The Medieval Faire
On March 8th, the sixth graders of Iolani School put on a Medieval Faire. The Medieval Faire was for the sixth graders to show what they've learned through the past six weeks. The sixth graders played the roles of alchemists, herbalists, dragons, knights, surgeons, calligraphers, and many other jobs. They made potions, jousted, or shot bows and arrow. The sixth graders designed and wore great costumes that fit their roles.
The Maypole dancing was an important and popular event. This was when the men and ladies (in a circle) wove in and out of one another with a long ribbon or streamer that they were holding. These short dances came with festive music and when the dance ended these streamers were braided down the pole. The top of the pole was decorated with colorful flowers and garlands of sheer fabric. Whenever Maypole dancing was in session, "business" for other happenings was quite slow, as the crowd gathered around the Maypole.
At the faire, the herbalists' table was filled with a variety of potted herbs that were pleasing to the nose. Some were rosemary, lavender, lemon balm, and oregano. Rosemary was enjoyed by many because of its pleasing aroma. People also like the soft texture of lamb's ear, which is a plant but not really an herb. The herbalists were freely distributing many herbs in tied netting (potpourri) and also were distributing pomanders, oranges or limes covered with many cloves. This table attracted many people because of the pretty, nicely scented herbs.
Fairegoers enjoyed having their fortunes told by the astrologers and showed rowdy involvement by throwing cabbage at the prisoner in the pillary. The guilds were very busy with the workers making stained glass and picture frames. Almost everyone wanted to get bookmarks and their names written in calligraphy from the skilled calligraphers. Young visitors raced around hunting for items listed on the "find-it" page. The knight drawings, town mural, and the Rapunzel painting really made people feel like they were in the Middle Ages. The faire was a great event that will be remembered for years to come.
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