Folks in Sherman go back in time to the Middle Ages during celebration

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII)-- To most this environment may feel a little dated, but for everyone at the Sherman Municipal Building on Saturday, this medieval celebration is a way of life.

Dave Calafrancesco has been to these celebrations dozens of times.

"I've been participating in this particular hobby for approximately 38 years, much longer than some of the people in this room have been alive."

Others like Melissa Jones, enjoy the diversity and history that can be learned from these events.

Jones said, "Whatever you're interested in, if they did it then, we have someone interested in it now."

Hundreds of people from the Society for Creative Anachronism attended the Christmas Epiphany.

A feast was served as guests danced to music from long ago, while being dressed in garments from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

"It started out as an idea to have a medieval dinner, then it turned into a dinner and tournament and its grown into an international society", said one SCA member.

In the SCA, people live in a "Known World" made up of 20 kingdoms throughout the globe, with more than 30,000 members.

The branch in Sherman are called the Steppes, and part of the Ansteorra Kingdom.

Throughout the year members participate in battles, similar to fencing with rattan weapons.

"After going through the entire year of dealing with regular fighting and wars, we just get to get together, get dressed up in our best and have fun."

Its a unique experience of camaraderie all while holding on to a traditions from the past, the ones worth keeping.

"We really want to encourage other people to feel comfortable and have a good time, because its all about friends and having activities that we can do together."