Mar 27, 2010 6:25 PM by David Sherman/KRTV News
If you were driving along 6th Street in Great Fall on Saturday, you may have witnessed knights in shining armor doing battle, as the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism held a meeting.
Several dozen members, many dressed in medieval garb, gathered at the Episcopal Church to conduct mock battles, peruse period-themed jewelry and crafts, and enjoy camaraderie.
(scroll down to watch a brief video of one of their battles)
Group members take pride in creating their own clothing, armor, and weaponry, which they use to conduct mock battles.
Group leader Mark Masters - who goes by the moniker of Lord Morgan Lucktain when engaged in SCA duties - said that they meet every few months at various locations, and that they are part of a worldwide association that began in the 1960s. Participants at Saturday's event included members from Great Falls, Shelby, and Cascade.
Masters noted that the organization is a non-profit educational association which aims to preserve and recreate the experiences of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
The SCA website explains that members of the organization "devote[s] their free time in all manner of sport (heavy fighting, rapier fighting, equestrian activities), crafts (leatherwork, spinning, calligraphy), and educational activities (classes or research). Royalty holds their courts, a part of which is bestowing awards on deserving citizens. The populace holds tournaments, attend feasts, and enjoy the Middles Ages, as 'they should have been'."
The local SCA chapter is known as the Shire of Stan Wyrm, part of the regional association called the Kingdom of Artemisia. Click here to visit the group's website and learn more.