New to Me, New to You

Photo by  Sean Sreamach

Mistriss Beatriz ALUARES de la OYA of Atlantia and YVIANNE de CASTEL d’ avigon of Æthelmearc helping Fredrik of Holland from the West sign up for a volunteer shit at Newcomer’s Point.


By Ana Sarasdottir

Features Reporter, PI

Are you new to Pennsic or the SCA and aren’t sure how the Society works? Perhaps you’ve been to a few events, but you still have questions about Peerage or how to address the people with whom you interact?


The Chatelains and knowledgeable volunteers of Newcomers’ Point can help you sort out the regalia you will see as you take in the sights around War. From understanding what the various shiny bits of metal mean to answering questions about court activities, you can find answers to all of your questions in one convenient place.


Chatelains serve as educational liaisons with the general public, in keeping with the Society’s role as an educational non-profit. They are responsible for recruiting and retaining as well as guiding new potential members as they form connections within the Society. Hours of operation for Newcomers’ Point are Middle Weekend Friday through Monday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. War Week hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Located diagonally across from Troll, in the same tent as the Watch, Newcomers’ Point has a table filled with free brochures and handouts with information on the hows and whys of Society awards, symbols of Peerage, specific kingdoms’ crowns and coronets, and more. Chatelains are happy to answer any questions you might have about the Society in general, including how to get involved with a local group and helping you make connections with your barony.


Newcomers’ Point also has a Newcomer’s Track of classes through Pennsic University. This year, there are over 50 listed classes designed for anyone new to the Society but which are also helpful to anyone new to Pennsic. Classes are offered in A&S 19 at the corner of Chandler’s Road and St. Lawrence Way, a short distance from the Great Hall. Class information, including times, can be found in the Pennsic War guidebook or at the Newcomers’ Point tent.


Newcomers’ Point isn’t just for learning about Society sumptuary customs or making connections within the Society. Newcomers’ Point also has maps for point of reference and can help assist visitors who get lost. From navigating the markets and battlefields to visiting friends spread across the campground, Pennsic can feel overwhelmingly large, especially if you’re new.


Stop by for directions or chat with volunteers for helpful tips on making the most of your War.


The Known World Chatelaines will be hosting the Newcomers’ Social on Sunday, August 4th, from 1 p.m. until 4p.m. in the Newcomers’ Tent at A&S 19. This social will be an excellent opportunity to meet other Newcomers and Chatelaines, ask questions, and enjoy light refreshments. More information can be found at Newcomers’ Point.