The Old Fort will play host to a mercenary company, representing the years 1500 – 1650. Re-enactors portraying soldiers from England, Spain, France, Germany, and Poland will converge on the Fort to join the roll of the mercenary company of the Banner of St. Michal. As they train to become a unified fighting force, recruits will showcase the life and times of the late 16th and early 17th centuries. See what soldiers and civilians in the Age of Discovery wore and ate, as well as how they trained in their trade and interacted with one another. Highlights will include sick call and treatment of maladies by the Barber Surgeon and contests of Arms, Sword and Musketry duels.
Saturday: 10-6: Welcome to A Fort Under Siege.
Civilians seeking refuge from their plundered homes & burning fields cower inside the fort walls. Opposition forces will be setting up around the fort but their actual attack could happen at any time. Forces inside the fort will have been on watch all night but once those first shots are fired, everyone will spring into real action. Depending on where they are when the battle starts (& stops & starts again, as battles do) the public can expect to find themselves fleeing for shelter within the fort walls, cheering from behind the offensive line, interrupted by a raiding party or any number of places in between.
Sunday: 10-3: Demonstration Day
We will have more traditional demonstrations based on historical arts including: Hussar Horsemanship (~10am), Easter Sabre skills (~1pm), Hearth cooking (~10am-noon), English calligraphy art, Renaissance music & gambling (all day).