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Event Details
Giggleswick's Garden of Arts and Sciences Event date: May 20th, 2017
Hosted by Riding of Giggleswick - Berwick, ME
Event Last Modified: May 2nd, 2017
Event details
As spring warms in preparation for summer, come and stretch your creative wings at Giggleswick's annual Garden of Arts and Sciences!  Bring an instrument to perform, cook food to share, display your latest clothing - all types of creative arts are welcome.  Fiber, food, painting, illumination, performing arts, music, astronomy, if it is an art or a science we want you to bring it to display or perform!  There will be classes on all varieties of the arts, as well as performances and displays for all ages.  A delicious dayboard will be included for all.

Because this is a completely dry site, if you would like to do a display or demonstration on brewing, you may bring ingredients and information, but you cannot bring any actual alcohol onto the premises.

If you are teaching a class or if you are not inclined to teach but would like to display, please bring something to put on our display tables!  There will be time during dayboard for everyone to peruse and enjoy the various displays.

We are pleased to announce we will be once again hosting Laura Gustafson, who will be giving her presentation titled "Do Not Try This at Home":  a program of music and history that explores the wild, wacky, loud and truly bizarre reed instruments of the Renaissance and how they were used.  This presentation demonstrates (mostly double reed) instruments from the early Renaissance to the beginning of the Baroque.  Music from the 15th and 16th centuries played on nine historical instruments is interspersed with commentary on how the instruments were developed and used.

Event fees:
$15 Adults without proof of membership
$10 Adults with proof of membership
$5 Children ages 6-17
Children 5 and under free

9am-10am - Registration/set up
10am-11am - An Introduction to Period Firearms
11:15am-12:15pm - Building Blocks - A Guide to Foundation Stitches in Period Embroidery/Arrow Making
12:15pm - 1:15pm - Dayboard/Displays
1:30pm - 2:30pm - "Do Not Try This at Home" Woodwind presentation
2:45pm - 3:45pm - Calligraphy/Beginning Bardic for Kids
4pm - 5pm - Beginning Bardic
5:15pm - 6pm - What Is Authentic?/Getting from Costume to Clothing:  Tips on Upping Your Garb Game

Class Descriptions:

10am - 11am
"An Introduction to Period Firearms"
with John Buchanan
An overview of the mechanics and technology behind period guns, including topics such as mechanical operation, powder charges, period materials, etc.

11:15am - 12:15pm
"Building Blocks - A Guide to Foundation Stitches in Period Embroidery"
with Lady Ástridr Sægeirsdottir
Have you ever looked at some Blackwork or Opus Anglicanum and thought, "How can I do that?" This class will teach you the stitches that are the foundation for these techniques!  We'll work on back stitch, stem stitch, split stitch and chain stitch.  Class limit - 10 people (auditors welcome) Suggested donation for kit - $3

"Arrow Making"
with Lord Osmond de Berwic

2:45pm - 3:45pm
with Master Alexandre Saint Pierre

"Beginning Bardic for Kids"
with Lady Mariot de Berwic

4pm - 5pm
"Beginning Bardic"
with Lady Mariot de Berwic

5:15pm - 6pm
"What is Authentic?"
with Lord Stefan of Silverforge
A discussion of how we can never truly get accurate reproductions of Medieval artifacts, and it’s really more of a question of what compromises we will accept.

"Getting from Costume to Clothing:  Tips on Upping Your Garb Game"
with Mistress Astryda Borowska
Why do some people look like they stepped out of a painting? How hard is it to get that look yourself? This discussion with a one-time living history museum costumer will help you fine tune your kit to get the look you want.
Site Opens: 9am
Site Closes: 6pm
Event Location
House of Hope
6 Sullivan Street
Berwick, ME  03901
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From the North:

Take I95 South toward Kittery/Boston (Toll applies)
Take exit #19 for ME-9/ME-109 toward Wells/Sanford
Turn right onto ME-109 N/State Rte 9 W/Sanford Rd.  - go 0.6 mi
Turn left onto State Rte 9 W - go 6.7 mi
Turn left onto Elm St.  - go 0.5 mi
Turn right onto State Rte 9 W/Somersworth Rd - go 7.1 mi
Turn right onto Saw Mill Hill - go 150 ft
Turn right onto Sullivan St.  - go 100 ft
Arrive at 6 Sullivan St on right.

From the South:

Merge onto I95 North (Toll applies)
Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 4 to merge onto NH-16 N/US-4 W toward White Mts (Toll applies) - go 13 mi
Take exit 9 toward NH-9/NH-108/Somersworth/Dover
Keep right and merge onto Indian Brook Rd.  - go 3.5 mi
Enter Maine and keep right at the lights onto Market st.  - go 0.2 mi
Turn left onto Sullivan St - go 150ft.
Arrive at 6 Sullivan St on right.

There are public parking spaces along the street in downtown Berwick, as well as a lot north of the House of Hope.

Registration Fees
Registration: Adult:  $15
Adult with proof of membership:  $10
Minors (5-18):  $5
Children 4 and under:  free

No reservations needed.

Acceptable proof of membership includes a copy of your membership card, a current Pikestaff label with your name on it, or proof of membership letter from the SCA web site.  Dayboard is included in the site fee.

Make Checks Payable to: SCA, Inc.  - ME, Malagentia

Contact Information
Event Steward:
Beatrice Buontalenti da Firenze
Elizabeth Forbes

Send Reservations to:
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