Wendy Martin-Glick spends most of her weekends as her alter ego – Lady Maggie MacKeith of Scotland, who sews, embroiders and does archery.
Her husband, Jeremy Glick, is known as Fergus MacPherson. He competes in armored combat and trains local fighters.
It’s all part of their involvement in the Society for Creative Anachronism’s local branch, the Shire of the Shadowed Stars. The group is dedicated to researching and recreating the arts, skills and traditions of the Middle Ages.
Martin-Glick’s older brother discovered the SCA in college and took her to her first event in 1987 at the age of 16. She has been hooked since.
The national group began in 1966 and now, nearly half a century later, the SCA has grown to 19 kingdoms around the globe and more than 30,000 paid members. The local group has about 70 members, Martin-Glick said.
“One of the things I love the most about the SCA is that I have friends all over the USA and the world,” she said. “The best friendships of my life all came about through a mutual interest in history and the SCA.”
Martin-Glick, 43, is involved in leadership of the club and is the seneschal, or business manager, of the local branch. She says her role is similar to that of the mayor of a town or the regional head of a business.
“We have a strong focus on education,” Martin-Glick said. “Including performing demonstrations of the arts and marital activities and teaching classes to schools and other youth-related groups to promote a love of history.”
The purpose of the local group is to gather with history enthusiasts and re-create the life, arts, sciences and fighting of the Middle Ages.
“We enjoy bringing history to life for others and providing education to children about what life was like during those times,” Martin-Glick said.
Martin-Glick and her husband spend most of their weekends driving to events in different cities around the “Midrealm,” the region that comprises the local SCA branch. The Midrealm stretches from Iowa to Ohio, up into Canada and down to Kentucky. Most recently, the couple attended an event in Piqua, Ohio, where Martin-Glick attended classes and visited with friends while Jeremy Glick competed in armed combat.
“Our group here in town recently completed an educational demonstration at Carroll Middle School and will be doing another at the Allen County Fair this summer,” Martin-Glick said.
The Fort Wayne group will hold an event April 26 at the Allen County Fairgrounds. It will feature armored and rapier combat, equestrian activities, hound coursing, archery, classes and a feast. This event is open to all, and more information can be found at www.shadowedstars.org.