Feudal festivities on tap at Society for Creative Anachronism event

Margaret Smith

Don’t know much about the Middle Ages?

The Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization dedicated to re-enacting cultures of antiquity, are hosting a medieval social event with a Middle Eastern theme.

“There will be drumming, belly dancing, some story telling, and Middle Eastern food,” said Lisa Miller of Littleton, coordinator of the event, also known as a “hafla”— an Arabic word for party or social gathering. Miller is a member of the local chapter, or shire, of the society, commonly called the SCA.

“It will be a time to relax, socialize and meet friends,” Miller said.

Miller said she expects about 75 to 100 participants, including historical re-enactment buffs from many surrounding communities.

The general public is invited and it’s not necessary to be an SCA member, but period clothing, or “garb,” as members say, is required.

Miller said any attire that approximates attire from the Middle Ages, Middle East, Renaissance or other historical place and time before about 1600 is acceptable, as well as part of the fun.

There are even “loaner” robes for 21st century fashion victims to borrow for the occasion.

Margaret Smith is Arts and Calendar editor at GateHouse Media New England’s Northwest Unit. E-mail her at msmith@cnc.com.