Community Renaissance Festival Makes History Come Alive!
Living history and open-air museums and events provide interesting insight into the ways in which we engage with historical information. Renaissance fairs first emerged in the United States in the 1950s, as part of a larger interest in medieval culture and music, resulting is placemaking events that support learning through engagement.
Living history challenges actors and attendees to think about history beyond events, learning about customs, dress, accents and behaviors. Vendors sometimes sell foods and items traditional for the time period. Living history, unlike historical texts or documentaries, is hands-on and interactive. Some renaissance and other living history events provide demonstrations of skills such as blacksmithing, and early printing methods. People of all ages who enjoy dressing up can feel like a more active participant by donning their renaissance wear along with the actors.
The 14th Annual Community Renaissance Festival hosted by The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies will be highly entertaining and educational. This event will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2016 from 11am-4pm. Attendees of all ages will have the chance to witness and learn about jewelry making, pottery, weaving, and woodworking. There will be sword demonstrations, juggling, Tarot reading, dancing and music. Plus, a book sale will allow for continued historical learning after the event.
The Theater Truck will be performing Commedia Grab Bag! in the Big Tent at 11:30am. This interactive theatrical performance will allow audience members to determine what scenes and characters are played in a choose-your-own-adventure style performance.
Feel free to dress up in your best renaissance gear! Getting into character along with the performers will help you experience history in a new way, and may spark a new or greater interest in the time period being portrayed. The full event schedule can be found on the The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies website. Call 413-577-3600 with any questions. The Renaissance Center is located at 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)
Want to continue to support an interest in the Medieval renaissances? This summer be sure to check out Mutton & Mead Medieval Festival in Montague in June and the Medieval Faire at Ventfort Hall in Lenox in October.