FCCJ Sets Up Its Own Medieval Experience; on Oct. 25, the School Is Staging Its Sixth Renaissance Fair at the Kent Campus

By Strickland, Sandy | The Florida Times Union, October 14, 2006 | Go to article overview

FCCJ Sets Up Its Own Medieval Experience; on Oct. 25, the School Is Staging Its Sixth Renaissance Fair at the Kent Campus


Strickland, Sandy, The Florida Times Union


Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND

It's a chance to see jousters in action, fencing demonstrations, costumed knights and maids and teeth pulled the old-fashioned way - without painkillers.

We're talking medieval times here.

If you're hankering to visit the days when knighthood was in flower, you can do so from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Florida Community College at Jacksonville's Kent Campus, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd.

This is the sixth time the campus has staged a free medieval and Renaissance fair.

Humanities professor Jenny Ohayon started the fair in 2000 as a way for students to relate to the Middle Ages.

"That first year we were only going to do it one time," Ohayon said. "But we got such a good reaction that everybody wanted me to do it again and again. We're trying to make this historically accurate and educational. It's not just for fun, though that's a big aspect."

Reenactors from the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Men of Menendez from St. Augustine will help bring the period alive. So will La Dolce Vita's costumed musicians, who will play authentic period instruments, and the What's In a Name troupe from St. Augustine performing Shakespeare.

FCCJ professors will give mini-lectures on medieval topics. Mike Reynolds, associate dean of liberal arts, will speak on astronomy at 9:30 a.m. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Laura Dwyer will discuss music at 11 a. …

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