Getting medieval at the library

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2005

WILLOW WOOD- Where can you see brave knights engaging in a sword fight, or fair damsels teaching young ladies to curtsy?

You can see all this and more at your local library.

The Northern Branch of the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library had its fifth anniversary open house and a special children's program on Saturday. The Society for Creative Anachronism presented a Middle Ages demonstration complete with music, costumes and a sword fight or two.

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"It's a living history organization," member Sharon Schmutz said.

"The SCA is a national organization with 34,000 people in the United States and 64,000 worldwide."

Schmutz said this group of SCA members is part of the Canton of Gleann Iaruinn, which is Gaelic for "Valley of Iron."

The demonstration consisted of a history lesson for the youth who also learned to curtsy and bow as "proper ladies and knights," music and the opportunity to try on some costumes from the period - complete with swords.

The program concluded with a sword fight on the front lawn of the library.

"On guard!" 7-year-old Mikey Hatten said as he lifted a sword above his head. Hatten, from Waverly was visiting family in Kitts Hill, who attended the event. He was trying on the myriad of costumes, but seemed to like the knight's costume the best.

Candice Bloomfield, who brought Hatten to the event, said that they received an invitation from the library and came to see the program.

"I really enjoyed it, I think it's a good experience for the kids," Bloomfield said.

Tami Jones, manager of the Northern Branch, said that the branch has just celebrated its fifth anniversary at Symmes Valley School and that they have really enjoyed putting on events for the children in the area, where they can learn about things such as history.

"The SCA is a great group," Jones said.

Nine-year-old Skye Barnett of Kitts Hill was also enjoying the demonstration. Barnett said that she liked everything, but the costumes were definitely her favorite.

"It's pretty cool," she said.

Christine Howard of the SCA was the coordinator for Saturday's event. She said that the organization does several community events such as this and they enjoy having the opportunity to educate the youth about medieval history.

"We want to make it fun for the kids and show them that there is medieval history," Howard said.