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Hark!  The Medieval Faire Returns to Ventfort Hall

Rural Intelligence Road Trips Chivalry is back in the Berkshires this weekend as Ventfort Hall, the Jacobean-revival mansion that houses The Museum of the Gilded Age once again provides a semi-persuasive setting for its crowd-pleasing Medieval Faire.  Last year a mix of locals and tourists drawn to the region specifically for this event numbered in the thousands, lured by the hope of hearing armored swordsmen mock their rivals in tournament combat with such searing asides (muttered sotto voce to a retinue of retainers—think: Entourage in tights), “That one handles an epee like a tord skeet!” (trans.: Handles a sword like a dung shovel).  Ouch!

Organized by Ventfort Hall and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, the day’s features include hourly displays of armored combat, equestrian demonstrations, strolling troubadours and other musicians, demonstrations of medieval arts, crafts, and baking, an exhibit of clothing, and, of course, food and drink, though perhaps not the historically accurate menu of roasted oxen, rough rye bread, and ale. 

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
104 Walker Street, Lenox
Saturday, October 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission: Advance sales (413.637.3206) $20/Adults; $10/3 - 17 years;  free/under 3
At the door $22/Adults; $12/3 - 17 years; free/under 3

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