For Kids & Families, Weekend Festivals

Weaving Tales of Glory

Weekend Festival

Included with museum admission

Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 10am - 4:15pm

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

Weaving Tales of Glory

Imagine you lived in medieval Europe more than 500 years ago when the Pastrana tapestries were created. Would you have been a knight? A minstrel? A weaver? Experience the life and art of this period through performances, demonstrations and hands-on fun, including building your own catapult.


Catapults | 10:30 am-12:30 pm (four, 30-minute programs) | Atrium
For children ages 7 and up with adult
Reservations by November 9

Use coat hangers to build your own catapult, then test it on our firing range.


A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. First come, first served.


12:00pm Workshop is  SOLD OUT



Over at the Castle | 11:00 am-11:30 am | meet at information desk
For ages 3 and up with adult
Tickets available on day of program

A mother dragon and her son are keeping a close eye on the excitement of a castle feast day, but they've planned a surprise of their own! Find out what happens Over at the Castle in this story by Boni Ashburn.


Shining Shields | 11 am-2 pm | Atrium

Decorate a shield with your personal coat of arms.


Renaissance Art
| 11 am-2 pm | Atrium

Artist Andrew Volpe explores silverpoint and quill pen drawing techniques used by artists in the 15th century. 


Alex the Jester

Alex the Jester
| 11:30 am-12:15 pm and 1-1:45 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by November 8

Join Alex the Jester for a humorous glimpse into the medieval world. Renowned for his "wise fool" comedy and "Grammelot" gibberish, this modern court jester performs internationally.

Tickets available at the door.


Weaving | Noon-3 pm | Atrium

Tapestry artist Micala Sidore weaves a tapestry before your eyes on the portable loom she designed. Sidore also demonstrates techniques that you can try on one of her portable looms.


Stories in Thread
| 1-4 pm | Pop-Up Art & Nature Center

Create historically inspired illustrations using embroidery thread.


Oh, What a Knight!
| 2-3 pm | meet at information desk
Reservations by November 9
For children ages 5 to 8 with adult

Whether you're training to fight a dragon or just trying to keep up with your siblings, being a knight is hard work! Join us to hear the adventures of The Knight and the Dragon and The Princess Knight, then create your own tournament flag.


The Harper and the Minstrel

The Harper and the Minstrel
| 3:30-4:15 pm| Atrium

Using historical instruments - harp, recorder, bowed psaltery, penny whistle and voice - nationally recognized musicians Jay and Abby Michaels perform musical highlights from 11th- to 17th-century Europe.



Made possible by the Lowell Institute


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