Grand Success With An Age of Renaissance
The Age of Renaissance played itself out in our backyard the other night. We had the most wonderful displays of heavy, antiquated armor, swords, flute music with an informative talk of the time, poetry, and parts of Monty Python played out by the kids. The Age of Renaissance is one of Home Grown Hub’s monthly, themed, evening of story telling events. It’s a time for promoting community, bringing families together to share stories in a kid friendly venue, and igniting the joys of sharing these priorities. Our efforts are proving successful.
Dallas Phillips, a local Incline Villager, shared armor dating back 400+ years and authentic swords from the 1600s. He talked with us about discovering these items in museums and with collectors as original pieces from the Renaissance Age. He collected some of them from Europe and we can assume they were used in battle at some point. Dallas was generous to allow the kids to try on the helmet, which was determined to be much heavier than anticipated, as the kids wobbled under its weight. Nancy Irwin, a musical prodigy, played her flute with tunes from Greensleeves the Age of Renaissance. She explained the Renaissance as a time for people to unite and celebrate the joys of new prospects for an evening of entertainment.
The kids performed a few pieces as well. In fact, the night proved to be a Monty Python favorite adding a bit of humor. We reveled in the the famous dual scene where the loss of limbs was of no concern for the victim and the ever hilarious line “…it’s only a flesh wound,” had us giggling. Shel Silverstein made a debut as well, with a recitation of the poem The Queen Is Coming… performed by Otto and Mom.
The evening wouldn’t be complete without an impromptu dual. The Queen challenged the King and her bravery won. She was honored knighthood, although the King was heard whispering, “…off with her head.” The entire evening was playful for everyone and educational over all.
Teaching through the arts is a perfect match. Home Grown Hub plans a summer series with the next evening of story telling as a Native American theme, a suggestion by one of our attendees. I like to keep things open ended and embrace how they unfold naturally. It’s the audience who drives the evening as well as future events. I value the same school of thought for educating children.
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Mom, Educator at Home