One Week Until Medieval Masquerade and Fall Faire at Compass!

Medieval Masquerade- CrestThe Compass Medieval Masquerade and Fall Faire will take place in just one week on Wednesday, October 29! Tickets are now on sale for the event which features homeschoolers’ favorite story teller, Jim Weiss! Before settling in to hear Jim tell the colorful Tales of King Arthur, Robin Hood, and other family favorites, watch sword fighting demonstrations, hold court with Queen Elizabeth I, and tackle the Storm-the-Castle catapult engineering challenge. Try your hand at painting illuminated letters and brass rubbings, examine a collection of middle ages weaponry, challenge a friend to a game of giant lawn chess, and try to find the hidden medieval meanings in favorite nursery rhymes!

The event takes place from 4:30 – 7:30 pm, and food truck Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels will offer curbside catering for dinner. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as knights, lords, ladies, kings, queens, jesters, or friars. Pirates, wizards and princesses or any other medieval interpretation are welcome! Discounted, early admission tickets can be purchased in person at Compass through Oct. 22, or online in the Compass store.  See below for more details:

Date: Wednesday, October 29

Hours: 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: 2705 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton on the Compass campus. 

Medieval Masquerade- Jim Weiss Banner

Nationally acclaimed storyteller Jim Weiss will enthrall audiences with the Tales of King Arthur, the adventures of Robin Hood, and other family favorites! Jim has been a storyteller for over 25 years, and his shared his passion through his production company, Greathall Productions. Jim has produced forty-eight (48) recordings that encompass a wide range of classic literature and folk tales. He brings literary and historical characters to life with his warm and enchanting storytelling style. Jim travels extensively throughout the United States and is a favorite among homeschool families. He frequently gives live performances at conferences and community events. He has received more than 100+ major national awards from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice Foundation, NAPPA, the Parents’ Council, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, the Film Advisory Board, Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award and more. Jim’s recorded works will be on sale in the Compass lobby, and he will autograph purchases! He will begin telling stories at 6:15 pm.



Medieval Masquerade- Queen Eliz Photo 2Hold court with Queen Elizabeth I. As the monarch who marked the end of the medieval era in England, Queen Elizabeth I will engage audiences with lessons in court etiquette such as how to bow and curtsy and steps from her favorite dance, the French Galliard. She will describe food in medieval England and favorite pastimes in this charming, witty performance filled with audience participation. Mary Ann Jung of Annapolis brings Queen Elizabeth I to life as part of her living history portrayals. She has performed at schools, libraries, and museums including the National Theatre of Washington, Smithsonian, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. She has also appeared on CNN, the Today Show, and Good Morning America. Mary Ann has visited Compass in previous years as Clara Barton, Rosie the Riveter, and Amelia Earhart. Audiences at 4:45 and 5:30 pm.


Medieval Masquerade- Two KnightsSwordfighting Demonstrations with Sir Edward the Blue Knight and Sir Brian the Green Knight. Sir Edward (Ed Toton of Leesburg, VA) and Sir Brian (Brian Ames of Pasadena, MD) are members of the organization which is a network of modern knights dedicated to preserving and educating others on the rules of chivalry and code of knighthood. The knights will entertain Compass audiences with demonstrations of historical sword fighting intermingled with Q & A about their techniques, training, and weapons. Sir Edward is the founder of and has been interested in swords, armor, and chivalry since his teen years. Both are frequent performers at area Renaissance fairs. They are appearing at Compass as a fundraising effort for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Revelers at the Medieval Masquerade are encouraged to place tax-deductible contributions to Make-A-Wish Foundation in the wishing well. Demonstrations on the front lawn from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.


