- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

Looking for life in the past lane? All events staged by the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia are open to the public. However, they are held primarily for the benefit of members, who enjoy re-creating the chivalric age faithfully and fully.
So they ask visitors to fit into that gallant, colorful era as well as possible. To help those whose wardrobe includes little or no medieval clothing, loaner garb is available at the check-in table. Also, remember the chivalrous virtues: Be courteous and helpful, and keep the land litter-free.
Joining the SCA is easy. The $35 annual dues pays for fight insurance and gets you the society's quarterly magazine "Tournaments Illuminated" plus your kingdom's newsletter. Call 800/789-7486 for an application, or pick one up at any event.
Markland's yearly membership dues ($25 an individual, $33 for two people at one address) bring with them "The Plague" newsletter and an opportunity to fight in some of its battles. For a membership application contact Linda Kaserman at nannyfodder@juno.com.

Here's a guide to this weekend's events:

Kingdom Crusades: Camp Ramblewood, 2564 Silver Rd., Darlington, Md. 5 p.m. Oct. 12 to noon Oct. 14. $11 for the day. The Society for Creative Anachronism's "war" between the Kingdom of Atlantia (the home team) and the Kingdom of the East (which stretches from eastern Pennsylvania to Maine and the Canadian province of Newfoundland).
Also available: an exhibition of medieval arts and sciences, classes in them, crafts for sale medieval clothing, jewelry, weaponry, crockery, hand looms, books and children's activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the inn.
Call Robin Hackett (518/377-0449) before 9 p.m., or e-mail her at rlhacket@gw.dec.state.ny.us. For more information, see www.sca.org or www.eastkingdom.org.

Hastings Faire: Marietta Mansion, 5626 Bell Station Rd., Glenn Dale, Md. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 13, 14. $5.
This is the re-creation of the Battle of Hastings by the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia. The battle proper begins at 3 p.m. as the soldiers march onto the field in 11th-century armor. Living history displays before the battle include a four-seat Viking ship, Norman and Saxon encampments, craft demonstrations and maybe even a fashion show. The Norse band Thrir Venstri Foetr (Three Left Feet) will play for dancing on the green. Merchants offer a variety of crafts and food.
See www.markland.org or www.radix.net/~dglenn/events.
Mark Longaker


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