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Giant Rocking Horses!
Take a ride on a Giant Rocking Horse--or two! Vlad, the Impaler, weighs 714 pounds, measuring 7'8" to the top of his ears, which puts the tip of his hand blown glass horn over 8' from the ground. Freya, the Nordic Goddess of Mischief, is 6'6" tall, & weighs in at 520 pounds. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this rocking adventure. These beautiful beasts can handle wee & small to big & tall! According to Les, the Rocking Horse Guy, a ride on either one is guaranteed fun. If you don't have fun, you get your money back!
In the late 1500s, while Continental Europe was fighting wars of succession & Lowland Scotland was embroiled in religious controversies, the wild Highlanders of Scotland were refining a Classical Music on the bagpipe: The deep & hypnotic Piobaireachd, one of the oldest classical music traditions in Europe. Evan Gray has studied this music, its stories, & traditions for over 18 years. Along with marches & dance music, hear this rare music of the Gaels & learn some bagpipe lore.
About: In 1995, in the grips of temporary insanity or perhaps strong drink, Evan decided learning to play the bagpipe, & getting in touch with his Scottish heritage, was a good idea. After diligent practice & excellent instruction, he has successfully competed in Scotland & all over the Southwest US. Evan Gray is a Staff Sergeant--playing the bagpipe in the 44th Army Band, New Mexico Army National Guard since 1999.
Black Friars Fencing Academy
Master Vincentio Saviolo, showcases the fine art & techniques of fencing. Fencing traces its roots to the development of swordsmanship for duels & self defense. Fencing is probably one of the oldest games in existence, sprang directly from the duel, & the latter has been extant as long as there has been war. The Academcy will also host the Nautical Swordfighting Demonstration by Clan Darksail, also seen In the Arena.