St. Gregory's Participates in 2017 Medieval Fair
The 2017 Medieval Fair, which took place this past weekend in Norman. The free three-day event brought an estimated 300,000 people to Reaves Park for the artisans, food, games, and entertainment.
For eleven years, along with St. Gregory’s Abbey and the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, St. Gregory’s University has sponsored a medieval education display castle and hands-on art tent.
The “Red Castle” exhibit features information about the early & high middle ages, the history of the Benedictine order, the history of the labyrinth, St. Gregory’s Abbey, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, St. Gregory’s University and the SGU Department of Visual & Performing Arts. Literature about each of these is distributed to display visitors.
Two Applied Visual Arts students, Alexis Riner and Michael Mitchell, assisted fair-goers with making rubbings from authentic brass replicas of medieval grave stones and crypt covers from the British Isles. In addition, they helped children create metal chasing & repousse shields. As he has for the past several years, Br.Isidore Harden, O.S.B., spoke with hundreds of fairgoers about the abbey and the history of the Benedictine monastic order. A popular figure at the event, many people stop by the tent to look for him. SGU alumni Brendan Donahue—a.k.a. “The Bard Brendan”--sang Irish ballads and played his guitar and mandolin. SGU visual arts faculty member Sheryl Cozad, M.F.A. created hundreds of names in calligraphy for fairgoers and spoke with potential students. Numerous other volunteers from the Norman area devoted their time to making this year’s event a successful, memorable experience.
Photographs and further descriptions of the Medieval Fair can be found online at https://www.medievalfair.org/