Medieval period to be re-enacted in City Park

June 07, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Round up a bunch of guys from the Crusades and you can almost guarantee someone's going to pick a fight.

That will be the case Saturday near the Jonathan Hager House and Museum in Hagerstown's City Park, the locale of the Highland River Melees, where about 500 re-enactors will be portraying the historical period of the Crusades - fighting and all, said Vera Messina, event organizer.

The public is invited to view staged fights - or melees - armored combat tournements and jousting events. There also will be medieval arts and crafts demonstrations and vendors, and Middle Eastern re-enactors, Messina said.

Other activites: Medieval arts and crafts demonstrations; demonstrations of armored combat, archery, Renaissance-style fencing, knife and axe throwing; vendors of handmade wares.


A quick history lesson: the Crusades were a series of European military expeditions instigated by the church and aimed at recovering the Holy Land from Muslims in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries.

"It will really show how people were impacted by the Crusades," said Messina, a mem-ber of the Western Maryland chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

The local SCA chapter (known as the Barony of Highland Foorde) has organized the event - also referred to as the Renaissance festival - for the past 18 years. Last year's Renaissance festival had a Viking theme.

For more information, visit the local SCA chapter online at

If you go ...

WHAT: Highland River Melees, aka the Renaissance festival

WHEN: Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown

WHEN: Public activities 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9


MORE: For more information, visit the chapter's Web site,

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