Medieval madness in Coraki provides a cool history lesson
THE vikings are coming.
This winter, Rognvald's Lith, a Lismore-based viking re-enactment group will "invade” Coraki riverfront reserve on Saturday, August 6, bringing spectacle and fun with a serious history lesson to Richmond Valley families.
The group of 50 men, women and children are dedicated to authentic viking life and are proud to show off their weekend lifestyle to visitors in their viking village, the Lith.
The members of this unique community hand make their equipment and tools using authentic techniques and are almost totally self-sufficient - their only reliance on modern-day conveniences is clean, running water.
Their leader is Jim Hammond, who by day is an attendant at the Richmond Valley Council landfill at Casino, but on weekends is known as Grym Wyrmskegg, or serpent beard.
Their passion is contagious - the group travels to events throughout New South Wales and Queensland, re-enacting battles and village life as modern-day weekend warriors.
Community members such as Eloise Bredenhof commit to a character from history, assuming their name and role in the village, learning to make tools and sharing skills with each other.
Medieval Melee is the next quarterly riverfront festival for the Coraki Events Committee.
Featuring a medieval style market, stallholders will also be dedicated to the authenticity of the theme, with handmade crafts, arts and services using techniques available in the medieval era.
The main event is Jarl's Melee, starting at sundown with a community bonfire hosted by the Coraki Fire & Rescue.
The fun begins in earnest at 6pm when Jarl's arena comes alive with battles, fire performers, acrobats and comedians putting on a show fit for a king - or in this case, a Jarl.
Families should bring blankets and low chairs to Karl's picnic - riverside picnic seating for a great view of the arena and with access to the traditional BBQ and bar.
In viking days, a Karl was a free peasant or local tribesman, the everyday family-people of medieval times.
For the more aristocratic experience, don your favourite Game of Thrones, vikings or Lord of the Rings costume and join in Jarl's feast, a traditional trestle-table style banquet with dining hall views of the arena.
Most of all, visitors should dress up and get into the fun, with prizes on offer for the best Game of Thrones, vikings or Lord of the Rings costumes.
Tickets to the feast are $35 per person, not pre-seated and must be pre-purchased at http://tix.yt/
Entry to the village is $15 for a family of two adults and two children, or $5 per person.
Tickets for the village include Karl's picnic access and are available for purchase at the gate on the day.
For stallholder enquiries, contact Louise on 0401602324.
To keep up to date with the program and check out the prizes, follow the Coraki Markets page on Facebook or visit www.corakimarkets.com for further information.