Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Students Re-Create Medieval Town Fair

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Students Re-Create Medieval Town Fair

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With girls in flowing dresses selling foods and braiding hair and boys suited in armor practicing their jousting skills, the Epiphany Cathedral courtyard was transformed into a busy village.

Students and staff did a representation of a medieval town fair in the school's courtyard on Nov. 20. They were involved in cooking, arms and armor and typical items of daily life centuries ago.

Middle school language arts teacher Beth Donofrio got the idea of re-creating a small town fair when she began teaching "Crispin," a series of medieval literature, with her students. It prompted her to bring it to life.

"I remember saying, 'This would be fun,'" Donofrio said.

Five years later, it is still one of the most popular events in the school.

"And every year we get something new," Donofrio said.

This year, students from Sarasota Military Academy gave a fencing demonstration.

On the grounds and dressed in fencing gear, fourth-graders Dominic Cantrell and Connor Flynn put on their masks and got into position. Balloons were placed on their heads. The idea was to pop the balloon by swiping it.

"Stabbing it won't do it," said George Mackey, a former Epiphany student. "But the most important thing we teach them is safety."

Students walked about selling crafts, entertaining and performing.

"The kids are super involved," Donofrio said.

So are the parents.

"I had an amazing mom who made all the costumes the first year," Donofrio said.

Since then, costumes have been added, made and some bought from garage sales. Among students bringing their own costumes were Grace and Mackenzie Callahan, who performed an Irish dance.

Mike Mercurio, who has two children attending Epiphany, did projects for the fair. He built a stockade and a shield to practice jousting.

His daughter came home one day before the fair with a picture from class and asked him to build them.

"It was easy," Mercurio said. "She came to me with a picture from a book and said it had to be done in like two days. Mrs. Donofrio is a wonderful person. The whole school is great."

"Everyone loves helping," Karen Mercurio added. "The big kids love helping the little ones. It's just a great community."

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