SOUTHINGTON â€“ Southington Public Libraryâ€™s Renaissance Faire this Saturday will feature live birds of prey, knight training, pie contests, costumes and an assortment of other festive fun.
The Faire will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library at 255 Main St. Molly Virello, childrenâ€™s librarian and event organizer, said that this is the second year that the event has been held â€“ with the first event in 2016 drawing 600 visitors to the library.
â€śWe werenâ€™t really sure how it would go at first since I hadnâ€™t seen any other libraries doing it,â€ť said Virello. â€śBut, we had so many people and had so much fun that year that we knew we wanted to do it again. Iâ€™m really excited for it.â€ť
The event will include face paintings, â€śYe Olde Storytimeâ€ť, and arts and crafts. Costumes are encouraged and the librarians will be dressed up as knights and princesses. There will also be several special events that day.
There will be a â€śBirds of Preyâ€ť show at 11 a.m. with live raptors and owls. Visitors will learn about falconry as well as different facts about the animals themselves.
â€śAll of these animals are rescues,â€ť noted Virello.
Virello is also running a â€śKnight Schoolâ€ť where kids will don armor, practice sword fighting and target practice and run in relay races.
â€śWe will also have displays of prop weapons and armor,â€ť said Virello.
People will also be able to register for the â€śLord of the Piesâ€ť Pie contest which will be taking place that day from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Each contestant must bring a pie cutter and a written list of the ingredients to the competition. The basic criteria for a pie is anything with an intended crust: sweet pies, savory pies, pie pops, pop tarts, crusted quiche, tarts, open top pies, lidded pies, slab pies, etc. Each contestant may vote, if they wish, but not for themselves.
This program is free and open to all ages. The attending public will eat and judge pies entered in the contest.
â€śEven if you donâ€™t want to bake a pie, we are always looking for tasters,â€ť said Virello.
One grand prize winner will be eligible to win a gift card from Williams Sonoma.
To enter the pie contest, sign up at the Childrenâ€™s Services Desk or call the Childrenâ€™s Department at 860-628-0947, EXT. 3. People can register for the pie contest until 10 a.m. the day of the event.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.