The Shire of Darach
The Ventura County California Chapter of the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism

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About the Shire of Darach

The Shire of Darach is the local chapter of the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism, located in Ventura County. It includes the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, and Ventura, California. The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our Known World consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.

Darach Shire is a part of the Kingdom of Caid, one of the major "kingdoms" of the SCA.

The shire hosts up to an average of 10-15 or more meetings, workshops (such as cooking, herbal, textiles, or woodworking), and practices a month, and between 3-5 major events a year.

Shire Meetings are held once a month, during which we discuss shire assets, upcoming events, newcommer help, guild activities, arts and sciences, children's activities, and Kingdom participation. Attending a shire meeting is a good place to start getting involved at the local level.

Fighter practices are held out at Via Marina park, Oxnard, on nearly every Sunday from 12 noon until about 3 or 4 pm. Fighter practice encompasses both Heavy Weapons and Rapier Fence. Heavy Weapons is an unchoreographed martial art, recreating swordplay of the middle ages, using rattan swords, shields, and a variety of other secondary weapons. Rapier Fence is medieval Fencing in the round, using foil, epee, musketeer, or schlager (no saber).please contact the heavy weapons or rapier fence host to confirm practices. Be sure to check in with hosts when it's been rainy, because sometimes there are alternate indoor fighter practice locations available on occasion.

Lists To keep up to date on what's going on in the Shire, join the Darach Yahoogroup list. And if you have a particular interest, we have Yahoogroups for those, too!
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