Medieval Arts Festival Teaches Arlington Kids About the Middle Ages

Articles Library 10-28-15

Photos taken by Richard Threlkeld

More than 500 people witnessed the Meadowbrook Park Recreation Center go Medieval for an afternoon of fun and education for the whole family. The Medieval Arts Festival, an annual event presented by Arlington Public Library and Parks and Recreation had a last-minute change in location to Meadowbrook from the Levitt Pavilion due to rain.

More than 35 members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, dressed in their medieval best, gave attendees a peek at the past with fighting demonstrations, weaponry, textile arts, medieval crafts and more.  Also, Troy Dupue, the Medieval Facts Examiner had a table display and spent the afternoon sharing his knowledge. The craft room was a big hit with castles, swords and shields to color. Children (and adults) enjoyed play fighting with their paper swords.

Students from several local schools, including Seguin and UTA, attended the event to write reports, homeschoolers were also represented. Ysabel de Picard (her performer name) played medieval tunes for the crowds on the hammered dulcimer. UTA student Kathryn Cargo took video, audio and photos for a class assignment and also for her blog.

Door prizes were provided by Medieval Times, Scarborough Renaissance Festival, and Theatre Arlington.  Kona Ice was outside the front entrance so attendees could purchase ice treats. It was great to see whole families come together to color swords and shields in the craft room, sit together to watch mock fighting demonstrations, and learn about history, all while having fun.

Participants overwhelmingly reported that the Medieval Arts Festival was valuable, that they learned something new, and that the event helped them feel more connected to their community.

You can check out photos taken by Richard Threlkeld of the event on his Flickr page.