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Medieval Arts Festival

Experience the Middle Ages as history comes to life! 


New is old, as it’s time for our 16th annual Medieval Arts Festival. On Saturday, November 3 from noon to 5 p.m. visitors to the new George W. Hawkes Downtown library will experience the Medieval world. Return to the days of Knights, Chivalry and Castles. Brought to you by costumed members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, with live demonstrations and educational exhibits. In addition, local author Katy Beebe will read to the kids and Medieval Facts Examiner Troy Depue will bring us fun facts and trivia.

Let the artist in the child come out to play as they color and design their own paper shield, build their own castle with the imagination playground, listen to medieval themed stories and receive a certificate with their name in calligraphy script.

Attendees can get a snack from a food truck and then wander over to spend a little money at a local vendors booth. All attendees can sign up for a chance at great door prizes provided by Theatre Arlington, Medieval Times and Scarborough Renaissance Festival.  And as usual Medieval Times has provided paper crowns for all.

Past attendees have enjoyed learning together at this annual library event, as well as having a fun afternoon for the whole family. It’s a time to spend with the family and it’s a great homeschooling and public-school educational opportunity.

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Medieval Books to Enjoy

ISBN: 9781101966662
Title: Queens of the conquest. Book one, England's medieval queens
Author: Weir, Alison, 1951-
ISBN: 9781554074808
Title: Knights : in history and legend
ISBN: 9781404238497
Title: Drawing manga medieval castles and knights
Author: Nishida, Masaki, 1960-
ISBN: 1592700055
Title: Life in a medieval castle
Author: McAleavy, Tony.
ISBN: 9780340157015
Author: Seton, Anya.
ISBN: 0385495560
Title: Mysteries of the Middle Ages : and the beginning of the modern world
Author: Cahill, Thomas.
ISBN: 9781472233707
Title: Dark serpent : a Hugh Corbett medieval mystery
Author: Doherty, P. C.

Northeast Branch Updates:
Starting Monday, December 4, 2023, the Northeast Branch will be temporarily closed for HVAC renovations. Click here for more information.