In late October the SCA group I’m a part of was asked to do a demo at Heritage Park for Ghoul’s Night Out – their Hallowe’en event intended for fairly young children. The group has done it for a number of years, and this is the third year that I’ve participated.
Usually there’s an eric set up for the heavy and rapier fighters, but this time the space was on a bit of a slope and the fighters opted not to come from what I was told because the space wasn’t ideal for fighting. We also had far less light than usual, and didn’t have access to power outlets either for space heaters for the tent.
With no fighting happening, this meant the whole display was really focused on the things we make and wear, which was awesome. While there was a table of armor and other fighting stuff, we also had a table of textile things, and people doing displays of spinning, carding wool, embroidery, etc. (I did spinning myself, and brought naalbinding – but it was too cold for my fingers to do the work at the event.)
I think that if there had been more people come out to volunteer, we could have done dancing as well, but that didn’t happen when I was there. (I volunteered for set up on Tuesday, and then for the demo on Friday and Saturday, but wasn’t there for the Thursday/Sunday demo because of other plans.)
It was interesting, but because of the lack of heavy fighting, it seemed as though people came through and interacted with us a LOT more, rather than just standing along the eric walls and watching the fights before moving on. Having people demonstrate what they were doing seemed really engaging.