PITTSBURGH-The Community College of
Allegheny County's South Campus will kick off the spring with a
festive Medieval Fair on Wednesday, April 11, from 11:00 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. The fair, which is open to the college community and the
general public, will feature a wide variety of educational
displays, entertainment and hands-on activities, including medieval
period games, arts and crafts, music and dance, jousting and
fencing demonstrations, a spinning wheel demonstration, a replica
catapult-and much more.
All of the merry-making will take
place in the South Campus gymnasium (Building G-502), which will be
filled with medieval period tents, banners, flags and a stage where
performances will be held. A round tent will house nearly 100
costumes on loan from the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, where
visitors may change into period costumes and have their photo taken
in an area that includes a medieval backdrop and a royal throne.
Hungry visitors will be able to feast on meat pies, barley soup,
honey bread, roasted lentil salad, oatmeal cookies and gooseberry
custard provided by the CCAC Culinary Arts Department.
The event has grown out of a
collaboration of students, faculty and staff in departments and
clubs at South Campus and throughout the college. For example,
students in CCAC's new Medieval History course will provide brief
presentations on topics related to the medieval era; a CIT
instructor will display and describe medieval encryption efforts;
Theatre students will perform period skits; and Engineering
students will display a 3-D printed chess set, army scene and
catapult they created.
Outside organizations and volunteers
will also participate, including the Society for Creative
Anachronism, whose members will perform period comedy. The
international organization is dedicated to researching and
re-creating the arts and skills of Europe prior to the
17th century. Members include Jim Krebs, a CCAC
History adjunct who has been instrumental in helping to organize
the fair, and Jodi Boyd, a CCAC alumna and vendor with the
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival who is providing the tents and
costumes, as well as demonstrating period dance and
"This fair has truly been a team
effort," said Laurie Sprankle, CCAC professor of History
and Political Science, who is leading the collaboration.
"Everyone on the planning committee has put in a ton of work
and brought an inspiring level of creativity that has allowed this
to grow into such an amazing event."
Admission is free. CCAC South Campus
is located at 1750 Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA