PLYMOUTH, N.H.— The First Annual King John’s Faire, replete with games, living history demonstrations and military drills will encamp on the Plymouth State University Alumni Green adjacent to the Hartman Union Building on High Street in Plymouth, Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The faire is open to the public free of charge.
The highlight of the faire will be demonstrations of life in the early 16th century by the Guild of St. Maurice from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The guild recreates a military encampment and displays of the skills and life of a Landsknecht unit, soldiers of the Holy Roman Empire, and their wives and family members.
Vendors will have an array of products for sale, from décor to wearables, toys and instruments. PSU’s Plymouth Players will perform an improvised skit on themes from the faire, and the campus Japanese culture club will present a simplified demonstration of a tea ceremony and share information about Japan in medieval times.
Demonstrations will include leather working and a brief history of the trebuchet, accompanied by the launching of the club’s own miniature trebuchet.
Ariel Couture, coordinator of the Faire, says, “Our faire is anachronistic and very eclectic—we don’t have a set period we are representing. Our representative dignitary is from the late 12th and into the 13th century, while the Guild of St. Maurice is from the early 16th century. We will have games from varying time periods, and possibly some that are modern with medieval influences. All time travelers are welcome, in costume and garb or modern street dress.” Join the fair for medieval games, sewing, military drills and hands-on activities for all.
King John’s Faire is organized and hosted by the PSU student Medieval Society with sponsorship from PSU’s Department of English, Department of Languages and Linguistics and the Plymouth State University Medieval Society.
NOTE: There are no food booths at the Faire. Travelers are invited to patronize vendors in downtown Plymouth and the snack bar in the Hartman Union Building.