The Society for Creative Anachronism Visits the Natchitoches Green Market

By Kevin Shannahan

The Natchitoches Green Market went medieval on Saturday, June 25th, as the Shire of Loch Bais of the Society for Creative Anachronism set up displays and demonstrations on the downtown riverbank. The Shire has 12 members in the city ranging in age from 2 to 60+. The SCA members take on a persona that they are known by in the society and portray the various aspects of life in the pre-renaissance world. One of the most popular events for spectators is the combat demonstrations. The riverbank rang with the sounds of swords on shields as knights engaged in heavy combat and rapier fencing. Larger SCA gatherings feature full scale battles between armies of knights. The Shire meets at 6 p.m. most Tuesdays at the Trinity Episcopal Church Hall at 533 Second St. in Natchitoches.