ASG students traveled back in time Saturday, September 16th at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, a fair at which actors, performers, and merchants dress and speak like people from Europe’s Renaissance Period, which lasted from the 14th to the 17th century. The Renaissance gave rise to intellectual and artistic traditions that sparked the beginning of the modern period in Europe and included luminaries such Leonardo da Vinci.
The Festival featured story-telling, short plays, and musical performances using props and instruments from another time, while actors portraying knights jousted and dueled for cheering crowds. Students had the chance to see how clothing, weapons, and armor were made during the Renaissance and to participate in activities such as ax throwing. The Festival included food from the period as well as modern fair food. Students enjoyed seeing and participating in this living history lesson, which draws thousands of visitors every year.