NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — For the first time ever, the West Essex High School (WEHS) media center was recently transformed into the Middle Ages for a student-led Medieval Fair hosted with the help of WEHS and West Essex Middle School (WEMS) librarians Rosemary Rich and Catherine Spinella.
West Essex students have learned that in the Middle Ages, merchants from all over Europe would gather in one place to buy or sell products at a fair traditionally held during a holiday or religious anniversary.
The events were beneficial to the economic life of a medieval town, as stalls were established with a wide array of products, from spices to rugs. Stalls were also established for the sale of snacks and small pies for guests to enjoy during the event.
Additionally, items for sale were typically expensive and therefore out-of-reach for ordinary people. Fair guests traditionally included nobles, knights and their ladies.
According to Spinella, the student volunteers were extremely enthusiastic about tying their studies into an event that replicated one of these fairs.
Joining the celebration were a Red Knight and Queen from Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Lyndhurst as well as members of the WEHS fencing team.