Knaves and knights, maidens and minstrels, archers and artisans, blacksmiths, brewers and bards will come together in Hagerstown this weekend during the annual medieval and Renaissance festival outside the Jonathan Hager House and Museum.
"I understand even the king is coming," Hager House Curator John Nelson said.
The local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism - the Barony of Highland Foorde - will host the festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12. The SCA, which boasts more than 30,000 members worldwide, is a nonprofit educational group dedicated to reliving the experience of the medieval and Renaissance periods in Europe between the sixth and 17th centuries, according to the organization's Web site at www.sca.org. The group divides the world into 17 kingdoms, with each comprised of a series of smaller groups ranging from principalities and baronies to shires and provinces. The Kingdom of Atlantia includes Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and part of Georgia. The Barony of Highland Foorde's members live in Frederick, Washington, Allegheny and Garrett counties in Maryland.