Collegium Caidis offers SCA members an opportunity to teach, passing on the skills and knowledge they have learned. It also offers an opportunity for all students to learn. Many of the classes are geared towards beginners and welcome both those who are new to the Society and those who are learning new skills. Other classes are designed for more advanced students.
The Crescent Artisan Competition will take place every other year, opposite of the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Fair and Pentathlon. The competition will showcase one focused entry from each competitor. In addition to written documentation, each entrant will meet with the judges to answer questions and talk about the project in more detail. This is not a team competition, but a way to focus on individuals and their artistic skills.
Judges score each entry in relation to a 100-point ideal – the most culturally authentic and highest form of workmanship. The judging sheets are designed to recognize and reward research that has led to historical and artistic accuracy. Entrants are not competing against each other at this point in the competition. Judges aren’t looking at the level at which the entry was entered. They’re determining a numerical score that shows where the entry did – and did not – meet the ideal standard.
The first Crescent Artisan Competition ran in 2018 and is scheduled for 2020 for the next one!
Welcome to the Arts & Sciences Fair and Pentathlon! Taking part in this judged competition is extremely rewarding and a lot of fun. The purpose of the event is to provide expert feedback that encourages and inspires everyone involved to continue the research and experimentation that allows the creation of historically and artistically accurate items, performances, and compositional pieces related to a pre-1650 culture.
The event encompasses several parts: the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Fair, Individual Pentathlon, Team Pentathlon, a Display, and a People’s Choice competition. All entries will be judged as part of the Arts & Sciences fair. Individual Entrants and Teams who enter enough items in an appropriate breadth of categories are also eligible to take part in Pentathlon. All entries are scored and given feedback during the judging session on Saturday. When the judging has been completed, the scores will be tabulated and placements assigned. All items entered will be available for the populace to view on Sunday, where they will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite item for the People’s choice Competition.
Crown Tournament is the bi-annual event where the new Crown Prince and Crown Princess are chosen via an armored combat list. All fighters in Crown lists are to have a named consort to reign with them should they prove victorious. Also, both fighter and consort must be members of the Society, resedents of Caid, have a minimum level of activity in the kingdom, and have a name and device either registered or in submission with the College of Arms of the Society.
Occasionally, Crown Tournament is referred to by the more formal title “Tournament of Succession”.
Every year in October (always ending on Columbus Day) the Kingdom of Caid produces the Great Western War. This event (the largest on the West Coast) is a week long celebration of Medieval times. There are combat sessions, demonstrations, classes, and tons of merchants available to make the week of camping a memorable experience. GWW has been going on for twenty-two years, and gets better every year. It takes nearly a hundred volunteers (some working all year and many for six months) to handle the myriad of activities that make this such a great event!