Middle Ages came to life Sunday at Glencairn Museum's annual festival.
Swords and chain mail, flowing costumes and ink-stained leather brought the Middle Ages to life Sunday at Glencairn Museum. The museum's annual Medieval Festival drew hundreds of people to the castle in Bryn Athyn, which houses a museum collection dedicated to the history of religion. Volunteers dressed in period costumes directed visitors around the castle and demonstrated the medieval arts of stained-glass painting and manuscript illumination. Others presented demonstrations of medieval musical instruments and weaponry as well as the workings of a Gutenberg-style printing press. Built between 1928 and 1939, Glencairn was the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn. The couple left the home to the Academy of the New Church after Mildred died…
This Sunday crafters, musicians, Christians on pilgrimage and sword-clashing knights bring the pageantry and color of the Middle Ages to life at the Glencairn Museum Medieval Festival.
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Thursday, January 31
Glencairn Museum’s Medieval Festival will recreate the art, music, crafts and swordsmanship of the Middle Ages, giving attendees the chance to experience for themselves the long-ago sights and sounds of knights and ladies. Listen to the strains of period instruments like the hurdy-gurdy, the bray harp and the rebec (ancestor to the violin). See the ancient art of stained-glass painting. Watch the mechanics of a Gutenberg-style moveable-type printing press in action. Give a spin to a spinning wheel in a hands-on demo. And be sure to duck when the Medieval Martial Arts Guild stages its battles with halberds (axe blade topped with a spike) and poleaxes (wooden haft with a steel head). You’ll also take a Canterbury Tales–type pilgrimage with …