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Medieval Armor, Weapons, and Artifacts. Hugh Gardner of Arlington will display an assortment of medieval artifacts and reproduction weapons and equipment such as armor, swords, helmets, bows, and arrowheads. Mr. Gardner has an extensive collection of military weapons and artifacts that he uses in his interactive history classes. Through his business, Illuminations, Mr. Gardner has taught specialized homeschool history classes throughout the area since 1996. He offers courses in the Dark Ages and Medieval era which include  the Roman way of war, the Celts,  Roman Britain and the “Age of Arthur,” Early Christian Ireland, Saxon England, the Vikings, the Norman conquest of England, “Robin Hood,” the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the Mongols, and the Scotland of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. His expertise extends to ancient and medieval board games, the Book of Kells, and the Bayeux Tapestry. Mr. Gardner is a former US government military intelligence analyst in addition to being a historian and educator. Exhibit from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.


Medieval Masquerade- Brass RubbingBrass Rubbings with Margaret Lidster of London Brass Rubbing Workshops. Margaret and her team will bring more than 40 reproduction brass plates for students to make authentic rubbings on black rag paper using metallic pigmented beeswax crayons. Her collection of brass plates comes from St.-Martin-in-the-Fields cathedral in London where brass plates embedded in the crypts marked the final resting places of medieval knights and their families. Images include knights, ladies, gryffons, unicorns, lions and other images transported directly from medieval graves! Brass rubbings and a history of the plates will go home with each child. Workshop from 4:30  – 6:00 pm.



Medieval Masquerade- CatapultStorm the Castle Catapult Challenge. The engineering team from Ideaventions will guide students in the battle of the Dark Ages. Help defeat the medieval castle with catapults! Students will build craft stick catapults to aim and fire ping pong balls at a the rival castle. Students will hear about the engineering principles behind this medieval weapon as they design and build. Catapults will go home with each student. Challenge from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.


Medieval Masquerade- Illuminated LetterIlluminated Letters Painting.  Compass Hands-on-Art-History instructor Dolores Peck will guide students through the medieval art of painting Illuminated Letters. Students will hear about the historical and religious significance of the medieval craft of illuminated manuscripts as they paint their own illuminated letters. Studio from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.




Medieval Masquerade- Lady JulieUnraveling Nursery Rhymes. Did you know that many of our most-loved nursery rhymes have roots in the Middle Ages? Lady Julie (Julie Eddinger of Baltimore) will lead groups in reciting and acting out favorite nursery rhymes. She will explain the hidden meanings, moral lessons, political intrigue, historical events, and social satire in well-known nursery rhymes such as “Three Blind Mice,” “London Bridge,” and “Mary, Mary Quite Contrary.” Lady Julie combined her degree in theater performance and her love of history to take on this role. She has performed at Renaissance festivals for five years and worked with Medieval Fantasies for two years. Audiences from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.


Medieval Masquerade- Giant ChessThe Royal Game. Challenge your friends to a chess match, the game of kings, with a giant lawn chess set! The chess set is on loan to Compass by the Silver Knights chess program.



Medieval Masquerade- Adas Kitchen on WheelsFood Truck Feeds the Fall Faire! You have seen food truck wars on television. Now enjoy dinner curbside catering at the Medieval Masquerade and Fall Faire with local food truck, Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels! Since the Masquerade falls during dinner time, families can purchase hot, home-cooked meals right from a food truck! Owner and chef Gloria Saylor, will be onsite from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. She has prepared a special event menu which includes pulled chicken or park BBQ platters or sandwiches, southern fried chicken strips, jambalaya, chicken caesar wrap, smoked turkey & cheese wrap, and smaller kids’ meals. She will offer mac & cheese, cole slaw, tomato & cucumber salad, and other sides as wells as pumpkin, brownie, and red velvet cupcakes, rice crispy treats, and southern pound cake for dessert and a variety of beverages.


  • Tickets purchased in advance are $8.00 per person (adults and children over age 2 ) for Compass families or $10.00 per person (adults and children over age 2) for non-Compass families.
  •  Compass families are those with at least one child enrolled in Compass classes for fall 2014, and non-Compass families are any other homeschool family welcome to join us, but not enrolled in Compass classes this year.
  • Attendees who purchase tickets in advance will be entered in a drawing for prizes.
  • Same day and at-the-door admission will be $10.00 per person (Compass family) or $12.00 per person (non-Compass family).
  • Hot apple cider and edible fare will be for sale for dinner.

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