Fort Knox turns back the clock

Fort Knox turns back the clockOn Saturday, Sept. 11, the Fort Knox State Historic site will transform into a medieval castle as re-enactors from around New England assemble for the 9th Annual Medieval Tournament. The tournament offers something for everyone, including battling knights, a fashion show, not-so-distressed damsels and weaponry of the Middle Ages.

Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Knox as one of many special events throughout the operating season, this event is organized by the Society for Creative Anachronism. SCA members are dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of Europe before the 17th century; the tournament features a full day of fencing, music, full-contact fighting and more. The tournament includes:

Parade grounds

10-11 a.m.

Rapier duels & fencing melees

11 a.m. to noon

Live music & dance presentation

Noon to 1 p.m.

Pas d’Armes Tournament of knightly combat, opened by youth fighters

1-1:30 p.m.

Fashion show on the parade grounds

1:30:-2:15 p.m.

Rapier duels & fencing melees

2:15-3 p.m.

Live music & dance presentation

3-4 p.m.

Pas d’Armes Tournament of knightly combat, opened by youth fighters

Around the fort

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arts & science exhibits in the gun bays (casemates), ballista firing, camping pavilions (in front of fort)

Battery A (Times listed on site)

Thrown weapons demonstrations

Combat archery demonstrations

In addition, visitors will be able to throw a battle axe, try shooting a combat crossbow, join in a medieval dance and watch the firing of a ballista, a massive crossbow-like siege weapon! Throughout the day visitors can observe craft demonstrations and displays, take part in games and look on as knights fence and fight informally outside the fort walls.

The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. It’s “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with more than 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes and workshops, and more. Maine has four SCA groups which can be found online at SCAmaine.com. Information on the Fort Knox event can be found at: endewearde.eastkingdom.org.

The Friends of Fort Knox is the nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.

After the Medieval Tournament the final two Friends’ sponsored special events will be a Civil War cannon firing demonstration Columbus Day weekend and the annual Fright at the Fort, the last two Fridays and Saturdays of October. Individuals seeking additional information about the Friends of Fort Knox are encouraged to go to the Web site at fortknox.maineguide.com.

Regular fort admission fees apply ($1 ages 5-11, $3 12-64), plus a suggested donation of $3 per person is requested.

Source: Village Soup

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