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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Combat at the Park


Beka Compton

WAITSBURG-The Barony of Wastekeep set up camp at Preston Park over the weekend. Blackwork embroidery classes, duels, and archery shoots were just a couple of the events enjoyed by those who reside under the watch of Baron Thorkell Palsson and Baronness Guðrun Sæbjarnarsdottir.

Barony of Wastekeep is its own world within the Kingdom of An Tir. This gathering was small, with 45 members braving the chilly wind and rain. The group will return, once again, in August, and they anticipate a much larger turnout.

The Kingdon of An Tir is part of an international organization, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). Focusing on research and recreation of pre-seventeenth century skills, such as the blackwork embroidery, which is displayed on many Eliabethan garments. Arts, combat, and culture are encouraged, and members are welcomed to bring their own heritage, period-fascinations, and knowledge to the group. SCA boasts more than 30,000 members in 20 kingdoms around the world.


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