Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Two Journeys into the Past Planned in Norman

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Two Journeys into the Past Planned in Norman

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The next two weekends promise major journeys into the past for Norman residents and tourists.

Activities begin this weekend with the ninth annual Medieval Fair at the University of Oklahoma Duck Pond, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Norman Arts and Humanities Council, andthe State Arts Council.

Over 40,000 people are expected to enter "The Kingdom of Avalon" to partake of Norman's jousts and duels. The following weekend several thousand more will return for a more personal recreation.

From castles and fair maidens, the Norman Chamber of Commerce, along with several sponsoring businesses, will wisk travelers to Oklahoma Territory with the 89er Spring Fest 1985. The barnstormer will be held at Campus Corner on April 20 and 21 in conjunction with the sixth annual Campus Corner Bicycle Criterium and Spring Street Festival.

The Medieval Fair will feature a new theme for 1985, according to Professor Judy Hess, fair director for the last five years.

"Last year we looked to the idea of King Arthur," she noted. "We planned six to eight years ahead to tell the whole story. This year it is the "Sword in the Stone.'"

The Society of Creative Anachronism will host the two-day production at the "Black Star Grove." The saga will begin with Merlin's Fanfare at 10 a.m. Saturday, passing through the stories of the Questing Beast and Robin Hood to the knighting of Kay.

The Sword in the Stone will appear at noon Sunday. Arthur will be proclaimed High King of Avalon two hours later.

A less serious tale will be told in the "Crystal Cave," where six showings of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" will entertain the frivilous.

At the "Unicorn Stage," a wide range of mystics and jesters will appear. They will range magician Gary Roberts to Farhana's Caravan Dancers and Merry Will, Shakespeare's clown. Among the various presentations will be the plays "Every Man," "Rosencrantz and Gilderstern are Dead," and "Pyramus and Thisbe."

The "Duck Hollow" will host the Cleveland County Brass, International Folk Dancers, and Sackbutts, Medieval Horns.

Highland games will be held at "Pellinore's Palace," while the Billy McCye Dancers will fill the "Dragon Square. …

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