Journey back in time to “ye days of olde” with ladies and lords on Saturday, June 1st from 11:00am – 6:00 pm. The thirteenth annual Renaissance Festival, presented by the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum and the Society for Creative Anachronism, will awaken your interest in medieval games, arts and crafts, and entertainment. It’s a great event for the entire family you won’t want to miss.
“The Brass Ring Thing XIII” celebrates the origin of carrousels and the brass ring tradition. Though the modern merry-go-round developed after the invention of the steam engine in the 19th century, simple versions of carrousels were found in the medieval period as training devices for knights. Turned by a servant or animal, knights “rode” around a center pole on logs or crude wooden horses as they tried to spear a brass ring with their lance for target practice.
At the museum’s festival, costumed members of the Society of Creative Anachronism bring this history to life through tournaments and period crafts. An international organization with over 30,000 members, the SCA is dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Members display weaponry skills such as fencing, armored combat, thrown weapons, and archery, while historic artisans demonstrate weaving, spinning, lace making, pottery, woodcarving, hand scribing, chain mail making and more.
Themed arts and crafts activities and numerous medieval games will entertain festival visitors of all ages. Soar through the air on our dragon swings, catapult frogs over castle walls, wrap the Maypole, or take part in a pillow joust. The Walking Maze from the Cathedral at Chartres provides time for peaceful contemplation, while the live chess matches and tournaments offer opportunities for cheering on your favorites. Food, face painting, period music, puppet shows, vendors, and raffles round out a great day of activities.
An admission fee of $8 per person includes admission to the Carrousel Museum and all festival activities (sorry, no coupons or passes accepted). The event will be held rain or shine, though some activities will take place only with weather permitting. Activities occur both within the museum building, located at 180 Thompson Street in North Tonawanda, as well as on the adjacent grounds. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot and on adjoining streets. For directions and further information about this and other special events, programs or group tours, visit our web site: www.carrouselmuseum.org or contact the museum at 716-693-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.