The Shire of Hartshorn-Dale holds many regular practices and activities. Everyone is welcome. No special clothing, skills, or knowledge is required. Just show up ready to learn.

Newcomers and spectators are welcome to all practices and activities! Dance practice (on Friday nights) and Fencing practice (on Monday nights) are regular social events; folks often come just to visit and chat.

Practices (and cancellations) are announced via the Hartshorn-Dale email list and Facebook page.

Eleanor practices archery
Eleanor practices archery at Shire Wars VIII

Archery. Archery practice typically meets on Tuesday nights in the summer. Loaner equipment is available.

Glass beads made by Lissa Underhill
Glass beads made by Lissa Underhill
Practicing the stitch used in the Bayeux Tapestry

Arts and Sciences. The Arts and Sciences include handcrafts, fine arts, performing arts, as well as research on all aspects of how people lived their lives during our time period. Our Shire includes members who practice many skills, including embroidery, sewing, spinning, silk banner painting, making glass beads (lampworking), wood-block printing, dancing, cooking, Illumination, bronze casting, and brewing. The Shire holds a monthly workshop on the third Thursday of the month.

Business Meetings. Everyone (newcomer, member, or Officer) is welcome at the monthly Business meetings, held on the first Thursday of the month. Business meetings provide an overview of current and upcoming activities and events, and chance to meet many Shire members.

Cooking. Who doesn’t love a good feast? Our cooking group experiments with period recipes to craft historic works of food art.

A ball at dance practice, June 22nd, 2018

Dancing. Come out and join us for a Branles, a Pavane, Italian court dances, and English Country dances. Dance practice is held every Friday, and all dance levels are welcome.

Demos. Would your school, Scouting Group, or organization enjoy a demonstration of our activities? Various Shire members are happy to demonstrate their skills and research. Contact the seneschal (at if you’re interested in having us do one for you.

Fencing practice

Fencing. Dale the fencing jackalope says, “It’s Monday, come out and stab someone!” Join our fencers for weekly practice on Monday nights. Loaner equipment is available.

Heavy Combat. Learn how to fight with sword and shield! Practices meet most Tuesdays.

Marshal giving instruction
Marshal giving instruction

Thrown Weapons. Thrown Weapons practice in the Shire is on hiatus, though some of our neighboring groups hold regular practices.

Children play lawn billiards
Playing lawn billiards at the Dining with Elizabeth I event, June 2014.

Children and Youth Activities. Kids can be an active part of the SCA, and can participate in most activities, including fencing. Activities just for children and youth are held at some events and practices.