June 16, 2018
We have many demonstrators and non-profits on hand every year! Make sure you check out all the living history displays, as well as our neighboring non-profit organizations.
New for 2018!!!
Many know of the Vikings as raiders; we show the Vikings as traders! Njörðr’s Wanderers portrays a typical seasonal trading camp found along any given waterway in the British Isles between the years 800-1000. The Norse God Njörðr is invoked by seafarers, fishermen, and merchants for prosperity and success. Many cities in Ireland were founded by Norse as trading camps, such as Limerick, Wexford, Waterford, Cork, and, of course, Dublin; and York, Hamwich, and Ipswich, England. We set up a small camp, with merchant’s booths, where we give ongoing demonstrations of various crafts, including wood, metal, leather, and textile work. We discuss and describe features of trade and daily life. Our camp is an integral part of our portrayal, in which we eat, sleep, trade, and entertain. As a trading camp, we show merchants from Scandinavia, Frankia, and around the British Isles
New for 2018!!!
Caisle an na Cnamha (Castle of Bones)
Portrayal of 16th century Gaelic Irish soldier types (galloglass and kern), with display of weapons and dress reconstructed from archaeological finds, and demonstration of aspects of fieldcraft (grinding oats in a quern and cooking on the griddle), used by our historical counterparts. Discussion of connection between Hebrides and Ireland, including the origin of the galloglass families in the Western Isles and their importation into and naturalization in Ireland
The Society for Creative Anachronism is a nonprofit, educational group devoted to recreating the Middle Ages in the present time. The Barony of Highland Foorde, a local branch of this society, encompasses Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties in the beautiful rolling foothills of central Maryland’s Blue Ridge mountains. Our SCA branch name, Highland Foorde, derives from these foothills and from the fast-flowing Potomac River that borders our Barony to the south.
Barony of Highland Foorde: Demonstration of Daily life, Social Hierarchy (Gentry, Nobility, Royalty), Crafting, and Martial Combat
Appin Regiment: The Appin Regiment portrays the Stewarts of Appin, a group of Scottish Highlanders, in the period of 1745-1746. Members of the Jacobite army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart(Stewart), the Appin Stewarts played a key role in the last and most widely known Jacobite uprisings in Scotland, which culminated in the disastrous battle on Culloden Moor on 16 April, 1746.
21st Independent Parachute Company, 1st Air Borne Division, WWII: British Airborne Pathfinder Unit in period uniforms demonstrate weapons and equipment
Combined Operations Living History Association: Daily life of British Arm Commando (Scottish and Irish Regiments) during WWII
The Scythe Man – Alfonzo Diaz: Demonstrations of mowing grass using the ancient scythe
(Demonstrations in the Lowlands along the fence line near the Dog Events… see more at https://midmarylandcelticfestival.com/the-scythe-man/ )
Virginia Fencing School: Historical fencing demonstration with Scottish Highland Broadsword and German Longsword
(Check the signs for demonstrations near the Clan tents)