Fighting. Outlaw behaviour. Family fun. As the last 16 years have demonstrated, the three mix just fine at the Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival, which returns to Elmira this month.
Gibson Park will be transformed into Sherwood Forest in order to welcome thousands of visitors for the annual ode to Hood, his Merry Men and the rest of the gang from Nottingham. The event runs May 27 (5-9 p.m.) and May 28 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Those in attendance are treated to magic shows, knights in battle, jesters, musicians, jugglers, comedy, fortune-telling and, naturally, archery demonstrations. There are also numerous merchants on hand selling jewellery, leather goods, armour and other period novelties.
The inspiration of DJ Carroll, head of the drama department at EDSS, the festival captures the romantic spirit of the medieval times. See www.robininthehood.com for more info.