WELCOME to H.E.R.A. (Historical Education and Recreation of Alabama) at Alabama Medieval Fantasy Festival
Has 3 amazing living history sections. Section 1 contains the Joust, Falconry shows, glass blowing, goat milk soap demos, and ribbon weaving. Section 2 holds Viking Story Teller, forge, potter, Norman encampment, section 3 has woodworking, basket weaving, historic cooking and baking demos and talks on medieval manners and more. This is a partial list of our wonderful educational historians, we hope that you will wander the entire festival site and find your favorites!
Mistress Judith Cook and Master Baker
Have been cooking upon the irons for many a year, yes those amazing aromas are coming from their simple kitchen! Ongoing cooking demonstration 10 till noon. They oversee H.E.R.A, a soon to be nonprofit organization for the Historic Education and Recreation of Alabama. Their mission : To provide education on the daily life of pre-technological societies through presentation and demonstration of cooking, crafting, literature, arts, and culture. They strive to exceed the expectations and desires of our service groups as we work to be the best educational organization possible.
You can find out more about H.E.R.A by contacting
Janet Wright at 985-269-1290 or
Nancy Ardoin at 251-423-1257
email [email protected]
Birds of Prey
Come, learn about the ancient “Sport of Kings”, Falconry!
Naturalist and avid falconer Dale Arrowood brings his talent for birds and education together to give our visitors and kingdom members alike a peek into the wonderful and fascinating world of Raptors!
The New Riders of the Golden Age
From War Horse Farm in Sarasota, Florida, have been jousting professionally since 1982 and have appeared at Renaissance Festivals, state and county fairs and other events all over the USA and Canada.
The use of Belgian, Percheron, Shire, and Clydesdale horses and full suits of period-designed 16th century tilting armor differentiates the New Riders of the Golden Age from groups and organizations presenting staged theatrical medieval jousts. The use of period equipment allows the New Riders to engage in an authentic full contact joust, and the great horses add an unmatchable sense of power and presence to the joust. Over twenty years of developing equipment, refining technique, and performing live at large outdoor venues have polished a unique presentation and confirmed repeatedly that audiences do appreciate the real thing.
Mistress Erden and Master Merry turn milk from their goats into most excellent soap! They also use herbs and simples in some bars, as well as intriguing fragrances from distant exotic lands.
Go by and visit them! Pet the goats & mayhap it will be at milking time!
While they are soap makers to the Royal Court, they also serve others – so give yourself or your pet a bath fit for a King (or Queen)!
By royal decree, you may now purchase the King or Queen’s own blend by mail order! Click to find out how!
The Normans of the Southern Sun
Live Steel Group
Norman Re-enactment of Southern Italy (1000-1255 AD)
We are the Normans of the Southern Sun, a Medieval Re-enactment Group dedicated to re-enactment and living history of military engagements as well as civilian life from 1000 – 1250 A.D.We are/will be a non-profit organization that educates the public on all aspects of our period of.
Our members come from five cultural groups of the period: Lombards (a Germanic tribe who ruled the northern areas of Italy from about 568-773 A.D), Byzantines, sometimes known as the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) of Greece, the Balkans and southern Italy, Normans of Normandy and southern Italy, and the Arabs of Sicily, as well as, the Varangians (Rus/Vikings/Anglo-Saxons who traveled from Kiev) to work for the Byzantine emperor.
Our equipment, to include (weapons, armour, and kit) is as close to authentic as possible. The weapons are real but blunted as to provide additional protection to our combatants.
Hand Woven By Design
The Lady Alice will be demonstrating the ancient art of basket weaving! She has added tons of new designs for this year.
She will be demonstrating a different theme each day so be sure to stop at her tent each day to learn something new!
Traditional Viking Story Teller
Stop by the Viking Leather Works tent for the storytelling experience of a lifetime!
Learn how oral history and tradition were passed from generation to generation!
Mayhap you’ll even be able to try your hand at stamping leather.
J. Thomas Glass Works
Master Jeremy is knowledgeable about all things glass. Stop by his merchant space beside the Great Gate, to see his awe-inspiring demonstrations. Every 2 hours
The Fairy Potter
Mistress Kara and her guild members do hands-on demonstrations of the ancient art of coil pottery.
They ground fire on site as they teach the art of man’s first, food, water, and cooking products.
Not to be missed!
Mistress Angie demonstrates the medieval art of Inkle weaving.
Often used to make straps, belts, and ribbon, you can see how some of the things that we take for granted today, started out as very expensive and time-consuming.
Our healers Mistress Amber and Dame Anita will be hosting a talk on medieval medicine at the front gate first aid station at 11:45
A retired Master Jeweler and a Smith for 7 years
you will find this ancient art both educational and beautiful.