Sands Point Preserve will host Long Island's 31st Annual Medieval Festival, full of family-friendly entertainment and activities, September 11-12 and 18-19.
Thy Passport to Merriment Awaits
Take a trip back to the Middle Ages this month at Sands Point Preserve's 31st Annual Medieval Festival. The 216-acre preserve's great lawn, Castlegould, and Hempstead House will provide the backdrop for the celebration, presented by Medieval Scenarios & Recreations, Inc.
Each day, the colorful festival begins with a procession of the royal court, followed by mounted knights jousting on the lawn behind Hempstead House. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions of archery skill by medieval bowmen, then try their own hand at this ancient sport. Throughout the day, the historic atmosphere is enhanced with period entertainment, including instrumentalists, madrigal singers, a dance troupe, and a traditional Maypole dance, as well as a medieval-style puppet show. Other activities include a fashion show featuring the ornate costumes of lords and ladies, crafting demonstrations, games for children and adults, pony rides, and the opportunity for children to "fight-a-knight." At the close of each day, there is a "storming of Castlegould" to free the captured queen, followed by a meeting of the royal court to determine the fate of the queen's kidnappers.
What: Sands Point Preserve's 31st Annual Medieval Festival
Where: 127 Middleneck Road in Sands Point
When: September 11-12 and 18-19; 11am-5pm
How much: $10; $5 ages 4-12; FREE children under 4 when accompanied by an adult
For more information: 516-571-7900;
www.kingdomofacre.org or www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks