Medieval fair takes visitors back in time


Get ready for a day like no other by joining us at the Delaware County Library’s Annual Medieval Fair on Saturday, June 4th. The annual fair is held at the Olde Ostrander Branch Library, located at 75 N. Fourth St. in Ostrander, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day is filled with opportunity after opportunity to experience what life was like in the past. Many Renaissance fairs take place during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth I of England, Henry VIII, or even earlier medieval times like the 11th century Vikings. Whichever period you think is the most “medieval”, everyone who attends it is sure to be transported to another era.

The day begins with an opening ceremony by our “King” George (Needham) and a performance on the bagpipes, which were used extensively in the Middle Ages. The music will continue throughout the day with performances of the fiddle and nyckelharpa, a traditional Swedish musical instrument that has been played for over 600 years. Quintessence Strings de Marion will make its first visit to the Medieval Fair this year with performances at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

One of the highlights of the day comes from the Knights of the Rose Jousting Troupe, Ohio’s own all-female jousting troupe. The women and their horses, with the help of a few squires, will perform traditional jousting games on the lawn of the Ostrander branch library. Games are scheduled for noon and 2 p.m.

Traditional artisans and a medieval market will showcase some of the arts and wares of the time, including an herbalist, blacksmith, cloth weaver, woolen spinner, leather and wood craftsman, and portrait painter.

Delaware County District Library staff add to the fun with hands-on entertainment at stations around the grounds. Prepare to swim by Mermaid’s Cave, sail by Pirate Cove, tiptoe past the Dragon’s Lair, frolic through Sherwood Forest, and fence with the Royal Arts Fencing Academy. You can even find a trebuchet with one arm thrown towards Nottingham Castle!

If you get hungry on your trip yesterday, food trucks will be on site with food and refreshments available for purchase. Just be careful not to spill anything on your medieval costume for the day!

Journey through history with some of the newest titles hitting our shelves in historical fiction this month.

• “Cirque des Merveilles” by Elizabeth Macneal. Nell has always been stared at in her small English village thanks to the mottled birthmarks covering her body, but fate gives her the chance to gain attention on her own terms after her father sells her to a traveling circus. and that her owner let her perform acrobatic stunts. instead of being a secondary attraction.

• “Chorus” by Rebecca Kauffman. The lyrical, character-driven story of the seven Shaw siblings, who each share their perspective on two defining moments in their lives – one of the siblings’ teenage pregnancies and their mother’s mysterious untimely death. Set on the Shaw family farm in rural Virginia between 1903 and 1959.

• “Carolina Built” by Kianna Alexander. A well-researched fictional biography of entrepreneur and real estate magnate Josephine N. Leary. Located in Edenton, North Carolina, the coastal town where Josephine was born into slavery and eventually built her financial empire after the Civil War.

• “The matchmaker” by Paul Vidich. An atmospheric and complex story about the personal fallout of international politics during the Cold War. Anne Simpson is a translator working in West Berlin; Anne’s husband, Stephen, is a piano tuner who takes an unusually high number of work-related trips to both sides of the Iron Curtain.

• “Black Cloud Rising” by David Wright Faladé. The richly detailed and thought-provoking story of a Union Army brigade of recently enfranchised black men and their journey through Confederate-occupied Virginia in 1863. With Brigade Commander Sergeant Richard Etheridge, a mixed-race man struggling to balance his zeal to destroy slavery, his complex feelings about his white slave-owning father, and his disappointment with the Union Army’s deep-rooted racism.

If you have a question you’d like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362 -3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library website at or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always happy to hear from you!


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