PUTNEY, Vt. – The Grammar School in Putney, Vt. is preparing for its 32nd annual Medieval Faire, and students, teachers, and parents are eagerly doing their part to get ready for the day. Each October, the school transforms into a medieval village, complete with king and queen, a gaming glen, Merlin’s Midway full of rides and medieval challenges; jousting and other medieval riding games; Morris Dancing and a Mummer’s Play; the Boar’s Head Tavern, stocked with tasty offerings; and a Marketplace with a variety of treats and crafts for sale.
It truly takes a village! Everyone volunteers to help with multiple jobs before and during the faire to make it a success. One of the things the faire relies on is the baking and crafting expertise of folks in the community, as they make items to sell that include home baked pies, quick breads, cookies, quiches, and an array of handmade gift items, all for sale the day of the event at the marketplace.
This year, individual students, as well as classes, are contributing to the success of the faire. A seventh grade student is making soap, the first graders are making apple butter, and the kindergartners are making yellow jacket traps to place around the faire grounds, as well as an illustrated instruction booklet on how to make the traps, which will be for sale. The students who take Spanish will be making 600 candied apples to sell. There are sure to be many other delectable and delightful items for sale.
“The faire has long been a beloved fall event in the community,” said Nick Perry, head of school. “The dedication and hard work of The Grammar School parents, students, and staff alike, enable us to host a remarkable event each year that has become a tradition for so many families in the area. It is also one of our biggest fundraising efforts.” All the proceeds from the faire go toward scholarships each year.
The Medieval Faire takes place Saturday, Oct. 6. The gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Admission to the Faire is free. For children, there is a cost to go on the rides and games, of which there are many. The event is open to the public and not to be missed! All are welcome to attend. Bring the whole family but please, leave your dogs at home!