Sarasota's Medieval Festival

Posted by Tamara Berryman on Sunday, November 18th, 2012 at 10:49am.

Sarasota Medieval Fair: Joust and Be Merry The Sarasota Medieval Fair kicked-off on Saturday, November 10th at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds. It ran through the second weekend in November and will return for another on Saturday and Sunday, the 17th and 18th. It's bedlam and history all rolled into one time capsule, allowing visitors to peek into the past. Life in the 5th through the 15th century sure was different from that of today. And the culture is a bit of a shock. But that's all in good fun as food and drink are plentiful in these parts. So are the colorful characters, portraying various stations of the day. From the peasant to the princess' lady-in-waiting to the king himself, all social manifests are represented, including the brave knights of the royal court.


About the Sarasota Medieval Fair

Like those hosted around the country, the Sarasota Medieval Fairis one of wonderment and action. From human combat chess to jousting to stage shows, there's something for everyone. The fair gives visitors a glimpse of life during the middle ages. Complete with period-specific attire, social interactions and accents of the day. It's a journey back in time to see when sorcery and superstition reigned supreme.


The 2012 Fair Theme

This year's theme centers around the battle of the Irish versus the Irish. The Battle of Glenmama or "Ghleann Máma" means The Battle in the Glen of the Gap. The scrimmage was fought in County Wicklow in 999 AD between the Kingdom of Meath and Kingdom of Munster and their opposition, the Kingdom of Leinster and Norse Kingdom of Dublin. The battle essentially erupted over British control of Southern Ireland. This year, many professional actors return to bring to life the characters that ruled the day. Among them are Michael Gartner, a gentleman who holds a degree in Medieval-Renaissance musicology. There's also Kristen Herbert, an actress from Los Angeles, not to mention Dean Bowden, a 28-year stage combat veteran.

Tamara Berryman

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