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Demonstrations

Apothecary— Learn how medicines were prepared, a predecessor to the pharmacist.
Aviary— The Aviary is a place for the birds. We have lots of birds on display all day, near the Arena. Meet Skully the parrot, and a variety of raptors including: hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and more. Feel free to ask any question about these interesting creatures of the air.
Baking— We show how bread was baked during the Renaissance era, one loaf at a time.
Blacksmithing— Visit the Dragons Watch Forge to see how various metals are crafted into useful items.
Butter Churning— Volunteer to churn butter for a minute or two, at the Dripping Dog Inn. It is a way for hands on learning, to how butter was made.
Carding Wool— Learn how wool is processed, maybe give us a hand.
Carpenter— Wood Carving skills were needed to build houses, tools, spoons, bowls, and countless other needs.
Chandler— Craftspeople made the main form of lighting things at night. Find out how and from what.
Confections and Midwife— Confections and Midwife - It is confections that often lead to the need of a midwife. See how the sweets are made, ask any questions you like. On Villager Way between glassblowing and the Dripping Dog Inn.
Cooking— We demonstrate cooking over an open fire. Meat, vegetables, soups and more -- ask Cook what's on the menu.
Coopersmithing— Learn how pieces of wood can be assembled to be watertight -- very useful before the invention of the red Solo cup...
Dancing— See period dances, join in on some of them! 10:30 a.m. every day at the Queen's Pavilion. We also do a lot of dancing at the closing gate show, which you can also join in if you like.
Educational Demonstrations— Educational Demonstrations and opportunities abound throughout the Ren-Fest. Look for these and other interesting demonstrations you can see around the village of Albright, especially near the Dripping Dog Inn. The road "Village Commons" is a free demonstration area, where nothing is for sell and no tip jars. All of the Demonstrations on the "Village Commons" are supported by the Renaissance Living History Center (RLHC), a 501c3.
Fabric Dyeing— Find out how we get that color into the fabric before there was fabric dye, and what that color meant. Please ask which colors were only for the Queen and why?
Falconry— This royal sport was enjoyed by kings. It can be practiced with any bird of prey (hawk, eagle, owl, falcon, etc).
Flax— The only Renaissance flaxing demonstration in the nation, showing how flax was prepared for spinning into linen thread.
Gaming— Enjoy the types of games played during the Renaissance. Games near the Dripping Dog Inn are free to play.
Glassblowing— One of our most entertaining demonstrations. See how sand is turned into works of art and functional tools.
Jousting— Only those of noble birth were allowed to compete in the joust, a combat using lances on horseback. Demonstrated twice a day at our Joust Arena.
Painting— Albright has several artists good at painting. The art form that served as the camera for the era.
Rapier— The use of these thin, light swords is typically demonstrated in front of the Dragon Watch Forge by the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Rapier Demonstration— See what the musketeers were good at. 2:15pm at the Queens Pavilion.
Scribe— from simple notes to copies of books the scribe could put your words into calligraphy.
Sheep Herding— See the sheep dog herd the sheep on Celtic Weekend (Nov 21-22) in the arena. See the schedule for more days the sheep dog will be demonstrating.
Spinning Wheels & Drop Spindles— These were the two most common tools for making thread and yarn for fabric.
Tailor Shop— This display of Elizabethan clothing and patterns, origins and types of fabrics, and demonstrations of hand sewing and embroidery techniques.
Weaving— Fabric was made using a loom. The color arrangement of thread determined the pattern.