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Re: A HERETIC'S view on Reasonable Authenticity
On Tue, 26 Nov 1996, Kensei <email@example.com> wrote:
>Poster: Kensei <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Poster: carl christianson <email@example.com>
>An interesting expression, "playing". Other posters have noted this is a
>study society, a recreation society, and an educational society. It's
>getting confusing--and, as one poster noted, questionably legal given SCA's
I think, having read over more responses and catching up more on my weekend
sleep deficit, that I would love to see:
(1) the majority of customs, food, garb, etc. to be at least surface medieval.
That is, correct to casual research. (The 3 hr in a library proposal)
(2) a minority of things that are clearly and obviously non-medieval like
glasses, the occassional sneakers, fencing masks, etc. that are so because it
would be unsafe or too expensive to make them medieval BUT they are clearly not
trying to portray themselves as historical. When modernity is just for
convenience, it should be kept out of sight (put your Coke in a mug, not a can).
(3) and a certain space for fun and spoofs, clearly set up for same.
My beef is with the confusion of SCA custom, Victorian/RPG/Hollywood history,
and real research.
The legal beef is a bit more complex and I don't know, absent a letter ruling,
if we will ever know the answer.
>>Yes, we are more than a social club. We're a social club with a theme,
Legally nope. We can become a social club and still be tax-exempt under
federal law, but that's a different set of rules that the BoD would have to ask
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