, called “chatelaines”, dedicated to assisting newcomers learn about current and upcoming SCA activities near  you.

  • Eoin an Doire (pronounced “Owen”) is the primary newcomer contact for the central Maine Barony of Endewearde. He can be reached by email at chatelaine@endewearde.eastkingdom.org
  •  Thomas de Marr is the main newcomer contact person for the Canton of Basingestoches in the Bar Harbor & Ellsworth area. He can be reached at chatelaine@endewearde.eastkingdom.org
  • Vivien de Valois is the newcomer contact for the Canton of Wyndriche in the greater Unity area. She can be reached by email at chatelaine@endewearde.eastkingdom.org

You may find the following links and documents helpful as you begin your SCA adventure.

Resources To Get You Started

Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) Newcomer Portal
http://welcome.sca.org/
• What is the SCA? • How to get started • Armored Combat • Rapier Combat • History and Culture • Crafting • Equestrian • Youth and Family • Archery and Thrown Weapons • Costuming • Heraldry and Scribal • Performing Arts • Food and Drink • Service • Games and Pastimes • Publications

What is the SCA?
http://www.sca.org/officers/chatelain/sca-intro.html
This is the official page on the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) website that explains to newcomers the perspective the SCA, a non-profit organization, takes in recreating the Middle Ages. An explanation of how the SCA began, how it is organized, SCA combat, persona names, ranks and titles, merriment, and how to find a local branch near you (like the Barony of Endewearde here in central Maine, USA).

A Newcomer’s Guide to the SCA* – Start Here to download the pdf
http://www.sca.org/officers/chatelain/pdf/NewcomersGuidePages-low.pdf
This is an eight-page brochure with color photos and information on: • What is the SCA? • Getting Started • Who is Who? • Activities • Where to find SCA equipment • Recommended Reading

Forward Into the Past *(download the pdf)
http://www.sca.org/officers/chatelain/pdf/ForwardIntothePast.pdf
This introductory booklet is published by the Society for Creative Anachronism. Goes into a little more detail ona the following topics: • What is the SCA • Getting Started • Fitting In • What to Wear and How to Behave • Making a T-tunic • Names and Personas • Kingdom & Local Officers • SCA Combat • Who is Who? • Heraldry • Guilds, Households, and Sociability • The Gentle Arts and Sciences

Advice to Newcomers* (download the pdf)
http://www.sca.org/officers/chatelain/pdf/AdviceToNewcomers.pdf
Whether a long time SCA member brought you to your first meeting or you came by yourself, there’s always a period of adjustment. Here’s how to get yourself oriented quickly with tips on how to participate in SCA activities.

East Kingdom Events
http://eastkingdom.org/EventListing.php
The SCA East Kingdom website lists all official events in our kingdom which includes a good portion of Eastern United States and Canada. It can be entertaining to see the variety of events from general large scale gatherings to theme focused events (by culture / time period).

Glossary of Terms – Good Grief, What Do They Mean By That? *(download the pdf)
http://www.sca.org/officers/chatelain/pdf/jargon.pdf
SCA jargon explained.

Barony of Endewearde website
http://www.endewearde.eastkingdom.org/wp/
The Endewearde wordpress website provides a regularly updated main page that lists news of interest to its members, a calendar of activities being offered regularly in the Waterville/Bangor area, information on upcoming central Maine SCA events, a master index of SCA residents (using SCA persona names) along with their titles & awards honors, newcomer information resources, access to back issues of the Northern Watch newsletter, and an archive of past SCA events run in Endewearde.

East Kingdom Chatelaine’s Page
http://chatelaine.eastkingdom.org/
The SCA East Kingdom Chatelaine’s Page has several resources under the Newcomer link for anyone who is  interested in starting to learn more details of how to attend their first event or feast, what is “garb” and  how to make or purchase it, SCA heraldry basics, developing a persona, camping at Pennsic Wars, and much, much more. Here is an overview of the topics covered: • SCA Branches • Attending your First Feast • Attending your First Event • First Garb • SCA Awards • What Language Are You Speaking • Persona, Do I Need One? • Camping & Pennsic • Heraldry Basics • East Kingdom Phamphlet • SCA Newcomer Booklet

Get Involved in Endewearde

We would like to learn more about you, and your areas of interest in the SCA. We have local activities running each week in the greater Bangor, Unity/Waterville and Bar Harbor & Ellsworth areas. Please check the Endewearde Master Calendar for a list of activities happening in your area. There is an Endewearde yahoo group you can join to learn more about upcoming activities (requires moderator approval to join). We also have a presence on social media via the Endewearde facebook page (requires facebook account and moderator approval to join). Some local activities may request participants contribute a small fee to help cover the expense of consumable materials.

Please contact one of the chatelaines for assistance in understanding what to bring for your comfort to an SCA event, what to pack for dayboard and evening feast, and to make arrangements to borrow appropriate clothing (called “garb”) for an event. Please write to them and mention that you would like to learn more about attending your first SCA event, what local activities are being offered, and where the other SCA groups are located in Maine. If you need to borrow medieval clothing for this event (such as a simple tunic you can wear over everyday clothing) please let them know ahead of time so they can help you find find a comfortable tunic in your size.

Updated: 5/21/2017
Contributors: Anelada Falconbridge, Bryn Millar, Finán mac Bressail and Otto Gottlieb.