The Shire includes the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas, on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. We've noticed that people from neighbouring Shires like to come play at our events.
We have a strong contingent of artists and artisans, but our fighters are few in number and in need of training (maybe that's why the neighbours visit... they know they'll win!).Current interests in the group include: archery, armouring, armoured combat, blackwork embroidery, brewing, calligraphy, combat sling, dance, leatherwork, period games, rapier combat (much more fun than fencing!), spinning, weaving, and a few others that I'm not sure about.
When we first started meeting in 1995, we had half a dozen couples involved; now we have difficulty counting -- partly because our numbers have increased, and partly because there is a constant flow of people moving into the area and away again.
Cragmere received its status as a Shire in the Kingdom of An Tir at the Kingdom Arts and Sciences event of March 1998; the arms were passed by the College of Heralds in July of 1997. The device is: Argent, a Chevron Gules, charged with 3 Swans Naiant, in base a Wreath Sable. Copyright held by the Shire of Cragmere.
Check the short bit on the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., if you haven't already. From there, you can go on to the SCA, Inc. main site, or to the site for the Kingdom of An Tir, in which the Shire of Cragmere is located.