Summer is just around the corner – and summer is one of the busiest times for us here at Chivalry Today. We provide many of our live chivalry-themed presentations for youth camps, summer schools, libraries and other organizations looking for an exciting and engaging activity for their young attendees … and this summer will be no exception.
We want to invite Chivalry Today newsletter subscribers and podcast listeners to come and join us at some of the venues (open to the public – and best of all, free of charge) in the coming weeks where program director Scott Farrell will be sharing his knowledge and love of knighthood, medieval history and the values of chivalry with audiences of all ages:
DEED OF ARMS
May 17 – 2-3 pm at the Team Touche Fencing Center (10373 Roselle St. #120; San Diego, CA 92121). Team Touche is holding its yearly open house in preparation for its “fencing camp” programs. Scott Farrell will be giving a 30-minute lecture on arms and armor, and providing a demonstration of his Deed Of Arms presentation for attendees. Learn more about the Team Touche Fencing Center’s programs at their website: http://www.teamtouche.com/TTFC/
SIEGE THE DAY
May 20 – 3:30-4:30 pm at the Santee Branch San Diego County Library (9225 Carlton Hills Boulevard #17; Santee, CA 92071-3192). Scott Farrell will be talking about castles, knights and the code of chivalry in his presentation “Get Creative and Siege the Day,” part of the 2009 “Get Creative” Summer reading program. Children will get to see model catapults in operation, and will get to be “siege engineers” as they construct their own tabletop catapults out of craft sticks. The Siege The Day presentation will be given at other library branches throughout June, July and August – check the San Diego County Library website for more details and a schedule of events: http://www.sdcl.org/
ADVENTURES BY KNIGHT
June 16 – 10-11 am at the San Carlos Branch San Diego County Library (7265 Jackson Drive, San Diego, CA 92119-2314). Scott Farrell will present Adventures By Knight, a discussion of the themes of heroism and chivalry with young readers. The presentation will look at Jedi knights, superheroes, Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lord of the Rings and other popular books, TV shows and movies that harken back to the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. A great way for kids (and adults too) to get a sense of the history and traditions behind the stories and characters they know and love – with lots of hands-on demonstrations of medieval arms and armor to keep things interesting.
Mark your calendars – JOUSTING!
October 23-25 at the Poway Rodeo Grounds (14336 Tierra Bonita Rd.; Poway, Ca. 92064). Our friends at Historic Enterprises and the Royal Armouries at Leeds are once again bringing the Tournament of the Phoenix to San Diego – the only jousting event in the United States sanctioned by England’s prestigious Royal Armouries. Stop by and visit the Chivalry Today display booth, attend Scott Farrell’s presentation on The History and Traditions of The Joust, and listen to Scott Farrell and Steve Lewandowski as they provide the live “color commentary” for the jousting. This year, at the request of the many educators who bring their students to this event, the organizers have added a education themed date on Friday (intended specifically for school field-trip coordinators) and have established the Festival of History Zone, where a variety of historical interpretative groups (from Rome to the Renaissance) will have “camps” set up to demonstrate authentic crafts, clothing and equipment for students – and everyone fascinated by the details of life in history!
Tickets to the Tournament of the Phoenix are now on sale through the event website, and you can also enjoy a video of the report done on the 2008 tournament by Showjumping Unplugged: http://www.worldjoust.com/