Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Dirt on Soap at LaFayette Library July24

So What is the Dirt on Soap? Soap is soap, right? Wrong! All soaps are not alike. The LaFayette Library will welcome Sandra McLeroy, the Soap Lady, on July 24 for Lunch and Learn. This program provides information on how soap is made, which ingredients are best for the skin and the difference between milled soaps and cold-processed soaps. Learn how to pamper your skin. Come to the LaFayette Library on July 24 at 12 pm to have some good clean fun. Lunch is provided. Call 864-0012 to reserve your lunch.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Warriors of Middle Ages to Perform at Bradshaw Library

Practically any child can tell you of the famous Knights of the Round Table and most will learn of the exploits of King Richard and the great crusaders; however, the formal training that led to the glory of these armored heroes remains largely overlooked today. A solution to this problem is on the horizon. With the cooperation of The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., an exhibition of how knights trained and battled will be held on the grounds of the H. Grady Bradshaw Library from one until four p.m. on August 23. There will be no charge for the event which be open for all ages and no registration is required.

In addition to armored fighters, calligraphers, costumers, dancers, fencers, heralds, etc. will be featured. Spectators will be allowed to mingle with the performers who will all be dressed in garb of the Middle Ages.

Drawn together by their common interest and enthusiasm for not just medieval history, but the most intricate workings of daily life in the millennium between the 6th and 16th centuries, members of the SCA find immense joy in reviving centuries of arts and crafts. Members of the organization, both men and women, create and wear armor made as authentically as possible to emulate the mail, boiled leather and plate steel used between the 10th and 15th centuries, and wield swords, spears, and axes made of rattan to simulate the balance and handling of the original weapons, without the lethal qualities.

Before being allowed to participate in this grand tradition, modern-day SCA combatants go through a rigorous training regimen and safety authorization process. Their equipment is inspected before the start of every event and they must maintain their skills through regular attendance at combat practices.

Be sure to mark the date on your calendar for the event. Bring the kids! They'll love it!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Prince Madoc and the Welsh Indian Tribe

An exciting Lunch and Learn program is scheduled for the H. Grady Bradshaw Library on July 24. Dr. Ronald Fritze, Dean and Professsor of History at Athens (Alabama) State University will give a presentation on Prince Madoc of Wales (England) and a legendary Welsh Indian tribe. History reportedly has it that Madoc not only visited America in 1170 but also that he and his followers assimilated into an Indian tribe in the area of the upper Missouri River. This tribe fuelled tales of fair-haired Indians, living in round huts and using round coracle-like boats, both of which were common in Wales but unheard of in America at the time. They also spoke a language similar to Welsh.

Prince Madoc and his brother, Regyd, sailed two ships from Wales in 1169 and landed in Mobile Bay, Alabama 322 years before Columbus is supposed to have discovered America! They liked the country so much that one of the ships returned to Wales to collect more adventurers. Ten small ships sailed in the bay in 1170 and proceeded up the great river systems, including the Coosa and Alabama, settling initially in the Georgia/Tennessee/Kentucky area where they built stone forts. They warred with the local Indian tribe, the Cherokees and after being defeated, departed the area never to return. Survivors of the conflict eventually sailed up the Missouri River and settled and integrated with a powerful tribe living on the banks of the Missouri called Mandans.

Is this a true story? Is it true that the first Europeans to visit America landed in Alabama? Is there really a blue-eyed, fair-haired tribe of Indians existing in America? Come and listen to Dr. Fritze and find out! Call the library at 334-768-2161 to register for the program today. A free lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and Dr. Fritze's presentation will begin at noon. This promises to be one of the most popular Lunch and Learn programs presented by the Chambers County Library this year. A big turnout is anticipated.

Arrangements for the presentation have been made with the cooperation of the Alabama Humanities Foundation's Road Scholars program.