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Hear ye, hear ye! Ye olde medieval fair and pumpkin launch was an excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I really didn’t know what to expect at this thing…maybe a bunch of people larping and reenacting great battles while knights on horseback charged each other with jousting lances.

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Yes. All these things were there.

From a distance, the event looked more like one of the town fairs I had been visiting all summer, with booths of arts and crafts and tables on which to eat. Upon closer inspection, the booths were all about things found during medieval times. One booth had numerous swords and shields recreated and representative of those times. Another booth housed a couple musicians playing olde music. One booth had a man tapping designs in patches of leather with a huge group of kids waiting and watching excitedly.

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As advertised on their posters, there were several pumpkin launchers: several trabuchets of varying sizes and a pumpkin cannon. The human powered launcher was lackluster but the cannon and the simply named Squash-O-Matic, were able to launch their pumpkin ammo roughly one hundred yards. Wow!

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You can just make out the fired pumpkin at the top of the photo.

 

Another section of the field had a row of targets with the option of throwing a sharp object or firing a bow and arrow. Fun for kids!

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I actually hit the target!

But by far, the coolest thing was the jousting demonstration. Two riders charging each other with lances, aiming to disarm his opponent was definitely something to witness firsthand. So much raw power and the clash of lance on shield was frightening in a real time context. You need to experience it to really appreciate the risk the knights take.

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Next time you have a chance to go to an event like this, take it!

New Experiences:

Medieval Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Having frequented the area most of my life, the fact that this small town had a festival came as a great surprise to me. It was even a two day affair. I’m sure it was a whirlwind of entertainment the entire time but when I went, things were winding down. All of the booths were still open, the food still cooked but the entire event had the feeling of a casual affair that was coming to an end. It was still a fine way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday.

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The lighthouse itself was cool. It was the first time I had been inside and it definitely had the feeling of an old and weathered seaside structure.

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Inside, there were several facts about the lighthouse and others in the area posted on the walls and in pamphlets. I also learned that every lighthouse in the world has its own unique signal. In the case of Mukilteo, it’s two seconds on, three seconds off. 

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I wish there was more to report but there wasn’t a lot to keep me interested. Still, it might be worth checking out next year. Maybe they’ll have more festivities to partake in.

New experiences:

Went to top of a lighthouse

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The Seattle Japanese Garden put on a moon viewing party last weekend, combining two of my favorite things: Japan and viewing.

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It was my first time at the Garden and was surprised when the parking lot was full. I should have expected it when I looked online and found that the three separate tea ceremonies were sold out.

After paying the $15(!) entry fee a piece (there would be jokes about this later) my friend and I began our moon celebration.

The garden itself was nice and reminded me of my time in Japan, as well as every anime ever made. Paper lanterns were hung from the trees, enormous coy swam in the pond, and the paths were lined with small paper bags, each one containing a layer of rock with a candle set in the middle.

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It was a large area and would be relaxing on a normal day but this was the big moon viewing party! And the people came out in droves. So, as it was, the paths were a little crowded and we were forced to stop walking at times so others could pass.

On a little stage jutting out over the pond, several acts displayed their talents; dancers, musicians, actors, all of whom gave the entire event a more authentic feel.

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We also entered the haiku contest. Thankfully, it was not a ‘stand in front of everyone and recite’ type of contest. We simply wrote our poems on a small card and gave them to the organizers. Ours didn’t get read but the winners and runners-up’s poems were read later in the evening, one of them being a statement on the event’s pricing in which everyone had a laugh.

Finally, when the moon poked its way over the treetops near 9:30pm, everyone was invited to look through the telescopes donated by a few local stargazers. The one I looked through was the size of a canon and as I looked through it, I was amazed by what I saw. I had never before seen the craters of the moon when they hadn’t been on the internet or in a book. It was awesome!

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All in all, this was a good event and I’m glad I went to it. It could have cost less but it brought together several of my interests so I’m grateful that I went.

New experiences:

Went to the Seattle Japanese Garden

Entered Haiku contest

Looked through powerful telescope

Saw moon craters

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