Welcome To

The Shire Des Forges
These are the current middle ages!

The Shire meetings are on 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights
at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Center Point Parkway in the Youth Building (Small Yellow House).
Join us!

980 Huffman Road - Center Point, AL 35215

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Who We Are:

We are a local branch of The Society for Creative Anachronism(SCA), a non-profit educational organization devoted to learning and teaching the medieval ways of life, and having fun at the same time! We are the kids who used to daydream about the Times of Yore, the Knights In Shining Armor. Now that we have grown up, we have found way to live those dreams! (on weekends, anyway...)
We reenact armored fighting, medieval dancing, feasting, and medieval arts & sciences. We dress in medieval clothes and subscribe to a code of chivalry and courtesy. We have kings and queens, scribes, musicians, artisans, knights in more-or-less shining armor, and a bunch of fun. Come join us!
Read on, and find out more about us...

What we do:
Many of our members research and practice medieval skills. Our reenactments are called "events", where we dress in medieval garb, and just be medieval for a day, or a weekend. This gives some members a chance to share their skills in their fields, and others to just wander around and enjoy it all! At a typical event, there will be fighters in armor having tournaments, a royal court where soveriegns make awards to people for different things, a sumptuous candlelight feast, music making (bardic circle, a kind of medieval jam session), and a grand revel (a ball with dancing and merry-making). In between all this, there are often gaming, merchanting, and classes on different things. It's a blast...
On this page, you will see some weird names, which are part of the fun. Members adopt a "persona", a name and personality of a person who may have existed in the time and place of their interest, and they are known in the SCA by that persona. They will also have a chance to design a "device", a kind of coat-of-arms for themselves, which becomes their trademark in the SCA. The device in the upper left hand of this page is the device for our group, and is like no other in the SCA, thus anyone seeing this device at an event knows that our group is there.

A little background:
This whole thing began as a theme birthday party in 1966, and developed into what it is today. The "Known Worlde" is divided into nineteen kingdoms, in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In the U.S., there are about 20,000 paid members, and probably many times that number of people who participate (you don't have to be an SCA member to play with us!). In Alabama, we are located in the Kingdom of Meridies (pronounced Muh-rid-ee-aas), ruled by a king and queen, who change every six months. Within the kingdoms are Baronies, Shires, Cantons, and Colleges... Here in Trussville, Alabama, we are a sub-group (shire) of the Kingdom of Meridies.

Check out some of the links at the bottom of the page for good stuff. But first:

Weekly Gatherings:
Note: medieval garb not required for meetings - Come as you are!

Tuesday nights
6:30 pm
Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Center Point Parkway
Center Point, Alabama

Calendar of Events

October 2013
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Also remember: Starting back up this spring, Weather permitting, our group conducts a fighter practice and general gathering on the second and fourth Tuesday Nights in the Mall area (by the tennis courts) in Trussville, from 6:30p until whenever everyone is worn out. Until the weather warms enough that we won't have fighter-cicles we're having project nights at THL Sean's house. Drop by - open to everyone, and no funny clothes required!

- Visitor's Center:

Current News!

Some of our Favorite Links

A short synopsis of SCA chivalry

Who are these kings and queens anyway?

Fun Stuff!


Seneschal:   Baron Sir Jean-Claude von Adlerstaat
(205) 901-5276
Reeve:   Lady Cerridwen
Knight Marshall:   Lord Alisdair Mac Ragnole
Herald:   William Scott of Blackwater Fen
Arts & Sciences:   Lady Cerridwen
WebMinister:   THL Sean O'Neill

Legalese disclaimers and stuff:

This is the recognized website for The Shire Des Forges of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and is maintained by THL Sean O'Neill. This site may contain electronic versions of the group's governing documents. Any discepancies between the electronic version of any information on this site and the printed version that is available from the originating office will be decided in favor of the printed version.

Copyright 2012 The Shire Des Forges. The original contributors retain the copyright of certain portions of this site.

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Graphics by Baron Sir Jean Claude von Adlerstaat. Thanks, J.C.!

Last Tinkered With 10/29/2012