Each year on the Friday before Memorial day, Magnolia is transformed into a Renaissance Faire bustling with activity, live Shakespeare performances, food, games, jousting and a general good time. Lads and ladies all strolling about in period costumes having a grand time!
All 7th grade students participate in the Renaissance Faire as part of their English and Social Studies curriculum.
Students begin the day well before school starts setting up their booths in preparation for the big event. Students work with 3-4 other students from his/her class to design a Renaissance booth. Groups may choose to sell a food item, a craft, or play a game, all with a Renaissance theme. (One of my favorite period games was “ye old BMX riding” - a real classic!) The students work together to man the booth and will sell their product or a chance to play their game for a ticket or two.
Once the booths are set up, the students head off for the short walk to Cottage Hill where they do a parade for the elementary students.
The official program kicks off with each English class performing a Shakespearean play. The performances begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. We encourage parents and family members to attend. Be sure to bring your camera to get a picture of all the great costumes! The Rattler Pit Production crew will be busy filming to capture the days events and will offer a class specific Renaissance DVD including your child's class play .
After the plays are done it is time to open the booths for business and get some lunch. Burgers and Dogs are “sold” for tickets as well as a variety of faire that is available at the booths. Following lunch we have the jousting contest which is fun for all to watch.
Students purchase tickets at .25 cents each to play the games or purchase food from the booths and all proceeds from the event are donated to charity.
The Renaissance Faire is definitely one of the highlights of 7th grade!