You have arrived at the Chatelaine's homepage here at the Kingdom of Meridies! The Chatelaine is the office in charge of Newcomers' Liaisons. That means the Chatelaine can help you find answers or direction on any questions you might be having, so please ask if you'd like assistance.
How to get started?
Find an SCA group near you in order to participate locally. Once you find your group's website, you can learn about meeting information, fighter practice, and more. Just look for the contact info for the local group's Chatelaine to help you get started. If you have any trouble, you are welcome to email the Kingdom Chatelaine for further information or guidance. Please check out the pages linked on the menu bar to the left for even more info on what to expect.
Looking for a local SCA group near you to participate with?
Start with the Kingdom's Zipcode lookup tool, by clicking here: Meridian Zipcode Database
Or if you already know the group you're seeking, check the Kingdom Groups List
If you don't have any luck there, try browsing the Google Map Project
On behalf of Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and the populace of the Kingdom of Meridies, I welcome you to the Current Middle Ages!
My name is The Honorable Lady Aranwen of Willow Ford, and I am the Kingdom Chatelaine. It’s my job to welcome newcomers and help them get started in the SCA.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is world-wide nonprofit group that re-creates the Middle Ages (pre-17th century) culture in Europe, Russia, Asia, the Middle East and the Orient. People in the SCA study and re-create the martial arts that include armored combat, fencing, archery, siege weapons and more. Our artisans research, create and teach music, poetry, cooking, dancing, metalsmithing, needlework, sewing, armoring and so much more. Through the work of dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of volunteers we host events all over the world every weekend.
The “Knowne World” of the SCA is divided into 19 Kingdoms. The Kingdom of Meridies includes Alabama, Georgia, the Panhandle of Florida, Tennessee, a bit of southern Kentucky and the southwest corner of Virginia.
Your first step in getting involved is to find your local group. Next contact the Chatelaine for your group, or contact me. Your local Chatelaine will help you discover all the opportunities to get involved in your area, assist you with information, and introduce you to people who share your love of history.
Then go to an event and see what interests you. A calendar of events happening around the Kingdom can be found on the opening page of this site. Don’t worry about not having all the “right” clothes or understanding everything. Just meet people and talk. Ask questions about what you see and things that interest you; we enjoy sharing our knowledge with others.
This is your invitation to explore and enjoy history along with us. We would be honored to have you join us as we travel through time with courtesy, honor and chivalry. To the left are some articles and links to help you on your journey.
If you need help or have questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.
Yours in Service to the Dream,
THLady Aranwen of Willow Ford