The Community College of
Allegheny County’s South Campus will kick off spring with a festive Medieval
Faire on Wednesday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The faire, 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
All of the merry-making
will take place on the South Campus lawn (indoors if inclement weather). The
scene will be graced with several medieval period tents, banners, flags and an
area for performances, which will include music by student harpists. 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 with a medieval backdrop and a royal throne. CCAC President
Dr. Quintin Bullock will prepare his famous smoked turkey legs for guests.
Other traditional fare will include fried chicken, bread, fruit and tea.
The event has
grown out of a collaboration of students, faculty and staff in various
departments and clubs at South Campus and throughout the college. For example, Engineering students will display a 3D printed chess
set, army scene and catapult they created. Students in the Veterans and
History clubs will display an evolution of warfare exhibit. Art students will
offer a virtual scavenger hunt, and Honors students will present a reading of
Outside organizations and volunteers will
also participate, among them the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose
members will offer a variety of dance and arts and crafts demonstrations.
Members include Jim Krebs, a CCAC History adjunct who is also a member of the
faire planning committee, 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. In addition, the Humane Wildlife Rescue will
exhibit birds of prey, and Fair Districts PA will do a presentation on
gerrymandering and government.
“Last year’s faire was such a success, and
this year’s will be even bigger and better,” 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. In the case of
inclement weather, activities will be moved to the South Campus gymnasium,
Building G–502. CCAC South Campus is located at 1750
Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA 15122.