Message and Update from the Mayor Pennsic 49

G'Day Everyone,


The year 2020 has been one that we will remember for the rest of our lives for many reasons. Some, because of loved ones we have lost, some because for the first time we have seen the world in turmoil and some because we have been unable to relax and do the things we would normally do. Whatever the reason is, we will get through this together.

It is not my job to interpret the reasons for everything that has happened in 2020, apart from my personal view that I can’t wait for 2020 to just sod off!!

But I digress, this short note is to keep you up to date with where we are for Pennsic 49 in 2021. In November, the Pennsic Staff group, the Coopers Management Group, and I had a joint physical and zoom meeting to discuss the way forward for Pennsic 49. The single message you need to transmit and the message you need to take from the meeting is that we are continuing to plan on having Pennsic 49 in July/Aug 2021 at Coopers Lake Campground.

The Pennsic Staff and Coopers Management are working jointly on plans to make Pennsic 49 as safe as it can possibly be for attendees. This will mean some changes to the way we do things, but we are committed to making those changes as seamless and simple as possible so that Pennsic 49 can happen and we can all have a great relaxing holiday and Pennsic War.

I want to thank you all for your support and most of all for your curtailing of the rumour mill, which I have to say has been nothing short of amazing. I will continue to be transparent in our planning and keep you informed so that any decisions we make will be understood and not a surprise to people.

As more things line up, I will update you all so that you can be kept informed and plan your Pennsic 49 journey to once again celebrate together in friendship and combat. Thanks again and please have a happy and safe Christmas and New year. Gregory of Lochswan Mayor Pennsic War 49

Newcomers' Activities



Newcomers' Point Coordinator

Lady Margaret Lad



Will this be your first Pennsic – or your first SCA event?

Pennsic is a huge event with a lot of different sights, sounds, and activities. For someone new, it can be a bit overwhelming, and will certainly raise a lot of questions. Not to fear, help is here! We have several options to help make your Pennsic fantastic with classes and a social just for newcomers, and Newcomers' Point where you can drop in and ask questions. Please feel free to come by the Point or the Newcomers' Class Tent anytime just to visit, if you are in the area.

Newcomers' Point

Newcomers' Point is a place where newcomers can feel comfortable, ask questions, and learn more about Pennsic and the SCA in general. We will also be able to help newcomers get involved with their local group after Pennsic.

Location: in the same Tent as the Pennsic Watch, on the corner of Brewer's Road and Dragon Trace, across from Troll. (see map)

Hours: open Sunday, July 28 through Thursday, August 8:

  • July 28 - August 1: 11 am to 3 pm
  • August 2 - August 5: 10 am to 6 pm
  • August 6 - August 8: 11 am to 4 pm

Newcomers' Class Track at Pennsic University

There will once again be a special Newcomers' track of classes offered through Pennsic University. These classes will mostly be geared towards those who are new to the SCA, but will also have helpful information for those who are new to Pennsic.

Please check the Pennsic Event Guide or online at Pennsic University to see which classes will be offered each day.

Location: the Newcomers' Class Tent (A&S tent #19), located at the corner of Chandler's Road and St. Lawrence Way, close to the Great Hall.

Hours: Classes will be scheduled Wednesday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 7, during the hours of 9 am to 6pm.

Newcomers' Social - Sunday, August 4th, 1 - 4 pm

For the sixth year, the Chatelaines of the known world will host the Newcomers' Social. Newcomers are encouraged to come and meet other Newcomers as well as Chatelaines from around the Knowne World, ask questions, and partake of some light refreshments. Rumor has it that there may be some Royals attending to welcome the newcomers as well.

Location:Newcomers' Class Tent / A&S #19

For those of you who are not new to the SCA or Pennsic, if you are able to take a little bit of time to support these activities for our newcomers, we will be incredibly appreciative. Let's work together to make this Pennsic amazingly special for newcomers! For more information, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please send an email to

For More information please see Pennsic FAQ

Bullying Policy

THE SCA PROHIBITS HARASSMENT AND BULLYING OF ALL INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS. Participants engaging in this behavior are subject to appropriate sanctions. If you are subjected to harassment, bullying or retaliation, or if you become aware of anyone being harassed or bullied, contact a seneschal, President of the SCA, or your Kingdom’s Board Ombudsman.

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