Office of the
Bantiarna Ceara inghean Mhuirgheasa


reetings and welcome to Cynnabar! Cynnabar is a local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (or SCA); a group whose mission is to research and recreate the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We have a variety of activities for newcomers to become involved with such as armored combat, rapier combat, archery, cooking, felting, sewing, illumination, weaving ... and the list goes on and on!

I am the Chatelaine, which really is a fancy way of saying Newcomer's Officer. It is my job to help get new people oriented, feel welcomed, find clothing, and just generally have FUN! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or to introduce yourself!

We know that sometimes in the beginning the SCA can be a bit overwhelming, but don't worry! We have all been new to the SCA and know how that feels. We are here to help! Below we have provided several links to a variety of websites which can help get you started. Feel free to peruse through these as a way to get your feet wet. However, the best way to learn and become involved is to show up and jump right in! Make sure you check the calendar on Cynnabar's main homepage for more information. And check our Gold Key collection for clothing to borrow for your first few events. Or write me and I can help point you in the right direction.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you!


Newcomer Information:

SCA Online Newcomer's Portal - An interactive, media-rich web site that provides an engaging way to discover the SCA.
Forward Into the Past - A very good reference for any newcomer!
Includes tips on getting started, what to wear, how to behave, choosing names, developing personas, and more! (PDF)
New Member's Guide to the SCA - For the Middle Kingdom
What to wear, what to bring, what to do, and what to be. Includes many images, including photos of Cynnabar members!(PDF)
The Origins of Cynnabar - How It All Started by our very own Master Midair mac Cormaic! (Dr. Charles J. Cohen, PhD.)
Learn how mercuric sulphide, dragon's blood, and alchemy inspired our name!
How the Middle Kingdom was Formed - A Brief History
Cynnabar is within the Middle Kingdom. Discover when, where, and how the Middle Kingdom, or Midrealm, was founded ... and how it was first known as the Barony Under the Mountain!
Glossary of SCA Terms - Learn the meaning of those new words!
Autocrat? Farspeaker? Halflings? Troll Booth? It's all inside!


Cynnabar Facebook Page - Events, news, and discussion about our baronry
SCA Newcomers - A place for SCA Newcomers - A Yahoo News Group for Newcomers
The Midrealm Calendar - Events in our Kingdom
Middle Kingdom Awards - Lists of honors and awards
Hints for Choosing an SCA Name - Tips to get you started
Creating a Device - What is a Heraldic Device?