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Suzy McBroom stands in front of artwork by local artist Marion Bradish at Potsdam's St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Photo: Conant Neville
Suzy McBroom stands in front of artwork by local artist Marion Bradish at Potsdam's St. Lawrence County Arts Council. Photo: Conant Neville

Listen: Potsdam Store clerk by day, viking by night

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Do you really know what your coworkers do when they leave the office? Some people might go home to their partners and kids and cook dinner, pick up the kids from soccer practice, or go to the movies. Others might dress up as medieval characters and run around local parks with swords and spindles. Suzy McBroom, a quiet and unassuming employee of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council during the day, transforms into a medieval Swedish milkmaid.

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Conant Neville
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Dalla Olafskona at Pennsic, August 2012. Photo: <a href="http://www.eastkingdom.org/mediawiki/index.php/Image:Aug_2012_-_Olaf_n_Dalla.jpg">Suzy McBroom</a>
Dalla Olafskona at Pennsic, August 2012. Photo: Suzy McBroom
Suzy likes to dress up in Viking clothes and participate in medieval reenactments. She calls it reenactment because it’s not quite living history. Her and her friends create their own characters that could have lived in a time period. She was first introduced to reenactments when she was a student at SUNY Potsdam, through an international group called SCA, Society for Creative Anachronism. From there, she was hooked.

Her character’s name is Dalla Olafskona. She’s from Sweden around the year 950 A.D. Her weapon of choice is a drop spindle or a needle for embroidery. She does not personally do armored combat.  


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