James Walton and Carl Vendette circle each other trying to get in that crucial hit. Though they aren’t using real swords, these wood weapons can do some real damage. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Nina Mistry and Sunjay Mistry fight each other with soft-tipped sticks. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
It takes hours and hours to make lace the way Jane Caldwell does. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Lady Brennait La Bell Fleur shows off one of the swords that are used during fencing. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Ward Wright and Jodie Pullen have combined their businesses with the Algonquin Trading Post and sold several neat objects including weaponry at the event. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
In the modern age, getting a new outfit is as easy as going to the nearest retail store. Not so simple in the medieval age. Helen Doldey shows off some of the wool she had to process. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Medieval times at Petawawa Heritage Village
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017
Fair maidens and gallant knights made for quite a sight at the Petawawa Heritage Village.
Though the Village typically showcases life in Petawawa in pioneer times, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) brought took the timeline back to the Middle Ages. The event was added to the Village’s traditional Fall Festival activities and included combat demonstrations, lace-making, weaving and wool handling as well as displays of different tools and costumes.
The Village was the perfect platform to introduce SCA to the broader public, said Petawawa Heritage Society/Village President Ann McIntyre. “I am hoping that people like this and it becomes a bigger event,” she said.
This would be much appreciated by Lady Brennait La Bell Fleur, more commonly known as Chantal Robinson. As the Seneschal of the Stronghold of Tor Brant, the local branch of the SCA, she is always glad for the opportunity to have more events. “You get to meet people from all over the world,” she said.
Every weekend they fight, fence, do archery, throw weapons, create medieval objects, do research and ultimately just immerse themselves in medieval and Renaissance culture.
By having this event at the Village, Robinson hopes to entice more people to join the club. There are about 30,000 SCA members worldwide.
For more information on the local SCA, please visit www.skraelingalthing.com.