Educational opportunities abound throughout the Ren-Fest, most shows have an educational component. Look for these interesting demonstrations that are separate from scheduled shows.
- Apothecary - how medicines were prepared, a predecessor to the pharmacist.
- Aviary - Raptors on display at the Birds of Prey area, including falcons, owls, hawks and more.
- Carding Wool - learn how wool is processed, maybe give us a hand.
- Chandlers - were craftsmen that made the main form of lighting things at night. Find out how and from what.
- Cooking - fire pit this year demonstrates cooking over an open fire. Meat, vegetables, soups, and more.
- Baking - bakers oven to show how bread was baked during the renaissance era, one loaf at a time.
- Butter Churning - Volunteer to churn butter for a minute or two, while learning how butter was made.
- BlackSmithing - Visit the "Dragon Watch Forge" to see how various metals are crafted.
- Carpenter, Wood Carving was needed to build houses, tools, spoons, bowls, and countless other needs.
- Confections and Midwife - It is confections that often lead to the need of a midwife. See how the sweets are made, ask any questions you like.
- Coopersmithing - learn how several pieces of wood can be assembled in such a way to hold liquids.
- Dancing - See period dances, some you are encouraged to join in. We also do a lot at the closing gate show.
- Fabric Dyeing - Find out how we get that color into the fabric before there was fabric dye, and what that color meant.
- Falconry - can be performed with any raptor (hawk, eagle, owl, falcon, etc). It was a royal sport practiced by kings.
- Fencing / Rapier - what the Musketeers were good at. 2:15pm at the Queens Pavilion. It's also the thing that keeps the sheep in.
- Gaming - enjoy the types of games played during the Renaissance. Games near the Dripping Dog Inn are free to play.
- Glass Blowing - one of our most entertaining demonstrations. See how sand is turned into works of art and functional tools.
- Goat Milking - at 2:00 everyday we milk the goats on the "Village Commons" near the glassblowing. You can help if you like.
- Jousting - only those of noble birth were allowed to compete in the joust. Demonstrated twice a day at our joust arena.
- Painting - was more of an art form than the color of one's house.
- Scribe - from simple notes to copies of books the scribe could put your words into calligraphy.
- Spinning Wheels & Drop Spindles - were the two most common tools for making thread and yarn (for fabric).
- Tailor Shop - Tailor shop-display of Elizabethan clothing and patterns, origins and types of fabrics, and demonstrations of hand sewing and embroidery techniques.
- Weaving - The loom was how fabric was made. The color arrangement of thread determined the pattern.
- And More - there are many other demonstrations happening about the village of Albright, on an various days at random times, including: music, singing, butter churning, virtually any discussion with a villager of Albright can turn into an interesting learning moment.
Discover many other demonstrations around the village of Albright, especially near the Dripping Dog Inn.
Demonstrations on the "Village Commons" are supported by the Renaissance Living History Center (RLHC), a 501c3.
The road "Village Commons" is a free demonstration area, nothing is for sell and no tip jars.