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Group presents pre-17th century arts, skills during 12th Night Celebration

Jan. 08, 2011 @ 10:47 PM

HUNTINGTON -- During medieval times, the 12th day after Christmas traditionally was reserved for the Feast of Epiphany, and the West Virginia chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism upheld that tradition this weekend.

The local chapter of the SCA is known as The Shire of Port Oasis, which hosted its annual 12th Night Celebration and Public Demo on Saturday at the Cabell County 4-H Camp in Barboursville.

The group is dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe in as many aspects of life as possible, and Saturday's celebration served as a showcase of those abilities, Leland Hoburg, a co-autocrat for the event, said.

"We just take this time to share medieval foods, arts, crafts and even fencing with one another and the public," Hoburg said. "From our perspective it's also a post holiday get together with friends and compatriots and anyone who wishes to join us for the celebration."

Hoburg the event is a great way for the public and SCA members to gain a little bit of knowledge about the medieval time period through re-enactments and participation in activities that were common during that period.

"It's a way to meet people and help others get involved. Really, it's like any volunteer organization where people you have new people coming in and not the same few people doing everything," Hoburg said. "It's great to see new people come in and try something, then see that evolve into someone who becomes more knowledgeable about that thing and is sharing it with other people. That's how we like to see this grow."



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