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Medieval Fair at WVNCC Weirton

Posted 04/03/13

A Medieval Fair, featuring a Viking encampment and more than a dozen presentations, will be conducted from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 10 on the Weirton campus of West Virginia Northern Community College.

Organized under the auspices of the Wheeling Regional Pre-Modern Symposium, the free event is open to the public at the campus located at 150 Park Ave., Weirton Heights. The keynote address will be “Vikings: Medieval Metrosexuals?” and will be delivered at 4 p.m. by Dr. Darrin Cox of West Liberty University.

According to Dr. Greg Winland, associate professor of English at WVNCC, highlighting the fair will be demonstrations throughout the day, with persons dressed in period costumes illustrating the lifestyle and cultures of the Vikings as well as medieval combat presentations. He said the Society for Creative Anachronism is in charge of the combat demonstrations and will be teaching several classes.

Winland said most of the presentations will be held in the Redline Building on the Weirton campus, with the Viking encampment and combat activities held outdoors on campus grounds.

Presentations will include The Basics of Medieval Cookery, A Historic Look at the Sport of Angling, A Historic Look at Italian White Vine Manuscripts, Marshal Training for the Medieval Period, Information about the Society for Creative Anachronism, The Reformation, Elizabethan Poor Laws, Peasants: The 97% of the Middle Ages, Women’s Issues of the Period, Benedictine Rule and Influence, Medieval Healthcare: Is this the Birth of Nursing, Medieval Medicine/Humours, Medieval Crime and Punishment, Medieval Music and a student production of scenes from “Twelfth Night.”

More information can be obtained by calling Winland at 304-723-7535 or via e-mail at