Southington Library hosts Renaissance fair

Southington Library hosts Renaissance fair

SOUTHINGTON — Medieval combat demonstrations, armor displays, arts and crafts and medieval music will be featured during the Southington Library’s upcoming Renaissance fair.

Molly Virello, a children’s librarian, participates in Renaissance fairs and wanted to offer the experience to local children at no charge.

“Sometimes (Renaissance fairs are) cost prohibitive,” she said.

Ye Old Library Renaissance Faire is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For young children, there’ll be story time, face painting and paper dragons flown from the balcony. Older children or adults can watch medieval training and combat demonstrations by the East Coast Combative Arts group or see displays of medieval armor and weapons. Food will be sold by Sixpence Pie Company.

“We’re going to have a packed day,” Virello said.

She’s a member of The Hitting & Stabbing Emporium, a weapons demonstration group performing at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in North Haven this weekend.

“I teach people how to throw sharp things,” Virello said.

Virello, who organized a comic convention at the library in May, brought the idea to Cindy Wall, children’s services head, and her entire department has been brainstorming ideas. They’ve also enlisted the help of friends and relatives. The fair has something for everyone, including the opportunity to battle a knight with a foam sword. Wall said it’s a unique event that shows library’s “aren’t just places for books and people shushing you.

“That’s what we do in our department, we do things that libraries don’t usually do,” she said.

Virello hopes that the Renaissance fair will become an annual event.

“We’re going to see how it’s taken,” she said. “It’s something kind of fun and I really like the idea of bringing something different to town.”
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