Northwest NEWS

August 16, 1999

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Merry minstrels

The Three Sisters

The Three Sisters sing for visitors at the Camlann Medieval Faire.
Staff photo by Lisa Allen.

Camlann Village Faire offers link to medieval Europe

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   The Camlann Medieval Village summer festival is in full swing, offering Old World crafts, knights in armor, minstrels, and evening banquets. The festival has been held annually at its Stillwater location since 1981. The village recreates a 14th-century English village faire.

   According to Camlann founder and coordinator Roger Shell, the village was developed to help people get more in touch with the more intimate, handcrafted world of medieval Europe.

   "This period is part of our heritage. It is where our legal system, our philosophy, customs, and manners came from," he said. "We like to expose people to some history, and offer a place for them to get away from their urban environment."

   He added that all the entertainers at the faire are professionals who come to enjoy the village atmosphere.

   The village is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August 29, and is located at 10320 Kelly Road NE, three miles north of Carnation. Admission is $5-$8.

   The village also offers medieval banquets at the Bors Hede, educational field trips and craft shops with period costumes to buy or rent, and books on medieval history, cooking, and culture. Call 425-788-8624 for information.