The Shire of Southkeep
Welcome to the Shire of Southkeep!
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The Shire of Southkeep is the local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) which covers Unincorporated Miami-Dade, Homestead, Miami-Dade County and Monroe County (Florida Keys). Our Shire is located in what is known as the Kingdom of Trimaris – one of twenty Kingdoms located around the world. The Kingdom of Trimaris encompasses all of south and central Florida and parts of the panhandle just west of Tallahassee.
Our members attempt to recreate all aspects of medieval life from weaving and pottery to wine making and armored combat to beekeeping and falconry. Indeed, if there was an activity or craft in which people of the world endeavored during the early and late period of the European Middle Ages, it is very likely that one of our populace can tell you exactly how it was done and graciously show you examples of their own humble work.
The SCA is an international non-profit educational 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 much more.
We are a very open and welcoming group so do not be shy if you attend one of our events, meetings or practices, to ask what we are doing or about. There is always some gentle more than willing to talk about what they do. So please take a tour through our website, join our Facebook group, find out when and where the next meeting, practice, training session or event will be and come join us.
About the SCA
The SCA is a practical history society, recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe. While dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, you can experience tournaments, royal courts, feasts, and dancing. You also have the opportunity to learn and practice ancient arts and skills — calligraphy, cooking, armoring, metalworking, carpentry, and needlework (to name just a few) — within an all-ages social group. The SCA is a great place to make friends and learn transferable skills.
If you’d like to know more about the SCA, the SCA Newcomer’s Portal has all the information you need to get started.
There are several levels of membership in the Society: Sustaining or International memberships include a year’s subscription to your kingdom’s newsletter, which contains kingdom news, announcements for events taking place in your area, and local group contacts. Lower-priced Associate and Family memberships are also available.
You are not required to purchase an SCA membership before attending a Shire meetings or events. Membership, however is a requirement for holding an office in the group, and for participation in combat and combat-related activities. It is also required for eligibility to receive awards and titles in Trimaris.