CCAC South Campus to host a medieval fair for the college and wider community on April 11

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

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 jousting. 

"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 15122.

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