Every Tuesday evening, 7:30pm, at the tennis courts of Patterson Park, across from the Blondie Pharr Tennis Center at Airport Blvd. and Wilshire Blvd, a group of the Barony of Bryn Gwlad, the Austin branch of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), meets to practice medieval fighting.
Yes, they are crazy people: they conduct activities such as "baronial announcements" and "adult armored combats". There’s lots of socializing and people wondering around in medieval/renaissance clothing. I'm sure that studying such a group would make for an interesting, to say the least, experience. Remember, these are people who think they are living in medieval Europe!